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Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent decades.

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Street racer charged in hit-and-run death of high school vice principal

Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, was killed Saturday night while walking from the Edison train station to a relative's house, officials said. A man who officials said was street racing was arrested Thursday in the hit-and-run death of a New Brunswick High School vice principal. Freddy...

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Hurricane Michael's Florida fury becomes clear, death toll rises as storm churns north

The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes in the Florida panhandle found smashed to pieces, as the storm moved into Georgia and North Carolina. The death toll was at least three. PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- The devastation inflicted...

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Death knell for capital punishment? Washington becomes 20th state to ban executions

Washington becomes the 20th state to ban the death penalty, building on a growing trend.         

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Verne Troyer’s Estate Hit With Little Bill from LAFD for Ambulance Ride Before Death

Verne Troyer is unfortunately no longer with us, but the Los Angeles Fire Department still wants their cash for transporting him to the hospital one last time. According to documents obtained by The Blast, the LAFD filed a creditor’s claim against the “Austin Powers” star’s estate for...

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She was shunned by the space community after she sued North American Rockwell in the launchpad death of Gus Grissom. She won a settlement.

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ENDORSEMENT: Kwame Raoul for Illinois attorney general

A state senator since 2004, he took the lead in a successful effort to abolish the state's death penalty.

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Opening statements in Jersey City murder trial stopped due to juror's illness

Opening statements in the murder trial of a 19-year-old Jersey City man where adjourned after a juror took ill today. JERSEY CITY -- The prosecution began presenting its opening statement today in the murder trial of a 19-year-old Jersey City man but the sudden illness of a juror caused an...

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Washington high court strikes down death penalty

"The death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner," the justices wrote. "While this particular case provides an opportunity to specifically address racial disproportionality, the underlying issues that underpin our holding are rooted in the arbitrary...

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Korn Singer’s Wife Died From Accidental Lethal Drug Combination

Deven Davis’ cause of death has been revealed. The estranged wife of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis died on August 18 at age 39 due to having five different drugs in her system, according to the autopsy obtained by TMZ. Deven reportedly had cocaine, heroin, clonazepam, topiramate and fluoxetine in...

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Man killed in fire rescued his toddler son from 1983 blaze, wife says

"I just want people to know what type of guy he was," Pattie Johnson said. Pattie Johnson still has the newspaper clipping from 1983. On one hand, the brief news story is a reminder of an act of heroism – her future husband's courageous rescue of their 1-year-old son from a burning building. On...

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Boy, 17, shot to death in Lawndale: police

A 17-year-old boy was killed in a shooting Thursday afternoon in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood.

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Meet N.J.'s newest addition to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list

Investigators hope heightening the profile of the accused killer will lead to his capture Lamont Stephenson has been on the run for almost four years as a prime suspect in the October 2014 killing of his fiancee and her dog in Newark. Now, the FBI is raising the stakes in the search for the...

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New York’s flawed laws paved the way for the limo tragedy

America’s worst transportation disaster in nearly a decade wasn’t a plane crash or a train crash. The victims died in a high-speed car accident. The only newsmaking aspect of the stretch limousine that crashed in central New York over the Columbus Day weekend was the death toll. The smashup...

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Matthew Shepard Will Be Laid To Rest At Washington National Cathedral

The Shepard family called the site the "perfect" place for their son's ashes 20 years after his death.

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Ed Norton Wants Wrongful Death Case Filed by Firefighter’s Widow to Be Tossed

Ed Norton is denying responsibility for the death of a firefighter who lost his life battling a blaze on set of the actor’s movie, and now he is demanding the wrongful death lawsuit be thrown out. Earlier this year, Ed Norton’s production co., Class 5 Films, was hit with a wrongful death suit by...

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Woman claims dangerous ingredient in gum killed her dog

At just 3 years old, a husky-mix named Canon had a lot of life left to live. But that abruptly changed when the pup ate a piece of sugar-free chewing gum this past weekend, leading to his untimely death, his owner said. “I’ve cried a lot about it,” Canon’s owner, Christy Figlio, of...

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Suspicious death probed at limo-company owner’s motel

State police are investigating a suspicious death at a motel owned by the former FBI informant whose limo company is behind the deadly crash that killed 20 people upstate, according to a report Thursday. The death at the Crest Inn Suites & Cottages in Ganseveoort doesn’t appear tied to...

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