1. Political Statement

49ers QB Refuses to Stand for National Anthem

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew boos from the crowd at a preseason game on Friday after refusing to stand for the national anthem, but the NFL has expressed support for his decision. After the game in Santa Clara, California, Kaepernick explained his decision by saying he didn't support the country's treatment of minorities, hinting at recent police shootings of black men. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." The 49ers issued a statement after the game against the Green Bay Packers, saying while the national anthem is a "special" part of the game, they "recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

2. Gun Violence

Dwyane Wade’s Cousin Shot Dead in Chicago

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Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, was gunned down Friday while pushing a baby stroller on Chicago’s South Side. Police say 32-year-old Aldridge was not the intended target but was hit when two males walked up and fired shots at another man nearby. Wade took to Twitter to condemn the senseless killing, writing, “My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal.” Police say Aldridge was shot in the head and the arm. She had only recently moved to the neighborhood and was on her way to register her four children at school. The baby in the stroller was not hurt in the incident. One of the shooters is in police custody.

3. Shady

FBI Raids Home of Former Official Over SAT Leak

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Federal agents raided the Maryland home of a former employee of the College Board on Friday over a massive leak of SAT questions. Manuel Alfaro, the former executive director of assessment design and development at the board, a non-profit organization responsible for standardized testing, left his job in February 2015 and became an outspoken critic of the organization, claiming new tests were jeopardizing the entire industry. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now investigating him after SAT information was stolen from company computers, including tests, test forms and internal emails, Reuters reported. Alfaro had raised a fuss in recent months with allegations that the College Board was offering a faulty version of the standardized tests when bidding for state contracts. The SAT, taken by millions of high school students across the country each year, is used by many states as an official tool for assessing students' capabilities. But it is also notorious for cheating, with test-preparation companies selling previously administered questions to students who want an advantage. 

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4. Bizarre

N. Korea Threatens to Fire at U.S. Troops' Equipment


The North Korean People's Army has threatened to attack lighting equipment used by South Korean and American troops in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. North Korean authorities claim U.S. and South Korean troops have been carrying out "deliberate provocations" by aiming their lights at North Korean guard posts in the area. "Floodlight directed at the KPA side at random is taken as an intolerable means of provocation and it will be the target of merciless pinpoint shots," the NPA said in a statement released Saturday. "The true aim sought by the provocateurs through their recent act is to seriously get on the nerves of the KPA soldiers, lead them to take due countermeasures and label them as provocation," it said, warning that the "provocations" come as Korea is at the "brink of war" over U.S. and South Korean military drills. North Korea insists that the annual drills are actually preparations for an impending invasion. The NPA's statement came after the United Nations Security Council earlier this week condemned four North Korean missile launches carried out in the past two months. 

5. Global Terror

Bangladesh Police Kill 3 Terror Suspects

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Police in Bangladesh say they killed three suspected terrorists on Saturday, including the alleged mastermind of the attack on a Dhaka cafe that left 20 dead last month. After receiving a tip that several terror suspects were hiding out in a two-story house near Dhaka, counterterrorism police raided the house, leading to a shootout. Several men inside the apartment reportedly detonated explosive devices to destroy computers and other evidence of their crimes. Police found guns, ammunition and meat cleavers inside the apartment where the men were hiding. "We heard explosions inside the apartment and we understood that they were destroying evidence," said Sanwar Hossain, a senior police officer. "When we felt that they would not surrender, we made our final push and killed them." The suspects belonged to Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a banned terror group, authorities said. Tamim Chowdhury was identified as one of the militants killed. Chowdhury was believed to be one of two masterminds behind the attack on a trendy Dhaka cafe in July, as well as a separate attack on July 7 that killed four people marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

6. From Bad to Worse

Italy Quake Death Toll Climbs to 290

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As flags across Italy flew at half mast on Saturday to mourn hundreds killed in Wednesday’s earthquake, the death toll climbed to 290 as rescue workers continued to discover bodies in the rubble. Several more bodies were found overnight on Saturday in the town of Amatrice, which was hit the hardest by the earthquake. The grisly discovery came as the country began a day of mourning, with a state funeral for some of the victims to be attended by President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Matteo Renzi on Saturday. During a visit to Amatrice on Saturday, Mattarella thanked thousands of rescue workers for their “extraordinary effort” in saving the victims. The small town lost the most residents in the earthquake, with 230 confirmed deaths so far. Rescue workers fear that more bodies may be discovered, as the popular mountain town was packed with visiting tourists during the quake.

7. Lucky Day

Mariners Stranded on Deserted Island Saved After 'SOS' in Sand

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Two mariners who'd been stranded on an uninhabited island for a week were saved Friday after the U.S. Navy saw the "S.O.S." they wrote in the sand. After seeing the message on the beach of a Micronesia island, the Navy alerted the U.S. Coast Guard in Guam, which promptly sent rescuers to Chuuk State island, where they were stuck. The mariners went missing on Aug. 19, after departing from Weno Island to Tamatam Island. The pair was reported missing and search and rescue teams spent the next seven days scouring 16,571 square miles of land, but the Coast Guard only located them thanks to their desperate message. The mariners survived the ordeal with "limited supplies and no emergency equipment on board" the 18-foot vessel. The names of the two mariners have not yet been released.

8. Closure

Man Charged For Killing 2 Nuns

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A 46-year-old man has been arrested and charged for the slaying of two nuns in rural Mississippi earlier this week that shocked an entire town. The suspect has been identified as Rodney Earl Sanders, a resident of Kosciusko. Sanders is accused of killing Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, two nurse practitioners who volunteered at a medical center in Durant. They were found dead Thursday in their home in what police described as a break-in at the time. “With the cooperation of the Durant and Kosciusko police departments, Holmes County Sheriff’s Department and the (state) Attorney General Office this heinous crime has been resolved,” Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Director Lt. Col. Jimmy Jordan said in a statement released late Friday. Police have not yet released details on the motive, or what connection Sanders may have had to the two nuns.

9. Gut-Wrenching

Barrel Bombs Kill 15 Civilians in Aleppo, Monitor Says

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At least 15 civilians were killed on Saturday in a barrel bomb attack on a rebel-held area of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The Maadi district was reportedly hit in two separate attacks by regime aircraft just minutes apart. Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the monitoring group, said most of the victims were people at a tent receiving condolences for victims of another attack in a neighboring district earlier this week. "There was a first barrel bomb and when people gathered and the ambulances arrived, a second barrel struck and there were more deaths," an AFP reporter working in the area said. The death toll is expected to climb, as dozens more were wounded in the attacks.


'Making a Murderer' Lawyer: I Can Prove Innocence

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A lawyer for Steven Avery, whose conviction in a 2007 murder trial was the subject of the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" says she can prove Avery's innocence. Attorney Kathleen Zellner says the evidence that convicted Avery of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach was staged. Zellner's biggest discovery was that Halbach's car had been seized by police before it appeared on Avery's property. Avery's previous lawyers had contended that the blood found in the vehicle had also been planted by police. Zellner is requesting new forensic tests to determine whether the blood samples had been preserved in vials before they appeared in the car.

Earlier this month, Avery's nephew Brendan Dassey's conviction in the murder case was overturned. Zellner hopes for a similar verdit for Avery. "No guilty person would ever allow such extensive testing to be done," Zellner told Newsweek. "The fact that Mr. Avery has agreed to all this testing is further proof he’s actually innocent of these crimes."