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Former officer Thomas Lane should stand trial in George Floyd killing, prosecutors argue

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane should stand trial as an accomplice to the murder of George Floyd because his actions during Floyd's May 25 arrest meet the legal requirements for the charges against him, and jurors should be allowed to determine whether he is guilty, prosecutors argue in new legal filings.

Lane's ...Read more

In wake of Englewood shooting, Chicago mayor says all police officers dealing with public need body cameras

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CHICAGO -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city shouldn't be sending police officers out on the street without body-worn cameras but defended the department's account of a shooting in the Englewood neighborhood that allegedly touched off looting and civil unrest over the weekend.

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, Lightfoot ...Read more

Pew poll finds most Latinos haven't heard of 'Latinx.' Only 3% use the term

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The term "Latinx" has been embraced by 3% of Latinos in the United States, according to the first major poll on the topic by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, which closely tracks "Hispanic/Latino" demographic and social trends. The study, released Tuesday, also found that roughly three out of four Latinos in the U.S. hadn't even heard of the...Read more

Morgan State student found dead after Baltimore gas explosion; BGE says no leaks found

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BALTIMORE -- A 20-year-old man was found dead among the rubble of a massive gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore early Tuesday, bringing the number of people killed in the incident to two, officials said.

Workers continued to investigate and clean up the scene of the explosion that also killed one woman and seriously injured at least seven ...Read more

Man held on $1 million bond in shooting that allegedly sparked looting in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- The man whose shooting by police in Englewood on Sunday allegedly sparked looting in downtown Chicago was ordered held on a $1 million bond Tuesday.

Latrell Allen allegedly shot at police officers, who returned fire, wounding him, touching off a series of events that ended in chaos in some of the city's top shopping districts, ...Read more

More than 13,000 new coronavirus cases recorded as state reports test result backlog

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LOS ANGELES -- With a backlog of coronavirus test results now flowing into a state database, California reported 13,149 coronavirus cases on Monday, with additional older results expected to increase daily totals throughout the week.

"The issue with the state's electronic laboratory reporting system has been addressed and the system is now ...Read more

Kamala Harris in California: Big winner but a polarizing figure

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden's choice of Sen. Kamala Harris brings to the Democratic ticket a woman who has won three times statewide in California -- but has also been a polarizing figure.

She was San Francisco's top prosecutor from 2004 to 2011, then attorney general from 2011 until 2017. While holding statewide office, she called herself ...Read more

Judge in Capital Gazette shooting case rules that prosecutor's psychiatrist can testify at trial

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BALTIMORE -- The judge presiding over the Capital Gazette shooting trial ruled Tuesday that prosecutors didn't do anything wrong when they sent the psychiatrist they hired to the county jail to investigate the gunman's insanity claims, paving the way for the doctor to testify at trial in December.

In her ruling, Judge Laura Ripken rejected ...Read more

Seattle police Chief Carmen Best says she will retire amid protests, budget cuts

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SEATTLE --Police Chief Carmen Best will step down, she has announced, in the wake of protests against police brutality, criticism over the police department's response and votes by the City Council to shrink the police force and cut her wages.

"This was a difficult decision for me, but when it's time, it's time," Best wrote in a Monday night ...Read more

Sen. Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's pick for vice president

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Joe Biden has named his one-time rival Kamala Harris as his running mate, the campaign revealed Tuesday, elevating California's junior senator as the first woman of color to appear on a major party's presidential ticket.

Harris, who centered her unsuccessful White House bid last year on a promise to "prosecute the case" against President Donald...Read more

It's official: Kamala Harris named Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After weeks of growing speculation, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden answered on Tuesday the most highly anticipated question of his campaign, naming California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

"Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau," Biden tweeted, referring to his late son. ...Read more

With Harris as Biden's VP pick, Newsom has chance to appoint history-making senator

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate.

The appointment promises to be one of the most consequential of his political career, ...Read more

Media mogul Jimmy Lai released on bail in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG -- Media mogul Jimmy Lai was let out of police custody on Tuesday evening after more than 40 hours to cheers from supporters of the pro-democracy movement.

The South China Morning Post newspaper says Lai had to pay the equivalent of around $37,600 in bail money, on top of an additional security deposit.

Several other activists were ...Read more

GOP operatives want Kanye West on the presidential ballot — but will it really matter?

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When a Democrat or Republican runs for president, there's usually a stable of low-profile legal experts affiliated with the party who can help navigate the country's thicket of ballot-access laws.

But if you were, say, music megastar Kanye West mounting a not-exactly-viable presidential bid under the banner of the not-exactly-serious "Birthday ...Read more

Following his arrest, Conn. congressional candidate drops out on day of vote

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Republican running for Congress in Connecticut's 2nd District abruptly dropped his bid on the day of the primary following his arrest.

Thomas Gilmer of Madison was arrested by Wethersfield police late Monday, a department official confirmed. He was charged on a warrant with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree ...Read more

Will the election be 'fair and equal'? Most Americans aren't too confident, poll finds

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Most Americans don't have much confidence in the fairness of the upcoming election, a poll has found.

An NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll of 44,601 American adults found the majority, regardless of party affiliation, are "not too confident" or "not at all confident" that the 2020 election will be conducted fairly and equally.

The poll was conducted ...Read more

Cow chase leads to helicopter rescue in California's Solano County

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LOS ANGELES -- Two people were injured and had to be airlifted out of a Solano County park over the weekend after they fell while trying to hoof it from an ornery cow, authorities said.

The confrontation took place Sunday morning when two people came across a cow and a calf in Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, according to the California Highway ...Read more

Michael Flynn faces skeptical appeals court in fight to have case dismissed

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court appeared to balk at former national security adviser Michael Flynn's claim that the judge overseeing his prosecution has no choice but to grant the U.S. Justice Department's surprise motion to dismiss the case without holding a hearing.

During a rare review by the full appellate panel, most of the judges at...Read more

A record 277 deaths added as Florida coronavirus toll rises

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida's coronavirus death toll increased Tuesday by 277 victims, the highest number reported during the pandemic.

At least 8,553 residents have died from COVID-19 complications so far, along with another 132 nonresidents who died in the state, according to official data.

The previous high for COVID-19 deaths was 257 ...Read more

Lawyer: Missing Connecticut mother should be declared dead, was likely dismembered

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The court-appointed lawyer overseeing the estate of Fotis Dulos has filed a motion asking the probate judge to declare Jennifer Farber Dulos dead, arguing that she was likely dismembered after she disappeared nearly 15 months ago.

Normally in Connecticut a person has to be missing for seven years before the probate court will...Read more