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'Acts that defy humanity:' 3 essential reads on police brutality, race and the power of video evidence

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In the case of the five Black, former Memphis police officers accused of murder in the beating death of Tyre Nichols, justice has moved quickly.

In fewer than 30 days after Nichols’ Jan. 10, 2023 death, the former officers were charged with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.

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FDA revokes authorization for key anti-COVID-19 drug, a blow for vulnerable Americans

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The Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn its provisional support for the use of Evusheld, a medication that was once a valuable tool for preventing patients with weakened immune systems from becoming severely ill with COVID-19.

With new viral variants increasingly adept at defeating Evusheld, the FDA said the biological drug should no ...Read more

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Public figures react to Tyre Nichols beating video

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Newsmakers from across the nation reacted to footage of Tyre Nichols being beaten by Memphis police.

Martin Luther King III, whose father was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, nearly 55 years ago, was disturbed by what he saw.

“I am deeply disturbed by the video released by Memphis Police today,” the civil rights activist tweeted. “We all ...Read more

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NYC protests of Tyre Nichols death draw more than 100; two arrested as Times Square protester smashes police car windshield

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NEW YORK — More than 100 people showed up at two protests in Manhattan on Friday night as Memphis police released video showing its officers fatally beating Tyre Nichols, a Black man.

There were at least two arrests — including one that came as a protester kicked in a police car windshield in Times Square. “Let him go!” protesters ...Read more

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First week of Murdaugh's trial a showcase of shocking violence, evidence and emotion

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WALTERBORO, S.C. — As the first week of the long-awaited double murder trial of Alex Murdaugh wrapped up Friday, a jury of eight women and four men, the state of South Carolina and the nation have borne witness to an evolving courtroom drama and disquieting disclosures from the witness stand.

The trial begins again Monday morning in the 202-...Read more

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DA confirms that suspected Half Moon Bay shooter was triggered by $100 equipment bill

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Days after a disgruntled coworker killed seven people in Half Moon Bay, family members and co-workers of the victims returned to the mushroom farm where the massacre — now said to have started over a dispute over a $100 equipment bill to the shooter — to commemorate their loved ones and chart a path to recovery.

“We ...Read more

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Bankman-Fried sought to influence witness, prosecutors say

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FTX co-founder Samuel Bankman-Fried sought to influence a witness in the U.S. government’s criminal fraud case against him, prosecutors said in a filing, asking a judge to stop him from contacting former employees at the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange.

The government also requested an order from the judge prohibiting Bankman-Fried from ...Read more

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Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas to visit Miami, meet with Haitians and Cubans

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MIAMI — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is visiting Miami on Monday, where he will meet with the local Haitian and Cuban communities as well as local and federal authorities.

The agency said the purpose of the visit is to talk about a recently announced parole process that allows up to 30,000 Venezuelans, ...Read more

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Memphis releases graphic video of Tyre Nichols' brutal beating; family calls for peaceful protest

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The city of Memphis released nearly an hour of graphic video Friday evening showing the beating of Tyre Nichols, footage capturing the moment-by-moment developments of a traffic stop that spiraled into a savage display of force, once again leaving an American city reeling from police violence.

The video — which includes ...Read more

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Freezing deaths of mother, 2 children still a mystery to loved ones

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PONTIAC, Mich. — Nearly two weeks later, Monica Cannady's loved ones are no closer to understanding why she and two sons laid down in an empty field and froze to death.

They pondered the question on a cold Friday afternoon during visitation services for the family at a Pontiac funeral home.

“Nobody will ever know,” said Christine Harris,...Read more

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Israelis killed in gun attack at Jerusalem synagogue

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A gunman shot to death seven Israelis in an attack on a synagogue in a Jewish neighborhood of East Jerusalem as tensions soared following the Thursday killing of nine Palestinians in a clash with Israeli security officials in the West Bank.

Police who raced to the scene shot and killed the assailant. Israeli media reported he was 21, from East...Read more

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'I was hitting him with straight haymakers, dog': Tyre Nichols police beating video released

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The city of Memphis released nearly an hour of graphic video Friday evening showing the beating of Tyre Nichols, footage capturing the moment-by-moment developments of a traffic stop that spiraled into a savage display of force, once again leaving an American city reeling from police violence.

The video — which includes ...Read more

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China celebrated Lunar New Year like COVID-19 no longer exists

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Tourist spots were swamped, movie theaters were packed and fireworks displays lit up the night sky as China celebrated the Lunar New Year with an abandon that marked the end of its three-year COVID Zero experiment.

The sudden dismantling of China’s COVID-19 restrictions in December allowed everyone to travel and freely mingle for the country...Read more

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Drug company middlemen likely to be a focus in 118th Congress

WASHINGTON — Factions of the health care system and members of Congress are turning their fire on an oft-maligned part of the drug pricing system — the middlemen who negotiate discounts with drug companies on behalf of health plans.

The business practices of pharmacy benefit ...Read more

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Haitian authorities plead for calm. Promise better protection for cops after gang attacks

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian authorities vowed Friday to continue the fight against criminal armed gangs who this week plunged the volatile Caribbean nation into a new crisis after their “targeted” armed attacks left 14 cops dead in less than two weeks.

Urging officers not to to be manipulated by those seeking to fuel further ...Read more

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United States announces members of new economic partnership in Western Hemisphere

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The Biden administration says 11 countries in the Western Hemisphere have initially signed up into the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, in what officials called a “historic” initiative to drive economic growth and cooperation in the region.

“We view it as a historic new initiative to drive economic growth in the hemisphere, ...Read more

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YSL trial: Deputy on desk duty after scuffle with defendant

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ATLANTA — A Fulton County deputy involved in a scuffle with one of the YSL defendants has been placed on administrative duties following a complaint filed by an attorney representing the defendant.

Investigator Morris Kandakai, a member of the sheriff’s office Scorpion Unit, has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of an...Read more

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Infant in Massachusetts tragedy has died, the DA's office says

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BOSTON — The last of the three Clancy children at the heart of the Duxbury tragedy has died.

“Today, at approximately 12:30 p.m., The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner contacted Massachusetts State Police assigned to our office to report that at 11:18 a.m. today, the third Clancy child was pronounced deceased at Children’s ...Read more

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Suspect in Paul Pelosi attack describes incident, his time with victim in interrogation recording

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David DePape was fueled by grievances against Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party and driven by the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump when he smashed a hammer into the skull of Pelosi’s husband during a failed bid to kidnap the then-House speaker, a newly released recording shows.

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Trump drops Deutsche Bank subpoena fight with new GOP-led House

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump has ended his long-running legal fight with two congressional committees over access to his financial records now that Republicans have a House majority.

Trump’s lawyers filed notice in court on Friday that they were dropping a lawsuit against the House Financial Services Committee and the House ...Read more