For minorities, pain is severe decade after housing peaked

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. housing bubble peaked a decade ago, soon to burst with far-reaching consequences, the pain was particularly severe for black and Hispanic Americans. A disproportionate number of minorities succumbed to subprime mortgages and foreclosures and lost their homes. Their collective loss of home equity and shift toward rental housing could […]

California nears $2 billion plan to house its homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The growing problem of homelessness can be seen in every corner of California, from small towns that ring the state’s redwood forests to the sands separating the Pacific Ocean from the most prosperous beachfront communities. More than 115,000 homeless Californians were counted last year and one in four had a serious […]

California budget deal approved, eliminates contentious welfare policy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a state budget Wednesday that gives liberal Democrats long-sought increases to safety net programs while socking away billions to prepare for a recession. The $122.5 billion spending plan, negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, earned a rebuke from Republicans, who said it sets the […]

8.9M people estimated to have voted in California primary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About 8.9 million people, above 49 percent of California’s registered voters, are estimated to have turned out for the state’s presidential primary election this week, according to early projections by state officials. The figures are considered preliminary because 2.4 million ballots out of the 8.6 million still must be certified, said […]

In Democrat-only Senate race, Republicans become swing votes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican candidates were shut out in the race for California’s open U.S. Senate seat, but GOP voters could play a key role in November in determining which of two Democratic women goes to Washington. Attorney General Kamala Harris won a commanding victory in Tuesday’s primary to claim one of two runoff […]

California Pension Fund CEO Sentenced for Bribery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal judge Tuesday sentenced the former head of the nation’s largest public pension fund to four and 1/2 years in prison in a case in which the pension fund CEO acknowledged accepting more than $200,000 in bribes and trying to steer investments to help an associate. Senior U.S. District Court […]

Teen removed from graduation for wearing African cloth

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Black teenager says he was escorted out of his high school graduation ceremony in Sacramento by three deputies for refusing to remove his kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian silk and cotton fabric. Nyree Holmes said Saturday that he wore the decorative cloth atop his graduation robes to have something with […]

SCOTUS: Prosecutors excluded Blacks from Jury; overturns all-white jury verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a Black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster came in a case in which defense lawyers obtained […]

Officer acquitted on all charges in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore officer was acquitted Monday of assault and other charges in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a significant blow in their attempt to hold police accountable for the young black man’s death from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van. A judge also found Officer Edward […]

Report finds segregation in education on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six decades after the Supreme Court outlawed separating students by race, stubborn disparities persist in how the country educates its poor and minority children. A report Tuesday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found deepening segregation of Black and Hispanic students at high-poverty K-12 public schools. These schools often offered fewer math, […]