North Carolina jury awards $75m to brothers wrongly convicted of 1983 murder

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown spent decades in jail before DNA evidence cleared them of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl

A jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case has awarded $75m to two, intellectually disabled half-brothers who spent decades behind bars after being wrongfully convicted in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.

The eight-person jury on Friday decided Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who are both Black, should received $31m each in compensatory damages, $1m for every year spent in prison, the News & Observer reported. The jury also awarded them $13m in punitive damages.

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Rombauer runs down Medina Spirit to cross first in all-time Preakness thriller

Rombauer romped to an upset victory in the Preakness on Saturday, denying Kentucky Derby winner Medina Sprint the chance at a Triple Crown that would have come with a giant asterisk.

Related: I spent half my life in horse racing. The Medina Spirit scandal lays bare why I left

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Playoffs or play-in? LeBron returns but Lakers won’t know fate until final day

  • Lakers’ playoff fate hangs in balance entering frenetic Sunday
  • Philadelphia will be the No 1 seed in East for first time since 2001

LeBron James may be one game away from the playoffs. Or he may be one game away from the play-in tournament, and a possible high-stakes showdown against Stephen Curry.

Either way, the NBA wins on Sunday – with what’s certain to be a dramatic end to the regular season.

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‘I reject hate speech’: Lakeith Stanfield on Clubhouse antisemitism scandal

The actor Lakeith Stanfield has spoken out amid controversy over his presence in a Clubhouse room where participants made antisemitic remarks, saying: “Any kind of hate speech, I vehemently reject.”

Related: Lakeith Stanfield: ‘I don’t hold anything back’

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Hacked US energy pipeline on track to restore full service but shortages persist

  • Gas station outages in Washington and south-eastern states
  • Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid hackers $5m ransom

Federal officials have said America’s largest energy pipeline is on track to fully restore service following a ransomware attack by a group of cybercriminals.

Related: Welcome to DarkSide – and the inexorable rise of ransomware | John Naughton

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