Report of rampant airport security failures not a first
Written by Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press 03 June 2015
  WASHINGTON (AP) — Think you're safe on a plane? Federal undercover investigators who sneaked prohibited items with alarming ease past Homeland Security Department airport screeners have also ... read more >>
Black and Jewish WWI heroes finally receive Medal of Honor
Written by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press 03 June 2015
President Barack Obama posthumously bestows the Medal Of Honor for Army Pvt. Henry Johnson to New York National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Louis Wilson during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House ... read more >>
California water use fell 13.5 percent in April amid drought
Written by FENIT NIRAPPIL and ELLEN KNICKMEYE, Associated Press 03 June 2015
California regulators approve farmers' plan to reduce water usage by 25 percent. (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ordered to use a fourth less water during this record drought, Californians managed ... read more >>
Obama muses about his legacy, offers counterpoint to GOP
Written by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press 03 June 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is not shy about defining his achievements and casting them in the most positive light, yet he is loath to talk about his "legacy." But on Monday Obama offered ... read more >>
More than 10M enrolled this year under Obama's health law
Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and KEVIN S. VINEYS, Associated Press 03 June 2015
In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, is seen in Portland, Ore. More than 10 million people have signed up for subsidized ... read more >>
Written by ASSOCIATED PRESS 31 May 2015
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans have decided that 60-year-old NBA coaching veteran Alvin Gentry is the best candidate to mold a young roster featuring 22-year-old budding superstar Anthony ... read more >>
Blues legend B.B. King honored with Memphis processional
Written by By JOHNNY CLARK, Associated Press 30 May 2015
A hearse carrying the remains of blues musician B.B. King is taken down Beale Street Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. The city of Memphis is saying farewell to blues legend B.B. King with a ... read more >>
6 Baltimore officers charged in death seek to move trial
Written by By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press 30 May 2015
  Attorneys for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to move their case out of Baltimore, arguing it will be impossible to select an impartial jury and ... read more >>
Feds: No evidence that black man's hanging was homicide
Written by Associated Press 30 May 2015
This undated file photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Otis Byrd. The 54-year-old was found March 19, 2015, hanging by a bed sheet from a branch of a tree behind his rented ... read more >>
California awards $250M to high school career prep programs
Written by Lisa Leff, Associated Press 30 May 2015
California awards $250M to programs that tie high school studies to job skills in high demand California is betting big — $1.4 billion over five years — that connecting high school studies to specific ... read more >>
Judge defers ruling on probe into handling of Ferguson case
Written by JIM SUHR Associated Press 29 May 2015
A judge on May 29 deferred ruling on a request by activists for an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, but he again ... read more >>
Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsors
Written by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press 29 May 2015
This coastal view of Havana, Cuba shows the United States Interests Section diplomatic mission, the third tall building from the right, on Sunday, May 24, 2015. On Friday, May 29 the Obama administration ... read more >>
Rebates drive grass removal frenzy during California drought
Written by AMY TAXIN Associated Press 29 May 2015
Retired Department of Motor Vehicle customer service representative Raymond Aleman sits with his Chihuahua dogs: Justin and Jason, at his drought resistant garden in the Studio City neighborhood in ... read more >>
Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray
Written by JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press 29 May 2015
In this May 24, 2015, file photo, police pick up a pair of shoes after a double shooting in Baltimore. Residents in West Baltimore say they’ve been victims of excessive policing in this neighborhood ... read more >>
Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram
Written by MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press 29 May 2015
New Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, salutes his supporters during his Inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May 29, 2015. Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing ... read more >>
Chicago police asked to keep racially charged photo sealed
Written by DON BABWIN Associated Press 29 May 2015
This photo, believed to have been taken between 1999 and 2003, provided by the Cook County Court, in Illinois, shows an image of Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnigan, left, and Timothy McDermott, ... read more >>
Aspiring Rap Artist Slain; Suspects Sought in Joshua Brown Murder
Written by Sentinel News Service 29 May 2015
Aspiring rapt artist Joshua Cornell Brown thought he had put his gang past behind him. The 30, year old gave birth to a daughter and had begin focusing on his Bird Gang Federation music label. However, ... read more >>
Obama: Time left in office 'really concentrates the mind'
Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press 29 May 2015
President Barack Obama waves as he disembarks from Air Force One at Miami International Airport, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Miami. The president is attending two Democratic National Committee fundraisers ... read more >>
Two Orange County Men Believed to Be Planning to Join ISIS Charged
Written by City News Service 28 May 2015
Two Anaheim men  who were arrested for allegedly trying to travel abroad to join the terrorist group ISIS were charged last Friday in federal court in Santa Ana. Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both ... read more >>
Cal State L.A. hosts renowned writer Sonia Sanchez
Written by Sentinel News Service 28 May 2015
  Renowned writer and poet Sonia Sanchez was the designated speaker for this year's Jean Burden Poetry Reading at Cal State L.A. (Courtesy: Emilio Flores/Cal State L.A.)   A gathering of more than ... read more >>
This Week in Black History (May 28-June 3)
Written by Amen Oyiboke, Staff Writer 28 May 2015
May 28 1944-Four time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, and humanitarian Gladys Knight was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She is best known for her hits recorded in the 1960’s and 1970’s for Motown ... read more >>
Poverty Still Major Affliction for Blacks
Written by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer 28 May 2015
Rep. G.K. Butterfield said Republicans must help Democrats fight poverty in African-American communities. (Courtesy of PBS)   Black America is in a state of emergency, and what’s happened in Baltimore, ... read more >>
City Council Seeks To Put Price On Cost Of Dealing With Aftermath of Riots
Written by Kamau High Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 28 May 2015
The City Council on Monday set a hearing to assess the costs of overtime incurred by the Police Department, Fire Department, and other city agencies during and after the riots earlier this year. Sponsored ... read more >>
Activists Take To Streets As Baltimore Records 100th Homicide of Year
Written by Kamau High, Special to the NPAA 28 May 2015
300 Men March Group and Others Speak & Step-Out Against Continuing Baltimore Violence Rally takes place in the Western district   One day after the 100th homicide in Baltimore was recorded, ... read more >>
Obama Bans Distribution of Military-Grade Equipment to Local Police
Written by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper 28 May 2015
President Obama this week announced steps to demilitarize local police, limiting and outright banning access to certain weapons. The President made the announcement in Camden, N.J., May 18 during remarks ... read more >>