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Gov. Newsom's inflation relief package could drive up prices even more, experts say

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An $18.1 billion inflation relief package proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom will put salve on key pain points for Californians most affected by rising gas and grocery prices but also likely will cause prices to tick up just a tad more, leading economists say.

The Newsom package also won’t likely stave off a possible ...Read more

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Boris Johnson avoids more fines as police end 'Partygate' probe

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t be fined again for breaking coronavirus regulations after London police concluded their probe into rule-breaking gatherings held at Downing Street during lockdown.

The Metropolitan Police said on Thursday that it’s made 126 referrals for fines as part of its investigation into “Partygate.” While police...Read more

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Judge orders Ethan Crumbley to remain in Oakland County Jail

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A judge ordered Ethan Crumbley, accused in the Oxford High School shooting last year, to remain at the Oakland County Jail.

Ethan Crumbley's monthly pretrial review is required by law.

He has been in the Oakland County Jail since he was charged after the Nov. 30 shooting that left four students, Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate ...Read more

Homelessness up 10% in San Diego County. 'More miserable out there than I have seen in years'

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SAN DIEGO — The numbers have confirmed what many already suspected.

Homelessness has increased in San Diego County, and it's especially apparent in several cities where tents and makeshift structures fill sidewalks, canyons and freeway offramps.

Results of the first homeless count in two years, released Thursday, found the number of people ...Read more

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Biden hosts leaders of Finland and Sweden, eager to fast-track NATO accession

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, standing alongside the prime minister of Sweden and president of Finland at the White House on Thursday, declared that the two nations have the “full, total complete backing of the United States of America” in their push to join NATO.

Calling the two countries “close, highly capable partners,” Biden ...Read more

Mysterious hepatitis cases in kids keep climbing as scientists search for a cause

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MIAMI — No unusual cases of severe hepatitis among children have been confirmed in Florida despite a global rise in cases and an ongoing investigation into what’s causing the outbreak, which has affected more than 500 kids worldwide, including more than 150 in the United States.

Doctors and public health officials in South Florida and ...Read more

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New COVID-19 mystery: Some are getting coronavirus again even after taking Paxlovid

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Some coronavirus-positive patients who have completed treatment of the anti-COVID drug Paxlovid are rebounding into illness, and experts are urging people to be cautious if they develop COVID-like symptoms again and become infectious.

It’s unclear how often “post-Paxlovid rebound” occurs, but UC San Francisco Department of Medicine chair ...Read more

Former LA public defender picked to lead federal Access to Justice office

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WASHINGTON — During a college internship at the Orange County Public Defender's office, Rachel Rossi was sent to the local jail. She was given a simple instruction: Ask people who had recently been arrested what they need.

"'Do you need medication? Is your family OK? Are your kids OK?' In that role and seeing the racial disparities of people ...Read more

Critical fire conditions coming to Northern California, forecasters say

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Low humidity and gusty winds are coming to Northern California on Thursday and Friday, significantly elevating the fire risk in the region, according to forecasters.

National Weather Service offices for the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento each issued warnings Wednesday.

"There is a risk for fire starts on Thursday into Friday given the ...Read more


Suburbs far outpace urban areas in US home value growth

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The urban real estate market has been running hot in the U.S. since last summer. But the suburbs have been even hotter, according to an analysis from Zillow Group Inc.

From January 2013 through June 2021, urban homes have generally been gaining dollar value more quickly. But a switch happened after July 2021 as the economy recovered from the ...Read more

Moscow says hundreds of Ukrainian troops in custody as war crimes trials continue

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russia said Thursday that more than 1,700 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered at a steel plant in the conquered city of Mariupol, even as Ukraine claimed battlefield gains elsewhere, continued its first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier and prepared to launch a second.

Russia said that the Ukrainian soldiers in ...Read more

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'Evil was in that church': A stranger lurking, shots fired, then heroes rise in Laguna Woods

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LOS ANGELES — Behind the pulpit of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, Pastor Billy Chang was in his element.

He had spent two decades pastoring the Laguna Woods congregation before moving to Taiwan two years ago. And on Sunday morning, he was back — joyfully so — as a guest preacher reading the word of God once again in a place ...Read more

Amid anger and grief, some Black residents of Buffalo are talking about guns

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The gunman who killed 10 people at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood on the East Side of Buffalo on Saturday took more than lives, residents say.

"He took a lot away from this community other than the lives of these people," said Robin Truesdale, 57, who owns a small business near Tops Friendly Markets, where...Read more

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Mexican officials say a notorious cartel killed 2 Tijuana journalists. Critics aren't buying it

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TIJUANA, Mexico — Journalists, academics and law enforcement officials in Mexico are not convinced that the Arellano-Félix cartel was behind the January slayings of two prominent Tijuana journalists, as the government claims.

Mexico’s undersecretary of security, Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, on April 27 said the same criminal cell, composed of ...Read more

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Marcos-Duterte alliance shows cracks after historic election win

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MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte joined forces to pull off the biggest Philippine election win in four decades. The question now is whether they can stay united over the next six years.

Election data shows that Marcos owes Sara Duterte and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for the large margin of...Read more

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Hospital emergency worker shot and wounded on Staten Island

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NEW YORK — A drunken patient shot an emergency medical technician in the back Wednesday night inside an ambulance headed to a Staten Island hospital, police sources said.

The EMT, who is in his 30s, was shot in West Brighton just after 7:55 p.m., police and FDNY sources said.

The ambulance had just picked up an unconscious drunken man at a ...Read more

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District leaders hire firm to investigate mass shooting at Michigan high school

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DETROIT — Oxford Community Schools officials, acting sooner than it had declared it would, on Tuesday approved hiring a consulting company to investigate and review the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School.

The board hired Guidepost Solutions, an investigations, regulatory compliance, monitoring and security consulting firm. The firm will ...Read more

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Democrats press Biden to go big on forgiving student loan debt

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Raphael Warnock pitched President Joe Biden to go big with student loan forgiveness during a White House meeting Wednesday.

The three Democrats, who have been leading the effort in the Senate, support $50,000 in student debt relief, which is five times...Read more

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'Left with nothing.' Survivors of Surfside condo collapse seek more settlement money

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MIAMI — After escaping the Champlain Towers South moments before it collapsed last summer, Ileana Monteagudo says she has been trying to rebuild her life at age 65 with no savings and lingering anxiety from the Surfside disaster.

She expects to receive about $610,000 from an initial settlement that the 136 unit owners of the condo building ...Read more

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Russian soldier pleads guilty to war crime as conflict in Ukraine enters new phase

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LVIV, Ukraine — As the first Russian soldier to be tried for war crimes pleaded guilty to killing a Ukrainian civilian, fears grew Wednesday over the fate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol a day earlier.

Ukrainian officials say they are negotiating to exchange the beleaguered fighters for...Read more