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Massachusetts man beaten, held captive for four days because he was gay, police say

A 19-year-old man is accused of beating and holding another man hostage in a basement bathroom, without food or water, for four days for being gay, Massachusetts police say.

Jackson Sugrue, of Framingham, is facing a hate crime charge after police on Saturday responded to a report of a man beating a person with a bat.

Sugrue Jackson

Sugrue Jackson is accused of assaulting, & holding a man against his will for 4 days.

Police said they found 50-year-old Otoni Eliseu wearing only a pair of pants and lying on the ground covered in blood, bruises and scratches,

Trump Administration to Rescind Obama Guidelines on Race in College Admissions

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is planning to rescind Tuesday a set of Obama-era policies that encourage the use of race in college admissions to promote diverse educational settings, according to two people familiar with the plans.

The move comes as the Justice Department is investigating whether Harvard University is illegally discriminating against Asian-American students by holding them to a higher standard in its admissions process. The administration revived the probe last year after Obama civil rights officials dismissed a similar complaint.

First lady on secret trip to visit injured service members

Melania Trump has made another secret trip, though this one was carried out closer to home.

The first lady is visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She traveled to the Washington-area hospital on Tuesday morning for a visit the White House did not publicly announce until after she arrived.

Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, tweeted that Mrs. Trump was visiting with “combat injured service members & their families.”

‘ABOLISH ICE’: VANDALS THROW BRICK THROUGH WINDOW OF GOP OFFICE, LEAVE GRAFFITI MESSAGE

Vandals threw a brick through the window of the Nebraska Republican Party’s headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Monday night, the party said Tuesday.

Republican staffers found a spray-painted message beneath the broken window: “ABOLISH ICE.”

Photos courtesy of the Nebraska Republican Party

Photos courtesy of the Nebraska Republican Party

Nebraska GOP executive director Kenny Zoeller confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation that they have filed a police report in relation to Monday night’s vandalism.

Ex-Dem IT aide Imran Awan pleads guilty to bank fraud in deal with prosecutors

Imran Awan, the former IT aide to congressional Democrats whose federal court case has drawn the interest of President Trump and other Republicans, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal bank fraud in a plea deal as prosecutors said they “uncovered no evidence” that Awan “violated federal law with respect to the House computer systems.”

During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington, Awan pleaded guilty to making a false statement on a loan application. As part of the deal, the prosecution dropped fraud charges against Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi.

Memo confirms DNC server disappearance

Over 40 offices in the House of Representatives may have fallen victim to an “IT security violation,” according to a secret memo from top congressional law enforcement to the Committee on House Administration.

The memo, written in part by Paul Irving, the House’s sergeant at arms, detailed the disappearance of a server for the House Democratic Caucus following its marking as evidence in a cybersecurity probe. Imran Awan, email server administrator to former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and members of his family had logged into the server more than 7,000 times between 2015 and 2016 without proper authorization.

Perez: Ocasio-Cortez Is ‘The Future of Our Party’

Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said in an interview on the “Bill Press Show” that Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “the future of the party.”

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He also mentioned Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous, a progressive with a very liberal platform.

“What’s this tell you about where the Democratic Party is going today?” Press asked the DNC chair.

Perez said his daughters both texted him about their excitement over Ocasio-Cortez’s win.

“Because, she really, she represents the future of our party,” Perez said, complimenting the self-described Democratic socialist for running a “spirited campaign.

Walmart boycott campaign launched after outcry over ‘Impeach 45’ clothing

Walmart has found itself on the receiving end of a torrent of outrage after it was discovered Monday that the superstore was selling anti-Trump “Impeach 45” apparel on its website.

The outcry sparked a #BoycottWalmart trend on Twitter as users expressed their distaste for the chain promoting the impeachment of President Trump, echoing some Congressional Democrats.

Gazette shooting suspect wrote “I told you so.”

In the letter sent to the newspaper’s lawyer, Ramos wrote: “If this is how the Maryland Judiciary operates, the law now means nothing.” He quoted a description of the purpose of a defamation suit, saying it was intended for a defamed person to “resort to the courts for relief instead of wreaking his own vengeance.” It also says, “‘That’ is how your judiciary operates, you were too cowardly to confront those lies, and this is your receipt.”

Ramos signed the letter under the statement: “I told you so,” and then wrote that he was on the way to the newspaper “with the objective of killing every person present.”

Woman accused of stealing $70G worth of jewelry and cash from man she met at Miami bar

A woman was arrested nearly two weeks after she allegedly stole $70,000 in cash and expensive jewelry from a man she met a Miami bar, police said.

Kira White (Miami Police Department )

Kira White (Miami Police Department )

 Kira White, 23, was arrested on Friday after a bartender and witnesses recognized her as the woman who left the Blue Martini bar with a man dressed in opulent jewelry on Jun 16, Local 10 News reported. White was spotted walking near the bar early on Friday before authorities were called.

Rachel Dolezal, also known as Nkechi Diallo, booked and released on welfare fraud, other charges

Former Spokane NAACP President Nkechi Diallo — who became infamous as Rachel Dolezal, a white woman identifying as black — was booked and fingerprinted at a Washington state jail Monday as she awaits trial on multiple charges, including welfare fraud.

Diallo pleaded not guilty to state charges of first-degree theft by welfare fraud, making false verification and second-degree perjury last month. A judge ordered her freed on her own recognizance and gave her a deadline of Monday evening to report to the Spokane County jail for booking and fingerprinting.

Rachel Dolezal is pictured in March 2017,

Rachel Dolezal is pictured in March 2017, six months after she changed her name to Nkechi Diallo. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

Diallo, who changed her name from Rachel Dolezal in October 2016, is accused of receiving more than $8,800 in food and childcare assistance illegally between August 2015 and November 2017.

Tech Watch:

Tech’s ‘dirty secret’: App developers are sifting through your Gmail

Google said a year ago it would stop its computers from scanning the inboxes of Gmail users for information to personalize advertisements, saying it wanted users to “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount.”

But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.

Facebook data sharing scandal: Probe of tech giant and Cambridge Analytica widens

A federal probe into Facebook’s sharing of data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica has broadened to include the actions and statements of the tech behemoth, sources familiar with the inquiries told the Chicago Tribune.

The newspaper reports that the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have joined the Justice Department in its inquiries into the two firms and he sharing of 71 million Americans’ personal data.

According to the sources who spoke with the Chicago publication, the inquiry is examining whether the Capitol Hill testimony of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and public statements of other officials square with the facts of the case.

World News:

String of unexplained baby deaths at hospital leads to murder charges for British medical worker

A healthcare professional has been arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others at a hospital.

Cheshire Police said the woman’s arrest was a significant step forward in an investigation into deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Officers have been investigating the deaths of 17 newborns at the neonatal unit between March 2015 and July 2016.

A spokesman said the probe also covered 15 “non-fatal collapses”.

‘Dead’ woman found alive in South Africa morgue fridge

A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge.

The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident.

Ambulance company Distress Alert said she had shown “no form of life”,South Africa’s TimesLive website reports.

But when a morgue worker returned to check on the body in the fridge, he found the woman was breathing.

Escaped French criminal had small team of loyal accomplices

French investigators believe a team of four or five loyal accomplices carried out the brazen prison helicopter escape of one of France’s most notorious criminals.

The armed, masked men took a helicopter pilot hostage, forced him to land Sunday in Reau Prison’s yard, used power tools to break through the doors and hustled Redoine Faid to freedom.

Faid, a serial robber and murder convict, hasn’t been seen since leaving the prison near Paris. French police have launched a massive manhunt for him.

Ex-Malaysia leader’s arrest part of a swift fall from grace

Just two months ago, Najib Razak was a towering figure in Malaysian politics and literally beyond the law. That cloak of privilege and impunity was torn away Tuesday when anti-corruption police arrested him at his posh Kuala Lumpur home.

Since his spectacular defeat in a May 9 general election, the government has swiftly reopened investigations into the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that Najib set up when he took power in 2009. The now defunct fund amassed billions in debts and is being investigated in the U.S. and several other countries for alleged cross-border embezzlement and money laundering.

Philippine mayor killed a day after another was gunned down

Another Philippine mayor was shot and killed Tuesday by an unidentified man in a road attack a day after a city mayor was gunned down in brazen back-to-back killings that prompted an opposition senator to call the country the “murder capital of Asia.”

Mayor Ferdinand Bote of northern General Tinio town was leaving a government compound on board an SUV in northern Nueva Ecija province when a motorcycle-riding man shot him repeatedly with a pistol. The gunman escaped, police said.

Indonesia ends search for dozens of victims of ferry sinking

Indonesia on Tuesday ended a search of one of the world’s deepest lakes for the bodies of dozens of victims of a ferry sinking two weeks ago.

The day, dreaded by families of the missing, was marked with prayers and a groundbreaking ceremony for a monument that will be inscribed with the names of victims. Weeping relatives cast flowers into the lake.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau doesn’t recall groping reporter

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he didn’t “remember any negative interactions” on the day in 2000 when he’s accused of groping a reporter at a festival in British Columbia.

Allegations against Trudeau re-surfaced last week when a Calgary law professor posted a picture of an article claiming the then-teacher engaged in inappropriately “handling” a reporter. The story didn’t have a byline.

NATO allies defend military spending amid Trump criticism

NATO’s European allies are pushing back against U.S. criticism that they are not spending enough on defense, as President Donald Trump ratchets up pressure ahead of a summit next week.

Ahead of the July 11-12 summit in Brussels, Trump sent a letter to Norway and other allies demanding that they boost spending. After Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, NATO allies agreed in 2014 to end defense budget cuts, to begin spending more as their economies grew and to move toward a goal of 2 percent of GDP within a decade.

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