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Virginia judge decreases punitive damages owed by Unite the Right

CNN  —  A Virginia judge applied the state’s statutory punitive damages cap to decrease the amount of punitive damages owed by White Nationalists who organized and participated in the 2017 Unite the Right rally from $24 million to $350,000, court records show. A total of $26 million was awarded by a jury in 2021 after […]

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Damaging weather menaces the Southeast as a ‘brutal’ storm system

CNN  —  A major winter storm that brought snow and freezing rain to its colder northern end and severe storms and tornadoes on its warmer southern end is threatening more severe weather as it treks east. Meanwhile, another powerful storm system is hitting the West Coast – right on the heels of the last round […]

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Major storm leaves trail of destruction as it barrels across

CNN  —  A major, multi-hazard storm is leaving a trail of destruction as it barrels across the country on Tuesday and continues to bring the risk of strong tornadoes and flooding to the South, and ice and snow to the Plains and Upper Midwest. The storm, which triggered deadly floods in California over the weekend, […]

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Florida Gov. DeSantis begins second term with spotlight on

Tallahassee, Florida CNN  —  When Ron DeSantis takes the oath of office on the steps of the Historic Capitol at noon on Tuesday, far more will be looming than his second term as Florida governor. His speech, along with his agenda, will be seen through the prism of a potential 2024 GOP presidential bid. The […]

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2 dead and 4 others injured in New Year’s Day shooting in Florida

CNN  —  Two people died and four others were injured in a shooting in Ocala, Florida, early Sunday, authorities said. Gunfire broke out around 4:30 a.m. near the 1600 block of Southwest 5th Street, in an area where a crowd of about 100 people were gathered, police said in a news release. Davonta Harris, 30, […]

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1 killed, at least 9 others injured in New Year’s Eve shooting in

CNN  —  One person was killed and nine others were injured in a shooting in Mobile, Alabama, Saturday night, just blocks from where people had gathered for the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration, according to CNN affiliate WPMI. Police got a call about shots fired at 11:15 p.m. in the 200 block of Dauphin Street, […]

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FBI offers $10,000 reward for information on vandalism at

CNN  —  The FBI Atlanta field office is offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding a vandalism incident that took place at Georgia’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Heritage Sanctuary this summer, the agency said in a news release Thursday. The church’s sanctuary was vandalized in the late hours of July 3, when a group spray […]

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Henrietta Lacks statue will replace Robert E. Lee monument in

CNN  —  A statue of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were used without her consent in crucial medical research, will replace a monument to Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Roanoke, Virginia. Lacks, a Black mother of five receiving treatment for cervical cancer at John Hopkins Hospital, was undergoing radium treatments in 1951 when tissue from […]

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Special counsel Durham has spent at least $6.5 million on inquiry

CNN  —  John Durham, the special counsel investigating potential misconduct in the Trump-Russia probe, has spent at least $6.5 million on his inquiry, including $2 million this year, according to financial documents released Friday by the Justice Department. The topline $6.5 million figure captures Durham’s spending between October 2020 and September 2022. However, Durham started […]

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Get ready for a ‘polar plunge.’ The first week of winter brings

CNN  —  Astronomical winter officially begins this Wednesday and Jack Frost will arrive in full force. Temperatures will take a polar plunge this week, and even Florida won’t be spared, thanks to a strong high-pressure system sliding south from Canada. “Very cold Arctic air masses will envelop much of the central and eastern half of […]