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FAMU lands on probation

Florida A&M University, under fire in the hazing death of a drum major and over its finances, was put on probation for one year by an accrediting agency, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 11).

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‘Drum major’ inscription gets the boot

‘Drum major’ inscription gets the boot

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The controversial "drum major" inscription on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington will be removed rather than replaced under a plan announced Tuesday by federal officials.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a news release that the move followed consultation with a "range of stakeholders" who concurred with the decision.

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Michaela Angela Davis looks to ‘Bury the Ratchet’

Michaela Angela Davis looks to ‘Bury the Ratchet’

During an interview with television personality Jacque Reid last week, writer and image activist Michaela Angela Davis announced a new campaign, "Bury the Ratchet," aimed at improving the depictions of African-American women in mainstream media.

The "Bury the Ratchet" campaign specifically targets African-American women who live in Atlanta, Ga., because of reality shows such as "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." According to Davis, when people encounter African-American women from Atlanta, "the first image that comes to mind is mean, gold-digging women. It has become completely evident that there has been a brand of women from Atlanta that are adverse to what most of these women are like.

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Top GOP to President: Name the cuts

Top GOP to President: Name the cuts

Seeking to raise pressure on President Barack Obama, top Republican leaders in Congress called on the White House Tuesday to introduce serious cuts in the ongoing negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff.

"Where are the president's spending cuts? The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff," House Speaker John Boehner said during brief remarks on the House floor.

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Cowboys in fatal crash were ‘like brothers’

Cowboys in fatal crash were ‘like brothers’

Dallas Cowboys teammates Josh Brent and Jerry Brown Jr. were "like brothers" and "the best of friends," Brown's mother and grandmother said Monday, showing no ill will toward the man who may be responsible for the loss of their family member.

The teammates were involved in a fiery weekend car crash. Brown was killed, and Brent was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. He was released from jail Sunday on $500,000 bond.

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A 'Black Agenda' for President Obama

A 'Black Agenda' for President Obama

WASHINGTON – After a four-hour meeting of some the best minds in civil rights, business, education and the media, dozens of Black leaders from across the nation outlined a "Black agenda" that would be presented to President Barack Obama and Congress early next year.

The leadership group was assembled by Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League; Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network; Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA News Service
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Nelson Mandela doing 'very well'

Nelson Mandela doing 'very well'

(CNN) – Nelson Mandela, the global icon and former South African leader, is doing "very, very well" and continues to be treated at a Pretoria hospital, officials said Monday.

The 94-year-old got a "good night's rest," according to a statement on the government's website.

Doctors are going to perform more tests on Mandela, said Defense Minister Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nquakula, who spoke to journalists outside 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

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Christie defends Obama praise on ‘Daily Show’

Chris Christie's praise of President Barack Obama following this fall's devastating storm doesn't mean the acerbic New Jerseyite has changed his ways – it just means Obama got it right.

So said Christie in an interview on "The Daily Show" Thursday, in which the Garden State governor said his past criticism of the president wasn't necessarily at odds with his newfound appreciation for Obama's leadership.

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  • Written by Kevin Liptak/CNN
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