Daily Archive: December 10, 2012

Sports

Cowboy defensive lineman charged after teammate dies in auto accident

by Schuyler DixonAP Sports Writer IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was released Sunday on $500,000 bond, one day after being charged with intoxication manslaughter after what police said was a drunken-driving accident that killed close friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent’s attorney George Milner had called the bond amount excessive and beyond what the team had authorized him to post. CHARGED–In this Dec. 2, 2012, photo, Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent runs onto the field out of the team’s tunnel after being introduced before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

National

Unions vow political payback for right-to-work law

by John FlesherAssociated Press Writer LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With defeat in the Michigan Legislature virtually certain, Democrats and organized labor intend to make enactment of right-to-work laws as uncomfortable as possible for Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican allies while laying the groundwork to seek payback at the polls. MICHIGAN PROTEST–Demonstrators protest right-to-work legislation in the outside the George W. Romney State Office building, where Gov. Snyder’s office is located, in Lansing, Mich., Dec. 7, 2012. AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

National

Romney’s ’47 percent’ chosen as year’s best quote

by John ChristoffersonAssociated Press Writer NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and “binders full of women” topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. QUOTABLE– In this Nov. 5 photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the “gifts” he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. Romney also cites as a reason for his loss the president’s effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. In a call Nov. 14, to those donors, Romney said Obama’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups what he called “a big gift” while his campaign had been about, in his words, “big issues for the whole country.” (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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International

South Africa at crossroads as Mandela hospitalized

by Jon GambrellAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela is “doing very, very well” while undergoing unspecified medical tests at a military hospital, the nation’s defense minister said Monday. The office of the presidency said the anti-apartheid icon was being kept in the hospital for a third day for more tests. COUNTRY WORRIES–A newspaper vendor sells Sunday newspapers reporting on former South African President, Nelson Mandela, in Johannesburg Sunday Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Entertainment

Long-sealed Notorious B.I.G. autopsy released, LAPD apologizes to family

by Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police detectives apologized to the family of Notorious B.I.G. for failing to warn them about the planned release of his autopsy report more than 15 years after he died in a drive-by shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department said Saturday. ICONIC RAPPERS–In this March 8, 1997 file photo, Notorious B.I.G., whose real name is Christopher Wallace, left, gestures as he and producer Sean “Diddy” Combs leave a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles late Saturday evening, shortly before Wallace was shot to death. (AP Photo/Venus Bernardo-Prudhomme, File)

Opinion

GOP must not ignore J.C. Watts

by Roland MartinCNN Contributor (CNN) — A number of establishment Republicans are privately blasting former Rep. J.C. Watts and his comments about considering a run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. They call him arrogant for even suggesting he could do the job, and some have said the talk is more about his ego than a vision for the party. ROLAND MARTIN