News You Should Know: Aug. 9 Edition

August 9th, 2012

In today’s top news, U.S. runner Allyson Felix wins her first gold at her third Olympic games, Harry Belafonte critiques Jay-Z’s and Beyonce’s dedication to humanity and the Census Bureau aims to expand narrow definitions of race.

Allyson Felix wins her first individual gold at her third Olympic games. [LA]

The Census Bureau aims to expand narrow definitions of race. [AP]

Harry Belafonte critiques Jay-Z’s and Beyonce’s dedication to humanity. [THR]

Kenyan fossils indicate a new human species, researchers say. [BBC]

An unexpected drop in jobless claims signals a modest improvement in the economy. [Bloomberg]

The U.S. women’s gymnastic team is set to turn Olympic gold into green. [AP]

South African double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius will get another chance at Olympic glory. [NYT]

Rick Ross earns his fourth no. 1 album on Billboard 200 chart. [Reuters]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 8 Edition

August 8th, 2012

In today’s top news, University of Georgia will honor its first black student to get a degree, first time Olympian Alex Morgan makes a game-winning overtime goal for U.S. women’s soccer team and former President Bill Clinton defends Obama against Romney’s “misleading” welfare ad.

First-time Olympian Alex Morgan makes a game-winning overtime goal for U.S. women’s soccer team. [WaPo]

The University of Georgia will honor its first Black student to get a degree. [BET]

Former President Bill Clinton defends Obama against Romney’s “misleading” welfare ad. [Fox News]

Tucson gunman Jared Loughner pleads guilty to shooting rampage in exchange for death penalty repeal. [Reuters]

Russia’s controversial and cryptic Pussy Riot band are unmasked and on trial. [Chicago Tribune]

Sikh temple gunman’s ex-girlfriend has been arrested on a weapons charge. [CNN]

Convicted murderer with an IQ of 61 is executed in Texas. [Boston Herald]

President Obama travels to swing state Colorado to push economic plan and women’s issues. [NYT]

iCloud hacking casts serious doubts after man’s digital life is “destroyed.” [CBS]

“The Way We Were” composer, conductor Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68. [NYDN]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 7 Edition

August 7th, 2012

In today’s top news, Sikh temple gunman fronted a white supremacist rock band, Usain Bolt might become the first Olympian man to win consecutive gold medals in the 200m and Kevin Durant leads the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in an explosive win.

Kevin Durant leads the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in an explosive win against Argentina. [WaPo]

Wisconsin shooting gunman Wade Michael Page fronted a white supremacist rock band. [NYT]

Usain Bolt might become the first Olympian man to win consecutive gold medals in the 200 meter race. [HuffPo]

The rift between Apple and Google grows as new version of  iPhone drops YouTube app. [WSJ]

Death toll rises in Philippine capital as torrential rain flooding leaves thousands stranded. [CBS]

An Ohio husband shot his terminally ill wife as she laid in her hospital bed. [NBC]

Weight training might help prevent type 2 diabetes. [Boston]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 6 Edition

August 6th, 2012

In today’s top news, Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest man again, a Syrian prime minister defects and NASA’s rover Curiosity lands on Mars.

NASA’s rover Curiosity landing on Mars is “an unprecedented feat of technology,” says Obama. [CNN]

Lightning strikes twice as Usain Bolt breaks the 100-meter Olympic record again. [Yahoo]

Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab defects. [BBC]

White supremacist Wade Michael Page is named as the Sikh temple gunman. [NPR]

Sanya Richards-Ross redeems past Olympic disappointment with 400-meter gold. [ESPN]

Scotsman Andy Murray overtakes Roger Federer for men’s singles tennis Olympic gold. [WaPo]

Hundreds of Mali citizens attend makeshift militia training camps to oust Islamists. [NYT]

Syrian rebels abduct nearly 50 Iranian pilgrims. [LA Times]

New cases of swine flu have emerged around county fair pigs. [WaPo]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 3 Edition

August 3rd, 2012

In today’s top news, Olympian gymnast Gabrielle Douglas gets her second gold and makes history, U.N. faces roadblocks in Syria resolution and the African-American unemployment rate dipped in July.

Olympian gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is the first African-American to win gold in the women’s individual all-around competition. [BET]

The African-American unemployment rate fell ever so slightly in July. [BET]

The U.N. General Assembly faces roadblocks in Syria resolution as members butt heads. [AP]

Olympics record holder Michael Phelps sets the bar higher with his 20th gold win. [WaPo]

Gay rights supporters organize a same-sex “kiss in” at Chick-fil-A locations. [ABC]

China media slams Hillary Clinton for warning Africa about exploitative nations. [VOA]

Olympian Kayla Harrison overcame childhood abuse to become the first U.S. judo athlete to win gold. [Boston Globe]

Doctors say that Susan G. Komen for the Cure oversells the benefits of mammograms. [Fox News]

Psychologists find that bronze medalists are often happier than silver medalists. [NPR]

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New You Should Know: Aug. 2 Edition

August 2nd, 2012

In today’s top news, Gabby Douglas competes for second gold at Olympics and the psychiatrist of the Colorado shooting suspect had “serious concerns” about his behavior.

Report: The psychiatrist of Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes had “serious concerns” about his behavior. [CNN]

Gymnast Gabby Douglas is Team USA’s best hope for all-around gold medal. [LA Times]

Women can now get no-cost contraception. [BET]

Obama is supporting Syria rebels, sources say. [The Guardian]

Venus Williams loses in the third round at the Olympics: “Hopefully, there’s 2016.” [Yahoo]

Judge in George Zimmerman’s case rejects request to step down. [Reuters]

The Tea Party looks to become more influential in the Senate. [WSJ]

U.S.’s  Olympic  swimmer Nathan Adrian beats Australian favorite James ‘‘The Missile’’ Magnussen by a fingertip. [AP]

Same-sex marriage opponents champion their views by buying Chik-fil-A chicken sandwiches. [CNN]

Egypt’s new government is officially announced, with military retaining most power. [BBC]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 1 Edition

August 1st, 2012

In today’s top news, U.S. women’s gymnastics team “Fab Five” wins gold, Cuba Gooding Jr. is wanted by police and the newly crowned Miss Teen USA is Black.

New Miss Teen USA is Black. [MSNBC]

New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for Cuba Gooding Jr. [BET]

U.S. women’s gymnastics team “Fab Five” wins gold. [ESPN]

Renowned author Gore Vidal dies at 86. [USA Today]

Ugandans urged to “limit physical contact” as Ebola deaths spread. [ALJ]

New polls show that Obama leads Romney in three key swing states. [CBS]

Black teens drink less than white peers, but have more alcohol-related problems. [BET]

Back-up legal guardian Diana Ross pledges her allegiance to the Jackson children. [BET]

Olympian badminton players accused of throwing their matches are disqualified. [CNN]

Hillary Clinton is set to visit South Sudan during her Africa tour. [AFP]

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New You Should Know: July 31 Edition

July 31st, 2012

In today’s top news, Michael Phelps might make Olympic history again, Obama asks Bill Clinton to make a case for his re-election and a recently signed NFL player commits suicide.

NFL player O.J. Murdock kills himself in front of his former high school, police say. [CNN]

Obama asks Bill Clinton to make a case for his re-election at the Democratic National Convention. [BET]

Michael Phelps might make Olympic history again tonight. [AP]

Another Olympian is expelled from the games for a racist tweet. [WaPo]

China’s 16-year-old Olympian swimming champ denies dope allegations. [CNN]

Iranian president takes a jab at Mitt Romney’s controversial Israel trip. [AP]

A blackout leaves 600 million residents without power in India. [NPR]

Islamist occupiers stone an unwed couple to death in Mali. [Al Jazeera]

Rumor has it that Apple will announce the next iPhone and “mini iPad” this September. [NBCNews]

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News You Should Know: July 30 Edition

July 30th, 2012

In today’s top news, Olympic swimmer Lia Neal wins a bronze medal, a Mississippi church bans a Black couple’s wedding and HIV-positive women in Namibia are being sterilized.

HIV-positive women are being forced to undergo forced sterilization in Namibia, lawyers say. [BBC]

A Mississippi church bans a Black couple’s wedding. [BET]

Swimmer Lia Neal wins a bronze medal. [NYDN]

Mike Tyson and Spike Lee team up to bring the boxer’s life to Broadway. [USA Today]

Team U.S.A. basketball team is a shoe-in to become the Olympic champion. [LA Times]

An Ebola outbreak in Uganda has left at least 14 dead. [CNN]

Colorado shooting suspect to be led to court through underground tunnel. [CNN]

A new test might prove that Michael Jackson’s doctor was innocent. [CNN]

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News You Should Know: July 26 Edition

July 26th, 2012

In today’s top news, the names of six “secret” witnesses in George Zimmerman’s case are revealed, President Obama announces a new education program, and Katherine Jackson is no longer the guardian of Michael Jackson’s children.

President Obama announces a new initiative for Black academic excellence. [BET]

The judge reveals the names of six “secret” witnesses in George Zimmerman’s case. [News One]

Katherine Jackson is no longer the guardian of Michael Jackson’s children. [BET]

The top 10 African athletes to watch this Olympics. [BBC]

Authorities arrest James Brown’s daughter for a hit-and-run incident. [The Grio]

The “Black Madam” is charged with murder for lethal butt injections. [AP]

Somalia is close to creating its first legitimate government in more than 20 years. [ALJ]

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