National

Health Law Business Insurance Site Delayed 1 Year

CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Obama administration is delaying yet another aspect of the health care law, putting off until next November the launch of an online portal to the health insurance marketplace for small businesses. The move, announced Wednesday, Read More

National

Florida Woman Imprisoned for ‘Warning Shot’ Released from Prison Before Thanksgiving

[ABC News] Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Breaking News from ABC | Thanksgiving Recipes A Florida woman who claimed to be a victim of abuse, yet was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for allegedly firing a warning shot during a dispute with Read More

Technology

Microsoft, Suspecting NSA Spying, to Ramp Up Efforts to Encrypt its Internet Traffic

[The Washington Post] Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, said people familiar with the emerging plans. Suspicions at Microsoft, while building for several months, sharpened Read More

Business

U.S. Jobs Picture Improving, Manufacturing May be Slowing

(Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid unexpectedly fell last week, but continued weakness in business spending on capital goods suggested slower economic growth in the fourth quarter. Initial claims for state jobless benefits fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, the Read More

World

U.S. Affirms Support for Japan in Islands Dispute with China

(Reuters) – The United States pledged support for ally Japan on Wednesday in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea and senior U.S. administration officials accused Beijing of behavior that had unsettled its neighbors. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured his Japanese counterpart in a phone Read More

Entertainment

Jazz Drummer Chico Hamilton Passes Away at 92

CHARLES J. GANS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Foreststorn “Chico” Hamilton, an influential jazz drummer and bandleader who was an architect of the West Coast cool jazz style and was known for discovering young talent, has died. He was 92. His publicist, April Thibeault, Read More

Politics

Obama Administration Proposes Rule That Would Rein in Political Activity of Nonprofits

[The Washington Post] The Obama administration moved Tuesday to limit the expansive role that nonprofit groups play in politics, proposing a regulation that would rein in ­certain tax-exempt organizations that have been able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in recent elections without revealing Read More

Health

Some Hopeful Signs in the HIV/AIDS War

Dec. 1  is World AIDS Day  By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Rae Lewis Thornton likes to sneak in a tranquil tea time between expanding her brand and the 16 pills she has to take each day. But that’s nothing compared to Read More

World

Tourist Draw Antigua Suffers Crime, Political Mess

SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — With its cobblestone streets and colonial-era churches and plazas, picturesque Antigua has long been Guatemala’s top tourist destination as an oasis away from the crime and chaos consuming the rest of the Central American country. In Read More

Business

Sept. Home Prices Up 13.3% from Year Ago

[USA Today] Home prices continued rising in September, but many cities posted smaller monthly gains, according to a closely-watched barometer of the housing market. The 20-city Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Index increased 0.7% in September from August and was 13.3% ahead of a year ago, S&P Read More

National

Supreme Court Will Take Up New Health Law Dispute

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees. The justices said they will take Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Food Stamp Cuts: Children Will Go Hungry

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist “Are there no prisons? And the workhouses, are they still in operation?” Is that what the government and the people of the United States are about to say to Americans who have such low incomes they need the government Read More

Op-Ed

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist   Thanksgiving Day – a day of family gatherings to give thanks for our many blessings – has evolved into a day of turkey and football, as the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day rivalries fill the TV.  Now, it threatens Read More

Op-Ed

Plenty of Reasons to be Thankful

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   As we celebrate Thanksgiving, most of us will use this time to reflect on the current state of our lives and the things we are most thankful for. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people are using this day to Read More

Op-Ed

‘Tis the Season for Smart Shopping

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I’ve spent the last three years of this column sharing with you important facts about African-Americans’ consumer power.  And, I know those of us who are certified black-belts in the time-honored martial art of shopping, are fired up for the Black Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Mozambique Facing Another Civil War?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist The news out of the southeast African nation of Mozambique has been most disturbing.  After a 21 year period of peace, Renamo—the notorious Mozambican National Resistance—has announced that it is breaking its pact with the ruling Frelimo (Mozambican Liberation Read More

Op-Ed

Celebrating What Makes Hip Hop Unique

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Hip Hop has celebrated its heritage in recent weeks on many different platforms showcasing its rich love for the art form and its accomplishments. Events such as the Hip Hop Education Think Tank III, the Universal Zulu Nation’s 40th Anniversary, and Read More

Op-Ed

Black Nativity – A Review

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic   “When a mother bestows a name on her child, it reveals her hopes.”   Black Nativity, a celebrated “gospel song-play” by acclaimed poet/novelist/playwright Langston Hughes, was first staged in the 1950s with Alvin Ailey and Carmen De Lavallade. Read More

Op-Ed

About That Car

By Frank S. Washington NNPA Columnist   DETROIT – The 2013 Hyundai Azera is one of those “Oh, my goodness” kind of cars. After a week-long test drive the only thing to quibble about on the midsize sedan was its headrests. Other than moving up Read More

Sports

Kobe Bryant Signs 2-Year Extension

[ESPN] Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. The Lakers did not announce financial terms, but a source told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne that the deal is worth $48.5 million. Bryant, 35, will maintain his status as the NBA’s highest-paid player over Read More

Sports

The 12 Immutable Rules of Watching Thanksgiving Football

[Forbes] The great Jason Gay has spent the last three Thanksgivings detailing the many, many, many rules of Thanksgiving touch football. He is the congressional oversight committee of Thanksgiving touch football. But his rules, awesome as they are, overlook one little thing: Most people don’t play football on Thanksgiving. Read More

Entertainment

Alicia Keys Visits Typhoon Refugees in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base Monday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from eastern provinces wracked by Typhoon Haiyan. The American singer distributed crayons and coloring books to children at the Villamor Air Base grandstand, Read More

Politics

How Liberal is President Obama, Really?

[The Washington Post] “I’m not a particularly ideological person,” President Obama told a group of Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Seattle on Sunday night. Republican eyes’ rolled.  This president, they believe, is one of the most ideological — and liberal — chief executives in Read More

Politics

Last of ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Pardoned

By Herb Boyd Special to the NNPA Three of the last Scottsboro Boys, African American youths falsely accused of raping two White women in 1931, were granted posthumous pardons by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. “The long overdue pardon of the African American Read More

Politics

Obama Adviser Susan Rice Visits Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The White House says National Security Adviser Susan Rice is in Afghanistan to meet with government officials, including President Hamid Karzai, and visit U.S. troops for the Thanksgiving holidays. The visit announced Monday is Rice’s first overseas trip as President Barack Obama’s top Read More

National

Racist Who Shot Vernon Jordan, Larry Flynt and Killer of Many Others, Executed in Missouri

Joseph Paul Franklin’s Murder Victims Included Blacks, Jews and Interracial couples by Zachary Lester and Ron Taylor Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Joseph Paul Franklin, who told authorities that a crime spree that left at least seven people dead was motivated by Read More

National

President Honors ‘True Champions’ with Medal of Freedom

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During what he called one of his “favorite events every year,” President Obama presented 16 outstanding individuals, including four African Americans, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. President John F. Kennedy Read More

Technology

Yes, Loud Cellphone Users are the Worst. But Why is it the FCC’s Job to Police Them?

[The Washington Post] Last week’s news that the government will soon think about allowing cellphone use on planes caused a torrent of negative feedback. Nobody wants airplanes to turn into the soup of noise that too often afflicts Amtrak riders. So how can the head of the agency Read More

Health

7 Ways To Curb Weight Gain Over Thanksgiving

[Forbes] Here’s an unpleasant reality check: The traditional American Thanksgiving meal packs an average of 3000 calories. Considering that the recommended daily caloric intake for women ranges from 2000 (over age 25) to 1850 (over age 50) this puts one meal at approximately a third more than Read More

Health

ADHD Diagnosis Increasing in the US, CDC Says

[Medical News Today] A new study reveals that the number of children in 2011-12 diagnosed with ADHD is 2 million higher in the US, compared with 2003-04. Additionally, 1 million more American children are taking medication for the disorder than previously. The study was conducted Read More

No Picture
Op-Ed

Ask Alma

By Alma Gill NNPA Columnist Neighbor’s Loud Lovemaking is Annoying Dear Alma, I live in a lovely three-story apartment building and get along famously with most of my neighbors – except for one who occasionally makes love to his girlfriend very loudly. It doesn’t happen Read More

Health

3 Factors Detrimental to Obesity-Related Heart Disease

[FoodProductDesign.com] BOSTON—High blood pressure, serum cholesterol and blood glucose explain approximately 50% of the increased risk of heart disease and three-quarters of the increased risk of stroke among overweight or obese individuals, according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet. Researchers at Harvard Read More

World

Dominican Citizenship Law Now Caribbean Issue

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Caribbean leaders will hold a special emergency meeting to discuss a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that could strip citizenship rights to migrants and their descendants. The Caribbean Community will issue its response to the Dominican ruling after heads of Read More

World

Report: Rebels Decimate C. African Republic Town

KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Rebels in Central African Republic decimated a mostly Christian village earlier this month, burning down dozens of homes, after demanding fuel and money from a nearby Muslim community to attack “the enemy,” an international human rights group Read More

Business

Booming Entrepreneurship Among Black Women

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Cheryl Lofton had never intended to be a small business owner. Her grandfather, J.C. Lofton, was the first African American to own a tailoring school and related business in Washington, D.C. She spent her summers working Read More

Business

Inmates Learn Tech Sector from Silicon Valley Pros

MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled “prisoner” and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants in this growing Read More

Business

iPads, Tablets Among Top Toys for 2013

[UPI] Here’s hoping Santa gets a big Christmas bonus this year to cover the cost of the tech toys that are topping holiday wish lists this year. The Harris Poll says half of Americans plan on purchasing toys as gifts this holiday season, down from Read More

Press Room

Aio Wireless™ Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotions

Aio Wireless™ Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotions Offers to include: Free Nokia Lumia 620, Free ZTE Prelude™, Free BoostPlus Audio Speaker and more Alpharetta, GA – Nov. 25, 2013 – Aio Wireless announced today its Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions in preparation for the Read More

Technology

Apple’s New ‘Life on iPad’ Minisite Shows Off the Tablet’s More Unusual Uses

[Digital Trends] With the holiday season just around the corner, Apple has launched a microsite singing the praises of the iPad in an attempt to mark it out as no ordinary tablet thereby making it more attractive to gift-hunting consumers. We’re already aware that the iPad can Read More

World

South African Carjackers Favor Downtown Spot

CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The carjackers were swift and methodical. They were also creatures of habit. On three occasions this month, armed criminals who apparently knew their victims were carrying cash or valuables pounced at the same intersection in Johannesburg while CCTV Read More

Business

US Job Openings, Overall Hiring Reach 5-Year Highs

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. job openings and overall hiring both reached five-year highs in September, signaling steady improvement in the job market. Job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s the Read More

Politics

Senate’s Filibuster Rule Change Should Help Obama Achieve Key Second-Term Priorities

[The Washington Post] The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change and financial regulation, that have faced intense opposition from Republicans in Congress. The Read More

World

Nigerian President Ill in London, Advised Rest

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An official says Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is “indisposed” in London and doctors have advised he “rest for a few days.” Special adviser Reuben Abati says in a statement that Jonathan missed the opening Thursday of a meeting of the country’s Read More