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Trebek: 'Jeopardy!' retirement isn't imminent despite cancer
1/17/2020 1:55:49 PM

By Lynn Elber   PASADENA (AP)—The brief farewell that Alex Trebek says will close his final “Jeopardy!” episode isn't on the horizon. “I don't foresee that 30-second moment coming up in the near future,” Trebek said Wednesday, referring to his request for time to close out his decades-long run with the quiz show. While treatment for pancreatic cancer is taking a toll, Trebek said he's not ready to retire although he's mulled it in recent years. He spoke during a panel promoting ““Jeopardy! The Greatest of All...

PBS highlighting women with summer of programming
1/17/2020 1:54:29 PM

PASADENA (AP)—The 100th anniversary of the amendment that guaranteed women's right to vote in the United States is being celebrated in a variety of programming by PBS this summer. American Experience's “The Vote” will chronicle the story of the campaign by women for voting rights under the 19th Amendment. The two-night POV miniseries “And She Could Be Next” follows women of color as political candidates and organizers, including Rashida Tlaib and Stacey Abrams. “Firing Line With Margaret Hoover” takes viewers on the campaign trail in...

As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries
1/17/2020 1:52:58 PM

By Matthew Brown   PARADISE (AP)—First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton's house and killed 85 people in her community. Then came the smoke—not just from the forest but also from some 14,000 houses and their contents that burned, generating a thick plume that enshrouded portions of Northern California for weeks and left Norton gasping. And since the fire, more than a year now, it has been sickness: repeated respiratory infections that sap Norton's strength, interfere with her work and...

Newsom proposes health care for older illegal immigrants
1/17/2020 1:51:54 PM

By Adam Beam and Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California Gavin Newsom's budget proposal announced Friday for the next fiscal year includes health care for 27,000 older low-income immigrants who are in the country illegally. The immigrants would have to be Medicaid-eligible to get the money under his proposed budget that has a $5.6 billion surplus and includes $21 billion in reserves for an inevitable economic downturn. California last year became the first state to offer full health benefits to low-income adults 25 and younger living in the country...

California could be 1st state to sell own prescription drugs
1/17/2020 1:50:43 PM

By Adam Beam   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California could become the first state to make its own prescription drugs under a proposal announced Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who says it would “take the power out of the hands of greedy pharmaceutical companies.” The Democratic governor wants the nation's most populous state to contract with generic drug companies to make medications on its behalf so it could sell them to its nearly 40 million residents. The goal is to lower prices by increasing competition in the generic drug market, Newsom said. His proposal also...

Our children are leading us—hallelujah!
1/17/2020 1:48:10 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   In December Time magazine named then-16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg their 2019 Person of the Year—the youngest person ever honored. Time noted that this brave, determined teenager represents a new wave of young people who refuse to accept the world adults have created for them: “Her global climate strike is the largest and most international of all the youth movements, but it’s hardly the only one: teenagers in the U.S. are organizing against gun violence and flocking to progressive candidates; students in Hong...

Experts predicted trade recession in 2016 if Trump won, instead the opposite happened
1/17/2020 1:46:18 PM

By Robert Romano   Remember Smoot-Hawley. That was the rallying cry of #NeverTrump all throughout 2016, that if elected, President Donald Trump would levy tariffs and the world would fall into recession, or maybe even another Great Depression. Because the Smoot-Hawley tariffs were the cause of the Great Depression, or so the thinking goes. I’d say it was the strong dollar that made a bad recession worse in the 1930s, but that’s another argument. The question is what impact Trump’s tariffs had on the real economy versus the expectations of the punditry in...

Democratic states appeal Obamacare ruling to Supreme Court
1/8/2020 7:50:08 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar   WASHINGTON (AP)—In a move that could put the Obama-era health law squarely in the middle of the 2020 election, Democratic-led states Friday asked the Supreme Court for a fast-track review of a recent court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest. A coalition of 20 states led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a petition seeking expedited review, joined by House Democrats and Washington, D.C. They hope to get a Supreme Court hearing and decision by this summer, before the November...

Compton Unified files lawsuit against JUUL claiming ‘E-Cigarette Epidemic’
1/8/2020 12:42:54 PM

COMPTON—The District alleges schools are overwhelmed by managing pervasive “juuling” use which has increased by tenfold since 2013. The Compton Unified School District has filed suit against JUUL Labs, Inc. claiming the company for “cultivating and fostering” an e-cigarette epidemic that has invaded schools The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. These suits come shortly after lawsuits were filed by the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Glendale Unified School District against JUUL for the same negligence and nuisance claims. The...

Compton Initiative planning workday in January
1/8/2020 12:40:49 PM

By Staff Reports   COMPTON—The Compton Initiative will be back in Compton on January 25 and is seeking volunteers to help beautify 20 sites in the city. The Compton Initiative is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 after Compton had reached its highest murder rate in ten years and ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States. The city was known around the world for its images of gang violence, social disorder and urban blight. Starting with a small group of volunteers, the group connected with community leaders and residents who were ready for...