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Lawyer: DC Mansion Murder Suspect Daron Wint 'Doesn't Eat Pizza'

A lawyer who plans to meet with the suspect in the D.C. mansion murders in jail this weekend told ABC News he believes the police have "blinders on" …

Crime

Fighting heroin addiction in conservative Zanzibar

Drug use has soared on the African island and women are the most vulnerable.

Zanzibar, Tanzania - Jackie held her one month old child to her chest. If for no other reason, the new life pressed against her had to be why she stopped using. After eight years of heroin addiction, she'd been clean for …

Addiction

The girls of the Lord's Resistance Army

Ugandan women who were abducted as children by the LRA share their stories of rape, torture and abandonment.

"Pain at sunrise, regrets at sunset – dawn or dusk, life isn't fair anymore."

These are lines from a poem written by Betty Ejang, a former child soldier with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). …

Child Soldiers

Property company says racist posters at apartments near UC Irvine are fake

UPDATE: Posters that appeared to be created by Toscana Apartments, a complex near the University of California – Irvine, asking African-Americans to keep their noise levels reportedly down are fake, according to management.

“The flyer was not created or posted by Equity Residential,” said Marty

Toscana

9 Amazing Black-Owned Wineries and Vineyards You Probably Don’t Know About

With more than 8,000 wineries located within the United States, less than 5 percent are Black-owned. Although the number is small in comparison, …

Foodies

‘Devious Defecator’ Case Tests Genetics Law

Seven years ago, Congress prohibited employers and insurers from discriminating against people with genes that increase their risks for costly diseases, but the case that experts believe is the first to go to trial under the law involves something completely different: an effort by an employer to …

Life Sciences

Death of Mississippi man found hanging in his yard not a homicide, officials say

The Justice Department says investigators have found no evidence that the hanging death of a man in Mississippi was a homicide.

The agency said in a news release Friday that the civil rights investigation into the death of Otis Byrd has been closed.

Byrd, 54, was last seen alive on 2 March at a …

Mississippi

Darren Sharper Guilty Of Trying To Drug Women With Xanax, Ambien, Valium In Rape Attempts

In an New Orleans court on Friday, former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from multiple attempts of drugging and raping women, according to The Advocate.

The former NFL safety, who played for the New Orleans Saints during 2009-2010, his final season in the …

Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Can officers charged in Freddie Gray's death get a fair trial in Baltimore?

Lawyers representing the six Baltimore police officers facing criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray are seeking to move legal proceedings outside the city, arguing that there is no way the officers can get a fair trial after the intense media coverage and because all residents were affected …

Baltimore

How Manspreading Arrests Highlight What's 'F**ked Up' About Broken Windows Policing

It’s bad subway etiquette, sure, but is it an arrest-worthy offense?

“Manspreading” -- the act of a someone, usually a man, taking up two subway seats by spreading his legs -- has rankled many train passengers for years. It became enough of an annoyance that the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New …

Crime

Murders Rise As Arrests Plunge In Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore's 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city's deadliest in 15 years.

The most recent killings claimed the lives of Jennifer Jeffrey and her seven-year-old son, Kester Anthony …

Baltimore

Ugandan woman's agony as granddaughter 'sold' to Americans

By Katy Migiro and Tom Esslemont KAMPALA/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first time Jaja, a Ugandan woman, saw her one-year-old …

Africa

Botswana dials 90-90-90 to tackle HIV spread

The campaign was enunciated at the UNAIDS International AIDS conference held in Melbourne, Australia late last year. The initiative follows through …

Botswana

Barack Obama Sr's grave has makeover amid hopes the US president may visit

Tourism officials in Kenya are to spend 1m shillings (£6,694) to spruce up the grave of Barack Obama’s father ahead of the US president’s visit to the country in July, it was reported on Friday.

Barack Hussein Obama Sr was born in western Kenya in 1936 and was killed there in a car accident in 1982. …

Democrats

Rashida Jones' documentary shows how porn companies lure teenage girls

Rashida Jones tackles the adult film industry in a new documentary, "Hot Girls Wanted," warning teen girls against the allure of the porn world.

The biggest draw to the porn industry seems to be the promise of fame, but most aspiring porn stars will remain unknown.

NEWS: Rashida Calls Out Miley &

Rashida Jones

Muhammadu Buhari takes over Nigeria in crisis

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerians celebrated their newly reinforced democracy Friday, dancing, singing praises and releasing white doves as Muhammadu Buhari, the first candidate to beat a sitting president at the polls, became their president.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by the …

Foreign Policy

Woman stabbed with fork for 'taking the last rib,' police say

An Indiana woman was arrested Sunday night after stabbing another woman in the eye with a fork in a fight over the last rib at a barbecue.

The Star Press reports that Sabrina A. Davis. 45, was arrested and received a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.

An affidavit says Davis was attending a …

Policing

Catholic church drops backing for Burundi election

Church withdraws support to upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections marred by violence against the president.

Burundi's influential Catholic Church has withdrawn its support for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, which have been marred by civil strive over President …

Elections

Uproar over photo showing Chicago cops posing with black man wearing deer antlers

A photograph of two white Chicago police officers standing over a black man wearing deer antlers has caused an uproar in the city as one of the two officers has sued to get his old job back.

The photo, which was published by the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday, is believed to have been taken sometime …

Policing

Baltimore residents fearful amid rash of homicides

BALTIMORE (AP) — Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in …

Baltimore

Former Death Row Inmate Paula Cooper Found Dead In Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman who was once the nation's youngest person on death row but whose sentence was eventually commuted to a prison term was found dead in Indianapolis on Tuesday.

Indianapolis police said 45-year-old Paula Cooper was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot …

Crime

Kenyan police attacked by al-Shabaab gunmen

Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked Kenyan police vehicles near Somalia’s border, injuring at least five officers and burning five cars, police said on Tuesday

Two officers were critically injured and three others sustained minor injuries in the attack in Garissa County, national Police Chief JK Boinnet said …

Policing

B.B. King's daughters: Dad was 'poisoned' - CNN.com

Story highlights

Lawyer for King's business manager says charges are "absolutely ridiculous" and "unfounded"
• His daughters accuse two of his aides of poisoning him
• The coroner's office says there's "no evidence to substantiate the allegations"

(CNN)Two of B.B. King's daughters are alleging that the …

B.B. King

Boko Haram militants kill 10 in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants hacked 10 people to death in a Friday raid on a village in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state, a local government administrator said Monday.

Dozens of Boko Haram insurgents stormed Pambula-Kwamda village in Madagali district, which the military recently declared free of the …

Boko Haram

#BlackLivesMatter: The Politics and History Surrounding Memorial Day

Sometimes the present can define the past or at the very least offer a better way to understand it.

The recent political campaign #BlackLivesMatters has in the span of three short words been able to articulate a claim that I tried to make in my book of over 100,000 words.

As the nation begins to …

Political History

‘I heard police shouting then a gunshot’ - Crime Courts

THE STAR A family members cries as the body of Bonginkosi Ndlovu (Bebeto) is removed. Picture: Matthews Baloyi

Johannesburg - A man believed to be …

Policing

Nigeria increasingly crippled as fuel shortage worsens

Major banks close branches nationwide as major telecommunications companies say lack of diesel could disrupt services.

Nigeria's severe fuel shortage has started to cause widespread disruption to everyday services, with the telecommunications and banking sectors the latest hit hard by the worsening …

Nigeria

'Black Bike Week' riders cry foul over security increase at annual gathering

For more than two decades, thousands of African American motorcyclists have traveled across the nation to South Carolina, to attend the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest. On the last weekend in May every year, the low hum of customized choppers with high-handle bars and the high-pitched revs of …

Security

Senator-elect to fight extradition to Chicago in 'Orange is the New Black' case

Nigeria's federal high court Monday ordered drug agents to release a newly elected senator and suspend its extradition proceedings on 20-year-old drug charges related to the TV hit "Orange Is the New Black."

It also ordered the withdrawal of armed agents who have besieged the home of Sen.-elect …

Chicago