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White man pleads not guilty in deadly NYC stabbing of black man

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A white man who police said traveled to New York City to harm black people pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of murder “as a crime of terrorism” for the fatal stabbing of a black man on a Manhattan sidewalk last month.

James Jackson, 28, turned himself in to police on March 22 after authorities circulated security-camera footage of him, telling officers he was wanted in the murder two days earlier of 66-year-old Timothy Caughman.

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With his arms shackled to his waist, Jackson spoke only to confirm he could not afford his own attorney and to enter his plea during his appearance at Manhattan’s Criminal Court.

Jackson had told police, and would later tell reporters in an interview in jail, that he traveled to New York last month from his Baltimore home to kill multiple black men.

He hoped his planned killing spree in the heart of the country’s media capital would deter black men from dating white women, according to police and to the New York Daily News’s account of an interview with him.

Moments before being stabbed in the front and the back, Caughman had been gathering bottles and cans from garbage cans to exchange at a recycling center for small change. Bleeding, he managed to stagger into a nearby police station before dying.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at Caughman’s funeral on Saturday, decrying what he called a racist murder.

Prosecutors have brought six charges against Jackson: murder as a crime of terrorism, murder in the first degree, murder as a hate crime, and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

At a court appearance on Monday, Jackson’s lawyer said the suspect’s parents had decided to stop paying for their son’s defense. On Wednesday, the court appointed a public defender, who declined to comment to reporters after the hearing.

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Jackson is due back in court on May 31.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Lisa Von Ahn)


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Steve Mnuchin has a mysterious link to Epstein pal accused of procuring young models: report

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According to a report from the Daily Beast, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's name appears on legal documents for a modeling agency run by a friend of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who also has been accused of sexual assault.

The reports states that years ago, "Mnuchin [was] listed as the official state point of contact for Next Management Corporation, a company formed in 1988 by modeling-industry insiders Jean-Luc Brunel" at a time when Brunel was accused of drugging and raping at least three models. Brunel has also been accused of supplying young models to Epstein -- a charge he has denied.

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‘Why is he lying?’ MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika bust Trump’s ‘bizarre’ claims about Iran meeting

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski busted President Donald Trump's denials about meeting with Iran's leadership without first establishing pre-conditions.

The president strongly suggested that he would commit U.S. troops to a strike on Iran on behalf of Saudi Arabia, which the "Morning Joe" hosts found puzzling, to say the least.

Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

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Netanyahu, Gantz spur supporters on eve of tense Israeli polls

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz sought to galvanise supporters Monday on the eve of a tense election with the political fate of the country's longest-serving premier in the balance.

The vote on Tuesday will be Israel's second in five months after Netanyahu suffered one of the biggest defeats of his political career when he failed to form a coalition after April polls.

Opinion polls indicate another tight race that may see ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu's former right-hand man who is now a rival, play a kingmaker role with his campaign to "make Israel normal again."

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