L.A. County to Pay $3.9 Million in Alleged Deputy Assaults of Female Inmates
11/14/2018 10:11:48 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to pay out a total of $3.9 million to three women to settle claims that a sheriff's deputy sexually assaulted them while they were in custody at Century Regional Detention Facility. A settlement of $2.25 million was approved for two women who filed suit together against the county, alleging that Deputy Giancarlo Scotti—now charged with multiple felony counts for sexual assault—had separately forced each of them to have oral sex and raped one of...

Pelosi Unveils Plans to Establish New House Diversity Office
11/14/2018 10:10:32 PM

By Lisa Mascaro   WASHINGTON (AP)—Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wants to establish a House diversity office to recruit and retain employees from different backgrounds to Capitol Hill as one of the first acts of the new Congress, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Pelosi told colleagues in the letter that Democrats “take great pride” in having a House majority that she says will be more than 60 percent women, minorities and LGBTQ representatives. “We know that the diversity in our ranks is a strength and a reflection of...

California Voters Reject Ballot Measures to Lower Taxes
11/14/2018 10:09:31 PM

By Amy Taxin and Elliot Spagat   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Californians passed up two chances to lower taxes, voting to keep higher gasoline taxes and reject a proposed tax break for older homeowners in moves that experts said could highlight a greater tolerance for taxes even as many state residents bemoan the high cost of living. Voters on Tuesday rejected Proposition 6, a Republican-backed proposal to repeal increases in fuel taxes and vehicle fees that are funding $52 billion in road fixes and transit upgrades over a decade. A separate measure, Proposition 5, to expand a...

Congresswoman: DC Wins Statehood if Dems Take House
11/14/2018 10:08:42 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   For longtime D.C. Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, serving in the minority in the House of Representatives certainly has had its disadvantages. And, with President Donald Trump in the White House and the GOP having a stronghold in the House and Senate, life hasn’t been a picnic for anyone. “We have strong division between Democrats and Republicans that’s been heating up for some time. But, not in my lifetime has anyone not only divided but tried his best to divide [like Trump has],” said Norton, the legendary Congressman...

Colorado Votes to Abolish Slavery, Finally
11/14/2018 10:07:54 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   While many spent last Tuesday and early Wednesday celebrating midterm election wins, Colorado celebrated freedom. With four of the five precincts reporting, slavery in all forms was abolished in the Centennial State. The Secretary of State’s Office said the amendment to Colorado’s Constitution received 65 percent of the votes already counted. “The margin is such that there is no doubt,” Lynn Bartels, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, told reporters. Abolish Slavery Colorado, a group that has...

California Gov.-Elect Newsom Announces First Hires
11/14/2018 10:06:44 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Former Hillary Clinton staffer Ann O'Leary will serve as chief of staff to Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, the incoming governor announced Friday. Newsom also hired former California Department of Finance Director Ana Matosantos to be his cabinet secretary. O'Leary and Matosantos are Newsom's first two hires for his incoming administration. Newsom will be sworn in as governor in January. O'Leary will be Newsom's highest ranking staffer and will help lead his transition team. She was a senior policy adviser to Clinton's 2016 presidential...

Stacey Abrams: ‘It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over’
11/14/2018 10:05:49 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   All Tuesday afternoon on election day and throughout the night, Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams urged voters to “stay in line” and to “make sure your vote is counted.” By Thursday, two days after Republican Brian Kemp declared victory, Abrams is still calling for every vote to be counted and she’s hoping that the results will at least be enough for a runoff, if absentee ballots don’t push her over the top altogether. “We know our opponent has declared himself victor and we do not accept...

L.A. County Nurses Threaten Strike
11/14/2018 10:05:05 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Los Angeles County emergency room nurses and nurse practitioners threatened Tuesday to go on strike as early as Thanksgiving, saying the county is not paying enough to attract and retain nurses, leaving emergency rooms and intensive care units understaffed and patients at risk. Dozens of nurses and their supporters gathered on the steps of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in advance of the Board of Supervisors meeting, where their union planned to deliver a 10-day strike authorization notice. Ninety-eight percent of the...

Viola Davis on 'Widows,' MeToo and Expressing Her Femininity
11/14/2018 10:03:50 PM

By Jake Coyle   TORONTO (AP)—To Viola Davis, being naked on screen or onstage means more than having your clothes off. It means ridding yourself of self-consciousness and ego. It means exposing yourself. “Oftentimes you do see dynamic acting—there are a lot of really dynamic actors—but there is a sense of vanity,” says Davis. “I always say that when people get naked on stage it always looks like they've been to the gym for about five years. And we all know that's not the case. When we get naked in life, we may have some rolls of flesh...

L.A. Chosen for Inaugural World Urban Games
11/7/2018 8:38:25 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)— The Global Association of International Sports Federations announced today it has selected Los Angeles to host the inaugural World Urban Games in 2019 and the second edition in 2021. The agreement for the 2021 edition is conditional on the success of the 2019 event, a statement said. The Los Angeles bid was one of two to make the final cut along with Budapest. The GAISF made the decision Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland. “The first World Urban Games will be a historic event and we are confident that we couldn't have a better host than the city of Los...