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Man found guilty of murder after stabbing his wife

Robert E. Johnson of Niagara Falls has been found guilty of murdering his wife in 2009. The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester said there was plenty of evidence to rule him guilty, including a DNA swab of the victim’s blood, according to The Buffalo News.

The victim, Ahkenya Johnson, had 22 stab wounds and 27 cutting wounds and she was “nearly decapitated.”

Johnson will serve 25 years to life.

Man stabbed in Buffalo East Side over drugs

A Depew man was stabbed at 2 a.m. Saturday on Shepard Street. According to The Buffalo News, the, Ted Johnson, told police it started with a phone call over drugs and Johnson drove to the other man to confront him.

Johnson was stabbed twice while his 3-year-old son was in the car. He was treated at Erie County Medical Center after and Child Protective Services was notified.


United States willing to admit Syrian refugees if they pose no threat

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday stating the United States will admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, but only if the FBI and other government officials must certify that each refugee is not a threat.

According to CNN, more than half of Americans said the U.S. shouldn’t take in any Syrian refugees after one of the Paris terrorists was posing as a Syrian refugee.

Minneapolis interstate shut down from protestors

A crowd of demonstrators, tents and “F*** the police” graffiti filled the streets of North Minneapolis. Protestors said they would not leave until justice was served over the fatal-shooting of Jamal Clark on Nov. 15. According to CNN, some of the protestors have been there since the shooting happened.

Some witnesses say Clark was in handcuffs when he was shot. Others say he was unable to move. Protestors are demanding police to release a video of the shooting.


Gunmen raided Malian hotel, 22 people killed

Gunmen raided a Malian hotel Friday morning and opened fire on “anything that moved,” according to CNN. By the time security forces arrived, bodies were on the floor and they reported 22 people dead.

Two of the attackers died, but the U.N. mission spokesperson is unsure of whether they were shot or blew themselves up.

Washington Post journalist sentenced to prison in Iran

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian was sentenced to prison in Iran for spying. According to CNN, Rezaian has been held for 488 days so far, but there is reportedly no evidence. He was charged with “unspecified crimes” and the U.S. State Department called for his release.

There are currently two other Americans being held in Iran and Rezaian has been held there longer than any other American journalist.

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