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World Food Program director Cindy McCain: parts of Gaza in 'full-blown famine'

Cindy McCainCindy McCain, director of the World Food Program, says northern Gaza is experiencing "full-blown famine."

"There is famine – full-blown famine – in the north and it's moving its way south," McCain said in an interview set to air Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press."

Her remarks are not an official declaration of famine, which is a technical designation spearheaded by the United Nations. The U.N. has said famine is "imminent" in Gaza since mid-March.

But McCain is the second American official to say that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has reached the level of famine. Samantha Power, director of the U.S. Agency for International Development, was the first to do so during congressional testimony last month.


Inside UCLA's Palestinian Solidarity Encampment — Before Police Tore It Apart

Inside UCLA before police ended protestMore than 200 UCLA students, faculty and staff were arrested early Thursday morning after police destroyed the campus’ Palestinian solidarity encampment, wielding batons and less-lethal munitions to break up the crowd and disassemble the barriers to the tent community that was erected one week ago.

The encampment, which stretched across the lawn by Royce Hall, was established last Thursday by hundreds of students calling for the University of California, Los Angeles, to divest from all companies with ties to Israel and disclose the finances of the school’s foundation.


Eric Adams under pressure to divulge details on ‘outside agitators’ at campus protests

Adams asked for names off outside agitators

The New York City mayor, Eric Adams, remains under pressure to divulge how many of the 282 people arrested at campus protests in Manhattan on Tuesday night were non-students after repeatedly claiming that “outside agitators” were responsible for escalations that prompted an overwhelming law enforcement crackdown.

Adams, a Democrat and former city police officer, was asked by local reporters on Thursday morning to give a breakdown of the arrest numbers. He repeatedly declined to provide details.

On a local Fox News channel, Adams was asked to provide firm details but instead gave an analogy: “If you have one bad professor educating 30, 40, 50 college students with inappropriate actions, you don’t need 50 bad professors speaking to 50 students.”


What to do if police stop you during a protest

Campus protests rights

On college campuses from New York to Los Angeles, students are setting up encampments in protest of the Gaza War. Broadly, the protesters want their universities to sell off their investments in companies that have businesses or investments in Israel.

These protests are only growing in scope and intensity, with many colleges calling on law enforcement to help. In some instances, police have used tear gas and pepper spray against students, and hundreds of arrests have been made nationwide.

So what should you do if a police officer stops you while you're protesting?

The first thing to remember is that when you interact with the police in the United States and U.S. territories, you are guaranteed basic rights under the Constitution, says Atteeyah Hollie, an attorney at the Southern Center For Human Rights.


Canton community discusses need for police reform after death of Frank Tyson

Canton church

Canton community members filled the pews of Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night to discuss policing and grieve the death of Frank Tyson.

Tyson, a Black man, died while being arrested by Canton police on April 18.

About a dozen members of the Tyson family filled the first two pews of the sanctuary.

"You occupy those seats today," Peoples Baptist Church Rev. Walter Arrington told them, "but they have been occupied by others, and there are yet others waiting in line to take your place cause it ain't over yet."

Dozens of community members expressed their condolences to the family and offered their support.


Columbia Students Occupy Historic Campus Building, Renaming It After Child Killed by IDF

Columbia Hinds Hall

Pro-Palestinian student protesters at Columbia University early Tuesday occupied a campus building with a long history of anti-war and anti-apartheid demonstrations, storming the hall and renaming it after a 6-year-old girl who was killed by Israeli forces in Gaza earlier this year.

Video footage shows dozens of students celebrating as other protesters who entered Hamilton Hall unfurl a banner that reads "Hind's Hall," in honor of 6-year-old Hind Rajab.


For 150 years, site markers didn’t name who committed Utah’s Mountain Meadows Massacre

Mountain Meadows Massacre

Mountain Meadows was an oasis. A lush, green valley at the doorstep of the Mojave Desert.

In the era of westward expansion, this part of present-day southwest Utah was basically that last-chance gas station on a lonely highway. Wagon trains on the Old Spanish Trail would camp and graze their livestock before braving the rest of the dry, dusty road to California.

One September day in 1857, however, this peaceful paradise was thrown into unthinkable violence.


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