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The Little Führer A day in the life of the newest leader of white nationalists

Matthew HeimbachLate at night on June 17, after he and his wife had gone to bed, Matthew Heimbach’s phone rang on his nightstand. On the other end of the line was a man from the South Carolina field office of the FBI. The man asked Heimbach if he knew a man called Dylann Roof and, if so, if he knew where Roof was. Heimbach told the officer that he had never heard of Roof and wondered what the call was about. Without explaining further, the officer thanked him and hung up.

“That’s when things got weird,” Heimbach says. Soon calls were coming in from associates who had all gotten similar calls from the FBI, and they were all now wondering the same thing: Who was Dylann Roof, and why hadn’t any of them heard of him until tonight?


4.3 earthquake rattles Southern California

4.2 earthquake in so. CaliforniaThe shallow quake was felt strongly in Fontana, with a population of over 150,000 people, and felt more weakly in Riverside and Long Beach, according to the U.S. Geological Survey automated shake maps.

Shallow quakes like Saturday's will be much more noticeable for their size than deeper quakes. The tremor struck at a depth of around 3 miles.


Man described as a drifter kills 2, himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater

Louisiana shootingAs moviegoers settled in for the comedy "Trainwreck," John Russell Houser stood up and unloaded at least 13 shots. Then, as people rushed from the theater, the 59-year-old man joined them and headed outside, apparently toward his blue 1995 Lincoln Continental.

Then Houser noticed the sirens from police converging on the Lafayette, Louisiana, theater. So he went back inside and took his own life.

By that point Thursday night, 21-year-old Mayci Breaux of Franklin, Louisiana, was dead. Ten others were wounded, including 33-year-old Lafayette resident Jillian Johnson, who would die at a nearby hospital.


Western wildfires threatening homes and disrupting tourism

Glacier national par fireFirefighters braced Thursday for a fresh run by a wildfire that sent tourists fleeing from hotels and campgrounds in Montana's Glacier National Park, while a blaze threatening hundreds of homes in Northern California shot flames 100 feet in the air.

Both states are ravaged by drought, and rising temperatures and strengthening winds greeted newly arrived crews taking aim at the blaze in the Northern Rocky Mountains. It has burned more than 6 square miles along the eastern side of the Montana park during prime tourist season, when lodges and inns have been booked for months.


Sandra Bland's autopsy may be flawed, second autopsy ordered

Sandra Bland autopsy flawedThere are now questions about Sandra Bland’s autopsy, just one day after video of the arrest was released to the public.

Now, there are reports the autopsy was flawed, and a second autopsy was ordered. Investigators say that's the case, but explain that further testing may be needed to determine what happened to Bland before she was found dead.


Ted Olson and David Bloies call for new federal LGBT protections

Call for LGBT protectionsTed Olson and David Bloies, the prominent attorneys who helped overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban, are backing a new federal law that would extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT Americans.

Olson, a Republican former solicitor general under President George W. Bush, and Bloies, who represented Al Gore in Bush v. Gore, are urging Republicans and Democrats in Congress to support the Equality Act, which will be introduced on Thusday. The law, whose language was provided to the Advocate, would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other federal law to protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and other arenas.


New York State Calls For $15 Minimum Wage For Fast Food Workers

Fast food workersA panel convened by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recommended Wednesday that the state set a minimum wage of $15 expressly for New York's fast-food workers, a novel regulatory maneuver that would impact many of the lowest earners in the state.

The proposal approved by the state wage board would raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers in New York City from its current level of $8.75 to $15 by 2018. For fast-food workers in the rest of the state, the minimum wage would rise to $15 by 2021. The wage mandate would only apply to workers at fast-food chains that have at least 30 locations around the country.


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