Maurice White, leader and founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74

Maurice White, the Earth, Wind & Fire leader and singer who co-wrote such hits as “Shining Star,” “Sing a Song” and “September,” has died, according to his brother, EWF bassist Verdine White. He was 74. “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep,” Verdine White said in […]

Body camera shows man yelled ‘I can’t breathe’ before death

The family of a 51-year-old man who screamed 20 times that police were killing him last week settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the city of Oakland. Hernan Jaramillo also repeatedly wailed that he couldn’t breathe before he died on July 8, 2013, The Oakland Tribune reported ( Wednesday. Face-down with police pressing him to the […]

Cam Newton talks race

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is often the subject of criticism despite having led his team to Super Bowl 50 and being the likely recipient of the 2015-16 NFL MVP award, but the superstar signal-caller brushed off his detractors Wednesday. Newton enjoyed a regular season for the ages, with 3,837 passing yards, 636 rushing yards, […]

Chicago police recruiters open up about race, shootings

If potential police force recruits in Chicago fail to ask about police shootings and race relations, recruiters bring it up anyway. At a time of U.S.-wide protests over police shootings of black men, the 12,000-strong Chicago police force, which is 23 percent African-American and 52 percent white, is trying to hire new officers, especially minority […]

Jesse Jackson says Flint residents ‘betrayed’ by water crisis

Rev. Jesse Jackson said on Sunday that Flint, Michigan is a “disaster zone” and could be the next epicenter in the fight for economic and social equality as the city struggles through a crisis with lead-contaminated drinking water. Speaking at a church rally in Flint a day after President Obama declared a federal emergency, the […]

U.S. marks MLK holiday with speeches, service, Oscar boycott

President Barack Obama packed books for schoolchildren on Monday to commemorate slain civil rights leader the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and King’s daughter said his dream of equality had yet to be realized. The visit by the president and first lady Michelle Obama to a Washington school was among a raft of speeches, tributes […]

Mexico probes possible money tie between actress, drug boss

There are indications that drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had business dealings with actress Kate del Castillo, who arranged a meeting between the drug boss and actor Sean Penn, Mexico’s attorney general said in an interview published Tuesday. Arely Gomez told the newspaper El Universal that officials are investigating possible money laundering involving the […]

Texas AG says daily fantasy sports operators not legal in state

Daily fantasy sports games that charge players to compete cannot operate legally in Texas, the state’s attorney general said in a statement on Tuesday, making Texas the latest U.S. state to challenge the legality of such online contests. Online operators’ legal claims that they can “operate as an unregulated house” do not “square with existing […]

Obama administration looks to boost Pell Grants, hasten graduation rates

The Obama administration on Tuesday said two proposals to expand the Pell Grant program would help low-income students make quicker progress to a degree. The first of two Pell proposals would provide some 700,000 eligible students with an additional $1,915 on average to pay for summer classes. Since most students exhaust their Pell funding after […]

Texas trooper to be fired after indictment in case related to jail death

A Texas trooper who arrested a black motorist who was later found hanged in her jail cell was indicted on Wednesday by a grand jury on perjury charges over statements he made in his arrest report and public safety officials said he would be fired. Trooper Brian Encinia who arrested Sandra Bland, 28, in July, […]

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