ClickOnDetroit National Report -- Friday, May 3, 2019

Facebook bans high-profile figures

Facebook announced Thursday that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who's notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as "dangerous" and said it will be purging them from its platforms.

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Around the country:

  • Florida: Three white members of a Florida gang are accused of holding down a black member and forcibly tattooing an incorrectly-spelled racial slur on his neck, police said. Read more.
  • Iowa: An Iowa man was arrested Wednesday for possession of child porn after he spilled gravy on his laptop and brought it to Best Buy for technical support, court documents show. Read more.
  • Georgia: A Georgia inmate has been executed for the murders of two women in 1994, the state's Department of Corrections said. Read more.
  • Denver: A trucker has been charged with 40 counts, including vehicular homicide, in the deadly and massive pileup outside Denver last week, the Jefferson County district attorney's office said Friday. Read more.
  • South Dakota: The Oglala Sioux tribe in South Dakota has told the state's governor that she's no longer welcome to access the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of the largest in the country, because she signed bills that allegedly target Keystone XL pipeline protesters. Read more.

Woman paid $6.5M after daughter got into Stanford

The mother of a Chinese student who was admitted to Stanford University said the family gave $6.5 million to the man at the center of a massive college admissions scandal as a donation for scholarships and funding.

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Opioid company executives found guilty

Five top executives of Insys Therapeutics -- maker of Subsys, a version of the extremely powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl -- were found guilty Thursday on federal racketeering charges for bribing doctors to prescribe the painkiller to people who didn't need it. They were also convicted of defrauding Medicare and private insurance.

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EPA: Ingredient in Roundup doesn't cause cancer

The fierce debate over whether glyphosate can cause cancer just got a big endorsement of safety from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca actor, dies at 74

Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, has died, according to his agent.

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