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Calls Grow for Michigan Mayor to Resign After Saying He Could See How Someone Becomes a White Supremacist

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In Harper Woods, Mich., protests have been ongoing since the death of Priscilla Slater, a Black woman, while in police custody in June. The town’s longtime mayor is now facing growing calls to resign because of comments he made sympathizing with white supremacists after his wife got into an altercation with protesters.

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The Detroit Free Press reports that Harper Woods City Manager John Szymanski added his voice to those requesting that Mayor Kenneth Poynter resign...

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Minnesota seeks to punish rodeo organizers who bucked governor’s safety order

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The organizers of a rodeo in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Effie are facing state punishment after disregarding warnings not to hold the event in violation of an executive order restricting the size of public gatherings. It’s the first time the state has brought an enforcement action against an entertainment venue that has operated “in open defiance of the law,” Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a news release.

Meanwhile, at least one person who attended the rodeo has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Ellison on Friday filed a complaint in Itasca County District Court against North Star Ranch for alleged violations of Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order limiting attendance at public events during the pandemic.

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Twitter hack and Bitcoin scam: A teen and 2 youth charged in July 15 attack

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Miami: A British man, a Florida man and a Florida teen hacked the Twitter accounts of prominent politicians, celebrities and technology moguls to scam people around the globe out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin, authorities said Friday.

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, was arrested Friday in Tampa, where the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office will prosecute him as adult. He faces 30 felony charges, according to a news release. Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K., and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, were charged in California federal court.

In one of the most high-profile security breaches in recent years, hackers sent out bogus tweets on July 15 from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-fou...

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Friday’s Best Deals: Anker Chargers, Razer Gold Box, Captain America Statue, TaoTronics Percussion Massager, Ella Paradis July Sale, and More

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Minnesota facing $4.7 billion budget deficit fueled by pandemic

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Minnesota lawmakers are facing a potential $4.7 billion deficit in the next two-year budget as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to gobble up more resources than the state gets in revenue.

Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans said in a new planning estimate Friday that the pandemic has made economic conditions “extremely volatile.” The new revenue update, he added, “gives us more information about the budget problems we need to solve during this current biennium and the next.”

The updated numbers for 2022 and 2023, coming ahead of a state bond sale, continue a stunning deterioration of state finances in a matter of months. A February economic forecast showed the state had a projected $1...

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Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok’s US business, say reports

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New York: Amid reports that President Donald Trump will order China’s ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok’s US operations because of national-security concerns, Microsoft has emerged as a leading buyer.

“We are looking at TikTok,” Trump told reporters Friday at the White House. “We may be banning TikTok.”

Reports by Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal citing anonymous sources said the administration could soon announce a decision ordering ByteDance to divest its ownership in TikTok.

There have been reports of US tech giants and financial firms being interested in buying or investing in TikTok. The New York Times and Bloomberg, citing an unidentified source, reported Friday that Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok...

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Naturally, the Oprah Winfrey Network Wants You to #OWNYourVote, Launches Voting Initiative for Black Women

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You’ve probably heard it countless times, but it can’t be said enough: 2020 is an extremely pivotal presidential election year.

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As such, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has launched “a bipartisan registration and get-out-the-vote campaign partnering with national and local grassroots and voting rights organizations to provide tools and resources that will empower Black women to vote this November.” OWN is the leading network for Black women, so targeting this particular demographic makes sense. What also makes sense? The name of the initiative: #OWNYourVote.

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The initiative highlights key issues that directly affect Black women such as racism, discrimination, social security, af...

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Trump, GOP soften opposition to $600 weekly jobless benefit

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WASHINGTON — The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600 per week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but is expiring Friday.

President Donald Trump is plainly eager to extend the benefit, undercutting his GOP allies on Capitol Hill who have spent considerable effort on devising an alternative to it that could unite Republicans.

The unemployment insurance is a principal element as talks continue on a COVID-19 relief bill, which is expected to grow considerably from a $1 trillion-plus GOP draft released this week. Top Democrats announced a meeting with administration representatives for Saturday morning after late-night talks at the Capitol failed to produce a breakthrough Thursday.

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Sushant Singh Rajput death: Enforcement Directorate files case against Rhea, others

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday filed a money laundering case on the basis of a Bihar Police FIR in which Sushant Singh Rajput’s father has accused actress Rhea Chakraborty and her family of abetting the Bollywood actor”s suicide.

The central probe agency had recently called for the Bihar police first investigation report (FIR) and after studying it, the ED decided to slap charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), officials said.

They said an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) has been filed against the accused named in the Bihar Police FIR that includes Chakraborty, her family and six others.

Chakraborty and some others are expected to be called for questioning in the case soon, official sources said.

Rajput, 34, was found hanging in hi...

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