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Odds for successful appeal appear slim for Kimberly Potter

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MINNEAPOLIS — Experienced attorneys say former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter faces a slim chance of prevailing in a likely appeal of last month's manslaughter convictions in the shooting death of Daunte Wright.

A well-run trial by the judge presiding over Potter's case and few to no glaring legal issues will pose formidable ...Read more

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Omicron reaches China's political, financial and tech hubs

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Omicron has breached the political, financial and technology centers of China for the first time, putting pressure on the country’s response to the more transmissible variant as it awaits the Winter Olympics starting in less than three weeks.

China has detected locally transmitted omicron infections in the capital Beijing, the financial ...Read more

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Fatal fentanyl overdose of Hartford 13-year-old brings calls for naloxone in schools

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The death of a 13-year-old Hartford boy who overdosed on fentanyl last week at the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy is spurring new calls to stock school nurses’ offices with naloxone, a powerful tool to treat overdoses.

A spokesman for Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Sunday that the mayor and other city leaders are ...Read more

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Attacks on America's Jewish community on the rise long before Colleyville, experts say

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The hostage standoff inside a Colleyville synagogue Saturday reignited fears of antisemitic violence with news headlines that circled the globe. But for many Jewish Americans, the threat of such an attack — even at a small-town synagogue in North Texas — is something they live with every day.

Nearly 1 in 4 Jewish ...Read more

Drone strikes on UAE kill 3; Yemeni fighters claim responsibility

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Iran-backed Yemeni fighters said they launched drone strikes on the United Arab Emirates that caused explosions and a fire on the outskirts of the capital Abu Dhabi and left three people dead, ratcheting up tensions in the critical oil-exporting region.

One of the biggest attacks to date on UAE soil ignited a fire at Abu Dhabi’s main ...Read more

Fauci says it's too soon to say omicron heralds end of pandemic

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to the U.S. president, said it’s too soon to say whether the omicron variant will herald a shift in the COVID-19 pandemic to endemic.

“It’s an open question as to whether or not omicron is going to be the live virus vaccination everyone is hoping for because we have so much variability with new ...Read more

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North Korea may have fired ballistic missile -- its fourth launch in January

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North Korea test-launched two suspected ballistic missiles Monday in its fourth rocket volley this year, turning up pressure on the Biden administration with its biggest string of tests since August 2019.

South Korea’s military said North Korea fired what appeared to be two ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast at 8:50 and 8:54 a....Read more

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Manhunt ends for suspect accused of shooting 2 Georgia deputies

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ATLANTA — The manhunt for a man suspected of shooting two Thomas County sheriff’s deputies came to an end Sunday afternoon, according to the GBI.

Tyler Keith Henderson, 25, of Ochlocknee, was taken into custody by authorities in the southwest Georgia county, the GBI said. Despite the intensive search that included helicopters, Henderson ...Read more

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LA County sees 10-month high in COVID death rate

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County saw an average of 40 coronavirus deaths a day over the past week, the highest such rate in nearly 10 months, a sign that the prolific omicron variant may be deadlier than many initially believed.

The county’s daily COVID-19 death rate has doubled in just a week, officials said. According to a Los Angeles ...Read more

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Church, community cared for families of synagogue hostages during hourslong crisis

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COLLEYVILLE, Texas — For hours on Saturday, Good Shepherd Catholic Community church in Colleyville came to the aid of Congregation Beth Israel as an armed man held Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and three others hostage at the synagogue.

The help came in the form of a safe place for the rabbi’s family and spouses of the other hostages to wait...Read more

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Scores of mourners overflow mosque for emotional funeral for 15 victims of deadly Bronx fire: 'Things will never be the same'

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NEW YORK — Tears and demands for justice pervaded Sunday’s funeral services for 15 of the people killed in last week’s horrific Bronx apartment building fire — the deadliest blaze in the city in three decades.

A crowd estimated at more than 2,000 paid final respects to nine adults and six children who perished after a faulty space ...Read more

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FAA clears way for some jets to fly within 5G airwaves

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U.S. aviation regulators granted approvals that will allow some jetliners to operate within zones where new 5G wireless services are set to begin Wednesday, significantly reducing the potential impact on flight schedules.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday airline manufacturers had shown that the mobile-phone signals won’t ...Read more

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What University of Michigan's Schlissel lost, could lose under exit contract after firing

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DETROIT — The Board of Regents' firing of former University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel cost him some benefits in the exit contract he negotiated last year, when he planned to depart one year earlier than scheduled.

Experts said in October that Schlissel negotiated a new agreement that was one of the most lucrative university ...Read more

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North Korea may have fired ballistic missile -- its fourth launch in January

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North Korea test-launched two suspected ballistic missiles Monday in its fourth rocket volley this year, turning up regional tensions with its biggest string of tests since August 2019.

South Korea’s military said North Korea fired what appeared to be two ballistic missiles toward waters off its east coast. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told ...Read more

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Interim University of Michigan president: 'We will come together during this period'

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DETROIT — Interim President Mary Sue Coleman told the University of Michigan community Sunday evening that while she was "deeply saddened by the circumstances of the invitation," she agreed to temporarily replace fired president Mark Schlissel "because of my love and respect for this institution."

Coleman, U-M's president from 2002-14, said ...Read more

More than 1,200 flights canceled at Charlotte airport as storm dumps ice, snow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While the Carolinas slowly sunk Sunday under snow and ice, Charlotte Douglas International Airport was a sea of red — red as in hundreds of canceled flights stretching into Monday.

The airline hub, one of the busiest in the country, was also the hardest hit by a powerful winter storm that swept across the South starting ...Read more

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FBI identifies hostage-taker in synagogue standoff as 44-year-old British citizen

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The FBI on Sunday identified the hostage-taker in the standoff at a Colleyville synagogue as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen.

Akram — who could be heard speaking during a livestream that broadcast a portion of the 11-hour standoff — died Saturday night after a hostage rescue team breached the building...Read more

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Manhunt ends for suspect accused of shooting 2 Georgia deputies

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ATLANTA — The manhunt for a man suspected of shooting two Thomas County sheriff’s deputies came to an end Sunday afternoon, according to the GBI.

Tyler Keith Henderson, 25, of Ochlocknee, was taken into custody by authorities in the southwest Georgia county, the GBI said. Despite the intensive search that included helicopters, Henderson ...Read more

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Austria to start fines for unvaccinated in march, Nehammer says

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Austria will impose fines on those without COVID-19 vaccinations from mid-March after a transition phase that starts in February, said Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

People unwilling to get inoculated will face penalties of as much as 3,600 euros ($4,108), the Austrian leader told reporters on Sunday. The mandate will apply to all adults living in ...Read more

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Newborn boy found dead in a duffel bag Saturday was left outside a barely staffed fire station. It's exactly the outcome the Safe Haven Law was meant to prevent

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CHICAGO — From the outside, there’s nothing to suggest the fire station often is left unstaffed, or that it is used for maintenance rather than as a base for firefighters and paramedics to go out on calls.

That’s one of myriad reasons, experts said, that the person who left a baby boy in a duffel bag outside a Near North fire station ...Read more