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White supremacists and militias have infiltrated police across US, report says

A former FBI agent has documented links between serving officers and racist militant activities in more than a dozen states White supremacist groups have infiltrated US law enforcement agencies in every region of the country over the last two decades, according to a new report about the ties between police and far-right vigilante groups. In a timely new analysis, Michael German, a former FBI spec
Hurricane Laura brings 150mph winds to Louisiana with more 'catastrophic conditions' to come

Laura was heading north towards Shreveport, Louisiana, early Thursday morning, rather than west across Texas Hurricane Laura – follow live updates Hurricane Laura, the most powerful hurricane to strike the US this year, was moving inland on a northerly path on Thursday morning, threatening an “unsurvivable storm surge” and tropical force weather as far as Tennessee. The storm slammed into western
NBA season up in air as Lakers and Clippers reportedly vote to quit playoffs

Wednesday’s games were cancelled over shooting of Jacob Blake Meeting to be held on Thursday morning over fate of season The NBA season is in the balance with the league’s board of governors and players due to meet on Thursday morning to discuss whether to continue with the playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks, arguably the best team in the NBA, boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on

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Laura makes landfall: images show damage and destruction of powerful hurricane

Photos and videos from meteorologists and storm chasers showed flying debris, overflowing rivers and ripped-off roofs As Hurricane Laura moved inland on Thursday morning, photos and videos from meteorologists and storm chasers showed the damage the storm – the worst to hit Louisiana for more than a century – had left behind. Lake Charles, a city of 80,000 people, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico
NBA players took real political action over Jacob Blake. Will others follow? | Bhaskar Sunkara

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'We've all had enough': Kenosha in anguish over Jacob Blake shooting

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Like Elgin Baylor before them, the NBA's Black players have had enough

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Wave of postponements as US sports join Jacob Blake protests – video report

Games across US leagues been called off as athletes protest against racial injustice following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last week. Three NBA play-off games, two Major League Baseball matches, three WNBA fixtures and five MLS games were postponed after player-led actions in response to the shooting of Blake and the civil unrest that has followed. Naomi Osaka also withdrew fr
US unemployment claims climb past one million for second week in a row

New applications for unemployment have remained stubbornly high for months even as the number of coronavirus cases are declining One million people filed for unemployment benefits last week in the US as the coronavirus pandemic continued to take a historic toll on the job market. It was the second week in a row that claims passed the million mark after briefly dipping below that figure in early A
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If Trump gets re-elected, Republicans will say they were always with him. If he loses, they’ll say it was just Trump who lost, not the Republican establishment The Republican national convention is the Trump show, and all the Trumps are being rolled out, even the black sheep, Tiffany. Most of the family members are there in merely supporting roles for the pater familias , although Don Jr might fa
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First Thing: Pence promises to make America great again, again

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