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Why did this US governor pardon child rapists and brutal killers?

Matt Bevin has horrified opponents and allies alike with a slew of extreme pardons that also disproportionately benefited white offenders In May 2014, Patrick Baker and two accomplices set out to rob a house in Knox county, Kentucky. Baker knew the hardest part of the home invasion would be getting past the front door, so he devised a plan to dress up as police officers conducting a routine investigation. Once inside the Mills family home, Baker revealed his true colours. He tied up the mother of the family, ignoring the…

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Kentucky: outgoing governor pardons killer whose brother hosted fundraiser

Pardons of violent offenders, including a child rapist and a man who beheaded a female victim, provoke widespread backlash Days after leaving office, the former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is facing widespread backlash and calls for an investigation following a number of controversial pardons of violent offenders on his way out the door. Pardons are traditional at the end of a governors term and most of the Republicans more than 400 pardons were for drug offenses. But a number of the pardons were for particularly violent crimes, like a woman…

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Airbnb to ban party houses in wake of Halloween shooting in California

Airbnbs CEO said the company must do better after five people were killed at a party in San Francisco Airbnbs chief executive has said the company will ban party houses following a November 2, 2019 The four-bedroom home had been rented on Airbnb by a woman who told the owner her dozen family members had asthma and needed to escape smoke from a wildfire, a person with knowledge of the transaction told the Associated Press. A fire burning in Sonoma County about 97km (60 miles) north of Orinda earlier in…

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Kevin Spacey in surprise appearance at sexual assault case hearing

Spacey, 59, accused of groping young man in Nantucket bar in 2016 and faces up to two and a half years in jail if convicted Wearing a gray suit and glasses, Kevin Spacey appeared on Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse where a judge was set to hold a hearing in the case accusing the disgraced actor of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016. Spaceys appearance was a surprise as he was not required to attend the hearing and has stayed away from the courthouse except for…

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Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months for trying to infiltrate US right and NRA

Russian, 30, admitted conspiracy to act as a Russian agent after building a network that reached into Donald Trumps circle A federal judge sentenced the Russian gun-rights activist Maria Butina to 18 months in prison on Friday, after she tried to infiltrate US conservative groups and the National Rifle Association to promote Russian political interests around the 2016 election. After serving time in prison, Butina, 30, would be deported, a US district court judge said in a ruling the Russian embassy in Washington attacked as political and driven by repressive…

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Ex-Senate aide pleads guilty to posting Republicans’ contact details online

Jackson Cosko published five senators personal information, having previously worked for Senator Maggie Hassan A former congressional staffer has pleaded guilty to five federal offenses that stem from posting online the home addresses and telephone numbers of five Republican senators who backed Brett Kavanaughs supreme court nomination. The Department of Justice said in statement on Friday that 27-year-old Jackson A Cosko could face a prison term of at least 30 months and as much as 57 months. The offenses included making public restricted personal information, computer fraud, witness tampering and…

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Charlottesville murderer pleads guilty to federal hate crimes

James Alex Fields Jr drove his car into anti-racism protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injured dozens A man convicted on state murder charges in a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia has pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges. James Alex Fields Jr, of Maumee, Ohio, faced 29 federal charges stemming from the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017. Fields, 21, was convicted in December of first-degree murder and other state charges for killing the antiracism activist Heather Heyer and injuring dozens…

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The neo-Nazi plot against America is much bigger than we realize

Lt Christopher Hasson is the product of traditions in white supremacist circles, and experts say there are thousands like him, writes Vegas Tenold, who spent six years among some of Americas most extreme white supremacists In the early summer of 2017, US coast guard lieutenant Christopher Hasson had an idea. He had been trying to figure out an effective way of killing billions of people almost every last person on Earth but found himself coming up against the daunting logistics of such a task. He suspected a plague would be…

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Mother of Dallas man killed by officer in own home disgusted at ‘smear’ effort

Report of marijuana found in victims apartment is police attempt to assassinate Botham Jeans character, attorney says The mother of a man killed in his own apartment by a Dallas police officer has expressed disgust that reports have surfaced indicating that investigators found a small amount of marijuana in her sons home. Allison Jean, the mother of 26-year-old Botham Jean, said on Friday that her sons name was smeared by reports that police found 10.4 grams of marijuana in his apartment. She also says she wants to see the toxicology…

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Santa Fe shooting: Texas governor confirms 10 people dead and 10 wounded

Governor Greg Abbott confirms the number of fatalities in a shooting at a high school about an hour south-east of Houston Ten people have been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a Texas high school that ended with a 17-year-old suspected shooter, a student at the school, surrendering to the authorities. In the latest school massacre to hit the US, police rushed to Santa Fe high school, about an hour from Houston, on Friday morning before 8am local time. Students ran into a nearby field and woods, and…

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Manhattan subway explosion ‘was attempted terrorist attack’, says mayor

Four total injuries reported following blast on subway near Port Authority at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan A 27-year-old man was in custody on Monday after detonating an explosive device on the New York City subway during the morning commute. The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was one of four people injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 7.20am in a passageway near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan near Times Square, New York City police said. None of the injuries were life-threatening. At a midtown press…

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New York woman shot dead with pistol by hunter who thought she was a deer

Rosemary Billquist, 43, was killed by a single pistol shot as she walked her dogs after sunset, when it is illegal to hunt A 43-year-old woman walking her dogs in a field in western New York was accidentally shot dead by a hunter who thought she was a deer, authorities said. The Chautauqua County sheriffs office said Rosemary Billquist, of Sherman, took her dogs for a walk in her home town near the Pennsylvania border around 5.30pm on Wednesday. Deputies said Billquist was walking in a field when a man…

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Eight people killed in New York ‘act of terror’ after truck drives on to bike path

Police say suspect, 29, in hospital after being shot by officer while mayor De Blasio says attack being treated as a particularly cowardly act of terror Eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured after a man drove a truck nearly a mile down a bike path in Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, striking pedestrians, cyclists and a school bus. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was being treated as an act of terror, a particularly cowardly act of terror. De Blasio said a police…

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Former Phoenix bus driver charged with nine counts of murder

String of night time shootings of people outside their homes or sitting in cars kept Maryvale residents on edge for a year A former city bus driver accused in a string of deadly night time shootings of people outside their homes or sitting in cars that kept residents of a Phoenix neighborhood inside after dark has been formally charged with nine counts of murder. The indictment of Aaron Juan Saucedo, 23, came nearly two months after police said he was responsible for fatally shooting nine people and wounding two others…

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