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Republicans Hint They May Be Willing To Compromise For Default Crisis

October 8, 2013 - After weeks of gridlock, House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law.  Read more at

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Fox News Anchor Apologizes For Fake Obama Story

October 8, 2013 - Fox News erroneously claimed that President Barack Obama “has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the Museum of Muslim Culture,” a story that was reported during a feature about a memorial being closed due to the government shutdown. Now Anna Kooiman (pictured), the “Fox & Friends” host who “reported” on the fake story, has publicly apologized.  Read more at

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50 Cent On 'Dream School': 'This Show Is More About Providing Opportunity'

October 8, 2013 - 50 Cent said he's excited to be part of the new Sundance series "Dream School" because the reality show focuses on uplifting people.

"Dream School," which debuted Monday (10 p.m. EDT), follows a group of high school dropouts who are trying to graduate. 50 Cent appears in the series with filmmaker Oliver Stone and actor David Arquette.  Read more at

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He Quit His Wall Street Job To Teach Basketball To Low-Income Kids

October 8, 2013 - Every day, Marquis Taylor works with low-income, disengaged high school students who are on the verge of dropping out. One 18-year-old had grown up in a family of nine kids and a single mom in Brockton, Mass. He was frequently in trouble and failing most of his classes. But by the time he had gone through Taylor's mentorship program, the boy had raised his GPA almost two full points and started running after-school programs to teach younger kids basketball. He's on track to graduate this May.  Read more at

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Police Fatally Shoot Man After Family Calls For Medical Assistance

October 8, 2013 - The family of a Georgia man, who was fatally shot by police on Friday, are refuting the officers' account, saying the killing was unjust.

Police say Jack Lamar Roberson, a 43-year-old father of two, allegedly advanced toward them with two items he was using as weapons. However, Roberson's family said he was in need of help and wasn't threatening in any way.  Read more at

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Police Investigating After 11-Year-Old Girl Possibly Abducted In Detroit

October 8, 2013 - Police in Detroit are investigating a possible abduction after a girl was reportedly kidnapped from the city's west side Tuesday morning.

According to a police statement, they have a witness' unconfirmed report that the girl, approximately 11 years old, was walking on Plainview Avenue between 7 and 8 a.m. when a grey Pontiac Grand Am pulled up next to her. The driver, described as a white male in his 30s, got out, grabbed the child and put her in the car before driving away. According to the police, the witness had seen the man in the area before the alleged kidnapping.  Read more at

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs donates $250,000 to organization that teaches entrepreneurship to low-income youth

October 8, 2013 - Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs may have come from humble Harlem roots, but that did not stand in the way of his growing an estimated personal fortune of $580 million, according to Forbes magazine. Now giving back to inner city youths with similar entrepreneurial dreams, the media mogul has donated $250,000 to an organization that helps low income children learn the brass tacks of business.  Read more at

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John Lewis, Charlie Rangel and other lawmakers arrested during immigration protest

October 8, 2013 - Eight Democratic lawmakers were arrested Tuesday while advocating for comprehensive immigration reform in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Charlie Rangel of New York, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Joe Crowley of New York, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Al Green of Texas were all detained by Capitol Police. The politicians, along with activists who attended an immigration rally on the National Mall Tuesday afternoon, staged a sit-in near the west side of the Capitol.  Read more at

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Lauryn Hill allowed to tour before sentence ends

October 8, 2013 - A U.S. judge is allowing Lauryn Hill to go on tour before completing her sentence on a tax conviction.

Attorney Nathan Hochman says Hill has been permitted to work during the last six weeks of this year before finishing the balance of her three-month home detention.  Read more at

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National defense symposium in Tampa postponed due to shutdown

October 9, 2013 - A major national conference that would have brought more 4,000 visitors to Tampa next week, filling hotel rooms and restaurants and bringing together intelligence agency and military leaders and defense industry behemoths, is the latest victim of the government shutdown.

The GEOINT 2013 Symposium, billed as “the preeminent event of the year for the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities,” has been scrubbed, according to its organizers at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, who say the inability of key personnel to travel because of the shutdown is to blame. The conference will be held in spring 2014.  Read more at

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Pinellas nixes plan to alter physical education requirements

October 8, 2013 - Increased control over student testing, oversight of charter schools and school funding top the Greater Florida Consortium of School Boards’ list of legislative priorities for next year, but Pinellas County School Board members today made sure the lobbying group won’t be pushing for a measure they fear could make physical education teachers obsolete.  Read more at

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Remaining Sweetbay stores to convert to Winn-Dixie name

October 9, 2013 - The Sweetbay name is about to disappear from the grocery store scene in the Bay area.

Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of Winn-Dixie and soon-to-be owner of Tampa-based Sweetbay Supermarkets, announced Tuesday it will retire the Sweetbay brand. The Sweetbay stores that haven't been closed will become Winn-Dixie stores in the first quarter of next year.  Read more at

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Conservatives Boycott Ritz Crackers Over Al Sharpton Sponsorship

October 7, 2013 - A conservative group is calling for the boycott of Ritz Crackers because its parent company sponsors Reverend Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, and because Sharpton used the term "cracker" in a speech 20 years ago.

Ben Shapiro of TruthRevolt, a right-wing group launched Monday with the aim to "unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases," called for the boycott of Ritz in a lengthy statement on the group's website.  Read more at

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ESPN Host Defends Jay Z's Past As A Drug Dealer

October 7, 2013 - Sports journalist and ESPN “First Take” host, Skip Bayless defends Jay Z’s recent Vanity Fair interview where the mogul admits that his past experience as a drug dealer will help him as a sports agent.  Read more at

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Rick Scott Administration Acknowledges Voter Purge Flaws

October 7, 2013 - Florida Governor Rick Scott's (R) administration is acknowledging problems with its attempt to remove noncitizens from state voter rolls during the 2012 election, admitting that the program was flawed from the beginning.

"I accept responsibility for the effort," Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald. "It could have been better. It should have been better."  Read more at

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Couple donates $10 million, keeps Head Start open during government shutdown

October 7, 2013 - Philanthropists Laura and John Arnold have offered up to $10 million in emergency funding to theNational Head Start Association in an effort to keep them open during the government shutdown.

The personal donation will help keep Head Start and Early Head Start programs, who were forced to close or are facing closure, open. The programs service more than 1 million low-income children each year,providing them with meals and health care and getting them ready for elementary school.  Read more at

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Black bikers push back against ‘gang’ tag after SUV clash

October 8, 2013 - In the days since a violent incident on a New York City highway left one man badly beaten and another paralyzed, bikers have gotten a lot of bad press. As authorities sort through the details of that tragic day, many bikers are speaking up to defend their clubs, culture and love for riding.

Cameras were rolling as conflict erupted between a group of bikers and the driver of an SUV on the Henry Hudson Parkway a few short weeks ago. Alexian Lien, 33, was reportedly out for a Sunday drive with his wife and two-year-old when witnesses say his Range Rover bumped the rear tire of one in a group of 30 bikers taking part in a bike rallydubbed the “Hollywood Stuntz.”  Read more at

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Michigan residents hope to restore Malcolm X home

October 7, 2013 - Local Inkster, Michigan residents are interested in restoring the home where civil rights activist Malcolm X once lived.

The group would like to turn the boarded up residence at 4336 Williams Street into a historic landmark, similar to the Lansing home Malcolm X lived in as a child.  Read more at

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Simone Biles takes all-around gold medal at Gymnastics World Championships

October 7, 2013 - All of 16 years old and given to giggles, Simone Biles showed she is ready to carry the weight of a nation.

She anchored the strongest U.S. team performancein world championship history on Sunday, and it didn’t take long for U.S. women’s team coach Martha Karolyi to put this in perspective.  Read more at

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Teacher taken to hospital, student arrested after PTEC incident

October 7, 2013 - A veteran Pinellas Technical Education Centers teacher is recovering after Pinellas County Schools police said he was beaten by a student in class Monday morning.

Court documents reveal Wesley Lee Cox, 32, a student, took out a baseball bat at the school's Clearwater Campus at around 7:30 a.m. in a computer class and just began swinging.  Read more at

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