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Hurricane center eyes 3 systems including likely Tropical Storm Bonnie forming soon

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for what it’s calling Potential Tropical Cyclone Two approaching the southern Windward Islands, one of three systems with a chance to form into the season’s next tropical depression or storm.

The National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. advisory Monday said ...Read more

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At least 40 people reportedly believed to be migrants found dead in Texas tractor-trailer

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At least 40 people were found dead in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio on Monday, according to authorities.

An official in Texas, who spoke with The Times on the condition their name be withheld, confirmed that the bodies of at least 40 people were found inside the big rig.

Sixteen people were taken to hospitals, the Texas Tribune reported.

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Supreme Court rules for coach whose prayers on football field raised questions about church-state separation

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a former high school football coach who prayed at the 50-yard line after games, ruling that his public prayers were protected as free speech and free exercise of religion.

The 6-3 decision is a victory for those who seek a larger role for prayer and religion in public schools.

The court’...Read more

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Wife of 'duck sauce killer' arrested after 8 guns found in her home

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The wife of accused condiment killer Glenn Hirsch has herself been arrested — after cops found eight guns and ammunition in her Queens home, records show.

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, was charged with gun possession after cops raided the 84th Road residence where she lives separately from her husband, the accused killer of Chinese delivery man Zhiwen ...Read more

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FBI seizes phone from Trump lawyer as Jan. 6 investigation intensifies

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Congressional investigators probing the Jan. 6 insurgency have seized the phone of a lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump on his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to court documents.

John Eastman, a California law professor, drew up and promoted a plan to justify having Vice President Mike Pence delay ...Read more

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FBI seizes phone from Trump lawyer as Jan. 6 investigation intensifies

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Congressional investigators probing the Jan. 6 insurgency have seized the phone of a lawyer who advised former President Donald Trump on his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to court documents.

John Eastman, a California law professor, drew up and promoted a plan to justify having Vice President Mike Pence delay ...Read more

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Texas sued by ACLU over 'antiquated' pre-Roe abortion ban

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was accused in a lawsuit of illegally threatening criminal prosecution of abortion providers before new restrictions in the state go into effect, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last week.

Criminal provisions in the so-called trigger law, designed to go into effect 30 days ...Read more

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Planned Parenthood sues in Idaho Supreme Court to stop trigger law that bans abortion

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A Planned Parenthood affiliate on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Idaho Supreme Court seeking to stop the state’s trigger law that would effectively ban abortion in the state after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The lawsuit follows a U.S. Supreme Court judgment last week that struck down Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that provided the right...Read more

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Antisemitic flyers found throughout South Carolina city tied to nationwide propaganda campaign

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Antisemitic flyers in plastic sandwich bags were distributed to homes throughout Forest Acres earlier this month. The local police department is now investigating.

The material is thought to be part of a nationwide harassment campaign against Jewish residents, according to the police department.

“We at the Forest Acres ...Read more

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Accused 'duck sauce' killer of Chinese deliveryman released on bail in Queens

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A judge in Queens granted $500,000 bail Monday for accused “duck sauce” killer Glenn Hirsch as he awaits trial on charges he fatally shot a Chinese food deliveryman over a bizarre months-long beef over insufficient condiment packets.

Hirsch, 51, had faced a long stint awaiting trial on Rikers Island — until he posted the hefty bail. ...Read more

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CSU has been shaken by sexual harassment scandals. Now it faces a state audit

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State lawmakers ordered an independent investigation Monday of how sexual harassment and retaliation complaints are handled by California State University, which has been shaken by scandals that have sparked public outcry and led to the resignations of top system officials.

The investigation will be conducted by the state auditor and focus on ...Read more

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Kamala Harris warns abortion rights are only the beginning

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris said Monday that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark decision legalizing abortion, is likely to endanger other rights, including those of gay marriage and birth control.

She said Justice Clarence Thomas, who cast doubt on those rights in a concurring opinion, was ...Read more

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State policy changes intensify in wake of Supreme Court decision

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In the hours after the Supreme Court signaled an end to the national right to abortion Friday, a cascade of abortion bans began to take effect across the country.

Trigger laws, meant to go into effect in the absence of the legal precedent established under the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, took effect in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, ...Read more

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Minnesota reports Twin Cities adult is state’s first monkeypox case

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has reported a presumptive case of monkeypox, an infectious disease that has raised concerns because it has emerged globally over the past year and has been found in 26 U.S. states.

The infection announced Monday involves a Twin Cities adult who is ...Read more

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California constitutional amendment securing abortion, contraceptive rights goes to voters

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters will decide in November whether the state Constitution should explicitly protect a person’s right to an abortion and birth control.

On Monday, the Democratic-controlled Legislature gave final approval to a measure that would put the issue before the state’s voters, in the latest countermeasure aimed ...Read more

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3 killed and 50 injured when Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Chicago derails in Missouri

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LOS ANGELES — Three people were killed and at least 50 others injured when an Amtrak train headed from Los Angeles to Chicago crashed into a dump truck Monday afternoon in Missouri, officials said.

Two of those killed were on the Southwest Chief train, and the other was in the truck, said Cpl. Justin Dunn of the Missouri State Highway Patrol....Read more

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Report of odor aboard Florida-bound flight stops jet at Charlotte airport, officials say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A possible odor aboard an American Eagle flight forced the plane to stop on the taxiway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Monday morning, airline officials said.

The aircraft was stopped shortly after 9:30 a.m. local time due to the potential odor in its cabin, American Airlines spokesman Andrew Trull told The ...Read more

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California to become first state offering health care to all undocumented residents

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California will become the first state to remove immigration status as a barrier to health care, making all low-income undocumented residents eligible for state-subsidized insurance regardless of age.

Gov. Gavin Newsom late Sunday announced a budget deal he struck with the Legislature included a new Medi-Cal expansion that would cover more ...Read more

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Iran and US heading to Qatar in latest bid to save nuclear accord

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Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and his U.S. counterpart are heading to Doha, Qatar in the latest attempt to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and end a months-long standoff that has inflamed tensions in the oil-rich Persian Gulf.

Ali Bagheri Kani will travel to Doha on Tuesday in order to “negotiate the removal of sanctions on Iran,” and the...Read more

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3 dead, as many as 50 injured in Amtrak train crash in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several cars of an Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed Monday afternoon after it struck a dump truck at a crossing in northern Missouri, Amtrak announced.

More than 200 people were on board the train at the time of the crash, which was first reported about 12:43 p.m. local time near Mendon, Missouri,...Read more