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DOJ investigation sought into police killings

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WASHINGTON, DC –  The National Bar Association (NBA), the largest African American Bar Association in the United States, is calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., and the recent death of 42 year-old Eric Garner, who died from a chokehold allegedly used by a member of the New York Police Department while Garner was in police custody.
 
Witnesses in the Staten Island and Ferguson cases accuse police of using unjustified and excessive force.

Wesley Snipes: “The Expendables 3” interview

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Wesley Snipes ranks among the highest paid African-American actors with gross earnings worldwide estimated at over $2 billion. Here he talks about his latest outing alongside Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Terry Crews and Kelsey Grammer in “The Expendable 3.”
 
Kam Williams: Hi Wesley, thanks for the interview.
Wesley Snipes: How’re you doing, Kam?

Catch up for a more comfortable retirement

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Seven out of 10 workers aged 50 and older are confident that they will have enough money to cover basic expenses in retirement. When it comes to the prospect of living comfortably in retirement, however, the percentage expressing confidence drops to 53 percent — and only 14% are “very confident.”
 
If your retirement account balance is lagging and you are 50 or older, you can give your savings a boost by taking advantage of catch-up contributions that are available for IRAs and employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Growing income gap between blacks and whites impacts banking access

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(PRNewswire) – A new GoBankingRates study examined current and historical data on online banking habits across several demographic groups.
 
The findings revealed that blacks are statistically slower to adopt online banking than whites – data that some experts suggest might be tied to a widening median household income gap between blacks and whites.
 
"The media often talks about economic disparities in America; when we looked at digital trends in banking, we saw a clear racial divide when it came to access to modern banking technology," said GoBankingRates.com editor Jennifer Calonia.

FBI taking over police shooting of un-armed teen

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FERGUSON, Mo. — The FBI was taking over the investigation of a suburban St. Louis police officer, who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, a death that was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores.

The FBI planned to take control of the investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told The Associated Press on Monday. Jackson said he welcomed the move. Police said the teen was shot multiple times Saturday. The investigation into what led to the shooting was ongoing.

The killing drew criticism from some civil rights leaders, who referred to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American, by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was acquitted of murder charges. Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton called the shooting "very disturbing" and said he planned to go to Ferguson to meet with the family.

Tensions erupted in Ferguson after a candlelight vigil Sunday night. Crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Nearly three dozen people were arrested, though the area was relatively quiet early Monday. Witnesses said the vandals were likely opportunistic outsiders who arrived looking for a chance to steal.

"The small group of people are creating a huge mess," Mayor James Knowles said. "Contributing to the unrest that is going on is not going to help. ... We're only hurting ourselves, only hurting our community, hurting our neighbors."

Ferguson's streets were relatively quiet early Monday. Some debris littered the area but crowds had dispersed.

32 people were arrested for various infractions including assault, burglary and theft, authorities said. St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman said two officers suffered minor injuries and that there were no reports of civilians hurt.

Several businesses were looted, including a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store. People took items from a sporting goods store and a cellphone retailer, and carted rims away from a tire store. Some climbed atop police cars as the officers with riot shields and batons stood stoic nearby, trying to restrict access to the most seriously affected areas.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said there were no reports of injuries as of about 11 p.m. But there were scattered reports of assaults into the very early morning. Authorities said tear gas had been used, but would not immediately confirm media reports of gunfire.

County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that on Saturday, an officer encountered Brown and another man outside an apartment complex in Ferguson. One of the men pushed the officer into his squad car and they struggled. Belmar said at least one shot was fired from the officer's gun inside the police car. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said authorities were still sorting out what happened inside the police car. It was not clear if Brown was the man who fought with the officer.

The struggle spilled out into the street, where Brown was shot multiple times. Belmar said the exact number of shots wasn't known and that all shell casings at the scene matched the officer's gun. Police were investigating why the officer shot Brown, who police have confirmed was unarmed.
Jackson said the second person has not been arrested or charged and it wasn't clear if he was armed.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told KSDK-TV there's no video footage of the shooting from the apartment complex, or from any police cruiser dashboard cameras or body-worn cameras that the department recently bought but hasn't yet put to use.

Jackson said blood samples were taken from Brown and the officer who shot him. Toxicology tests can take weeks to complete.

Earlier Sunday, a few hundred protesters gathered outside Ferguson Police headquarters. Some marched into an adjacent police building chanting "Don't shoot me" while holding their hands in the air. Officers stood at the top of a staircase, but didn't use force; the crowd eventually left.

Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said she didn't understand why police didn't subdue her high school graduate son with a club or stun gun, and that the officer involved should be fired and prosecuted.

"I would like to see him go to jail with the death penalty," she said, fighting back tears.

The killing drew criticism from some civil rights leaders, who referred to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was acquitted of murder charges.

"We're outraged because yet again a young African-American man has been killed by law enforcement," said John Gaskin, who serves on both the St. Louis County and national boards of directors for the NAACP, the oldest American civil rights group.

Ferguson's population of about 21,000 people is almost 70 percent black. The race of the officer has not been disclosed. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

St. Louis County Police Department is in charge of the investigation, and Dooley said he will request an FBI investigation. The U.S. Justice Department said Attorney General Eric Holder instructed staff to monitor developments.

(Associated Press writer Jim Suhr in St. Louis contributed to this report.)