On the eve of jury selection in the manslaughter trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, the family of Daunte Wright gathered Monday to demand accountability. "It's just been nerve-wracking," said mother Katie Wright. "Anxiety, hurt, anger, stress... every emotion you can think of, I've been feeling it." At a press conference in a hotel less than a mile from the Hennepin ...

The pioneering Lee Elder, who in 1975 broke the color barrier as the first Black golfer to play in the Masters, died Sunday night at age 87. His death was announced by the PGA Tour and first reported by African American Golfer's Digest. Elder, who lived in a senior community in Escondido, was honored at Augusta National in April when he joined Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player on the tee box for ...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Donors from around the world have given more than $1.6 million to Kevin Strickland, who was exonerated of a triple murder and released from prison last week after more than four decades behind bars. Though he suffered the state’s longest known wrongful conviction, Strickland won’t receive a penny from Missouri, which provides compensation only to prisoners who prove their ...

AUSTIN, Texas — The state’s new six-week abortion ban doesn’t just cut off the procedure in the here and now. It could make it harder to challenge any state abortion restriction in the long term. Under a little-noticed provision of the Texas law, the nation’s most stringent anti-abortion measure, lawyers who take on cases to block Texas abortion regulations are now on the hook to pay the ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A proposed voting map that would relocate Sen. Dick Harpootlian’s seat to the coast and create three wholly contained Senate districts in Richland County advanced Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A seven-member Senate panel that includes Harpootlian unanimously advanced the plan with minor amendments. The proposal now goes to the Judiciary Committee, where senators ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Nov. 20, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Judge’s List: A Novel" by John Grisham (Doubleday) Last week: 2 ...

CHICAGO — After almost three years of rollercoaster controversy, the trial of former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett began Monday with the questioning of potential jurors about their exposure to news about the case. As of about 2:30 p.m., six people — four men and two women — had been selected for the jury. Judge James Linn then questioned 16 more, and attorneys were huddling in sidebar, ...

NEW YORK — Just as Eve was blamed for the original sin, Ghislaine Maxwell has been blamed for Jeffrey Epstein’s sick sex abuse of children, an attorney for the British socialite told a jury Monday. The unexpected Bible lesson came during defense lawyer Bobbi Sternheim’s opening arguments in Manhattan Federal Court. Maxwell is accused of grooming Epstein’s victims for his abuse from the ...

A home run. A half-court buzzer-beater. A game-winning Hail Mary. A hallelujah. In the waning days of its worst football season in three decades, USC has pulled off the play of the year, defying all expectations, bucking conventional wisdom, making a miracle happen. Did the Trojans really just hire Lincoln Riley? Pinch me. Is their football team really going to be coached by arguably the ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Nov. 20, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Judge’s List. John Grisham. Doubleday 2. Mercy. David Baldacci. ...

ORLANDO, Fla. — The GOP-controlled Florida House dropped a redistricting bombshell Monday, releasing a draft congressional map that would radically change Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s seat in Central Florida and make it much harder for her to win reelection next year. The proposed map is “just a crazy gerrymander,” said Matt Isbell, an elections expert who runs the MCIMaps website, ...

Barbados is turning 55 and the milestone anniversary is taking on an added significance. The once-prosperous sugar colony and jewel in the British empire is celebrating by formally cutting one of its last remaining colonial ties. The island known as “Little England,” which gained independence on Nov. 30, 1966, but kept Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, will be fully sovereign as of 12:01 ...

Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey is heading back to injured reserve, the team announced Monday. He’ll miss the remainder of the year. McCaffrey suffered an ankle injury in the first half of the Panthers’ game against the Dolphins and was seen leaving Hard Rock Stadium in a walking boot. It’s unclear at what point he suffered the injury, but he played in only one snap in the ...

RALEIGH, N.C. — A bipartisan group of former governors from around the country are banding together to support an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit in North Carolina, saying the state’s new political maps are an affront to democracy. They include one Democrat — former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley — and three Republicans: former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former New Jersey Gov. ...

A top White House official is meeting members of the Colombian community in Miami on Monday to smooth over the controversy around the Biden administration’s recent decision to drop the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia from the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. National Security Council Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez is in Miami “to engage ...

During an offseason in which they intended to spend more than in years, but hadn’t seemed to find many players wanting to take their money, the Mariners finally joined Major League Baseball’s free-agent frenzy of the past three days, Monday afternoon, by adding the reigning American League Cy Young winner to their starting rotation. MLB sources confirmed a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan that ...

NEW YORK — COVID-19 is apparently no match for an ex-cop. New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams confirmed Monday that he’s bound for Africa — and declared that his time as an NYPD officer has rendered him unafraid of traveling to the continent despite international concern over a new coronavirus variant first detected there. “I’m not afraid of anything. I’m an ex-cop. I’m ready to lead my ...

Channing Tatum is prepared to take it all off again. The 41-year-old actor will reprise his role as stripper Mike Lane for the third “Magic Mike” movie, he announced Monday. “Well world, looks like Mike Lane’s tapping back in,” he tweeted with a photo of the credit page for the script. Reid Carolin, who penned the screenplays for the first two “Magic Mike” films, is returning to write and ...

BALTIMORE — Seven people were shot in a single incident in East Baltimore on Sunday afternoon, police said. Blood and medical supplies littered the corner of North Montford Avenue and East Preston Street along with more than 30 orange cones marking shell casings, while up the street a vehicle was smashed into an Amazon truck. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said that all the victims’ ...

Rep. Ronny Jackson , R-Texas, says omicron is just the latest deep state plot to distract America. The former White House physician claimed the worrisome variant is a hoax that Democrats will use to impose new COVID-19 mail-in ballot rules. “Here comes the MEV — the Midterm Election Variant! They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots,” Jackson, who holds a medical ...