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William Chapman shooting: Virginia officer found guilty of manslaughter

Officer in Chapman shooting guilty of manslaughterA police officer in southern Virginia was convicted of manslaughter and jurors recommended a sentence of two and a half years in prison on Thursday for his fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old during a confrontation over a suspected shoplifting.

Jurors at Portsmouth circuit court found Stephen Rankin guilty of voluntary manslaughter for killing William Chapman in April last year. It was Rankin’s second fatal shooting of an unarmed man in the city.

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Harvard GOP Club Calls Trump ‘A Threat To The Survival Of The Republic’

Harvard GOP Club calls Trump a threat to the countryA Republican student group at Harvard University released a statement on Thursday denouncing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic,” the Harvard Republican Club statement says. “His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy.”

“He isn’t eschewing political correctness,” the statement continues. “He is eschewing basic human decency.”

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Alex Baer: Fables for a Modern Age

Emperor TrumpThere came a sturm und drang-y time in the nation when the old myths, tales, and dreams no longer applied for 99 percent of the people.

And so, the great mass of people gnashed their remaining teeth and cried out for help, pleading and beseeching into all corners of the land, seeking a new champion to set things right -- to have new stories constructed, which would then help the People survive their overly restrained and heavily-regulated lives at the hands of a cruel and unjust emperor, called the President.

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U.S. Officials Literally Laughing at Donald Trump’s ‘Top Secret’ Iran Video Claim

officials laugh at Trump's claimsThe Donald swore he had access to classified information. The folks with access to no-shit secrets say that’s a lie.

U.S. national security officials are literally laughing at Donald Trump’s claim that he watched a “top secret” Iranian-military produced video showing its government scurrying to grab pallets filled with hundreds of millions of dollars.

“It didn’t happen,” one U.S. official said. “That was not part of any briefing.”

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How USA Gymnastics failed to report abuse cases by coaches

usa gymnasticsUSA Gymnastics would not disclose the total number of sexual misconduct allegations it receives each year. But records show the organization compiled complaint dossiers on more than 50 coaches and filed them in a drawer in its executive office in Indianapolis. The contents of those files remain secret, hidden under seal in the case filed by Ganser’s daughter. IndyStar, as part of the USA TODAY Network, filed a motion seeking to make the files public. The judge in that case has not yet ruled.

But even without access to those files, IndyStar tracked down four cases in which USA Gymnastics was warned of suspected abuse by coaches but did not initiate a report to authorities.

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Afghanistan: Taliban claims attack on foreign tourists

Youris convoy hit in AfghanisstanForeign tourists being escorted by an army convoy in western Afghanistan have been ambushed by gunmen in an attack that left at least seven people wounded, Afghan officials say.

Twelve tourists from the UK, the US and Germany were attacked in the Chesht-e-Sharif district of Herat province on Thursday while on their way to Herat from Bamiyan and Ghor provinces.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the foreigners were killed - a claim the governor's office denied.

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Gaps in Melania Trump's immigration story raise questions

Melania TrumpAlthough she may be a proud citizen, Trump’s own statements suggest she may not have followed all applicable laws, immigration experts say.

In a January profile in Harper’s Bazaar, Trump said she would return home from New York to renew her visa every few months. “It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are,” she said. “You follow the rules. You follow the law. Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa. After a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001.”

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Israel razes West Bank homes of Palestinian attackers

Israel rzes West Bank housesIsraeli forces have razed the southern West Bank homes of two Palestinian men accused of shooting dead four Israelis at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot in early June, Palestinian sources have told Al Jazeera.

Mohammad Makhamrah, 22, and his cousin Khaled Makhamrah, 21, were charged last month with murder, conspiring to murder and attempted murder, along with a third suspect who allegedly provided them with guns before the attack at the Sarona market, an area with restaurants and cafes.

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Bob Alexander: Laff Riot

Bob Alexander: Laff RiotBoth Conventions are over … the presidential candidates are set in stone … and as Stephen King wrote, “The moon is down and the hour is none.”

Bernie Sanders received more votes and more pledged delegates than Hillary Clinton did in the primaries. But the Zombie Queen emerged victorious from the shitshow the DNC staged in Philadelphia. How?

Hillary Clinton stole the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders.

The End.

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