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Listen Up: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Wednesday, April 3

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  • A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store in Los Angeles, police said
  • A congested Queens street turned into a demolition derby, video shows, and the person behind the mayhem was apparently an NYPD traffic agent
  • The state of New York is poised to raise the smoking age from 18 years old to 21 years old

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 

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1. Suspected Killer of Rapper Nipsey Hussle Arrested: Police

A man was arrested in connection with the shooting of rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store in Los Angeles' Hyde Park area, police said.

Eric Holder was arrested in the shooting of the 33-year-old rapper, whose legal name is Ermias Asghedom, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A member of the public called police to report seeing a person they believed to be Holder in Bellflower, the LAPD said in a news release.

Read more here.

2. NYPD Cruiser Plows Car Off Busy Street, Wild Video Shows

A congested Queens street turned into a demolition derby, jaw-dropping video shows, and the person behind the mayhem was apparently an NYPD traffic agent.

The chaos, which unfolded Saturday on 37th Avenue near Main Street in Flushing, was all caught on a surveillance camera.

The shocking video shows the NYPD car slamming into the sedan in front, then backing into the car before gassing into the front of the vehicle one more time.

Read more here.

3. New York State Poised to Raise Smoking Age From 18 to 21

The New York Senate passed legislation putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21.

The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed its own legislation last month.

Gov. Cuomo also supports raising the age to 21 for purchasing cigarettes and is expected to sign the legislation. Once that happens, the new law will take effect in 120 days.

Read more here.

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