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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is keeping a low public profile as he celebrates his 53rd birthday...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say actor Anwan Glover, known for playing a gang member in the TV series "The Wire," has been treated for a laceration after he reported being stabbed and kicked at a nightclub in the U.S. capital.
NEW YORK (AP) — A chokehold used by a white police officer on a black New York City man during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month caused his death, the medical examiner announced Friday, ruling it a homicide...

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — The U.S. man famous for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager told police that he had been hired as security for a gun store, a claim that the store's manager denied Tuesday...
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday...
NEW YORK (AP) — Four emergency workers involved in the medical response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being put in an apparent chokehold have been barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York said...

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell was OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe on Thursday, the Boston Celtics said...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 26-year-old man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter more than a year after he hugged a 14-month-old child so tightly that the boy stopped breathing and died, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said Wednesday...
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Bill Cosby could be returning to the NBC network with a new comedy as soon as next summer...

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are stepping out of what they call "the Jackson bubble" for a reality show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series...
WASHINGTON (AP) — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government's secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering and other corruption charges...
NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the thousands of people arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges in Brooklyn will likely get the cases dropped before even having to go to court, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced Tuesday in a novel move to address the heavy toll of pot arrests in the nation's largest city...
HOUSTON (AP) — A former member of the 1990s R&B group Hi-Five has been arrested in the stabbing death of his wife in Houston...
WASHINGTON (AP) — First ladies typically avoid getting into public scraps, but Michelle Obama has jumped into perhaps her biggest battle yet...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Splits in FIFA's strategy to fight discrimination at the World Cup have been exposed after reported fan incidents were not punished.FIFA's racism task force chairman Jeffrey Webb says there is a "disconnect" between his...
WASHINGTON (AP) — On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law theCivil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy has its first female four-star admiral. She is Michelle Janine Howard, promoted on Tuesday to the service's highest rank...
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams pulled out of her Wimbledon doubles match with sister Venus after only three games Tuesday...