USA: Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter

CHICAGO (AP) — A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial injustice.

These groups, which now boast a collective audience of more than 1 million members, are still thriving after most states started lifting virus restrictions.

And many have expanded their focus.

Chicago Cancels Independence Day Celebrations To Prevent Spread Of COVID-19

CHICAGO, July 5 (NNN-XINHUA) – Chicago is a little quiet during this year’s Independence Day holiday, as the local government has cancelled the fireworks displays at Navy Pier and most of the surrounding suburbs, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

With some 40 states in the United States reporting resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, and Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, have no plans to reverse the reopening course, after lifting some restrictions statewide last week. But they are determined to implement the reopening with restrictions more strictly.

US Report: Boeing fell short in disclosing key changes to Max

(AP) --- A government report says Boeing did not give regulators documents about changes it made in a key system blamed in two deadly crashes of its 737 Max jet, and that officials responsible for approving the plane did not know how powerfully the system could push the plane’s nose down.

Government personnel involved in flight tests knew about changes Boeing made to the flight-control system, but engineers responsible for certifying the plane did not, according to the report, which is expected to be released Wednesday.

Police: Illinois shooting suspect kills 2 coworkers, himself

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The 48-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two coworkers and critically wounding another at a central Illinois warehouse Friday died after apparently shooting himself, the city’s police chief said.

Springfield police believe Michael L. Collins fatally shot himself Friday after shooting and killing two co-workers at the Bunn-O-Matic facility shortly after 11 a.m. Collins, of Springfield, also critically injured another woman, police said.

USA: Klobuchar urges Biden to pick nonwhite woman as running mate

CHICAGO (AP) — Amy Klobuchar says she is dropping out of the running to be vice president and urging Democrat Joe Biden to select a woman of color instead.

The white Minnesota senator, who had seen her prospects fall as racial tensions swept the nation, said Thursday that she called the presumptive presidential nominee Wednesday night and made the suggestion. Biden had already committed to choosing a woman as his running mate.

US unrest: Two people killed in Chicago suburb, 60 protesters arrested

CHICAGO, June 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Two people have been killed during unrest in the Chicago suburb of Cicero as protests continued over the death of George Floyd, says a town official.

Spokesman Ray Hanania said 60 people were arrested but did not provide additional information about those killed or the circumstances of their deaths.

The Illinois State Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Office were called in to help local police as businesses were broken into and items stolen.

The Cicero Police Department has urged residents to stay at home.

Trump’s tweet about rioters echoes 1960s Miami police chief

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump’s tweeted warning Friday amid unrest in Minneapolis that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” echoes the language of a Miami police chief in 1967 who made clear his distaste for civil rights activists and his belief that violent protests should be met with deadly force.

The language has also been attributed to segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace in a 1968 campaign speech in Pittsburgh.

Trump said he was unaware of the origins of the language.

Nine Killed, 27 Wounded In Chicago Memorial Day Weekend Shootings

HICAGO, May 26 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Nine people have been shot and killed in Chicago, over the Memorial Day weekend, the deadliest one since 2015, Chicago Tribune reported, Monday.

The dead are among at least 36 people shot from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, according to the newspaper.

With a day still to go in the long weekend, the number of shootings is approaching 2019’s total, despite a COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Saturday’s severe storms, and added police patrols, the paper said.

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