5 things to know tonight: State-by-state electoral college voting; the cost of justice in Ross Harris trial and more

1. Electoral College vote: Live updates on state-by-state voting. Electors in 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) are meeting today to cast their votes and choose the next president of the United States. If the electors vote the way their states did, Donald Trump will win the presidency with 306 Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232. [Read more]

2. A closer look at the child cruelty charges against ex-Tech star, wife. Therian and Recardo Wimbush are due in court later this month for what’s expected to be two days of motion hearings. Meanwhile, we take a closer look at the seven counts of child cruelty filed against them — charges that cover the well-publicized alleged imprisonment of one son and the recently discovered cancer of another. [Read more] 

3. The cost of justice in the Ross Harris hot-car murder case. The Justin Ross Harris trial was an expensive legal spectacle that moved from one end of Georgia to another in search of an impartial jury. How expensive? [Read more] 

4. Obama pardons 78, shortens the sentence for 153. President Barack Obama has pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentence of 153 others convicted of federal crimes, the greatest number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president, the White House said Monday. [Read more] 

5. Teen found dead in lake after party was a senior at a Milton school. A teenager who was found dead in a lake early Sunday after he “disappeared” from an Alpharetta house party was a senior at Cambridge High School. [Read more]

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