Tim Scott Becomes First Black Senator Elected in the South Since Reconstruction

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina voters have sent Republican Tim Scott back to the U.S. Senate, making him the first Black candidate to win a statewide race since just after the Civil War. Scott was declared the winner based on projections from exit poll data. Scott has served in the U.S. Senate since January […]

California May Be Next Stop for Pot Activists

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SEATTLE (AP) — Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America’s drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation’s capital approving recreational pot use. The advocates believed they also have another win, too, in Alaska, as a legal pot measure held a steady lead. The only major loss for […]

Obama Turns to Black Radio to Plead for Midterm Votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina […]

US Steps Up Response as Ebola Worries Grow

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials said Thursday they still don’t know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the nation is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the U.S. The revelation that one of the hospital nurses was cleared to fly […]

Sacramento Native Cornel West Arrested in Ferguson Protests

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FERGUSON (AP) — Pounding rain and tornado watches didn’t deter hundreds of protesters Monday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost four hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown’s body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police. Organizers of the four-day Ferguson October protests dubbed the day […]

Covered California Offers Millions in No-Bid Contracts

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety […]

Study: Voter ID Laws Cut Turnout By Blacks, Young

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WASHINGTON (AP) — States that toughened their voter identification laws saw steeper drops in election turnout than those that did not, with disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, a nonpartisan congressional study released Wednesday concluded. As of June, 33 states have enacted laws obligating voters to show a photo ID at the polls, the […]

California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to […]

White House: Holder Resigning as Attorney General

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first Black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder’s departure […]

Study: U.S. Latinos & Blacks Don’t Trust How Mainstream Media Portrays Them

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WASHINGTON – A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don’t fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the minority population of the United States grows. Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts […]