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Two killed in Brazil slum drug sweep

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Two people were killed Saturday during a counter-narcotics operation by an elite police in a Brazilian slum, angering residents who blocked a main road into the city.

The mayor’s central operations office in Rio de Janeiro reported that Brasil Avenue, which runs from the international airport downtown, was blocked for more than 20 minutes by protesters, near the Complexo da Mare favela.

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Demonstrators were hurling rocks at passing vehicles, witnesses said.

An armored military police vehicle and police reinforcements were dispatched to disperse the protesters and prevent further turmoil.

The victims, both 25-year-old suspects, sustained bullet wounds and died while being transported to the hospital.

The Special Operations battalion entered in the favela after having received information that drug traffickers led by a suspect nicknamed “Soldado” were preparing to launch attacks on police units in the shantytown.

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The police units were moved in to finally achieve peace in persistently crime-plagued poor neighborhoods that have long lacked even basic city services.

Brazil is also trying to burnish its international image ahead of hosting the 2014 World Cup for football and the 2016 Olympics.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

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South Carolina woman who told cops they can’t arrest a ‘white, clean girl’ pleaded guilty to DUI: report

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Last year, 34-year-old Lauren Cutshaw of South Carolina was arrested in Bluffton after running a four-way stop sign at 60 miles an hour. Her blood alcohol level was registered at 0.18 — more than double the legal limit — and she admitted to being high and had marijuana paraphernalia in her car.

According to police reports at the time, Cutshaw offered an unusual defense of her behavior to the arresting officer: she shouldn't go to jail because she's a "thoroughbred ... white, clean girl" who was a cheerleader and sorority sister who graduated with "perfect grades" from a "high accredited university."

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Trump’s old business patterns are now spreading across the federal government: report

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The Trump, Inc. podcast by ProPublica and WNYC is back. And we’ll be bringing you new episodes every two weeks.

When we started all the way back in early 2018, we laid out how we’d be digging into the mysteries around President Donald Trump’s business. After all, by keeping ownership of that business, Trump has had dueling interests: the country and his pocketbook.

We’ve done dozens of episodes over the past 18 months, detailing how predatory lenders are paying the president, how Trump has profited from his own inauguration and how Trump’s friends have sought to use their accessin pursuit of profit.

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Republicans are getting nervous about Trump’s chances in Wisconsin: ‘There’s no way he’s gaining supporters’

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President Donald Trump's election chances, once again, will likely hinge on Wisconsin's suburbs -- but he can't expect a "free ride."

Hillary Clinton infamously lost the crucial state after failing to campaign there in the waning days before the 2016 election, but some GOP voters there are souring on the president, reported Politico.

“For the president to win Wisconsin again, he’s not going to have the free ride he had last time,” said Brandon Scholz, former executive director of the Wisconsin Republican Party. "He’s not going to have Hillary Clinton sitting on her hands “He’s going to have a completely engaged opposition party on the ground.”

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