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NEWS BRIEFS

Komen Begins Data Collection to Address Breast Cancer Disparities

In anticipation of forming an initiative to address breast cancer disparities, Komen partners with independent contractors ...

American Underground Announces Call for Applications

Black startup founders have until August 6 to apply to Google For Entrepreneurs Exchange program ...

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Oregon man accused of murder in beating of elderly father

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been charged with murder in the death of his 77-year-old father.The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Shaun Maki reported in March that his father was suffering from self-inflicted injuries inside the home they shared.The critically...

Man sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to assault

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man was sentenced to more than three years in prison in a case of an assault in a bathroom at Linn-Benton Community College.The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports Prosecutors charged Benjamin Leland Bucknell, of Corvallis, with attempted murder, second-degree...

Tractor operator dies trying to suppress Oregon wildfire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A tractor operator who was killed in a wildfire that scorched 70 square miles (181 kilometers) in little more than 24 hours in the Pacific Northwest appears to have died trying to restrain it, police said.The blaze east of Portland, Oregon, and near the city of The...

Washington state man sentenced for Manchester shooting

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting a man while he was sleeping.The Kitsap Sun reports 22-year-old Robert Hackett was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to attempted first-degree murder.The Kitsap County Sheriff's...

OPINION

Newsprint Tariffs Another Assault on the Black Press

The NNPA opposes the Trump tariffs on newsprint and demands an end to the disastrous trade policies that are hurting our businesses and communities ...

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Netanyahu greets Hungary's Orban as 'true friend of Israel'

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, calling him a "true friend of Israel" despite the outcry over the visiting leader's past remarks that have been interpreted as anti-Semitic.Orban and Netanyahu held a joint...

Ga. Democrat shows the way for other black women in politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats have long pointed to a Georgia electorate that is increasingly urban and less white as a sign they may be able to break the Republican hold on statewide offices. This year, after previous disappointments, their gubernatorial candidate has already made history as the...

Bill Clinton: Leaders must remember 'our common humanity'

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says the key to political leadership is remembering "our common humanity."Clinton's comments came Wednesday night during the NAACP Convention in San Antonio, where he presented Texas native Willie Brown with the 2018 NAACP Springarn Medal for...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Brady Bunch' house for sale for nearly jumi.9M

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of "The Brady Bunch" is for sale for jumi.885 million.Records show George and Violet McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1973 for...

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Comic-Con fans know one thing to be true: Where there is fun, there's usually a line that precedes it. And hours before the annual pop culture convention officially kicked off Wednesday night in San Diego, there were lines everywhere — to get onto the convention floor...

Bruce Springsteen surprises audience at Billy Joel concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen propped himself on top of Billy Joel's piano to sing a duet with The Piano Man, who was celebrating his 100th concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.Joel told the energetic crowd he had a guest coming onstage who has won a Grammy, Oscar and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

New York state launches tax probe of Trump Foundation

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state tax officials have opened an investigation into the Trump Foundation to...

Sisters recount years of horror in Syria's Palestinian camp

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — When the first Syrian soldier reached Lod street in the Palestinian refugee camp of...

Ga. Democrat shows the way for other black women in politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats have long pointed to a Georgia electorate that is increasingly urban and less...

Growing extremism threatens Mali's July 29 elections

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — As deadly attacks by extremists become more brazen in Mali, officials and citizens fear...

EU preparing to hit back if US puts tariffs on car imports

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is already preparing measures to retaliate against the United...

Inquest opens into British woman poisoned by nerve agent

LONDON (AP) — A coroner on Thursday opened an inquest into the death of a British woman who was exposed to...

Andrew Taylor the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Thursday predicted that unemployment will remain at 9 percent next year, a gloomy scenario for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

The bleak figures from the Office of Management and Budget, which also projected overall growth this year at just 1.7 percent, serve as further confirmation of a sputtering economy while dramatizing the challenge Obama will face in making his case for re-election. The 1.7 percent growth rate is a full percentage point less than the administration predicted at the beginning of the year.

The economy promises to be the leading-edge issue of the 2012 White House sweepstakes, and Obama already is facing a host of Republican rivals challenging his financial policies. No president in modern times has won re-election with unemployment as high as 9 percent, and Obama's poll numbers have suffered in recent weeks amid a steady drumbeat of bad economic news.

On the deficit, the White House report also projects red ink totaling $1.3 trillion for the budget year coming to a close on Sept. 30. That's slightly higher than last year's deficit but more than $300 billion less than the record sum that the White House predicted in February.

Tax receipts are up unexpectedly and spending is down from the administration's earlier predictions, in part because of GOP-mandated cuts to the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet-level departments and agencies.

Of Thursday's report, White House budget director Jacob Lew said: "We need to get back on a sustainable fiscal path" and we must "invest in long-term economic growth and job creation."

Obama plans to outline his ideas for jump-starting the economy and creating jobs in a primetime address to a joint session of Congress and the nation on Sept. 8. That date was negotiated only after the White House and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, disagreed over Obama's request to give the speech a day earlier - Sept. 7 - at a time when the Republicans had scheduled a presidential debate.

The White House report said that higher oil prices, an economic slowdown in Europe, continuing weakness in the housing sector and the disruption in global supply chains after the devastating earthquake in Japan have dragged down the economy. Uncertainty over raising the U.S. debt ceiling hurt as well, the report said.

"In sum, economic growth and job creation, while positive, have not been strong enough to bring the unemployment rate down to an acceptable level," the budget office reported.

The grim report was expected, and it comes a week before Obama reveals his new jobs initiative. The nationally broadcast address from the Capitol will put Obama face to face with tea-party Republicans who are sure to fight any new "stimulus" spending that he might propose.

Thursday's figures do not reflect the potential effects of Obama's upcoming jobs plan on the economy or the deficit.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president's job initiative would lower unemployment and help spur a faster economic recovery than what the budget office forecast Thursday.

"The president will come forward with a specific proposal that by any objective measure would add to growth and job creation in the short term," Carney said.

The report, however, does incorporate expectations of deficit savings from a congressional "supercommittee" charged with cutting $1.2 trillion or more from the deficit over the coming decade. The panel begins its work this month, with a deadline of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The White House delayed release of the report, which was due in mid-July, as the debate over the debt limit and accompanying budget deal wore on. The delay caused a need to factor in new economic data released over the summer - including downward revisions in the growth in gross domestic product - and the result was a gloomier forecast than it would have issued based on information available in June.

The economy grew by just 0.7 percent in the first half of the year, the slowest pace since the recession ended two years ago.

The report sees the economy rebounding to a still-modest growth rate of 2.6 percent next year, a percentage point below what the administration predicted in February. It sees economic growth of 3.5 percent in 2013 and 3.9 percent in 2014, which is more optimistic than many private economists.

"We are not forecasting a double-dip recession," said Obama economic adviser Katharine Abraham

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