A large Confederate battle flag snapping in the wind at the top of a pole in front of the county courthouse in the small rural Georgia town of Summerville must come down and "it shouldn't have been put up there in the first place," the city's first black mayor said. "It certainly sheds a negative light on the city and the county," Mayor Harry Harvey said. "We have a lot of positive things going on in the area, a lot of progress, and this distracts from it. It's not something we want to be known for." With permission from the Chattooga County Commissioner, Jason Winters, the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans raised the flag at the beginning of April (Confederate Veterans Month in Georgia) with plans to replace it at the end of the month with a rotation of other Confederate emblems, such as the Bonnie Blue flag, according to journalist Tyler Jett. read more
On Tuesday in the United Kingdom, United States law enforcement arrested futures trader Navinder Singh Sarao and froze more than $7 million of his assets in banks around the world. The Department of Justice says that Singh manipulated commodities markets and partially caused the May 6, 2010, "Flash Crash" that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging 1,000 points in minutes. read more
Weeks before a key surveillance law expires, Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting the calling records of nearly every American. The measure by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr would bypass Senate committees and reauthorize sections of the Patriot Act, including the provision under which the NSA is requiring phone companies to turn over the "to and from" records of most domestic landline calls. After the program was disclosed in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama and many lawmakers called for legislation to end that collection, but a bill to do so failed last year. Proponents had hoped that the expiration of the Patriot Act provisions on June 1 would force consideration of such a measure. read more
Shaneka Torres is not lovin' it when it comes to her sentence: several years in prison plus a ban from going to McDonald's.
The Michigan woman will be spending the next three to seven years behind bars for shooting a drive-thru window at a McDonald's restaurant in Grand Rapids after twice failing to get bacon on her burger. read more
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has photographed Ceres' intriguing bright spots again as it prepares to begin its science mission at the dwarf planet.
Dawn, which arrived at Ceres on March 6, imaged the mysterious bright spots on April 14 and 15 during a photography campaign designed to help guide the spacecraft to its first Ceres science orbit by April 23. NASA officials combined the photos into a short video that shows Ceres' bright spots moving as the dwarf planet rotates.