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Waukesha suspect intimidated a witness from jail weeks before deadly rampage, prosecutor says

Waukesha killer Darrell Brooks tried to intimidate a witness from jail after he was locked up for running over the mother of one of his children with his red SUV, prosecutors said Tuesday during a hearing in a case unrelated to the deadly attack on holiday revelers.
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Photos show Tonga volcano collapsing just before eruption
Satellite images show a volcanic island near Tonga collapsing into the ocean right before it erupted Saturday, leaving the entire Pacific on tsunami watch.
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Dog recovering after paws are shocked while walking down street
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PD: Newborn baby boy found dead outside fire station
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Family loses three to COVID in nine months
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Bond revoked for man accused of killing employee
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2-year-old boy hit by car while wandering alone
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Life-saving measures required after ATV accident
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Fmr Viking helps thwart carjacking outside day care
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Jim Clyburn Says Kyrsten Sinema's Argument for Supporting Filibuster 'Not Right'
"If we do not protect the vote with everything that we've got, we will not have a country to protect going forward," the House majority whip said Sunday.
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Texas border patrol agents find more than 20 illegal immigrants motel 'stash houses'
More than 20 illegal immigrants were found in a Texas motel where rooms were being used as “stash houses.”
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A startup that rates the reliability of news sources says it's making a profit
NewsGuard, a four-year-old startup that scans the web and rates the reliability of news sources, says its own business is reliable enough to turn a profit.
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Betty White adored animals. She also loved a good hot dog — just ask Pink's in L.A.
Pink's Hot Dogs is donating $3,000 from sales of its 'Betty White Naked Dog' to the L.A. Zoo on Monday on what would have been White's 100th birthday.
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Eric Adams needs a plan for getting dangerous homeless off subways, streets
The subways are the veins of our city; if they are unsafe, the entire metropolis withers.
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How seditious conspiracy charges change the January 6 narrative
Stewart Rhodes, the recently indicted founder of the Oath Keepers, on February 28, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas. | Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post via Getty Images Stewart Rhodes is facing the most serious charges yet in connection with January 6. On Thursday, federal prosecutors charged Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and 10 others with seditious conspiracy for their role in the January 6 attacks on the US Capitol. That charge — the most serious yet to come out of the investigation — is one of several in the indictment unsealed Thursday, which alleges Rhodes and his co-defendants brought small arms to the Washington, DC, area; engaged in combat training to prepare for the attacks; and made plans to stage quick-reaction forces to support insurrectionists. Rhodes was taken into custody Thursday in Texas and is among the highest-profile arrests made in the investigation into last year’s attacks on the Capitol, although more than 700 people have thus far been arrested and charged in connection with January 6. Rhodes’s group, the Oath Keepers, is “one of the largest far-right antigovernment groups in the US today,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Founded in 2009, the group’s members have a history of attending protests while heavily armed, clashing with law enforcement, and supporting former President Donald Trump’s baseless election fraud claims. Thursday’s indictments are also the first seditious conspiracy charges in the investigation so far, and the first the Justice Department has brought in more than a decade. Seditious conspiracy isn’t the same as treason, but it’s also not terribly far off; as former federal prosecutor Laurence Tribe wrote for NBC News on Saturday, the “crime is, in effect, treason’s sibling.” Specifically, seditious conspiracy occurs when two or more people work together to plan to overthrow the government or prevent the execution of its laws. In the case against Rhodes and his alleged co-conspirators, the government presented evidence in the charging documents that shortly after the November 3, 2020, election Rhodes told his followers to, “Prepare your mind, body, and spirit” because, “We aren’t getting through this without a civil war.” In December, Rhodes promised a “bloody, massively bloody revolution” should a peaceful transfer of power occur, and in the lead-up to the attacks purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons, ammunition, and related tactical gear. Other defendants in the case are alleged to have set up paramilitary training groups, and created private Signal groups to discuss their operations, including procuring weapons and establishing a quick reaction force outside the DC area to bring in additional insurrectionists and weapons. Reading this Oath Keepers indictment.These posts on TheDonald from January 5th make a lot more sense now.The plan was to go all night and transport in the guns later, once they felt they had control over the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/5Nq2tXHm8j— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 13, 2022 The new indictments are a significant step up from previous charges in the case, which range in seriousness from disorderly conduct to obstructing an official proceeding before Congress, and have so far resulted in sentences up to 41 months in prison. In comparison, seditious conspiracy carries a potential sentence of 20 years in prison. The indictment is “major news in [the] effort to hold extremists accountable for their role in #Jan6 insurrection,” the Southern Poverty Law Center’s anti-government desk told Vox via email. “January 6th was a culmination of years of poor behavior on Rhodes [sic] part. It felt like this was always where he and Oath Keepers were headed, but many of us had hoped that we could have prevented it.” The new charges also refute the argument that narratives about the January 6 attack are overblown because no participants had yet been charged with sedition. As the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake pointed out on Thursday, Fox News’ Brit Hume had tweeted just hours before Rhodes’s arrest, “Let’s base our view on whether 1/6 was an ‘insurrection’ on whether those arrested are charged with insurrection. So far, none has been.” Here's a thought. Let's base our view on whether 1/6 was an "insurrection" on whether those arrested are charged with insurrection. So far, none has been. https://t.co/szsAGU3bz0— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 13, 2022 Hume’s tweet echoes months of Fox News hosts’ and guests’ attempts, along with other conservatives, to downplay the idea that the attacks on January 6 rise to the level of insurrection. Historically, seditious conspiracy prosecutions are rare and difficult Seditious conspiracy charges are rare — so rare that, as the SPLC points out, this is just the fourth time in the past 80 years that the statute has been used against right-wing extremists in the US. Previously, in 2010, members of a small Christian militia group in Michigan called the Hutaree were indicted on seditious conspiracy charges, and before that, in the late 1980s, white supremacist militia members in Arkansas were charged with the same crime. In both cases, they were acquitted. That means the stakes for the Justice Department’s prosecution of Rhodes and his cohort are high, even as lawmakers in Congress continue to seek accountability for January 6 along different avenues. “It’s that significant of a moment,” the SPLC told Vox. According to a 1993 case, United States v. Lee, proof of a conspiracy rests on establishing that everyone in the conspiracy shares “a ‘unity of purpose,’ the intent to achieve a common goal, and an agreement to work toward that goal”; previous seditious conspiracy cases have failed in part because the government failed to prove that unity, or to establish exactly what defendants were planning to do. Even when cases are more clear-cut, there are barriers; as historian Kathleen Belew described on Twitter Thursday, cultural and circumstantial factors may have contributed to the 1988 acquittal of the extremists in Arkansas, despite a surfeit of apparent evidence. “Seditious conspiracy charges against Oath Keepers will seek to show that Jan 6 was not just a ‘protest’ ... but an organized and pre-planned [attack] on American democracy,” Belew tweeted. “The stakes are high, but there are a lot more tools today than existed in 1987-88: an FBI aware of and willing to confront white power and militant right violence; a DOD aware of the problem and taking action; hundreds of journalists telling better and more complete stories.” The stakes are high, but there are a lot more tools today than existed in 1987-88: an FBI aware of and willing to confront white power and militant right violence; a DOD aware of the problem and taking action; hundreds of journalists telling better and more complete stories (20)— Kathleen Belew (@kathleen_belew) January 13, 2022 In fact — and perhaps in foreshadowing of Thursday’s indictments — the DOJ announced last week it was establishing a unit dedicated to investigating and prosecuting domestic terrorism, shortly after the one-year anniversary of the January 6 attack. “We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen told lawmakers. Thursday’s indictment, however, could help combat that threat. Jonathon Moseley, an attorney for Stewart Rhodes and his co-defendant Kelly Meggs, told Vox in a phone interview that “the Oath Keepers in general have been pretty much stalled in any of their operations during this whole year.” “So a lot is going to depend on how the trial goes, what the outcome is. If they’re found guilty, they’re going to be sort of a pariah ... so I think a lot is at stake in terms of the viability of the organization and its movement,” Moseley said. The indictment could also affect the ability of extremist groups to plan attacks like the one on January 6, Michael Edison Hayden, a SPLC spokesperson and senior investigative reporter, told Vox. “Extremists are also paying close attention to the use of Signal” — an encrypted messaging app — “in making this arrest,” Hayden said. “So many far-right figures are perpetually chasing an online space to plan in secret and Signal’s presence in Rhodes’ indictment is a very clear warning sign that they don’t have any great options left. It’s an arrest that will likely inspire quite a bit of paranoia.” Rhodes himself maintained his innocence during an interview with the FBI last year and in a subsequent appearance in Texas early last year, the Guardian reports. “I may go to jail soon, not for anything I actually did, but for made-up crimes,” Rhodes said at the time. Rhodes has denied in FBI interviews that he ordered members of his group to breach the Capitol building, saying that anyone who did went in only to give medical aid after they heard someone had been shot, and he did not personally breach the Capitol. Even beyond the futures of Rhodes and the Oath Keepers, the implications for Thursday’s indictments could be far-reaching. More than a year after January 6, 2021, both the DOJ and Congress continue to probe the attack, but the DOJ has far more staying power: If Republicans win back the House in the midterm elections, DOJ’s seditious conspiracy case will continue, but the same can’t be said for the January 6 select committee, which could be hamstrung or dismantled if the balance of power changes in the House next year. Despite the improved resources and focus on domestic extremism in 2022, the government’s case isn’t necessarily a slam-dunk. It’s still momentous, however: As Belew tweeted, “the outcome of this prosecution will be enormously important if we hope to curb further violent attacks on people, institutions, and democracy itself.”
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Couple gets engaged during Coldplay’s show at iHeartRadio ALTer EGO
Coldplay’s latest concert was literal “Paradise” for two lovestruck fans. Casey Treur and Jesus Nuñez were in the audience for the band’s set at iHeartRadio ALTer EGO at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Saturday – and stole the show with a proposal. It all began when frontman Chris Martin, 44, started singing “My Universe,”...
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Howard men’s hoops, after another season-jeopardizing scare, is relieved to be back on the court
The Bison returned to action with a loss to Norfolk State on Saturday and will host Notre Dame in an anticipated game Monday.
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Ex-Clinton adviser says there’s ‘good chance’ of 2024 Hillary/Trump rematch
​Dick Morris, a onetime adviser to former President Bill Clinton, says there's a "good chance" of a rematch between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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Ex-Pence adviser warns of 'grave concern' among ex-Trump staffers
Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, tells CNN's Jim Acosta about a meeting between ex-Trump staffers focused on preventing his future influence on US politics.
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Italian nurse caught on video allegedly administering fake vaccine
An Italian nurse was caught on camera allegedly giving a fake dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a couple.
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The Times' boys' basketball rankings: Corona Centennial and Sierra Canyon on top
A look at The Times' boys' basketball top-25 rankings for the Southland. Corona Centennial and Sierra Canyon are Nos. 1 and 2; Riverside Poly is No. 3.
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Surgeon General on COVID: “Next Few Weeks Will Be Tough”
Dr. Vivek Murthy said the Supreme Court’s block of the vaccine-or-testing mandate was a "setback for public health."
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Maxine Waters attacks Manchin and Sinema over voting bill, says they 'don't care' about Black people
Rep. Maxine Waters expressed her disdain for the senators blocking the elimination of the filibuster, and said they don't care about Black people.
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Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee dies at 102
Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, died Sunday morning in his sleep, according to a family spokesman. He was 102.
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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Calvin Kattar after UFC on ESPN 32 win?
See whom Calvin Kattar should fight next after his victory over Giga Chikadze in the UFC on ESPN 32 headliner.       Related StoriesSean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Calvin Kattar after UFC on ESPN 32 win? - EnclosureSean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Giga Chikadze after UFC on ESPN 32 loss?Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Giga Chikadze after UFC on ESPN 32 loss? - Enclosure 
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Large tree crashes through Dunwoody home
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Amish men use horses to pull car out of ditch
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Crews working to rescue hiker during winter storm
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Seventh grader dies after being exposed to fentanyl
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On Video: Person on e-bike shoots at speed camera
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Worker finds sentimental ornament on discarded tree
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Historic church to be turned into community center
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Dozens take Polar Plunge at Lake Martin
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Cost to remove school Indian logo could top $100,000
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Hero pilot released from hospital after crash
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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Giga Chikadze after UFC on ESPN 32 loss?
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The U.S. government is boycotting the Beijing Olympics over human rights. Coke and Airbnb are still on board.
For two years, campaigners representing the people of Hong Kong, Tibet and China’s Xinjiang region have been pushing U.S. and Western companies to drop their sponsorships of the Games, which start Feb. 4. None have.
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Op-Ed: What can we do after a hostage-taker shatters the serenity of Shabbat?
The Texas synagogue standoff is a reminder to follow the Jewish imperative to "hope far ahead," to work for change even if we won't be here to see it.
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Tom Brady, Bucs streamline past Eagles, NFC divisional round awaits
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one step closer to defending their Super Bowl title after dominating the Philadelphia Eagles 31-15 in Sunday’s wild-card game.
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Eric Adams insists subways still safe and there is only ‘perception of fear’
Straphangers and advocacy groups say the subway system has without a doubt gone down the tubes -- and Michelle Go death is just the latest horrific example of problems that have been left to fester.
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Acosta calls out Trump for abruptly ending NPR interview
CNN's Jim Acosta looks at dangerous Covid-19 misinformation being pushed by some Republicans, and the inability of Trump and his allies to let go of the big lie about the 2020 presidential election.
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Thousands pay their respects at a mass funeral for 15 of the 17 Bronx fire victims
Members of the tight-knit Gambian community that bore the brunt of the fire's devastation packed into the Islamic Culture Center for the mass funeral for 15 of the victims.
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MLK Day preview: Alveda King tells Sen. Marsha Blackburn, 'We must be kind'
In a program airing Jan. 17, 2022 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and shared exclusively with Fox News Digital, Alveda King talked with GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn about the need for forgiveness, kindness, and communication in America today.
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Bronx apartment fire victims laid to rest amid outpouring of grief
A Bronx community paid its final respects to 17 people killed in an apartment building fire.
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CNN ‘Reliable Sources’ guest says press covering Biden ‘unfairly’ with same ‘snarky attitude’ they used during
CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart blamed the press on Sunday for treating President Biden "unfairly" during an appearance on CNN's "Reliable Sources."
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Jalen Hurts, Eagles outclassed by Tom Brady, Buccaneers
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Troy Aikman would rather be calling Cowboys game over Buccaneers’ blowout
Troy Aikman would rather be in Dallas right now.
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Inside a Deadly Bronx Fire: Scenes of Chaos, Desperation and Love
When the building where they made their home became a smoke-filled death trap, hundreds of residents had to make life-or-death decisions as rescue workers raced to save them.
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