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Trump is sued again by writer for defamation and assault for alleged rape
Donald Trump was sued for a second time Thursday for defamation by a writer who accused the former US president of lying in denying that he raped her 27 years ago. In a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, former Elle magazine columnist Jean Carroll also accused Trump of assault in an alleged encounter at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan.
Walmart supervisor opens fire on Virginia co-workers, killing himself and 6
A Walmart supervisor armed with a handgun and several magazines of ammunition opened fire on coworkers at a Virginia store, killing six people before turning the gun on himself in a break room, witnesses and police said Wednesday.
The nation’s latest mass shooting Tuesday night rocked the city of Chesapeake, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of Washington, and comes on the heels of last weekend’s mass shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo. where a gunman killed five people at an LBGTQ nightclub.
Georgia high court orders US state abortion law to go back into effect
Georgia can enforce a law banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy while the state appeals a lower court order striking it down, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. The Georgia Supreme Court did not give a reason for its unanimous order. The state law, which originally went into effect last summer, has been challenged by Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups.
Georgia Supreme Court Allows Early Voting in US Senate Runoff on Saturday
The Georgia Supreme Court allowed counties to hold early voting Saturday in the runoff election for the US Senate between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, denying an attempt by state Republicans to block early voting. The court’s unanimous ruling of a sentence Wednesday upheld last week’s decision by a Fulton County judge who blocked a directive from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican. That directive had prohibited counties from voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Democrat Peltola re-elected to the US House of Representatives in Alaska
US Rep. Mary Peltola of Alaska, a Democrat first elected in August, was reelected Wednesday to a full two-year term, beating out two Republicans, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and businessman Nick Begich. Peltola won after Alaska finished tabulating all ballots in a public broadcast session using its new “ranked options” system, which allows voters to list candidates in order of preference.
Murkowski, Alaska’s Peltola win re-election in latest Trump rebuke
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola of Alaska won re-election against opponents backed by Donald Trump on Wednesday, the latest high-profile defeats by candidates supported by the former president. Peltola and Murkowski came out on top after Alaska officials finished tabulating all the ballots for the Nov. 8 election using the state’s new “ranked options” system, which allows voters to list candidates in order of preference.
Six states urge US Supreme Court to block Biden’s student debt relief
Six states asked the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject President Joe Biden’s offer to reinstate his plan to cancel billions of dollars in student debt that they argue exceeded the authority of his administration. The states, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina, filed a response to the Biden administration’s request for judges to lift a lower court’s injunction halting the program while litigation continues over its legality. Five of the six states are run by Republicans, while the other, Kansas, has a Republican attorney general.
Judge blocks New York limits for carrying weapons on private property
A federal judge blocked New York from restricting the carrying of guns on private property under a Democratic-backed law adopted after the June ruling by the US Supreme Court that struck down the state’s strict gun permit regime . Tuesday’s ruling by US District Judge John Sinatra in Buffalo struck down a provision of the law that made it a felony for a licensed gun owner to possess a firearm on any private property unless the property owner permitted it. with a sign or giving your express consent.
Colorado Springs shooting suspect appears in wheelchair at hearing
The suspect in a mass shooting that killed five people and injured 17 at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub appeared at a court hearing Wednesday with obvious facial injuries, muttering his name as he slumped in a wheelchair. The initial hearing, conducted by video link from jail, was the public’s first look at Anderson Lee Aldrich since the shooting and beating of the suspect by club patrons Saturday night and early Sunday.
Democrats weigh options after Supreme Court decision on Trump taxes
Democrats in the US Congress faced the daunting task of reviewing former President Donald Trump’s six-year tax returns on Wednesday as Republicans prepared to seize control of the House of Representatives in less than six weeks. Members of the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee said they expect to receive results from Trump as soon as next week after the US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the attempt to Trump to protect the records from congressional scrutiny.
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