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Israel Launches New Strikes As Gaza Conflict Enters Week 2

Israel Launches New Strikes As Gaza Conflict Enters Week 2

Israel Launches Heavy Airstrikes On Gaza As Conflict Enters Week 2 Palestinian officials say nearly 200 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in recent days, including many children. The death toll on the Israeli side stands at eight, including one child.Israeli warplanes pounded targets in Gaza City early Monday as the escalating conflict between Hamas and Israel entered its second week. International pressure is mounting for a ceasefire, as humanitarian officials raise the alarm about the toll of the conflict on civilians. Palestinian officials say nearly 200 people have been...

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May 17
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Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers Say Video Shows An 'Execution'

Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers Say Video Shows An 'Execution'

Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers: Video Shows 'Execution' By Deputies Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Brown, a Black man, while carrying out warrants in Elizabeth City, N.C. Family lawyers say body camera video shows deputies firing while Brown poses no threat.Attorneys for Andrew Brown Jr.'s family said Monday they were frustrated only to be shown 20 seconds of body camera footage of sheriff's deputies shooting and killing Brown last week. But what they did see amounted to an "execution," family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter told reporters. Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Brown, a...

Apr 26
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Trial Day 1: 'Mr. Derek Chauvin Betrayed This Badge'

Trial Day 1: 'Mr. Derek Chauvin Betrayed This Badge'

Derek Chauvin Jury Hears Opening Arguments And Witnesses To George Floyd Death : Live Updates: Trial Over George Floyd's Killing Opening arguments and witness testimony on the killing of George Floyd began 10 months after videos of his death sparked outrage and protests against racial inequality.The first day in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd in May, featured an intense series of opening arguments, numerous photographs and videos of the killing, and testimony from three witnesses. The trial is starting in earnest...

Mar 29
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Derek Chauvin Trial: 14 Jurors Are Seated To Hear Case Of George Floyd Killing

Derek Chauvin Trial: 14 Jurors Are Seated To Hear Case Of George Floyd Killing

Derek Chauvin Trial: 14 Jurors Are Seated To Hear Case Of George Floyd Killing The jury includes three Black men, including two immigrants; one Black woman; two women who identify as multiracial; two white men; and six white women, Minnesota Public Radio reports.A 14th juror was selected in former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial on Monday, one week before opening arguments are scheduled to begin on March 29. The court initially called for 12 jurors and at least two alternates; it could now add additional jurors to the panel in case anyone drops out. Chauvin, who is...

Mar 22
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Asian Grandmother Who Smacked Her Attacker With A Board Donates Nearly $1 Million

Asian Grandmother Who Smacked Her Attacker With A Board Donates Nearly $1 Million

Asian Grandmother Who Smacked Her Attacker With A Board Donates Nearly $1 Million The money will be donated to help defuse racism against the Asian American community. Xiao Zhen Xie's grandson wrote, "She insists on making this decision saying this issue is bigger than Her."Xiao Zhen Xie, the 75-year-old woman who was punched by a white man in San Francisco — and then fought back by smacking him with a board — will not keep the nearly $1 million that has been donated for her medical expenses. Her grandson says Xie insists on donating the money to help defuse racism against the Asian...

Mar 24
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Wisdom The Albatross, Now 70, Hatches Yet Another Chick

Wisdom The Albatross, Now 70, Hatches Yet Another Chick

Wisdom The Albatross, Now 70, Hatches Yet Another Chick "Each year that Wisdom returns, we learn more about how long seabirds can live and raise chicks," said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Beth Flint.The world's oldest known wild bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, has hatched yet another chick at Midway Atoll in the Hawaiian archipelago. Biologists first identified and banded Wisdom in 1956; she is at least 70 years old. Wisdom's latest chick successfully hatched in February, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's office in the Pacific Islands. "Wisdom laid her egg...

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New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A Caveat

New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A Caveat

New York Legislature Strips Cuomo Of Extraordinary Emergency Powers, With A Caveat It's the latest setback for Cuomo, who is facing a pair of political crises. But many of his critics say the legislation doesn't do enough to wrest power back from the executive branch.New York lawmakers voted to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his extraordinary emergency powers on Friday, saying that current COVID-19 circumstances no longer justify the expansive powers Cuomo was granted last year. But the legislation also allows the governor to extend orders he has already issued. New York's and , both of which...

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A Former Police Chief In Md. Was A 'Serial Arsonist,' Authorities Say

A Former Police Chief In Md. Was A 'Serial Arsonist,' Authorities Say

A Former Police Chief In Md. Was A 'Serial Arsonist,' Authorities Say In a stunning turn of events, David Crawford, a law enforcement veteran, is now under arrest and facing dozens of charges in connection to at least 12 fires at homes, garages and cars.YouTubeUpdated at 3:15 p.m. ET After David Crawford left his job as the police chief of Laurel, Md., in 2010, he spent the next decade nursing grudges and setting fires to punish others, investigators say. In a stunning turn of events, Crawford, a law enforcement veteran, is now under arrest and facing dozens of charges in connection to at...

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Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot

Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot

Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot : Capitol Insurrection Updates The congressional official also says most of his staff have not yet been vaccinated, despite their continuing work at the Capitol campus to repair damage from the insurrection.The cost of repairing damages from the attack on the U.S. Capitol and related security expenses have already topped $30 million and will keep rising, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton told lawmakers on Wednesday. The events of Jan. 6, he said, were "difficult for the American people and extremely hard...

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Amazon Will Stop Testing Job Seekers For Marijuana And Now Backs Legalizing Weed

Amazon Will Stop Testing Job Seekers For Marijuana And Now Backs Legalizing Weed

Amazon will no longer test most job applicants for marijuana use in the latest sign of America's changing relationship with pot. Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the U.S., also says it now backs legalizing marijuana nationwide. "In the past, like many employers, we've disqualified people from working at Amazon if they tested positive for marijuana use," the company said in a blog post on Tuesday. "However, given where state laws are moving across the U.S., we've changed course." Marijuana users and advocates are cheering the news, but it may also bring relief to Amazon's...

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