Court Rules Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Funding From Planned Parenthood

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the state of Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. On Aug. 16, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge’s ruling forbidding Arkansas from carrying through with Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson’s order to suspend Medicaid reimbursements to a Planned … Continued

Apple CEO Pledges $2 Million to Rights Groups, Internet Cracks Down on Hate Speech

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged $2 million to human rights groups after criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump’s response to violence in Charlottesville. Protesters carrying Confederate flags and giving Nazi salutes clashed with counter-protesters in the Virginia town on Saturday, Aug. 12, leaving one woman dead. Cook called for an “unequivocal” condemnation … Continued

South Carolina Accuses Drugmaker of Fueling Opioid Crisis

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — South Carolina has filed suit against a major pharmaceutical company, accusing it of fueling the state’s opioid epidemic. On Aug. 15, Attorney General Alan Wilson said Purdue Pharma — the company that makes OxyContin pain pills and other opioid drugs — has been overstating the benefits of prescription opioids while … Continued

Phoenix Mayor Criticizes Trump’s Plan to Hold Rally in City

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is unhappy that U.S. President Donald Trump plans on holding a rally in Phoenix next week. Stanton wrote Aug. 16, “I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.” One person … Continued

African-American Woman Becomes First to Earn West Point’s Top Cadet Position

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A 20-year-old woman has made history as the first African-American female to hold the highest student position in the United States Military Academy’s 215-year history. Cadet Simone Askew has been selected First Captain of the West Point’s Corps of Cadets for the upcoming academic year. First captain is the highest position … Continued

University of Florida Denies White Nationalist Speaking Event

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The University of Florida has denied a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus. University President Kent Fuchs wrote in a statement on Aug. 16 that Spencer’s request was denied due to safety concerns. Fuchs cited the deadly clashes last weekend between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, … Continued

US Attorney General Says Charlottesville Car Attack Could Be ‘Hate Crime’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Charlottesville car attack that killed one woman may be prosecuted as a hate crime. Protesters, some with Confederate flags and giving Nazi salutes, clashed violently with counter-protesters in the Virginia town Saturday, Aug. 12, over the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert … Continued

Dashcam Video Allegedly Shows Texas Police Searching Woman’s Vagina

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A Texas attorney released police dashcam video he claims shows officers sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop. Sam Cammack released the footage Aug. 14 of his client, 23-year-old Charneisha Corley, in the June 2015 incident. Cammack told Houston’s Fox 26 News, the video shows a Harris County deputy push … Continued

Trumps Ends Manufacturing Council After Members Resign

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he shut down his Manufacturing Council after several members resigned. According to CNN, seven CEOs have quit the council since Trump made his remarks about the violence in Charlottesville. Protesters and counter-protesters clashed in the Virginia town Saturday, Aug. 12. Some people carrying Confederate flags and … Continued