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Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was not obeying the officers’ commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night, police captain Bo Mathews said at a news conference.

He said witnesses were yelling “he can’t hear you” before the officers fired, but they did not hear them – Sanchez, who had no apparent criminal history, died at the scene.

The officer who fired the gun, Sgt Chris Barnes, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Mathews said the officers were investigating a reported hit-and-run at about 8.15pm on Tuesday – a witness told Lt Matthew Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone, and that Sanchez was on the porch when Lindsey arrived.

When he was about 15ft (4.5 meters) away from the officers, they opened fire – Lindsey with his Taser and Barnes with his gun, apparently simultaneously, Mathews said.

Sanchez’s death is the latest in a string of controversial killings by Oklahoma police in recent years. theguardian.com
California could become the first state to outlaw so-called puppy mills with legislation that bans pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits that do not come from rescue organizations or shelters.

California legislators passed the bill, AB 485, on Thursday and sent it to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Oct. 15 to act.

The bill laid bare the divisions among animal rights advocates, breeders and pet store owners.

Opponents said the bill would put pet stores out of business and deny consumer protections to the public, while supporters said it will cut off a pipeline of animals bred under inhumane conditions.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council called on Mr. Brown to veto the bill.

“Pet lovers deserve to know the medical history of their prospective pet, and to have recourse under certain circumstances if the pet is ill or dies due to illness,” it said in a statement. nytimes.com
US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation.

Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is leading the investigation into Russia's involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.

A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine's former ruling party, the sources told CNN. cnn.com
Kimberly Gager of San Antonio, Texas, admits she has a couponing addiction -- but in Hurricane Harvey’s wake, she’s putting her shopping hobby to good use to help those who lost property in the storm.

“I just really want people to know, ‘Hey I’m here, I’m real – this isn’t a joke, if you need supplies, let me know,’” Gager, 39, told ABC News of the stacks of diapers, baby wipes, baby food, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, detergent, toothpaste and other personal hygiene supplies lining her garage.

She’s also making personal deliveries to those displaced from the storm in nearby hotels.

Gager was inspired to offer up her arsenal of supplies after Harvey hit southeast Texas because she lived through Hurricane Floyd in 1999, losing her entire home in Newport News, Virginia.

People in the community started reaching out to make personal donations for her to go shopping for more.

“As long as the donations keep coming, I'll keep buying,” Gager wrote on Facebook. go.com
The controversial food is produced by force-feeding a duck or goose with a tube to specially fatten its liver by up to 10 times its normal size.

California’s legislature initially banned the state’s farmers from force-feeding birds in 2004, ruling that the process was unnecessarily cruel – the law was not implemented until 2011 – however, foie gras produced outside California was still sold in its restaurants and supermarkets.

Farmers groups in the state mounted a successful legal challenge from farmers’ groups, who argued that the ban was superseded by federal law.

The Poultry Products Inspection Act prevents individual states requiring products to have packaging, labelling or ingredient requirements which differ from federal standards.

But in this case, the appeals court judges' ultimately ruled that the ban on foie gras concerned a production process rather than an ingredient, and was compatible with federal law.

The ban will not be implemented immediately, in order to give restaurant owners and other retailers time to adjust to the new restrictions. independent.co.uk
Nine months into the administration of President Donald Trump, fans of the eccentric Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse assembled a larger rally on the national mall this Saturday than the president’s diehard supporters stationed a few hundred yards away.

Unlike the pro-Trump rally, Juggalos, as clown-makeup-wearing Insane Clown Posse fans call themselves, protested on the National Mall on Saturday for an actual specific purpose.

That could explain why the gathering that surrounded the base of the reflection pool at the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon was significantly larger than the pro-Trump rally.

In 2011, the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center designated Juggalos, who say they are simply fans of a band, as a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” saying a subset of the group is involved in criminal activity.

The agency sent out briefing materials to all law enforcement offices around the country listing Juggalos as a gang alongside Crips, Bloods and MS-13.

They pointed out particular signs to look for to see if a person was a Juggalo, like the “hatchet man” symbol of the Insane Clown Posse – the result was that people who counted themselves fans of Insane Clown Posse have been fired from their jobs, lost children in custody battles and were targeted and harassed by police. huffingtonpost.com
The interpreter, Marshall Greene, a lifeguard for the county, has a brother who is deaf, according to the DailyMoth, a video news site that provides information via American Sign Language.

Greene was used as the interpreter for a Sept. 8 press conference regarding the incoming storm and possible evacuations.

Members of the deaf community said Greene mostly signed gibberish, referencing "pizza," "monsters," and using the phrase "help you at that time to use bear big," during the event.

 Other information signed to viewers was incomplete, experts said.

Manatee County spokesperson Nick Azzara told the Brandenton Herald Greene was asked to interpret during the update rather than have no one signing.

The county has requested an interpreter and public information assistance from the state, Azzara said. al.com
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government rescinded a visiting fellowship offered to Chelsea Manning, the former military intelligence analyst who spent seven years in prison for leaking classified government secrets, after the university faced forceful backlash from CIA Director Mike Pompeo among others.

“I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility,” Douglas W. Elmendorf, the school’s dean, wrote in a 700-word statement released shortly after midnight Friday.

Manning was one of four visiting fellows announced two days earlier by the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

As part of the program, visiting fellows appear on Harvard’s campus for speaking engagements and events, interacting with undergraduate students on “topical issues of today,” the school’s initial announcement explained.

Elmendorf decided to withdraw the invitation after realizing that “many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific,” though the school had not intended to “honor [Manning] in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.”

She is still welcome to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak at the school’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, the dean said. washingtonpost.com