METRO NEWS

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Metro Beat…Fights break out at Monroeville mall
  MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Police say numerous fights broke out at the Monroeville Mall in western Pennsylvania while packed with hundreds of teens. The…
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GOP draws lines as Wolf focuses on huge deficit
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf touring Pennsylvania to drum out his message about state government’s massive structural deficit, the leaders of…
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CEA: Building a strong community
For more than 20 years, Rashad Byrdsong’s Community Empowerment Association has worked to stem violence in Pittsburgh’s East End by providing a variety of life…
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2014 Iota Phi Foundation Achievement Awards Dinner
On Nov. 22, at the Syria Center in Cheswick, hundreds gathered for the Iota Phi Foundation Annual Achievement Awards Dinner. The Iota Phi Foundation is…
Officer who shot, paralyzed Leon Ford goes on desk duty
McLay gets warm welcome at third community conversation

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NATIONAL NEWS

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NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets Saturday to honor Officer Rafael Ramos…
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The Obamas extend warm wishes for Kwanzaa
The White House issued the following statement from the Obamas on Friday: “Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday…
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N. Korea calls Obama ‘monkey’ in hacking row
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid…
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Autistic 4-year-old who went missing for two days during S.C. family visit found dead
  The body of a 4-year-old autistic boy, who was reported missing on December 24, after visiting his family in Little River, South Carolina, for the holidays, has been…
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War on the poor? Michigan Gov approves drug testing welfare recipients
LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Friday that creates a drug-testing program for adult welfare recipients who are suspected of using drugs. The…
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North Korea calls Obama a “Monkey” after Its Internet shut down
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid…
Fellow officers salute NY cop’s flag-draped casket
Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’ in 2016?
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ENTERTAINMENT

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The AP’s top 10 movies of the year
The top 10 films of 2014, according to AP Film Writer Jake Coyle: 1. “Ida” — Where did this perfect little gem come from? Its…
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The Wire cast tweets inside stories, memories during HBO marathon
If you happen to be a fan of the Wire and are binge-watching it this weekend, you might also be following Twitter at the same time. Some of…
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Is Kim Kardashian mad she can’t get pregnant??
Are Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian having pregnancy issues? Add this to the long list of rumors swirling behind one of the world’s…
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Year’s top song is Beyonce, Sia’s ‘Pretty Hurts’
NEW YORK (AP) — Need a new playlist? Check out the Associated Press’ top songs of 2014 list. Heard them before? Then play them again.…
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Drake’s mom explains why people think he’s overly sensitive (VIDEO)
Drake just can’t shake the label of being a “sensitive” rapper. No matter what kind of tracks he drops, he just can’t get away from…
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Ludacris gets engaged to longtime girlfriend Eudoxie
  Ludacris is ending the year on a high note. The rapper/actor popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan while the couple were on a…
#ICantBreathe RZA on Eric Garner’s death: “It looked like a gang fight”
Lil Wayne to sue Birdman

SPORTS

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Steelers aim to catch Bengals for AFC North title
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have spent three seasons chasing the Cincinnati Bengals. Through 2012, when an aging roster and injuries caught up to…
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Game Day Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers have one last regular season game on Sunday Night and it’s a meaningful one. The winner takes the division crown and gets a…
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Longest playoff victory droughts in NFL history
Most consecutive seasons without a playoff victory since 1933, the first season of NFL playoffs: - 50, Chicago/St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1948-97) - 37, Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers…
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LeBron James, Steph Curry lead All-Star voting
NBA fans gave the Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Warriors’ Stephen Curry an early lead in NBA All-Star voting. James leads overall voting with about 553,000…
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Cam Heyward embraces leadership role with Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward spent his childhood in NFL locker rooms watching father Craig, a fullback for five teams from…
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Lisa Leslie Says There’s More To Worry About In Sports Than The Gender Gap [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]
There’s a gender gap everywhere–from corner offices to street corners, women are often faced with not having the same value as men, thus we get…
Bengals get another chance at 23-year drought
Penn State set for 1st bowl game in Sandusky aftermath

OPINION

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We can’t be distracted: The movement must continue
In New York City the other day a madman shot his girlfriend, brutally murdered two policemen, and then killed himself. Ismaayiyl Brinsley was a man…
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Rep. Steve King’s racist immigration formula
One of the many questions that hover over President Obama’s historic breakthrough in ending the U.S. government’s half-century-long Cold War standoff with Cuba is this:…
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‘Sorority Sisters’ Is Terrible, But What About ‘LAHH’? How The Uproar Reveals A Double Standard
I tried to watch Sorority Sisters, but I couldn’t finish the episode. If it were a singer, it would be Cassie, the first time she…
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Old guard marginalizes Ferguson youth leaders
(NNPA)—Remember these names:  Ashley Yates, Johnetta Elzie, and Deray McKesson. They could get an invite to meet President Obama in the Whites House, but for…
The Willie Horton-ization of the Brooklyn Cop Shooter
Bill Cosby’s “Warning” To Black Media Isn’t Enough To Rally Support He Desperately Needs

BUSINESS

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Cellphones cut off, Ohio suburb weighs bankruptcy
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — East Cleveland has long been one of the poorest cities in the state, a model for what urban decay looks…
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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014. More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold…
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Holiday deliveries improve but hiccups continue
NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas came on time this year for most people. After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for…
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The future is here, and it’s called Mirai
The Future is here and Akio Toyoda said he has seen it.  It is called “Mirai.” In Japanese, “Mirai” means “future” and represents a turning…
How to handle an unexpected job loss
Dallas Popcorn soon to be stocked on Costco shelves

INTERNATIONAL

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Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional…
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Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the…
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El Salvador’s gangs target women and girls
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.…
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Cuba: No intention of extraditing Assata Shakur
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist…
U.N. kcks off Decade for People of African Descent
AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

LIFESTYLE

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CHICK CHAT: That Awkward Moment When Your Booty Call Gets Engaged
I met Jay at a party about three years after I moved to NYC. The party scene became my social life. I was out every…
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The Treadmill Workout: The New Fitness Craze That Works Your Entire Body
When it comes to running, I am in it for the long run (pun intended). Getting in my weekly double digit run is easy, and…
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FAB FINDS: 25 New Year’s Eve Dresses For Every Shape & Size
It’s time to say goodbye to 2014, and there’s no better way to do it than in a glamorous dress. Whether you prefer sequin, metallic…
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12 things light-skin women need more than ‘Light Girls’ documentary
The conversation about colorism in the Black community is far from over. Bill Duke’s “Dark Girls” is a documentary that addressed colorism–a topic that needed…
CHIC EATS: Bacon, Broccoli & Avocado Quiche [RECIPE]
Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years

GENERATION Y

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Students at medical college donate books to Ferguson library
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – On the evening of Nov. 24, Ashlee Nicole Sharer sat by her television as fires erupted on the streets of Ferguson,…
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Step Show: Black Greeks Protest Sorority Sisters Outside VH1 Offices
Black Greek fraternities and sororities are not letting VH1 get away with the airing of their controversial show, Sorority Sisters. Over the weekend, various members…
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5 African Americans named Rhodes Scholars
Each year the Rhodes Trust awards exceptional postgraduate students with a scholarship to pursue studies in all fields at the prestigious University of Oxford, the oldest university…
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Black high schooler gifts less fortunate classmate with new shoes after bullies made fun of him [PHOTOS]
Christmas is only in a few days, but with all the tragedy that’s happening in our own backyards, we could use an uplifting story that…
Q&A: Why campus rape victims usually don’t report
College Student Lands In Jail For Not Having State Driver’s License

HEALTH

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Parental help and support a plus for LGB teens
Teens who like members of the same or either sexes or who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) are one of the most commonly…
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Sexuality and ­Reproductive Health
  Sexuality is complicated and does not necessarily stay the same over time. To be more specific, how women identify—in other words, heterosexual, lesbian, gay…
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LGBT resources in Allegheny County
If you know a young person who identifies as LGBT or is questioning his/her sexual orientation or identity, Dr. Marshal recommends the following resources: Children’s…
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Despite gay-related stressors and discrimination, most LGB youths report being healthy and happy
Young people who make up the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB)* population are diverse. But they have health needs and risks that are LGB specific.…
Take Care Of Your Health Today. Be Informed. Be Involved…LGB health
SHE DRINKS: 3 Fresh Ways To Sip Your Peppermint This Holiday Season

Cover To Cover

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Bookworm’s Best of 2014
So many books, so little time. It’s easy to feel that way when faced with an entire bookstore full of possibilities. How do you pick? …
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Cover To Cover…‘Memoirs of an Elf’
Your mom and dad take their jobs very seriously. They get to work on time and they do a good job. Sometimes, they might even…
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Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real…
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Cover To Cover…‘Prison Noir’
Three-and-a-half steps. Visualize it: that’s how big your home is. Back against the wall, three-and-a-half steps until you can’t go anymore. Arms straight out at…
Cover to Cover…‘Firebird’
Cover To Cover…‘Imagine This’

EDITORS PICK

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY
All across the nation, the trust gap between police and many of our communities of color has reached a crisis state. In Ferguson, Missouri, a…

FEATURES

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Black Captain America leading comic book diversity
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they are more and more reflecting the true hues of American society.…

VIEWPOINT

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The Willie Horton-ization of the Brooklyn Cop Shooter

PEOPLE

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Pras locked in bitter child support Battle
  Former Fugees member Pras is embroiled in an ugly child support dispute involving his 4-year-old son. The New York Post is reporting the rapper and…
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Gabrielle Union & D.Wade Present Traditionally Fly Christmas Card
  For their first Christmas as man and wife, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, went for something a little old-fashioned for their holiday card. The…
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Usher files another restraining order against stalker
  Usher is once again facing off against a stalker hellbent on harassing and shaking him down for money. Last month, the Grammy-Award-winning singer requested…
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Ludacris’ creative marriage proposal to Eudoxie
Ludacris shocked  his longtime girlfriend, Eudoxie, today with a most inventive proposal. The rapper-actor popped the question aboard his private jet and had his girlfriend look out…
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Tyler, The Creator Invites You To His “Baller” Christmas Party
Tyler, The Creator hosted a Christmas party that he wanted to share with the world. In the video, Tyler celebrates his snazzy swag, a “gold…
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Tahiry Jose’s Attacker Avoids Jail Time & Gets Off Easy
The man that attacked Tahiry Jose has gotten off with a relative slap on the wrist. The “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star is…
Mariah Carey Rethinks Christmas With Nick Cannon
Sammy Davis Jr.’s Ex, Katherine McKee Claims Bill Cosby Raped Her: ‘I’m Really Sorry He Had To Do That To Me’ [VIDEO]

Education

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Students at medical college donate books to Ferguson library
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – On the evening of Nov. 24, Ashlee Nicole Sharer sat by her television as fires erupted on the streets of Ferguson,…
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Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a…

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