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ROCK HILL — Casey Degolyer was mowing grass Wednesday when he saw a familiar figure ride by on a four-wheeler. It was Phillip Adams, the former NFL player and native son of this small community on the fringes of South Carolina's fifth-largest city. 

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The chief county medical examiner who ruled George Floyd's death a homicide took the stand Friday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, saying he did not watch the harrowing video of the arrest before examining Floyd so that he would not be biased by what he saw.


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George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned on his stomach with his hands cuffed behind him and his face jammed against the pavement, a medical expert testified Thursday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial.

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President Joe Biden, in his first gun-control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an "epidemic and an international embarrassment."

Greeting the families of gun violence victims and activists, he assured them: "We're absolutely determined to make change."

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The gunman who killed five people, including a prominent doctor in South Carolina, was former NFL pro Phillip Adams, who killed himself early Thursday, authorities said.

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Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd's neck — and was bearing down with most of his weight — the entire 9½ minutes the Black man lay facedown with his hands cuffed behind his back, a use-of-force expert testified Wednesday at Chauvin's murder trial.

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A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife, law enforcement officials said.

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Kneeling on George Floyd 's neck while he was handcuffed and in the prone position was "top-tier, deadly force" and "totally unnecessary," the head of the Minneapolis Police Department's homicide division testified Friday.

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Monty S. McCray, 24, of North Charleston, was shot around 11:30 a.m. March 30 at the Azalea Apartments, 527 Orangeburg Road, and declared dead at the scene, according to Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers.

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George Floyd's girlfriend tearfully told a jury Thursday the story of how they met — at a Salvation Army shelter where he was a security guard with "this great, deep Southern voice, raspy" — and how they both struggled mightily with an addiction to opioids.

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The convenience store cashier who was handed a counterfeit $20 bill by George Floyd, setting in motion the Black man's ill-fated encounter with police, testified Wednesday that he watched Floyd's arrest outside with "disbelief — and guilt."

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Darnella Frazier, 18, said she was walking to a convenience store with her younger cousin when she came upon the officers, and sent the girl into the store because she didn't want her to see "a man terrified, scared, begging for his life."

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Attorneys for the man sentenced to federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of Charleston's Emanuel AME Church are set to formally argue that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned.

Oral arguments have been set for May 25 before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Dylann Roof, according to federal court records.

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A former Minneapolis police officer went on trial Monday in the death of George Floyd, which sparked outrage across the U.S. and beyond after bystander video showed Derek Chauvin press his knee on Floyd's neck for about nine minutes as the Black man went limp.

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John Mark Eagleton, owner of Eagles Nest Armory in the Denver suburb of Arvada, said in a statement that his store was cooperating with authorities as they investigate the Monday shooting that killed 10 people, including a police officer.

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President Joe Biden opened his first formal news conference Thursday with a nod toward the improving picture on battling the coronavirus, doubling his original goal by pledging that the nation will administer 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of his first 100 days in office.

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The U.S. Cyber Command conducted more than two dozen operations aimed at preventing interference in last November's presidential election, the general who leads the Pentagon's cyber force said Thursday.

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The suspected gunman in the Boulder supermarket shooting that killed 10 people appeared in court Thursday for the first time, and a defense attorney immediately asked for an assessment of his mental health.

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Law enforcement officials and former associates of a 21-year-old man accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket have described the suspect as prone to sudden rage — and disclosed that he was suspended from high school several years ago for a sudden attack on a classmate that left the student bloodied.

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Orangeburg deputies said Karl Williams, 49, answered a knock on his front door on December 14. A gunman opened fire on him then fled, leaving the 49-year-old to bleed out.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Tuesday morning to bring to the Senate floor legislation passed by the House that would require background checks for most gun sales and transfers. He said the Senate "must confront a devastating truth" after a lack of congressional action on the issue for almost three decades.

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A jury has been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death, with opening statements set for March 29 in a case that led to weeks of protests and a national soul-searching about racial justice.

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Police on Tuesday identified a 21-year-old man as the suspect who opened fire inside a crowded Colorado supermarket in an attack that killed 10 people, including an officer, and sent terrorized shoppers and employees scrambling for cover.

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The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, presenting President Joe Biden with an early test of his opposition to capital punishment.

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