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Tyler Perry signs TV deal with Oprah’s OWN

  By BRIAN STELTER  Tyler Perry, the prolific television producer behind sitcoms like “House of Payne,” will soon start to produce shows exclusively for OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s cable network. The partnership between Mr. Perry and Ms. Winfrey, announced Monday, amounts to the biggest programming bet made by OWN since its premiere in January 2011. The network has struggled to define itself and draw an ...

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6 teens arrested in taped beating of Pa. woman

CHESTER, Pa. – Six teenagers were in custody Friday on charges they brutally beat a neighbor on her stoop "just for fun" and then posted cellphone video of the attack on Facebook, authorities said. Four 16- and 17-year-old girls were charged as adults in the attack on the 48-year-old woman, a crime that has shaken this struggling city of about 30,000 residents just outside Philadelphia. The girls were charg ...

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LAWSUIT CHALLENGES STATE ON NURSING HOME RESIDENTS’ INCOME

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, Sept. 19, 2012........In what could become a class-action lawsuit, attorneys for a disabled Tallahassee woman allege that many nursing-home residents are required to turn over too much income when they enter Florida's Medicaid program. The lawsuit, filed last week in Leon County circuit court, stems from a longstanding requirement that Me ...

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Jay-Z And Beyonce Throw Successful Fundraiser For President Obama

By Gil Kaufman   Jay-Z  and Beyonce hosted a successful fundraiser for President Obama's re-election campaign at the 40/40 club in NYC on Tuesday night One of the perks of being President of the United States is the pomp-and-circumstance that follows you everywhere you go. And while former President Bill Clinton has said that he misses hearing "Hail to the Chief," it's possible that President Obama mig ...

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JUDGE WEIGHS REQUEST TO BLOCK EARLY VOTING LAW

By BRANDON LARRABEE September 19, 2012......A lawyer for opponents of a controversial change in early voting in Florida told a federal judge here that the law would disproportionately harm black voters and should be blocked. But supporters of the change said it was allowed under the Voting Rights Act and a reversal now would cause chaos on Election Day. The hearing was the latest chapter in a legal morass t ...

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Obama reacts to Libya embassy attack

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MIAMI-DADE ALPHAS, AKAS HOST “PHIRST PHAMILY” VOTER REG BLITZ ON SEPT. 22

MIAMI-DADE ALPHAS, AKAS HOST “PHIRST PHAMILY” VOTER REG BLITZ ON SEPT. 22 MIAMI – September 13, 2012 – Miami’s two oldest black Greek-letter organizations are joining forces to register hundreds of voters in time for the November general election. Their target: local beauty and barber shops. The ladies of Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the men of Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha ...

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HIV-Positi​ve Inmates In Alabama Allege They Are Being Violated

        Alabama prisoners who say they are unfairly penalized for being HIV-positive are taking their accusations of discrimination to federal court today. Lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union will begin arguments today in a court in Birmingham on behalf of approximately 250 HIV-positive Alabama inmates whose rights, they say, are being violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ...

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Judge: No new trial in Fla. teen burning case

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  A Florida judge refused Tuesday to grant a new trial, for now, for the alleged ringleader in an attack in which a teenager was drenched in alcohol and set on fire. But Broward County Circuit Judge Matthew Destry nevertheless left the door open for a second trial for 18-year-old Matthew Bent based on allegations of juror misconduct, including racial animosity. The judge plans to interv ...

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SCHOOL LAWSUIT CAN GO FORWARD

  By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, September 11, 2012..........A trial court will decide whether state lawmakers are adequately funding public education after the Florida Supreme Court turned aside a last-ditch effort by Senate President Mike Haridopolos to block the suit. The Supreme Court's decision Tuesday largely hinged on a procedural issue. In November, the 1st ...

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