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Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record

Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new Census Bureau report provides more evidence that the changing demographics of the United States are having a deep impact at the voting booth.

The report on the 2012 election found that for the first time on record, black voters turned out to the presidential polls at a higher rate than whites. More than 66% of eligible blacks voted in the presidential contest that pit President Barack Obama against Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Only 64.1% of whites turned out to vote.

The report was released Wednesday.

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  • Written by Dan Merica/CNN
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Supreme Court: ganja-related deportation is raw deal

Supreme Court: ganja-related deportation is raw deal

The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Jamaican national who was deported from the United States over possession of a small amount of marijuana.

The court, by a seven-two decision, ruled that Adrian Moncrieffe – a long-time U.S. resident should have had the opportunity to contest his deportation.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in her opinion that marijuana offences must involve either the sale of the drug or possession of more than a small amount to count as serious enough to warrant automatic deportation. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Cleveland rescuer a viral sensation

Cleveland rescuer a viral sensation

"He likes to grill out, eat McDonald's and listen to salsa music. Charles Ramsey has also just become famous not only for his actions Monday in helping three Cleveland women escape from years of being held captive in a Cleveland house, but also for his interview he gave in detailing the events of the day," Mark Heim reported early Tuesday for al.com, an affiliate of Cleveland.com.

An Australian columnist called Ramsey "America's newest hero." Lacey Mason of Washington's WTOP-AM said, "Charles Ramsey just might be the Internet hero we've been waiting for."

Ramsey actually was interviewed by more than one reporter, including John Kosich of WEWS-TV, the Cleveland ABC affiliate, and Kevin Freeman of WJW-TV, the Fox affiliate.

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The tax education of Lauryn Hill: Prison

The tax education of Lauryn Hill: Prison

Lauryn Hill told the judge who sentenced her to prison that she planned to pay her taxes; it was just a question of when.

The judge reminded her that citizens don't get to choose when to pay the government just before ordering her to spend three months in a federal prison.

The Grammy-winning singer must report to prison on July 8 to begin serving the sentence for failure to pay federal income taxes for three years, followed by three months of home confinement and a year of supervised probation, the judge said. Hill must also pay penalties and taxes still owed and a $60,000 fine.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN
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Beyoncé speaks on that controversial Cuba trip

Beyoncé  speaks on that controversial Cuba trip

Beyoncé's husband Jay-Z has said his piece about the couple's controversial April trip to Cuba, and even President Obama has weighed in. (You know, he's got 99 problems and now Jay-Z's one.)

But, in the midst of her world tour, Queen Bey's pressed pause on the performances to speak up about the wedding anniversary vacay that turned into a political storm.

"It was such a beautiful trip. I met some incredible children," the pop star said in an interview with ABC News Monday.

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Autopsy reveals Michael Jackson’s secrets

Autopsy reveals Michael Jackson’s secrets

LOS ANGELES – Jurors hearing the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial have a stark vision of the dead pop icon after a lawyer showed them an autopsy photo.

Michael Jackson's unclothed corpse spread out on a coroner's table looked nothing like the world's most famous entertainer.

The doctor who conducted Jackson's autopsy returns to the witness stand for a second day Tuesday in the trial to decide if concert promoter AEG Live shares blame in his death with Dr. Conrad Murray.

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Clarence Thomas: 'The elites' had to approve a black president

Clarence Thomas: 'The elites' had to approve a black president

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the high court's only African American jurist, opened up recently about his thoughts on race and the White House.

Asked if he ever expected to see an African American president in his lifetime, the conservative justice said he always knew "it would have to be a black president who was approved by the elites and the media, because anybody that they didn't agree with, they would take apart."

"And that will happen with virtually - you pick your person, any black person who says something that is not the prescribed things that they expect from a black person will be picked apart," he said in an April interview at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh, which aired on C-SPAN.

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  • Written by CNN Political Unit
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