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SCOTUS: Law? That’s for the little people, not cops!

June 22, 2016
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Denver Post    

"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that courts need not throw out evidence of a crime even if the arresting police officer used unlawful tactics to obtain it. ... The court voted 5 to 3 to reverse a decision of the Utah Supreme Court that threw out drug-possession evidence seized from Edward Strieff in 2006. Monday's U.S. Supreme Court majority agreed that South Salt Lake police officer Douglas Fackrell did not have reasonable suspicion to stop Strieff as he exited a house being watched for drug activity. But once Fackrell radioed in and found that there was an outstanding warrant on Strieff for a traffic violation, he was able to arrest and search him, and the discovery of the drugs was legitimate, the justices ruled." (06/20/16)

https://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/20/supreme-court-rules-5-3-that-mistakes-by-officer-dont-undermine-conviction/  

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NYC: Council approves unisex bathroom requirement

June 22, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The New York City Council on Tuesday approved a law requiring single-stall public bathrooms to be gender neutral in a show of support for transgender people, the bill’s main sponsor said. The council voted 47-2 for the measure, which will take effect Jan. 1. Many New York City restaurants already mark their single-stall bathrooms without gender designations or as apt for both sexes, but the new law is meant to make the practice standard and recognize transgender people, Councilman Daniel Dromm said.'This sends a message that New York City supports the transgender community and understands the issue,' Dromm said. A law passed by North Carolina that requires people to use the public bathroom matching their gender assigned at birth rather than their gender identity triggered wide criticism and led a parade of celebrity performers to boycott the state." (06/21/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/new-york-approves-unisex-bathrooms-in-nod-to-transgender-people  

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Tesla offers $2.8 billion for SolarCity

June 22, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, Tesla Motors Inc, made an offer to buy his solar installation firm SolarCity Corp in a stock deal worth as much as $2.8 billion. Tesla shares plunged more than 13 percent to $189.99 in extended trading -- amounting to a loss in value of about $4.3 billion, or more than the value of the offer for the other company. Shares of SolarCity rose about 18 percent to $25.02. Musk, who is the chairman of SolarCity, CEO of Tesla and the largest shareholder of both companies, described the deal as a 'no brainer' in a call with reporters. The company could sell customers an electric car, a home battery and a solar system all at once, he said." (06/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-solarcity-m-a-tesla-idUSKCN0Z72WP  

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SEC: Adviser scammed millions from pro athletes

June 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez and other professional athletes were scammed out of millions of dollars by an investment adviser who gained their trust by stressing his Christian faith and claiming to be a certified public accountant, a newly unsealed federal lawsuit charges. Sanchez, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt, a retired pitcher who starred with the Houston Astros and other teams, were among those defrauded in the alleged scheme, according to the civil lawsuit filed in Texas by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The three were clients of investment adviser Ash Narayan, managing partner of the California office of Texas-based RGT Capital Management." (06/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/06/21/sec-adviser-scammed-millions-pro-athletes/86182934  

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Hacker Guccifer 2.0 claims Hillary Clinton “dossier” leak

June 21, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A hacker who goes by the name ‘Guccifer 2.0’ claims to have published a dossier of Hillary Clinton-related documents accessed during the recent attack on the Democratic National Committee’s computers. In a blog post Tuesday, Guccifer 2.0 described the haul as 'a big folder of docs devoted to Hillary Clinton that I found on the DNC server.' The files include a 'HRC Defense Master Doc' outlining criticism and defense points on issues such as U.S. military intervention in Libya, the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack and the Clinton email server controversy. 'The DNC collected all info about the attacks on Hillary Clinton and prepared the ways of her defense, memos, etc., including the most sensitive issues like email hacks,' the hacker explained." (06/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/06/21/after-dnc-attack-hacker-guccifer-2-0-releases-hillary-clinton-dossier.html  

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Report: North Korea “banned missile” testing “fails”

June 21, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Reports from South Korea say the North has tested two banned missiles, with the first launch ending in failure. South Korean military officials say the two rockets are both powerful, intermediate-range Musudans. Four other missiles tested in the last two months are reported to have either exploded mid-air or crashed. North Korea, which is pursuing a nuclear weapons programme, is banned by UN resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology." (06/21/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36593321  

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CA: Newsom warns cannabis legalization no sure thing

June 21, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Leading cannabis activists, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, warned Tuesday that if California voters don’t support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in November it could set momentum on the issue back at least a decade. 'It’s not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination,' Newsom told a meeting of legalization supporters. 'Any of you think this is done in California, you couldn’t be more wrong.' With the Adult Use of Marijuana Act expected to qualify for the California ballot in the next week or so, and the possibility of cannabis measures going before voters in eight other states this fall, 'we’ve never had so much at stake in one election night,' Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association told those attending the opening of the organization’s convention Tuesday in Oakland." (06/21/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Newsom-warns-marijuana-legalization-in-California-8316140.php  

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GA: Vandals deface church sign

June 21, 2016
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"Don Flint says his church's sign -- 'Satan made gays & transgender' it said, in part -- wasn't meant to 'preach hate.' But the minister has no doubt the message, and the recent media attention it garnered, are why neighbors found the marquee covered in black paint Monday morning. ... Church representatitives [sic] told police they had 'not received any complaints about the message prior to the damage,' and Flint said the sign had been up for about three weeks -- well before the shooting that left 49 people dead at a gay dance club in Orlando, Florida." [editor's note: Morality says the vandals should have respected others' property; practicality says it's better to leave a sign like that alone so that passersby see it and identify and ostracize the evil among them - TLK] (06/20/16)

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/satan-made-gays-sign-vandalized-gwinnett-church/nrjqR/  

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CO: Youth marijuana use hasn’t gone up since legalization

June 21, 2016
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CBS Denver 4    

"Marijuana use among Colorado high schoolers has not increased since legalization, the state Health Department reported Monday in a new batch of youth survey results. The 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey of about 17,000 middle and high school students across the state showed that 21.2 percent of high school students reported that they currently use pot. That’s just a hair below the national average, which was 21.7 percent." (06/20/16)

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/06/20/colorado-marijuana-youth-use-legalization/  

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MS: Judge refuses to block anti-LGBT law

June 21, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"A federal judge in Mississippi has allowed to stand a new state law that permits [sic] people to deny [sic] wedding services to same-sex couples based on religious objections. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves argued in his four-page order that since none of the lawsuit's plaintiffs would be harmed by the law in the immediate future, a preliminary injunction would be inappropriate. 'Here, none of the plaintiffs are at imminent risk of injury,' Reeves wrote. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said the measure, set to take effect on July 1, unconstitutionally discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The ACLU is suing on behalf of state residents Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, a gay couple engaged to be married within the next three years, arguing the law violates their 14th Amendment rights. The ACLU is also suing on behalf of at least one of its members, who plans to marry a same-sex partner next year, the order said." (06/20/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/judge-refuses-to-block-mississippi-anti-lgbt-law  

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NM: Angry parents punish teen son by forcing him to stay in backyard tent

June 20, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A mom and dad in New Mexico say they're so fed up with their teenage son's thieving ways that they kick him out of the house every day and force him to stay in a backyard tent, local media reported Friday. 'We’re not doing anything wrong here. We’re simply trying to teach our child a lesson,' the teen's mother, Angela Boggus, told KRQE. 'If he doesn’t learn that now, it’s gonna be the whole world’s problem, not just ours, in a couple of years,' his father, Jacob, added. The parents say they still feed their 16-year-old son and let him sleep and use the bathroom inside the house in Belen. They reportedly started banishing the teen to his tent roughly two weeks ago, and promised to lift the punishment in one month. Or, they said, he could write five book reports teaching him about becoming respectable. If he did, his parents said they'd let him stay inside for good." (06/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/20/angry-parents-punish-teen-son-by-forcing-him-to-stay-in-backyard-tent.html  

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CA: Cannabis company beats police raid

June 20, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"California’s newly regulated medical cannabis industry is done running and hiding from police, and has started standing its ground. Activists are cheering the newfound political muscle of legal medical marijuana, after a major police raid last week resulted in a massive protest and political pressure, then the release of a canna-business operator with no criminal charges and $0 bail. Major California medical cannabis company Care By Design has resumed oil-making operations in Santa Rosa this week, after a disgruntled employee sparked a massive, 100-officer raid of their commercial extraction operation in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. Police initially arrested Care By Design’s operator Dennis Hunter on charges of running a meth lab-type operation, with bail set at $5 million. But the raid on the prominent, professional, well-connected Care By Design generated an unexpected backlash." (06/20/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/06/20/california-marijuana-company-beats-police-raid/  

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NY: Three NYPD commanders arrested on corruption charges

June 20, 2016
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New York Times    

"Three New York Police Department commanders, including a deputy chief, were arrested early Monday, along with a Brooklyn businessman, on federal corruption charges stemming from one of several continuing investigations into Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign fund-raising, according to people with knowledge of the matter. ... The charges detail lavish gifts the two senior police officials are accused of receiving: complimentary Super Bowl tickets, expensive meals and free overseas trips, including at least one taken in the company of a prostitute, the people said. The sergeant was charged in a scheme that involved aiding applicants for firearms licenses. The gifts were largely paid for by two businessmen, both of whom have been generous supporters of the mayor." (06/20/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/nyregion/new-york-police-arrest.html  

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NV: Arrested Briton “wanted to shoot Donald Trump”

June 20, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A Briton who tried to grab a gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas at the weekend said he wanted to shoot the Republican candidate, court papers say. Michael Steven Sandford, 19 is expected to appear in a Nevada court shortly. According to the court papers, he went to a Trump rally on Saturday at the Treasure Island Casino. He had reportedly approached a Las Vegas police officer to say he wanted an autograph from the candidate, before trying to seize the gun. He told police he had been in the US for one and a half years, the court papers say. The detainee reportedly told police he had been planning to try and shoot Mr Trump for about a year but had decided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so." [editor's note: Ya have to wonder if there are some GOPers who wish he'd gotten that confidence a bit sooner - SAT] (06/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-36582770  

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UN: Refugee numbers hit historic high

June 20, 2016
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Waterloo Chronicle [Canada]    

"The United Nations' refugee agency says one in every 113 people around the world is either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee. The agency says by the end of last year, 65.3 million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes. Of that about 12.4 million were newly displaced, due to ongoing persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations that continue to plague countries around the world. The sobering statistics were contained in the agency's annual global trends report, released Monday to mark World Refugee Day." (06/20/16)

http://www.waterloochronicle.ca/news-story/6731220-refugee-numbers-hit-historic-high-un/  

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MA: Exclusive private school sues affordable one over name

June 20, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"An exclusive private school in Boston has filed a $2 million lawsuit against an independent Springfield school that serves a large number of minority and low-income students over their similar names. Annual tuition and fees at the Commonwealth School in Boston's Back Bay are $40,000. At Springfield's Commonwealth Academy about 90 miles away, annual average tuition is less than $1,200. The Commonwealth School, founded in 1957, says in its suit the Springfield school deceptively uses the word 'commonwealth' and has caused the Boston school 'great harm.' The Boston school wants the court to force the Springfield school to change its name." (06/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/06/19/exclusive-private-school-files-2m-lawsuit-vs-affordable-school-over-name.html  

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SCOTUS: Thomas may step down after election

June 20, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"With the Supreme Court wrapping up its latest session, down one justice following the February death of Antonin Scalia, the Washington Examiner is reporting that Justice Clarence Thomas may be considering leaving the court following November’s election. According to Paul Bedard, who writes the Examiner’s 'Washington Secrets,' Thomas has been considering retirement for some time prior to the death of his close colleague Scalia. As one of the most conservative members of the court, a second vacancy would allow the next president to shape the future of the court for generations. No source other than the Washington Examiner has verified Thomas is considering stepping down." (06/19/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/justice-clarence-thomas-may-step-down-from-court-after-election-washington-examiner  

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PA: Transgender woman’s journey turns into constitutional fight

June 20, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Kate Lynn Blatt once lived as a woman at home but went to work in a battery factory as a man, a painful phase in her gender transition that would later propel her to the forefront of a constitutional battle for transgender rights in America. She decided to start over, interviewing as a woman for a new job with the outdoor equipment and apparel retail chain Cabela's Inc, landing it, and finally leaving her life as a male behind. A 6-year transition, starting from when she graduated high school, was finally over. 'Oh my God, it was the most liberating thing I've ever experienced in my entire life,' Blatt said in an interview in her hometown of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia. 'And then slam,' she said, smacking a fist into her palm. 'Employee discrimination.'" (06/19/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-idUSKCN0Z30ZZ  

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Trump: US should consider profiling against crime

June 20, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The presumptive Republican candidate in the US presidential election, Donald Trump, has suggested the country should consider using profiling to combat crime. Mr Trump made the remarks when asked if he supported more profiling of Muslims in the US, in the context of last week's shooting at an Orlando gay club. Profiling uses ethnicity, race and religion to determine whether a person has or is likely to commit crimes. Critics say it could alienate Muslims. In an interview with CBS, Mr Trump said other countries had 'successfully' adopted the measure. 'I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense,' he said. " (06/19/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-36572875  

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NRA: Orlando nightclub patrons shouldn’t have been armed

June 20, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Unlike Donald Trump, top leaders of the National Rifle Association said Sunday they don't believe patrons at a nightclub where 49 people were killed last weekend should have been armed for self-protection. 'I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking,' said NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre on CBS's Face the Nation. Those comments seemed to conflict with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's statement Saturday suggesting that the clubgoers at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando should have been armed when Omar Mateen opened fire with an assault weapon at 2 a.m." [editor's note: One more example of why the NRA is considered by some to be the biggest anti-Second Amendment lobby in the US - SAT] (06/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/06/19/orlando-nightclub-patrons-shouldnt-have-been-armed-nra-says/86113928  

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Conan: Roseanne’s mom trips on medical marijuana cheesecake

June 20, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"This is not what they mean when they say, 'take your mom on a trip.' Comedian Roseanne Barr told Conan [Thursday] night that she fell victim to a medical cannabis mishap: accidentally exposing a loved one to the botanical. Roseanne's 82-year-old mom took what amounted to 26 doses of weed oil-infused cheesecake and melted chocolate, then mildly hallucinated, projectile-vomited and visited the emergency room for low blood pressure, Roseanne told the TV show host. Cannabis has no lethal overdose, 'but for old people it can make their blood pressure really drop,' Roseanne said." (06/17/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/06/17/conan-roseannes-mom-trips-on-medical-marijuana-cheesecake  

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Turkey: Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas at LGBT parade

June 20, 2016
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Beaumont Enterprise    

"Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators who gathered Sunday for a gay pride rally in Istanbul despite a government ban. Dozens of participants advocating transgender rights assembled off Istiklal Street, a major commercial artery, some brandishing rainbow flags. Police called on them to disperse and prevented activists from marching or making statements. A couple of individuals were detained." (06/19/16)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/world/article/Turkish-police-fire-tear-gas-at-banned-gay-pride-8311732.php  

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Antarctic carbon dioxide reaches highest levels in 4 million years

June 20, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Antarctica recently witnessed an event that last took place four million years ago: Carbon dioxide levels broke through the barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm). In fact, the frozen continent is a laggard in this respect. The announcement Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave the date of this milestone as May 23. But the global annual mean concentration of carbon dioxide already surpassed 400 ppm last year, the first time that has happened in human history. While the number 400 does not hold any inherent significance, it has become something of a symbol as more of the world becomes convinced of the need to stop the ballooning levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere." (06/18/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0618/Antarctic-carbon-dioxide-reaches-highest-levels-in-4-million-years  

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WA: Police arrest protesters forming blockade along rail tracks

June 19, 2016
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Marysville Appeal-Democrat    

"Police arrested more than 20 people who formed a human blockade on tracks near the Washington-Oregon border in response to a recent oil train derailment along the Columbia River. More than a 100 protesters attended Saturday's demonstration in Vancouver. Organizers with the Fossil Fuel Resistance Network, which formed after the June 3 Mosier derailment, said they expected to be arrested." (06/18/16)

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/national/police-arrest-protesters-forming-blockade-along-rail-tracks/article_5712589e-dc52-57ba-81d3-dd92bf2e4c1c.html  

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Microsoft scores its first-ever pot partnership

June 16, 2016
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CNBC    

"After the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana in more than 20 states, Microsoft on Thursday will announce its first-ever partnership with a software company that supports the burgeoning cannabis industry. The collaboration involves Kind Financial, a Los Angeles-based start-up company that makes technology and tools for marijuana-related businesses to navigate the myriad rules and regulations in states across the country that allow the sale of marijuana." [editor's note: It's sad when the burgeoning tech opportunity in this sector is helping people who produce things satisfy leeches who produce nothing - TLK] (06/16/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/16/microsoft-scores-its-first-ever-pot-partnership.html  

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