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  • Twitter bans advertising from state-run media after detailing effort from Chinese accounts to undermine Hong Kong protestors

    Twitter on Monday announced that it would no longer accept advertisements from “state-controlled news media entities,” though accounts affected by the new rule can still use Twitter as regular users. The new policy comes hours after the company, along with Facebook, released information they said detailed a covert state-backed social media campaign run from China has sought to undermine ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong. “We want to protect healthy discourse and open conversation,” Twitter said in a statement posted on its website. […]

  • Couple faces up to six years in jail for taking 88 pounds of sand from Italian beach

    We’ve all been tempted to bring a little bit of paradise home from our holidays. But the urge has backfired on a French couple, who are facing up to six years in prison for removing sand from a beach in Sardinia, where they had been on vacation. The Italian island’s white sand is protected, and tourists face fines and even jail time for removing it from local beaches – but the couple say they did not realize they were committing […]

  • He got his first haircut in 15 years so he could join the Army

    Superlong hair, or serving his country? Reynaldo Arroyo chose the latter. The 23-year-old has been growing his hair out for 15 years, but on Thursday he decided to have the big chop so he could enlist in the Army. “I’m just really excited to be enlisting,” he said, in a video posted to the Salt Lake City Army Recruiting Battalion Facebook page. Arroyo will be donating the hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that takes hair donations and makes wigs for […]

  • The water is so hot in Alaska it’s killing large numbers of salmon

    Alaska has been in the throes of an unprecedented heat wave this summer, and the heat stress is killing salmon in large numbers. Scientists have observed die-offs of several varieties of Alaskan salmon, including sockeye, chum and pink salmon. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, director of the Yukon Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, told CNN she took a group of scientists on an expedition along Alaska’s Koyokuk River at the end of July, after locals alerted her to salmon die-offs on the stream. She and […]

  • NYPD fires officer accused of choking Eric Garner to death

    The New York police officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner in 2014 has been fired and will not receive his NYPD pension, Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday. “It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City Police officer,” he said. Officer Daniel Pantaleo was found guilty in a disciplinary trial earlier this month of using a chokehold on Garner, the New York man whose final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the Black […]

  • Man says bar patrons beat him after mistaking him for suspected child predator

    CORONA, Calif. – Kevin Martin says he was just looking to play pool at a local bar in Norco, California, when a man mistook him for a child predator and beat him. Martin, a 34-year-old private meteorologist from Corona, California, told CNN that the man approached him at the bar on Thursday, Aug. 15 and asked if they could speak outside. The man was visibly intoxicated, Martin said. As the two headed outside, another man followed, took out a phone, and […]

  • ‘Stand Your Ground’ manslaughter trial begins today in killing over handicap parking spot

    The Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man last summer outside a grocery store, sparking a nationwide debate on the state’s “stand your ground” law, is set to go on trial Monday for manslaughter. The case dates to last July when Michael Drejka, then 47, got into an argument with Britany Jacobs, then 24, who was parked in a handicapped-accessible spot outside a grocery store, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. Markeis McGlockton, Jacobs’ 28-year-old boyfriend, and their […]

  • 15 million children don’t have money for school supplies; here’s how you can help them

    Going back to school can be scary for kids. There’s peer pressure, homework, and tests. But 15 million children living in extreme poverty in the US face far more basic fears — not having the supplies to learn or not knowing where they’ll get their next meal, especially on weekends. Here’s what’s being done and how you can help. The burden of “back to school” lists When a teacher hands out a list for parents of basic school supplies, it’s […]

  • FEC chair says Trump’s claim of election fraud ‘undermines people’s faith’ in system

    The Democratic chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission said Monday that President Donald Trump “undermines people’s faith” in the election system through his repeated claim that voter fraud cost him New Hampshire in 2016. “To be suggesting to people … that if the candidate they choose doesn’t win that it is because of fraud, that undermines our democracy. It undermines people’s faith, and once that faith is broken, it is very hard to build up again,” Ellen Weintraub told CNN’s […]

  • Two men rescued a wheelchair-bound woman who fell off a dock into the ocean

    DJ Kashief Hamilton says he was playing music on a cruise ship dock at St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands when he heard a loud scream. The DJ stopped the party. He says he saw people running, including friend Randolph Donovan, with whom he works as an entertainer for visitors to the island. The 34-year-old Donovan jumped about 10 feet down off the dock into the ocean. A young woman in a wheelchair was sinking. “I got her out […]

  • Police: Social media feud between rappers led to the death of a 9-year-old Dallas girl

    A social media rivalry between two Dallas rappers escalated into a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl dead days before school started, police said. East Dallas resident Brandoniya Bennet was struck by a bullet in the head Wednesday as she sat on a couch after getting her nails done for the first day of school, CNN affiliate KTVT reported. The suspect, Tyrese Simmons, 19, turned himself in Thursday and faces a capital murder charge, Dallas Police said in a statement. Simmons allegedly […]

  • Richard Williams, ‘Roger Rabbit’ and ‘Pink Panther’ animator, dead at 86

    Richard Williams, the animator known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and two “Pink Panther” films, is dead, his family told PA Media, the UK national news agency. He was 86 years old. Williams, who was born in Toronto but moved to the UK in the 1950s, died Friday at his home in St. Andrews, Bristol. His daughter Natasha Sutton Williams told the PA her father had been suffering from cancer. He was animating and writing until 6 […]

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