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Far-Right Militia, Pro-Confederacy Groups, Anti-Facists Face Off in Tense Stone Mountain Protest 15 Aug 2020, 5:15 pm
Far-right militia, pro-Confederacy groups and anti-fascist counter-protestors faced off on Saturday in tense scenes at Stone Mountain, Georgia, home of the largest monument to the Confederacy. To prepare for the confrontation, park officials closed off entry to the giant rock carving of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson. The city suspended bus services and urged residents to avoid the city center entirely “out of an abundance of caution.”Nevertheless, a small number of armed protesters from all sides descended on the city from 9 a.m. local time. Videos on social media showed far-right protestors attacking anti-facism protesters with pepper spray, and anti-facism protesters grabbing Confederate flags and setting them alight. Police presence was initially minimal outside a church where protesters converged, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Some fist fights broke out in the crowd.According to the AJR, a man with a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag and an assault weapon pointed his gun on the crowd, though he was “charged down” by his opposition.Around 11:30 am, a message from counter-protesters came over a loudspeaker, warning them to be prepared for tear gas, the newspaper reported.> “Go home, racists, go home!” Members of BLM, Antifa and independents chant during protest in the town of Stone Mountain @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/Rr75W36hrv> > — Maura Sirianni 11Alive (@MauraSirianni) August 15, 2020> Today right-wing activists and militias are converging on Stone Mountain Park in Georgia to hold a “Defend Stone Mountain” Confederate rally. > > Antifascists are gathering to oppose them. > > Here, III% activists gather about a block East from Antifa, loading and prepping guns. pic.twitter.com/DjmVwBLBtc> > — Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) August 15, 2020The protest dispersed when police in riot gear moved in on the crowd at around 1 p.m., and ordered demonstrators to leave or be arrested.A Georgia chapter of the Three Percenters militia, a far-right paramilitary group, initially applied to hold a 2,000-person rally at the Stone Mountain monument on Saturday but they were denied by police, in part because a 2016 Stone Mountain “pro-white” demonstration resulted in nine arrests. But some online groups vowed to turn up anyway, including a group of Confederate-loving protesters calling themselves “Defending Stone Mountain” and a rival group called Atlanta Antifascists.Stone Mountain is the largest bas-relief statue in the world, completed in 1925 by Augustus Lukeman, with original work by Gutzon Borglum (who would go on to sculpt Mt. Rushmore). The Ku Klux Klan was a major donor to the project. Since the Charleston church shooting of 2015, many have called for the removal of the monument. The movement has grown urgency over the past few months, as more protestors take down Confederate monuments following the death of George Floyd. Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has called the carving “a blight on our state.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
A parasite feasts on a fish's tongue until it's gone. Don't worry, humans can't get it. 15 Aug 2020, 3:37 pm
Q&A: What's happening at the US Postal Service, and why? 15 Aug 2020, 3:36 pm
The U.S. Postal Service is warning states it cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the Nov. 3 election will arrive in time to be counted, even if ballots are mailed by state deadlines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends mail ballots as a way to vote without risking exposure to the virus at the polls. The Post Office has lost money for years, though advocates note it’s a government service rather than a profit-maximizing business.
Belarus leader seeks Putin's help as pressure builds 15 Aug 2020, 3:17 pm
The opposition in Belarus kept up the pressure on President Alexander Lukashenko with a new demonstration in Minsk on Saturday, while the strongman sought the support of his main ally, Russia's Vladimir Putin.
American tourists are further banned from entering Canada until September and 'citizen detectives' are on the lookout 15 Aug 2020, 2:36 pm
An Arizona school district canceled its reopening plans because too many teachers refused to show up 15 Aug 2020, 12:05 pm
North Korea's leader is tapping his own private food reserve to feed the country, and it could be a worrying sign 15 Aug 2020, 12:00 pm
Fauci slammed Tucker Carlson, saying he 'triggers some of the crazies' to attack him and that it's 'ridiculous' that he needs personal security to protect him 15 Aug 2020, 9:21 am
Greece has secretly sent away more than 1,000 migrants, taking them to the edge of the country's territorial waters and then abandoning them at sea 15 Aug 2020, 3:11 am
U.S. Navy carrier conducted exercises in South China Sea on Aug. 14 15 Aug 2020, 2:33 am
A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier conducted exercises in the contested South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. navy said in a statement. A strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan conducted flight operations and high-end maritime stability operations and exercises, the statement said. "Integration with our joint partners is essential to ensuring joint force responsiveness and lethality, and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific," U.S. Navy Commander Joshua Fagan, Task Force 70 air operations officer aboard USS Ronald Reagan, was quoted as saying.
Mexican government forces out over 1,000 immigration officials accused of corruption 15 Aug 2020, 12:24 am
Indiana police to stop blocking roads during executions 14 Aug 2020, 10:38 pm
Indiana State Police agreed Friday to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions resumed last month and are set to continue, backing down after anti-death penalty activists said in a lawsuit the roadblocks impeded their free speech rights. During the first three federal executions in July following a 17-year hiatus, troopers shut main roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where all federal executions are carried out by lethal injection. A joint notice filed in Indianapolis federal court says state police will no longer prevent demonstrators from convening near an intersection across from the sprawling prison.
Authorities to allow sea lion killing to help struggling salmon population 14 Aug 2020, 10:27 pm
U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout.
New Jeffrey Epstein Victims, Including 11-Year-Old Girl, Come Forward in Lawsuit 14 Aug 2020, 9:30 pm
A Florida woman who alleges Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted her when she was 11-years-old is among nine accusers who have filed a new lawsuit against the millionaire pedophile’s estate.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges Epstein sexually abused them from as early as 1978—far earlier than Epstein’s previously known instances of abuse—and continued until 2004. Five of the women in the lawsuit claim they were underage when they were abused, including a Tennessee woman who says she was 13 when the financier raped her multiple times. The other four women in the lawsuit were over 18. They were part of a “massive sex trafficking network” run by Epstein for him and his wealthy and powerful friends, it claims.Victoria’s Secret Mogul May Finally Have to Explain His Epstein Ties“These nine Plaintiffs come forward to stand up for themselves and others, after they were sexually abused and assaulted by Epstein,” the lawsuit says. “Some... were raped by Epstein, repeatedly.”Epstein, 66, was found dead by suicide in his jail cell at Manhattan Correction Center last month. The sex offender was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for allegedly abusing dozens of underage girls over two decades, beginning in the 1990s. The charges came 12 years after the disgraced businessman pleaded guilty in state court in Florida to soliciting prostitution. He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars in a widely criticized plea deal, and served 13 before he was released.Some of the most shocking claims detailed in the new suit relate to the woman from Tennessee, whose alleged abuse started in 1978 when she was 13, and continued for a long period. Epstein “sexually assaulted, abused, battered and raped her multiple times,” the lawsuit says.This assault is the oldest abuse allegation against Epstein, who would have been 25 at the time and working on Wall Street after leaving his teaching gig at the Manhattan prep school Dalton. A woman from Florida alleges in the suit that, in 1993, when she was just 11 years old, Epstein “sexually assaulted, abused, battered and digitally penetrated her on three, separate occasions.” She also alleges Epstein forced her “to perform oral sex on him,” according to the lawsuit. How We Got the Scoop on Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest“As a result of the aforementioned sexual abuse, [the woman] suffered and continues to suffer from severe and serious injuries including... severe emotional distress and physical manifestations thereof,” the lawsuit states.The women were allegedly sexually abused by Epstein and his associates in New York, Florida, New Mexico, California, and the United States Virgin Islands—but the suit also claims abuse happened in South Carolina, a location not mentioned in previous lawsuits and criminal cases against Epstein. The suit doesn’t detail how the females met Epstein, or how they came to file a lawsuit together. They were able to sue Epstein’s estate due to New York’s Child Victims Act—which allows individuals abused as children to bring claims regardless of the statute of limitations.Dozens of victims have laid claim to Epstein’s estate, which includes his unsold $88 million Manhattan mansion.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
34 Camping Essentials for Your RV, Trailer, or Badass Camper Van 14 Aug 2020, 9:11 pm
8 Years After Proving Racism Affected His Trial, North Carolina Inmate Taken Off Death Row 14 Aug 2020, 9:09 pm
US seizes millions of dollars of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela 14 Aug 2020, 8:47 pm
U.S. judge dismisses NRA lawsuit challenging gun shop closures in New York state 14 Aug 2020, 8:24 pm
A federal judge on Friday dismissed the National Rifle Association's lawsuit challenging New York's decision to close gun stores in the state in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision came eight days after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the gun rights group, accusing senior leaders of corruption including the improper diversion of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino said the NRA lacked standing to challenge on behalf of its members a March 20 executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring gun stores to close in the state because they were "non-essential" businesses.
Mei Xiang, the National Zoo's female giant panda, is very pregnant and her cub could come as soon as this weekend 14 Aug 2020, 7:11 pm
Iowans grapple with aftermath of Monday's deadly derecho, 'a disaster that we have never seen' 14 Aug 2020, 7:00 pm
‘Trump may be crazy, but he’s not stupid’: Bernie Sanders lashes out at president’s opposition to funding postal service 14 Aug 2020, 6:59 pm
Senator Bernie Sanders has hit out at Donald Trump’s opposition to provide funding for the US Postal Service, claiming he is attempting to “suppress” the US vote in November’s election.Mr Trump, who has been a vocal critic of the use of widespread mail-in voting amidst the coronavirus pandemic, said on Thursday that he opposes the provision of funding for the service proposed by Democrats.
3 women arrested for allegedly attacking a Chili's host for enforcing social distancing 14 Aug 2020, 6:57 pm
The US said federal agents have seized millions of dollars in bitcoin from terrorist groups al-Qaeda and Hamas 14 Aug 2020, 6:38 pm
Lindsey Graham breaks with Trump: ‘No issue’ whether Kamala Harris is US citizen 14 Aug 2020, 6:18 pm
Amber Alert resolved for 16-year-old Florida teenager, authorities say 14 Aug 2020, 6:09 pm
Bison violently attacks motorcyclist in South Dakota 14 Aug 2020, 6:04 pm
Chainsaw-wielding men covered in blood arrested on Toronto beach 14 Aug 2020, 4:54 pm
Two men have been arrested after appearing on a Canadian beach spattered in blood and wielding chainsaws.Witnesses alleged that they menaced and “charged” at various people gathered at Toronto‘s Cherry Beach on Sunday morning, before police quickly intervened, responding to reports of a large fight.
Nigerian police rescue Kano man locked up in his parents' garage 14 Aug 2020, 4:52 pm
‘Wish I had my baby back.’ Suspect who shot Indiana toddler in mom’s car wanted by FBI 14 Aug 2020, 4:08 pm
Wild boar who stole German nudist's clothes to be culled 14 Aug 2020, 3:24 pm
A trained marksman is to be deployed to shoot a wild boar that stole the clothes of a naked German man, Berlin authorities said on Friday. The boar made international headlines last week after photographs of the portly nudist giving chase were shared on social media. But in a sad postscript to the incident, the local forestry department said yesterday (FRI) the boar would have to be killed as it has lost its fear of humans and presents a danger to public safety. The boar in question emerged from the forest with two cubs last week and made its way through crowds of Berliners seeking to cool off in the Teufelsee, one of the city’s many lakes. “You have to put yourself in the boar’s position,” Katja Kammer of the Grunewald forestry department told local RBB television. “The sun is hot on its black fur. So it heads for water or into a swamp.” Forestry officials have been tracking the boar in question for some time, Ms Kammer said. “Fortunately, there have not been any serious incidents involving wild boar at the Teufelssee.” Wild boar numbers are regularly controlled by licensed hunters around Berlin and many other major German cities. When the population becomes too high. the boars emerge from the forests to look for food and can turn aggressive when they encounters humans. In one famous incident, four people including a police officer were injured when they were attacked by a 265-pound boar that had wandered into the Berlin neighbourhood of Charlottenburg in 2012.
Yale University 'discriminated against white and Asian students', says Department of Justice 14 Aug 2020, 3:07 pm
Yale University illegally discriminated against white and Asian American students, the US Justice Department said after its investigation found race to be the “determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.” The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian American groups concerning Yale's conduct. The Justice Department said it had concluded that the Ivy League university gave too much weight to race in reviewing applications, in violation of federal civil rights law. Eric Dreiband, the assistant attorney general for the civil rights division, claimed that Yale grants “substantial, and often determinative” preferences to certain “racially-favored applicants” and disfavours others. He also asserted that for “the great majority” of cases, Asian American and white applicants have “only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials.”
US economist proposes $12 trillion in slavery reparations to eliminate black-white wealth gap 14 Aug 2020, 2:13 pm
A renowned economist has said that $12 trillion should be afforded to black Americans in reparation for slavery to help the close wealth gap.Duke University professor, William Darity Jr, and writer, Kirsten Mullen, jointly published a report for The Roosevelt Institute, an American liberal think tank, laying out a case for slavery reparations.
You Need These High-Design Lawn Games to Maximize Summer Fun 14 Aug 2020, 2:00 pm
Filing: Kansas prof's prosecution criminalizes job disputes 14 Aug 2020, 1:58 pm
The prosecution of a Kansas researcher ensnared in a U.S. government crackdown on Chinese economic espionage and trade secret theft opens the door to criminalizing workplace disagreements, his attorneys argued Friday in a motion asking a court to throw out the charges. Feng “Franklin” Tao is charged with not disclosing on conflict-of-interest forms work he was allegedly doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas — something federal prosecutors have portrayed as a scheme to defraud the university, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. In their request to dismiss the case, defense lawyers Peter Zeidenberg and Michael Dearington wrote that the government seeks to use Tao's prosecution as a potential new model for the Justice Department to prosecute professors “without having to produce evidence of intellectual property theft or export control violations.”
Angolan court sentences ex-leader's son to 5 years for fraud 14 Aug 2020, 1:12 pm
Angola's Supreme Court on Friday handed a five-year jail sentence to Jose Filomeno dos Santos, the son of the oil-rich country's former president, for fraud when he headed the national sovereign wealth fund.
Killings of two female U.S. service members prompt families to demand change 14 Aug 2020, 1:00 pm
The recent killings of two young servicewomen, Vanessa Guillen and Natasha Aposhian, highlight issues of sexual harassment and assault in the U.S. military. Their families are now leading the fight for a change in the way the military investigates those crimes.
Oregon State Police Withdraws from Portland Courthouse after D.A. Announces He Won’t Prosecute Most Rioters 14 Aug 2020, 12:50 pm
Oregon state police are backing out of an agreement to protect the Portland federal courthouse from rioters, after the Multnomah County district attorney announced he will not prosecute most rioters who are arrested.Portland has seen riots almost every night since the May death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Rioters initially targeted the federal courthouse in the city, but after federal and state law enforcement came to an agreement to jointly protect the courthouse, rioters moved on to attack city police.Multnomah County D.A. Mike Schmidt announced on Tuesday that his office would not prosecute most rioters who have been arrested, except where charges include deliberate property damage, theft, or threat of violence. Police have arrested over 500 people since the riots began, but less than 50 have been prosecuted so far.Oregon state police told KOIN 6 on Thursday that they are ending their deployment at Portland's federal courthouse because of anger over Schmidt's decision after being called in to assist as part of the agreement reached between local authorities and the federal government.“The Oregon State Police is continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority," OSP said in a statement.Governor Kate Brown said the withdrawal was being coordinated between all relevant agencies."This transition was made in coordination with local and federal officials," Brown wrote on Twitter. "If further state support is needed in Portland, OSP troopers will be available to return to the city.""The OSP Troopers assigned to this event demonstrated the best traditions of the agency's commitment to service, however, our initial commitment to the City of Portland has concluded and it is time we integrate this valuable resource back to their respective communities," OSP said in a statement to National Review. "OSP will always be here for Portland, as we have for decades and I'll continue to assess subsequent resource demands with the Portland Police Bureau Chief, whom I have a great deal of respect for and a strong working relationship."
These states require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test 14 Aug 2020, 11:39 am
China attacks new US demand to register Confucius Institutes 14 Aug 2020, 11:17 am
China accused the United States on Friday of trying to “demonize and stigmatize” relations between the two countries, in a scathing attack on the Trump administration's designation of Chinese-funded language and culture programs in the U.S. as foreign missions of the Chinese Communist Party. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said branches of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center operating at U.S. schools and colleges are a “bridge and link to help people from all over the world learn Chinese, understand China, and strengthen educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries." Zhao said the accusations against the institutes were without basis and were motivated by “ideological prejudice and self-interest."
'Unsurprising, but no less abhorrent': Reaction to Trump's comments about Sen. Harris' eligibility to be VP 14 Aug 2020, 6:22 am
Poll finds that 80% of Canadians want the US-Canada border to stay closed for the rest of the year, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on in the US 14 Aug 2020, 4:46 am
What Harris Got from Biden During Her Job Interview 14 Aug 2020, 3:10 am
North Korea lifts lockdown in city, rejects flood, virus aid 14 Aug 2020, 12:44 am
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lifted a lockdown in a major city near the border with South Korea where thousands had been quarantined for weeks over coronavirus worries, state media said Friday. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency also said Kim replaced Kim Jae Ryong as premier following an evaluation of the Cabinet’s economic performance and appointed Kim Tok Hun as his successor. Entering the last year of an ambitious five-year national development plan, Kim Jong Un in December declared a “frontal breakthrough” against international sanctions while urging his nation to stay resilient in a struggle for economic self-reliance.
Bald eagle takes down government drone 13 Aug 2020, 11:24 pm
Herman Cain died two weeks ago, but his social media accounts are still bashing Democrats 13 Aug 2020, 10:58 pm
Rudy Giuliani: US would become ‘banana republic’ if Biden administration prosecuted Trump 13 Aug 2020, 10:20 pm
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said that if a future administration under Joe Biden tried to prosecute Donald Trump, the country would become a “banana republic.”During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Mr Giuliani was asked "how damaging would it be for a Biden administration to criminally prosecute a former president?"
He used social media to pimp a 14-year-old in Miami airport hotels, cops say. He’s 17 13 Aug 2020, 9:45 pm
A 14-year-old runaway told cops she got sold for sex at hotels across the street from Miami International Airport up to five times a day, according to a police report. The first statutory rapist called himself “Slime,” the girl said. He paid in Percocet.
Antifa website redirected to Biden’s campaign site causes right-wing conspiracy meltdown 13 Aug 2020, 9:23 pm
The website for anti-facist group Antifa redirected to Joe Biden‘s campaign website on Wednesday, which led some people to claim that the Democrats are connected to the organisation.For a few hours on Wednesday, Antifa.com redirected to JoeBiden.com, the campaign website of the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, before it returned back to the original page of the group Donald Trump has described as being run by “anarchists.”
Fact check: Obama did not resettle 70,000 Somali immigrants in Minnesota 13 Aug 2020, 9:21 pm
Georgia governor to drop mask lawsuit against Atlanta mayor and city 13 Aug 2020, 7:48 pm
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced on Thursday that he plans to drop a lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the city, possibly ending a months-long feud over an order for people to wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Kemp had sued Bottoms and the city of Atlanta to stop enforcement of a local mask mandate aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. While the governor is to drop the lawsuit, filed last month, his office said it may still pursue an executive order to strike down any local mask mandates.