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Category Archives: Crimes and Courts

Walmart Shooting Suspect Charged with Federal Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing 22 people and wounding two dozen more in a shooting that targeted Mexicans in the border city of El Paso, Texas, has been charged with federal hate crimes. Patrick Crusius, 21, has been charged with 90 counts under federal hate crime and firearms laws for his role…

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Why some cities and states balk at face recognition tech

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police departments around the U.S. are asking citizens to trust them to use facial recognition software as another handy tool in their crime-fighting toolbox. But some lawmakers — and even some technology giants — are hitting the brakes. Are fears of an all-seeing, artificially intelligent security apparatus overblown? Not if you…

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3 Dead, Including Shooter, in Gunfire at Florida Naval Base

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A shooter opened fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola Friday morning in an attack that left three people dead including the assailant, and multiple people injured. The gunfire prompted a massive law enforcement response to the base, which was locked down. Base spokesman Jason Bortz told The Associated Press…

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Trump ‘violates all recognized democratic norms,’ federal judge says in biting speech on judicial independence

In an unusually critical speech that lamented the public’s flagging confidence in the independence of the judicial branch, a federal judge slammed President Trump for “feeding right into this destructive narrative” with repeated attacks and personal insults toward judges he dislikes. U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman of the District of Columbia said Trump’s rhetoric…

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$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the deadly toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the crisis. Across the U.S., the pharmaceutical industry still faces more than 2,600…

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National Politics

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings Supports COVID Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) voted for, and the House passed, $2…

Senate Passes $2.2T Coronavirus Aid Plan, House Votes Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a mammoth $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses,…

Tensions rise as $2 trillion virus aid stalls in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus…

Testing blunders crippled US response as coronavirus spread

WASHINGTON (AP) — A series of missteps at the nation’s top public health agency caused…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Orange County Issues ‘Stay At Home’ Order Effective March 26, 2020: FAQs

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has ordered all non-essential retail and commercial…

Commissioner Nikki Fried waives fees, fines for businesses and license applicants during COVID-19

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried issued the following emergency orders and rules related to the COVID-19…

COVID-19: New Concealed Weapons License Applications in Florida Delayed

Tallahassee, Fla. – To minimize exposure to COVID-19 and help protect visitors and employees, the Governor…

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced all city facilities close to the public over COVID-19

ORLANDO, Fla. -  Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and…