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Posted December 30, 2017 7:42 p.m. EST

2 Men Charged in Quadruple Homicide in Troy; Motive Is a Mystery

Two suspects have been charged in a quadruple homicide in Troy, New York, a crime the police chief described as the worst he had seen in more than 40 years in law enforcement. Chief John Tedesco of the Troy Police Department said Saturday that the motive was unknown. The suspects, James W. White, 38, and Justin C. Mann, 24, both of Schenectady, New York, near Albany, were arrested Friday night. White and Mann were arraigned in Troy City Court on Saturday on murder charges and pleaded not guilty. They were being held at the Rensselaer County jail without bail.

Glitch in South Carolina Lottery Could Mean $19.6 Million in Winnings

Streams of winning lottery tickets were printed in South Carolina because of a computer glitch on Christmas Day, officials said, and the potential winnings could total as much as $19.6 million if they are validated. Customers began to notice the phenomenon and some stores reported a bit of a rush before the game was shut down. The vendor for the South Carolina Education Lottery computer system, Intralot, experienced a programming error, the state agency said Wednesday. It remains unclear whether the winning tickets will be honored, and the board of the lottery agency plans to discuss the issue before the end of January.

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

John Portman, the architect and developer who revolutionized hotel designs with soaring futuristic atriums, built commercial towers that revitalized the downtowns of decaying postwar U.S. cities and transformed Asian skylines from Shanghai to Mumbai, died Friday in Atlanta. He was 93. Portman’s family announced his death. No cause was given. Portman, over a half-century, redefined U.S. urban landscapes. He built the Peachtree Center in Atlanta, the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, the Renaissance Center in Detroit and scores of hotel, office and retail complexes in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Fort Worth, San Diego and other cities.

Erica Garner, Who Fought Police Brutality, Dies at 27

Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner who became an outspoken activist against police brutality after her father’s death at the hands of a New York police officer in 2014, died Saturday, her mother said. She was 27. Erica Garner had been placed in a medically induced coma last week after an asthma episode precipitated a major heart attack. No official cause of death has been given. "The only thing I can say is that she was a warrior,” Garner’s mother, Esaw Snipes, said. “She fought the good fight. This is just the first fight in 27 years she lost.”

Remaining Members of AIDS Council Fired

The Trump administration this week dismissed the remaining members of a federal advisory council on HIV and AIDS. The group’s executive director said the move was a common occurrence in new administrations, but others questioned that. Six members of the body, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, resigned this year in protest of President Donald Trump. Kaye Hayes, the council’s executive director, confirmed Friday that the remaining members had received a letter saying the administration was ending their appointments. She said the dismissed members could apply to serve on a new council to be convened in 2018.

Attacks on Mueller and FBI Open a Rift in the Party of Law and Order

A growing campaign by President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller and the law enforcement agencies assisting his investigation as biased against Trump is opening new fissures in the Republican Party, with some lawmakers questioning the damage being done to federal institutions once considered sacrosanct to Republicans. Some Republican lawmakers are worried that Trump loyalists, hoping for short-term gain, could wind up staining the party, dampening morale at the FBI and Justice Department and potentially recasting Democrats as the true friends of law enforcement for years to come.