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Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95. South African President Jacob Zuma made the announcement at a news conference late Thursday, saying “we’ve lost our greatest son.”
Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her about a year ago, a prosecutor said Thursday. State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement at a news conference, saying the woman’s memory lapses of the events last December were problematic and there was not enough evidence to win a conviction. The woman told police she had been drinking at a bar with friends before the alleged assault took place at an off-campus apartment.
Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages. Organizers say walkouts are planned in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But it’s not clear what the actual turnout will be, how many of the participants are workers and what impact they’ll have on restaurant operations.
Rapper Gucci Mane is facing federal firearms charges after authorities say he possessed guns on two occasions when police were called to investigate his behavior. The rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, faces two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said Tuesday. Davis, 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 19.
Actress Gabrielle Union served as the honorary co-chair of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala on Wednesday. The event raised more than $2.4 million for Alvin Ailey’s educational programs for the youth. Actor Taye Diggs, chef Marcus Samuelsson and actor/singer Tristan “Mack” Wilds also attended.
Known for his coverage of the Mississippi murder of Emmett Till in 1955, Simeon Booker receives an honorary Doctor of Letters degree and a symbolic YSU activity card from Youngstown State University. He had left the school in 1938 after learning that blacks were not allowed activity cards.
After a sixth grader at North Naples Middle School lost his balance “twerking” in the classroom, he fell and triggered the fire alarm, which caused the local fire department to come investigate. The school decided to ban the dance as well as suspend the student for his actions.
After the entertaining interview with Kanye West and Sway prompting the meme of Kanye’s point, “You ain’t got the answers, Sway!” the MTV host set the record straight on RapFix. He says he agrees with everything Kanye was saying except the fact that he didn’t have the answers. Sway then unveils his new shirt that read: I Got The Answers.