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NSA spied on millions of US communications in 2016

NSA spied on millions in US despite lawThe US National Security Agency (NSA) collected more than 151 million records of Americans' phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk call records.

A report from the office of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats presented the first measure of the effects of the 2015 USA Freedom Act, which limited the NSA to collecting phone records and contacts of people that the US and allied intelligence agencies suspect may have ties to "terrorism".

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American University’s Black Students Targeted With Bananas Hanging From Nooses

American University targets black students with banans hung on noosesFor the second time this school year, black students at American University in Washington, D.C. were the target of a hateful and racist act on campus.

On Monday, photos of bananas hanging by nooses were circulating online, featuring the words “AKA” ― the predominantly African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha ― and “Harambe,” an apparent reference to the gorilla that Cincinnati zoo officials killed last year. The bananas were found at a shuttle bus stop, a dining hall and near an undergraduate residence hall.

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Cops change their story after an officer kills unarmed teen outside a party

Texas teen killed by police who change storyPolice in a Dallas suburb have changed their story on the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a teenager outside a house party over the weekend.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber initially said a car was moving "aggressively" toward officers when one of them fired into it Saturday night, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, but the chief told reporters Monday he "misspoke."

Haber said body camera footage of the incident showed the car was driving forward, away from the officers, not reversing toward them.

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State Department issues travel alert for Europe this summer

Travel alert issued for european travelThe U.S. State Department urged citizens going to Europe this summer to be extra vigilant, issuing a travel alert to the continued threat of terrorist attacks.

The alert cited recent attacks in France, which will elect a new president next week, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

"While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks," the alert said.

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Former South Carolina Cop to Plead Guilty in Walter Scott's Death

Cop in Walter Scott killing pleads guiltyA white former South Carolina police officer planned to plead guilty Tuesday to violating the civil rights of an unarmed black motorist he shot and killed as the man ran from a 2015 traffic stop, according to a copy of the plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press.

The 13-page document also notes that as part of the deal, state prosecutors would drop a pending murder charge against Michael Slager, effectively bringing to a close both parallel cases against the former North Charleston police officer.

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Dallas Paramedic Shot Treating Shooting Victim; Gunman, 2nd Person Found Dead

Dallas paramedic shotThe gunman suspected of opening fire on and critically wounding a Dallas paramedic providing aid to a shooting victim Monday morning has been found dead inside a home along with another deceased person, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed Monday afternoon.

The injured Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic is in critical but stable condition and has been moved to the ICU after undergoing surgery. Rawlings said the paramedic will need additional surgeries and extensive medical treatment to fully recover.

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Gay-Conversion Therapy Ban Survives as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

Gay coversion therapy ban upheld by SCOTUSThe U.S. Supreme Court let stand a California law that bans licensed therapists from working with children to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight, rejecting an appeal that said the measure violates religious rights.

The rebuff leaves intact a federal appeals court decision upholding California’s 2012 first-of-its-kind law. The measure prohibits the form of counseling known as “conversion therapy.”

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