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    Small Ala. Town: Relief that Child Hostage is Safe

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy was back with his ecstatic family and playing with his toy dinosaur after his nearly weeklong ordeal as a hostage in an underground bunker was ended...

    New Orleans: A Tale of 2 Cities Since Katrina

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — While a blimp hovers not too far in the distance, circling over tens of thousands of Super Bowl revelers, Christopher Weaver looks around at the neighborhood where he was born...

    Alabama Gunman Kills Bus Driver, Seizes Boy

    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators were locked in a standoff Wednesday with a gunman authorities say intercepted a school bus, killed the driver, snatched a kindergartener and retreated...

    Mass. Gov. Patrick Picks Black Man to Fill Kerry’s Senate Seat

    BOSTON (AP) — William "Mo" Cowan, a former top aide to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, was tapped by Patrick on Wednesday to serve as interim U.S. senator for Massachusetts until a special election is...

    Report: Black High School Graduation Rates Lowest in Country

    High school graduation rates in the United States are at their highest since 1974, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education report, but Black students graduated at a rate below other ethnic groups. Of...

    Black Woman to be Executed in Texas Today after 6 P.M CST

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Defense lawyers have made a late request to halt the execution of a Texas woman set to become the first female put to death in the U.S. in three years. The...

    Texas Black Woman’s Execution Halted; DA Won’t Appeal

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The first woman scheduled to be executed in the U.S. since 2010 won a reprieve Tuesday, mere hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the Texas death chamber. State...

    Obama Gun Control Initiative Draws Impeachment Threat

    The White House’s proposal to curb violent gun-related crime has provoked conservatives into a state of near-apoplexy, with at least one Republican House member suggesting he would bring impeachment proceedings against the president. On Jan....

    Obama Unveils $500 Million Gun Violence Package

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and...

    Arizona Gov. Opts for Federal Medicaid Expansion

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday she plans to push for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the federal health care law, a surprising decision that could have an...

    Deal by Congress Stops Fiscal Cliff Plunge But Doesn’t End Threat

    Congress cut a deal in the early hours of the New Year that narrowly steered clear of the “fiscal cliff” that would have triggered automatic federal spending cuts and tax cuts in 2013. In concessions...

    Funeral arranged for Lillian Miles Lewis, Wife of Congressman John Lewis

    ATLANTA (AP) — A spokesman for Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis says funeral services for Lillian Miles Lewis — the congressman's wife — have been scheduled for next week at the historic Ebenezer Baptist...

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