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CT State Rep. Michael DiMassa Resigns Amid Pandemic Funds Investigation

State Rep. Michael DiMassa has resigned. It comes amid scrutiny into West Haven’s spending of federal pandemic relief money.

DiMassa sent a letter to the Secretary of the State on Thursday, saying that he was resigning from his role as state representative for the 116th district, effective immediately.

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Stan Bowman steps down as GM for U.S. men's national team amid Blackhawks scandal

After stepping aside from his role as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, Stan Bowman did the same with the U.S. men's national hockey team for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

These two moves come as a result of the findings from an investigation into allegations that Blackhawks management failed to act promptly and appropriately after a sexual-assault incident between a member of the coaching staff and a player during the team's 2010 Stanley Cup championship run.

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Bubba Starling announces retirement from baseball on social media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We won't see Bubba Starling in a Kansas City Royals uniform again.

The former first-round draft pick announced Monday on social media that he is retiring from baseball.

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Major stores are dropping Lorex and Ezviz surveillance products made in China because of links to human rights abuse in China.
Most shoppers have likely become accustomed to certain products not being available amid a myriad of supply chain issues and the ongoing pandemic. But over the last two years, many companies have also banded together to remove controversial products from their stores. Department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom banned animal fur products following decades of protests, while grocery stores like Kroger and Costco have banned the sell of Chaokoh coconut milk over allegations that the company uses cruel practices against monkeys. Now, several major U.S. retailers have started pulling certain items from stores following links to alleged human rights abuses. Read on to find out what you won't be able to buy from Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy, and other major retailers.

Several major U.S. retailers are no longer selling surveillance technology from Chinese manufacturers Lorex and Ezviz, as reported by TechCrunch on Oct. 25. According to the news outlet, Home Depot recently stopped selling both Lorex and Ezviz products, while a Best Buy spokesperson told TechCrunch that it was "discontinuing its relationship" with both manufacturers before pulling the items from its stores. Lowe's also removed Lorex products from stores, according to the news outlet, and there are no results for Ezviz products now listed on this retailer's website.

According to TechCrunch, both Lorex and Ezviz have been linked to alleged human rights abuses. Lorex is controlled by Dahua Technology, while Ezviz is owned by Hikvision. Both these parent companies, which are headquartered in China, were added to a blacklist of Chinese organizations for being implicated in human rights violations against Muslim minority groups in 2019, according to the Federal Register. As a result, organizations on this list have more barriers against them when attempting to do business with American companies, but since Lorex and Ezviz are subsidiaries of the two tech firms, U.S. consumers have previously been able to buy their technology, as reported by TechCrunch.
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Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman resigns to join Biden administration

OLYMPIA — Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Tuesday announced her resignation to take a key election-security position in President Joe Biden’s administration.

For the federal government, Tuesday’s announcement marks the recruitment of an administrator with depth of experience with mail voting and a rare Republican who has defended the method from both domestic critics and foreign adversaries.

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Film censorship law passed in Hong Kong

A new film censorship law was passed on Wednesday in Hong Kong, stating films that threaten national security can not be made.

Hong Kong's chief secretary, the second most powerful person in the government, will get to decide what movies could potentially threaten national security and can revoke film licenses if they deem a movie is "found to be contrary to national security interests,” Reuters reported.

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3 critics of Sudan coup arrested

Three prominent critics of the Sudan military coup have been arrested after security forces dissolved the transitional democratic government on Monday.

The three pro-democracy figures, their family members and a number of other leaders in the dissolved government were arrested with the military saying political leaders could face jail time for allegedly inciting a rebellion, The Associated Press reported.

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WWE Releases Ring Announcer

WWE has released SmackDown ring announcer Greg Hamilton (Greg Hutson).

Hamilton removed WWE from his Twitter bio earlier this week, and made the account private. PWInsider reports that they checked into his status due to the change, and learned that he has been released.

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Chevron foe Donziger surrenders after losing bid to avert prison

Oct 27 - Disbarred lawyer Steven Donziger, who was convicted of criminal contempt after a decades-long legal battle with Chevron Corp over rainforest pollution in Ecuador, surrendered to authorities Wednesday after losing his bid to stay out of prison during his appeal, his lawyer said.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied Donziger's request to delay his six-month prison term or grant him bail as he challenges his conviction and sentence. His lawyer Ronald Kuby said in court documents Wednesday afternoon that he had surrendered and was in the custody of the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

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21 House Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill

A group of 21 Democratic U.S. representatives sent a letter to House leadership on Wednesday calling for a proposed bank reporting rule to be removed from the $2 trillion dollar budget reconciliation bill.

The proposal Democrats are seeking to have removed would require the gross annual inflows and outflows of U.S. financial accounts be submitted to the IRS annually, if they exceed $10,000. This rule would apply to accounts like checking accounts, saving accounts, loans and investments.

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J.J. Watt reportedly needs shoulder surgery that will likely end his season

Hours after he was ruled out for Thursday's game against the Green Bay Packers, news broke that J.J. Watt needs shoulder surgery that will likely end his season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night that Watt needs the procedure for an injury suffered in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans, his former team. According to the report, Watt got hurt in the second quarter and continued to play after halftime. The Cardinals announced earlier Wednesday that Watt missed his third straight practice with a shoulder injury and ruled him out for Thursday's game.

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Texans Chairman Cal McNair Apologizes For Using Anti-Asian Slur

Houston Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair apologized Tuesday for using an anti-Asian slur during a Texans charity golf tournament in May.

It was reported on Tuesday that McNair used the slur when referring to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tricare, the military's healthcare system, has dropped Walmart and Sam's Club from approved pharmacies and has reinstated CVS pharmacies.
Military community beneficiaries who use Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies will have to go elsewhere to fill their prescriptions, as those pharmacies leave the Tricare network as of Dec. 15.

“Walmart declined several opportunities to offer more highly competitive discounts to continue to serve Tricare beneficiaries,” said Express Scripts officials, in a statement to Military Times. Express Scripts is the contractor that manages the Tricare Pharmacy Program, which serves 9.6 million active duty, retirees and family members.

Officials are adding CVS Pharmacy back into the network pharmacy mix, also effective Dec. 15, after a five-year hiatus. “This change provides more competitive rates for the Tricare pharmacy benefit and expands quality, convenient pharmacy choices nationwide,” Express Scripts officials said.
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New York state denies permits for two proposed natural gas-fired power plants

Oct 27 (Reuters) - New York environmental regulators on Wednesday rejected permits to build two natural gas-fired power plants as the state focuses more on renewable projects and energy efficiency to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied air emissions permits for NRG Energy Inc's (NRG.N) proposed Astoria gas turbine project in the New York City borough of Queens, and Danskammer Energy LLC's proposed Danskammer repowering project in Newburgh on the Hudson River.

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Feds say man illegally streaming professional sports games tried to extort $150,000 from MLB

NEW YORK -- A Minnesota man was charged Thursday with trying to extort $150,000 from the MLB as he illegally streamed copyrighted content from major professional sports leagues online.

Joshua Streit, 30, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court with extortion, accessing a protected computer to commit fraud for personal gain, wire fraud and illicit digital transmission.

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Green Bay Packers' Rasul Douglas savors game-saving INT vs. ex-team Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If not for a rash of injuries to the Green Bay Packers, Rasul Douglas might have still been on the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad instead of intercepting a pass in the end zone of their own stadium to beat them.

Yes, the game-saving hero in the Packers' 24-21 victory at State Farm Stadium on Thursday was on the Cardinals' practice squad 22 days earlier. That's when the Packers, with opening-day starting cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Kevin King both banged up, gave him the call.

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Kinzinger Announces He’s Leaving Congress, Says ‘This Is Not the End of My Political Career But the Beginning’

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a GOP critic of former President Donald Trump, announced on Friday that he will not run for re-election.

“In 2009, I returned from Iraq and made a decision that ran in the face of all odds and sanity. I would challenge an incumbent in a seemingly unwinnable race for Congress,” said Kinzinger, who served in the Air Force and was first elected in 2010 by defeating incumbent Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL), in a video he posted on Twitter. “At that time, I was spurred to run by my conviction of our role in the world. Somehow I won, and I’ll never forget that campaign. The excitement of election night and a new majority. And those supporters who reminded me to be my own man and to never ‘do what they tell you to do’ but do what’s right.”

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Two neo-Nazi members sentenced to prison.
Two neo-Nazi group members were sentenced on Thursday to nine years in prison each in a case that highlighted a broader federal crackdown on far-right extremists.

FBI agents arrested former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews, U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. and a third member of a group called The Base four days before a pro-gun rally in Virginia in January 2020. Surveillance equipment installed in their Delaware apartment captured Mathews and Lemley discussing an attack at the rally at Virginia’s Capitol in Richmond.

The judge who sentenced Mathews and Lemley to prison concluded that they intended to engage in terrorist activity. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang’s decision to apply a “terrorism enhancement” to their sentences significantly increased their recommended prison terms under federal guidelines.
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Tennessee bans 16 students, 9 other fans from all athletic events after Ole Miss incident

The University of Tennessee has banned 16 students and nine other fans from all athletic events for throwing objects onto Neyland Field during the Volunteers' loss to Ole Miss earlier this month, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The bans reportedly extend though the next spring season. The school itself has already received its punishment for the incident, having been fined $250,000 by the SEC.

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Two Lancaster, PA. cops fired for submitting fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. Both are now under criminal investigation.
Two Pennsylvania police officers are facing criminal investigations after they were fired for submitting fake COVID-19 vaccination cards to their department.

The two officers in the city of Lancaster were busted after they openly discussed their fake vaccination cards at work, according to a report from Lancaster Online.

"Heather Schaeffer got a blank vaccination card from her cousin, who is in the military and involved in vaccination efforts, made a copy and sold it to Benjamin Lapp for $20," the site reports. "According to Schaeffer and Lapp's termination paperwork, Capt. Richard Mendez learned in September that the two 'had been openly speaking about having fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards.' Both admitted submitting the forged cards during a Sept. 22 interview with police officials, the paperwork said. Lapp also told the officials that Schaeffer had other fraudulent cards and was possibly selling them."

Lancaster doesn't require employees to be vaccinated, but those who've gotten the jab are allowed to go mask-less in city facilities, according to the report. The local district attorney's office has opened a criminal investigation into the two fired officers, but charges have not yet been filed.
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6 Firefighters Suspended for Taking Truck to Threaten NY Senate Staff Over Vaccine Mandate

Six FDNY members of Ladder 113 have been suspended for allegedly driving their truck to a state senator's New York City office and threatening his staff over the vaccine mandate for city workers.

The on-duty firefighters drove an in-service ladder truck to state Senator Zellnor Myrie's office in Brooklyn on Friday and questioned staff as to where the politician lives, a department spokesperson confirmed. The crew is accused of telling his staffers they would have "blood on their hands" Monday when unvaccinated workers must go on unpaid leave.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley to 'step away from football' to focus on 'mental wellbeing'

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced Sunday he needs to "step away from football at this time and focus on my mental wellbeing."

The 26-year-old wideout shared the news via Twitter while the falcons were playing the Panthers. Ridley was declared inactive Sunday morning due to a personal matter. It was the second time in four weeks that he was inactive with that designation.

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Gary Patterson out as TCU's head coach after 21 seasons

Gary Patterson’s time at TCU has come to an end.

After coaching at TCU for the past 24 years, including 21 seasons as the head coach, the school decided to part ways with Patterson on Sunday. In a statement, TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said he and chancellor Victor Boschini asked Patterson to coach for the remainder of the season, but Patterson declined.

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Barclays CEO stepping down after Epstein probe

Barclays CEO Jes Staley is stepping down from his post following an investigation into his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

In a statement on Monday, Barclays said the company and Staley were informed of the probe’s preliminary findings on Friday evening, which led to the resignation decision.

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