Entertainment

If Kerry Washington’s Pregnancy Is Written Into Scandal, Who Should Be Olivia Pope’s Baby Daddy?!

[E! Online] Kerry Washington is pregnant. Which is not so scandalous on account of she’s a married woman and there have been rumors swirling for months that she might maybe is probably pregnant. Olivia Pope may or may not be pregnant. Sources say it’s “unlikely” Kerry’s […read more]

Sports

Many High School Athletes at Greater Concussion Risk Than College Counterparts: Report

[CBS News] The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council report that in many sports, high school athletes have a higher risk of getting a concussion than college players. In a joint report published on Oct. 30 by the research organizations, a panel of medical experts found […read more]

Politics

Congress Begins Talks on Food Stamps, Farm Aid

MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have begun talks on crafting a compromise farm bill, including cuts to the food stamp program. The talks opened Wednesday afternoon, just two days before food stamp recipients will see a separate, unrelated […read more]

National

Settlement Ends Suits Over Ala Immigration Law

by JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed […read more]

No Picture
Op-Ed

Look Who’s ‘Lazy’ and ‘Crazy’

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Voter suppression is alive and well, especially in the state of North Carolina, where a Republican official, Don Yelton, proved himself to be at best intellectually limited, and at worse, downright crazy. While discussing North Carolina’s new voter ID law, […read more]

Op-Ed

To Be Equal: Don’t Repeat the Shutdown

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” –        Dwight D. Eisenhower After 16 days of a costly and unnecessary government shutdown, America is open for business again. More than 800,000 furloughed […read more]

Op-Ed

Bullying Does Not Lead to Suicide

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   Hardly a week goes by when there is not a tragic story of a teenager committing suicide.  Tragic as these deaths are, there is absolutely no causation between bullying and suicide.  The media’s simplistic and sensational coverage of these […read more]

Op-Ed

Coping With Student Loan Repayment

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often […read more]

Op-Ed

It’s Not Rocket Science

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “In the 1960s, when my grandfather was teaching me to drive in his little red Ford Falcon, there was an epidemic of deaths on the highways in the United States, and young people were dying in very large numbers.” […read more]

Op-Ed

Black Disrespect in Suburbia

NNPA Guest Columnist   Having spent my youth and adult years actively engaged in civil rights advocacy, not much surprises me when I hear of incidents that have racial undertones. Still, I must confess I was taken aback when I received a call from my […read more]

No Picture
Op-Ed

Ask Alma

By Alma Gill NNPA Columnist  Should I Get Involved or Mind my Business? Dear Alma, A male friend of mine moved to my city for a 6-month work assignment. To welcome him to the area, I took him to dinner and introduced him to my local […read more]

World

South Africa Prison Investigated Over Abuse Claims Involving Electroshocks, Forced Injections

[The Republic] JOHANNESBURG — Staff at a South African prison allegedly administered electroshock as punishment to inmates and injected them against their will with anti-psychotic drugs, an investigative group reported, leading to a government pledge that it will investigate. The maximum security Mangaung Correctional Centre […read more]

Health

Terrible Tally: 500 Children Dead From Gunshots Every Year, 7,500 Hurt, Analysis Finds

[NBC News Health] About 500 American children and teenagers die in hospitals every year after sustaining gunshot wounds — a rate that climbed by nearly 60 percent in a decade, according to the first-ever accounting of such fatalities, released Sunday. In addition, an estimated 7,500 […read more]

Health

Medicare Monthly Premium to Stay at $104.90

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare says the “Part B” premium most seniors pay for outpatient care will stay the same in 2014, at $104.90 a month. That’s good news for beneficiaries, following a $5-per-month increase this year. The Part B deductible, the annual amount beneficiaries pay before Medicare outpatient coverage starts, will […read more]

Health

Sacramento Mother and Daughter Share Special Bond as Breast Cancer Survivors

Special to the NNPA from The Sacramento Observer SACRAMENTO – When her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, Margaret Finch’s nursing skills kicked into overdrive and she threw herself into caring for her and aiding in her recovery. Ms. Finch didn’t know that the roles […read more]

Technology

Docs to Parents: Limit Kids’ Texts, Tweets, Online

by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids‘ tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat. The recommendations are bound to prompt eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group says parents need to know […read more]

Entertainment

New Jimi Hendrix Film on the Way

Late Legend is Focus of PBS Documentary, DVD by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer Jimi Hendrix (Courtesy photo) More than 43 years after his death and 46 years after the seminal “Purple Haze” recording, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix will […read more]

Entertainment

Nigeria Producing African Desperate Housewives

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV and Disney Media Distribution EMEA say they will co-produce a new series called Desperate Housewives Africa. EbonyLife TV’s CEO Mo Abudu says the series will have “an African soul” featuring a cast of new and established pan-African talent […read more]

Politics

Health Insurance Website Stumbles on Launch

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Last week, President Barack Obama said what many people who visited healthcare.gov to browse and buy affordable health insurance already knew: The website, tied so heavily to the success of the Affordable Care Act, wasn’t working […read more]

Politics

Colombian Rebels Release U.S. Vet

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – FARC, the Colombian guerrillas, freed former U.S. veteran Kevin Scott Sutay Sunday after more than four months of captivity. According to a joint statement by Cuba and Norway, Sutay, 27, was handed over to U.S. officials […read more]

Press Room

Wells Fargo to Donate $6 Million Across 67 Nonprofits to Help Stabilize Communities

Media Chris Hammond 415-222-4106 Wells Fargo to Donate $6 Million Across 67 Nonprofits to Help Stabilize Communities New 2013 Leading the Way Home® program Priority Markets Initiative Grants Announced DES MOINES, October 28, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced it will […read more]

Politics

Website Contractors Point Fingers at Obama Admin.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Contractors who built the web portal for the Obama administration’s health insurance marketplace said Thursday the site’s crippling problems trace back to insufficient testing and changes that government officials made just prior to going […read more]

Entertainment

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Are Engaged

MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kardashian’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged. E! News first reported that West proposed to Kardashian Monday — her 33rd birthday — in front of family and friends at […read more]

Entertainment

Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora Join ‘Power’ Cast

[UPI] BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Oct. 23 (UPI) — Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora have joined the cast of the upcoming hour-long New York-set drama series “Power,” Starz announced. The show is executive-produced by rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, […read more]

Sports

Browns Bench Weeden; Campbell to Start

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jason Campbell didn’t get passed over a second time. He’s all Cleveland has left. Campbell is finally getting a chance to start at quarterback for the reeling Browns, who are turning to the veteran to settle things […read more]

Sports

Vote Is Unanimous to Change Finals

[ESPN NBA] NEW YORK — NBA owners voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 after nearly 30 years of a 2-3-2 format. The change will take place effective for the 2014 Finals in the spring. Commissioner David Stern called it an “easy […read more]

Technology

T-Mobile to offer free data service for tablets

ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones. The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month —enough to upload about […read more]

Technology

Apple Gears Up for Holidays with New Macs, iPads

BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Inc. is refreshing its iPad lineup in hopes of reclaiming lost ground in the tablet market and slashing the prices of its Mac computers to intensify the pressure on the beleaguered makers […read more]

Business

Liggett Group to Pay $110 Million in Tobacco Settlement

(Reuters) – Liggett Group announced Wednesday that it would pay $110 million to settle thousands of Florida lawsuits accusing the tobacco company of concealing the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The out-of-court settlement will resolve nearly 4,900 of the 5,300 lawsuits pending in Florida against Liggett and its […read more]

Politics

White House Steps Up Damage Control on Healthcare Rollout

(Reuters) – The White House sought to limit the political damage from the troubled rollout of the government’s healthcare website on Wednesday as Republicans increased the pressure to delay parts of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy. Obama administration officials held a closed-door briefing for Democrats in […read more]

Politics

How Many Votes Do the Democrats Need to Retake the House? Maybe Less Than You Think

[The Washington Post] In the wake of the government shutdown and declining Republican popularity, Democrats are growing more optimistic about winning a majority in the House of Representatives in 2014.   Several recent polls show Democrats leading the “generic ballot” for Congress by eight or nine points.  Yet they still […read more]

Press Room

Wells Fargo Connects with Blogger Owned Businesses, Hosts “The Perfect Pitch” Competition

Media Valerie Williams 704-383-8025   Wells Fargo Connects with Blogger Owned Businesses, Hosts “The Perfect Pitch” Competition A new breed of small business owners face expert judges while vying for top prize at the Blogalicious 5 conference  CHARLOTTE, Oct. 18, 2013 – Wells Fargo joined with […read more]

World

Caribbean Nations United for Reparations

    By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In a move  that has  implications for Blacks throughout the U.S., more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin […read more]

World

Tens of Thousands of Haitian in the DR Now Declared People without a Nationality

by Tony Best Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News “Heartlessness!” Harry F’ouche’, a former Haitian Consul-General in New York, was expressing outrage triggered by a decision of the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court that stripped tens of thousands, perhaps as many as […read more]

Business

Foreigners Less Keen on U.S. Assets in August: U.S. Treasury

(Reuters) – Foreigners soured on long-term U.S. securities in August, shedding both stocks and government bonds, and China’s Treasury holdings fell to a six-month low, U.S. Treasury data showed on Tuesday. Overseas holdings of long-term U.S. securities decreased by $8.9 billion in August. Those holdings […read more]

World

Beautiful China Tourism Pitch Misfires Amid Smog

BEIJING (AP) — Forget all the headlines about eye-watering pollution in Beijing and Shanghai — the Middle Kingdom’s latest tourism slogan invites visitors to “Beautiful China.” Adorning buses and trains in cities such as London, the international marketing effort has been derided as particularly inept at a time […read more]