West Point launches inquiry into cadets’ fists-raised photo

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 Black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised, an image that has spurred questions about whether the gesture violates military restrictions on political activity. West Point is looking into whether the photo broke any rules, Spokesman Lt. […]

California raises legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday approved raising the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. The new law, which will take effect June 9, makes California the second state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. It will not apply to […]

Federal judge upholds North Carolina photo ID mandate

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Lawsuits challenging changes to North Carolina’s election law failed to show it hampered the ability of minority voters to exercise political power, a federal judge ruled Monday in dismissing the cases. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled against the U.S. Justice Department, the North Carolina NAACP chapter and named voters. They sued […]

Will CA Black Voters Be Able To Kiss and Make Up?

(CBM) – With eyes now looking toward California and Hillary Clinton claiming victory in the latest primary, she is still ahead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Now as Hillary Clinton moves towards clinching the nomination she is faced with the task of winning over Sanders’ supporters. Public Policy Institute of California, reports : about 43 […]

Racist statements lead lawmakers to reject John Wayne Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — What a California lawmaker intended as a benign resolution honoring a late, world-renowned movie icon exploded into an emotional debate over decades-old racist comments. The state Assembly defeated the official ode to John Wayne Thursday after several legislators described statements he made about racial minorities and his support for the anti-communist […]

GOP race shifts California’s political fault lines

BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its diminishing appeal and those who want it to enforce conservative purity. But the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party’s […]

Beyonce slays at tour opening, offers no insight into album

MIAMI (AP) — Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyonce moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami, offering no insight into the rumors of marital infidelity fueled by her latest album. Queen B came out swinging Wednesday in an oversized black western hat and bodysuit, trading […]

Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M

CLEVELAND (AP) — The city on Monday reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland said the city will pay […]

St Louis, Sacramento among leading MLS expansion candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber called St. Louis and Sacramento, California, “front-runners” for the next round of expansion, which could occur as soon as 2020. He said other candidates, in priority order, were Detroit; San Diego; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; and Cincinnati. “What held us back in St. Louis […]

Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No […]