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Firearm sales in the U.S. are surging, first-time buyers has skyrocketed this year and account for about 40% of sales, this includes many women, minorities and politically liberal buyers who once would not have considered gun ownership

20 minutes into the first presidential debate Google Trends showed a substantial rise in the search "how to move to New Zealand", by the end of the debate it had hit 100 indicating peak popularity

President Trump says next week he will nominate a woman to sit on the US Supreme Court, following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, prompting his supporters to chant Fill that seat

At least 15 phones were wiped by top members of Mueller's investigative team before they could be reviewed, Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General had opened an investigation into possible bias in the origins of the Russia Investigation and asked for the phones to be handed over

Six Minnesota Democratic mayors endorse President Trump after writing letter stating that Joe Biden hasn't done anything to help working-class people and that hard-working Minnesotans that built their lives and supported their families here have been abandoned by radical Democrats

Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron "Jay" Danielson fatally shot late Saturday in Portland, Oregon, after large caravan of President Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter rioters clash in downtown streets, police investigating man who allegedly identifies as 100% Antifa

Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said in May autopsy revealed no physical evidence suggesting George Floyd died of asphyxiation, that Floyd had a potentially fatal level of fentanyl and if he had been found anywhere else Baker would conclude it was an overdose death

Joe Biden formally nominated for president at the Democratic Party's largely virtual national convention, vowing his election would repair a pandemic-battered America and put an end to the chaos that has defined President Trump’s administration

Donald Trump announces plan to grant a posthumous pardon to women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, who was charged with voting illegally in the 1872 presidential election, the president made the announcement while signing a proclamation marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women with the right to vote

President Trump will sign executive order deferring payroll tax until end of the year if Democrats continue holding relief hostage by linking it to radical left-wing policies unrelated to effects of Covid-19, he would also extend enhanced unemployment benefits, defer student loan payments and forgive interest

Joe Biden says unlike the African American community the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, during interview aired at the NAHJ and NABJ convention, sparking controversy across social media

Andrew Cuomo has begged New York’s wealthy to return from their second homes and help it recover from the coronvavirus outbreak, lawmakers have proposed a wealth tax targeting the city's 100 billionaires to help fill a USD 30 billion budget shortfall, Mr Cuomo has said he would not support greater taxes on the ultra-wealthy as he fears they will leave for good if their taxes go up, “A single per cent of New York’s population pays half of the state’s taxes, and they’re the most mobile people on the globe.”

President Trumps suggests delaying November presidential election is a better way to deal with Covid-19 pandemic than mail-in ballots suggested by the Democrats, which he warns would result in most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history

Brian Kidder makes two attempts to make a citizen's arrests on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, both attempts are stopped by attending officers, Kidder, a member of the Canadian Revolution, who in part are members of the larger anti-government element the Canadian Patriot movement

Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity face allegations of sexual harassment by former Fox News contributor Cathy Areu who alleges they tried to get her to go to their hotel rooms in 2018 and 2019 respectively, Fox says a comprehensive, independent investigation found all of Areu's claims were false, patently frivolous and utterly devoid of any merit

Son of US District Judge Esther Salas killed and her husband injured when lone gunman in a FedEx uniform knocks on the door to their home and fires when it's opened, Salas herself was unharmed

Despite reports Kanye West suspended his presidential bid Oklahoma State Election Board tweets he has qualified to be on the ballot and West files a Statement of Candidacy document with the Federal Election Commission seemingly confirming he is moving forward with his 2020 bid

Kanye West drops his 2020 presidential bid less than two weeks after his tweet confirming his decision to run in November, had already hired staff to help him secure signatures in Florida and South Carolina to get him on the ballot

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) suggests the staggering increase in shootings and violent crimes in New York City is caused by struggling residents forced to shoplift in order to feed their child and when asked what defunding the police looks like says "it looks like a suburb"

24-year-old mother Jessica Doty Whitaker shot dead by Black Lives Matter thugs in Indianapolis for allegedly saying All Lives Matter, event fully ignored by mainstream media

President Trump commutes Roger Stone's sentence days before his more than three years prison term set to begin, White House says Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated to undermine the Trump Presidency

City of Seattle held racially segregated employee training session aimed at White staffers and instructing them on undoing their own whiteness in order to be held accountable by people of color, and to give up the land and their guaranteed physical safety to be an accomplice for racial justice

Aynd Rand Institute applies for and is granted government loan of up to 1 million USD, says money will be used to save jobs of 35 employees

Trump administration submits notice of withdrawal from WHO to the UN secretary-general and also notifies the congressional lawmakers, removal effective July 2021

Shootings soar 205 percent last two weeks of June over the same period in 2019 after NYPD disbands anti-crime unit of plainclothes cops on June 15, with gunshot injuries skyrocketing from 47 to 157, making it the bloodiest June since 1996

Rapper Kanye West announces 2020 US presidential bid on Twitter on Fourth of July using the hashtag #2020VISION and recieves support from Elon Musk, West said in 2019 he plans to run for president in 2024

Tucker Carlson could be Republican presidential candidate in 2024 according to rumors among party insiders, noted for bluntly criticizing Donald Trump while fiercely defending Trump's ideological platform of anti-immigration nationalism, economic populism and isolationism

Seattle police retake previously abandoned East Precinct after clearing out area known as CHOP, making 13 arrests after Mayor Jenny Durkan declared gathering an unlawful assembly, following four shootings, robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes in the area

Woman trespasses and tries to steal swastika flag in Hunter, Oklahoma, owner shoots her and is later arrested

Three Minneapolis council members calling to defund police spend USD 4,500 in taxpayer dollars a day on private security details to provide security normally supplied by Minneapolis Police Department, after allegedly receiving death threats not reported to the police

19-year-old dead and another person injured in shooting inside Seattle's occupied Capitol Hill area, police call occupants a "violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims", after they were surrounded trying to enter the area

At least 10 victims in Uptown Minneapolis shooting near Landmark's Uptown Theatre and several bars and restaurants early Sunday, police advise the public to avoid the area

More than 50 liberal groups warns Joe Biden he could lose black voters’ support unless he commits to more transformative policing reforms after his refusal to support defunding the police and his proposal to provide 300 million USD to a federal community policing program

45-year-old Black Lives Matter activist Chris Green in a coma after being hit on the head by a falling Confederate statue during rioting in Portsmouth, Virginia, survived flatlining twice and is in stable condition responding to neurological tests, his wife considers pursuing legal action against the city

Uber Eats waives delivery fees for black-owned restaurants in US and Canada and highlights their business for the duration of 2020, keeps the restaurant fee of up to 30% per order placed

Walmart ends special theft protection for hair and beauty products targeting African-Americans, goods were previously kept in locked glass cases whereas similar products for other ethnicities were kept on open shelves

Philadelphia Police Officer Joseph Bologna suspended for 30 days after being charged with aggravated assault for striking a protester with a collapsable metal baton causing a head wound "including approximately ten staples and approximately ten sutures", the local police union sells t-shirts in support of Bologna

HBO pulls 1939 film Gone With the Wind from library amid racial tensions, the film won a record eight Academy Awards including Hattie McDaniel who became the first black American to win an Oscar, HBO says it will put film back with added historical context

Black Lives Matter protesters declare a Cop Free Zone in area round East Precinct building Seattle police boarded up and abandoned on Monday night following a weekend of protesters throwing glass bottles, rocks and explosives at police

New York lawmakers votes to repeal section of city's Civil Rights Law 50-a preventing disclosure to the public of disciplinary records of police officers and Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign the bill into law, legislature also votes to ban use by police of chokeholds

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey rejects push by veto-proof majority of members of the Minneapolis City Council to abolish city's police force in wake of death of George Floyd, saying he will work toward deep, structural reform and addressing systemic racism in police culture

60-year-old Maryland man arrested and his full name posted on the local police's Twitter account after turning himself in as an earlier police Twitter posting containing his picture went viral with hundreds of sent in tips, the man is accused of grabbing anti-police brutality flyers from three people who were posting them along a bike trail and also pushing his bike toward a man in the group, Police Chief Darryl McSwain applauds the victims for their courage and civic engagement

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) renames street near the White House "Black Lives Matter Plaza", muralists paint "Black Lives Matter" in 15-meter-wide yellow letters and add a Washington DC flag at the end closest to the residence, Bowser has criticized the federal government's handling of the city protests and made the change to make it "abundantly clear" the street belonged to the city

President Trump announces US government will designate far-left group Antifa a terrorist organization after blaming the group for riots taking place across the country in response to the death of George Floyd

Widespread looting, violence and destruction including arson fires and attacks on police vehicles prompts nearly a dozen states to deploy National Guard personnel and California to declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles, following the death of George Floyd

US is terminating its relationship with WHO over its handling of Covid-19, President Trump saying it has essentially become a puppet organization of China and that US funding will be redirected to other public health efforts

Police precinct stormed and burned, dozens of other fires and widespread looting during the third day of protests in Minneapolis sparked by 46-year old black man George Floyd dying due to a white police officer keeping a knee on his neck for several minutes, more than 500 national guard soldiers activated and approximately 200 state patrol officers deployed

Joe Biden says on morning talk show popular with black listeners that those having a hard time figuring out whether to support him or President Trump "ain't black"

Donald Trump takes hydroxychloroquine and zinc daily as prophylactic against Covid-19, says he has cleared the treatment with the White House doctor and that he feels fine

Tesla and Alameda County reach deal to allow automaker to reopen its sole US assembly plant in Fremont as early as Monday, county saying it will work with police to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and agreed upon health and safety measures

US entomologists fear that the newly arrived two-inch long Asian giant hornet has the potential to devastate the country's bee populations, the hornet kills up to 50 people a year in Japan

At least 16 people killed in shooting rampage Sunday in Nova Scotia, Canada, a policewoman and the shooter among the dead, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman said to have moved across the northern part of the province and committed what appears to be several homicides

24-year-old Philadelphia man shoots three teenagers in the legs in self-defense on a bus early Thursday, police says man has permit to carry and that they are reviewing whether anyone should face charges

President Trump signs order to impose visa sanctions for countries delaying or denying return of their citizens or residents during Covid-19 pandemic, the White House says it creates unacceptable public health risks for Americans

Boeing 787s need to be turned off and on again every 51 days to avoid pilots being given false data on airspeed and altitude, according to directive from US government

President Trump signs USD 2.2 trillion aid package into law after it is approved by Senate and House of Representatives, the bill aims to help cope with economic downturn inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed more than 1,500 Americans

Texas appeals court upholds five-year prison sentence for 45-year-old Crystal Mason who illegaly tried to vote in the 2016 presidential election, Mason who has a tax fraud related felony conviction says she was unaware that the state bans persons on supervised release from voting but the court says her ignorance is irrelevant

Two Tennessee brothers donate 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer after Amazon and the state attorney general banned them from reselling, drove 2,100 kilometers across two states in a rented truck to buy the supples, price gouging case involving the brothers under investigation

Florida politician Andrew Gillum found in hotel room with bag of methamphetamine, was too intoxicated to answer questions from police and in company of man who had overdosed, was previously mayor of Tallahassee and came within 34,000 votes of becoming governor in 2018

US judge orders immediate release of former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning from prison, was scheduled to appear in court on Friday but judge rules it no longer necessary

Harvey Weinstein sentenced in New York court to 23 years in prison for 2013 third-degree rape and 2006 criminal sex act, maintains his innocence and says thousands of men are losing due process, also faces California charge for 2013 rape and sexual assault against two women where trial follows

US Air Force and SpaceX collaborate in exercise where company's satellites interoperate with military systems, goals include studying whether a greater number of smaller satellites can be more robust alternative to fewer large ones

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape and sexual assault, faces up to 29 years in prison, verdict seen as milestone as case has become most prominent symbol of #MeToo movement

Bernie Sanders' victory in Nevada with 46% of votes casts doubt on conventional assumptions that he can't win outside his own base or among blacks or hispanics, received most votes in all demographics except people over 65 where plurality voted for Joe Biden

New Jersey raises its threat level for white supremacists to the topmost category and drops the IS terrorists one level to "low", the El Paso Walmart shooting and local incidents such as the arrest of a man who admitted to instructing neo-Nazis to vandalize synagogues mentioned as examples of the rising threat while the global focus of the IS terrorists resulted in the down-grading, 168 reported instances of white supremacist propaganda distribution during 2019

Inmate at Illinois' largest women's prison says she was raped by a transgender inmate and that the officials tried covering up the incident by claiming the relationship was consensual, the plaintiff says she was terrified of the much bigger and stronger inmate who raped her the first day after moving into the housing unit, the defendant's lawyer says his client has faced similar accusations of sexual harassment since the prison move last April but that those were unfounded and due to transphobia

Movements grow in US to redraw borders between states as rural conservative reject rule of metropolitan liberals, parts of Oregon want to join Idaho, parts of Virginia could go to West Virginia, Chicago could be kicked out of Illinois, California could become two states and New York three autonomous regions

Donald Trump issues several pardons and commutations of sentences, beneficiaries include corrupt politicians Rod Blagojevich and Bernie Kerik as well as fraudsters Michael Milken and Edward DeBartolo Jr, president also considers pardons or clemency for former confidantes Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn

Three female high school students in Connecticut file lawsuit to overturn policy allowing transgender athletes to compete according to identified gender, track runners Terry Miller och Andraya Yearwood to lose right to compete against females if the state policy falls, Chelsea Miller who is one of the plaintiffs says she has lost out four state championships and "countless other opportunities" due to the policy

Member of jury which convicted Roger Stone is political activist with Twitter history of condemning Donald Trump as well as his co-workers including Stone, could lead to mistrial being declared according to law professor Jonathan Turley

Michael Avenatti convicted of trying to extort Nike and is expected to spend years in prison, will stand trial for two additional crimes later this year, former lawyer gained fame in 2016 when he battled with Donald Trump as representative for porn actress Stormy Daniels

Joe Biden slated to lose donors in wake of crushing defeat in the New Hampshire primaries, fifth place behind Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Warren

Suicides more frequent in US Air Force while becoming less common or being on stable level in other military branches, increased 40% from 2018 to 2019

Federal Reserve bars former Goldman Sachs executive Andrea Vella from further undertakings within the U.S. banking industry, barred on account of involvement Malaysian 1MDB embezzlement scandal

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami replaces plastic cups with 50,000 aluminium ones to reduce plastic waste for the Super Bowl final, will also sell water in cans instead of in bottles, aims to eliminate 99.4% of its single-use plastic this year

Federal agents find 1.3 km drug smuggling tunnel stretching between Tijuana and San Diego County – the tunnel that was found following a multi-year investigation is equipped with air ventilation, electricity, extensive rail system and elevator is the longest such tunnel ever discovered in the area

Santa Cruz in California decriminalises adult use and possession of psychedelic mushrooms, part of diversity of strategies taking care of mental health and offering way out of opioids

Indiana teenager Hunter Wart honored for raising USD 10,000 to install baby community box at the Seymour Fire Department, local fire chief says he was ecstatic as the box was used to abandon a baby girl on Thursday, Wart now trying to raise money to purchase another box for the city

Wife of first Canadian coronavirus victim tests positive, yet to exhibit symptoms, husband currently stable in Toronto hospital

Arizona Supreme Court rules that divorced woman can't use frozen embryos against her ex-husband's will, ruling relied on earlier signed contract saying they had to agree to have a baby or donate the seven unused IVF embryos from 2014, the man's lawyer says state law would have held his client financially responsible for the child for 18 years, new state law passed in 2018 that would have let the woman use the embryos without the man's consent but does not apply retroactively

Proposed Arizona law to bar transgender women from competing against biological women in K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities, Nancy Barto (R) who announced the proposal says it's an issue of basic fairness and that the alternative can result in women being denied crucial educational and financial opportunities – similar legislation proposed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Washington state as part of a national campaign backed by Alliance Defending Freedom

CDC confirms second case of coronavirus infection in the US, 63 under investigation for possible infection

41-year-old Pennsylvania woman faces multiple felony child endangerment and aggravated assault charges after her 16-year-old son is found weighing 12 kg at 112 cm tall, police say the extremely malnourished boy's condition is improving and that he grew in both height and weight after receiving medical care

Pizza delivery driver in Charlotte, N.C, shoots three out of four youths who ambushed him and aimed a rifle replica at his head, fourth robber scared away and arrested, pizza delivery driver not physically hurt, shot perpetrators expected to heal up after hospital care

Antifascists pledge to desist from mounting counter-protest in Richmond, Virginia, rationale ostensibly safety concerns on behalf of both protesters and elderly working-class gun advocates, President of Virginia Citizens Defense League Philip van Cleave notes that some phalanxes of antifascist movement are equally opposed to the proposed laws

Richmond, Virginia authorities brace for impending gun-rights protest on January 20, thousands expected to attend, media draws parallels to Charlottesville 2017

Prosecutor drafts lawsuit claiming Jeffrey Epstein held underage girls captive on his private island in the US Virgin archipelago, lawsuit includes witness accounts of how a 15-year old girl tried to swim to freedom, only to be caught and have her passport confiscated

Dallas man shoots and kills one of three armed robbers storming a social gathering, other two suspects at large, the 25-year-old licensed handgun carrier was released after providing statement to the police

Steve Bannon insists Trump postpone State of the Union address until after impeachment acquittal, claims Nancy Pelosi's dithering is deliberate strategy designed to make trial and speech coincide, Bannon calls impeachment proceedings a 'coup' and the 'crime of the century'

U.S. Department of Homeland Security sparks furore and indignation by listing climate activists alongside domestic terrorist organisations in internal memo, list includes Valve Turners - an organisation known for sabotaging critical pipeline infrastructure

Surveillance video of Jeffrey Epstein's cell during his first alleged suicide attempt in July deleted since at least August as the jail listed the wrong cell number connected to the government request to record and save video from outside the cell

Judge orders Google to turn over a year's worth of Jussie Smollett's emails, messages and location data to special prosecution, data will be used to establish whether there were grounds for dismissing all criminal charges

Milk producer Borden Dairy files for bankruptcy, following in footsteps of competitor Dean Foods two months ago, reasons include lower milk consumption, more expensive raw milk and retail chains starting their own dairy processing plants

Butt naked Florida man high on methamphetamine resists arrest by lashing out against police dog Casper, biting his ear between bouts of maniacal laughter and shrill bird noises, Casper finally extricates himself and exacts revenge by biting the man in the head

Several people injured in machete attack on synagogue during a Hanukkah celebration in New York City suburb, two of the victims in critical condition, the unidentified suspect taken into custody

Michael Bloomberg used prison labor for phone campaign, inmates earning 20 USD per month called potential voters to convince them to support billionaire Bloomberg, spokesperson claims to have been unaware

Crop duster filled with holy water blesses entire community of Cow Island, Louisiana and saves time for priest Matthew Barzare who thereby does not have to visit each part of town himself

Commercial survival camps prepare Americans for uncertain future and will shelter members in case of natural disasters or civil war, founder seeks investments to expand from two to ten states

Boeing fires its Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg in bid to restore trust after two fatal crashes forced them to halt production of its best-selling 737 MAX jetliner, chairman David Calhoun takes over as CEO and president

Two shooters kill police officer at cemetery in New Jersey and drives to and fire at Jewish supermarket across town before entering, three victims and suspects found dead inside the kosher market following a four-hour standoff with police