STUDY: Nearly Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23

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NEW YORK – Nearly 50 percent of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study. One of the authors of the study published this month in the journal “Crime & Delinquency” said the statistics could be […]

World Mourns Mandela, Struggles to Find The Words

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WORLDWIDE – For most of the world, his name is synonymous with courage and perseverance. Leaders and citizens, athletes and artists remembered Nelson Mandela on Friday – though many struggled to find words big enough to describe the man who changed the face of South Africa and inspired a continent and a world: a colossus, […]

Nelson Mandela, Revered Statesman and Anti-Apartheid Leader, Dies at 95

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JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly one-third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, the system of white racist rule that he described as evil, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the […]

According to Survey More Than 1 in 10 US Kids Has ADHD

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ATLANTA – The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011. ADHD […]

Senate Democrats Vote to End Filibuster

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WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama’s current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans’ ability to block final votes. The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in […]

Obama to Announce $100M in Education Grants

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is announcing $100 million in grants to help better prepare high school students to compete in the global economy. The White House says the Youth CareerConnect program will help schools train students for in-demand industries, including science, technology, engineering and math. The government will award up to 40 grants to […]

Health Exchanges Slow to Attract Young, Healthy

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LOS ANGELES – Fears that insurance exchanges that are the linchpin of President Barack Obama’s federal health care overhaul wouldn’t attract the young, healthy people needed to make them financially viable are being heightened by the early results of signups in several states. If it becomes a trend, that could lead to increases in insurance […]

New Bartlett’s Compiles Black Quotations

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NEW YORK – For the debut Bartlett’s anthology of Black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the artistic. “When you think about Black history, you think about touch points like slavery, colonialism, apartheid,” Powers says. “Those are heavy and difficult topics. But there also lives being led and poetry […]

AP Sources: Obama to allow sale of Canceled Plans

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WASHINGTON – Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. The decision was designed to ease the impact on millions of consumers who have received cancellation notices in recent […]

First Lady Undertakes New Education Initiative

WASHINGTON – Edging into a broader policy role, Michelle Obama is joining President Barack Obama’s efforts to get the United States on track to have the highest percentage of college graduates by 2020. Mrs. Obama spoke to students Tuesday at Bell Multicultural High School just a few miles from the White House. Officials say the […]