Kings void Luc Mbah a Moute’s contract after failed physical

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings voided the contract of forward Luc Mbah a Moute on Thursday after he failed a team physical. The announcement by the Kings came two days after Mbah a Moute signed a one-year deal as a free agent. The team had hoped he could add depth and defense to the second […]

Video reveals Planned Parenthood’s controversial fetal-parts policy

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NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday released an undercover video showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses. The activists contended the video reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms. The video was […]

Video released shows police killing unarmed man in LA suburb

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The police dashboard cameras that captured officers shooting Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino only depict part of the tragedy of his death in a Los Angeles suburb two years ago. Video released by a federal judge Tuesday after news media organizations argued the public had a right to see the footage showed Diaz-Zeferino disobeying […]

California begins to regain control of prison health care

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California on Monday began regaining responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements. A court-appointed receiver returned medical care at Folsom State Prison to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the first of many steps toward ending a […]

Sacramento Kings sign Luc Mbah a Moute, Omri Casspi

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – The Sacramento Kings signed forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Omri Casspi on Tuesday as they continued a busy week of finalizing free agent contracts. Casspi and the Kings reached an agreement on a $6 million, two-year deal last week. Terms of Mbah a Moute’s contract were not immediately known. Casspi had […]

Armed men ransack Chris Brown’s home, put relative in closet

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say three armed men in masks forced their way into the Los Angeles home of Chris Brown, locked a female relative of the singer in a closet and then ransacked the place. Officer Liliana Preciado says Brown was not at his home in the Tarzana area at the time of […]

Obama to announce high-speed Internet help for homes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama set a goal of bringing high-speed Internet to most schools by 2017. And on Wednesday, he’s going to Oklahoma to announce a new program — called ConnectHome — to help close the digital divide by bringing faster Internet to more people. Under the pilot program, the White House says […]

California clears hurdle for state-run retirement program

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California can proceed with setting up a state-run savings program for private-sector workers who don’t have access to retirement plans at work, under a rule change ordered by President Barack Obama on Monday. The president directed the U.S. Labor Department to make administrative changes by the end of the year that will […]

California’s invasive ‘contraband watch’ often yields little

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California uses a controversial method to recover contraband from inmates believed to have swallowed it or concealed it in body cavities: “potty watches” where inmates are handcuffed and shackled for days or even weeks while guards watch around-the-clock until nature takes its course. Prison officials say the watches are necessary to recover […]

Rondo unveiled by Kings, says he has high hopes

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Asked what the potential of the Sacramento Kings will be this coming season, newly signed point guard Rajon Rondo did not hesitate before giving his answer. “Sky’s the limit,” Rondo said. This much is clear — they’ll be interesting. The Kings brought Rondo, Caron Butler, Marco Bellineli and other newcomers to […]