Author: Diane I. Daniels, For New Pittsburgh Courier

Omarosa’s departure highlights lack of White House diversity

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Omarosa Manigault Newman’s departure, the White House has lost arguably its most prominent and visible African-American senior staffer, serving as a reminder of the lack of diversity at the upper echelons of the Trump administration.

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

Famed ‘Concussion’ pathologist alleges autopsy interference

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner, known nationally as the doctor depicted in the movie “Concussion” about brain injuries among football players, resigned Tuesday over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so invasive that it borders on the unlicensed practice of medicine.

Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations

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DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a nearly 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the nation’s workplaces.

Lawyers sue Calif. because too many children can’t read


SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school children who do not know how to read.

Report finds law enforcement failed at Charlottesville rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement’s response to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia last summer failed on multiple fronts, leading to “deep distrust of government” in the Charlottesville community, an independent review released Friday found.

Raiders beat Broncos 21-14 in fight-filled game

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With one starting receiver ejected, a second hurt and Oakland’s once 21-point lead down to seven, Derek Carr dropped back to pass with a chance to seal a victory with a third-down conversion.

California may limit liability of self-driving carmakers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help makers of self-driving cars avoid paying for accidents and other trouble, raising concerns that the proposal will put an unfair burden on vehicle owners.

California ‘Obamacare’ enrollment up slightly from last year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health insurance marketplace says enrollment is up slightly from the same period last year despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back the federal health care law.

Randolph helps Kings knock off Thunder 94-86

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Zach Randolph chuckled at the thought that he is too old to still log major minutes in the NBA. The veteran big man has a different perspective on his game.

“I’m in my prime,” Randolph said with a wide grin.

Looked pretty good Tuesday night.

Initiative would expand DNA gathering, restrict early parole

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Monday proposed a ballot measure that would bar certain convicted rapists and sex traffickers from being eligible for early release and expand the list of crimes for which a perpetrator’s DNA is collected.

Kings Squander 19-Point Lead, Cousins Scores 41 In Return To Sacramento

Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, falls backward defending New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, left, at Golden 1 Center. (OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey)

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO (AP) – DeMarcus Cousins could exhale at last. The nerves were long gone, his highly anticipated return to Sacramento in the books — and what a beauty it was.