DURHAM, N.C. – Clydie Pugh-Myers, one of the state's first black licensed practical nurses, once drove a red Cadillac around Durham, sang in the choir at her church and generally stayed busy.
These days, living with two knee replacements, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other ailments, she can no longer drive and sits at home alone a lot. She says even people from her church don't come to see her much.
"Since I've gotten 84, it's gotten tough," Pugh-Myers said in her South Durham home.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.