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Just hours after hundreds took to the streets to protest Albuquerque police fatally shooting a homeless camper, the embattled Albuquerque Police Department announced Wednesday that officers shot and killed a man with a gun who opened fire on authorities.

But the family of the man says he was not armed and only had a cellphone in his hand freshwater pearl earrings.
The suspect was shot late Tuesday outside a public housing complex after a 911 call about a man pointing a gun at a juvenile, Albuquerque Chief Gorden Eden told reporters.
Eden said the man "exited an apartment with a firearm and fired a firearm" before officers returned fire.
The suspect, whose name had not been officially released, died Wednesday morning at a hospital, Albuquerque police spokesman Tasia Martinez said.
The family of the suspect identified him as Alfred "Lionel" Redwine, 30, a roofer and tattoo artist.
"He did not have a gun. He only had a cellphone," said the man's sister, Tammy Redwine, 34. "I know because I was talking to him and telling him to come out and talk to the police."
Her brother was with her two sons, 10 and 13, she said.
Ernie Garcia, 43, Tammy Redwine's boyfriend, said before police arrived, the 30-year-old had gotten into a dispute with neighbors who were partying next to his mother's vehicle. When police arrived, Redwine didn't come out "because he was scared of police," Garcia said.
"He's had his problem with the law," Garcia said.
Albuquerque police have not responded to phone messages and emails about the family's version of events.
The troubled department is facing heavy criticism for 36 other police shootings since 2010, Amethyst earrings including the fatal shooting of a homeless man earlier this month in the Sandia foothills.
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King announced Wednesday his office has launched an investigation into both of the fatal shootings this month to provide "an objective unbiased external assessment."
In the foothills shooting, authorities said James Boyd, 38, died after officers fired stun guns, bean bags and six live rounds on March 16. Police said Boyd had threatened to kill officers and held onto knives as an unarmed K-9 officer approached him.
But a helmet camera video showed Boyd gathering his belongings then turning away right before officers fired. The shooting followed a long standoff during which Boyd claimed he was a federal government agent.
A protest Tuesday evening in downtown Albuquerque drew a crowd from around the city and Santa Fe. Some chanted "We want justice nuskin hk," while others held signs that read "APD is guilty" as they marched for a few blocks to police headquarters. The demonstrators filled the streets, blocking traffic as they went.
Albuquerque police are under a U.S. Justice Department investigation involving the use of force, and Mayor Richard Berry asked Justice Department officials to add the Boyd shooting to its ongoing probe.
In addition, Berry has asked the Las Cruces Police Department to join a five-agency investigation into the shooting.
Justice Department officials also meet privately Wednesday with community activists to discuss Boyd's shooting.
King said his office was "willing to collaborate with the federal authorities in any review they conduct."
The family of the man in the latest shooting said they are planning a candle-light vigil Wednesday night at site of the shooting nuskin hk.

President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls.

The defeat of Democrat Alex Sink by Republican David Jolly in a special election last Tuesday has raised anxiety levels for Democrats as they struggle to hold on to control of the Senate in November and pick up seats in the Republican-held House of Representatives.

Paramount on the Democrats' list of concerns about November is the need to ensure that voters feel motivated to go to the polls. Obama won handily in presidential elections in 2008 and 2012, but Democrats lost control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections nu skin, when his name was not on the ballot.

The Florida race reflected turnout concerns, as Sink had been leading in the polls in the days ahead of the election. But the party did not get enough supporters to polling stations to take advantage.

"If we'd had better turnout, we would have won. It's that simple," said Democratic Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. "We need to think about how to energize our base."

A focus simply on turnout, however, could distract party leaders from recognizing the dangers presented by the president's healthcare law and, with his approval rating mired in the mid-40s, his relative unpopularity.

The Jolly victory has emboldened Republicans to press their case hard against Obama's signature first-term achievement despite mixed opinions about how big a factor the Affordable Care Act played in the race.

Democrats are aware they will need to be careful in how to handle the healthcare law, which had a disastrous rollout last October and, months later, remains controversial in many respects.

Their strategy? Attack Republicans for wanting to repeal the law and avoid getting stuck in a defensive crouch over it. "Never defend, always attack," said Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who is set to retire.

"People running for re-election are trying to figure out how they are going to talk about it," he said. "Republicans have been good at drilling down that message that it is bad."

White House officials and Democrats rejected Republican arguments that the healthcare law was on the ballot in Florida. They say the healthcare website is now functioning well, and that perceptions of the law will change by November as more people sign up and enjoy its benefits.

"It will improve in the public's mind because it is working, and it will continue to work," said Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

That is not necessarily a universal view among the party's supporters, however.

"My view is that Obamacare is a plus, eventually. Whether it will be between now and November, I don't know," said Senator Angus King, a political independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats.

Obama continues to face tough questions about the law. In a WebMD interview published on Friday, he fielded concerns about the cost of insurance under Obamacare, limits on doctors, and lingering struggles with the website.

Obama used the interview to detail a comprehensive defense of the law ahead of a key March 31 deadline for getting people signed up.

"On a daily basis, we're getting tens of thousands of people who are signing up. We're able to monitor whether there are long wait times on the website g-suite cardinal manchester, whether things are getting stuck," Obama said.

Republicans see ample room to take advantage of what they feel are weaknesses in Obamacare.

"I think it bodes really well for Republicans that the White House continues to deny reality. Unfortunately for the vulnerable running this year, President Obama can't unilaterally delay the November election like he has parts of Obamacare," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Reuters.

Problems with the president's healthcare law are part of a toxic mix as politicians must also grapple with Americans grousing about the job market and global instability presented by the Ukraine crisis.

"I think it's the lightning rod that sort of captures all the animosity and bad feelings that Americans have about everything else," said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and Southern Illinois University. "Obamacare has come to symbolize something more than just healthcare. It's the general dissatisfaction that people have."

White House officials see Obama as a critical factor in emphasizing to Democrats the need to vote in elections in which his name will not be on the ballot. A prolific fundraiser, the president is in the midst of an active schedule of headlining events to raise money for Democratic candidates. His next event is in Miami on Thursday night.

Obama will help frame the debate around economic issues, they said, part of his drive to highlight the need to improve the quality of life for the middle class and fault Republicans for blocking his agenda.

While the White House is emphasizing the need for party unity, there is a recognition that some endangered Senate Democrats in more conservative states will put some distance between themselves and the president.

Democrats are in search of the best way to talk about Obamacare on the campaign trail.

A Democratic Party aide, speaking on the condition he not be identified by name, said Senate Democrats received a memo from pollster Geoff Garin in recent days alerting them of a poll taken in conjunction with this week's Florida special election.

The poll found that "keeping parts" of the Affordable Care Act that work and "fixing those that don't" drew higher numbers than "the Republican message of repeal," the aide said, adding that this is the message senators are urged to campaign on.

The aide said that "the potential larger issue is the president's unpopularity. If it doesn't improve, you may see more Senate Democrats shy away from him."

At a Senate Democratic retreat earlier this year, Obama said he understood why some Democrats do not want to campaign with him, and that he does not feel offended, said a Democratic senator asking not to be identified by name.

The president made clear he will campaign in those states where he can help rally support and get out the vote and will do what he can to raise campaign funds, the senator said g-suite manchester.

Republicans need to pick up six Senate seats in order to wrest control of the 100-member chamber from Democrats. If they win the Senate, Republicans would control Congress, which would give them the ability to confound Obama's agenda for his remaining time in office.

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - In a victory for immigrant rights supporters, South Carolina said on Monday it would no longer defend a key part of a 2011 law that required police to check the immigration status of people during stops.

State officials and a coalition of immigrant rights groups have agreed to settle a legal dispute over the law centering on its "show me your papers" section.

In court documents filed on Monday in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said the state interprets the provision to mean that police cannot detain someone solely to check their papers after the original reason for the stop has ended g-suite cardinal manchester.

South Carolina's law also does not allow police to jail a person simply to determine the person's immigration status or to arrest a person believed to be in the country unlawfully, state Solicitor General Robert D. Cook wrote in a letter to Judge Richard M. Gergel.

"This opinion is very helpful to limit that kind of police misconduct," said Andre Segura, a staff attorney with the Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. The project had asked the state to clarify what police officers could and could not do.

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Monday that it had joined the South Carolina agreement.

Judge Gergel's block of key parts of South Carolina's immigration law, including the "show me your papers" provision, nu skin hk was upheld by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wilson said in court documents that the state disagrees with those rulings, but that it would not continue to fight them.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the "show me your papers" part of Arizona's tough immigration law was constitutional.

South Carolina is one of five states that modeled their laws after Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants. The others are Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Utah.

Alabama reached a similar agreement last year with those who sued over its immigration law.

Court cases are in progress in Arizona to clarify the state immigration law, and in Utah, where the law remains blocked by a judge, Segura said.

"We've definitely noticed a sea change from three years ago when states were tripping over themselves trying to pass more divisive immigration laws," Segura said. "Since 2011, no state or local jurisdiction has passed an anti-immigrant law."

"There's been a big wave of pro-immigrant issues," he said. "In 2013 g-suite, we saw a slew of states granting driver's licenses (to immigrants) and granting in-state tuition (to immigrants)."