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News of the day from across the nation, June 16

The Commerce Department removed language from its annual equal opportunity statement barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity Thursday, prompting a protest from LGBT activists. A statement emailed to department employees says the Commerce Department “does not tolerate behavior, harassment, discrimination or prejudice based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.” 2 Shooting rampage: A 21-year-old man has been arrested in a deadly rampage in northern New Mexico that killed five people, including the suspect’s mother, stepfather and 20-year-old brother, authorities said. The U.S. Border Patrol says agents served a search warrant at a southern Arizona humanitarian aid camp and arrested four Mexican citizens suspected of being in the country illegally. The aid group released a statement saying a helicopter, 15 trucks and 30 armed agents were used in arresting four people receiving medical care as desert temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. “Obstruction of humanitarian aid is an egregious abuse by the law enforcement agency,” the group’s statement said.

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