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O.J. Simpson granted parole in Las Vegas robbery case

The Nevada Parole Board voted unanimously Thursday to grant former football star O.J. Simpson parole in his 2008 conviction on charges including kidnapping and armed robbery. 

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Simpson is expected to leave the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada this fall after nine years behind bars, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The decision came down Thursday after Simpson, 70, spoke before the Nevada Parole Board, telling the four-person panel he was remorseful for his actions in 2007.

“I haven’t made any excuses in the nine years I’ve been here, and I’m not trying to make an excuse now,” he said.

Simpson was sentenced to 33 years behind bars for his part in a 2007 armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room. He was found guilty on a dozen charges, including kidnapping.

Simpson claimed he confronted a pair of memorabilia collectors, Bruce Fromong and Alfred Beardsley, in 2007 in an attempt to recover items that had been stolen from him, according to The Associated Press. Among the mementos and memorabilia he hoped to recover were family photos and his first wife’s wedding ring.

Fromong spoke Thursday in favor of Simpson’s release and said he and Simpson had long ago made peace.

“We all make mistakes,” Fromong said. “O.J. made his. He’s been here and from what I’ve been told he’s been a model inmate. He’s been an example to others.”

Simpson had no disciplinary issues while behind bars and took numerous classes, according to testimony before the parole board. Simpson said he took a conflict resolution course that made a particular impact on him and said he had been called in to mediate issues between other inmates at the Lovelock Correction Center.

Nevada Board of Parole commissioner Susan Jackson held up thick stacks of letters at Thursday’s hearing, some of the hundreds of letters she said the board had received from Simpson’s supporters and detractors. Many of the letters mentioned Simpson’s 1995 acquittal in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

Jackson said the case would not be considered in Thursday’s deliberations.

Parole board commissioner Connie Bisbee said Simpson has plans to resettle in Florida, where he was living before his 2008 conviction.

Officials in Florida said in a statement that “if Nevada’s request meets all criteria, Florida must accept the transfer.”

“As is the case with any offender who transfers under this routine procedure, he will be assigned a Florida probation officer and will be supervised in accordance with the conditions of his parole,” said Michelle Glady, director of communications for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Simpson in 2013 was granted parole on the armed robbery conviction. Thursday’s hearing addressed the other 11 charges from his 2008 conviction, according to USA Today.

Simpson, a former football running back who has appeared in nearly two dozen movies and television shows, was found not guilty of murder in 1995 after Brown and Goldman were found stabbed to death outside Brown’s Los Angeles townhouse. The case, which captivated TV audiences around the globe, was dubbed the “Trial of the Century.”

8th person at 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer identified

An eighth person who attended a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, in which Donald Trump Jr. was promised compromising information on his father’s then-rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, has been identified, according to multiple reports.

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The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, 52, was asked to attend the meeting by Aras Agalarov, a billionaire Azerbaijani construction magnate.

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An attorney for the Agalarovs, Scott Balber, told the Times that Kaveladze was asked to attend the Trump Tower meeting "purely to … make sure it happened."

'All clear' on Washington State Capitol Campus after 'suspicious noises' reported

The Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia was on lockdown Wednesday morning  after authorities got reports of suspicious noises that sounded like gunfire, officials said.

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The Olympia Police Department told KIRO7.com that reports came in just before 10 a.m. PDT near the Department of Natural Resources building. Law enforcement officers have not found a gunman.

A Washington State Patrol spokesman said there was no reason to believe the capitol campus was under a continued threat and the lockdown was lifted before 11 a.m.

Donald Trump Jr. releases email exchange with Russian intermediary

Donald Trump Jr. released a series of emails Tuesday purportedly sent between him and Rob Goldstone, the man who told The Associated Press that he set up a June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

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Man dead after claiming to have bomb, holding hostages at Georgia bank, police say

The man who held two people hostage on Friday morning and claimed to have a bomb at a bank in Cobb County, Georgia, is dead, police said.

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The man entered the Wells Fargo at 2675 Windy Hill Road in Marietta around 9:30 a.m. Friday and told employees he had a bomb, according to officers.

1 arrested following reports of man shooting at random in Indiana

One person was arrested at a home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Friday morning after police were called to reports of a man firing apparently random shots near downtown, according to multiple reports.

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WPTA reported that authorities were called around 8 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Explosion at Eglin Air Force Base sends possibly dangerous smoke into air

Officials at Eglin Air Force Base ordered people to shelter in place Wednesday after an explosion at the McKinley Climatic Lab sent possibly dangerous smoke into the air.

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Officials said the explosion happened around 10 a.m.

3 injured in small explosion at General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant

Emergency crews were called to a reported explosion inside the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, according to multiple reports.

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WJBK reported that the call was made around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Suspect dies after apparent attempt to steal helicopter from Oregon airport: reports

Police shot and killed a man Monday morning at an airport outside Portland, Oregon, after he allegedly attempted to steal a helicopter from the airfield, according to multiple reports.

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Hillsboro police Lt. Henry Reimann told OregonLive.com that authorities were called around 11:40 a.m. to reports of shots fired at the Hillsboro Airport.

Bronx Lebanon Hospital shooting: Suspect dead, several injured in deadly shooting

Police in New York were called Friday afternoon to reports of shots fired at a hospital in the Bronx. 

WCBS reported that the shooting, at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, happened just before 3 p.m.

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