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    One of four Houston attorneys assigned to handle four Twin Peaks biker cases as special prosecutors dismissed the remaining three cases Monday and called the way the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office handled the 2015 deadly shootout a “harebrained scheme” that was “patently offensiv…

      A former McLennan County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant who was arrested two years ago on charges she illegally provided law enforcement information to her biker boyfriend two months before he was arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout was placed on pretrial diversion this week.

        Call it bad timing, bad memories or bad business. Whatever the cause, the Scotty’s Brewhouse sports bar that opened in March in the former Twin Peaks building in Waco will close by year’s end, a casualty of poor performance.

        The pastor at the Memphis church where Tyre Nichols’ family spoke from the pulpit urging peace after his brutal killing reiterated the call for calm, following the release of video showing the fatal beating by police. Pastor Kenneth Thomas said before the start of services at Mt. Olive Cathedral Church Sunday that he was pleased there has been calm so far, "which is what we have been praying for." Cities nationwide have braced for demonstrations after body camera footage released Friday showed officers savagely beating 29-year-old Nichols. So far the protests have been scattered and nonviolent. A lawyer for Nichols’ family says the loss is “still very emotional,” but that his clients are using all their energy to advocate for reforms.

        Kansas firefighters found a man on fire inside a restroom at a Walmart store this weekend. Topeka city spokeswoman Gretchen Spiker told the Topeka Capital-Journal that firefighters found the man when they went to a Walmart Neighborhood Market around 8:15 p.m. Saturday. She said that firefighters worked to quickly extinguish the fire and provide aid to the man. The man was taken to a Topeka hospital with serious injuries. He wasn’t immediately identified. Spiker said investigators are working to determine how the fire started.

        A Southern California mountain lion studied by the National Park Service was killed after a likely vehicle strike earlier this month on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Officials say the radio-collared cougar known as P-81 was found dead along the route near Point Mugu on Jan. 22. A necropsy will confirm the 4-year-old male died as a result of being hit by a car. The park service says at least 34 mountain lions have been killed by vehicles since 2002 within its study area, which includes the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills and Verdugo mountains.

        Increasingly it feels like America is at war with itself. From a triple homicide in New Orleans just days into the new year to the shooting of a Virginia teacher by a 6-year-old to a series of mass shootings in California. Simply keeping track of the shootings has become difficult, with locations and details and explanations running together into a blur of bloodshed and heartbreak. But if it might make you think America has gone numb to gun violence, Zeneta Everhart would like a word. Everhart’s then-19-year-old son survived after being shot in the neck in May when a gunman stormed into into a Buffalo supermarket.  "I don’t think that the country is becoming numb to it, but I think that the country is frustrated,” she said. “I think that people are tired.”

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