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Buddhist priest sues to halt inmate
Buddhist priest sues to halt inmate's federal execution because of coronavirus risk
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  • 2020-07-02 17:37:48Z

"There is absolutely no reason for the government to rush forward with such a reckless and dangerous plan," an ACLU attorney said.

Cleared in shooting, Iowa officer fired for letting woman go
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  • 2020-07-02 17:37:42Z

As protests over the death of George Floyd grew in Iowa's second largest city, activists demanded the firing of a white officer who shot and paralyzed an unarmed Black man during a 2016 traffic stop. On June 18, Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman seemed to give protesters what they wanted: Sgt.

Police seek driver in I-77 road rage shooting. Victim crashed, critically injured.
Police seek driver in I-77 road rage shooting. Victim crashed, critically injured.
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  • 2020-07-02 17:33:39Z

The shooter was in a Kia Optima with a fake temporary S.C. license plate, police said.

U.S. police forces fail to attract, promote Black officers
U.S. police forces fail to attract, promote Black officers
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  • 2020-07-02 17:27:24Z

Thomas Boone has spent 22 years as a police officer in Prince George's County, Maryland, a predominantly Black suburb of Washington, proudly wearing his uniform and driving his patrol car to coach kids' football and basketball teams. "When we go to the grocery store in town, we have to get stopped to be asked, 'Why do you all do this to us?'", said Boone, a lieutenant. Floyd's killing by a white policeman in May has triggered fresh scrutiny of police brutality against African Americans.

Moderna
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine trial delayed: STAT
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  • 2020-07-02 17:26:17Z

(Reuters) - A large trial of Moderna Inc's potential coronavirus vaccine has been delayed, as the company makes changes to its study plan, medical news site STAT reported on Thursday. The late-stage trial was expected to start next week, but there is no clarity about how long the delay will last, the report https://www.statnews.com/2020/07/02/trial-of-moderna-covid-19-vaccine-delayed-investigators-say-but-july-start-still-possible said. The company is still aiming to start the trial in July, according to the report. Moderna did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

With 54 homicides so far, Charlotte is on pace for another unusually deadly year
With 54 homicides so far, Charlotte is on pace for another unusually deadly year
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  • 2020-07-02 17:23:17Z

The increase in homicides in recent years is part of a broader uptick in violence across the city.

Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets
Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets
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  • 2020-07-02 16:53:34Z

The department said it is conducting a review of 8,000 minutes of body camera footage, but it is defending the officers involved in the video, first published by the Miami Herald.

Mexico's TV Azteca invests in music streaming company Deezer
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  • 2020-07-02 16:47:22Z

Mexico's TV Azteca, a unit of Grupo Salinas, is investing in music streaming company Deezer with an agreement that includes an equity stake and commercial partnerships, the companies said in a statement on Thursday. Paris-based Deezer said the agreement, including commercial partnerships and access

Uffizi masterpieces show Black culture
Uffizi masterpieces show Black culture's role in the Renaissance
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  • 2020-07-02 16:45:47Z

Italy's Uffizi gallery said on Thursday it was planning to pick out nine of its masterpieces for a project to highlight the part that Black people and culture played in the Renaissance. Under the "Black Presence" initiative, images of works including Cristofano dell'Altissimo's "Portrait of the King of Abyssinia" will be posted online from this weekend for a series of discussions and other events. "The idea is also to offer food for thought in the debate on racial issues currently making the front pages and taking centre stage in the political debate," the gallery said in a statement.

Sierra Leone doctors' strike leaves COVID-19 patients stranded
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  • 2020-07-02 16:44:06Z

Doctors treating COVID-19 patients in Sierra Leone went on strike on Thursday over unpaid bonuses, leaving patients in some of the main treatment centres without care, healthworkers said. The strike marks an escalation in a row between doctors and government over what doctors say is a misuse of funds

U.S. House panel backs defense bill, Confederate battle looms
U.S. House panel backs defense bill, Confederate battle looms
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  • 2020-07-02 16:36:44Z

A U.S. House of Representatives committee unanimously backed a $741 billion defense bill late on Wednesday, setting the stage for a battle with President Donald Trump over naming military bases for Confederate generals and moving troops from Germany. The House Armed Services Committee approved its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, by 56-0 shortly before midnight. The bill sets policy for the Department of Defense on everything from how many ships are built to benefits for troops to how the country should counter threats from Russia and China.

Trump upbeat on three coronavirus vaccine candidates
Trump upbeat on three coronavirus vaccine candidates
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  • 2020-07-02 16:31:38Z

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced optimism the United States would soon come up with a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, saying three vaccine candidates were looking especially good. "Three are really, really looking good," Trump said at an event at the White House, without providing details. U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said earlier on Thursday that he was optimistic the Trump administration's vaccine-acceleration program "Operation Warp Speed" will generate a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year-end and can meet a target of making 300 million doses by early 2021.

U.S. EPA puts 2021 biofuel blending mandate proposal on hold indefinitely, sources say
U.S. EPA puts 2021 biofuel blending mandate proposal on hold indefinitely, sources say
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  • 2020-07-02 15:48:34Z

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put on hold indefinitely a proposal for the amount of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel next year, two sources familiar with the matter said. The EPA was expected to lift biofuel blending obligations in 2021 to 20.17 billion gallons, from 20.09 billion this year, two sources previously told Reuters. The EPA had no comment.

A Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duties after he was recorded hitting a woman in the face during a dispute at the airport
A Miami-Dade police officer was relieved of duties after he was recorded hitting a woman in the face during a dispute at the airport
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  • 2020-07-02 15:44:27Z

The incident occurred on Wednesday at Miami International Airport, after an employee called police on a woman who was complaining about a flight.

U.S. intelligence to brief congressional leaders on Russia bounty report
U.S. intelligence to brief congressional leaders on Russia bounty report
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  • 2020-07-02 15:40:18Z

U.S. congressional leaders will seek more information from top intelligence officials Thursday on reported Russian payments to Taliban militants to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan. The directors of U.S. intelligence agencies were scheduled to brief the "Gang of Eight" made up of congressional leaders and chairs of the intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

Here
Here's the indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's longtime girlfriend accused of sexually abusing young girls
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  • 2020-07-02 15:35:28Z

Maxwell, a British heiress, faces six charges related to transporting minors for sex acts and perjury. She was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.

NIH Director Collins optimistic on COVID-19 vaccine by year end
NIH Director Collins optimistic on COVID-19 vaccine by year end
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  • 2020-07-02 15:33:37Z

The U.S. National Institutes of Health's director said on Thursday that he was optimistic that the Trump administration's vaccine-acceleration program, Operation Warp Speed, will generate a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year end and can meet a target of making 300 million doses by early 2021. "That's really a stretch goal, but it's the right goal for the American people," Dr. Francis Collins said at a hearing held by a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations to discuss the program. Dr. Gary Disbrow, acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said that the U.S. government was trying to negotiate the lowest possible...

Ghislaine Maxwell: the key unanswered questions following her arrest
Ghislaine Maxwell: the key unanswered questions following her arrest
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  • 2020-07-02 15:32:12Z

The British socialite's arrest in the US is the biggest development in the case since Jeffrey Epstein killed himself last yearThe arrest of the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in the US on Thursday morning is the biggest development in the investigation of the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and some in his circles since the wealthy financier killed himself last year in a New York jail cell.The arrest by the FBI at 8.30am local time in the New England state of New Hampshire ended Maxwell's freedom. Her apparent ease of movement and lack of police questioning or apprehension in the last two years has raised the eyebrows of many observers of the Epstein saga, who wondered why...

Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested
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  • 2020-07-02 15:28:18Z

Maxwell has, for years, been accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages.

ACLU sues AG Barr, feds to delay execution amid coronavirus pandemic
ACLU sues AG Barr, feds to delay execution amid coronavirus pandemic
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  • 2020-07-02 15:26:00Z

The American Civil Liberties Union has joined with a law firm to sue Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials in order to delay a federal execution that's scheduled to be carried out later this month, claiming it is unsafe because of coronavirus. The execution is the second of four that the government has scheduled for this summer and which the ACLU argues could become "super-spreader events," according to the ACLU. The plaintiffs are hoping to postpone the federal execution of Wesley Purkey -- scheduled for July 15 -- arguing that Purkey's witness and spiritual minister, Rev. Seigen Hartkemeyer, a 68-year-old Buddhist priest with lung-related illnesses, would be...

U.S. Vice President Pence supports governors pausing re-openings
U.S. Vice President Pence supports governors pausing re-openings
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  • 2020-07-02 15:04:50Z

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he supported governors who are pausing their states' re-openings during the coronavirus pandemic, but sees no need for a national mandate for people to wear masks. Pence also said he believed schools could reopen on time in the fall and that the United States would keep opening up after the coronavirus pandemic that shut down the economy for several months. The vice president made the remarks before a visit to hard-hit Florida, which shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally.

Mexican cartel kills 24 in drug rehab as battle for control extends to addicts of rival gangs
Mexican cartel kills 24 in drug rehab as battle for control extends to addicts of rival gangs
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  • 2020-07-02 15:01:53Z

Heavily armed commandos arrived at the unregistered drug rehab center in the small city of Irapuato, Mexico at around 6pm on the first day of July. They forced their way in and opened fire, shooting indiscriminately at the young people inside, many of them drug addicts trying to start over. They killed 24 people and left a further seven alive but injured. The incident - one of the deadliest in Mexico's ongoing crime wars since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took power in late 2018 - highlights the ongoing rivalries of the country's powerful criminal armies in what is one of the most violent states in the country. "The violence generated by organized crime doesn't just take the...

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs abortion clinic protest zone challenges
U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs abortion clinic protest zone challenges
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  • 2020-07-02 14:59:07Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday left in place policies in Chicago and Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg that place limits on anti-abortion activists gathered outside abortion clinics. The justices declined to hear two appeals by anti-abortion groups and individual activists of lower court rulings upholding the cities' ordinances. The Chicago policy bars activists from coming within eight feet (2.4 meters) of someone within 50 feet (15 meters) of any healthcare facility without their consent if they intend to protest, offer counseling or hand out leaflets.

'Original' KKK robe found during raid on suspected meth house, Georgia sheriff says
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  • 2020-07-02 14:57:57Z

Methamphetamines aren't all police found.

'Original' KKK robe found during raid on suspected meth house, Georgia sheriff says
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  • 2020-07-02 14:57:57Z

Methamphetamines aren't all police found.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up Germany
U.S. Supreme Court takes up Germany's appeal in Nazi art dispute
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  • 2020-07-02 14:53:29Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear Germany's bid to block it from facing a lawsuit in American court over medieval artwork that its former Nazi government pressured Jewish art dealers to sell in the 1930s. Germany had asked for the case to be thrown out on the basis of sovereign immunity, which generally prohibits U.S. courts from hearing claims against foreign governments. The justices will hear arguments arising from a 2015 lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court in Washington in which heirs of the art dealers said Germany owes them either the return of the artwork or more than $250 million in damages.

U.S. Supreme Court sends Indiana abortion cases back to lower courts
U.S. Supreme Court sends Indiana abortion cases back to lower courts
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  • 2020-07-02 14:52:43Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sent two Indiana abortion disputes back to lower courts including a fight over a restriction that would require women to undergo an ultrasound procedure at least 18 hours before terminating a pregnancy. The nine justices tossed lower court rulings that blocked two Republican-backed state laws from taking effect, one of which is the ultrasound measure passed by the state legislature in 2016 and signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was Indiana's governor before Donald Trump selected him as his running mate. The second law would require that parents be notified when a girl under 18 is seeking an abortion even in situations in which she has asked a...

Finnish Air Force Command drops swastika logo as insignia
Finnish Air Force Command drops swastika logo as insignia
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  • 2020-07-02 14:50:21Z

Finland's Air Force Command has discreetly dropped a swastika logo from its unit emblem - after a century - and replaced it with a neutral insignia featuring a golden eagle. The change, made to avoid false and uncomfortable associations with Nazi Germany's notorious logo, took place in January 2017 but wasn't announced publicly by the Nordic nation's military at the time. University of Helsinki world politics professor Teivo Teivainen, who is researching the use of swastikas in Finland during the 1920s and 1930s, noted the unit emblem issue in a Twitter post this week that brought the modification to public attention.

7-year-old boy shot in the head in Fort Lauderdale, police say
7-year-old boy shot in the head in Fort Lauderdale, police say
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  • 2020-07-02 14:45:04Z

A 7-year-old boy was shot in the head at a home in Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning, police said.

Florida shatters records with over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day
Florida shatters records with over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day
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  • 2020-07-02 14:38:17Z

Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at rates not seen since April. In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. Florida, with 21 million residents, has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.

GSK says within weeks of resubmitting HIV injection Cabenuva
GSK says within weeks of resubmitting HIV injection Cabenuva
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  • 2020-07-02 14:37:15Z

GlaxoSmithKline's HIV business ViiV is within weeks of resubmitting its request for approval of its long-acting injection Cabenuva to U.S. drug regulators, ViiV's head of research said on Thursday. ViiV executive Kimberly Smith told a media briefing that the company would stick to its previous guidance of refiling the request around mid-year and that this would happen "within weeks".

Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidant, arrested in connection with sex abuse investigation
Ghislaine Maxwell, longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidant, arrested in connection with sex abuse investigation
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  • 2020-07-02 14:37:00Z

The daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell has been accused of playing a role in the trafficking operation.

Who is Jonathan Irons, Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA superstar?
Who is Jonathan Irons, Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA superstar?
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  • 2020-07-02 14:34:42Z

"I feel like I can liv​​e my life now," Irons said Wednesday.

Who is Jonathan Irons, Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA superstar?
Who is Jonathan Irons, Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA superstar?
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  • 2020-07-02 14:34:42Z

"I feel like I can liv​​e my life now," Irons said Wednesday.

Court papers: Meghan felt
Court papers: Meghan felt 'unprotected' by monarchy
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  • 2020-07-02 14:26:46Z

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, felt "unprotected by the institution" of Britain's monarchy and was "prohibited from defending herself" against negative media coverage when she was pregnant, U.K. news outlets agency reported Thursday, citing court documents. The documents reviewed by the Press Association and the BBC were prepared as part of Meghan's lawsuit against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday newspaper and MailOnline website over articles that reproduced parts of a letter the duchess wrote to her father a few months after her 2018 marriage to Prince Harry. Meghan is seeking damages from the Mail on Sunday's publisher for alleged misuse of private information, breach of privacy...

Study: World
Study: World's pile of electronic waste grows ever higher
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  • 2020-07-02 14:10:42Z

The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday. The U.N.-backed study estimated the amount of e-waste that piled up globally in 2019 at 53.6 metric tonnes (59.1 tons) - almost 2 million metric tons more than the previous year.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear bid by Iraqis to avoid deportation
U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear bid by Iraqis to avoid deportation
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  • 2020-07-02 14:10:16Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear a bid by a large group of Iraqis convicted of crimes in the United States to prevent imminent deportation to their home country where they say they could face persecution and torture. The justices let stand a lower court's 2018 ruling that the federal judiciary lacked the authority to stop the planned deportations. The case involves approximately 1,400 Iraqis in the United States who were ordered deported years or even decades ago because of criminal convictions.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman suspected of helping Jeffrey Epstein run a sex-abuse ring, has been arrested by the FBI
Ghislaine Maxwell, the woman suspected of helping Jeffrey Epstein run a sex-abuse ring, has been arrested by the FBI
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  • 2020-07-02 14:09:00Z

Law enforcement sources told News 4 New York that Maxwell, who was said to have procured underage girls, faces "Epstein-related" charges.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's madam, has been arrested, sources say
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  • 2020-07-02 14:03:48Z

Jeffrey Epstein's longtime madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, has been arrested by federal authorities and is in custody in New Hampshire, sources told the Miami Herald.

Trump says jobs report proves U.S. economy
Trump says jobs report proves U.S. economy 'roaring back'
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  • 2020-07-02 14:01:34Z

U.S. President Donald Trump at a press briefing on Thursday celebrated a government report showing the country gained 4.8 million jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1% last month, when states began allowing businesses to reopen from strict shutdowns aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic. "Today's announcement proves that our economy is roaring back," Trump said, rattling off different sectors that saw job gains according to the monthly report. Trump took the victory lap as the coronavirus resurges in states with large economies such as California, Texas and Florida, prompting local governments to once again shutter bars and other businesses where the deadly respiratory...

Supreme Court to decide if House gets Mueller grand jury material
Supreme Court to decide if House gets Mueller grand jury material
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  • 2020-07-02 13:56:00Z

The court agreed to hear the case during its new term that begins in the fall.

Supreme Court declines to hear Equal Pay Act case
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  • 2020-07-02 13:55:49Z

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that employers can't use past salary history to justify a pay disparity between male and female employees. The court on Thursday declined to take up a case from the California-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judges there said the

What to know about British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein
What to know about British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam who was just arrested by the FBI
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  • 2020-07-02 13:55:00Z

Jeffrey Epstein's onetime girlfriend and longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell came into focus amid allegations she recruited a network of victims.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up Nestle, Cargill appeals over human rights claims
U.S. Supreme Court takes up Nestle, Cargill appeals over human rights claims
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  • 2020-07-02 13:53:42Z

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether American corporations can be sued for alleged human rights abuses occurring abroad under a 1789 law, agreeing on Thursday to hear appeals by two companies - Cargill Inc and a Nestle SA subsidiary - accused of knowingly helping perpetuate slavery at Ivory Coast cocoa farms. The two companies are asking the nine justices to reverse a lower court ruling that allowed the lawsuit, filed on behalf of former child slaves from Mali who worked on the farms, against the companies filed under the Alien Tort Statute to proceed. The lawsuits targeted the U.S. subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestle, the world's biggest food producer, and commodities trader...

Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested in US by FBI on child sex trafficking charges
Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested in US by FBI on child sex trafficking charges
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  • 2020-07-02 13:25:15Z

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested by the FBI officers investigating the late disgraced financier's sex crimes. Ms Maxwell, 58, was arrested in Bradford, in the state of New Hampshire, on Thursday morning and is expected to make a virtual courthouse appearance later today. According to an indictment filed at the Southern District Court of New York, she is facing six charges, including transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of perjury. Federal prosecutors said in court papers she had "enticed and caused minor victims to travel to Epstein's residence in different...

Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI on charges related to Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI on charges related to Jeffrey Epstein
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  • 2020-07-02 13:25:12Z

* Maxwell arrested in New Hampshire early Thursday morning * 17-page FBI indictment charges Maxwell with several crimesGhislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and close friend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested, an FBI spokesman has said.Maxwell was accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Those accusations, until now, never resulted in criminal charges.Born in Maisons-Laffitte, Île-de-France, in 1961, Ghislaine Maxwell is the youngest of the nine children of Betty and Robert Maxwell, the media tycoon owner of the Mirror GroupGhislaine was rumoured to be his favourite child, and the former...

How police union contracts can "impede" officer accountability nationwide
How police union contracts can "impede" officer accountability nationwide
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  • 2020-07-02 13:16:00Z

"What these agreements often do is they impede reasonable accountability efforts," Loyola University law Professor Stephen Rushin said.

Gap in U.S. Black and white unemployment rates is widest in five years
Gap in U.S. Black and white unemployment rates is widest in five years
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  • 2020-07-02 13:03:08Z

Jobless rates for both fell in June, but the rate for whites came down at a much faster rate. The white unemployment rate fell by 2.3 percentage points to 10.1% from 12.4%, while the rate for Blacks dropped by 1.4 points to 15.4% from 16.8%. At 5.3 percentage points, the gap is now the widest since May 2015.

A Hong Kong protester was plucked from his Cathay Pacific flight to London and arrested on suspicion of stabbing a police officer
A Hong Kong protester was plucked from his Cathay Pacific flight to London and arrested on suspicion of stabbing a police officer
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  • 2020-07-02 12:53:06Z

Just before midnight on Wednesday, 10 riot police boarded a Cathay Pacific flight at Hong Kong airport as it prepared to take off for London.

Police say they cracked a secret, global chat system used to plot murders and money laundering and have made hundreds of arrests
Police say they cracked a secret, global chat system used to plot murders and money laundering and have made hundreds of arrests
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  • 2020-07-02 12:40:13Z

The UK's National Crime Agency says police officers seized drugs, cash, and luxury cars in a massive operation.


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