California hate crimes up; Blacks, Jews, gay men targets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but the overall number still was a third lower total than a decade ago, the state’s attorney general reported Monday. Blacks, Jews and gay men were among the most frequent targets. There were […]

Philando Castile family reaches $3M settlement in death

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP) —The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death, according to an announcement Monday by her attorneys and the Minneapolis suburb that employed the officer. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile will avoid […]

With budget done, California lawmakers turn to other issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After approving a $125 billion budget last week, California lawmakers are turning their attention to other matters for the last three months of the annual legislative session. Aside from a controversial increase in gas taxes and vehicle registration fees, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed in April, no major legislation has yet […]

Cosby’s only criminal sex-assault case ends in hung jury, mistrial

(AP) – The sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby ended in a mistrial Saturday, an ambiguous outcome that did little to repair the iconic entertainer’s shattered reputation and left prosecutors vowing a retrial as soon as this year. After five days and 52 hours of deliberations in the Norristown courthouse, the jury said it was hopelessly […]

50 years after Loving, 1 in 6 new couples are racially mixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving’s landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the U.S., some couples of different races still talk of facing discrimination, disapproval and sometimes outright hostility from their fellow Americans. Although the racist laws against mixed marriages are gone, several interracial couples said in […]

Curry, Durant lead Warriors to 2-0 lead with 132-113 rout

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and ran a circle around LeBron James, then drove left through the paint and beat him to the rim for a right-handed layup over the star’s outstretched arm in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic. Steve Kerr got a front-row seat again for […]

States offer breaks to minority marijuana entrepreneurs

(AP) – Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities. A look at some of the efforts nationwide: ___ CALIFORNIA California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November. The first retail sales are expected […]

California lawmakers OK bill prompted by slaying of officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has passed a bill tightening parole policies after a gang member with repeated probation violations was accused of killing a police officer near Los Angeles. The Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to send the measure to the state Senate. The bill would require officials to evaluate an inmate’s entire […]

California may require pet shops sell only rescue dogs, cats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they are rescue animals under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday. Lawmakers voted 44-6 to send the measure to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell aims to prevent California pet stores from selling […]

Jury selection enters 2nd day in Bill Cosby sex assault case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jury selection resumed Tuesday in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial as prosecutors and the defense seek to fill out a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates in a case that has attracted worldwide publicity. A third of the initial jury pool already had an opinion about Cosby’s guilt or innocence, and […]