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Honoring the memory of Malcolm X

  Activists, actors and politicians gathered Saturday in New York City to honor civil rights leader Malcolm X with a ceremony at the Harlem site where he was assassinated 50 years ago. About 300 people converged to hear remarks from one of Malcolm X’s six daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, as well as elected officials. The ceremony was held at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, formerly known as the Audubon Ballroom. A blue light shone onto the floor in the exact spot where he was gunned down. A mural with images of Malcolm X adorned a
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Eggs, coffee OK for healthy diet

An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don’t forget your vegetables. Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you. The committee also is backing off stricter limits on salt, though it says Americans still get much too much. It’s recommending the
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Jeb Bush: ‘tighten the noose’ on Islamic militants

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday there can be no diplomacy with Islamic State militants, but only a U.S.-led coalition of Middle Eastern countries committed to “tightening the noose and taking them out.” In a wide-ranging speech outlining his vision of America’s place in the world, part of the Republican’s run-up toward a likely campaign for president in 2016, Bush laid the rise of the Islamic State group at the feet of President Barack Obama. He also made his most overt criticisms to date of his brother’s administration, telling the audience of several hundred people, “I am my own
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Higher wages could end economic stagnation

President Barack Obama’s top economists say that even as the U.S. has managed to kick start a lasting and growing recovery, modest wage gains are far from making up for decades of paycheck stagnation for middle-class workers. The White House, in its annual report to Congress, also warns that despite the U.S. relative economic strength, slowdowns abroad still pose dangers at home. The 400-page “Economic Report of the President” is a largely bullish portrayal of the economy replete with appendices, charts and statistical tables designed to support Obama’s policy initiatives. As a political document, the report is likely to find
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Is Jeb Bush really different from George W.?

How specifically former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush distinguishes himself on foreign policy from his brother, former President George W. Bush, it’s clear the new Republican presidential prospect sees it as a topic necessary to address publicly. “I recognize that as a result, my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs,” Bush says, referring also to his father, former President George H. W. Bush, in excerpts released early of a midday speech he’s to give in Chicago Wednesday. “But I am my own man – and my views are shaped by my own thinking and own experiences,” he
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Challenges face Oregon’s new governor

Incoming Oregon Gov. Kate Brown faces a monumental challenge as she takes the reins of a state government mired in scandal on less than a week’s notice and with a special election already looming. America’s first bisexual governor will be sworn in Wednesday, becoming Oregon’s 38th leader after fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber resigned amid ethics questions. Brown, who has been in the relatively obscure position of secretary of state, replaces Oregon’s most experienced governor in the middle of a legislative session. Since Kitzhaber announced Friday he’d be stepping down, Brown has said little about her plans as governor. But she
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Police departments trying restraint

Denver’s police chief told officers not to intervene, but to stand by and watch, as protesters threw red paint on a memorial for fallen officers during a weekend march against police brutality. The stand-down order upset some officers, who said it sends a message that protesters can get away with increasingly brazen crimes. But at a time when some police departments have been criticized for using military-style methods of crowd control against protesters, Denver’s approach of restraint is being shared by agencies across the country, as experts say police interference can actually escalate violence and erode trust. “We have learned
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Questions raised on Scott Walkers’ job agency

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, traveled on a trade mission to Britain last week, he brought along top officials from his economic development agency to help drum up jobs. It’s a task they have struggled to accomplish at home. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a public-private body set up by Walker shortly after he took office in January 2011, was supposed to help the state climb out of recession by shedding bureaucratic rules and drawing on private-sector expertise. But the WEDC has fallen short of its own goals by tens of thousands of jobs and
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With web glitch fixed, more health care sign-ups

After a computer glitch got patched up, supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law were out in force Sunday trying to get uninsured people signed up by the official deadline for 2015 coverage. The effort had the trappings of a get-out-the-vote drive, with email reminders, telephone calls and squads of community-level volunteers. “You can’t avoid it: TV, radio, church, wife, kids, co-workers,” said Ramiro Hernandez, a previously uninsured truck repair shop owner who enrolled himself and his family in Joliet, Illinois, on Saturday. Technicians anxiously monitored the federal HealthCare.gov website for any new bugs. The administration provided no statistics
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Eric Holder claims success in criminal justice policies

The share of federal drug offenders subject to mandatory minimum sentences that critics call unduly harsh has plunged in the last year, according to figures Attorney General Eric Holder plans to release Tuesday in arguing for the success of his criminal justice policies. Preliminary data obtained by The Associated Press show a 6 percent drop in the number of federal drug trafficking prosecutions in the year that ended last September. At the same time, the percentage of drug cases in which prosecutors pursued mandatory minimum sentences dropped from nearly 64 to roughly 51, which the Justice Department says is the
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