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A judge has ordered a man released immediately after his attorneys presented new evidence and argued that he didn’t commit the crimes he was convicted of and spent more than 20 years in prison for: the 1991 murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman visiting Hawaii. The judge ruled Tuesday that Albert “Ian” Schweitzer be “released from his shackles immediately." A petition filed late Monday outlined additional evidence in one of Hawaii’s biggest murders, which unfolded on Christmas Eve in 1991 on Hawaii Island, commonly known as the Big Island. More >>Hawaii man imprisoned for 1991 murder, rape released

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Documents with classified markings were discovered in former Vice President Mike Pence’s Indiana home last week, according to his attorney. It's just the latest in a string of recoveries of sensitive information from the homes of current and former top U.S. officials. The Pence documents had been “inadvertently boxed” and transported to Pence's home at the end of the Trump administration, Pence’s lawyer told the National Archives in a letter last week. He said that “Pence was unaware of the existence of sensitive or classified documents at his personal residence” and stands ready to cooperate with "any appropriate inquiry. ” More >>Classified documents at Pence's home, too, his lawyer says

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The sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leads nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with 11 nominations. Nominations included acting nods for star Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a comeback performance decades after he starred in “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” A year after a streaming service won Hollywood’s top honor for the first time, big-screen spectacles dominated Tuesday’s nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with the “Avatar” and “Top Gun” sequels getting best picture nods. Collectively, the best picture nominees have earned more than $1.5 billion domestically so far, which is a record.  The Oscars will be presented March 12 in Los Angeles. More >>'Everything Everywhere' tops Oscar nominations with 11

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Officials say an agricultural worker killed seven people in back-to-back shootings at two mushroom farms that employed him in Northern California, and the massacre is believed to be a “workplace violence incident.” The state is mourning its third mass killing in eight days. Officers arrested a suspect in the latest shootings on Monday, 66-year-old Chunli Zhao, after they found him in his car in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation. The Sheriff's Office says seven people were found dead, and an eighth was wounded, at the farms on the outskirts of the coastal community of Half Moon Bay. More >>Suspect in shootings at Half Moon Bay farms was employee

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A report by a special grand jury in Georgia investigating possible interference in the 2020 election will remain secret for now while a judge considers its release. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney heard arguments Tuesday from prosecutors who argued against immediately releasing the report and a coalition of media organizations who argued it should be made public. He said he would consider their arguments and would reach out to both parties with any questions before making a final decision. The special grand jury was investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law by seeking to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia. More >>Georgia election probe report to remain secret for now

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Police say a shooting during filming of a music video at an Oakland gas station that killed one person and wounded four others may have been gang-related. Authorities say it appears several people opened fire Monday evening at the Valero station, spraying bullets where some 50 people had gathered for the filming. The attack killed 18-year-old Mario Navarro. No arrests have been made. Police on Tuesday said the attack may be gang-related and they're worried it may spark violent retaliation. The shooting took place only hours after seven people were killed by a gunman in nearby Half Moon Bay. A 66-year-old farmworker has been arrested for what authorities say was a case of workplace violence. More >>Attackers kill 1, wound 4 during Oakland music video filming

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The mishandling of classified documents is not a problem unique to President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. At least three presidents, a vice president, a secretary of state and an attorney general have all been tripped up. The issue of classified records and who, exactly, has hung onto them has gotten more complicated as news surfaced Tuesday that former Vice President Mike Pence also had such records in his possession after he left office. As in Biden's case, lawyers for Pence say he willingly turned the documents over to authorities. The latest discoveries lay bare an uncomfortable truth about the nation’s secrets: Policies meant to control the handling of sensitive information are haphazardly enforced among top officials. More >>Classified records pose conundrum stretching back to Carter

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Senators grilled Ticketmaster Tuesday about its spectacular breakdown last year during a sale of Taylor Swift concert tickets. Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee debated possible action, including making tickets non-transferable to cut down on scalping and requiring more transparency in ticket fees. Some suggested it may also be necessary to split Ticketmaster and concert promoter Live Nation, which merged in 2010. Ticketmaster is the world’s largest ticket seller, processing 500 million tickets each year. In mid-November, Ticketmaster’s site crashed during a presale event for Swift’s upcoming stadium tour. The Justice Department has also opened an investigation into the breakdown. More >>Senators grill Ticketmaster after Taylor Swift fiasco

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Willie Nelson is turning 90 this year and he's celebrating with an all-star, two-day concert in Los Angeles this April. The Texas troubadour's milestone birthday party at the Hollywood Bowl will feature dozens of performers, including Neil Young, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Snoop Dogg and many more. Six decades into his career, the Grammy-winning country icon is still going strong. He has a new album “I Don't Know a Thing About Love” coming in March and a documentary premiering at Sundance. Tickets for the April 29-30 shows go on sale this week. More >>Willie Nelson to celebrate 90th birthday at all-star concert

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For many American schoolchildren, school lunch consists of mass-produced, reheated meals they would rather skip. A small but growing number of school districts are upgrading their cafeteria menus with local organic produce, grass-fed meats and recipes made from scratch. On the outskirts of San Francisco, one school district has hired a former fine-dining chef. He's using the skills he learned in the kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants to reimagine what school lunch can be. At a recent student taste testing, the chef served homemade baguette sandwiches and free-range chicken simmered in a chipotle broth. More >>No more nuggets? School lunch goes farm-to-table — for some