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  • Georgia: voter suppression claims ramp up in governor’s race as lawsuits are filed

    Issue has been a flashpoint in the race, which pits Democrat Stacey Abrams against Republican secretary of state, Brian Kemp Allegations of voter suppression in the Georgia governor’s election are ramping up – with lawsuits filed after the state’s most diverse county rejected an unusually large share of absentee ballots. Also this week, dozens of African American senior citizens were ordered off a bus they were planning to ride to the polls from their senior center, a move advocates called an...

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  • Mike Pompeo fails to bring Jamal Khashoggi scandal under control

    Trump’s fix backfires as Saudi Arabia and Turkey dig into opposing positions Mike Pompeo’s visit to the region was supposed to be a face-saver that explained away the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, while sparing further blushes in Riyadh, Washington - and Ankara. It did not go to plan. The US secretary of state’s two-day trip has seemingly led Saudi Arabia and Turkey to dig further into positions that are starting to seem irreconcilable. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has not taken...

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  • Teens baked grandfather's ashes into cookies for classmates, police say

    Two high school students allegedly involved are unlikely to be charged with a crime as principal says it’s ‘a family matter’ Police say they are investigating a report that a northern California high school student mixed her cremated grandfather’s ashes into homemade cookies and shared them with several classmates. The Davis police lieutenant Paul Doroshov on Wednesday said two students baked the cookies and shared them with at least nine classmates at their public charter high school near...

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  • Mother Mushroom: Vietnam frees blogger on condition she move to US

    Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who wrote about human rights and pollution, was arrested in 2016 Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger after two years in prison on the condition that she leave for the United States. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as “Mother Mushroom,” was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of defaming the Communist government. The conviction of the popular blogger, who wrote about human rights and industrial pollution, drew criticism from some Western...

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  • Caroll Spinney to retire from playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

    The 84-year-old puppeteer and voice artist first took on the roles when he joined Sesame Street in 1969 Caroll Spinney, the man who has played Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since their inception nearly 50 years ago, has announced he will be retiring from both roles at the end of this week. Related: How the new season of Sesame Street stands up against racial hatred Continue reading...

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  • EPA to unveil plans to weaken rule limiting toxic mercury pollution

    The EPA isn’t rescinding the standard as of yet but has finished deciding to reconsider the analysis for the Obama-era rule The US Environmental Protection Agency next month will unveil plans to start weakening the economic justification for a rule limiting toxic mercury pollution from coal plants. The EPA isn’t rescinding the standard as of yet but has finished deciding to reconsider the underlying analysis for the 2011 rule, according to the government’s newly published agenda. Continue...

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  • US treasury official charged with leaking Trump-Russia information to reporter

    Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards is accused of disclosing reports on figures such as Paul Manafort to BuzzFeed News A US Treasury department official has been arrested and charged with leaking information relating to the Trump-Russia investigation to a journalist. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards is accused of disclosing reports over the past year on suspicious financial activity by figures including Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. Continue reading...

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  • The motel torn apart by Hurricane Michael – where dozens still live

    Long-term residents of the American Quality Lodge in Panama City, along with people from the area, are living amid destruction after Hurricane Michael Simply getting through the day is a struggle at the American Quality Lodge, a low-rent motel where dozens of people are living in squalor amid destruction left by Hurricane Michael. Related: 'It's just devastation': Florida city begins cleaning up Michael's mess Continue reading...

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  • Steve Bell on Donald Trump's defence of the Saudi regime – cartoon

    The US president has warned against a rush to judgment over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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  • Everglades: climate change threatens years of work to reverse man-made damage

    Report warns that rising temperatures threaten the Everglades, including changing rainfall patters and accelerating sea-level rise Sea water encroaching on the Everglades will hamper decades of work by a government program to reverse manmade damage to the vast, fragile ecosystem at the tip of Florida, according to a new report published on Wednesday. The federal, multi-billion-dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, authorized by Congress in 2000, was designed to redirect fresh water,...

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  • Heidi Heitkamp faces possible lawsuit after incorrectly naming sexual assault victims

    Women who were named in an open letter by the North Dakota senator said her ‘political agenda interfered’ with their lives Several women who were erroneously named as sexual assault survivors in an open letter by North Dakota Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp are considering taking legal action over the blunder, according to social media. “Heidi Heitkamp’s political agenda has interfered with, or downright ruined, our lives,” said one of the affected women in a Facebook post announcing the...

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  • Vast archive of tweets reveals work of trolls backed by Russia and Iran

    Two misinformation campaigns spent years sowing discord in US and elsewhere More than 10m tweets sent by state actors attempting to influence US politics have been released to the public, forming one of the largest archives of political misinformation ever collated. The database reveals the astonishing extent of two misinformation campaigns, which spent more than five years sowing discord in the US and had spillover effects in other national campaigns, including Britain’s EU referendum. Continue...

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  • Looters target Florida homes left in dark from Hurricane Michael, authorities say

    Authorities are arresting around 10 suspected looters every night in the Florida Panhandle since Michael crashed ashore a week ago Law enforcement authorities are arresting around 10 suspected looters every night in an area of the Florida Panhandle left in the dark since Hurricane Michael crashed ashore a week ago. Bay county Sheriff’s office Major Jimmy Stanford has warned that looters are targeting homes and businesses in the devastated region – and they’re almost always armed, the Panama...

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  • Why is Saudi Arabia under fire over Jamal Khashoggi, but not Yemen?

    The alleged killing of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen The alleged killing of the royal court insider turned journalist Jamal Khashoggi has rightly triggered a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia, but it would appear it has not jeopardised any of the multibillion-dollar arms deals between the US, Britain and the House of Saud. Many journalists working on the story, business people pulling out of Saudi conferences and politicians preparing...

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  • Hurricane Michael offers Scott and Gillum political opportunity amid the ruins

    Both candidates have taken a break from campaigning, but have been prominent on TV and social media as they help direct and coordinate the slow recovery in Florida Hurricane Michael’s ill winds could be about to blow some good for two big names seeking high office in next month’s midterms, even as the slow recovery from the 155mph monster storm that tore apart areas of the Florida Panhandle one week ago continues to keep them from the campaign trail. Rick Scott, the Republican governor who is...

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  • Video shows off-duty Chicago police officer shooting teenager with autism – video

    Ricardo Hayes, then 18, was shot and wounded in the arm and chest by an off-duty police officer, Sgt Khalil Muhammad. The teenager's family had reported Hayes missing only hours before, advising police he had developmental problems and autism. The police officer is heard on a 911 call saying that Hayes had a gun and he shot in self-defence, but the family is now suing for excessive use of force. The incident happened in August 2017 but the video has only just been released Continue reading...

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  • Chinese search firm Baidu joins global AI ethics body

    Company is first Chinese member of Partnership on AI, following, Google, Apple, Facebook and others The AI ethics body formed by five of the largest US corporations has expanded to include its first Chinese member, the search firm Baidu. The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society – known as the Partnership on AI (PAI) – was formed in 2016 by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft to act as an umbrella organisation for the five companies to conduct research,...

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  • Video shows off-duty Chicago police officer shooting unarmed, autistic man

    Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes in 2017 incident initially described as an armed confrontation Video footage released on Tuesday by a civil rights group shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed, autistic man during an incident initially described as an armed confrontation. Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes as he walked on the city’s South Side. Hayes had wandered away from his home around 5am on 13 August 2017, according to a...

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  • West Virginia Republicans look to 'Kavanaugh bump' to fire turnout

    Democrats scented midterm success by focusing on local issues in a state Trump by 46 points but a supreme court confirmation tossed a new element into the campaign Laura Finch thought the Democrats had a good shot at taking back control of the West Virginia legislature, and of winning her own contest for a seat in the state senate, if the party could just keep voters talking about their own daily struggles. The politics of the recent West Virginia teachers’ strike, which sparked a wave of...

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  • Presidential immunity shields Trump from Zervos lawsuit, attorneys to argue

    Ex-Apprentice contestant alleges Trump smeared her by claiming her allegations of sexual misconduct against him were lies Donald Trump’s lawyers will appear in a New York appeals court on Thursday probably to reiterate their arguments that presidential immunity insulates him from a state defamation lawsuit while in office. Related: Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against Trump dismissed Continue reading...

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  • Ann Coulter believes the left has 'lost its mind'. Should we listen?

    The bestselling author has been criticized for dog-whistling to the far right. Now she’s taking aim at the left – can progressives learn anything from their sworn enemy? “If I were the Democrats,” Ann Coulter tells me on a recent morning in New York, “I would admit that we have totally effed over our working class, admit that there are legitimate complaints, that heroin coming over the southern border is destroying America. The Democrats could 100% steal the White House from Trump, because he’s...

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  • USA Gymnastics couldn't handle Larry Nassar. Now it can't even handle itself

    The organization is responsible for the safety of thousands of young athletes, yet it has moved from disaster to disaster in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal How difficult is it for USA Gymnastics, an organization whose inability to deal with sexual abuse now overshadows its distinguished Olympic history, to find a leader who will put athletes first? A few months after longtime president Steve Penny resigned in March 2017, Kerry Perry took over as president and CEO. She stepped into a...

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  • Trump baby blimp to greet commuters over Los Angeles freeways

    The giant image of a diaper-clad Trump will appear this weekend in time for Politicon, a star-studded political conference The giant Donald Trump baby blimp that dogged the US president’s visit to the United Kingdom this summer will float above one of the busiest freeway intersections in Los Angeles this weekend to greet Trump supporters and detractors attending a star-studded political conference ahead of November’s midterm elections. The image of Trump dressed only in a diaper and clutching a...

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  • Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires 'hoard their money' and won't help homeless

    In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are “hoarding” money and don’t want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his criticisms of Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, saying: “He just doesn’t want to give, that’s all. And he hasn’t...

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