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  • World Health Organization Declares Global Emergency

    Feb 3, 2016, 10:46 a.m.

    The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world. The U.N. agency took the rare step despite a lack of definitive evidence proving the mosquito-borne virus is causing a surge in babies born with brain defects and abnormally small heads in Brazil and following a 2013-14 outbreak in French Polynesia.
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  • Fast Tax: Preparing Taxes with a Purpose

    Feb 3, 2016, 10:50 a.m.

    With the tax season upon us, tax preparers across the country are busy filing refunds for a steady stream of customers. Charmaine Morrow, owner of Fast Tax in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and cousin of Tommy Morrow, owner of the Inland Valley News, is enjoying every minute of the season and adds that business has been brisk.
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  • California Endowment Invests $2 Million in Healthcare Outreach to Black Californians

    Feb 3, 2016, 10:55 a.m.

    The California Endowment is investing $2 million in the Golden State’s Black communities. The private Los Angeles-based organization that focuses on health and health equity announced the donation at an event organized to increase healthcare awareness and insurance registration among African Americans across the state.
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  • 2016 Sag Awards Offer a Rebuke to the Oscars, Awarding Idris Elba, ‘Spotlight,’ Viola Davis, and More

    Feb 3, 2016, 10:59 a.m.

    It used to be that the procession of awards shows leading up to the Oscars each year were only noteworthy insomuch as they pointed at who might take the prize at the final event of the season. The Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Awards, and the BAFTAs have long seemed almost averse to making radical or offbeat choices, possibly because they hoped to cement their own significance by offering a preview of who might win the Academy Awards.
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Fast Tax: Preparing Taxes with a Purpose

With the tax season upon us, tax preparers across the country are busy filing refunds for a steady stream of customers. Charmaine Morrow, owner of Fast Tax in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and cousin of Tommy Morrow, owner of the Inland Valley News, is enjoying every minute of the season and adds that business has been brisk.

3 Ways to Plan Ahead for Tax Season Now

Taxes are an unpleasant fact of life for most people, but planning ahead can make the task a little easier. Addressing each of the following areas can also help you legally minimize your taxes, and leave more money in your pocket.

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Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after his team defeats the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, in the NFC Championship Game Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. 
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Cam Newton Proves Doubters Wrong; Carolina Panthers Headed to Super Bowl

The game was over. The Carolina Panthers had completely destroyed the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, and Terry Bradshaw was trying to do a postgame interview with Cam Newton. The crowd at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., was still buzzing and yelling when their 6-foot-5-inch, 260-pound "Super Cam," as he is sometimes called, walked over to the microphone and let out a yell, whipping the crowd into hysterics.

The National Sports Beat with Brad Pye Jr.

Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond. . I believe GSW’s Stephen Curry will be the sixth player to score 70 points. The other five who scored this number of points are Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and David Robinson.

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National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2016

Teen dating violence is a serious violation that can affect a young person's safety, development, and sense of comfort. Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and can occur in person or through electronic communication and social media. Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives.

Black History Month Profile: Les Brown

As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives.