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Gaza cease-fire talks bogged down as hunger, 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 persuade Israel to pause fighting in Gaza and release Palestinian prisoners in return for the freeing of ...Read more

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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

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Sunflower sea stars are critically endangered, but can humans help the species rebound?

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There are so few sunflower sea stars remaining, researchers don’t think there are enough for them to find each other on their own to reproduce – so the species is getting a helping hand from humans.

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego teamed up with several ...Read more

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Airlines suspend flights between Haiti and South Florida amid escalating violence

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MIAMI — Airlines ranging from one of the world’s largest to scrappy discount carriers canceled flights between South Florida and Haiti on Monday in response to a worsening situation there that has alarmed the White House and led to a new security alert to U.S. citizens issued by the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince.

American Airlines ...Read more

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Ex-Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to perjury in fraud case

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s former finance chief Allen Weisselberg copped to new criminal charges in a lower Manhattan courtroom on Monday — admitting he told lies to the New York attorney general concerning what he knew about the actual size of Trump’s Fifth Avenue penthouse, and when.

In the latest legal setback for the former president...Read more

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Florida gymnastic coach solicited naked photos from underage student, Facebook messages show

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MIAMI — Facebook messages between longtime gymnastics coach Oscar Olea and one of two underage girls he is accused of sexually abusing reveal a pregnancy scare as well as the coach soliciting naked pictures.

The messages, now part of the official court file, are being used by the prosecution to support their claims that Olea sexually abused ...Read more

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Supreme Court tosses Colorado's decision to bar Trump from ballot

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for Donald Trump to appear on 2024 presidential ballots, rejecting a legal attempt to bar the Republican front-runner from the Colorado primary ballot over his push to undercut American democracy after his 2020 election loss.

In a unanimous ruling, the justices struck down a Colorado ...Read more


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’s position on Colorado’s ballot is secure ahead of Tuesday’s primary, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday morning, overturning the Colorado Supreme Court’s earlier finding that the former president engaged in insurrection and was ineligible to run.

The federal justices’ 9-0 ruling puts to rest questions about whether ...Read more


City of Athens, Georgia, mulls safety measures after student killed; demonstrators expected

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ATHENS, Ga. — The Athens-Clarke County Commission will weigh public safety investments at a potentially contentious meeting on Tuesday, more than a week after nursing student Laken Riley was killed on the University of Georgia’s campus.

Reflecting the polarized response to the slaying, two groups of demonstrators plan to gather in front of ...Read more

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Pimp who watched 'Dexter' found guilty of killing, dismembering sex worker for insurance cash

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NEW YORK — A murderous pimp who watched the TV show “Dexter” to learn how to dispose of a body has been convicted of charges he strangled and dismembered a Brooklyn sex worker to collect her life insurance policy.

After a two-week trial, a Brooklyn Federal Court court jury found Cory Martin, 36, guilty of murder-for-hire in the slaying of...Read more

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NYC has secured less than a third of $150 million in migrant aid pledged by feds, Adams budget boss says

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NEW YORK — The federal government allocated more than $150 million in migrant crisis-related aid for New York City last year, but Mayor Eric Adams’ administration has secured a fraction of that lump sum due to “stringent” rules around applying for it, according to City Hall’s budget director.

Jacques Jiha, the director of Adams’ ...Read more

The Constitution sets some limits on the people’s choices for president - but the Supreme Court rules it’s unconstitutional for state governments to decide on Trump’s qualifications

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When the Supreme Court ruled on March 4, 2024, that former President Donald Trump could appear on state presidential ballots for the 2024 election, it did not address an idea that seemed simple and compelling when Justice Brett Kavanaugh raised it during the Feb. 8, 2024, oral arguments in the case:

“What about the idea that we ...Read more

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Why Florida doesn't have wind energy, but lawmakers want to curb it anyway

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If you drive through parts of Texas, California, the Midwest — or look off the coast of several northeastern states — you can see enormous wind turbines, their rotations powering millions of homes as part of a push to make wind part of our country’s energy future.

But not so in Florida, a state whose lower wind speeds have kept it from ...Read more

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SpaceX Crew-8 launches after tense discovery of crack on hatch seal

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — Overcoming concerns about a small crack in the hatch, SpaceX launched another four passengers on their way to the International Space Station late Sunday from Florida’s Space Coast.

About 30 minutes before liftoff, SpaceX mission control alerted the crew to a potential problem.

“We saw a small crack on the side ...Read more


Monterey County mass shooting: Suspects still at large after 4 killed in California party

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Three suspects are still at large after opening fire and killing multiple people at a party in Monterey County, police said.

King City police responded to a residence in the 200 block of North 2nd Street after a report of shots fired, according to a department press release. When they arrived, they found three men dead from gunshot wounds in ...Read more

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Ex-Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to perjury in fraud case

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Donald Trump’s convicted former finance chief Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty to new perjury charges in a Manhattan court on Monday.

The retired chief financial officer pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury at a brief hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court stemming from his testimony in the attorney general’s investigation of the former ...Read more

Supreme Court says only Congress can bar a candidate, like Trump, from the presidency for insurrection − 3 essential reads

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, in a unanimous decision, that the state of Colorado cannot bar former President Donald Trump from appearing on Colorado’s presidential ballot under the provisions of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The text of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states, in full:

“No ...Read more

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Supreme Court rules Trump will stay on Colorado ballot despite Jan. 6 attack

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that former President Donald Trump may not be disqualified from appearing on state ballots despite allegations he "engaged in insurrection" after losing the 2020 election and thereby should be barred under the Constitution from holding office.

Reversing a ruling by Colorado judges, the high court said states do ...Read more


'Mammoth cost' for migrant crisis just beginning, expert warns

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A staggering 10 million people have entered the U.S. illegally since inauguration day in what is an economic ticking time bomb, says author Todd Bensman.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” he told the Herald. “It’s the biggest and baddest migration in the history of the United States and maybe the world.”

Local schools, area ...Read more

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Constitutional debate on Maryland Child Victims Act set for first in-court argument

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Debate over the constitutionality of Maryland’s Child Victims Act, long argued in the legislature and, more recently, in legal filings, is set to take place in a courtroom for the first time this week.

The landmark law allows people sexually abused as children to sue those responsible, no matter how much time has passed. It was enacted last ...Read more