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Man in Joker mask charged with torching police car during Chicago protest
A man has been charged with torching a police car while wearing a Joker mask during a violent George Floyd protest in Chicago, according to federal prosecutors. Timothy O’Donnell, 31, was filmed looking like Batman’s anarchy-loving archnemesis as he opened the squad car’s gas tank and put in a lit object as the officer’s investigated...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:28:25 -0400)

Trump retweets Biden speech calling for ‘beyond close ties’ with China
President Trump retweeted a clip on Thursday of a video of a speech Joe Biden gave to a Chinese university in which he called on the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the United States to extend into all aspects of American life. The tweet was originally posted last week by The National Pulse,...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:24:32 -0400)

Russia declares state of emergency over fuel spill in Arctic Circle
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared a state of emergency and assailed a subsidiary of a metals giant over a 20,000-ton diesel spill into a Siberian river in the Arctic Circle, according to reports. Putin slammed the head of the Norilsk Nickel subsidiary that runs the NTEK power plant, where a fuel reservoir collapsed near...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:23:52 -0400)

Thieves steal $16,000 worth of drones from Manhattan DJI store: cops
Surveillance footage released Thursday shows a pack of thieves breaking into a Manhattan drone store and swiping six pricey quadcopters. The five men targeted the DJI store on Broadway near West 52nd Street in Midtown around 11:25 p.m. Saturday, cops said. They’re shown shoving the glass door until it falls to the ground, and then...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:22:03 -0400)

Authorities believe missing British girl Madeleine McCann is dead
Madeleine was 3 years old when she disappeared from her bed at a resort in Praia da Luz the night of May 3, 2007, as her parents, Kate and Gerry, dined at a restaurant nearby.
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:46:02 -0400)

South Korea vows to end border protests after Kim Jong Un’s sister’s threat
South Korea said Thursday it plans to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border – hours after Kim Jong Un’s sister threatened to cancel a recent bilateral military agreement with Seoul if the activity continues. Kim Yo Jong, the Hermit Kingdom’s leader’s younger sister and key adviser, issued the warning after propaganda leaflets...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:25:44 -0400)

W. Virginia woman who faked death to avoid prison found hiding in closet
A West Virginia woman faked her death to avoid a potential 10-year prison term — but was found hiding in a closet at home after a massive three-day search, according to authorities. Julie Wheeler was reported missing Sunday by her husband and 17-year-old son who said she fell over the main overlook at the New...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:19:59 -0400)

California dad wants cop fired for pointing gun at his toddler son
A California dad is calling for the badge of a cop who was pictured aiming a weapon toward him and his two-year-old son at a George Floyd protest.
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 08:16:46 -0400)

FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigates stabbing of NYPD cop in Brooklyn
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has joined the investigation into the stabbing of an NYPD cop in Brooklyn. The feds arrived early Thursday at the Flatbush apartment building of the man accused of stabbing the cop in the neck. Agents could be seen at the address on East 22nd Street in an apparent search...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 06:59:40 -0400)

Dozens injured in knife attack at China kindergarten
BEIJING — A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The motive remains unknown. The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 02:18:49 -0400)

AOC endorses Eliot Engel challenger Jamaal Bowman in Bronx congressional race
WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed the Democratic primary challenger of a veteran House committee chairman whose New York district is adjacent to her own, the progressive freshman’s latest challenge to party leaders. Ocasio-Cortez, who in less than two years has shot from obscurity to one of Congress’ most recognized names and faces, used...
(Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:31:13 -0400)

Earthquake in Southern California pegged at magnitude 5.5
A strong earthquake striking in Southern California on Wednesday evening was initially pegged at magnitude 5.5, according to a report. The epicenter was believed to be around Ridgecrest, 52 miles from Barstow, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Los Angeles Times reported. The surrounding area has seen five quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:44:34 -0400)

George Floyd tested positive for coronavirus in April, full autopsy reveals
George Floyd had tested positive for the coronavirus in April, though it was not a factor in his death, his full autopsy has revealed. Floyd was likely no longer symptomatic when four Minneapolis police officers killed him during an arrest on Monday, according to Dr. Andrew Baker, the chief medical examiner at Hennepin County. “Since...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:02:55 -0400)

Video shows car drive through crowd of protesters in California
A man was arrested Wednesday night after ramming his Mini Cooper through a crowd of protesters peacefully demonstrating in California after the death of George Floyd, video shows. Dozens of people are heard screaming “Oh my God” as the car, which had Arizona plates, speeds through the Newport Beach Pier protest, video taken by KTTV...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 22:23:06 -0400)

Trump defends his ‘photo op’ while visiting fire-damaged Washington church
President Trump on Wednesday defended as “very symbolic” his visit to a fire-damaged church near the White House. But Trump said he didn’t know anti-police-brutality protesters, who had occupied the area for days, would be cleared out of the way ahead of the visit. “Now, when I said, ‘Go to the church’, I didn’t know...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 22:08:00 -0400)

Aspiring rapper arrested for telling fans to kill cops over George Floyd death
A wannabe Florida rapper was arrested after telling fans to kill cops in an Instagram post, a report said Wednesday. Cale Groff, 20, was arrested Tuesday by St. Petersburg Police after calling on fans to gather at a local mall and throw bricks through the windows, according to the arrest affidavit obtained by The Smoking...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:51:14 -0400)

AOC, Warren and Harris among notable politicians protesting for George Floyd
Members of Congress on both sides of the political aisle are being spotted among the thousands of demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd. On Tuesday evening, protesters gathering outside the White House were joined by former 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who was seen alongside her husband Bruce Mann and their golden...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:33:41 -0400)

Trump says he had the ‘honor’ of firing James Mattis
President Trump blasted former Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday night, saying he had the “honor” of firing him hours after the general accused the president of abusing his power. Trump lodged his attack a Mattis in a series of tweets at about 9 p.m., calling him “the world’s most overrated General.” “Probably the only thing...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:33:12 -0400)

Thieves looting TVs from moving train captured in wild video
A jaw-dropping video appears to show a crowd of thieves looting TVs from a moving train near Chicago on Sunday as protests over the death of George Floyd rage. The footage, posted on YouTube Tuesday, shows dozens of people climbing aboard the snail-paced cargo train and raiding boxes of big screen TVs. Some of the...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:00:33 -0400)

AG Barr deploys Bureau of Prisons tactical units to Miami, Washington
Attorney General William Barr ordered the deployment of special tactical units from the federal Bureau of Prisons to respond to protests in Washington, DC, and Miami, an agency spokesperson said. The units — which make up BOP’s specialized crises management teams — “are highly trained tactical units capable of responding to prison disturbances, and providing...
(Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:30:32 -0400)