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Suspect in road rage killing of New Mexico girl hit with federal weapons and drug charges

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A New Mexico man accused of killing a 4-year-old girl by shooting her in the head in a road rage incident last week was also charged on Friday with federal firearms and drug trafficking offenses, court records showed.

Tony Torrez, 32, has admitted fatally shooting the child, Lilly Garcia, when he opened fire on her parents’ truck after cutting them off on Interstate-40 in Albuquerque and exchanging words with her father, police say.

As well as charges including first degree murder and child abuse resulting in death, Torrez is also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

According to an affidavit filed by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent, when investigators received a tip-off about the killer’s identity they went to Torrez’s home and found marijuana, scales, and boxes of cash.

Two assault rifles, a revolver handgun, ammunition magazines, cocaine, and more cash were then discovered in two vehicles associated with Torrez, court papers showed.

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The affidavit said $64,000 was recovered from the house and cars, “consistent with proceeds from drug trafficking.”

The murder of Garcia in front of her parents and her 7-year-old brother in a mid-afternoon confrontation beside a busy highway shocked New Mexico’s biggest city.

Torrez is being held in the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center on a $650,000 cash-only bond. No attorney was listed for him in online jail records on Friday.

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(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’

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CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.

The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.

"How is it racist?" she asked.

"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"

She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.

"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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