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Report: California cops more likely to stop Black drivers
1/8/2020 12:38:13 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO—Black drivers in California were stopped by police at 2.5 times the per capita rate of whites and searched three times as often, according to the latest report Thursday from a first-in-the-nation attempt to track racial profiling by police. Under a 2015 law, when California police make a stop of any kind they are required to, among other things, log their perception of the race, gender and sexual orientation of anyone they stop. The report by the state Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board includes information from the eight largest law...

After being shot, teen minister preaches on New Year's Eve
1/8/2020 12:36:39 PM

By Nick Perez   WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)—”I... You... We... still got time” was the refrain of youth pastor Jakai White's message to a Wilmington congregation New Year's Eve, as gun violence loomed over the city. The 15-year-old delivered the sermon at Joshua Harvest Church days after being shot in both legs as he left Christiana Skating Center near Ogletown on Christmas Eve. White said he thought he was going to die as his father rushed him to the hospital after the shooting. Tuesday night's service followed a string of shootings in the city,...

Latina author organizes book drive for migrant families
1/8/2020 12:33:34 PM

By Angela Kochera   LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP)—A good book can take a reader on a journey, but for migrants on an actual journey a book can also uplift, entertain and inspire. New Mexico author Denise Chavez created Libros para el Viaje, or books for the journey, with that idea in mind. “Our commitment is to deliver books to our children, young people and adults wherever they are housed,” Chavez said. That includes shelters on both sides of the border, camps near international bridges in Ciudad Juarez, where people are waiting for the chance to make an asylum...

'Affluenza teen' jailed in Texas for probation violation
1/8/2020 12:31:10 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)—A Texas man who used “affluenza” as a defense at his trial for killing four people while driving drunk was arrested Thursday after authorities say he violated the terms of his probation. Ethan Couch, 22, was booked into a jail in Fort Worth after he tested positive for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, court records show. Couch's attorneys, Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn, said their client has been intensely monitored for alcohol and illegal substance use for more than 20 months and “has never been positive for the use of any...

After being shot, teen minister preaches on New Year's Eve
1/8/2020 12:28:43 PM

By Nick Perez   WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)—”I... You... We... still got time” was the refrain of youth pastor Jakai White's message to a Wilmington congregation New Year's Eve, as gun violence loomed over the city. The 15-year-old delivered the sermon at Joshua Harvest Church days after being shot in both legs as he left Christiana Skating Center near Ogletown on Christmas Eve. White said he thought he was going to die as his father rushed him to the hospital after the shooting. Tuesday night's service followed a string of shootings in the city,...

Study: 2019 'banner year' for female filmmakers
1/8/2020 12:22:28 PM

By Jake Coyle   LOS ANGELES—Lulu Wang, Lorene Scafaria, Melina Matsoukas and Greta Gerwig led Hollywood to a record year for women in the director's chair. In 2019, women directed more of the most popular movies than any year before. Women directed 12 of 2019's top 100-grossing films in 2019, according to a study released by USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. That percentage of female filmmakers, 10.6%, is greater than researchers have recorded before, suggesting that some measure of change is finally coming to a film industry where inequality behind the camera...

'Skywalker' rises again; 'Little Women' go big at box office
1/8/2020 12:20:54 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES—“Star Wars” was still rising in the last weekend of the year, while “Little Women” broke big at the box office. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” brought in $72 million over the weekend to remain the top-earning film in North America by light-years, according to studio estimates Sunday. In 10 days of release it has brought in $362.8 million for Disney, falling just short of the earnings of its predecessor, 2017's “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in a comparable span. Helped by the Christmas...

Sherman tells contract critics 'I keep all the receipts'
1/8/2020 12:18:45 PM

By Josh DuBrow   SANTA CLARA (AP)—The bet Richard Sherman placed on himself when he personally negotiated a free-agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers that included significant incentive clauses is paying off in a big way. Sherman was picked as a second-team All-Pro on Friday, earning him a $2 million bonus on the three-year contract he signed in 2018. Sherman was criticized by some former players, media members and agents for negotiating his own deal without an agent. The contract he got coming off major surgery for a ruptured Achilles' tendon was worth a...

Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby arrested on battery charge
1/8/2020 12:17:45 PM

By Freida Frisaro   MIAMI (AP)—Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby was arrested on a battery charge Thursday night in Miami after arguing with a music promoter over payment for a performance, Miami police said in an arrest warrant. After police arrested the rapper, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, they found a warrant for his arrest from Texas, also on a battery charge. He was booked into the Miami-Dade jail just before midnight Thursday and a judge ordered him held without bond on Friday because of the Texas warrant. Kirk will stay in custody until further notice,...

Study finds possible link between hair dye, straighteners, breast cancer
1/8/2020 12:05:57 PM

WASHINGTON, DC—A study from researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that women who used permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners had a higher risk of breast cancer than women who didn’t use them. The study was published December 4, 2019 in the International Journal of Cancer. This is the latest study to look at possible links between cancer and chemical hair products. Previous studies have had mixed results. The NIH study looked at data from 46,709 women in the Sister Study. Participants are American women who did not have cancer when they enrolled...