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 […]

Mall of America asks judge to bar Black Lives Matter protest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Black Lives Matter protesters vowed on Monday to demonstrate at the Mall of America on the busy shopping day before Christmas Eve, regardless of whether a judge grants the mall’s request to bar them from doing so. Miski Noor, one of the organizers, said after a hearing Monday about the […]

Prosecutor: No indictment in Sandra Bland jail death

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — A grand jury decided on Monday that no felony crime was committed by the sheriff’s office or jailers in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Southeast Texas county jail last summer. But prosecutor Darrell Jordan said the Waller County grand jury reached no decision on whether the […]

California State University receives record number of applications for 2016 term

LONG BEACH (AP) California State University received a record number of applications for the upcoming 2016 fall term, with more than 830,000 prospective students vying for a spot at the nation’s largest public university system. The total marked a nearly 5 percent increase over applications received for fall enrollment the previous year, according to university […]

Rondo, Gay lead Kings over Raptors 104-94

TORONTO (AP) — Despite some impressive numbers, Rajon Rondo deflected praise after a big win Sunday. Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists for his fourth consecutive double-double and 13th of the season and the Sacramento Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 104-94 to snap a four-game road losing streak. The Kings point guard leads the […]

Legislators ask if fantasy betting is skill or chance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Purveyors of daily fantasy sports gaming made their pitch for minimal regulations for the fast-growing industry before a panel of California lawmakers on Wednesday, arguing that the online sports matchups are a harmless outlet for fans and purely based on skill, not chance. “These are games of skill, skill that rewards […]

N.W.A. joins quartet of 1970s hit-makers in rock hall

NEW YORK (AP) — The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers — Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller — as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. N.W.A., led by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful […]

Officer’s mistrial in Gray’s death a letdown for both sides

BALTIMORE (AP) — As jurors deliberated the fate of one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore braced for a possible repeat of the protests, destruction and dismay that engulfed the city in April, when Gray died of a broken neck in the back of a police van. But instead […]