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Samuel DuBose shooting: second mistrial declared in officer's murder trial

A mistrial was declared on Friday for the second time in the murder trial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.
The Hamilton County jury had deliberated some 30 hours over five days after getting the case on Monday.  Read more.

Finland tests an unconditional basic income

JUHA JARVINEN, an unemployed young father in a village near Jurva, western Finland, brims with ideas for earning a living. “I’m an artist and entrepreneur. Sometimes I’m too active, I don’t have time to stop,” he says. He just agreed to paint the roofs of two neighbours’ houses. His old business, making decorative window frames, went bust a few years ago. Having paid off debts, he recently registered another, to produce videos for clients.  Read more.

London Marchers Denounce 'Corporate Manslaughter' of Grenfell Tower Victims

Outraged Londoners took to the streets of their city on Wednesday to express solidarity with the victims of the recent Grenfell Tower fire and voice anger at the government policies they argue led to the disaster.
The "Day of Rage" march, which is taking place on the hottest day of the year so far in London, is a display of...read more.

Ironworker's Campaign Ad Goes Viral

Pregnant woman killed by police in front of other children after reporting theft

Seattle police shot and killed a mother of four inside her apartment in the presence of her young children after she called law enforcement to report a burglary.
The death of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles, who police say was carrying a knife, has sparked outrage across the country, with critics decrying the shooting as...read more.

Emmanuel Macron plans cabinet reshuffle after parliamentary win

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, will announce a new cabinet within days after his start-up centrist political movement swept to a commanding majority in parliamentary elections on a promise of renovating the country’s politics.
The prime minister, Édouard Philippe, resigned on Monday as required after a parliamentary poll.  Read more.

Philando Castile Verdict a Painful Result of Laws Rigged to Protect Cops

Just about a year ago, while riding through his hometown outside of Saint Paul, Minn., on the 4th of July, Philando Castile was racially profiled by the local police. It happened to him often. Officer Jeronimo Yanez claimed that as Castile drove past him in his car, the structure of Philando's nose reminded him of the nose of a black man he had seen in an armed robbery video.  Read more.

Lead Detected In 20% Of Baby Food Samples, Surprising Even Researchers

Pediatricians and public health researchers know they have to be on the lookout for lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water. A new report suggests food — particularly baby food — could be a problem, too.
The Environmental Defense Fund, in an analysis of 11 years of federal data, found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples.  Read more.

Protests Erupt After Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

Thousands of protesters hit the streets of St. Paul, Minn. Friday night after a jury cleared Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.
After a peaceful march of roughly 2,000 people near the state capitol, with some carrying signs reading "Justice not served for Philando," several hundred people then headed to Interstate 94 where they blocked traffic and faced off with law enforcement.  Read more.

UK's May rushed from area of London fire after protests

British Prime Minister Theresa May was rushed away under heavy police guard on Friday as protesters shouted "Shame on you" after she met residents who live near a tower block in London where at least 30 people died in a fire.
May, already under pressure after a botched snap election, is facing widespread criticism for her response to the blaze.  Read more.

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods spells more bad news for consumers and local economies

Online behemoth Amazon is acquiring Austin-based Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, the companies announced Friday—a development that watchdogs say will pad billionaire pockets and spell bad news for consumers.
Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's "Mad Money," expects the deal to make Amazon, headed by Jeff Bezos, "dominate food within the next two years."  Read more.

Thousands protest after Minnesota officer acquitted in death of Philando Castile

A Minnesota police officer was cleared Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when his girlfriend streamed the grim aftermath on Facebook.
Castile's family stormed out of the courtroom after the verdict was read, and the city of St. Anthony swiftly announced plans to...read more.

Male, female or X? Oregon adds third option to driver's licenses

Oregon on Thursday became the first U.S. state to allow residents to identify as neither male nor female on state driver's licenses, a decision that transgender advocates called a victory for civil rights.
Under a policy unanimously adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission, residents can choose to have an "X," for non-specified, displayed on their driver's license or identification cards rather than an "M" for male or "F" for female.  Read more.

Flint water crisis: Five charged with manslaughter

Five people, including the head of Michigan's health department, were charged with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of the beleaguered US city of Flint's lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old man who had Legionnaires' disease.
Nick Lyon is the highest-ranking member of Republican Governor Rick Snyder's administration to be snagged in a...read more.

Naomi Klein: Any Efforts to Equate Hateful Violence with Trump Resistance 'Are Lies'

Though it is not quite the kind of large-scale "shock" she explores in her new book, author and activist Naomi Klein says that people should stand firm against anyone who tries to exploit for political purposes the "horrific" violence that took place Wednesday morning when a lone gunman targeted Republican lawmakers and others during practice for a congressional baseball team.  Read more.

Why Killing Coyotes Doesn't Make Livestock Safer

Few Americans probably know that their tax dollars paid to kill 76,859 coyotes in 2016. The responsible agency was Wildlife Services (WS), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its mission is to "resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist." This broad mandate includes everything from reducing bird strikes at airports to curbing the spread of rabies.  Read more.

UN: 'Staggering' civilian deaths in Raqqa offensive

Intensified coalition air strikes supporting an assault by US-backed rebel forces on Raqqa, Syria, are causing a "staggering loss of civilian life", United Nations war crimes investigators have said.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a US-led coalition, began attacking Raqqa a week ago to take it from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).  Read more.

At least 2 dead, several hurt in shooting at UPS building in SF

At least two people were shot dead and several people were injured when a man believed to be an employee let loose a barrage of gunfire Wednesday morning at the UPS building in the Potrero Hill area of San Francisco, prompting a massive police response and a shelter-in-place warning for the surrounding area, officials and witnesses said.  Read more.

Seven in Ten Smartphone Apps Share Your Data With Third-Party Services

Our mobile phones can reveal a lot about ourselves: where we live and work; who our family, friends and acquaintances are; how (and even what) we communicate with them; and our personal habits. With all the information stored on them, it isn't surprising that mobile device users take steps to protect their privacy, like using PINs or passcodes to unlock their phones.  Read more.

'Reign of Terror': ICE Chief Says Immigrants Should Be Looking Over Their Shoulders

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan declared on Tuesday that the federal government "shouldn't wait" for undocumented immigrants to commit a crime before they are detained, comments that were characterized by one immigrant rights activist as part of the "reign of terror" President Donald Trump has unleashed in immigrant communities.  Read more.

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.5 B

Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Tuesday it closed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc's (YHOO.O) core business and that Marissa Mayer, chief executive of the internet company, had resigned.

The completion of the acquisition marked the end of Yahoo as a stand-alone internet company, a tech pioneer once valued at more than $100 billion.  Read more.

The Koch Brothers & Trump: The Men Who Sold the World

When he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump gave a speech so filled with falsehoods that it triggered detailed rebuttals by publications ranging from Politifact to Scientific American.
The Washington Post‘s “Fact Checker” column, which hands out “Pinocchios” for false or misleading statements, was forced to note that “we do not award Pinocchios in roundups of speeches.” But by then Trump probably had more Pinocchios than the Disneyland gift shop.  Read more.

DR Congo: 11 dead and 900 escape in jail attack

Eleven people were killed and more than 900 inmates have escaped after unidentified assailants attacked a jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, an official said.

"The Kangwayi prison in Beni was attacked at 3:30 pm by assailants whose identity is not yet known," Julien Paluku, governor of North Kivu province, told reporters on Sunday.  Read more.

CNN fires Reza Aslan for calling president ‘piece of sh*t’

CNN has dropped show host Reza Aslan after he called Donald Trump a “piece of sh*t” in a tweet after the president’s reaction to the London terror attacks last week. The network has come under fire for the decision.
Alsan, who hosted the Believer with Reza Aslan program, tweeted a reaction to Trump’s attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of the attacks in the British capital.  Read more.

Arab world tweets: Hamas is resistance, not terrorism

Following recent statements by the Saudi foreign minister calling on Qatar to end its support of Hamas, social media users in the Arab world reacted in support of the Palestinian resistance movement and to counter the minister's statements which characterised Hamas as a "terrorist organisation". 
Adel al-Jubeir's remarks came as part of the rift between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.  Read more.

Batman forever: Original TV Batman Adam West dead at 88

"Batman" only aired for three seasons in the 1960s, but Adam West would remain associated with the role forever.

"You get terrible typecast playing a character like that," West told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview. "But in the overall, I'm delighted because my character became iconic and has opened a lot of doors in other ways, too."  Read more.

Dozens of US cities brace for anti-Muslim marches

Cities across the United States are gearing up for the National March Against Sharia, an anti-Muslim campaign that has been criticised by several rights groups and watchdogs.
ACT for America, described by the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) as the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in the US, called for Saturday's marches in at least 28 cities in more than 20 states.  Read more.

Chelsea Manning: Seeing Victims of US War As 'People' – Not 'Statistics' – Compelled Leaks

U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has given her first interview since being released from prison last month in which she explains her motivations for making public thousands of military documents. Read more.

Stunning blow for Theresa May as UK exit poll points to no clear winner

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives will fail to win a parliamentary majority in Britain's election, according to an exit poll on Thursday, a shock result that would plunge the country into political turmoil and could delay Brexit talks.
The exit poll predicted the Conservatives would win 314 seats in the 650-member parliament and the opposition Labour Party 266, meaning no clear winner and a "hung parliament".  Read more.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche's friends: 'He's just the best person'

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche died as he lived: Standing up for something he believed in, hoping his action would change the world for the better.
It was just after 4 p.m. Friday that the 23-year-old Reed College graduate from Ashland saw a man barking racial slurs at two teenagers on the MAX Green Line. When he tried to intervene, police say, Jeremy Joseph Christian fatally stabbed Namkai-Meche and Army veteran Rick Best, and wounded another.  Read more.

Supermarket massacre shooter left chilling online trail

A man who police say trapped and killed three co-workers inside a closed northeast Pennsylvania grocery store overnight Thursday left an online trail behind that includes praise for the 1999 Columbine High School shooters and expressions of deep frustration about the world around him.
Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said a Twitter feed that includes a 42-minute film about a violent massacre...read more.

Perpetual Crisis in Public Schools By Design

"Battle for the Net" day of global action announced

In order to confront what they consider a frontal attack on the Internet by the Republican Party and the powerful telecommunications industry, defenders of net neutrality joined with some of the web's most influential companies on Tuesday in announcing a new campaign and global day of action designed to defend rules enshrined by the Federal Communications Commission just two years ago.  Read more.

Bolivian President Warns Trump's America 'Main Threat to Mother Earth and Life Itself'

As the United Nations this week warned the world's ocean are "under threat as never before" from global warming and other human activity, Bolivian President Evo Morales took direct aim at President Donald Trump by saying his decision to withdraw from Paris climate agreement proves the United States is now the "main threat to mother Earth and life itself."  Read more.

Africa Drives Global Action Against Mercury Use

With a new international treaty, an increasing number of African countries are committing to phasing out mercury, a significant health and environmental hazard.
Research has shown that maternal exposure to mercury from contaminated fish can cause learning disabilities in developing babies. When inhaled, mercury vapor can also affect the central nervous system, impair mental capacity and, depending on levels of exposure, even lead to death.  Read more.

Shaun King says "I'm boycotting the NFL because of its blatant bigotry and anti-blackness"

I love sports. Since I was a young boy, they've been one of the greatest passions of my life. For many years, my dream was to be a general manager of a professional sports team. I still think about it actually and sometimes allow my mind to drift to what my life would look like if I still went that route. The stance I am taking today did not come easily. It's heartbreaking, actually.  Read more.

France's Macron set for biggest majority since De Gaulle

Emmanuel Macron's party is set to win the biggest parliamentary majority for a French president since Charles de Gaulle's 1968 landslide, a survey of voter intentions for the coming legislative elections showed on Tuesday.
Such a majority would give Macron's government a strong mandate to push ahead with economic reforms, starting with a pro-business overhaul of...read more.

How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men

Mistrust and alienation between black men and the police have become so entrenched that we need radical, sweeping change. The collective experience of black men in the criminal justice system is sobering. African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be arrested than whites, and numerous studies have shown that black men are disproportionately targeted, stopped, frisked, and searched through the practice of racial profiling. Black men end up in prison more often, receive longer sentences than similarly situated white men, and are more likely to be killed during police encounters than white men – 21 times more likely.  Read more.

CIA's 'Dark Prince' tapped to lead charge against Iran

The CIA has appointed a senior counterterrorism officer with a strong background in the Middle East to lead the US administration's handling of Iran, signaling a new hardline approach to Tehran, sources tell Al Jazeera.
Known as the "Dark Prince", "Ayatollah Mike", and the "Undertaker" within the halls of the CIA, Michael D'Andrea ran the CIA's Counterterrorism Center between 2006 and 2015. He also oversaw its covert programmes to hunt and kill...read more.

Blackwater Founder Calls for 'American Viceroy' to Rule Afghanistan

Displaying what one commentator called "sheer 19th century bloodlust and thirst for empire," Erik Prince, founder of the private mercenary firm Blackwater, argued in The Wall Street Journal this week that the United States should deploy an "East India Company approach" in Afghanistan.
The country, he wrote, should be run by "an American viceroy who would lead all U.S. government and coalition efforts—including command, budget, policy, promotion, and contracting—and report directly to the president."  Read more.

Torrey Smith says Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL and treated more harshly than convicted criminals

New York Giants co-owner John Mara's recent comments about the emotional response Colin Kaepernick's protest drew from his team's fans caught the attention of Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, who said his former quarterback is being blackballed and treated more harshly than players in the league who have committed crimes.  Read more.

America's Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

Matthew Morgenstern is convinced his Hodgkin's lymphoma was caused by exposure to toxic coal ash from the massive dump right across the road from SCI Fayette, a maximum-security prison in LaBelle, Pennsylvania, where he is currently serving a 5- to 10-year sentence. "In 2010 and until I left in 2013, the water always had a brown tint to it. Not to mention the dust clouds that used to come off the dump trucks ... which we all breathed in.... Every single day I would wake up and there would be a layer of dust on everything," he writes from inside the prison. When Morgenstern was sent back to SCI Fayette in 2016 after he violated parole, he found that the dust issue had abated a bit -- work at the dump has been stalled for a year due to litigation...read more.

Trump TV, Coming to a Market Near You

Donald Trump’s favorite local TV chain is about to get a lot bigger thanks to—wait for it—Donald Trump.
Trump’s Federal Communications Commission is paving the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group—already the nation’s largest TV conglomerate—to take over Tribune, which owns 42 stations in many of the country’s big cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Denver.  Read more.

Kabul Bomb Blast Kills at Least 90 People. We Need to Know Their Names.

A suicide bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan killed at least 90 people and injured over 450. Hidden in a tanker truck, the bomb is likely one of the largest ever set off in Kabul. It left a crater 13 feet deep, and broke windows over a mile away. Among those killed were two media workers, Aziz Navin of the 24-hour Afghan cable news channel TOLOnews, and Mohammed Nazir, a driver for the BBC. The death toll continues to climb as additional bodies are found, and some who were injured succumb to their wounds. Details of those killed are sparse. While the Manchester bombing nine days earlier garnered wall-to-wall coverage on the...read more.