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Prosecutors slam ex-cop Nouman Raja's bid for new sentence

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Nouman Raja became the first Florida police officer in three decades to be convicted for an on-duty police shooting. And now he argues his 25-year prison sentence for shooting stranded motorist Corey Jones dead was a mistake.

He says the evidence and the jury's findings can't possibly support such a punishment.

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Analysis: Trump's attorneys hint they will invoke executive privilege to block Bolton testimony

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's lawyers laid the groundwork Monday for invoking executive privilege in an effort to block potentially damaging public testimony from witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton.

Though this claim is unlikely to succeed in the courts, it could give Senate Republicans a talking point for ...Read more

Collins will soon launch campaign for US Senate in Georgia

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ATLANTA -- U.S. Rep. Doug Collins will soon announce a challenge to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, setting up a bitter Republican showdown in November that pits one of President Donald Trump's most vocal defenders against a wealthy former executive backed by Gov. Brian Kemp.

Collins, who is set to be at the Georgia Statehouse on Tuesday, has started...Read more

Plan could force California utilities to reimburse customers for power shut-offs

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California utilities could be banned from charging for electricity during power shut-offs and required to reimburse their customers for spoiled food or other financial losses under legislation that cleared the state Senate on Monday.

Senate Bill 378, opposed by Pacific Gas & Electric and the state's two other largest ...Read more

Mother of missing journalist says US official posing an obstacle to his return

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WASHINGTON -- The mother of Austin Tice, the journalist held captive in Syria for more than seven years, said Monday that while she was "reasonably hopeful" her son might soon be released, she was frustrated by a senior administration official who has been an obstacle to progress.

Debra Tice said she is confident that President Donald Trump is ...Read more

Pompeo bars NPR reporter from his plane

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WASHINGTON -- Following an unusually acrimonious exchange between Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and a senior journalist with National Public Radio, the State Department has barred the broadcaster's representative from traveling with him as part of a reporting pool on his next trip abroad.

The association that represents correspondents ...Read more

Cold case solved? DNA links California man to murders of his 5 infant children

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Evidence led them to evil -- the San Joaquin Valley man prosecutors say killed five of his newborn children in a cold case that haunted detectives for years and shocked anew on Monday.

The man, Paul Perez, 57, of Delano, faces five counts of murder plus allegations of lying in wait and torture in the slayings. Perez, an ...Read more

Man pleads guilty in railroad spike killings of San Diego homeless men

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SAN DIEGO -- A mentally ill man accused of impaling several San Diego homeless men with railroad spikes admitted on Monday to murdering four people and assaulting nine others during a six-month period in 2016.

Jon David Guerrero, 42, whose mental competency to stand trial was an issue for years, agreed to be sentenced on May 1 to four ...Read more

Tourists, fans invade hillside where Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed

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CALABASAS, Calif. -- As out-of-town visitors arrived in Calabasas looking to glimpse the hillside where Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people died in a helicopter crash, some ran into sheriff's checkpoints, some became lost and others had no idea where to go.

Enter 70-year-old Linda Adams.

The 30-year ...Read more

Fortnite banned from Kentucky high school esports competitions

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky schools can't play the video game Fortnite that is being newly offered nationally in interscholastic esports competitions, Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett said Sunday in an email to school officials, adding "There is no place for shooter games in our schools."

Tackett said that ...Read more

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Arizona's ballot rules overturned on grounds they discriminate against minority voters

SAN FRANCISCO -- A divided federal appeals court Monday overturned election rules in Arizona that the court said discriminated against Latino, African American and Native American voters.

Ruling in favor of a challenge brought by the Democratic National ...Read more

Prince Andrew is stonewalling Jeffrey Epstein probe, US attorney says

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WASHINGTON -- Buckingham Palace and the Trump administration were silent about explosive new accusations Monday from a top U.S. Justice Department official that Britain's Prince Andrew has provided "zero cooperation" to an ongoing investigation into the late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey E. Epstein.

Although Epstein was found dead in the ...Read more

Arizona's ballot rules overturned on grounds they discriminate against minority voters

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A divided federal appeals court Monday overturned election rules in Arizona that the court said discriminated against Latino, African American and Native American voters.

Ruling in favor of a challenge brought by the Democratic National Committee, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Arizona requirement that ...Read more

Available to highest bidder: articles of impeachment, complete with Donald Trump signature

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DETROIT -- President Donald Trump was at a campaign rally in Battle Creek on Dec. 18 when he made history, becoming just the third president to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

To commemorate the occasion, a man at the rally decided to get Trump's autograph on an unusual item. As the crowd around him chanted "four more years," ...Read more

Martin Shkreli sued over alleged antitrust violation in drug pricing

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NEW YORK -- Convicted "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli was sued by federal officials and the state of New York for allegedly violating antitrust law when he jacked up the price of a crucial drug by 4,000% overnight in 2015.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General ...Read more

US says no new coronavirus cases, with 110 under monitoring

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. State Department said citizens should reconsider travel to China in light of the deadly coronavirus that's killed at least 80 there and is appearing around the globe from Singapore to Paris.

The U.S. may also expand travel screening at its borders and is closely monitoring 110 people to stop the virus, testing them for ...Read more

House Democrats are making McConnell — not Trump — their new boogeyman

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WASHINGTON -- While Democrats in Washington are attacking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's management of the impeachment trial, it's his role in blocking House-passed legislation that is getting the most campaign airtime so far this year.

The latest example, and a likely preview of what is to come, is the Democratic Congressional ...Read more

4 shot outside Bridgeport, Conn., courthouse, 3 suspects in custody after pursuit

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Four men were shot outside the Bridgeport courthouse Monday in what appeared to be a targeted, drive-by shooting related to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old boy over the weekend, officials said.

Two of the men suffered serious injuries and were in surgery Monday and two others suffered minor injuries, according to police....Read more

Bolton's claims scramble impeachment trial as Trump lawyers resume their defense

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's attorneys ignored explosive claims by former national security adviser John Bolton when they resumed their defense Monday in the Senate impeachment trial, arguing instead that Democrats had mischaracterized the president's actions in Ukraine.

"We do not deal with speculation, allegations," said Jay Sekulow...Read more

Trump campaign to deploy Cabinet secretaries, lawmakers, allies to Iowa

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The Trump campaign says it will dispatch high-level government appointees to stump in Iowa ahead of the state's Monday caucuses, setting up potential pitfalls for Cabinet secretaries and other officials bound by ethics restrictions on their politicking.

"This goes above and beyond anything I've ever seen when it comes to the White House ...Read more