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Drew Brees is criticized by LeBron James after comments about 'disrespecting the flag'
Drew Brees gets backlash from LeBron James for saying kneeling during the national anthem is "disrespecting the flag."
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Walmart removes firearms and ammunition from some stores amid nationwide protests
Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from sales floors in some of its stores following nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
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I went on a tech-free retreat while quarantined in my NYC apartment
These folks took a tech-free meditation "retreat" right at home — and loved it.
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Hear Obama's 3-step method to impact change
Former President Obama talks about the current political and social climate surrounding the death of George Floyd and the impact political engagement has on influencing change.
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Barack Obama praises young George Floyd protesters in rallying speech
WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday addressed Americans peacefully protesting the death of George Floyd nationwide — saying he felt they were bringing genuine change in the United States. “There is a change of mindset that is taking place, a greater recognition that we can do better,” Obama said, adding that the movement...
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Mattis tears into Trump in extraordinary rebuke
• Trump launches defensive Twitter spree as America grieves • Analysis: Trump's 'bunker' story tells you everything you need to know about him • Trump tries to revise history about church walk. Here's what really happened
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Why women should really worry Trump
If President Donald Trump loses his bid for reelection this fall, he needs to look no further than women to grasp the root of his demise.
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Obama addresses police killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests
Former President Barack Obama spoke in a virtual town hall Wednesday about the recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd. He says young people have the power and talent to make change. Watch his remarks here.
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Fired U.S. State Department watchdog tells lawmakers he was impartial
A State Department inspector general abruptly fired by U.S. President Donald Trump last month defended his record to lawmakers on Wednesday, saying he had served in his oversight role without regard to politics.
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Worldwide protests break out over George Floyd’s death
Thousands worldwide have increasingly taken to the streets over the past week protesting the police custody death of Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 and demand racial justice, with massive demonstrations from Montreal and London, to Brazil and Iran, according to news reports.
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Actor John Boyega rallies crowd at protest
"Star Wars" actor John Boyega rallied crowds at a large London protest against George Floyd's death, telling demonstrators that "now is the time" to demand racial equality.
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Engel on hot mic: "If I didn't have a primary, I wouldn't care"
His primary challenger tells CBS News the comment "captures everything that is wrong with too many in Washington"
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After lockdown, Australians seek to learn survival skills in the bush
SYDNEY – Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, organizers of a course outside Sydney said. The Bushcraft course teaches basic survival skills like foraging for food and water, and also offers insight into traditional indigenous cultures. The course filled up...
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Demonstraters continue DC protest of Floyd's death
Protestors face off with National Guard troops in the streets of Washington DC on the same day the perimeter around the White House is expanded. (June 3)      
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Police scanner apps surge in popularity amid protests
Creator of 5-0 Radio Police Scanner, the top downloaded app over the weekend, plans to donate proceeds to criminal-justice groups.
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Rand Paul holds up anti-lynching legislation as he seeks changes to bill
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Wednesday he is holding up popular bipartisan legislation to make lynching a federal crime, a long-sought goal of supporters that is acutely relevant now against the backdrop of nationwide protests against police mistreatment of African Americans.
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Fundraiser pleads guilty in L.A. City Hall corruption case
A political operative pleaded guilty to helping to bribe a city councilmember
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People across income levels struggling to pay bills
Families that earn $125,000 a year cite hard times paying bills and say they've used credit cards to stay afloat.
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Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Should Be a Last Resort. So Why Are Police Using Them on Protesters First?
In the George Floyd protests, eager police abuse of “less lethal” weapons is causing unconscionable escalation and injury.
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The cost of giving birth in each U.S. state
Depending on where you live, the price of childbirth varies wildly.
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Orlando man tried stabbing police with syringe during George Floyd protest, police allege
Orlando Police said a man tried to stab several police officers with an exposed syringe.
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Brewery wants to pay someone to hike Appalachian Trail while drinking
There’s nothing like getting drunk and going on a hike… wait, what? A brewing company in Virginia is offering to sponsor one lucky fan to become its “Chief Hiking Officer.” This position will include hiking the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine. Also, the CHO will attend several “beer parties” along the way,...
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Eric Garner's daughter Emerald reacts to new charges in the Floyd case: 'A step in the right direction, but we have way more work to do.'
Emerald Garner and Etan Thomas join The Lead.
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Rubber bullets may be “non-lethal,” but they can still maim and kill
A police officer aims a rubber bullet gun at demonstrators at a Black Lives Matter protest in Long Beach, California, on May 31. | Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images The dangers of “non-lethal” police weapons — like rubber bullets, flash-bangs, and tear gas — explained Around the country, police and law enforcement agents are responding to the protests against police brutality with ... brutality. Standard crowd-control weapons — including rubber bullets, chemical irritants, flash-bangs, and contraptions that combine aspects of all three — are being deployed against protestors and the journalists covering them to disperse crowds, sometimes seemingly unprovoked, and against peaceful protesters. While these riot control weapons are said to be “non-lethal” or “less-lethal” by police and their manufacturers, they can still cause significant harm. In some cases, they can kill or cause lasting disability. “These weapons are supposed to be used as a last resort, if there’s really an uncontrollable level of violence that threatens public safety,” Rohini Haar, an emergency room physician who has studied the impact of crowd-control weapons, tells Vox. “Without that level, that threshold, the use of weapons against unarmed civilians is pretty unjustified.” As the protests percolate throughout the country, there have been many reports of serious injuries due to police using riot control weapons. And health experts and doctors worry that there could be more injuries because of the widespread use of these. Here are three of the more common crowd-control weapons being used on protesters. Let’s walk through them. Rubber bullets are bullets. Bullets can kill. Rubber bullets are not always made out of rubber. Technically, they are called “kinetic impact projectiles.” Some are made out of hardened foam or plastic. Others contain a metal core. Some are more like beanbags shot out of a rifle. Wooden bullets also are grouped into this category, and they are also dangerous and being used against protesters in recent days. Regardless of their composition, these projectiles are shot out of guns at speeds comparable to that of a typical bullet, and when they hit their target, they can maim, blind, or even kill. The rubber bullets are meant to be “non-lethal” or “less lethal” and used in crowd control. But research shows how brutal these bullets can be. “It sounds like a Nerf gun or something, but it’s definitely much more dangerous than that,” Haar says. “From our research, we find that there’s really no safe way to use rubber bullets.” In 2017, Haar, along with the advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations, published a review paper in the BMJ looking at the impact these bullets can have on the human body. They concluded: “[T]hese weapons have the potential to cause severe injuries and death.” The group found 26 studies on the use of rubber bullets around the world, documenting a total of 1,984 injuries. Fifteen percent of the injuries resulted in permanent disability; 3 percent resulted in death. When the injuries were to the eyes, they overwhelmingly (84.2 percent) resulted in blindness. Caught one of them to the leg. Free Yin Yang tattoo, I suppose. pic.twitter.com/FH2tcr2dYy— Mark Dunphy (@m_b_dunphy) June 3, 2020 These weapons can also cause internal bleeding in the abdominal region, concussions, injuries to the head and neck, and skin and soft-tissue damage. Furthermore, these weapons are unwieldy, hard to aim at specific targets. “At short range, they come out of the gun as fast as a bullet,” Haar says. “And so they can break bones. They can fracture skulls. If they hit the face, they can cause permanent damage and disability. At long distances, they ricochet, they have unpredicted trajectories, they bounce, and they’re quite indiscriminate. So they can’t possibly target either an individual or a safe body part of an individual.” The BMJ paper may suffer from publication and selection bias and may overrepresent the most dramatic or notable injuries, the authors note. Regardless, it’s enough to know that these life-scarring impacts can occur with rubber bullets, and they’re being used against many citizens of our country in recent days. “Police are not required to document their use of rubber bullets, so there is no national data to show how often they’re used,” USA Today reports. But rubber bullet injuries have been piling up during the protests. A photojournalist reported being blinded in one eye after being hit by a rubber bullet in Minneapolis. In Los Angeles, a reporter posted pictures of his rubber bullet injury on his neck. A grandmother in La Mesa, California, was reportedly shot between the eyes. A teen in Sacramento, California, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet. His family reports he’ll need jaw surgery. Flash-bangs, aka stun grenades, can burn and damage hearing Rubber bullets are hardly the only problematic “non-lethal” weapon used against protestors. Flash-bangs, or stun grenades, are another tool being deployed by police that explode with a bright light and incredibly loud sound to get people to scatter from an area. How loud? 160 to 180 decibels, according to Physicians for Human Rights. These noise levels are “not safe for any period of time” according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. This can damage the eardrum and cause temporary deafness. The light can temporarily blind a person. Also, pieces of the grenade may fly off as shrapnel, injuring a person. They can also burn people at close range. The North Carolina Supreme Court has even declared them a weapon of “mass death and destruction.” There’s less research on other physical harms of flash-bangs. But in 2015, a ProPublica investigation found at least 50 Americans had been killed or maimed by them since the year 2000 and that they are particularly dangerous when used indoors. “That is likely a fraction of the total since there are few records kept on flash-bang deployment,” ProPublica noted. “When these modified hand grenades explode on the human body, they can cause severe injury or death. The flash powder burns hotter than lava.” Here, Physicians for Human Rights sums up the damage these weapons can do. Police lobbed flash-bangs into a crowd of protesters in Seattle, as you can see below. (Elsewhere in Seattle, an NBC News reporter was hit directly by one). The use of flash-bangs was also reported in Virginia, Colorado, and Washington, DC. These protesters in Seattle are literally chanting “we don’t see no riot here, take off your riot gear” & doing nothing else but standing peacefully when the police start throwing tear gas & firing into them pic.twitter.com/Bde3XQC27f— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) June 2, 2020 Tear gas is illegal in warfare, yet it can be used by police Finally, there’s tear gas, or chemical irritants that irritate the eyes, nose, mouth, lungs, and skin (there are several different types of chemicals that fall under the “tear gas” category). These chemicals are banned internationally in warfare. Yet, they are still legal for domestic police forces — including in the US — to use to disperse crowds. They cause immediate irritation to the eyes and lungs, but their long-term effects are less well understood. “It’s still questionable what kinds of respiratory damage tear gas does,” Anna Feigenbaum, a journalism professor and the author of a book on the history of teargas, told Vox’s Jen Kirby. “We don’t really know what its impacts are in terms of different kinds of asthma and lung disease,” she continued. “What we do know is that for people who have any kind of preconditions, it’s incredibly dangerous for them to be in spaces that are tear-gassed. For anyone who’s very young or very old, it has increased dangers.” Increasingly, Haar says, elements of different crowd-control weapons are mixed together. Tear gas can be put inside a projectile. Flash-bang grenades can also disperse chemical irritants. “All of those are also deeply concerning,” Haar says. A tear gas canister could injure someone as a rubber bullet would, if fired as a projectile. “Anything that’s a projectile that’s fired into a crowd can cause trauma,” she says. “So whether that’s a canister of tear gas, a stun grenade, or rubber bullets.” On Wednesday morning, a person in Washington, DC, found an unexploded flash-bang grenade. Very relieved that the unexploded flash-bang grenade that my daughter found and innocently picked up this morning didn't explode in her face. Beyond angry that it was left on the streets of our capital city. pic.twitter.com/ruAQ7dCotC— Ed Felten (@EdFelten) June 2, 2020 This particular model, according to the manufacturer’s website, “is a maximum effect device that delivers four stimuli for psychological and physiological effects: rubber pellets, light, sound, and OC [i.e. pepper spray].” It’s worth noting, too, that these chemicals irritate the lungs. Meanwhile, we’re in the midst of a respiratory disease pandemic. The coughing that results from tear gas could spread Covid-19 in a protest area. For Haar, the proliferation of these crowd-control weapons is part of the story of police brutality. “I strongly feel that the current reckoning with police violence should include discussion of how demonstrations and protests are met,” she says. These weapons are often called “non-lethal.” But these weapons are as dangerous as anything else that’s a weapon,” she says. “Consider them as dangerous weapons to be used only as a last resort.” Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. 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Allies over the pond press ahead for COVID vaccine as U.S. grapples with protests
"Face the Nation" Moderator Margaret Brennan sat down with Ambassador Karen Pierce, the United Kingdom's representative to the U.S., for a look at how she's communicating the litany of issues back home to London
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Judge Nap calls evidence against Derek Chauvin 'more than adequate' to convict of second-degree murder
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told "Your World with Neil Cavuto" Wednesday that the evidence against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin appears "more than adequate" to convict him of second-degree murder in the May 25 death of George Floyd.
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There’s a Simple Reason Protests in Newark Haven’t Turned Violent
An activist who remembers Newark’s 1967 uprising explains what changed.
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Mattis tears into Trump: 'We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership'
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis castigated his former boss President Donald Trump in a searing statement released Wednesday evening.
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Charges of fowl play rock the poultry world, and 4 other business stories you need to read
Today in business news: Snapchat flings itself into the Trump-Twitter battle, bike shops are racing to keep up with demand, and I see how many poultry puns I can reasonably squeeze into serious news about a scandal in the chicken world. Let's get into it.
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Picks for who would have won at this year’s postponed Tonys
Sunday was supposed to be the 74th Tonys.
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Drew Brees receives intense backlash from star athletes after remarks about protesting during national anthem
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stayed true on his stance against players kneeling during the national anthem when the season starts, and on Wednesday he told Yahoo Finance that he would never agree with the gesture.
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LeBron James rips Drew Brees over comments on kneeling protests
Drew Brees, the popular New Orleans Saints quarterback, caught heat Wednesday after saying he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country."
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‘SNL’ star Chris Redd starts coronavirus testing fundraiser for George Floyd protesters
“The lives at risk of the injustice being fought against are also the most vulnerable to COVID-19," he said.
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Jimmy Carter the latest former president to weigh in on George Floyd, says violence 'is not a solution'
Former President Jimmy Carter spoke out Wednesday against the racial discrimination that plagues America and said people in power must say "no more" to a racially discriminatory police system and the "immoral" economic disparities between white and black people.
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‘Dreamland’ review: A despicable 90-minute disaster
Weird can be fun. It can also, as in "Dreamland," be amateurish, self-indulgent and nauseating.
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Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin
Majorities of Wisconsin voters rate the economy negatively and are concerned about coronavirus.
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Fox News Poll: Biden-Trump tossup in Ohio, 82 percent approve of DeWine
A Fox News Poll of Ohio registered voters finds Democrat Joe Biden narrowly tops President Donald Trump in the race for the White House. 
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Philadelphia police: At least 50 ATMs have been blown up in George Floyd riots; man arrested on WMD charge
Looters have used explosives to try and break into dozens of ATMs in Philadelphia since Saturday, the city’s police commissioner said during a press conference Wednesday -- and at least one man has been arrested for allegedly selling homemade dynamite.
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Fox News Poll: Biden ahead in Arizona, Kelly trouncing McSally in Senate race
Republicans are rightly concerned about Arizona. 
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All four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd death
Prosecutors on Wednesday leveled new criminal charges against all four Minneapolis police officers in the death of an unarmed black man who was pinned by his neck to the street during an arrest, sparking nine days of nationwide protests.
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Senate panel approves legislation requiring campaigns to report foreign election help
The Senate Intelligence Committee quietly approved on Wednesday a measure that would require presidential campaigns to report offers of foreign election influence to federal authorities, a move taken in response to Russian election interference in 2016 and one that could draw the attention of President Donald Trump, committee sources say.
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Apple's 7th-generation iPad vs Samsung's Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: How do they stack up?
We recently took a look at Samsung's latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, and found it to be a slow, but reliable tablet for Android fans. But at $349, it costs slightly more than Apple's 7th generation iPad, which starts at $329.
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'Too tight to tell in Texas': New state poll shows Trump ahead by 1 point over Biden
The poll of 1,166 registered voters shows the nation's most reliably Republican large state could be in danger of falling to the Democrats in November.        
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As George Floyd protests continue, Amazon, Google pledge millions to racial justice organizations
As America enters a second week of nationwide protests against police brutality, Google and Amazon both put out statements in solidarity with protesters and announced grants totaling $22 million to activist and racial justice organizations.
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NYU doc urges health care workers to use these preparations for second coronavirus wave
At the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, all four New York University hospitals in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island were filled to the brim with infected patients. Over the course of the pandemic, the hospital system added 189 beds in their two Manhattan hospitals alone. Dr. Fritz Francois, chief medical officer at NYU Langone Health,...
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Company studying hydroxychloroquine employs sci-fi writer, adult content model
The World Health Organization and several world governments have changed their coronavirus policies and resumed trials of hydroxychloroquine because they got questionable data from a small US healthcare company — with a science fiction writer and an adult content model on staff. The company, Surgisphere, whose employees include an unidentified sci-fi author and adult model...
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Nancy Pelosi Surrounded by Guards as She Walks Among Protesters
Video from Wednesday afternoon shows Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) surrounded by guards as she walked near protesters.
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NBA is reportedly expected to approve a plan to continue the season with 22 teams
The NBA's return is imminent -- but it could only be with 22 teams.The Board of Governors is expected to approve the proposal Thursday.
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