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Columbus officer who fatally shot teen girl as she lunged with knife is 23-years-old, on force for 16 months

The officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant as she lunged at two people with a knife is a 23-year-old who had been on the force for 16 months, according to a personnel file obtained by Fox News. The Columbus Police Department identified the officer involved in the shooting as Nicholas Reardon on Wednesday. Reardon, who turns 24 next month, joined the Columbus police force in December 2019. He then underwent a one-year probationary period, during which new officers are supervised and prove their on-the-job capabilities.

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OJ Simpson hits LeBron James for Ohio cop tweet, slams media for portraying 'edited versions' of story

O.J. Simpson took to social media Thursday to address the controversy surrounding NBA star LeBron James for his tweet targeting an Ohio police officer and slam the media for showing "edited versions" of the shooting that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant. Simpson posted a nearly two-minute-long video to his Twitter where he began by saying that while he is a "fan" of the Los Angeles Lakers star and "admires" the work he's done to advocate against social injustices, he believes James spoke prematurely on Tuesday's officer-involved shooting. "You can't fight every battle. You gotta pick your battles," Simpson said. "It's a war that must be fought but sometimes you need to take your time and be a little more patient before you comment on some of these bad incidents that are happening with police departments. This one, LeBron should've waited.".

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Biden planning to hike capital gains tax rate on wealthy individuals: Report

President Biden is expected to lay out another spending plan next week, which may include a sizable hike in the capital gains tax rate for the wealthy. The White House is considering raising the capital gains tax rate to 39.6% on people earning $1 million and over, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg on Monday. Including the tax on investment income, wealthy individuals could see their federal rates reach as high as 43.4%, the publication noted. Biden had previously proposed taxing capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income - it is not clear whether he will also introduce an income tax increase on the wealthiest households. Currently, short-term capital gains are taxed at the same rates as income, but long-term gains are taxed at lower rates. BIDEN TAX INCREASES THREATEN SMALL BUSINESSES, EXPERTS WARN White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to give any details about the tax provisions of the forthcoming plans when asked by reporters on Thursday. She did reiterate, however, that the president will not raise rates on anyone earning less than $400,000. "His view is that [paying for the proposals] should be on the backs - that can be on the backs of the wealthiest Americans who can afford it," Psaki said. "And corporations and businesses who can afford it. And his view and the view of our economic team is that that won't have a negative impact. There are alternative views or there are proposals that don't exist yet on how to pay for it." She said the president will outline his plan next week, and it will focus on items like education and childcare. The White House declined FOX Business' request for additional details. The Treasury Department also declined to comment. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE Rumblings of a sizable capital gains tax hike, however, sent stocks into the red during Thursday's trading session.

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Apple let Parler back on app store with 'particular kind of content censorship,'

Parler Interim CEO Mark Meckler explained on "Varney & Co." on Thursday what allowed the social media platform to get back on the app store. He told host Stuart Varney that Apple requires a "particular kind of content censorship" to reinstate the conservative-friendly social network back on the app store. "It will censor content that is aimed at peoples' inherent characteristics, immutable characteristics; race, gender, sexual orientation," Meckler went on to explain. "Apple doesn't think people should be able to see that kind of content." He noted that "we disagree vehemently" and that Parler is continuing to work with Apple "to try to get our way on that." Meckler also pointed out that people will "still be able to go to and look at their account there and see that content" and that it will still be available on the Android app.


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