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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is once again the U.S. murder capital after briefly losing the title. Fresh FBI statistics show that with 64 killings per 100,000 people in 2008, New Orleans had the highest per capita murder rate...
NOAH TRISTER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — A Muslim convert who already was under federal investigation pleaded not guilty Tuesday in what police called a likely “political and religious” attack that killed a young soldier at a military...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania prep school disputes a lawsuit by former basketball coach who claims he was forced to quit after being told he was recruiting too many blacks. Anthony Cheatham, who’s half black, sued The Kiski School...

At birth, baby Taylor Rideout weighed just 12.5 ounces and was just 10 inches long, making her the smallest baby ever to survive at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “She’s a fighter,” said Taylor’s mother Brittany Rideout. At...
Oakland, CA – Some students in California find renewed hope with a simple change to their school’s name. A ceremony was held Saturday in Oakland for the newly named Barack Obama Academy. The school is designed to help students...
This year, Detroit tops the Forbes’ list of America’s most dangerous cities. To compile the list, Forbes used violent crime statistics from the FBI’s latest uniform crime report issued in 2008. Detroit has a staggering rate of 1,220 violent...

WASHINGTON – The white house garden is in full bloom, thanks to a group of students in Washington DC. The first lady visited the fifth-graders who helped plant the garden Friday. Mrs. Obama listened to a...
Fort Pierce, FL – They have appeared on Ellen, American Idol and Jay Leno. The world renowned African Children’s Choir is performing in Florida churches this summer to raise money to support their education. “We just get inspiration from it....
WARREN, Pa. (AP) — Wanted: an assassination? It’s hardly a suitable subject for a classified ad. And now, a northwestern Pennsylvania newspaper is apologizing for an ad that calls for the assassination of President Barack Obama. The publisher for...

Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is reportedly pregnant. The Chicago Tribune reports the Grammy and Oscar winner was honored with a baby shower in Chicago Saturday. A woman described as a long-time friend confirms the event, and the pregnancy. She...
President Obama dropped by another Washington, DC restaurant last week. His visit to “Five Guys” on Friday caught customers and staff by surprise. If the President’s previous lunch stops are any indication, “Five Guys” may soon see a line out...
WASHINGTON – President Obama this morning outlined his strategy for confronting a global threat. Not Iraq, not Iran, not even North Korea – but rather, attacks in cyberspace. The president says raising awareness on the threats of Internet security...
WASHINGTON – There was a lunchtime surprise for people dining at a certain restaurant in Washington, DC, today as president Barack Obama walks in. The president greeted folks and shook hands as he walked into the five guys fast-food...
The question about whether or not to torture suspected terrorists has been a controversial issue in the news lately. President Barack Obama and former Vice-President Dick Cheney have debated this publicly in recent weeks. In simultaneous speeches on...
MIAMI – Jesse Jones Jr. is known for keeping order in the court, but he may be even better recognized for holding center stage outside of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse. Jones, who has been a bailiff for 23 years, is...
Bucks County, PA – Surveillance pictures at Philadelphia international airport show bonnie Sweeten and her 9-year-old daughter, Julia Rakoczy, going through security, alone. This as authorities issued an amber alert for the missing girl whose mother had claimed they’d been...
West Hollywood, CA – Lisa Jack probably could have demanded a decent price for the set of photos she took of an Occidental College freshman in 1980. “I’m sure Hillary would have paid a fortune for them: ‘Is this who...
DALLAS – DNA testing set one man free and sent another back to prison. A Texas judge simply apologized Wednesday to a Dallas man who spent half his life in prison for a crime he did not commit....
Did Roland Burris offer to give then-Governor Rod Blagojevich a campaign donation and ask for the Senate appointment in the same phone call? Audio was released Wednesday from a November conversation caught on an FBI wiretap in which...
The New York Times reported on two proms held by Montgomery County High School in Mount Vernon, Ga. One is for white students and one is for black students. At the alleged insistence of some white parents, an alternative...