Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law claims another victim

An armed man in Florida allegedly provoked an argument over a parking spot before shooting and killing an unarmed man.

Michael Drejka, 47, will not face charges due to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law after shooting dead 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in front of his five-year-old son and girlfriend in Clearwater on Thursday. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced the decision during a news conference on Friday:

“I don’t make the law....

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Talking to the writers, stars of ‘Blindspotting’ about gentrification in their beloved Bay Area

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal are slouching over a table at Busboys and Poets on 14th Street in Washington, D.C., nearing the end of a day of hyping their new movie and honestly looking like, were it not for this interview they are about to begin, they could curl up on the booth, nestle their heads in the crooks of their elbows, and fall asleep.

After watching Blindspotting — Diggs and Casal are co-writers and co-stars — it is weird to see them weary, since they...

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FBI conference’s keynote speech will cover ‘Radical Left-Wing Gangs’

The largest annual gathering of FBI agents — FBI National Academy Associates — will meet this weekend in Quebec City. A year-and-half ago it was the site of a deadly mass shooting, when six Muslim worshipers were killed at a local mosque by Alexandre Bissonnette. The subsequent investigation found that Bissonnette was obsessed with far-right causes, regularly visiting the Twitter account of Richard Spencer, David Duke and Alex Jones, to name but a few.

You’d think ...

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Trump administration extends, but does not redesignate, protected status for hundreds of Somalis

The Trump administration announced Thursday it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somali immigrants through the September 2018 deadline until March 2020, allowing the approximately 500 Somalis living legally in the United States to breathe a sigh of relief. Without the extension, they would be in a precarious position: find another way to stay in the country or return to Somalia.

“The decision to extend TPS for Somalia was made after a review of the conditions up...

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‘Stop fingering me bro’: DC resident sues cop over forceful search of his private parts

A Washington, D.C. resident who was subjected to a humiliating and forceful search of his private parts on a public street last fall has sued the officer seen probing his body in a viral video.

Officer Sean Lojacono was part of a crew of cops who jumped out of squad cars to approach M.B. Cottingham and a group of his friends as they sat on a sidewalk figuring out how to celebrate the latter man’s birthday. In the video from last September, Cottingham can be seen submitting to ...

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Zuckerberg doesn’t think Facebook should do anything about Holocaust deniers

Facebook wants you to know that it cares, deeply, about fake news.

Ever since it emerged that Russian hackers and Cambridge Analytica exploited the social media giant during the 2016 presidential election to push divisive lies, Facebook has done its utmost to give readers the impression that it has the issue under control. It’s started education campaigns, published ads in newspapers and on billboards, and updated its moderation guidelines.

But despite these ch...

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This email from accused Russian spy Maria Butina did not age well

Maria Butina, the founder of the Russian equivalent of the National Rifle Association and a key ally of Vladimir Putin’s central bank deputy governor Alexander Torshin, was indicted on Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and for failure to registered as a foreign agent. According to the Department of Justice’s application for criminal complaint, Butina worked to “arrange introductions to U.S. persons having influence in American politics, including an organization promoting ...

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How to make the sleeper hit of the summer without even showing your movie in theaters

Were you one of the many, many people — technically countless, because much like the formula for Coca-Cola or Taylor Swift’s political persuasion, Netflix’s viewing numbers are not for the masses to discover — who, charmed by a delightful trailer and clamoring to escape the all-consuming horror and drudgery of everyday life in 2018, found yourself whiling away a summer day watching Netflix’s original romantic comedy, Set it Up?

For those who ha...

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MGM Resorts files federal lawsuits against more than 1,000 victims of last year’s Las Vegas shooting

MGM Resorts International, the hotel conglomerate that owns the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, has filed federal lawsuits against more than 1,000 victims of last year’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the suits contend that MGM should not be held liable for any death, injury or damage that occurred on October 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay onto the festival grounds below, ki...

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Here are all the Republican leaders and conservative activists Maria Butina met

Monday’s bombshell Department of Justice complaint accusing Maria Butina, a Russian national, of secretly infiltrating the National Rifle Association (NRA) was full of remarkable detail, and even more remarkable implications.

All told, the DOJ complaint accused Butina and Russian official Alexander Torshin — himself previously accused by Spanish authorities of massive money laundering and mob ties — of building ties with the NRA to get close to to Republican leader...

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