Target Faces Chaos As Cash Registers Go Offline

Customers abandoned their carts after the cash registers failed at a Target location in Washington, D.C.

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Red carts full of merchandise piled up at Targets nationwide as customers abandoned their shopping due to a computer failure at the cash registers.

“We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience,” the company said in a tweet.

NPR’s Alina Selyukh reported that staff at Target’s branch in Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C., sent all shoppers out and said the problem had affected all locations and all stores.

We’re aware that guests are currently unable to make purchases at Target stores. Our teams are troubleshooting now and we apologize for the inconvenience. We will provide an update as soon as possible.

— Target (@Target) June 15, 2019

“Sorry for all the inconveniences, but all of the registers are down,” a worker announced via a loudspeaker.

Dozens of shoppers getting frustrated at @Target in DC as announcement goes out: “ All the registers are down”

— Alina Selyukh (@alinaselyukh) June 15, 2019

Customers in other states wrote of similar experiences.

In Blaine, Minn., one Twitter user posted a video of customers waiting in line, writing, “Registers are down…#targetfail.”

Registers down at Target Blaine MN… @Target

— Nikki2k (@Nikki2k) June 15, 2019

A shopper in Tennessee posted, “#targetdown – Collierville TN -Help!”

#targetdown -Collierville TN-Help!

— SSchulke (@spschulke) June 15, 2019

Shopper Meaghan Mooney wrote on Twitter that she filled her cart but couldn’t pay for anything because of the systems failure. ” I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY???” she wrote.

Hey @Target — I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY??? And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?! #Target

— Meaghan Mooney (@MeaghanMooney1) June 15, 2019

And anchor Hunter Sowards of KTRE in Texas found staff handing customers chips.

Terrible video but had to share. Employees handing out chips. Starbucks handing out drinks. Customers offering their baskets to strangers trying to hold all of their items. Sometimes the most uncomfortable situations can actually bring out the best of human nature. #targetdown

— Hunter Sowards (@huntersowards3) June 15, 2019

In some stores, Target employees got around the problem by keying in barcodes on their personal mobile phones. The checkout process was lengthy and trying, and a customer in Las Vegas offered her thanks to a worker who went through the trouble for her.

“It took me almost an hour to check out just now. Honestly the only reason you still got my money was because of employee Kevarian at the Blue Diamond Las Vegas location. He manually entered in every one of my items and was patient,” wrote the Twitter user.

@Target It took me almost an hour to check out just now. Honestly the only reason you still got my money was because of employee Kevarian at the Blue Diamond Las Vegas location. He manually entered in every one of my items and was patient. @AskTarget

— Lydia (@LydiaPenn1) June 15, 2019

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Brazilian Judge Acquits Man Who Stabbed Jair Bolsonaro

Adélio Bispo de Oliveira, who confessed to stabbing Jair Bolsonaro, sits after being detained following the attack in September 2019.

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A Brazilian judge has acquitted a man who stabbed then-presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The judge ruled that Adélio Bispo de Oliveira was mentally ill and ordered him held in a mental facility indefinitely, The Associated Press reports.

Jair Bolsonaro was campaigning for president on Sept. 6, 2018 in Juiz de Fora, about 115 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, when he was attacked. NPR’s Philip Reeves reported that Bolsonaro was sitting on a supporter’s shoulders when an assailant plunged a blade into his stomach. “The man reportedly told investigators he was acting on the orders of God,” Reeves reported.

The attack damaged Bolsonaro’s intestines and required a two-hour surgery to stop internal bleeding. After the attack, Bispo confessed and Bolsonaro won the October elections, despite spending three weeks of the campaign in hospital, NPR reported. Voters supported the retired army captain’s anti-corruption message, despite his record of disparaging women, the LGBT community and people of color.

Judge Bruno Savino ruled Friday that Bispo would be held in a mental facility within the federal prison system, the AP reports.

“The hospitalization will last for an indefinite period until medical experts have proven that he is no longer dangerous,” Savino said in a statement, according to the AP.

Bolsonaro has vowed to overturn the decision. The BBC reports Bolsonaro told local media, “I will contact my lawyer. I will try to do whatever is possible.”

Brazil’s leader has suggested the attack was politically motivated, and says he will find the culprit behind what he believes is a conspiracy.

“They tried to kill me. I am certain who they were, but I can’t say, I don’t want to prejudge anyone,” the BBC reported him saying.

The acquittal comes as Bolsonaro contends with the first general strike of his presidency. Thousands of people filled the streets on Friday to protest budget cuts and pensions reform. NPR’s Philip Reeves reports that unions and opposition groups held demonstrations and blocked roads, and police fired tear gas at protesters.

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Kenya Police Blame Al-Shabab For Blast Near Somalia That Left Officers Dead

Kenyan army soldiers ride in a vehicle at their base in 2012. On Saturday, authorities in Kenya blamed Somali militant group al-Shabab for a blast that reportedly left 10 police officers dead.

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Police officials in Kenya say the al-Shabab extremist group is responsible for a deadly explosion Saturday morning that reportedly killed 10 police officers near the country’s border with Somalia.

Around 10:50 a.m. local time, a police vehicle carrying 11 officers on patrol hit an improvised explosive device, killing several of the officers, Kenya police spokesman Charles Owino told NPR.

The 10 deaths were reported by The Associated Press but Kenyan officials say they’re still trying to confirm the number of police officer casualties, Owino said.

Those killed, according to the AP, were pursuing extremists who had kidnapped police reservists.

In a statement to NPR, Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said additional resources have been deployed near the Somali border, including aerial surveillance.

Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based militant group, has for years been staging retaliatory attacks against Kenyan security forces since the start of a 2011 campaign by Kenya’s government to cross the border and try to drive out the militants from Somalia.

NPR’s Eyder Peralta contributed to this report.

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Drake Celebrates Toronto Raptors NBA Championship With ‘The Best In The World Pack’

Drake reacts in the first half during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. The rapper dropped new music in celebration of the Raptors championship win.

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For the first time in its 24-year franchise history, the Toronto Raptors are officially NBA Finals champions and Drake is turning up as if he was the one shooting in the gym.

The Toronto rapper and courtside mainstay has always supported the Raptors. He’s been the team’s global ambassador since 2013 and even built the team a new training facility. But now, with the team’s first time championship win, Drizzy has gifted the players and their city new music to celebrate to. The Best In The World Pack contains only two songs — “Omertà” and “Money in the Grave” featuring Rick Ross — but each represents a different wavelength for Drizzy.

The first track, “Omertà,” which is an Italian code of silence and honor, has clear hints that it was written recently. There’s lines about his pending Las Vegas residency, his status on Forbes Cash Kings List and a nod to his beef last year with Pusha T where Push tried to expose that Drake became a father — “Last year, n****s got hot ’cause they told on me” — but there’s not much specific trash talk about the Golden State Warriors, who the Raptors defeated in the six-game series.

“Man, truth be told, I think about it often / The petty king, the overseer of many things / I wish that I was playing in a sport where we were getting rings / I wouldn’t have space on either hand for anything,” he rhymes on “Omertà.”

Comparatively, “Money in the Grave” is a bouncy club jumper, but feels more like a leftover from Aubrey’s 2018 monster double-album Scorpion, notably because it audible marks the end of his beef with Miami don, Rick Ross, which was said to be already squashed last year.

When I die, put my money in the grave / I really gotta put a couple n****s in they place / Really just lapped every n**** in the race / I really might tat, “Realest N****” on my face,” Drake brags.

“You could DM my accountant /My per diem six figures and I’m counting,” rhymes Ross with a scoff on his guest feature.

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