National

China Emerges from Shadow of the U.S.

With 1.3 billion people in China, residents in urban areas live in high-rise apartments similar to this one in Beijing(Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA). First grade students in Xi’an, China eagerly practice their English on NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell, Jr. (Photo by Ann Ragland/NNPA) Starbucks Coffee […read more]

Health

Happiness tends to increase with age

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 17 (UPI) — Overall  happiness and satisfaction with life tend to increase with age, but a person’s  well-being depends on when he or she was born, U.S. researchers say. Angelina R. Sutin of the Florida State University College of Medicine  conducted the […read more]

Entertainment

More than Comic Relief: Apollo ‘Executioner’ Carries Historic Torch

For many African-American musicians, performing on the legendary Apollo stage is a rite of passage. The Apollo Theatre is where jazz artist Ella Fitzgerald made her debut at 17, and performers like James Brown, Patti Labelle, and Destiny’s Child launched their careers. Aside from the […read more]

Entertainment

Jermaine Dupri on How Arrogance Cost Him Success, and His Best Career Decisions

Jermaine Dupri didn’t become the award-winning, veteran multi-million-dollar-making music producer he is without making some pivotal mistakes. As the president and CEO of So So Def Recordings for the past twenty years — responsible for launching the careers of such notables as Xscape, Bow Wow […read more]

Politics

Mississippi outlaws slavery

Mississippi finally outlawed slavery. The Jackson Clarion Ledger: “There was an asterisk beside Mississippi. A note read: ‘Mississippi ratified the amendment in 1995, but because the state never officially notified the US Archivist, the ratification is not official.’” With the Supreme Court this year deciding […read more]

National

Excessive TV watching in childhood linked to increased risk of criminal behavior, say researchers

Researchers found that the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by approximately 30 percent with every hour that children spent viewing television on an average weeknight. Researchers from the University of Otago have found that children and adolescents who watch excessive amounts […read more]

Press Room

Flowers Communications Group President Rashada Whitehead Elevated to CEO Post

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katrina Parker Flowers Communications Group 312-228-8805 kparker@flowerscomm.com FLOWERS COMMUNICATIONS GROUP PRESIDENT RASHADA WHITEHEAD ELEVATED TO CEO POST Structures deal with founder Michelle Flowers Welch for equity stake. CHICAGO (February 19, 2013) – Flowers Communications Group (FCG), one of the country’s […read more]

Press Room

Wells Fargo ATMs Know You Better

Media Richele Messick651-205-6560 Richele.j.messick@wellsfargo.com   Wells Fargo ATMs Know You Better ATM becomes more personalized to deliver innovative, fast, easy customer experience; ATM Cash Tracker remains an industry first   SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that […read more]

National

Executive, charged with slapping baby on Delta flight, loses job

[youtube id=”KelDQj_6P7Y” width=”620″ height=”360″] By Matt Pearce February 18, 2013, 5:42 p.m.  Rough flight. A 60-year-old business executive accused of drunkenly slapping a 2-year-old and referring to him with a racial slur has been fired, according to a statement issued Sunday by his company. Joe […read more]

Religion

Challenging the Vatican: Progressive Catholics say reform must begin with church governance

To progressive Canadian Catholics, reform of their church ultimately means ordination of women, married priests and freedom of birth control. None of these will be on the table when their next pope is chosen next month. In a church that has become so deeply conservative, […read more]

World

Israel violated ‘laws of war’ in Gaza, says Human Rights Watch

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Human Rights Watch said Israeli airstrikes during the most recent Gaza Strip conflict last November “violated the laws of war.” Field investigations, which the group said were not comprehensive, found 14 instances in which Israeli unmanned drones or fixed wing aircraft hit areas […read more]

Politics

U.K. flies Ghana troops, kit to Mali

LONDON: Britain’s military has flown troops and heavy equipment from Ghana  to Mali  to support the international intervention in  the West African nation, the British Defense Ministry  said Thursday. A C-17 aircraft is carrying more than 120 members of a Ghanaian engineering  company with vehicles […read more]

Health

Improper Efforts to Limit Competitive Drugs

Two big biotechnology companies, Amgen and Genentech, are lobbying state legislatures to limit competition to their biological drugs that will lose patent protection in the next several years. Before taking any action, lawmakers should wait for guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency […read more]

Health

Device offers partial vision for the blind

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first treatment to give limited vision to people who are blind, involving a technology called the artificial retina. The device allows people with a certain type of blindness to detect crosswalks on the street, the presence […read more]

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Business

Is Buffett overpaying for Heinz?

Berkshire and 3G’s $28 billion bid for the ketchup maker could be Warren Buffett’s richest deal yet. FORTUNE — Part of the mystique, and down-home charm, of Warren Buffett is the belief that most of all he is always looking for a good bargain. Did […read more]

Entertainment

Lil Wayne: Is anything sacred to him?

Lil Wayne has set social media ablaze once again. But this time, he’s done more than insult the morality police who often take him to task for his controversial rhymes. On a leaked version of the rapper Future’s remixed “Karate Chop” song, Lil Wayne raps that […read more]

Sports

Alabama bars arrested players from campus

TUSCULOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama has barred three football players from campus after their arrest on robbery charges. The players are suspended from school pending a judicial review conducted by faculty, staff and members of the Student Judicial Board that is expected […read more]

Sports

GM: Redskins won’t change their name

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) — General Manager Bruce Allen said the Washington  Redskins are proud of their name and have no intention of changing it despite  increased criticism. A long-running controversy over the team’s nickname is resurfacing due to  next month’s hearing on a lawsuit […read more]

Politics

Fox News hires Herman Cain

Fox News announced Friday that it has hired Herman Cain, the spirited former presidential candidate and ex-pizza CEO, as a contributor for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. Cain joins former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as the latest addition to the network, which has […read more]

Politics

The Morning Plum: Over 100 House Dems tell Obama — no cuts to entitlement benefits

Yesterday, Senate Democrats released their plan to avert the sequester for the rest of the year — it contains $110 billion in deficit reduction, evenly divided between spending cuts and new revenues. The new revenues are derived from a 30 percent minimum tax on income […read more]

Press Room

Fighting Injustice from the Classroom

Fighting Injustice from the Classroom Omari Todd Senior Vice President for Regional Operations, Teach For America As we enter Black History Month, I can’t help but think of my childhood growing up in Birmingham, Alabama. In the city where Dr. King penned his famous Letter […read more]

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Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America Help 1,600 Successfully Buy Homes through ‘LIFT’ Programs

Media contacts: Wells Fargo Chris Hammond 415-222-4106 chris.l.hammond@wellsfargo.com NeighborWorks America Lindsay Moore 202-220-6317 lmoore@nw.org Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America Help 1,600 Successfully Buy Homes through ‘LIFT’ Programs $170 million Effort Offers Home-buying Education, Down Payment Assistance for Moderate Income Buyers in 20 U.S. Housing Markets San Francisco and […read more]