Obama’s executive actions could open a door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House has condemned Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as “disqualifying” and “toxic,” President Barack Obama may have only himself to blame if a President Trump ever succeeds in putting his plan, or some version of it, into action. In his efforts to work around Congress, […]

Supreme Court torn over Texas affirmative action program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears torn over the use of race in college admissions and may not be ready to make a decision without more information. During arguments Wednesday, several justices asked about the value of ordering more hearings in a case from Texas that was before them for the second time. Additional […]

Cousins, Gay each score 23, Kings beat Jazz, end 3-game skid

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Omri Casspi may be tough to bump from the Sacramento Kings’ starting lineup once rookie Willie Cauley-Stein returns from an injury that may keep him sidelined for another month. DeMarcus Cousins had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Rudy Gay also scored 23 points as the Kings beat the Utah […]

Blaine Gabbert leads 49ers past Bears 26-20 in OT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears had just taken a late lead when San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula delivered the message to Blaine Gabbert. He told his quarterback to enjoy the moment. Gabbert owned it, instead. Gabbert threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith in overtime after running for the tying TD late […]

Justice Department to launch civil rights probe of Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is expected to launch a wide-ranging investigation this week into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department after recent protests over a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person was […]

New HIV infections in gay Black men may be leveling off

NEW YORK (AP) — New HIV infections in gay Black men may finally be leveling off, health officials reported Sunday. Overall, new cases of HIV have been falling in the United States, while the number has been growing in gay and bisexual Black men. The AIDS virus is far more common in that group. But […]

Grocery chains leave food deserts barren

EATONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As part of Michelle Obama’s healthy eating initiative, a group of major food retailers promised in 2011 to open or expand 1,500 grocery or convenience stores in and around neighborhoods with no supermarkets by 2016. By their own count, they’re far short. Moreover, an analysis of federal food stamp data by […]

California’s strict gun laws failed to stop mass shooting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The deadly shooting in San Bernardino happened in a state with some of the nation’s toughest gun laws: California bars assault weapons, blocks the sale of large-capacity magazines and requires universal background checks for all gun purchases. Authorities say they believe attackers Syed Rizwan Farook and wife Tashfeen Malik had legally […]

High stakes for Baltimore as Freddie Gray trials begin

BALTIMORE (AP) — In Baltimore, this year can be divided into two parts: what came before Freddie Gray died and what happened afterward. Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the […]

Trump says Black pastors likely pressured not to endorse him

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he thinks a group of Black pastors meeting with him Monday had planned to endorse him for president but were pressured out of it because he “believes all lives matter.” “Probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be meeting […]