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California father arrested after 4 children, grandmother killed

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) – A father suspected of killing his four children and stepmother faces his first court appearance. Germarcus David, 29, was jailed Sunday night after surrendering to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shortly after his wife discovered the bodies of their children and grandmother at the family home in Lancaster. The children were all under 12 and one was an infant. Authorities have not disclosed the motive for the shooting. David is due in court on Tuesday. Records indicate he is a licensed security guard, but his license to carry a gun was canceled after it expired last year.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT-TRIAL

Prosecutors to start case against Jussie Smollett in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – Testimony is set to begin in the trial of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. At Smollett’s trial in Chicago on Monday, prosecutors said he staged a homophobic and racist attack in January 2019. But his defense attorney said Smollett was “a real victim” of a “real crime” . Defense lawyer Nenye Uche told jurors that two brothers attacked Smollett because they didn’t like him. He also suggested that a third person was involved in the attack. Prosecutor Dan Webb said Smollett and the brothers faked the attack after a TV studio failed to take the hate messages it received seriously. Webb says testimony will begin Tuesday with a Chicago police officer taking the witness stand.

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Jurors in Daunte Wright murder trial come under the microscope

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Lawyers should start sifting through potential jurors for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis policeman who says she intended to use her Taser instead of her gun when killed Daunte Wright, a black motorist. In doing so, they will carefully examine the attitudes of potential jurors towards the police, the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protests and movements. Former Brooklyn Center agent Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter. About 200 potential jurors have been asked in advance to provide detailed information on what they already know about the case and whether they have positive or negative impressions of Potter and Wright.

CAPITOLE RUPTURE-ATOUT

Court of appeals to weigh Trump’s arguments to retain cases

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawyers for former President Donald Trump will try to persuade a federal appeals court to block Congress from receiving call logs, draft speeches and other insurgency-related material January 6 at the US Capitol led by his supporters. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will also hear arguments from lawyers on the House committee investigating the riot and seeking the records on Tuesday. Democratic presidents have named the three judges who will hear the arguments. Trump’s lawyers want the court to overturn a federal judge’s decision allowing the National Archives and Records Administration to release the documents.

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Boebert on appeal refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative MP Lauren Boebert spoke by phone with MP Ilhan Omar just days after she compared the Democrat from Minnesota to a terrorist bomb carrying bomber. According to the two lawmakers, Monday’s appeal did not go well. Omar ended the call after Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, refused to issue a public apology. Boebert accused Omar of engaging in “culture cancellation” by hanging up on him. Omar called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to “take appropriate action” against Boebert for his remarks.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING

Manufacturing in China improves as power shortages ease

BEIJING (AP) – A survey shows that China’s manufacturing activity rebounded in November as orders improved and power shortages eased. An industry group and the national statistics agency said a monthly purchasing manager index rose to 50.1 from 49.2 in October on a 100-point scale. The index has spent the previous two months below 50, showing a decline in activity. A production measure rose 3.6 points to 52, indicating that activity was recovering from electricity rationing imposed in major manufacturing areas in September to meet official energy efficiency targets.

VERDICT MYANMAR-SUU KYI

Burmese court defers verdict of ousted leader Suu Kyi

BANGKOK (AP) – A Myanmar court has postponed its verdict in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow for the testimony of an additional witness. A legal official said the court on Tuesday accepted a defense request to allow a doctor who had previously been unable to appear in court to add his testimony. The verdict would be the first for the 76-year-old Nobel laureate since the military seized power on February 1, arresting her and preventing her party from starting a second term. She also faces trials on a slew of other charges, including bribery, which could send her to jail for decades if found guilty.

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Barbados says goodbye to the Queen and turns into a republic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Barbados has ceased pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II as it lost another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history. Several leaders, dignitaries and artists, including Prince Charles, attended a ceremony which started late Monday and continued until Tuesday in a popular plaza where the statue of a famous British lord was removed the year latest as part of a global campaign to erase symbols of oppression. The drive to become a republic began over two decades ago and culminated when the island’s parliament elected its very first president last month by a two-thirds majority.

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Marilyn Manson’s home raided as part of an abuse investigation

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities raided the home of rocker Marilyn Manson on Monday after allegations of physical and sexual abuse by several women. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Assistant Eva Jimenez said a search warrant has been served at the home of Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner. The Sheriff’s Department said in February it began investigating incidents of domestic violence against Manson between 2009 and 2011. The women involved have not been identified, but several have publicly alleged this year that they have been physically, sexually and emotionally assaulted by Manson. Manson’s attorney declined to comment, but called the allegations against him “proven false.”

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FedEx driver questioned about hundreds of packages in woods

HAYDEN, Alabama (AP) – Authorities said they questioned a FedEx driver after hundreds of packages were recently discovered in a wooded area north of Birmingham, Alabama. Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon said investigators spoke to Tennessee-based FedEx security personnel and identified a driver. The driver’s name was not disclosed and Moon did not indicate whether charges were possible. No less than 400 packages were found on private property last Wednesday near the small town of Hayden. FedEx said it is cooperating with investigators and the person involved is no longer providing service for FedEx Ground. He said he would deliver recovered packages where possible and seek a solution for damaged shipments.

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