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Peaceful Portland protesters will not be prosecuted to avoid ‘irreparable harm,’ DA announces

Portland prosecutors will not “leverage the full force of the criminal justice system” on protesters who gathered peacefully in the wake of George Floyd’s death, the district attorney said. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will decline to prosecute cases against protesters in which the most serious offense does not include property damage, theft, threats…

Why people are split on using ‘Latinx’

Depending on which corners of the internet you inhabit, you might have come across the term “Latinx.” “Latinx” has emerged as an inclusive term to refer to people of Latin American descent, encompassing those who don’t identify as male or female or who don’t want to be identified by their gender. It’s been used by…

40 Confederate symbols have been removed since the death of George Floyd, SPLC says

At least 40 Confederate symbols have been removed from across the US since George Floyd‘s death in May, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. From 100-year-old monuments to a state flag, a total of 45 have been removed or relocated from public spaces, the SPLC reported. And another 14 have been renamed, such as…

Colorado attorney general investigating whether Aurora police’s ‘patterns and practices’ are unconstitutional

Colorado’s attorney general has announced an investigation into whether the “patterns and practices” at the Aurora Police Department are unconstitutional. The investigation has been underway for “several weeks,” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s office said in a release Tuesday. The department has pledged full cooperation but said its police chief was only informed of the…

Elijah McClain’s family files civil rights lawsuit against Aurora, Colorado

The family of Elijah McClain filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Aurora, Colorado, in federal court. “Aurora’s unconstitutional conduct on the night of August 24, 2019, is part of a larger custom, policy, and practice of racism and brutality, as reflected by its conduct both before and after its murder of…

Philadelphia homicides second-highest in the country in 2020, police say

Philadelphia ranks second in the nation in the number of homicides so far this year, just behind Chicago, according to statistics presented by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. As of July 26, homicides in the city had jumped 32% to 247, compared to the same period a year earlier, Outlaw told city council members at…

Former Victoria’s Secret mogul agreed to written deposition in Epstein accuser suit

Les Wexner, the former head of the parent company that owns Victoria’s Secret, has agreed to answer written deposition questions in a lawsuit involving Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and attorney Alan Dershowitz, but Dershowitz wants him to testify in person or on camera, according to newly unsealed documents. Dershowitz’s attorneys have subpoenaed Wexner to…

Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness

For some, limiting the spread of coronavirus has meant long periods of isolation. And for older adults — who are among the most vulnerable to the illness — that social distancing has come at a particular cost. The US is now in its eighth month of the fight against coronavirus, with over 5 million cases…

Food bank doles out tons of food as Texans, like many Americans, fight to feed themselves

American food insecurity is an under-told story amid the coronavirus pandemic, but as more people find themselves unemployed or underemployed, it’s a reality with which too many are grappling. At the North Texas Food Bank in Plano, government relations director Valerie Hawthorne sees up close the toll Covid-19 has taken on the 13 counties it…

The Big Ten and Pac-12 won’t play football this fall, but the Big 12 reportedly intends to

After two premier college athletics conferences said they’d postpone fall sports including football because of the Covid-19 pandemic, reports say that another still intends to play football this autumn. The Big 12 Conference, following a meeting on Tuesday, still intends to have a fall football season, according to reports from Yahoo! Sports and ESPN. Both…

Ghislaine Maxwell petitions judge over jail restrictions, citing ‘onerous conditions’ related to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell asked a federal judge on Monday to direct the Bureau of Prisons to release her into the general population of the federal facility where she’s incarcerated, saying she has been “held under uniquely onerous conditions” in the wake of last year’s jailhouse death of her former boyfriend and alleged accomplice, Jeffrey…

A school nurse in the district with the crowded hallway photo quit over a scarcity of Covid-19 precautions. Rising cases are ‘not the validation’ she wanted

A school nurse in Georgia who quit over what she considers a lack of Covid-19 precautions said a viral photo of students crowded last week in a high school hallway and the positive coronavirus cases that followed validates her decision. “I find it very heartbreaking, and it was obviously some sort of validation, but it…

The earth was once home to ‘terror crocodiles’ nearly the size of city buses

A new study has shed more light on gigantic “terror crocodiles,” that once roamed the world and preyed on dinosaurs with teeth “the size of bananas.” The research, which was conducted in 2018, published this week in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. It found that the Deinosuchus — a lineage of giant Late Cretacecous crocodylians from…

Seattle police chief announces her retirement after city council votes to cut the police budget by nearly $4 million

Police Chief Carmen Best announced her retirement Monday night, shortly after the Seattle’s City Council voted to cut nearly $4 million from the police department’s budget. Best’s announcement came on the same day the council approved the mid-year budget cut from the police department’s 2019-2020 budget of $400 million. The reduction to the police department…

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell ask to halt release of sealed documents in civil case after learning of ‘critical new information’

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, said in a court filing Monday that they’ve learned of “critical new information” that impacts her criminal case and a civil case where dozens of documents are expected to be unsealed. Her attorneys have asked that the documents, including depositions, remain sealed…

She is the first American to get a new face twice

Seven years ago, Carmen Tarleton received a face transplant, a decision she made after her estranged husband attacked her in 2007 with a bottle of lye, disfiguring her face beyond recognition. The transplant was a grueling, complex, surgical procedure — one that ultimately proved unsuccessful. But last month, Tarleton, a 52-year-old former nurse, chose to…

Police officer fires gun and wounds man after accidentally being hit by deputy’s Taser

Snippets of newly released body camera video show the moment a Nevada police officer unintentionally shot a man after that officer was hit with a Taser discharged by a sheriff’s deputy, the Reno Police Department said. The Reno police posted edited footage on Sunday from an incident in which Washoe County sheriff’s deputies intended to…

College football players and coaches push to save the 2020 season

As discussions about postponing the 2020 college football season continue, players and coaches are trying to save the season. Using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay, many star players — including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence — expressed their support in playing this year, a sentiment echoed by President Trump Monday. “The student-athletes have been working too hard for…

Two police body cameras capture the struggle leading to George Floyd’s death

Police body camera footage showing Minneapolis police pointing a gun at George Floyd and struggling with him during his fatal arrest was released by the court on Monday. CNN is reviewing the videos. The network was permitted last month to view, but not air, the May 25 footage. Eleven weeks after Floyd’s killing, protesters continue…

Hiker rescued 6,200 feet up mountain after 6 foot boulder rolled onto him

A hiker was seriously injured on Sunday when a large boulder rolled onto him as he descended down a mountain in Washington, according to rescue teams. The man, who wasn’t named by officials, was hiking down the Iron Cap Mountain with a female friend Sunday evening, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.…

A doctor delivered a baby 25 years after delivering his mom in the same hospital

Dr. Bryan Cox has delivered more than 5,000 babies in the last 33 years — but one of them is extra special. On March 23, 1995, Cox delivered Lauren Cortez at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Now 25 years and many babies later, Cox delivered Cortez’ baby — Logan James, born on July 26…

Assaulting a worker who’s enforcing masks is now a felony under a new Illinois law

Anyone who assaults an employee enforcing the use of masks can now be prosecuted as aggravated battery in Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker passed a law last week that adds a penalty for assaulting a worker who’s “conveying public health guidance” — that is, telling patrons of a business to wear a mask or maintain social…

Illinois’ breakout star in a hazy economic landscape: recreational marijuana

It only took a few months for Illinois’ budding recreational marijuana industry to blossom — even during the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year, Gov. J.B. Prizker passed bipartisan legislation legalizing marijuana for recreational use and sale in the state — the 11th in the nation to do so – starting January 1, 2020. When the pandemic…

Protesters gather outside Ferguson Police Department on anniversary of Michael Brown’s death

Protesters demonstrated outside the Ferguson Police Department on Sunday night to mark the 6th anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown. Ferguson Police said over 100 people gathered at the department, and police ultimately arrested four protesters for failure to disperse. Brown, an unarmed Black 18-year-old, was shot and killed in the street in…

Explosion at homes in Baltimore kills 1 person and injures 7 others

Emergency responders continued to dig through the rubble Monday night after a major explosion in a Baltimore neighborhood killed a woman and injured seven others. Three homes were reduced to rubble, spokeswoman Blair Adams said. Earlier, Adams said six people had been hospitalized in serious condition. Monday night the department upped the total of injured…

Teen who shared photo of packed high school hallway says she’s receiving threats

A teen who shared a photo of a crowded hallway at her Georgia high school last week says she has been receiving threats after the image went viral. North Paulding High School sophomore Hannah Watters told CNN she and her family and friends have been receiving screenshots of group chats with threatening language against her.…

A baby is among 7 injured after car crashes into Mennonite horse and buggy

A 7-month-old baby and six other people were taken to the hospital with various injuries after a car struck a Mennonite horse and buggy in the Finger Lakes region of New York state Sunday. The driver of the car was attempting to pass another vehicle when they struck the horse and buggy around 5 p.m.…

Chicago police arrest more than 100 people after shootout and looting downtown

More than 100 people were arrested in Chicago after an overnight fit of violence that appears to have begun with police exchanging gunfire with a 20-year-old man, Police Superintendent David Brown said Monday. This was not a protest, he made clear, dubbing it instead “an incident of pure criminality.” Thirteen officers were injured in frays…

A fence goes up in Chicago after the mayor scolded residents gathered at Montrose Beach

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot didn’t hold back when she spotted large crowds gathered at Montrose Beach. “It’s called a pandemic, people. This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront,” the mayor posted on Twitter Saturday. “Don’t make us take steps backwards.” In the photo accompanying…

College football’s ‘Power Five’ leaders are discussing postponing season amid coronavirus concerns, reports say

Leaders from college sports’ “Power Five” conferences discussed postponing the football season and other fall sports over the weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports from multiple sports news outlets including ESPN, Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports, who all cited several sources. No decision has been reached yet, and the discussions are expected to…

Activist who police tried to arrest Friday shares his experience in standoff

The activist who New York police attempted to arrest on Friday tells CNN that he is traumatized by the experience and says that police were trying to “terrorize” him. Derrick “Dwreck” Ingram, a Black Lives Matter protester and activist, is accused of assaulting a New York Police officer in June. During the June protest, Ingram…

Former WWE wrestler James ‘Kamala’ Harris dies at 70

Former WWE wrestler James Harris has died at age 70, according to a news release from the wrestling company. Harris, who performed in the ring as Kamala, made his WWF debut in 1984, according to WWE’s website. In a career that spanned more than two decades, Harris battled many of wrestling’s superstars, including Hulk Hogan,…

MLB postpones Cardinals’ series against Pirates after more test positive for Covid-19

Major League Baseball has postponed scheduled games between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates after additional members of the Cardinals’ team and staff tested positive for Covid-19. The Cardinals organization told CNN Sunday that John Mozeliak, the team’s president of baseball operations, confirmed one additional Cardinals player has tested positive. A total of…

Collin Morikawa wins the 2020 PGA Championship

Collin Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship Sunday with a come-from-behind victory. Morikawa shot a six under par score of 64 as he rallied to win the tournament at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. This is the 23-year-old’s first win at one of golf’s four majors and comes in just his second time…

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees killed in helicopter crash

Three employees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday while conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep, according to officials. The three people killed were identified as biologist Dewey Stockbridge, wildlife technician Brandon White and veterinarian Bob Dittmar, according to a Sunday press release from the Texas Parks…

Police charged a California woman with murder after she gave birth to a stillborn baby. Now the state’s Attorney General is condemning it

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed an amicus brief on Friday in support of ending the prosecution against a woman who was arrested and charged with murder after delivering a stillborn baby with toxic levels of methamphetamine in its system. Chelsea Cheyenne Becker, 26, delivered a stillborn child on September 10, 2019, that medical professionals…

Ninth staff member dies of Covid-19 at California Department of Corrections

A ninth staff member has died from Covid-19, California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Sunday. The employee worked at San Quentin State Prison and was the first staff member at California’s oldest prison to die of the disease, according to the department. Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 24 inmates there, according to the…

Puerto Rico voting temporarily halted amid lack of ballots

Puerto Rico’s primary elections were temporarily halted Sunday because of a lack of ballots in voting centers across the island, according to election officials. The State Elections Commission (CEE) suspended voting at some precincts because they had not received ballots, CEE said. The CEE later announced voting would be rescheduled for any precincts that were…

A 103-year-old woman got her first tattoo to cross it off her bucket list

A beloved grandmother who spent all her life taking care of her family is proving to the world that you’re never too old to make your dreams come true. Dorothy Pollack, who turned 103-years-old in June, is spending her days going through her bucket list. Her first adventure? A frog tattoo in honor of the…

Frances Allen, pioneering computer scientist, is dead at the age of 88

Frances “Fran” Allen, a computer scientist who became a pioneer in the world of computing for her work on compiler research, died on August 4, her 88th birthday, according to an announcement from IBM. She was in a nursing home when she passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, her great-nephew Ryan McKee told…

66 NFL players have opted out over virus concerns. What this means for the 2020 season

For a full-contact sport like football — in which it’s virtually impossible to avoid being close to others, even under the strictest guidelines — it is all but certain more players will test positive for the coronavirus, experts say. The NFL is trying to figure out how to handle its pandemic-afflicted season, as several top…

Portland Police declare a riot after people tried to start a fire at police office

Portland Police said a peaceful demonstration turned into a riot on Saturday night after a group of people broke into a Portland Police Association office and tried to start a fire. Police said the protests, which have taken place nightly in the Oregon city for more than two months, were peaceful until about 10:30 p.m.…

Simon Cowell broke his back falling off an electric bicycle

“America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell has undergone surgery after breaking his back in several spots while falling off his bike on Saturday. The 60-year-old entertainment mogul, who shares a child with his partner Lauren Silverman, was testing a new electric bike in the courtyard of his home in Malibu, California, with his family when…

North Carolina’s strongest earthquake in 94 years shakes area along Virginia border

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit about 2 miles from the town of Sparta, North Carolina, early Sunday, along the state’s border with Virginia, according to the preliminary report from the US Geological Survey. It’s the strongest quake to shake the state since 1926, according to the North Carolina Geological Survey. The quake, whose epicenter is in…

One person killed and an off-duty officer among five injured in shooting at motorcycle club

One person was killed and an off-duty police officer was injured in a shooting at a motorcycle club in Alabama, authorities said. In addition to the officer, four others were injured, said Sgt. Rodarius Mauldin, spokesman for the Birmingham Police Department. He did not give details on their conditions but said the officer suffered injuries…

How George Floyd’s death ignited a racial reckoning that shows no signs of slowing down

The George Floyd police brutality protests are different — bigger, fiercer, more sustained — than demonstrations prior. America rises up regularly. It’s in the DNA of a country founded on dissent. Millions have forged their anger into action, from the tax revolts of the nation’s earliest days, to the labor, housing and busing protests that…

The Space Force has a new recruit: A wild mustang

The Space Force has added a once-wild mustang to its conservation program. But don’t worry, they won’t be sending it to space. The 5-year-old horse named Ghost is part of the Bureau of Land Management at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. The conservation unit and military working horse program have been a part…

21 people were shot, including one fatally, after large gathering in Washington, DC

A teenager was killed and 20 others, including an off-duty police officer, were shot at a large gathering in southeast Washington, DC, early Sunday, officials said. DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said multiple shooters carried out the attack that killed 17-year-old Christopher Brown. 20 other people suffered gunshot wounds, according to police spokeswoman Brianna Jordan.…

Two police officers in Georgia put on leave after shooting at minors

Two police officers in Georgia are on administrative leave after shooting at five minors during a vehicle stop Saturday morning. The officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, a news release from Waycross Police said. Waycross is in south Georgia. No one was injured or killed in the shooting, but a…

Couple restores antique sewing machine to make face masks

After sitting idle for several decades, a nearly 100-year-old sewing machine has been put to good use during the Covid-19 pandemic. Giselle Williams’ hairstyling and knitting businesses came to a standstill during the coronavirus lockdown. Mask shortages in their community of Arvada, Colorado, prompted her to put her time and talents toward sewing masks. In…

A retirement community shoots for 1,006 cards for a woman turning 106

106 cards for 106 years of life. That was the goal set by Our Lady of the Valley Retirement Community for Venus Tucker, a resident who’s turning 106 years on August 13. Tucker is the oldest resident at the Roanoke, Virginia, community. And the facility had to resort to celebrating this way since the pandemic…

In a shocking plea, a former aide confesses to killing an Arkansas state senator

The suspect in the killing of former Arkansas state Sen. Linda Collins-Smith has pleaded guilty — a shocking twist to a case that rocked the small community of Pocahontas. Collins-Smith was found dead in June last year at her home in the town 140 miles from Little Rock. Her former aide and close friend, Rebecca…

Everything you need to know about Shark Week 2020

We hope you’re not afraid of sharks, because the annual week of shark obsession has arrived. The Discovery Channel’s popular Shark Week series has officially begun. With more than 20 hours of shark programming this week, here’s a sample of what you can sink your teeth into: Sunday (August 9) “Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off”…

6 injured in Philadelphia shooting, police say

Six people were shot in Philadelphia Saturday night, including a pregnant woman, police said. Three women, ages 59, 24 and 18, were taken to a hospital and are in stable condition, the Philadelphia Police Department said, and the unborn baby is healthy. Three teenaged boys, two 18-year-olds and one 17-year-old, were also shot, police said.…

Remains recovered from New Orleans hotel, almost 10 months after collapse

The remains of a construction worker have been recovered from the collapsed Hard Rock hotel in New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Saturday, 10 months after the disaster. Quinnyon Wimberly, 36, was one of three construction workers killed in October, though only one body was recovered at the time. Wimberly’s family was at the wreckage…

Researchers created a test to determine which masks are the least effective

Schools are reopening, amusement parks are welcoming back visitors, and outdoor dining is the new way to eat out. But despite the signs that life is returning back to normal, the coronavirus pandemic has gone nowhere. That’s why a group of researchers at Duke University created a simple technique to analyze the effectiveness of various…

Why Michelle Obama opening up about depression is a big deal for Black women

Michelle Obama recently revealed that because of the pandemic and racial injustice in the US, she has been experiencing low-grade depression. For the former first lady — perhaps the most well-known Black woman in the world — to be so candid about her mental health is hugely significant, two psychiatrists told CNN. “It allows other…

NASA drops racially charged nicknames of celestial bodies

Grocery store items, pro sports teams, and country music bands have all removed racially insensitive names. Now, NASA is adding celestial bodies to the list that includes Aunt Jemima, the Washington Football Team and hitmakers The Chicks and Lady A. “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” are out, for example. “Nicknames are often more approachable…

High-speed Cincinnati police chase kills 2 bystanders, hurts 2 more in Kentucky

Two bystanders were killed Friday and two more injured by a suspect vehicle in a high-speed police chase, Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said. Police said in a release that their Organized Crime Investigations Squad and members of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Task Force tried to stop a vehicle with three subjects…

He’s been stung 1,000 times — for science

Justin Schmidt is in the business of pain. The entomologist and chemist gets stung by insects to understand the pain they produce, why they produce it and how they produce it. It’s all in the name of science. “I’ve been called many things over my lifetime, but I think some of my favorites are ‘King…

As new academic year looms, public school nurses call for more funding to battle the coronavirus

As a parent, Liz Pray accepts her 13-year-old son’s return to school. As a school nurse, she doubts the Moses Lake School District in central Washington state is prepared for the challenges that come with schooling amid the coronavirus pandemic. When the pandemic began, her district and schools across Washington donated personal protective equipment (PPE)…

NHL’s Seattle Kraken hire the league’s first Black full-time play-by-play announcer

The NHL’s newest team just hired the league’s first full-time Black play-by-play announcer. Everett Fitzhugh, 31, will serve as the Seattle Kraken’s lead team broadcaster, NHL.com reported. Fitzhugh spent the past five hockey seasons with the Buffalo Sabres’ ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones. “Everett has established himself as a unique and leading voice for hockey,”…

6 Maryland football players opt out of fall season, including last year’s starting quarterback

University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley announced Friday that six players are opting out of the 2020 season, including last year’s starting quarterback. The players are defensive lineman Jalen Alexander, defensive back Vincent Flythe, offensive guard Austin Fontaine, quarterback Josh Jackson, offensive lineman Johnny Jordan and linebacker T.J. Kautai. Jackson, Jordan and Fontaine…

A man who was sentenced to life in prison for selling $30 of marijuana will be freed

A military veteran serving a life sentence for selling less than $30 worth of marijuana will soon be released from prison, his attorney said. Derek Harris, who was arrested in 2008 in Louisiana for selling an officer .69 grams of marijuana, was recently resentenced to time served. He’s already served nine years in prison. Initially,…

Colorado State halts football activities after allegations of racism and verbal abuse

Colorado State University has paused all football-related activities indefinitely, the school’s director of athletics said, after learning of racism and verbal abuse allegations from within the Rams’ athletic administration and in the football program. This comes after Colorado State had announced earlier in the week that it had launched an investigation into its athletic department…

Milwaukee police chief demoted after multiple incidents of ‘failed leadership,’ including use of tear gas at BLM protests

As cities across the country rethink community policing, Milwaukee’s police oversight board has demoted the city’s police chief due to lack of communication and following the use of tear gas against protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The unanimous vote to demote Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales was made by the city’s Fire…

St. Louis Cardinals have another series postponed because of positive coronavirus tests

A three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs has been postponed after two players and a staff member from the Cardinals tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the past two days. Major League Baseball had announced the postponement of Friday’s contest to allow for additional testing and to complete the “contact…

260 students and 8 teachers quarantined in Georgia school district after first week of school

At least 260 students and eight teachers from a suburban school district in Atlanta, Georgia, were quarantined after multiple students and teachers tested positive for Covid-19 during the first week of school. In statements posted on its website, the Cherokee County School District reported positive cases in at least 11 students and two staff members.…

Riders begin to gather in South Dakota for 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Hundreds of motorcycle riders and enthusiasts are arriving in Sturgis, South Dakota, for the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally despite objections from a majority of its residents. The celebration — which nearly 500,000 people attended last year — will take place as the coronavirus pandemic remains out of control in cities across the country and health…

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