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Kokesh Receives Two Years Probation For Brandishing Shotgun In D.C. Plaza

Adam Kokesh faces over seven years in prison for brandishing a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza.
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Adam Kokesh faces over seven years in prison for brandishing a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza.

Adam Kokesh, the libertarian activist who brandished a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza last July as part of a protest against gun restrictions, was sentenced today to two years probation for violating the city's strict gun laws.

Kokesh, who videotaped the one-man protest, pleaded guilty to the offense in November after over three months in custody, and faced over seven years in prison.

Standing outside the D.C. courthouse this morning, Kokesh says that he was forced into pleading guilty. "In a way I was backed into a corner, it was a difficult situation. It was not my desire for how this case would come out, but at the time it really was my only option."

Kokesh maintains that the protest was worth it.

"I believe self-defense is a civil right, and we need to stand up for our rights especially in America today when we see so many people suffering as a result of not standing up," he says. "Every time we stand up for what we believe I think it's worth it. We've reached millions of people with our message of self-defense being a civil right."

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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