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Anti-violence protesters shut down major freeway in Chicago

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Hundreds of protesters calling for an end to gun violence in Chicago partially shut down a major freeway in the city on Saturday, restricting traffic as they demanded lawmakers and members of the community do more to stop the bloodshed.

Initially, hundreds of demonstrators marched along two of the freeway’s four northbound lanes watched by lines of police. Some carried crosses and others banged drums as they marched, chanting slogans including “Black Lives Matter!” Later, the protesters blocked traffic on all four lanes.

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Illinois State Police said agreement was reached with organizers of the protest to allow the demonstrators restricted access to Interstate 94, known as the Dan Ryan Expressway, “to march peacefully for their cause.”

By mid-afternoon there were no arrests, police said.

Chicago leaders have long struggled to bring down its high murder rate. Even though homicides fell 16 percent last year, the third largest U.S. city still ranked No. 1 in murders, with more than the combined total for New York and Los Angeles, the two largest cities.

“This is not about just a march,” one of the organizers of Saturday’s protest, Father Michael Pfleger, told a news conference this week. “This is not about just an interruption of traffic. This is about the violence in the city of Chicago.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson were among those who joined the march, which was supported by the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who said on Friday that it was important to raise awareness.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Saturday that the protest had caused “chaos”, and he called on Twitter for Emanuel to take “swift and decisive action” so that Chicago residents could feel safe.

Emanuel responded in a tweet: “It was a peaceful protest. Delete your account.”

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Trump’s threats of violence should warn us what’s coming after impeachment

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Donald Trump is an authoritarian and an autocrat. For him and others of such ilk, violence is political currency in the form of raw power. Autocrats and authoritarians such as Trump are de facto crime bosses who just happen to be leaders of their respective countries.

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As such, Donald Trump uses violence in an effort to intimidate his enemies and control the public. Trump also uses violence to control his allies, servants and other supporters.

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Tsunami warning after 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Jamaican coast

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A massive 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Jamaica and Cuba Tuesday afternoon.

The quake, which took place around 2:15 pm, was felt in Jamaica, residents reported.

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings of tsunami waves of up to a meter above sea level for Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico.

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There was no further information available at press time.

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Trump’s lawyers are betting on their audience having no idea how the law works

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President Donald Trump’s lawyers are staking out bold ground by claiming that abuse of power — which is, to many, the quintessential impeachable offense — is not actually grounds for removing a president at all.

Criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz had been the most prominent advocate of this assertion, even though both the constitutional scholar who Dershowitz cites in his argument contradicts the interpretation, and the Republicans’ other witness on constitutional matters, Jonathan Turley, doesn’t buy the extreme claim.

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