Ruby Dee

Legendary actress Ruby Dee has died at age 91, a family member confirmed Thursday.

The Grammy-winning actress is best known for her stage and screen work in films such as "A Raisin in the Sun" (1961), Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing” (1989), and the 1979 TV movie “Roots: The Next Generation". Ruby Dee and her husband of 57 years, actor Ossie Davis, had an open marriage.

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Family Friend Convicted in Jet Ski Death of Tameka Raymond's Son

The family friend who was riding a Jet Ski that ran over 11-year-old Kile Glover on Lake Lanier was found guilty of homicide by vessel today. Kile is the son of singer Usher Raymond's ex-wife Tameka Raymond.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jeffrey Simon Hubbard "was also found guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation, unlawful operation of personal watercraft and boat traffic violation in a Hall County courtroom."

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Jahi McMath body moved

The mother of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead by doctors says she sees hope in the girl's involuntary movements. A judge and several doctors who examined Jahi McMath independently declared her brain dead on Dec. 12 after she lapsed into a coma following complex tonsillectomy procedures at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9.

She lingered on life support for a month until a judge granted her mother permission to transport the body to an unknown location.

In posts on Twtter.com and Instagram.com, Jahi's mother, Nailah Winkfield, said the body is doing much better physically since it left the hospital.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Police in NYC arrested three men and a woman late Tuesday in connection with the apparent drug overdose death of Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The four -- two men in their 50s and one in his 20s -- and a woman in her 20s were arrested at a Chinatown apartment that was placed under surveillance following a tip to police.

Friends found Hoffman unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his apartment on Sunday morning. The heroin needle was still in Hoffman's arm when paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday at 11:30 a.m. A witness observed Hoffman purchasing heroin from 2 men near his Manhattan apartment after withdrawing $1,200 from an ATM at around 8 p.m. Saturday night.

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Skeletal Remains Might Belong to Missing Autistic Boy

A 14-year-old Autistic boy who went missing from his Queens, NY school may have drowned after running from a dog, the NY Post reports. Avonte Oquendo disappeared on Oct. 4 after walking away from the Riverview School in Long Island City. He was seen running from a dog in Hunter’s Point South Park, a short distance from his school. Police believe Avonte may have fallen into the East River after running from a dog. Avonte's family said the mute boy was petrified of dogs and water.

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Shonte Renee and DJ Nando

Shonté Renee, the girlfriend of slain DJ Nando, opened up about his death in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fernando William Barnes, 38, was fatally shot early Tuesday morning as he arrived home from work at Magic City strip club in downtown Atlanta.

Renee told the AJC she was upstairs in the couple's Morrow, GA home when she heard "gunshots" outside. She explained that her boyfriend of 2 years always cautioned her to stay inside whenever she heard gunshots.

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Popular Atlanta DJ Shot Dead

Popular Atlanta DJ Fernando William Barnes, aka DJ Nando, was gunned down outside his Clayton County home early Tuesday morning, the AJC reports. He was found by his live-in girlfriend.

Friends say Shonte Renee arrived home around 4:00 a.m. and found Barnes, 38, bleeding heavily in the driveway of his home on Oak Mill Court Mt. near Zion Boulevard.

Barnes was extremely well-liked by Atlantans who patronized the adult entertainment nightclubs Onyx in Midtown and Magic City in downtown Atlanta where he worked. "His funeral will be cray," said one friend.

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Popular Atlanta DJ Shot Dead

A popular Atlanta adult entertainment DJ was shot to death outside his Clayton County home Monday night, numerous media outlets are reporting.

William Fernando Barnes, also known as DJ Fernando or DJ Nando, was fatally shot as he arrived home from a night out at Atlanta's Magic City strip club. He is pictured above right with rapper Rick Ross.

Nando was a popular DJ who helped to break local artists as part of his gig spinning records at Club Onyx, one of Atlanta's prominent strip clubs. Nando also worked as a DJ at Magic City though he wasn't working there Monday night.

Friends believe Nando's assailant may have followed him home from the club.

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Suspects robbed dying woman at Taco Bell

Police arrested 3 thugs who robbed a mother of two after she suffered a fatal brain aneurysm in a Wichita, KS Taco Bell drive-thru.

WAKE.com reports 43-year-old Danielle Zimmerman drove to a Taco Bell in the 3700 block of East Harry on Sunday, Dec. 29. She suffered a brain aneurysm as she pulled into the parking lot where she lost control of her SUV and crashed into the speaker box.

As she lay dying in the driver's seat, three heartless thugs robbed Zimmerman of her purse, iPhone and her wedding ring.

“Instead of trying to help her, somebody robbed her," said Zimmerman's husband, Kris. "How could you take somebody’s wedding ring off their finger?” Kris Zimmerman said.

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Eva Casara mother

When a pregnant Chicago teenager was shot in the head and dumped in a snowy alley on Christmas day, police believed she was the victim of a botched robbery attempt.

17-year-old Eva Casara was 26 weeks pregnant when she died on Dec. 26. Doctors delivered her baby girl who is in critical condition in a neonatal intensive care unit.

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Kayo Redd

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Local rapper Kayo Redd has died of an apparent suicide. Redd is the younger brother of rapper Waka Flocka Flame. Industry veteran Debra Antney announced her son's death on her social media accounts Sunday night.

Waka Flocka followed up his mother's tweet with an anguished (now-deleted) tweet indicating Redd may have taken his own life.

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Obama snaps selfie

President Barack Obama made a spectacle of himself by snapping a 'selfie' -- a self portrait -- and FLIRTING with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during the Nelson Mandela memorial service early this morning in Johannesburg.

How embarrassing.

Obama snapped the 'selfie' with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt -- while First Lady Michelle Obama sat next to him looking pissed.

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Paul Walker

A California teen was arrested for allegedly stealing the T-top roof panel off the Porsche Carrera GT that actor Paul Walker was a passenger in when he died last weekend.

Jameson Witty, 18, was taken into custody after he posted a photo showing off his macabre souvenir on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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Nelson Mandela

South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela passed away at his home today. He was 95. Tributes and condolences flooded social networking websites as world leaders, former presidents, celebrities and citizens of the world remembered the anti-apartheid civil rights leader.

President Obama spoke on Mandela's passing from the White House about 45 minutes after the announcement that Mandela had died.

"He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages," said Obama, borrowing the words of Edwin M. Stanton, who, as Abraham Lincoln lay on his deathbed, said "He now belongs to the ages.”

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Paul Walker

The production team behind the Fast & Furious movie franchise released a moving tribute to actor Paul Walker, 40, who was incinerated along with a friend in a single car accident in California last weekend.

Predictably, the coroner's report listed the cause of Walker's death as "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries" from the high speed impact and the fire that engulfed the $450,000 Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was riding in.

According to the coroner's report, Walker initially survived the violent impact, but he died "within seconds" after the crash.

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Michelle Rowling and Montrell Cooper

An East St. Louis woman warned her Facebook friends that she might be killed just days before she was found stabbed to death in her apartment on Saturday night.

"If anything happens to me tonight just let my kids know I loved them dearly and tell my momma I love her," Michelle Rowling posted on her Facebook page on November 25th.

On Saturday night, police were called to investigate a disturbance at Rowling's apartment complex. Police found the 25-year-old bleeding out on the floor of her apartment.

Police arrested her ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Montrell Cooper, according to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.

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Adrian Briskey A woman shot and killed a fellow college football fan because she and others weren't upset over the Alabama Crimson Tide's loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl football game last weekend.

Adrian Briskey, 28, was arrested on Monday and charged in the shooting death of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd on Saturday, Nov. 30.

#1 ranked Alabama was handed their first loss of the season when Auburn ran back a missed Crimson Tide field goal for a touchdown to win the game 34-28 with no time left on the clock.

The stunning loss dropped Alabama to #4 in the polls and lifted Auburn to #3.

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Paul Walker and Roger Rodas

The entertainment world was shaken to its core by the news of the tragic death of 'Fast & Furious' franchise star Paul Walker over the weekend.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says excessive speed was a factor in the death of Walker, 40, and his financial adviser, Roger Rodas, 38.

Rodas was at the wheel of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when it hit a light pole and wrapped itself around a tree near the site of a fundraiser that Walker attended on Saturday in Valencia, CA.

Emergency responders found the mens' bodies nearly incinerated inside the mangled wreckage of the half million dollar sports car.

Walker's death was a freakish footnote to the underground racing movie franchise that made him a household name.

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Adele Bing

A Florida woman was arrested and charged with killing her daughter after mistaking the 25-year-old woman for her boyfriend.

Adele Bing, 52, was charged with second degree murder in the death of Ruby Bing, who was shot at her mother's front door, WFTV.com reports.

Adele Bing was also charged with child endangerment. Ruby Bing was holding her 4-month-old baby when she was shot after she knocked on her mother's door. The baby was not injured.

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Michael Jackson Conrad Murray

The Internet is buzzing about an interview given by Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's disgraced ex-personal physician.

The 60-year-old heart surgeon was released from a California prison 3 weeks ago. He immediately began giving interviews -- in exchange for substantial sums of cash because he's broke.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Murray described a very simple procedure performed by doctors and nurses in hospitals and clinics every day.

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Terrence Mitchell

A Connecticut high school football captain is behind bars, charged with stabbing his male lover to death.

Bloomfield High School student Tarence Mitchell, 18, stabbed his boyfriend Ronald Taylor Jr., 27, five times with a steak knife after Mitchell decided to break off their relationship.

Fox News reports Taylor arrived at Mitchell's residence and struck him in the face before the stabbing commenced. But Mitchell initially lied to police and said they were attacked by two men wearing hoodies -- a deliberate attempt to portray the domestic violence incident as a hate crime.

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V'ondra Olivaria

Two teenagers have been arrested in the death of V’ondra Olivaria who was shot Saturday night in her Clayton County home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Olivaria's mother told the AJC a teenage boy politely shook her hand when he and a friend came to her house to visit her daughters Saturday night.

Within minutes, she said, that same teenager shot and killed her 16-year-old daughter.

“My baby was in her room thinking she was safe from the harmful stuff outside,” Yolanda Rincon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “But the devil let loose in this house.”

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Renisha McBride funeral

A Michigan man has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

Theodore Paul Wafer, 54, also known as Ted, was taken into custody today, The Detroit News reports.

Wafer claims he shot McBride in the face in "self defense" when she knocked on his door seeking help after a car crash on Nov. 2. McBride's family was notified of her death on Nov. 4. Police initially said her body was "dumped" in the Detroit suburb.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the arrest today during a press conference in Detroit.

"We obviously do not feel that the evidence in this case reveals that the defendant acted in lawful self defense," Worthy said.

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