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(Reuters) – In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor in the United States. Obama will present recipients including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul singer Diana Ross, former basketball champions Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford with the medal at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, the White House said on Wednesday

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Muhammad Ali represented the epitome of black excellence.  Ali, who died Friday , used his skill, strength and charisma to climb his way to the top and earn recognition as a world class boxing and civil rights champion. But part of what made Ali’s unprecedented success so meaningful is that he proved that a black man could be held by no boundaries; that if he was committed, he could break them all.  More…

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NBA hall-of-famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar applauded the NCAA’s choice to speak out about Indiana’s religious freedom bill during the premiere episode of “The HuffPost Show” on Friday. Although Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a revised version of the contentious bill on Thursday, Abdul-Jabbar, who played a bit of college basketball himself, told co-hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill that he was glad to see the NCAA voice its concerns about the bill, which critics said could have opened the door for discrimination against the LGBT community .

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(Adds CEO, Abdul-Jabbar’s comments, Seattle to dateline) By Lisa Baertlein and Bill Rigby LOS ANGELES/SEATTLE, March 18 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz has deftly navigated thorny issues such as gay marriage, gun control and Congressional gridlock, but his move to weigh in on U.S. race relations has brewed up a social media backlash. The world’s biggest coffee chain kicked off the discussion when it published full-page ads in major U.S

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Two Islams Are Better Than One

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The Paris attacks reignited the debate over the relationship between Islam and violence. On the one hand, the Obama Administration stresses that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.

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Filed under: NBA Orlando, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) – Kobe Bryant superó el domingo a Michael Jordan como el mayor anotador en la historia del Juego de Estrellas de la NBA . Bryant rompió el récord de Jordan de 262 puntos con una volcada cuando quedaban 4:57 minutos en el tercer período.

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Filed under: NBA Orlando, Florida, EE.UU. (AP) – Kobe Bryant superó el domingo a Michael Jordan como el mayor anotador en la historia del Juego de Estrellas de la NBA .

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