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Cornell William Brooks at the 2013 New Jersey Institute for Social Justice gala.

NAACP Selects Brooks, Minister, Former Lawyer, As New President

The board of directors for the NAACP announced it had selected Cornell William Brooks as its new president and CEO.

"Mr. Brooks is a pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association," Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, said in a statement. "We look forward to leveraging his legal prowess, vision and leadership as we tackle the pressing civil rights issues of the 21st century."

This racially segregated Monroe Elementary School class from March 1953 shows Linda and Terry Lynn Brown, who, with their parents, initiated the Brown v. Board of Education case that helped propel school integration.

Nostalgia For What's Been Lost Since 'Brown V. Board'

Brown v. Board of Education became the law of the land when it struck down de jure segregation in Kansas City, Kan., on May 17, 1954, saying, "We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate facilities are inherently unequal."

The decision overruled several states' two-tiered system of providing very separate and, usually, inherently unequal schools for white and Negro children. It was a first step in trying to create the level playing field Americans believe they value.

A still image taken from a video that the extremist group Boko Haram says is of more than 100 girls who were abducted from a Nigerian school last month. Rebel kidnappings of girls has become increasingly common in African conflicts.

Nigerian Abductions Part Of A Terrible Pattern In African Conflicts

The girls at St. Mary's slept uneasily that night. Rebels were rumored to be nearby and planning an attack. Calls for protection by school administrators to a nearby army outpost went unanswered.

By nightfall, all the girls "prayed to God and asked Him to take control of our lives," a 16-year-old would later tell a reporter. During the night, the girls heard boots. Then gunfire. Rough men's voices threatened to toss grenades through the dormitory windows if they didn't unlock the doors.

Apple and Google have agreed to settle a patent infringement suit over smartphone technology.

Apple, Google, Agree To Drop Patent Infringement Dispute

Apple and Google have agreed to drop perhaps the highest-profile lawsuit in high-tech, ending litigation over smartphone patents.

"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," the tech giants said in a joint statement on Friday. The two firms added that they "have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform."

Flooded houses in Topcic Polje, near Zepce, in Bosnia, on Friday. The heaviest rains and floods in 120 years have hit Bosnia and Serbia, killing at least four people and forcing hundreds out of their homes.

Record Flooding In Balkans Destroys Communities

The worst flooding in Bosnia and Serbia since records began 120 years ago has swept away homes, triggered dozens of landslides, cut off whole communities and killed at least four people.

Heavy rainfall has inundated the Balkans.

In a dramatic video, part of what appears to be a bridge span ripped off by the Bosna River is swept downstream and destroys another bridge near the town of Zavidovici in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Ruling Allowing Gay Marriage

Same-sex marriage is off again in Arkansas.

The state's Supreme Court on Friday suspended a lower court's decision striking down a 2004 ban on gay marriage. So, no more marriage licenses will be issued to same-sex couples — at least for now.

Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza voided the state's gay-marriage ban but left in place another law that prohibited county clerks from issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

FDA Dangles Golden Ticket To Spur Drugs For Neglected Diseases

When the Food and Drug Administration gave the OK to a new treatment for a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis in late March, the Canadian company that owns the medicine got something that's quite likely to prove even more valuable than U.S. sales of the drug will ever be.

In this June 2013 photo provided by National Geographic, diver Susan Bird, working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, brushes the Naia skull found at the site.

Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.

Samples from Dry Soda, Spindrift, Q and Veri Organic, four small companies that are trying to win back soda lovers by lowering the sugar.

Will Soda Lovers Drink To Less Sugar?

Who's a member of the Pepsi Generation? Anyone?

Would anyone still "like to buy the world a Coke"?

Legal experts say it's too soon to know the impact of a European court ruling that will require Google to remove some links upon request.

European Ruling On Removing Google Links May Leave A Mess

Google's lawyers are trying to make sense of a ruling they did not expect.

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