Daily Archive: November 6, 2013

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National

Wounded TSA officer speaks out after LAX attack

Transportation Security Administration officer Tony Grigsby talks to reporters with his mother Faye Maye at his home in Los Angeles Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Transportation Security Administration officer who was wounded in a gunman’s deadly attack at Los Angeles International Airport is speaking out for the first time.

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National

Sharpton demands profiling guarantee from Macy’s

The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, accompanied by Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Hazel Dukes, president of the New York State chapter of the NAACP, speaks to the media outside Macy’s flagship store, in New York, after a meeting with the CEO of Macy’s to talk about racial profiling, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by Deepti HajelaAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton said he and other civil rights leaders had a “brutally honest” meeting Monday with the CEO of Macy’s over racial profiling, and demanded that the department store lay out how they will guarantee the practice doesn’t happen before the holiday shopping season begins. The meeting on Monday with CEO Terry Lundgren follows an incident in which an actor on the HBO series “Treme” was detained by police after buying his mother a $1,350 Movado watch. Robert Brown filed a lawsuit last month after he said he was stopped inside Macy’s flagship Manhattan store last June because he is Black. Brown’s accusation came after two other Black shoppers said they were racially profiled and detained by police after making expensive purchases at Barneys New York. In a statement, Macy’s said it doesn’t tolerate discrimination of any kind and “considers its loss prevention policies to be among the very best and most progressive in the retailing industry.”

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Sports

Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin, and the NFL’s future

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) stand on the field during an NFL football practice in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (CNN) — Allegations of racial slurs and threats of violence against Dolphins linemate Jonathan Martin have left Pro Bowler Richie Incognito suspended from the Miami Dolphins and sparked widespread chatter about just what kind of behavior is tolerated in the NFL.

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People

AP source: Lady Gaga, manager Troy Carter split

LADY GAGA AND TROY CARTER by Chris TalbotAssociated Press Writer Lady Gaga and her manager Troy Carter have split just days before the pop star releases her new album, “ARTPOP.” A source familiar with the situation confirms the two have split over creative differences. The source was not authorized to speak about the break publicly and requested anonymity.

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People

‘Idol’ judges have glowing reviews for each other

This 2013 file publicity photo released by FOX shows American Idol XIII judges, from left, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. One thing about season 13 of “American Idol” is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along. (AP Photo/FOX, Michael Becker) by Marina HutchinsonAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Well, one thing about season 13 of “American Idol” is that unlike last season, the judges seem to be getting along. At an audition stop in Atlanta last week, Jennifer Lopez said she’s excited for people to see how funny Harry Connick Jr. is and how much he knows about music.

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Opinion

Can the right wing ever compromise?

by Donna Brazile (CNN) — A remarkable thing just happened in Congress. Republicans and Democrats sat down together to work out a budget. This hasn’t happened since 2009. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan — Romney’s running mate, you’ll recall, and the hero of fiscal conservatives — told Politico, “Let’s understand what we’re doing here, we’re going back to regular order. … This is how the founders envisioned the budget process. We want to get back to that.”

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National

Holder looks for answers on overcrowded prisons

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, and U.S. Attorney Zane David, right, look on as former federal inmates Robert Warner who completed the Supervision to Aid Re-entry (STAR) program, speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Kathy MathesonAssociated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nation’s top law enforcement officer got a glimpse of the challenges facing ex-offenders attempting to rebuild their lives on Tuesday as he attended an unusual court session and then met with several of them afterward. Attorney General Eric Holder watched as more than a dozen men on supervised release updated a federal judge on their jobs and personal situations, discussing problems from needing more hours at work to the cost of cataract surgery for the family dog.

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People

Facebook chat: Does Cher think Sonny is burning in hell? It was a joke!

CNN’s Denise Quan sat down with outspoken Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner Cher about her own truth, and as usual, the star didn’t disappoint with her candor. (CNN Photo) by Alan Duke LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Cher is not really thinking that Sonny Bono is burning in hell. In fact, the singer-actress apparently misses her ex-husband. Cher’s zinger response to a fan’s question last week during a Facebook chat spurred a slew of news stories by writers who seem to have forgotten the type of comedy that fueled the Sonny and Cher comedy show back in the ’70s. Her stinging jokes about Sonny were for laughs, not revenge.