August 5, 2016

Jury finds Stephen Rankin guilty of manslaughter in police shooting of unarmed Virginia teen William Chapman. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/04/william-chapman-shooting-officer-stephen-rankin-guilty

Black Lives Matters protester sues, accuses Baton Rouge police of using excessive force and violating the protesters’ constitutional rights. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/black-lives-matter-activist-sues-baton-rouge-over-arrest/2016/08/04/24cf4554-5aad-11e6-8b48-0cb344221131_story.html

FBI agent allegedly told Garland, Texas shooter to “tear up Texas” before “Draw Muhammad” attack. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/04/fbi-agent-apparently-egged-on-texas-terrorist.html

Recent poll: Clinton 43%, Trump 34%, Johnson 10% and Stein 5%. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/nbc-wsj-poll-clinton-jumps-nine-point-lead-over-trump-n623131

Animal rights protester jumps barrier, triggers Secret Service to surround Clinton at Las Vegas rally. “Apparently, these people are here to protest Trump.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/04/secret-service-agents-rush-to-stage-as-activists-heckle-clinton/

Grand jury petition calling for criminal investigation of Kansas Secretary of State’s handling of on-line voter registration, irregularities, reportedly receives enough signatures to proceed. http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article93742792.html

Goldman Sachs agrees to pay $36.3 to settle investigation into misuse of leaked Federal Reserve info by employee. http://www.wsj.com/articles/goldman-to-settle-federal-reserve-charges-over-leak-of-central-bank-secrets-1470237502

Business groups sue Treasury Department over rule restricting “inversions” – purchases of foreign companies in overseas tax havens in order to move the company abroad on paper to avoid U.S. taxes.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-inversions-idUSKCN10F20W

Defendants in Wisconsin “Slender Man” trial were 12 when they committed stabbing, are being tried as adults. http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/slender-man-trial-trying-these-girls-as-adults-is-absurd-w431464

World Bank allegedly shifting responsibility for social justice, environmental protection enforcement to countries receiving loans. https://www.icij.org/blog/2016/08/debate-surrounds-world-banks-proposed-new-safeguards-rules

Louisiana sheriff raids home of police officer in search of anti-corruption blogger. https://theintercept.com/2016/08/04/sheriff-raids-house-to-find-anonymous-blogger-who-called-him-corrupt/

Eight Mexican journalists killed in first half of 2016 says free speech group. https://news.vice.com/article/this-is-already-the-deadliest-year-for-journalists-in-mexico-since-2010

Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen was reportedly the victim of continuous ethnic abuse by his co-workers according to documents released under FOIA.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/dont-you-arabs-sleep-with-goats-records-show-orlando-shooters-harassment-by-fellow-cops/

Lawsuit alleges waitress was paid $2.13 an hour when performing non-server duties such as cleaning and stocking, which took up to 40% of her shift.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/ex-waitress-sues-nc-restaurant-chain-that-forced-employees-to-work-for-2-13-an-hour-without-tips/

House Speaker Ryan says it’s unlikely TPP vote will happen during lame duck session after election. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/paul-ryan-rules-out-lame-duck-congressional-vote-on-trans-pacific-partnership/

Goldman Sachs alleged funded experimental, Scientology-based “reconation” therapy program for prisoners. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/goldman-sachs-helped-psychologically-brutalize-teen-inmates-with-scientology-based-lessons/

Baltimore police officer found guilty of shooting unarmed suspect in the groin after he had already been shot by two other officers. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-ci-cagle-new-verdict-20160804-story.html

Government lifts ban on creating animal-human hybrid embryos. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/federal-government-lifts-ban-on-research-using-chimera-animal-human-hybrid-embryos/

British government files on nuclear weapon collaboration with Israel are reportedly missing. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/israel-nuclear-weapons-uk-government-loses-file-involvement-a7172116.html

Federal judge orders Louisiana coroner not to release Alton Sterling autopsy. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/b30e00b6169b4a139b9f706c5d640d9c/coroner-judge-has-sealed-alton-sterlings-autopsy-report

Investors reportedly buying up ambulance, fire services of troubled local governments, charging residents subscription charges or hefty fees when non-subscribers use services.  http://www.democracynow.org/2016/8/3/when_you_dial_911_and_wall

Sanders launches “Our Revolution”to recruit progressives to run for public office at all levels. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/03/bernie-sanders-seeks-contributions-our-revolution/88038338/

Green Party kicks off its convention in Houston. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/04/beyond-clinton-vs-trump-green-party-convention-kicks

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August 5, 2016

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