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Wayfair workers plan walkout over company furnishing border camps

Wayfair workers walk out over detention camp funishingHundreds of employees of the online home goods company Wayfair will stage a walkout on Wednesday in protest against its involvement in furnishing border camps.

Employees organizing the walkout at the firm’s Boston headquarters say they demanded the company stop its partnership with a government contractor to provide beds for detained immigrants.

‚ÄúWe believe the current actions of the United States and their contractors at the Southern border do not represent an ethical business partnership Wayfair should choose to be a part of,‚ÄĚ the letter signed by 547 employees said.


Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts

Val DiGiorgio, GOP head in PA, resigns

The head of the Pennsylvania Republican Party resigned Tuesday after reports he sent sexually explicit text messages and pictures to a Philadelphia city council candidate, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Val DiGiorgio allegedly sent Irina Goldstein a photo of his genitals and said it was her ‚Äúduty to the party‚ÄĚ to send photos back, promising to ‚Äúget you to [the] White House at some point,‚ÄĚ according to the newspaper in a story it published earlier Tuesday.

DiGiorgio resigned Tuesday afternoon, saying in a statement that all communications between the two had been consensual.


SCOTUS strikes down ban on ‚Äėscandalous‚Äô and ‚Äėimmoral‚Äô trademarks

SCOTUS strikes down ban on scandalous trade marks

An unusual configuration of justices from both ideological wings of the Supreme Court came together Monday to strike down provisions in federal law denying federal registration to trademarks deemed ‚Äúimmoral‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúscandalous.‚ÄĚ

The decision, which won the full backing of six of the justices, was the second time in two years that the high court knocked out a portion of federal trademark law as a violation of free speech rights.


Line of storms leaves 1,000 mile path of destruction, impacting four US major cities

Storms strikes Kansas CityShelf clouds were seen along the line of storms. Major US cities, such as Kansas City and St. Louis, got a taste of strong winds and heavy rain from these apocalyptic-looking clouds.
The term "derecho" is Spanish for the word straight. It was first defined by physicist Dr. Gustavus Hinrichs in his paper in the American Meteorological Journal in 1888.
The National Weather Service defines derechos as "widespread, long-lived wind storms associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms."
Hurricane force winds and flash flooding are typical of derechos.
More than 14 states felt the impact of the storms.
Three people were killed Friday as a result of winds toppling trees onto vehicles and a boat, according to authorities.

Crash between truck, motorcycles leaves 7 dead, 3 injured

7 bikers dead in crashA truck and a group of motorcycles collided on a rural, two-lane highway Friday, killing at least seven people, injuring others, and sending bystanders scrambling for first aid kits and blankets to treat injured bikers scattered along the road.

State police said that a 2016 Dodge 2500 pickup truck collided with the riders on U.S. 2 in Randolph. Authorities said additional details would be provided as they investigate the crash.

Along with the seven dead, state police said two additional people were transported to the Androscoggin Valley Hospital and one was airlifted to Maine Medical. Police said they could not provide the identities of the dead until next of kin have been notified.


Citing racial bias, U.S. high court tosses black man's murder conviction

Curtis Flowers conviction overturned by SCOTUSThe U.S. Supreme Court, confronting racial bias in the American criminal justice system, on Friday threw out a black Mississippi death row inmate’s conviction in his sixth trial for a 1996 quadruple murder conviction, finding that a prosecutor unlawfully blocked black potential jurors.

The court, in a 7-2 ruling written by conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, found that the prosecutor’s actions violated the right of Curtis Flowers, 49, under the U.S. Constitution to receive a fair trial. The ruling does not preclude Mississippi from putting Flowers on trial for a seventh time.


Nine Dead after Skydiving Airplane Crashes in Oahu

Nine dead in skydiving accident

Nine people, including the pilot, died after a small twin-engine skydiving plane crashed and burst into flames at around 6:30 p.m. Friday in Hawaii as family and friends hoping to watch their loved ones skydive looked on.

CNN reports that the plane, a Beehcraft 65 King Air operated by Oahu Parachute Center had just taken off on a ‚Äúsunset tandem‚ÄĚ skydiving excursion near Dillingham Airfield in Oahu when the accident occurred.


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