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Judge to sentence ex-Chicago policeman for 2014 shooting of teen

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Judge to sentence ex-Chicago policeman for 2014 shooting of teen

Van Dyke, 40, faces up to 20 years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction and up to 30 years for each of 16 counts of aggravated battery, one count for each shot he fired at McDonald, who was carrying a knife. The October verdict was the first time an on-duty Chicago police officer was held criminally accountable for the killing of an African-American. It touched off celebratory street demonstrations in Chicago.

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Striking Los Angeles teachers set major rally amid marathon contract talks

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Striking Los Angeles teachers set major rally amid marathon contract talks

Union leaders urged striking Los Angeles teachers to turn out en masse for a rally on Friday marking the fifth day of their walkout against the second-largest U.S. school district, seeking to boost their bargaining position in marathon labor talks. Some 30,000 teachers who have gone without a contract for nearly a year walked off the job on Monday demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. It was the first such work stoppage to hit the Los Angeles Unified School District in three decades.

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On Day 28, no sign of end to U.S. partial government shutdown

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On Day 28, no sign of end to U.S. partial government shutdown

As the partial U.S. government shutdown hit the four-week mark on Friday, tensions mounted in Washington on either side of the standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion to help fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Democratic-led House of Representatives has left town for a three-day weekend, returning late on Tuesday. The Senate was expected to reconvene on Friday, but its exact plans were unsettled.

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Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

Testifying for the prosecution in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a onetime local lawmaker in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa, also gave an emotional account of her relationship with Guzman, saying she at times feared for her safety. “I didn’t want for him to mistrust me because I thought he could also hurt me,” Lucero Sanchez Lopez, 29, testified. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t.” She said once, while the two were eating dinner in 2012, Guzman told her that anyone who betrayed him would die.

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Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

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Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

Testifying for the prosecution in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a onetime local lawmaker in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa, also gave an emotional account of her relationship with Guzman, saying she at times feared for her safety. “I didn’t want for him to mistrust me because I thought he could also hurt me,” Lucero Sanchez Lopez, 29, testified. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t.” She said once, while the two were eating dinner in 2012, Guzman told her that anyone who betrayed him would die.

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Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

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Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape

Testifying for the prosecution in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a onetime local lawmaker in Guzman’s home state of Sinaloa, also gave an emotional account of her relationship with Guzman, saying she at times feared for her safety. “I didn’t want for him to mistrust me because I thought he could also hurt me,” Lucero Sanchez Lopez, 29, testified. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t.” She said once, while the two were eating dinner in 2012, Guzman told her that anyone who betrayed him would die.

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Judge blocks Republican-backed Wisconsin early-voting law

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Judge blocks Republican-backed Wisconsin early-voting law

The early-voting bill was part of a package of laws that the Republican-controlled legislature passed during a rare all-night lame-duck session in December, which included measures aimed at curbing the powers of incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers. The effort drew criticism from Democrats that Republicans were effectively ignoring the will of the voters after Evers’ victory in November’s midterm election ended eight years of total Republican control of the state capitol. The state’s largest cities, Milwaukee and Madison, offered six weeks of early voting last year, while smaller municipalities with fewer resources provided shorter windows.

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Teachers' strike tests Los Angeles mayor's White House hopes

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Teachers' strike tests Los Angeles mayor's White House hopes

The move may help Garcetti, who is considering a presidential run but has not officially declared his intentions, raise his national profile. Strategists said it also could tie his reputation to the outcome, with a quick deal giving him a boost while drawn-out scenes of the union’s 30,000 teachers, about a third of whom are Latino, on picket lines could harm his standing with key Democratic constituencies. “Before the strike, I had this in the column of things that would be really hard on his presidential campaign,” said Raphael Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute …read more

U.S. separated 'thousands' more immigrant children: watchdog

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U.S. separated 'thousands' more immigrant children: watchdog

The U.S. government may have separated “thousands” more immigrant children from their parents than previously known but inadequate record-keeping means the exact number is still unclear, an internal watchdog said on Wednesday. The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 that were included as part of a class action lawsuit challenging the separations brought by the American Civil Liberties Union last year. The administration of President Donald Trump implemented a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to criminally prosecute and jail …read more

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