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Judge denies admission of evidence allegedly connecting Kyle Rittenhouse to Proud Boys

Judge denies admission of evidence allegedly connecting Kyle Rittenhouse to Proud Boys

A judge in Wisconsin sided with defense attorneys Friday and denied motions filed by prosecutors seeking to admit evidence at trial showing Kyle Rittenhouse’s involvement in a previous fight and his alleged association with the Proud Boys. Among their multiple motions filed, prosecutors were hoping to admit evidence Rittenhouse had an association with the Proud…

The planet is on a ‘catastrophic’ global warming path, UN report shows
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The planet is on a ‘catastrophic’ global warming path, UN report shows

The planet is careening toward warming of 2.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — far above what scientists say the world should be targeting — according to a report on global emissions targets by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Scientists have said that the planet needs to slash 45% of its emissions by…

Gabby Petito’s family and police urge her fiancé to come forward with any information about her disappearance
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Gabby Petito’s family and police urge her fiancé to come forward with any information about her disappearance

Investigators searching for Gabby Petito believe her fiancé and those around him are withholding critical information related to her disappearance and are refusing to come forward, police said Thursday night. “I believe Brian has the information,” said Police Chief Todd Garrison of North Port, Florida, referring to Brian Laundrie. “I believe people around Brian may…

Three months after his wife and son were killed, Alex Murdaugh has ‘fallen from grace,’ his lawyer says
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Three months after his wife and son were killed, Alex Murdaugh has ‘fallen from grace,’ his lawyer says

Alex Murdaugh, the 53-year-old scion of a South Carolina legal dynasty, has seen his life fall apart in three months, with his own attorney saying in court Thursday, “He has fallen from grace.” First, Murdaugh’s wife and son were shot and killed in June, prompting an investigation that remains unsolved. Murdaugh, who called 911 June…

An arrest has been made in the 2012 killing of a UNC-Chapel Hill student, police say
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An arrest has been made in the 2012 killing of a UNC-Chapel Hill student, police say

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing of Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, a 19-year-old University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment in 2012, officials said Thursday. Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares from Durham, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Assistant Chief of…

Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on changing the police department in upcoming elections
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Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on changing the police department in upcoming elections

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters in Minneapolis may decide on changing the police department in the upcoming municipal elections. The measure, if approved, would amend the city charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. The DPS would employ a “comprehensive public health approach to the…

A timeline of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s case
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A timeline of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito’s case

Local and federal authorities are looking for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family over the weekend after she had been traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. Laundrie returned to the pair’s North Port, Florida, home earlier this month without Petito and is now refusing to talk to authorities, police say. Petito’s…

Colorado governor weds longtime partner in first same-sex marriage for a sitting governor
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Colorado governor weds longtime partner in first same-sex marriage for a sitting governor

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and his partner of 18 years, Marlon Reis, were married on Wednesday, according to a statement from the governor’s office. Polis is the first out LGBTQ governor in the United States to get married while in the governor’s office, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which tracks LGBTQ political candidates and…

Gabby Petito’s family makes plea for information about missing daughter
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Gabby Petito’s family makes plea for information about missing daughter

The father of Gabby Petito, who was reported missing over the weekend, made a public plea Thursday for information on the disappearance of the Florida woman. Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on Saturday, after they had not heard from her since late August, according to police in North Port, Florida. “Finding this…

South Carolina law enforcement opens criminal investigation into 2018 death of Murdaugh family’s housekeeper
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South Carolina law enforcement opens criminal investigation into 2018 death of Murdaugh family’s housekeeper

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Wednesday announced it was opening a criminal investigation into the February 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield, a housekeeper for the Murdaugh family, and the handling of her estate. Satterfield died in 2018 in what was described as a “trip and fall accident” at the Murdaugh home, according to…

Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pleads not guilty to federal charges
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Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pleads not guilty to federal charges

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in April on state murder charges for killing George Floyd, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in a federal case related to the use of unreasonable force on a 14-year-old in September 2017. Chauvin was arraigned via video conference before US District Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer on…

A Florida chiropractor signed hundreds of mask exemption forms for students. Now, the district has tightened its mask policy

A Florida chiropractor signed hundreds of mask exemption forms for students. Now, the district has tightened its mask policy

A school district in Sarasota County, Florida, has tightened its mask policy after a chiropractor signed hundreds of medical exemption forms that allowed students to opt out of wearing masks in schools, officials said. The Sarasota County School Board had voted in August to implement a 90-day mandatory mask policy for students, employees, visitors and…

A cave full of ancient Indigenous paintings sold for more than $2 million. The Osage Nation says it belongs to them
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A cave full of ancient Indigenous paintings sold for more than $2 million. The Osage Nation says it belongs to them

More than 1,000 years ago, Indigenous people journeyed into a dark cave on the land now called Missouri and painted nearly 300 detailed images on its walls. The cave was a sacred space, where tribes performed ceremonies, made sense of the universe and buried their dead. A millennium later, the paintings contained within it continue…

Alex Murdaugh turns himself in on charges connected to insurance fraud scheme
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Alex Murdaugh turns himself in on charges connected to insurance fraud scheme

Alex Murdaugh, a South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were killed in June, was arrested Thursday in connection to an insurance fraud scheme that court documents say involved Murdaugh arranging for his own killing so his surviving son could collect the life insurance payout. He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance…

Bucks hire Lisa Byington, making her the first woman to be a full-time TV play-by-play broadcaster for a major men’s professional sports team
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Bucks hire Lisa Byington, making her the first woman to be a full-time TV play-by-play broadcaster for a major men’s professional sports team

A major sports broadcasting barrier has been broken. Lisa Byington has been hired by the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks as the team’s television play-by-play announcer for games on Bally Sports Wisconsin, the Bucks announced Wednesday. The move makes Byington the first woman hired as a full-time TV play-by-play announcer for a major men’s professional…

As authorities investigate the Murdaugh family killings, here’s a look at who’s who
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As authorities investigate the Murdaugh family killings, here’s a look at who’s who

Yearslong mysteries surrounding prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh and his family have only deepened in recent months, after his wife and youngest son were found dead in June at their home. Since then, state investigators have announced they’re reopening two other investigations: the 2015 unsolved death of a 19-year-old found dead on a road…

Students fight back against a book ban that has a Pennsylvania community divided
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Students fight back against a book ban that has a Pennsylvania community divided

Students in a southern Pennsylvania school district are battling the latest example of panic spreading over how history and race are taught in schools across the US. “I don’t think a moral compass will let you ban books about equality and loving each other,” Central York High School senior Christina Ellis told CNN. Ellis is…