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Facebook Says Vigilant Over Posts Inciting Violence Ahead Of Chauvin Trial Verdict

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Facebook Says Vigilant Over Posts Inciting Violence Ahead of Chauvin Trial Verdict
Mon 19th April 2021 | 10:39 PM
Facebook announced on Monday a set of measures in the runup to the verdict of Derek Chauvin to curb posts that may lead to civil unrest or violence, including posts that celebrate or mock the death of George Floyd
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 19th April, 2021) Facebook announced on Monday a set of measures in the runup to the verdict of Derek Chauvin to curb posts that maylead to civil unrest or violence, including posts that celebrate or mock the death of George Floyd.

California Is One Of The Unluckiest States In America

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Several aspects of life were taken into account to determine the unluckiest states. To rank all 50 states, Best Life "... looked we looked at accident mortality by state according to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate of accidental death measures death from unintentional injuries stemming from incidents like drug overdoses, vehicular accidents, and falls ... the number of official natural diasters that have occurred in each state since 1953 .... the number of Powerball jackpot winners in all 45 states where the game is available ... data on each state's unemployment rate..."
California has a 35.9 percent rate of accidental death, 336 federally declared natural disasters, 9 Powerball winners, and an 8.5 percent unemployment rate.

Former Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse has died

Former Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse has died
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Betsy Hammond, oregonlive.com
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The interior of the Elizabeth Furse's house in Helvatia is a reflection of her interests, the creative talent of her family and her own artistic projects. The photo was taken in 2014, when she ran for a seat on the Washington County Commission.
Elizabeth Furse, who represented northwest Oregon in Congress for three terms in the 1990s, died peacefully at home Sunday at age 84 from complications related to a fall, her former husband said Monday.
A lifelong activist, Furse championed the rights of Native Americans and helped five Oregon tribes to regain federal recognition. She also worked to advance the rights of women, children and farm workers, and she advocated for peace and nuclear disarmament and environmental regulation and land use rules.

Medical Ruling: Capitol Cop Sicknick Died of Natural Causes

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U.S. Capitol Police said that the agency accepted the medical examiner's findings but that the ruling didn't change the fact that Sicknick had died in the line of duty, “courageously defending Congress and the Capitol.”
“The attack on our officers, including Brian, was an attack on our democracy,” police officials said in a statement. “The United States Capitol Police will never forget Officer Sicknick’s bravery, nor the bravery of any officer on January 6, who risked their lives to defend our democracy."
Federal prosecutors have charged two men with using bear spray on Sicknick during the Jan. 6 riot. The arrests of George Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Julian Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, were the closest federal prosecutors have come to identifying and charging anyone associated with the five deaths that happened during and after the riot.

Feds weighing how to respond after verdict in Chauvin trial

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, including considering whether President Joe Biden should address the nation and dispatching specially trained community facilitators from the Justice Department, aides and officials told The Associated Press.
Closing arguments began Monday in Chauvin’s trial with a prosecutor telling jurors that the officer “had to know” he was squeezing the life out of George Floyd as he cried over and over that he couldn’t breathe and finally fell silent. Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Died of Strokes After Jan. 6 Riot

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U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died the day after he defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered strokes and died of natural causes, D.C.’s chief medical examiner ruled.
Sicknick, 42, collapsed hours after the riot and died Jan. 7, in what officials consider a line-of-duty death.
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Federal authorities have been clear that Sicknick was assaulted with a powerful chemical spray in his face. They've said Sicknick and other officers were overpowered and potentially briefly blinded by that spray while on the front lines.

Cussin' Cheerleader's Supreme Court Case Could Pose Challenge for Woke Schools

Brandi Levy's case could have major implications for student free speech
Cheerleaders / YouTube screenshot Kevin Daley • April 19, 2021 6:15 pm
Brandi Levy was at a convenience store called Cocoa Hut when she posted a Snapchat that would land her in the Supreme Court.
The rising sophomore wanted to broadcast her anger after learning she would spend a second year on the JV cheer squad at her Scranton-area school. "Fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything," Levy captioned a selfie in which she held up the middle finger. Her coaches removed her from the team after they saw a screenshot of the photo. That punitive step set off a major First Amendment battle over school power to police student speech off campus, which the justices will consider later this month.

Minneapolis, other cities boost security ahead of Chauvin verdict

Minneapolis, other cities boost security ahead of Chauvin verdict
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The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
(Reuters) - Minneapolis and other U.S. cities were ramping up security measures on Monday, girding for possible protests after a jury delivers a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck.
Citing the "threat of civil unrest," Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a preemptive state of emergency in the Minneapolis metropolitan area and requested security assistance from other states. Local officers were stretched, he said, having policed a week of protests over the fatal police shooting of a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb and bracing for more protests over the Chauvin trial verdict.

VP Kamala Harris visits N.C. to discuss American Jobs Plan, tour electric bus facility "There isn't only one path to success"

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VP Kamala Harris visits N.C. to discuss American Jobs Plan, tour electric bus facility “There isn’t only one path to success”
Governor Roy Cooper accompanied Vice President Kamala Harris Monday to tour Thomas Built Buses, a manufacturer of electric school buses, which, according to the White House, are a “pillar of the American Jobs Plan’s investment in electric vehicles.” (Source: via CBS Newspath)
By WBTV Web Staff | April 14, 2021 at 7:05 PM EDT - Updated April 19 at 7:05 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Vice President Kamala Harris visited North Carolina Monday, traveling to Greensboro and High Point. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper joined her.

Having trouble making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Washington? Here are some tips

Having trouble making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Washington? Here are some tips
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On April 15, everyone age 16 and older became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state.
That means 1.5 million more people can get vaccinated, adding to the 5 million already qualified to get the shot.  
Try utilizing these tips if you're having trouble booking an appointment to get your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
How to make an appointment at a government site or get on a Seattle waitlist
To sign up for an appointment at your local health department or other healthcare partner, visit PrepMod.com.

US Vows To Lead On Climate, Press World To Reduce Coal

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US vows to lead on climate, press world to reduce coal
Tue 20th April 2021 | 12:00 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Apr, 2021 ) :The United States will press all nations to reduce reliance on coal, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday, warning "we won't have much of a world left" without stronger leadership fromWashington on climate change.
"Our diplomats will challenge the practices of countries whose action -- or inaction -- is setting us back," Blinken was to say in a speech ahead of President Joe Biden's climate summit later this week, according to early excerpts.
"When countries continue to rely on coal for a significant amount of their energy, or invest in new coal factories, or allow for massive deforestation, they will hear from the United States and our partners about how harmful these actions are," he said.

Republicans want to reprimand Rep. Maxine Waters for police protest remarks

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House Financial Services Committee Chairman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., arrives for a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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WASHINGTON — House Republicans are rallying around efforts to try to reprimand Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California for comments she made over the weekend encouraging protesters awaiting a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin.
If Chauvin, who is standing trial for the death of George Floyd, is not found guilty, “then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street but we’ve got to fight for justice,” Waters said at a demonstration in Brooklyn Center, Minn., according to video. “We’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational. You’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Capitol officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes day after January riots, medical examiner says

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Capitol officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes day after January riots, medical examiner says
Updated: 2:48 PM PDT Apr 19, 2021
Capitol officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes day after January riots, medical examiner says
Updated: 2:48 PM PDT Apr 19, 2021
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Today we gather to honor Officer Brian Sick Nick, a New Jersey native, the National Air Guard veteran and a 12 year member of the Capitol Police force, a peacekeeper not only in duty but in spirit. That Brian and his family were made to pay such a high price for his devoted service in the capital was a senseless tragedy, one that we are still grappling with. It has left deep scars here in this building among his friends and his colleagues, as have the two, as have the tragic deaths of two of Brian's fellow officers in the day since his passing officer Lee. Been good, Officer Smith. Oh, beautiful for spacious America, America. Oh, shirt is great on me, I promised to Brian's family is that we will never forget his sacrifice. We must be vigilant as what President Lincoln referred to as the harsh artillery of time we will never forget. With your permission. May we be worthy to carry Brian in our hearts. We will never forget

US Capitol Police officer died of natural causes after attack -medical examiner

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The District of Columbia's chief medical examiner has ruled that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick had two strokes and died of natural causes, after he tussled with a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters at the US Capitol.
The medical examiner's office said on Monday that the 42-year-old officer's cause of death was natural causes after he suffered a stroke. He died the day after the 6 January violence.
The findings mean it will be hard for federal prosecutors to bring homicide charges in connection with Sicknick's death.
Two men - George Tanios and Julian Khater - are facing charges they assaulted three police officers, including Sicknick, by spraying them with a chemical irritant on 6 January.

Chauvin defense asks for mistrial based on Rep. Maxine Waters' 'guilty' comments

Chauvin defense asks for mistrial based on Rep. Maxine Waters' 'guilty' comments
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday rejected GOP claims Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was "inciting violence" when she said in Minnesota over the weekend that protesters need "to get more confrontational" if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found not guilty in the death of George Floyd.
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The judge criticized Waters by name for making the comments, calling them "abhorrent," but denied the defense argument that the jury, which wasn't sequestered at that point, could have been prejudiced, although he did say it might be grounds for an appeal.

Gaetz, Greene Flaunt New Paths to Power, Testing GOP Leaders

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“They have absolutely safe seats,” Davis said.
However, the Justice Department is investigating whether Gaetz violated sex trafficking laws and had sex with a 17-year-old girl, and McCarthy has suggested he'll take action if Gaetz is indicted.
And a memo linked to Greene described a proposed America First Caucus hailing “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and warning of immigration's threat to the U.S.'s “unique culture,” prompting McCarthy to denounce “nativist dog whistles.”
Gaetz has denied the accusations against him, which were described by people familiar with the investigation. He hasn't been charged with any crimes and says he is “absolutely not resigning."

Atlanta Aquarium Says Has Otters Tested Positive For COVID-19

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Atlanta Aquarium Says Has Otters Tested Positive for COVID-19
Mon 19th April 2021 | 09:35 PM
An aquarium in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that its otters have tested positive for the coronavirus, showed mild symptoms and are expected to completely recover
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 19th April, 2021) An aquarium in the US city of Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that its otters have tested positive for the coronavirus, showed mild symptoms and are expected to completely recover.
"Our Asian small-clawed otters have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They began exhibiting mild respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses, mild lethargy, and some began coughing.

White House readies for Chauvin verdict

White House readies for Chauvin verdict
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White House readies for Chauvin verdict
The Biden administration is consulting with state and local officials in Minnesota in anticipation of a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last summer.
The city of Minneapolis and the country at large are on edge over the potential outcome of the Chauvin trial. The prosecution rested its case on Monday, and a verdict is expected as early as this week. Officials around the country are bracing for unrest to follow.

Opponents of 'Back the Blue' bill question intentions as proponents push for more support for law enforcement

Opponents of ‘Back the Blue’ bill question intentions as proponents push for more support for law enforcement
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Opponents of ‘Back the Blue’ bill question intentions as proponents push for more support for law enforcement
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -A ‘Back the Blue’ bill advancing in the state legislature has some opponents calling it a step back, while lawmakers supporting the bill believe it’s necessary legislation to support law enforcement.
People gathered in protest all over the country following the death of George Floyd last May, including Eastern Iowa. In Cedar Rapids, thousands laid down in 1st Avenue downtown. In Iowa City, protestors made their way onto Interstate 80 more than once. State lawmakers are pushing to increase penalties for people who gather in streets or highways moving forward as part of the ‘Back the Blue’ bill.

Suspect Arrested in Rant Against Olympian – NBC4 Washington

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A man accused of assaulting a Southern California Asian couple and threatening a U.S. Olympian who was training at an Orange County park has been arrested.
Michael Vivona, 25, of Corona was arrested Sunday on suspicion of elder abuse and committing a hate crime in connection with an assault on a Korean American couple. He also was arrested in the April 1 encounter with 28-year-old Sakura Kokumai, who qualified for this summer’s Olympics in karate. 
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Details about the arrest were not immediately available. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect has an attorney. 

State Department watchdog says Pompeo, wife violated ethics rules

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State Department watchdog says Pompeo, wife violated ethics rules
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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laughs as he is introduced to speak at the West Side Conservative Club on March 26, 2021, in Urbandale, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)
WASHINGTON — The State Department’s internal watchdog has concluded that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife violated federal ethics rules by asking staffers to run personal errands and perform non-official work such as making restaurant reservations, shopping and caring for their dog.
In a report released on Friday, the department’s inspector general concluded that those requests were “inconsistent” with the regulations. But, because Pompeo is no longer a federal employee and not subject to federal disciplinary or other measures, it did not call for any action against the former secretary who left office on Jan. 20 at the end of the Trump administration.

Waterloo man pleads guilty in standoff, shooting at police

Waterloo man pleads guilty in standoff, shooting at police
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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A Waterloo man who held police at bay for hours while firing shots from inside his apartment has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty.
Gregory Irvin Nelson, 71, entered written guilty pleas on April 8 to two counts of intimidation with a weapon, assault on an officer with a weapon, and felon in possession of a firearm stemming from the Dec. 4, 2019 confrontation.
Under the plea agreement, Nelson was sentenced to concurrent sentences for a total of 10 years, with eligibility for parole in five years, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

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