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    DALLAS — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) defended Alex Jones at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, the same day he was ordered to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a victim of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Greene, who has been suspended from Twitter, claimed social media companies are trying to silence those on the Right, citing Jones as evidence of Big Tech's ideological crackdown. REP. ANDY BIGGS HECKLED BY CPAC FOR NOT DOING ENOUGH TO AID JAN. 6 DEFENDANTS “Somebody like Alex Jones, who did say some things but yet he is being politically persecuted right now and being forced to pay out millions and millions of dollars, and no one agrees with what he said, but what we’re tired of is the political persecution,” she said during an onstage interview. Greene asked when she and others who have been “canceled” on social media will be paid millions of dollars. The damages, which were announced after Greene’s comments, may be reduced by the...
    Alex Jones ordered to pay Sandy Hook parents more than $4M Dried blood and roses: Jury gets rare look at Parkland scene Advocates: Senate bill means environmental health, also harm Climate Migration: California fire pushes family to Vermont Feds charge 4 police officers in fatal Breonna Taylor raid Sandy Hook lawyer: Jan. 6 panel asked for Alex Jones’ texts Recount confirms that indicted Colorado clerk lost election Washington town evacuated, some homes burned in wildfire Ousted prosecutor Chesa Boudin won’t run for his old seat Forecasters trim hurricane season outlook a bit, still busy Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CNN anchor Chris Wallace did not try to hide his glee at conspiracy host Alex Jones having a bomb dropped on him in court, noting “he’s a bad guy” and “It’s a good time.” The Sandy Hook defamation trial took a delicious turn when attorney Mark Bankston, who is representing the families of Sandy Hook victims, asked Jones on the witness stand “Did you know 12 days ago your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years?” Mr. Jones did not know. On Thursday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day, co-anchor Brianna Keilar began by asking Wallace about the January 6 committee seeking those text messages from Jones. Wallace ripped Jones for his role on January 6, saying “It’s the opposite of Teddy Roosevelt. Speak loudly and carry a little stick. I mean, he walks these people right up to the edge of the Capitol, right up to the east front of the Capitol. Oh, and I’ll see you guys. And they all go...
    Alex Jones was astounded to discover that his lawyers had handed over dozens of emails from his phone to Sandy Hook parent’s attorneys by mistake – revealing he is lying about being broke. The InfoWars host was horrified that his team sent a digital copy of every text and email about Sandy Hook, despite declaring under oath that they didn’t exist at his $150million defamation trial. An attorney for Sandy Hook parents has revealed that they received the information 12 days ago, spanning years. Jones’s lawyers called it their ‘Perry Mason’ moment during the trial, with Jones being accused of perjuring himself. He previously testified that he was unable to find any emails regarding the Sandy Hook massacre, and was shocked when one was shown on screen to the court.  Judge Maya Guerra Gamble instructed the jury that the entire contents of the phone was ‘not properly turned over when it should have been’. The messages also reveals that InfoWars was making $800,00 a day in 2018, with the Sandy Hook parents lawyer adding ‘after your platforming, your numbers keep...
    Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of murdered 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, took the witness stand on Tuesday in the defamation trial of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in Austin, Texas. Jones had claimed that Jesse was a child actor and that his death, along with the 19 other murdered children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was a hoax. The couple is suing Jones in Texas for as much as $150 million in damages for threats and harassment they faced as a result of Jones’ words. Jones has already been found liable for defamation in this case, due to a default judgment entered against him in 2021 when he failed to put on a defense. “Your son, Jesse Lewis. How does it make you feel being able to come in today and tell him to his face your story?” Scarlett Lewis’s attorney asked her while on the stand. “I wanted to tell you to your face because I wanted you to know that I am a mother first and foremost. And I know that...
    I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share my story, it is so painful and retraumatizing. I remain almost a decade later hurt, angry, and exhausted. Everything about the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, reminds me of the day in December 2012 when my mother, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was murdered while protecting her students and faculty. The chaos. The aerial video of the school and students. The looks of anguish on the families’ faces as they waited to hear if their loved ones were alive. When I heard about the Texas shooting on Tuesday, I told myself I was going to step back and process out of the public eye. But as soon as I began to step back, I heard my mother’s voice telling me that I can’t sit this one out. And I knew I had to make my voice heard.
    The Sandy Hook Foundation issued a statement 10 years after the Connecticut massacre following Tuesday's shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 18 students.  'We are devastated about reports that multiple people are dead, including children,' the Sandy Hook Foundation wrote on Twitter. 'Our hearts are with the families and community as this tragic story unfolds.'  Salvador Ramos, 18, shot 18 elementary school students and three adults dead, including Ramos, on Tuesday morning after shooting his grandmother. Her condition is unknown.  Ramos, equipped with a handgun and possibly a rifle, entered the school and opened fire around 11.30am.    Additionally, 13 children are being treated at the Uvalde Memorial emergency room, as well as a 45-year-old man who suffered a 'graze.'  The Texas shooting now ranks as the second worst school shooting in the US, falling behind Sandy Hook and just in front of Parkland shooting.   The shooting at Robb Elementary School is the latest in a long line of gun atrocities to hit American high schools over the last decade.  In December 2012 the US was hit by its...
    Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy made an impassioned plea to the Senate to enact gun reform on Tuesday in the wake of the Uvalde elementary school shooting, ten years after the Sandy Hook massacre which happened in his district.  Murphy was the Democratic Congressman for Connecticut's fifth district - which took in the school - when gunman Adam Lanza opened fire in December 2012.  On Tuesday, after fourteen kids and a teacher were shot dead at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, he made a desperate plea to Republicans to pass laws that would put an end to such atrocities.  'Fourteen kids dead in an elementary school in Texas right now. What are we doing? What are we doing? Just days after a shooter walked into a grocery store to gun down African American patrons, we have another Sandy Hook on our hands. What are we doing?! 'As the kids run for their lives, we doing nothing. What are we doing? Why are you here if not to solve a problem as existential as this? This isn't inevitable. These kids weren't...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has agreed to appear at a deposition in Connecticut to answer questions in a lawsuit by relatives of some of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, his lawyers said Thursday, a day after a judge ordered fines against Jones for defying orders to attend a deposition last week despite his claim of illness. Jones will sit for a deposition April 11 and is asking the judge to put a hold on the daily fines, according to new court filings by his attorney, Norman Pattis. The fines begin at $25,000 on Friday and increase by $25,000 each weekday he does not appear for questioning. Pattis also asked the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday to hear an appeal against the fines. There were no immediately rulings on Jones’ requests. Lawyers for the Sandy Hook families, who are suing Jones for defamation for calling the 2012 school shooting a hoax, had no immediate comment. Twenty first graders and six educators were killed in the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Connecticut Judge Barbara...
    Infowars host Alex Jones on Thursday defied a Connecticut judge’s order to show up for a deposition in Texas in a case brought by relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting who sued Jones for calling the massacre a hoax, according to the families’ lawyer. It was the second straight day that Jones did not appear for the deposition in Austin, which was scheduled to be held Wednesday and Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear what penalties he may face. Jones’ lawyer, Norman Pattis, said Thursday that Jones was following his doctor’s guidance to not attend court proceedings because of undisclosed medical conditions. “Mr. Jones was given conflicting imperatives: his physician told him to stay home; a judge told him to go to a deposition,” Pattis wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “He is following his doctor’s advice. I suspect most people sensible would do as Mr. Jones has done.” But Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis on Wednesday denied Pattis’ request to delay the proceeding and ordered Jones to appear Thursday. Bellis wrote in a ruling...
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday marks nine years since a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty six people were killed, including 20 children between the ages of six and seven years old, along with six adults. READ MORE: NYC Vaccine Mandate Now Applies To Kids As Young As 5 Years OldPHOTOS: Remembering Newtown Shooting Victims READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Anniversary: 1 Year Since 1st Shot Administered In U.S.Gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed himself as police converged on the school. The school was demolished 10 months after the shooting. MORE NEWS: Pfizer Says Latest Trial Data Show COVID Pills Cut Risk Of Hospitalization Or DeathNewtown public schools will be holding classes remotely Tuesday, and Gov. Ned Lamont ordered flags across the state to be flown at half staff.
    (CNN)From afar, it looks like any playground. Kids are playing after school on a cold fall day, as the temperature drops and a family of deer appears briefly. Similarly, a blonde-haired woman in jeans resting for a moment on one of the swings could be any mom.But the playground is a memorial to Dylan Hockley, one of 20 first-graders killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. And the woman is Nicole Hockley, Dylan's mother, who since the tragic death of her 6-year-old son has dedicated her life to preventing similar tragedies. The playground is one of 26 that were built in the shooting's aftermath -- one for each of the 20 first-graders who died and the six educators who gave their lives trying to protect the school children in their care.Tuesday, December 14 marks nine years since Adam Lanza burst into the elementary school and opened fire. The shooting rocked the nation, prompting a normally stoic President Barack Obama to tear up at a news conference....
    SANDY HOOK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A 17-year-old boy died at a New Jersey beach Saturday. It happened at the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. READ MORE: More Resources Made Available For New Yorkers Cleaning Up From Flooding, Damage Caused By Idas Remnants The National Parks Service says lifeguards, rangers and EMTs were sent to rescue three teenagers at Beach B. READ MORE: Teenager Arrested In Connection To 2019 Stray Bullet Shooting Death Of 14-Year-Old Aamir Griffin One 17-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two teens, another 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, were taken to Monmouth Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown. MORE NEWS: Gov. Murphy Visits Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood In Piscataway, Says Hes Working With Biden Administration To Secure Federal Aid The Parks Service says that beach does not have lifeguards and swimming is discouraged there.
    Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, frequently sought refuge on a friend's yacht when he received threats in the wake of a mass shooting, it has been revealed. LaPierre's use of the 108-foot yacht owned by a Hollywood producer pal was disclosed in a deposition unsealed on Monday during NRA bankruptcy proceedings in a Texas court.  'They simply let me use it as a security retreat because they knew the threat that I was under. And I was basically under presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was getting,' LaPierre said in the deposition, according to the Daily News. 'And this was the one place that I hope could feel safe, where I remember getting there going, 'Thank God I'm safe, nobody can get me here.' And that's how it happened. That's why I used it,' he said. Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, frequently sought refuge on a friend's yacht when he received threats in the wake of a mass shooting, a deposition reveals LaPierre...
    Bruce Springsteen is headed to federal court after being busted for DWI by a park ranger at Sandy Hook, authorities confirmed. Although Springsteen, 71, was arrested by a U.S. Park Service officer for DWI, reckless driving and drinking alcohol in a closed area on Nov. 14, the incident wasn't reported until TMZ broke the news on Wednesday. Springsteen often spoke and also wrote in his autobiography that he enjoyed going to the Gateway National Recreation Area, a barrier split along the Atlantic Ocean with views of the Manhattan skyline in Middletown, a short drive down from his 400-acre horse farm in Colts Neck and Freehold hometown.The Hall of Fame rocker was "cooperative throughout the process,” Gateway spokesperson Brenda Ling said in a statement Wednesday. Because the arrest occurred on federal property, the case will be heard in U.S. District Court in Newark, unless it is reassigned to the court at Fort Monmouth. An initial date wasn't announced. Springsteen's representatives didn't immediately return requests for comment about his arrest. The news breaks after "The Boss" appeared in and narrated a Super Bowl...
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Monday is a somber anniversary in Connecticut. It has been eight years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the elementary school. Lawmakers and community leaders came together virtually Monday to mourn, remember and call to action. FLASHBACK: Shooting At Sandy Hook Elementary School In Newtown, Conn. “We must mark this anniversary with renewed resolve to fight gun violence,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “We know that the best way to honor those beautiful lives lost in Sandy Hook is through action.” President-elect Joe Biden released a statement to mark the anniversary. “To the grandparents, parents, siblings, children, spouses, and fellow broken and healing hearts of Sandy Hook, I know. No matter how long it’s been, every time you talk about it, you relive it as though you just heard the news. Eight years later, I know the pain never fully heals,” he wrote in part. “I think about how that day eight years ago was the saddest day we had in the...
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