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Depleted Under Trump, a ‘Traumatized’ E.P.A. Struggles With Its Mission

Despite an injection of funding, the agency still has not recovered from an exodus of scientists and policy experts, both insiders and critics say.

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Thousands gather for first post-Roe March for Life - BBC News

The crowd in the US capital celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade last year.

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50 years after Roe v. Wade, many abortion providers are changing how they do business

The overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision just months ahead of its 50th anniversary has prompted many abortion providers to shift how they serve patients.

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Lawyer: DOJ searched Biden home, found classified documents

The Justice Department has searched President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware and located six documents containing classification markings and also took possession of some of his notes, the president’s lawyer said Saturday. Bob Bauer, a lawyer for the pr

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Jacinda Ardern: political figures believe abuse and threats contributed to PM’s resignation

Ardern says she slept soundly ‘for the first time in a long time,’ as colleagues in New Zealand deplore her treatment as PM and race begins to replace her

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Struggling to meet its recruiting goals, the Navy is now accepting enlistees as old as 41

The Navy has raised its age limit from 39 to 41 — the oldest of any of the services. But the Navy’s national chief recruiter said data shows older recruits can do well.

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Southwest pilots union calls for May vote on potential strike

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said the airline's "lack of discussion or commitment" to fix the issues that led to the December meltdown pushed the union to call for a vote.

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More classified documents found at Biden's home by lawyers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Joe Biden found more classified documents at his home in Wilmington, Delaware , than previously known , the White House acknowledged Saturday.

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Tens of thousands protest new far-right Israeli government in Tel Aviv

The proposed policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition pose a threat to democracy and human rights in Israel, demonstrators say.

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Biden's classified documents debacle could become political liability

The discovery of classified documents in Joe Biden's private office and garage raise questions about his handling, archiving of government records.

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China has reopened its borders to tourists after three years of COVID-19 closure

The ability of residents Hong Kong to cross into mainland is one of the most visible signs of China's easing of border restrictions, with travelers arriving no longer required to undergo quarantines.

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Ashli Babbitt's mother arrested during Jan. 6 demonstration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of Ashli Babbitt , the woman fatally shot by police inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan.

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Coastal residents on climate change: "The ocean's coming for you"

With sea levels along U.S. shores expected to rise as much as 12 inches by 2050, residents of North Carolina's Barrier Islands, Galveston, Texas, and Pacifica, Calif., are grappling with changing coastlines, engaged in a battle that Mother Nature is winni

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America needs carpenters and plumbers. Try telling that to Gen Z

Baby boomers are aging out of jobs they long dominated like builders, farmers, mechanics Young workers aren't clamoring to take their place.

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Why Southwest is melting down | CNN Business

A punishing winter storm that dumped multiple feet of snow across much of America led to widespread flight cancellations over the Christmas holiday. By Monday, air travel was more or less back to normal -- unless you booked your holiday travel with Southw

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North Park group loses lawsuit over 30th Street bike lanes

An appellate court rejected the group's claims that the city failed to do the adequate environmental review before removing parking and putting in bike lanes.

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Shifting gears: why US cities are falling out of love with the parking lot

Cities are loosening rules on building parking spots with new buildings: ‘It’s about the climate, it’s about walkability’

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Sailor jailed for fatal Japanese crash will get pay, benefits restored

Lt. Ridge Alkonis was sentenced to three years in prison for killing two Japanese citizens in a car crash in 2021.

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Brooklyn pastor claims innocence while facing federal fraud and extortion charges

In July, Lamor Whitehead and his wife were robbed of $1 million in jewelry after armed gunmen entered their church during a live-streamed service.

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    State dials up pressure on Coronado to zone for more affordable housing

    The city could face consequences including fines and loss of land use authority if it fails to adopt a plan that addresses a need for affordable housing and racial desegregation.

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    The TSA found a record number of guns in carry-on bags this year

    The TSA found 6,301 firearms in carry-on bags, most of which were loaded, in 2022.

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    Viktor Bout, the arms dealer the US swapped for Brittney Griner, joins Russian ultranationalist party and could run for parliament

    The Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout returned home last week after a prisoner exchange for American WNBA star Brittney Griner.

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    Gay man blasts his GOP lawmaker aunt who cried during gay marriage 'no' vote

    The gay nephew of Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., is slamming her for her tearful rebuke of the Respect for Marriage Act.

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    Biden vows to bring longtime detainee Paul Whelan home from Russia too

    The former U.S. Marine has been held in Russia since 2018. As supporters celebrate Brittney Griner's release, they — Whelan himself included — are wondering why he was left behind.

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    Trump companies convicted on all charges in criminal tax fraud case

    Former President Donald Trump was not charged in the case, and did not appear in the courtroom during the trial.

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    The Far Right Rises in Israel

    A look at the improbable return of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the arrival of the nation’s most right-wing government.

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    Twitter employees quit in droves after Elon Musk's ultimatum passes

    The billionaire gave employees of his newly-purchased company until Thursday evening to commit to "being extremely hardcore" and staying or take a severance package.

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    False, unfounded claims distort attack on Paul Pelosi

    In the days since an assailant broke into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attacked her husband with a hammer, internet users have amplified false claims that mock the victim and give credence to insidious conspiracy theories about the incident.

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    Unraveling the unfounded conspiracies about Dominion Voting Systems

    Days after the 2020 election, supporters of then-President Trump began falsely accusing Dominion Voting Systems of rigging the vote. Anderson Cooper reports on what happened next.

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    How the new laws signed by Newsom just changed the California Dream

    This year’s housing and transportation package is a 21st century update to address our...

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    Jan. 6 detainees say a D.C. jail is so awful that they'd like a transfer to Guantanamo

    A letter signed by 34 people held on charges related to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol complains of inhumane conditions behind bars, including mold, abusive guards, bad food and filthy laundry.

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    Trial begins for Navy sailor accused in USS Bonhomme Richard arson in San Diego

    The trial against the Navy sailor accused of setting a fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego began Monday morning. Seaman Recruit Ryan Sa...

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    Biden's speech walks a fine line in its attack on MAGA Republicans

    In his Thursday evening address to the nation, President Biden chooses a risky strategy of criticizing elected GOP officials while trying not to alienate Republican voters.

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    Dodge Will Discontinue Its Challenger and Charger Muscle Cars Next Year

    Dodge will discontinue its gas-powered Challenger and Charger muscle cars at the end of next year, as the brand transitions to electric vehicles.

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    Police: Man killed himself after ramming US Capitol barrier

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A man drove his car into a barricade near the U.S. Capitol early Sunday and then began firing gunshots in the air before fatally shooting himself, police said. The incident happened just before 4 a.m.

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    Trump says FBI conducting search of Mar-a-Lago estate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump said in a lengthy statement Monday that the FBI was conducting a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate and asserted that agents had broken open a safe. A person familiar with the matter said the action was relat

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    Due to climate change, Nevada says goodbye to grass

    In a state where every drop of water counts, ornamental grass – which accounts for a large percentage of outdoor water use – has been banned in Southern Nevada, just one step being taken to address rising temperatures and shriveling reservoirs

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    Video 4 officers charged in raid that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor

    Four current and former police officers are facing federal civil rights charges in connection with the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

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    The U.S. made a breakthrough battery discovery — then gave the technology to China

    Taxpayers spent $15 million on research to build a breakthrough battery. Then the U.S. government gave it to China.

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    Alex Jones concedes that the Sandy Hook attack was '100% real'

    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified that he now understands it was irresponsible of him to declare the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a hoax.

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    Who is Viktor Bout, the prisoner the U.S. may trade for Brittney Griner?

    Bout is a Russian who was the world's most notorious arms dealer in the 1990s and early 2000s. He's serving a 25-year prison sentence in Illinois, but could be freed as part of a U.S.-Russia swap.

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    "Don't Look Up" director Adam McKay on the climate crisis that's no joke

    The effects of climate change are being felt more quickly than we thought possible, but the Academy Award-winning director says there are actions we can take now to deal with this existential threat.

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    Biden says the U.S. will work to improve Palestinians' lives

    President Biden says that he's committed to the two-state solution for Israel and an independent Palestinian state. But with that goal out of reach, he said, the U.S. will look to help Palestinians.

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    Military women react to Dobbs decision

    Military women say the end of legal abortion in many of the states where they are ordered to serve will lead to devastating choices for active duty service members and spouses.

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    Parade shooting suspect bought 5 weapons despite threats

    The man accused of opening fire at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago legally bought five weapons, including two high-powered rifles

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    Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as first Black woman on the Supreme Court

    Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden's first Supreme Court pick, has been sworn in as the 116th justice. She is the first Black woman to serve on the nation's high court.

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    View reactions to the Roe v. Wade decision across the U.S.

    Reactions to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion were mixed across the country.

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    Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; states can ban abortion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v.

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    3-year-old girl in bike carrier dies when mom goes around ComEd truck parked in bike lane and is hit by passing semi

    The semi was pulling away from a stop sign at Leland and Winthrop when it knocked the mother off balance and the girl was thrown under the wheels of the truck, police said.

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    US naval officer in Japan faces prison over deadly crash

    A U.S. Navy lieutenant in Japan is appealing a three-year prison sentence for a car crash that killed two people last year.

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    US Military: 5 Marines killed in aircraft crash in desert

    The MV-22 Osprey belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at Camp Pendleton. It went down at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday during training.

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    Liz Cheney: Jan. 6 "conspiracy" was "extremely broad … well-organized"

    The Wyoming Rep., one of two Republicans on the committee investigating the insurrection and its attempt to overturn Donald Trump's election loss, talks about the GOP's "cult of personality" around Trump, and what the hearings will reveal about the threat

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    Tulsa gunman bought an AR-15 the day of the mass shooting and targeted his doctor

    The shooter had complained multiple times about pain following back surgery and sought additional treatment days before the attack, which left five people dead, including the gunman, police said.

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    Polling is clear: Americans want gun control

    Politicians diverge from voters when it comes to preventing gun deaths.

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    In the Senate, Chasing an Ever-Elusive Gun Law Deal

    After a string of Democratic failures on marquee issues, Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to give bipartisan gun talks time is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself.

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    Honor the Fallen | Memorial Day 2022

    Here are the names and faces of the U.S. troop lost in named operations in 2022.

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    How Religion, Education, Race And Media Consumption Shape Conspiracy Theory Beliefs

    A new survey from the polling firm PRRI breaks down conspiracy theory acceptance by religious group, level of education, and sources of news and information, among other things.

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    Here's what experts say police should have done in the Uvalde school shooting

    "It'd be great if you had some help — but I can assure you those kids need help more than you need help," says Steve Ijames, who trains police agencies on active-shooter situations.

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    Here’s a reminder of the GOP senators taking the most NRA money to turn a blind eye to dead children

    By now you have probably heard or read about the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. At the time of this story no less than 15 people have been killed in an elementary school—at least 14 of them elementary school children. The Republican...

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    San Diegans about to have more eviction protections

    The city of San Diego’s no-fault eviction moratorium went into effect Sunday.

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    A Russian soldier is sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine's first war crimes trial

    Vadim Shishimarin, 21, had pleaded guilty last week to shooting an unarmed Ukrainian man in late February. On Monday, a panel of judges in Kyiv sentenced him to life in prison.

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    An independent probe points to Israeli gunfire in the death of a journalist

    One open-source research team said its initial findings lent support to Palestinian witnesses who said Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli fire.

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    After leak, religious rift over legal abortion on display

    America’s faithful are bracing — some with cautionary joy and others with looming dread — for the Supreme Court to potentially overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and end the nationwide right to legal abortion. While religious believers

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    A Month "Just Trying to Survive" In Mariupol | Amanpour and Company

    As the war in Ukraine shifts to the south and east of the country, reports from the city of Mariupol have been silenced by intense bombardment. Civilians hav...

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    Gaza violence intensifies as Jerusalem clashes resume

    Israel's air force and Palestinian militants traded fire across the Gaza frontier early Thursday as clashes erupted again at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site.

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    InfoWars files for bankruptcy in the face of lawsuits over Sandy Hook shooting denial

    Founder Alex Jones, who's repeatedly called the 2012 shooting in a Connecticut elementary school a hoax, has been sued several times by the victims' families for defamation and emotional distress.

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    Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess on electric cars, the war in Ukraine, and recapturing the American car market

    Lesley Stahl speaks with VW CEO Diess about his efforts to electrify Volkswagen's fleet and focus on the U.S. market.

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    Suing over climate change: Taking fossil fuel companies to court

    With the expense of mitigating the effects of climate change becoming more onerous, more than two dozen cities, counties and states are suing more than 40 fossil fuel companies, accusing them of making false and misleading claims about climate change.

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    Live Updates: Jerusalem Calms After Israeli-Palestinian Clashes at Holy Site

    Violence broke out at the Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in the morning on the first day of a rare convergence of Ramadan, Easter and Passover.

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    In a D.C. jail, Jan. 6 defendants awaiting trial are forming bitter factions

    Allegations of bullying and intimidation as well as complaints about the distribution of more than a million dollars in donated funds have led to bitter conflict among Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendants.

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    Oklahoma Republicans Pass Near-Total Abortion Ban - No Rape or Incest Exceptions

    It's a near-total ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. 

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    Woman in Texas Charged With Murder in Connection With ‘Self-Induced Abortion’

    Whether the woman had the abortion or was aiding one was unclear.

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    Cawthorn's inflammatory comments have some Republicans in his district tiring of him

    Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who has been under fire for recent comments about Ukraine and life in D.C., joins former President Donald Trump at a North Carolina rally on Saturday.

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    The Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

    The vote on the historic nomination was 53 to 47, with three Republicans voting with Democrats. When sworn in this summer, Jackson will be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

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    Ukraine invasion — explained

    The roots of Russia's invasion of Ukraine go back decades and run deep. The current conflict is more than one country taking over another; it is — in the words of one U.S. official — a shift in "the world order."

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    An anti-abortion group claims it took 115 fetuses from a medical waste truck

    Washington, D.C., police originally said it found five fetal remains in one of the group member's apartments. Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising now says there were 115 fetuses in total.

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    Navy marks the 100th anniversary of the service’s aircraft carriers

    “For 100 years aircraft carriers have been the most survivable and versatile airfields in the world," said the chief of naval operations.

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    Why Blaming Joe Biden for High Gas Prices Is Completely and Utterly Absurd

    Profit-hungry oil companies, not the White House, are responsible for Americans’ pain at the pump.

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    What an ‘Unhinged’ Meeting Reveals About Putin’s War on Ukraine

    Watch a video excerpt from the new FRONTLINE documentary ‘Putin’s Road to War,’ on what led up to the Russian president’s invasion of Ukraine.

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    Biden announces Russian oil import ban and warns gas prices could increase even more

    President Biden described the move as a critical step to punishing Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine, but said as a result, Americans should prepare for price hikes at the pump.

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    LGBTQ refugees fleeing Ukraine face discrimination in countries with anti-gay laws

    LGBTQ people have always been under stress in Ukraine. As they flee their country, they're arriving in places that are even more punitive to their community.

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    The long history of Russia's efforts to subjugate Ukraine

    Three decades after gaining its independence from the Soviet Union, Ukraine is again fighting for its freedom. Historian Anne Applebaum discusses the historic oppression of the Ukrainian people by Czarist and Stalinist forces, and now by the war machines

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    Ottawa's police chief ousted amid truck protest in Canada

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ottawa’s police chief was ousted Tuesday amid criticism of his inaction against the trucker protests that have paralyzed Canada's capital for over two weeks, while the number of blockades maintained by demonstrators at the

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    Hate crime prosecutor details Ahmaud Arbery killers' racist history

    The defense attorneys insisted the three men's pursuit of the 25-year-old was prompted by "honest, though erroneous, suspicion that he committed crimes" and not because of his race.

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    Investigators Believe Fire at Home of Fletcher and Gonzalez Was Arson

    After over two weeks of no information, today, Friday, San Diego authorities announced they believe the fire at the home of San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and his wife, former Assembly…

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    A Tennessee school district has voted to ban the Holocaust graphic novel 'Maus'

    The 10-member McMinn County School Board voted unanimously earlier this month to remove the book over foul language and an image of a nude woman.

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    California likely to extend paid sick leave amid pandemic

    California workers would get up to two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from the coronavirus.

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    In Greece, unvaccinated people ages 60 and up now face monthly fines

    The nation imposed the new mandate on Monday as it looks to bring its vaccination rate closer in line with the EU average. The unvaccinated will face penalties starting at 50 euros, or roughly $57.

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    Judge sentences the 3 men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

    Travis and Gregory McMichael are sentenced to life without parole while Willliam Bryan was sentenced to life with parole.

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    How historians view Trump – and how Trump sees himself

    A panel of historians is releasing its third collection of essays assessing the accomplishments and failures of a presidential administration – and for the first time, a former president spoke to the group to offer his own take on his time in office

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    LIVE: Jan. 6 Attack Anniversary Commemorated At U.S. Capitol Events | NBC News

    Events to mark the anniversary of the January 6 attack take place at the Capitol, including remarks from President Biden, lawmaker testimonials, and a prayer...

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    5 takeaways from the Capitol riot criminal cases, one year later

    NPR has been tracking every criminal case related to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. One year after the riot, here are some of the key patterns that have emerged from the cases.

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    Ex-Chabad of Poway rabbi sentenced to 14 months of custody in fraud case

    Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was also ordered to pay nearly $3 million in restitution to victims, which include the IRS and companies that matched donations their employees made to the Chabad.

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    Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended from Twitter permanently

    Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended from Twitter, again. This time it is permanent, the social network said.

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    Despite omicron, Covid-19 will become endemic. Here’s how.

    The variant has changed how we get from "pandemic" to "endemic," but that doesn’t mean we’re back to square one.

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    A biblical rest from farming in Israel could help Gaza's growers. They are waiting

    For Orthodox Jews during a yearlong agricultural sabbath, Israel pledged to lift some restrictions on produce from the Gaza Strip. Palestinian farmers in Gaza are wondering what's taking so long.

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    Kim Potter is found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright

    The former Minnesota police officer appeared to accidentally draw her firearm instead of her Taser when she fatally shot the 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop in April.

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    Millions push to reduce a truck driver's 110-year sentence after a deadly accident

    Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos was 23 when his semi crashed on a Colorado interstate, causing a fiery pileup that killed four people. More than 4 million people are petitioning to reduce his sentence.

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    “It's like a horror movie”: Americans lacking access to proper sewage disposal

    Bill Whitaker reports from Alabama, where a public health crisis has, by some estimates, left more than half the impoverished, rural residents in one county with raw sewage running onto their property.

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    Leftist millennial wins election as Chile's next president | AP News

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A leftist millennial who rose to prominence during anti-government protests was elected Chile’s next president Sunday after a bruising campaign against a free-market firebrand likened to Donald Trump.

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    The Civilian Casualty Files

    The New York Times is making public hundreds of the Pentagon’s confidential assessments of reports of civilian casualties resulting from U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

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    No U.S. Troops Will Be Punished for Deadly Kabul Strike, Pentagon Chief Decides

    The military initially defended the strike, which killed 10 civilians including seven children, but ultimately called it a tragic mistake.

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    Ahmaud Arbery l 20/20 l PART 1

    Ahmaud Arbery's family members share what he had hoped for his future: Part 1An athletic young man with NFL dreams, Arbery had left college and moved home. "...

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    Reimagining police departments with safety and justice in mind

    Scott Pelley reports on the ways American cities are reimagining their police departments, with Austin, Texas, leading the way.

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    What we know about the 3 men who were shot by Kyle Rittenhouse

    On Aug. 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz.

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    Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges. Here's what we know about the 3 men he shot

    Kyle Rittenhouse -- accused of shooting three people, two fatally -- was acquitted on all charges on Friday by a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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    Self-styled 'QAnon shaman' is sentenced to 41 months in Capitol riot

    Jacob Chansley, the self-styled "QAnon shaman," was sentenced to 41 months for his role in the Jan. 6 riot after pleading guilty to obstruction.

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    New Mexico DA sues unauthorized militia group, then goes after Facebook for records to prove his case

    A groundbreaking lawsuit in New Mexico could serve as a blueprint for how government officials deal with armed militia groups that deploy to public spaces and act like law enforcement officers, despite having no authority to do so.

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    Louisville police officer who fatally shot Breonna Taylor appeals to get his job back

    Myles Cosgrove was one of the seven officers assigned to execute a no-knock search warrant on Taylor's apartment in March 2020.

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    1 in 4 American Jews say they experienced antisemitism in the last year

    A new report from American Jewish Committee also found that, out of fear of antisemitism, 39% of American Jews changed their behavior, such as by not wearing items that would identify them as Jewish.

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    American Airlines plane is diverted after a passenger assaults a flight attendant

    The man's unwillingness to wear a mask triggered the assault, a witness said, and forced the cross-country flight to land in Denver. The female flight attendant was reportedly punched in the face.

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    Southwest states facing tough choices about water as Colorado River diminishes

    Seven states and 30 Native American tribes lying in the Colorado River Basin prepare to make hard choices as water levels plummet due to a 22-year drought.

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    Organizing online, Covid skeptics drive public health professionals from their jobs

    At the same time Montana hospitals are seeing record numbers of Covid patients, county health officers are resigning or being forced out by elected officials who don't follow public health guidance.

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    What it's like to be on the front lines of the school board culture war

    Karen Watkins ran for her local school board because she wanted to be involved in her children's education. Since her election in 2020, she's been yelled at, threatened and followed to her car.

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    Colin Powell's death doesn't contradict efficacy of coronavirus vaccines, experts say

    The death of storied general and statesman Colin Powell from complications related to COVID-19 should not lead to any concerns about the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines, according to experts and government officials.

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    Australia Covid-19: Sydney is reopening and starting to live with coronavirus on 'Freedom Day' - CNN

    For more than a year and a half, Australia has shut itself off from the world, closing borders and imposing strict lockdowns to stamp out Covid-19 outbreaks in a bid to eliminate the virus entirely. But on Monday its largest city is taking the first tenta

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    Goodbye, Columbus? Here's what Indigenous Peoples' Day means to Native Americans

    A growing movement recasts Oct. 11 as a day to appreciate the diversity and history of Indigenous communities. That visibility, say Native Americans, can help us see what else needs to change.

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    Doctors say the Texas abortion ban is complicating other types of medical decisions

    The law bans nearly all abortions, and doctors providing pregnancy care are hoping for more clarity soon, as legal challenges continue.

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    United Airlines fires 593 people for not complying with COVID vaccine mandate

    United Airlines said it has fired almost 600 employees for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID, despite the mandate the company put in place.

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    CEO who gave all his employees minimum $70,000 paycheck thriving six years later

    Dan Price faced praise and criticism six years ago when he boosted all his employee's salaries to $70,000 a year. But instead of the economic gloom and doom ...

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    Afghanistan: US admits Kabul drone strike killed civilians

    An inquiry finds the strike, days before the US pullout, killed 10 members of a family - not militants.

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    How Larry Elder has helped Gavin Newsom in California's recall election - CNNPolitics

    Earlier this year, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for the right message to convince disengaged Democrats to vote against the effort to oust him in Tuesday's recall election, it would have been impossible to imagine a more perfect foil

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    Sweeping new vaccine mandates for 100 million Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and

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    Bumble And Match Leaders Set Up Funds For People Affected By The Texas Abortion Ban

    "I am shocked that I now live in a state where women's reproductive laws are more regressive than most of the world, including India," says Shar Dubey, CEO of the Dallas-based Match Group.

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    What Texas' New Abortion Law Means For The People Who Seek And Provide Them

    Kathy Kleinfeld with Houston Women's Reproductive Services discusses the tangible impact that Texas' restrictive new abortion law is already having on her clinic and would-be patients.

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    As School Board Meetings Get Hostile, Some Members Are Calling It Quits

    More and more school board members, largely unpaid volunteers, are resigning or questioning their service as meetings have devolved into shouting contests between deeply political constituencies.

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    Delta Air Lines Is Going To Start Charging Unvaccinated Employees $200 Per Month

    Delta will not mandate employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, but its CEO says the charge is necessary because the average hospital stay for the virus costs the airline $40,000.

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    A Woman Who Coughed On Store Food, Claiming She Had Coronavirus, Gets A Jail Sentence

    She gets at least a year in jail for going to a supermarket near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in March 2020, and purposely coughing on fresh produce while yelling that everyone would get sick.

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    Mississippi Is Pleading With People To Stop Using A Livestock Drug To Treat COVID-19

    In a state with the nation's second lowest rate of vaccination against the coronavirus, a jump in the number of calls to poison control has prompted warnings about ingesting the drug ivermectin.

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    Hostile County Meeting Raises Question: When Does Freedom Of Speech Become A True Threat?

    During this week's Board of Supervisors meeting, tempers flared and threats were directed at the supervisors.

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    The Topic Of Masks In Schools Is Polarizing Some Parents To The Point Of Violence

    School districts around the country have seen incidents of anti-mask parents and protesters disrupting school board meetings and school events, and some are getting physically violent.

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    Teachers In Washington State Must Get Fully Vaccinated — Or They Could Be Fired

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    SEAL Team 6’s Robert O’Neill Not Surprised at Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

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    ‘Climate change is going to cost us’: How the US military is preparing for harsher environments

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    A Major Report Warns Climate Change Is Accelerating And Humans Must Cut Emissions Now

    The U.N. has released the most comprehensive global climate science report ever. It is unequivocal: Humans must stop burning fossil fuels or suffer catastrophic impacts.

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    United Becomes The 1st Major U.S. Airline To Require Employees Be Vaccinated

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    Some San Diego restaurants move to require COVID-19 vaccination proof for customers

    Some San Diego area restaurants are starting to require their customers show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for indoor service.

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    There's Vaccine Drama In Arkansas, Where Rates Are Low And Everyone Has An Opinion

    The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. And this weekend, 80,000 doses will expire because of lack of demand. The campaign is on to get people to sign up.

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    Newsom Casts Political Blame In New California Vaccine Push

    The Democratic governor on Monday blamed “right wing" politicians and media for perpetuating misinformation about the shots and hindering vaccine efforts.

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    As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger

    As coronavirus cases resurge across the country, many inoculated Americans are losing patience with vaccine holdouts who, they say, are neglecting a civic duty or clinging to conspiracy theories and misinformation even as new patients arrive in emergency

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    Worried About Breakthrough COVID Cases? Here's What To Know

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    Even the vaccinated must take precautions as L.A. coronavirus surge worsens, officials say

    Coronavirus infections in Los Angeles County are accelerating amid a surge that has cases and hospitalizations reaching levels not seen in months.

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    The Delta Variant Will Drive A Steep Rise In U.S. COVID Deaths, A New Model Shows

    New estimates show the U.S. is on track to see a big rise in cases and more than triple the number of deaths by October.

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    Disney Introduces A Revamped Jungle Cruise Ride Without The Racist Imagery

    The ride, which previously featured racist imagery of Africans as spear-waving headhunters, has been transformed into a slapstick comedy in which the wildlife bests clueless safari-goers.

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    What’s really happening in Portland, OR -- a city at a turning point dealing with its own history

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    Merkel tours 'surreal' flood scene, vows aid, climate action

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    Why are wrongly-convicted people still imprisoned in Missouri?

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    A Study Predicts Record Flooding In The 2030s, And It's Partly Because Of The Moon

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    Carl Sagan Predicted The Mess 2021 Would Be 25 years Ago

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    LA County To Require Masks Indoors Starting Saturday Regardless Of Vaccination Status

    Los Angeles County officials released a new Health Officer Order Thursday requiring masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

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    California approves 1st state-funded guaranteed income plan

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    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a recall — here's what to know and why he'll likely win

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    'An incredible day' as Lee statue removed in Charlottesville

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Cheers erupted Saturday as a Confederate statue that towered for nearly a century over downtown Charlottesville was carted away by truck from the Virginia city where it had become a flashpoint for racist protests and deadly v