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Another disturbing weekend of violence in Philadelphia with 16 shootings, leaving three dead and no arrests, two shootings happened on South Street, often packed with tourists, business owners say people getting scared and don’t come out to eat that much anymore

11-year-old boy home alone in Mebane, NC when intruder breaks in through a window, grabs a pellet gun and forces the boy into a closet, the boy strikes a machete to the burglar's head, who kicks the boy and steals home electronics, but drops it as he bleeds heavily

Virginia Beach May 31 shooting could have been prevented, had employees been allowed to carry firearms at work, one victim discussed the night before whether or not to bring a pistol and decided not to, because a city policy against weapons in the building, gun rights advocates say a gun free zone is really a victim disarmament zone

California to be first state to provide tax-financed healthcare to illegal immigrants, USD 98 million plan aims to provide coverage to 100,000 people aged 19 to 25, to pay for plan lawmakers propose taxing people who do not have health insurance, Democratic Senator Holly Mitchell says California believes health is a fundamental right

Michigan hotel offers free accommodations to anyone traveling for an abortion out of a state where the procedure is restricted, women should have autonomy over their own bodies, says hotel manager Shelley O'Brien, who also provides free transportation to and from their appointment

US Air Force allows Sikh airman maintain beard and wear turban in observance of his faith, last year Air Force granted a Muslim airman to wear beard and in 2017 US Army said it would allow turbans and hijabs

60 killings in 14 states linked to 79-year-old serial killer Samuel Little, claims to have killed 93 women and is cooperative with investigators from around the country about cold case killings dating back to the 1970s, victims often suffocated or strangled, leaving few physical marks why investigators suspected death by overdoses or natural causes

Homeowner who shoots and kills home invader in Clayton County, GA will not be facing charges, intruder banged on the door, broke a window and gain entry into the house when he was shot with several shots, "people have the right to defend themselves", says Police Major Anthony Thuman

Mexico sends 6,000 members of National Guard to Guatemalan border following Trump's threats to impose tariffs unless Mexico acts against illegal migration

Ohio doctor charged in 25 deaths, suspected of giving excessive doses of painkilling opioids to mostly older and severely ill patients, denies having practiced euthanasia

Emmanuel Aranda gets 19 years in prison for throwing 5-year-old boy over a third-floor railing at Mall of America in Bloomington in April, the boy was nearly killed but is now recovering

Chef de cuisine William Crandall at renowned Stripsteak, inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach, "voluntarily" resigns following controversy after being seen wearing a hat and shirt with Proud Boys logo, restaurant employee says Crandall has been crucified and that hysteria and chaos reigns at Stripsteak

Texas governor Greg Abbott signs law banning cameras taking images of vehicles entering intersections when red stoplights are illuminated, critics say red-light cameras are unconstitutional and contribute to traffic accidents, supporters say they help make streets safer and generate funds for government entities

Beauty chain Sephora closes all its US stores on Wednesday, diversity training awaits staff after employee calls security to ensure customer, who turns out to be R&B artist SZA, wasn't stealing

Homeopathic products in Quebec required to carry warning signs indicating their effectiveness "is generally not supported by scientific evidence", meant to encourage conversation between customers and pharmacists

Documents made public show how prosecutors struggled over how to describe their reasoning for dropping all charges against Jussie Smollett, state's attorney's office and defense lawyer traded series of emails trying to neutralize language so Smollett would neither be depicted as innocent or guilty of staging the alleged attack, documents also show State's Attorney Kim Foxx didn't want to recuse herself

At least 12 people killed and several injured in mass shooting at government building in Virginia Beach, VA, gunman, described by officials as a disgruntled city employee, killed in exchange of gunfire with police

Trump announces 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure country to crack down on illegal migration, percentage will gradually increase until problem is solved

Satanic Temple to challenge, in the name of religious liberty, Supreme Court ruling upholding law requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains, as one of their fundamental tenets is the inviolability of one's body, group has waged several battles against state governments

Martin Luther King Jr had 40 extramarital affairs, participated in sex orgies and looked on and laughed as pastor friend raped parishioner, claims author David Garrow who won Pulitzer for King biography

65-year-old man from California dies after shark attack in Hawaii while swimming in water 20 to 25 feet deep, out of 120 shark attacks on record since 1995 this incident is only the fifth fatal attack in the islands

71% of Americans say the economy is in good shape, according to CBS poll among 1,101 adults, Americans increasingly give the president credit for strong economy, while more people disapprove of his handling of immigration, foreign policy, and trade with other countries

North Carolina teaches gun safety to kids as young as six, Echo Firearm Training founder Michael Pegram aware of social media polarization, says it gives kids knowledge to be safe when they do come across a gun

Washington first US state to legalise human composting as alternative to cremations and burials, loved ones are given the soil, which they can use in planting flowers, vegetables or trees, process already legal in Sweden, Environmentally friendly burial alternatives increasingly popular

A greater number of voters believe Donald Trump will be re-elected, 57% of voters now believe it is likely the President will be successful, up from 46% in February, shift may relate to Democrats advocating proposals supported by only 20% of population, and a growing perception that Congress is moving to the left politically

Birth tourism increase in Canada due to automatic citizenship at birth, a 24% increase in births by non-resident mothers in British Columbia, to 837 babies in 2017-18, practice debases meaning of citizenship and immigrants who strive and sacrifice for a citizenship the ones most offended, says Liberal MLA Jas Johal

30% of DNA tests of migrant families at southern border suspected of lying about kinship revealed adults not related to children, pilot marked first time DNA testing has been used at border

Alabama lawmakers pass ban on abortions, only exception when woman’s health is at risk, doctors who carry them out facing up to 99 years in jail, senators votes in favour by 25 to 6, state governor to make final decision enacting the law, "bill has the opportunity to save the lives of millions of unborn children" Senator Clyde Chambliss says

Cuba launches widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of grave economic crisis, Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez blames hardening of US trade embargo by Trump administration, calls for calm and assures at least cooking oil will be in ample supply

Denver first US city to effectively decriminalize use and possession of "magic mushrooms" containing psychedelic psilocybin among people 21 and older, advocates for the measure argue psilocybin is safe, nonaddictive and that evidence suggests the drug has therapeutic benefits, will shift law enforcement resources away from pursuing nonviolent offenses

Pentagon approves plan to spend USD 1.5 billion to build 80 more miles of wall along US-Mexico border, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan says Pentagon is fully engaged in fixing border crisis, more than 4,000 troops and 19 aircrafts are supporting Customs and Border Protection personnel

Pothole Vigilantes duo covertly patch Oakland potholes in middle of the night, show off their work on Instagram, City spokesman expresses concern over safety issues and asks people to instead report problems multiple times to Oakland Public Works

Issuing of permits for climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome has worsen safety, introduced in 2010 it has halved the number of visitors but not reduced the number of accidents, researchers say permits may encourage visitors to take risks

Boeing 737 bounces and skids off runway into Florida river after landing, plane chartered by US military had flown from Guantánamo Bay to city of Jacksonville, 21 people taken to hospital with minor injuries

Texas lawmakers want to make it clear guns are allowed in churches and other houses of worship, up to individual houses of worship to ban handguns, Wyoming passed similar measure last year, same time eight states and Washington D.C. prohibit firearms in places of worship unless permission is given

Donald Trump, three of his children and seven companies files lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One, says subpoenas issued to harass the President in hope to stumble upon something to be used in political attacks

Amazon investigates after woman finds leaflet condemning HPV vaccine in children’s book, both Amazon and publisher Oxford University Press denies responsibility, previously found hidden messages in books from Amazon include a workers' rights note, two years ago a worker was fired for sending a Jewish customer a note reading "Greetings from Uncle Adolf"

Afghanistan war veteran arrested accused of plotting attack on nationalist rally in Long Beach, CA, has expressed support for violent jihad, desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and willingness to become a martyr, retribution for Christchurch assault

Bernie Sanders praised violent socialist revolutionaries and forced land redistribution in Central America in the 1980s, was in 1985 invited to an expenses-paid trip to attend Daniel Ortega's inauguration in Nicaragua, also attended by Fidel Castro

Donald Trump pulls US out of UN arms treaty regulating weapons exports signed in 2013 by Barack Obama, but never ratified by US Senate, announcement made at National Rifle Association annual meeting

Cook County judge Marc Martin calls out embattled State Attorney Kim Foxx for upholding double standard by prosecuting woman for filing false police report but dropping similar charges against Jussie Smollett, says it smells big time and everyone now expect same leniency Foxx afforded Smollett

At least four dead as semitruck at 80 mph slams into group of cars stopped in traffic on I-70 outside of Denver, crash cause chain reaction that involves at least 24 cars and four semis followed by large fire, semi's driver in custody charged with four counts of vehicular homicide

Former US Vice President Joe Biden launches third presidential bid, the 76-year-old starts as leader of the pack in opinion polls of Democratic field of 20 contenders seeking chance to challenge Trump in 2020

IRS officially recognises The Satanic Temple as a church, granting it tax-exempt status, including access to public spaces as other religious organizations, first satanic religion in US to be officially given such a status

Canada launches CAD 1 coin to commemorate 50th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality and recognise country's profound belief in equality and inclusion, criticised by historians and LGBT+ activists for putting a myth onto a coin

Grand Rapids, Michigan considers criminalizing racial profiling in calls to emergency number 911, "bias crime reporting prohibition" proposed to prevent protected classes from spurious and racist police reports

FBI arrests Larry Hopkins, leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, an armed group that has helped US Border Patrol detain over 5600 illegal immigrants, arrest came two days after New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) ordered an investigation

Man who brutally murdered 94-year-old woman in Yuba City, CA found using new DNA analysis to produce familial match, previously you could only match off male relatives, now same can be done with female relatives, leading police to the perpetrator

Scotty Garnell Morrow who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and her friend in the head 25 years ago set to be executed in Georgia, lawyers say death penalty is rarely obtained for spontaneous and emotionally-charged killings, claims Morrow is a genuinely nice guy and the years of bullying he experienced as a child should be taken into account

Three women in California who say they were raped by men posing as Uber drivers files lawsuit against the company claiming they were not warned about fake rideshare drivers targeting women leaving bars and nightclubs in the Los Angeles area, Uber say it has been working for several years on how passengers can protect themselves against fake drivers

73-year-old Fulham FC fan living in California sues Department of Motor Vehicles after he was banned from having letters COYW on personalised car number plate, DMV claims "Come on you whites" has racist connotations, COYW refers to club's shirt colour

American authorities arrest Rondell Henry who allegedly planned terrorist attack in Maryland, the 28-year-old man from Germantown stole U-Haul van with the intention of using it against pedestrians at National Harbor, Henry harbors hatred towards non-Muslims and was inspired by 2016 ISIS terrorist attack in Nice

Lake County Sheriff's Office welcomes young bloodhound Rommel on Twitter, some followers connects dog's name to German general during World War II, sheriff's office renames dog Scout

Chicago elects African-American gay woman as its mayor, former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot campaigned on platform to end political corruption, gun crime and help lower-income families, another twelve US cities are led by black women

Martin Shkreli thrown in solitary confinement after reports he was still running his pharmaceutical company from a cellphone while in prison, Shkreli allegedly fired Phoenixus AG’s interim CEO from behind bars

17 people across 11 states infected with salmonella typhimurium in outbreak linked to pet hedgehogs, two people hospitalized but no deaths reported, hedgehogs can carry salmonella germs in their droppings while appearing healthy, germs can easily spread to anything the animal touches

Number of American adults not having sex reaches all-time high at 23%, between ages of 18 and 30 percentage for men up to 28% and for women 18%, could be attributed to more young men being unemployed and more likely to live with their parents

Tyler R. Barriss sentenced to 20 years in prison in California after making fake emergency calls sending police to an innocent man's home, when answering the door the police shot and killed the unarmed man, the "swatting" was triggered by an argument between Barriss and a third man over a video game

Only black reporters allowed to attend meeting coordinated to garner support for a single black candidate in Savannah's mayoral race, posts signs reading "Black press only", attending candidate Van Johnson proclaims his "vision for an inclusive Savannah"

New York state sues Sackler family two days after their company Purdue Pharma agreed to pay USD 270 million to settle similar claims by Oklahoma over their marketing of the Oxycontin painkiller, the potentially massive legal liability has led Purdue to threaten filing for bankruptcy, states and local governments target the family in effort to recoup billions spent on social costs of opioid addiction, former Purdue CEO Richard Sackler in 1996 allegedly compared the expected demand to a series of natural disasters

United Airlines first airline to introduce non-binary gender option on bookings, customers can select M (male), F (female), U (undisclosed) or X (unspecified), the profoundly proud airline will train its staff on preferred pronouns, LGBT workplace competency and other inclusivity initiatives, as this is "part of treating everyone with dignity and respect"

Chicago city officials orders Jussie Smollett to pay USD 130,000 to cover cost of investigation into his report of street attack police say was staged to promote his career

Pentagon authorise USD 1 billion for new wall construction along the US-Mexico border, will be used to build 57 miles of 18ft-high "pedestrian fencing", road improvements and new lights, Trump originally requested USD 5.7 billion to construct the wall

Attorney Michael Avenatti accused by federal prosecutors of trying to extort between USD 15 and USD 25 million from Nike, threatened to garner publicity to inflict financial and reputational harm if his demands were not met, bond set to USD 300,000, Avenatti, who considered bid for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, was attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels who alleged she had an affair with President Trump

Montréal takes down 80-year-old crucifix from city council chambers to reaffirm its secular character, province government soon to introduce legislation banning the wearing of religious symbols by any provincial employee with "coercive powers"

Popped balloons sparks false active shooter alarm during university sorority bonding event, University of Michigan Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Phi apologize to the campus community in open letter

Law enforcement investigates alleged arson attack at mosque in Escondido, California, suspect leaves note behind referencing attacks at mosques in Christchurch, no arrests made

Far-left SPLC President Richard Cohen steps down, asking the organization to find an interim president to give it the best chance to heal, takes responsibility for problems that have swept out senior leadership in just a week

Robert Mueller recommends no further indictments as part of his Russia probe, Justice Department announces, as final report is submitted to US Attorney General William Barr

Father Claude Grou stabbed during mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montréal, 26-year-old suspect subdued by security guards, rector released from hospital

Thelma Chiaka gives birth to six babies in nine minutes in Houston, Texas, defying one in 4.7 billion odds, babies weigh between 1lb 12oz to 2lb and 14oz and are in stable condition

FAA managers in 2015 pushed to delegate safety assessments of the new 737 MAX to Boeing itself and to speedily approve the resulting analysis, as Boeing tried to catch up with rival Airbus A320neo, safety analysis report used to certify the plane's flight control system MCAS had several crucial flaws

Republican-run Senate rejects President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border 59 votes to 41, twelve Republicans joined Democrats in defying the president, "VETO!" Trump tweeted minutes after the vote

Former Rep. Robert Francis "Beto" O’Rourke (D-TX) announces he is running for President, wants to grant citizenship for millions who reside in US illegally and make it more difficult for them to migrate back home

50 individuals accused of paying bribes to get their children into America's top colleges, said to have used bribes to manipulate SAT exams, create fake athlete profiles to get kids athletic scholarships and lie about their ethnicity on applications to take advantage of affirmative action, several famous actors among the suspects

Speaker Nancy Pelosi opposes impeaching President Donald Trump as it would divide the country, sets off firestorm among Democrats who calls for immediate impeachment proceedings, arguing there is already evidence the president has abused the powers of his office

Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes to break up Amazon, Facebook and Google as part of her 2020 presidential bid, wants to unwind existing tech mergers such as Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods and Zappos and prevent tech companies from being participants on their own platforms, says some are so powerful they "can bully cities and states into showering them with massive taxpayer handouts in exchange for doing business"

House Representative Ilhan Omar (D) rips Barack Obama for caging kids at Mexican border and droning countries around the world, says he wasn’t much different from President Trump and got away with murder thanks to his pretty face

University of Mississippi student government vote unanimously to remove Confederate statue from campus center, organizers say they saw the lack of permanent leadership since the school's chancellor stepped down in November as an opening to move the statue

Corruption scandal surrounding Justin Trudeau's government deepens after a third high-profile resignation, Treasury Board President Jane Philpott says she has lost confidence in the government's handling of the corruption inquiry, Trudeau denies political meddling to shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin from a bribery trial

Hillary Clinton rules out 2020 presidential run, pledging to take an active role working with candidates in crowded Democratic field, says Democrats can't take anything for granted and must work really hard to win back the White House

Trump raucous speech at Conservative Political Action Conference clocked over two hours, the longest speech of his presidency, the speech hit all of his campaign topics: he blasted the media, said the investigations into him are "bullshit", mocked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and decried Democrats as "socialists"

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rely heavily on car and airline travel while claiming "world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change", her Green New Deal is designed to address income inequality, health care and climate change, to be funded through a 70% tax on America’s top earners, she recently questioned whether young couples should have children

British Columbia judge rules father can’t stop his troubled 14-year-old daughter from performing a sex change and any attempt persuading her to abandon treatment or using female pronouns is considered "family violence", the father who has tried to get his daughter treated for depression was, in accordance with the school's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, not informed when the school helped her pick out a male name or when she was referred to a LGBTQ activist doctor who recommended she begin hormone treatment

54-year-old transgender gay rights activist Nikki Joly charged with arson in connection with a fire in his Michigan home in 2017 killing five pets, his disappointment the city's Pride Parade and Festival didn't receive more attention or protests possible motive, Joly named citizen of the year 2018 by local paper

Residents of predominantly Jewish NYC neighborhood find Nazi chalkwritings at local playground, "Hail Hitler" and swastikas scrawled on ball court of PS 139 school, NYPD deploys hate crime task force to investigate

Former John Mellencamp keyboardist Eric Franklin Rosser sentenced to 10 years for watching child porn on Montana bus in 2017, was on FBI's Most Wanted list in 2001 after jumping bail in child pornography ring investigation

71-years old Californian Craig Coley gets USD 21 million settlement for imprisonment between 1978 and 2017 due to wrongfully being convicted of murdering ex-girlfriend and her 4-year-old son in 1978, was pardoned in 2017 based on exculpatory DNA evidence, more than 350 US inmates exonerated by DNA testing since 1989 with average of having served 14 years in prison

Texas federal judge declares all-male military draft unconstitutional and rules "time has passed" for debate on whether women belong in the military, case brought by men's rights group National Coalition For Men along with two more men

Canada introduces "right to repair" bill for digital devices, complex web of trade secrets and government regulations blamed for high cost of official repair work on brand name devices versus cost of replacement, the bill would force companies like Apple to provide repair manuals, tools and official parts for those who request them

American actor Jussie Smollett charged with disorderly conduct for filing false police report, claimed he was beaten by two masked men hurling racist and homophobic slurs before throwing liquid on him and looping rope around his neck in his Chicago neighborhood, Smollett allegedly staged the attack

US says "has not asked or pursued any sort of sanctions" against the Sentinelese tribe for killing American Christian missionary John Allen Chau while he in November 2018 tried to go ashore their remote island, which lies between India and Burma

US government denies re-entry to woman from Alabama who joined ISIS in Syria, Hoda Muthana married ISIS terrorists and called for attacks on the West, the daughter of a Yemeni diplomat is now stranded in a refugee camp and Mike Pompeo denies her citizenship based upon technicality in the 14th Amendment

Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) found to be living in new luxury high rise that does not have affordable housing units, the self-proclaimed socialist campaigned against luxury real estate development and gentrification

"Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota, Florida vandalized with #MeToo graffiti, the sculpture depicts the unsolicited kiss of Greta Zimmer Friedman by US sailor George Mendonsa at the end of WWII, in modern times it has been reinterpreted by some as a sexual assault lacking consent

Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann sues Washington Post for USD 250 million, claims newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating confrontation with Native American activist Nathan Phillips – additional similar lawsuits to be filed in weeks ahead, according to Sandmann's lawyer Lin Wood

Police shot California rapper Willie McCoy 25 times according to coroner report, the 20-year-old man had fallen asleep in his car with a gun in his lap and did not respond to police commands when he awoke

33 students at two French language schools in Vancouver ordered to stay home during measles outbreak, 8 students have contracted the illness and the targeted students have not proven they have received a vaccination

Fentanyl tablets manufactured in Mexico linked to spike in opioid overdose deaths, the pills are disguised to look like oxycodone and are taken casually at parties, critics allege the drug crisis is worse than 1980s crack cocaine in scope

Chicago police investigates whether actor Jussie Smollett staged an attack on himself with the help of two other men, allegedly because Smollett was being written off of TV series Empire