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 Biden, At Muslim Voters Summit, Says 'I Wish We Taught More In Our Schools About The Islamic Faith'

(Fox News) — Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden spoke to a summit of Muslim voters Monday, telling them he wished U.S. schools taught more about Islam.

"I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It's one of the great confessional faiths," Biden said Monday at the "Million Muslim Votes" summit hosted by Emgage Action.

Emgage Action, the country's largest Muslim American PAC, endorsed Biden in April after endorsing Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary.

Biden told the voters he would end President Trump's travel ban affecting Muslim-majority countries on day one of his presidency and blamed the White House's current occupant for "an unconscionable rise in Islamophobia."
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 Arizona Child Welfare Workers Fired For Wearing 'Professional Kidnapper' Shirts

(NY Post) — Multiple employees of the Arizona Department of Child Safety lost their jobs for wearing T-shirts that read "Professional kidnapper," according to a report.

The bright pink shirts that were apparently worn during work hours led to the firing of several staffers last month, the Arizona Republic reports, citing multiple sources in the agency's Prescott field office and a former unit supervisor.

The back of the shirts, according to photos obtained by the newspaper, read: "Do you know where your children are?"

One former employee confirmed she was terminated for the shirt, but refused to elaborate or identify herself. Her firing and that of other staffers in Prescott left the field office understaffed – purportedly with just one investigator – to look into complaints of child abuse and neglect, according to the report.
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 Virginia, Utah Residents Report Receiving Unsolicited Packets Of Seeds Reportedly From China

(Fox News) — Virginia residents have been advised not to plant any unsolicited seeds they may have received in the mail, the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VADACS) has advised.

Residents reported to the VDACS that they received packets of seeds in the mail with writing on the outside that appears to be Chinese. The seeds have yet to be identified, but officials speculate that the seeds may be of an invasive plant species and are advising residents not to use them.

"Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations," VDACS officials said in a release.

Virginia is not the only state to receive unsolicited seed packets, with FOX 13 Salt Lake City reporting that residents across Utah have received similar deliveries.
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 Breathtaking 4K Video
Shows Mars In Ultra-High Definition

(NY Post) — These videos are truly out of this world. Extraordinary images captured by NASA's robotic rovers are giving Earthlings their first look at Mars in state-of-the-art, ultra-high-definition video.

A 10-minute clip posted on YouTube features panoramic views of the Red Planet's surface, including sweeping deserts, massive dunes, craggy outcroppings and cracked ground strewn with jagged rocks.

"This is the first time Martian footage has been rendered in stunning, 4K resolution," a narrator intones as haunting music plays in the background.

The video's "journey across the surface of another world" was posted by Britain's ElderFox Documentaries, which said it was created using digital photos shot by three NASA rovers – Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity – and beamed back to Earth.
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Starbucks Barista Arrested For
Spitting In Police Officers' Beverages

(Disrn) — In New Jersey, a Starbucks barista has been arrested after he bragged about spitting in coffees prepared for police officers.

Kevin Trejo, 21, worked at a Starbucks location in Park Ridge, New Jersey. After he reportedly bragged about spitting in police officers' beverages, police questioned him. He admitted he had contaminated the beverages.

A local television news station reported it was not clear how long Trejo had been spitting in officers' drinks. Numerous officers will be tested for coronavirus following the news of Trejo's practice of tampering with officers' drinks.

Trejo has been charged with creating a hazardous condition, subjecting a law enforcement officer to contact with a bodily fluid, and knowingly tampering with a drink ordered by an officer. Starbucks also has fired him.
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 Giants' Pitcher Refuses To Kneel During
BLM Moment Because Of Faith: 'I'm A Christian'

(Fox News) — San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod was the only player to stand during a moment honoring the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, telling reporters after the game that as a Christian he "can't kneel before anything besides God."

MLB provided teams with a long black ribbon that players on both sides jointly held as they kneeled in unity.

Every player and coach from the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees took part in the demonstration ahead of their game, but hours later, Coonrod stood alone.

I'm a Christian," he said, according to TMZ Sports. "So I just believe that I can't kneel before anything besides God."

Aside from his religious beliefs, the 27-year-old relief pitcher said there are aspects of the movement that he disagrees with.
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Pennsylvania Man Killed Sleeping Woman
As He Shot Up Wrong House

(Fox News) — Pennsylvania police say a bullet killed a woman sleeping in her bed and that it was fired from outside her home by a young man who had targeted the wrong house, according to reports.

Tracy Marie Squib, 52, was in the bed with her husband when she was shot in the chest in Derry on Monday. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Nathan Joseph Quidetto, 20, of Unity Township, was arrested Thursday on a homicide charge in her death.

Trooper Steve Limani said Quidetto shot up the Squib house in the mistaken belief that an individual he had a dispute with lived there, the Pittsburgh Tribune reported.
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 U.S. Indicts Chinese Nationals For Stealing Data From Companies – Some Working On COVID-19

(Yahoo Finance) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday accused two “prolific” Chinese hackers of stealing terabytes of data in a global computer intrusion campaign that allegedly targeted domestic and international companies, including American companies working on COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines.

In a virtual press conference with reporters, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers announced the charges – originally filed on July 7 – against defendants Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi.

The indictment, filed in the Eastern District of Washington, alleges that the hackers’ illegal activity spanned over a decade, from September 2009 to July 2020, and was supported by the Chinese government.
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Scholar Says China Has 'met its match' With
Trump Admin Following Consulate Closure

(Fox News) — Native Chinese scholar and author Helen Raleigh said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has finally "met its match" with the Trump administration, following a raid by federal agents on the consulate in Houston, Texas, suspected of harboring spies.

Raleigh, an immigration policy fellow at the Centennial Institute in Colorado, told Fox News the White House's aggressive stance has been a wake-up call for China's government and is not something its officials are used to dealing with.

"The CCP believes the law of the jungle. 'Might makes right,'" she explained. "So the Trump administration is the first foreign administration the CCP ever met that also believes the law of the jungle and is not afraid to confront the CCP. The people in Trump's administration are willing to bear those costs."

She added: "We can see that from the consulate closure, they knew China would retaliate, but they are willing to take that risk that nobody else in the world is willing to take. So the CCP has finally met its match."
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NBA Will Shutter Chinese Training Center

(WFB) — The NBA announced Tuesday that it has terminated its relationship with a league-run training academy in Xinjiang, China – the region in which the communist nation is reportedly holding roughly one million Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps.

The announcement follows a June 30 letter from Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) to NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Blackburn highlighted the league’s operation of an NBA academy in Xinjiang, which Blackburn described as "one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones."

The Tennessee Republican detailed ongoing atrocities in the region. Her letter noted that the "800,000 and possibly more than 2 million Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs" detained in Xinjiang concentration camps endure "torture, physical abuse, and prolonged detention without trial." The letter also said China used "sterilization treatments and forced abortions in a barbaric attempt to reduce Uyghur birth rates."

"The NBA reportedly continues to operate a training center [in] Xinjiang," Blackburn wrote. "What steps is the NBA taking to shutter this location?"
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