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4 Minneapolis police officers fired after man dies in police custody

4 Minneapolis police officers fired after man dies in police custody

Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after video surfaced of one of the officers holding his knee to a man’s neck as the man struggled to breathe one day earlier.   The man, identified by attorney Benjamin Crump as George Floyd, was pronounced dead after the incident. Authorities, including the FBI, are investigating.

BREAKING: Georgia Sen. Loeffler says feds cleared her of stock trading violations

BREAKING: Georgia Sen. Loeffler says feds cleared her of stock trading violations

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s office has confirmed that the U.S. Department of Justice has closed an investigation into recent stock trades made on her behalf. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Loeffler is among the senators who are no longer under scrutiny. The others are Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Dianne Feinstein of California. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina remains under investigation, according to that report. Loeffler’s portfolio came under scrutiny when a large amount of stocks that she or her husband owned were sold off shortly after she attended a senators-only briefing on the coronavirus and during the time that the virus began to spread across the country. She said that the Jan. 24 meeting included no private information and all stocking trading on her behalf is handled by financial advisers who act independently and without her input.  Loeffler denied that any trading on her behalf had broken laws or U.S. Senate rules. A campaign spokesman said Tuesday that the investigation has shown that the criticism was fueled by politics. “Today’s clear exoneration by the Department of Justice affirms what Senator Loeffler has said all along– she did nothing wrong,” spokesman Stephen Lawson said. “This was a politically-motivated attack shamelessly promoted by the fake news media and her political opponents. Senator Loeffler will continue to focus her full attention on delivering results for Georgians.” A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to comment on the investigation. Loeffler initially refused to admit she was under investigation. Earlier this month, she said  she had turned over documents to federal investigators. But she would not say if she had volunteered or was asked to supply information or if she had been questioned.  Loeffler and her husband, Jeff Sprecher, have already taken steps to address the controversy about stock trading on their behalf during the COVID-19 pandemic. They directed their consultants to sell off stocks they own in individual companies. The only company’s shares they still own are Intercontinental Exchange, the conglomerate that Sprecher founded and now leads.  Loeffler worked for the company until she was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Although the threat of an investigation seems to be over, Loeffler should still expect to face questions about her portfolio on the campaign trail, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Doug Collins said. Collins is challenging Loeffler for her Senate seat in November’s special election. 'Her expensive lawyers might keep her from going to prison,” Collins spokesman Dan McLagan said, “but she's not going back to the U.S. Senate because we all know what she did.” This article was originally published on the ajc.com

15-year-old arrested after man shot, killed during robbery attempt outside Buckhead apartment complex

15-year-old arrested after man shot, killed during robbery attempt outside Buckhead apartment complex

Atlanta police have made an arrest in the death of a man killed outside a Buckhead apartment complex.

Atlanta is Hiring! Here are some local businesses looking for help.
Atlanta is Hiring! Here are some local businesses looking for help.
Atlanta is Hiring! Here are some local businesses looking for help.
Atlanta is Hiring! Here are some local businesses looking for help.
Trump gives North Carolina one week to decide on GOP convention Putting a Coronavirus squeeze on the Democratic Governor of North Carolina, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would give state officials one week to offer up assurances that Charlotte could host the GOP convention in August without unnecessary restrictions, or move it to another state. 'I'd love to have it in North Carolina,' the President told reporters in the White House Rose Garden on Tuesday, as he pressed Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to make a decision on the convention, scheduled for August 24-27. 'I don't want to have it where we get there, and then they announce after all the money was spent, all the work was done, all the people traveled in, guess what, you can't put anybody in the arena, or you can put a tiny number of people in the arena,' President Trump said. 'All he has to do is tell us, and then we'll have to pick another location, and I'll tell you, a lot of locations want it,' Mr. Trump added. In Raleigh, Gov. Cooper gave no indication of any imminent decision, confirming reports that state officials had been in contact already with GOP officials about possible ways the virus might impact the convention. 'We're talking about something that is going to happen three months from now, and we don't know what our situation is going to be,' Cooper told reporters on Tuesday. Unlike other states, North Carolina has been struggling to get the virus outbreak under control, with elevated numbers of new cases and deaths in recent weeks. In Mecklenburg County, which includes the city of Charlotte where the GOP convention would be staged, the rate of positive tests for the virus has been increasing, and hospitalizations have been increasing. In the meantime, the Governors of Florida and Georgia quickly made clear they would be more than happy to help President Trump and the GOP by hosting the convention - instead of Charlotte. 'With world-class facilities, restaurants, hotels, and workforce, Georgia would be honored to safely host the Republican National Convention,' said Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia. 'We hope you will consider the Peach State.' 'Florida would love to have the RNC,' said Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
 
BREAKING: Georgia Sen. Loeffler says feds cleared her of stock trading violations
BREAKING: Georgia Sen. Loeffler says feds cleared her of stock trading violations
Tens of thousands of workers face job losses, pay cuts as state trims spending
Tens of thousands of workers face job losses, pay cuts as state trims spending
Some Georgia stores to begin taking food stamps for grocery delivery
Some Georgia stores to begin taking food stamps for grocery delivery
Georgia elections chief asks 1M voters to return absentee ballots
Georgia elections chief asks 1M voters to return absentee ballots
Latest data lapse inflated Georgia’s virus test count by 57,000
Latest data lapse inflated Georgia’s virus test count by 57,000
Georgia’s COVID-19 hospitalizations drop by a third, state’s data shows
Georgia’s COVID-19 hospitalizations drop by a third, state’s data shows
Error leads to dip in Georgia’s COVID-19 case count
Error leads to dip in Georgia’s COVID-19 case count
Emergency rule allows Ga. absentee ballots to be opened early
Emergency rule allows Ga. absentee ballots to be opened early
Social distancing leads to some lines as Georgia early voting begins
Social distancing leads to some lines as Georgia early voting begins
Early voting starts Monday amid coronavirus: What you need to know
Early voting starts Monday amid coronavirus: What you need to know