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BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) – Three white men who hunted down and killed Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison, and a judge denied any chance of parole for the father and son who armed themselves and began the deadly manhunt of the 25-year-old. . a one year old black man. Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and chased Arbery in a pickup truck after seeing him running through their neighborhood on the outskirts of the Georgia port city of Brunswick. Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase and recorded a video on Travis McMichael’s cell phone shooting Arbery with a shotgun. Bryan was granted the possibility of parole, but must first serve at least 30 years in prison. A jury convicted the three defendants of murder, aggravated battery, false imprisonment and attempted false imprisonment in November.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Prosecutors and defense attorneys for three former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd’s death are asking a judge to postpone the state trial pending a federal civil rights trial. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao are scheduled to go to trial on state charges of complicity and complicity in both murder and manslaughter on March 7. All three also face federal trial on January 20 on charges they allege violated Floyd’s civil rights. Prosecutors and defense attorneys filed a request Friday to postpone the state trial, saying it is not known how long the federal trial will last. They ask for an informal conference to set a new date for the trial.

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) – A federal judge sentenced a former Oklahoma police officer to 25 years in prison for the 2014 murder of his daughter’s boyfriend. US District Judge Gregory Frizzell sentenced 61-year-old Shannon Kepler on Friday following her second-degree murder conviction for the murder of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. It was the fifth time Kepler had been tried for the murder, but the first time on federal charges. He was tried on state murder charges three times, but each ended with an undecided jury. He was later found guilty of state manslaughter charges, but the conviction was overturned after a US Supreme Court ruling found Oklahoma lacks jurisdiction for crimes that occur on tribal reservations where defendants Or the victims are tribal citizens.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Difficulty finding coronavirus test kits in many parts of California and delays in getting results are causing increasing frustration and helping to drive a surge in infections. In just two weeks, the number of people in California hospitalized with COVID more than doubled. Negative test results can be a necessity for any number of activities, from going to work to boarding a plane to attending a sporting event. Delays in getting results, or the inability to find a test kit, can mean that people with very mild or no symptoms can presume they are not infected and continue with their usual routines. If the reality is that they are infected, then they are spreading the virus without knowing it.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, one of former President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters, has decided to seek reelection for a third term. Two Republicans with knowledge of Johnson’s plan, but who were not authorized to speak publicly about it, confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that Johnson planned to participate in the race next week. Johnson put off the decision to run for months, saying there was no rush. But in recent weeks he has indicated that his announcement would be coming soon.

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