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California father arrested after 4 kids, grandmother killed

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A father suspected of killing his four children and his mother-in-law is facing his first court appearance. Twenty-nine-year-old Germarcus David was jailed Sunday night after turning himself in to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shortly after his wife discovered the bodies of their children and their grandmother at the family’s Lancaster home. The children all were under the age of 12 and one was an infant. Authorities haven’t released a motive for the shooting. David is due in court on Tuesday. Records indicate he’s a licensed security guard but his permit to carry a gun was canceled after it expired last year.


Prosecutors to begin case against Jussie Smollett in Chicago

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


Jurors at trial in Daunte Wright slaying go under microscope

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys are set to begin sifting through potential jurors for the trial of a suburban Minneapolis police officer who says she meant to use her Taser instead of her gun when she killed Daunte Wright, a Black motorist. As they do, they’ll take a hard look at the potential jurors’ attitudes toward policing, protests, and the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements. Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter is charged with manslaughter. Roughly 200 potential jurors were asked ahead of time to provide extensive information on what they already know about the case, and whether they have positive or negative impressions about Potter and Wright.


Appeals court to weigh Trump arguments to withhold records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers will try to persuade a federal appeals court to stop Congress from receiving call logs, drafts of speeches and other documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol led by his supporters. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit also will hear arguments Tuesday from lawyers for the House committee investigating the riot and seeking the records. Democratic presidents nominated all three judges who will hear arguments. Trump’s attorneys want the court to reverse a federal judge’s ruling allowing the National Archives and Records Administration to turn over the records.


Boebert in call refuses to apologize for anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative congresswoman Lauren Boebert has spoken by phone with congresswoman Ilhan Omar just days after likening the Minnesota Democrat to a bomb-carrying terrorist. By both lawmakers’ accounts, the call Monday did not go well. Omar ended the call after Boebert, a Colorado Republican, refused to issue a public apology. Boebert accused Omar of engaging in “cancel culture” by hanging up on her. Omar has called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to “take appropriate action” against Boebert for her remarks.


China manufacturing improves as power shortages ease

BEIJING (AP) — A survey shows 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 managers’ index rose to 50.1 from October’s 49.2 on a 100-point scale. The index spent the previous two months below 50, which shows activity decreasing. A measure of production rose 3.6 points to 52, indicating activity was recovering from power rationing imposed in major manufacturing areas in September to meet official energy efficiency targets.


Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar has postponed its verdict in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow testimony from an additional witness. A legal official says the court agreed with a defense motion on Tuesday that it allow a doctor who had previously been unable to come to court to add his testimony. The verdict would be the first for the 76-year-old Nobel laureate since the army seized power on Feb. 1, arresting her and blocking her party from starting a second term in office. She also faces trials on a series of other charges, including corruption, that could send her to prison for dozens of years if convicted.


Barbados says goodbye to queen, transforms into republic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Barbados has stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II as it shed 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 that began late Monday and stretched into Tuesday in a popular square where the statue of a well-known British lord was removed last year amid a worldwide push to erase symbols of oppression. The drive to become a republic began more than two decades ago and culminated with the island’s Parliament electing its first ever president last month in a two-thirds majority vote.


Home of Marilyn Manson searched in abuse investigation

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


FedEx driver questioned about hundreds of packages in woods

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they have questioned a FedEx driver after hundreds of packages were recently found in a wooded area north of Birmingham, Alabama. Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon says investigators spoke with security personnel for Tennessee-based FedEx and identified a driver. The driver’s name wasn’t released, and Moon did not indicate whether any charges were possible. As many as 400 packages were found on private property last Wednesday near the small town of Hayden. FedEx said it was cooperating with investigators and that the person involved was no longer providing service for FedEx Ground. It said it would deliver recovered packages where possible and seek resolution for damaged shipments.

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