News From Around the Web: Sept. 6 Edition

September 6th, 2013

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In today’s news, the American unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent; President Obama’s efforts to build support among G-20 nations for an intervention in Syria were less than successful; and South Africa’s strike gold mining workers return to work.

Unemployment rate eases to 7.3 percent. [LA Times]

Despite Obama’s pleas, G-20 nations remain deadlocked over Syria. [NBC]

South Africa’s striking gold miners return to work. [BBC]

National parks try to appeal to minorities. [NY Times]

George Zimmerman’s wife files for divorce, says she doesn’t recognize him. [ABC]

Ex-NFL star Hernandez to be arraigned on murder charge. [Reuters]

Electronic cigarettes growing in popularity with teens. [LA Times]

Maya Angelou to receive national Literarian Award. [BET]

Gunmen stage deadly attack on Nigeria market. [Aljazeera]

Shell to negotiate compensation for 2008 Nigeria oil spill. [Guardian]

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News From Around the Web: Sept. 5 Edition

September 5th, 2013

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In today’s news, President Obama is meeting with world leaders in Russia while tensions over Syria persist; former President Bill Clinton strongly defended Obamacare; and Egypt’s interior minister survived a bomb attack.

Obama in Russia to meet world leaders amid Syria tension. [NY Times]

Bill Clinton chides states for opting out on Obamacare. [NBC]

Egypt’s interior minister survives bomb attack. [LA Times]

Ku Klux Klan meets with NAACP. [Politico]

Nigeria’s Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest man, signs deal to build oil refinery. [BBC]

George Zimmerman gets speeding ticket in Florida. [CBS]

HBCU student wins voting rights battle in North Carolina. [BET]

Comedian Dave Chappelle had a rocky experience in Connecticut. [USA Today]

Celtics forward Jared Sullinger arrested after domestic dispute. [Sports Illustrated]

Faster care hasn’t cut heart attack deaths in hospitals. [USAToday]

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News From Around the Web: Sept. 4 Edition

September 4th, 2013

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In Wednesday’s top news, Obama’s call for Syria strike gets support from Speaker Boehner; Martin Luther King’s children are in another dispute; and South African gold miners go on strike.

House Speaker John Boehner supports President Obama’s call for Syria strike. [NY Times]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s children in dispute over intellectual property. [BET]

Ariel Castro found hanged in prison. [Chicago Tribune]

At Naval Academy rape hearing, midshipmen describe toga parties. [Washington Post]

Poll: New York mayor hopeful Bill de Blasio could avoid Democratic run-off. [Reuters]

One-quarter of deaths from heart disease, stroke avoidable, CDC says. [LA Times]

LeBron James developing sitcom for Starz. [NY Daily News]

Chicago shootings: 8 Dead, 25 wounded over Labor Day weekend. [BET]

Press freedom under fire in Liberia. [Guardian]

Apple announces Sept. 10 event to unveil new iPhone models. [Business Week]

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News From Around the Web: Sept. 3 Edition

September 3rd, 2013

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In Monday’s top news, President Obama gets critical support from John McCain for an attack on Syria; Nelson Mandela is discharged from the hospital; and the Trayvon Martin Foundation gets $50,000 from donors in Orlando.

Obama gains McCain’s support for Syria attack. [NY Times]

Still in critical condition, Mandela is discharged from hospital. [Washington Post]

Orlando donors contribute $50,000 to Trayvon Martin Foundation. [Orlando Sentinel]

FAMU marching band playing again after suspension. [Oregon Live]

Liberian press union calls on president to release imprisoned journalist. [All Africa]

Serena Williams advances to the quarterfinals of the US Open. [ESPN]

CBS, Time Warner Cable reach agreement, end blackout. [USA Today]

Life expectancy grows for women age 50 and up. [NY Times]

The Butler enjoys Labor Day upset with $20 million. [Hollywood Reporter]

Kanye West performs at wedding of grandson of Kazakhstan’s president. [NY Times]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 30

August 30th, 2013

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In today’s news, President Obama is set for a limited strike on Syria; fast-food workers are striking around the nation; and Egypt has arrested the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Obama set for limited strike on Syria as British vote no. [NY Times]

Fast-food worker strikes set for cities nationwide. [Troy Record]

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood leader. [BBC]

Obama defends suit challenging Texas Voter ID law. [BET]

San Diego mayor is leaving today. [10TV]

Obama changes rules to close two gun loopholes. [Reuters]

Redskins’ Robert Griffin III cleared, but concerns still linger. [USA Today]

Jay Z drops ‘Holy Grail’ video featuring Justin Timberlake. [Entertainment Weekly]

Study shows men just as likely to be depressed as women. [LA Times]

Governments demanded user data from Facebook. [York Dispatch]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 29

August 29th, 2013

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In today’s news, President Obama spoke about the challenges facing the nation at the anniversary of the March on Washington; Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Foxx were among the celebrities at the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech; and New York police have labeled mosques as terrorist organizations, a report says.

“Because they kept marching, America changed,” Obama says on anniversary. [Washington Post]

Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx speak at March on Washington event. [Hollywood Reporter]

New York police labeled mosques as terrorist organizations, report says. [Christian Science Monitor]

UN peacekeeper dies in Congo battle. [BBC]

George Zimmerman’s wife strikes deal in perjury case. [NY Times]

Venus Williams out in second round at U.S. Open. [ESPN]

California launches drone to fight wildfire. [CBS]

Study shows men just as likely to be depressed as women. [LA Times]

Nintendo cuts a dimension from a device aimed at youths. [NY Times]

Nigeria floods test government’s disaster plans. [Guardian]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 28

August 28th, 2013

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In today’s news, President Obama is weighing limited strikes against Syrian forces; an economic gap remains between blacks and white 50 years after the March on Washington; and the president, entertainment giants and others will celebrate Martin Luther King’s historic speech.

Obama weighs limited strikes against Syrian forces. [NY Times]

Fifty years after March on Washington, economic gap between blacks, whites persists. [Washington Post]

Obama, Oprah and others celebrate King’s dream. [BET]

Zimbabwe outlines plans for “Disneyland in Africa.” [BBC]

Navy football rape case: victim scheduled to testify Wednesday. [ABC]

Air Force Academy’s first female leader speaks of sexual harassment. [USA Today]

Derek Jeter returns to Yankees from injury again. [NY Daily News]

Paris Jackson “doing much better” after suicide attempt. [NY Daily News]

NYC mayoral race has Black voters divided. [BET]

Broccoli slows arthritis, researchers suggest. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 27

August 27th, 2013

In Tuesday’s top news, President Obama is considering a limited military strike in Syria; in New York City, two candidates for mayor are in a two-way race for the Black vote; and the Department of Homeland security suspends an employee with a racist website.

President Obama considering limited military strike in Syria. [Washington Post]

In New York, mayoral rivals in 2-way fight for Black vote. [NY Times]

Homeland security suspends employee with racist website. [BET]

Instant competition for Apple’s iPhone trade-in program. [Forbes]

George Zimmerman seeks $200,000 payback from Florida taxpayers. [NY Daily News]

Serena Williams demolishes Francesca Schiavone at U.S. Open. [Reuters]

The Butler continues box office reign. [Hollywood Gossip]

Charleston, S.C., restaurant apologizes after kicking out Black patrons. [BET]

U.S. schools are getting healthier, CDC says. [KVNU]

Sudan peacekeepers missing in floods. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 26

August 26th, 2013

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In Monday’s top news, thousands gathered to commemorate March on Washington; Egypt’s military is seeking to use religion to quell the ranks; and the Justice Department is seeking to block a school voucher program in Louisiana.

Marching for Martin Luther King’s dream: “The task is not done.” [BET]

Egypt military enlists religion to quell ranks. [NY Times]

Justice Department tries to block Louisiana’s school voucher program. [Fox]

Chicago students begin classes after school closures. [Fox]

Colin Powell calls verdict in Trayvon Martin killing “questionable.” [NY Daily News]

Ohio student says racist postings were meant as a joke. [Kansas City Star]

Arthur Ashe’s legacy on display at US Open. [NY Times]

Justin Timberlake wins top prize at MTV Video Awards. [Hollywood Reporter]

Instagram, Vine and Netflix hit by Amazon glitch. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 23

August 23rd, 2013

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In Friday’s top news, the Justice Department announced plans to sue the state of Texas over voter laws it says are discriminatory; the New York City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of two policing bills; and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed.

Justice Department to sue Texas over voter ID law. [BET]

New York City Council reverses Bloomberg veto of policing bills. [NY Times]

Egypt frees former President Hosni Mubarak as crackdown on Islamists continues. [LA Times]

Robert Mugabe sworn in for seventh term as Zimbabwe’s leader. [BBC]

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman. [Charlotte Observer]

Bankrupt Detroit now has a stray dog problem of more than 50,000. [ABC]

Allan Iverson to officially retire from basketball. [Slam]

Kanye West sued by photographer, claiming he was assaulted. [TMZ]

Bad teeth, gum disease tied to cancer. [Bloomberg]

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