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Obama Administration Mistakes Journalism for Espionage

May 22, 2013 - The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists' phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn't chilling, it's just plain cold.

It also may well be unconstitutional. In my reading, the First Amendment prohibition against "abridging the freedom ... of the press" should rule out secretly obtaining two months' worth of the personal and professional phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, including calls to and from the main AP phone number at the House press gallery in the Capitol. Yet this is what the Justice Department did. Read more at theroot.com.

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White Dad Accused of Kidnapping Biracial Daughters

May 22, 2013 - A Virginia family is understandably a little shaken up after the father, Joseph -- a white man who didn't want his last name revealed -- was suspected of kidnapping two biracial girls. They just happened to be his daughters. Oops. According to the mom, Keana (whose presence at the store likely would have cleared things up and avoided the ordeal), it all started when a customer at the Walmart where dad and daughters were shopping became concerned that the family "didn't match up." A security guard was alerted, and next thing they knew, a police officer was at their door.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Kanye West, 'New Slaves' and Hypocrisy

May 22, 2013 - Ernest Owens rips into Kanye West's new single at the Huffington Post, lamenting that the singer knows more than other rappers, yet "does nothing to fix the problem. "Everyone has that one cousin in the family that never tends to shut up at the dinner table. They complain about how the world is wicked and how all of us are just pawns in the middle of it. Some of what they say is enlightening, insightful, and makes sense. Yet, a lot of it gets mumbled in between blatant disrespectful rants and overblown ignorance. When it comes to hip-hop and mainstream music, that cousin would be Kanye West..." Read more at theroot.com.

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Anthony Weiner Enters 2013 New York Mayoral Race

May 22, 2013 - Anthony Weiner officially kicked off his New York mayoral campaign late Tuesday with a video announcement posted to YouTube.

The former New York congressman resigned in 2011 after posting a lewd photo of himself on Twitter. Weiner-- who is married to former top aide to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, with whom he now has a son-- lied and said his account had been hacked. He later admitted to sending inappropriate online messages to six women. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Ibragim Todashev, Questioned In Connection With Marathon Bombings, Shot And Killed By Police: Reports

May 22, 2013 - NBC News reports that an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been interviewed over ties to April's Boston Marathon bombing. The individual, identified by friends as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, reportedly knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older, deceased Boston suspect through the world of Mixed Martial Arts. He had been initially cooperative with police, according to WESH-TV in Orlando. But at some point during the interview process, he allegedly attacked an officer, who then fired his weapon. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Oklahoma Tornado Recovery: Rescuers Search Rubble For Buried Survivors

May 22, 2013 -  Rescue workers with sniffer dogs and searchlights combed through the wreckage of a massive tornado to ensure no survivors remained buried in the rubble of primary schools, homes and buildings in an Oklahoma City suburb. The massive tornado on Monday afternoon flattened blocks of the town, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240 in Moore, just outside Oklahoma City. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Woman Allegedly Stabs Stepdad Multiple Times

May 22, 2013 - Crawford, 19, and Vince Anderson, 51, were arguing over the location of an EBT card, according to the West Cobb Patch.

“The accused stated the victim grabbed her by the arm and tried to remove her from the residence,” according to a warrant obtained by The Patch. “The accused admitted to removing a silver in color folding pocket knife from her pocket and striking the victim on the head and neck area causing cuts and lacerations to the victims head and neck.” Read more at newsone.com.

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Panel: Apple Uses Firms Outside U.S. To Avoid Taxes

May 22, 2013 - Apple Inc. employs a group of affiliate companies located outside the United States to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. income taxes, a Senate investigation has found. The world’s most valuable company is holding overseas some $102 billion of its $145 billion in cash, and an Irish subsidiary that earned $22 billion in 2011 paid only $10 million in taxes, according to the report issued Monday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Read more at newsone.com.

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Homeless Teen Graduates At Top Of Her High School Class

May 22, 2013 - Even though Chelesa Fearce (pictured) was homeless for most of her high school years, the young dynamo will still manage to graduate high school with honors on Thursday as its star student and the class valedictorian, reports WSBTV.

During Fearce’s high school years, her and her family experienced multiple evictions because her mother,Reenita Shephard, had unsteady employment.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Company pitches high-speed ferries for Tampa Bay

May 22, 2013 - Greg Dronkert said his company gets many requests from people hoping his company will start passenger ferry service in their community.

The president of HMS Ferries Inc. told a group of civic leaders in Tampa Wedneesday he is usually skeptical about such inquiries. But lawyer Ed Turanchik was persuasive in his pitch that a market exists here and, after further study, Dronkert was convinced.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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After big donations to Gov. Scott, insurance company may reap $52M

May 21, 2013 - Two months after contributing $110,000 to Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, an upstart property insurance company is likely to reap a $52 million windfall, paid from the coffers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Sitting on a record cash surplus of $6.4 billion, Citizens is hoping to sign a special deal today with Heritage Property and Casualty Insurance Co., a St. Petersburg firm that opened nine months ago and has made significant political contributions.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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President Obama to speak on Oklahoma disaster

May 21, 2013 - President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on Tuesday before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday.

Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. The president also spoke Monday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Rep. Tom Cole, whose home is in the heavily damaged town of Moore. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Mandela name becomes political football

May 21, 2013 - Nelson Mandela, old and frail, lives in seclusion in his Johannesburg home. Beyond the high walls of the house, the fighting over his image and what he stood for has already begun. The sense of possibility that Mandela embodied is fading as a gulf between rich and poor widens. Many South Africans believe their leaders are out to help themselves and not the nation, which showed such promise when it broke the shackles of apartheid by holding the first all-race elections in 1994 and putting Mandela, who had been jailed for 27 years by the country’s racist leaders, into the presidency. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Obama On Oklahoma Tornado 2013: America Will Stand 'With Our Fellow Citizens As Long As It Takes'

May 21, 2013 - President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday on the damage from a massive tornado that ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday.

"In an instant, neighborhoods were destroyed, dozens of people lost their live," Obama said.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Dozens arrested at last day of protests over Chicago public school closings

May 21, 2013 - At least two dozen protesters were arrested as the Chicago Teachers Union and its supporters wrapped up a 3-day protest calling for a moratorium on school closings in the nation’s third-largest school district. Chants of “Hey Rahm, lets face it, school closures are racist,” and “Brick by brick, wall by wall, no school closings. Save them all,” rang throughout City Hall’s main lobby Monday afternoon while workers and patrons weaved through protestors to make their way to their destinations in the building. Read more at thegrio.com.

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The breast cancer gene testing folks are talking about

May 21, 2013 - With the announcement of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy, it leaves those without celebrity status wondering if genetic testing for breast cancer or preventative mastectomy is realistic for them. It is, says a spokesperson from Myriad Genetics, Inc., the main company that tests for two genes associated with breast cancer — BRCA1 and BRCA2. Myriad is the only company that holds the patent for the two genes and it has tested more than one million women so far. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Too many youths ‘fantasize about being a baller or a rapper’

May 21, 2013 - First lady Michelle Obama addressed the graduating class of Bowie State University on Friday.

During her commencement speech,  Mrs. Obama challenged students to continue to learn and encouraged them to always aspire to achieve more — after mentioning that “too many young people today can’t be bothered.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kanye West’s new album reportedly called ‘Yeezus’

May 21, 2013 - The promo run for Kanye West’s sixth album officially began this past weekend.

Starting Friday with a creative music campaign that saw new track, “New Slaves” premiering worldwide, to closing out Saturday Night Live‘s 38th season, it’s been widely reported that Kanye will be calling his new album Yeezus. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘X-Factor’ close to signing Kelly Rowland as judge for new season

May 21, 2013 -  Former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio are in final talks to join The X Factor, sources connected to the show confirm to E! News.

The news comes just days before Fox needs to have all four judges firmly in place, as they are scheduled to begin work on the new season on Tuesday, in Charleston, N.C. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Trayvon Martin: The Latest

May 21, 2013 - Audio experts in George Zimmerman's second degree murder case for the murder of Trayvon Martin disagree about the source of the screams for help captured on 911 calls, the Associated Press reports. One audio expert says in a report released Tuesday that the screams came from Martin, while another audio expert says the shouts were a mix of Martin and Zimmerman. Read more at theroot.com.

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