Road woes return for Raiders in 22-20 loss at Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Derek Carr was just OK on Sunday. Amari Cooper was shut out in the second half, and Latavius Murray made two big mistakes. A little road success had a bitter aftertaste for the Oakland Raiders. Charles Woodson’s interception set up Sebastian Janikowski’s go-ahead field goal with 2:05 left, but Oakland was unable […]

Black Lives Matter marathon protest plan divides supporters

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State and local officials prepared for a planned Black Lives Matter protest at the finish line of Minnesota’s largest marathon on Sunday, with St. Paul’s mayor saying the city will do whatever’s needed to ensure the race goes smoothly. The plan by the St. Paul chapter to demonstrate at the […]

California offering amnesty on traffic debt for poor

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is instituting an amnesty program for residents who can’t afford to pay off spiraling traffic fines and court fees that have led to millions of driver’s licenses being suspended. The program pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and adopted as part of his annual budget goes into effect Thursday and runs through […]

Carson to NASCAR: Confederate flag OK on private property

RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Monday said NASCAR fans should continue flying the Confederate Flag, so long as it’s on private property, as he received the informal endorsement of racing legend Richard Petty. Petty’s support marks a significant step for Carson, the only African-American in the crowded 2016 Republican field, […]

ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ tackles the ‘N-word’; felt, not heard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris confiscated his daughter’s phone for a teenage misstep, he was taken aback by one message string he read. “‘Hold on, why is this kid saying the N-word?’” Barris recalled asking his 16-year-old. “And she said, ‘All my friends say it.’” Barris realized that it’s “become for […]

Trump declines to correct man who says Obama is Muslim

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly stated that President Barack Obama is Muslim, and the billionaire real estate mogul said he’d be “looking at” a claim that militants operate training camps on American soil. Trump, who has a history of […]

Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wallets of America’s middle class and poorest aren’t seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season. The Census Bureau, in its annual look at poverty and income in the United States, said both the country’s median income […]

Amid Trump bombast, quiet Ben Carson rises in GOP 2016 field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper. He is, in some ways, the anti-Trump — a gentle candidate who lets his record as a renowned brain surgeon speak for itself. The bragging about his resume and place in the polls, […]

School districts see teacher shortages after years of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a new school year began at the Sierra Sands Unified district 150 miles north of Los Angeles in August, students in four classes were greeted by a substitute. The small district’s human resources department had worked aggressively through the summer to attract new teachers. Staff members made out-of-state recruiting trips, […]

Carlos Hyde runs for two touchdowns, 49ers top Vikings 20-3

SANTA CLARA (AP) — Alex Boone is taking at least a little credit for Carlos Hyde’s breakout game on the NFL’s big stage. “Somebody owes me a steak. Seriously,” cracked Boone, the left guard who helped clear the way. With franchise rushing leader Frank Gore long gone to the Colts, Hyde quickly showed the San […]