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International

Germany gets its 1st Black members of Parliament

Actor and politician Charles M. Huber takes part in a benefit run for children held by the local fire-brigade youth in Griesheim, Germany. (AP Photo/dpa,: Fredrik von Erichsen,file) by Frank Jordans BERLIN (AP) — A chemist and an actor — both with family roots in Senegal — have become Germany’s first Black federal lawmakers, according to official election results released Monday.

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National

Young GOP leaders see need for substantive changes

In this photo taken June 18, 2011, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Republicans hoping to reach beyond the party’s White, aging core must do more than retool campaign strategy and tactics, say young GOP leaders pressing elected officials to offer concrete policies to counter Democratic initiatives. “It’s very easy to just say no, and there are times where it’s appropriate to say no,” said Jason Weingartner of New York, the newly elected chairman of the Young Republican National Federation. “But there are times where you need to lead and present ideas on the issues of the day.”

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International

Italy politician under fire for racist slur

Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kashetu Kyenge listens to a question during a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) ROME (AP) – Calls mounted Monday for the Senate vice president to resign after he compared Italy’s first Black Cabinet minister to an orangutan, with the Italian premier lamenting that the country had been “shamed” by such insults and demanding they stop immediately.

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National

In a first, Black voter turnout rate passes Whites

OHIO VOTER–Lauren Howie, 27, poses outside the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) EDITOR’S NOTE _ “America at the Tipping Point: The Changing Face of a Nation” is an occasional series examining the cultural mosaic of the U.S. and its historic shift to a majority-minority nation. by Hope Yen WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the White turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which Blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many Whites stayed home.

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National

Alaska lawmaker apologizes for racial slur

REP. DON YOUNG, R-ALASKA (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File) by Jim Abrams WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Don Young, the gruff Republican veteran who represents the entire state of Alaska, apologized Friday for referring to Hispanic migrant workers as “wetbacks” in a radio interview.