By Peter Keepnews, nytimes.com Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, whose genre-defying music made it one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74. The band’s publicist, Mark Young, said Mr. White died late Wednesday...

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By Dr. Tony Sun, interim senior medical director, UnitedHealthcare of Illinois February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a reminder that good oral health is crucial to good overall health. Tooth decay is largely preventable, yet it ranks as the most common chronic disease among children, according to the Centers for...
By Stacey Tisdale, blackenterprise.com In a closed call for members of the media, the White House highlighted ways in which President Obama’s economic policies have helped all African Americans but called out initiatives it’s pushing that will put more money in the pockets of single black mothers, particularly by passing...
By Julia Glum, ibtimes.com Are you ready to learn? Black History Month begins in the U.S. Monday, and the observance, celebrating African-Americans’ achievements and contributions to the country, runs throughout February. Although some chapters of the national story are famous — such as the one centered on Jackie Robinson’s debut...
By Shawn Price, upi.com The Internal Revenue Service's website had serious problems Wednesday, leaving much of the site down and many of tax-processing systems unusable, the agency said. The IRS blamed "hardware failure" on the problem and said in a statement it didn't know when services --like the popular electronic filing...
By Kate Eller, Advocate Health care News Service A Chinese study has found that folic acid – a nutrient taken by pregnant women to lower birth-defect risks – may also help lower stroke risk in people with high blood pressure. More than 20,000 adults 45 to 75 years old with high...
By Michael Arceneaux, ebony.com My memories of the O.J. Simpson trial are scant. I know it interrupted Days of Our Lives. I vaguely remember the Bronco chase. I recall the sentiment that we were all watching “the trail of the century” repeatedly being drilled into everyone’s heads. What lingers most, though,...
By Rebecca Rivas, The St. Louis American Eighteen polling places in St. Louis County are co-located within a police station – effectively discouraging any resident with an outstanding warrant from walking in, giving his or her name and address, and voting, according to Better Together’s recent study. “It’s important to realize...
By Alexandra Samuels, The University of Texas at Austin/USA Today Another group of fraternity brothers have allegedly gone bad, this time at the University of Chicago. Members of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a historically Jewish fraternity, called a Muslim student a “terrorist,” said “dynamite and C-4 explosives were fixtures of Islamic culture”...
By David Catanese, unews.com The purpose of the ceremony at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, last week was to mark the legendary defiance of Rosa Parks on a city bus. But the accolades from the pulpit showered down on Hillary Clinton. Ben Crump, president of the...