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Trump protesters weigh in on NYC visit

Trump protest in NYCThousands of protesters are assembling for President Donald Trump’s homecoming Thursday as dozens of civil rights, immigration and women’s advocacy groups mobilized opponents.

Hours before Trump was scheduled to arrive in New York, demonstrators gathered on Manhattan's West Side, near the Intrepid aircraft carrier that now holds the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where the president will dine with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Thursday night, May 4, 2017. Some demonstrators banged pots, while others carried anti-Trump signs.

Thousands of protesters are assembling for President Donald Trump’s homecoming Thursday as dozens of civil rights, immigration and women’s advocacy groups mobilized opponents.


Levee breaks in Arkansas as record flooding continues to plague the region

Levee breaks in ArkansasPervasive flooding continues to plague parts of the Midwest and South, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Missouri is bracing for what could be a dangerous, record-breaking week, and a levee breach just below the border in Arkansas could present a life-and-death situation, the NWS reported.

A levee breach has been confirmed along the Black River in Pocahontas, a small city located in Randolph County, Arkansas, which is close to the border of Missouri, according to the NWS. Weather officials called the situation "life threatening" due to the risk of flash flooding.


White House Trump transition staffers head to K Street despite lobbying ban

Trump staffers become lobbyists despite banDonald Trump promised last year to “drain the swamp” of Washington, starting with barring people who worked on his presidential transition from lobbying for six months afterward.

But three months after Trump moved into the White House, at least nine people who worked on his transition have registered as lobbyists, highlighting holes in the president’s pledge to keep people from cashing in on government service.


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".


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.


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.


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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