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International

US envoy was inspired by South African struggle

US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard is photographed during an interview with a local newspaper in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader’s simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City.

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National

JFK holds complex place in Black history

In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, women burst into tears outside Parkland Hospital upon hearing that President John F. Kennedy died from a shooting while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. (AP Photo/File) by Jesse WashingtonAP National Writer Not that many years ago, three portraits hung in thousands of African-American homes, a visual tribute to men who had helped Black people navigate the long journey to equality. There was Jesus, who represented unconditional hope, strength and love. There was Martin Luther King Jr., who personified the moral crusade that ended legal segregation. And then there was President John F. Kennedy.

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National

Fla.’s Crist plots political comeback as Democrat

In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, President Obama, left, talks with former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist at a campaign rally in Seminole, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) by Michael J. MiishakAssociated Press Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Crist had barely entered the room before a throng of teachers swarmed him. The union delegates — and stalwart Democrats — wanted autographs, pictures, hugs and even kisses from the former Republican governor.

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National

As 2016 looms, Clinton keeps up with supporters

In this July 9, 2013 photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton applauds international delegates to the during the Women in Public Service Project leadership symposium, at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Ken Thomas Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Whether she runs for president or not in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton is making sure she stays connected to important Democratic constituencies, from college students and Black women to the gay and lesbian community.

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National

First lady: Voting rights is ‘movement of our era’

First lady Michelle Obama, and her image displayed on a video screen behind her, addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 42nd Annual Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says protecting the right to vote has become the nation’s most important civil rights issue.

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International

Death toll soars to 638 in Egypt violence

Injured supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie on the ground after Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of Morsi in Nasr City district, Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa) by Maggie Michael Associated Press Writer CAIRO (AP) — Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soared past 600 Thursday from Egypt’s deadliest day since the Arab Spring began.

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Entertainment

Obama jokes about aging during 2nd term

JOKESTER IN CHIEF–President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Bradley Klapper WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama joked Saturday that the years are catching up to him and he’s not “the strapping young Muslim socialist” he used to be.

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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.