Zimmerman Cleared in Shooting of Trayvon Martin

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SANFORD – Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges late Saturday night in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Zimmerman, 29, blinked and smiled slightly when the verdict was announced. He could have been […]

Carl Landry is Back With The Kings: Agrees to 4-year, $26 Million Deal

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SACRAMENTO – Carl Landry believes his second stint with the Sacramento Kings will be better and last longer than his first time around. With an aggressive new regime in place, Landry and the Kings agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $26 million on Saturday that will bring the power forward back to California’s […]

Pelicans, Blazers, Kings Make Deal; Evans Headed to New Orleans

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SACRAMENTO – New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento have agreed to a three-team trade sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, people familiar with the deal said. The people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because NBA […]

Student Loan Rates Double Without Congress’ Action

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WASHINGTON — College students’ interest rates are at the mercy of Congress. The interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent Monday and could stay doubled unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns from the Fourth of July holiday. Lawmakers from both parties, as well as the White […]

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 […]