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Obama to Congress: Let's make progress

The White House has released excerpts from the prepared text of President Obama's State of the Union Address. Among the themes: A request to Congress "In the coming months, let's see where else we can make progress together. Let's make this a year of action. That's what most Americans want — for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.

Why It's Harder For Urban Minorities To Eat Healthy

There is a great push in the country to eat healthy and exercise, but to find healthy, organic food might be more of a challenge depending on where you live. Those hardest hit, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, are minorities living in urban areas. According to study participants, even though corner stores are abundant in an urban setting, most residents have to bypass the closest stores to find healthy options. “People rarely said that they did their primary food shopping there (near the home).

Latino Grammy Winners You Didn't See In The Live Show

Music’s biggest night gathered renowned artists of the past and present at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Many awards were announced prior the event in a pre-telecasted ceremony that was streamed on the Internet. This included five Latino artists who can proudly take home a golden phonograph to mama, papa, los abuelitos and their country! Puerto Rican and ex-Menudo, Robi ‘Draco’ Rosa, took home the GRAMMY for Best Latin Pop Album with “Vida,” beating Frankie J’s “Faith, Hope y Amor,” Aleks Syntek’s “Syntek,” Ricardo Montaner’s “Viajero F

How A New Thyroid Cancer Study Supports 'The Hispanic Paradox'

Minority, poor patients are more likely than others to be diagnosed with late-stage thyroid cancer, as indicated by a new study published in the Journal of “Endocrinology and Metabolism.“ According to researchers, poor patients from all racial groups had more advanced stages of disease at the time of diagnosis when compared to wealthier counterparts, but minorities fared even worse when compared to non-Hispanic whites as a whole. An anomaly researchers were unable to account for; however, was that pertaining to Hispanics and Asian/ Pacific Islanders.

Dreamer At Last Year's State Of The Union Laments Congress' Failure To Pass Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, Alan Aleman sat in the House gallery and watched President Barack Obama vow to sign immigration reform into law in 2013. It was an exhilarating moment for Aleman -- he was sitting near First Lady Michelle Obama, surrounded by others chosen by the administration to exemplify its successes and priorities for the year ahead.

Robert Menendez Under FBI Investigation For Ties To Fugitive Businessmen: Report

en. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) is the subject of a federal criminal investigation for his dealings with two Florida businessmen who are fugitives from Ecuador, WNBC reported Thursday. According to a report by WNBC's Jonathan Dienst, the Justice Department is investigating the senator's ties to brothers William and Roberto Isaias, who are wanted in Ecuador. The brothers, who ran Ecuador's largest bank, were convicted of embezzling more than $660 million during Ecuador's banking crisis in 1999.

GOP Continues To Drop In Popularity, Especially Among Women And Minorities

A year after the chairman of the national Republican Party unveiled a plan for a makeover of the GOP that aimed to make it more appealing to women, gay voters and minorities, the effort shows signs of doing little to achieve its goal. According to a recent Gallup poll, 32 percent have a favorable opinion of the GOP now, compared with 43 percent immediately after President Barack Obama's re-election.

Wave Of Hispanic Immigrants Prompts Racial Isolation In Small California Town

While Hispanics move to become the country's largest minority, in Watsonville, Calif., the trend arrived a while ago. WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) – In a grassy downtown plaza, strolling musicians wearing glitzy cowboy outfits blast a mariachi song, while Spanish-speaking shoppers bustle between farm stands, sampling tart cactus leaves, sniffing roasting chilies and buying bundles of warm pork tamales. The scene is an increasingly typical one in towns across California, where Hispanics are on pace to become the largest ethnic group next year.

Who Knew? Latino Majority Texas City Puts On One Of The Country's Largest MLK Day Celebrations

One of the largest celebrations in this nation for Martin Luther King Day takes place in a city that has a small African American community, and a Latino majority. San Antonio, Texas, where Latinos make up 63 percent of the city’s 1.4 million residents, and blacks 7 percent and whites 26.6 percent, has been celebrating the late civil rights leader’s birthday since 1987 and attracting one of the biggest crowds anywhere in the United States. The annual march attracts some 100,000 people, according to city figures. Last year the crowd was 150,000, say organizers.
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