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Town honors Ahmaud Arbery day after end of hate crimes case

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A crowd of dozens chanted on a sweltering street corner Tuesday as Ahmaud Arbery's hometown unveiled new street signs honoring the young Black man who was fatally shot after being chased by three white men in a nearby...

 

Father, son get life for hate crime in Ahmaud Arbery's death

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The white father and son who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in a Georgia neighborhood each received a second life prison sentence Monday — for committing federal hate crimes, months after getting their first for murder ...

 

California reparations plan advances movement, advocates say

DETROIT (AP) — In the long debate over whether Black Americans should be granted reparations for the atrocity and injustices of slavery and racism, California took a big step this week toward becoming the first U.S. state to make some form of resti...

 

Arbery killers convicted of federal hate crimes in his death

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The three white men convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery's shooting were found guilty of federal hate crimes Tuesday in a verdict that affirmed what family members and civil rights activists said all along: that he was chased...

 

Judge rejects plea deal for man who killed Ahmaud Arbery

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge rejected a plea agreement Monday that would have averted a hate crimes trial for the white man convicted of murder for fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery, whose parents angrily objected to the deal as unfair and...

 

Arbery killers get life in prison; no parole for father, son

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Three white men convicted of murder for chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison Friday, with a judge denying any chance of parole for the father and son who armed themselves and initiated the deadly...

 

Tornado victims include former Kentucky school administrator

A Kentucky woman who worked her way up from school bus driver to become an administrator and school board member. A grandfather who "stole the show" when he was around his grandchildren. A 2-month-old whose family tried to protect her by putting her...

 

Tornado victims include infant girl, longtime florist, judge

A 2-month-old whose family tried to protect her by putting her in a car seat. A 94-year-old Korean War veteran from Arkansas. A longtime florist in Tennessee who recently "started on her new adventure" as an airport security worker. An Amazon...

 

Their own words may have doomed men who killed Ahmaud Arbery

The video of Ahmaud Arbery's shotgun death was a shocking piece of evidence that suddenly brought the Black man's killing into the national consciousness. But the murder convictions of the three white men who chased him may have been secured as much...

 

Jury gets case of white men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's death

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The case of three white men charged with murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery went to the jury Tuesday after a trial in which prosecutors argued that the defendants provoked the fatal confrontation and defense attorneys...

 

3 men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's death convicted of murder

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Three men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was running empty-handed through a Georgia subdivision when the white strangers chased him, trapped him on a quiet street and...

 

Subdivision's social posts reflected fear before Arbery shot

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Months before Ahmaud Arbery was killed, shooter Travis McMichael wrote a simple, chilling response to a Facebook post about a suspected car burglary in his Georgia neighborhood: "Arm up." The item he commented on was...

 

Attorneys make final case to jurors in Ahmaud Arbery's death

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys made a final push Monday to persuade the jury in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, with the prosecution saying that three white men chased him solely "because he was a Black man running down the street" and defense...

 

Prosecution rests in trial of men who chased Ahmaud Arbery

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday in the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery after the jury saw graphic photos of the shotgun wounds that punched a gaping hole in his chest and...

 

Man who shot Arbery testifies: 'He had my gun. He struck me'

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery testified Wednesday that Arbery attacked him and grabbed his shotgun after he and his father pursued the 25-year-old Black man in their Georgia neighborhood. Travis McMichael's testimony...

 

Tensions flare in Arbery death trial as Jesse Jackson visits

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge denied mistrial requests Monday at the trial of three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery after defense attorneys claimed jurors were tainted by weeping from the gallery where the slain Black man's parents s...

 

Defendant: Ahmaud Arbery `trapped like a rat' before slaying

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — One of the three white men standing trial for the death of Ahmaud Arbery said they had the 25-year-old Black man "trapped like a rat" before he was fatally shot, a police investigator testified Wednesday. Father and son Greg...

 

Graphic photos of Ahmaud Arbery's wounds shown to jury

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jurors were shown graphic, closeup police photos Monday of the gunshot wounds that killed Ahmaud Arbery, while the first officer to find the 25-year-old Black man bleeding in the road testified he did not try to render...

 

Attorneys present jurors with dueling portraits of Arbery

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Friday presented dueling portraits of Ahmaud Arbery, who was either an innocent Black runner fatally shot by three white strangers or "a scary mystery" who had been seen prowling around a...

 

One Black juror, 11 whites to hear trial over Arbery slaying

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that he'll seat one Black juror and 11 whites to decide the trial of the men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery, despite prosecutors' objections that several Black potential jurors were cut because of...

 

EXPLAINER: How jury selection works in Arbery slaying trial

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Teachers, auto mechanics and retirees summoned to jury duty in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery are being questioned about their thoughts on racism, their social media habits and whether they own guns, while hundreds more await...

 

Jury selection resumes slowly in Ahmaud Arbery slaying trial

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys resumed questioning potential jurors Tuesday in the trial of three white men charged with chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery, with several jury pool members saying they know the defendants or others close to a case...

 

Jury selection begins in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection got underway Monday for what could be a lengthy effort to find jurors in the trial of three white men charged with fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery as he was running in their Georgia neighborhood. The slaying of t...

 

Crews at collapse site find body, raising death toll to five

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — Rescue crews found another body in the rubble of a collapsed 12-story condominium tower near Miami on Saturday, raising the death toll to five as they raced to recover any survivors while fighting back fire and smoke deep...

 

US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world on Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a months-long race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and...

 

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