MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters angered by the death of a black man in police custody gained access to a Minneapolis police precinct Thursday and began setting fires. It was the third night of violent protests following the death of George Floyd in a confrontation with officers outside a grocery store. Police appeared to have abandoned the precinct ahead of protesters entering. The carnage came hours after Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard at the Minneapolis mayor's request, and as protests and looting spread into neighboring St. Paul. In footage recorded by a bystander, Floyd can be seen pleading that he can’t breathe as a police officer kneels on his neck. As minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he will extend the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers arriving in the state beyond June 30. The state mandated the quarantine beginning in late March to control the spread of the coronavirus. The governor told a joint online press conference with the state’s four mayors that an official announcement on the extension would be made later. Ige says he’s been working with the mayors on steps to lift a separate 14-day quarantine requirement for people traveling between Hawaii’s islands. He says a decision would be coming within the next few days.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone will start his prison sentence without needing to comply with a Bureau of Prisons directive that newly-sentenced inmates be sent to a quarantine site. The agency said last week all newly sentenced inmates would be sent to three quarantine sites or federal detention facility. But that won’t be the case for Stone. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Sue Allison tells The Associated Press that Stone will surrender to prison and will not be required to go to a quarantine facility. The move is likely to ignite inquiries from lawmakers and prison advocates who have suggested the agency is loosening its rules for high-profile inmates.
BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. National Security Agency says the same Russian military hacking group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election and unleashed a devastating 2017 malware attack has been exploiting a major email server program since last August or earlier. The timing of the intelligence agency’s advisory is unusual considering that the critical vulnerability was identified 11 months ago and a patch was issued. The affected email program — Exim — is widely used though far less known than such commercial alternatives as Microsoft's proprietary Exchange. The NSA did not identify any targets of the Russian hacking group, which is known as Sandworm.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is escalating his war on social media companies, signing an executive order challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet. He declared he was “fed up" with what he considers bias as prepared to sign the order on Thursday. Still, the move appears to be more about politics than substance, as the president aims to rally supporters after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets. Legal experts have expressed doubts Trump can do much by himself, without an act of Congress. And the order is certain to face legal challenges.
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