(CNN) - A federal appeals court removed Olympian Carl Lewis from a New Jersey state Senate race ballot Thursday, yet another turn in his on-again off-again quest for candidacy.
A three-judge panel with the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals said Lewis, who voted in California elections in 2008 and 2009, didn't meet New Jersey's four-year residency requirement.
(CNN) - Former U.S. Sen. Charles Percy, a prominent Illinois Republican who served in the Senate for nearly 20 years and became chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, died Saturday, said a spokesman for Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a relative. He was 91.
Percy, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party who was once considered a potential presidential candidate, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966 and served until 1985.FULL STORY
Los Angeles (CNN) - A prominent California Democrat campaign fund manager charged with defrauding a state legislator of $677,181 is in settlement negotiations with federal prosecutors, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.
Kinde Durkee, whose Durkee & Associates firm is based in Burbank, California, has been charged with two counts of mail fraud regarding the alleged misappropriation of $677,181 in campaign funds belonging to California Assemblyman Jose Solorio, a Democrat whose office is based in Anaheim, authorities said.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered Saturday as an irrepressible civil rights leader who many times triumphed over a "mountain of despair."
"Everywhere he went, the mountain of despair was thrust upon him by the evils" of the world, said former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young during a national prayer service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Both chambers of the Democrat-controlled California legislature are scheduled to vote Tuesday afternoon on a budget deal to reduce the state's staggering $26 billion deficit to $5 billion, officials said.
The deal, brokered by Democratic leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown over Republican objections, calls for massive cuts: $5 billion to health and human services, $1 billion to the corrections department, $650 million to the University of California system, another $650 million to the California State University system and hundreds of millions to the court system, officials said.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The tenor of American political rhetoric became a centerpiece in the national debate over Saturday's attack by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona, that killed six people and left local Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a bullet wound to the brain.
Public leaders and others expressed sorrow about "a tragedy for the entire country," as President Obama put it - a total of 18 people allegedly shot by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Attorneys on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate faced off Monday in a federal appeals court in California, as a panel of judges heard arguments about the constitutionality of Proposition 8.
In August, a federal judge ruled that the voter-approved measure, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, violated the U.S. Constitution. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered an appeal of that judge's ruling Monday.
The three-judge panel opened Monday's hearing with tough questioning of parties seeking to appeal the decision, including ProtectMarriage.com and Isabel Vargas, who's a deputy clerk and deputy commissioner of civil marriages for Imperial County, California, where voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 8.
(CNN) - San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys.
In making the veto, the mayor released a new report on how a public-private partnership is combating childhood obesity and how San Francisco's more than 55,000 public school students are now eating fresher and healthier foods.
(CNN) - California voters rejected the legalization of marijuana Tuesday, according to a CNN projection based on exit polling.
Supporters of Proposition 19 argued that the "prohibition" of marijuana - much like that for alcohol decades ago - has created a violent criminal black market, led today by international drug cartels.
But opponents prevailed Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - She's been called "the female Obama" by some media, and the president even paid her a visit this week to help her political fortunes. Like Barack Obama, she aspires to a lot of firsts.
Kamala Harris is the daughter of a father from Jamaica and a mother from India, and she's seeking to be the first black woman attorney general of California.