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Friday July 15th, 2022 morning edition

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The Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and January 6, 2021, according to a letter given to the January 6 committee and reviewed by The Intercept.

The letter was originally sent by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General to the House and Senate homeland security committees.

Though the Secret Service maintains that the text messages were lost as a result of a “device-replacement program,” the letter says the erasure took place shortly after oversight officials requested the agency’s electronic communications.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When rioters entered the building, the Secret Service tried to whisk Pence away from the scene.

“I’m not getting in the car,” Pence reportedly told the Secret Service detail on January 6.

It is unclear from the letter whether all of the messages were deleted or just some. »

Sri Lankan president resigns by email after fleeing to Singapore

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(CNN) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has tendered his resignation in a letter sent by email to parliamentary speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardenena, according to an announcement from the speaker's office Thursday.

Rajapaksa landed in Singapore on a flight from Maldives earlier after fleeing his country in the wake of anti-government protests.

A Saudia airline Boeing 787 Dreamliner believed to be carrying Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives at Singapore's Changi Airport on July 14. »

Child of refugees becomes Germany’s first black female cabinet minister

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A woman who spent her childhood years living in German refugee quarters, haunted by uncertainty over how long her family would be allowed to stay in the country, has now become its first black female cabinet minister.

Touré has said she will use her new political post to tackle deep-seated racism, which she has said is rife in German society, as well as growing social inequality.

In fact, for years I thought about nothing else other than ‘Will we be allowed to stay in Germany?’” she said. »

An open-world Final Fantasy 16 ‘would’ve taken 15 years to make’, claims producer

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Once a Chocobo or Moogle was included, I thought it was already a Final Fantasy experience.

Further reading 9 Final Fantasy 16 ditched turn-based combat to appeal to younger generations, producer says "I thought about the expected sales of Final Fantasy XVI and the impact that we have to deliver," Naoki Yoshida says.

Last month a new trailer for Final Fantasy 16 confirmed a Summer 2023 release window. »

Officials suggest pipeline company hid problems after spill

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Federal prosecutors are suing the Wyoming-based pipeline company for violations of pollution laws following spills in Montana and North Dakota.

Prosecutors are pursuing similar claims against a related company over a 2016 spill in North Dakota that released more than 600,000 gallons (2.7 million liters) of crude. »