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Women bypass Florida's 6 week abortion ban through telehealth, mail, travel

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ORLANDO, Fla. — In the month since Florida imposed a six-week abortion ban, Lana’e Hernandez has helped nearly 200 women figure out how to end later pregnancies, work that sometimes means securing airfare, hotel rooms and money to pay clinics in places as far away as Illinois.

Her clients have included a first-time mother who terminated a ...Read more

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Do horse rides along this Florida causeway pollute the bay? A DNA test has answers

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Leaders of environment watch group Suncoast Waterkeeper say they have new DNA evidence linking popular horseback rides in Florida’s Palma Sola Bay to water pollution.

The group points the finger at horse manure, which it says is contaminating the water with potentially harmful bacteria that make it unfit for swimming. The waste can also add ...Read more

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Maryland abortion-rights opponents say amendment is 'Trojan horse'; supporters say passage is critical

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BALTIMORE — Abortion-rights advocates are in the midst of a campaign to enshrine abortion protections in a state constitutional amendment this fall.

Parental rights advocates also are gearing up in opposition — door-knocking and sharing literature with voters, preparing for TV and radio advertisements and fundraising. They say the proposed ...Read more

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Colorado youth mental health improved in first post-pandemic survey

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DENVER — Colorado high school students seem to be feeling better mentally, with the number reporting signs of poor mental health not only falling from its pandemic high, but in some cases hitting the lowest level since the state started surveying youth in 2013, though it also found youth don’t always feel safe in school, and problems with ...Read more

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Macron's election gamble gives Europe Brexit nightmares again

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to call a snap election in France is giving European officials flashbacks to Brexit.

As soon as Macron announced his decision, two were immediately comparing him to former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who called and lost a referendum on membership of the European Union in 2016.

Both men were ...Read more

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Alex Jones estate to be liquidated to pay Sandy Hook debt

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Alex Jones’ personal bankruptcy was converted to a formal liquidation, meaning a trustee will decide how Jones will pay down $1.5 billion in defamation judgments.

Jones and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims who he defamed have for months been unable to agree on how he will pay them. The families won their state ...Read more

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Closed Wichita abortion clinic hires consultant in effort to reopen as interim CEO resigns

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The interim CEO of Wichita’s largest abortion clinic resigned Friday, and the clinic’s board hired a national healthcare consultant in hopes of reopening this summer.

Trust Women Wichita has not offered abortions for nearly a month after its board of directors reportedly fired the clinic’s co-executive directors — Schaunta James-Boyd ...Read more

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UCLA graduation marked by a ceremony with searing speeches against policing, Gaza violence

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LOS ANGELES — UCLA commencement ceremonies kicked off Friday with at least one event marked by student speakers who delivered searing criticism of the university’s handling of pro-Palestinian protests and controversial police tactics, as graduates prepared to receive degrees after a tumultuous educational journey through a global pandemic, ...Read more

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South African parties agree to reelect Ramaphosa as president

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Cyril Ramaphosa was reelected as South Africa’s president, hours after his African National Congress agreed a power-sharing deal with business-friendly opposition parties.

Ramaphosa won 283 of the votes cast by members of National Assembly on Friday night, and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema 44. Parties including the Democratic...Read more

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Parkland school building where mass shooting unfolded begins to come down, 6 years later

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PARKLAND, Fla. — Exactly six years after the Parkland mass shooting shook South Florida and the nation, crews started to demolish the high school building where the tragedy unfolded.

But instead of a dramatic boom of a dynamite implosion or the smack of a wrecking ball striking the 1200 building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, all ...Read more

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El Niño makes an exit, but La Niña could bring dry conditions back to California

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After a year of dominance, El Niño’s wrath has come to end — but it’s climate-churning counterpart, La Niña, is hot on its heels and could signal a return to dryness for California.

El Niño is the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation, sometimes referred to as ENSO. The climate pattern in the tropical Pacific is the single ...Read more

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Alex Jones estate to be liquidated to pay Sandy Hook debt

Alex Jones’ personal bankruptcy was converted to a formal liquidation, meaning a trustee will decide how Jones will pay down $1.5 billion in defamation judgments.

Jones and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims who he defamed have for months been unable to agree on...Read more

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Alex Jones estate to be liquidated to pay Sandy Hook debt

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Alex Jones’ personal bankruptcy was converted to a formal liquidation, meaning a trustee will decide how Jones will pay down $1.5 billion in defamation judgments.

Jones and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims who he defamed have for months been unable to agree on how he will pay them. The families won their state ...Read more

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Southwest plane plunged within 400 feet of ocean near Hawaii

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A Southwest Airlines Co. passenger flight in April came within 400 feet of slamming into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii after weather conditions forced pilots to bypass a landing attempt.

The Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 jet briefly dropped at an abnormally high rate of more than 4,000 feet per minute before the flight crew pulled up to avoid ...Read more

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Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes juvenile crime bill, saying it 'begins to erode' NC's reforms

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took out his veto stamp to oppose a bill that would require more teenagers facing criminal charges to be tried initially as adults.

House Bill 834 requires 16- and 17-year-olds who commit certain felonies to be tried first as adults in the state’s superior courts.

Currently, these teenagers ...Read more

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'Panic buttons to nowhere': LA bus drivers worry safety measures can't protect them from violent attacks

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LOS ANGELES — Panic buttons in some Los Angeles shuttle buses connect to no one, plexiglass shields around drivers were not intended to stop physical attacks, and union officials representing drivers say other safety measures touted to protect drivers are just not cutting it.

"There has to be more," said Lourdes Garcia, secretary-treasurer ...Read more

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Opening of overflow shelter at former prison in Massachusetts is 'delayed,' officials say

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BOSTON — State officials “delayed” the opening of an overflow shelter at a former prison site in Norfolk until the end of June, town officials said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear what caused officials to push back the opening date of the shelter at the former Bay State Correctional Center and a town official did not reply to...Read more

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Wildfire risks in Northern California rise to red flag warning as winds sweep region

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Parts of Northern California will see a higher risk for wildfires this weekend as dry, hot and windy weather sweeps the region.

On Friday, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for much of the Sacramento Valley and nearby Sierra Nevada foothills, lasting from 11 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The agency previously issued a ...Read more

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Garland won't face contempt of Congress charge over Biden audio

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Friday it would not prosecute Attorney General Merrick B. Garland after the House held him in contempt of Congress earlier this week over a subpoena dispute.

House Republicans, who passed the contempt measure on a nearly party-line vote, said the Justice Department had refused to release audio of ...Read more

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Kate Middleton to resume royal duties on Saturday, but 'not out of the woods' amid cancer treatment

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Kate Middleton, currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer she was diagnosed with earlier this year, will resume her royal duties this weekend.

The Princess of Wales, 42, who first went public with her diagnosis in March, will make her long-awaited return at Saturday’s Trooping the Colour, which commemorates King Charles’ birthday.

The ...Read more