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Failed response to Capitol riot shows deep divide over police use of force

The reckoning of American police entered a new chapter this week with the televised spectacle of federal security agents overrun by a mob of armed far-right extremists storming the Capitol. On its face, the siege was a failure of planning: The U.S. Capitol Police, who deal with all sorts of protests and demonstrations year-round, did […]

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Treasure hunter admits to digging in Yellowstone cemetery while looking for Forrest Fenn prize

A Utah man who dug in Yellowstone National Park while looking for a buried treasure that captivated thousands pleaded guilty this week and faces possible jail time. Rodrick Dow Craythorn, 52, did not find the treasure buried by New Mexico art dealer Forrest Fenn a decade ago. Craythorn was indicted in September for digging in […]

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Republican AGs group sent robocalls urging march to the Capitol

An arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, a national group representing the top law enforcement officers in their states, sent out robocalls encouraging people to march to the U.S. Capitol the day before the building was stormed by a pro-Trump mob. “At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on […]

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Texas newspaper inaccurately describes Capitol rioters as ‘members of antifa’ dressed as Trump supporters

The description “does not represent the views or opinions of the Tyler Morning Telegraph,” the publication tweeted. A newspaper in Tyler, Texas, on Friday described rioters at the U.S. Capitol as anti-fascists from the political left, but hours later it vowed to correct the characterization. The Tyler Morning Telegraph, which serves the 107,000-population, 50 percent […]

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Black woman says group of Trump supporters attacked her following L.A. rally

A Black woman in California said a group of nearly 40 pro-Trump demonstrators attacked her and called her the n-word following a rally in downtown Los Angeles. Police said they are investigating the incident as a hate crime after speaking with the woman. “The woman has been identified & interviewed by the LAPD. Based on […]

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Illinois CEO arrested during Capitol riots says he was in ‘wrong place’ at ‘wrong time’

After he was arrested for unlawful entry, Bradley Rukstales, a Chicago-area CEO, said he regretted participating in the mob that stormed the Capitol. Bradley Rukstales, who was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry after he participated in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, told an Illinois news outlet that he is “deeply regretful.” […]

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Homes, offices of Tennessee state lawmakers raided by FBI agents

House Speaker Cameron Sexton said, “This will be a difficult time for our state as well as we go down this road.” Federal authorities raided homes and offices of several Tennessee lawmakers on Friday, including the property of former state House Speaker Glen Casada, officials said. FBI agents searched residences with “addresses associated with” Casada, […]