California lawmakers return with full plate of heady issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday facing two of the most vexing problems from last year: a looming $1 billion hole in funding for the state’s health care program for the poor and a $59 billion backlog in road repairs needed over the next decade. Gov. Jerry Brown called special […]

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls in […]

Curry’s triple-double leads Warriors past Kings 122-103

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry’s eyes lit up when he saw little brother Seth guarding him for the first time in their NBA career, and the reigning MVP promptly missed a long 3-pointer. “It was a very cool moment,” the Golden State star said. “I missed and he let me know about it. After […]

Health law reporting extension issued for employers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law. Employers had previously faced deadlines in February and March to report 2015 health insurance information to their employees, and also to the […]

San Francisco’s housing shortage threatens African Americans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tired of paying nearly $4,000 a month for a one-bedroom in San Francisco’s popular South of Market district, two newlyweds last year bought a townhouse in a budding development along the city’s rough-edged southeastern bay-front. Friends warned Eyitejumade and Jinglin Sogbesan that the historically Black Bayview-Hunters Point was a dangerous place. […]

Ohio grand jury doesn’t indict officers in shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice

CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials are urging calm as they brace for expected protests after a grand jury voted not to indict a white Cleveland police officer for fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy who was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun. Small groups of protesters gathered Monday outside the Cuyahoga County Justice […]

In final year, Obama encourages staff to ‘stay on offense’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In June, during one of the best stretches of his presidency, Barack Obama strode through a West Wing hallway exclaiming: “Offense! Stay on offense!” It was a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seemed to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama’s tenure. An Asia-Pacific trade agreement was […]

Ex-Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon dies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of basketball’s barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83. Lemon’s wife and daughter confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz., Globetrotters spokesman Brett Meister said […]

Truck driver indicted in crash that hurt comic Tracy Morgan

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a truck driver accused of crashing into a limo van last year on the New Jersey Turnpike, injuring comedian Tracy Morgan and killing one of his comic friends. The grand jury charged Kevin Roper with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree aggravated […]

SFPD Officers Keep Jobs After Racist Texts Because City Waited Too Long

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco police officers who exchanged racists and homophobic text messages in 2012 will be allowed to keep their jobs and will not face discipline, a judge ruled Monday. Superior Court judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled the police department waited too long to address the misconduct allegations, ignoring a one-year statute […]