January Special!
California Midterm Voter Turnout Tops 64 Percent
12/12/2018 6:12:58 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California's voter turnout in the November election topped 64 percent, the highest midterm turnout in several decades, according to county vote totals collected by the Secretary of State. Friday was the deadline for counties to finish counting ballots, but the secretary of state has until Dec. 14 to certify the results. The state Legislature has already sworn in new members. Here's a look at some of the details: U.S. HOUSE The final totals confirmed Democrat TJ Cox's upset victory for U.S. House against Republican...

Trump Prods McConnell on Sentencing Bill: 'Go for it Mitch!'
12/12/2018 6:09:59 PM

By Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And on Friday, it also brought on a tweet from President Donald Trump. “Hopefully Mitch McConnell will ask for a VOTE on Criminal Justice Reform,” Trump tweeted. “It is extremely popular and has strong bipartisan support. It will also help a lot of people, save taxpayer dollars, and...

L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Charged with Manslaughter for On-Duty Shooting
12/12/2018 6:07:38 PM

LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a voluntary manslaughter charge stemming from the fatal on-duty shooting of a man at a Norwalk gas station—the first prosecution of its type in the county in nearly two decades. Deputy Luke Liu, 40, faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted of the voluntary manslaughter charge, which includes a special allegation of personal use of a handgun. The charge stems from the Feb. 24, 2016, shooting of 26-year-old Francisco Garcia at a gas station in the 10900 block of Alondra Boulevard. Liu...

Hart Steps Down as Oscars Host Over Past Anti-Gay Tweets
12/10/2018 9:52:24 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn't want to be a distraction. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” wrote Hart. Hart, who is in Australia for a comedy tour, also tweeted Friday morning: “The ultimate measure of a man is...

After a Long, Bumpy Journey, 'Mowgli' Settles in at Netflix
12/10/2018 9:51:11 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   LOS ANGELES (AP)—To say Andy Serkis has been through the wringer with his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's “The Jungle Book” is a bit of an understatement. It was always going to be an ambitious project for a first time director—dark, intense and more in the spirit of Kipling's stories, with a big studio (Warner Bros.) behind it, a blockbuster budget, A-list talent to match, from Christian Bale to Cate Blanchett, and all the high-pressure stakes that go along with that. But five years ago when he signed up to direct, Serkis...

Dick Cheney Biopic 'Vice' Tops Golden Globes Nominations
12/10/2018 9:49:45 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival “A Star Is Born,” the interracial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the period romp “The Favourite.” “Vice” topped all contenders in the nominations that were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, including best...

Alternative to EpiPen to Hit Market at Generic Prices
12/10/2018 9:44:31 PM

By Linda A. Johnson   TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—Generic drugmaker Sandoz announced plans Thursday to start selling an alternative to the EpiPen in the U.S. early next year. The EpiPen injector is used to halt life-threatening allergic reactions to insect bites, nuts and other foods. Brand-name EpiPen, which dominates the market, has been in short supply since spring because of production problems. Sandoz will sell prefilled syringes with the same medicine, the hormone epinephrine, under the name Symjepi. The price will be $250 for two, without insurance. Two generic...

Don’t Let Small Dollar Loans Ruin Your Holidays
12/10/2018 9:38:04 PM

In this wonderful time of the year when family and friends gather in good cheer to celebrate the holidays, nearly everyone has a number of lists. From greeting cards to shopping for gifts, decorations and more, lists are made and reviewed to keep pace with the barrage of seasonal activities. But if holiday lists seem bigger than budgets, turning to a high-interest, “small dollar” loan can turn joy and merriment into a financial quagmire. The good news is that holiday financial hangovers that predatory lenders give, do not need to be a part of your celebrations. Just keep...

Remembering My Dear Friend and Freedom Fighter Dr. John Maguire
12/10/2018 9:36:24 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   My dear friend Dr. John Maguire readily admitted his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama and Jacksonville, Florida didn’t make him a likely champion of racial equality. But when he passed away recently at age 86, John—the president emeritus of Claremont Graduate University, former president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Old Westbury, and recipient of many accolades and honors—was widely respected as an extraordinarily committed advocate for civil rights and social justice. His story is a powerful example of the power and...

Be Sure Your Grin Will Find You Out
12/10/2018 9:34:27 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Christmas is a wonderful time of the year and I appreciate it so very much. I recognize I’m difficult to purchase presents for because I have my books, my pens, what else do I really need? Once in a while I get a Christmas present to beat all Christmas presents. This year was one of those “once in a while’s.” It’s a pretty well known fact that the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself differs when it comes to culinary likes and dislikes. How we got along for so many years is truly a miracle, I suppose. She, for...