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Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies At 81

Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died. She was 81. Madikizela-Mandela will be honored by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11, said President Cyril Ramaphosa after visiting her home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township Monday evening. Many South Africans described Madikizela-Mandela as the “Mother of the Nation” and a champion of the black majority.  She died “surrounded by her family and loved ones,” according to a statement released by Madikizela-Mandela’s family. Madikizela-Mandela was the second of Nelson Mandela’s three wives, and was married to him from 1958 to 1996. ...Read more

Thousands Of Teachers Planning Rallies And Classroom Walkouts

Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma plan to attend rallies on Monday at their state capitols in what they hope will be the latest display of muscle by the nation’s educators demanding higher wages and better classroom resources. The demonstrations come less than a month after West Virginia teachers went on a nine-day strike that ended with the governor there signing legislation giving them a 5 percent pay hike — their first raise in four years. The planned rallies also come on the heels of one on Wednesday in which 2,500 teachers in Arizona — who are demanding a 20 percent raise — demonstrated at the state’s capitol in Phoenix.  ...Read more

President Trump Says DACA Deal For Young Immigrants Is Off

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that there will be no deal to legalize the status of young adult immigrants called Dreamers and he said the U.S.-Mexico border is becoming more dangerous. After tweeting a “Happy Easter” message on Twitter, he said: “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created in 2012 under Democratic former President Barack Obama that Trump sought to rescind last autumn. ...Read more

Max Holloway To Replace Injured Tony Ferguson At UFC 223

 Max Holloway will attempt to become a two-division UFC champion when he steps in for injured Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in Brooklyn on Saturday. The UFC announced Sunday that Holloway (19-3) will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0) for the UFC lightweight title in the main event at Barclays Center. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and he will move up to 155 pounds on short notice. The UFC didn’t disclose the nature of Ferguson’s injury. Ferguson (23-3) and Nurmagomedov have been booked to fight each other four times, yet all four fights have been called off. Holloway will attempt to become the youngest fighter ever to hold two UFC titles, and only the second to hold both belts simultaneously.  ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Come Back In Fourth-Quarter To Beat Dallas Mavericks 98-87

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, earning a 98-87 come-from-behind victory in front of their home crowd.  Trailing the Mavericks by a 77-73 count after the third quarter, the Cavaliers outpaced the Mavericks (23-54) over the final 12 minutes of play. James and reserve point guard Jordan Clarkson led the way with 16 points each, while center Kevin Love added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the 100th double-double of his NBA career. James finished off his 72nd career triple-double with the 16 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists over 39 minutes. ...Read more

Taylor Swift Defends Hayley Kiyoko After Fans Call Her Out

Taylor Swift has come to the defense of Hayley Kiyoko after some Swift fans thought Kiyoko was taking a shot at her with recent comments she made. During a March 30 interview, Kiyoko said,”I’ve had several music industry execs say, ‘You’re doing another music video about girls? I literally looked at them and was like, um, yeah… Taylor Swift sings about men in every single song and video, and no one complains that she’s unoriginal.” While some fans thought Kiyoko was throwing shade at Swift, Taylor quickly shot down any notions of bad blood between the two, commending Kiyoko for her comments. “We should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art, and the fact is that I’ve never encountered homophobia and she has,” Swift wrote. “It’s her right to call out anyone who has double standards about gay vs straight love interests.”  You can check out Taylor Swift’s Tumblr post in the article below. ...Read more

Arnold Schwarzenegger In ‘Good Spirits’ After Heart Surgery

Arnold Schwarzenegger is in good spirits as he recovers from heart surgery in a Los Angeles hospital. The 70-year-old actor and former California governor underwent a scheduled procedure to replace a valve on Thursday. His spokesman Daniel Ketchell says he played with one of his old action movie catchphrases when he regained consciousness and announced, “I’m back.” Ketchell said Saturday in an email Schwarzenegger “continues to be doing very well, in good spirits, and recovering.” The pulmonic valve originally was installed in 1997 for a congenital heart defect and had to be replaced. ...Read more

Uber Settles With Family Of Victim Killed In Self-Driving Car Accident

Uber has settled with the family of a pedestrian who was killed when one of the company’s self-driving cars hit her while she crossed a road in Tempe, Ariz. earlier this month. Details of the settlement have not been released.  The deceased victim, Elaine Herzberg, was struck by one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles on the night of March 18 as she crossed a busy street while pushing her bicycle. After the accident, Uber paused all of its self-driving vehicle tests, including in California, where the online ride-hailing company is based. Although a human driver was inside the self-driving car as a precautionary measure during this incident, a video of the accident shows the driver looking down until seconds before Herzberg appeared in front of the car. The car was operating in autonomous mode when the accident occurred. ...Read more

Boy From Viral Police Photo Missing After Fatal Family Car Crash

Back in 2014, a picture of a Devonte Hart, tears streaming down his face and gripping a white police officer in an embrace during Ferguson-related protests, went viral.  But now Devonte is missing and feared dead after his parents and three of his siblings were killed in a car crash.  On Monday, a passerby spotted the family’s vehicle flipped onto its roof in the Pacific Ocean at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff in a rural part of California’s Mendocino County, according to officials. Devonte’s parents Jennifer and Sarah Hart, both 38, were both found dead inside the S.U.V., rocked by waves washing in and out, say police. Three of their children: Markis, 19, Jeremiah, 14, and Abigail, 14 were recovered outside the vehicle. However Devonte, now 15, and his two sisters Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12, remain missing, say police.  Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said at a press conference Wednesday that while police cannot say with certainty that Devonte, Hannah and Sierra had been in the vehicle, “We have every indication to believe that all six children were in there.” Police are seeking the public’s to help in piecing together the family’s final 24 hours before the crash. The Harts are from Woodland, Wash. ...Read more

Selena Gomez And Jennifer Aniston Join WE Day 2018 Lineup

Selena Gomez will be taking the stage at WE Day once again, and Jennifer Aniston will be among those joining her. WE Day is an educational and inspirational event that celebrates the power of young people to make a positive difference in the world by taking action on local and global social issues. Aniston and Gomez were both just announced as part of the annual event, billed as the world’s largest youth empowerment event, which is set to take place on April 19th at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.  John Stamos will host the event which will also be attended by  Morgan Freeman, Sofia Carson, The Chainsmokers, Will Ferrell, and Nicole Richie. This year’s event will bring together over 16,000 students and educators from across the state for a powerful, life-changing experience featuring renowned speakers, innovative thought leaders and celebrity performers.  WE Day is set to air a one-hour special will on August 17th on ABC at 8 PM. ...Read more