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Rep. Elijah Cummings to lie in state
Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state Thursday in Statuary Hall. Outspoken on civil rights and voter access, the passionate promoter of Democratic policies died last week at 68 due to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges." A formal memorial service will be held for Cummings, who represented Maryland in the House of Representatives since 1996, for members of Congress, family and special guests. A public viewing will follow. A fierce critic of the Trump administration, Cummings has been noted for his fair and respectful treatment of his Republican counterparts. It is considered an honor to lie in state or honor in the Capitol. Others who received the honor include late President George H.W. Bush and Senator John McCain.
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Funeral set for Atatiana Jefferson
The funeral for the woman killed at her home by a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, is scheduled for Thursday after a family dispute that had delayed the services was settled earlier this week. The service for Atatiana Jefferson is planned for 11 a.m. at Concord Church in Dallas. Jefferson, 28, was killed in the early morning of Oct. 12 when a Fort Worth police officer shot her through the window of her house, where she was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. The officer, Aaron Dean, resigned from the force and was charged with murder.
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More power outages possible to avoid California wildfires
Amid power outages affecting 450,000 by Pacific Gas & Electric in northern California Wednesday to avoid the risk of sparking wildfires, two additional utility companies alerted their subscribers of possible outages. Southern California Edison said it could cut power Thursday to more than 308,000 customers and San Diego Gas & Electric warned of power shutoffs to about 42,000 customers. About 875,000 people could be affected. Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's largest utility, was blamed for igniting some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California history. PG&E said the shutoffs will last about 48 hours.
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Ex-NFL standout Kellen Winslow faces reckonings and retrial on rape charges
Former NFL star Kellen Winslow II will head back to court Thursday after his first rape trial ended in a mistrial on eight of the 12 charges against him. Back in June, a jury convicted Winslow, 36, of three charges, including felony rape of a 58-year-old homeless woman on the side of the road in May 2018. But after the jury deadlocked on six felony and two misdemeanor charges, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan's office faced a choice — either try those eight charges again with a different jury or drop some or all of them. Additional felony convictions could keep Winslow, who has separated from wife, behind bars for the rest of his life. He remains defiant about his innocence.
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Louvre marks 500th anniversary of Da Vinci's death
Like the strange smile on the "Mona Lisa," much about Leonardo Da Vinci remains an enigma. A new exhibit at the Louvre, opening Thursday and marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death, tries to fill in the picture of the incomparable artist and thinker. More than 10 years in the making, the exhibit brings together 160 Da Vinci masterpieces, studies, sketches and other works to pay homage to a man curator Vincent Delieuvin called "a universal genius." The exhibit runs through Feb. 24, 2020. Visitors must reserve tickets online in advance.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Elijah Cummings, Atatiana Jefferson: 5 things to know Thursday