Trump condemns white supremacy after El Paso mass shooting

US president pledges to provide resources to law enforcement agencies to ‘disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism’. President Donald Trump says the United States must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” after a mass shooting in the state of Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime. A gunman on Saturday killed 20 people, including six Mexican citizens, at a Walmart store in El Paso, close to the border with Mexico. Just a few hours later, another gunman in Dayton, Ohio, killed nine people. Dozens of others were wounded…

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The deadliest mass shootings in the US

Thirty people die in two mass shootings within hours, shocking the country and prompting calls for tighter gun control. At least 20 people were killed after a man armed with an assault rifle opened fire in a packed Walmart store in El Paso, Texas on Saturday – the eighth deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Hours later, a gunman dressed in body armour opened fire in a downtown district of Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding at least 26 others. “God bless the people of El Paso…

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Spend the extra to go online with ‘Mario Maker 2’

The original “Super Mario Maker” was praised as one of the best games on Nintendo’s previous console, the late Wii U. The game was so interesting, it almost made me want to buy a Wii U myself, but like most people who play games, I didn’t. At last, more than two years later, “Super Mario Maker 2″ is here, and the tens of millions of us who skipped the Wii U (the Switch has already more than doubled its predecessor’s lifetime sales) have our chance to make our own “Mario”…

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The Disunited States: How partisan politics is polarizing the US

Unquestioning party allegiances and growing division between Democrats and Republicans may threaten American democracy. Americans may be as divided over politics today as they were in the lead up to the Civil War of the 1860s. In Washington, DC, hardly a day passes without Democrats and Republicans accusing the other party of betraying the nation and its core values. Around the country, partisan allegiances are fracturing relationships at the level of the family, neighbourhood and community. Religious congregations are coming apart over politics. So are marriages. Partisan rancour worsened after…

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Trump rally: Immigration policy in the spotlight

Despite criticism of the detention of children in squalid conditions, Trump lauded his crackdown at the border. US President Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail, taking his 2020 re-election bid to the city of Cincinnati in Ohio. There he launched a blistering attack on his Democratic rivals, although the issue of immigration quickly became his biggest talking point.   Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Lawsuits allege IBM let go as many as 100,000 older workers

The company is battling lawsuits that allege it laid off older workers in order to seem attractive to younger talent. International Business Machines Corp. has fired as many as 100,000 employees in the last few years in an effort to boost its appeal to millennials and make it appear to be as “cool” and “trendy” as Amazon and Google, according to a deposition from a former vice president in an ongoing age discrimination lawsuit. The technology company is facing several lawsuits accusing it of firing older workers, including a class-action…

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The Strange Death of American Civility

We investigate how the toxic partisan divisions of the Trump era have eroded civil norms vital for US democracy. Part 1: Democrats vs Republicans The United States seems more disunited than at any point in recent history – its politics so undermined by partisan divisions that consensus on almost anything is impossible to achieve. Toxic partisanship between Democrats and Republicans – the nation’s two main parties – has soared under President Donald Trump‘s administration – worsening since the release of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Trump and Russian interference…

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Second US Democratic debate night two: What did candidates say?

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and other Democratic 2020 candidates clash about healthcare and immigration. The final night of the second 2020 United States Democratic presidential debate kicked off with fireworks on Tuesday, with candidates clashing over immigration, healthcare and race. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current frontrunner, was the target of many of the candidates’ attacks. But Biden struck a sharper and more aggressive tone than in the first debate when he came off as shaky and flustered. The former vice president was repeatedly forced to defend his decades-old…

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Is Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza is dead

Three US officials confirmed Hamza’s death to a TV station while another report says he died in the last two years. Intelligence officials in the United States have received information that al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden‘s son Hamza has died, according to a US broadcaster. NBC reported on Wednesday that three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the date or place, and did not indicate if they had confirmed the information. The New York Times newspaper also reported that…

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Second Democratic debate night one: What did candidates say?

Warren and Sanders offer unabashed defence of their progressive policies during the second 2020 Democratic debate. The little-known 2020 United States presidential candidates came out swinging on Tuesday, hoping to make a breakthrough on the first night of the second Democratic debate. “We have a choice: We can go down the road that Senator [Bernie] Sanders and Senator [Elizabeth] Warren want to take us, which is with bad policies like ‘Medicare for all’, free everything and impossible promises,” former Representative John Delaney said. “It will turn off independent voters and get Trump…

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Six-year-old among three killed at California food festival

US media report 19-year-old Santino William Legan identified as gunman. Search still on for possible accomplice. A gunman cut through a fence and opened fire on a crowd eating and listening to music at a popular food festival in California, killing three people, including a six-year-old boy, and wounding about 15 others before police quickly shot him dead on Sunday, authorities said. On Monday, California police were searching for a suspected accomplice of the gunman, who authorities identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, according to US media. The attacker appeared…

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Privacy concerns with Echo Dot Kids Edition

Echo Dot Kids Edition has been on the market for about a year. In March, commonsensemedia.org expressed protective measures parents might consider In May, several lawmakers appealed to the Federal Trade Commission to delve into whether the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition breaches the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted in 1998, which is a law dealing with how websites, apps and other online operators collect data and personal information from users younger than 13. According to nextgov.com May 9, a group of concerned senators conveyed ”… that while COPPA…

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Gilroy Garlic festival: Shooting leaves three dead, 15 wounded

Gunman shot dead by police as authorities look for a second suspect following shooting in annual California food event. A gunman has opened fire at a food festival in the US state of California, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others before being shot dead by police. Local police chief Scot Smithee said authorities were still looking for a second suspect following Sunday’s attack at Gilroy Garlic Festival, in northern California. “This is incredibly hard and disheartening,” Smithee said in a press conference early on Monday morning. Witnesses reported…

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Justice Department approves $26bn Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Five US state attorneys general filed a lawsuit to block the merger, arguing it could raises prices for consumers. The United States Department of Justice said on Friday that it is approving T-Mobile US Inc’s $26bn takeover of rival Sprint Corp, clearing a major hurdle to a deal that would merge the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers. The companies have agreed to divest Sprint’s prepaid businesses including Boost Mobile to Dish Network Corp in order to move ahead with the merger, which was announced in April 2018. But the…

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Jeffrey Epstein found unconscious in New York jail cell

The wealthy financier is being held on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls. Wealthy US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of trafficking underage girls for sex, was found unconscious in his New York jail cell with injuries on his neck this week, US media reported on Thursday. It was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press. The person was not authorised to discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition…

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