Protests in Brazil grow; the Miami Heat wins game 7; the firm that completed a background check on Edward Snowden is being investigated; rain floods southern Alberta, Canada; 3 midshipmen from the Naval Academy are being charged with sexual assault; North Carolina repeals the ‘Racial Justice Act’; and Ken Mehlman is trying to convince Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian reveals her baby girl’s name, and Angelina Jolie stands up for refugees on World Refugee Day.
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Brazil Leaders to Meet as Protests, Violence Grow, http://apne.ws/12ZhBgp
Thursday night, 1 million protestors filled the streets all over Brazil. Over 300,000 people protested in Rio de Janeiro, at least 40 of them injured, and at least one protestor was killed in Sao Paulo. President Dilma Rousseff who has not said much about the protests, called for a meeting with top Cabinet members. It is still unclear what action she and her government will take.
Miami Heat beat Spurs in Game 7, http://bit.ly/16lP0Pm
The Miami Heat took home another NBA Championship title last night. What was a close game for the first three quarters and majority of the fourth began to turn in favor of the Heat with three minutes to go. The Heat have arrived at three consecutive finals, two of which they have now won.
Firm that checked NSA leaker’s background under investigation, http://cbsn.ws/14lLhQw
A background investigation was performed on Edward Snowden, the man who disclosed NSA surveillance programs. The USIS will not answer any questions regarding the background check at the moment, because according to Michelle Schmitz, it is against policy to answer questions about ongoing investigations.
Flooding hits Alberta province, forces 75,000 people from their homes in Calgary, http://bit.ly/16RLj4R
Rain has flooded southern Alberta, Canada. In Calgary alone, 75,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Officials have asked people to limit telephone use as not to overwhelm the system and get in the way of emergency respondence.
Academy: 3 Midshipmen Charged with Sexual Assault, http://apne.ws/12W9n8F
Wednesday, the U.S. Naval Academy charged three midshipmen with sexually assaulting a female student at an off-campus house about a year ago. The former football players are being charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, one involving rape, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct, and the other for making a false statement. The boys have not been named and it is unclear whether or not they have an attorney.
‘Racial Justice Act’ repealed in North Carolina, http://bit.ly/13Wxd0W
The Governor of North Carolina has agreed to repeal a law that allowed inmates to challenge their death sentences on racial grounds. The Racial Justice Act previously allowed convicts to argue that race was a determining factor in their sentencing. Governor Pat McCrory signed the repeal Wednesday.
Bush aide now promotes gay marriage, http://usat.ly/16iDqV3
Prominent Republican strategist Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, is using his sexual orientation to try to change the minds of Republicans nation-wide. As the New York Times reported, Mehlman, a once-closeted gay man “is waging what could be his final campaign: to convince fellow Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values and good for their party.”
Kim Kardashian Hinted at Baby Girl North’s Name to E! News, http://eonli.ne/16lzOBW
Johnny Depp Opens Up About Turning 50: “It’s Great!”, http://eonli.ne/1azvdPK
Angelina Jolie Stands Up for the Downtrodden on World Refugee Day, http://eonli.ne/16krQc2
Nigella Lawson Steps Out Without Her Wedding Ring After Alleged Choking Incident, http://eonli.ne/16k9U1n
Helena Bonham Carter In ‘Cinderella’: Actress’s Casting As Fairy Godmother Recalls Her Oddest Roles, http://huff.to/19ntADh