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Wisconsin Dept. Of Justice Identifies Police Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake

The Wisconsin Department of Justice on Wednesday identified the police officer who shot Jacob Blake over the weekend, providing its first update about the incident that has prompted widespread outrage and ongoing protests.

In a statement, the department said Officer Rusten Sheskey fired seven shots into Blake's back, and was the only officer present to fire a weapon. It also said Blake had a knife "in his possession" at the time.


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Pence Lays Out Choice For Election During 'Time Of Testing'

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Vice President Pence made a case on Wednesday that President Trump "sees America for what it is" and has the track record to bring America back from what he repeatedly called "a time of testing" — referring to the twin challenges of recovering from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and grappling with protests against racism.


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'Tired Of The Killings': Pro Athletes Refuse To Play Amid Racial Injustice Protests

Professional sports teams in several leagues have taken their most dramatic steps yet in an effort to raise awareness about social justice issues.

Wednesday, the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, to protest last weekend's police shooting of Jacob Blake, an African-American man in Wisconsin. Following the Bucks' decision, the NBA announced all three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed.


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Body Of Missing Fort Hood Soldier Elder Fernandes Found A Week After Disappearance

The body of missing Fort Hood soldier Elder Fernandes was found on Tuesday night, more than one week after the 23-year-old sergeant was last seen.

The news was first announced by the family's attorney Natalie Khawam on Wednesday. It was confirmed by Fort Hood, a military base in Killeen, Texas, later in the afternoon.


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'We're Living The News': Student Journalists Are Owning The College Reopening Story

On the morning of Friday, Aug. 14, The Daily Tar Heel newsroom got a tip: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was about to announce clusters of positive coronavirus cases in student housing, after only a week of in-person classes. The student-led independent newspaper broke the news before the university sent its campus-wide alert.


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CDC's Changed Testing Guidelines Could Lead To Less Testing, Experts Fear

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The Trump administration has stirred confusion and concern by rewriting its guidelines for coronavirus testing. Public health experts fear the revised guidelines will lead to less testing – something the president has repeatedly asked for — but the administration denies that.


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From Southern Hemisphere, Hints That U.S. May Be Spared Flu On Top Of COVID-19

This year's flu season in the Southern Hemisphere was weirdly mild.

A surprisingly small number of people in the Southern Hemisphere have gotten the flu this year, probably because the public health measures put in place to fight COVID-19 have also limited the spread of influenza.

That makes public health experts hopeful that the U. S. and other northern countries might be spared the double whammy of COVID-19 and a bad flu season this winter.


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Germany Bans Prostitution During Pandemic. Sex Workers Say That Creates New Dangers

Among the twisting alleys of the St. Pauli district in Hamburg is the Reeperbahn, Germany's busiest red-light district. One stretch, Herbertstrasse, is blocked off to women who aren't sex workers. This part of Hamburg is nicknamed in German "die sündigste Meile," or "the most sinful mile." But for the first time in two centuries, this mile is less sinful than ever, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.


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There's No Evidence Supporting Trump's Mail Ballot Warnings, FBI Says

The FBI says it has no evidence of any coordinated fraud schemes related to voting by mail this year, undercutting repeated claims by President Trump and his camp about what they've called security problems.

That disclosure was made in an election security briefing for reporters on Wednesday by high-ranking officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


Dozens Arrested In Louisville Protest Calling For Justice For Breonna Taylor

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Louisville, Ky., police have arrested dozens of protesters who staged a sit-in on an overpass.

Tuesday afternoon's protest marked the final day of an event known as "BreonnaCon," which called for justice for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman whom police shot and killed while executing a "no-knock" warrant in her home in March.


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