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  • They said it: Leaders at the virtual UN, in their own words

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    Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts you might not have heard — the voices of leaders speaking at the first all-virtual U.N. General Assembly leaders meeting who might not have captured the headlines and the airtime on Wednesday, the second day of the 2020 debate. “We pray to the almighty God that the next meeting can be held in a pandemic-free world.”

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:27:23 -0400
  • US appeals court in Denver eyes American Samoa citizenship

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:24:54 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor's supporters disappointed only 1 of the officers involved was charged

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    "I think that it’s shameful that it’s taken this long," Timothy Findley Jr., a local pastor, said. "It’s a heart-wrenching ordeal."

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:22:00 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor case: Public outraged after 1 officer indicted for endangering neighbors

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    People in Louisville and across the country are unleashing their anger after a Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted one officer for allegedly endangering the neighbors of Breonna Taylor during the police shooting that killed her. Officer Brett Hankison, who has been fired, was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly endangering Taylor's neighbors when he fired into the apartment complex. The neighboring apartment had three people inside, thus the three charges against Hankison, said Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:12:27 -0400
  • Bernie Sanders rages against Breonna Taylor decision: ‘Abdication of justice’

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    ‘The time for fundamental change is now’

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:05:27 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor killing: crowds march after just one officer involved is charged

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    * Brett Hankison indicted on charges of wanton endangerment * No officers directly charged in Taylor’s deathAnger erupted on Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that only one police officer would face criminal charges out of three involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this year.Crowds in Louisville, where Taylor was shot at home in March, began marching and many cried moments after the announcement by a judge that a grand jury had decided to indict only Brett Hankison, on three charges of wanton endangerment.Those are regarded as relatively lowly charges. They were related to the fact that Hankison fired his gun while he was still outside Taylor’s apartment and therefore endangered people living in other nearby apartments.Hankison was not charged for shooting Taylor, and the other two officers present, who also fired multiple times at Taylor in her apartment, were not charged.The lawyer Ben Crump said on behalf of Taylor’s family that the grand jury’s decision was “outrageous and offensive”.Crowds gathered in a park in downtown Louisville, where there have been protests every day for months, were largely stunned into silence as the decision reached them and the mood was one of sorrow underpinned with a simmering anger.Moments later, someone screamed out in anguish and people wept, before they began to march. “I’m more saddened than angry,” Monique Lathon, 33, who was there with her young daughter, told the Guardian.David Mour, 59, a lawyer who represents many activists, stood solemnly as the crowd took in the news. “I have had clients indicted for way less,” he said. The civil rights leader Al Sharpton said the charges were “grossly insufficient”, in an interview on MSNBC.The other two officers with Hankison on the night the police broke into Taylor’s apartment as part of an investigation, Jonathan Mattingly and Miles Cosgrove, fired their weapons inside Taylor’s apartment after her boyfriend fired one shot at the officers as they entered.Louisville had been on edge earlier as it waited for the grand jury’s conclusions on whether there would be charges against the three police officers involved in the killing.Taylor’s case has become a rallying cry against police brutality and racism across the US and the world, and protests against the grand jury announcement were anticipated in other cities on Wednesday.Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, who was Black, was killed on 13 March by white police officers in Louisville serving a so-called “no-knock warrant” that allowed them to charge into her apartment without warning as part of an investigation into an ex-boyfriend.Taylor was at her apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, and asleep when police barged in. Walker, who said officers did not announce themselves, fired a single shot from his gun, believing the police were intruders. One officer was shot in the leg and police fired in return.Criminal justice experts had said ahead of the grand jury announcement that a tangled legal doctrine in Kentucky meant a form of self-defense stalemate left questions over what charges a prosecutor could bring against the officers.The attorney general of Kentucky, Daniel Cameron, said in a press conference in the state capital, Frankfort, on Wednesday afternoon “there is no doubt this is a gut-wrenching” outcome of the case for many.Downtown streets in Louisville, about 50 miles from Frankfort, have been closed off all week as the city awaited the announcement. The Louisville mayor, Greg Fischer, has already said the city will observe a curfew for at least the next three nights, from 9pm to 6.30am, starting on Wednesday.Protesters had begun marching and chanting as Cameron was still talking, explaining how six police bullets struck Taylor after Mattingly fired six shots, Cosgrove fired 16 shots and Hankison fired 10 shots after entering Taylor’s apartment. Cosgrove is believed to have fired the fatal shot, Cameron said.The officers opened fire after, Mattingly told investigators, they burst into the apartment and saw a man and a woman at the end of the hallway, following which Walker fired one shot that hit Mattingly in the thigh. The police officers then opened fire. Hankison fired from outside the bedroom where Taylor died.Cameron said the loss of Taylor’s life was a tragedy. “I know that not everyone will be satisfied by the charges today,” Cameron said.He added: “I understand as a Black man how painful this is … my heart breaks for the loss of Miss Taylor.”Louisville was placed under a state of emergency Tuesday as city officials closed down a more than 25-block perimeter to traffic. Most city administrative buildings and other businesses were boarded up in anticipation of the decision.Protests in Louisville related to Taylor’s death in March have been taking place for more than 100 consecutive days and have been overwhelmingly peaceful.A state of emergency was declared in Louisville in anticipation of protests following the grand jury decision.Last week the city of Louisville reached a $12m settlement with Taylor’s family in a civil suit stemming from the shooting. The city has also agreed to policing reforms including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before they go to a judge.The California senator and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris has called for the Department of Justice to investigate Taylor’s killing.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:41:36 -0400
  • Ex-Louisville police Officer Brett Hankison charged with wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor case

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    Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot and killed during a police raid at her Louisville home in March.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:32:15 -0400
  • Neighbor angry over kids playing near his yard kills their grandma, Colorado cops say

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    “If I could take a bullet for her, I would have.”

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:30:21 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor shooting case: Hankison indicted on wanton endangerment of neighbors

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    A Kentucky grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in a shooting in March that killed Breonna Taylor, but neither he nor the other two officers involved in the fatal encounter were charged in her death. Louisville Metro Police Department officers Myles Cosgrove, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Hankison are the three officers who unleashed a barrage of shots into Taylor's apartment while serving a warrant in March. The charges against Hankison, who fired 10 shots into Taylor's apartment, stem from the errant bullets that penetrated a wall of the residence and entered a neighboring apartment occupied by a child, a man and a pregnant woman, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a news conference following the grand jury's announcement.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:22:00 -0400
  • Facebook hit with lawsuit over Kenosha protest deaths

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    Four individuals, including the partner of one of the victims of the deadly Kenosha, Wisconsin, shootings, have filed a lawsuit against Facebook, the suspected gunman Kyle Rittenhouse and two leaders of online groups. The suit, filed in the federal court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin on Tuesday, alleges Facebook failed to delete two pages on its platform that the lawsuit says encouraged violence against protesters. It claims this may have ultimately led 17-year-old Rittenhouse to allegedly kill two people and injure a third.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:12:24 -0400
  • Gilead to pay $97 million to settle U.S. kickback probe

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    Gilead Sciences Inc has agreed to pay $97 million to resolve U.S. government claims it used a purportedly independent charity to pay illegal kickbacks to cover Medicare patients' out-of-pocket costs for its pulmonary arterial hypertension drug Letairis. The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday the settlement resolves allegations that Gilead improperly used the Caring Voice Coalition as a conduit to cover thousands of patients' co-payment obligations. "Gilead used data from CVC that it knew it should not have, and effectively set up a proprietary fund within CVC to cover the co-pays of just its own drug," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in Boston said in a statement.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:07:10 -0400
  • Independent autopsy finds Dijon Kizzee shot 15 times by LA deputies

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    The family of 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee commissioned an independent autopsy which declared the young man may have not attempted to aim a gun at police as previously claimed. “What this shows is he was alive and breathing and writhing in pain when the officers continued to stay away,” said the family attorney, Carl Douglas, at a press conference on Tuesday. “The deputies who fired their weapons, called for back-up, and spent several critical minutes waiting for back-up to arrive, while Dijon was bleeding to death in the street,” the statement read.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:02:41 -0400
  • Maren Morris celebrates 6-month-old son in sweet post

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    It's been six months since Maren Morris and her husband, fellow artist Ryan Hurd, welcomed into the world their baby boy, Hayes, the couple's first child. Since then, the singer has been open about the ups and downs of new parenthood, sharing her struggles with postpartum depression and responding to the mommy-shamers who've critiqued her mothering style on social media.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:02:12 -0400
  • Trump says he thinks 2020 election will end up at Supreme Court

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    President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he thinks the 2020 election will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court, adding that is why it was important to have nine justices. Trump, speaking at an event at the White House, said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, would not even have to hold a hearing for the Supreme Court nominee and that the process would go quickly. "I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it's very important that we have nine justices," Trump said when asked if a full complement of justices was needed to handle any challenges to the Nov. 3 election between him and Democrat Joe Biden.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:54:08 -0400
  • Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Biden, Trump about even in Florida, Arizona

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    Reuters/Ipsos is polling likely voters in six states - Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona - that will play critical roles in deciding whether Trump wins a second term in office or if Biden ousts him in the November election. * 46% said Biden would be better at handling the coronavirus pandemic.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:48:35 -0400
  • Biden says Black turnout key to winning election, battling inequality

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    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday said Black turnout was the linchpin to his hopes of winning the White House in November and reversing economic and social inequities that have held back African Americans. Noting that the coronavirus pandemic had hit the minority community especially hard, Biden said Black Americans would only achieve equality once they were in a position to build wealth, and voting was the starting point. Biden has targeted North Carolina, where Republican President Donald Trump won by about 4 percentage points in the 2016 election, as a state he might reclaim in the Nov. 3 vote.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:45:45 -0400
  • MSNBC's Joy Reid says Breonna Taylor charges imply 'no one killed' her

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    A grand jury decided not to charge the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor with any counts directly related to her death, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday.The decision to only charge one officer with endangering people in a neighboring apartment to Taylor's immediately sparked protests in Louisville. MSNBC host Joy Reid, meanwhile, appeared on the network to condemn the indictment. "There's nothing in this charge that accounts for [Taylor's] life or the value of it," Reid said, following up in a tweet to say the lack of charges implies "no one killed Breonna Taylor."> .@joyannreid: "There's nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor. There's nothing in this charge that accounts for her life or the value of it." pic.twitter.com/1SBn2AGugf> > — The ReidOut (@thereidout) September 23, 2020Activist April Reign had a similar take on the situation, tweeting that "the grand jury didn't just decide that Breonna didn't matter; they decided that she didn't exist."> When we talk about the erasure of Black Women, this is Exhibit A. Literally the charges could’ve been the same if BreonnaTaylor’s bedroom had been empty. The Grand Jury didn’t just decide that Breonna didn’t matter; they decided that she didn’t exist. SheWillRise https://t.co/rXYkhscNBu> > — April (@ReignOfApril) September 23, 2020CNN's Omar Jimenez meanwhile noted Cameron's comments make it seem likely the officers will never be charged over Taylor's death.> Point blank: More than 6 months after Breonna Taylor was killed, no officers have been charged directly with her death. And based on the Kentucky Attorney General's comments today, it's likely no one ever will be. BreonnaTaylor> > — Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) September 23, 2020Taylor, a Black woman, was shot and killed when officers served a narcotics investigation warrant unrelated to her. Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired at the officers, as he claimed he thought someone was breaking in.More stories from theweek.com America needs to hear the bad news first A mild defense of Republican hypocrisy on the Supreme Court Trump is the only one being honest about the Supreme Court fight

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:45:00 -0400
  • New York firefighter sues department over discrimination, racism, hostile work environment

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    A New York state firefighter filed a discrimination lawsuit against the North Tonawanda Fire Department, saying he was bullied for his disability and harassed for making safety complaints against the department. Zellner, who joined the department in 2006, also claimed he witnessed multiple instances of anti-Black racism from management.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:41:50 -0400
  • He went for a drunken joyride in the Keys, police say. But it wasn’t in a car

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    A 35-year-old Boca Raton man was jailed early Wednesday after police said he stole a piece of construction equipment and drove it while drunk on the Overseas Highway in the Lower Keys.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:41:27 -0400
  • Column: How Democrats could curb a conservative SCOTUS without court-packing - Frankel

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    President Donald Trump and Republicans in the U.S. Senate are barreling forward with plans to lock down conservative control of the U.S. Supreme Court for decades to come. The president has said he will announce his nominee on Saturday to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. According to an upcoming California Law Review article, The Supreme Court and the 117th Congress, Congress can home in on how the Supreme Court decides which cases to hear.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:39:35 -0400
  • 1 officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case — for shooting at neighbor's apartment

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:36:00 -0400
  • Public mourns Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in repose at Supreme Court

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    Three days of public mourning for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion of equality and women's rights, began Wednesday when her casket arrived at the Supreme Court for a dramatic procession up the court steps lined by more than a hundred of her former law clerks. Chief Justice John Roberts spoke, calling her a "fighter" for equal justice and saying "her voice was soft, but when she spoke, people listened." Roberts, who sat next to Ginsburg on the Supreme Court bench, said her life was a reflection of the American Dream, noted her love of opera and called her “a star” who “found her stage in our courtroom.”

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:31:00 -0400
  • Possible virus vulnerability discovered; about 20% of people with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic

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    The spike protein on the novel coronavirus that helps it break into healthy cells has a tiny "pocket" that could make it vulnerable to antiviral drugs, researchers have discovered. In a paper published on Monday in Science, researchers note that common-cold-causing rhinoviruses have a similar pocket, and drugs that fit into the pocket by mimicking fatty acids like LA have lessened symptoms in human clinical trials. This suggests, they say, that drugs developed to target the pocket on the coronavirus spike protein might help eliminate COVID-19.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:30:25 -0400
  • Wanton endangerment in the first degree: The charge facing officer in Breonna Taylor case, explained

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    Brett Hankison fired 10 rounds during the warrant served on the night of 13 March

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:30:06 -0400
  • Democratic challenger leads in Arizona Senate race: Reuters/Ipsos

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:24:10 -0400
  • A grand jury has declined to charge 2 of the 3 Louisville police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death

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    Kentucky General Daniel Cameron empaneled a grand jury after months of protests over Breonna Taylor's death.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:20:00 -0400
  • Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:18:09 -0400
  • Facebook to reject political ads prematurely claiming U.S. election victory

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    Facebook Inc will not accept political ads that seek to claim victory before the results of the 2020 U.S. election are declared, a company spokesman tweeted on Wednesday. The move expands the company's plans, announced earlier this month, to stop accepting new political ads in the week before the election. At the time, Facebook said political advertisers could resume creating new ads after Election Day.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:16:39 -0400
  • Walmart Black Friday plans 2020: New in-store experience, more online deals

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    Walmart is gearing up for the busy holiday shopping season with a new experience. Three key areas of Walmart's updated experience include earlier holiday shopping deals, increased online sales, thousands of new staff hires and in-store safety guidelines. As shopping interests have shifted toward "new normal" essentials, such as athleisure, sleepwear, exercise equipment and outdoor needs, Walmart is also making sure to increase inventory on these unexpected gifts.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:09:33 -0400
  • UK mulling possible 'human challenge' trials of COVID-19 vaccine

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:08:06 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor decision draws outrage from celebrities, authors, activists

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    "Wanton endangerment. That's nothing," author N.K. Jemisin said. "A life should be worth more."

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:07:00 -0400
  • Activists, politicians, celebs react to minimal charges in Breonna Taylor case

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:06:00 -0400
  • 'Heartbroken': Tears, rage in Louisville streets after Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

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    Only one officer faces charges, and no indictments directly for the young EMT's killing.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:53:00 -0400
  • The only charges in the Breonna Taylor case are for shooting into her neighbor's apartment, not for killing her

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    The grand jury decided against charging former police officer Brett Hankison with murder and declined entirely to charge two other involved officers.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:52:50 -0400
  • Anger follows ‘offensive’ lack of charges for police officers who killed Breonna Taylor

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    "It does not deal with the fact that the life of Breonna Taylor was taken,” said civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:46:32 -0400
  • No charges filed against any of the three officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor

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    A grand jury indicted Brett Hankison on wanton endangerment charges for shooting into neighboring apartments

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:38:01 -0400
  • Former top NSC official alleges politicization in review of Bolton book

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    A former top National Security Council career official who initially reviewed former national security adviser John Bolton's book manuscript has accused Trump Administration officials of "extraordinary" politicized intervention in the pre-publication review process, according to a major new filing in the government's civil lawsuit against Bolton. Ellen Knight, the career NSC official who was first tasked with reviewing Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened," and consulted with Bolton on removing any classified information, alleges a pressure campaign from officials in the White House and Justice Department to force her to reverse her position to help their standing in the case.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:33:00 -0400
  • Volkswagen to compensate victims of Brazil dictatorship - report

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    German carmaker Volkswagen will pay about 36 million reais ($6.5 million) in compensation to more than 60 former employees who were persecuted during Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, media reported on Wednesday. Volkswagen is due to sign the settlement deal in Sao Paulo on Thursday, according to a report by German broadcasters NDR, SWR and the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Volkswagen was not immediately available to comment.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:17:35 -0400
  • No police officers charged directly for role in Breonna Taylor's death

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    A Kentucky grand jury announced Wednesday that Brett Hankison, a former Louisville Police Department detective, has been indicted on three charges of wanton endangerment during a police raid in March that resulted in the killing of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman and emergency medical worker. None of the three officers involved in the raid were were directly charged for their role in Taylor's death -- Hankison's charge is related to firing his gun into a neighboring apartment -- and Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the investigation found the other two officers were justified in their use of force.The officers entered the 26-year-old Taylor's apartment on the night of March 13 with a no-knock warrant, which have since been banned by Louisville's Metro Council, during a narcotics investigation. The warrant was connected to a suspect who did not live at the apartment and no drugs were found inside, but police exchanged fire with Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, after bursting in. The officers shot Taylor multiple times (Cameron said ballistics analysis created reasonable doubt as to which officer fired the fatal shot.) Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but the case was dropped, and he maintains he fired in self-defense, thinking an intruder had broken in.Taylor's death, along with the killing of George Floyd, sparked nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, and protesters have for months called for the officers to be charged. Early reactions to the grand jury's decision were not positive, and protesters have begun marching in Louisville. Read more at The Associated Press. > Protesters are confused and livid. "Is that it?" Someone asked. Louisville BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/A2jou7MLgi> > -- Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner) September 23, 2020More stories from theweek.com America needs to hear the bad news first A mild defense of Republican hypocrisy on the Supreme Court Trump is the only one being honest about the Supreme Court fight

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:14:00 -0400
  • Michigan aims for carbon neutrality by 2050

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    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive directive setting a goal for the midwestern state to become carbon neutral by 2050, the ninth U.S. state to take on this target. Whitmer's plan directs the state's Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to come up with a strategy to carry out the target by the end of next year that would reduce emissions across the state's key economic sectors. Michigan, where temperatures have risen over the last three decades across all counties, is the 10th biggest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:07:55 -0400
  • New York City moves to curb COVID-19 spread in new clusters

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    New York City officials said on Wednesday they were working to address a rise in COVID-19 cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens that was raising "a lot of concern." Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new outbreaks, including a large cluster in three Brooklyn neighborhoods, accounted for about 20% of confirmed positive cases citywide. "We're seeing a serious uptick in multiple neighborhoods simultaneously and it's something we have to address with a very aggressive public health effort right away," de Blasio told reporters, adding that the Sheriff's Office and the New York Police Department would help tackle the spread.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:05:00 -0400
  • New York's Times Square New Year's Eve celebration to go virtual

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    New York's Times Square will bid farewell to 2020 without the usual huddled masses jamming the streets on New Year's Eve, as celebration organizers on Wednesday responded to the global pandemic with plans for a scaled-back, virtual event. In a "preliminary teaser" of what was to come on Dec. 31, the Times Square Alliance said that watching the famous ball come down to usher in 2021 will be a digital affair for all but a very limited group of socially distanced, in-person honorees. "People all over the globe are ready to join New Yorkers in welcoming in the new year with the iconic ball drop," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:00:14 -0400
  • Playboy nears $425 million deal to return to the stock market, sources say

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    A tie-up with Mountain Crest would result in Playboy's return to the stock market, nine years after it went private in a $207 million deal led by its late founder Hugh Hefner and private equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management. Mountain Crest, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), could announce a deal with Playboy by the end of this month, the sources said on Wednesday, cautioning that talks could still collapse. Mountain Crest is in discussions with investors who would contribute around $100 million to the deal in the form of a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, transaction, the sources said.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:57:48 -0400
  • Militia groups given ‘platform’ by Facebook ahead of Kenosha shootings, lawsuit says

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    Kyle Rittenhouse was also named in the suit.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:55:34 -0400
  • Eric Trump must testify in New York probe before the election, judge rules

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    A New York judge on Wednesday ordered President Donald Trump's son Eric to make himself available by Oct. 7 to be interviewed under oath for a state probe into financing for properties owned by his family's company. Justice Arthur Engoron of the Manhattan Supreme Court said Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, offered no grounds to delay his deposition by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James until after the Nov. 3 presidential election. At a hearing, Engoron said Trump's argument that he was too busy working on his father's re-election bid was unpersuasive, and said he was not "bound by the timelines of the national election."

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:54:13 -0400
  • Wolf defends DHS at confirmation hearing, calling whistleblower's claims 'patently false'

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    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf defended the DHS Wednesday, saying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that a whistleblower's claims against the department are "patently false." Former chief of intelligence at the DHS, Brian Murphy, filed a whistleblower complaint describing repeated instances in which he claims the Trump administration sought to "censor or manipulate" intelligence for political purposes, including information about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2020 elections.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:52:00 -0400
  • JPMorgan set to pay nearly $1 billion in spoofing penalty - source

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    The large fine would lift a regulatory shadow that has hung over the bank for several years and mark a signature victory for the government's efforts to clamp down on illegal trading techniques, such as spoofing, especially in the precious metals markets. JPMorgan has said in public filings that it was in discussions with authorities about resolving the investigations. The settlement with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) could come as soon as this week and is not expected to result in any restrictions on the bank's business, the person said.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:50:34 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor grand jury indicts former officer Brett Hankison – but not directly for her death

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    The grand jury charged the former officer with three counts of “wanton endangerment” for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ apartments. A grand jury convened in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death decided to press charges against former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, but not for allegedly killing her during a botched raid. The Jefferson grand jury chose to indict Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, which carries up to five years in prison.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:49:35 -0400
  • California plans ban on sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles in 2035

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    California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 as the top U.S. auto market shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate-warming emissions, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday. The dramatic move is the most significant yet by a U.S. state aimed at ending the use of fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engines, and clashes with the pro-fossil fuel policies of the Trump White House. Newsom had declared earlier this month he would step up the state's already aggressive efforts to combat climate change amid a record wildfire season.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:44:34 -0400
  • A Florida firm bribed Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador officials. Now, it’ll pay in the U.S.

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    A Florida asphalt seller’s way of paving the road to business in South America will cost it a $16.6 million fine, and will cost a former company president some freedom after guilty pleas in federal court.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:38:43 -0400
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