Lawmakers appeal ruling on legality of impeaching Philly DA

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers on Thursday filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, hoping to preserve elements of their impeachment case against an elected progressive Philadelphia prosecutor. The appeal asks the state’s highest court to review last month’s decision regarding the legality of the Legislature’s impeachment and trial of Democratic District … Read more

New race, ethnicity categories proposed for census, federal surveys: NPR

New proposals by the Biden administration would change how the US census and federal surveys ask Latinos about their race and ethnicity and add a checkbox for “Middle Eastern or North African” to those forms. RussellCreative/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption RussellCreative/Getty Images New proposals by the Biden administration would change how the US census … Read more

DeSantis wants the death penalty for child sex crimes, life sentences for candy-like fentanyl

Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a tough-on-crime agenda ahead of the upcoming legislative session, including proposals to expand the death penalty to certain types of sex crimes and mandating life sentences for people convicted of selling fentanyl that looks like candy to children. “We want to make sure that we cement our reputation as being a … Read more

South Carolina: Laurens County law enforcement

Dozens of law enforcement near Laurens County home, video shows Updated: 4:08 PM EST Jan 26, 2023 Hide Transcript Show Transcript WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON WITH BREAKING NEWS OUT OF LAWRENCE COUNTY WHERE DOZENS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE OUTSIDE OF A HOME MULTIPLE AGENCIES ARE ASSISTING IN THE CASE. WE WANT TO GO STRAIGHT … Read more

Fox’s ‘Straight News’ Anchor Harris Faulkner Lets Rick Scott Peddle His Medicare Lie

Fox News Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner on Thursday allowed Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) to repeatedly push the lie that Democrats slashed hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for Medicare—even though that spurious claim had been debunked months ago. In fact, not only did Faulkner—often labeled one of Fox’s “straight news” anchors—allow Scott’s falsehood … Read more

Tire Nichols death: All 5 former Memphis police officers charged with murder, court records show

CNN — All five former Memphis police officers who were fired for their actions in the arrest of Tyre Nichols earlier this month have been charged with murder, according to Shelby County court records. Taddarius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III and Desmond Mills Jr. have each been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated … Read more

Billions of political text messages were sent last year — and there’s little to stop more from coming

Americans were bombarded with political text messages in the months leading up to the midterm elections last year, even more than they were during the 2020 presidential race, something experts attribute to a Supreme Court decision that eliminated the requirement to obtain consent when sending mass texts. More than 15 billion political texts were sent … Read more

Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial starts with cellphones, bullets

After 19 months of speculation, prosecutors finally laid out their evidence that Wednesday Alex Murdaugh killed his wife and son as they opened the double murder trial for the disgraced South Carolina attorney. There was gunshot residue on a seat belt, bullets pulled from bodies that matched ammunition boxes from around the home and cellphones … Read more