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Judge: Ahmaud Arbery’s past troubles irrelevant to trial

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery won’t be allowed to present evidence of the slain Black man’s past legal problems when their clients stand trial for murder, a Georgia judge ruled. Gregory ...

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Black men executed in 1951 rape granted posthumous pardons

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons Tuesday to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman, in a case that attracted pleas for mercy from around the world and ...

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Animal rights groups sue to stop Wisconsin wolf hunt

MADISON, Wis. — A coalition of animal rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Wisconsin’s wolf hunt this fall and invalidate a state law mandating annual hunts, arguing the statutes don’t give wildlife officials any leeway to consider population ...

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Conviction to be dropped in Michigan fire that killed 5 kids

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities are dropping a murder conviction against a man who is serving a life sentence for a fire that killed five children in suburban Detroit in 2000, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The case against Juwan Deering was ...

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Mask debate moves from school boards to courtrooms

WASHINGTON — The rancorous debate over whether returning students should wear masks in the classroom has moved from school boards to courtrooms. In at least 14 states, lawsuits have been filed either for or against masks in schools. In some ...

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RFK’s oldest son condemns possible parole of Sirhan Sirhan

BOSTON — Former congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, the oldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, denounced the possible parole of the man convicted of killing his father in California in 1968. “Two commissioners of the 18-member California Parole Board made ...

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Man testifies against R. Kelly in sex-trafficking trial

NEW YORK (AP) — After several days of  testimony from women  claiming they were groomed and sexually abused by R. Kelly, a man took the witness stand at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial in New York City on Monday to say the ...

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Man who pled guilty in 4 spa deaths appears in court

ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of killing eight people at Atlanta area massage businesses who has already pleaded guilty in four of those killings appeared briefly in court Monday but he did not enter a plea in the other ...

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Board says RFK assassin Sirhan changed man; grants parole

SAN DIEGO (AP) — For 15 years, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin was denied parole by a California parole board that maintained Sirhan Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime that rocked the nation and ...

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