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Jussie Smollett, after denying he orchestrated attack, will face cross examination

The former “Empire” actor, who is Black and gay, testified for more than five hours Monday, denying he orchestrated the alleged attack, attempting to cast doubt on two of the prosecution’s primary witnesses, and describing the early morning incident and his distrust for police. Special prosecutor Dan Webb began to cross-examine him Monday afternoon and …

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More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters suspended without pay over vaccine mandate

More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters suspended without pay over vaccine mandate

A total of 113 Los Angeles firefighters have been placed on leave without pay for refusing to comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to local reports. WILDFIRES TORCHED UP TO A FIFTH OF ALL GIANT SEQUOIA TREES The policy requires all city employees to get vaccinated by Dec. 18, or submit negative test …

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Hawaii health officials order Navy to clean up contaminated drinking water

The Navy previously said it shut down its Red Hill well on November 28 and that families living on base reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and skin-related concerns. The Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, built during World War II, is located 100 feet above the Red Hill aquifer, which supplies drinking …

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Officers find loaded guns and machete at home of man accused of threatening to attack NYC Pride March

Robert Fehring, 74, of Bayport, New York, was charged with sending threats through the mail, according to a criminal complaint that was unsealed Monday. Prosecutors allege Fehring has been sending letters threatening violence to organizations and businesses associated with the LGBTQ+ community since at least 2013, which included threatening to use firearms and explosives. CNN …

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Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Epstein kept CDs with nude photos catalogued with police-style evidence tape

Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Epstein kept CDs with nude photos catalogued with police-style evidence tape

The FBI found a trove of photos of nude women and girls at Jeffrey Epstein’s New York City townhouse when they performed search warrants following the financier’s arrest on sex trafficking charges in July 2019. In a closet of one of the floors of the 7-story residence, the agents found boxes with CDs that contained …

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Family gets $2.2 million settlement for death of Georgia inmate, calls for criminal investigation

The settlement is one of the biggest wrongful death settlements in the history of Georgia’s prison system and comes as the Justice Department has launched a sweeping civil rights investigation into allegations of unconstitutional abuses of prisoners in Georgia prisons. Jenna Mitchell would have celebrated her 29th birthday last month. Instead, four years after she …

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Waukesha parade suspect's low bail in prior case is typical practice in Milwaukee

Waukesha parade suspect’s low bail in prior case is typical practice in Milwaukee

WAUKESHA, Wis. — An embattled democratic Milwaukee district attorney called Waukesha suspect Darrell Brooks’ $1,000 bail in a prior domestic violence case “inappropriately low.” But court records suggest that defendants are routinely sprung on small sums for serious felonies – including an alleged serial bank robber.  WAUKESHA PARADE SUSPECT DARRELL BROOKS SAYS HE FEELS ‘DEHUMANIZED,’ …

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Virginia to remove Robert E. Lee statue pedestal in Richmond: 'Successful conclusion'

Virginia to remove Robert E. Lee statue pedestal in Richmond: ‘Successful conclusion’

The pedestal on which a controversial statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stood for 131 years in Richmond, Virginia, is slated to be removed, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Sunday. The land that housed both the statue and the plinth will be returned to the city, the state’s Democratic governor explained in a press release. …

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Vandals defaced tunnels near Idaho’s Anne Frank memorial with anti-Semitic graffiti, including swastikas, police say

Law enforcement officials are looking for whoever is responsible for the vandalism along the Greenbelt in Boise, the Boise Police Department (BPD) said on Twitter. “We recognize the significance of this being the last Saturday of Hanukkah and we are reaching out to Jewish leaders in our community to let them know we will not …

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Reports: Perdue plans to challenge Kemp in GOP primary for Georgia governor

The expected announcement by Perdue represents a shot at a political comeback for the former one-term senator. His reelection bid was thwarted by Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff in a key runoff race in January, an embarrassing loss for Republicans, who lost the Senate after losing both Georgia seats. CNN has previously reported that Trump recently …

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CBP seizes $30 million shipment of fake handbags and clothing ahead of holidays

CBP officers found bags, shirts and pants bearing counterfeit logos including Gucci and Louis Vuitton at the Los Angeles Seaport on November 9, the CPB said in a statement released December 2. The container of 13,586 items had been shipped from China and would have had a combined estimated recommended retail price of $30,437,775, it …

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GOP vaccine resistance confronting Biden has deep roots

That 78 million Americans still resist protective shots confounds anyone examining the medical evidence of the vaccines’ effectiveness. But the evidence of history, turbocharged by the modern Republican Party’s extremism, makes vaccine resistance no mystery — and Biden’s effort a slog even after nearly 800,000 deaths from Covid-19. Just as they’ve elevated voting restrictions over …

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San Francisco restaurant defends denying service to armed police officers: 'We were uncomfortable'

San Francisco restaurant defends denying service to armed police officers: ‘We were uncomfortable’

The co-owner of a San Francisco restaurant defended refusing service to three uniformed police officers following backlash over the move, calling the establishment a “safe space.”  “It’s not about the fact that we are anti-police,” chef and co-owner of Hilda and Jesse, Rachel Sillcocks, told ABC7 News. “It is about the fact that we do not …

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