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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2016

Christie used bridge authority to gain endorsements, witness says

Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office used the bistate agency that runs the New York area’s bridges, tunnels, ports and airports as a clearinghouse for political favors aimed at gaining endorsements from local Democratic politicians, a witness testified Friday in the fraud trial of two former Christie allies.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

In about-face, Cruz says he’ll vote for Trump

WASHINGTON – Ted Cruz says he’s voting for Donald Trump for president – a shocking about-face after he rocked the Republican convention by dramatically refusing to do so. The Texas senator says on Facebook that he made the decision for two reasons. First, his promise to support the Republican nominee. And second, his belief that Democrat Hillary Clinton is “wholly unacceptable.”

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A protester walks in front of a line of police officers blocking the access road to I-277 on the third night of protests in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, following Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (Chuck Burton / Associated Press)

The tale of the tape: when should police videos be released?

Two police shootings, both recorded by police. In one city, the police recordings were released almost immediately and protests remained calm. In the other, the chief has so far refused to provide the videos to the public and violent protests have wrought destruction in the heart of the city. Two different outcomes that raise some key questions: How soon are police obligated to release the recordings and why might they keep a lid on it?

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Protesters raise their arms during a march in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.  The curfew has ended for Friday in Charlotte following a night of mostly peaceful protests of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by an officer. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts issued the curfew order Thursday night, to be in effect from midnight until 6 a.m. each day that the state of emergency continues. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP) ORG XMIT: NCCHN106 (Jeff Siner / AP)

Many workers return to downtown Charlotte

Two major employers in downtown Charlotte have their employees back at work after protests were more peaceful in the wake of the shooting of a man by a city police officer. Both Duke Energy and Wells Fargo had employees return to work Friday, after three days of protests rocked the city after 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a police officer Monday afternoon.

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A large American flag is unfurled by Sterling Heights and Washington Twp. Fire Departments as mourners begin to arrive for visitation for Detroit Police officer Ken Steil in Sterling Heights, Mich., Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016. Steil died unexpectedly Saturday of a blood clot, five days after being shot in the shoulder. (Steve Perez / Detroit News via AP)

Mourners remember Detroit officer who died after shooting

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – Mourners are gathering to remember a Detroit police officer who died five days after being shot while chasing a suspect. A funeral for 46-year-old Sgt. Ken Steil takes place Friday at St. Joan of Arc church in St. Clair Shores following visitation this week.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2016

Seven firefighters missing in Moscow blaze

MOSCOW – Emergency officials in Moscow say that seven firefighters are missing in a large blaze at a plastics warehouse. A statement from the local division of the Emergencies Ministry on Thursday night said contact had been lost with the ...

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Tulsa police officer charged in man’s death

TULSA, Okla. – Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, charged a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street with first-degree manslaughter Thursday. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the charge less than a week ...

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In this Wednesday photo released by the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to the Associated Press at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. (Syrian Presidency / Associated Press)

Syria’s Assad blames U.S. for collapse of Syria truce

He’s been stigmatized internationally, a contentious figure presiding over a ruinous civil war that seems to slip into further depravity every day. But in his power base in the Syrian capital, President Bashar Assad projected confidence – conceding nothing to his critics, and accusing the U.S. of derailing a cease-fire and lacking the “will” to fight extremists in his country.

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Quote of the day

This is from the writer Calvin Trillin, born in Kansas City on this date 1935. "The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the ...

Bowe Bergdahl seeks presidential pardon

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: By ERIC TUCKER and JONATHAN DREW WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of ...

Sunday Spin 3: Some changes for 2017?

The Public Disclosure Commission wants some changes to the state’s campaign finance laws that might make some candidates happy. It told the House State Government Committee it would streamline the ...



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