First Week of Testimony in Martin Case Wraps Up

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SANFORD – The first week of George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial wrapped up with testimony from two neighbors and a police officer that seemed to bolster the defense’s argument that he was pinned on his back by Trayvon Martin before shooting the teen. Neighbor Jonathan Good testified Friday that it appeared the unarmed teen was […]

Governor Brown Signs California State Budget; Boosts K12 Education Spending

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SACRAMENTO – California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a state spending plan for the coming fiscal year Thursday that makes budget-busting deficits a distant memory, funnels billions of additional dollars to K-12 schools and begins restoring social service programs that were cut during the recession. The budget also expands Medicaid to an additional 1.4 million low-income […]

Affirmative Action Ruling Contest: Race vs. Class

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WASHINGTON – In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this […]

Governor and Democratic Leaders Announce Budget Deal

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SACRAMENTO — The budget compromise announced today between Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s Democratic leaders largely mirrors the governor’s proposal for a fiscally restrained spending plan that assumes conservative revenue projections. But there’s a catch: Rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers say they are agreeing to less spending than they wanted so they could pass the budget […]

Susan Rice to Take Over as National Security Advisor

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser Tom Donilon is resigning and will be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who has been a lightning rod for Republican criticism over faulty explanations for the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Donilon has been a key foreign policy […]

About 140 arrested in NC during NAACP protest

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RALEIGH — About 140 people have been arrested during the latest weekly demonstration led by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP against the state’s Republican-led General Assembly. Police estimate that roughly 1,000 people attended a rally late Monday afternoon behind the Legislative Building. Hundreds later entered the building, with those intending to get arrested […]

Deacon Jones of Famed Fearsome Foursome Dead at 74

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WASHINGTION – David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. “Deacon Jones was one of the […]

Jason Kidd Retiring From NBA After 19 Seasons

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NEW YORK — Jason Kidd became one of the best by making others better. He turned around a longtime-losing franchise, guided another to a championship, and helped his last one to its first division title since the year he came into the NBA 19 years ago. Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him. […]

Mike Malone Reaches Deal to Be Kings’ New Coach

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OAKLAND — Incoming Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is already making moves to rebuild the fallen franchise. The Kings have an agreement in place with Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone to be their head coach, a person familiar with the decision said Thursday night. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition […]

President Obama to Launch Fresh Push on Student Loans

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WASHINGTON – College students are joining President Barack Obama at the White House as he calls on Congress to keep federally subsidized student loan rates from doubling on July 1. Friday’s White House event marks the beginning of a public campaign by Obama to temporarily extend current rates or to find a long-term compromise that […]