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Feds Charge Assange With Conspiring With Hackers

Bloomberg News reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange conspired with hackers affiliated with the “Anonymous” and “LulzSec” groups, which have been linked to numerous cyber attacks around the world, according to new indictment by the U.S. Justice Department. Assange, who’s detained in the U.K. on a U.S. extradition request, gave the leader of LulzSec a list of targets to hack in …

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FDA Issues Recall After Salad Parasite Sickens 100+

ABC News reports: The Food and Drug Administration today has recalled bagged salad distributed to a dozen Midwestern states by Hy-Vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco grocery stores after 122 people in seven states were sickened. Nineteen have been hospitalized. The salad mix is contaminated with cyclospora, a parasite that can cause severe diarrhea. The salad mix is packaged as Hy-Vee Brand …

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FBI: Noose In NASCAR Garage Was There Since 2019

ABC News reports: The FBI has determined that the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway has been there since at least October, 2019. In a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Jay Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr, it was announced that after numerous interviews and a thorough review of …

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court To Hear Appeal By Cosby

ABC News reports: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear two points in Bill Cosby’s appeal to overturn his 2018 sexual assault conviction. Cosby, 82, was convicted in April 2018 of three counts of indecent assault and battery for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. He was sentenced to three to 10 years …

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ORLANDO: College Bar Loses License For Not Following Distancing Rules After 41 New COVID Cases Detected

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: A popular bar in central Florida where dozens of workers and patrons have come down with the new coronavirus had its alcohol license suspended after a state inspector found patrons weren’t socially distancing and following other rules meant to slow the virus’ spread. At least 13 employees and 28 patrons have tested positive for COVID-19 …

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7.4 Magnitude Quake Hits Southern Mexico [VIDEO]

The Weather Channel reports: A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake has rattled the Mexican state of Oaxaca and prompted tsunami warnings for Mexico and parts of Central America. The quake struck at 10:29 a.m. local time Tuesday about 7 miles southwest of Santa María Zapotitlán, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said tsunami waves of 3 to 9 …

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Bolton’s Book Publisher Scrambles As PDF Hits Twitter

The Associated Press reports: John Bolton’s memoir officially comes out Tuesday after surviving a security review and a legal challenge from the Justice Department. But over the weekend, it was available in ways even his publisher is hoping to prevent. A PDF of “The Room Where It Happened” has turned up on the internet, offering a free, pirated edition of …

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NJ Assembly Approves Bill To Decriminalize Weed

NewJersey.com reports: The state Assembly voted 63-10 with five members abstaining to pass the measure (A1897), one of two decriminalization bills currently proposed in the state Legislature. It seeks to replace arrests for possessing up to two ounces of weed with a civil fine of $50, and also lessens jail time and fines for possession of larger amounts of pot …

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Black Gun Owners To Stage Open Carry Rally In OK

USA Today reports: They will be arriving in peace, and hoping to carry a message. Omar Chatman, 41, is one of the organizers for 1000 Brothers and Sisters in Arms, a pro-Second Amendment walk planned for Saturday led primarily by Black gun owners in Oklahoma. The demonstration, which will begin at 2 p.m. at Ralph Ellison Memorial Library, is intended …

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Virginia: Volunteers Rush To Scrub “White Lives Matter” Graffiti From Monument To Tennis Great Arthur Ashe

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports: The Richmond statue of Arthur Ashe was vandalized with “white lives matter” graffiti tags late Wednesday morning, setting the community further on edge followings weeks of protest and vandalism throughout the city. After photos of the vandalism on the statue honoring the civil rights activist and tennis icon were shared to social media earlier in the …

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PepsiCo Axes Aunt Jemima Brand Amid Criticism

NBC News reports: The Aunt Jemima brand of syrup and pancake mix will get a new name and image, Quaker Oats announced Wednesday, saying the company recognizes that “Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype.” The 130-year-old brand features a Black woman named Aunt Jemima, who was originally dressed as a minstrel character. The picture has changed over …

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Florida Pub Linked To 23 New COVID Cases [VIDEO]

Buzzfeed News reports: A Florida woman and 15 of her friends have reportedly tested positive with the coronavirus after a night out at a bar in Jacksonville Beach. “Welp, Florida opened back up & my ass should’ve stayed tf home this past weekend cause I just tested positive for the damn COVID,” she wrote on Facebook last week. “#IKnowBetter #MyFault …

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California Utility Pleads Guilty In 84 Wildfire Deaths

Courthouse News reports: Staring at pictures of the faces of 84 people killed in a deadly fire sparked by his company’s equipment, Pacific Gas and Electric’s chief executive on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 84 counts of manslaughter and one count of recklessly starting the most destructive wildfire in California history. “PG&E will never forget the Camp Fire and all that …

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Scary Robot Dogs Now On Sale To Public For $75,000

The Associated Press reports: You can now buy one of those unnerving animal-like robots you might have seen on YouTube — so long as you don’t plan to use it to harm or intimidate anyone. Boston Dynamics on Tuesday started selling its four-legged Spot robots online for just under $75,000 each. The agile robots can walk, climb stairs and open …

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T-Mobile Battles Widespread Service Outages [VIDEO]

Deadline reports: Wireless provider T-Mobile continued to battle phone outages Monday, which began in the mid-afternoon in several major U.S. markets and continued into the evening. The hardest-hit areas have been on the East Coast, including major cities like New York, Atlanta and Miami, as well as LA and Chicago, according to the tech-issue tracker DownDetector. Calls and some text …

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Trump Reacts After #TrumpIsUnwell Hits #1 On Twitter

The Hill reports: President Trump in a late-night tweet on Saturday defended his slow walk down a “very slippery” ramp after giving the commencement address at West Point, which sparked attention on social media. Video posted to Twitter showed the president walking gingerly down the ramp. “#TrumpIsUnwell” and “#TRUMPstroke” were among the hashtags trending on Twitter late Saturday and early …

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Atlanta Police Chief Steps Down After Fatal Shooting

Atlanta’s ABC News affiliate reports: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields has resigned following the death of a black man at the hands of an Atlanta police officer last night. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed after a confrontation with police outside an Atlanta Wendy’s. Video released by the GBI appears to show Brooks …

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Mississippi Sees Renewed Fight Over State Flag [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Mississippi has used the Confederate emblem in its flag since 1894, when white supremacists in state government adopted it after Reconstruction. Georgia put a large Confederate battle symbol on its state flag in 1956, during a backlash to the civil rights movement. That state purged the symbol from its banner in 2001 — the same year …

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Four States Get “Red Flag” Warnings On Wildfires

ABC News reports: In the west, very dry and blustery conditions continue to spread the Bighorn Fire near Tucson, Arizona, where evacuations have been issued. The Bighorn Fire is only 10% contained and is more than 6,000 acres. A brush fire also broke out just east of San Diego, where evacuation orders were in effect. Red flag warnings have now …

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NFL To Recognize Juneteenth As Company Holiday

ESPN reports: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that the league will recognize June 19 as a company holiday, with NFL offices closed on that day. Called Juneteenth, June 19 is celebrated as the effective end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, after the …

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