Democrats Using 2017 'Obamacare' Vote as Political Weapon
5/10/2018 10:45:20 AM

By Alan Fram   WASHINGTON—A year ago, Democrats sarcastically serenaded Republicans with chants of “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, goodbye” as the GOP shoved legislation through the House scuttling the Obamacare health care law. Now, Democrats battling to capture House and Senate control in November's elections are trying to weaponize that roll call, in which 217 Republicans voted yes. In Michigan, Arkansas and elsewhere, Democrats are hammering Republicans for voting to replace the increasingly popular statute with a bill Congress' own budget experts said...

1st Death Reported in Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak
5/10/2018 10:41:54 AM

By Mike Stobbe   The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The death was reported in California, but state and federal health officials did not provide any other details. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak last week, revealing that 121 people had gotten sick in 25 states. At least 52 people have been hospitalized, including 14 with kidney failure, which is an unusually high number of hospitalizations. The CDC also added Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah to the states...

Measles Case Reported in Central California
5/10/2018 10:40:39 AM

FRESNO—Health officials investigating a case of measles in central California say others may have been exposed to the disease. Fresno County authorities say the person may have exposed others during a visit Monday to an urgent care center and to a hospital emergency room on Wednesday in Clovis. The Fresno Bee reports Saturday that the infected individual traveled out of state, where the infection occurred. Symptoms developed after the person returned to California. Officials with JF Urgent Care Center and Clovis Community Medical Center are attempting to contact patients who...

Residents Vent Over Murky Foul Water
5/10/2018 10:37:31 AM

By Jim Forbes for The Bulletin   “It’s so wrong that our children are afraid of water coming out of their faucets,” Rep. Nanette Barragan declared to loud applause. “Let me tell you, in affluent neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and Malibu they wouldn’t allow this to happen,” the Congresswoman said to residents chants of “No, No, No.” Barragan hosted a Town Hall meeting at George Washington Elementary School that packed in hundreds of local residents seeking answers to the cause of discolored water that on any given day ranges from...

Judge Considers Ban on Separating Families at Border
5/10/2018 10:36:30 AM

By Elliott Spagat   SAN DIEGO—A federal judge asked pointed questions of the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday over a proposed ban on U.S. immigration authorities separating parents from their children at the border. The ACLU sued on behalf of a Congolese woman who was separated from her 7-year-old daughter for five months after seeking asylum at a San Diego border crossing and a Brazilian asylum-seeker who has been separated from her 14-year-old son since an arrest for illegal entry in August near the Texas-New Mexico border. The...

Black Unemployment Rate Hit Record Low in April
5/10/2018 10:35:25 AM

WASHINGTON—The unemployment rate for Black Americans fell to a record low in April, though not necessarily for positive reasons. The jobless rate for African-Americans reached 6.6 percent, the lowest level on Labor Department records dating to 1972. Though some of them found work, many others stopped looking for a job and so weren't categorized as unemployed. The government counts people as unemployed only if they're actively looking for work. When fewer people seek a job, the unemployment rate often declines. Though it has improved in recent years, the unemployment rate...

Compton Blaze Spurs Leak of 25 Gallons of Hazardous Material
5/10/2018 10:34:00 AM

COMPTON—County firefighters knocked down an industrial fire Sunday in Compton that leaked about 25 gallons of an unknown substance into storm drains, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire at a business building at 3000 Harcourt St. was reported at 5:45 p.m., said Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman. The blaze was contained to the loading dock area, Pittman said. As firefighters battled the blaze, about 25 gallons of a hazardous material leaked into storm drains, Pittman continued. A county fire hazmat team was called to the site. As a precaution, the...

One-Day Strike Set by LAUSD Workers for May 15
5/10/2018 10:33:14 AM

LOS ANGELES—Custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other support workers at the Los Angeles Unified School District plan to conduct a 24-hour strike on May 15 to protest what they say are unfair labor practices by the school district, a union spokeswoman said Sunday. The tentative one-day strike comes after a vote by LAUSD support workers to authorize a strike late last month, Service Employees International Union Local 99 spokeswoman Blanca Gallegos told City News Service Sunday. The union represents some 30,000 workers, including bus drivers, custodial workers, special...

Professor Sorts Fact, Fiction in Underground Railroad Tales
5/10/2018 10:32:05 AM

By Barbara Miller   WASHINGTON, Pa.—Scenario No. 1: Nine escaped slaves make their way in 1856 from Clarksburg, then in Virginia, and cross the Mason-Dixon Line. Armed with tools used for cutting corn, clubs and rocks, they beat back their pursuers in Greene County and head to freedom in Canada. Scenario No. 2: Six runaway slaves arrive at the Washington home of abolitionist Dr. Francis J. LeMoyne. Law enforcement shows up with a search warrant, but is stymied by the lady of the house, who takes to her bed faking illness to shelter the group hiding beneath the bed...

Supreme Court Affirms Death Sentence in 1996 Compton Murders; Dissent Cites Potential Racial Bias
5/10/2018 10:30:04 AM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES—The California Supreme Court Monday affirmed a 1999 death sentence for a convicted double murderer, finding insufficient evidence that jury selection was racially motivated, though a dissenting opinion cited the possibility of racial bias and the unreliability of eyewitness identification. Ennis Reed, 45, was found guilty on June 4, 1999, of two counts each of murder and attempted murder, with jurors finding true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders in the killings of Amarilis Vasquez and Paul Moreland. The first...