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Routine teen-aged HIV test proposed by doctors

The Center for Disease Control has called for universal testing of all patients between the ages of 16 and 64. However, the U.S. Public Health Service has not endorsed the proposal.

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White House holds first policy conference on African Americans

A recent White House conference on African American policy trumpeted the Obama administration's achievement in promoting programs beneficial to the black community.

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Health care reform law already helps uninsured

Advocates say nearly three-quarters of California's four million people with no health coverage are people of color, with Latinos making up nearly 60 percent of the total uninsured.

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Congress eyeing backdoor route to slashing benefits

Republicans and Democrats inclined to go along with the slashers are reportedly considering adoption of a new formula that would allow progressively larger reductions in Social Security and other benefits.

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Comcast arrests spotlight Occupy issues: fairness vs. big biz

Nine Occupy Wall Street activists held a sit-in and were arrested at the Comcast Center in downtown Philadelphia urging the giant cable company to pay its fair share.

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Sounding the alarm for jobs, beating the drum for justice

The message was loud and clear here at the Take Back the American Dream conference earlier this week: Jobs not cuts!

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Black Caucus message: Pass jobs programs now!

The Congressional Black Caucus kicked off its 41st Legislative Conference with resounding calls for quick passage of President Obama's $450 billion jobs program and jobs bills introduced by CBC members.

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Report: Transgendered blacks highly victimized

Because of the effects of racism, being black in America has never been easy. And if you're transgendered, you are also likely to have been discriminated against. But if you're black and transgendered, the chances increase exponentially, a new survey found.

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Poverty rate rises to 15.1 percent, number of uninsured to 50 million

The Census Bureau is reporting that the number of Americans in poverty jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, a 27-year high.

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Veto of “voter ID” law upheld in New Hampshire

Poorer people and students scored a voting rights victory in New Hampshire as a veto by Democratic Gov. John Lynch of a controversial voter ID law was upheld.

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