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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…

Colorado attorney general report found Aurora police racially biased and fire department administered ketamine illegally
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Colorado attorney general report found Aurora police racially biased and fire department administered ketamine illegally

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office released the findings of its 14-month investigation into the Aurora police and fire departments Wednesday. The 112-page report found that the police department has a pattern of practicing racially biased policing, excessive force, and has failed to record legally required information when interacting with the community, according to a news…

Police looking for missing woman Gabby Petito ask for her boyfriend’s cooperation
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Police looking for missing woman Gabby Petito ask for her boyfriend’s cooperation

Authorities searching for missing Florida woman Gabby Petito are hoping to talk with her boyfriend, who they believe was the last person to be around her before her family reported her missing, a police spokesperson said Wednesday. “He needs to talk to us,” Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port, Florida, police department, said…

Bans on chokeholds for federal officers latest in nationwide push to hold police to a ‘higher standard’
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Bans on chokeholds for federal officers latest in nationwide push to hold police to a ‘higher standard’

The Justice Department announcement Tuesday that federal law enforcement officers will be banned from using neck restraints during arrests and using no-knock entries while executing warrants except in rare cases is part of an ongoing focus on police accountability at local, state and federal levels. It’s a significant policy that addresses two aspects of police…

States sound alarm over Covid-19 outbreaks among school kids
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States sound alarm over Covid-19 outbreaks among school kids

As school districts across the country reopen, some state officials are voicing concern about the vulnerability of children as the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant takes aim at the unvaccinated. Covid-19 cases are surging among children as the school year begins — many in districts without mask mandates — and the pandemic continues to force…

Birth of her daughter reunites Boston Marathon bombing survivor with the nurse who cared for her after the attack
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Birth of her daughter reunites Boston Marathon bombing survivor with the nurse who cared for her after the attack

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jacqui Webb was greeted by a familiar face after giving birth to her daughter, Ella, last month — one of the nurses who cared for her after the 2013 attack. Webb spent three weeks at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after suffering life-threatening wounds when a pair of bombs exploded near…

Minnesota court vacates ex-cop Mohamed Noor’s 3rd-degree murder conviction
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Minnesota court vacates ex-cop Mohamed Noor’s 3rd-degree murder conviction

Minnesota’s highest court on Wednesday vacated former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor’s third-degree murder conviction for the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk while responding to her 911. The court said there was insufficient evidence to sustain the conviction and ordered that he be sentenced on his conviction for second-degree manslaughter. This ruling supersedes a previous…

Why Hispanic Heritage Month starts in the middle of September
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Why Hispanic Heritage Month starts in the middle of September

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins Wednesday and will run through October 15, giving the United States an opportunity to recognize and celebrate members of our communities and their ancestors who hail from Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Spain. “The Latino community and Latino history is a fundamental part of American…

5 things to know for September 15: California, Covid, Gen. Milley, Afghanistan, Haiti

5 things to know for September 15: California, Covid, Gen. Milley, Afghanistan, Haiti

Two of California’s many wildfires are threatening Sequoia National Park and the massive, iconic trees that grow there. And in Louisiana, Tropical Depression Nicholas could slow down recovery from Hurricane Ida, which just blew through two weeks ago. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You…

Alex Murdaugh’s attorney says Murdaugh will turn himself in Thursday
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Alex Murdaugh’s attorney says Murdaugh will turn himself in Thursday

A prominent South Carolina lawyer whose wife and son were shot and killed three months ago arranged for a former client to kill him so that his surviving son could collect a life insurance payout of about $10 million, according to court documents. Alex Murdaugh, 53, was shot in the head on a roadway September…