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Milwaukee mayor urges peaceful protest after ex-cop cleared

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday acquitted a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man last year that ignited riots on the city’s north side. Jurors found that Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide when he shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith after a brief foot chase following a traffic stop Aug. 13. Smith had a gun when he ran, but the case hinged on whether he was a threat when Heaggan-Brown fired the … Read the referenced story here:…

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US Officials Push China to Act on North Korea After Student’s Death

The United States has urged China during high-level talks in Washington to put more pressure on North Korea to rein in that country’s nuclear and missile programs. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the meeting Wednesday that China had “a diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region.” North Korea topped the agenda at the talks after a U.S. student imprisoned by the communist country died this week. The talks included Tillerson and U.S….

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Democrats Ask ‘What’s Next?’ After Republican Congressional Victories

President Donald Trump claimed hard-fought congressional victories Wednesday, intensifying an already difficult day of questions for Capitol Hill Democrats.   Republicans won two seats in the U.S. House late Tuesday, defeating Democrats in South Carolina and also in the most expensive U.S. House race in history, Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. The contests to fill those open seats increased Republican margins in Congress, while disappointing Democrats who saw the special elections as an early test for the Trump presidency.   Republican Karen Handel, a former state official, beat Democratic challenger Jon…

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Family urges calm after Milwaukee ex-cop’s acquittal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee jury on Wednesday acquitted a former police officer in the on-duty shooting of a black man last year that ignited riots on the city’s north side. Jurors found that Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide when he shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith after a brief foot chase following a traffic stop Aug. 13. Smith had a gun when he ran, but the case hinged on whether he was a threat when Heaggan-Brown fired the … Read the referenced story here:…

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Passengers Evacuated After Police Stabbing at Michigan Airport

An airport in the Midwestern state of Michigan was evacuated Wednesday after a police officer was stabbed in the neck, authorities said. Michigan State Police said the officer was in critical condition after being stabbed as he patrolled in the main terminal of Bishop International Airport, a small regional airport in Flint, Michigan. Airport officials posted a statement on Facebook that all passengers were safe. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release “the situation is under control,” but she urged officials to take “extra precautions” in light of the…

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Russia Cancels Talks With US After New Sanctions

Russian officials reacted to new sanctions unveiled by the U.S. by canceling upcoming talks between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon. Ryabkov said that “the situation is not conducive to holding a round of this dialogue.” The U.S. State Department expressed regret at the cancellation of Friday’s talks. “We regret that Russia has decided to turn away from an opportunity to discuss bilateral obstacles that hinder U.S.-Russia relations,” spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced additional sanctions…

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After Georgia Election, Dems Are Demoralized, Again

Frank Bruni, New York TimesMake no mistake: Democrats were swimming against the current in Georgia. The House seat that their sights were on had been safely in Republican hands for nearly four decades. Georgia’s Sixth District is purple only if you scrunch your eyes just so. If you un-scrunch them and look at it honestly, it’s red. … Read the referenced story here: After Georgia Election, Dems Are Demoralized, Again

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45 Years After Watergate, We’re Back in the Same Kind of Mess

Julian Zelizer, CNNOn the anniversary of the break-in to the Democratic National Headquarters that started the Watergate scandal on June 17, 1972, the nation finds itself once again in an explosive situation revolving around the potential abuse of power by a commander in chief, writes Julian Zelizer … Read the referenced story here: 45 Years After Watergate, We’re Back in the Same Kind of Mess

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‘Bachelor in Paradise’ to Resume Production After Investigation Finds No Misconduct

Producers Warner Bros. Television plan to “implement changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.” read more … Read the referenced story here… ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ to Resume Production After Investigation Finds No Misconduct

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US Muslim Teen Found Dead After Assault Near Mosque

Police in the U.S. state of Virginia have charged a man with murdering a 17-year-old girl after assaulting her as she walked with friends from a nearby mosque in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Authorities said there was a “dispute” between the two sides, and the girl’s friends fled as he got out of the car to attack her.  The friends then went to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and police were called, setting off hours of searching that ended with officers finding a body believed to be…

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