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Unarmed Chicago teen Paul O’Neal died from police gunshot to the back, autopsy says

Paul O'Neal shot ion back

A Chicago teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer last month took his fatal wound in the back, an autopsy revealed Wednesday.

A medical examiner’s report revealed 18-year-old Paul O’Neal, who was unarmed, died from a single shot to his back and had no drugs in his system.

The report, obtained by the Chicago Tribune, said the officer who killed O’Neal during a foot chase fired five shots from his Glock 9mm handgun — and four missed.


July 2016 Was The Hottest Month Ever Recorded

July 2016 hottest month on recordIf  July felt horrendously hot, that’s because it was.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ― two leading global authorities on climate ― both say July 2016 was not only the hottest July on record, but the most sizzling month in the history of record-keeping.

NOAA on Wednesday said July’s global average temperature was 62.01 degrees, 1.57 degrees above the 20th-century average. NASA, which uses a slightly different methodology, said Monday the average global temperature in July was 1.51 degrees above average. Both agencies pegged July as the hottest month since monitoring began in 1880.


Donald Trump shakes up campaign team

Trump The Republican nominee tapped pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager and Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon as campaign chief executive, Conway confirmed to POLITICO early Wednesday morning.

The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.


Manafort helped Ukraine party secretly pay US lobbyists: report


Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort helped a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine secretly funnel more than $2 million to two lobbying organizations in Washington, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the effort, the AP reported that the $2.2 million in payments was concealed in order to mask the party’s efforts to influence U.S. lawmakers.


82,000 Evacuated Over Wildfire Near L.A.

82,000 evacuated over LA wildfires

A raging wildfire east of Los Angeles has grown to 18,000 acres, forcing more than 82,000 people to evacuate, fire officials said Tuesday night.

And despite intense efforts to put out the Blue Cut Fire -- named because it started near a trail called Blue Cut -- it remains 0 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said.

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Trump Casinos Got $25M Tax Break Under Christie

Trump Casinos got $25m tax breakGov. Chris Christie’s New Jersey tax collectors let Donald Trump off the hook for almost $25 million in back taxes, according to The New York Times. In 2010, New Jersey auditors had been working for years to collect overdue taxes—totaling nearly $30 million—owed by Trump’s casinos in the state.

New Jersey had  pursued the issue aggressively for nearly six years, including at one point accusing the company of filing false reports with its casino regulators. But then, the Times reports, Christie took office, and the state agreed instead to accept just $5 million to settle the matter.


Researchers confirm astronomical nature of ancient Scottish stones

Stonehenge For the first time, researchers have confirmed the astronomical accuracy of Britain's earliest stone structures. According to scientists at the University of Adelaide, the great circles traced the paths of the moon and sun at the time of their construction, 5,000 years ago.

"Nobody before this has ever statistically determined that a single stone circle was constructed with astronomical phenomena in mind -- it was all supposition," Gail Higginbottom, visiting research fellow at Adelaide and leader of the recent research effort, said in a news release.


Israel to demolish Bedouin school near Jerusalem

Israel to demolish Bedouin school

A protest is set to take place outside a school in Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, after Israeli authorities ordered it be shut down and demolished.

The solidarity protest, organised by the Palestinian Ministry of Education, was staged after village residents and the Italian Ambassador were informed in writing on Monday of Israel's decision to shutter the school, which accommodates 170 students from five different Bedouin communities in the region, community spokesman Eid Abo Khamis told Al Jazeera.


Embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Resigns After Perjury Conviction

Kathleen KaneA day after she was convicted of perjury and other offenses, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, announced her resignation, effective at the end of the workday Wednesday.

In a statement, Kane said Tuesday, "I have been honored to serve the people of Pennsylvania and I wish them health and safety in all their days."


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