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Renisha McBride Shooting Trial Begins in Detroit

As the highly controversial Renisha McBride shooting trial began in Detroit Wednesday, jurors heard two different versions of what happened that night from the lawyers on opposing sides in their opening statements, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lawyers for Theodor

Marissa Alexander denied new Stand Your Ground hearing 1

Defense co-counsel Bruce Zimet, left, and Faith Gay, right, stand with Marissa Alexander as they speak to the media, June 10, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Defense co-counsel Bruce Zimet, left, and Faith Gay, right, stand with Marissa Alexander as they speak to the media, June 10, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground

Eric Garner's Family And Friends Call For Justice At Funeral That 'Never Should Have Been'

Eric Garner was a son, husband, father of six and grandfather of two. As his family wept over his coffin Wednesday evening, the Rev. Al Sharpton took to the pulpit.

“We should not act as though we should be here today,” he told the few hundred mourners packed inside Brook

Obama Touts Expansion Of Program For Minority Boys

President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with his "My Brother's Keeper" pr

Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

Enter a $25 million gift to the United Negro College Fund from the conservative Koch brothers, which has pitted the needs of black students against liberals' ins

Two Republican Judges Gut Obamacare, Threatening Health Care For Millions

Two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court have ruled that the equivalent of a typo is enough to strip health care subsidies from up to 5 million people, dealing what would be a death blow to the Affordable Care Act if the decision is allowed to stand. The one Democra

The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest

Youth unemployment by race

Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 1

Renisha McBride Shooting Trial Begins in Detroit

Renisha McBride Shooting Trial Begins in Detroit

As the highly controversial Renisha McBride shooting trial began in Detroit Wednesday, jurors heard two different versions of what happened that night from the lawyers on opposing sides in their opening statements, the Detroit Free Press reports. Lawyers for Theodore Wafer—the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights, Mich., resident charged in the shooting death of the young, unarmed woman on his front porch—argued that their client was awakened in the early-morning hours of Nov. 2, 2013, to frightening banging...

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Marissa Alexander denied new Stand Your Ground hearing 1

Marissa Alexander denied new Stand Your Ground hearing 1

  Defense co-counsel Bruce Zimet, left, and Faith Gay, right, stand with Marissa Alexander as they speak to the media, June 10, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law will once again be no refuge for Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired what she said was a warning shot near her abusive husband, Rico Gray, and his two sons. On Friday, Circuit judge James H. Daniel denied her request for a new hearing to...

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Eric Garner's Family And Friends Call For Justice At Funeral That 'Never Should Have Been'

Eric Garner's Family And Friends Call For Justice At Funeral That 'Never Should Have Been'

Eric Garner was a son, husband, father of six and grandfather of two. As his family wept over his coffin Wednesday evening, the Rev. Al Sharpton took to the pulpit. “We should not act as though we should be here today,” he told the few hundred mourners packed inside Brooklyn’s Bethel Baptist Church, many waving paper fans across their faces to fend off the heat. This funeral, he said, “never should have been in the first...

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Obama Touts Expansion Of Program For Minority Boys

Obama Touts Expansion Of Program For Minority Boys

President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with his "My Brother's Keeper" program. Obama, who first announced his initiative in February, said Monday they plan to continue to build support for the program around the nation to ensure those who are the most risk will get the...

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Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United Negro College Fund from the conservative Koch brothers, which has pitted the needs of black students against liberals' insistence that the Kochs are pursuing a racist political agenda. Whether genuine philanthropy, political jujitsu or some of both, the gift sparked a debate that peaked when Lee Saunders, president of the powerful American Federation...

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Two Republican Judges Gut Obamacare, Threatening Health Care For Millions

Two Republican Judges Gut Obamacare, Threatening Health Care For Millions

Two Republican judges on the D.C. Circuit Court have ruled that the equivalent of a typo is enough to strip health care subsidies from up to 5 million people, dealing what would be a death blow to the Affordable Care Act if the decision is allowed to stand. The one Democrat on the panel dissented. The three-judge panel ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that people in the 36 states that use the federal health insurance exchange...

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The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest

The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest

Young people are being chased out of the labor market. Though the national unemployment rate has fallen steadily in recent months, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, and the jobless rate is even higher among young minorities. For young people between the ages of 16 and 24, unemployment is more than twice the national rate, at 14.2 percent. For African-Americans, that rate jumps to 21.4 percent. Of course, discrimination could be a factor. But according to William...

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Headline News

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage …

25-07-2014

Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

PARIS (AP) — French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all... Read more

Skol! It's Friday, and Gallup poll says …

25-07-2014

Skol! It's Friday, and Gallup poll says beer makes comeback

Beer! More Americans say they prefer a pint over a glass of vino or a cocktail, according to a new Gallup poll. This year, 41 percent of U.S. drinking adults said they typically choose beer; This is the strongest showing for beer in the United States since the drink's popularity... Read more

Israel kills senior Gaza militant, mulls…

25-07-2014

Israel kills senior Gaza militant, mulls next move

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to decide whether to expand its operation or consider ideas for a cease-fire.... Read more

Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, …

25-07-2014

Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

BAGHDAD (AP) — Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.... Read more

Russian execs fear lasting damage from p…

25-07-2014

Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

MOSCOW (AP) — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage.... Read more

Other News

Man Says He Shot Burglar Who Said She Wa…

24-07-2014

Man Says He Shot Burglar Who Said She Was Pregnant

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Police said Thursday they’re deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman’s accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her... Read more

Canadians Stand Up To Help Water-Shutoff…

24-07-2014

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According To The Supreme Court Elections…

24-07-2014

Why more people need to know about the Supreme Court’s recent decision that will allow unlimited money to be poured into elections and what we can do to address it. File this in the category of “under the radar.”  There’s a lot that gets covered in the news and with... Read more

Political News

Poll: One-third say impeach Obama

25-07-2014

The numbers generally fall in line with CNN results from the past two presidencies.... Read more

Black box found in Air Algerie crash

25-07-2014

The black box was recovered from the wreckage and is being taken to the northern city of Gao.... Read more

Hannity shouts at Palestinian guest

25-07-2014

"Is Hamas a terrorist organization?" he asked Yousef Munayyer.... Read more

Texas GOP pols sign border letter

25-07-2014

All 26 congressional Republicans urge the president to take executive action on the crisis.... Read more

Botched executions raise concerns

25-07-2014

An Arizona inmate "gasped and snorted" for more than 90 minutes as he was put to death.... Read more

Obama's immigration rhetoric: Then and n…

25-07-2014

Forget everything he's said about having no legal authority to slow deportations on a broad scale.... Read more

Open Mike: 'This Week' executive produce…

24-07-2014

Mike Allen talks to the youngest executive producer of ABC's "This Week."... Read more

Issa cranks up heat on FTC

24-07-2014

POLITICO Pro Report: He blasts the agency's explanation of company-specific security standard.... Read more

Sports News

Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for…

25-07-2014

Euro hurdles champ out of Comm Games for doping

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games on Friday after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month.... Read more

Stage 19 for sprinters has begun on Tour…

25-07-2014

MAUBOURGUET, France (AP) — Tour de France riders are heading northward on a mostly flat Stage 19 that's likely to end in a bunch sprint.... Read more

Your Top Plays for Today

25-07-2014

Your Top Plays for Today

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide... Read more

Your Top Plays for Today

25-07-2014

Your Top Plays for Today

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide... Read more

Business News

10-Month-Old Left in Hot Car Dies in Wic…

25-07-2014

Police were questioning two men in a house that neighbors described as a foster home.... Read more

'Unexpected': Dentist's Surprise at Teen…

25-07-2014

An Indian teenager suffering from a rare condition had 232 teeth removed by dental surgeons. The boy's father said he had experienced "burning pain".... Read more

Friday's Top 7 News Stories

25-07-2014

From the discovery of the missing Algerian plane over Africa to increased protests in Gaza, see the stories we’re following.... Read more

WATCH: Iraq Militants Blow Up Jonah's To…

25-07-2014

ISIS militants blew up a revered mosque in Mosul said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale in a biblical story.... Read more

Family Detentions Revived by Border Cris…

25-07-2014

Two ICE detention centers opening as new data shows family arrivals at border grew five times as fast as unaccompanied minors last year.... Read more

Entertainment

This Day in Black History: July 25, 1992

24-07-2014

This Day in Black History: July 25, 1992

Gen. Colin Powell dedicates Buffalo Soldiers monument....

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‘The Rock’ Finally Explains His Wrestlin…

24-07-2014

‘The Rock’ Finally Explains His Wrestling Name

Who would have known it meant something?...

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Brett Ratner on Getting Read by Mary J. …

24-07-2014

Brett Ratner on Getting Read by Mary J. Blige

The director also talks Hercules....

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‘The Rock’ Wears Hercules Well

24-07-2014

‘The Rock’ Wears Hercules Well

Watch a full episode now!...

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Dwayne Johnson: 'A Lot of People Don't S…

24-07-2014

Dwayne Johnson: 'A Lot of People Don't See Color'

The former wrestler talks starring in Hercules....

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