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Head of Michigan health department charged with involuntary manslaughter over Flint water crisis

  • The head of the Michigan health department has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after he failed to alert the public to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, Michigan, linked to the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis, the Associated Press reported.
  • The Michigan attorney general led a probe which looked at the decision by officials to switch the city’s water supply to untreated Flint River water in 2014 in an effort to save money. 
  • Criminal charges have already been filed against 13 current or former government officials, according to the AP. Read more (6/14/17)

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Defying Trump, California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a climate agreement with China

  • President Donald Trump may have pulled the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement, but that doesn’t mean America is done working with international allies to fight climate change.
  • On Tuesday, during a trip to China, California Governor Jerry Brown signed an agreement with China’s Science and Technology Minister, Wan Gang, vowing to work together to develop green technologies and reduce emissions, the Associated Press reported. Read more (6/6/17)

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independent.co.uk
THIS. IS. NOT. NORMAL! White House blocks news outlets from media briefing
The White House has blocked several high-profile media outlets from its press briefing. The Trump administration on Friday blocked legacy outlets including CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, the New York Daily News, the Daily Mail, and others from the White House press briefing. Officials also approved outlets who typically provide favourable coverage of the new administration. Several media outlets including the Associated Press and TIME Magazine declined to attend the briefing to boycott the President's decision.

Justin Carissimo at The Independent:

The White House has blocked several major news outlets from covering its press briefing.

White House Press Secretary Spicer on Friday hand selected news outlets to participate in an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters inside his West Wing office instead of the James S Brady Press Briefing Room.

The news outlets blocked from the press briefing include organisations who President Trump has criticised by name. CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, Daily Mail, were among the news outlets barred from the gathering.

Instead, the press secretary hand-picked news outlets including Breitbart News, One America News Network, The Washington Times, all news organisations with far-right leanings. Others major outlets approved for t group included ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Reuters and Bloomberg.

“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times said in a statement. “We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”

Several media outlets including the Associated Press and TIME Magazine declined to attend the briefing to boycott the President’s decision.

The White House Correspondents’ Association also criticised the decision.

“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” Jeff Mason, the association’s president, said in a statement.

“We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”

And it’s also anti-American, to boot.

slate.com
The U.S. Government Spies on Reporters All Too Frequently
On Monday, the Associated Press revealed that some of its reporters were recently spied on by the Justice Department in what it called a “massive and u ...

Yet more proof of the “scandal-free” Obama administration that would never wiretap Trump Tower prior to the 2016 election.  #crazytalk

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1. Associated Press Saigon staffer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut works in the darkroom of the new AP bureau in the Eden Building in Saigon, circa 1966. Ut was about 15 at the time. 

2. South Vietnamese Marines rush to point where a descending U.S. Army helicopter will pick them up, after a sweep east of the Cambodian town of Prey Veng in June 1970

3. Thirteen-day-old Burton William Jenner couldn’t stay awake for this family portrait following his first television appearance on the talk show “America Alive,” but Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner and his wife, Chrystie, were the picture of proud parents at their Malibu, Calif., home, on Sept. 19, 1978. 

4. Comedian Chevy Chase gets a kiss on his ear from his co-star Benji at a press conference in Los Angeles, Sept. 6, 1979 

5. Los Angeles police form a line to prevent a crowd from going into a building on April 30, 1992, in a day of fires and looting. 

6. Six-year-old Raymond Robles, of Yucca Valley Calif., wears a gas mask and carries a gun and a flag as he waits to greet Marines returning to Twentynine Palms from the Persian Gulf, on March 11, 1991. Robles, whose father is a retired Marine, says he wants to enlist when he grows up. Nearly 1,000 people turned out to greet the 800 Marines who returned home to Twentynine Palms. 

7. A photo released during a news conference on March 27, 1997, by the San Diego Sheriff’s department, showing the inside of the Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., estate where 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult died in a mass suicide.

8. Antonio Lopez Chaj, a 43-year-old house painter, appears at a news conference in Los Angeles on July 1, 2013. Lopez Chaj is brain-damaged as a result of a beating in a bar that left him with half his skull permanently crushed. He is unable to speak. His lawyers announced he had been awarded a $58 million by a jury in Torrance Superior Court.

9. Steven Lerman, attorney for Rodney King, displays a photo of his client during a press conference at his office in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 8, 1991.

10. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Nick Ut is a guest at Suffolk University in Boston where he lectured and gave a master class in the Communication and Journalism Department, March 1, 2016.  (Photo: Kenneth Martin via ZUMA Wire)

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  • President Donald Trump has apparently grown so irate over the media’s dogged coverage of the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia that he’s literally started yelling at his television, according to the Associated Press.
  • “Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency,” the AP reported.
  • This was a particularly angry Friday for Trump, who earlier seemed to publicly accuse Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of being complicit in the “witch hunt” to discredit him. Read more. (6/17/17, 12:04PM)

Recently came across this photo in the archives from Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press. The caption reads: 

“Boston Celtics coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach poses with “Batman” villians the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), Cat Woman (Lee Meriwether), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and the Joker (Cesar Romero) prior to Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles on April 26, 1966. The Lakers would win the game but lose the series two days later in Boston, giving Auerbach his 9th NBA Championship and making him a bigger villian in Los Angeles than any “Batman” character. (AP)” 

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12 dead after gunmen attack Iranian parliament and Khomemei mausoleum

  • Violence broke out in and around the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday at both the Iranian parliament building and the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum, just south of the city, CNN reported.
  • CNN reported that 12 people were killed in the dual attacks and dozens more were injured, citing Iranian media.
  • According to the Associated Press, Iranian state media reported that multiple attackers stormed the Iranian parliament building, which, according to CNN, is “highly fortified,” with “multiple security checkpoints.” Read more (6/7/17)
billboard.com
Lady Antebellum Would Like Taylor Swift to Write a Song for Them Too
Taylor Swift has written hit songs for herself for years, but she recently lent her talent to others, from former boyfriend Calvin Harris to country act Little Big Town.

Taylor Swift has written hit songs for herself for years, but she recently lent her talent to others, from former boyfriend Calvin Harris to country act Little Big Town.

And now Grammy-winning country group Lady Antebellum wants the Swift-song treatment.

“I mean honestly, Taylor, call us,” Hillary Scott said in an interview Sunday. “Like, we’re up for whatever,” she added with a laugh. “Let’s go.”

Swift wrote “Better Man” for Little Big Town, and the tune topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart this month – bringing Swift’s name back to the country charts after launching her powerhouse pop career in 2014.

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum said they would maybe want Swift to write “a nostalgic song … we like nostalgic songs.”

And Kelley said there’s something else they want: a No.1 smash.

“I hope it would be No.1. That’s all I want,” he said. “It better go No. 1 though. If we cut a song and it goes like No. 2, I’m going to be so disappointed.”

Swift performed “Better Man” and “This Is What You Came For” at a pre-Super Bowl concert this past weekend. The Harris track, which earned Swift a writing credit under alias Nils Sjoberg, features Rihanna. It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Harris his highest placement on the chart as a lead artist.

Lady Antebellum recently released a new single, “You Look Good,” and their new album, Heart Break, comes out June 9.

Former 'Hamilton' star Leslie Odom Jr. has a book deal

NEW YORK — Former “Hamilton” actor Leslie Odom Jr. is working on his first book, one he hopes inspires young people.

The Tony Award-winning performer has a deal with Feiwel & Friends for “Failing Up: How to Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning,” the publisher told The Associated Press on Friday. The book is scheduled for March 27, 2018. Odom plans to organize the narrative like a commencement speech as he outlines the setbacks and rejections that preceded his success.

Odom, who left “Hamilton” a year ago, played Aaron Burr in the celebrated show and won a Tony in 2016 for best lead actor in a musical. His other credits include the TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI: Miami” and the album “Leslie Odom Jr.”

Feiwel is an imprint of Macmillan.

The Associated Press

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