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Florida Supreme Court blocks assault weapon ban from ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is blocking an assault weapons ban from going to voters in 2022, saying in a Thursday ruling that the ballot summary is deceptive because it doesn’t clearly state that a grandfathering clause ...

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Murder charge upgraded in Floyd case, 3 other cops charged

George Floyd died May 25, 2020, after a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. (Courtesy of the Floyd family)

MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors are charging a Minneapolis police officer accused of pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck with second-degree murder, and for the first time will level charges against three other officers at the scene, a newspaper reported Wednesday. ...

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US Legislatures slow to pass laws limiting use of force

In this Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, demonstrators block Public Square in Cleveland during a protest over the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Only a third of US states have passed laws on police use of force since the deaths of Rice and other young black men at the hands of police in 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A wave of police killings of young black men in 2014 prompted 24 states to quickly pass some type of law enforcement reform, but many declined to address the most glaring issue: police use of force. Six ...

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Rosenstein defends naming special counsel for Russia inquiry

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Tuesday that if the president ordered him to fire the special counsel handling the Russia investigation, he would only comply if the request was "lawful and appropriate." MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary.

WASHINGTON — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is defending his decision to appoint a special counsel to scrutinize ties between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, telling senators Wednesday that he thought it was the best way to ...

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Attorney: Report of drugs in Floyd’s system is ‘red herring’

George Floyd died May 25, 2020, after a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. (Courtesy of the Floyd family)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A medical examiner’s finding that George Floyd had drugs in his system when he died is a “red herring” designed to draw attention away from the responsibility of a Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into ...

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Presidents have leeway to use military for domestic purposes

The Georgia Army National Guard mans an armoured security vehicle (ASV) outside the CNN Center to help manage protesters during a fourth day of protests over the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Atlanta.  Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s warning that he would deploy the United States military to any state that refuses to take aggressive action against rioting rests on a longstanding presidential power that gives wide latitude to the White House, legal ...

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Federal judge upholds use of sedative in Arkansas executions

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge on Monday upheld Arkansas’ execution process, ruling that the state can continue to use a sedative in lethal injections that other states have backed away from and rejecting claims that its use amounts ...

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6 Atlanta officers charged after students pulled from car

ATLANTA — Six Atlanta police officers have been charged after a dramatic video showed authorities pulling two young people from a car during protests over the death of George Floyd, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard ...

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Use of force criticized in protests about police brutality

A police officer, Sunday, May 31, 2020, unloads pepper spray at protesters with their hands raised in Minneapolis. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

As protests grip the nation, officers have doused crowds with pepper spray, struck protesters with batons, steered police cars into throngs, shoved demonstrators and screamed curses. Some police action has been directed against people smashing windows, breaking into stores and ...

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Judge tosses ex-basketball players’ ‘Fortnite’ dance lawsuit

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players accused makers of the “Fortnite” video game of misappropriating a dance move that the ex-teammates popularized. U.S. District Judge ...

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Deadly police raid fuels call to end ‘no knock’ warrants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s the stuff of nightmares: Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend were in bed when a trio of armed men smashed through the front door. Gunfire erupted, killing the 26-year-old black woman. The three men turned out to ...

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Supreme Court declines to take Bernard Madoff trustee case

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ruling that allows the trustee recovering money for investors in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme to pursue more than $4 billion that went to overseas investors. The high court ...

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