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Posted June 22, 2018 10:07 p.m. EDT

San Francisco Construction Workers Said They Found Black Dolls Hung From Nooses

Three African-American construction workers said this week that they were targeted by racial slurs and death threats, including black dolls hanging from nooses in the bathroom, while working on the site of a San Francisco high-rise. Craig Ogans, Douglas Russell and Don’ta Laury filed complaints Thursday with the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment against Clark Construction, based in Maryland. Their complaints said they were repeatedly harassed and discriminated against by co-workers, including a threat with a knife, as part of a concerted campaign to drive them off the project. "It made me feel hurt, angry, scared, fearing for my safety,” Ogans said.

In Ruling on Cellphone Location Data, Supreme Court Makes Statement on Digital Privacy

In a major statement on privacy in the digital age, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the government generally needs a warrant to collect troves of location data about the customers of cellphone companies. The 5-4 ruling will protect “deeply revealing” records associated with 400 million devices, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. It did not matter, he wrote, that the records were in the hands of a third party. That aspect of the ruling was a significant break from earlier decisions. The decision made exceptions for emergencies like bomb threats and child abductions.

Thousands of Bourbon Barrels Come Crashing Down in Kentucky

Thousands of full barrels of bourbon, and possibly other spirits, came crashing down when a storage warehouse in Bardstown, Kentucky, partly collapsed Friday. The structure houses about 20,000 barrels, and an aerial video showed half the building demolished. About 9,000 barrels were amid the rubble, Spalding said. Each barrel holds 53 gallons. The cause of the collapse was still unknown as of Friday evening, but it did not appear to be weather-related. No injures were reported. The Environmental Protection Agency responded to the collapse because of concerns that alcohol may have seeped into the area’s groundwater.

Rare Hantavirus May Have Caused Belmont Racetrack Worker’s Death

A worker at Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont, New York, has died in what health officials believe may be a rare case of hantavirus in New York state. The worker, whose name has not been released, was found this month collapsed outside the ramshackle employee barracks, tucked between the horse barns and exercise pens where he and scores of other grooms, hot walkers and riders live, state health officials said. He was hospitalized and died June 6 of what appears to have been hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, an advanced stage of the virus, according to the state Department of Health’s preliminary findings.

In Tense Meeting, Trump Officials Debate How to Process Migrant Families

Arguments broke out at the White House over the past two days as top government officials clashed over how to carry out President Donald Trump’s executive order on keeping together immigrant families at the Mexican border. The battles threatened to undermine Trump as his administration tries to counter a political crisis driven by images and recordings of migrant children separated from their parents. On Friday, the president was defiant. But inside the White House, the arguments echoed the chaos at U.S. airports when Trump banned travel from predominantly Muslim countries. As with that ban, the reality of a complicated bureaucratic system is colliding with Trump’s shoot-from-the-hip use of executive power.

Candidate for Congress Stands by His Words: Diversity Is ‘Evil’

Seth Grossman, the Republican candidate for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District House seat, won his primary by trying to mirror President Donald Trump’s no-holds-barred rhetoric. Among his comments: “If you want to know where this evil and un-American idea of ‘diversity’ will take us, go to Afghanistan, Lebanon, or Syria.” But his incendiary opinions are imperiling his long-shot bid against Jeff Van Drew, a well-known Democratic state senator, and are prompting potential Republican allies to abandon him. If the election swings more toward Drew, the Democratic Party will be able to direct more money elsewhere in New Jersey, and put other Republicans on the defensive.