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Florida Pardons the Groveland Four, 70 Years After Jim Crow-Era Rape Case

  • The Groveland Four finally parddonedFour black men who were accused of raping a white woman in Florida in 1949 were pardoned on Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who called their case a “miscarriage of justice.”

    The so-called Groveland Four — Charles Greenlee, Ernest Thomas, Walter Irvin and Samuel Shepherd — were accused of the rape in 1949 near the city of Groveland in Lake County, Fla. Mr. Thomas was killed shortly thereafter, and the other three were taken into custody, beaten, and eventually convicted. Mr. Shepherd was later shot and killed by the county sheriff.

    Mr. Greenlee and Mr. Irvin were each imprisoned for more than a decade and released on parole. Both have since died, but for years, their families have insisted on their innocence and fought for their pardons.

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    Congressional Black Caucus Calls for Rep. Steve King to be Removed

    Steven KingThe Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday condemned Rep. Steve King [R-Iowa] for his recent controversial comments regarding race, and called on King's fellow Republicans to remove him from his committee assignments.

    “If Republicans really believe these racist statements have no place in our government, then their party must offer more than shallow temporary statements of condemnation,” said CBC Chairwoman Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, in a statement.

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    Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

    Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin

    President Donald Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

    Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. U.S. officials learned of Trump's actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.

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    Five dead on midwest roads as huge snowstorm heads for Washington DC

    Five dead in miwest roads

    A massive winter snowstorm making its way across the Midwest and into the US mid-Atlantic region dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Missouri and contributed to at least five deaths, authorities said on Saturday.

    The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, covering roads and making driving dangerous.

    Part of Interstate 44 near St Louis was blocked for several hours and at one point the Missouri state highway patrol warned of traffic delays as long as eight hours.

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    RAF veteran ‘admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general’ Dag Hammarskjold

    Plane with Dag Hammarskjold shot down

    New evidence has emerged linking an RAF veteran to the death in 1961 of the UN secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a mysterious plane crash in southern Africa.

    Jan van Risseghem has been named as a possible attacker before, but has always been described simply as a Belgian pilot. The Observer can now reveal that he had extensive ties to Britain, including a British mother and wife, trained with the RAF and was decorated by Britain for his service in the second world war.

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    Mnuchin Tells Democrats to Just “Trust” Trump on Russia

    Mnuchintells Congress to just trust Trump on Russia

    Why does Donald Trump treat Russia with the sort of slobbering canine deference typically reserved for the special relationship between a golden retriever and its master?

    This is the question that many have asked over the last two years, as the president of the United States has leaked confidential information about classified intelligence to Russian envoys; undermined his own U.N. ambassador by telling the Kremlin not to worry about any punishment she promised would be meted out for heinous acts; begged for Russia to be allowed back in the G7 after it was kicked out for invading another European country; and literally sided with Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on the matter of election meddling.

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    NBC Finally Splits With Megyn Kelly

    NBC finally splits with Megyn Kelly

    Megyn Kelly is finally out at NBC.

    After months of intense negotiations, the former host of Megyn Kelly Today and NBC finalized an exit deal resolving the remainder of her three-year contract, which was reportedly worth $69 million.

    “The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” the network said in a statement Friday evening.

    Kelly will be paid the full $25-30 million remaining on her contract, a source with knowledge of the negotiation told the Daily Beast.

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    $20 million donated to viral border wall GoFundMe set to be refunded

    Go Fund ME donations to be returnedThe $20 million that have been donated to a GoFundMe page to help fund President Donald Trump's wall along the southern border are going to be refunded.

    Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage Jr., who started the campaign, announced on Friday he had formed a non-profit in Florida to receive money from GoFundMe contributions to build the wall himself with a team of officials without the help of the federal government.

    "We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an actual wall on the southern border," Kolfage Jr. said in his announcement of the new plan. "Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications."

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    Navy sub commander relieved of duty for hiring prostitutes in Philippines

    USS Bremerton sub commander hired prostitutes

    The commander of a Navy submarine was relieved of duty last summer after admitting to investigators that he paid for “female accompaniment” while the boat was in port in the Philippines.

    Capt. Travis Zettel was relieved of duty in August following a loss of confidence in his ability to command the fast attack submarine USS Bremerton, which is now tied up in Bremerton for decommissioning.

    The incident occurred March 1 while the sub was ported in Subic Bay, according to documents released to the Kitsap Sun under a federal Freedom of Information Act request. NCIS agents interviewed a tipster to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s hotline that Zettel had told him and another sailor at a hotel pool that Zettel had “requested/ordered ten girls to arrive at the hotel.” Later, at dinner, the sailor saw Zettel with around 10 “provocatively dressed females outside the front door of the hotel.”

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