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$15 million iPhone with rare black diamond

$15 million iPhone with rare black diamond

Family heirlooms are often packed away for safe keeping. For one man from China, hiding a 26-carat black diamond worth $14.5 million was not in his plans.

A businessman from Hong Kong commissioned cra

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  • Written by Kirsten Swanson/CNN
  • Category: News

Memphis-stamped envelope bound for Miss. Sen. Wicker tests positive for ricin

Memphis-stamped envelope bound for Miss. Sen. Wicker tests positive for ricin

An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at the U.S. Capitol's off-site mail facility in Washington, congressional and law enforcement sources tell CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was told the letter was addressed to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. A laboratory in Maryland confirmed the presence of ricin after an initial field tests indicated the poison was present, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer said.

The letter had a Memphis, Tennessee, postmark and no return address, Gainer wrote in an e-mail to senators and aides.

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  • Written by Mike Brooks and Dana Bash/CNN
  • Category: News

Cain: ‘Don’t call me a Republican’

Cain: ‘Don’t call me a Republican’

As the Republican Party struggles with ways to attract more African-Americans to its party, one of their own former, African-American presidential candidates could throw a wrench in their plan.

Herman Cain insisted Monday he does not want to be called Republican for fear of being saddled with the "dumb things" Republicans have said in the past. Cain also said the black conservative movement is "different from the Republican brand."

To be sure, Cain is not straying from his conservative stances. Instead, he hopes to entice even more African-Americans to join the black conservative movement.

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  • Written by Shannon Travis/CNN
  • Category: News

National Urban League report details slip on road to parity

National Urban League report details slip on road to parity

Blacks have fallen behind in their efforts to reach parity with whites in several key areas since 2010, according to the National Urban League's new "State of Black America" report.

Each year, the report computes an Equality Index for economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement. Each category was assigned its own weight: economics receives 30 points, health and education each receive 25 points and social justice and civic engagement each receive 10 points.

When compared to whites, blacks scored 71.7 percent on the equality index in 2013 down from the 72.1 percent mark in 2010. Compared to 2010 figures, blacks lost ground in economics (56.3 percent in 2013 vs. 57.9 percent in 2010) social justice (57.1 percent compared to 57.8 percent in 2010) and civic engagement (99.9 vs. 102.2 percent in 2010).

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  • Written by Freddie Allen/NNPA
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Drunken driving arrest a ‘wake up’ call, comedian Kevin Hart says

Drunken driving arrest a ‘wake up’ call, comedian Kevin Hart says

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart says he'll straighten up his act. And he's not being funny.

Los Angeles traffic police arrested the stand-up comedian for "suspicion" of drunken driving early Sunday.

They observed him speeding down a freeway at 90 mph in his black Mercedes, weaving across traffic lanes and almost running into a gas tanker truck, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.

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  • Written by CNN
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Tax day: Where did the money go in 2012?

Tax day: Where did the money go in 2012?

Today (April 15) is tax day, and in case you're wondering where your money went last year, President Barack Obama is eager to let you know. He's giving you a detailed receipt.

For the third year, taxpayers can visit the White House website for the nitty-gritty on how the government spends tax dollars from American households.

To see your 2012 contributions to the nation's military, Social Security, health care, community development, agriculture and NASA, among others, visit the site for the year's "taxpayer receipt."

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  • Written by Ben Brumfield/CNN
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Jay C. rips Jay-Z

Jay C. rips Jay-Z

It seemed like White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was waiting for the question when he was asked Thursday about Jay-Z's newest rap, which focuses on his U.S. government-approved trip to Cuba with wife Beyoncé last week.

In the rap, Jay-Z suggested their clearance came from the White House, when it actually came from the Treasury Department.

"I turned Havana into Atlanta... Boy from the 'hood, I got White House clearance. ..Obama said 'chill you gonna get me impeached.' (But) you don't need this – expletive – anyway. Chill with me on the beach," the lyrics stated.

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  • Written by CNN
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Madonna in bitter war of words with Malawi

Madonna in bitter war of words with Malawi

Pop star Madonna is causing a commotion in Malawi, days after her return from a goodwill trip to the nation.

The singer is in a bitter feud with the government over accusations that she demanded VIP treatment, including at the airport, while visiting last week.

Madonna asked to meet the president and she believed Malawi "should have abandoned everything and ... rolled out a red carpet and blasted the 21-gun salute in her honor," the government said in a statement.

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  • Written by Faith Karimi/CNN
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