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‘Outrageous and Offensive.’ Kentucky Grand Jury Brings No Charges Over Breonna Taylor’s Death
A grand jury in Kentucky has charged one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor during a late-night raid on her apartment in March—but only for his role shooting into apartments neighboring Taylor’s during the raid. Former Louisville police Det. Brett Hankison was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment;…
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Snakes 'Keep Getting Bigger' According to Expert After School Serpent Surprise
A snake catcher remarked that he felt like snakes "keep getting bigger" with recent catches he's made, including a venomous snake from a school.
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Fight over vacant SCOTUS Scalia seat gets ugly
The fight in Washington for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement is just getting started. President Obama may pick a nomination as early as next week, but Republicans vow to block that option. Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett joins CBSN to discuss Scalia's legacy, and what's next for the Supreme Court.
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Elton John announces new North American dates for final tour
He'll kick off the North American leg of the tour on Jan. 19, 2022.
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Will Other Officers in Breonna Taylor's Death Be Charged With Any Crimes? What We Know So Far
One of the three officers was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment, but no charges were brought against the other two.
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Father shot while shielding his children from gunfire
Surveillance video captured the moment a father shielded his three children after gunfire erupted at a car dealership in the Bronx, New York.
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'Call of Duty: Warzone' New Threats Intel Locations for Season 5
"Call of Duty: Warzone" has another Intel Mission, and it's called New Threats. Find out where you need to go to get the latest scoop on the "Black Ops Cold War" story.
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In Resurfaced Clip, Amy Coney Barrett Says it Would've Been Inappropriate for Obama to Nominate SCOTUS Judge Who Could 'Flip Balance of Power'
Amy Coney Barrett is reportedly one of the potential Supreme Court nominees at the top of President Donald Trump's list to replace former Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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This popular Longchamp bag is half off at Nordstrom right now
This Longchamp bag is one of the retailer's most popular styles, and right now, you can get it for a 50% discount—get all the saving details.       
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Aaron Rodgers says he's in 'better headspace' following Danica Patrick split
Aaron Rodgers has an “increased love of life” and said he’s been in a “better head space” the past few months following his split from Danica Patrick.
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When Does 'The Eric Andre Show' Return? Grimes and More Celebrities Confirmed Guests
The last season of the comedy series aired in 2016.
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At Least 380 Whales Dead In Australia's Largest Ever Mass Stranding
"While they are still alive and in water, there is certainly hope for them but as time goes on they become more fatigued and their chance of survival reduces," said a government wildlife official.
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Ex-officer Brett Hankison indicted by grand jury
Brett Hankison, a former Louisville police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT and aspiring nurse, was shot to death by Louisville police officers in her home.
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Dry skin amid the coronavirus pandemic, winter: Tips to avoid making it worse
Hand washing is an expert-recommended way to stave off a COVID-19 infection, but it can lead to dry, cracked skin. Even more, winter is on the way, bringing with it cold, dry weather that is notoriously hard on the skin. 
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Hickenlooper attacks Gardner over Supreme Court vacancy in Colorado Senate race
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper attacked Sen. Cory Gardner in a new ad released Wednesday, charging that the Colorado Republican is "ready to rush through a Supreme Court justice at lightning speed" rather than address a host of other issues.
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Every State Where Coronavirus Cases Are Rising
New infections in more than 20 states, including California, Texas and Arizona, were reported to be on an upward trend in recent weeks.
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Eight more Volkswagen employees charged in diesel scandal
German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged another eight employees of auto maker Volkswagen over the scandal surrounding cheating on diesel engine emission tests. The eight are accused of fraud, false certification and violation of the law against unfair competition, the prosecutor’s office in the northern town of Braunschweig said in a statement. Some...
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Former Rockets owner Leslie Alexander sells La Jolla beach house for $16 million
Longtime Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has finally sold his La Jolla beach house for $16 million after nearly a decade of relists.
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Give ‘Ratched’s’ Peach Argument Several Emmys
The way Judy Davis says "felt-tip" can kill a man dead.
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Tom Steyer explores potential administration role with Biden officials: report
Former Democratic presidential candidate and billionaire Tom Steyer has met with officials in Joe Biden's campaign to explore his interest in serving in a new administration if Biden manages to oust President Trump in November. 
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What Time Is ‘The Masked Singer’ on Tonight?
Who's behind the mask?!
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How Much Jail Time Could Wanton Endangerment Charge Carry for Brett Hankison?
Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, was indicted for wanton endangerment—a Class D felony in Kentucky.
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Maximize your desk space with these smart organizing products
From desk shelf organizers to clip-on desk storage, we spoke with organizing experts on the best desk organization ideas they know.
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Jamie Dimon is ready to pay higher taxes, just not on his wealth
Jamie Dimon says it would help the economy if he and his fellow billionaires paid more taxes — but he claims a wealth tax wouldn’t work. “There are taxes which will slow down growth, like taxes on capital formation or labor, and there are taxes which will not affect growth, like taxes on, you know,...
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Rock climber plummets to death after huge boulder slices rope
A Massachusetts man plummeted 150 feet to his death from a New Hampshire cliff when a massive falling rock sliced through his climbing rope, authorities said. Benjamin Kessel, 34, of Somerville, died late Sunday afternoon while climbing Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire, where a “rock the size of refrigerator” somehow...
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'Black Widow,' 'West Side Story' shift to 2021 as Hollywood's COVID struggles continue
Hollywood is delaying Scarlett Johansson's 'Black Widow' and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' to 2021, as the industry struggles amid COVID-19.        
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Trump planning executive orders on health care to protect preexisting conditions
President Trump is preparing to issue a series of executive actions on health care "in the weeks ahead" as his administration fights to repeal ObamaCare in the Supreme Court.
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Afghan woman wins recognition, sparks Taliban opposition for equal rights campaign
HERAT/KABUL – Afghan woman Laleh Osmany has been campaigning for years for a change to the age-old custom of officially identifying people by the names of their fathers, calling for mothers’ names to be included on identity cards. But her “Where Is My Name?” campaign, which finally brought a change in the law last week,...
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What is Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree? Explaining Brett Hankison's Indictment
First-degree wanton endangerment is considered a Class D felony, punishable with fines of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.
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Taylor family attorney: 'Not fully what we wanted' but it 'brings us closer to justice'
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Common on struggling to find your voice, rapping 'to be heard' and why your vote matters
Rapper Common is teaching a free class on finding your voice and using it to fulfill your purpose. Here's what he says people can expect.       
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Fauci finally loses his patience with Rand Paul
Fauci has clashed repeatedly with his chief Senate critic. But Wednesday, he wasn't so diplomatic about it.
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Trump with the edge over Biden in Arizona, Florida and Georgia battlegrounds: polls
New polls in three crucial general election battleground states show President Trump holding the edge over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
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Hillary Clinton to host ‘resiliency’ training for Biden campaign
Clinton, who lost to President Trump due to narrow Rust Belt defeats, will headline the public event Thursday at 7 pm.
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Over 90% of Americans still susceptible to virus, CDC boss says
His warning comes as President Trump continues to talk about so-called herd immunity.
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Finland Becomes Second Country to Use COVID-Sniffing Dogs at Airport
Arriving passengers at Helsinki Airport may have their sweat smelled by Kössi, or one of the other nine dogs which will soon be searching for COVID at the international airport.
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One officer charged, 2 others not indicted in Breonna Taylor’s killing
People gather in Louisville, Kentucky, awaiting word on charges against police officers on September 23. | Darron Cummings/AP Officer Brett Hankison has been charged with first-degree “wanton endangerment.” After a months-long investigation into the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Jefferson County grand jury announced on Wednesday that it would indict one officer in the shooting death of the 26-year-old EMT. Former Louisville Metro police officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment,which by Kentucky law means he consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk. The two other officer who fired shots that night — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — were not indicted. Ahead of the announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer instituted a 72-hour curfew beginning Wednesday night at 9 pm, while Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert J. Schroeder announced a state of emergency for the police force on Tuesday in anticipation of riots and protests. The police also restricted access to downtown Louisville beginning on Tuesday, according to the Courier Journal. The Kentucky National Guard was activated on Wednesday afternoon. The nation has been awaiting the decision in the criminal investigation all summer. It’s been nearly 200 days since Taylor was shot dead by police while she was asleep in her apartment on March 13. When news of the incident drew attention in early May and picked up steam after the death of George Floyd later that month, protests broke out across the country. Over time, the phrase “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry for activists — as well as the focal point of countless memes. The phrase was plastered on T-shirts worn by athletes at sporting events and big-name actors at the Emmys. Many pointed out that Black women killed by police don’t often receive as much attention, or justice, in matters of police violence, and now was the time to correct that. Darron Cummings/AP The scene outside Jefferson Square where people were awaiting word on charges against police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor. In the days leading up to Cameron’s announcement, Taylor’s mother, Tamika L. Palmer urged the attorney general to charge all of the officers involved in the shooting — Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove. “It’s crunch time, and we’re putting our faith and trust in you,” Palmer wrote in an Instagram post directed at Cameron. “Do you have the power and courage to call my child yours, the power to see that my cry and my community’s cry is heard, and the power as part of a village who raises our children to do right by one of our daughters?!” On the night of her death, police relied on a no-knock warrant to enter Taylor’s apartment in search of two people suspected of selling drugs, neither of whom was Taylor. While police say they announced themselves, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was inside the apartment at the time, disputes that claim. Police fired 20 rounds into the apartment, hitting Taylor eight times. In a lawsuit filed in late April, Taylor’s family alleged excessive force and gross negligence on the part of the officers who fired their weapons into Taylor’s apartment that night. A court filing submitted by the family in July alleged that Taylor did not receive emergency medical aid after she was shot, and that the drug raid on her apartment was part of a government-backed development scheme to clear out a block in Taylor’s neighborhood. A week ago, the city of Louisville announced that it had reached a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s family and attorneys — the largest sum the city has ever paid out for a police misconduct suit. While the settlement included a list of police reforms, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said it was not an acknowledgement of wrongdoing on the city’s part. Cameron was assigned the case as special prosecutor in May and in the past five months revealed very few details about the independent investigation. “To all those involved in this case, you have my commitment that our office is undertaking a thorough and fair investigation,” he said. “This is also a commitment that I’m making to the Louisville community, which has suffered tremendously in the days since March 13,” he said in mid-June. During the course of the investigation, the Louisville Metro Police Department terminated Hankison because he “displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” fired ten rounds into Taylor’s apartment, according to his termination letter. Mattingly and Cosgrove were placed on administrative reassignment. Throughout the protests, activists have also pressed lawmakers to defund the local police department. While the Louisville’s Metro Council did vote unanimously to ban no-knock warrants in June, it also approved a budget that wouldn’t even begin to defund LMPD. The new spending plan will merely “require police to put the money toward recruiting a more diverse force, additional training and exploring co-responder models that could send behavioral health professionals on calls with officers,” according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Taylor’s death is also being investigated by the FBI for civil rights violations. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. 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Inside a Sierra Leone doctor’s dedicated mission against COVID-19
DAKAR, Senegal — Dr. Mamadu Baldeh can’t forget the 18-year-old who came into his hospital with COVID-19, gasping for air until the day he died. This suffering was all too real for Baldeh, who battles asthma just as that young man did. At the time, Baldeh, 32, was the only physician treating COVID-19 patients at...
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Diego Sanchez freed from pressure of chasing UFC title: 'I've let go all those dreams'
Diego Sanchez's chase for UFC belt had come to a halt.        Related StoriesPaulo Costa: 'Gentle' Israel Adesanya changed personality at UFC 253 fight week run-inJan Blachowicz blocking out all layers of pressure ahead of UFC 253 title fight'Skinny clown' Israel Adesanya plans to blow casual fans' minds by finishing Paulo Costa at UFC 253 
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Lakers center Dwight Howard appreciates moments of joy during rough time
Lakers' Dwight Howard wasn't sure he wanted to join restart after the mother of his son died. But a shot at NBA Finals has him enjoying the moment.       
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This Is the 'Most Hurtful' Thing Prince Charles Ever Said to Princess Diana
Princess Diana struggled to adapt into the royal family, and being compared to Sarah Ferguson did not help.
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Emma Stone and Dave McCary are married
The couple previously postponed their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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With an eye on a tight Florida race, Trump announces new restrictions on Cuban hotels, cigars and rum
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a new series of economic sanctions on Cuba that ban US citizens from buying Cuban cigars as well as rum and staying at Cuban government-owned hotels on the communist-run island.
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Thousands protest after Belarusian president quickly sworn in
MINSK – Belarusian security forces began detaining people and fired water cannon to disperse crowds as thousands took to the streets of Minsk in protest against the abrupt inauguration of veteran President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday. Ignoring calls for an end to his 26-year grip on power, Lukashenko was sworn in for a sixth term...
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Grand Jury Indicts One of the Three Officers Involved in Killing of Breonna Taylor
The other two officers will avoid prosecution.
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Brett Hankison, Officer Who Shot Breonna Taylor 10 Times, Not Charged in Her Death, Indicted For Shooting into Other Apartments
Taylor was shot and killed in March, after Louisville police officers entered her apartment in the middle of the night on a no-knock search warrant.
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Belarus protests as seen through artists' eyes
Major figures and scenes from historic demonstrations have been captured in illustrations        
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These Africans are among the world's 100 most influential people, according to Time magazine
Nigerian entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Elumelu, Gambian prosecutor-turned-politician Abubacarr Tambadou and Congolese microbiologist Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum are all on Time magazine's 100 most influential people list for 2020.
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