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Judge wants Stoneman Douglas murder trial to start in January

“The judge presiding over the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School murder case told attorneys Thursday she wants the trial to start in January” writes Rafael Olmeda for sun-sentinel.com. Nikolas Cruz, 20, faces the death penalty if convicted of 17 counts of first-degree murder.The defense has largely focused on preserving Cruz’s legal rights and keeping him off death row. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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Subway death

“A man was dragged to his death by a New York subway train Tuesday evening, authorities said” writes Kayla Epstein for washingtonpost.com. The man was standing near the edge of the subway platform when the incoming train caught hold of an article of clothing and pulled him into the tunnel, a New York Police Department spokesman said. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Former Colorado player, Seahawks draftee shot to death over parking dispute

“A sheriff’s office spokesperson said the two met at an area high school to settle their dispute over a parking spot” reports sportingnews.com. A former University of Colorado football player drafted by the NFL’s Seahawks died Monday from gunshot wounds suffered Sunday during what authorities say was a dispute with a neighbor over a parking spot, The Denver Post reported . Source: sportingnews.com

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Malaysian held over Mongolian model’s grisly murder loses Australian asylum bid

“Under Australian law, Sirul can only be deported if he does not face the death penalty” reports businessinsider.my. A fugitive Malaysian policeman convicted of the grisly murder of a Mongolian model has lost a bid for asylum in Australia, where he has been held since 2015, raising the prospect he could be deported. Source: businessinsider.my

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Protests erupt after death of black teenager who was restrained

“Brazilian activists have taken to the streets in five major cities after the death of a young black man who was restrained by a supermarket security guard” writes Dom Phillips for theguardian.com. As the outcry grew, the hashtag #VidasNegrasImportam (Black Lives Matter) began circulating and black Brazilians compared his death to Eric Garner, who died after police in New York immobilised him in 2014.Another security guard took the weapon, Gonzaga attacked Amâncio again and the two began a struggle, he added.The security guard put him on his side and raised…

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9/11 Victims fund

“I also deeply regret that I could not honor my intention to spare any claim submitted prior to this announcement from any reductions made due to a determination of funding insufficiency” writes Michael Mcauliff for nydailynews.com. If there had been a different option available to me, I assure you I would have taken it,” the fund’s Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya said. Source: nydailynews.com

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9/11 Victims Compensation Fund to slash payouts by half or more

“I also deeply regret that I could not honor my intention to spare any claim submitted prior to this announcement from any reductions made due to a determination of funding insufficiency” writes Michael Mcauliff for nydailynews.com. If there had been a different option available to me, I assure you I would have taken it,” the fund’s Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya said. Source: nydailynews.com

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