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Jury recommends neo-Nazi spend life behind bars for death at Charlottesville rally

A Charlottesville jury says the man who killed 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer and injured nearly 40 other people with his car during a neo-Nazi rally last year should spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Tears flow as Tyler Perry pays off layaway bills for 1,500 people in Atlanta

Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry knows how to wish his Atlanta neighbors a Merry Christmas — the filmmaker paid off all the customers’ items held on layaway at two local Walmart stores.

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Nation bids farewell to former President George H. W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday at a farewell to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last president to serve on active duty in wartime.

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Ella Mai sweeps 2018 Soul Train Awards

British singer Ella Mai won big at the 2018 Soul Train Awards, dominating in three categories during Sunday night’s telecast and taking honors for best R&B/soul female artist, and song of the year and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award for “Boo’d Up.”

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Ali Center receives donation for Muslim cultures exhibit

The Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky has received a donation to support an exhibit showcasing the diversity of Muslim cultures.

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Vernita Lee, mother of Oprah Winfrey, dies on Thanksgiving

Vernita Lee, the mother of Oprah Winfrey, has died at age 83. A spokeswoman for Ms. Winfrey issued a statement on Monday saying Ms. Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018.

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‘Songbird of Togo’ reappears at WWI commemoration

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo of Benin reprised a hypnotic work of ethereal beauty by a youthful West African singer at a gathering of world leaders in the French capital of Paris.

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Stacey Abrams to file federal lawsuit in wake of Ga. gubernatorial loss

ATLANTA Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat, who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America’s first African-American female governor, refused to follow the traditional script for defeated pol

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Michelle Obama’s memoir already a best-seller

On its first day on sale, Michelle Obama’s new memoir already is a best-seller. The former first lady’s book, “Becoming,” was released Tuesday by Crown Publishing Group and already was a top seller at Amazon.com.

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics writer and creator of the ‘Black Panther,’ dies at 95

Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and made billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018.

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Single mom goes from nearly $100,000 debt to savings

When Takiia Anderson graduated from Boston College Law School in 1999, she was a single mom with a 2-year-old, nearly $100,000 in student loans and a new job as a government attorney that paid $34,102 a year.

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Would domestic terrorism law help prevent extremist shootings?

The package bombs sent to Democrats across the country and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism. But the suspects will almost certainly never face terrorism charges.

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Idris Elba named sexiest man alive

Move over Barack Obama. Actor Idris Elba was named the sexiest man alive on Monday by People magazine. The London-born actor, 46, said he didn’t believe it when magazine officials told him.

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Trumpeter Roy Hargrove dies at 49

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, has died at age 49.

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Dems take the House

Voter enthusiasm, coupled with rejection of Trump policies, results in Democrats regaining the U.S. House of Representatives in midterm election

Voters brought an end to one-party Republican rule in the nation’s capital in Tuesday’s election. Propelled by a surge of rank-and-file enthusiasm and widespread urban and suburban dissatisfaction with President Trump, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2011.

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Poet and playwright Ntozake Shange dies at 70

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, according to her daughter.

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Matthew Shepard’s ashes interred in Washington

After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student whose brutal murder in 1998 in Wyoming has come to symbolize the plight of the LGBTQ community in America, were interred at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Grieving with Pittsburgh

Families of the 11 people killed in the synagogue massacre Saturday begin to bury the dead amid a national outpouring of support

Pittsburgh’s Jewish community began burying its dead following Saturday’s synagogue massacre. Funeral services were held Tuesday for a beloved family doctor, a pillar of the congregation, and two middle-aged brothers known as the Rosenthal “boys.”

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Meghan and Harry expecting

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex are expecting. The news set Twitter alight Monday as Kensington Palace confirmed speculation that had been rampant in recent British tabloids and announced that the royal couple will welcome their first child next spring, around a year after their glittering wedding injected Hollywood glamour and African-American style into the British royal family.

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Pilot program to provide free breakfast before college entrance exam

Some Virginia students taking a standardized college entrance exam later this month will get a free healthy breakfast before they pick up their pencils.

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Chicago verdict raises hopes of greater police accountability

A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded last week in a Chicago courthouse. A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing an African-American teenager.

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Justice Kavanaugh takes seat on U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Brett Kavanaugh spent a collegial first day on the bench as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday that contrasted sharply with the venom of his confirmation process, taking an active role in arguments alongside his eight new colleagues.

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Critics assail racial double standard in Kavanaugh case

Marcus Dixon was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in Georgia for having sex with an underage white girl when he was 18. Dayonn Davis, another black youth, got a five-year prison sentence for stealing a $100 pair of shoes at gunpoint when he was 15.

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‘America’s Dad’ Bill Cosby now inmate No. NN7687

“America’s Dad” Bill Cosby was marched out of court in shackles Tuesday after a judge branded him a “sexually violent predator” and sentenced him to between three and 10 years in prison for sexual assault.

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Venisha Brown, daughter of legendary singer James Brown, dies at 53

A daughter of the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown has died.

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Arthur Mitchell, creator of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, dies at 84

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84.

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Tiger clinches first win in 5 years

Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of 42.

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Emmy Awards still not winning at diversity

“The Proposal.” It was a 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock, but now will forever be the informal title of the 2018 Emmys telecast, thanks to a memorable romantic gesture from Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss — who summoned the courage during Monday night’s awards show to propose to his girlfriend.

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Work to resume on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Federal officials will allow construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, weeks after work was halted when a Richmond-based federal appeals court threw out two key permits for the 600-mile natural gas pipeline.

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world marathon record

Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge pulverized the marathon world record with a blistering run last Sunday, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best to land the one major running crown that had eluded him.

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Birmingham memorial service remembers 4 little girls

The four girls killed when a bomb placed by Ku Klux Klan members ripped through a Birmingham church in 1963 were remembered in a memorial service last Saturday on the 55th anniversary of the deadly attack.

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Serena loses U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka after challenging umpire

Serena Williams’ behavior in last Saturday’s U.S. Open final divided the tennis world after she called the chair umpire a “liar” and a “thief” and said he treated her differently than male players during her loss to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka.

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Conflicting accounts emerge in bizarre case of cop killing man in his own apartment

A Dallas police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a man she mistakenly thought was in her apartment may face a more serious charge, prosecutors said this week.

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Miss America wins minus swimsuit competition

There she is, Miss America. And Nia Imani Franklin, who won the coveted title Sunday night in Atlantic City while competing as Miss New York, didn’t have to parade around in a swimsuit to be crowned the winner. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native said the changes in the 98-year-old pageant are a welcome modernization.

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Kaepernick draws fire again — this time over Nike ad

Controversy continues to surround former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick two years after he first took a knee during the national anthem to protest the oppression of people of color and continuing police brutality against African-Americans.

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Former President Obama to speak at Sen. McCain’s funeral

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will deliver eulogies Saturday at the funeral of U.S. Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war during Vietnan and six-term Republican senator from Arizona whose reputation as a maverick is causing a stir even after his death.

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Funeral arrangements announced for ‘Queen of Soul,’ Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, the glorious “Queen of Soul” whose music became the backdrop for a generation and a theme song for both the civil rights and women’s movement, will be laid to rest Friday, Aug. 31, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

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Prayers go out to ‘Queen of Soul’

Icon Aretha Franklin reportedly is in hospice at her Detroit home; family at her bedside

Prayers from across the nation and the around the globe are pouring in for legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who has fallen gravely ill. Ms. Franklin, 76, a legendary gospel and R&B singer whose reign as the “Queen of Soul” spans more than 50 years, is under hospice care at her home in Detroit’s Riverfront Towers, according to publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

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White nationalist rally sputters in D.C. on anniversary of bloody Charlottesville protest

A white nationalist rally in the heart of Washington drew two dozen demonstrators and thousands of chanting counterprotesters last Sunday, the one-year anniversary of deadly, racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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Bishop Curry has prostate surgery

The American clergyman who preached about the power of love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. An Episcopal Church spokeswoman said the surgery was performed July 31 on the Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry.

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Alabama minister, wife purchase Rosa Parks letter

A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors’ home has been purchased at auction by the couple targeted in the attack.

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Smithfield Foods closing last smokehouse

Smithfield Foods is closing the last smokehouse that creates the genuine Smithfield ham ­— the signature product of a Virginia town of 8,300 people.

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Sen. Kaine, GOP opponent spar during first campaign debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican Corey Stewart, candidates in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, had a quarrelsome first debate last Saturday, with President Trump serving as a frequent focal point of the sparring.

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#MourningWhileBlack

Social media blows up after white priest kicks black family out of funeral

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has apologized for a white priest kicking an African-American family out of their loved one’s funeral.

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Pharrell Williams wants to grow Virginia’s film, TV industry

Two years ago, Pharrell Williams co-produced the movie “Hidden Figures.”

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Churches, nonprofits to be hit with taxes under new federal code

Republicans have quietly imposed a new, but limited tax on churches, synagogues and other nonprofits, a little-noticed and surprising change that could cost some groups tens of thousands of dollars.

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Jackson family patriarch dies

Joseph “Joe” Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018, in a Las Vegas hospital.

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Oprah Winfrey exhibit opens at National Black History Museum

One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: “I’m Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!” The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah.

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One of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers dies

Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in Southern Utah on Monday, June 11, 2018, surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side.

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19-year-old Soto called up to play forA royal wedding to remember

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed in ceremony marked by new traditions, global audience

Prince Harry and his American actress bride Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African-American culture, infusing the 1,000-year-old British monarchy with a blast of blackness and modernity.

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