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The winner of this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee is Zaila Avant-garde, the competition's first African American winner.

These captive pythons in Vietnam are inflated to death, to be sold to major fashion houses for their exotic skin, a PETA Asia investigation has found.

Israel's airstrikes that killed over 250 Palestinians in occupied Gaza in May "apparently amount to war crimes," says @hrw . It says 3 airstrikes that killed 62 Palestinians (32 of them children) had "no evident military targets" and other airstrikes "were also likely unlawful."

The 1st person tried in Hong Kong under a new security law was found guilty, facing up to life in prison. He is 24 and was denied bail or a jury. 100+ people are charged under the China-imposed law, which critics say is used to suppress free speech and pro-democracy activists.

BREAKING: A man charged for killing 8 people at Atlanta-area spas in March pleaded guilty to murdering 4 of the victims. 6 victims were women of Asian descent and he also faces domestic terror charges. Prosecutors in Fulton County seek the death penalty for the 4 other victims.

UPDATE: Simone Biles spoke about athlete mental health after exiting an #Olympics  team event, saying she did not like her performance: "I have to focus on my mental health... We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do. "

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BREAKING: The 3 other officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd 's killing will be charged with aiding and abetting murder, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Derek Chauvin's charge will be elevated to second-degree murder.

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BREAKING: The police officer who shot and killed #RayshardBrooks  has been charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. He faces a possible sentence of life without parole for murder.

"Why didn't you stay in Mexico?" A Latino dad was harassed by a white man at a school meeting in Michigan organized to address recent racist incidents in the district.

BREAKING: The three men accused of killing #Ahmaud Arbery have been indicted by a grand jury in Georgia and formally charged with 9 counts each, including malice murder and felony murder. Arbery died after being shot while jogging in February.

BREAKING: Cyntoia Brown was just granted clemency from a life sentence in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was 16. She'll be released on parole supervision on August 7.

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Viola Fletcher was 7 when a white mob destroyed her all-Black neighborhood in Tulsa and killed 300 Black people. 100 years later, she and other survivors are still demanding justice.

A Black doctor in Miami who has been testing the homeless for COVID-19 was detained outside his home while he was unloading his van. Police say they thought he was illegally offloading trash.

Police have arrested at least 1,669 people across the U.S. during protests over police brutality, according to an @AP  tally. They have not arrested: 3 of the 4 officers involved in the killing of #GeorgeFloyd . Any officers involved in the killing of #BreonnaTaylor .

Did you catch all the themes in Childish Gambino's “This is America”?

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