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This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. The will that Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide on Aug. 10, 2019, puts more than $577 million in assets in a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

‘Last act’: Jeffrey Epstein games system even in death

- The Washington Times

The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders billed his criminal justice reform proposal as an appeal to black voters, who make up a massive chunk of the state's Democratic primary voters. (Associated Press/File)

Bernie Sanders targets ‘institutional racism’ in criminal justice overhaul

- The Washington Times

Declaring the criminal justice system ruined by pervasive racism and “corporate profiteering,” Sen. Bernard Sanders proposed a massive overhaul Sunday that would free many drug convicts, abolish the death penalty and solitary confinement, and promote an unarmed “civilian corps” to replace the police for lower-level calls.

Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging

- Associated Press

The New York City medical examiner ruled Jeffrey Epstein’s death a suicide Friday, confirming after nearly a week of speculation that the financier hanged himself in his jail cell.

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Autopsy of Epstein performed, but details yet to be released

- Associated Press

The details of how Jeffrey Epstein died in his Manhattan jail cell over the weekend have yet to be released, but medical officials have performed an autopsy on the high-profile inmate accused of sexually abusing underage girls and paying them hundreds of dollars in cash for massages.

Garden Grove police stand watch at the scene of a stabbing in Garden Grove, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. A man killed multiple people and wounded others in a string of robberies and stabbings in California's Orange County before he was arrested, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Attacker kills 4, wounds 2 in California stabbing rampage

- Associated Press

A man who was “full of anger” stabbed, slashed and robbed his way across two Southern California cities in a bloody rampage that killed four people and wounded two others who were apparently targeted at random, authorities said.

In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo. Michael Brown's death on Aug. 9, 2014, at the hands of a white Missouri police officer stands as a seismic moment of race relations in America. The fledgling Black Lives Matter movement found its voice, police departments fell under intense scrutiny, progressive prosecutors were elected and court policies revised. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

5 years after Ferguson, racial tension might be more intense

- Associated Press

Michael Brown’s death at the hands of a white Missouri police officer stands as a seismic moment in American race relations. The fledgling Black Lives Matter movement found its voice, police departments fell under intense scrutiny, progressive prosecutors were elected and court policies revised.

This undated photo provided by the Montana Department of Corrections shows Curt James Brockway. Montana authorities have charged Curt James Brockway of Superior, Montana, with assault on a minor after a witness said he threw a 13-year-old boy to the ground because the boy didn't remove his hat during the national anthem at a rodeo. Brockway made an initial court appearance Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, and is expected to enter a plea on Aug. 14 in District Court in Superior. (Montana Department of Corrections via AP)

Attorney cites Trump ‘rhetoric’ in national anthem attack

Associated Press

The attorney for a Montana man accused of throwing a 13-year-old boy to the ground at a rodeo because the teenager didn’t remove his hat during the national anthem said Wednesday his client believes he was acting on an order from President Trump.

Peter Strzok sues FBI for firing him over anti-Trump texts

- Associated Press

A veteran FBI agent who wrote derogatory text messages about Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that the bureau caved to “unrelenting pressure” from the president when it fired him.

In this May 23, 2018, file pool photo, Cyntoia Brown, a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute, smiles at family members during her clemency hearing at Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File)

Cyntoia Brown is released from Tennessee women’s prison

- Associated Press

Cyntoia Brown, championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, was released early Wednesday from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser urges residents, businesses and nonprofit groups to participate in the city's Private Security Camera System Incentive Program outside of Jackie Lee's bar in Northwest on Monday. The bar was the site of a drive-by shooting on New Year's Eve. The program aims to reduce crime and catch criminals using surveillance cameras in neighborhoods. (Ximena Bustillo/ The Washington Times)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser urges participation in anti-crime effort

- The Washington Times

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday urged residents, businesses and organizations to the participate in the city’s Private Security Camera System Incentive Program in an effort to prevent crime and help police capture criminals.

This screenshot of Santino William Legan's Instagram account shows a selfie of Legan, who opened fire with an "assault-type rifle" on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., killing two children and another man. (Instagram via AP)

Garlic Festival gunman posted on Instagram minutes before shooting

- Associated Press

Before a 19-year-old gunman opened fire on a famed garlic festival in his California hometown, he urged his Instagram followers to read a 19th century book popular with white supremacists on extremist websites, but his motives for killing two children and another young man were still a mystery Monday.

Trump issues pardons and commutations for seven people

- The Washington Times

President Trump granted clemency Monday to seven people convicted of a variety of crimes, such as drug trafficking and weapons charges, and included an Arkansas man who was accused of Medicaid fraud in connection with his faith-based health treatment center.

Los Angeles Police Department crime investigators collect evidence at one of the scenes of a triple shooting, a Shell gas station in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Thursday, July 25, 2019. (David Crane/The Orange County Register via AP)

LA man killed father, brother, wounded mother, police say

- Associated Press

A day after authorities captured a man they say fatally shot his father, brother and two other people during a 12-hour rampage across Los Angeles’ sprawling San Fernando Valley, they were still struggling to answer a key question: What set him off?

Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman makes remarks after an oath of office ceremony at the City Council Chambers in Portsmouth, Va.  (Hyunsoo Leo Kim/The Virginian-Pilot via AP) **FILE**

Choice for Montgomery County police chief nominee questioned

- The Washington Times

Members of the Montgomery County Council are questioning County Executive Marc Elrich’s decision to pass over acting police Chief Marcus Jones and nominate Tonya Chapman, a former police chief in Portsmouth, Virginia, to lead the county’s troubled police force.