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O.J. Simpson testifies in bid for new trial

O.J. Simpson testifies in bid for new trial

Wearing a blue prison uniform, O.J. Simpson testified Wednesday that his former attorney advised he could use some force to reclaim personal items from sports memorabilia dealers as long as he didn't trespass.

Simpson took the witness stand in a Las Vegas courtroom in an effort to get a new trial on his armed robbery, assault and kidnapping convictions in 2008. He insists that his attorney in that case, Yale Galanter, didn't adequately represent him.

Simpson said he trusted Galanter's advice on how to get the items back. The items, he believed, were stolen, and he wanted to give them to his children someday.

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  • Written by Michael Martinez/CNN
  • Category: News

U.S. safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold

U.S. safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold

WASHINGTON – A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally drunk should be lowered in an effort to reduce alcohol-related car crashes that claim about 10,000 lives each year, U.S. safety investigators said on Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 states lower the threshold from 0.08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) to 0.05.

The idea is part of a safety board initiative outlined in a staff report and approved by the panel to eliminate drunk driving, which accounts for about a third of all road deaths.

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  • Written by Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
  • Category: News

Man, 75, accused of running prostitution ring in senior housing complex

Man, 75, accused of running prostitution ring in senior housing complex

A 75-year-old resident of a New Jersey senior citizen housing complex is suspected of running a prostitution ring that employed some elderly residents as sex workers, NBC 4 New York has learned.

The suspect, James Parham, 75, was also accused, along with Cheryl Chaney, 66, of allowing residents and visitors to use crack in their apartments, police said.

Both are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a nuisance, and Chaney is also charged with possession of crack cocaine.

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Five ways to maximize your doctor’s visit

Five ways to maximize your doctor’s visit

How did your last doctor's appointment go? If you're like most patients, your answer might be "too quickly."

You've probably noticed how busy your doctor is as he or she zips in and out of exam rooms. As a result, your visit is getting shorter – the average time a doc has to spend with each patient has dwindled to a speedy seven minutes, research shows.

There are consequences to such short interactions. We all know the experience: We shake our head when the doc asks "any questions?" But at home, we start to remember. What was it you wanted to mention to the doctor last week? Should you have brought up that headache? Did your insurance cover that test she mentioned?

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  • Written by Dr. Gopal K. Chopra/Special to CNN
  • Category: News

Two arrested in killing of grandson of Malcolm X

Two arrested in killing of  grandson of  Malcolm X

Two bartenders have been arrested in connection with the killing of the grandson of civil rights activist Malcolm X, according to the office of the Mexico City attorney general.

Prosecutor Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza said the men work at a bar called The Palace Club where Malcolm Shabazz and three people had drinks early Thursday.

An argument ensued when the staff said the bill was $1,200. Shabazz was beaten while another man was threatened and stripped of his belongings, Rios said.

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  • Written by Steve Almasy/CNN
  • Category: News

Meet the anti-violence blogger shot in New Orleans

Meet the anti-violence blogger shot in New Orleans

Brentin Mock writes at Colorlines about journalist and documentarian Deborah "Big Red" Cotton, who has expressed her concern about New Orleans violence and also her compassion and love for black men in the city, who are too often the perpetrators and victims of that violence.

From Mock:

"Journalist and documentarian Deborah 'Big Red' Cotton was one of the 19 people wounded in the tragic shooting during a 'second line' Mother's Day parade yesterday. In total, ten men, seven women and two 10-year-old children were injured. Cotton had just launched her own website NewOrleansGoodGood.com, which highlights off-the-beaten path restaurants and attractions normally ignored by mainstream media.

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Singing couple goes viral

Singing couple goes viral

For the past week, a conversation has been had over everyday black people going viral in the media – like Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who helped saved three women from their kidnappers and became an Internet meme after his live interview with his city's news station. But there was another black couple whose popularity on the Internet was undoubtedly more entertaining.

Pumpcast News is a regular skit on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show". Actor Tim Stack plays a fake news anchor who appears on a television screen above a gas pump, where he tries to shock people filling up the tank. When he attempted to do the same to Will and Monifa Sims, Stack, Leno and "The Tonight Show" audience were the ones shocked instead.

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