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Self-proclaimed “forest defenders” in Atlanta are calling for a more thorough investigation into the death of a protester who was killed by authorities after officials said the activist shot a trooper. The activist's death has been met with vigils around the world. Friends say they knew 26-year-old Tortuguita, or “Little Turtle,” as funny, curious and thoughtful, not the kind of person who would fire a gun on police. But authorities say that's just what Tortuguita did as they tried to clear an 85-acre forested area that's set to be developed as a police and firefighter training facility. Protesters have dubbed the site “Cop City” and have been camping there for more than a year.

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Former President Donald Trump says the footage of  the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers is “horrible” and that the attack “never should have happened.” Trump said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press that Nichols was “just being pummeled” and that the beating was “vicious and violent and hard to believe.” Trump made the comments a day after authorities released footage of the attack on the 29-year-old Black man after a traffic stop. Trump was president when George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police. He condemned that killing at the time but later centered his reelection campaign around a message of “law and order” and support for law enforcement.

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The Memphis police chief has disbanded the city’s so-called Scorpion unit after some of its officers beat Black motorist Tyre Nichols to death. The chief on Saturday cited a “cloud of dishonor” from newly released video of the fatal encounter. Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis acted a day after the harrowing video emerged. She said she listened to Nichols’ relatives, community leaders and uninvolved officers in making the decision. The nation and the city are struggling to come to grips with the violence by the officers, who are also Black. The video renewed doubts about why fatal encounters with law enforcement keep happening despite repeated calls for change.

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Authorities in Memphis have released video showing Black motorist Tyre Nichols being beaten by five police officers who held him down and repeatedly struck him with fists, batons and boots. The footage released Friday also shows the Black officers pummeling the 29-year-old and leaving him propped against a squad car as they fist-bump and celebrate their actions. The officers have been charged with murder in the assault that the Nichols family legal team likened to the infamous 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King. The chilling images of another Black man dying at the hands of police provoked tough questions about the nation’s policing culture.

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Israel’s defense minister signaled Friday that the military would stop its airstrikes if Palestinian militant groups halted rocket attacks, a day after the deadliest Israeli raid in decades raised the prospect of a major flare-up in fighting. After a limited exchange of Palestinian rockets and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza overnight, residents of Jerusalem were on edge Friday morning. Israel’s defense minister instructed the military to prepare for new strikes in the Gaza Strip “if necessary.” The bombardments followed an Israeli raid in the flashpoint Jenin refugee camp, which turned into a gun battle that killed at least seven militants and a 61-year-old woman and sparked clashes elsewhere.

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Palestinian officials say Israeli forces have killed at least nine Palestinians and wounded several others during a raid in a flashpoint area of the occupied West Bank. It was one of the deadliest days in years in the territory and increased the risk of a major flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian fighting. In retaliation, the Palestinian Authority declared it would cut security ties with Israel. The Palestinian leadership has made such threats before, with little success. Thursday's gunbattle erupted when the Israeli military conducted a rare daytime operation in the Jenin refugee camp that it said was meant to prevent an imminent attack against Israelis.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland and other U.S. officials say the FBI and international partners have at least temporarily disrupted the network of a prolific ransomware gang they infiltrated last year. And as a result they have saved victims, including hospitals and school districts, a potential  $130 million in ransom payments. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco says that: “Simply put, using lawful means we hacked the hackers.” Officials say the gang known as Hive, operates one of the world’s top five ransomware networks. FBI Director Christopher Wray says the FBI quietly gained access to Hive's control panel in July and was able to obtain software keys to decrypt the network of some 1,300 victims globally.

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Days after India banned a BBC documentary that examines Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role during 2002 anti-Muslim riots, authorities are scrambling to halt screenings of the program in colleges and universities and restricting clips of it on social media. Critics have decried the moves as an assault on press freedom. The two-part documentary “India: The Modi Question” focuses on bloody riots in western Gujarat when Modi was the state’s chief minister. Modi has denied the accusations that he allowed the riots under his watch, and the Supreme Court has said it found no evidence to prosecute him. India has called the documentary “propaganda."

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The state Department of Natural Resources has moved under Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' total control for the first time in his tenure. Evers has had to contend with a number of Republican holdover appointees on the DNR's policy board since he won election to his first term in 2019. Evers would have gained control of the board in May 2021 when Fred Prehn's term expired, but Prehn refused to step down, giving Republicans a 4-3 majority on the panel. Prehn finally resigned this past December, making room at last for Evers' replacement, Sandra Naas. The board met for the first time under Evers' complete control Wednesday and elected Evers appointee Bill Smith as its new chairman.

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Amazon warehouse workers have gone on strike for the first time in Britain in a dispute over pay and working conditions. The action Wednesday adds to a wave of industrial labor action across the country fueled by the soaring cost of living. Union members voted to walk off the job at the e-commerce giant’s fulfillment center in Coventry, about 100 miles northwest of London. Union organizers say staff are “trying to get decent pay” and take issue with performance targets set by an algorithm that piles extra pressure on workers. Some 2,000 people work at the Coventry facility. Amazon said only 178 workers voted to strike and that it's offering “competitive pay."

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Nurses who went on strike this month at two major New York City hospitals have ratified the contracts that were hammered out to end the walkout. Their union, called the New York State Nurses Association, said Tuesday that 98% of nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center voted  in favor of the contracts. They include raises totaling 19% over three years, commitments to hire more nurses and new provisions to enforce promised staffing levels. Mount Sinai President Dr. David Reich told hospital staff in a memo the contract “puts patients first.” Together, they employ over 7,000 union nurses.

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Attorneys for the family of a Black motorist who died after a violent encounter with Memphis police say officers beat Tyre Nichols for three minutes in a “savage” encounter reminiscent of the infamous 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King. Attorney Ben Crump said Monday that police body camera video viewed by the family showed that Nichols was shocked, pepper-sprayed and restrained after the 29-year-old FedEx worker and father was pulled over Jan. 7. Nichols’ family agreed with investigators’ request to wait a week or two before the video is made public. Nichols’ stepfather says he ran “because he was scared for his life.” The police department fired five officers who were involved. All five are Black.

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The daughter of Massachusetts Democratic congresswoman Katherine Clark was arrested during a protest on Boston Common and later charged with assault after a police officer was injured. In a statement on its website, the Boston Police Department says the 23-year-old is being arraigned in Boston Municipal Court. Clark has tweeted that her daughter, Riley Dowell, has been arrested and calls it “a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenting.” Police say the arrest took place while a monument located within Boston Common was being defaced with spray paint and anti-police phrases.

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A protest has turned violent in downtown Atlanta in the wake of the killing of an environmental activist by authorities. Officials say the 26-year-old shot and wounded  a state trooper. Masked activists dressed in all black threw rocks and lit fireworks in front of a skyscraper that houses the Atlanta Police Foundation on Saturday evening. They lit a police cruiser on fire and vandalized other buildings with anti-police graffiti. Authorities say they made six arrests and halted the violence. The activist, who went by Tortuguita, was killed Wednesday as authorities cleared protesters from the site of a planned public safety training center. Authorities say the trooper fired in self-defense, but activists question that account.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has decided to leave office. She became a global icon of the left and exemplified a new style of leadership. Just 37 when elected, Ardern was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst-ever mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. But she faced mounting political pressures at home and a level of vitriol from some that hadn’t been experienced by previous New Zealand leaders. Still, her announcement came as a shock throughout the nation of 5 million people. Ardern told reporters in Napier on Thursday that Feb. 7 would be her last day as prime minister.

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Authorities say they killed a man who shot and injured a Georgia state trooper as law enforcement officers tried to clear protesters from the site of a planned public safety training center just outside Atlanta. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Mike Register says authorities were trying to clear people out of the area Wednesday morning when someone fired at them and officers shot back in self-defense. The trooper was taken to a hospital for surgery and is listed in stable condition. Opponents have labeled the training center “Cop City” and have been protesting for over a year by building platforms in surrounding trees and camping out at the site.

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Authorities say they killed a man who shot and injured a Georgia state trooper as law enforcement officers tried to clear protesters from the site of a planned public safety training center just outside Atlanta. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Mike Register says authorities were trying to clear people out of the area Wednesday morning when someone fired at them and officers shot back in self-defense. The trooper was taken to a hospital for surgery and is listed in stable condition. Opponents have labeled the training center “Cop City” and have been protesting for over a year by building platforms in surrounding trees and camping out at the site.

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An attorney for Derek Chauvin has asked an appeals court to throw out the former Minneapolis police officer's convictions in the murder of George Floyd. William Mohrman told the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday that the trial judge should have moved the case out of Minneapolis because of the extensive pretrial publicity, and fears of violent protests that led to unprecedented security precautions. Floyd died in 2020 after Chauvin, who is white, pinned the Black man to the ground with his knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes. Prosecutors argued that Chauvin got a fair trial and just sentence.

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A shooter stood over a 16-year-old mother clutching her 10-month-old baby and killed them both in a brazen attack in a central California farming community that left six dead. That's according to the Tulare County sheriff during a news conference Tuesday. Law enforcement is seeking at least two suspects and there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to their arrests. Deputies responded around 3:30 a.m. Monday to reports of multiple shots fired at the residence in unincorporated Goshen, just east of Visalia. Goshen is a rural community in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.

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The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department probes into the discovery of classified documents at the home and former office of President Joe Biden has focused renewed attention on the role such prosecutors have played in modern American history. A special counsel is an attorney appointed to investigate, and possibly prosecute, a case in which the Justice Department perceives itself as having a conflict or where it’s deemed to be in the public interest to have someone outside the government come in and take responsibility for a matter. Robert Hur, a former U.S. attorney in Maryland, is now the third special counsel currently in use by the Justice Department.

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The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department probes into the discovery of classified documents at the home and former office of President Joe Biden has focused renewed attention on the role such prosecutors have played in modern American history. A special counsel is an attorney appointed to investigate, and possibly prosecute, a case in which the Justice Department perceives itself as having a conflict or where it’s deemed to be in the public interest to have someone outside the government come in and take responsibility for a matter. Robert Hur, a former U.S. attorney in Maryland, is now the third special counsel currently in use by the Justice Department.

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A federal prosecutor says former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four lieutenants charged with seditious conspiracy in the Capitol attack took aim at "the heart of our democracy” on Jan. 6, 2021. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason McCullough made the comment during his opening statement in the trial on Thursday. Prosecutors say the far-right extremists plotted to keep Joe Biden out of the White House after he beat then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Defense lawyers deny there was such a plot. The defendants are from Florida, Washington state, Pennsylvania and New York. Their trial comes after the seditious conspiracy convictions of two leaders of the far-right Oath Keepers group.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has formally appealed the decision by the health insurance plan for public employees to choose another company to administer the plan after more than 40 years. The State Health Plan's trustee board voted last month to replace Blue Cross with Aetna starting in 2025. Blue Cross filed on Thursday its request for a protest meeting with the State Health Plan's acting director. His final decision could be challenged in court. The third-party administrator's job involves handling billions of dollars in plan members' claims and building out a provider network.

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