Daily Archive: September 2, 2013

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National

‘Dream’ ceremonies reveal political segregation

In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, from left, President Barack Obama, former President Jimmy Carter, first lady Michelle Obama, and former President Bill Clinton wave after a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) by Jesse WashingtonAP National Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — They came to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, a tapestry of humanity with all shades of skin and from all walks of life. Yet there was something missing from the Lincoln Memorial last week: Republicans.

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International

Mandela discharged from hospital, returns home

Former South African President Nelson Mandela at a news conference in Johannesburg, in this Wednesday, March, 5, 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, file) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela went home in an ambulance on Sunday after nearly three months in a hospital that became the focus of a global outpouring of concern, but authorities said the health of the former South African president remained critical and sometimes unstable.

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National

In first major test, Obama overrules new team

A demonstrator holds a placard with a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest against possible U.S. forces’ strike in Syria, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) by Julie PaceAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president’s ability to overrule them all.

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Sports

Walker homers, Pirates retake NL Central lead

Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker (18) is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee 5-2 Monday to retake the NL Central lead.

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National

Dunkin’ Donuts apologizes for blackface ad campaign

An advertisement poster of a smiling woman with bright pink lips in blackface makeup holding a doughnut is seen on a Skytrain, a commuter train in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Grant Peck) by Jocelyn GeckerAssociated Press Writer BANGKOK (AP) — Dunkin’ Donuts has apologized for the “insensitivity” of an advertising campaign in Thailand featuring a woman in blackface makeup to promote a new chocolate flavored doughnut. The Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Thailand came under criticism Friday after Human Rights Watch called the advertisements “bizarre and racist.”