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Abu-Jamal enters prison population

Pennsylvania

Abu-Jamal enters prison population

PHILADELPHIA - Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has been moved into the general prison population for the first time since his arrest in a police officer’s killing three decades ago. Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Abu-Jamal was moved Friday from the restricted housing unit at a state prison in Frackville. Abu-Jamal had been sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of Daniel Faulkner. Prosecutors agreed to a life term after a federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing, citing flawed jury instructions.

California

Officer fatally shot by fellow police

SANTA MARIA - A police officer under investigation for sexual misconduct with a minor was shot and killed by fellow officers yesterday as they tried to arrest him, authorities said. The officer was on duty at a driving-under-the-influence checkpoint shortly after 1 a.m. when he was shot, Police Chief Danny Macagni said in a statement. The officer, a four-year department veteran, had just learned of the internal investigation of an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, and it became necessary to arrest him immediately, Macagni said. Officers were sent to arrest him, but he resisted when they arrived. Several officers came to help the police making the arrest, and one of them shot the officer who was under investigation in the chest once, Macagni said.

Hundreds attend Etta James funeral

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LOS ANGELES- Hundreds of Etta James’s friends, fans, and family gathered yesterday at a Los Angeles-area church to remember the legendary rhythm and blues singer, who died Jan. 20. Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera performed at the service, and the Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.

Maryland

4 people dead after wrong-way collision

CROFTON - State Police said four people died after a driver apparently went the wrong way on Route 50 in Anne Arundel County and collided with another car. Police said the crash happened about 3:30 a.m. yesterday on Route 50 between the Capital Beltway and Annapolis. Three people were dead at the scene and one person died on the way to the hospital.

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