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Judge’s new ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death

May 12, 2021

By AMY FORLITI MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled that there were aggravating factors in the death of George Floyd, paving the way for a longer sentence for Derek Chauvin, according to an order made public Wednesday. In his ruling, Judge Peter Cahill found that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer when he restrained…

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Gov. Wolf opposing changes to PA Voter ID laws requested by Republicans

May 8, 2021

Photo: Gov. Tom Wolf/Flikr page HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans wanting stricter voter identification provisions in Pennsylvania is emerging as an early flashpoint with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in what GOP lawmakers cast as a top-to-bottom update of state election law following a presidential contest that Donald Trump still baselessly maintains was stolen from him….

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Pennsylvania’s collective fight against gun violence and crime

May 7, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf with Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilmember Jamie Gauthier at the gun violence press conference.   (Photo courtesy: Jim Brown) By Jim Brown  A wave of gun violence that began last January 2020 and has been exacerbated by the pandemic  continues to take away the freedoms in our neighborhoods. This violent…

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms not seeking reelection

May 7, 2021

Above photo: Keisha Lance Bottoms declares victory during an election-night watch party Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta’s two-person mayoral runoff election is too close to call. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) By BILL BARROW ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that…

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4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

May 7, 2021

By AMY FORLITI and MICHAEL BALSAMO MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air. A three-count indictment unsealed Friday names Derek…

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Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

May 5, 2021

By MATT O’BRIEN and BARBARA ORTUTAY SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — for now. The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to uphold his ban from the platform after his account was suspended four months ago for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot….

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Widening fight over guns features prominently in court race

April 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: President Judge Kevin Brobson (Photo/pacourts.us)  By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa. — It is the case that Kevin Brobson cannot get out of his head: the National Rifle Association and gun owners couldn’t get Pennsylvania’s courts to consider their lawsuits challenging firearms restrictions in cities. Brobson, now running for a seat on Pennsylvania’s…

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US indicts 3 on hate crime charges in death of Ahmaud Arbery

April 29, 2021

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and RUSS BYNUM WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department brought federal hate crimes charges Wednesday in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, charging a father and son who armed themselves, chased and fatally shot the 25-year-old Black man after spotting him running in their Georgia neighborhood. Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory, were…

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Biden to pitch sweeping ‘family plan’ in speech to Congress

April 28, 2021

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON (AP) — Marking his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would fundamentally transform the role government plays in American life. Biden will make his case Wednesday night before…

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