Alex Jones on trial: Jury deliberates punitive damages to be paid to Sandy Hook parents

New York CNN Business — A Texas jury now has to decide whether Alex Jones will have to pay punitive damages to the parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis. The jurors began deliberating around 12:30 pm CT on Friday, after Judge Maya Guerra Gamble reminded them that in a default judgment against him … Read more

Frozen in horror: Notes from inside the Parkland school massacre site

Editor’s Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of gun violence that readers might find disturbing. CNN — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s 1200 building has been sealed since the massacre on February 14, 2018. On Thursday, jurors in the sentencing phase of the school shooter’s trial walked through the undisturbed scene, where the blood of … Read more

Brittney Griner is facing a 9-year sentence in a Russian jail following conviction. Here’s what could come next for the WNBA star

CNN  —  After a Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday to nine years in prison for a drug smuggling conviction, the player’s supporters, teammates and numerous US officials swiftly condemned the decision, many concerned her detention is being used to advance Russia’s agenda in the Ukraine war. Now, Griner has returned to … Read more

Restructuring officer for Alex Jones’ business questioned about tens of millions withdrawn from company

CNN Business — The accountant now in charge of overseeing right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ company Free Speech Systems through its bankruptcy was questioned Wednesday by attorneys for families of Sandy Hook shooting victims over $62 million in funds Jones has drawn from the company over the years. Free Speech Systems, which runs Jones’ conspiratorial … Read more

‘My life will never, ever be the same.’ Court hears first victim impact statements in Parkland shooter’s death penalty trial

CNN — Alyssa Alhadeff would be in her second year of college if she hadn’t been murdered in a 2018 mass shooting at her Parkland, Florida, high school – and her father would be looking forward to watching her achieve her dreams. “Soon she’d go on to be a professional soccer player. She’d get her … Read more

US kills al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Afghanistan

CNN — The United States killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike, President Joe Biden said Monday in a speech from the White House. “I authorized a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield, once and for all,” Biden said. Zawahiri, who just turned 71 years old, had remained a … Read more

Jan. 6 committee interviewed Mnuchin and expands interest into 25th Amendment

CNN — The House select committee investigating January 6 is zeroing in on former officials from Trump’s Cabinet for testimony and is particularly interested in learning more about conversations among officials about possibly invoking the 25th Amendment after the US Capitol attack. The panel has interviewed former President Donald Trump’s former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, … Read more

Ex-Khashoggi lawyer sentenced to 3 years in prison by UAE court, state media says

CNN — US citizen Asim Ghafoor, the former lawyer of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was sentenced by a court in the United Arab Emirates to three years in prison, state news WAM reported Saturday. The Abu Dhabi Money Laundering Court convicted Ghafoor of committing “two crimes of tax evasion and money laundering related to a … Read more

As worries about Biden in 2024 grow, other Democrats aren’t stepping forward

CNN  —  A challenge requires a challenger – and all the Democrats being discussed as potential primary opponents to President Joe Biden tell CNN they’re ruling out runs and warning others to follow suit. The chatter is fed by Democratic officials and party leaders who have begun to doubt that Biden is, as he’s insisted … Read more

Derek Chauvin: George Floyd’s killer sentenced to 21 years in federal prison

ST. Paul, Minn. CNN — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will serve 245 months in federal prison for violating George George Floyd’s civil rights. Senior US District Court Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced Chauvin to 252 months but subtracted seven months for time served. US attorneys asked the court for Chauvin’s sentence to run concurrently … Read more