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25-year-old Texas man arrested for trying to destroy Confederate statue in Houston, was caught kneeling by monument carrying explosive liquids  

New "Calexit" initiative seeks a constitutional convention aiming for the secession of California from the United States, other ongoing efforts seek more independence from the federal government 

Apple blocks Apple Pay for sites selling white supremacy related products, referring to company official guidelines, similar actions also from PayPal 

Report by former intelligence members suggests that DNC email theft was a leak rather than a hack, the transfer could not have happened remotely at the reported speed according to the group, report has been mostly unnoticed by mainstream media 

Pax Dickinson: Police co-operated with rioters to create chaos in Charlottesville – forced rally-goers into clash with violent protesters instead of upholding law and order 

One dead, 19 injured after vehicle plows into counter-protester crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, two hours after police broke up clash between nationalists and counter-protesters, state of emergency declared in city 

Alcohol consumption and abuse has increased in the US since 2002, increase greater among women, older people, ethnic minorities, and people with lower income and education 

Oregon becomes the fifth state to raise the legal age to 21 for the purchase of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products - Hawaii, California, New Jersey and Maine have previously raised the legal age 

11,000 fewer government jobs during Trump's first six months as president, total number of jobs increases by one million during same period, unemployment rate at 16-year low 

Colon cancer increasing among whites younger than 55 in the US while decreasing in blacks, cancer is strongly associated with obesity and diet which are better among whites, doctors don't know what the cause may be 

Google fires employee who wrote memo about the company's political correctness, CEO acknowledges there are employees who question whether they can openly express their views at the workplace, especially those with a minority viewpoint 

US FDA investigates the possibility of regulating the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, the tobacco industry is expected to lobby for their products while they also can take the US government to court 

Barack Obama's birthday August 4th official holiday in Illinois, schools are closed and public servants get the day off 

Grass root campaign 'Nobody kill anybody' canceled following two fatal shootings, aim of 72 hours without shots being fired lasted only 40  

Montreal's Olympic Stadium being transformed into temporary asylum shelter, many illegal Haitian immigrants flee U.S. due to policy granting them temporary protected status after 2010 earthquake expiring in January 2018 

UAW union accuses Nissan of running a "nasty" campaign against vote to unionise in Mississippi, accusations of "bribes" and pressure from supervisors also made, labour agency claims regulation violations on both parties 

60-year-old Texas grandmother kills one armed suspected home invader and scares away the other, neighbour compliments woman and says "that's Texas" 

Wisconsin government to grant USD 3 billion in subsidies for Foxxcom to build USD 10 billion factory, mostly tax breaks 

Trump replaces Chief of staff Reince Priebus with John Kelly 

US military spent USD 294 millions on sildenafil since 2011, erectile dysfunction most common in retirees but also in younger soldiers, 85% of those with PTSD exhibit sexual problems  

Trump eliminates funding for teenage pregnancy prevention programs, started in 2010 by Obama the funding was intended to last until 2020 

Nine men believed to be illegal immigrants found dead in sweltering trailer in San Antonio, Texas, another 28 people taken to hospitals of which 20 in "critical to very critical" condition from dehydration and heat stroke 

Man in Houston may have to pay USD 65,000 in child support for child who isn't his, many years ago didn't fight that the amount was deducted from his pay check and that may be enough to bind the man to the now 16-year-old girl he hadn't met until the case went up in court 

US authorities shut down AlphaBay and Hansa on darknet, users immediately move to the alternative DreamMarket, the e-commerce sites specialize in drugs, chemicals and weapons 

Number of concealed carriers in the US hits record high, blacks and women lead decade-long growth trend 

Man spends USD 550 to build stairs to community park in Toronto, authorities threaten to tear them down due to non-compliance with regulations, original proposals submitted to the city to build new stairs were USD 65,000-150,000 

OJ Simpson will face a parole hearing this week in Nevada, if approved he could be released by Oct. 1st, friend says that if released Simpson will likely return to golfing hobby 

World's largest firefighting aircraft stuck on ground despite more than 50 active large fires across western U.S. as U.S. Forest Service won't give it permission to fly, reason for non-decision unknown but budget concerns is suggested 

US Department of Justice prosecutes 412 people who participated in fraud against the US healthcare system that cost taxpayers 1.3 billion USD, doctors have prescribed unnecessary opioid drugs and sent the bill to the government 

US recommends its citizens to have adequate vaccination when traveling to Europe, measles eradicated in the US but has strong foothold in Europe 

From September 1 it will be legal to carry swords and other long knives in public in Texas under new law adopted by the governor 

3,156 hectares on fire in California, 400 fire fighters struggle to contain destruction, tens of thousands affected by evacuation orders 

Abandoned suitcase found near White House causing lockdown, investigated by police for one hour before object is declared safe 

Survey about beer prices in US not reliable due to laws and taxes differing between states, Tennessee tax 0.34 USD per liter, Wyoming equivalent 0.005 USD 

DNC servers said to be hacked by Russia has not been examined by FBI, Crowdstrike investigates and finds connection to hackers who broke into government networks in 2015 

Newborn in Canada registered as having unknown gender after campaign from non-binary parent who says doctors should not draw premature conclusions based on sex organs 

House Democrats push bill to oust president, would create bipartisan commission to medically evaluate sanity to possibly invoke 25th amendment, proponents claim initiative is not targeting Trump 

Cannabis legal in Las Vegas, hundreds in line to be among first customers of new dispensaries, allowed to buy and possess up to 28 grams for recreational use, consuming in public remains illegal 

Canada seeks larger international role as US retreats, intensifies criticism and lobbying of southern neighbor 

17-year-old shot to death in conflict between transgender groups in Athens, Georgia 

Manhattan tower valued at over USD 500 million seized from Iranian based charity for sanctions violations 

US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY18 passes committee 60-1, Authorizes USD 696.5 Billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2018, Tulsi Gabbard D-Hawaii lone dissenting vote 

Kermit, Texas becomes last city in state to repeal taxation of plastic bags, other states and municipalities work toward repealing similar bans and taxes 

Toronto hotel pays at least 6 million USD to remove Trump branding, has become site of protests despite US president not having ownership stake 

111 chose to end their lives in first six month after California legalized medically assisted suicide, most of them cancer patients 

CBO forecasts that GOP health care bill increases by 22 million the uninsured, partly caused by repeal of enrollment requirement, impact on premium costs and Medicaid also estimated 

Opioid use linked to depression and anxiety according to researchers at Dartmouth and University of Michigan 

Mock legislature Texas Boys State passes motion to have state secede from the US 

Martin Shkreli to stand trial in New York federal court, risks up to 20 years in prison for alleged Ponzi scheme, claims innocence, says judge and prosecution will have to apologize 

TSA employee fired after stealing cash from luggage and being caught on tape 

Alabama high-school teacher sparks outrage with summer reading list including titles such as "Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder" and "Trickle Up Poverty", school retracts list 

Chattanooga, TN most Bible-minded city in US, followed by other Southern cities; Albany, Boston and Manchester, NH have lowest appreciation of Bible, according to study with 76 000 participants 

Oregon governor repeals law on harvesting roadkill meat, was previously only allowed for licensed furtrappers and for limited number of species 

Young men create new boom for plastic surgery in US, most common reasons for surgery said to be increasing self-esteem, pleasing a partner and looking less tired and stressed 

Grizzly bears no longer endangered in US, population in continental US now 700, before 1850 it was about 50,000 

Former US diplomatic officer charged with giving top-secret documents to China, claims he met representative for Chinese think-tank during trips to Shanghai 

New Jersey only US state to ban for-profit sales of home-baked goods after Wisconsin legalizes 

Students at Linfield College have free speech event canceled and are accused of "white nationalism" because of doodle of cartoon frog 

Policeman stabbed in airport in Flint, Michigan, assailant shouted "Allahu Akbar" before the attack  

Salt Lake City restaurant employee trapped by armed robbers scares them away by shooting at one of them 

70% of US adults do not identify as Zionists according to survey conducted by Google with 1,000 participants, despite this strong support for Israel is a given part of platforms of both main political parties 

Trademarking offensive names not illegal, US Supreme Court rules for Asian-American rock band Slants, outcome expected to help Washington Redskins 

Personal data on 200 million US citizens exposed through Amazon cloud servers, contained contact details and political views, collected and uploaded by Deep Root Analytics in connection to Republican presidential campaign 

Drones have been used more than a dozen times to smuggle drugs, porn and cellphones into US prisons over last five years, Australia and UK have also reported phenomenon 

Trump supporters disrupt Central Park performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, claim scene where Trump-like character is assassinated normalizes political violence against the right  

Seattle gun tax intended to generate revenue and reduce guns leads to an increase in guns bought outside the city, diminishing revenue 

Machete-wielding Sarasota homeowner scares away two armed home invaders from backyard, detains third until deputies arrive, five men arrested in total 

Canada's Senate passes bill C16, use of wrong gender pronouns and gender identity now considered a hate crime 

Canada bans sale of locked cellphones as of December 1, providers will have to unlock previously locked phones free of charge 

Federal agencies in US to stop preparing for Y2K bug after Trump administration push to simplify government, agencies said to have forgotten how to cut regulations since no one has asked them to for a long time 

Five water officials to face involuntary manslaughter charges for failure to act during Flint water crisis 

Congressman Steve Scalise (R), his aide and two law enforcement officers injured in shooting at baseball practice, gunman killed by police 

Puerto Rico votes to become 51st US state in non-binding referendum with voter turnout of 23%, has to be approved by Congress  

ACT for America organizes two dozen rallies against Shariah law in US, counteraction from pro-Muslim protesters in Seattle and Chicago creates debate about whether Islamic law is compatible with Western democracy 

Four dead and 30 to hospital having taken fake opioid drugs in Georgia, unclear what the tablets contain but they act fast and medical care is necessary 

US FDA requests opioid drug Opana ER is removed from the market as benefits don't outweigh the risks, when the tablets were altered to prevent people crushing them, they started injecting which led to an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C 

Gays for Trump excluded from Pride parade in North Carolina, group not compatible with organizer's values, planned to have Statue of Liberty drag queens and MAGA banner 

Man from New York accused of selling fake drugs during music and arts festival, claimed he was doing God's work 

More than 30 members of Russian organized crime group to be prosecuted in New York, charges include trafficking thousands of kilograms of stolen chocolate 

Ontario passes law that enables authorities to take away children from families that do not accept child's chosen gender identity 

Harvard University rescinds admission for at least ten students who shared offensive memes in private group chat 

Man in Oklahoma tries to drown his two twins in bathtub, 12-year-old girl runs to neighbor who enters home with revolver and kills perpetrator, babies released from hospital according to police 

Experienced black teacher in Saint Paul, Minnesota forced to resign after criticizing policy not holding black students accountable for misbehavior, claimed approach hurt children in long run, court case in progress 

Newly appointed Secret Service director Randolph Alles softens agency's marijuana policy, applicants will no longer be disqualified if they have used drug more than a certain number of times 

American sentenced to six months in prison for refusing to give out PIN to his phone, fifth amendment irrelevant says judge who likens it to obligation to handing over key to safe 

Trump initiates process for US to leave the Paris climate accord, wants to protect the United States and its citizens as the agreement transfers jobs outside the US 

Canadian builds house with self-sufficient electricity production, forced to pay sales tax on the power he produces himself 

K-9 officers in Florida carry naloxone to stop opioid overdose of their dogs during working hours, the dogs' wet noses cause opioid residues to stick and poison them 

Bill allowing self defense without retreating first proposed in Ohio, also requires prosecutors to show it was not self defense 

Houston teacher disciplined for awarding students titles such as most likely to become a terrorist or most likely to become homeless in Guatemala, says it's a less successful joke 

Justin Trudeau wants Pope Francis to apologise for role of Catholic residential schools in abuse of indigenous children who were forced to attend schools where they were forbidden to speak their language or practise their own culture 

Mayor of Baltimore explores possibility to remove statues of Confederacy figures, protests erupted when New Orleans removed monuments earlier this year 

Illinoisans continue to move to neighboring states due to high taxes, further tax hikes planned 

Rex Tillerson chooses not to host Ramadan event at State Department, breaking with bipartisan tradition in place for nearly 20 years  

Trump's media strategist Steve Bannon will lead newly created war room together with veterans from election campaign according to White House sources, goal is to fight back against deep state, mainstream media and intelligence leaks 

US security advisor and war hawk Zbigniew Brzezinski dead at 89, worked under President Carter  

The FBI has shared data with private parties in violation of current rules, according to declassified documents 

UPS fined USD 247 million in federal court for having transported 683,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes into New York since 2010, company says it will appeal the decision 

Two white women owning burrito shop in Portland close store after being accused of cultural appropriation 

Workgroup recommends Philadelphia to introduce injection rooms to reduce heroin overdoses, increase availability of naloxone