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White House could allow relatives of US hostages to pay ransoms

White House could allow relatives of US hostages to pay ransoms

BY DAVID S. CLOUD LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS WASHINGTON — A White House review of hostage policy is likely to recommend that the government not block ransom payments by family members seeking release of captives, a U.S. official said this week. The family of Warren Weinstein, the American aid worker taken hostage in 2012 and killed […]

Florida’s Finest – Meet Marissa & Perrish

Florida’s Finest – Meet Marissa & Perrish

South Florida native Marissa Robinson is the eldest of five children and considers family and the love of God the first priority in her life. The model is a graduate of the University of Tampa and says her most important goal in life is to one day open an adult facility catering to the geriatric […]

President gets laughs, first lady turns heads at dinner

President gets laughs, first lady turns heads at dinner

BY LYNETTE HOLLOWAY THE ROOT President Obama may have gotten big laughs on April 25 at the 89th annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but first lady Michelle Obama stole the show in a shimmering silver gown and ringlets of curls. The president dished out one-liners about everything from 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary […]

New BET shows for Brandy, Rowland

New BET shows for Brandy, Rowland

Singers Brandy Norwood and Kelly Rowland will be headlining two different shows on BET. Titled ‘Chasing Destiny,’ a new reality show will follow the former Destiny Child’s singer as she looks for the next hot female superstar group. She also was a judge on “The X Factor’’ music competition show. Norwood will play a newly divorced […]

Lil Wayne’s tour bus shot at in Atlanta

Lil Wayne’s tour bus shot at in Atlanta

EURWEB.COM Is somebody trying to send a message to the Lil Wayne camp? That seemed to be the question following reports that Weezy’s bus was used for target practice around 3:30 a.m. April 26 after leaving a performance at Compound Nightclub in Atlanta. The shooting happened after Lil Wayne’s two tour buses pulled away from […]

Baltimore mom who slapped son on TV: ‘I don’t play’

Baltimore mom who slapped son on TV: ‘I don’t play’

Baltimore mom who slapped son on TV: ‘I don’t play’ FROM WIRE REPORTS Baltimore mother Toya Graham became an unwitting symbol of the lengths a Black mother will go to protect her child on Monday when she was captured on TV slapping him and cursing at him for participating in the unrest. The mother of […]

Survey shows average baby has used smartphone, tablet

Survey shows average baby has used smartphone, tablet

BY KAREN KAPLAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Have you ever been befuddled by a feature on your iPhone, only to have your 6-year-old show you how it works? A new study helps explain how this happens. Most children have been using smartphones and digital tablets practically since birth — literally. Fully 36 percent of parents who […]

Majority in United States believe businesses must serve gay patrons

Majority in United States believe businesses must serve gay patrons

BY ALI ELKIN BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS A majority of American voters say businesses should not be allowed to refuse services to gays and lesbians, even on the basis of religious beliefs, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. Coming a day before the Supreme Court heard marriage-equality arguments that could lead to nationwide legalization, the […]

Outdoor Oasis

Outdoor Oasis

Transform your outside space into a party place From Family Features Creating a perfect outdoor oasis — the first step toward a summer filled with carefree entertaining — requires careful planning for the entire space. While the arrival of spring is the perfect time to start thinking about landscape ele­ments, don’t overlook the finer details, […]

Fresh way to fiesta

Fresh way to fiesta

Sweet ideas for CINCO DE MAYO celebrations From Family Features Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to indulge in Mexican-inspired dishes, dips and drinks. This year, put a tangy twist on your festive favorites with a refreshing new flavor. Watermelon is a versatile fruit with a flavor profile that pairs perfectly with many of […]