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Brother of George Floyd backs U.N. probe into U.S. racism, violence

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:21
The brother of the late George Floyd called on the top U.N. human rights body on Wednesday to investigate police brutality and racial discrimination in the United States.
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U.S. Senate Republicans launch police reform bill to rival Democrats

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:49
U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a new police reform bill on Wednesday as a rival to more sweeping Democratic legislation, as Congress struggled to address racial disparities in law enforcement three weeks after the death of George Floyd.
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Cinnamon rolls to the rescue in New York's COVID-19 lockdown

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:42
When coronavirus locked down New York, opera singer Claire Kuttler turned to her favorite pastime, baking. 
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U.S. 'not above scrutiny', urges other states to be open on racism: statement

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 07:15
The United States is grappling with racial discrimination and implementing police reforms after the killing of George Floyd, but other countries should show the same level of openness, a U.S. envoy said on Wednesday ahead of a U.N. debate on racism.
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Trump to lay out strategy Wednesday to prevent suicides by veterans: officials

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 07:02
President Donald Trump's administration will lay out a broad strategy on Wednesday aimed at helping to prevent suicides by U.S. veterans and other Americans, administration officials told Reuters.
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Decision pending on charges in Atlanta police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 06:20
A Georgia prosecutor is expected to announce as early as Wednesday whether a former Atlanta police officer will face any charges in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy's parking lot last week.
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In Tulsa, fears that Trump rally may worsen racial unrest, spread of coronavirus

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 06:09
When President Donald Trump takes the stage at his first rally in three months on Saturday night, the scene in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be familiar: A large venue filled with ardent supporters wearing "Keep America Great” hats and T-shirts.
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U.S. Senate Republicans ready police reform bill to rival Democrats

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 06:08
Police reforms will take center stage in Congress on Wednesday as Senate Republicans unveil their effort to address racial disparities in law enforcement and Democrats in the House of Representatives advance their own, more sweeping proposal.
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Biden opens 13-point advantage as Trump popularity drops to seven-month low: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 06:05
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has opened up a 13-point lead over President Donald Trump - the widest margin this year - according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll as Americans grow more critical of Trump over the coronavirus pandemic and protests against police brutality.
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Pence says campaign looking at other venues for Trump Tulsa rally

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 23:21
Officials are considering other venues in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for President Donald Trump's first campaign rally since the coronavirus shutdown, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday, as virus cases climb in Oklahoma and other states.
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Second man charged with torching Minneapolis police station during protests

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 22:56
A 22-year-old Minnesota man was charged on Tuesday with aiding and abetting the arson of a Minneapolis police station during protests over the death of a black man under a policeman's knee, federal prosecutors said.
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Facebook closes political ads loophole ahead of U.S. presidential election

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 22:13
Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company's election transparency measures.
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Two men linked to 'boogaloo' movement charged in U.S. courthouse guard killing

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:44
Two men inspired by the militant anti-government "boogaloo" movement have been charged in the drive-by killing of a federal courthouse guard in Oakland, California, last month during a night of nearby protests against police brutality, court records showed on Tuesday.
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Texas could tighten some natural gas flaring rules by fall

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:35
Texas as early as this fall could tighten some rules for the controversial practice of natural gas flaring, the head of the state's regulatory commission said on Tuesday.
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Amtrak reducing service, offering buyout packages to employees

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:22
U.S. passenger railroad service Amtrak, which has been reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, will run many of its long-distance routes less frequently and cut the frequency of trains in its busy Northeast Corridor, the rail operator said on Tuesday.
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Militia at violent New Mexico protest linked to white supremacy, domestic terror: mayor

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 20:49
Members of a heavily armed New Mexico militia blamed for sparking violence at a protest where a demonstrator was shot are trying to "prop up" white supremacy and may be connected to domestic terrorism, Albuquerque's mayor said on Tuesday.
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Facebook removes hundreds more accounts as right-wing violence spreads

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 20:31
Facebook on Tuesday removed almost 900 accounts associated with the far-right Proud Boys and American Guard, including those belonging to Proud Boys supporters who marched into a protest zone in Seattle Monday and confronted anti-racist demonstrators.
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TV viewers seek out '13th' and other stories about race amid protests

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 20:30
Television series, movies and documentaries about the experience of black people in the United States have seen a surge in viewership amid public demonstrations that focused new attention on racial discrimination, according to industry data.
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Supreme Court stays Texas execution scheduled for Tuesday

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 20:27
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the execution in Texas of a convicted killer scheduled to die later in the evening, ruling that a lower court judge should consider the man's request to have a spiritual adviser present.
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Pentagon official who questioned Ukraine aid freeze resigns

Reuters US News - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 20:23
Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker, who was reported to have questioned the suspension of U.S. military aid to Ukraine, a key element in the inquiry leading to President Donald Trump's impeachment, resigned on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
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