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'They were murdered but they were here': A Haitian migrant's quest to honor mom, siblings

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MIAMI — For as long as he can remember, Augustin Lorfils had refused to confront the tragedy that had defined his life, which made national headlines but remained a taboo subject even within his immediate family.

That all changed a few years ago when a chance encounter with a guest at the South Beach hotel where he worked began to provides to...Read more

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California exodus left a gaping population hole. Can the Golden State bounce back?

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Despite a recent uptick in population, California still has a long way to go to make up for the exodus that began in 2019 and accelerated during the pandemic.

Though the state population grew 0.17% in 2023 — the first year of growth since the COVID-19 pandemic — California is still 1.2% smaller than it was in 2019, according to a Times data...Read more

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Will Colorado's new land-use laws kickstart housing? Experts laud changes, but now the real work begins

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DENVER — The suite of landmark zoning and land-use reform laws passed by Colorado lawmakers this year should help alleviate the housing crisis, national experts say, while catapulting the Centennial State into the ranks of other housing pioneers.

But those experts cautioned that the reforms seeded this winter and spring will take years to ...Read more

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Virginia Rep. Jen Kiggans blasts Veterans Affairs after missed deadline for Hampton VA Medical Center investigation

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HAMPTON, Va. — The Department of Veterans Affairs is under fire for missing the deadline to provide information on the Hampton VA Medical Center to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs following allegations of employee retaliation and substandard care.

The House committee launched an investigation after lawmakers said they met with medical...Read more

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Budget talks begin in state Senate as Massachusetts stares down fiscal headwinds

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BOSTON — Before lawmakers begin the work of dispensing with the 1,100 amendments offered to their nearly $58 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, state Senators met in a formal session to start the week and laid out the case for spending more money while simultaneously noting the need for some belt tightening.

It would be fair to ...Read more

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Pro-Palestinian encampment at The New School comes down in deal with admin

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NEW YORK — The New School reached a deal on Monday with pro-Palestinian protesters to dismantle a campus encampment in exchange for a vote to divest from Israel.

The investment committee of the downtown Manhattan school’s Board of Trustees will vote on or before June 14 and publicly announce the results and rationale for their decision, ...Read more

Minneapolis announces plan to flag police officer problems early

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Minneapolis leaders on Monday announced they had selected a company to build a database designed to flag problems with police officers — before they become problematic.

The idea is a technological approach — an "early intervention system" — to both support officers in need of say, mental health services, while also preventing cops with ...Read more

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NYC 'Bling Bishop' Lamor Whitehead jailed ahead of June sentencing for fraud

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NEW YORK — Convicted scam artist Lamor Whitehead, known as the “Bling Bishop” for his flamboyant lifestyle, was sent to federal jail Monday ahead of his sentencing next month, according to new court filings.

Manhattan Federal Judge Lorna Schofield revoked Whitehead’s bail and remanded him into the custody of the United States Marshal.

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Prosecutors rest hush money case against Donald Trump as Michael Cohen wraps testimony

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NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors rested their case against Donald Trump on Monday — more than five years after they began investigating him and a month after the hush money trial began — during a dramatic day that saw both jurors and journalists booted from the courtroom amid a tense exchange between the judge and a witness for the ex-...Read more

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Rana Abbasova, NYC Mayor Adams aide whose home was raided, is cooperating with feds' campaign finance probe

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NEW YORK — An aide to Mayor Adams whose home was raided amid an FBI probe into his 2021 campaign is cooperating with federal authorities, a source with knowledge of the matter said Monday.

The aide, Rana Abbasova, is one of several people whose residence was raided as the feds probe allegations that the Turkish government funneled illegal ...Read more

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Biden urges GOP leaders to revive immigration bill opposed by Trump

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden urged the Republican leaders of the House and Senate in calls on Monday to revive a bipartisan immigration measure that failed after Donald Trump proclaimed his opposition.

In his conversations with Speaker Mike Johnson and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Biden “reiterated that congressional Republicans ...Read more

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Russia advances near Chasiv Yar as Ukraine bolsters Kharkiv

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Russia stepped up attacks in the east of Ukraine, advancing toward the strategically important city of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk area as Kyiv rushed troops to bolster defenses on the new northeastern front near Kharkiv.

Attacks intensified in all areas including in the directions of Kramatorsk and Kharkiv in the week ended May 19, Ukrainian ...Read more

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FDIC chair says he'll leave job after toxic workplace report

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WASHINGTON — Martin Gruenberg will step down as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after findings of a toxic work environment put the regulator at the center of a heated political fight and fueled calls for his removal.

Gruenberg, 71, faced mounting pressure following a scathing report that detailed allegations of harassment and ...Read more

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Second Henrietta Lacks family lawsuit can proceed against pharmaceutical company, judge rules

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BALTIMORE — The family of Henrietta Lacks can proceed with a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company that uses the Baltimore County woman’s “immortal” cell line to develop medical treatments, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Deborah L. Boardman rejected a motion to dismiss the complaint against Ultragenyx ...Read more

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Gov. Jared Polis rankles fellow Democrats with vetoes of wage-theft bill, other measures

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DENVER — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ first vetoes following this year’s legislative session included a bill aimed at fighting wage theft in the construction industry that he said “would not punish the real wrongdoers.”

The bill sought to hold general contractors liable for wage theft committed by subcontractors. But Polis wrote in a ...Read more

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Boston pro-Palestine protesters plan rally against Biden visit Tuesday

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BOSTON — President Joe Biden’s visit to Boston is expected to be felt around the city through Tuesday, with Boston Police warning of major traffic delays along his route and a pro-Palestine rally against his visit planned downtown.

Biden is scheduled to fly into Boston and attend two campaign receptions in the city, following a stop to ...Read more

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Solo climber killed in fall on Denali, the park's second fatality this season

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Rangers on Monday found the body of a climber on Denali who likely died in a fall last week, the National Park Service said.

Mountaineering rangers with Denali National Park and Preserve found the climber’s body Monday morning at an elevation of 17,000 feet on Denali’s West Buttress route, the park service said in a ...Read more

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At GOP convention, ex-Trump lawyer says battle to keep California legal license cost $750,000

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John C. Eastman, an ex-attorney for former President Donald Trump, told Republicans at last weekend’s California GOP convention that his legal bills for a fight with the State Bar have so far cost $750,000.

The prominent conservative lawyer could lose his license to practice in California after a judge recommended he be disbarred for “...Read more

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It's been one year since California launched a hate-crime hotline. Here's what's happened so far

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In the year since California launched a hotline for reporting hate crimes, most of the calls were related to race or ethnicity, with 26.8% of calls citing anti-Black bias. The second- and third-most cited incidents involved anti-Latino and anti-Asian bias, state officials announced Monday.

The statewide hotline was created to address the uptick...Read more

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Gavin Newsom said he wants to help California's home insurance crisis, but details are sparse

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom made a splash when he promised on May 10 to bring relief to California’s turbulent insurance market by vowing to speed up how quickly price increases are reviewed in the state.

“Let’s go,” he said during a press conference. “Let’s move this along.”

A spokesperson that day said the governor...Read more