Move gains steam to drop ‘Plantation’ from city, state names

Amid a nationwide reckoning over racial inequality following the death of George Floyd – and the protests that followed – officials are taking a second look not only at controversial symbols like Confederate statues but the names of their own communities. Namely, towns and cities – and at least one state – are reconsidering the presence […]

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John Travolta’s first love died of breast cancer 43 years before Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston’s death from breast cancer Sunday was a tragic end to her 29-year marriage to John Travolta, which bore three children: Ella Bleu, Benjamin and the late Jett, who died in 2009 of a seizure. Preston’s passing at 57 is, sadly, not the first time 66-year-old Travolta has lost a significant other to breast […]

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Court Clears Way for First Federal Execution in 17 Years to Proceed

WASHINGTON — The first federal inmate in 17 years is set to be put to death on Monday, barring a last-minute stay, after a federal appeals court ruled on Sunday that the Justice Department could carry out the execution as planned. Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, was sentenced to death decades ago for his part in […]

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Rep. John Lewis ‘resting comfortably at home,’ chief of staff says, after rumors of his death circulated

Reports of Georgia Rep. John Lewis’s death that briefly circulated the Internet Saturday are inaccurate, Fox News has confirmed. “Rumors are not true,” Lewis’ Chief of Staff Michael Collins told Fox News. “He is resting comfortably at home.” North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams had tweeted in response to Lewis’ apparent passing on Saturday. That tweet has […]

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Judge Orders Delay of First Federal Execution in 17 Years

WASHINGTON — With the Justice Department scheduled on Monday to carry out the death penalty for the first time in 17 years, a federal judge in Indiana temporarily suspended the plan on Friday after family members of the victims sought a delay, saying they could not safely travel to witness the execution because of the […]

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No Foul Play in Robert Fuller’s Death, Private Inquiry Finds

new video loaded: No Foul Play in Robert Fuller’s Death, Private Inquiry Finds transcript Back bars 0:00/0:43 –0:43 transcript No Foul Play in Robert Fuller’s Death, Private Inquiry Finds A lawyer for the family of Robert Fuller, who was found hanging from a tree in California last month, said there was no evidence to suggest […]

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Juice Wrld gets new life with his posthumous album, ‘Legends Never Die’

Seven months after his death from an accidental overdose, Juice Wrld gets new life with his posthumous third studio album, “Legends Never Die,” released Friday. The “Lucid Dreams” singer-rapper, who was just 21 when he died last December, gets an all-star send-off on his new LP. On one interlude, “The Man, the Myth, the Legend,” […]

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Police: 2nd man charged in death of 11-year-old girl

Authorities said a second man was arrested in connection to the shooting death of an 11-year-old South Carolina girl last year By The Associated Press July 10, 2020, 10:07 AM 2 min read ANDERSON, S.C. — A second man has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of an 11-year-old South Carolina girl last […]

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American student accused of killing Italian cop in drug bust gone wrong claims he was beaten, spat on by police: leaked transcript

An American student on trial in Italy for allegedly stabbing a plainclothes police officer to death last summer in Rome claimed he was kicked, punched and spat on in custody, according to a leaked transcript of a recording requested by the court. Finnegan Lee Elder, 20, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 19, both from the San Francisco […]

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1 officer charged in George Floyd death seeks case dismissal

One of four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death is asking to have his case dismissed. An attorney for Thomas Lane said in court papers made public Wednesday that the case against his client should be dismissed for lack of probable cause. As part of his court filing, attorney Earl Gray filed transcripts […]

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MLB umpire Joe West, skeptical of coronavirus death count, won’t opt out of season

MLB umpire Joe West, who said he doesn’t believe the coronavirus death count, will work this baseball season. West is 67 years old. | Patrick Semansky/AP “I don’t believe in my heart that all these deaths have been from the coronavirus,” the 67-year-old West said. Discussing his decision to participate in the 2020 season, Major League […]

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Japan flooding death toll rises to 49 as more heavy rain hits region

Torrential rain brought another deluge to southern Japan on Monday as the death toll from days of flooding and mudslides climbed to at least 49 people as rescuers searched for missing people. Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued the highest weather warning, a heavy rain emergency warning, for three prefectures in northern Kyushu after heavy rain hit […]

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$10,000 reward offered in Atlanta killing of 8-year-old girl

The shooting death of an 8-year-old girl has prompted a $10,000 reward for information as authorities in Atlanta search for at least two people who opened fire on the car she was riding in By Associated Press July 6, 2020, 1:40 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ATLANTA — The […]

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French woman thrown from roller coaster dies as husband tries to grab her feet

A woman fell to her death from a roller coaster in France as her husband desperately attempted to catch her feet, reports said. The unidentified 32-year-old mother was celebrating her 2-year-old child’s birthday Saturday at Parc Saint-Paul in Oise, about 50 miles north of Paris when she was thrown from the Formula 1 coaster. “She […]

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An Unlikely Source of Catharsis for a Black M.L.B. Player: Social Media

Tony Kemp felt, in his words, depressed. Soon after George Floyd’s death in May, with enduring protests about racial injustice and police brutality around the country, Kemp could not get himself out of bed until 2 or 3 p.m. on back-to-back days. “I was just down in the dumps,” said Kemp, an infielder-outfielder for the […]

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Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd has been released from jail By The Associated Press July 5, 2020, 4:09 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, […]

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Trial of 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi Killing Opens in Turkey

ISTANBUL — Turkey opened a trial into the death of the Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul on Friday, charging 20 Saudi citizens in absentia, in a case that friends and human rights officials welcomed as an important step in advancing the search for justice in his killing. None of the accused were present for […]

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Death toll in Mexican drug rehab center shooting rises to 26; men were targeted, prosecutors say

The death toll from a shooting attack on a drug rehabilitation center in Mexico has risen to 26, officials confirmed Thursday, making it the deadliest such attack in a decade. Authorities in the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato state raised the death toll from 24 after two of the seven people injured in the attack […]

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Man who beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl, 3 others linked to crime will remain in jail – for now

Four men who were sentenced to life in prison for the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl but were later exonerated will remain in prison for three more months, officials said Thursday. MAN WHO BEHEADED US JOURNALIST DANIEL PEARL TO BE FREED FROM PAKISTANI PRISON Just a day before the announcement, Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld […]

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Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus risk

A Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a nationwide pandemic. Dale Hartkemeyer, who goes by the […]

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Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday. Ruhollah Zam’s website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings of the protests and embarrassing information about officials […]

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Black Lives Matter meets pushback in Britain over ‘Defund Police,’ other radical positions

Black Lives Matter, which saw an initial wave of support in the U.K. following the death of George Floyd, is now encountering pushback as a number of Brits mark a distinction between combating racism and the organization’s more radical positions. As protests took off across America in June, they soon spread to the U.K., where there was […]

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