ABC News says Byron Pitts is taking over for Dan Abrams as a co-anchor of "Nightline."
Pitts, the network's chief national correspondent, will replace Abrams after Thursday's edition of the late-night news program. He joins Dan Harris and Juju Chang on the anchor team.
ABC News president James Goldston on Thursday called Pitts "a truly passionate storyteller and deep thinker about the critical issues of our time."
Abrams will remain chief legal analyst for ABC News, as well...Read more
The nation's oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities, is on the verge of a financial meltdown that threatens its ability to continue operating, a state official said on Wednesday.
Cheyney's student body has shrunk by two-thirds, to about 1,000, since its 1983 peak, and its four-year graduation rate is just 9 percent. A quarter of students never receive a degree, and student loan defaults are high.
"Cheyney is in dire, dire, dire...Read more
A new report from The Smoking Gun calls into question the testimony and character of a grand jury witness who corroborated police officer Darren Wilson's account of shooting Michael Brown.
The Smoking Gun confirmed that Sandra McElroy, a 45-year-old St. Louis resident who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is Witness 40, the person whose testimony aligned with Wilson's account of how he killed Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.
If there's one thing from 2014 that will define President Barack Obama's legacy after he's left the White House, it's the number of lifetime judges he put on the federal bench.
In its final act of the year, the Senate blew through a dozen U.S. district court nominees on Tuesday night. That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he'll wrap up his sixth year in...Read more
He was selling untaxed cigarettes on the street in small volumes, trying to make a little extra money."
Former President Bill Clinton is set to address the Eric Garner case in a Tuesday interview with cable TV channel Fusion, saying that the unarmed black man from Staten Island, N.Y. did not deserve to die for allegedly selling cigarettes on the street.
“He was doing something he should not have been doing. That was illegal,” Clinton said during...Read more
Many young protesters believe that the Rev. Al Sharpton was co-opting their movement, so on Saturday, when none of the Ferguson youth leaders were slated to speak, a few hopped onstage and took the mic.
illed as a rally against rampant police violence, Saturday’s Justice for All march in Washington, D.C., organized by several civil rights organizations, including the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the National Urban League, faced some criticism in the days...Read more
Demario Bailey was shot dead by robbers while protecting his twin, Demarcio, just three days before his 16th birthday.
Their family had just given the 15-year-old twins permission to be out on their own together more often when Demario Bailey was shot dead by armed robbers while trying to protect his brother, Demarcio, the New York Daily News reports.
According to the news site, the boys were walking to a basketball game at Englewood High School in...Read more
An Atlanta college is suspending its endowed professorship with Bill Cosby amid allegations by more than two dozen women that the comedian and actor sexually assaulted them.
Spelman College is the latest school to disassociate itself from Cosby.
Spelman says in a…
I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice."
Fifty years ago, on December 10,…