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COVID-19 battle pivots to new tactics to get shots to all Americans

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Having made its way through those who lined up eagerly to get vaccinated for COVID-19, the campaign to inoculate every American is now slowing down with surplus supply and open appointments appearing in pockets nationwide.

While 3 million shots a day are being administered, that’s down from a peak of 3.4 million. And only 75% of about 28 ...Read more

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Rapper Shock G of Digital Underground found dead in Tampa

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Rapper Shock G, who was famous for the hit single “The Humpty Dance,” died Thursday night, according to Digital Underground co-founder Chopmaster J. He was 57.

A report from TMZ said that Shock G, named Gregory Jacobs by birth, died at a hotel in Tampa, Florida.

“Thirty-four years ago, almost to the day, we had a wild idea we can be a ...Read more

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First San Diego all-female recruit platoon completes Marine boot camp 'Crucible'

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SAN DIEGO — The first women in Marine Corps history to attend boot camp in San Diego faced one final challenge in their training: the daunting final hill of the feared "Reaper" hike.

At the crack of dawn Thursday, 53 recruits in the all-woman Platoon 3241 made their charge and completed the grueling 54-hour Crucible exercise at Camp Pendleton...Read more

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Long-haul COVID renews push to expand palliative care

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The COVID-19 pandemic, which has left an estimated tens of thousands of Americans with long-term debilitating symptoms, has prompted a renewed push to provide full palliative care services to seriously ill patients in their homes.

Palliative and hospice organizations are in talks with the Biden administration to create such a benefit as a ...Read more

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Paul Flores' father moved Kristin Smart's body from under home, her family claims in lawsuit

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The parents of Kristin Smart on Thursday sued the father of Paul Flores, who was charged last week with killing the California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo student in 1996.

The civil lawsuit accuses Ruben Flores of intentional infliction of emotional distress, alleging that he moved Smart’s body from beneath his deck last year to try to cover...Read more

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Biden looks to GOP's lone Black senator to shepherd police law

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WASHINGTON — The ability of President Joe Biden and Congress to rein in police brutality depends increasingly on Tim Scott — the sole Black Republican in the Senate and linchpin to any bipartisan compromise to address the repeated abuses nationwide.

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction on Tuesday for the murder of ...Read more

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Cracks emerge in US-led intelligence pact over China approach

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CANBERRA, Australia — A polite disagreement between Pacific Ocean neighbors on Thursday showed a fissure among U.S. allies over China, underscoring the difficulties President Joe Biden faces in forging a common front against Beijing.

New Zealand distanced itself from Australia, a partner in the Five Eyes along with the U.S., U.K. and Canada, ...Read more

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No swift firing likely for Superintendent Robert Runcie and attorney Barbara Myrick

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The arrests of Broward County’s school superintendent and the district’s chief lawyer may not be enough to get them fired, at least not without a big payout.

A majority of the School Board could fire Superintendent Robert Runcie and Chief Counsel Barbara Myrick under the terms of their contracts. But if board members want to avoid paying ...Read more

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Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach estate demolished

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion was flattened this week on the orders of its new owner.

Demolition of the estate at 358 El Brillo Way began Monday, The Palm Beach Daily News reported. Developer Todd Michael Glaser promised to destroy the home after he closed on it early this year.

The residence was one of several where Epstein and his ...Read more

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Cuban government detains opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer

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Cuban police arrested opposition leader José Daniel Ferrer, leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, on Thursday, according to activists on social networks.

The coordinator of Cuba Decide, Rosa María Payá, shared images where Ferrer is seen lying in the street while the police surround him and then take him into a patrol car.

Ferrer, together...Read more

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Democrats win strong backing for voting reforms in new poll

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A strong majority of Americans favor Democratic voting reforms being pushed in Congress and in state legislatures, but the two parties became much more polarized on the issues during the Trump era, according to a new survey.

In a national survey by the Pew Research Center released Thursday, 78% of Americans supported two weeks of early in-...Read more

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'I felt he was guilty': Alternate juror in Derek Chauvin trial speaks out, reveals which witness 'really did it for me'

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One of the two alternate jurors who watched the entire murder trial of Derek Chauvin but did not participate in the deliberations said she was happy with the jury’s decision to convict the ex-Minneapolis cop for murdering George Floyd.

“I felt he was guilty,” Lisa Christensen told CBS News in an interview that aired Thursday.

“I just ...Read more

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Florida lawmakers pass school moment of silence

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida public-school students might soon have a required moment of silence at the start of each day,under a measure passed Thursday by the Florida Senate and headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.

The Senate voted 32-6 to pass the bill, which was approved by the House last ...Read more

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State lawmakers, sensing opportunity to undo Roe v. Wade, propose a flood of abortion bills

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Energized by the conservative tilt of the U.S. Supreme Court, legislators in Republican-led states have put forward hundreds of abortion restrictions, including near-total bans, eager to offer the vehicle to achieve a long-standing goal: the unwinding of Roe v. Wade.

The barrage of bills introduced this year — the first legislative session ...Read more

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Biden's climate summit shows how far US leadership has to go

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President Joe Biden convened world leaders for a two-day virtual climate summit on Thursday to send a message that the U.S. is back and ready to lead. Many of the 40 heads of state who participated had their own message for America: Prove it.

Biden opened the event by promising to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below the 2005...Read more

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Georgia attorney general steps down from Republican AGs group under fire for robocall

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ATLANTA — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has stepped down as chairman of a national group that advocates for Republican attorneys general, citing a "significant difference of opinion" in the organization's direction following a robocall that urged people to march to the U.S. Capitol and "stop the steal" ahead of the deadly Jan. 6 ...Read more

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North Carolina deputies receiving death threats in wake of fatal Elizabeth City shooting

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Deputies involved in the shooting death this week of a Black man in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, are receiving threats.

“Threats are illegal and not the solution,” Pasquotank County Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said in a video of press conference posted on Facebook.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten also spoke.

Deputies were part of a...Read more

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Sean Hannity's new house is walking distance from Donald Trump's place

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Just when you didn’t think they could get any closer.

Fox News star Sean Hannity has purchased a Palm Beach, Florida, home less than three miles from former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, The Daily Beast reports. The conservative pundit reportedly plunked down $5.3 million for the sprawling three-bedroom beachfront townhouse.

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Biden poised to nominate new leader for US Safety agency

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is poised to nominate Jennifer Homendy, a member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and former congressional aide, to become the investigative agency’s new leader, according to two people familiar with the pending action.

The nomination of Homendy as chairwoman of the board could come as soon ...Read more

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Florida lawmakers pass school moment of silence

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida public-school students might soon have a required moment of silence at the start of each day, under a measure passed Thursday by the Florida Senate and headed to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk.

The Senate voted 32-6 to pass the bill (HB 529), which was approved by the House last month in a 94-24 vote.

Under the measure...Read more