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Gun shop owner: Shooter in Minnesota killings possessed firearm illegally through 'straw purchase'

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MINNEAPOLIS — One of the guns seized by law enforcement in the home where Shannon Gooden shot and killed two Burnsville police officers and a firefighter/paramedic was bought illegally in what is called a "straw purchase," according to the owner of the gun shop where the weapon was obtained weeks before the shooting.

John McConkey told the ...Read more

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Georgia House passes bill to grant tax credits for gun safety measures

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ATLANTA — The Georgia House on Tuesday passed the third bill this session that could save gun owners money.

State representatives voted 162-3 to approve House Bill 971, which would grant tax credits of up to $300 to Georgia residents who purchase gun safes or gun safety accessories, or who take a firearm safety course.

Earlier this year, ...Read more

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Catholic group asks Maryland attorney general to end investigation of Catholic Church abuse

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A Catholic advocacy group called on Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown to halt investigations into child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, in a letter Tuesday.

Bill Donahue, president of the national Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, wrote that it was “exasperating” that ...Read more

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NYC Comptroller's report slams Mayor Adams on migrant contract spending

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NEW YORK — The cost of comparable migrant services provided by contractors hired by Mayor Eric Adams’ administration “varied widely” and came in “significantly higher” than what the city typically pays, leading to mismanaged taxpayer dollars, a report released Tuesday by city Comptroller Brad Lander revealed.

The audit, which ...Read more

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Judge finds Kristina Karamo was removed as Michigan GOP chairwoman

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Kent County Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday that Kristina Karamo had been removed as the Michigan Republican Party's chairwoman on Jan. 6 and barred her from continuing to assert that she holds the position.

Judge J. Joseph Rossi said there were sufficient votes to unseat Karamo in a special meeting of the party's ...Read more

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will not defend state's 24-hour abortion waiting period against litigation

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LANSING, Mich. — Attorney General Dana Nessel and two key state agencies will not fight efforts by a group of abortion providers to overturn the state's 24-hour abortion waiting period, telling a court Tuesday that it's likely the clinics will succeed in their efforts to eliminate the laws.

Nessel, a Democrat tasked with defending Michigan ...Read more

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Maryland Senate committee advances juvenile justice bill in similar posture to House

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The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted Tuesday to move forward a bill to address the rise in certain crimes among juveniles by providing more diversion and rehabilitative services to children alleged of committing crime.

The bill, now headed to the Senate floor where it is likely to face debate, was amended to closely match its ...Read more

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NY's 'Bling Bishop' asked God to 'take vengeance' on victim's son, witness testifies

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NEW YORK — Brooklyn preacher Lamor Whitehead asked God to smite one of his parishioners while refusing to return his mother’s life savings, jurors heard in witness testimony at the “bling bishop’s” Manhattan fraud trial on Tuesday.

“I know he was berating Rasheed in (a) text and he was basically asking God to exact vengeance on him,...Read more

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Artwork stolen from Denver's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial recovered after being sold as scrap metal

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DENVER — Bronze artwork stolen from the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” memorial in Denver’s City Park was recovered by police after being sold as scrap metal, officials announced Tuesday.

Investigators found seven additional bronze pieces stolen from the Joseph Addison Thatcher memorial fountain in City Park while recovering ...Read more

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Family of exonerated Broward man files lawsuit against Georgia deputy who killed him

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The family of a Broward County man who was released after spending 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit is suing the Georgia deputy who shot him to death at a traffic stop in October.

The tragic death of Leonard Cure came just three years after he was released from prison and four months after the state ...Read more

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Dozens of migrant men found crammed in Queens furniture store basement

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams Tuesday denounced as exploitative an illegal dwelling in Queens where dozens of migrant men were found living in beds stacked in the basement of a furniture store.

Fire department officials busted the makeshift housing setup on Monday around 11 p.m. during an inspection of the Richmond Hill, Queens, property in ...Read more

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NY Democrats draft House map that could help their party, keep NYC as is

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NEW YORK — After taking control of a House redistricting process from a bipartisan committee, ruling Democrats in the state Legislature have drawn a map that could boost Democrats in swing suburban races, but would have little impact on district lines in the city.

Having seized the role of mapmaker, Democratic lawmakers were left with a ...Read more

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Healey targets life sciences, climate tech, AI in economic development bill

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A wide-ranging economic development bill Gov. Maura Healey plans to file this week will reauthorize a life sciences investment initiative, fund a similar program for the climate tech sector, and create a new “Applied AI Hub,” the first-term Democrat said Tuesday.

Speaking at a forum hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Healey ...Read more

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Former law partner of Nathan Wade testifies he doesn't know when relationship with Fulton County DA Fani Willis began

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ATLANTA — Special prosecutor Nathan Wade’s former law partner testified repeatedly Tuesday that he didn’t know when Wade’s romantic relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis began, frustrating defense attorneys in Fulton County’s election interference case who hoped he would help prove the prosecutors lied under oath.

Terrence ...Read more

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Georgia Senate passes resolution asking voters to approve sports betting

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The Georgia Senate on Tuesday backed a measure asking voters this November whether they want to make sports betting legal in the state.

Senate Resolution 579 passed the chamber 41-12, sending it to the House, where its chances of passage are uncertain. Since it would change the state’s constitution, the resolution requires support from two-...Read more

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North Carolina senator's gun shop among hundreds monitored by ATF for weapons traced to crimes

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RALEIGH, N.C. — For the third year in a row, the gun shop owned by U.S. Sen. Ted Budd was among hundreds across the country flagged by federal authorities in 2023 for selling weapons that were later traced to crimes, according to newly released records.

ProShots, the gun store and indoor shooting range near Winston-Salem that Budd has owned ...Read more

University of Georgia announces $7.3 million in campus security upgrades in wake of student's death

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ATLANTA — The University of Georgia on Tuesday said it has committed more than $7.3 million on new safety measures, including emergency call boxes and a bigger police budget, following the death of Laken Riley, who was killed on the Athens campus last week.

UGA President Jere Morehead said he met with campus law enforcement officials Tuesday ...Read more

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Voicemail death threat sought in case related to Las Vegas reporter's killing

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LAS VEGAS — Former Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles’ defense attorney is pushing to obtain a recording of a death threat sent to Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German in the months before he was killed.

Both prosecutors and Telles’ defense attorney, Robert Draskovich, said they may not be ready to go to trial next ...Read more

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Idaho lawmakers move to protect IVF as backlash grows against Alabama ruling

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers from both parties are moving to protect in vitro fertilization procedures in the state after an Alabama court ruled earlier this month that embryos produced through IVF should be treated legally as children, McClatchy and the Idaho Statesman have learned.

The momentous ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court said ...Read more

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Mayor Eric Adams says NYC must 'modify' sanctuary laws, offering clearest stance to date

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams came out in favor of modifying the city’s sanctuary status laws Tuesday to make it easier for his administration to help federal authorities deport immigrants suspected of crimes — embracing a policy prescription mostly espoused by conservatives amid the local migrant crisis.

The sanctuary laws, which date back...Read more