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A Sweet Victory for Same-Sex Couples Via a Wedding Cake

A Sweet Victory for Same-Sex Couples Via a Wedding Cake

DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple cannot cite his Christian beliefs in refusing them service because it would lead to discrimination, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled on Aug. 13. The three-judge panel said in a 66-page ruling that Colorado’s anti-discrimination law does [...]
A $15 Hourly Wage Progresses in California and New YorkSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. “How we support our workers and their [...]
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What Does a $34 Million Gift Mean for Oakland, California?So what does a $34 million investment in Oakland, California actually mean in terms of positive change? Well, consider it this way: Fifteen percent of the more than 406,200 residents in this racially-diverse Northern California city with a history of working families are expected to benefit in some way. Talk about an investment with teeth and [...]
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A $15 Minimum Wage Gains Support in L.A. CountyLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour after officials were told it would either kill business or help lift bread-winners out of poverty. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to direct county lawyers to [...]
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Leticia Zarazua Alvarado understood the needs of low-income families at an early age. Her family brought her to the United States from Mexico at age 9. “Coming from a low-income family has been a tough road,” says Leticia, who is now in her early twenties and is studying child development at East Los Angeles College. [...]
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Calif. Program Pays $11 Per Hour for Care of Poor SeniorsWASHINGTON (AP) — Christine McCormack quit her job as a restaurant manager two years ago to care for her 88-year-old mother-in-law. While it doesn’t make up for all of her lost income, she’s getting some financial help through an innovative program that allows many of California’s low-income senior citizens and disabled residents to remain in [...]
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Cesar Cruz first saw a need in his community as a high school senior at the Civitas School of Leadership in East Los Angeles. In the summer of 2012, he joined his school’s community garden project, which was designed to help educate parents and students about healthy foods and better eating. That work earned Cesar [...]
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Arrest of Black Activist Over ‘Lynching’ Is CriticizedSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested Black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, authorities didn’t charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace. They charged her with felony lynching. No one was killed or even hurt in the demonstration. But the 20-year-old woman [...]
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Poverty Fighting Programs Are Embraced in Calif. BudgetSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California’s growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor. The new budget beginning next month will establish an earned income tax credit for working-poor families, boost the number of state-subsidized child care slots and expand state-funded [...]
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Mark Zuckerberg Gives $5M for Immigrant ScholarshipsA scholarship fund for undocumented youth soared by $5 million on Wednesday, after the San Francisco Bay Area husband-wife team of Mark Zuckerberg, a Facebook co-founder, and Priscilla Chan, a doctor, announced their contribution on the popular social networking site. The $5 million donation to TheDream.US will support more than 400 scholarships for immigrant youth [...]
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