FBI investigates hanging of black man from tree in Mississippi

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FOREST, Miss. — Federal and state agents are investigating the death of an African-American man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee said the death of the 21-year-old is consistent with suicide and there’s no evidence of a racially-motivated crime.  Lee said witnesses said the man fought with his girlfriend and…

N.C. to seek death against suspect in toddler’s killing

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Onslow County Sheriff’s Office via AP JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man faces the death penalty in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old girl, whose disappearance sparked a five-day search. The StarNews of Wilmington reports that Fourth Prosecutorial District Attorney Ernie Lee announced Thursday that he intends to declare the first-degree murder case of…

Who’s presenting at the Oscars so far

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LOS ANGELES — Producers of the 90th Academy Awards announced the show’s first round of presenters on Friday. The diverse group includes “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, “Girls Trip” breakout star Tiffany Haddish, “Lady Bird” author Greta Gerwig and “The Big Sick” co-writer and star Kumail Nanjiani.  Haddish announced Oscar nominations in January alongside Andy…

FBI received a tip about accused school shooter but didn’t follow up

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PARKLAND, Fla. — The FBI said in statement Friday that it had received a tip about Nikolas Cruz, the suspected Florida school shooter, in January 2018 but failed to investigate the report. A person close to Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line on January 5, reporting Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill others, erratic…