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Torch-bearing white nationalists march ahead of alt-right rally

(CNN)Alt-right activists held torches and marched late Friday through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. The march came hours before a Saturday rally that police anticipate will attract as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people, in an event that could be the “largest hate-gathering of it’s kind in decades in the United States,” as described by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Florida teen wins $26,000 a year for life off $1 scratch-off

(CNN)A one dollar investment is all it took for an 18-year-old Florida woman to win a set salary for life. What will she do with all the winnings? Maybe she’ll buy some more scratch-off tickets and follow in the footsteps of Rosa Dominguez, the California teen who won the lotto twice in a week earlier this month. Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/us/florida-teen-wins-top-prize-on-scratch-off-trnd/index.html

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Texas deputy fired after investigation into chokehold death

(CNN)A Texas deputy who was indicted in connection with a man’s chokehold death has been fired, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Thompson’s husband, Terry Thompson, allegedly put Hernandez in a chokehold May 28 after he confronted Hernandez for urinating outside a Denny’s restaurant, authorities said. Chauna Thompson, who was off duty at the time, helped hold Hernandez down.

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Cop who shot Minneapolis woman was precinct’s first Somali officer

(CNN)Mohamed Noor, the on-duty Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian-born woman on Saturday night, had been with the force for two years and was his precinct’s first Somali-American officer. The two officers responded to a 911 call Saturday night from Justine Ruszczyk reporting a possible assault in an alley near the Minneapolis home where she lived with her fiance. Investigators say Harrity was driving and Noor was in the passenger seat as they drove through the alley with the squad lights off in search of a suspect. Harrity…

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Mother accused of fatally stabbing family gives thumbs-up in court

(CNN)The mother accused of fatally stabbing four of her children and their father appeared to pray, smiled and gave a thumbs-up to cameras during a bizarre court appearance Friday in Georgia. Martinez appeared in court Friday to face five counts of murder, five counts of malice murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Gwinnett County police discovered a bloody scene at Martinez’s home shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday in Loganville, about 30 miles east of Atlanta. “This is a horrendous crime, not only for the victims but for the extended…

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Why did Illinois kidnapping suspect attend rally for victim?

(CNN)It’s the latest twist in a haunting kidnapping case that so far has left many painful questions unanswered for the family of a missing Illinois university student. Suspect Brendt Christensen can be seen in a photograph taken by CNN’s Kaylee Hartung. He is leaning against a railing behind hundreds of students and community members who gathered to support her on Thursday on the campus where she was last seen. Christensen was arrested Friday and has been charged with kidnapping. Zhang is still missing. “Sometimes, believe it or not, they are…

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New York commuters’ ‘summer of hell’

New York (CNN)New York’s commuter rail lines, subways and buses carry about 9 million riders every day. Six million of those souls cram into the subway system’s vast underground maze each day. As part of the disaster declaration, Cuomo committed $1 billion to the MTA capital plan during a speech at the MTA Genius Competition, which was organized to foster new ideas to fix the subways.

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National Guard Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the National Guard, a reserve military force and the oldest component of the US armed forces. Other reserve groups have no affiliation with the National Guard. (Ex. Army Reserve) Each US state, territory and Washington DC has its own National Guard. The National Guard takes an oath to perform state or federal missions and can be deployed for either. A governor can call up troops to assist in national disasters or civil disturbances, and the president can order troops for federal missions both domestically and in…

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‘Tumultuous divorce’ behind apparent murder of 5-year-old, officials say

(CNN)A “tumultuous divorce” led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead. His son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., has been missing since he was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father during a weekend outing in April

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Transgender firefighter marches as NYC Pride Parade grand marshal

(CNN)When Brooke Guinan joined the New York City Fire Department in 2008 she publicly presented herself as a man. She had no idea that on Sunday she’d be one of the NYC Pride Parade’s grand marshals while identifying as a transgender woman. Before joining the department, Guinan was unsure what her professional life would look like.

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Saudi student now a US fugitive after skipping bail paid by consulate

(CNN)A Saudi student accused of killing an Oregon teenager in a traffic accident is on the run after skipping bail paid by a Saudi consulate. Authorities discovered Noorah had managed to remove his ankle bracelet nine days before his trial was scheduled to begin, said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet. He told CNN the US Marshals Service is still searching for him.

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Victim of a hate crime? Now there’s an app for that

(CNN)If you are the victim of a hate crime, what would you do? Who would you call? What are the laws in your city or state that could protect you? The Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a new civil rights app this week called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone.” It allows users to quickly report bias incidents they experience, “an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups,” says a CAIR press release.

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