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Poison from Illegal Gold Mining Causes Panic (Russ)
Peru declares state of emergency over mercury contamination. Likely to spread through waterways far beyond that country.
Rubio Begrudgingly Stumps for Trump (Dan)
After an insult-laden battle during the Republican primary, Rubio has switched from #NeverTrump to #NeverClinton.
FBI Raids Home of Man Who Pointed Out Security Flaw (Klaus)
When a Texas man pointed out to a company that it had posted private patient information on a public server, he probably didn’t think that the FBI would show up in full force and scare his kids. But that is precisely what happened.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Newly-Elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan Find Common Ground on Keeping Britain in the EU (Dan)
US Gov in Bed With Killers of Honduran Activist?(Russ)
USAID tied into the company that Berta Caceres was campaigning against when she was murdered.
Pro-Clinton Super PAC ‘Web Videos’ Get News Media Free Ride (Trevin)
The super PAC Correct the Record takes advantage of an “Internet exemption” rule, creating videos that look and sound like campaign ads, but are posted on its website and social media accounts. The rule exempts the videos from regulation. A recent anti-Trump video created by Correct the Record was aired 18 times for free on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. A typical spot run during commercial breaks on these networks costs upward of $25,000.