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A ‘classic flu epidemic’

A ‘classic flu epidemic’

ATLANTA – The spread of the flu across the United States appears to have slowed in portions of five states in the South and Southeast, a federal official told CNN early Friday, even as a National Inst

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  • Written by Elizabeth Cohen/CNN
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Atlanta pastor, Evers’ widow to speak at inauguration

Atlanta pastor, Evers’ widow to speak at inauguration

The widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and an Atlanta pastor will deliver the invocation and benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration January 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday.

The committee said in a statement that the president was involved in selecting Myrlie Evers-Williams to deliver the invocation and the Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of the Passion City Church, to deliver the benediction.

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  • Written by Eric Marrapodi/CNN Belief Blog Editor
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FCC: prison call rates at all-time high

FCC: prison call rates at all-time high

Experiencing life while a loved one is imprisoned can strain your emotions and relationships, but it shouldn't strain your pocketbook.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that the cost of phone calls from incarcerated friends and family members is at an all-time high, and they are committed to changing that. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC brought the issue to light, finding that most inmate calls are nearly 15 times more expensive than regular phone calls.

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  • Written by Candace Bagwell/New America Media
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Oldest U.S. citizen dies at 114

Oldest U.S. citizen dies at 114

Mamie Julia Rearden once was asked how it felt to be one of the world's oldest living persons.

"I don't know how it makes me feel. I really don't know," she replied.

Last Wednesday (Jan. 2), Reardon died at an Augusta, Ga. hospital at age 114 years and 117 days, according to her daughters, Sara Rearden of Burtonsville, Md., and Janie Ruth Osborne of Edgefield, S. Car. Reardon reportedly broke her hip after a fall about three weeks ago.

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Ceremonial Swearing-in for new Black Caucus

Ceremonial Swearing-in for new Black Caucus

The 113th Congress includes 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including an incoming chairman who has reaffirmed the group's commitment to advocate for policies that are not only in the best interest of people of color but also protect America's most vulnerable populations.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hosted a ceremonial swearing-in for the new CBC on Thursday. Incoming chair Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio took the gavel from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.). Judge Benita Y. Pearson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio administered a ceremonial oath of office to the members.

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Myths aside, Emancipation Proclamation was a big deal

Myths aside, Emancipation Proclamation was a big deal

When Hannah Johnson wrote President Lincoln in the summer of 1863, she expressed the concerns of any mother with a son fighting a war.

But she had a special request: "I am a colored woman and my son was strong and able as any to fight for his country and the colored people have as much to fight for as any.... Will you see that the colored men fighting now, are fairly treated. You ought to do this, and do it at once."

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  • Written by Alicia W. Stewart/CNN
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A pardon – finally – for Wilmington 10

A pardon – finally –  for Wilmington 10

In what civil rights leaders across the nation are calling a significant moment in the civil rights movement, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has granted individual pardons of actual innocence to all members of the Wilmington Ten.

"I have decided to grant these pardons because the more facts I have learned about the Wilmington Ten, the more appalled I have become about the manner in which their convictions were obtained," Perdue, a Democrat who leaves office on Jan. 5, said in her Dec. 31 statement.

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  • Written by Cash Michaels/NNPA New Service
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House staves off fiscal cliff

House staves off fiscal cliff

After exhaustive negotiations that strained the country's patience, the House approved a bill to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff, staving off widespread tax increases and deep spending cuts.

In the 257-167 vote late Tuesday, 172 Democrats and 85 Republicans favored the bill; 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans opposed it.

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  • Written by Holly Yan and Josh Levs/CNN
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