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    Top Of Mind: ‘Justice’ Is Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year

    By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle...

    Trump Administration Forced to Forgive $150M in Student Loans

    By AFRO Staff After a more than year-long delay, the U.S. Department of Education will cancel $150 million in debt owed by defrauded students, the agency announced Dec. 13. Under borrower protection regulation established under President...

    NAACP Poll Reveals How Black Voters Cast their Ballots

    NNPA Newswire Staff Report With voter fraud and voter suppression the talk of the midterms, the Advancement Project at the NAACP national office joined with the African American Research Collaborative to provide the first comprehensive...

    Remove or Keep a Statue? South Africa Debates Painful Legacy

    By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years....

    South Sudan Starts Planning for Life beyond War, Cautiously

    By Sam Mednick, The Associated Press For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future. Seated at a restaurant...

    Death Of 7-Year-Old On Border Raises Questions

    By COLLEEN LONG and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a...

    Maryland Inmate Allegedly Tried To Sexually Assault Officer

    By The Associated Press JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Maryland's corrections department says an inmate allegedly tried to sexually assault a correctional officer at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup. The department said it happened early Friday morning,...

    Warren Tackles Race Following Criticism of DNA Test Release

    By Elana Schor and Juana Summers, The Associated Press Sen. Elizabeth Warren sought to solidify her connection with African-American voters Dec. 14 as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach...

    Hyattsville Appoints First Black, First Woman and First LGBT as Chief of Police

    By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] There’s a new chief in town, and she’s spreading Black Girl Magic and a lot of firsts in Hyattsville, Md.  Amal Awad is the first Black, first woman and...

    Ex-Pharmacist Sentenced To Prison For Trading Pills For Sex

    By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland pharmacist has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for illegally dispensing thousands of oxycodone pills in exchange for sex with women...

    Police: Stolen Car Crashed After Chase Ended, Killing Teen

    By The Associated Press REISTERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a stolen car crashed after a police pursuit in Maryland, killing a teen passenger. Citing a Baltimore County police release, news outlets report that a patrol...

    Gunman Kills 4, Then Himself, After Mass at Brazil Cathedral

    By PETER PRENGAMAN and C.H. GARDINER, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four and leaving four others injured before taking...

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