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Jeffries wins historic bid to lead House Dems after Pelosi

Nov. 30, 2022 15:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats ushered in a new generation of leaders on Wednesday with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected to be the first Black American to head a major political party in Congress at a pivotal time as long-serving Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside next year. ...

Jeffries makes historic bid to lead House Dems after Pelosi

Nov. 19, 2022 09:59 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would step aside, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York launched a history-making bid Friday to become the first Black person to helm a major political party in Congress as leader of the House Democrats. In a letter to...

No indictment in death of handcuffed woman who fell from car

Nov. 07, 2022 16:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek an indictment against sheriff's deputies in the death of a handcuffed Georgia woman who fell from a patrol car after the deputies failed to close the rear passenger-side door, authorities announced Monday. Brianna Grier's family and civil...

Rev. Calvin Butts, influential pillar of Harlem, dies at 73

Oct. 28, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, who fought poverty and racism and skillfully navigated New York’s power structure as pastor of Harlem's historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, died Friday at age 73, the church announced. “The Butts Family and entire Abyssinian Baptist...

Biden pardons thousands for 'simple possession' of marijuana

Oct. 06, 2022 20:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of...

Today in History: October 3, MLB's first Black manager

Oct. 03, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2022. There are 89 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 1995, the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles found the former football star not guilty of...