An oasis in underserved Buffalo neighborhood became killing field

BUFFALO, N.Y. – For many people in the neighborhood, the Tops Friendly Market was an answer to prayers when it opened for business 19 years ago, providing an oasis of fresh groceries at affordable prices in the middle of an area long considered a “food desert.” Before Tops came, residents of the blocks around Jefferson Avenue in east-central Buffalo, New York – most of them Black people – had to travel for miles to find…

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Factbox-Buffalo shooting victims included deacon, retired cop, grocery worker

– As investigators delved more deeply into why a young white man went on a shooting rampage at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store, fresh details emerged on Monday about the 10 people who were killed and the three who were wounded in the racist attack. [L2N2X80NG] The 13 victims – 11 of them Black – came from many walks of life. There was a pharmacist, a church deacon, a retired police officer who worked…

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U.S. congresswoman Liz Cheney blasts fellow Republicans after ‘great replacement’ mass shooting

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Liz Cheney called on fellow Republicans to reject white supremacism, days after a teenage gunman motivated by the right-wing “great replacement” theory allegedly killed 10 people in a racist shooting in western New York state. “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism,” Cheney, an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump and his allies in the House of Representatives, wrote on Twitter. “History has taught us…

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Some U.S. inmates released under COVID protocols challenge orders to return to prison

WASHINGTON – Nordia Tompkins was serving a seven-year sentence for a drug charge in June 2020 when the U.S. federal Bureau of Prisons released her to home confinement under the terms of a law passed by Congress to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 37-year-old mother of two began settling back into her life north of New York City, pursuing studies for a new career in cosmetology. That changed a year later when she stopped…

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Coast Guard calls off search for survivors from capsized Haitian migrant vessel

MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday it had called off the search for survivors from last week’s capsizing of a vessel carrying Haitian migrants that left at least 11 dead. The vessel was spotted on Thursday north of Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico, carrying an “undetermined” number of people. The Coast Guard rescued 38, two of them citizens of the Dominican Republic. “Our most heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and loved ones…

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‘Copycat’ mass shootings becoming deadlier, experts warn after New York attack

– An 18-year-old white man suspected of fatally shooting 10 people in a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, appears to be the latest in a line of “copycat” gunmen carrying out deadlier mass shootings inspired by previous attackers, experts warned on Sunday. Payton Gendron, who surrendered to police on Saturday after the attack, apparently publicized a racist manifesto on the internet and broadcast the attack in real time on social media platform Twitch, a…

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Britney Spears announces miscarriage of her ‘miracle baby’

– Singer Britney Spears on Saturday posted on her Instagram about the death of her ‘miracle baby,’ about a month after she announced her pregnancy with her husband Sam Asghari. Spears said she was going through a devastating time and perhaps she should have waited to announce her pregnancy. Spears, 40, announced her pregnancy and marriage with Asghari, 28, in an April 11 Instagram post. Spears is a mother of two teenage boys, Sean Preston…

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Alabama transgender youth can use medicine during transition -judge

WASHINGTON – Transgender minors in Alabama for now can use medicine to transition, a federal judge said late on Friday in an order that blocked part of a state ban on gender-affirming treatments. The ruling, a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Liles Burke, was issued less than a week after the law went into effect on May 8. Burke, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, a Republican, said higher court rulings…

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U.S. abortion rights activists start “summer of rage” with Saturday protests

WASHINGTON – Abortion rights supporters will protest in cities across the United States on Saturday, kicking off what organizers said would be “a summer of rage” if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. Planned Parenthood, Women’s March and other abortion rights groups organized more than 300 “Bans Off Our Bodies” marches for Saturday, with the largest turnouts expected in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and…

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Texas high court says governor cannot order transgender child investigations

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that neither Governor Greg Abbott nor the state’s attorney general had the authority to order child abuse investigations of families that provide certain medical treatment for their transgender children. In its ruling, the top court said the state could not investigate the family of a 16-year-old transgender child at the center of the case while the family’s lawsuit was pending before lower courts. The court…

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