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Militia Leader Who Pointed Rifle at Police Sentenced
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Militia Leader Who Pointed Rifle at Police Sentenced

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The leader of a pro-gun group who was convicted of pointing a rifle at law enforcement while in Kentucky for a demonstration has been sentenced to seven years and two months in prison, officials said.The sentence for John F. Johnson, 59, of Cincinnati, who goes by “Grandmaster Jay,” was announced Wednesday in a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett, FBI Special Agent Jodi Cohen and Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields.A federal jury convicted Johnson in May on charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding law enforcement and brandishing a firearm during racial justice protests two years ago. Court documents and evidence presented during the trial said Johnson pointed an AR-15 platform rifle and tactical flashlight at two federally deputized officer...
What we’re watching: Power 25 national high school football games of the week: (Nov. 10-12)
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What we’re watching: Power 25 national high school football games of the week: (Nov. 10-12)

We released our final regular season SBLive Power 25 of 2022 on Monday — our weekly look at the top 25 high school football teams in the country. Once the football playoffs have wrapped up in every state, we will release our final end-of-season Power 25 rankings on Monday, Dec. 19.This week, three of the Division 1 Southern Section quarterfinal matchups in California make our national games of the week list led by Long Beach Poly vs. Los Alamitos. In Arizona, Hamilton hosts No. 22 Chandler in another monumental clash on Thursday night. Here’s a closer look at a few of the country's elite and who they'll take on with an emphasis on how the result could influence next week's Power 25 rankings.ThursdayNo. 22 Chandler-Ariz. (8-1) at Hamilton-Chandler, Ariz. (7-2)How good is Chandler? Coming...
Oath Keepers Head Rhodes on Stand in Jan. 6 Sedition Trial
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Oath Keepers Head Rhodes on Stand in Jan. 6 Sedition Trial

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes took the witness stand on Friday in his high-stakes seditious conspiracy trial as he tries to counter allegations that his far-right extremist group planned an armed rebellion to stop the transfer of presidential power.Rhodes began testifying after prosecutors spent weeks laying out their case against him and four others accused of a violent plot to keep Democrat Joe Biden out of the White House.Rhodes' attorneys have signaled they will mount a novel defense with former President Donald Trump at the center. Rhodes is expected to argue that his actions leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, were in anticipation of orders he expected from Trump, a Republican. Those orders never came.R...
WVa Group Begins Monkeypox Education Efforts in Appalachia
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WVa Group Begins Monkeypox Education Efforts in Appalachia

By JOHN RABY, Associated PressCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia nonprofit group said Monday it has been awarded $100,000 in grants for monkeypox vaccination and education efforts among LGTBQ individuals in 13 Appalachian states.The Community Education Group received $50,000 grants each from Gilead Sciences and ViiV Healthcare to develop and distribute materials, offer grants and hold meetings aimed at reducing cultural stigmas and barriers related to the virus, the group said in a statement.CEG will create and distribute monkeypox digital resource guides to more than 300 Appalachian health departments, along with rural healthcare associations and LGBTQ groups.CEG also will accept applications for mini-grants from organizations in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi,...
Wife Recalls Trying to Save Officer Killed in Mass Shooting
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Wife Recalls Trying to Save Officer Killed in Mass Shooting

By BEN FINLEY, Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The wife of an off-duty police officer killed during a North Carolina mass shooting recalled Saturday how she tried to save him after he was shot.“I’m glad you were still with me long enough so that I could kiss your skin while it was still warm,” Jasmin Torres said at the memorial service for Gabriel Torres, 29. “While I could still feel the pulse of your heart.”Torres, a Raleigh police officer and former U.S. Marine, was inside his personal vehicle and about to leave for work when authorities said he was shot by a 15-year-old boy wearing camouflage clothing and firing a shotgun.Police said the teenager killed five people in all, including his older brother, during the Oct. 13 rampage. While authorities continue to search for a motive...
Biden Nominates 7 for US Attorney, Judge and Marshal Slots
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Biden Nominates 7 for US Attorney, Judge and Marshal Slots

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and JAKE BLEIBERG, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administrating is putting forth seven new Justice Department and judicial nominations covering three U.S. attorney's offices in Texas and other senior posts. One is a prosecutor who vowed to seek the death penalty for a man who killed nearly two dozen people in a racist attack at a Walmart.The nominations, announced by the White House on Friday, include three nominees to become U.S. marshals in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah, along with a nomination of a longtime prosecutor to become a federal judge in Mississippi.Among the nominations is that of Jaime Esparza, who had served as district attorney for El Paso County, Texas, from 1993 to 2020, to be the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas. As distri...
US Shift Away From Coal Hits Tribal Community in New Mexico
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US Shift Away From Coal Hits Tribal Community in New Mexico

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated PressKIRTLAND, N.M. (AP) — The clamor of second graders breaking away from lessons to form lunch lines has gotten quieter in a rural New Mexico community, where families losing coal jobs have been forced to pack up and leave in search of work.At Judy Nelson Elementary, 1 in 4 students have left in an exodus spurred by decisions made five years ago to shutter a coal-fired power plant and mine that sit just up the road from the school in a largely Navajo community. The plant and mine had provided electricity to millions of people across the southwestern U.S. for nearly a half-century.The San Juan Generating Station burned its last bit of coal Thursday. The remaining workers will spend the coming weeks draining water from the plant, removing chemicals and...
Labor Disputes Threaten Start of New School Year | Education News
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Labor Disputes Threaten Start of New School Year | Education News

Teachers in Columbus, Ohio, are picketing at dozens of sites across the city on Monday after voting to go on strike for the first time since 1975 as they failed to reach an agreement with the city’s board of education over the terms of their labor contract.Citing long standing concerns over pay, classroom size, the condition of school facilities and full-time art, music and physical education teachers, among other things, 94% of Columbus Education Association members voted to back the strike on Sunday evening, making it likely that the city’s 47,000 students will be learning virtually from substitute teachers on Wednesday, the first day of the new academic year.“CEA is committed to bargaining for the safe and welcoming, properly maintained, and fully-resourced public schools Columbus st...