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President Donald Trump holds a protective face mask with a presidential seal on it that he said he had been wearing earlier in his tour at the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., May 21, 2020.President Donald Trump holds a protective face mask with a presidential seal on it that he said he had been wearing earlier in his tour at the Ford Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., May 21, 2020. Leah Millis/Reuters, FILE

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In the Fox interview, the president repeated that he thinks the coronavirus will "just disappear" eventually, even though public health officials have made clear it will not simply go away.

President Donald Trump's resistance to wearing a mask is well-known and he's never done so in front of news cameras.

Texas governor Abbott orders wearing of masks in effort to avoid lockdown

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After avoiding major outbreaks in April and May, Texas has become a coronavirus hotspot. It reported nearly 8,000 new infections on Thursday.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday decreed that face masks must be worn in all counties with over 20 coronavirus cases, billing the measure as a requirement to avoid another economic shutdown.

U.S. sees 51,000 new COVID-19 cases, infection rising in 37 states

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A total of nine states posted new record highs on Thursday including Florida, which confirmed more than 10,000 to mark its largest spike so far and more new daily cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.

More than three dozen U.S. states were seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters tally on Thursday and the nation set a new record with more than 51,000 infections in a single day as a fresh wave of the pandemic spread across the nation.

Joe Biden, DNC raise more money than Donald Trump, RNC for 2nd straight month

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Trump had announced a $131 million haul only to see Biden raise $141 million.

Joe Biden is surging in the polls and in his bank account.

The former vice president, in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee, announced a massive fundraising haul for June, raising $141 million, and $282.1 million last quarter, both record sums that outpace the numbers released by President Donald Trump’s reelection effort earlier Wednesday night.

Ghislaine Maxwell at Spring Studios in New York City, Oct. 18, 2016.Ghislaine Maxwell at Spring Studios in New York City, Oct. 18, 2016. Patrick McMullan via Getty Images, File

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Federal prosecutors in New York alleged Maxwell helped Epstein recruit, groom and ultimately abuse girls as young as 14. In some cases, she allegedly befriended the girls, took them shopping and to the movies before turning them over to Epstein for alleged abuse at his properties in New York City, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, prosecutors said.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the former companion of Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire on Thursday morning.

In this April 10, 2019, file photo, Joseph James DeAngelo, suspected of being the Golden State Killer appears in Sacramento County Superior Court as prosectors announce they will seek the death penalty if he is convicted in Sacramento, Calif.In this April 10, 2019, file photo, Joseph James DeAngelo, suspected of being the Golden State Killer appears in Sacramento County Superior Court as prosectors announce they will seek the death penalty if he is convicted in Sacramento, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli/AP, FILE

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Joseph DeAngelo, the man suspected of being the notorious Golden State Killer, has agreed to plead guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder in front of dozens of victims and victims' relatives, prosecutors said.

Judge in Floyd case warns of a change of venue, gag order

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A Minneapolis judge on Monday warned that he may move the proceedings against four police officers charged in the death of George Floyd to a different venue and issue a gag order in a case that has drawn worldwide attention, local media reported.

In major ruling, U.S. Supreme Court strikes down strict Louisiana abortion law

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The 5-4 ruling, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal justices, represented a victory for Shreveport-based abortion provider Hope Medical Group for Women in its challenge to the 2014 law.

The U.S. Supreme Court defended abortion rights in a major ruling on Monday by striking down a Louisiana law placing restrictions on doctors who perform the procedure, leaving anti-abortion advocates and the White House bitterly disappointed.

FBI hunts 6 Nigerians for scamming $6m from 70 US businesses. Image credit - graphiccomgh

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The six who the FBI believes to be resident in Nigeria are Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, Nnamdi Orson Benson and Micheal Olorunyomi.

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has published a list of its most wanted cybercriminals. At the top of the list are six Nigerian nationals who are wanted for their alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme that defrauded over 70 different businesses in the United States resulting in combined losses of over $6,000,000 USD.

Toronto cop convicted in beating of Black man who lost eye

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“This is not an isolated incident. This is not about one bad apple. This is happening across North America,” Falconer said. “It is a systemic chronic problem.”

A Toronto police officer has been found guilty of assault in the beating of a young Black man who lost an eye when he was arrested in 2016.

In this June 6, 2020, file photo, demonstrators calling to defund the Minneapolis Police Department march on University Avenue in Minneapolis.

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Friday's proposed amendments would update the city's charter to replace the police with a new organization: ....

Minneapolis City Council votes to replace the police department with a new organization

NYPD officer charged in swift test of state’s chokehold ban

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A New York City police officer who was suspended after putting a man in what authorities said was a banned chokehold now faces criminal charges

Moving swiftly amid a global furor over police misconduct, New York City prosecutors on Thursday filed criminal charges against a police officer caught on video putting a Black man in what they said was a banned chokehold, causing him to appear to lose consciousness.

U.S. court orders dismissal of case against former Trump aide Michael Flynn

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In the 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Flynn and the Trump administration in preventing U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan from exercising his discretion on whether to grant the department’s motion to clear Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty.

 A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday directed a federal judge to drop a criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI, handing the Justice Department a victory in the politically charged case.

Wednesday’s ruling by a three-judge panel is likely to anger Democrats, who have accused Attorney General William Barr of improperly meddling in criminal cases to help benefit the Republican Trump’s friends and political allies.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Wednesday’s ruling will likely be appealed to a larger panel of the federal appeals court.

Trump, who has signaled a possible pardon for Flynn, welcomed the ruling. “I’m very happy about General Flynn. He was treated horribly,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

In the 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of Flynn and the Trump administration in preventing U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan from exercising his discretion on whether to grant the department’s motion to clear Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty.

The ruling prevents Judge Sullivan from hearing arguments at a July 16 hearing from retired judge John Gleeson, whom he appointed as a “friend of the court” to argue against dropping the case.

“In this case, the district court’s actions will result in specific harms to the exercise of the executive branch’s exclusive prosecutorial power,” wrote Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed by Trump.

“The contemplated proceedings would likely require the Executive to reveal the internal deliberative process behind its exercise of prosecutorial discretion.”

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was one of several former Trump aides charged under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s then-ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

He then switched lawyers to pursue a new scorched-earth tactic that accused the FBI of entrapping him, and asked the judge to dismiss the charge.

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Judge Robert Wilkins, an Obama administration appointee, dissented.

He said the Justice Department’s flip-flop on the case raised questions that merited further scrutiny by the District Court.

“In 2017, the then-Acting Attorney General told the Vice President that Flynn’s false statements ‘posed a potential compromise situation for Flynn’ with the Russians,” Wilkins wrote. “Now, in a complete reversal, the government says none of this is true.”

“This is no mere about-face; it is more akin to turning around an aircraft carrier.”

After the Justice Department took the highly unusual step of seeking to abandon the case against Flynn, Sullivan appointed Gleeson to argue against the Justice Department’s request.

He also asked Gleeson to weigh in on whether Sullivan should hold Flynn in contempt for lying when pleading guilty.

Sullivan has said he cannot serve as a “rubber stamp” and must carefully review the facts in this “unprecedented” request.

In the majority opinion on Wednesday, the appeals court called Sullivan’s appointment of Gleeson “troubling,” and said it was granting Flynn’s petition to get the case dismissed to “prevent the judicial usurpation of executive power.”

Gleeson had urged Sullivan to proceed with sentencing Flynn and accused the department of “gross abuse of prosecutorial power” in to “provide special treatment to a favored friend and political ally of the President of the United States.”

Beth Wilkinson, a veteran Washington trial lawyer who argued the case on Judge Sullivan’s behalf before the appeals court, declined to comment.

 

Source: Reuters

Ahmaud Arbery

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"This confirms what Ahmaud’s father has been saying for months -- that this was a lynching," said Ben Crump, an attorney for the Arbery family.

A Georgia grand jury indicted the three men arrested and charged in connection with the alleged murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

5.8 magnitude earthquake shakes California

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The epicenter was near Cartago, about 180 miles north of Los Angeles.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit California around 10:45 a.m. local time Wednesday.

Marcia Grant and her son Dallas Greene appear on "Good Morning America," June 24, 2020.Marcia Grant and her son Dallas Greene appear on "Good Morning America," June 24, 2020. ABC News

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Marcia Grant and her 9-year-old son Dallas were turned away from being seated at Ouzo Bay, an upscale Greek restaurant in Maryland's most populous city over the weekend.

A Black mother and her young child claim they were denied service at a Baltimore restaurant because of the color of their skin.

Det. Brett Hankison are seen here.Det. Brett Hankison are seen here. Louisville Metro Police Department

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The police chief says the officer showed "extreme indifference" to human life.

One of the three police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor has been terminated from the force.

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A description of the book — titled “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” — on Amazon says it describes “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse.”

President Donald Trump’s brother is asking a New York City judge to prevent the president’s niece from publishing a tell-all book, which is expected to be released later this month.

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