Afro Briefs

  • Sharpton Calls for Federal Prosecution in Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton returned to St. Louis Friday to renew calls for the federal prosecution of a white police officer who shot and killed a black 18-year-old in the nearby suburb of Ferguson. A St. Louis County grand jury’s deliberations about whether to indict Ferguson ...

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  • Girls’ Jihadi Quest Stirs Muslim Communities’ Fear

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The strange journey of three suburban Denver girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria has many in their close-knit east African community worried about whether their own children will be the next to be lured to terror. The girls’ voyage ...

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  • Man Claims to be Denzel Washington During Arrest

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man being arrested on charges of illegal marijuana possession told police he was Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington. Officers told 21-year-old Justin Lee Seay of Memphis he wasn’t fooling anyone — and quickly found that he had violated his ...

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  • Sheriff: 2 Shot at NC Courthouse, Gunman Caught

    NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A gunman opened fire on two men in front of the courthouse in this small North Carolina town on Tuesday, sending panicked lunchtime shoppers ducking into shops along the normally quiet main drag. The suspect was caught in the late afternoon after a manhunt that included ...

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  • Hazing Trial Starts for 4 FAMU Band Members

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The trial of four members of Florida A&M University’s marching band on charges of felony hazing and manslaughter was scheduled to start Monday, nearly three years after drum major Robert Champion died from being beaten. His death has shone a spotlight on a hazing ...

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  • NYC Police Commissioner: Hatchet Attack was Terror

    NEW YORK (AP) — A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday. Police were ...

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  • Detroit: 3-Year-Old Shot and Killed

    A fight that started on Facebook has cost the life of a toddler in Detroit. Amiracle Williams, 3, was shot and killed at her home on the 11000 block of Mogul Street on Detroit’s east side when people seeking out her sister attacked the home, according to police. “It just seems like I can’t make ...

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  • Researchers Say Social Mobility Elusive, Worse for Blacks

    Half of Black children born in the bottom 20 percent (quintile) of incomes will remain there, versus 25 percent for Whites. A person born in that same income quintile, and who graduates college, has a 16 percent chance of staying in that lowest group, while a person born in the highest income ...

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