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Jaywalking debate pits safety concerns against unnecessary stops of homeless people

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Homeless people receive a disproportionately large percentage of jaywalking fines in the state — at least 41%, according to a report published earlier this year — despite being only about 0.4% of the population, according to the federally required Point-in-Time count.

The report, commissioned by Transportation Choices Coalition, suggests ...Read more

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US Supreme Court rejects Donald Trump ballot challenge in Colorado, blocking state efforts to keep him out of election

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Donald Trump can remain on Colorado’s ballot ahead of the Tuesday primary, the U.S. Supreme court ruled Monday morning, overturning a Colorado Supreme Court decision that had found the former president ineligible.

While the state court’s decision was on hold, the federal justices’ 9-0 ruling puts to rest questions about whether states can...Read more

Monterey County mass shooting: 4 reported killed in California party

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At least four people were killed in a suspected gang shooting in Monterey County, KSBW Action News 8 reported.

A woman and three men were killed Sunday night in King City, the news outlet said. Police believe seven people were shot in total, according to the outlet.

King City police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A KSBW...Read more

Ojai, California, becomes 2nd US city to ban 'horrible, indiscriminate killing devices': glue traps

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Animals dying slowly and painfully from starvation, dehydration, asphyxiation and blood loss. Having their eyes and mouths glued shut. Chewing off their own limbs trying to get free.

Jakob Shaw, special projects manager for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, laid out the gruesome consequences of glue traps Tuesday as the Ojai City ...Read more

Gaza cease-fire talks bogged down as hunger and pressure grow

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Israel delayed sending a high-level delegation to Cairo for talks on a cease-fire in the war against Hamas for a second day, putting a damper on hopes for an imminent deal.

The U.S., Egypt and Qatar — the main mediators — are trying to get Israel to pause fighting in Gaza and release Palestinian prisoners in return for Hamas freeing ...Read more

Many changes to Georgia election laws advanced by GOP lawmakers

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From eliminating ballot bar codes to adding audits, Georgia election laws could change in many ways this year, with 10 bills advancing in the Republican-run General Assembly ahead of the presidential election.

Heading into the final weeks of Georgia’s legislative session, it’s unclear how far lawmakers will go.

Several of the most ...Read more

White House sounds alarm that Haiti is 'rapidly deteriorating' as gangs move on key targets

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is alarmed over what it is describing as a “rapidly deteriorating security situation” in Haiti as the country’s armed gangs broadened their attacks on critical infrastructure Sunday, launching an assault against the police academy after storming two prisons in the capital and the port the night ...Read more

Israeli peace activists are more anguished than ever − in a movement that has always been diverse and divided, with differing visions of ‘peace’

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The months since Hamas’ attacks on Oct. 7, 2023, have been excruciating ones for Israeli peace activists. As the country rallies behind the war effort, critics have been arrested and condemned by opponents who say the attacks proved how misguided the peace movement is.

But in activists’ eyes, the horrific violence of Oct. 7 and ...Read more

Nikki Haley, hanging on through Super Tuesday, says Trump is weak because he’s not getting as many votes as he should − she’s wrong

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Nikki Haley has refused to drop out of the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination despite significant losses to Donald Trump in Iowa, New Hampshire and her home state of South Carolina. Haley has tried to cast the race in an especially favorable light: As essentially an incumbent, Trump should be near-unanimously supported, but ...Read more

A far-right political group is gaining popularity in Germany – but so, too, are protests against it

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Hundreds of thousands of people have been protesting across cities in Germany since early 2024, standing up against the Alternative for Germany party, a relatively new, far-right, nationalist party that is known as the AfD.

What has driven so many Germans to suddenly protest against a small, extremist political party?

The ...Read more

Estimated 2.5 million people displaced by tornadoes, wildfires and other disasters in 2023 tell a story of recovery in America and who is vulnerable

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People often think of disasters as great equalizers. After all, a hurricane, tornado or wildfire doesn’t discriminate against those in its path. But the consequences for those impacted are not “one-size-fits-all.”

That’s evident in the U.S. Census Bureau’s newly released results from its national household surveys showing ...Read more

Could the days of ‘springing forward’ be numbered? A neurologist and sleep expert explains the downside to that borrowed hour of daylight

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As people in the U.S. prepare to set their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10, 2024, I find myself bracing for the annual ritual of media stories about the disruptions to daily routines caused by switching from standard time to daylight saving time.

About one-third of Americans say they don’t look forward to these twice-...Read more

Commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force is expanding predecessor’s vision of chaos in the Middle East

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Most Americans have likely never heard of Esmail Ghaani, despite his fingerprints being over a slew of recent attacks on U.S. targets.

As the powerful chief of the Quds Force, the unconventional warfare wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Ghaani is charged with overseeing Tehran’s network of allied and proxy groups ...Read more

How much does a government shutdown hurt the economy? Depends how long it lasts

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When the U.S. government shuts down, the immediate and most visible impact is a rupture in its day-to-day operations.

For example, many national museums and parks are closed, immigration hearings are postponed and the Food and Drug Administration isn’t doing routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities.

But ...Read more

Community-based entrepreneurs are leading the way in solving the local news crisis

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The local news crisis has led to no end of policy proposals, funding initiatives and angry denunciations of the harm done to journalism by the likes of Craigslist, Google and Facebook.

Ideas for responding to the crisis range from paying recent journalism school graduates with state tax revenues to cover underserved communities, as in...Read more

How non-English language cinema is reshaping the Oscars landscape

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Over the past few years, the Oscars have taken a decidedly international turn.

This year, of the 10 films nominated for an Academy Award for best picture, three of them – “Anatomy of a Fall,” “Past Lives” and “The Zone of Interest” – are non-English language films.

In the first two decades of the Academy Awards...Read more

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MacKenzie Scott's Minnesota gifts are 'transforming lives.' Local nonprofits have been remade, as well.

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Thanks to MacKenzie Scott, Angie Alexander moved into her first house last May.

Alexander closed on her house in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood through a new special-purpose credit program at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit organization leveraged Scott’s funds to give 100 Black families up to a $50,000 down payment for...Read more

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Democrats fail to get traction in must-win Pennsylvania even as economy improves

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The economy is on the upswing in Philadelphia and its suburbs after several years of pandemic-related weakness. New housing developments are going up as the region adds jobs and population, old industrial sites are being redeveloped and inflation has moderated.

That should be good news for President Joe Biden, who needs a large vote margin in ...Read more

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Silicon Valley's new AI generates election-meddling worries

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When Contra Costa County’s elections staff met with local police and an FBI agent to plan defenses and responses to voting-related threats for the 2024 election year, an unusual new risk had been added to the mix: Silicon Valley’s blockbuster product, generative artificial intelligence.

In one mock scenario, a news report highlighted a ...Read more

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Security fence to go up at Capitol for State of the Union

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A security fence will surround the Capitol as President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address on March 7, according to three sources familiar with the decision.

The Capitol Police Board on Friday approved the installation of the fencing. A security fence went up around the Capitol for last year’s State of the Union speech.

The ...Read more