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Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV

Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV
Only 22 percent of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV, even though young people account for a disproportionate share of new infections, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will report at the 2014 International AIDS Conference.
 
Female and African-American students were more likely to be tested than male students and other racial/ethnic groups, but HIV testing among all groups of adolescents remains low, the CDC analysis found.
 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

African-American leaders worry about low turnout in November

African-American leaders worry about low turnout in November
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that community to vote in subsequent contests.
 
In 2012, African Americans turned out at a higher rate than whites for what is believed to be the first time in American history and helped re-elect President Obama. But in the prior midterm election, in 2010, African Americans turned out at a much lower rate, and Republicans won control of the House of Representatives and many state and local offices.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

Reporter quits job following ‘fatherless’ young black men comments

Reporter quits job following ‘fatherless’ young black men comments
A New York area TV reporter has quit his job following comments he made on-air about “fatherless” young black men.
 
News 12’s Sean Bergin was reporting a story on the murder of a Jersey City police officer when he decided to go off-script after his news package aired.
 
The officer, Melvin Santiago, was allegedly killed by Lawrence Campbell, who had previous drug arrests on his record.

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  • Written by Todd Johnson-theGrio
  • Category: National

Chokehold death continues to reverberate

Chokehold death continues to reverberate
NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton was in the middle of his speech recounting how Eric Garner, 43, had been killed in a chokehold by NYPD officer when Garner’s wife collapsed by his side on the stage of

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  • Written by Herb Boyd-Special to NNPA
  • Category: National

Labor group withdraws UNCF support over Koch gift

Labor group withdraws UNCF support over Koch gift
WASHINGTON – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and because of UNCF President Michael Lomax’s apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology.
 
Saunders, an African American, said in a stinging letter to Lomax that he was “deeply troubled” when the UNCF accepted the donation from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation in June, but was even more shocked when Lomax later attended the Koch brothers’ event in California.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

How to start getting fit for life

How to start getting fit for life
CHICAGO – Once you fully accept the fact that physical activity is one of the most powerful factors affecting your health, ability and longevity, where do you begin? Getting started, without a doubt, is the hardest part.
 
The first step, always, is to consult your health care professional. In most cases, your doctor will encourage you to get active, but be sure to bring up any specific concerns you have about exercising in relation to your health. 
 
Your doctor may caution against high impact activity, for example, if you have arthritis or other conditions affecting your joints. Make note of any activities to avoid in planning your new regimen.

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  • Written by Dawn Williams-Senior News/New America Media
  • Category: National

Boko Haram: ‘Bring Back Our Army’

Boko Haram: ‘Bring Back Our Army’
Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group that has been in the spotlight since abducting more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, in April, is once again drawing attention to itself, releasing a video mocking the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, NBC News reports.
 
In the video the radical group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, can be seen laughing and chanting “bring back our army,” in a taunt targeting the very Twitter campaign that was launched against him and his group. 

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  • Written by Breanna Edwards-The Root
  • Category: National