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November 15, 2018

WHITE NATIONALIST ARRESTED BY FBI NEAR WASHINGTON

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The FBI says a self-described white nationalist with a social media connection to the suspect in last month’s Pittsburgh synagogue massacre has been arrested on gun-related charges after his relatives reported concerns about his behavior.

Thirty-year-old Jeffrey Clark Jr., of Washington, D.C., made his initial court appearance Tuesday following his arrest last Friday.

The FBI says Clark posted social media messages describing synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers as a “hero” and warning of a “dry run for things to come.”

An agent’s affidavit says Clark’s relatives contacted the FBI after his younger brother killed himself within hours of the Pittsburgh attack. The FBI says Clark stated he and his brother fantasized about killing “Jews and blacks.”

White house official leaving after being blasted by first lady

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump’s office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal.

No replacement has been named. Aides say Ricardel clashed with the first lady’s staff over her visit to Africa last month.

It is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially the president’s national security staff.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Ricardel will have a new role in the administration.

On Tuesday, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, released a statement saying: “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.”

TWO LAWSUITS RELATED TO PULSE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING DISMISSED

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is dismissing two lawsuits brought by survivors and victims’ families of a deadly nightclub massacre in Florida.

The lawsuits alleged that the city of Orlando, police officers and an off-duty police officer working security at the gay nightclub didn’t do enough to stop the shooter and protect patrons.

The 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub left 49 people dead and 53 others injured.

In dismissing the lawsuits yesterday, U.S. District Judge Paul Byron said the off-duty officer’s actions didn’t rise to the level of egregious behavior and that he has qualified immunity. The judge also said the allegations against the city failed to make a “plausible claim.”

An attorney for some of the plaintiffs said in a statement they are exploring whether to appeal the judge’s decision.

CALIFORNIA PRISON RIOTS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say riots at two California state prisons involved hundreds of inmates and sent 11 to the hospital.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says 134 inmates began rioting shortly after 12:30 p.m. yesterday at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, in California’s Central Valley.

Many had handmade weapons.

Guards used pepper spray and other non-lethal weapons to quell the disturbance but rioting broke out less than a half-hour later at Avenal State Prison, about 10 miles away.

Authorities say about 80 inmates were involved and guards broke up the fighting within minutes.

Eleven inmates from both prisons were taken to hospitals but there’s no word on their conditions.

Seven other Pleasant Valley prisoners were examined in the prison’s medical clinic.

There’s no immediate word on what sparked the riots.

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