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Darrell Wallace Jr. sets NASCAR milestone as first African-American to win race in 50 years

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. became the second black driver to win on NASCAR's national level and first in a half-century, taking the Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway. Wendell Scott won in Jacksonville, ...

Goverment reopens after congress ends 16-day shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government reopened its doors Thursday after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations. Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed ...

Georgia teen, Kendrick Johnson's, family calls on Benjamin Crump after horrifying update in son's death

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The attorney who helped push for a criminal prosecution in Trayvon Martin's shooting said Thursday that he's joining the fight to reopen an investigation into the death of a Georgia teenager whose body ...

Key moments in Black history

Nat Turner (Oct. 2, 1880 - Nov. 11, 11831) was a Black slave who led a slave rebellion in Virginia on Aug. 21, 1831 that resulted in 55 white deaths.

Miriam Carey identified as woman shot by police near Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman with a year-old child led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was ...

Government Shutdown Shows No Signs Of Ending As Congress Remains In Stalemate

WASHINGTON — The political stare-down on Capitol Hill shows no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans' claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously ...

Tiger Woods voted PGA Tour player of the year

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (AP) — Tiger Woods was voted U.S. PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time on the strength of his five big wins and return to No. 1 in the world. It was the ...

Marissa Alexander, woman sentenced to 20 years for firing warning shot, gets new trial

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her husband. The 1st District Court ...

Which District 5 candidate is the best fit?

It may be hard to believe, but in six weeks [Tuesday, Nov. 5] the voters of the City of Miami will return to the polls to select a mayor and to chose commissioners for Districts 3 and 5. But for ...

Barack Obama: my wife scared me into quitting smoking

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama says he hasn't had a smoke in years – thanks in no small part to first lady Michelle Obama. Obama was chatting privately with a U.N. official Monday and said he hoped the official ...

Tupac Shakur biopic to be filmed in 2014

A new biopic on slain rapper Tupac Shakur is coming. Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films announced in a Thursday news release they are in final negotiations to partner on the production of "Tupac." The picture will begin filming next ...

Common: Chicago needs to better understand the youth

CHICAGO -- Chicago rapper Common says his hometown needs to better understand the young people contributing to its violence problem and be more consistent in efforts to help them. Common's comments Friday at a city-sponsored music conference came hours after ...

Washington Navy Yard opens 3 days after massacre

The Washington Navy Yard began returning to nearly normal operations three days after it was the scene of a mass shooting in which a gunman killed 12 people.

Jonathan Ferrell, unarmed man killed in North Carolina, was shot 10 times by police officer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An unarmed man seeking help after a car crash over the weekend was shot 10 times by the Charlotte police officer who's now charged in his death, investigators said Monday. The release of the information supporting the ...

Unarmed man shot and killed by North Carolina police officer after apparent car crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An unarmed man who was shot and killed by a police officer in North Carolina after a car wreck was a former football player for Florida A&M University, school officials said Sunday. Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, played ...