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Kentucky Gov. Beshear signs into law bipartisan elections bill expanding voting access

Kentucky Gov. Beshear signs into law bipartisan elections bill expanding voting access

(CNN)Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear signed a into law on Wednesday that expanded voting access by codifying election recount procedures, online absentee ballot portals and early voting procedures -- an exception to the to overhaul state election rules in the wake of the 2020 election."Today is also a good day for democracy, a good day for elections," he said. "I want to start by talking about voting -- about how when much of the country has put in more restrictive laws -- that Kentucky legislators, Kentucky leaders were able to come together to stand up for democracy and to expand...

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Family of teen internet personality Bianca Devins confront her murderer during emotional sentencing hearing

Family of teen internet personality Bianca Devins confront her murderer during emotional sentencing hearing

(CNN)The family of Bianca Devins, the 17-year-old internet personality whose July 2019 murder was broadcast online by her killer, confronted him in court at his sentencing hearing Tuesday.Before the sentence came down against Brandon Clark -- who pleaded guilty to Devins' murder -- her younger sister Olivia, her mother Kim and grandfather, Frank Williams, each provided victim impact statements.Olivia Devins, who is now 17 years old -- the same age Bianca was at the time of her death -- spoke of the frequent nightmares she suffers, her inability to trust meeting new people and of being...

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At least three New Jersey universities report racist attacks during virtual Black History Month events

At least three New Jersey universities report racist attacks during virtual Black History Month events

(CNN)At least three New Jersey universities have reported racist attacks during virtual events.Rutgers University, Rider University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology told CNN they are investigating racist incidents in which individuals interrupted virtual Black History Month meetings with racist remarks and imagery. It is unclear whether the incidents at the three universities are connected.At Rutgers, "the most recent Zoom-bombing attack occurred during the Black History Month programs hosted by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center and the Center for Social Justice Education & LGBTQ...

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Andrew Brooks, who led development of the first FDA-approved Covid-19 saliva test, dies at 51

Andrew Brooks, who led development of the first FDA-approved Covid-19 saliva test, dies at 51

(CNN)Andrew Brooks, a research professor at Rutgers University who led the development of the first FDA-approved Covid-19 saliva test, died suddenly on January 23, according to a Rutgers .His sister, Janet Green, confirmed to CNN on Sunday that the cause of death was a heart attack. She called him "an intellect, an amazing scientist, an amazing father ... an amazing family man."Brooks, 51, was the chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR Infinite Biologics, the lab that developed the saliva test. The test, which was , was authorized for New Jersey Gov. Phil...

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Dean at Virginia university resigns after alleged Facebook post calling Biden voters 'anti-American' and 'anti-Christian'

Dean at Virginia university resigns after alleged Facebook post calling Biden voters 'anti-American' and 'anti-Christian'

(CNN)Paul Ewell, the now former dean of the Global Campus, resigned from both his deanship and his faculty post after allegedly writing a Facebook post on his since-deleted account that referred to voters for as "anti-American" and "anti-Christian." When asked for additional comment and whether he stood by his words in the post, Ewell told CNN in an email he "apologized profusely" and had "nothing left to add." Ewell did not acknowledge CNN's inquiry as to whether his resignation from VWU came in response to the post. Ewell's alleged post, a screenshot of which was originally reported in...

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Japanese jazz pianist recovering from surgery after New York subway attack

Japanese jazz pianist recovering from surgery after New York subway attack

(CNN)A Japanese jazz pianist was beaten in a New York City subway station, requiring him to be hospitalized, according to the New York City Police Department and the man's family.During the attack on September 27, Tadataka Unno was exiting the West 135th Street station in Harlem when he was confronted by a group of young people blocking the turnstiles, according to a police report.Police said that after Unno tried to avoid them, he was pushed from behind and two people began yelling at him. "I had no idea why I was shoved. One of them pointed at me and said, This guy just pushed me' to her...

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1 dead in shooting at a Columbus, Ohio, gun show

1 dead in shooting at a Columbus, Ohio, gun show

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)One person was killed in a shooting at the conclusion of a gun show in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The victim, whose name, gender and age were not immediately available, was pronounced dead on the scene, Public Information Officer Marc Gofstein with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office told CNN.Police were called at around 4 p.m. in response to a shooting at the show at the Westland Mall.The scene is not active and authorities are still on scene...

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Homes explode in Baltimore, killing 1 and injuring 3 others

Homes explode in Baltimore, killing 1 and injuring 3 others

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)One woman died and three people were hospitalized in serious condition after a major explosion in a residential area of Baltimore, according to Blair Adams, Public Information Officer for the Baltimore City Fire Department.The explosion left several people, including children, trapped, a local firefighters union said on Twitter. Overhead video of the scene showed first responders searching through the rubble.Three people have been rescued by firefighters, the Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734...

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs sweeping police reform bill

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs sweeping police reform bill

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed comprehensive police accountability legislation into law Friday afternoon.The law institutes a new statewide watchdog for police misconduct, bans "chokeholds" in most instances and puts limits on the ability of police departments to withhold officers' disciplinary records. It also allows individual officers to be held financially liable in civil suits over their actions.The law requires all departments statewide to equip officers with body-worn cameras and places...

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Covid-19 rates spiked in Allegheny County after bars and restaurants reopened, county health department says

Covid-19 rates spiked in Allegheny County after bars and restaurants reopened, county health department says

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Covid-19 cases have spiked in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in the aftermath of the county's decision to reopen bars and restaurants, officials said.Amie Downs, the county's executive communications director, told CNN Tuesday the numbers have increased dramatically since mid-June, when bars and restaurants were permitted to reopen. The county has since closed them again to on-site consumption, but cases continue to climb."According to our health department director, before mid-June, cases were...

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