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    The House on Friday passed the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act, which would ban states from criminalizing those who travel out of state for such a procedure. The bill’s approval came shortly after the House again passed a sweeping abortion rights bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, but neither bill is on track to pass the Senate. HOUSE AGAIN PASSES SWEEPING ABORTION RIGHTS BILL ON TRACK TO FAIL IN THE SENATE The Ensuring Access to Abortion Act passed the House in a 223-205 vote. https://twitter.com/RepFletcher/status/1545839168928063490 After the Supreme Court’s decision last month in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization struck down the high court’s nearly 50-year-old ruling in Roe v. Wade, several states moved to ban or restrict abortion, prompting some abortion rights activists to argue women who travel to other states for abortionor those who travel with them may be prosectuted. But no state has enacted any such measure, and in a concurring opinion to Dobbs, Justice Brett Kavanaugh argued he would not see such a move as constitutional given the “constitutional right to interstate...
    Originally published on May 5 BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — A shooting in Bloomington Thursday night led to a police chase and crash that injured innocent people on an Eagan exit ramp. Bloomington police say officers were called to the 8500 block of 2nd Avenue at about 7 p.m. on a report of shots fired at a home. No one inside was hurt, and a witness was able to give a description that led officers to the suspect vehicle. A chase ensued, and the suspect vehicle ended up crashing into another vehicle on the exit ramp of Highway 77 at Cliff Road. Police arrested the driver and their passenger, and recovered a gun from the vehicle, which started on fire at some point after the crash. (credit: MnDOT) Two people inside the vehicle that was struck were taken to an area hospital. Their conditions are not known. Bloomington police are investigating the shooting, while Eagan police are focusing on the crash investigation.
    In addition, ThisEgg said it created a website outlining what "The Family Sex Show" is all about. The topics include Bodies & Touch, What Is Sexuality? What Are My Pronouns? and Loving Ourselves. Anything else? BBC News reported that some parents anonymously said they were OK with the show and would be happy for their kids to see it, including one Bristol mom who said it was a "great idea" and that her children "would laugh the whole time and put their hands over their eyes and then say to me, 'Why on earth did you bring me here?'" Bristol therapist and sex education specialist Stephanie Healy told the network she understands why the show would seem "scary" for some parents but urged them to "be brave."
    A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was patrolling the southern border when a suspected drug cartel member aimed an AK-47 at the aircraft, as seen in newly released dramatic video. The incident took place on Wednesday as the DPS helicopter was flying in the vicinity of the Rio Grande in Starr County, Texas.  Footage recorded by the helicopter shows a man standing next to a red SUV on the Mexican side of the border. Moments later, the person on the ground appears to aim an AK-47 at the DPS helicopter, prompting the pilot to veer off to avoid getting struck by gunfire. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter on Wednesday was patrolling the Rio Grande Valley in Starr County, Texas, when it spotted a suspected drug cartel member   A man standing next to a red SUV parked on the Mexican side of the border produced an AK-47 and pointed it at the helicopter   The helicopter's camera captured the suspect aiming the assault rifle at the aircraft, causing its pilot to veer off  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    Metro Nashville Council approved a late -filed resolution asking the Tennessee General Assembly to block a bill aimed at keeping LEAs and charter schools from distributing textbooks or other materials to children that include the promotion of the LGBT lifestyle at its March 15 meeting. The resolution was sponsored by councilmembers Brett Withers, Nancy VanReece, Russ Bradford and Emily Benedict and urged “the Tennessee General Assembly to reject HB0800/SB1216 seeking to prohibit LEAs from utilizing textbooks or instructional materials addressing LGBT issues or lifestyles.” Councilmember Withers, in his comments on the resolution, disparagingly referred to the law that just passed in Florida which is often referred to by the activist Left as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. He characterized the General Assembly legislation as “very bad legislation” that harms young people in every school system just because of what it says. Withers said these issues are important to discuss with children. Councilmember VanReece, openly gay herself, said of the resolution, “This will save lives.” The resolution passed by voice vote, with all voting in favor added as sponsors to the...
    A JoJo Siwa game is being pulled from shelves at the urging of the 17-year-old star after parents complained that it included inappropriate questions about dating, twerking, being naked, and getting arrested. Earlier this week, a concerned mother took to TikTok to share photos and video of the children's game JoJo's Juice, which is marketed toward kids six and up — but encourages kids to talk about whether they've ever stolen anything or 'earned the art of twerking.' The concerning TikTok clips have gone viral, prompting a response from JoJo herself — who insisted that she had no idea the game was so inappropriate and 'never ever, ever' would have approved of it if she'd been aware. Gone! A JoJo Siwa game is being pulled from shelves at the urging of the 17-year-old star after parents complained that it included inappropriate questions Bad girls: The Truth or Dare style game includes some concerning 'truth' questions, like, 'Have you ever been arrested?' Pervy: Another question asks the little girls playing if they have ever gone outside without underwear ...
    Rapper, actor, and Big3 basketball league founder Ice Cube dismissed criticism of his work with President Donald Trump on the Platinum Plan for black Americans and praised the president’s latest economic and educational plan for being “aimed toward black Americans.” Last month, the rapper shocked Hollywood and the left when he said he worked with the Trump administration on a plan to improve the lives of blacks. Ice Cube said the Democrats wanted to wait until “after the election” to work with him on a plan for black Americans. Almost immediately, the rapper was criticized by liberals and celebrities. Leftist MSNBC talker Joe Scarborough accusing Ice Cube of siding with racism for working with Trump on the Platinum Plan. Facts: I put out the CWBA. Both parties contacted me. Dems said we’ll address the CWBA after the election. Trump campaign made some adjustments to their plan after talking to us about the CWBA. — Ice Cube (@icecube) October 14, 2020 In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Ice Cube dismissed Scarborough as just another pundit “popping off.” “Who cares?” Ice...
    On March 1, 2019, back when few mainstream politicians used the term "systemic racism" while discussing law enforcement aimed at people of color, Boulder Police Officer John Smyly starred in a viral video that captured his over-the-top harassment of Zayd Atkinson, a Black student at Naropa University he rousted for picking up trash on his own property. Smyly subsequently resigned in advance of likely suspension or firing, and Boulder agreed to pay Atkinson a reported $125,000 settlement over the episode. Nonetheless, Smyly is still earning a paycheck from Boulder. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, he remained an official employee of the city's police department until February 2020 as a result of vacation time, administrative leave and sick days he'd collected prior to his supposed exit. Moreover, he was hired in January for what the paper described as "a two-year term position as a civilian training and development coordinator" in the computer support department of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. Smyly won't be completing this assignment — but neither will he be leaving the position right away. The Boulder County...
    “We have been working diligently with Smyths to ensure this advertisement is not distributed in any remaining copies of their 2020 catalog. We have also undertaken an immediate review of all future media placements and are working to ensure each of our marketing efforts better reflects the responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.” Put your two eyes ???? on step two.#ThisIsntOK pic.twitter.com/IA6HRv2Elf — FIFA21Mistakes (@AllFifaMistakes) September 26, 2020 FUT packs are one type of a game mechanic called loot boxes. Those are prevalent in many popular games and are often centered around real-money microtransactions. In many titles, loot boxes offer solely cosmetic items, but in others, they have an impact on gameplay, effectively making them a pay-to-win function. Loot boxes are a huge revenue driver for publishers. EA alone earns billions of dollars from them. In the 2019 fiscal year, 28 percent of its $4.95 billion net revenue came from Ultimate Team modes across the FIFA, NHL and Madden franchises. A “substantial portion” of that revenue was from FUT. Various regulators have...
    Two violent incidents broke out at Black Lives Matter events in Aurora, Colorado and Austin, Texas over the weekend that involved shooting at vehicles on the road. In Colorado, a Jeep that was allegedly fleeing a violent incident drove through a Black Lives Matter event where one of the protesters opened fire on the Jeep. Two people were struck and taken to local hospitals. Police said it was not clear if the protester was the only person who fired a weapon or if other people did as well. “While the Jeep was being driven through the crowd, multiple shots were fired by a protester,” the Aurora Police Department said in a statement. “At this time it is unknown if multiple people fired their weapons, or if it was just one individual. Also, there have been no reported injuries reported to us about anyone being hit by this vehicle.” “During preliminary interviews with the Jeep driver, he advised officers that while on I-225, his vehicle began to be surrounded by protesters who were yelling and striking his vehicle,” police added. “He...
    Mark and Patricia McCloskey went viral in June for pointing guns at anti-racist protesters who marched past their home in St. Louis. Associated Press A lawyer representing Mark and Patricia McCloskey told Forbes that the St. Louis couple has received more than 50 offers to replace a rifle that was taken by local authorities under a search warrant.  The McCloskeys went viral last month after they were caught on video pointing what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle with an extended magazine at Black Lives Matter protestors who were marching to a demonstration outside the St. Louis mayor's house. One Missouri gun store posted that they would "gladly rearm" the couple with a new gun for free.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The married St. Louis couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who went viral for pointing guns at protesters marching past their home, have received 50 or more offers to replace their AR-15 rifle which local authorities seized, Forbes reported. Early July, Joel Schwartz, a lawyer representing the married couple said that authorities had seized the rifle Mark...
    The St. Louis couple who went viral on Sunday for pulling guns on Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home have spoken out, detailing the threats they reportedly received that prompted them to take matters into their own hands. What's a brief history here? Black Lives Matter demonstrators on Sunday began forcing their way into a gated community in which the couple lived to demand the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who also lived there. Krewson has been under fire after reportedly revealing personal information about St. Louis residents who support defunding local police. The couple — prominent personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey — pulled out an AR-15-style gun and a pistol to fend off approaching demonstrators. The couple faced a lot of criticism on the internet for brandishing the weapons, and St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said her office is investigating the incident. Gardner added that protesters should not be met with violence, according to KMOV-TV. "I am alarmed...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When the L.A. City Council's special police reform committee meeting began this week, Councilman and Chair Herb Wesson called on his colleagues to make history. "Let's let it take us as far as it can take us, if we're serious about being impactful."Among the eight motions the committee unanimously passed, one measure calls for diverting non-violent calls from the LAPD to unarmed crisis response. There were questions and concerns raised over wording that also stated "non-criminal.""As I'm sure we're all aware are very, very different. In the city of L.A., sleeping on the street, can be a criminal action," said one speaker during public comment. Wesson's office told Eyewitness News that although the word non-criminal is written in the motion, the policy would focus on non-violent cases.MORE: LAUSD board rejects proposal to 'defund' school policeEMBED More News Videos Amid growing calls from activists for the LAUSD to defund the school police department, board members on Tuesday discussed the future role of policing on campus. Another measure directs the LAPD to report how it will investigate allegations...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland lawmakers announced this week $3 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to develop technology that reduces air pollution and recycles carbon waste. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume issued the following statement in a press release: “This new federal funding will invest in innovative new technologies that can improve air quality in our communities for the good of public health and of our environment. We are excited for UMCES and the opportunities this project creates, especially as we work to advance solutions that reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change in Maryland.” This project is one of 11 selected to receive $17 million nationwide. It aims to create a carbon-negative system from CO2 sequestration from power plant flue gases, leading to a scalable and deployable carbon-neutral bioreactor system. Additional information can be found by clicking here.
    Food Network host and comedian John Henson caused controversy when he made a comment insinuating that President Donald Trump isn’t really Barron Trump’s dad. According to People, Henson, who hosts Food Network‘s Halloween Baking Championship, ABC‘s Wipeout and E!‘s Talk Soup tweeted on Father’s Day, “I hope Barron gets to spend today with whoever his dad is.” That tweet has since been deleted, but not before grabbing the attention of some who considered Henson’s comments to be a cheap shot. The comedian replied to some of those who called him out on Twitter saying that it was a “joke” that was aimed at the president and “the mere mention of Barron’s name doesn’t mean it’s at his expense… Although I respect your right to take issue with it.” Barron’s mother, first lady Melania Trump has been highly defensive of her 14-year-old son in the past. This case was no exception and spokesperson for the first lady, Stephanie Grisham, made it clear that they still believe minor children should be “off-limits” to their parent’s critics. “Sadly we continue to see inappropriate...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary McGrath leads Booker in Kentucky with results due next week NY Republican Chris Jacobs wins special election to replace Chris Collins MORE on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to improve the child welfare system, seeking to strengthen foster care and adoption programs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order, which Trump signed in the Oval Office without media present, aims to improve transparency and oversight and increase collaboration between public, private and faith-based groups that focus on child welfare. "Among other changes, the Order seeks to increase partnerships between public, private, faith-based, and community organizations to help keep families together and, when that is not possible, to find children forever families," the White House said in a news release announcing the order. The measure directs Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to assist care-givers by increasing the availability of trauma-informed training, expanding educational options and addressing barriers to accessing federal funding. The order also attempts to improve federal oversight of child welfare requirements by putting HHS in charge...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – In an attempt to boost consumer confidence, the Texas Restaurant Association unveiled a new certification program Wednesday that provides establishments with COVID-19 health and safety training. The TRA and Dallas College created a five-course online program that targets supervisors, takeout and delivery staff, kitchen workers, servers and cleaning crews. “The only way to save the industry is to get consumers back to restaurants,” said Dr. Emily Knight, the CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. A restaurant can earn certification if five employees pass the Texas Restaurant Promise Certification Program, which will cover safety measures, as well as the requirements under Gov. Greg Abbott’s state health standards. Then, the establishment must undergo a series of “secret-shopper” inspections conducted by the hospitality firm, A Closer Look. “We believe strongly that when the customer feels like the restaurant is putting health and safety first, that’s the place where they’ll go back again,” said Chris Gillen, the CEO of A Closer Look. Certified restaurants will display a decal in their front window after completing the program. Nikky Phinyawatana, the owner...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state legislators were prepared Monday for a decisive vote on reforms to increase police accountability and address concerns about institutional racism in state government. The Democrat-led House of Representatives scheduled deliberations Monday on Senate-approved legislation that would mandate police body cameras for all state and local law enforcement officers with the exception of tribal police. Another bill backed by Democratic Reps. Javier Martínez and Patricia Roybal Caballero of Albuquerque is aimed at aimed at identifying and uprooting institutionalized discrimination or racism in state government. Lawmakers are likely to send the governor an economic recovery bill that would offer up to $500 million in low-interest loans to small businesses and local governments. The loans would flow from the state's multibillion-dollar severance tax permanent fund. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Mexico
    UNICEF Korea Committee announced that Korean boy band BTS and Big Hit Entertainment’s ‘LOVE MY SELF’ campaign won the 2020 UNICEF Inspire Awards. The Inspire Awards recognizes the UNICEF campaigns that have had the most influence in countries all over the world over. In 2020, 100 campaigns from 50 countries were eligible for the 18 categories and it is beyond amazing how BTS’ philanthropic efforts were recognised as their campaign won. Talking about BTS’ campaign, the K-Pop band teamed up with UNICEF in 2017 for the same. What K-Pop Stans Means And How BTS Army is Helping in Trending their #BlackLivesMatter Campaign Using Memes and Tweets! They launched a two-year anti-violence campaign called Love Myself that aimed at protecting the youth from violence. Also, BTS fans particularly supported this campaign and were inspired more after RM’s speech during the United Nations General Assembly in 2018. As reported by Soompi, Lee Ki Cheol, the secretary-general of UNICEF Korea said, “BTS’s message that you need to love yourself in order to be able to love others is creating a positive transformation all...
    The nationwide protests calling for defunding police departments has led local governments to move more quickly than they have in the past in pressing for law enforcement reforms. Soon after the escalation of violence against protesters, the Miami-Dade County Police Department announced it would no longer allow the use of chokeholds by its police officers. Other localities like Los Angeles have added their own chokehold bans, but as many have pointed out, chokehold bans are less than a Band-Aid for the kinds of restructuring, reallocation of funding, and true reforms that are needed in order to begin the process of changing the system. Case in point: Eric Garner was killed in 2014 by a police officer who was using a banned chokehold.  Largely superficial bans on chokeholds are a good start, but more must be done—and some communities are taking action. Here’s a rundown of how some local government officials are reforming their police policies. Even with the protests there were sparked worldwide by the deaths of Ahmed Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, it wasn’t until unarmed Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back and killed by police in a Wendy’s parking lot that Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance...
    The University of Texas football team has reportedly submitted a list of demands to the University of Texas administration, and they say they won't participate in any recruitment activities or donor events unless those demands are met. They will, however, continue to practice and play. The demands have been placed on Twitter by at least two University of Texas football players, and reportedly they are submitted on behalf of the entire team, although there is not yet an indication that the entire team has signed on to the demands or whether there are any dissenting voices. Defensive lineman/linebacker Marqez Bimage was one of the players who shared the demands on Twitter. The first demand is that certain buildings on campus be renamed, including buildings named after famous former University of Texas professors and administrators who were open segregationists like Theophilus Painter and Robert Lee Moore. The document also demands the permanent removal of the statue of former Texas Gov. James Hogg, which has been a source of controversy for years. The document...
    Drugstore chains Walgreens and CVS Health have announced that they will stop locking up beauty and hair care products aimed at black women and other women of color, joining Walmart in ending a practice at some stores that has drawn the ire of customers. "We are currently ensuring multicultural hair care and beauty products are not stored behind locked cases at any of our stores," Walgreens said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press late Thursday. Trending News Trump rally-goers must agree they won't sue if they contract coronavirus "Bye-bye Tucker Carlson!" major advertiser says Lawmaker under fire for remark about "colored population" and COVID-19 Lady Antebellum drops "Antebellum" from band name Friends share a beer with neighbors to open a dialogue Walmart on Wednesday said it would ban the practice, which took place at a dozen of its 4,700 stores and became the focus of a federal discrimination lawsuit filed in 2018 that was dropped a year later. Retailers are rethinking their merchandising strategies in the wake of protests across...
    Three Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday aimed at increasing American manufacturing to help limit the nation's dependence on China for prescription drugs, medical supplies and devices. Sens. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced the "Bring Entrepreneurial Advancements to Consumers Here In North America – or the "Beat China Act – to "incentivize pharmaceutical and medical device and supply manufacturers to relocate to the United States," according to a press release from Loeffler's office. The bill is the Senate companion to the "Beat China Act" (H.R. 6690) in the House of Representatives. It would alter the tax code to provide incentives to businesses willing to relocate the production of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and other supplies to the U.S. “For too long, our manufacturing has moved overseas, taking American jobs, jeopardizing our supply chains and forcing us to depend on competitors,” Loeffler said in a statement. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us just how dangerous it is to rely so heavily on other countries, including China, for critical, life-saving products like drugs and medical devices as well as supplies like gowns, masks and swabs. It is time we...
    LeBron James and several other athletes announced Wednesday they are forming a group aimed at energizing black voters and tackling voter suppression in cities ahead of the 2020 election. James, along with Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and others, formed More Than a Vote. LEBRON JAMES ASKS IF HOW WE VOTE IS 'ALSO STRUCTURALLY RACIST' “Because of everything that's going on, people are finally starting to listen to us -- we feel like we're finally getting a foot in the door," James told The New York Times, which reported on the initiative earlier Wednesday. “How long is up to us. We don't know. But we feel like we're getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference.” According to ESPN, More Than a Vote plans to encourage African-Americans to vote in November and expose voter suppression. One key part of voter suppression the group plans to tackle is misinformation through social media. “Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we're also...
    A Harvard University professor has been indicted and charged with making false statements to federal authorities about his participation in a Chinese-run program that seeks to lure scientists to China to advance the communist nation’s “scientific development, economic prosperity, and national security,” the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Dr. Charles Lieber, 61, was arrested on January 28 and indicted this week, the DOJ statement said. “According to charging documents, since 2008, Dr. Lieber has served as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, specializing in the area of nanoscience. Lieber’s research at the Lieber Research Group has been funded by more than $15 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD).  Among other things, these grants required the disclosure of all sources of research support, potential financial conflicts of interest and all foreign collaboration,” the DOJ stated. Lieber’s attorney, Marc Mukasey, told The Associated Press that Lieber didn’t do anything wrong. “He is the victim in this case, not the perpetrator,” Mukasey said. “But he’s also a fighter...
    Democrats unveiled sweeping new legislation Monday that, if passed, would increase accountability of police officers by banning certain practices and significantly curbing immunity from legal consequences stemming from acts committed in the line of duty. The bill comes as Americans across the country have protested against racism and police brutality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, who was pinned to the ground by his neck by a Minneapolis police officer. 'DEFUND THE POLICE' WRESTS SUPPORT FROM POLITICIANS COAST-TO-COAST “We’re here because black Americans want to stop being killed,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., told reporters at a Monday press conference, but noted that “reforming policing is in the best interest of all Americans.” The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would lower the bar for police officers to face criminal prosecution by allowing charges not just in cases where alleged misconduct was intentional, but also in cases of reckless misconduct. It also seeks to incentivize independent investigations at the state and local level and allow more “pattern and practice” investigations by state attorneys general and the U.S. Department of...
    HONOLULU (AP) - A survey of Hawaii primary health care providers reveals struggles to stay in business following changes to compensation by the state’s largest insurer. More than 80% of providers surveyed believe the Hawaii Medical Service Association payment system is putting physicians out of business, Hawaii Public Radio reported Thursday. The study was conducted by health policy organization Aimed Alliance based in Washington, D.C. and funded by the Atherton Family Foundation in Honolulu. TOP STORIES Amy Klobuchar missed chance to prosecute Minneapolis cop now at center of George Floyd death Former Director of National Intelligence Grenell says Democrats lied about Trump Cardi B: Looters who torched AutoZone, ransacked Target and liquor store had no choice “The big concerns are that the pay was too low and they felt this disincentivized them to practice medicine and that it was contributing to provider shortages that were already occurring in Hawaii,” Aimed Alliance counsel Stacey Worthy said. The study surveyed 60 primary care providers in the association’s payment transformation program and found a majority believed the program caused an increase in...
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