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Trump Tweets 15 Separate Posters Of '
Persons Of Interest' Sought In Connection To
Andrew Jackson Statue Vandalization

(Fox News) — President Trump on Saturday asked for the public's help in identifying people being sought by law enforcement in connection to the vandalization of the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square earlier this week.

The commander in chief shared 15 individual press releases from the U.S. Park Police, that showed photographs of suspects who allegedly desecrated the Washington, D.C., statue, which lies on federally owned land.

Each pamphlet Trump tweeted out said the Park Police are working closely with the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force to identify the suspects seen in the pictures. They are wanted for "destruction of federal property and other related crimes."

Anyone who may have information about the wanted suspects is asked to contact the Park Police's Criminal Investigations Branch through its anonymous tip line at 202-610-8731, or the FBI's Washington field office at 202-278-2000.
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Devin Nunes Identifies 'Good Sign'
From John Durham's Russia Investigation

(Wash Examiner) — The shroud of mystery that surrounds U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the Russia investigation is a "good sign," according to Rep. Devin Nunes.

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee briefly talked about the so-called investigation into the investigators during an interview with Jesse Watters that aired Saturday evening on Fox News.

He said it is possible a "missing" FBI document detailing the bureau's January 2017 interview with retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump's first national security adviser, may be in Durham's possession.

"Hopefully they do, and maybe that's the reason they are not producing that to Congress, which would be a legitimate reason," the California Republican said.

This uncertainty, Nunes continued, is a positive departure from leaky reputation attached to other investigations.
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 Rhode Island Moves To Change
State's Official Name Due To Slavery Connotations

(CBS News) —The state of Rhode Island is moving to change its official name – "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" – due to its connection to slavery.  Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on Monday to change what appears on government documents, and the state's legislature is moving forward with a bill to alter the name entirely.

"Many of the State's residents find it painful that a word so closely associated with slavery should appear in the official name of the State," Raimondo wrote. "The pain that this association causes to some of our residents should be of concern to all Rhode Islanders and we should do everything in our power to ensure that all communities can take pride in our State."

The order will shorten the name to "Rhode Island" in official communications from the governor's office, including executive orders and citations, and will also change the state's website.
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Oakland School Board Votes To Defund Contract With Police, Cites Disproportionate Arrest Of Black Students

(Wash Examiner) — The local school board in Oakland, California, unanimously voted on Wednesday night to eliminate the district's agreement with local police.

The board cited the disproportionate arrest of black students and suggested several alternative ways to handle discipline inside schools, according to local station KRON.

Black students, who make up just over 25% of the district's enrollment, have accounted for 73% of arrests in city schools since 2015, school officials said.

The district has spent nearly $10 million on its security and police force in the last five years, according to the resolution passed Wednesday.

The news comes the same day that California's top education executive announced his office is working to reshape the role of police and security officers in schools statewide.
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Ancient Drug Shows Promise Against
Severe COVID-19 In Early Trial

(UPI) — There's new evidence that a 2,000-year-old medicine might offer hope against a modern scourge: COVID-19.

The medication, called colchicine, is an anti-inflammatory taken as a pill. It's long been prescribed for gout, a form of arthritis, and its history goes back centuries. The drug was first sourced from the autumn crocus flower.

Doctors also sometimes use colchicine to treat pericarditis, where the sac around the heart becomes inflamed.

Now, a team of Greek researchers reporting Wednesday in JAMA Network Open said their small trial suggests colchicine may indeed help curb severe COVID-19.
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 700-Km Brazil 'Megaflash' Sets Lightning Record

( — The UN's weather agency announced Thursday the longest lightning bolt on record – a single flash in Brazil on October 31, 2018 that cut the sky across more than 700 kilometers.

That is equivalent to the distance between Boston and Washington DC in the United States, or between London and Basel, Switzerland, the World Meteorological Organization said in a statement.

WMO's committee of experts on weather and climate extremes also reported a new world record for the duration of a lightning flash, with a single flash that developed continuously over northern Argentina on March 4, 2019 lasting for a full 16.73 seconds.
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 Thin Blue Line Flag Is 'Unsightly,'
HOA Attacks Police Chaplain For Flying One

(PJ Media) — A Denver homeowners association has ordered a local police chaplain to remove the "thin blue line" flag from his property, even while allowing neighbors to fly similar flags for other first responders and the military.

The chaplain, who wishes to remain anonymous for sadly obvious reasons, has flown his Thin Blue Line flag since National Police Officers Day in May.

He told Fox News 31's Deborah Takahara earlier this week, "I believe that's why I'm being targeted – because I'm associated with them. I believe it's just because it's everything going on in the world right now, in this country."

The notice from his HOA insisted that the well-known flag flown to show support for all police officers is actually a "white lives matter" symbol.
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 Viral Video Shows Calm Man With
Knife Sticking Out Of His Head In Harlem

(NY Post) — A Harlem man escaped a stabbing with minor injuries Tuesday – one of which was the massive kitchen knife left sticking upright out of his scalp, authorities said.

Viral Instagram video of the gory aftermath shows the unidentified man appearing to talk calmly with horrified onlookers and walking towards an FDNY ambulance – seemingly unaware of his blood-drenched undershirt and the kitchen knife protruding from the top of his head.

"He looked like he didn't even feel it," said one witness to the nightmarish scene, which unfolded around noon at East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, according to authorities.

"The guy was refusing to go inside the ambulance," continued the witness, declining to be identified by name.
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Democratic Mayor Accused Of Intimidating Defund Police Protesters After Reading Names, Partial Addresses

(Fox News) — St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has apologized after reading the names and partial addresses of at least 10 protesters calling to defund the police during a Facebook Live briefing on coronavirus.

Those calling for her resignation accused the mayor of intimidating protesters through “doxxing,” the Internet-based practice of publishing someone’s personal information as a vehicle for revenge via the violation of privacy.

In a statement Friday evening, Krewson, a Democrat, apologized for causing any “distress or harm to anyone” but said the names and streets the protesters lived on were already “public information.”

“Tonight, I would like to apologize for identifying individuals who presented letters and comment cards to me at City Hall as I was answering a routine question during one of my updates earlier today. While this is public information, never did I intend to cause distress or harm to anyone. The post has been removed and again, I sincerely apologize,” the mayor said in a statement on Facebook later Friday.
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 Pelosi Says She Doesn't Know 'What The Russians Have On' Trump After Reports Of Bounties On U.S. Troops

(Fox News) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Sunday that she’s unclear as to what “the Russians have on” President Trump, but added that it must have swayed his administration not to take action after U.S. intelligence learned that Moscow spies offered bounties to Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops.

Pelosi said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that throughout Trump’s presidency he has ignored allegations against misdeeds committed by Russia, but that the new reports on bounties “is as bad as it gets.”

“This is as bad as it gets, and yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score, denies being briefed,” Pelosi said. “I don't know what the Russians have on the president, politically, personally, financially, or whatever it is, but he wants to ignore, he wants to bring them back to the G-8 despite the annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine.”

The New York Times first reported over the weekend that American intelligence officials have determined a Russian military unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces, including targeting American troops.
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