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Muslim woman reveals attack and strip-searching by Chicago cops: ‘The ultimate horror’

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A Muslim woman running to catch a train in Chicago last year was tackled and arrested for no reason — and now she’s claiming to be a victim of racial profiling.

CBS Chicago is reporting that Itemad “Angel” Almatar last year was running to make a train at the State/Lake station when she was tackled by several officers who tore off her hijab and opened up a backpack that contained food she had to end her Ramadan fast.

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The police arrested her and charged her with reckless conduct and resisting arrest, although this week a judge found her not guilty of these charges. Although prosecutors claimed that the police told her to stop as they chased her up the stairs, video surveillance footage shows that no other passengers climbing the stairs with her turned around as the police charged up the stairs, which makes it hard to believe they were shouting at anyone.

“She was strip searched, videographed, and at the same time men were allowed to see her naked,” said Imam Malick Mujahid, a Muslim community leader in Chicago. “This is the ultimate horror you can do to a Muslim woman.”

“We know a couple things. There’s a Constitution, and the Constitution says you can’t just grab people for no reason whatsoever,” said Aaron Goldstein, an attorney at the Cook County Public Defender’s office.

Check out the full local news report on this case below.

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Is Trump is right? Is there ‘something going on’ at Fox News?

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President Donald Trump denounced Fox News after the network released a poll showing him lagging behind the four current frontrunners for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"Fox has changed, and my worst polls have always been from Fox. There's something going on at Fox — I'll tell you right now," Trump told reporters Sunday in New Jersey. "And I'm not happy with it."

The president went on to list which talent on the Fox News roster he was pleased with, while also suggesting that the hosts of the presidential debates could be determined by who treats him most favorably.

"Fox was treated very badly by the Democrats — very, very badly having to do with the Democrats and other things. And I think Fox is making a big mistake," Trump added. "Because you know, I'm the one who calls the shots on the really big debates. I guess we're probably planning on three of them. And I'm not happy with Fox."

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Plastic pollution has reached one of the most remote places on Earth: the Arctic. That is according to two separate studies released last week which found tiny plastic particles, known as microplastics, in Arctic snowfall and frozen within the sea ice.

A study by German and Swiss scientists found that snow falling in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard contained as many as 14,400 particles of plastic per litre.

They said it was likely the particles were being blown in from populated areas thousands of miles away, before being trapped in snow and falling to Earth.

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He ‘knows where lots of Trump bodies are buried’: Ex-Mueller associate says president’s latest dissension spells trouble

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President Donald Trump has reportedly fallen out with a decades-long friend, private equity real estate investor Tom Barrack, who is currently the focus of a federal investigation into how the money from Trump's inaugural fund was raised and spent.

On Monday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner laid out a key reason why Trump may want to distance himself from Barrack at this point:

Televised hearings are in our future (can’t come soon enough). Tom Barrack knows where lots of Trump’s bodies are buried (figuratively speaking), inaugural committee bodies and others. Let’s hope Barrack is already quietly assisting prosecutors. https://t.co/BlgsiaX0YP

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