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Judges block GOP revamp of NC election boards, for now

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A panel of judges on Thursday temporarily blocked a new elections law from taking effect which would have stripped Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of all his appointments to election boards and given them to lawmakers instead.

The law, which was enacted in October as Senate Bill 749, overhauls the structure of state and local election boards, ...Read more

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2 Nevada State Troopers struck, killed on I-15; suspect in custody

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LAS VEGAS — Two Nevada State Troopers were struck and killed Thursday morning while conducting a motorist assist on northbound Interstate 15 near D street.

Las Vegas police provided some details about the incident at a press briefing at Metro HQ Thursday afternoon.

A suspect has been taken into custody, according to LMVPD Deputy Chief ...Read more


Crime victims not entitled to anonymity under Marsy's Law, Florida's high court rules

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MIAMI — The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Florida police officers and any other crime victims can’t shield their identity behind Marsy’s Law, the 2018 constitutional amendment meant to grant more rights to victims of crimes.

The ruling stemmed from two incidents in Tallahassee in 2020 in which officers fatally shot suspects. ...Read more

NC man arrested Thursday helped lead the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, FBI says

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A 36-year-old North Carolina man was arrested Thursday after video showed him lead rioters to force open the Senate Wing doors at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors said.

David Paul Daniel of Mint Hill was charged with the felony offenses of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers and civil disorder, according to a ...Read more

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Former employee sues Trump's New Jersey golf club over sexual harassment

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NEW YORK — A young woman who worked at Donald Trump’s golf club in New Jersey was sexually harassed and tricked into signing a nondisclosure agreement by one of the former president’s top lawyers, according to a lawsuit she filed Wednesday.

Alice Bianco worked as a server at Trump National in Bedminster for a few months in 2021. Shortly ...Read more

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GOP senators cry foul as Judiciary Chair Richard Durbin disallows more debate on two committee votes

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WASHINGTON — Republicans erupted at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday after Chair Richard J. Durbin blocked them from speaking about two judicial nominees ahead of roll call votes.

Partisan tensions were already high at the markup, since Democrats later would vote to authorize subpoenas related to a Supreme Court ethics ...Read more

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DNA found on Gilgo Beach murder victims matches suspect's wife, reports say

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NEW YORK — DNA from the wife of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer Rex Heuermann was found on the victims’ bodies, according to multiple reports.

Asa Ellerup, 59, has not been considered a suspect in the case, as prosecutors said she was out of town when the victims were killed.

However, investigators matched her DNA to samples collected ...Read more


Feds: Ex-Georgia office manager stole $3.5 million to fund Tennessee tickets, trips

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ATLANTA — She paid for her daughter’s wedding, bought designer purses and purchased season tickets for University of Tennessee football and basketball games, according to federal investigators.

Sonya Hesenius, 59, of Suwanee, also bought a recreational vehicle, took cruises and paid for plane tickets for more than 20 family members and ...Read more


Traffic exhaust could increase blood pressure, study finds

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SEATTLE — Even brief exposure to highway pollution could cause significant increases in blood pressure, a new study from the University of Washington has found, adding to a growing body of work correlating vehicle exhaust with negative health outcomes.

The effects are near immediate: Two hours in Seattle’s rush hour was enough to increase ...Read more


US deports former coup leader, convicted drug trafficker Guy Philippe back to Haiti

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One of Haiti’s most controversial figures is back in his troubled homeland after being deported from the United States on Thursday.

Guy Philippe, the former Haitian police commander who led a rebellion in 2004 that overthrew President Jean Bertrand Aristide and then spent nearly a dozen years evading U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ...Read more

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He does it all: military captain, lawmaker, alleged boss of cartel drowning US in drugs

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The two men in blue jeans and T-shirts were strangers but entered the governor’s gym in the Venezuelan city of Maturín looking as if they owned the place. They asked the front-desk attendant if the governor was in. He was.

A guard, spotting their weapons, grabbed his two-way radio and blurted: “Armed men just walked in.”

They were his ...Read more

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Jurors hear 'tuna' recording for first time after judge in ex-Ald. Burke trial rejects request for mistrial

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Jurors in ex-Ald. Ed Burke’s federal corruption trial on Thursday finally heard, in Burke’s own voice, a phrase already infamous in Chicago political history:

“So did we land the, uh, the tuna?”

The “tuna” was tax business from developers of the massive Old Post Office – business that Burke had been chasing for months. In ...Read more

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Poll finds most Florida voters back adding abortion rights, marijuana legalization to state Constitution

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A majority of Florida voters — including more than half of Republicans surveyed — told pollsters they support a proposed amendment that would add a right to abortion to the state Constitution.

The poll from the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab, released Thursday, found 62% of state voters said they would vote “...Read more

Rep. George Santos donor says he was scammed: 'He's not a normal dude'

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A big-money donor to Rep. George Santos Thursday denounced the scandal-tarred lawmaker for ripping him off— along with many others.

Josh Eisen, a Westchester County business and onetime congressional candidate, said he donated the maximum allowable donation to Santos to help forge a GOP majority in the House of Representatives.

He was ...Read more

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Lawyers for ex-Ald. Ed Burke move for mistrial over 'corrupt' comment from witness

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Lawyers for former Chicago Ald. Edward Burke have filed a formal motion for a mistrial in his high-profile corruption case, arguing a witness’ off-the-cuff remark that Burke’s actions seemed “corrupt” has tainted the jury and violated Burke’s due process rights.

The motion by attorneys Joseph Duffy and Chris Gair filed shortly before ...Read more

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Israel-Hamas war strains interfaith efforts in Atlanta

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Earlier this month, when Dr. Nabile Safdar addressed 400 people, the majority Muslims, during the Islamic Speakers Bureau’s annual gala in Atlanta, he didn’t ignore the elephant in the room: the Israeli-Hamas war.

“This (war) has brought some of us closer. In some cases it’s led to some distance and suspicion within the community, and ...Read more

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Sacramento reflects national trend of problematic discrimination towards Asian Americans

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Negative stereotypes of Asians living in the United States continues to proliferate, according to a new study.

A majority of Asians living in the United States say discrimination against their communities is a major problem, new data from the Pew Research Center shows. Out of 7,000 Asians and Asian Americans surveyed, 58% say they have been ...Read more

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California exodus: A record number of people are fleeing the Golden State for Florida

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Texas has long been the top landing spot in the United States for residents leaving California. Nevada and Arizona, two states that share a border with California, have also traditionally been among the top destinations.

There’s suddenly a new contender attracting people fleeing California: Ron DeSantis’s Florida.

New data from the census ...Read more

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Why an antisemitism measure in Georgia faces an uncertain future

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The Georgia-Israel caucus met in a cramped Capitol conference room to hear from a delegation of Arab Muslims who spoke about the dangers of anti-Israel sentiment in the Middle East.

But the lunch-and-learn session Wednesday morphed into a sharp clash between lawmakers over a stalled effort to make antisemitism a hate crime in Georgia.

The ...Read more

US deports former rebel leader, convicted drug trafficker Guy Philippe back to Haiti

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One of Haiti’s most controversial figures is back in his troubled homeland after being deported from the United States on Thursday.

Guy Philippe, the former Haitian police commander who led a rebellion in 2004 that overthrew President Jean Bertrand Aristide and then spent nearly a dozen years evading U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ...Read more