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A Santa Fe district attorney has filed involuntary manslaughter charges against actor Alec Baldwin in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of the Western movie “Rust.” Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced that her office filed the charges Tuesday. Investigators outlined evidence that Baldwin had his finger on the trigger before the gun went off and that he skipped required safety training. Halyna Hutchins died shortly after being wounded during rehearsals at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe in October 2021. Baldwin was pointing a pistol at her when the gun went off. Film-set weapons supervisor Hannah Gutierrez-Reed also is charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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A judge has followed the recommendation of a Chicago prosecutor and dismissed sex-abuse charges against R&B singer R. Kelly. Tuesday's hearing lasted just minutes. It came a day after Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said she was comfortable dropping the case because Kelly already will spend decades in prison for convictions in federal court. Kelly was awaiting trial in Illinois state court on charges of sexually abusing four people in the Chicago area, three of whom were minors. Federal juries in Chicago and New York have convicted him of a raft of crimes, including child pornography, enticement, racketeering and sex trafficking. Kelly is serving a 30-year prison sentence in the New York case.