- - Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WHITE HOUSE

Obama urges unity for black supporters

President Obama wants his black supporters to be unified and persistent in helping their community get through tough economic times.

Mr. Obama said Wednesday the unemployment rate in the black community is “way too high.” And he conceded that many of the challenges blacks faced before the economic crisis have only worsened, including in the areas of housing and education.

He spoke during a surprise appearance at the African American Policy in Action Leadership Conference being held at the White House.

The president touted elements of his jobs bill that would address black issues and said his plan is the only one out there that will put people back to work.

CALIFORNIA

Interim mayor declares victory

SAN FRANCISCO — Interim Mayor Ed Lee declared himself the winner in the San Francisco mayoral race as he was poised to formally become the city’s first elected Asian-American mayor.

Mr. Lee led Wednesday in a wide field of strong candidates with 61 percent of the vote. He had been appointed to lead the city in January after then-Mayor Gavin Newsom became lieutenant governor.

Mr. Lee’s election would be a milestone for the city’s Asians, who make up a third of the residents but have historically been underrepresented.

City Supervisor John Avalos trailed far behind with 39 percent of the vote.

TSA

Agency expands tests of risk-based screening

Testing for a new program aimed at getting certain travelers through airport security with less hassle is expanding to airports in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., in the next few months, the government said Wednesday.

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