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WASHINGTON (AP) _ They call her "President Snowe" in the blogosphere.
Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe is the only Republican in Congress who might vote for President Barack Obama's effort to overhaul health care and extend coverage to those who lack it ...


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ATLANTA (AP) -- The surviving children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have met to formally discuss estate business for the first time in five years.


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BOSTON (AP) -- Somewhere among the grassy hills, canopy trees and 19th century angel sculptures rest Butler and Mary Wilson. In the early 1900s, the husband and wife team helped Black World War I servicemen, fought discrimination and oversaw the creation of the Boston chapter of the NAACP ...


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The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has confirmed that a geographical site in Antarctica will be named for the first African American explorer who set foot on the frozen continent, George W. Gibbs, Jr.


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Men and women must learn to love themselves first and be more open-minded if they want to get married and stay married. This was the conclusion of experts during a forum on relationships at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative weekend in Washington.
"Love thyself" is the first commandment of love," author and family therapist Audrey Chapman told the audience at the forum.


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ACORN is determined to clear its name. Through the launch of a self-investigation, the anti-poverty group hopes to overturn accusations of illegal methods used to benefit its clients. However, CEO Bertha Lewis is prepared for any possible outcome.


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Pot advocates started their push Friday to get a marijuana legalization measure on California's 2010 ballot with backing from a prominent state politician. Activists in Oregon are also circulating petitions to legalize, regulate and tax recreational and industrial cannabis ...

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Complex equation for balancing improvements, attention span

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school. While it is true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it's not true they all spend more time in school...


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"The way the economic climate is for us right now, it's very difficult for us to go out and compete against bigger companies that can go out and bid the jobs, companies that can afford to keep the people busy because they have the cash in reserve," Anderson said. "They don't have to bid a job to make a margin. They can bid a job just to make sure they're working." ...


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TROY, N.Y. (AP) _ Former President Bill Clinton weighed in Tuesday on the waning political fortune of New York Gov. David Paterson, saying he is "not in good shape now" politically. The comment came after veiled messages were sent to him from Washington Democrats to drop out of the gubernatorial race and make room for the more popular Andrew Cuomo to lead a critical 2010 ticket...


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