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President Trump fixes gaze on Puerto Rico, will visit Caribbean islands next week

By Laurie Kellman and Darlene Superville The Associated Press|

Trump looms large in Alabama Senate race

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Sen. Luther Strange and firebrand jurist Roy Moore face off in Alabama’s U.S. Senate runoff Tuesday in a race that will reverberate through the Republican Party and has pitted President Donald Trump against his former st...

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  • Trials

    Emotional testimony from the Downey police lieutenant who found slain officer’s body

    A Downey police lieutenant gave emotional testimony Monday about finding a fellow officer shot to death in a BMW parked near the police station nearly two years ago, saying he didn’t initially recognize the victim. With his voice breaking as he was asked about the discovery of Officer Ricardo Galvez’s body in the officer’s...

    By Terri Vermuelen Keith City News Service|

  • Environment

    After 20 years, California’s whale tail license plates remain one of state’s most successful environmental programs ever

    What started as a simple picture of a whale’s tail emblazoned on a specialized California license plate decades ago has morphed into one of the most successful environmental programs in the state. The Whale Tail license plate — celebrating its 20th anniversary — continues to be popular among motorists. Since 1997, 243,000 plates were sold and the program has raised $95 million, according to the California Coastal Commission, the state agency that doles out cash...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Politics

    First year of community college could soon be free in California

    New community college students in California may soon see a surprising number on their tuition balance: $0. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who proposed Assembly Bill 19, thinks it will prompt as many as 19,000 students who might not have seen college as a possibility to pursue higher education. “What we’re truly talking about is creating a college-going culture in our community,” Santiago said during a phone interview Monday. But the bill...

    By Emily DeRuy|

  • Football

    Trump’s criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

    President Donald Trump’s comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 150 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games. A week ago, just six players protested . As he prepared to board Air Force One to return to Washington from New Jersey on Sunday, Trump said the players protesting the anthem were “very disrespectful...

    By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer|

  • Legislation

    Important California bills waiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature

    State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the 2017 session of the California Legislature was “the most productive and progressive legislative session in memory.” Hundreds of bills are on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and he has until Oct. 15 to sign, not sign or veto. Here’s a look at some of the major bills on his desk. Read more by clicking...

    By Kurt Snibbe|

  • Politics

    Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new restrictions expected

    WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump is expected to announce new restrictions on travel to the United States as his ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expires Sunday, 90 days after it went into effect. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president sign off on new, more targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share information with the U.S. or haven’t taken necessary security...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Hate crimes

    Hate crimes in Long Beach on the rise in 2017

    Hate crimes are up this year in many large cities across California and the U.S., but Long Beach has shown a particularly pronounced increase by comparison, according to researchers at Cal State San Bernardino who track reported hate crimes. There have been 12 hate crimes reported through August this year in Long Beach, according to numbers provided by the Long Beach Police Department. There were only nine such reports in all of 2016, and at this point last year, there were only...

    Jeremiah Dobruck
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  • Community

    Long Beach nonprofits bring residents’ problem-solving ideas to the table(s)

    Long Beach residents responded to the invitation to problem-solve with their neighbors on Saturday — all over town. In Los Cerritos, retirement-aged residents talked about ways to help the homeless get stable housing. At the japanese garden at Cal State Long Beach, a younger crowd talked about ways to get city government to run faster. It wss all part of “Around the Table,” an initiative from the Long Beach Community Foundation and We Love Long Beach...

    By Valerie Osier Special to the Press-Telegram |

  • Immigration

    Home ownership will have to wait for this DACA recipient

    Rodrigo Mendoza has worked full-time as a pipe layer for four years, enough to build up his credit to buy his first house. But becoming a homeowner will have to wait. Mendoza, 32, of Temecula, is a participant in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that has provided two-year renewable work permits and deportation relief to about 800,000 young immigrants nationwide. The Obama-era program, as announced Sept. 5, will be phased out in the next six...

    Alejandra Molina
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  • Politics

    US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

    WASHINGTON >>In a show of American military might to North Korea, U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea’s “reckless behavior.” “This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the...

    By ROBERT BURNS and MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press|

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