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Date: Sep 9, 2021

Three state troopers in Vermont resigned amid allegations that they had "varying roles" in producing fake Covid-19 vaccination cards, accusations that prompted an FBI investigation, authorities said.

The men, Shawn Sommers, Raymond Witkowski and David Pfindel, "are suspected of having varying roles in the creation of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, which may be a violation of federal law," Vermont State Police said in a statement Tuesday.

"The details surrounding this incident, reported to supervisors by other troopers, were immediately reported to federal law enforcement authorities," the statement said. "The state police referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Burlington."

Read more: NBC News

Kevin A. was found guilty and sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence, and ordered to pay the court costs.

The one-day trial on Wednesday over one of the most notorious incidents during a day of racist rioting that struck the eastern German city of Chemnitz three years ago. 

The 30-year-old accused was charged with dangerous bodily harm, breaching the peace, and property damage for being among a group of at least 10 men who threw fist-sized rocks and other objects at Uwe Dziuballa, the Jewish owner of the restaurant Schalom, near the city center in late August 2018. 

 The incident was part of several days of far-right demonstrations and violence against immigrants that followed the killing of 35-year-old Daniel H., who was stabbed during a fight with an Iraqi and a Syrian.  

Read more: Deutsche Welle

A 44-year-old Middletown man has been charged with weapons of mass destruction and other related offenses after police and other agencies shut down a portion of the borough for several hours.

Middletown Borough Public Safety Director William Baldwin said everything started around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Spring and Union streets.

Baldwin described it as a “situation that the Homeland Security Investigation team was working with the Middletown Borough Police Department.”

Joseph M. McClure was charged with weapons of mass destruction, risking catastrophe and reckless endangerment, and was being arraigned around 8:30 p.m., Baldwin said.

Read more: Penn Live

Teachers lack the resources needed to "stamp out [the] root causes" of extremist views among children in classrooms in England, a study suggests.

Staff say they are concerned about the increase in pupils looking at hateful content online and developing dangerous ideas linked to racism, homophobia and conspiracy theories.

Extremism is being allowed to flourish thanks to a lack of staff support and space on the curriculum to challenge these views, according to academics from the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education.

Their report, published days before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States, suggests schools' efforts to build resilience to extremism in young people are "highly varied", and in some cases, their approach to the issue is "tokenistic".

Read more: Sky News (UK)

After over 560 days of delay, the drawn-out pretrial proceedings of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other detainees accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 attacks got underway again on Tuesday. But it took only a matter of hours for the hearing to run into yet another speed bump.

Mohammed, the alleged architect of the terror plot, along with Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ammar al-Baluchi and Mustafa al Hawsawi, filed into the courtroom of Guantanamo Bay Naval Base's "Camp Justice," which hosts the military commissions, for the first time since the pandemic sidelined the military court.

Seated with their defense teams, the men talked amongst each other and appeared engaged in their cases. Mohammed, known in recent years for his vibrantly colored facial hair, sported a bright orange beard along with thick black glasses. Some of the other defendants wore paramilitary attire.

Read more: ABC News