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Federal panel says colon cancer screening should start at 45, not 50, as disease strikes ever-younger adults

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In response to an alarming, long-term increase in colorectal cancer among younger people, an influential federal panel on Tuesday lowered the recommended age to start screening from 50 to 45.

The American Cancer Society made the same recommendation three years ago, but with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now following suit, health ...Read more

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LAPD police chief recommends officer be fired for allegedly sharing George Floyd 'Valentine'

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore wants an officer to be fired for allegedly sharing a Valentine-style meme of George Floyd’s face and the phrase “You take my breath away.”

Moore’s decision sends the officer, who has not been publicly identified, to a disciplinary panel that will rule on how the officer should be ...Read more

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Pelosi calls for a 'diplomatic boycott' of the Beijing Olympics

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined calls for a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics scheduled to take place in Beijing in the latest sign of the growing bipartisan anger with China over human rights.

While some members of Congress have urged that the Olympics be pulled from China entirely, Pelosi and others are ...Read more

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'My God makes no mistakes': Texas Senate OKs ban on gender-affirming care for young Texans

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AUSTIN, Texas — After debating the meaning of God's love, the Texas Senate voted along party lines to give final approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender Texans who are 17 and younger.

The 18-13 vote sent Senate Bill 1311 to the House, which has one week to vote on the measure, and it came one ...Read more

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Amid violence in Mideast, Democrats torn over proposed weapons sale to Israel

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WASHINGTON — A trend of congressional Democrats becoming more willing to publicly criticize Israel became more pronounced over the past week even as the vacillating responses by senior party leaders underlined just how fraught the issue remains.

Emblematic of the dynamic was the pivot made in the last day by House Foreign Affairs Chairman ...Read more

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Oakland party bus shooting leaves 2 women dead, others wounded

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Two women were killed and at least three other women were wounded early Tuesday morning after someone opened fire on a party bus on an Oakland freeway, authorities said.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau confirmed one woman died in the bus and the other at an Oakland hospital.

The shooting happened at about 12:20 a.m. ...Read more

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Justice Department drops subpoena for information on Devin Nunes parody Twitter account

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has withdrawn a subpoena filed in the final weeks of the Trump administration that sought information about a Twitter user who parodied Rep. Devin Nunes, according to people familiar with the matter. The California Republican has spent years seeking to unmask such anonymous users and sue them for defamation....Read more

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GOP highlights objections to Capitol security supplemental

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WASHINGTON — Senate leaders will likely have to renegotiate a $1.9 billion Capitol Hill security supplemental spending bill before they can clear the measure for President Joe Biden’s signature.

House Republicans expressed several concerns with the package Tuesday, including that a quick reaction force to secure the complex would be under ...Read more

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US Supreme Court rules against Baltimore in procedural dispute over venue with oil and gas companies

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling will allow fossil fuel companies to continue arguing that the federal courts should hear the City of Baltimore’s lawsuit seeking to hold them accountable for concealing the impacts of climate change.

The energy companies have been fighting to move the 3-year-old suit, filed in state courts, to the federal courts, ...Read more

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'What an old politician understands': Biden turns the age issue to advantage

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump tried hard to defeat Joe Biden by hammering on “Sleepy Joe’s” age. He failed. And now, four months into President Joe Biden’s term, his longevity — at 78 he’s the oldest president in history — may be proving to be one of his best assets.

Mellowed by age and the hard experience of half a century in ...Read more

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House Republicans line up against bipartisan Jan. 6 commission

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WASHINGTON — House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern on Tuesday questioned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s fitness to lead after he came out in opposition to establishing a Jan. 6 commission to investigate the insurrection of that day, a measure the Rules panel teed up for floor debate on Wednesday despite Republican critiques.

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Justice Department drops subpoena for information on Devin Nunes parody Twitter account

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has withdrawn a subpoena filed in the final weeks of the Trump administration that sought information about a Twitter user who parodied Rep. Devin Nunes, according to people familiar with the matter. The California Republican has spent years seeking to unmask such anonymous users and sue them for defamation....Read more

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COVID vaccine hesitancy remains a 'major barrier' in rural areas, new CDC study finds

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WASHINGTON — Coronavirus vaccine coverage is substantially higher in urban areas across the country than in rural communities, where hesitancy remains a “major barrier” for public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in a new study published Tuesday.

The CDC examined county-level vaccination data across ...Read more

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Amid lingering reports of sexual harassment in ranks, Biden to address Coast Guard cadets

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WASHINGTON — A growing debate over the ability of the armed services to investigate sexual assault and harassment provides a backdrop of controversy to President Joe Biden’s commencement address this week at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It comes amid a high-profile case at the academy.

Legislation is being drafted in both chambers of ...Read more

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Police shooting of Andrew Brown was justified, NC district attorney says

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City last month was justified and the three deputies involved will not be charged, a North Carolina district attorney said Tuesday.

The deputies felt threatened by Brown as he backed his car in his driveway and then sped forward, at first toward deputies and then across a ...Read more

No deputies will be charged in 'justified' shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr., DA says

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The district attorney for Pasquotank County will not bring criminal charges against sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City — a move likely to increase tension and protest over police violence.

District Attorney Andrew Womble announced the news while discussing the state’s ...Read more

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Californians back proof of COVID vaccine or negative test at workplaces, other venues

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LOS ANGELES — As California’s businesses reopen, a majority of state residents are in support of allowing entertainment venues require proof that their patrons are vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19, and for some employers to require vaccinations of workers, according to a statewide poll conducted by the Institute of ...Read more

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Illinois men charged in US Capitol breach asked cop for directions to the bathroom, feds say

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Two downstate Illinois men charged with breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 said they were there to “tour” the historic site and went out of their way to avoid the violence, even stopping to ask a cop for directions to the nearest bathroom.

Douglas Wangler, 53, and Bruce Harrison, 58, both of the Danville area, were charged in a criminal ...Read more

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Unruly passenger on JFK flight refuses to wear mask, snorts white powder, gropes woman, utters racial slurs --prompting emergency landing

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A flight out of Kennedy Airport made an emergency landing after an unruly, foul-smelling passenger refused to wear a mask, snorted a white powder, groped a woman and uttered racial slurs, according to reports.

The suspect was taken into custody when the JetBlue flight to San Francisco made an unscheduled landing in Minneapolis late Sunday ...Read more

Israel-Hamas war rages unabated as unrest spreads to West Bank

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Fighting between Israel and militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip raged on Tuesday, with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz saying his military has “thousands more attack targets” as unrest again spread to the West Bank.

Two foreign workers were killed by a mortar barrage fired from Gaza that slammed into a plant in southern Israel, ...Read more