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What Africans want from the next pope

What Africans want from the next pope

COMMENTARY – The shift in the center of gravity in world Christianity from the West to the global South, and the changing demographics in world Christianity, demands that the Eurocentric types and mod

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  • Written by Stan Chu Ilo/Special to CNN
  • Category: News

TSA to allow pocketknives, some sports equipment

TSA to allow pocketknives,  some sports equipment

WASHINGTON – Small pocketknives and an array of sporting equipment – banned from aircraft cabins in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks – will once again be allowed in U.S. planes, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

Knives with blades that are 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) or shorter and less than a 1/2 inch wide will be permitted on U.S. airline flights as long as the blade is not fixed or locks into place. Razor blades and box cutters are still not permitted.

Two golf clubs, toy bats or other sports sticks – such as ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks or pool cues – will also be allowed in carry-on luggage.

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  • Written by Mike M. Ahlers/CNN
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Why America's middle class is losing ground (video)

Why America's middle class is losing ground (video)

When Debbie Bruister buys a gallon of milk at her local Kroger supermarket, she pays $3.69, up 70 centsfrom what she paid last year.

Getting to the store costs more, too. Gas in Corinth, Miss., her hometown, costs $3.51 a gallon now, compared to less than three bucks in 2012. That really hurts, considering her husband's 112-mile daily round-trip commute to his job as a pharmacist.

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
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Manslaughter charges added in FAMU hazing death

Manslaughter charges added in FAMU hazing death

Twelve former students now face manslaughter charges in the November 2011 hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion Jr., according to attorneys familiar with the case.

Ten of them were previously charged with felony hazing resulting in death. They and two new defendants will now also be charged with manslaughter, said Craig Brown, the attorney for one of the students.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton "thought the proper charges in the case would be manslaughter and hazing with death," explained Assistant State Attorney Nicole Pegues in an e-mail sent to the defendants' attorneys.

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  • Written by CNN
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Human Trafficking: A Growing Epidemic

Human Trafficking:  A Growing Epidemic

Alexandria grew up in northwest Atlanta's Bankhead community. Her mother began selling Alexandria to men for sex when she was only 7 years old. As a result of her forced prostitution, Alexandria contracted HIV and died at the age of 19.

Unfortunately, Alexandria's story is becoming all too common. Shocking acts of violence against women make headlines around the world more frequently than ever. More than 27 million people are enslaved in the world today – a greater number than at any other time in history. The majority of those enslaved are women and children who are victims of the ever-growing sex trafficking trade that occurs in almost every country throughout the world.

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First-rate advice from first lady on weight loss

First-rate advice from first lady on weight loss

First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for children on losing weight: Don't think about appearances.

"The first thing that we want to make sure that we do is not make this an issue about looks," Obama said Monday in her first Google+ Hangout.

For the third year in a row, the first lady is pushing her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity. The initiative has taken her on the road in recent days, stopping by for some now-viral "mom dancing" on Jimmy Fallon's late-night comedy show, and holding events in Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri. She also taped two public service announcements with one of Sesame Street's biggest stars, Big Bird.

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  • Written by Ashley Killough/CNN
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Oprah headed to Harvard – to deliver commencement

Oprah headed to Harvard – to deliver commencement

Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address at Harvard University's 362nd graduation ceremony on May 30, the university said Monday.

"Oprah's journey from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world's most admired women is one of the great American success stories," Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement posted to the Harvard Gazette website Monday.

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CNN reportedly getting rid of Soledad O’Brien and Roland Martin

CNN reportedly getting rid of Soledad O’Brien and Roland Martin

According to various sources, including Michael Cottman at Black America Web, CNN is making some major moves this month. The network is allegedly planning to part ways with Roland Martin, Soledad O'Brien and perhaps even the great Donna Brazile.

Most ironic is that the network has given us the honor of cutting it's Black faces from the airwaves during Black History Month.

The decision has confused observers who'd been somehow misled into believing that CNN was a network seeking to become friendly toward people of color. After all, the company has earned millions from Black people with it's "Black in America" series, most of which I never watched, largely because I instantly got the sense that their goal was to study black people like lab rats rather than respect us as human beings. There is a difference between being interested in a group of people and actually caring about them.

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