APNewsBreak: San Francisco chief releases racist texts San Francisco’s police chief has ordered effective immediately that all officers attend an anti-harassment class, as he released more transcripts of a former lieutenant and two former officers exchanging racist text messages. Investigators found the text messages on the personal phones of the officers during criminal probes of former officer Jason Lai and retired Lt. Curtis Liu. Police Chief Greg Suhr provided additional transcripts and copies of photos with racist captions that were found on Liu’s phone to The Associated Press Thursday.

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    APNewsBreak: San Francisco chief releases racist texts

    San Francisco’s police chief has ordered effective immediately that all officers attend an anti-harassment class, as he released more transcripts of a former lieutenant and two former officers exchanging racist text messages. Investigators found the text messages on the personal phones of the officers during criminal probes of former officer Jason Lai and retired Lt. Curtis Liu. Police Chief Greg Suhr provided additional transcripts and copies of photos with racist captions that were found on Liu’s phone to The Associated Press Thursday.

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    Rouhani allies seek control of parliament in Iran vote

    Voting was extended Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of the seats in Iran’s parliament, a crucial showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country’s future. Iran’s reformists — who have encouraged foreign investment, support moves for greater diplomatic rapprochement and seek social reforms at home — are allied with President Hassan Rouhani’s government and made major gains in the first round on February 26. Polling stations opened at 8:00 am (0330 GMT) for the second round which took place in 21 provinces, but not the capital Tehran, with 68 of parliament’s 290 seats being contested.

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  • World

    China Successfully Tests Hypersonic Weapon System

    China has conducted a test of its new hypersonic weapon. The test is the seventh successful test of the so-called DF-ZF, the Washington Free Beacon reports. The test was carried out from the Wuzhai missile test center in central China.

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    The Latest: Candles to honor car crash victims, 22 others

    The University of Georgia plans a candlelight service to remember four students killed in a car crash — along with 22 other members of the university community — who have died in the past year. It holds special significance this year, coming shortly after the Wednesday night car crash that took the lives of four students and left one other critically injured. On Tuesday, names of the 26 students, faculty and staff members who have died will be read aloud on the steps of the chapel, following by the toll of the chapel bell and the lighting of a candle as each name is read.

    Associated Press
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    U.S. top court declines to block Texas voter ID law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a bid to block a controversial Texas law that requires voters to show identification before voting, but left the door open to a renewed challenge before the November elections. The court denied a request filed by opponents of the law, including individual Texas voters, who say the law is not needed and disproportionately affects older and poorer voters, including minorities, who are less likely to have identification papers. The Texas measure requires voters to present a photo identification such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID card or a concealed handgun license.

    Reuters
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  • World

    Kim Jong-Un Has A ‘Pleasure Squad’ Of Teenage Girls Who Follow Him Around The World

    Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered a new ‘pleasure squad’ of teenage girls to serve his every whim. The North Korean leader originally stopped the practice – which has been employed in the country for decades – following the death of his father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il, in 2011. Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University and an authority on North Korean affairs, told The Telegraph, that at first Kim Jong-un stopped the practice because he didn’t trust the girls.

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  • World

    Norway oil-rig helicopter crash kills 13; flying ban issued

    A helicopter carrying Statoil workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea crashed Friday on an island off western Norway, killing all 13 people on board, rescuers said. The Airbus EC-225 helicopter shattered into pieces as it slammed just after noon into the rocky shoreline of Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city. “We do not believe anyone can be found alive,” said Boerge Galta of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center.

    Associated Press
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    Exclusive: Chinatown restaurant owner beaten after defending waitress

    The owner of a restaurant was defending a waitress who was allegedly getting harassed by a man. And for his efforts, the owner was attacked. Eyewitness News exclusively obtained the video.

    WABC – NY
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    Pilot says he saw 1 of 2 missing teen fishermen

    A pilot who was part of a massive search to find two missing teen fishermen told investigators he’s positive he saw one floating on debris two days after their boat capsized. According to a report released this week, Bobby Smith told Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators reconstructing the disappearance of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos that he was flying off the Georgia coast on July 26 at about 1,000 feet when he saw two white pieces of debris tied together with an orange life jacket. The Coast Guard went to the area and also could not find anything.

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