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Mother, daughter charged with slaying five family members in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania officials on Tuesday charged a 45-year-old woman and her daughter with murdering five family members whose bodies were discovered in an apartment outside Philadelphia, court records showed.

Three children were among the victims found dead on Monday at the apartment in Morrisville, a borough about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of downtown Philadelphia, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub told reporters.

“This is a terrible tragedy,” Weintraub said overnight at a news conference outside the apartment building. “We just spoke to the family of all five of the deceased and they’re all heartbroken.”

Shana Decree, 45, was arraigned in state criminal court early on Tuesday, according to court records.

She faces five counts of criminal homicide and one count of criminal conspiracy in the deaths of her daughter, Naa’Irah Smith, 25; her son, Damon Decree, 13; her sister, Jamilla Campbell, 42; and Campbell’s twin daughters, Imani and Erika Allen, each 9 years old, Weintraub said.

Shana Decree was held without bail and did not enter a plea during the hearing, according to court records.

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It was not immediately clear if she has obtained an attorney.

Dominique Decree, 19, a daughter of Shana, was also arrested in the deaths of the family members and faces the same criminal charges as her mother, Weintraub said.

Weintraub declined to immediately say how the five victims died or what the motive was for the killings.

Authorities were looking for a 17-year-old son of Jamilla Campbell, but he was not considered a suspect in the killings, the district attorney said.

Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Scott Malone and Bernadette Baum

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Republican lawmakers ask judge to destroy smoking gun documents proving GOP’s white supremacy

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Republicans on Monday sought a court order to block damning documents from being used against them in a lawsuit.

"North Carolina Republican lawmakers on Monday asked a court to make sure the files of the now-deceased GOP strategist Tom Hofeller are destroyed, or at least kept secret, instead of being used in a high-profile gerrymandering lawsuit," the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

"The filing comes after the groups behind the lawsuit, including Common Cause, accused Republican lawmakers of making false statements in court in a previous gerrymandering case, when the state’s 2011 maps were ruled unconstitutional," the newspaper noted. "That blockbuster accusation made national headlines and was, it said, based on Hofeller’s files which had been secret until recently."

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Rachel Maddow on Monday worried about the pattern of government officials leaking to the press to stop President Donald Trump from sabotaging United States' interests to help Russia.

The MSNBC anchor broke down the key questions raised by the bombshell New York Times report that officials were keeping secrets from Trump to protect U.S. interests.

Maddow reminded of a June 2017 story by Michael Isikoff.

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Trump angrily demands newspaper reveal unnamed sources behind bombshell report on his Russia policy

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President Donald Trump on Monday evening again lashed out at The New York Times for reporting on his Russia policy.

"The story in The New York Times about the U.S. escalating attacks on Russia’s power grid is fake news, and the failing New York Times knows it," Trump argued in a tweet sent after 10 p.m.

"They should immediately release their sources which, if they exist at all, which I doubt, are phony," he continued.

"Times must be held fully accountable," he demanded.

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