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Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

Hillary Clinton loves black people. And black people love Hillary—or so it seems. Black politicians have lined up in droves to endorse her, eager to …

Middle-class

The Uneasy Future Of Format Innovation In Music Streaming

The continual rise of media streaming services like Netflix and Spotify has not only transformed consumer behavior, but has also freed creators from traditional TV and radio programming standards, allowing for greater experimentation in form and content.<p>Last month, media consulting firm MIDiA …

Father charged with homicide after police fatally shot his 12-year-old daughter

The father of a 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl accidentally shot and killed in her home by a police officer earlier this month has been charged in her …

The Birth of a Nation just set a record for the biggest Sundance deal ever

Fox Searchlight is paying $17.5 million for Nate Parker's slavery rebellion drama<p>After lighting up a roomful of industry experts and instigating an all-night bidding war, Nate Parker's slavery drama <i>The Birth of a Nation</i> is being purchased by Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million. It's the most …

Obama Bans Solitary Confinement For Juveniles In Federal Prisons

On Monday, President Obama announced changes to the federal prison system that include banning solitary confinement for juvenile offenders and for prisoners who have committed low-level infractions, calling the practice overused and potentially devastating.<p>In an op-ed in <i>The Washington Post</i>, Obama …

Michael Bloomberg may launch independent U.S. presidential bid: source | Reuters

(Reuters) - Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has told his aides to draw up plans for an independent campaign for the U.S. presidency, according to a source familiar with the situation.<p>Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a meeting during the World …

Hindu god statue's head returns to Cambodia

<b>A French museum has returned the head of a 7th Century Hindu statue to Cambodia 130 years after it was taken.</b><p>The statue, a representation of the Hindu gods Vishnu and Shiva, had its head taken in French colonial times.<p>It was returned by the Guimet Museum in Paris at Cambodia's request and …

Lil Wayne & Chief Keef Named Most Profane Artists In New Study

A study conducted by Musixmatch has found that Lil Wayne and Chief Keef are the most profane artists in mainstream music.<p>The study analyzed the …

Journalist-Registration Bill Is Modeled On Gun Law, S.C. Lawmaker Says

Criminal background checks and assurances that a person "is competent to be a journalist" are among the requirements put forth by State Rep. Mike Pitts in a new bill in South Carolina's Legislature. The bill would also create a responsible journalism registry.<p>Titled the South Carolina Responsible …

The Onion worth more than the Washington Post

The Onion’s top news, circa 2013: “Print Dead at 1,803.” On Tuesday, it helped put the nail in the coffin.<p>The satirical news site just agreed to sell …

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Licensing

Sarah Palin's weird Trump endorsement jacket is actually pretty expensive

When Sarah Palin took the stage at a Donald Trump rally in Iowa Tuesday to endorse his candidacy for president, she was wearing her favorite fancy …

Growing Up as a Black Kid in Nazi Germany

Remembering the life of Hans J. Massaquoi, who managed to survive under Hitler's xenophobic regime.<p>In 1933, a young Hans J. Massaquoi stood in a schoolyard in Hamburg, wearing a swastika patch on his sweater, surrounded by the load of fair-haired, blue-eyed kids, that you see in the photo …

Korean War

Kenyan Muslim who shielded Christians in al-Shabab attack dies

<b>A Muslim teacher who shielded Christian fellow passengers when their bus was attacked by Islamist militants has died in surgery to treat his bullet wound.</b><p>Salah Farah was on a bus travelling through Mandera in Kenya when it was attacked by al-Shabab in December.<p>The attackers told the Muslims and …

Pentagon report: Iran took SIM cards from detained U.S. sailors' phones

Iranian soldiers removed two SIM cards from two handheld satellite phones but otherwise returned all weapons, ammunition and equipment when they released 10 U.S. sailors and their two boats last week, the Pentagon said Monday.<p>The first public report from U.S. Central Command into the incident …

Military

Woman Suing UK Police for 'Psychological Torture' By Undercover Agent Boyfriend

A British woman named Andrea [no last name given] is suing London’s Metropolitan Police Force after one of their undercover agents, “Carlo Neri,” …

I tried out a startup that lets you borrow someone else's dog — here's what it's like

BarkBox, a New York City-based startup, is a subscription-box service catering to dog lovers that's raised $21 million in VC funding. Los Angeles-based DogVacay, a sort of Airbnb for dogs, has raised $47 million.<p>Now there's a new startup called Bark'N'Borrow that wants to match up dogs in need of a …

In NYC, pay phones become free Wi-Fi hotspots—and masturbation stations

What happens in the hotspot stays in the hotspot.<p>This month will see the first rollout of LinkNYC's free Wi-Fi hotspots in New York City, which are …

China seen posting slowest economic growth in 25 years as policy risks grow

By Kevin Yao<p>BEIJING (Reuters) - China is expected to report its weakest quarterly economic growth in nearly seven years on Tuesday, adding pressure …

41 jobs that that are quickly disappearing in the US

With the rise of robots and AI, as well as ongoing economic changes from globalization, jobs from data entry to manufacturing are under threat in the US.<p>Here are 41 jobs that could be on their way out in the US, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' projections for the percent decline in the …

Employment

A Town in Rural Alabama Has a Tuberculosis Incidence Rate That Approaches Somalia's

The United States has an overall tuberculosis incidence rate of 3 cases for every 100,000 people. Kyrgyzstan, a country in which I contracted active …

Peshawar school massacre video game removed

<b>A video game based on a Taliban school massacre in Pakistan's city of Peshawar in December 2014 has been withdrawn following a barrage of criticism.</b><p>The game - Pakistan Army Retribution - was released by a government digital agency in the central Punjab province.<p>Players could act as soldiers …

Study finds attack ads from the 2008 presidential campaign appeared to show Obama with darker-than-usual skin — these are the ads

The study, published in the academic journal Public Opinion Quarterly in December, suggests that the images could have been intended to tap into possible racial biases of some viewers.<p>"Ads that portray black candidates with a darker complexion might prime negative stereotypes about blacks, damaging …

US Government Plans To Invest $4B In Autonomous Driving Research Over The Next 10 Years

Every car manufacturer now has an autonomous driving program, but the rules and regulations around actually driving autonomous cars on public roads remain scattershot.<p>Now, the U.S. government is starting to work on a national policy for autonomous cars, and it’s promising to invest $4 billion over …

Autonomous Cars

Chicago to conduct independent review into division that defends police

A former US attorney will conduct an independent review of the division of Chicago’s law department that defends police after a judge last week accused a city attorney of hiding evidence in a lawsuit over a fatal police shooting, the head of the department said Sunday.<p>Dan Webb, co-chairman of …

Emails Reveal Scramble by Chicago Officials Over Laquan McDonald Video

Recently released emails are providing insight into how Chicago officials handled the police dash cam video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald, the …

Crime

City of Chicago Lawyer Resigns After Judge Discovers He Suppressed Evidence in Darius Pinex Shooting

A federal judge has ordered the retrial of two Chicago Police Department officers accused of shooting a Black man in 2011. According to <i>USA Today</i>, …