Burned Louisiana black churches get donations inspired by Notre Dame
A crowdfunding campaign for three Louisiana black churches recently destroyed by an arsonist received a wave of new donations on Tuesday inspired by the reaction to the fire at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. The nearly week-old campaign started the day with about $92,000, but more than $750,000 in donations poured in after it was shared widely on social media. “These communities need to know that people care about them and what they’re going through,” Jessica Piombo, a California professor, wrote on the campaign’s GoFundMe page. “Every little bit counts.” Holden Matthews, the white 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy charged with setting the Louisiana church fires, was charged earlier this week with hate crimes on top of the arson allegations he already faced.
Measles outbreak nears record with dozens of new cases
The number of measles cases reported across the country reached the highest level in five years, with dozens of new cases bringing the number of confirmed infections to 555, according to updated figures released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health experts now fear that this year’s outbreak will set a record nearly two decades after measles was declared “eliminated” in the U.S. Ninety new cases of the potentially deadly and highly contagious disease were confirmed in the second week of April. People in 20 states have been infected. A third of the cases this year have been reported in New York City, nearly all of them in a section of Brooklyn where officials have declared an emergency.
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New Zealand lawmakers overwhelmingly approve assault-style weapon ban
New Zealand’s Parliament voted 119 to 1 on Wednesday to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons like those used by a gunman to kill 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, less than a month after the attack. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who declared in the days after the attack that the country’s gun laws would change, told lawmakers they had given “a voice” to the people who were killed in what she called “the darkest of days in New Zealand’s history.” A gun buyback program is planned to make sure the regulations don’t hurt law-abiding citizens. The bill could take effect as soon as Friday, after it is granted royal assent by the country’s governor-general.
New York to require some to get measles vaccinations in health emergency
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn after a measles outbreak. Unvaccinated people in the heavily Orthodox Jewish community who might have been exposed will be required to get the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and anyone who doesn’t comply could face a $1,000 fine. “We don’t take these steps lightly,” de Blasio said. “It’s time to protect your family and your community.” Since the start of the outbreak in October, 285 cases have been confirmed, 246 of them in children under 18. Federal health officials said the rise in U.S. measles cases has been fueled by the anti-vaccination movement. “The measles vaccine works,” de Blasio said. “It is safe, it is effective, it is time-tested.”
U.K. proposal would hold tech giants accountable for harmful posts
British regulators on Sunday unveiled a proposal to punish Facebook, Google, and other tech companies if they fail to stop the spread of damaging online content. The plan was drafted by U.K. consumer-protection authorities with the backing of Prime Minister Theresa May. It targets harmful web posts promoting or enabling child exploitation, fake news, terrorist activity, and violence. “The era of self-regulation for online companies is over,” U.K. Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said in a statement. Google declined to comment. Facebook responded by noting its recent investments to step up identifying and removing harmful content and said the U.K.’s proposal “should protect society from harm while also supporting innovation, the digital economy, and freedom of speech.”
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Report: Some Mueller investigators say Barr downplayed their findings
Some of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William Barr did not accurately summarize their findings, saying Mueller’s report was more damaging to President Trump than Barr indicated, The New York Times reported Thursday. Two days after Mueller submitted his nearly 400-page report to Barr last month, the attorney general sent Congress a four-page memo summarizing the key conclusions. Barr noted that the Mueller inquiry found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow, but noted that Mueller explicitly did not exonerate Trump on whether the president tried to obstruct justice. Barr and his deputy cleared Trump, saying there wasn’t enough evidence of obstruction. Mueller investigators reportedly have told associates the evidence on obstruction was more alarming than Barr suggested
Suspect arrested for rapper Nipsey Hussle’s murder
Los Angeles police on Tuesday arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle. The suspect was identified as Eric Holder, 29. He was arrested in Bellflower, California, after his alleged getaway driver turned herself in, the Los Angeles Times reported. Hussle was gunned down Sunday in front of his clothing store. His death sparked grief and outrage in the Crenshaw neighborhood in South Los Angeles where he grew up and was involved in community projects, including rebuilding an elementary school basketball court and supporting science and math education. Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said the shooting appeared to have resulted from a personal dispute between Hussle and Holder.