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Teachers Walk Out in Oklahoma and Kentucky: ‘It Really Is a Wildfire’

Teachers walk out in Oklahoma and KansasThousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked off the job Monday morning, shutting down school districts as they protested cuts in pay, benefits and school funding in a movement that has spread rapidly since igniting in West Virginia this year.

In Oklahoma City, protesting teachers ringed the Capitol, chanting, “No funding, no future!” Katrina Ruff, a local teacher, carried a sign that read, “Thanks to West Virginia.”

“They gave us the guts to stand up for ourselves,” she said.

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Poll: Facebook’s popularity plummets

Facebook popularity plummets

A new poll reports that Facebook’s popularity plummeted this month after reports that a company working for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign stole private information from millions of the social media company’s users.

The survey comes days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreed to testify about the theft before Congress, as the tech giant faces an ongoing, bipartisan chorus of criticism over its perceived shortcomings during the 2016 election.

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Gov. says he'll make Vermont the latest state to pass gun control law

Gov. will make Vermont latest state to pass gun control lawsVermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott said he will sign into law three bills that contain gun control measures.

A bill passed by the state's legislature on Friday expands background checks, bans bump stocks, and raises the age for people to buy guns to 21. Law enforcement, military personnel and people who have taken a hunter safety course are exempt from the age restriction. It also sets limits of no more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a long gun and no more than 15 rounds for a hand gun.

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Police cameras show events in shooting of unarmed black man

Police cameras show events in Seattle shooting of unarmed manAutopsy findings by a pathologist hired by the family of Stephon Clark call into question the Sacramento Police Department’s assertion that Clark was facing the two officers and advancing toward them when they opened fire and killed him.

Video from Sacramento police officers’ body cameras and a Sheriff’s Department helicopter circling overhead show Clark’s final moments but don’t definitively answer the many questions that have arisen since the March 18 shooting.

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Baton Rouge police fire officer who killed Alton Sterling

Blane Salamoni firedThe Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana fired Blane Salamoni, the officer who fatally shot Alton Sterling in 2016 outside a convenience store.

Police Chief Murphy Paul announced the disciplinary action Friday and released footage from the body cameras worn by Salamoni and officer Howie Lake II, who were involved in the confrontation with Sterling.

The announcement comes three days after Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said no charges would be filed against either officer for the shooting, which kicked off a fresh wave of protests, some of which involved the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Pulse nightclub shooter's wife found not guilty

Pulse shooter's wife found Not Guilty on both counts

The trial started two weeks ago in U.S. District Court in Orlando, Florida.

The court is about two miles away from the site of the nightclub where Mateen killed 49 people and injured 58 others in the June 12, 2016, attack. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

On Thursday, the jury opted not to take an additional hour to deliberate, instead choosing to come back today with the verdict.

John Mina, the chief of the Orlando Police Department, released a statement following the verdict, saying he believes in the criminal justice system and is thankful for the hard work of the jurors, attorneys and the FBI involved in the case.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he won't appoint a second special counsel

Attorney Gen. Sessions will not appoint a second counselAttorney General Jeff Sessions will not appoint a second special counsel to review a host of politically charged grievances against the Justice Department and the FBI leveled by Republican lawmakers.

While acknowledging that the Justice Department is "not above criticism," Sessions said in a letter Thursday to three Republican committee chairmen that such an appointment was not necessary.

The attorney general, however, did acknowledge that he had directed Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber to continue an internal review into whether a second counsel may be needed at some point in the future.

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