News Roundup

Russian is expected to retaliate after over 100 Russian diplomats expelled internationally

  • The Trump administration has decided to expel 60 Russian officers – twelve at the United Nations in New York, and 48 at the Russian embassy in Washington – and to shut down the Seattle consulate in response to accusations that Russia attacked a former spy in Britain with a nerve agent
  • The UK has expelled 23 officers, Ukraine has expelled 13, and 21 other countries have dismissed a number of other agents, bringing the total number of agents expelled Internationally to more than 130
  • The British news media are referring to the diplomats as being suspected spies, and the move reportedly dwarfs any made during Cold War-era espionage conflicts
  • Russia is expected to respond in kind with its own diplomatic expulsions soon

The 2020 census will include citizenship status

  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced in a memo late yesterday that, at the request of the Justice Department, it would restore a question about citizenship to the 2020 census to help enforce immigration law
  • California Attorney General Xavier Becerra promises to sue the Trump administration over its decision, saying it’s “not just a bad idea – it is illegal”
  • The last time a question about citizenship was included in the census questionnaire was 1950

Houthi rebels vow to continue missile strikes against Saudis

  • Houthi rebels in Yemen have threatened more missile fire against Saudi Arabia if the Saudis don’t stop their bombing raids in the country
  • This follows a barrage of seven missiles fired into Saudi territory at a number of targets, including three fired at the country’s capital, Riyadh

Cyberattack continues in Atlanta

  • A ransomware attack on Atlanta’s digital infrastructure has gone on for six days, leaving some city services suspended and others only slowly functioning because city workers are having to do things manually rather than on computers
  • City officials hired a cybersecurity expert who says he knows who is behind the attack, with other sources saying the attack came from outside the U.S.

Judge denies Pulse shooter’s widow’s request for a mistrial

  • The case is about whether the widow of the deceased gunman responsible for the Pulse Shooting knowingly helped to plan the attack
  • The widow’s attorneys had requested that the case be dismissed or declared a mistrial due to the fact that the government had failed to disclose information on the gunman’s father, although the judge said the information was irrelevant, because the case was about her and not the gunman’s father
  • The FBI had apparently recruited the gunman’s father as a confidential informant, although FBI agents had searched his home and found receipts showing that he transferred money to Turkey and Afghanistan in the months before the Pulse attack

Arizona Governor halts Uber driverless car test

  • After Uber last week pulled vehicles from public roads while investigating a pedestrian death in Tempe, the governor of Arizona ordered the company to stop testing all autonomous vehicles on public roadways in the state
  • This comes after a self-driving Uber vehicle hit a pedestrian walking her bike across the street outside of a crosswalk, although the Tempe police chief said the system may not have been at fault in the crash

Larry Nassar’s former boss is under arrest in Lansing, Michigan

  • William Strampel, the former Michigan State dean, is under arrest and facing charges due to his supervision of the ex-USA Gymnastics physician, Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing female athletes
  • Strampel faces multiple unidentified charges, including at least one felony

Linda Brown, plaintiff in landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, dead at age 76

  • She was the center of the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case which set a precedent for the desegregation of American institutions
  • Her father had wanted to enroll her in an all-white school a few blocks from their home, was denied by the school board, then filed a suit with the NAACP and a dozen other plaintiffs which was eventually taken up by the Supreme Court, who voted unanimously to strike down the doctrine of “separate but equal” as a violation of 14th amendment rights to equal protection
  • On Sunday afternoon she died in Topeka, Kansas, the city whose board of education was sued by Brown’s father and other plaintiffs
  • She said in a 1994 interview that 40 years later, she felt “disheartened” she and her colleagues schools were still fighting to desegregate schools

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