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Congress faces renewed pressure on gun control after Indiana’s red-flag law fails to thwart FedEx shooter

Congress faces renewed pressure on gun control after Indiana’s red-flag law fails to thwart FedEx shooter

A Senate Democrat leading negotiations seeking to compromise with Republicans on gun-control legislation said Sunday he’s hopeful that last week’s mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis will hasten a breakthrough.“I hope this will increase the changes to get something done,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in an interview. “We’ve been engaged in consistent discussions with Republicans. Interest in this issue does get elevated [for Republicans] when there are more high-profile shootings.”The renewed momentum for gun-control legislation following House action in March comes as...

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Derek Chauvin should not have knelt on George Floyd’s neck after he stopped resisting, former sergeant testifies

Derek Chauvin should not have knelt on George Floyd’s neck after he stopped resisting, former sergeant testifies

ADMINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin should not have knelt on George Floyd’s neck after he stopped resisting, a former supervisor testified Thursday.Chauvin also did not immediately tell the supervisor that he had knelt on Floyd’s neck while restraining him during a police investigation — waiting more than 30 minutes until he stood outside the hospital emergency room where Floyd remained unresponsive to disclose the information.David Pleoger, who was a supervisor in the city’s 3rd Precinct on May 25, 2020, testified that he called Chauvin after getting a call from a concerned 911 dispatcher who...

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Cuomo’s behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say

Cuomo’s behavior created ‘hostile, toxic’ workplace culture for decades, former aides say

ADA former press aide of Andrew M. Cuomo says he summoned her to his dimly lit hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000, when Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and she was a consultant for the agency. The woman, Karen Hinton, says she pulled away from Cuomo, but he pulled her back toward his body, holding her before she backed away and left the room.Two male aides who worked for Cuomo in the New York governor’s office say he routinely berated them with explicit language, making comments such as calling them “pussies” and saying, “You have no...

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A Trader Joe’s employee called for stronger coronavirus measures. The company fired him.

A Trader Joe’s employee called for stronger coronavirus measures. The company fired him.

ADThe Trader Joe’s employee appealed directly to the CEO.In a letter citing a medical journal and experts who study respiratory transmission of the , Ben Bonnema called on the grocery chain’s head, Dan Bane, to adopt more stringent safety protocols. Among his requests: improving filtration, requiring masks without exception and adopting a “three-strikes” policy for removing uncooperative customers from stores.“We put our lives on the line everyday by showing up to work,” wrote Bonnema, who was a crew member at a New York location. “Please, show up for us by adopting these policies.”The...

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A Texas grocery store lost power and let people leave without paying. Shoppers paid it forward.

A Texas grocery store lost power and let people leave without paying. Shoppers paid it forward.

ADTim Hennessy remembers a “collective groan” on Tuesday as the lights went out in his local grocery store in Texas. He and his wife quickly grabbed their last items and pulled up to a checkout line 20 carts deep.Around him were a couple hundred shoppers, some with only credit cards, trying to stock up during a statewide emergency. The power had been going on and off in this Austin suburb as cold weather overwhelmed the Texas grid. But no one told shoppers to put their items back if they couldn’t pay cash.When Hennessy got to the cashier, he said, she just waved him on, thanked him and told...

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Feb 20
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Fallout mounts over nursing home deaths as New York lawmaker says Cuomo vowed to ‘destroy’ him

Fallout mounts over nursing home deaths as New York lawmaker says Cuomo vowed to ‘destroy’ him

ADFallout over New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s handling of nursing home data worsened Wednesday as a critical state legislator — a fellow Democrat — accused the governor of threatening to “destroy” him during an angry call.New York Assemblyman Ron Kim said the governor ordered him in a call last Thursday to backtrack in defense of a top Cuomo aide whose . An adviser to Cuomo said Wednesday that Kim was “lying” about the conversation. The governor also lashed out at Kim during a news conference, saying the lawmaker has a “long and hostile relationship” with his office.The bitter public feud...

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Feb 18
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‘Intimidation measure’: Louisiana AG criticized for suing reporter over records request

‘Intimidation measure’: Louisiana AG criticized for suing reporter over records request

ADAt first, Andrea Gallo’s quest for sexual harassment complaints against a top state justice official seemed like a typical public records battle. The investigative reporter heard a common refrain from agencies withholding information: There was an “ongoing investigation.”“The records should be ready and released to you by early next week,” officials eventually told Gallo on Jan. 22, a few days after she the criminal division head of the Louisiana Attorney General’s office had his pay docked for participating in “inappropriate” conversations.Then the attorney general’s office came back...

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After Capitol riots, desperate families turn to groups that ‘deprogram’ extremists

After Capitol riots, desperate families turn to groups that ‘deprogram’ extremists

ADHer brother couldn’t make it to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but she worried that he would join a new insurrection — that one day “he would be one of the people on TV.”The woman in her 30s asked her family to make plans, she said, hoping to keep her brother busy. Then she contacted a nonprofit called Parents for Peace that seeks to pull people back from extremism, hoping to “save” him, after years of dismay at his hatred of Muslims and Mexicans and now alarm at his anger over the presidential election.Dissecting her brother’s life and their relationship in weekly sessions, she started to...

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Feb 5
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Dominion threatens MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell with lawsuit over ‘false and conspiratorial’ claims

Dominion threatens MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell with lawsuit over ‘false and conspiratorial’ claims

ADLawyers for election technology company Dominion Voting Systems have warned prominent Trump ally and MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell of “imminent” litigation over “false and conspiratorial” claims that the firm somehow rigged the 2020 election against President Trump, demanding in letters late last year and this month that Lindell make a public apology.More than 150 people — including Kelli Ward, the staunchly pro-Trump chair of the Arizona GOP — were sent cease-and-desist notices and warnings to preserve documents in a recent wave of letters to those who provided affidavits in...

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Most of California to impose stay-at-home orders by Sunday as ICU capacity drops

Most of California to impose stay-at-home orders by Sunday as ICU capacity drops

ADStay-at-home orders will take effect in most of California by Sunday, encompassing more than 30 million residents, after hospital capacity dropped to critically low levels in two regions representing the southern half of the state.The return to strict rules aimed at fighting the coronavirus in the country’s most populous state comes as cases and hospitalizations surge around nationwide, prompting tough new restrictions on the economy and daily life. California has struggled to combat this fall’s viral onslaught , and reported more than 25,000 new coronavirus infections Saturday, an...

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