Obama acknowledged that the opposition to the pipeline had played a role in his decision.
A recent White House conference on African American policy trumpeted the Obama administration's achievement in promoting programs beneficial to the black community.
"Shame, shame, shame," shouted several encircling Liberty Park as police arrested those attempting to enter the now seized Occupy Wall Street occupation site.
National evangelical leaders who recently visited Alabama as part of an "emergency delegation" are denouncing the state's new anti-immigrant law.
Striking workers at Red Cross won a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Other non-violent protests planned.
A national day of action has been set for December 10, International Human Rights Day. The nationwide protests have been called by a new coalition, the Stand for Freedom campaign.
In response to the unprovoked attack by the NYPD on peaceful protesters and the liquidation of the OWS encampment at Zuccotti Park, Occupy Memphis called an emergency General Assembly.
In the pre-dawn hours today helmeted and shield-carrying police tore down the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park here where protesters have hunkered down since September.
Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, a skilled organizer and one of the most influential Hispanic Americans in the labor movement, predicts Latino voters will have heightened activism in next year's election.