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Violent protests again draw attention to Portland, Oregon

AntiFascist protests in OregonViral videos of bloody skirmishes between right-wing activists and self-described anti-fascists have drawn national attention to Portland, Oregon — a city of storied political activism that has struggled to keep the peace at dueling rallies illustrating a microcosm of the nation's political division.

Tensions erupted most recently this month when members of the so-called "antifa" movement showed up at a march organized by a right-wing group called Patriot Prayer.

As police tried to keep order, fist fights broke out in a string of downtown parks fringed with aspen trees and dotted with plaques honoring Portland's founders and fallen World War II soldiers.


Ex-Spartan football players avoid jail in sex assault case

Michan U former fooball players avoid jail time for rapeThree former Michigan State University football players accused in the sexual assault of a woman have avoided jail time after pleading guilty.

Josh King, Donnie Corley Jr. and Demetric Vance were sentenced Wednesday to three years' probation, as well as sex offender treatment and therapy. They pleaded guilty in April to seducing an unmarried woman, a reduced charge.

They could have been imprisoned for up to five years. Prosecutors recommended no jail time.


Contract worker at White House arrested on attempted first-degree murder warrant

Man accused of murder arrested at WHAuthorities say a man wanted on an arrest warrant from a Maryland county was taken into custody when he reported for work at the White House, where he was employed as a private contractor.

News outlets report 29-year-old Martese Edwards was taken into custody at a checkpoint Tuesday. Prince George's County police say a man with the same name was wanted on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

The Secret Service didn't provide the man's precise job or where he worked at the White House.



Miss America drops swimsuit competition: 'We are no longer a pageant'

Miss Ameria contest drops swim suit segmentMiss America is dropping the swimsuit portion of its competition nearly 100 years after the annual event began.

Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson said on Tuesday's episode of Good Morning America that the organization is ending the portion to redirect focus from candidates' physical appearance to their achievements.


Handbag designer Kate Spade dead at 55

Kate Spade, designer, dead at 55Famed handbag designer Kate Spade has died at age 55.

Spade, the namesake and co-founder of Kate Spade New York, was found dead Tuesday at her Park Avenue home on the Upper East Side, according to the New York Daily News.

TMZ reported Spade was discovered at 10:20 a.m. ET. The designer was pronounced dead on the scene.

Law enforcement sources told NBC News 4 a staff member found Spade hanged from a scarf. The circumstances surrounding her death are under investigation.


Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker who wouldn't make same-sex wedding cake

SCOTUS rules for baker in sames sex weedink caseThe Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake to celebrate the marriage of a same sex couple because of a religious objection.

The court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward the baker based on his religious beliefs. The ruling is a win for baker Jack Phillips, who cited his beliefs as a Christian, but leaves unsettled broader constitutional questions on religious liberty.
"Today's decision is remarkably narrow, and leaves for another day virtually all of the major constitutional questions that this case presented," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law. "It's hard to see the decision setting a precedent."


FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Nightclub Customer When He Does A Backflip

Off duty FBI agent does back flip, shoots bystander

His dance moves were a killer. But his back flip could have proved fatal.

An off-duty FBI agent was impressing a crowd at a downtown Denver distillery and bar with dance moves and an improvised back flip — until his handgun tumbled out of his waistband holster and a round went off as he picked it up, injuring another clubgoer.

The victim was hit in the lower leg and taken to a local hospital but is expected to be OK, according to Denver Police.

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