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7 black LGBTQ leaders in honor of Juneteenth and Pride month

African Americans have long celebrated the legacies of leaders like Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., all formidable forces for change within the black community and beyond. But as Americans celebrate Juneteenth — the unofficial June 19 holiday marking the abolition of slavery in the US — it’s important to…

FBI assisting Dominican government in investigation of tourist deaths

The FBI is working with Dominican authorities in the investigation of recent tourist deaths, according to the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic. The FBI is assisting in further toxicology analysis of the deaths that took place at the Bahia Principe in La Romana. The agency said the results could take up to a month.…

A federal grand jury is investigating Harvard fencing coach, source says

A federal grand jury is investigating Harvard University’s fencing coach after he sold his Massachusetts home in 2016 to a wealthy businessman whose son was actively looking to apply to the school, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. US Attorney Eric S. Rosen, who is leading the nationwide college admissions scandal investigation,…

6 smoke grenades found in the luggage of a passenger at a New Jersey airport

Six smoke grenades were found in the carry-on bag of a passenger traveling to the Dominican Republic from a New Jersey airport on Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration said. The passenger’s bag was pulled from the conveyer belt at an X-ray checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport after a TSA officer flagged it for further…

Jury to begin deliberations in trial of alleged Nxivm sex cult leader

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Wednesday in the trial of Keith Raniere, the founder of the “Nxivm” self-help company that prosecutors say housed a secret sex cult made up of “slaves” and “masters.” Raniere, 58, faces seven counts, including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and…

Here are the 9 Americans reported dead in the Dominican Republic in the past year

At least nine American citizens have died in the Dominican Republic over the past year, according to the US State Department, victims’ relatives and the resorts involved. Officials in the Dominican Republican or the US have not said the deaths are connected. Here’s everything we know about the nine people who have died — and…

Sandy Hook dad wins suit against massacre deniers

A parent of a slain student won a civil lawsuit against two deniers of a 2012 mass shooting who published a book called “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook.” Lenny Pozner had sued James Fetzer and Mike Palecek for defamation in November, documents show. The suit focused on claims, both in the book and in Fetzer’s…

John Cusack apologizes for tweeting an anti-Semitic meme

John Cusack is sorry. The actor apologized for retweeting an anti-Semitic meme after he drew criticism online. The image depicts a hand, stamped with the Star of David, pushing down a group of people. It included the quote, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” The…

Feds seize more than 16 tons of cocaine at Philadelphia terminal

Federal authorities seized about 16½ tons of cocaine Tuesday from a large ship at the Packer Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, prosecutors said. Members of the ship’s crew were arrested and federally charged. The investigation is ongoing, said a tweet form US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It’s the largest seizure in the…

Harvard rescinded admission for racist comments. It wasn’t the first time

Harvard’s apparent decision to rescind admission from Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv over racist things he wrote almost two years ago is not out of character for the Ivy league university. Harvard has previously taken back admission from prospective students over racist memes, plagiarism — and even murder. Those cases are newly relevant in the…

Sally Ride became the first American woman in space 36 years ago today

It’s been 36 years since the world witnessed a giant leap for womankind. June 18th marks the 36th anniversary of astronaut Sally Ride’s famous trip into space. At just 32 years old, Ride was the first American woman, and the youngest American, to leave the atmosphere when she boarded the Space Shuttle Challenger on June…