Gawker Being Shut Down, Lochte Accused of Lying (and Then Things Get Dumb), Chicago Wants to Fire Officers over Shooting: P.M. Links
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After purchasing the Gawker empire for $135 million, Univision has decided to shutter Gawker.com itself, but will keep its other sites like Deadspin and Kotaku operating.
- So it turns out Ryan Lochte and two other Olympic swimmers made up the story about being robbed at gunpoint to hide an altercation at a gas station in Rio when they broke a bathroom door. This is what Brazilian police are saying.
- The Justice Department says it's going to end its contracts or reduce its use of private prisons for federal criminals. Maybe they'll let a bunch of people go, then?
- Yes, the U.S. withheld a $400 million payment to Iran until it released some American prisoners. Why do people keep thinking it was a ransom payment? Such a mystery.
- Chicago Police are attempting to fire seven police officers for giving false information in the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.
- "President Barack Obama is unlikely to break from a New England vacation to survey Louisiana flood damage, despite calls for him to visit." Your move, Kanye.
- Twitter has shut down 360,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist attacks.
- Here's an explainer over why some American flags were ordered removed from some fire trucks in upstate New York. (Spoiler: "liability")