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Government Shutdown Continues

President Barack Obama brought top lawmakers to the White House on Wednesday as Republicans rejected Democratic demands to end a two-day partial government shutdown without changes to the nation’s three-year-old health care law. Despite the meeting, White House press secretary Jay Carney said sharply that Obama “will not offer concessions to Republicans in exchange for not tanking the economy.”

Jury Reaches Verdict in Jackson Death Trial

A jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live on Wednesday of negligence in the hiring of the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson. The panel unanimously rejected a lawsuit brought by Jackson’s mother that sought to financially punish AEG Live LLC, the promoters of her son’s “This Is It” concerts planned for London.

Howard President Resigns

After five years at the helm, Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau resigned on Tuesday following months of debate concerning management and finances at D.C.’s historically Black university. Ribeau’s retirement becomes effective at the end of December, and the 65-year-old president insists he wasn’t forced out. In a letter to the Howard University community dated October 1, Ribeau said serving as the 16th president of the university was the “opportunity of a lifetime.”

Man Pleads Guilty to Slapping Toddler

The man accused of slapping a toddler while on a flight to Atlanta has pleaded guilty to simple assault, according to the Associated Press. Joe Rickey Hundley entered his plea during a hearing Wednesday afternoon. Back in February, the 60-year-old allegedly hit a 19-month-old boy under his right eye after using a racial slur as the plane from Minneapolis descended in Atlanta.

Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James Wins Primary

Beating out State Senator Daniel Squadron by 20 points in the primary election for public advocate, Letitia James is expected to become the first woman of color elected to citywide office in New York City. She will not face a Republican opponent in November. “I ran for Public Advocate because, all of my life, I have seen New Yorkers preserver,” she said. “I have seen the role government can play in helping uplift working people.”

Angola 3 Prisoner Freed

After spending 41 years in solitary confinement, a Louisiana prisoner was released on Tuesday. The judge overturned Herman Wallace’s 1974 murder conviction because the grand jury violated the Fourteenth Amendment. Wallace is dying of liver cancer. He was taken to the hospital upon his release for advance treatment.

Tyra Banks Sues Wigmakers

At least 10 wig-making companies should have thought twice about using the supermodel’s “name, photograph, image, and identity” for their hairline. When the America’s Next Top Model creator discovered the news, she filed a $10 million suit in L.A. County to stop the sale of the products. While the names of the businesses have not been released, a quick search will surely reveal the starlet’s photo and name on some wig sites.

Tami Roman Working on her Own Show

Basketball Wives reality star, Tami Roman might not appear on the VH1 show after this season. The diva shared in a recent radio interview that she’s working on her own show, The Roman Empire. Based on how she described it, the show sounds very similar to the one she’s leaving.

Jim Jones arrested on DUI

The Harlem rapper may need to change his famous lyric “we fly high” to “we drive high” after being arrested for operating under the influence of drugs early Wednesday morning. While cruising through the Bronx, Mr. Jones was stopped by police for speeding. After failing several sobriety tests, the officer had to write up more than a speeding ticket.

New Video Releases

John Legend shared clips from his wedding last month in his latest video for “All of Me.” Rihanna’s visual release for “Pour It Up,” on the other hand, is more reminiscent of what takes place before the nuptials – the bachelor party. Take a look at both videos for yourself.