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Whoops: Military lab may have mistakenly shipped anthrax to the Pentagon

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

The suspected shipment, first reported by CNN, came from a batch that was meant to have been inactivated at the Dugway Proving Ground, but which tested live during the ongoing investigation, the official said.

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The Pentagon said earlier on Tuesday that suspect anthrax samples had been sent to labs in 12 U.S. states, as well as Australia, South Korea and Canada, as far back as 2006.

One of the shipments was sent to Pentagon police, the officials told Reuters, but it was unclear whether the sample entered the Pentagon itself or a satellite facility.

The Pentagon did not immediately comment.

The U.S. military last week ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria.

The Canadian government said on Tuesday it had received a shipment from the United States that might have contained live bacterium but that there were no reported illnesses. The Public Health Agency of Canada said it received the sample in August 2006 but that it had not been used for more than five years and was moved to a secure laboratory.

The Pentagon has advised all laboratories to stop working with any “inactive” samples sent from the Defense Department.

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(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Additional reporting by Bill Trott; Editing by Peter Cooney and Sandra Maler)


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BUSTED: Videos document NYPD mowing down protesters with police cruisers

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New York Police Department cruisers drove through a crowd of protesters -- and it was all captured on video.

Video shows protesters blocking a NYPD SUV with a barricade.

A second cruiser then comes up to the right of the first car -- and then the both violently accelerate through the pedestrians.

Video of the Brooklyn event was captured from both the street level and above.

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60 million Americans live in states where the US military is monitoring protests: report

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The United States military is monitoring anti-police violence protests in multiple states according to a new report.

Defense Department documents obtained by The Nation show the Pentagon is monitoring protests in at least seven states.

"In addition to Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," reporter Ken Klippenstein revealed. "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."

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Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast

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Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.

On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.

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