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News From Around the Web: March 19 Edition

March 19th, 2014

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In today’s news, Vietnam War hero Melvin Morris received the Medal of Honor from President Obama; Kanye West gets probation in paparazzi attack; and two tickets win $400M Mega Millions jackpot.

Vietnam War hero Melvin Morris receives the Medal of Honor. [BET]

Kanye West gets probation in paparazzi attack. [CNN]

Two tickets win $400M Mega Millions jackpot. [Chicago Tribune]

Searchers draw blank in southern search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370. [AsiaOne]

Texas set to execute aspiring rapper for murdering studio manager. [Reuters]

Two killed as Seattle news helicopter crashes near Space Needle. [KOMO]

Obama’s Final Four: Florida, Arizona, Louisville, Michigan State. [USA Today]

How a “Happy” video in Detroit went viral. [BET]

Cameroon lawyer wins award for defending gay rights. [BBC]

Obesity genes? Fried foods worse for some people. [Fox]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 31 Edition

January 31st, 2014

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In today’s news, executives from Wall-Mart, Apple and other companies are joining an effort by President Obama to help long-term unemployed Americans; New York mayor Bill de Blasio will settle the city’s suits on stop-and-frisk tactics; and Rutgers University is offering a class on Beyoncé.

Wal-Mart, Apple, others join Obama effort to aid long-term jobless. [Bloomberg]

N.Y. mayor says city will settle suits on stop-and-frisk tactics. [NY Times]

Rutgers University offers class on Beyoncé. [NY Post]

Black House members urge Obama to name African-Americans federal judges. [Montgomery Advertiser]

Georgia governor extends state of emergency after snow. [WRDW]

Dwight Howard, Roy Hibbert headline All-Star reserves. [USA Today]

Super Bowl halftime show will take viewers to (Bruno) Mars. [NBC]

U.S. to seek death penalty in Boston bombing case. [Washington Post]

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe gets top position at African Union. [SABC]

Ivory Coast artist Frederic Bruly Bouabre is dead at 91. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: June 26 Edition

June 26th, 2013

In today’s news, the Supreme Court barred the use of a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on Tuesday; President Obama lays out a plan to address global climate change; and the  jury in the trial of George Zimmerman sees photos of Trayvon Martin after the shooting.

Supreme Court stops use of key part of Voting Rights Act. [Washington Post]

Obama lays out broad plan to address climate change. [NPR]

Zimmerman jury sees photos of slain Trayvon Martin. [ABC News]

Cory Booker touts Newark record in first Senate ad. [Philly.com]

Family of ailing Mandela gathers in former president’s home town. [Huffington Post]

Serena Williams is chasing her sixth Wimbledon crown. [USA Today]

Nigeria hangs four prisoners in Benin City. [BBC]

Chris Brown charged with hit-and-run, tweets vigorous defense. [LA Times]

Southern University is off probation. [BET]

Michael Jackson’s son Prince to testify at wrongful death trial. [Telegraph]

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News From Around the Web: June 20 Edition

June 20th, 2013

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In today’s news, despite controversies over the IRS and surveillance, President Obama’s approval holds steady in a new poll; a statue of Frederick Douglass is dedicated at the U.S. Capitol with the abolitionist  becoming the fourth African-American to have such an honor; and Sopranos star James Gandolfini is dead at age 51.

Despite controversies, Obama’s job approval holds steady in new poll. [LA Times]

Statue of Frederick Douglass dedicated at U.S. Capitol. [CNN]

Sopranos star James Gandolfini dies at 51.  [Chicago Tribune]

Michelle Obama promotes healthy eating with a grass-roots campaign. [NY Times]

North Carolina governor signs law aimed at restarting executions.  [Reuters]

Detroit manager focused on health care costs in union meetings. [Free Press]

Nigeria motorbike raiders kill 48 people.  [BBC]

Elbow soreness keeps Tiger Woods from defending title. [NY Times]

Mali signs controversial ceasefire deal with separatist insurgents. [Guardian]

Celebrity chef Paula Deen uses N-word. [Daily Beast]

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News From Around the Web: May 14 Edition

May 14th, 2013

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In today’s news, Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of murder; Detroit’s emergency financial manager, Kevyn Orr, says the city’s fiscal health is worse than anticipated; and two waiters were arrested for the death of Malcolm X’s grandson.

Philadelphia abortion doctor guilty of murder in late-term procedures. [NY Times]

Detroit’s emergency financial manager paints a bleak picture. [BET]

Two waiters arrested in killing of Malcolm X’s grandson. [USA Today]

Plano, Texas, elects first African-American mayor. [Pegasus News]

Lawmakers criticize Justice Department over AP phone records grab. [Fox]

Obama attends fundraisers in NY to raise money for 2014. [NY1]

Detroit NAACP sues Michigan over emergency manager. [M-Live]

Thieves target Justin Beiber concert in South Africa. [BBC]

Civil rights groups say assault on voting continues in 2013. [BET]

Ghana’s state media gets infrastructure for digital migration. [Ghana Business News]

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News From Around the Web: April 1

April 1st, 2013

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In today’s top news, all of Urban Prep Academy’s senior class is college-bound for the fourth year, Louisville’s Kevin Ware is recovering from surgery after a gruesome leg injury and the White House is expecting 35,000 people at the 135th Easter Egg Roll.

Urban Prep Academy, an all-Black male charter school in Chicago, is sending all of its students to college for the fourth year. [Chicago Sun Times]

Louisville’s Kevin Ware is recovering from surgery after a gruesome leg injury in last night’s game against Duke. [ABCNews]

A crowd of 35,000 is expected to show up to the White House lawn for the 135th Easter Egg Roll. [NBC Washington]

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for James Holmes, who was accused in last year’s movie theater massacre in Colorado. [Washington Post]

Philip Banks III, an African-American, is the new highest-ranking uniformed officer in the NYPD. [The Grio]

The Supreme Court is weighing in on race as they address the affirmative action and voting rights cases. [AP]

Conservatives attack Google for using its homepage to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s birthday and not Easter. [Politico]

Elwin Wilson, a former KKK supporter who apologized for years of violent racism toward Blacks, has died at 76. [AP]

The number of female tourists arriving to India has dropped by 35 percent in the past three months since the fatal Delhi rape. [The Guardian]

An Afghan teenager killed an American soldier by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children. [USA Today]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 20 Edition

February 20th, 2013

In today’s top news, President Obama warned that hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose jobs unless Congress takes action soon, mentally impaired Georgia inmate Warren Hill was spared from execution and four are dead after a California man went on a shooting spree.

President Obama warned that hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose jobs unless Congress takes action before March 1. [BET]

Mentally impaired Georgia inmate Warren Hill was spared from execution by final-hour stays from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Georgia Court of Appeals. [CNN]

Four are dead after a California man went on a shooting spree during a series of carjackings before taking his own life. [Reuters]

A natural gas explosion caused a massive fire in Kansas City, Missouri, injuring 14. [NBCNews]

Real Husbands of Hollywood star Kevin Hart will host Saturday Night Live. [BET]

Tracey Edmonds and BET founder Robert Johnson will launch a faith-based digital network. [Grio]

Quincy Jones has launched a music education app. [AP]

A member of the Navy Seal Team Six crew that killed Osama bin Laden says he listened to Game’s “Red Nation” before killing the terrorist leader. [BET]

France is urging its citizens to leave Cameroon after seven French tourists were kidnapped. [BBC]

The U.N. warned that four million Syrians are in need of assistance amid civil war and a typhoid outbreak. [AJE]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 19 Edition

February 19th, 2013

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In today’s top news, funeral arrangements are set for Janay McFarlane, the Chicago teen who was shot and killed just hours after her sister attended President Obama’s speech on gun violence, President Obama says his leaked immigration plan is a backup measure in the event Congress doesn’t come to an agreement and advocates are pleading with Georgia to stay the execution of a man deemed mentally retarded.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Janay McFarlane, the Chicago teen was shot and killed just hours after her sister attended President Obama’s speech on gun violence. [CNN]

President Obama says his leaked immigration plan is a backup measure in the event Congress doesn’t come to an agreement. [NBCNews]

Advocates are pleading with Georgia to stay the execution of convicted murderer Warren Hill because of his mental state. [CNN]

Forest Whitaker was falsely accused of stealing from a New York City deli. [BET]

An Idaho man was fired from his job after slapping a Black toddler and using the n-word. [Grio]

South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorious says his girlfriend’s murder was unintentional. [CNN]

The U.N. says man-made chemicals in everyday products are to blame for some cancers, fertility problems. [Reuters]

The Best Man sequel is slated for a Christmas release. [BET]

Actor Anthony Anderson has expressed his willingness to play fugitive Christopher Dorner in movie adaptation of the story. [BET]

The European Union lifted sanctions on banned Zimbabwe officials. [AJE]

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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: July 24 Edition

July 24th, 2012

In today’s top news, The Wire cast will be hosting a fundraiser for the Obama campaign, the International AIDS conference has kicked off in Washington, D.C., and the Colorado massacre gunman may face the death penalty.

The Colorado massacre gunman James Holmes may face the death penalty. [BET]

The International AIDS conference kicked off in Washington, D.C., this week. [BET]

The Wire cast will be hosting a fundraiser for the Obama campaign at Martha’s Vineyard. [NYDN]

The European Union announces plans to vacate sanctions against Zimbabwe if a “credible” referendum is held. [Aljazeera]

Rapper Ice-T defends the right to bear arms: “That’s the last form of defense against tyranny.” [Politico]

An Olympic hopeful launches Nigeria’s first bone marrow registry. [NPR]

Team USA basketball team honors the 1992 Dream Team during close game against Argentina. [FOX Latino]

Mariah Carey officially signs on to be on the American Idol judge panel. [BET]

The Jackson family is still at odds about Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts. [CNN]

Georgia Supreme court halts the execution of a death-row inmate who may be mentally ill. [MSNBC]

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