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FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Lee Hall, formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr. Hall, a death row inmate. Hall is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Hall walked onto death row nearly three decades ago with his sight, but attorneys for the 53-year-old prisoner say he’s since become functionally blind due to improperly treated glaucoma. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 6:37 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is set to carry out what is expected to be only the second execution of a blind prisoner in the United States since the nation reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The 53-year-old inmate, Lee Hall, was scheduled to die in the electric chair Thursday evening for...
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In this Aug. 25, 2015 photo, a Black Hawk helicopter was refueled at Camp Ripley in in northern Minnesota. A Black Hawk helicopter with three crew members aboard crashed Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in central Minnesota, a state National Guard official said. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 6:30 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Black Hawk helicopter with three crew members aboard crashed Thursday in central Minnesota, the Minnesota National Guard said, though officials did not offer any immediate information about the conditions of crew members. The Guard tweeted that the UH-60 crashed south of...
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December 05, 2019 - 6:29 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government persuaded a federal judge to prevent a private fundraising group from building its own wall next to the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico, despite the group's longstanding claim that it is supporting President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane's...
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FILE - This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Uber acknowledged more than 3,000 sexual assaults occurred during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 05, 2019 - 6:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during U.S. Uber rides in 2018, the company said in a long-awaited safety report. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company's 1.3 billion rides. Uber noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults...
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December 05, 2019 - 6:27 pm
New York (AP) — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behavior at a curtain call. A spokesperson for the Royal Opera said in a statement released Thursday that their investigation found his...
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December 05, 2019 - 5:57 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A UPS driver was kidnapped by at least two robbery suspects who led police on a two-county chase that ended in gunfire and multiple fatalities Thursday at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour, police said. Police in Miramar, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of where the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A commission Northam tasked with researching racist laws from the state’s past recommended Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, that dozens be repealed in order to purge the state’s books of discriminatory language. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
December 05, 2019 - 5:47 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The laws are still on the books in Virginia: Blacks and whites must sit in separate rail cars. They cannot use the same playgrounds, schools or mental hospitals. They can’t marry each other either. The measures have not been enforced for decades, but they remain in the state’s...
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This undated photo provided by the San Francisco Opera shows San Francisco Opera Music Director Designate Eun Sun Kim. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August, conducting Beethoven's “Fidelio” when the 2020-21 season opens, the company said Thursday.(Marc Olivier Le Blanc/San Francisco Opera via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 5:08 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into the job in the company's history. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in...
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December 05, 2019 - 5:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Four major websites used for wedding planning are revising their policies on content referencing former slave plantations, responding to an advocacy group's campaign urging the companies to stop promoting venues where black people were once brutalized. Pinterest says it will now...
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December 05, 2019 - 5:08 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring U.S. citizens to submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday that it has no plans to expand facial recognition to U.S. citizens. A spokesman said DHS will...
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