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Officials demand investigation after ICE agents stop Black jogger in Boston

Black jogger stopped by ICE in BostonElected officials in Massachusetts are demanding an investigation after a Black man was stopped Tuesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents while on a run in Boston.

Bena Apreala, 29, told WBUR he was running a few miles from his home when two SUVs with tinted windows approached him. One of the cars blocked the sidewalk in front of him and the other pulled up beside him, Apreala told the station.

“These guys just hopped out in full camouflage uniforms with masks over their face, and stopped me, and told me to immediately identify (myself)," he said. “I was confused as to whether or not they were even legitimate authority.”

At least three men, who Apreala said were white, did not identify themselves as law enforcement, but Apreala noticed an ICE badge, according to WBUR. He told them that he was a U.S. citizen born in Boston and an officer replied that he matched the description of someone they had been investigating.

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Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Abortion Pills

SC upholds abourtion pill ruling

The Supreme Court refused to block a lower court's order on abortion pills Thursday.

The order would let people receive abortion pills by mail due to the pandemic. Prior to this, FDA rules required the pills be picked up in person.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists challenged the in-person requirement because the FDA had relaxed similar regulations on other drugs, such as opioids, due to the pandemic.

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Expert: Michigan 'a hotbed for militia activity,' with growing potential for violence

Michigan militia

A foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has led to the arrest of 13 people, including members of a state militia group and sparked a national discussion about these private, loosely organized paramilitary groups.

Michigan has had a long history of militia groups, which are active in every state, according to Amy Cooter, a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University, who has studied them for more than a dozen years. The modern militias, Cooter said, date to the early 1990s.

Members are accused of purchasing weapons, conducting surveillance, and plotting.

Some reports have referred to the Michigan Militia, which, according to Cooter, attempted to unite several separate groups in the state under one name. It was founded by Norman Olson of Alanson to resist perceived government encroachment on Constitutional rights.

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Court blocks extension of Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

Wisconsin vote extension blockedA federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a decision to extend the deadline for counting absentee ballots by six days in battleground Wisconsin, in a win for Republicans who have fought attempts to expand voting across the country.

If the ruling stands, absentee ballots will have to be delivered to Wisconsin election clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day if they are to be counted. The ruling makes it more likely that results of the presidential race in the pivotal swing state will be known within hours of poll closing.

Democrats almost certainly will appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. A spokesman and an attorney didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Facebook bans firm behind Turning Point's election troll farm

Facebook's head of security policy

Facebook has banned the U.S. marketing firm that was behind a campaign to disseminate deceptive political content on behalf of Turning Point Action, a political advocacy group for young conservatives with ties to President Donald Trump.

Rally Forge employed people who used use fake names and profile pictures while commenting on content posted by other users or mainstream media outlets, Facebook's head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said Thursday. The firm did that work on behalf of Turning Point and Inclusive Conservation Group, a hunting advocacy organization.

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Louise Glück Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Louise Gluck wins Nobel Prize in literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded on Thursday to Louise Glück, one of America’s most celebrated poets, for writing “that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”

The award was announced at a news conference in Stockholm.

Glück, whose name rhymes with the word “click,” has written numerous poetry collections, many of which deal with the challenges of family life and growing older. They include “The Wild Iris,” for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993, and “Faithful and Virtuous Night,” about mortality and grief, from 2014. She was named the United States’ poet laureate in 2003.

At the Nobel announcement, Anders Olsson, the chair of the prize-giving committee, praised her minimalist voice and especially poems that get to the heart of family life.

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Feds say they thwarted militia plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Kidnap plot thwarted

The FBI says it thwarted what it described as a plot to violently overthrow the government and kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and federal prosecutors are expected to discuss the alleged conspiracy later Thursday.

The alleged plot involved reaching out to members of a Michigan militia, according to a federal affidavit filed Thursday.

The court filing also alleges the conspirators twice conducted surveillance at Whitmer's personal vacation home and discussed kidnapping her to a "secure location" in Wisconsin to stand "trial" for treason prior to the Nov. 3 election.

"Several members talked about murdering 'tyrants' or 'taking' a sitting governor," an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit. "The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message."

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