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Dr. Fauci, Arkansas police beating, weather, flooding, broken adoptions. It’s Monday news.

Dr Anthony Fauci has said he will step down in December. Arkansas State Police have opened an investigation into a violent arrest that was caught on video. And would you mind if your entire search history was made public?

👋 It’s Laura Davis. To answer my own question, yes, absolutely. I hope that will never happen. But hey, it’s Monday! Ready for the news?

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After decades of public service, Dr Fauci steps down

Dr Fauci, the face of the country’s health response to the pandemic, announced on Monday that he intended to retire from public service in December “to pursue the next chapter” of his career. Fauci, 81, is chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He said he would leave both positions after four decades advising seven presidents. Fauci advised former President Donald Trump and Biden, as well as a weary country, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and played a similar role for epidemics such as HIV, SARS, swine flu and others. Here is the next step for Dr. Fauci.

3 officers suspended after violent arrest video surfaces

Arkansas State Police are investigating Monday after three local officers were seen on video beating a man during an arrest Sunday outside a convenience store in Mulberry, about 140 miles northwest of Little Rock. Here is the latest.

Here’s what we know:

  • Who is involved: The suspended officers were identified as Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputies Zack King and Levi White and Mulberry Police Officer Thell Riddle.
  • Violent video: In the short video shared widely on social media, the three officers are seen punching a man in the head and kneeing him repeatedly as they pin him to the ground. At one point, a bystander calls out to them and an officer points the camera, ordering the person to stop recording.
  • Why were they there? Officers were responding to a report of a man making threats, authorities said. The man was taken to hospital and arrested on multiple counts.
  • The answer: State police said they would investigate the use of force. Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter said the city would take the results of the investigation seriously and take steps to ensure an incident like this “never happens again”.
A truck drives near a road sign in Mulberry, Arkansas March 13, 2013. Three Arkansas law enforcement officers have been suspended after video posted on social media showed a suspect was held down and beaten by the police.  Arkansas State Police said Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, they will investigate officers' use of force earlier today outside a convenience store in Mulberry.

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Their adoptions broke. Now they strive to make things better for others.

Tens of thousands of children have suffered the breakdown of their biological and adoptive families. Their pain has largely existed in the shadows. After the families of these adoptees broke up, they used their experience as fuel to improve the system for others. Here are their stories.

About the series: This article is part of our larger investigation into broken adoptions. We found that over 66,000 adoptees ended up in the foster care system between 2008 and 2020. That’s an undercount. Check out the series here.

Sophia Williams-Baugh is working to create a foundation called

Flash flood hits Dallas overnight, threatening Southern states

Flooding continued to affect pockets of the United States on Monday, with more than 14 million people under watch in the south and southwest, according to the National Weather Service. During what the NWS called an ongoing “multi-day rain event”, flash flooding hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight, leaving drivers stranded on roads that turned into rivers. Meanwhile, rescuers are still searching Zion National Park, Utah, for an Arizona woman who went missing after Friday’s flash floods. And flooded roads crept into parts of New Jersey as wet weekend weather persisted through Monday. Here is the latest news on rainfall, flooding.

🌤 What’s the weather like in your part of the country? Check your local forecast here.

In this photo courtesy of the City of Moab, vehicles navigate high water at the intersection of South Main Street and 100 South in Moab, Utah on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. Nearly an inch of rain fell in the area in 20 minutes, leading Mill Creek overflows and causes flooding up to 3 feet deep in places.  (Rani Derasary/City of Moab via AP)

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Is your search history mortifying?

Mine too. How many times have you pestered your ex on Instagram or Google about this weird place? Too embarrassed to admit it? According to a recent study, most Americans would rather ditch their smartphones for a year than know their browsing history. About 71% of respondents say they would be embarrassed if their lifelong search history was public. And around 45% said the most embarrassing thing they did was search for people to find out more about their lives. So if you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through your ex’s new girlfriend’s Instagram, you’re not alone. (But also, maybe don’t do this. You deserve better.) More goofy stuff from the survey.

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