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FBI Raid at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Focused on Nuclear Documents.
The documents that were the focus of the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort were reportedly classified files related to nuclear weapons. The Washington Post reports sources “familiar with the investigation” would not offer additional details about the documents and their relation to nuclear weapons, nor whether the weapons belonged to the United States or another country. They also did not confirm if the documents were ever recovered in the Monday raid. “If that is true, it would suggest that material residing unlawfully at Mar-a-Lago may have been classified at the highest classification level,” David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section, told the Post.

Trump Flat-Out Denies Report That Feds Raided Mar-a-Lago Over Classified Nuke Docs.
Donald Trump has denied a Washington Post report that claimed FBI agents were looking for classified documents about nuclear weapons when they raided his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Monday. “Nuclear weapons is a hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a hoax,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform on Friday morning, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. Trump also called the officials involved in the search of his Palm Beach property as “sleazy.” He also wrote that “two impeachments were a hoax,” referring to his unparalleled double-impeachment while president. Trump’s denial of the article’s reporting comes after Trump said he would not oppose a move to make the warrant public.

Trump Calls for ‘Immediate Release’ of FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant.
Former President Donald Trump has called for the immediate release of the search warrant for the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago on Monday. In a post on his social platform, Truth Social, Trump said, “not only will I not oppose the release of documents relating to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Peach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years.” The post came after Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed the Department of Justice had filed a motion to unseal the documents, but Trump could have opposed the move. Instead, he wrote, “my poll numbers are the strongest they have ever been, fundraising by the Republican Party is breaking all records and midterm elections are fast approaching.” Trump described the raid as “unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement” and labeled it “inappropriate and highly unethical.” He demanded: “Release the documents now!”

Feds Served Trump a Subpoena for Docs Months Before Mar-a-Lago Raid.
Justice Department investigators had served Donald Trump a subpoena in the spring, months before the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate in search of potentially classified documents the former president may not have handed over, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to The New York Times. During a June visit in connection with the subpoena, the FBI searched a storage locker on the Florida property where Trump housed all of his presidential memorabilia, and the ex-president also handed over surveillance footage of the locker. Federal officials left with several boxes of materials that reportedly belonged to special access programs and were thought to have been “improperly” taken from the White House. The Monday search was reportedly for documents related to national security that the National Archives and the Justice Department believed Trump still hadn’t returned. Sources with knowledge of the material said the documents were extremely sensitive and federal investigators felt it necessary to claw them back immediately. Trump’s fiercest supporters have decried the FBI raid as unwarranted and politically motivated.

Remember When Eric Trump Adamantly Claimed They Didn’t Receive the Search Warrant?.
The FBI’s search warrant of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate has finally been made public, revealing that the ex-president is under investigation for espionage and unlawfully keeping “top secret” documents. It also confirms that the warrant and property receipt were indeed given to Trump’s attorney Christina Bobb at the time, despite Eric Trump’s claims to the contrary. Earlier this week, the former president’s son told conservative media—including The Daily Mail and Fox Business correspondent Charles Gasparino—that FBI agents “would not give [Bobb] a copy of the search warrant.” The documents that were unsealed on Friday, however, revealed that Bobb actually signed the FBI’s receipt. (The former OAN host, meanwhile, had indicated in multiple interviews this week that she had obtained the warrant and property inventory.) Gasparino, for his part, has continued to stand by his reporting that the Trump family didn’t receive the warrant in a timely fashion while also accusing his critics of living in their mom’s basement.

READ IT: Full Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Released.
Four days after FBI agents descended on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in search of classified documents, the full search warrant has been unsealed by a Florida judge. The seven-page document includes both the search warrant, signed and approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on August 5, and a “receipt” listing items seized, signed by Trump attorney Christina Bobb at 6:19 p.m. on August 8. As The Daily Beast has reported, the warrant reveals Trump is under investigation for violations of the Espionage Act and for illegally keeping top secret government documents.

Hawley Is Trying to Scale Back Probe Into Homeland Security Watchdog.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is spearheading a contentious effort by some GOP lawmakers to scale back an investigation into the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office, according to The Washington Post. Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, a Trump appointee, has been probing the issue of the missing text messages from around the Jan. 6 insurrection for 15 months, but has refused to release some documents and tried to block some interviews. That has sparked a probe by a panel of federal watchdogs into various allegations of misconduct raised by whistleblowers and others, according to the Post. Adding to the concern, an April 1 memo written by employees in the IG’s office surfaced Thursday, revealing staff concerns that the Secret Service was flat-out refusing to comply with the probe. The Guardian reported that memo was passed on to Cuffari’s chief of staff so it could be included in Cuffari’s annual report to Congress—but it simply disappeared. The Post reports that the federal watchdog panel’s investigation of Cuffari’s office has turned into a “war of attrition” with some Republican lawmakers, led by Hawley, demanding investigators go easier on Cuffari’s office.
Editor’s note: Sen. Hawley’s actions relate to a probe that does not involve missing Jan. 6 text messages. This article has been updated to reflect an update made to the original Washington Post report.

CDC Loosens COVID Guidelines on Quarantine, Testing and Screening.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday updated its guidelines for fighting the novel coronavirus, saying it would no longer recommend restrictive measures like quarantining after exposure to an infected person, social distancing, and testing to screen for symptoms. “This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives,” said Dr. Greta Massetti, a senior scientist with the agency who worked on the relaxed recommendations. The decision to revise the suggested protocol stems from the recognition that the vast majority of the U.S. population has, at this point, acquired a level of immunity, either from vaccination or infection. In a briefing for reporters, Massetti added, “The current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the last two years.” Of particular importance to schools, many of which will resume classes later this month, is the elimination of the recommendation for institutions to do routine daily testing.

China Ditches Promise Not to Send Troops to Taiwan if it Seizes the Island.
China has dropped a three-decades-old promise not to station soldiers in Taiwan if it takes control of the island, an official state document showed Wednesday. A new white paper on China’s position on self-ruled Taiwan no longer included a commitment that China “will not send troops or administrative personnel to be based in Taiwan” after what Beijing calls “reunification.” The promise had previously featured in similar white papers published in 1993 and 2000. The document came after China launched unprecedented military exercises in the Taiwan Strait in retaliation to a visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

ISIS ‘Beatles’ Member Arrested at U.K. Airport on Terrorism Charges.
A British man accused of being a member of a brutal kidnap and murder cell for the Islamic State terror group dubbed “The Beatles” has been arrested after touching down in the U.K. A statement from Britain’s Metropolitan Police confirmed that officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested the man at Luton airport after he arrived in the U.K. on a flight from Turkey. He has since been identified as 38-year-old Aine Davis, who British press says had just been released after serving a 7 1/2-year prison sentence for terrorism offenses. In the U.K., he was arrested in relation to offenses under sections 15, 17 and 57 of the Terrorism Act, 2000 and was taken to a south London police station, where he remains in police custody. Davis left Britain in 2013 to joined up with ISIS and was arrested near Istanbul in 2015. The U.S. has alleged the cell was responsible for at least 27 hostage deaths, mostly from beheadings that were recorded and posted online. At his trial, he denied involvement in the cell, who were named “The Beatles” by the hostages due to their accents. He was convicted by a Turkish court two years later in 2017.

UN Demands Demilitarized Zone Around Ukrainian Nuclear Plant After More Shelling.
After Russia and Ukraine once again blamed each other for incredibly dangerous explosions at Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant, the United Nations has called for a demilitarized zone to be set up around the site to pull all of Europe back from the brink of an atomic disaster. Russian troops would be made to leave the Zaporizhzhia plant—which they’ve been using as a military base since seizing it from Ukrainian control—under the plan, which was advocated by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday. “The facility must not be used as part of any military operation,” Guterres said in a statement Thursday. “Instead, urgent agreement is needed at a technical level on a safe perimeter of demilitarization to ensure the safety of the area.” Ukraine’s Energoatom said the complex was hit five times on Thursday, including close to a space in the complex where radioactive material is stored. Russian state media reported that Ukrainian shelling hit the plant twice.

Legoland Rollercoaster Crash Leaves 30+ Injured in Germany.
A terrifying roller-coaster crash at Legoland in southern Germany left more than 30 people hurt when one coaster car smashed into another. The cause of the accident on the park’s Feuerdrache, or Fire Dragon ride, is under investigation. A total of 38 people were on the two trains that collided, with 14 being sent for further observation and one person needing medical treatment. The park was evacuated in the aftermath of the accident, with park officials saying the ride would remain temporarily closed in coming days despite the rest of the park reopening. “We want to thank all emergency personnel showing great commitment at site today and we want to wish a quick recovery to everyone involved,” Legoland Germany Divisional Director Manuela Stone told The Washington Post. News of the Legoland crash comes after a 57-year-old woman fell to her death when she slipped out of her harness at a different amusement park in southwestern Germany last week.

Bombshell New Evidence Emerges in Oklahoma Murder Case Amid Fears Innocent Man May Be Executed.
With his execution just six weeks away, Richard Glossip’s murder conviction has been called into question by the emergence of explosive new evidence. Glossip was sentenced to die at his second capital trial in 2004 over the brutal killing of Barry Van Treese. Although Glossip didn’t carry out the lethal bludgeoning, the self-confessed man who did, Justin Sneed, claimed Glossip had instructed him to commit the crime for a $10,000 payment. Sneed was given life without parole while Glossip—whose conviction was based on Sneed’s testimony—was sentenced to death. Now a handwritten letter written by Sneed to his defense lawyer in 2007 has rocked the case. “There are a lot of things right now that are eating at me,” Sneed told his attorney in the letter, adding: “Somethings I need to clean up.” Oklahoma lawmakers are now asking the state’s attorney general to hold a special hearing to examine the new evidence, fearing that a failure to do so could send an innocent man to his death.

Parents Tased During Chaotic Elementary School Lockdown.
Several parents tried to force their way into an Arizona elementary school after it was placed on lockdown Friday, resulting in at least two of them getting tased by police and one of them getting arrested, according to local reports. 12 News reports that Thompson Ranch Elementary School in El Mirage was placed on lockdown following reports of a suspicious person on campus. Parents reportedly got into an altercation with officers upon learning they had been blocked from entering to reach their kids. Police were ultimately unsuccessful in their search for the suspicious person and later deemed the school to be safe, with no threat to the public. They are still said to be on the lookout for a man with a forehead tattoo possibly carrying a weapon. It was not immediately clear what charges the parents would face, if any. The panic at the school came as the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, was likely still fresh in many parents' minds. During that shooting, which left 21 dead, parents had confronted officers outside the school while the gunman was still inside, and some forced their way through the police cordon to reach their children.

Trump Thanked for His ‘Sacrifices’ at $2K-a-Ticket Fundraiser.
Donald Trump enjoyed some respite from his mounting legal snafus this week when he was lavished with praise by hardcore supporters at his golf club. Just hours after pleading the Fifth at a Manhattan hearing for a civil investigation into fraudulent business practices at his Trump Organization, the former president headed to his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, to host a fundraiser for Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a former Democrat who has previously pledged “undying support” for Trump. Guests reportedly paid at least $2,000 to attend the cocktail party, with some forking out extra to get a picture with Trump. At the event, Trump didn’t mention the deposition, but did touch of Monday’s FBI raid at his Florida home, according to attendee Elizabeth Nader. “Everyone to a person was thanking him for his sacrifices, for all he’s done for our country,” Nader said of the Wednesday event. “He needed that,” Nader added. “I think he enjoys being around his supporters.”

Wisconsin GOP Leader Fires the Bumbling Guy He Hand-Picked to Investigate Election Fraud.
The Wisconsin Republican Assembly leader on Friday fired the 2020 election investigator he hired 14 months ago to look into former President Donald Trump’s evidence-free claim that the election was stolen. Under pressure to open a probe, Robin Vos had hand-picked Michael Gableman, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, to lead one. But their relationship sourced to the point where Gableman and Trump endorsed Vos’ primary opponent, who narrowly lost to Vos on Tuesday night. Vos, in turn, called Gableman an “embarrassment to himself” and to the state. One catalyst for the firing was Gableman’s suggestion that Wisconsin lawmakers decertify the 2020 election, which is unconstitutional. Gableman even acknowledged privately to Vos that it was impossible. The probe, funded by taxpayers, became widely unpopular on both sides. One Republican senator said she had “zero respect” for Gableman, and firing him “would have been a better decision six months ago.” A spokesperson for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers simply said “Finally” in response to the news.




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Discovery of Polio Virus in NYC Sewage Indicates It’s Spreading Locally.
City and state health officials made the alarming announcement Friday that the polio virus has been detected in New York City’s sewage, indicating that it has been spreading locally for some time. The country’s first polio case in almost a decade was found in Rockland County, just north of New York City, in late July but wastewater analysis later showed the virus was circulating in the area weeks earlier. “For every one case of paralytic polio identified, hundreds more may be undetected,” New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said Friday. Officials urged unvaccinated New Yorkers, especially children, to get a polio shot immediately. Most adults were vaccinated against polio as children and don’t need to get another shot, but around 14 percent of kids in New York are believed to be unvaccinated.

Alarm at Seabrook Nuclear Plant Telling Beachgoers to Flee Was Triggered by ‘Human Error’.
A false alarm at a nuclear power plant in New Hampshire that caused panic last month was caused by “human error,” an investigation found. Beachgoers were terrified on July 12 when the Seabrook plant’s PA system sent out a verbal alarm over loudspeakers telling people to evacuate the area. A probe by NextEra Energy confirmed that a siren technician’s mistake was to blame for the false alarm, which occurred when the worker inadvertently activated the PA system during what was supposed to be a routine silent test of the plant’s emergency-siren system. The test had previously been conducted every two weeks for 30 years without incident, officials said. NextEra Energy spokesman Bill Orlove said Thursday that the plant had implemented new procedures to avoid a similar mistake in future.

Six Georgia Police Officers on Leave Over Vile Ring Camera Footage.
Six Georgia police officers have been put on leave after a homeowner’s security camera recorded one of them saying the n-word during a visit to the homeowner’s residence. The video, which went viral, shows the officers standing on the porch inquiring about the homeowner’s son and then calling him the n-word. The officer is then seen throwing the homeowner’s front door camera into bushes next to the porch. “It’s Miss Madden’s understanding that the police were there looking for her son. When she learned of that, she turned him in to the police department, well, the sheriff’s office,” the homeowner’s lawyer said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident and officers Donald Bramblett, Dylan Harmon, Zachary Heyboer, Sgt. William Osteen and Detective Elizabeth Wegienka remain on leave.

Erstwhile Robber Caught After Freshly Dug Tunnel Into Bank Collapses on Him.
A bank robber who apparently has no knowledge of physics nearly died when the tunnel he was digging into a Rome bank basement collapsed near the Vatican. The robber’s accomplices, who escaped the tunnel, alerted police when the ringleader didn’t surface after dirt came crashing down midway through the dig. Firefighters spent eight hours working to free the man by digging a parallel tunnel. The would-be thief could be heard crying for help. “I beg you, get me out!” he yelled as rescuers dropped liquid food and oxygen to him. After eight hours, the man was freed as the crowd that had gathered cheered. The man and his accomplices—who all had previous robbery convictions—face new charges. Police say they had been digging the tunnel with the intent to break the bank wall on the Aug. 15 holiday, when the city is largely deserted.

Whitmer Kidnap Trial in Fresh Chaos After Juror Allegedly Blabs to Co-Workers.
A possible rogue juror has thrown the retrial for one of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer into fresh chaos. Documents filed by Barry Croft’s defense attorneys allege that a juror told co-workers that they “had already decided the case and intended to ensure a particular result at the conclusion of the trial.” Court records obtained by the Detroit Free Press show that the judge has opted to handle the matter behind closed doors with both parties involved. But Croft’s lawyer argued the issue should be investigated promptly and that his client deserves an evidentiary hearing where “all interested parties [are] permitted to participate.” “The presence of even a single biased juror deprives a defendant of his right to an impartial jury. A prospective juror's failure to disclose material information is grounds for a new trial if it demonstrates bias,” they argued. The judge is choosing to leave the juror on the panel as of Friday, the trial’s third day. The case has already been marred by allegations of FBI interference, and the last trial ended with jurors unable to reach a verdict.

Flint Water Crisis Trial Ends in Deadlock.
A five-month trial examining whether two engineering companies were partly responsible for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis has ended in a mistrial. After 25 days of deliberation period, the jury determined they couldn’t reach a verdict. Two outside engineering firms at the heart of the trial, Veolia North America and Lockwood Andrews & Newman (LAN), had faced criticism for their role in the environmental and public health catastrophe. In April 2014, officials in the Michigan city chose to cut costs and switch the city’s water supply to the Flint River without additional water treatment, thereby bringing the lead-poisoned water into residents’ homes. The two firms are accused of not doing enough to get Flint to treat the water or to encourage the city to return to a regional water supplier. Attorneys for the victims had argued that Veolia should be held 50 percent responsible and that LAN should be held 25 percent responsible, according to the Associated Press.

Johnson & Johnson to Dump Talc-Based Baby Powder After Cancer Lawsuits.
Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson will cease global sales of its talc-based baby powder by 2023, the company said Thursday. The announcement came more than two years after the controversial product was pulled off U.S. and Canadian shelves after tens of thousands of lawsuits were filed by women, many of whom claimed that alleged asbestos contamination in the talcum-based formula had caused them to develop diseases like ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. The drugmaker said that a “worldwide portfolio assessment” had led to the decision to shift to a cornstarch-based baby powder instead. It denied claims related to the dangers of the talcum powder formula. “We stand firmly behind the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder is safe, does not contain asbestos and does not cause cancer,” the company said Thursday.

Ashley Judd Found Mom Naomi Alive After She Shot Herself.
Actress Ashley Judd revealed Friday that she found her mother, singer Naomi Judd, alive after she shot herself in April—and she waited with her for 30 minutes for help to arrive. The disclosure came in a court petition to seal the records of the investigation into Naomi’s suicide, a file that includes recorded interviews with Ashley and Naomi’s husband, Larry Strickland. Media organizations have submitted requests to see the files, but Ashley Judd said it would violate the family’s privacy. The Associated Press reports that she argues she was in “clinical shock, active trauma and acute distress” when she spoke to law enforcement and does not want video or audio of those raw moments made public.
If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741

FBI Monitored Would-Be Ohio Attacker for Months Before Break-In.
The man who allegedly attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati office Thursday before being shot dead by federal agents was being monitored by the FBI for months, officials familiar with the matter told The New York Times on Friday. Ricky Shiffer, 42, was being watched in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the sources said. Law enforcement officials separately said they were looking into whether Shiffer was in a Facebook video from Jan. 5, 2021 that places him at a Trump rally in Washington, D.C. the night before the Capitol attack. The sources also said the FBI got a tip about Shiffer unrelated to the Jan. 6 riot that sent agents to Florida and Ohio for interviews. No further information was available on that tip. A neighbor in Columbus told The Times that the FBI had come by Shiffer’s residence a few weeks ago and questioned the neighbor about when Shiffer left and returned home.

Terrorism Agents Called in After NYC Man Found Dead in Chair Among Jars of Chemicals.
The discovery of an elderly man found dead in a chair surrounded by schematics and jars of unknown chemicals in a New York City apartment has sparked a full-scale probe, authorities confirmed to NBC New York. Besides the responding New York Police officers, the department’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI are investigating the strange circumstances of the 75-year-old man’s death. The sealed jars were labeled as biohazards, though testing for radiation and toxic chemicals on some of the containers has been negative so far, according to officials. Potentially worrying drawings were also found at the scene. Police initially came to the second-floor apartment to conduct a welfare check around 1 p.m. Wednesday and found the dead man in a chair. It’s not yet clear who the man is or how he died.

CNN Parts Ways With Jeffrey Toobin After Sticking by Him.
Jeffrey Toobin is no longer a paid legal analyst for CNN, the network he has worked for since 2002. “I wanted to let you know that after twenty years I’ve decided to leave CNN after my vacation,” he wrote in a letter to colleagues on Friday, which he reiterated on Twitter. “It was great to spend my last day on air, like so many before, with my pals at Sit Room, AC360 and Don Lemon Tonight. It’s been a privilege (and fun) being your colleague.” While it isn’t clear just yet if Toobin’s contract merely ran out, CNN’s statement about his exit suggests it was a mutual parting. “We are grateful for Jeffrey’s contributions to the network over the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” the network stated. Toobin was infamously fired from his longtime staff writing job at The New Yorker in late 2020 after he inappropriately exposed and touched himself during a Zoom call with colleagues. But CNN did not take similar action against him. Instead, Toobin took a leave of absence from the network, only to sheepishly return to the CNN’s air eight months later—a decision that was met with a mixed reaction from some from the network’s staffers.

Twitter Allows Saudi Official to Keep Verified Account Despite Spy Claims.
A recent U.S. conviction of a Twitter employee connected to an international privacy breach has raised new concerns about a senior Saudi official who has been allowed by Twitter to keep his verified account. Bader al-Asaker, who has 2 million followers and is chief of staff to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is believed to be at the center of a 2015 conspiracy to harvest private user data from the network, using Twitter employees to mine information and allegedly prosecute Saudi citizens criticizing the government, according to a related July 2020 indictment. One of those Twitter employees, Ahmed Saad M Almutairi, is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for stealing data including “email addresses, telephone numbers and internet protocol addresses.” A U.S. jury convicted another Twitter employee, Ahmad Abouammo, on Tuesday for involvement in the same scheme.

Wisconsin Man Arrested in 1992 Slaying of Couple and Their Dog.
A Wisconsin man has been arrested on homicide charges after he allegedly confessed his concerns that he killed a couple and their dog in March 1992, prosecutors said Friday. The Wisconsin Justice Department said Tony Haase, 51, fatally stabbed Timothy Mumbrue, 35, and Tanna Togstad, 23, in 1992 after getting drunk and angry about his father’s accidental 1977 snowmobile death. What spurred the department’s investigation was a July 6 traffic stop that obtained DNA from Haase, which matched DNA found at the stabbing spree scene. When authorities brought Haase in for questioning Thursday, he at first denied knowledge of the stabbings, prosecutors said, but he eventually broke down, saying he didn’t remember the night well because of his intoxication but “was afraid he was involved.” He reportedly told investigators he remembered thinking, “Holy f--k, what did I do?” when he saw reports of the slayings the next day in 1992. Authorities also learned that Togstad’s dad was one of the people involved in the fatal snowmobile accident.

Padres’ Fernando Tatis Gets 80-Game Suspension for Drug Violation.
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. flunked a test for the banned performance enhancer Clostebol and was suspended for an astounding 80 games. The shortstop claims the positive result came from medication he was taking to treat ringworm, but his team did not push back against the punishment. “It’s the player’s responsibility to make sure that he’s in compliance. He wasn’t,” Padres President of Baseball Operations A.J. Preller said, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. The suspension means Tatis, 23, will miss the rest of the season, any post-season, and more than 30 games next season—all without pay.

Kim Jong Un Was ‘Seriously Unwell’ During North Korean COVID Outbreak.
After Kim Jong Un declared that North Korea had claimed a “shining victory” in its fight against COVID, Kim Jong Un’s sister revealed the nation’s dictator had himself been struck down with the virus. At a meeting of health officials and researchers in Pyongyang on Wednesday, Kim Yo Jong also vowed “deadly retaliation” against South Korea if they fail to stop propaganda balloons flying over the border, which North Korean authorities have dubiously blamed for bringing COVID into their country. “Even though he was seriously ill with a high fever, he could not lie down for a moment thinking about the people he had to take care of until the end in the face of the anti-epidemic war,” Kim Yo Jong said of her brother. In footage shared of her address on North Korean TV—reportedly the first time a speech of hers has been broadcast—members of the audience can be seen wiping away tears.

Florida Man Pays $1,800 to Fly ‘Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha’ Banner Over Mar-a-Lago After FBI Raid.
A Florida man spared no expense to fly a banner reading “ha ha ha ha ha ha” over Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate Wednesday after an FBI raid of the property. Trump critic Thomas Kennedy, from Miami, joined together with a group of friends to have the mocking message flown over the former president’s palatial home as crowds of MAGA fans demonstrated in Palm Beach for a third straight day. “Honestly, go do something better with your time,” Kennedy said to the Trump fans in an interview with NBC 6. He added that he and his friends had paid $1,800 to fly the banner, which was in the skies around South Florida for about three hours. “It brought me a lot of joy to do so,” Kennedy said. “I would do it again.”

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