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People Are Saying Obama's Off-The-Cuff Speech On Race Was One Of His Most Important Ever

This was the kind of speech that civil-rights leaders have always been calling on President Barack Obama to give.<p>At length on Friday, during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama spoke off-the-cuff about the death of Trayvon Martin and racial profiling in America.<p>"He should …

Woman Sentenced to 16 Months in Jail for Having Sex Outside Marriage – Even Though She Was Raped

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said Friday she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal …

Reverend Lambastes Sharpton and Jackson as ‘Race Hustlers and Poverty Pimps,’ Calls Trayvon Martin a ‘Thug’

Tattooed and Scruffy-Bearded Preacher Shatters Traditional Pastoral Image — and His Church Is Exploding in Popularity

Carl Lentz is the prototypical Brooklyn hipster. With his scruffy beard, artsy tattoos and cuffed shirts, Lentz, 34, embodies the young, rebellious feel of New York City’s most populated borough. But the Virginia native has a message that supersedes his appearance — and he’s bringing it to …

Confirmed: Teen in Asiana Plane Crash Was Killed by Emergency Vehicle

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — A coroner says a teenager in the Asiana Airlines crash was killed when she was struck by a vehicle at the scene.<p>A firetruck sprays water on Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP)<p>San Mateo …

Obama Interrupts Press Conference to Comment on Zimmerman Verdict: ‘Trayvon Martin Could’ve Been Me 35 Years Ago’ (Full Video)

President Barack Obama spoke frankly about race in America on Friday and said slain teenager Trayvon Martin “could’ve been me 35 years ago” in his first public comments about the outcome of George Zimmerman’s murder trial.<p>President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters at the White House on …

‘Prison Room’: Police Discover Multiple Captives Held in Foul Houston Home

HOUSTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Four men found living in “deplorable conditions” in a Houston garage on Friday told police that they were being held captive after being lured by promises of alcohol and cigarettes so that their captor could cash their public-assistance checks, authorities said.<p>Three of the …

‘Tears Started Welling in My Eyes’: Mom’s Surprise Note from Waitress Goes Viral

A birthday dinner out on the town for Jackie Johnson-Smith, her husband, and their three children took an all-too-typical turn soon after the family sat down: Stellen, only a year old, became fussy.<p>Stellen (Credit: KCCI-TV)<p>The sound of crying babies was nothing new for Bodi Kinney, a waitress at …

‘Wow! We Really Do Have a Black President’: MSNBC Host Calls Obama’s Zimmerman Remarks ‘Incredible Historical Moment’

MSNBC co-host Toure praised President Obama’s first public remarks on the George Zimmerman verdict Friday, saying they reaffirm that “we really do have a black president.”<p>The president surprised many by saying Trayvon Martin “could’ve been me 35 years ago,” despite the criticism he received for …

School Drops Controversial Student Tracking System Panned as ‘Mark of the Beast’

In October 2012, a student rebelled against RFID (radio-frequency identification) tracking cards issued — and mandatory — for all students within two schools in a San Antonio, Texas, school district, saying from a religious perspective, she considered them the “mark of the beast.” After court …

TheBlaze Reviews ‘The Conjuring’ — a Terrifying Tale Unlike Other Paranormal Movies You May Have Seen | TheBlaze

Those familiar with the motion picture works of 36-year-old filmmaker James Wan would expect nothing less than constant thrill, suspense. After all, he directed the likes of “Saw” and “Insidious.” But Wan’s latest endeavor, “The Conjuring,” takes writers Carey and Chad Hayes’ script and tells a …

Trayvon Martin’s Parents React to Obama’s Comments: ‘A Beautiful Tribute to Our Boy’

The family of Trayvon Martin called President Barack Obama’s comments in which he said the slain Florida teen could have once been him “a beautiful tribute to our boy.”<p>Getty Images<p>In a statement Friday, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton said they were honored by the president’s remarks, his first …