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Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

AP Photo/Teresa Crawford BOSTON (AP) — On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend’s deadly attack at a rally near the University of Virginia exposed a new threat. The rally in Charlottesville left universities across the U.S. bracing for more clashes between extremists and the protesters who oppose them. It also left schools in an increasingly tight bind as they try to ensure campus safety in … Read the referenced story here: Charlottesville…

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NY subway tiles with Confederate flag look to be altered

AP Photo/Richard Drew NEW YORK (AP) — Transit officials have decided to alter subway station tiles that have a cross-like design similar to that of the Confederate flag. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is modifying the tiles at the 40th Street entrance to the Times Square subway stop to avoid any confusion about their meaning, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said in a statement. “These are not confederate flags” Ortiz said. The red, white and blue tiles installed decades ago are “based on geometric forms that … Read the referenced story here: NY…

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Fear, resolve and more security at Charlottesville’s temple

AP Photo/Cliff Owen NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For Diane Gartner Hillman, the new reality of being Jewish in Charlottesville sunk in when she had to leave Congregation Beth Israel through the back door. On any other Saturday, worshippers at the city’s lone synagogue would have left through the front and walked without fear to their cars, parked near the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park. But now, men wearing white shirts and khaki pants and other white supremacists carrying semi-automatic rifles … Read the referenced story here: Fear,…

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Family: California man celebrating marriage killed in Spain

AP Photo/Santi Palacios LAFAYETTE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man who was spending his first wedding anniversary overseas was among those killed in a deadly truck attack in Spain, his family said Friday. Jared Tucker’s sister, Tina Luke, told The Associated Press that Tucker, 42, and his wife, Heidi Nunes-Tucker, 40, were celebrating their honeymoon in Barcelona after saving up for the trip. She said they married a year ago. Outside his home in San Francisco Bay Area city of Walnut Creek, Tucker’s … Read the referenced story here: Family:…

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Eclipse weather forecast: Best in West, least in East

AP Photo/Bill Gorman WASHINGTON (AP) — The early eclipse weather forecast looks best in the West and least in the East with patchy clouds muddling up the picture in between. As of Friday, the forecast for Monday’s total solar eclipse shows Oregon and Idaho as the most promising for clear sky views, while South Carolina is the most likely to find the sun and moon blocked by clouds. The National Weather Service also is optimistic about good viewing from St. Louis to Nashville, but … Read the referenced story here: Eclipse…

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Arpaio pardon would refute key theme in immigration debate

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona politicians have invoked the “rule of law” for more than a decade as the guiding principle in pushing for tougher immigration laws, arguing that no one – no matter who you are – is above the law. The rallying cry has become muted as President Donald Trump considers a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio after a judge found he broke the law in defying a judge while carrying out traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. The president … Read the referenced story here: Arpaio…

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Eclipse mania sends Americans scurrying to find safe glasses

AP Photo/Brady McCombs SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years. Lines are forming, prices are rising and shelves are emptying as people scurry to obtain special eyewear to view the sun Monday as it is obscured by the passing moon. Complicating the rising demand from last-minute shoppers was a recent recall by Amazon that forced libraries and … Read the referenced story here: Eclipse…

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Dashcam video shows white cop punching black man during stop

CLEVELAND (AP) — A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events than police had described. The initial statement from police in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid said the suspect, 25-year-old Richard Hubbard III, refused Officer Michael Amiott’s orders to “face away” after getting out of his car Aug. 12 and then began resisting. He had been stopped for a suspected … Read the referenced story here:…

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AP sources: Strategist Steve Bannon leaving White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. That’s according to two people familiar with the decision who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations. Bannon was a key adviser to President Donald Trump’s general election campaign and has been a forceful but contentious presence in a divided White House. The former leader of conservative Breitbart News pushed Trump to follow through with his campaign promises. But he’s also sparred with some of Trump’s … Read the referenced story here:…

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Federal judge delays sentencing man who plotted US attacks

AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has delayed a sentencing hearing after saying he wants to know more about the state of mind of an Ohio man who admitted he plotted to kill military members in the U.S. Judge James Graham also wants more information about the process that Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (ab-dee-RAH’-mahn shayk moh-HAH’-mud) went through before becoming a U.S. citizen in 2014. Mohamud was in court Friday to be sentenced when the judge raised the questions about the … Read the referenced story here: Federal…

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