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South Carolina mother sues Secessionist Party over photo

A black woman is suing the Secessionist Party of South Carolina, saying two of her children were subjected to social media ridicule after they were photographed holding Confederate flag images.

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Fake coupons emerge after Starbucks incident in Philly

A series of fake coupons promising free beverages for “people of color” and “African American heritage,” are reportedly making the rounds on social media.

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Fake Starbucks coupons circulate online promising free coffee for black customers

Fake Starbucks coupons have begun circulating on social media promising black customers free coffee.

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Former Minnesota FBI agent cites racism in explaining leak

A former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent who was caught in a Trump administration crackdown pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking classified documents to a national media organization, saying he knew it was illegal but felt FBI investigations treated min

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Fox News gives Sean Hannity 'full support' over Michael Cohen revelation

Fox star defended Trump lawyer without disclosing his own tiesNetwork says it was unaware of Hannity’s relationship with CohenFox News gave Sean Hannity its “full support” on Tuesday, a day after the revelation that he was a client of Michael Cohen,

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Baboons Use Barrel To Escape Texas Research Facility In 'Unique Incident' [Video]

Four baboons escaped a research facility in Texas over the weekend by using a barrel against the wall of their enclosure. Officials at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute sent out its personnel to bring the baboons back to the facility. As the bab

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Facebook admits tracking users and non-users off-site

Statement comes as company faces US lawsuit over facial recognition feature launched in 2011 and planned to expand to EUFacebook has released more information on the social media platform’s tracking of users off-site, after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, fai

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I was one of the first people on Facebook. I shouldn't have trusted Mark Zuckerberg

I remember when, at Harvard, my friends and I heard about a new website that promised to enhance our lives. Fourteen years later I see how wrong we were Fourteen years, two months, and eight days ago, I made a mistake. Like a lot of mistakes made at the a

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Why Janelle Monáe’s vagina pants make me cheer | Chitra Ramaswamy

The pop star’s video for Pynk gives us Vagina Monologues for a new generation. It’s joyous, uplifting – and about as subtle as a sledgehammerVaginas don’t get the best press. They are either being grabbed by future US presidents, trolled on social

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When a reporter is murdered, we must take over their investigation | Laurent Richard

Journalists collaborated, and those who tried to halt Daphne Caruana Galizia’s work in Malta will soon know they failedYou killed the messenger. But you won’t kill the message.Over the past six months 45 journalists from 15 different countries have be

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Report: Ex-FBI Deputy Director McCabe misled investigators

The watchdog report says Andrew McCabe "lacked candour" over his role in leaking details to US media.

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911 dispatcher who answered call from boy crushed by minivan seat complained about job days before incident

The 911 operator who answered a Cincinnati teen’s call before he was crushed to death by a minivan seat Tuesday complained on social media days before the tragedy about having to work overtime.

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Florida cop, 24, fired over 'terrible' racially-charged Snapchat post

A Florida police department is blasting one of its former officers after firing him for posting a racially-charged image on social media during Black History Month.

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I'm angry at Facebook – but I'm also addicted. How do I break free?

Like you, I have no idea how to wean myself off the platform, but acknowledgement is the first step to recoveryIf you would like advice from Emma Brockes on how to be a human online, send us a brief description of your concerns to: human.online@theguardia

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News media sue over California's new execution rules

The Los Angeles Times and other news media organizations sued over California's new execution rules Wednesday, saying they would bar journalists from fully reporting on the lethal injection procedure.

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Netflix sued over allegations of 'rigged' bonus payments to top executives

Investor alleges Netflix board rigged previous system so it could hand out giant cash bonuses to its top people and skirt tax penaltiesNetflix is facing an investor lawsuit that alleges board members “rigged” top executives’ bonuses to pay them mill

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Ex-Best Buy CEO resigns from 5 boards in donations flap

Former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson has resigned from the boards of five organizations following a report that he contributed to a nonprofit organization that distributed inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on social media.

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Sinclair chairman broke restraining order and allegedly threatened neighbor

David D Smith, 67, whose company owns many local TV stations, is in dispute with neighbors in two states: ‘We wish he’d just go away’The executive chairman of the Sinclair television group has run into trouble at courts in two states for his alleged

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Women are leading the wave of strikes in America. Here's why | Tithi Bhattacharya

The spreading teachers strikes are for wages and benefits – but they arise from a social landscape scoured by gender and racial inequalitiesThe US is in the grip of a wave of strikes in our public schools. As a national organizer for the International W

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Orbán’s Hungary is not the future of Europe: it represents a dying past | Cas Mudde

The declining birthrate and brain drain are likely to continue, as a fearful Hungary turns in on itself ever furtherOn Sunday Hungarians went to the polls to elect a new parliament. At stake was the fate of the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, whom internat

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Sinclair TV chairman to Trump: 'We are here to deliver your message'

The rightwing broadcaster met Trump at the White House to pitch a potentially lucrative new product to officialsThe chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group met Donald Trump at the White House during a visit to pitch a potentially lucrative new product to adm

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FBI 'raids Trump lawyer's office'

The raid partly focused on payments Michael Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels, US media say.

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Watch: White House briefs media as Trump weighs response to Syria attack

The White House is set to brief reporters Monday as President Donald Trump weighs his response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

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Zuckerberg will defend Facebook as 'positive force in the world' in testimony

CEO releases prepared written remarks ahead of hearings before Congress‘Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company’ but admits making ‘big mistake’Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg will defend the social platform as a “positive force in

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Man who announced killings on social media found dead

A fugitive appears to have killed himself in Mississippi after announcing on social media that he killed his mother and a friend in Tennessee.

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Facebook is forming a commission to see how social media impacts elections

Facebook is not funding the study, nor will it have approval over the research topics or findings.

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Florida school shooting survivors release 'cathartic' memorial magazine

Eagle Eye supervisor says writers of profiles of 17 teens and teachers who died ‘wanted to capture the essence of who each person was’Jaime Guttenberg dancing. Swim captain Nicholas Dworet mid-stroke in the pool. Peter Wang in his JROTC uniform, stand

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These Americans are trapped in their jobs: they need to pay $10,000 to quit | Terri Gerstein

Why would dozens of news anchors recite a Sinclair Broadcast group script? Because their contracts entrap themDozens of news anchors robotically intoned “This is extremely dangerous to our democracy,” after reciting what turned out to be a script by S

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'Hang women who have abortions' is not a view that's fit for public debate | Jessica Valenti

The Atlantic hired – and then fired – a writer whose views are beyond the pale. We can have ideologically diverse publications without sacrificing integrityOn Thursday, the recently hired columnist Kevin Williamson was fired from the Atlantic after an

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Conor McGregor turns himself in to police following attack on bus at UFC 223 media day

Conor McGregor turned himself in to New York police hours after he and others attacked a bus filled with UFC 223 fighters at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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