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[edit] July 2016

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5ISIL has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Hazara protest in Kabul that has killed 80 people.
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7Video shows a Swedish bus driver assaulting a Syrian refugee.
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9Guards at a juvenile detention center at Fort Lauderdale offered a snack bounty to anyone who would brutalize a 13-year-old.
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9A new study, funded by the DOJ, has found that far fewer minors are involved in sex trafficking than previously thought.
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19After a black teacher is violently arrested, a police officer tells her that people are "afraid of black people because of their violent tendencies." (Autoplay video)
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20Ongoing investigation in Munich, Germany after a shooting took place at a shopping mall. The official death count is ten, with the suspect having committed suicide in a park. Munich Police have identified the shooter as a local German-Iranian.
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18Edward Snowden and Andrew Huang have published a paper detailing how you can prevent your smartphone from being used to spy you. (The paper itself.)
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14Emails show that federal agents went undercover in order to spy on anti-fracking groups.
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21Muslim detainees were fed garbage at a federal immigration facility in New York.
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16Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
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60Miami Police shoot black man who is lying down with arms raised as he helps his autistic patient. He was shot in the leg and has survived his wound. He asked the policeman, 'Why did you shoot me?' the policeman replied, 'I don't know.' Update: The Miami police union president has released an excuse for the officer's action, the officer meant to shoot the unarmed austistic man. Since the relevant part of the video is missing that can't be confirmed. Since the autistic man is white it's far less likely he would have been shot. Warning! If you're black and a white policeman has a gun don't holler. You may feel you have good reason to holler to prevent an unarmed patient playing with a toy being shot. Still it's a big risk. Too many white American police dealing with blacks shoot first and ask questions later.
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19The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said Texas's voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, but doesn't strike it down.
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18How predatory open access works: chemtrails advocate pays to publish articles, people notice the articles, they keep getting retracted. Repeat.
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27Tens of thousands of Turkish citizens have been targeted by Erdogan's government, accused of links to Emmanuel Goldstein Snowball Fethullah Gülen.
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35Nero has fallen.
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20The US's broken justice system: Virginia is facing a statewide class action lawsuit over their scheme that suspends the driver’s license of anyone who can’t pay trivial fines. In Houston, an audit has revealed that 298 people have been wrongfully convicted for drug use. Mass incarceration is making infectious disease outbreaks worse and is overly impacting Americans with disabilities.
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19Wikileaks has released almost 300,000 emails from Erdogan's AKP party after the failed coup. (The searchable archive itself.)
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13A US coalition airstrike in Syria has killed at least 56 civilians.
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17Norovirus strikes RNC staffers.
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39Not content to have her husband have all the fun, Melania Trump gives a speech in which she rick rolls the RNC and plagarizes Michelle Obama's speech from the 2008 DNC. The Trump camp, of course, denies all. (Side-by-side comparison of speeches.) Republicans blame Hillary Clinton.
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34The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists
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29US Rep. Steve King preaches literal white supremacy on national television. (This is the same Steve King who has a Confederate flag in his office. But he's just celebrating his Iowan heritage!)
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24Stopped clock for the Republican Party as they pledge to bring back Glass-Steagall. (More here.)
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20The UN has unveiled a report that accuses both Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels of war crimes.
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20MSF says that Yemen's entire healthcare system is collapsing leaving many to needlessly die.
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20A human rights group believes many migrants are dying in the Sahara desert while attempting to settle in Europe.
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34Germany has finally recognized the Herero genocide and has apologized to Namibia.
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32White House responds to petition to label Black Lives Matter a "terror" group. The response: Nope. (Video and text.)
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12Michigan State Police will pick 5 counties for roadside drug testing pilot program. This program is meant to quickly drug test saliva during a roadside stop but critics assert that there isn't a way to judge the amount of a drug or the intoxication level of the driver.
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22A federal judge rules that the police can't track your cellphone without a warrant.
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17The circle of violence continues as 3 policemen are shot in Baton Rouge[1]
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11A year since Sandra Bland died, at least 810 people have died in jail.
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10New York City's Democrat-controlled council has voted down a police reform bill.
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26Newt Gingrich: the U.S. should "test" all Muslims in the country and deport them if they believe in sharia. (And since they could be practicing taqiyya we'll just have to deport them all, won't we? Note also one can follow sharia in one's personal life without believing it should be imposed on others, akin to halakha, not that Islamophobes know or care.)
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57Military coup underway in Turkey. Update: the coup appears to be failing, only backed by a faction in the military. 2,839 soldiers have been arrested since the coup has failed. Erdogan is now requesting the US extradite Gulen, the Islamic cleric he believes inspired the coup. 6,000 people have now been reportedly arrested in the aftermath of the coup. 2.700 judges have also been removed from their positions.
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19The U.S. government has released a once-classified chapter from a congressional report on the 9/11 attacks that addresses Saudi connections about some of the hijackers. You can download it here.
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21Herbalife has agreed to a $200 million settlement with U.S. regulators, under which the dietary supplements maker will change the way it does business and avoid being labeled a pyramid scheme.
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26A study finds that it is becoming harder for US workers to move up the economic ladder.
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14Fresno has released the police body cam video of the Dylan Noble shooting.
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16How a modest contract for 'applied research' morphed into the CIA’s brutal interrogation program.
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20International tribunal rules that China's claims on the South China Sea are invalid.
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26Police in Nottinghamshire, England, will now treat misogyny and harassment of women as a hate crime.
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3884 are declared dead and dozens more injured in the coastal city of Nice, France after a truck was intentionally steered over the sidewalk of a busy street on Bastille Day. Police exchanged gunfire with the driver, who has since been confirmed dead, and counter-terrorism police are investigating the scene. The State of Emergency enforced after the November attacks has been extended until the end of October. The French press reports the attacker to be a local French-Tunisian non-practicing Muslim.
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24Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks about he has been targeted by police for being black. Conservatives, meanwhile, continue to bury their heads in the sand.
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36When police tell women experiencing death threats and harassment on social media that they can't do much about social media harassment, this turns out not to be the case if it's them.
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20Obama has written a scholarly paper advocating for a "public option". (The paper itself.)
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8This is how the US trains foreign police forces and soldiers from across the world.
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13An NYPD cop has recorded his captain encouraging him to racial profile minorities.
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15Chris Simcox, leader of the racist Minutemen militia, has been sentenced to 19 1/2 years for child molestation.
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13Philadelphia airport workers have voted to go on strike during the Democratic convention. They are demanding to be allowed to unionize, have increased wages, and better work schedules.
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25With Prime Minister Theresa May fresh in power, the cabinet now consists of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary (presumably to see if he can actually get France to nuke Britain), and Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, with George Osborne resigning from the government entirely. Hammond immediately goes against the Brexiters' wishes by stating that it would take six years to leave.
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23As protesters shut down a bridge and refuse to move, a child stuck on it has a medical emergency and almost dies. Yeah, like that wouldn't have been another PR disaster... Oops, turns out the story is fabricated.
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25Human Rights Watch is concerned about a possible mass cover up of Turkish army abuses.
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19Police crackdown: Video from the Baton Rouge protest shows that the police arrested protestors who were invited on a woman's private property. These police crackdowns against BLM have been greenlit by the FBI.
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25Now that North Carolina has finished ruining trans people's lives they have decided to no longer allow public access to police dash cam videos.

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13The House Financial Services Committee has found that Eric Holder prevented attorneys from prosecuting banks like HSBC for financial crimes.
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17Even the Anglican Church of Canada is not immune to voting errors as Canadian Anglicans vote to allow same-sex marriage.
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10Israel's Parliament has passed a law forcing human rights NGOs to label themselves as foreign-funded. The law only applies to NGOs who receive half of their funds from foreign governments, but not from foreign individuals or foundations.
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8Philando Castile had been stopped by police 52 times for traffic violations. 86 of those violations were dismissed.
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11Micah Johnson was blacklisted from various Black militant groups because he was believed to be "mentally unstable".
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4Jahbat al-Nusra has become al-Qaeda's largest formal affiliate in history.
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6Snowflake, Arizona: where the residents are allergic to life
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29We have broken the record for hottest month ever recorded for the ninth time in a row.
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17EU referendum: youth turnout almost twice as high as first thought (64%)
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30Legalizing medical Marijuana has dropped Medicare prescription drug costs.
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19AT&T workers in Nevada and California have walked out on their jobs in order to force AT&T to sign a contract with them.
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22Police have arrested hundreds of people protesting police brutality across the country.
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11The internet is killing religion.
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17Leaked tapes show that Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar is backed by French, British, and US forces despite his opposition to the Tripoli government.
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18Telco businesses claim net neutrality threatens 5G rollout. They call this "a positive stance on innovation".
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18A massive eviction in the Silicon Valley will demolish 216 unit complexes and displace hundreds of tenants.
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21Epipens have more than quintupled in price since 2004.
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25Chelsea Manning's legal team has confirmed that she has been hospitalized. It is assumed she attempted suicide.
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34Police in Utah have finally released a video from 2014 shows a police officer assaulting and saying vulgar insults towards a handcuffed woman. Another released video, from June 25, shows Fresno police shooting an unarmed man lying on the ground. (Both links are NSFW)
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35At a peaceful protest in Dallas, TX in response to the recent police shooting incidents, 12 police officers were shot by two snipers, four dead (AUTOPLAY VIDEO). Update: 12 officers shot, five dead. Three suspects in custody, fourth was killed by explosive used by cops. (AUTOPLAY VIDEO) Aftermath: The shooter, Micah Johnson, supported militant black supremacist groups. The Oath Keepers, a militant group, has called for "an armed struggle against Marxists while former IL representative, Joe Walsh, threatens "cop hater" President Obama.
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22A general strike has started in Zimbabwe over police harassment and the country's failure to pay civil servants. It has already brought the country to a standstill.
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9Israel is targeting Palestinian protesters on Facebook.
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20Kentucky's tax revenue transfer to Ken Ham The Noah's Ark playground and souvenir shop is now open for business.
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27A Nigerian refugee of Boko Haram attacks is murdered by an Italian football hooligan. The Italian party "Lega Nord" (Northern League) condemns his death, but shifts the blame on to immigrants.
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24Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson sues CEO Roger Ailes, alleging sexual harassment.
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24Police brutality: In Louisana, video shows a police officer killing Alton Sterling, a black man who was selling CDs outside a convenience store. A second video shows that he was unarmed. (Autoplay video) Meanwhile, a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota has killed Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop. (All links contain graphic videos) Update: This is everything we know about the Alton Sterling shooting.
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16The ACLU says that the US is deporting countless veterans.
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17UK police accessed civilian data for fun and profit.
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13The US and UN have condemned Israel's plan to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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36The Chilcot report into Britain's role in the Iraq War says Tony Blair's case for war unjustified.
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27Judge rules that sites like ChristianMingle and LDSSingles must allow same-sex matches.
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13At least 45 people have been killed under Duterte's operation against crime and drug dealing.
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14Suicide attackers launch a wave of strikes in Saudi Arabia. (Autoplay video)
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29A Buddhist mob in Myanmar has burned down a mosque.
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19Documents obtained by Adalah reveal that Israeli police are allowed to use lethal force against stone throwers and those who fire fireworks at them. (The report itself which is written in Hebrew)
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0Secret records and lack of hearings raise concerns in merger review. (Autoplay video)
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17A federal judge blocks Kansas's attempt to cut Planned Parenthood from Medicaid.
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11A federal judge has ruled that the warrant that allowed the FBI's hacking in a child porn case was unnecessary.
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17ISIL has burned 19 Yazidi women for refusing to have sex with their fighters.
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9Thousands of pupils in England have seen school closures or disruption as the National Union of Teachers staged a one-day strike over funding.
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12Well that didn't take long: Republicans are already criticizing the FBI decision to not indict Clinton. Rep. Mike Turner wants to bring back the Office of the Independent Counsel which was used against Bill Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan will hold hearings on the FBI's decision.
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10Elite K-8 school begins separating classrooms to instruct white children about their privilege and to "challenge notions of colorblindness" and "raise awareness of Whiteness". Wonderful.
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22F.B.I. Recommends No Charges Against Hillary Clinton for Use of Personal Email. Cue the conspiracy theorists and cries of "The fix is in!" Update: Loretta Lynch has revealed that the Justice Department will not charge Clinton.
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9Israel continues siege on Palestinians in Hebron.
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17The lobbying reform that enriched Congress.
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33The Juno orbiter successfully reaches orbit around Jupiter, and begins a two-year survey.
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24UAE Muslim visiting Ohio is arrested for wearing traditional garb and speaking Arabic on the phone. See, Trump was right; Muslims coming into the U.S. leads to violence!
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21Two Muslim Youths have been beaten outside their mosque in Brooklyn, New York.
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14Walmart retail workers in China have gone on strike due to unfair scheduling.
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14Michael Foot's memorial has been vandalised with swastikas.
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36Nigel Farage stands down as leader of UKIP.
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19Black lives matter pulls out of SF Pride Parade in protest when organizers increase security presence in response to Orlando shootings. Their sister group in Toronto, despite given "Honoured Group" status, stalls the Toronto Pride Parade with a sit-in, refuses to move until parade organizer agrees to group demands to remove all police floats, among others.
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16126 people have died in a bombing in Baghdad. ISIL has claimed responsibility. (Autoplay video)
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30A Muslim doctor has been shot and stabbed by three men outside of a mosque in Texas.
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10Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis protest police brutality in Tel Aviv. (A more in-depth link.)
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7Facebook defends position on content standards after Israeli censure.
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3Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York.
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9Israel approves construction of 42 units in West Bank settlement home to slain 13-year-old.
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24Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards after she became confused at a checkpoint.
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24A recent poll finds 71 percent of Americans believe U.S. economy is rigged.
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21U.N. creates position to monitor violence, discrimination against LGBT people.
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13Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes.
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20Elie Wiesel dies at age 87.
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22Florida coast is affected by huge algae bloom after emergency releases from Lake Okeechobee. Unsurprisingly, this is the result of the state and federal governments not funding necessary public works.
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32Over 100 Nobel laureates sign an open letter to Greenpeace criticizing its opposition to golden rice and other genetically modified foods.
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37 Boris Johnson, the man who spearheaded the Brexit movement all the way up to its The Producers-esque conclusion for purposes of becoming Prime Minister, has announced he will no longer be running for Prime Minister.
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37This is how Chicago is handling police misconduct allegations.
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16FBI asks agencies who responded to Pulse to deny records requests.
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7Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, a former Chilean lieutenant under Pinochet, has been found liable for Victor Jara's torture and death.
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10U.S. offers to increase military aid to Israel.
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8Major political news outlets are selling interviews at the DNC and RNC conventions.
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9The US says that its air and drones have only killed between 64 to 116 people. Human rights groups estimate several hundred civilians have died in these bombings.
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7Islamic militants stage attacks and take hostages in Bangladesh's capital. They appear to have targeted foreigners. Update: At least 22 people have died as a result of the 10 hour standoff. (Autoplay video)
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16The libertarian paradise of Detroit charter schools.
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8Hacked emails reveal that the supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, plotted to overcome President Obama's reluctance to escalate tensions with Russia during the war in Ukraine.

[edit] June 2016

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15Congress wants to exempt Minor League baseball players from minimum wage and overtime pay laws.
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15The Feds are asking for a 27-month delay in release of Clinton staff emails.
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23A federal judge has blocked Florida's anti-abortion law.
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8The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because it creates a significant barrier on research on online discrimination.
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10Encryption isn't obstructing law enforcement investigations.
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6Iowa's Supreme Court rules that ex-offenders can be permanently stripped of their right to vote.
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5Here are the FBI's classified rules for targeting journalists with National Security Letters.
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1931 science groups are urging Congress to take action against global warming.
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1New Jersey becomes the 11th state to pass anti-BDS measures.
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11A judge has ordered a man who made threats against a US senator on Twitter to never tweet again.
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9The death penalty is largely driven by overzealous prosecutors.
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3Why prison phone rates keep rising despite the FCC's recent regulations. (Autoplay video)
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4Capitol Hill workers have been told not to drink the water inside the Cannon House Office Building because it is tainted with lead.
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-4Mark Kirk, Illinois's RINO senator, has exploited the recent Istanbul terrorist attack to smear Syrian refugees.
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7Senate panel grants more visas for Afghans who supported US.
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7A report has found that the US's efforts to regulate encryption have been flawed.
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4Kabul to investigate child sex slavery fuelling insider attacks.
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20U.S. military lifts transgender ban.
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12Combat AI beats the Air Force's top tactical experts.
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8Alvin Toffler[wp], prophet of our current crisis, has died.
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3The wrecked jet stream now runs from Pole-to-Pole.
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9The Senate has passed the Puerto Rico "relief" bill that will create a commission that can cut pensions, lower the minimum wage, limit overtime pay.
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15Six gay men in Ivory Coast were abused and forced to flee their homes after they were caught showing support to Orlando victims.
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7Poor Louisiana defendants fight alleged debtors’ prison.
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14British paedophile sentenced to 85 years in US for trafficking child abuse images.
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22 Hate crimes in the UK up 57% according to Huffington Post following Brexit vote
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13Chris Christie's lawyers hid a personal e-mail account and a cell phone from investigators during the Bridgegate Scandal.
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31 Xenophobia in the UK following Brexit hits ridiculous levels the woman in question is a white German who has lived in the UK for decades. This is your doing, Nigel Farage!
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14UNICEF warns that unless current trends in global poverty and education are addressed 69 million children will die by 2030.
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8Ban Ki-moon criticises Israel's Gaza blockade as collective punishment.
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15The UN is concerned about inequality in the UK. (Autoplay video)
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12A daring American plan to defeat ISIS on their home turf turned into an embarrassing rout for the allies.
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20Huge helium gas find in east Africa averts medical shortage
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13An inside look at Charles Koch's plot to hijack American universities.
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6Gunman dead after shooting woman in downtown Denver, Colorado.
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151,000 southern Chinese villagers have marched against the government demanding their chief be released from prison.
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20A terrorist attack in an Istanbul airport has resulted in 36 dead and 147 injured. (Autoplay video) Trump has used this to reiterate why the US should ban Muslim immigrants from entering the country.
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182,500 marine scientists and policy experts are urging the Australian government to stop using coal in order to save the Great Barrier Reef.
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19Rating agencies have downgraded the UK's credit rating from a AAA to a AA after the Brexit vote.
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18An Amnesty International report shows widespread and systematic sexual assault against Mexican women by the police and military. (The downloadable report itself.)
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10The US has most likely killed at least 6 Afghan hostages in an airstrike against the Taliban.
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14A report by Detention Watch and the Center for Constitutional Rights has found that ICE officials are profiting from secret deals with private prisons over immigrant family detention. (The report itself.)
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10A report by OpenTheBooks has found that between 2005-2014 67 agencies unaffiliated with the Department of Defense spent $1.48 billion on guns and ammo. A total of $335.1 million was spent by agencies traditionally viewed as regulatory or administrative. (The report itself.)
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4A new report has found that teens are suffering from tinnitus which could lead to permanent hearing damage due to their exposure to loud music.
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14 Washington pharmacists must stock morning after pills and supply them when prescribed.
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22A House report found no new evidence that could implicate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Benghazi attacks. Can we move on now? In case you missed it, a stupid Republican explained the real reason behind repeated investigations and hearings.
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197 people were stabbed during a Neo-Nazi march in Sacramento.
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17C.I.A. arms sent to the Syrian rebels have been sold black markets.
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18Pakistani clerics declare transgender marriages legal in Islam.
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15Officials held a 3-year-old immigrant alone in detention center for days.
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4On the far-right the Austrian Freedom Party and Our Slovakia want a referendum on leaving the EU. France's "leftist" Economy Minister, Emmanuel Macron, wants a referendum, as well. Meanwhile, Australian republicans demand a referendum so they can leave the Commonwealth.
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11Multiple outlets have reported an increase in hate crimes after the Brexit vote.
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6Four reasons why killing insurgents in Syria might backfire.
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6The Supreme Court has unanimously overturned former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell’s public corruption conviction sparking outcry from campaign finance watchdogs.
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11The Supreme Court has ruled that "reckless" domestic abusers can be barred from owning a gun but justices Clarence Thomas and Sonia Sotomayor have dissented declaring that the "majority blurs the distinction between recklessness and intentional wrongdoing".
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18Woman Wins $10,000 From Microsoft After Unwanted Windows 10 Upgrade
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51A Texas law making abortions more difficult was found unconstitutional.
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41Pope Francis says Christians should apologise to gay people.
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9A major terrorist attack has occured at a Somali hotel in Mogadishu resulting in 15 dead.
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9A mob in Myanmar has destroyed a mosque.
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10Central American migrants at risk of trafficking.
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14Turkey and Israel have ended their six-year standoff over the 9 Turkish activists killed in the Gaza flotilla incident.
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14A Tennesee judge has refused to recognize the parental rights of a woman in a same sex marriage because she isn't the biological parent of the child.
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11A judge has struck down Obama's fracking rules.
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10Baltimore's police union faces a backlash over its tweets about the Freddie Gray case.
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27Well that didn't take long........"Leave" leaders walking away from Brexit promises
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131 in 10 Cal State students are homeless.
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7Israeli soldiers shoot dead woman who allegedly rammed vehicle into a parked car, injuring two settlers.
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16Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to place gun owners on the FBI's database.
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13The FBI and local Cleveland police are knocking on the doors of activists who plan to protest the Republican convention.
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12The FBI's secret surveillance budget costs hundreds of millions.
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28The city of Fallujah has been fully liberated from ISIS.
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17Britain's choice of pride and prejudice over sense and sensibility means bad news for scientific collaboration.
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14An Indiana University frat house rapist will receive one-year of probation.
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17Russia's Duma has signed some of the most repressive laws in its post-Soviet history.
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4Extreme weather: A California forest fire has killed 2 people and burned 19,000 acres while a massive flood in West Virginia has killed 26 people so far. (Both links have autoplay videos)
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5Some doctors think AspireAssist (a stomach-to-bag weight loss tube) will encourage bad eating habits; some patients argue otherwise. Amidst the ruckus, the FDA approves it.
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6The Indianapolis Metropolitan PD is investigating an incident involving an officer slamming a handcuffed teen to a wall.
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9The UN urges solutions to Dark Web drug trading.
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6China has rejected India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Modi says this will result in a delay of the Paris Climate Agreement.
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19#Texit? Ehh, they're all nuts - I say let 'em go.
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16EU leaders' reaction to Brexit: Bye, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Spain: Hey, can we get Gibraltar now? Anti-EU parties in other EU countries want their own referendums. Trump: Brexit is a yuuuge win; also it's Obama's fault.
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6AP: Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries, many from her political and Clinton Foundation donors.
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22So what are Britons searching for on Google, now that they're done voting?
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17Schadenfreude grips the Remain votes as Farage admits his promise to spend money "saved" on the NHS was a lie.
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16Apparently it's Jeremy Corbyn's fault that an internal Tory spat broke the UK.
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17Colombia announces a peace agreement with the FARC rebel group, ending a 50-year conflict.
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23David Cameron steps down as PM
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55Victory for the Browncoats, down with the Purplebellies Britain votes to leave the EU. Stocks and the British pound are plummeting. Cameron's tenure is likely over. Scotland and Northern Ireland appear to have voted stay, meaning talk of secession is already being floated.
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4Britain's defense secretary, Michael Fallon, has agreed to pay damages to an imam after repeating false claims that he was a supporter of Islamic State.
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0The State Department scrambled on trouble on Clinton's server.
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15A Washington judge has ruled that public hospitals must provide abortions on site.
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11New York City will give all women in public schools, prisons, and homeless shelters free access to feminine hygiene products
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6A gunman in Germany has been killed during a shoot off with police after he shot his gun off inside a theater. Luckily, he only had blanks.
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19Actual science journal article title: Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism
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16The ACLU has urged Congress to vote no on the effort to ban those on the terrorist watch list and no-fly list from owning guns.
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8Up to 700 barrels of oil spills in Ventura County, California.
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8SCOTUS has upheld the University of Texas's affirmative action plan (Autoplay video) but its split decision on Obama's immigration plan has upheld the lower court's decision to overturn it.
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26“We Demand the Killing of Atheists” Was Trending on Arabic Twitter
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10The Orlando shooter's former lover says the attack was about revenge and not ideology.
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15U.S. House Republicans unveil their "plan" to replace the Affordable Care Act. It's basically just a repackaging of ideas they've been throwing out for years: cut and privatize everything. Some analyses: [2] [3] [4] (Meanwhile, it turns out U.S. health care spending has been much lower than projected.)
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10U.S. law to regulate chemicals in consumer products is signed.
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19After Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, the state has descended into a living hell of reefer madness. Just kidding, cannabis usage among Colorado teenagers has declined slightly.
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2211 million Americans spend half their income on rent.
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19Germany has banned fracking indefinitely.
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8Democrats hold a sit-in within the House of Representatives to demand gun control legislation. Unfortunately, one of the reforms they are pushing for is the secret, racist terror watchlist.
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14UC San Francisco study finds even accepting one meal from a pharmaceutical company appears to make physicians more likely to prescribe the company's drugs.
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17Why America's men aren't working.
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25Bill Donahue celebrates defeat of Child Victims Act. He believed that it was meant to "rape the Church".
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14Latino car wash workers reach a $1.65 million settlement for wage theft.
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16A British undocumented immigrant has tried to assassinate Trump.
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28Irish women using drones to get plan-B type birth control
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17State legislators have introduced more than 80 pieces of anti-Muslim legislation since 2013.
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14ICE has arrested 331 undocumented immigrants in a month of deportation raids.
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31Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor gives a scathing dissent against the Court's decision that the police may use evidence obtained during an illegal search.
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31Surprising no one, the NRA Republican Senate defeats all four gun control measures brought up for vote on Monday. If suspected terrorists aren't allowed to buy guns, uh, only suspected terrorists will have guns?
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18Microsoft avoids paying £100m a year in UK corporation tax.
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21China outlines a plan to cut its population's meat consumption in half. The main goal is to improve public health, but the climate impact would be huge as well.
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18The teacher's protest in Oaxaca has resulted in a clash with six dead. Update: 8 people have now been reported killed.
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21NASA says the ozone layer will not fully recover until 2070.
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19Workplace harassment isn't being reported because minorities feel that they will be retaliated against.
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9Jeremy Corbyn says EU free movement means no immigration limit.
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12Ex-White House officials criticize vague rules around disclosure of hacking tools.
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16South Asian migrants say they were beaten and put in body bags for deportation from the US.
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1Israel approves extra $18m for West Bank settlements.
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16NYPD officials busted in corruption investigation.
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9A Chinese crackdown has begun and is aimed at rooting out Xi's opponents.
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19LIGO announces a second detection of gravitational waves from a black hole merger.
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31Yes, Donald, we know Belgium is rather small. That doesn't mean it's a fucking city though.
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24Pope Francis says most Catholic marriages are null because the spouses don't "understand" what a lifelong commitment is, causing some consternation among Catholics. (Alternative headline: "Lifelong bachelor tells married couples they don't know what they're doing")
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-2251 U.S. State Department diplomats sign an internal "dissent" calling for the U.S. to bomb Assad. Because what we really don't have enough of is American military involvement in the Middle East.
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35John McCain says Obama is "directly responsible" for the Orlando massacre. DAMN IT OBAMA WHY DID YOU SHOOT UP THAT NIGHTCLUB?!?! He later issued a half-hearted "clarification". For context: McCain is running for re-election this year, and many think this was an attempt to appeal to "Trumpistas". What's worse, honestly believing insane shit, or cynically parroting it to get votes?
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15New research suggests a strong link between the public revelation of the Tuskegee Study and poor health outcomes for black men.
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29Jo Cox's killer responds when asked about his name, “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”
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17Doctors Without Borders will reject all EU funding in order to protest Europe's treatment of refugees.
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20PepsiCo's affiliate in Indonesia has been linked to child labor, worker exploitation, unethically low wages and hazardous working conditions.
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23Marines under investigation for allegedly threatening to attack gay bars.
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27Southern Baptist Convention votes to condemn Confederate battle flag.
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19Iraqi forces scored a major victory against losers ISIS.
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28Cleveland police locked a man in a closet for four days without food or bathroom breaks.
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17New York City has found a million intelligence documents on 1960s radicals.
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13The Supreme Court's next case will deal with the US's epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.
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14Parkinson's disease, like schizophrenia causes a dramatic drop in religiosity, though not necessarily changing religious beliefs.
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15U.S.'s first legally non-binary person.
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20Congresspeople are at least trying to improve gun safety.
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18This afternoon, literally everything cryptocurrency skeptics had been saying for months came true yet again. $50 million drained from the Decentralized Autonomous Organization through security bugs in the "smart contract" code. Also causing a price crash in Ethereum.
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19Gun sales surge among gays and lesbians.
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28The man who shot British MP Jo Cox seems to have bought a gun-making manual from a US neo-nazi group.
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20After a study found racial bias among Oakland's police force, the Oakland PD have been implicated in a sex scandal.
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12Border clashes have occurred on both the Eritrean-Ethiopian border and the Afghan-Pakistan border.
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17The UN has found that Eritrea has committed widespread crimes against humanity.
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17Chinese loan sharks are exploiting female students by offering student loans in exchange for nude photos.
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23Public schools across the US are violating the separation between Church and State.
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12Scotland's police force participated with the GCHQ's mass surveillance program.
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12Consumer groups have accused AT&T and Comcast of violating US privacy law by collecting user data without consent in order to sell it.
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10Ethiopians and Sudanese refugees may be pretending to be Eritreans in order to gain asylum in other countries.
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11A new study by a Florida State University researcher shows that both a lack of stimulation in the workplace and a dirty working environment can have a long-term cognitive effect on employees.
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7Duterte's government has begun peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines.
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10CIA declassifies documents detailing torture. (The report itself)
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10Democrats embrace the secretive, discriminatory, flawed, and unaccountable terror watchlist in the fight against gun violence.
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14The Federal Reserve has put rate hikes on hold due to Brexit.
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-10A defense spending bill would prevent transferring any detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
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3NATO has approved of expanded military basing in Afghanistan.
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13Kenya upholds use of anal exam to determine sexual orientation.
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11Shiite militias have reportedly killed and tortured Sunnis fleeing Fallujah.
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30British MP shot dead apparently by British nationalist.
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14The FBI has 411 million photos in its facial recognition system and refuses to disclose the locations of their utility pole surveillance cameras.
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24US citizens have committed 80 percent of terrorist attacks since 9/11
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9Israel has cut off water to the West Bank during Ramadan.
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18A pending bill in New York would bar funding for student organizations that want to boycott Israel, NATO members, and various other nations.
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19NYC schools have suspended sexual assault victims because they’re black.
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17Why most gay men are still not allowed to donate blood.
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14US spies are building software to spot your suspicious behavior in live video.
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16A computer crash has wiped out years of Air Force investigations.
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16A Chicago police officer stomped on a man's head during an arrest. (Autoplay video)
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19A prison in West Virginia locked a man in solitary until he agreed to let them remove his penis marbles.
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32Belief in tough-on-crime ideas such as death penalty and long prison sentences has no relationship to real world variables such as crime rates, prior victimization, knowing victims, or perceived risk of crime, but only related to ideology, race, and the amount of television news you watch (full paper)
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25A Federal Appeals court has upheld net neutrality.
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12U.S. top court rejects American Samoan birthright citizenship case.
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19A gay Chinese man is suing a mental hospital for trying to "cure" him with drugs and beatings.
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10Germany wants the UK to extend its inquiry into activities of undercover British officers in Germany.
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-11The Supreme Court has sided wth Puerto Rico's lenders by ruling that Puerto Rico doesn't have the ability to declare bankruptcy.
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20Bengali Bust: Bangladesh has started a nationwide crackdown including over 5,000 arrests following international outcry over recent spate of brutal murders.
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8The RCMP surveilled thousands of innocent Canadians for decades.
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44In more progressive news, the Dutch woman arrested for being raped will receive a small fine and a deportation. Her rapist will receive 140 lashes. Not exactly ideal, but it's a start. Hooray Qatar, welcome to the 18th century!
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12The FBI pursued questionable terror suspects before the Orlando massacre.
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24The LAPD has arrested an armed man who wanted to attack the LA pride parade. An American-born non-muslim.
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21The Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect a right to concealed firearms.
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21Four Navajos have sued the Mormon church over child sex abuse.
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15A federal judge has ruled that California must allow trans inmates items that match their gender.
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12The Urban Areas Security Initiative appears to be a slush fund for surveillance of activists and police militarization.
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12The NYPD have assaulted a rapper for being in the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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10ISPs are trying to fight competition.
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20The DEA is trying to gain surveillance access to millions of private medical files.
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32 Over 100,000 Texas women carried out their own abortions after the State introduced new restrictions on abortion clinics. The US Supreme Court has decided the restrictions are unconstitutional.
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27After Germany decided to recognise the Armenian Genocide as such, the 11 Turkish-German MPs that voted for the recognition received death threats, while Erdogan questions their Turkishness.
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4950 dead, 53 wounded in mass shooting at Florida gay club. Shooter is reported to be American-born Muslim. A speaker at a mosque about 20 miles from the massacre site quoted a text advocating killing gays, 'out of compassion'. It's not clear if Farrokh Sekaleshfar quoted that text at the nearby mosque or elsewhere.
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