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Five people have been convicted of stealing more than $40 million in COVID-19 funds under the guise they were going to kids in need of food.

Five convicted of stealing more than $40 million in COVID-19 funds

A jury convicted five Minnesotans of stealing more than $40 million in COVID-19 pandemic funds under the guise that they were feeding kids in need. Seven defendants stood trial. However, two were acquitted on Friday, June 7. “The defendants took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud the state of Minnesota and to steal tens…

More than 30 states offer electronic voting, mostly to U.S. military and overseas voters. However, more states are expanding electronic voting to individuals with disabilities, and Nevada is believed to be the first state to allow the practice for those in tribal communities. Still, the FBI warns against expanding electronic voting because of the security, which it calls "high," with regard to return the ballot in-transit. Despite the concerns, the Nevada secretary of state defended his state's use of electronic voting, maintaining safeguards and regulations are in place to keep the practice secure.

Electronic voting expands as FBI raises concerns about security issues

In less than five months, tens of millions of Americans will cast their ballots in what could be a contentious presidential election. More than 30 states and the District of Columbia currently offer electronic voting for U.S. military and overseas voters. However, some states recently expanded electronic ballot returns for people with disabilities. Now, Nevada…

A Minneapolis police officer was shot and killed after being ambushed while aiding victims, authorities said.

Police: Minneapolis officer killed in deadly ambush

Three individuals, including Minneapolis police officer Jamal Mitchell, were killed in a shooting Thursday, May 30, in the Whittier neighborhood of southern Minneapolis. As officers responded to the scene of a shooting, they were immediately met with gunfire, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. During the incident, police said a Officer Mitchell was providing medical aid…

Donald Trump was found guilty of 34 felonies in New York. What comes next? And what does the historic verdict mean for the former president? The Morning Rundown™

Donald Trump becomes first former US president to be convicted of a crime

Donald Trump is found guilty of 34 felonies in New York. What comes next? And what does the historic verdict mean for the former president? A police officer was killed during a deadly ambush in Minnesota. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Friday, May 31, 2024. Donald Trump found guilty on 34…

Former President Trump said he wants President Biden to be drug-tested before their first debate. “I’m gonna demand a drug test too, by the way,” Trump said at the Minnesota Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner Friday. “I am, no I really am. I don’t want him coming in like the State of the Union, he was high as a kite.”

Donald Trump demands Joe Biden submit drug test before first debate

Former President Trump said he wants President Biden to be drug-tested before their first debate. “I’m gonna demand a drug test too, by the way,” Trump said at the Minnesota Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner Friday. “I am, no I really am. I don’t want him coming in like the State of the Union, he was high as a kite.”

Closing arguments for Donald Trump's criminal trial could rest its case as soon as May 21 after a pivotal testimony from Michael Cohen.

Trump trial recap: Legal analysts call Cohen cross-examination ‘damning’

As the New York criminal trial of former President Donald Trump enters its sixth week, the prosecution is expected to rest its case as soon as Monday, May 20. Over the past five weeks, prosecutors have presented testimony from 19 witnesses, with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, serving as their key witness. The…

The first shipment of humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza to use the United States’ newly built pier made its way into the territory. The Morning Rundown™

Humanitarian aid begins entering Gaza via US-built pier

The first shipment of humanitarian aid made its way across the United States’ newly built pier in Gaza, and at least four people are killed after severe storms hit the Houston area. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Friday, May 17, 2024. Humanitarian aid begins entering Gaza via US-built pier Humanitarian aid…

The Justice Department targets AI election crimes with tougher penalties as AI threats grow ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

DOJ cracks down on AI threats ahead of 2024 election

Federal prosecutors are increasing efforts to combat election-related crimes involving artificial intelligence. Deputy U.S. Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced that the Justice Department will seek tougher sentences for crimes using AI, including threats against election workers and voter suppression. Artificial intelligence continues to be a significant concern as the 2024 election approaches. According to a…

Wildfires in Canada are once again burning, creating hazardous conditions not only in Canada but also the United States.

Nearly 90 wildfires burn in Canada as air quality threat looms in upper Midwest

Around 90 wildfires are currently burning in Canada, sending smoke into the upper Midwest. On Monday, May 13, the smoke caused several states to issue air quality alerts. In Minnesota, all groups of people — healthy or not — were advised to stay indoors. There was a similar problem in 2023 when Canada had its…

The FDA said that recent test reveal that bird flu remnant were found in one in five commercial milk samples.

FDA: Bird flu found in 1/5 commercial milk samples, suggests greater spread

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday, April 25, that one in five commercial milk samples tested in a nationwide survey contained particles of the H5N1 virus. The announcement suggests that the outbreak of bird flu might have deeply penetrated the dairy industry across the United States. Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious…

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