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NASCAR says noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage at Talladega

Bubba Wallace

A noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, on Sunday, less than two weeks after Wallace, who is NASCAR's only Black driver, successfully pushed the stock car racing series to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities.

"Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act," NASCAR said in a statement. "We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.

"As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all."

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Art teacher arrested at Trump rally plans to fight charge

Art teacher Sheila Buck will fight charges after arrest in Tulsa

When Sheila Buck left her apartment two blocks from President Trump’s rally Saturday, she knew she might provoke some people with her black “I can’t breathe” T-shirt. She wound up handcuffed in a jail cell for hours, as video of her arrest played on television.

Buck had reserved a ticket to Trump’s rally days earlier. She planned to attend to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, despite the risk to her health and safety.

A little after noon on Saturday, she showed her ticket to police and stepped into the outdoor area cordoned off for the event. When she knelt down to pray, she was asked to leave. When she refused, she was arrested at the request of the Trump campaign.

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American Museum of Natural History to remove Teddy Roosevelt statue

Natural History Museum removes Teddy Roosevelt statueThe American Museum of Natural History in New York City will remove a statue of former president Theodore Roosevelt from outside its main entrance.

The move, announced on Sunday, follows incidents across the US in which statues of Confederate generals and leaders and other historical figures linked to slavery and the dispossession of indigenous Americans have been forcibly removed or destroyed.

In San Francisco on Friday a statue of another president, Ulysses S Grant, was among monuments pulled down in Golden Gate Park. Grant led Union armies to victory in the civil war and as president fought the Ku Klux Klan. But before defeating the slave-owning Confederacy he married into a slave-owning family and briefly owned a slave himself.

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All eyes on Roberts ahead of Supreme Court's abortion ruling

SC Justice John RobertsChief Justice John Roberts is under the microscope as the Supreme Court prepares to issue its first major ruling on abortion rights in the Trump era, which will give the clearest indication yet of the court’s willingness to revisit protections that were first granted in Roe v. Wade.

The tie-breaking vote may rest with Roberts, and the case stands to test his role as the court’s new ideological center as well as his allegiance to past rulings.

A decision could come as early as Monday, following a blockbuster week at the court. Roberts joined narrow majorities last week to extend civil rights protections to gay and transgender people, and block the Trump administration’s plan to end a deportation shield for young undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

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Air Force chooses JoAnne Bass as first woman to serve as top enlisted leader: 'The history of the moment isn’t lost on me'

JoAnne S. BassThe Air Force on Friday selected Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass to be its next chief master sergeant, the first woman to serve as its top enlisted leader. Bass, whose mother is Korean, is also the first Asian-American to hold the position, the Air Force Times reported.

Her appointment comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Gen. Charles Q. Brown on June 9 to be the Air Force's 22nd chief of staff. He will be the first Black person to lead a U.S. military service.

It was Brown who appointed Bass as the 19th chief master sergeant, calling it one of his most critical decisions before taking office in August, according to the news release.

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John Bolton says Trump's White House 'like living inside a pinball machine'

John Bolton interviewIf he had been a senator during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial earlier this year, John Bolton says he probably would have voted for a conviction.

There's a certain irony in that, given that Trump's former national security adviser, out Tuesday with an explosive new book about his former boss, refused to testify in the House impeachment hearings and then offered to testify in the Senate trial if subpoenaed; Senate Republicans predictably declined before voting to acquit.

But on that, as on most things, Bolton is unapologetic about his decisions. He is not a man given to second thoughts or particularly worried about provoking the person generally seen as the most powerful in the world, the one who went to court to try to stop publication of the book and seize his proceeds.

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Teenager killed in Seattle protest zone shooting, one wounded

Cap Hill Auto zone killingSeattle police on Saturday said they were investigating the fatal shooting of one person and wounding of another in a part of the city occupied by activists protesting against police brutality and racial inequality across America.

The Seattle Police Department said it was investigating a shooting at 10th Avenue and East Pine inside the Capital Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area, which has been occupied by activists without any known police presence since June 8, when Seattle police abandoned the East Precinct located there.

The police said they responded to a report of shots fired in Cal Anderson Park at about 2:30 a.m. PDT (0930 GMT) only to learn that two male victims had already been moved to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics.

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Coronavirus updates: Florida cases spike, D.L. Hughley collapses onstage, Arizona sheriff who tests positive won't wear mask

Sheriff mark Lamb refuses to weark mask despite testing positiveAt his Tulsa campaign rally Saturday night, President Trump said he told his administration to scale back coronavirus testing to keep numbers down. We also learned six campaign staffers, including at least two Secret Service agents, tested positive for coronavirus.

The same day, Florida reported a record number of daily cases and several other states reported spikes — including Oklahoma.

In Arizona, a sheriff who tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of a meeting with President Trump has said he still has no plans to wear a mask in public or enforce any orders requiring people to do so.

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President Donald Trump slammed for using offensive, 'racist' remarks at Tulsa rally

Trump's racist comments at Tulsa rallyPresident Donald Trump drew fire from critics Saturday for sprinkling racially divisive stereotypes throughout his remarks at a high-profile campaign rally in Tulsa as the nation is grappling with racism and police misconduct.

Speaking after protests and unrest broke out in cities across the nation following the death of George Floyd last month, Trump described violent protesters he claimed had forced the cancellation of a separate outdoor campaign event in Tulsa as "thugs." He used the term "kung flu" to describe the coronavirus. And he blasted the removal of Confederate statues, arguing that a "left wing mob" wanted to "vandalize our history."

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