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Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg enters 2020 Democratic presidential race on Sunday, has been critical of anti-Wall Street crusader Elizabeth Warren and says US cannot afford four more years of President Trump

At least three people killed at Walmart shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma, gunman wearing all black confirmed dead

At least nine mormons killed by drug cartel in Mexico, including three women and six children, authorities suspect they were attacked after being mistaken for members of rival cartel, several children injured and one child still missing

Donald Trump proclaims October 9 Leif Erikson Day, honors the Icelandic Viking who sailed to Vinland over a thousand years ago as well as Nordic-Americans and their contributions to the America of today

78-year-old Bernie Sanders hospitalized for chest discomfort, oldest 2020 candidate cancels campaign events and appearances after having two stents inserted in blocked artery, will rest until further notice

Canada's Green Party admits editing photo on their website of leader Elizabeth May holding a disposable cup, replacing it with a reusable cup with the Green Party logo and a metal straw

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announces impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, Democrats disappointed after Robert Mueller found no evidence of Russian collusion, got their hopes up when allegation emerged claiming the president pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden

Patrick Byrne sells whole stake in his company Overstock after controversy around his connections to Russian agent, entrepreneur and libertarian Byrne will now dedicate himself to fighting the US deep state and moves his assets into gold, silver and cryptocurrencies

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested after three cases of crystal meth overdoses in his home, under suspicion for having injected his victims with the drug during sexual activities

US drug-maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy protection, designed in part to resolve more than 2,600 lawsuits filed against it over its alleged role in opioid epidemic

Call of Duty gamer who planned a hoax 911 call resulting in Kansas man's death sentenced to 15 months in prison, Casey Viner pleaded guilty to conspiracy in case of "swatting" where he recruited fellow defendant Tyler Barriss, who believing he gave the address to another gamer instead sent the police to an innocent man, who was killed when opening his door, Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison in March

New York Times spreads discredited allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, then calls alleged degrading act at dorm party involving private parts "harmless fun"

US federal government spent record USD 4.2 trillion in first eleven months of fiscal 2019 (October through August), running a deficit of USD 1.1 trillion

Actress Felicity Huffman is sent to 14 days in prison and USD 30,000 fine for paying an admissions consultant USD 15,000 to have her daughter's answers on the SAT corrected, part of a college admissions cheating scheme across US

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma near agreement with 2,000 cities, counties and other plaintiffs suing the company and Sackler family over role in US opioid crisis, in deal valued at up to USD 12 billion, more than dozen other states opposed or uncommitted to deal, setting stage for legal battle in bankruptcy proceedings starting next week

Justin Trudeau calls a federal election for 21 October, opinion polls indicate tough race for the prime minister, who is seeking a second term in office, with both Liberals and Conservatives on just over 30% support

Gun sales surge 15% in US compared to 2018, driven in part by Americans seeking self-protection and deep concerns congressional Democrats are going to push through expanded gun control legislation

Donald Trump fires his National Security Advisor John Bolton, says he disagreed strongly with many of Bolton's suggestions and that a replacement will be appointed next week

Grocery chain Fred Meyer posts fliers seeking replacement workers in the event of a strike, promises a USD 15 hourly wage which is more than some of the union members make, does not sit well with the union who wish they would share those resources with people who have given their lives and careers to the company instead

McKrae Game comes out as gay after decades in the closet, founded one of the US's largest conversion therapy ministries, now asks for forgiveness and wishes to close down all similar practices

City of San Francisco designated National Rifle Association domestic terrorist organisation, NRA says the ludicrous stunt is an effort to distract from real problems, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, and promises to continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans

At least 25 people killed and 11 were badly injured in Mexican bar fire in Coatzacoalcos police say was set deliberately by gang members, survivors say men believed to be gangsters blocked exits before setting venue on fire, media report bar was peppered with gunfire and Molotov cocktails thrown inside

Drug maker Johnson & Johnson must pay USD 572 million for its part in fuelling opioid addiction crisis in Oklahoma, US judge rules in first case to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits filed against opioid makers and distributors, the company says it will appeal

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes outpatient radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer, tumour treated definitively and no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body, the 86-year-old Supreme Court Associate Justice has previously been treated for pancreatic, colorectal and lung cancer

Court rules abortion organisation Planned Parenthood to pay USD 3 million in damages to whistleblower and former employee Mayra Rodriguez in wrongful termination case, was dismised after raising concerns about ethical and legal breaches at abortion facilities run by group

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will two days before his alleged suicide, US media reports say, assets include USD 56 million in cash, USD 14 million in fixed income investments and USD 18 million in aviation assets, automobiles and boats as well as a collection of fine arts, antiques and other valuables not yet appraised, the paedophile’s victims will go after his assets for damages

Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers unsatisfied with medical examiner's ruling their client hanged himself, promise their own independent probe, demanding access to pivotal videos from prison "if they exist as they should"

US attorney's aide Tawanna Hilliard accused of using government computers to identify and expose snitches for her Bloods gang member son Tyquan Hilliard, who is serving ten years in prison for robbery, the mother faces up to 20 years in prison on obstruction charge alone

Study showing white police no more likely to shoot minorities draws fire, researchers studied 900 fatal US police shootings in 2015 concluding there is no racial bias among police, undercuts central tenets of Black Lives Matter movement who claim black men dies at the hands of police due to colour of their skin

US trend sees drop in sports participation among poor and middle-class families, while children from better off families participate in ever great numbers, according to The Aspen Institute's Project Play report, attributed to rising cost of playing sports and hope of securing college admissions

Jeffrey Epstein autopsy finds his neck broken in several places, such injuries can occur to people who hang themselves or who are strangled, unclear when autopsy report will be finished or made public

Naked burglar arrested in Los Angeles when found stuck in chimney, where hid after being confronted by owner of another home he tried to burglarize, claims someone laced his drink the night prior

US Attorney General Bill Barr slams inadequate Manhattan jail where Epstein died, saying there will be accountability, issues stark warning to Epstein's co-conspirators and assures case will continue against anyone complicit

Jeffrey Epstein told guards and other inmates weeks before he died someone tried to kill him, death comes 24 hours after court documents were unsealed implicating powerful men in sex scandals, Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, FBI and Inspector General to open investigations

Miniature horses allowed as service animals on airplanes according to updated US Department of Transportation guidance, up to three animals per person allowed, reptiles and spiders banned

Marvin Minsky, AI pioneer at MIT, named by witness in deposition released in connection with Jeffrey Epstein underage girls sex trafficking investigation, known previous associate of Epstein, deposition also names Prince Andrew of Britain and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson

Armed former firefighter makes citizen's arrest of 20-year-old donned with body armor and military fatigues carrying tactical weapons and 100 rounds of ammunition while filming himself at Walmart in Springfield, MO, customers fled as store manager pulled the fire alarm, no shots fired and no one injured

14-year-old girl in Kentucky home alone with her two sisters stops two men from breaking in by firing a 9mm pistol in their general direction, constable Daniel Castle says she did a good job and encourages everyone who can to legally carry a firearm to protect themselves and their families just in case the need arises

Joe Biden makes another gaffe telling a crowd that poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids, Biden is the 2020 Democratic primary frontrunner

Canadian man survives grizzly bear attack by stabbing its neck with a 5 cm pocketknife, ties shirt sleeve around his bleeding leg and cycles 7 km to a logging camp, where he gets help and an ambulance helicopter is called, the bear is tracked and put down

51% of mass shooters in 2019 were black, 29% were white, and 11% were Latino, data from Mass Shooting Tracker shows, white people and Latinos dramatically underrepresented among mass shooters, while African Americans are highly overrepresented, media creates own narrative by portraying mass shootings as white man's problem

Texas police apologise after two white officers on horseback lead handcuffed black man by rope to police staging area, police chief says department policy immediately changed to prevent use of technique

The left-wing and Antifa supporter who killed nine at the Dayton shooting was obsessed with violence and mass shootings, had a hit list of fellow students he wanted to kill or rape

Mexico vows to take legal action against US for failing to protect Mexican citizens after the El Paso mass shooting, demands conditions established to protect Mexicans in the United States

Ohio gunman Connor Betts described himself as pro-Satan leftist who hated President Trump and supported Elizabeth Warren, said he wanted socialism and that he wouldn't wait for it, his sister one of the victims

Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Georgia came to a halt over formal complaint by delegate of sensory overload from "guys" whispering, prompting another comrade to angrily demand immediate end to use of gendered language, followed by the first delegate saying the heckling and the hissing is triggering to his anxiety

Nine people killed and at least 16 hospitalised after shooter opens fire in a bar in Dayton, OH, gunman shot dead

At least 20 people killed and 26 wounded in mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso, TX, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius in custody

Home of Elijah Cummings burglarized, representative of Maryland's 7th congressional district since 1996 and has been heavily criticized by President Trump for the high crime rate in his district including Baltimore

President Trump says USA will shortly end AIDS epidemic and cure childhood cancer, promises new breakthroughs in science and medicine, makes the pledges at a rally in Cincinnati, OH

Woodstock 50 anniversary music festival officially canceled, widely expected after troubles finding a venue and headline artists pulling out, proclamations any profit would be used for fighting climate change and encouraging Americans to vote did not help

President Trump meet with 20 African American faith leaders, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., calls meeting sincere and productive, says Trump is not a racist and that the higher job market and the criminal justice reform help African Americans

Shooter kills three and injures 15 others at Gilroy Garlic Festival in San Jose, CA, 6-year-old boy among victims, perpetrator killed minutes after attack began, manhunt underway for a second individual involved

Donald Trump says he considers declaring Antifa a terrorist organization, calls them "gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs"

US Supreme Court clears way for Trump administration to use USD 2.5 billion in Defense Department money to build sections of border wall with Mexico, president calls it a big victory on the wall, for border security and rule of law

18 Marines arrested at Camp Pendleton north of San Diego by NCIS over human smuggling, none of the accused personnel were involved in Southwest Border Support mission and were of relatively low rank, another human smuggling investigation involving two Marines provided information that led to arrests

Jeffrey Epstein found unconscious in cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center with injuries to his neck and is taken to hospital, reports say his face appeared blue, not clear how he suffered his injuries

US government introduces new rules under which illegal immigrants who haven't been in US continuously for two years can be immediately deported, until now, expedited deportations could only be applied to those detained near the border

Chris Pratt, known for acting roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, criticized for wearing T-shirt featuring US flag with Gadsden flag, Yahoo article insinuates Gadsden flag, used by US Men's Soccer Team and Metallica, is a white supremacist dog whistle, Ben Shapiro says only morons believe every symbol of early republic is a white supremacist symbol

Jeffrey Epstein said to have used Austrian passport, with fake name and listing his place of residence as Saudi Arabia, to enter United Kingdom, Spain and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, document found inside safe along with USD 70,000 in cash and 48 loose diamonds, Epstein's lawyers claim it was obtained to be presented to potential kidnappers, hijackers or terrorists

Sexual assault proceedings against Kevin Spacey dropped following his alleged victim William Little's refusal to testify, after it is revealed his cell phone with key piece of evidence is missing and his mother deleted photos before handing phone to police, Spacey was accused of groping the then 18-year-old at a bar in 2016

Joke to storm area 51 goes viral, more than a million people have said they will participate, US Air Force discourage anyone from trying to come into the area

Man shoots and kills two intruders with his AR-15 as four armed men attempts home invasion robbery in Florida, the disabled 61-year-old homeowner is in stable condition at hospital with gunshot wound to the stomach, two other culprits arrested, no charges against homeowner

Man survived 57 meter drop over Niagara Falls, was found sitting on rocks without life-threatening injuries, mayor thinks all-time high water level may have saved the man's life

Nova Scotians can now choose "X" or not to display a gender on provincial identity cards, minister of internal services Patricia Arab says it reflect Nova Scotia’s diverse population and makes all residents feel safe, adds province may ultimately remove gender markers from identification cards altogether

Barry Lee Hastings Jr arrested in Florida for impersonating a police officer after pulling over an off-duty sheriff's deputy, asked for his ID Hastings says he's left his credentials at the station, deputy calls 911 after tiring of the back-and-forth

Jeffrey Epstein arrested and charged with sex trafficking underage girls and sexually abusing them, the billionaire and close friend of the Clinton family was sentenced to a short prison term for similar charges in 2008 after much-criticized deal

Five police officers asked to leave Starbucks coffee shop in Tempe, AZ, on Fourth of July because customer did not feel safe with them present, police union tweets parody of Starbucks logo with the words "Dump Starbucks", its president saying people feeling unsafe with police around is perplexing to him

Two earthquakes in less than 24 hours in Southern California, magnitudes 6.4 and 7.1 respectively makes quakes region's largest in 20 years

Thousands of Jim Beam bourbon barrels destroyd in warehouse fire in Kentucky, lightning probably cause, no one injured, spokesperson for Jim Beam tells public not to worry about bourbon shortage as company has 3.3 million barrels in stock

Nike withdraws allegedly racist trainer featuring Betsy Ross flag, Arizona governor Doug Ducey withdraws USD 1 million aimed at attracting Nike factory expected to generate 500 jobs and says he is embarrassed for the company, trainers now selling on websites for USD 1,500

Story of teacher surviving Santa Fee High School shooting in 2018 revealed to be false, CNN and Wall Street Journal had published his lies where he said he protected students from harm at incident claiming 10 people's lives, Texas Tribune journalist Alexandra Samuels' became suspicious by "insane story"

Young man from Kentucky banned from school during chickenpox outbreak due to not being vaccinated nor being able to prove immunity, boy sues for religious discrimination in court who confirms the ruling from the health department to deny access to help stop the outbreak, appeal also fails, youth claims his christian faith as reason for his refusal to get the vaccine

Jack'd gay dating app stored members' private intimate photos publicly on open web server, anyone could access the pictures, New York attorney general reaches USD 240,000 settlement with owners, app downloaded more than five million times

New York City declares climate emergency in effort to mobilize local and national responses to stall global warming, claiming it has led to extreme weather events which demonstrates planet is "too hot to be a safe environment", says US has disproportionately contributed to climate emergency

Majority of Americans think more than 20% of population is gay, average estimate is 23.6%, proportion of people who self-report as LGBT is 4.5%, according to Gallup

US regulators uncovers possible new flaw in Boeing's troubled 737 Max aircraft, Federal Aviation Administration says it identified potential risk during simulator tests, Boeing's top-selling aircraft was grounded in March after two crashes

Donald Trump criticises lesbian US women's football player Megan Rapinoe for saying she would not visit White House if they won the World Cup, Trump says she should win before she talks, Rapinoe one of 28 players suing US Soccer Federation because men's team earns more than women, met Barack Obama after winning World Cup in 2015

Bank of America cuts ties with private companies running detention centers for criminals and illegal immigrants, privatized parts of prison system hot topic after Elizabeth Warren calls for ban, share prices of prison operators down

Aviary cocktail bar worker in Chicago spits at Eric Trump, offender in Secret Service custody, Trump says it's a purely disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems

Donal Trump says Federal Reserve should lower interest rate to help US compete with China, central bank said last week that half of their decision makers see rate cuts as necessary this year

FedEx sues US government for requiring it to enforce export bans with extra screening efforts, says current Export Administration Regulations violate FedEx’s Fifth Amendment rights, company was fined for shipping packages to banned recipient between 2011 and 2012

Oklahoma files multibillion lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, holding them responsible for US addiction epidemic, accused of misrepresenting risk of opioid addiction, manipulating medical research and being a kingpin in epidemic claiming 400,000 lives, said to have created a narrative of epidemic of untreated pain to which opioids were the solution – hired the McKinsey who proposed targeting doctors prescribing large amounts of OxyContin to increase sales of more powerful drugs

Supreme Court rules World War I memorial can stand on public land in Maryland, in a 7 to 2 ruling justices say the 40-foot-tall cross is undoubtedly a Christian symbol, but the Bladensburg Cross represents a lot more

Hispanics expected to become largest population group in Texas by 2022, with an increase by 20% since 2010, compared to 4% for white population, gap down to 544,000, according to 2018 census

San Francisco could be first US city to ban e-cigarette sales, FDA calls it an epidemic of youth using the devices, comparing it to the 90s battling big tobacco, 2018 survey shows one in five US high school students reported vaping in the previous month, most experts agree e-cigarettes are less harmful than the paper-and-tobacco variety

15,000 kilograms of cocaine worth more than USD 1 billion seized in Philadelphia from ship sailing under Liberian flag with Swiss owner, allegedly loaded while at sea off west coast of South America, not a US record as 1989 bust in Los Angeles netted 19,504 kilograms

Confederate monument in Nashville built almost 50 years after the Civil War ended as a memorial to Tennessee soldiers who fought in the war vandalized with the words "They were racists" written in red paint, Nashville's Metro Police Department will be reviewing security footage

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