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WEEKEND HEADLINES, 7/3 - 7/5/15 *** The Justice Department has concluded the police response to last year's protest in Ferguson, Missouri, violated constitutional rights. A forthcoming report finds police tactics "violated citizens' rights to assembly and free speech." The report criticizes the use of tear gas without warning and calls for an end to the use of police dogs on crowds *** The Obama administration has launched an antitrust investigation into airlines in the United States. The Justice Department is looking into whether the airlines colluded to limit seating and thereby increase fares. Following a series of mergers which were approved by the Justice Department, about 80 percent of air traffic in the United States is now controlled by just four airlines *** In other news from the campaign trail, Macy's has become the latest company to cut ties with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he called Mexican immigrants criminals and "rapists." After more than 700,000 people signed a petition urging Macy's to sever ties with Trump, the retailer said Wednesday it would phase out its Donald Trump menswear line. NBC and Univision have also cut ties with Trump over his comments, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is reviewing its contracts with Trump *** A Girl Scouts chapter in Western Washington has rejected a $100,000 donation because the donor said it couldn't be used to help transgender girls. Using the hashtag "#ForEVERYGirl," the Girl Scouts launched a crowdfunding campaign to recoup the donation they sent back. So far about 6,000 people have donated nearly $300,000, triple the original amount *** More later...

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