Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five weeks after nine people were slain at a black Charleston church, federal authorities have indicted the suspected shooter on dozens of new charges, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion. The prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, has been expected since the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African […]

Higher Minimum-Wage Proposals Gain Ground on Both Coasts

(AP) – The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. “How we support our workers and their families […]

Texas trooper video rekindles debate about police treatment of Blacks

AUSTIN (AP) — When Sandra Bland refused to put out her cigarette, the police officer opened her car door and tried dragging her out of the vehicle. She asked at least four times why she was being arrested and got no answer. When she told him she had epilepsy, he shouted, “Good!” The tense dashcam […]

Kings, Seth Curry agree to 2-year deal

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Seth Curry is joining his brother in Northern California, after all. Just not together on the Golden State Warriors. Curry and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a two-year, $2 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday night. The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition […]

California’s high health enrollment surpasses projections

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California has enrolled 2.3 million people under an optional expansion of the state’s Medicaid program — nearly three times more than the state had anticipated, according to the state Department of Finance. Beyond that, a record number of people who already qualified for the low-income health program signed up, pushing overall enrollment […]

Family questions circumstances of woman’s Texas jail death

DALLAS (AP) — Family and friends sought more details Thursday about the death of a black woman who authorities say hanged herself in a Texas jail after her arrest for allegedly kicking an officer following a traffic stop, saying the 28-year-old gave no indication she was in such an emotional state that she would kill […]

Poll: Minorities, young Americans still backing Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as the public remains closely divided about his presidency, Barack Obama is holding on to his support from the so-called “Obama coalition” of minorities, liberals and young Americans, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, creating an incentive for the next Democratic presidential nominee to stick with him and his policies. Hillary Rodham […]

African Americans well represented in Emmy Nominations

WEST HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Six months after the Oscars featured an all-white cast of acting nominees, television’s Emmy Awards is poised to show its big-screen Hollywood sibling how diversity is achieved. The likely contenders for Thursday’s Emmy nominations include hit series “Empire” and “Black-ish” and their wealth of critically acclaimed Black actors, and “Jane the […]

Kings void Luc Mbah a Moute’s contract after failed physical

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Kings voided the contract of forward Luc Mbah a Moute on Thursday after he failed a team physical. The announcement by the Kings came two days after Mbah a Moute signed a one-year deal as a free agent. The team had hoped he could add depth and defense to the second […]

Video reveals Planned Parenthood’s controversial fetal-parts policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday released an undercover video showing a senior Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposition of parts from aborted fetuses. The activists contended the video reveals illegalities, but Planned Parenthood said the activity in question was the legal, not-for-profit donation of fetal tissue to research firms. The video was […]