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News Briefs: San Francisco labels NRA ‘terrorists’; Former Zimbabwe dictator dies; Google antitrust probe; Was Joshua a Palestinian?

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Antitrust probe of Google starts next week

State attorneys general will formally launch antitrust probes into Facebook and Alphabet’s Google unit next week.

A bipartisan group of three dozen attorneys general will join the Google investigation, expected to be announced Monday. Led by Texas’ Ken Paxton, a Republican, it will examine issues including Google’s impact on digital ad markets. The overlapping group conducting the separate Facebook probe is led by New York’s Letitia James, a Democrat. Facebook, which recently paid $5 billion to settle FTC allegations, declined to comment. Google, already facing a Justice Department antitrust probe, said it welcomes scrutiny.

Former Zimbabwe dictator dead at 95

A schoolteacher-turned-guerrilla who helped topple white colonial rule and then led his southern African country to economic ruin, died in a Singapore hospital less than two years after a bloodless coup ended his 37-year rule. Mugabe had traveled to Singapore frequently for medical treatment in recent years.

Under his rule, which saw the destruction of much of the country’s infrastructure and economy, white farmers were forcibly driven off their land and private businesses were taken over in an attempt to make Zimbabwe a socialist utopia. The policies resulted in the mob death of white citizens and the country’s drop from an economic powerhouse to a debtor nation. Once he breadbasket of Africa, food became scarce as once highly productive farms were run into ruin by new government managers. Income inequality between blacks and whites grew under his policy.

Palestinians claim J0shua’s alter a “heritage site”

An Arab Muslim town wants to rewrite history and is calming the remains of Joshua’s alter on Mt. Ebal as their own heritage.

The Book of Joshua describes how Joshua Ben-Nun, the Israelite leader, built an altar on Mount Ebal, acting on instructions from Moses, after the Israelites had crossed into the Land of Israel.

Haifa University archaeologist Adam Zertal has identified the remains of an altar found at the site as the one described in the Bible, where Joshua allotted the new land among the 12 tribes.

The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) Governor of Shechem Ibrahim Ramadan, accompanied by a delegation from the PA’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, took part in a tour of the site. Palestinians are increasingly claiming that Jewish figures from the Bible were actually Palestinians and have also said there was never a temple on the Temple Mount.

NRA responds to ‘terrorist’ label

The National Rifle Association is blasting the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for passing a unanimous resolution labeling the National Rifle Association as a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The liberal city is claiming the gun advocacy group “incited gun owners to acts of violence.”

The NRA responded releasing a statement calling the resolution a “ludicrous stunt,” according to multiple media outlets.

“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse, and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few,” the statement said. “The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.”