News From Around the Web: April 24 Edition

April 24th, 2014

(Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

(Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

In today’s news, President Obama reaffirms America’s commitment to Japan in dispute with China over islands; Lupita Nyong’o was named as the most beautiful person of 2014 by People magazine; and James Baldwin, born 90 years ago, is fading in classrooms.

Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan deal over islands dispute with China. [CNN]

Lupita Nyong’o named People’s most beautiful person of 2014. [CNfN]

James Baldwin, born 90 years ago, is fading in classrooms. [NY Times]

FDA announces rules restricting e-cigarettes and cigars. [USA Today]

Another unstoppable night for Houston Rockets and LaMarcus Aldridge. [ESPN]

Johnson Publishing names new editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine. [BET]

Pharrell Williams is still atop Hot 100 chart. [Billboard]

Rand Paul seeks to loosen Democratic hold on African-American vote. [NPR]

Rapist in Nigeria to be stoned to death. [BBC]

New York State has most segregated schools in the nation. [NY Magazine]

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News From Around the Web: April 23 Edition

April 23rd, 2014

In today’s news, the Supreme Court backs Michigan’s ban on affirmative action; First Lady Michelle Obama announced a one-stop job site for veterans; and suspects in a Detroit mob face attempted murder charges.

Supreme Court backs Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. [NY Times]

First lady announces one-stop job site for veterans. [ABC]

Detroit mob attack suspects face attempted murder charges. [BET]

Obama visits mudslide victims, sees damage firsthand. [USA Today]

Lupita Nyong’o named People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ person. [Daily News]

Ohio teacher fired over comment on Black president. [BET]

Indiana Pacers bounce back to rout Atlanta Hawks and even series at 1-1. [ESPN]

Bomb kills senior Egyptian policeman. [BBC]

New York Police Department Twitter campaign backfires. [USA Today]

Poll shows tight senate races in four southern states. [NY Times]

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News From Around the Web: April 22 Edition

April 22nd, 2014

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In today’s news, the Justice Department says it will broaden its criteria for clemency petitions; Jay Z is said to be involved in an extortion plot over master recordings; and terrorists in Nigeria kidnap more than 200 girls.

Justice Department to broaden criteria for clemency petitions. [HNGN]

Jay Z involved in extortion plot over master recordings: report. [Billboard]

Terrorists kidnap more than 200 Nigerian girls. [USA Today]

High Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban. [BET]

Oklahoma Supreme Court stays execution of two death-row inmates. [Fox]

Teen stowaway raises questions about airport security. [CNN]

Clippers dominate game two with Doc Rivers’s full complement of players. [CBS]

A driver’s bloody run-in with an angry Detroit. [NY Times]

Obama names veteran Washington lawyer as White House counsel. [Washington Post]

Woman ditches diets, loses 160 pounds. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: April 21 Edition

April 21st, 2014

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In today’s news, the Boston Marathon goes forward allowing many to put last year’s event in the past; Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear; and a violent weekend in Chicago leaves eight people dead.

Boston Marathon will allow some to put April 15 in past. [USA Today]

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear. [ABC]

Violent weekend leaves eight dead in Chicago. [Seattle Post]

Twenty-one injured when car plows into Florida church. [USA Today]

Hillary Rodham Clinton writes about “Hard Choices.” [Post and Courier]

Student suspended after Miss America prom proposal. [ABC]

Ole Miss fraternity shut down for noose-tying incident. [BET]

Pharrell Williams taps Jay Z, Usher for another guest-filled set. [Billboard]

Member of Parliament in Somalia killed in car bombing. [BBC]

Cory Booker and Tim Scott are the Senate’s newest odd couple. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: April 18 Edition

April 18th, 2014

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In today’s news, President Obama says 8 million people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act; Basil Paterson, well-known political leader from Harlem, died at age 87; and in Nigeria, parents are seeking their abducted daughters.

Obama says 8 million signed up for health plans. [Business Week]

Basil Paterson, renowned Harlem political leader, is dead at 87. [BET]

In Nigeria, parents seek abducted daughters. [BBC]

Chelsea Clinton says she is expecting. [NY Times]

Obama urges Congress to pass immigration reform. [Business Standard]

Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial for assault. [Reuters]

Miami Heat’s Big 3 want third title before talking split. [USA Today]

Twitter to promote app downloads in mobile timelines. [PC World]

Howard students continue tradition of giving back during spring break. [BET]

Oscar Pistorius trial: Key defense witness contradicts athlete’s testimony. [Daily News]

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News From Around the Web: April 17 Edition

April 17th, 2014

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In today’s news, President Obama announces $600 million for job skills programs; Democrats say that Obamacare should be defended; and an insurgent candidate seeks to become Chicago’s first African-American female mayor.

Obama announces $600 million for job skills programs.  [Washington Post]

Defend Obamacare unabashedly, some Democrats say. [ABC]

Running without fear, an insurgent challenges Chicago’s mayor. [BET]

Michael Bloomberg launches $50 million gun control effort. [CBC News]

NY political leader Basil Paterson, father of former governor, is dead. [WNBC]

Firetruck plows into California cafe; 15 hurt. [Washington Post]

Wu-Tang Clan-associated rapper cuts off penis in suicide attempt. [Daily News]

Lamar Odom signs with the New York Knicks. [Eonline]

As many as 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram, Nigerian officials say. [CNN]

Injuries from e-cigarettes increase amid rising popularity. [Fox]

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News From Around the Web: April 16 Edition

April 16th, 2014

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In today’s news, the Obama administration is reviewing clemency procedures; Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day; and a Republican legislator is seeking to cut off Attorney General Eric Holder’s salary.

Obama administration will review clemency process on granting pardons. [USA Today]

Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. [ESPN]

GOP legislation would cut off Attorney General Holder’s salary. [Fox]

Bloomberg to spend $50 million to challenge NRA on gun safety. [CNN]

Man charged with Boston Marathon hoax due in court. [Washington Post]

New York police end Muslim surveillance program. [Detroit Free Press]

Runner from Sierra Leone is missing in England. [BBC]

Pharrell Williams cries “Happy” tears. [CNN]

President Obama has moment of silence for Boston Marathon victims. [BET]

Oscar Pistorius faces uphill battle in murder trial, experts say. [NBC]

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News From Around the Web: April 15 Edition

April 15th, 2014

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In today’s news, President Obama and Republicans are competing for support among women; Vice President Biden and Gov. Deval Patrick are among the officials at Boston bombing memorial; and 72 people are killed in a bus station blast in Nigeria.

President Obama, Republicans compete for support among women. [BET]

Joe Biden, Deval Patrick among officials at Boston bombing memorial. [Reuters]

Blast at bus station in Nigeria’s capital kills 72.  [ABC]

Jackie Robinson’s legacy to be honored across baseball. [mlb.com]

Maryland governor signs pot decriminalization bill. [KRNV]

Miami Heat locked into No. 2 seed after loss to Washington Wizards. [Miami Herald]

Flavor Flav pleads guilty in domestic battery case. [Newsday]

Black police captain files discrimination suit against Los Angeles. [CBS]

Prosecutor wraps up Oscar Pistorius grilling in murder trial. [Reuters]

As Ebola outbreak spreads, vaccine remains years away. [CBS]

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News From Around the Web: April 14 Edition

April 14th, 2014

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In today’s news, President Obama blasts voting restrictions speaking at National Action Network conference; more than 70 people were killed in a bus blast near Nigeria’s capitol; and victims of the Boston Marathon are being honored.

Obama blasts voting restrictions at National Action Network. [BET]

More than 70 killed in bus blast in Nigeria. [BBC]

Boston Marathon victims to be honored. [Chicago Tribune]

Former KKK leader suspected in Jewish Center attacks. [NBC]

Democratic leader: GOP base “animated by racism.” [NY Post]

Beyoncé and Solange Knowles surprise fans with rare collaboration. [Fashion Times]

49ers’ Aldon Smith arrested for airport bomb threat. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder “benefited enormously” from being Black.  [Mediaite]

Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius shot lover as they talked. [USA Today]

Ebola empties hotels as Africa borders close. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

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News From Around the Web: April 10 Edition

April 10th, 2014

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In today’s news, President Obama takes center stage in a civil rights commemoration; Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in a warehouse; Kathleen Sebelius says there are 7.5 million people who have signed up for the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama takes center stage in civil rights commemoration. [CNN]

Rosa Parks archives remain unsold in warehouse. [BET]

Kathleen Sebelius: 7.5 million signed up in Obamacare exchanges. [Politico]

School stabbings suspect dazed; 1 student in very critical condition. [LA Times]

The Pistorius Trial: His courtroom hysterics may be mostly theater. [Time]

Russell Westbrook scores 30 to help Thunder ward off Clippers. [ESPN]

Envoy urges support for peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic. [NY Times]

Glee star Naya Rivera and rapper Big Sean end their short engagement. [Fox]

More than 100 have died in Guinea from Ebola virus. [BBC]

Army’s ban on dreadlocks is offensive to some African-Americans. [CNN]

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