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Jan. 6 committee subpoenas new evidence ahead of public hearing

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The congressional committee probing the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to undo the 2020 election is seeking new evidence, just days before the next public hearing and as lawmakers push to complete an interim report next month.

A lawsuit filed over the weekend revealed that Robin Vos, the speaker ...Read more

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Ginni Thomas is to be interviewed this week by Jan. 6 committee

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WASHINGTON — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is set to be interviewed this week by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol, according to the panel’s chairman.

“Our expectations are, at this point, is that we’ll talk, ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian rapidly weakens to Category 2 storm; Florida still battered by 'catastrophic' surge

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MIAMI — Hurricane Ian is quickly weakening as it treks up toward Central Florida, downgrading to a Category 2 — marking the beginning of the end for the historic storm that crashed ashore near Punta Gorda with 150 mph winds just hours earlier.

However, southwest Florida is still being pounded with “catastrophic” flooding, winds and a ...Read more

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Trump refuses to delay Florida deposition in phone-fraud case despite hurricane

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Former President Donald Trump’s deposition in an investors’ class-action fraud lawsuit over his promotion of a failed desktop video phone was delayed by Hurricane Ian that’s ravaging large parts of Florida.

The investors’ lawyer sought a postponement saying the Category 4 hurricane that slammed the west coast of Florida Wednesday made ...Read more

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Rapper Coolio dies suddenly at age 59, report says

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Coolio, the rapper whose smash hit “Gangster’s Paradise” sent him to international stardom, died Wednesday, according to a report. He was 59.

The beloved artist was visiting a friend in Los Angeles and went to the bathroom but never emerged, TMZ reported.

When the friend went to check on Coolio, he found him unresponsive on the floor, ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian weakens to Category 3, but still hammers Florida with 'catastrophic' winds, surge

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MIAMI — After days of anxious waiting and preparation, Hurricane Ian weakened to a Category 3 just hours after crashing ashore near Punta Gorda with “catastrophic” winds — marking the beginning of the end for the historic storm.

However, Southwest Florida is still being pounded with rain and a dozen feet of storm surge. Ian brought ...Read more

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Depression forms in the Atlantic, and it's forecast to be Tropical Storm Julia soon

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MIAMI — A new tropical depression formed Wednesday morning in the central Atlantic and is forecast to turn into Tropical Storm Julia during the night, forecasters say.

Tropical Depression 11 is about 710 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane ...Read more

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At conference short on GOP voices, Biden says US can end hunger

President Joe Biden told several hundred people Wednesday that he envisions a U.S. with fewer deaths from diet-related diseases and parents better able to put food on the table.

“In America, no child should go to bed hungry. No parent should die of disease that can be prevented,...Read more

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Former 'Bachelorette' star DeMario Jackson says 'I am innocent' amid rape allegations

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LOS ANGELES — A week after he was accused of raping two women, DeMario Jackson has broken his silence.

In an Instagram story posted Wednesday, the former “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant dismissed the claims that he forced two women to have nonconsensual sex in 2018 and 2020 and presented evidence to his ...Read more

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'Character building': Lara Trump took her kid out in the hurricane. The internet responds

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MIAMI — Lara Trump is in some hot water over a social media post about ... warm water.

The Fox News contributor shared a video of her 5-year-old son taking a toy car out in Hurricane Ian on Wednesday morning in South Florida — and the Internet was not here for it.

Trump, who owns a home in Jupiter, Florida, with her husband, Eric Trump, ...Read more

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Judge denies Bill Cosby a new trial in sexual-assault civil lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby was denied a new trial in a civil lawsuit in which a jury found that he sexually abused Judy Huth when she was a teenager in 1975. In June, she was awarded $500,000 in damages.

In his ruling, Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlan explained why Cosby's appeal was denied, writing that the actor "has failed ...Read more

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Rescue calls pour in as Hurricane Ian batters Florida with 'catastrophic' winds and surge

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MIAMI — After days of anxious waiting and preparation, Category 4 Hurricane Ian crashed ashore near Punta Gorda on Wednesday afternoon, slamming southwest Florida with “catastrophic” 150 mph winds, driving rain and a dozen feet of storm surge.

It was already one for the record books, setting historic storm surge highs for Key West, Fort ...Read more

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Sandy Hook mom testifies that Alex Jones followers told her: 'Watch your back, we are watching you.'

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The mother of one of the murdered Sandy Hook children described Wednesday how her life and her husband’s changed a decade ago when deniers of the school shooting twisted and abused her husband’s attempt to record what was intended to be a tender remembrance of their murdered daughter.

“It has stolen so much of him,” ...Read more

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Police swarm East Oakland school campus after at least 6 people are shot nearby

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OAKLAND — At least six people were injured in a shooting near an East Oakland school campus on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Lt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office confirmed three adults were taken by ambulance to Highland Hospital and another three people were taken to Eden Medical Center. Two of victims at Highland ...Read more

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Low Lake Mead reveals prehistoric volcanic ash, potential risks, study says

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LAS VEGAS — Boats and bodies aren’t the only things revealing secrets at Lake Mead.

Newly exposed rock at Lake Mead has revealed that the Las Vegas Valley could be impacted by volcanic ash from neighboring states.

A UNLV study published in the Geological Society of America found that the exposed rock, which hasn’t been visible since the ...Read more

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Moped driver who killed 'Gone Girl' actress Lisa Banes pleads guilty to manslaughter

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NEW YORK — The moped driver who slammed into “Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes and left her to die on Manhattan street pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges on Wednesday.

Brian Boyd struck Banes with his unregistered electric moped at West 64th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on June 4, 2021. He took off but was arrested a month later.

Banes, ...Read more

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US issues 'temporary and targeted' Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday granted a “temporary and targeted” Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico, allowing the island to immediately receive shipments of badly needed fuel as it attempts to recover from the destruction left behind by Hurricane Fiona.

The decision ends days of pressure from ...Read more

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At conference short on GOP voices, Biden says US can end hunger

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President Joe Biden told several hundred people Wednesday that he envisions a U.S. with fewer deaths from diet-related diseases and parents better able to put food on the table.

“In America, no child should go to bed hungry. No parent should die of disease that can be prevented,” said Biden, who opened the daylong White House Conference on ...Read more

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Ian likely to strike NC overnight Friday; Gov. Cooper declares state of emergency

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as “monster” Hurricane Ian lashed Florida and set its sights northward.

The storm is expected to strike hardest in the Triangle area on Friday evening into Saturday, possibly raining hard and fast enough to trigger flooding.

The National Weather Service ...Read more

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More than $4 billion has been paid to thousands of Bernie Madoff victims

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NEW YORK — Thousands of victims of the late Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff have received $4 billion in restitution, and they’re still not whole financially, Justice Department officials said Wednesday.

The mammoth sum comes as federal officials began distributing $372 million to 40,000 Madoff victims worldwide. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian ...Read more