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‘Whites don’t kill whites’: Suspect pleads not guilty in Kentucky supermarket murder

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A white man from Kentucky pleaded not guilty to charges that he had killed a black man and woman in a shooting at a supermarket that is under investigation as a possible hate crime, prosecutors said on Friday.

Gregory Bush, 51, is accused of fatally shooting Maurice Stallard, 69, in front of his grandson as they shopped in a Kroger Inc grocery store in Jeffersontown, some 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Louisville on Oct. 24.

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According to an arrest citation, he then went to the parking lot where he shot and killed Vickie Jones, a 67-year-old black woman.

About 15 minutes before walking into the supermarket, Bush had attempted to enter a predominantly black Baptist church, said Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers, citing surveillance video.

Bush was charged with murder and 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He was expected to appear in court on Jan. 15, said a spokesman for commonwealth attorney Tom Wine, who is prosecuting the case.

Angela Elleman, an attorney for Bush, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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After the killings, a bystander with a carry permit for a concealed weapon exchanged gunfire with Bush in the parking lot before the suspect fled in his car and was apprehended shortly afterwards, police said.

The bystander, Ed Harrell, told the Louisville Courier Journal that he had pulled out his pistol as Bush approached him in the parking lot. Bush then said, “Whites don’t kill whites,” Harrell said.

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U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said in a statement last week that federal investigators were investigating the shooting for “potential civil rights violations, such as hate crimes.”

Bush suffered from mental illness, and court records showed he had a history of violence and at least one instance in which he used a racial slur, the police chief said.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; editing by Frank McGurty and Bill Berkrot

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US issues warrant for seizure of Iranian tanker in Gibraltar

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The US Justice Department issued a warrant Friday for the seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, one day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel.

The Justice Department alleged the ship was part of a scheme "to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps," which the US has designated a foreign terrorist organization.

The warrant says the vessel, which remained anchored in the British Mediterranean territory late Friday, and all the oil aboard are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as well as bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism statutes.

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Medicare for All proponent Ady Barkan urges supporters to demand Dems have ‘real healthcare debate’

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"We want ABC and Univision to put healthcare front and center."

Citing his firsthand experience with "the dysfunction of our healthcare system," dying activist Ady Barkan—an outspoken backer of Medicare for All—on Friday urged supporters to join him in demanding the next Democratic presidential primary debate to be focused on the nation's healthcare crisis.

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Hundreds of Mexican women protest police rape of teenager

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Hundreds of women demanding protection from Mexico City's police force took to the streets Friday after a number of high-profile sexual assault cases involving serving officers.

To shouts of "I do believe you!" and "My friends protect me, you don't," the initially peaceful rally ended with some participants lighting a fire on the second floor of a police building and vandalizing a bus station.

The protesters also sprayed graffiti on the capital's Independence Monument, adorning the base of the stone edifice with the slogan "damned pigs!"

Two reports of attacks on women this month have sparked outrage and bitter recriminations against the city's police force, with protesters mobilizing on social media through the hashtag #NoMeCuidanMeViolan, or "They don't protect me, they rape me."

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