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Special election complicates Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign

Special election complicates Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign

Cory Booker's long-awaited move to the national stage has just gotten a bit harder.

In the wake of the death of longtime New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced on Tuesday his state will hold a special election in October to tap a new senator, with each party holding primaries to pick their candidates in August.

Now, Booker will have to run in two elections instead of one: this October's contest and then another one next year for the full six-year term. But more importantly, in a blue state where the winner of the Democratic primary will be a heavy favorite to be elected both in October 2013 and November 2014, Booker could be forced into an intense intra-party contest.

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Former Miss America steps into House race

Former Miss America steps into House race

Erika Harold, who won the 2003 Miss America pageant, announced Tuesday she's mounting a Republican primary challenge to Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois.

She's the second former holder of the Miss America crown to publicly eye a spot on Capitol Hill – in May, the 2000 winner Heather French Henry said she was considering jumping into the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, which could see her pitted against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Making her announcement in a video Tuesday, Harold said she was "blessed to have had some incredible opportunities," including her year-long tenure as Miss America, along with her degree from Harvard Law School, which her website says she financed thanks to scholarships from her pageant win.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

How to behave on an airplane

How to behave on an airplane

Longtime fliers know that look: It's coming from the flight attendant who has already labeled you a Difficult Passenger.

Maybe you're taking up too much space in the overhead bins or want to visit the bathroom while people are still boarding. Or you won't shut off your cell phone the first time he or she asks. Or maybe you're not doing anything at all.

As 109 high school seniors and chaperones learned Monday morning, flight attendants have the power to remove passengers from a flight if they're not following directions – or if they think you're not.

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  • Written by Katia Hetter/CNN
  • Category: News

Accountability urged by Black Mayors president

Accountability urged by Black Mayors president

ATLANTA – Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson, the newly-elected president of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), told his colleagues that if they don't improve the lives of their constituents, they don't deserve to remain in office.

"We got these good seats, we've been elected and we get honored and esteemed everywhere we go," Johnson said at a luncheon here at the group's 39th annual convention.

"It's not just for us. It's for the communities that we represent. Our obligation is to bring more and more people along. Because if we don't do that, then we're not fit for the seats that we hold."

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  • Written by George Curry
  • Category: News

Man gets six months for Tweeting Obama threats

Man gets six months for Tweeting Obama threats

A judge sentenced a 22-year-old North Carolina man to six months in prison for threatening, via Twitter, to assassinate President Obama.

During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Donte Jamar Sims sent a series of tweets outlining specifically how he planned to kill President Obama. Sims now claims that he was high on marijuana and has since written a letter of apology to the president.

Sims' tweets, surprisingly, have not been deleted since he posted them on Sept. 3, 2012.

Check them out below.

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Employee’s racist rant draws Papa John’s apology

The CEO of pizza giant Papa John's has apologized to a Sanford, Fla., customer after a delivery man accidentally dialed the customer and left a racist rant on the man's voice mail.

The apology came after a customer posted on YouTube a video of the voice mail message, which featured the delivery man using racial slurs as he complained to another Papa John's employee about the size of tips he receives from African Americans.

The customer, who is not identified and is not shown on camera, shows the receipt for $15.26 and said he gave the deliveryman a $5 tip – more than 20 percent – on Sunday. Then the customer plays the roughly four-minute message.

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Black mayors rally to reclaim their organization

Black mayors rally to reclaim their organization

WASHINGTON– With some embarrassing internal issues addressed and its sights set firmly on expanding its global impact, the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) kicks off its 39th annual convention in Atlanta this Thursday.

The theme of this year's conference is "Restore, Rebuild, Renew." And perhaps no one can appreciate the need for those three Rs more than Vanessa R. Williams, the association's executive director and CEO.

Williams, who supervises NCBM's day-to-day operations, received a telephone call three years ago that caught her by surprise. On the other end of the telephone was an FBI agent. And more surprising than his call was what he was calling about.

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  • Written by George Curry
  • Category: News

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