• Hate-Crime Indictments Returned In Kentucky Grocery Killings
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    (AP Photo) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a white man with federal hate crimes in the killings of two African-Americans at a grocery store last month in Kentucky. A federal grand jury in Louisville returned three hate crime charges against 51-year-old Gregory Bush on Thursday afternoon. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman... Read more »
  • NYPD Shakes Up Sex Crime Unit After Weinstein, Staffing Woes
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    (New York Police Department via AP) NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Police Department is shaking up its embattled special victims division, where a top detective has twice been accused of interfering in the Harvey Weinstein investigation and a city watchdog says the staff is stretched too thin to... Read more »
  • Despite Some Opposition, Nancy Pelosi Likely To Repeat As Speaker
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers trying to oust Nancy Pelosi started rallying behind a possible contender Thursday, but the House Democratic leader gained key endorsements and said she has “overwhelming support” to become the next speaker. Pelosi picked up backing from Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader, while a who’s-who... Read more »
  • Harlem’s $300M Lottery Winner Is Retired Government Worker
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Bailey has been playing the same six lottery numbers for 25 years and plans to keep on doing it — even though his digits finally hit for a $343.8 million Powerball win, the largest in New York Lottery history.     Bailey, 67, was introduced by lottery officials... Read more »
  • Arkansas Man Pleads Not Guilty To Threatening Don Lemon
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    MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A northern Arkansas man who allegedly made threatening phone calls to CNN anchor Don Lemon has pleaded not guilty. The Baxter Bulletin reports Benjamin Craig Matthews, 38, appeared in Baxter County Court Thursday . Matthews, who is from Mountain Home, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) north... Read more »
  • From Feel-Good Story To Scam: Police Say Vet’s GoFundMe Was A Lie
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    MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to donate more than $400,000 to help the down-and-out good Samaritan, a prosecutor said Thursday. Burlington County... Read more »
  • Judge: Florida Election Problems Make It A ‘Laughingstock’
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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker also rejected a request to extend the... Read more »
  • Black Man May Be The Most Prolific Serial Killer In U.S. History
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    DALLAS (AP) — A man convicted of three California murders and long suspected in numerous other deaths now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators already have corroborated about a third of those, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday. Ector County District Attorney Bobby... Read more »
  • Detroit Stadium Worker Gets Probation For Spitting On Pizza
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    (Detroit Police Department via AP) DETROIT (AP) — A food service worker at the Detroit Tigers’ stadium who was fired after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Twenty-one-year-old Jaylon Kerley also was ordered Thursday to take an anger management class and to... Read more »
  • Icy Roads Cause 5 Deaths As Wintry Weather Blows East
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    (The Commercial Appeal via AP) BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — A pre-winter storm slammed parts of the South and lower Midwest, causing five deaths on slippery roads and stranding travelers for more than eight hours on an icy Arkansas interstate. The wintry weather was barreling eastward Thursday, with snow and ice expected from... Read more »