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Wednesday January 2nd, 2019 evening edition

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Nicholas Slatten, 35, found guilty of murder for his role in the killing of at least 14 unarmed civilians in a bustling square.

Former Blackwater guard convicted for 2007 massacre of civilians in Baghdad.

A former security guard for the US firm Blackwater has been found guilty of murder for his role in a notorious massacre of unarmed civilians in downtown Baghdad in 2007.

Nicholas Slatten, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder by a federal jury in Washington on Wednesday after five days of deliberations.

Slatten was convicted of killing Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y, 19, an aspiring doctor who was one of more than a dozen civilians killed by Blackwater guards in Baghdad’s Nisour square on 16 September 2007.

While escorting a diplomatic convoy, Blackwater guards opened fire in the bustling square with sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers – allegedly without provocation – leaving at least 14 civilians dead and at least 18 wounded.

His first conviction was thrown out and the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict at his second trial. »

Car loan statistics 2019

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Many auto loans are secured by your car, using it as collateral for the loan.

If you were in the hot seat, could you guess the percentage of Americans that are currently paying off a car loan?

A high 44% of American adults — nearly half of us — are relying on an auto loan to pay for our car. »

Washington bans anyone under 21 from buying assault rifles

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Starting Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, no one under the age of 21 in Washington state will be allowed to purchase a "semi-automatic assault rifle," under a voter-approved initiative that passed in November.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates.

The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to buy those firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. »

'We are not robots': Amazon warehouse employees push to unionize

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They need to have a union put in place,” said an Amazon worker who requested to remain anonymous.

They have to be more supportive toward their employees,” said another Amazon employee in Staten Island.

Amazon fulfillment centers aren’t the only part of Amazon where workers started organizing efforts in 2018. »