Snoop Dogg Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
11/23/2018 9:15:54 PM

HOLLYWOOD (CNS)—Rapper Snoop Dogg, a 16-time Grammy nominee, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, four days before the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut album “Doggystyle.” Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, record producer Quincy Jones and the rapper Dr. Dre were among those attending the ceremony in front of the El Capitan Entertainment Center on Hollywood Boulevard where Kimmel's show is taped. After thanking friends and family, Snoop Dogg ended his acceptance speech by quipping, “I want to thank me.” “I want to thank me...

U.S. Fails to Weaken UN References to Sexual Health
11/23/2018 9:11:21 PM

By Edith M. Lederer   UNITED NATIONS (AP)—The United States failed in an attempt to water down references to “sexual and reproductive health” in a U.N. resolution Thursday despite support from China and many Islamic countries. The General Assembly's human rights committee defeated the U.S. attempt to amend the resolution aimed at preventing and ending early and forced child marriages by a vote of 33-96 with 35 abstentions. Traditional U.S. allies including the European Union and Western nations opposed the Trump administration's amendment along with...

Smoke Spreading from California Fires Sparks Health Concerns
11/23/2018 7:13:58 PM

By Lindsey Tanner   Smoke masks. Eye drops. No outdoor exercise. This is how Californians are trying to cope with wildfires choking the state, but experts say an increase in serious health problems may be almost inevitable for vulnerable residents as the disasters become more commonplace. Research suggests children, the elderly and those with existing health problems are most at risk. Short-term exposure to wildfire smoke can worsen existing asthma and lung disease, leading to emergency room treatment or hospitalization, studies have shown. Increases in doctor visits or...

African Diaspora Film Festival Takes on ‘Who is Black in America?’
11/14/2018 10:23:24 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   The 26th annual installment of the African Diaspora International Film Festival promises to tackle the topic: “Who is Black in America?” The popular festival, which showcases Black filmmakers, actors, directors and producers all over the world, runs from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 9, at venues that include Teachers College at Columbia University, the Cinema Village, MIST Harlem, the Dwyer Cultural Center, and the Riverside Theater. “There’s a lot new this year,” said Reinaldo Barroso-Spech, an educator in foreign...

Michelle Obama Rips Trump in New Book
11/14/2018 10:22:36 PM

By Deb Reichmann   WASHINGTON (AP)—Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, writing how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.” She also denounces Trump's “birther” campaign questioning her husband's citizenship, calling it bigoted and dangerous, “deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.” In her memoir “Becoming,” set to come out Tuesday, Obama writes openly about everything from...

Aretha Franklin Doc 'Amazing Grace' to Finally See the Light
11/14/2018 10:21:49 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—More than 46 years after it was shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” will finally be released, ending one of the most tortured and long-running sagas in documentary film.    The late gospel singer's estate and film producers said Monday that “Amazing Grace” will premiere Nov. 12 at the DOC NYC film festival with the full support of Franklin's estate. The film, largely shot by Sydney Pollack, captures Franklin's performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los...

More Deaths Seen for Less Invasive Cervical Cancer Surgery
11/14/2018 10:19:46 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   New evidence about a cancer operation in women finds a higher death rate for the less invasive version, challenging standard practice and the “less is more” approach to treating cervical cancer. The unexpected findings are prompting changes at some hospitals that perform radical hysterectomies for early-stage disease. The more rigorous of the two studies was conducted at more than 30 sites in a dozen countries. It found women who had the less invasive surgery were four times more likely to see their cancer return compared to women who had...

FDA Approves Return of Popular Primatene Mist Asthma Inhaler
11/14/2018 10:19:09 PM

By Linda A. Johnson   TRENTON, N.J. (AP)—A new version of the once-popular asthma inhaler Primatene Mist will soon return to U.S. stores. The Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter aerosol inhaler late Wednesday. It's for temporary relief of mild, intermittent asthma symptoms in people ages 12 and up. The original Primatene Mist was discontinued seven years ago because the inhaler's ozone-depleting propellant had been banned. That version had been marketed for half a century, including in memorable TV ads. The new product developed by...

Does Racism Have an Impact on Health?
11/14/2018 10:17:34 PM

History, Urban Life May be an Additional Cause By K. Barrett Bilali   Racism in the health care system continues to confound but a few researchers are taking a historic look and holistic approach to addressing racism’s effect on Black and poor communities. One researcher is using his foundation-funded fellowships to dive into the barriers to good health in the Black community, namely Overtown, Florida. While another joined an organization that looks for ways to keep historically racist practices out of today’s health care system. “Look at the health...

South El Monte Resident, L.A. Sheriff's Deputy, Two Others Arrested in Pot Heist
11/14/2018 10:16:09 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and two others were scheduled to make their first court appearances this afternoon on federal drug distribution charges for allegedly making off with more than $1 million in marijuana and cash during an armed robbery at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Federal agents arrested Marc Antrim, 41, a patrol deputy at the sheriff's station in Temple City, along with Eric “Rooster” Rodriguez, 32, and Kevin McBride, 43, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors allege Antrim used his law enforcement...