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Neo-Nazis send racist robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum — the first black man ever nominated for Florida governor

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A group of Idaho-based neo-Nazis has paid for a series of robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee this week who became the first black man to ever receive a major party nomination to be Florida’s governor.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the calls, which are going out to voters in Tallahassee, feature someone pretending to be Gillum who puts on “an exaggerated minstrel dialect” while “jungle noises” are played in the background.

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The calls end with a disclaimer, the paper reports, that say the calls are being sponsored by “The Road to Power, an anti-Semitic, white supremacist website and podcast linked to Scott Rhodes of Sandpoint, Idaho.”

Gillum’s victory in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary was seen as a major upset in the state, as he had been significantly outspent by his primary opponents. He will face off this fall against Republican Ron DeSantis, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump.

DeSantis got into trouble this week when he warned that voters would “monkey up” Florida if they elected Gillum — a statement that many observers took to be an obvious racist dog whistle.

It was also revealed that DeSantis helps run a Tea Party Facebook group whose members dabble in both racist rhetoric and conspiracy theories about a “deep state” plot to destroy President Trump.

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ABC News had the goods on Jeffrey Epstein years ago — and killed the story

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Multimillionaire predator Jeffrey Epstein died in suspicious circumstances at a Manhattan correctional facility on Aug. 10. The wealthy and powerful New York financier, a convicted sex offender, stands accused by dozens of women and girls of trafficking, rape and sexual abuse. He was an enormously influential and well-connected man who counted as friends billionaire business ownersHollywood starsBritish royals, and even top media figures like Katie Couric and Charlie Rose — with some of his associates falling under suspicion of condoning or even participating in a pedophile ring.

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Child killed as quake strikes southern Philippines

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A powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, killing a child, injuring dozens and damaging buildings in an area still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October.

Police said a rescue operation had been launched at a heavily damaged market building in Padada near the 6.8 magnitude quake's epicentre, which is about 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of the major city of Davao.

Patients were evacuated from hospitals as a precaution and nervous crowds massed outside shopping malls after the jolt and dozens of smaller, but strong aftershocks.

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50 bodies unearthed from Mexican mass grave

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The bodies of at least 50 people have been unearthed from a mass grave at a farm outside Mexico's western city of Guadalajara, local authorities said.

The grim site was discovered just over three weeks ago in Jalisco -- a state hard-hit by violence linked to organized crime.

The local prosecutor's office said Saturday 13 of the dead -- 12 men and a woman -- have been identified and the remains given to their families.

The process of identifying more of the victims and how they died will continue, it added.

A mass grave with 34 bodies was discovered in a suburb of Guadalajara on September 3, while another was found nearby in May with the remains of 30 people.

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