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Rookie Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed

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A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said.

The names of the DeKalb County police officer and the suspected gunman were not immediately available and few other details were released.

Police said that the officer, who had been with the force for a little more than a year, made a traffic stop in suburban Atlanta about 5 p.m. Thursday.

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“Tonight, a DeKalb County police officer died in the line of duty serving the citizens of DeKalb County,” James Conroy, the DeKalb County chief of police, said in a statement on the Internet.

The suspect ran from the traffic stop and shot at the officer, Conroy told local media. Other police officers arrived at the scene with police dogs and tracked the suspect, who was hiding behind a nearby business, police said.

One dog who helped track the suspect was also shot and was in critical condition early Friday, officials said.

Officers returned fire and seriously wounded the suspect, officials said. The wounded suspect and the police officer were taken to an Atlanta hospital, where they both died, Conroy said.

Incoming Georgia Governor Brian Kemp expressed his sympathies to the officer’s family and fellow police.

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“We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice,” Kemp wrote on his twitter page. “Our prayers are with those who mourn.”

Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta, editing by Larry King


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‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis

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On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.

"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."

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NFL Commissioner Goodell apologizes for league’s indifference to players’ protests against racism

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On Friday, CNN reported that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is acknowledging his organization turned a blind eye when his athletes took a knee to protest racism and police violence, and issued a formal apology.

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"This is unquestionably an alarming sign."

The Earth just experienced its hottest May on record, scientists said Friday—just a day after it was announced that atmospheric CO2 levels hit a new high.

Scientists at Europe's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) announced the temperature record Friday. The agency said that globally, last month 0.63°C warmer than the 1981-2020 average for May. That tops the previous warmest May, which occurred in 2016, by 0.05°C.

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