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Why all the secrecy about Robert Runcie's indictment? Maybe more charges are on the way

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The secrecy surrounding this week’s arrests of Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and school district General Counsel Barbara Myrick could be a sign that more criminal charges are on the way, according to legal experts.

Keeping the details of the allegations against Runcie and Myrick under wraps could ...Read more

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Elon Musk says reusability will 'revolutionize space' after recycled rocket launches astronauts from Florida

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — An hour before sunrise Friday, four astronauts launched from Florida for SpaceX’s third crewed mission to the International Space Station. The rocket’s trail glowed in the pitch-black sky as much of the Space Coast was still asleep.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, joined by France’s ...Read more

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After trial, weary Minneapolis must reinvent its police force

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In the Minneapolis neighborhood where a police officer murdered George Floyd, post-verdict celebrations this week gave way to the daunting civic challenge that remains: reimagining public safety in a scarred city.

Activists still occupy several blocks around the Cup Foods market made infamous by ex-cop Derek Chauvin’s fatal restraint of Floyd...Read more

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Chauvin trial was life-changing experience, says alternate juror

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MINNEAPOLIS – The jurors who held the fate of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in their hands took their job so seriously that to protect the process they didn't learn each other's names, jobs, family ties or personal interests.

They came from various backgrounds and spanned five decades in age, but somehow came to an unspoken ...Read more

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How Biden's new US climate target compares with those of California and world

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For years, California has been more ambitious than the United States in fighting climate change. But now that President Joe Biden has proposed slashing the nation's planet-warming emissions in half by 2030, the roles seem to have flipped.

The administration's new U.S. climate goal is slightly more aggressive than California's, according to two ...Read more

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Q&A: What's behind Armenians' long battle to secure a US designation of genocide?

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WASHINGTON — April 24 is a day of profound sorrow for ethnic Armenians everywhere, marking the date in 1915 when officials of the Ottoman Empire, the forerunner of present-day Turkey, rounded up and killed hundreds of Armenian community leaders in what is now Istanbul, then called Constantinople. That began a cascade of catastrophic events ...Read more

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I'm vaccinated and my kids aren't: What's safe for us to do as a family?

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Now that COVID-19 shots are available to everyone 16 and up, it's just a matter of time before you're fully vaccinated (if you're not already). That means you'll able to move through the world with much more freedom than you've had for the past year.

Amazing news!

But if you are vaccinated and your kids are not, the extent of that freedom may ...Read more

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Russian opposition leader Navalny stopping hunger strike

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Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny said he’s ending a 24-day hunger strike that had fueled tensions with the West and sparked concern the Kremlin’s most prominent critic could die in prison.

“I am starting to exit the hunger strike,” Navalny said on his Instagram account on Friday. “According to the rules, it will take ...Read more

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SpaceX launches astronauts to the International Space Station

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SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station early Friday morning, marking the Elon Musk-led company’s second regular flight there with humans aboard.

The launch took place 5:49 a.m. Eastern time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The astronauts in the Crew Dragon capsule are expected to dock at the space station ...Read more

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Where COVID-19 kills the young: Brazil shows what may await others

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Rodolpho Sousa, a 28-year-old Brazilian lawyer, had been working from home near Rio de Janeiro when, in late February, one of his clients was jailed. COVID-19 was hitting the prison and he was worried about her, less about himself. He went there to get her out.

His cough started a few days later and wouldn’t quit. ...Read more

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Broken record or new tune? Cuba's leaders preached continuity but some saw slivers of reform

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As Miguel Díaz-Canel took the stage for the first time as Cuba’s Communist Party chief, a position that makes him the most powerful political leader in the country, he launched into a speech with a similar refrain to the words of his rebel elders.

The state sector of the island’s moribund economy should be strengthened. Detractors to Cuba�...Read more

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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