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9/11 responder finds US flag stuffed in portable toilet in upstate New York

A retired New York City firefighter who responded to 9/11 said he found an American flag stuffed into a portable toilet at a softball field where he played in a league for senior citizens in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., this week. The firefighter, Chris Edwards, told local media that he and the other players, many of them veterans and retired first responders, noticed the flag was missing from the field’s flagpole around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Then 63-year-old Navy veteran Johnny Bellezza found it stuffed in the toilet, soaked in filth, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported. “This is just absolutely the most disrespectful act against the flag I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Edwards told the outlet. “I’m really choked up and upset, to see this.” The men pulled it out, did what
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Video shows California woman setting hair on fire while riding Bay Area commuter train

A California woman was filmed riding on a Bay Area commuter train with her hair on fire on Tuesday. The brief clip posted to TikTok begins on a BART train as flames shoot from the woman’s head. “Your hair is on fire!” a man shouts. The woman, who is standing up, starts shrieking and falls into her seat as another rider tries to pat out the blaze. The fire is put out quickly, but fills the train car with smoke. “What the f–k, man!” another passenger shouts. The alarming scene took place at the El Cerrito del Norte Station around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening, BART officials told the San Francisco Chronicle. The mass transit agency said the woman in the video never reported the incident to the BART Police Department — though a station agent did call the po
CDC bans US cruises through September due to ‘ongoing’ outbreaks on ships
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CDC bans US cruises through September due to ‘ongoing’ outbreaks on ships

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday banned all US cruises through September after it documented thousands of onboard coronavirus infections as well as “ongoing” outbreaks on ships. The agency’s no-sail order was set to expire on July 24, but troubling COVID-19 data from vessels forced the CDC to issue an extension. “The current scientific evidence suggests that cruise ships pose a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission than other settings,” CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield wrote in the order, noting that during the outbreak on the Diamond Princess, invested passengers passed the virus to four times as many people as those living in the COVID-19 outbreak epicenter, Wuhan, China. US cruise ships were home to 2,973 coronavirus infecti...
Former Miss Kentucky pleads guilty to sending topless photos to teen
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Former Miss Kentucky pleads guilty to sending topless photos to teen

A former Miss Kentucky and one-time West Virginia school teacher will get two years in prison after pleading guilty to sexting with a 15-year-old student, according to a report. Ramsey Bearse, 29, admitted in court that she sent at least four topless photos to the teen on Snapchat in 2018 when she was a teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, WXIX-TV reported. “I didn’t keep any of the photos of him or forward them to anyone else,” the former beauty queen said in Kanawha County Court Tuesday. “But I did receive them and I did compliment him in a way which made it look like I did want them because I was afraid to not appease him. “Since I am an adult and he is just a teenager, it was definitely my fault and I...
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Prince Andrew’s official website removed amid Ghislaine Maxwell arrest

Prince Andrew’s official website has been quietly scrapped amid the scandal over his relationship with alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell. The Duke of York’s site now redirects to a page on the royal family’s main one that features his statement from last year about stepping away from his public roles. The royal announced the decision in November 2019, citing the “major disruption” caused by his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, with whom Maxwell allegedly sexually abused young women. It’s unclear exactly when the royal’s site was taken drown. His accounts remain active on Twitter and Instagram but he has not posted since he stepped down. Prince Andrew was spotted last week in Windsor, England, for the first time since Maxwell was busted on se...
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Texas thief robs bank after not getting stimulus check or ‘10k loan’

A Texas bank robber passed a teller a note demanding cash that claimed he was pulling the job because he didn’t get a coronavirus stimulus check or a government loan. The suspect struck Woodforest National Bank in Houston on July 8, handing a teller a piece of notebook paper with his written demands, cops said. “I didn’t get a stimulus or that 10k loan,” his demand note read. “I lost my business to Covid so please make this easy and comply,” it continued. In the note, the crook threatened to open fire if the teller made “any suspicious moves.” “I don’t wanna hurt nobody but will if I have to,” the note read. “Don’t make anything noticeable!” It’s unclear if the crook was actually carrying a gun, according to police. The teller didn’t see one, but
Twitter stepped up search for security chief weeks prior to bitcoin hack
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Twitter stepped up search for security chief weeks prior to bitcoin hack

That’s one hell of a job advertisement. Twitter had stepped up its search for a new chief information security officer in the weeks prior to the massive bitcoin scam that breached the social network’s system Wednesday, sources told Reuters. The San Francisco-based social media giant has been without a permanent security chief since May 2018, when Michael Coates left the post and was replaced on an interim basis by Joe Camilleri, a former executive at JP Morgan Chase. On Wednesday, hackers — reportedly with help from a Twitter employee who was paid off — took control of accounts belonging to prominent personalities including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and former President Barack Obama. Messages sent out from t...
Supreme Court allows Florida to restrict voting rights of convicted felons
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Supreme Court allows Florida to restrict voting rights of convicted felons

The Supreme Court on Thursday said Florida can enforce a law that blocks felons from voting if they have court-related debt. The decision impacts nearly a million convicted Florida felons who owe outstanding fines or fees in what’s viewed as a key battleground state for the November presidential election. The high court’s three liberal justices — Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — dissented. The decision comes just ahead of the state’s July 20 voter-registration deadline. “This Court’s inaction continues a trend of condoning disenfranchisement,” Sotomayor wrote in the dissent. “Under this scheme, nearly a million otherwise-eligible citizens cannot vote unless they pay money,” wrote Sotomayor, describing the policy a R
Pentagon eyes new way to bar Confederate flag, officials say
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Pentagon eyes new way to bar Confederate flag, officials say

WASHINGTON — Defense leaders, who for weeks have been tied in knots over the incendiary issue of banning the Confederate flag, are weighing a new policy that would bar its display at department facilities without actually mentioning its name, several U.S. officials said Thursday. No final decisions have been made, but officials said the new plan presents a creative way to ban the Confederate flag in a manner that may not raise the ire of President Donald Trump, who has defended people’s rights to display it. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing internal deliberations. Defense Secretary Mark Esper discussed the new plan with senior leaders this week, triggering some bewilderment over the lack of an appetite for a straight-forward ban on divisive symbols. T
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AG William Barr: China has launched ‘economic blitzkrieg’ to topple US

Attorney General William Barr warned on Thursday that the Chinese Communist Party has launched an “economic blitzkrieg” to topple the US from its perch as the world’s superpower, laying out the threat as the most important issue of this century and calling for the free world to join together in a “whole of society approach” against it. “How the United States responds to this challenge will have historic implications and will determine whether the United States and its liberal democratic allies will continue to shape their own destiny or whether the CCP and its autocratic tributaries will control the future,” Barr said during a speech at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. “The People’s Republic of China is now