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After 329 years, a woman accused of being a witch in Salem has been exonerated

BOSTON — It took more than three centuries, but the last Salem "witch" who wasn't has been officially pardoned.

Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday formally exonerated Elizabeth Johnson Jr., clearing her name 329 years after she was convicted of witchcraft in 1693 and sentenced to death at the height of the Salem Witch Trials.

Johnson was never executed, but neither was she officially pardoned like others wrongly accused of witchcraft.

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Students at a Michigan school where a mass shooting occurred show support for Uvalde

OXFORD, Mich. — Hundreds of students at Oxford High School, the Michigan school where four were killed in November, walked out Thursday and formed a 'U' on the football field to show support for students and families in Uvalde, Texas.

"We went through the same thing. I lost a lot of friends. I thought it would be respectful to help other people through it," sophomore Andrew Sholtz told The Detroit News.

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The Uvalde shooting conspiracies show how far-right misinformation is evolving

Even before details were known about the shooter who killed 19 children and two school faculty at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, fringe media were awash in rumors, conspiracy theories and misinformation.

Some posts incorrectly identified the shooter, while others posited without evidence that the massacre was a government-orchestrated "false flag" operation.

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Comfort dogs have been deployed to Uvalde, Texas, from near and far

Condolences, prayers, blood donations and financial contributions have poured into Uvalde, Texas, in the days since the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Therapy dogs have, too.

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21 crosses stand in front of Uvalde's Robb Elementary to honor those who were killed

UVALDE, Texas — In front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the site of a mass shooting this week that killed 19 students and two faculty members, community members arrived to lay flowers and candles on 21 crosses, each bearing the name of a victim.

They walked through a sea of TV cameras and tents as a crowd of reporters did live television hits in front of the school.

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How are your kids processing the Uvalde shooting news? Share their creations with us

At least 19 students and two adults were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.

As we learn more about the tragedy, NPR wants to know how children and students are coping with the news and expressing their understanding of it.

Has your child made a drawing or written a letter? How have they reacted to hearing about a school shooting? Have they expressed their understanding in a poem or another creative expression?

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'Goodfellas' star Ray Liotta dead at 67

Updated May 26, 2022 at 2:01 PM ET

The actor Ray Liotta has died. According to his publicist, Jennifer Allen, Liotta was in the Dominican Republic shooting the movie Dangerous Waters, when he died in his sleep. He was 67 years old.


Trump loses an appeal and must testify in New York's civil investigation

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in New York state's civil investigation into his business practices, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

A four-judge panel in the appellate division of the state's trial court upheld Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron's Feb. 17 ruling enforcing subpoenas for Trump and his two eldest children to give deposition testimony in Attorney General Letitia James' probe.

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A lawsuit says a 13-year-old Black boy had his hands up when Chicago police shot him

CHICAGO — A 13-year-old boy shot in the back by a Chicago police officer was unarmed and had his arms raised to surrender when he was hit by the bullet, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday, saying the incident illustrates deeply flawed implementation of department policy on the pursuit of suspects.

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Kevin Spacey faces charges of sexual assault in Britain

Updated May 26, 2022 at 3:50 PM ET

Prosecutors in England have authorized charging actor Kevin Spacey with multiple counts of sexual assault.