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Quake toll hits 4,000 in Turkey and Syria as overseas aid flows

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Rescue teams from overseas began deploying in Turkey on Tuesday after a pair of powerful earthquakes a day earlier killed at least 4,000 people in the country and neighboring Syria, leaving millions to suffer without power or heat throughout a snowy night.

As dawn neared, people in both countries were set to spend a second day searching ...Read more

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'Parents' Bill of Rights' clears final hurdle, set for Tuesday floor vote in NC Senate

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The "Parents’ Bill of Rights" cleared a final hurdle Monday, setting up an expected floor vote Tuesday for the controversial legislation that would ban topics like gender identity and sexuality from being taught in most elementary school classrooms in North Carolina, and potentially force teachers to out LGBTQ students to ...Read more

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Quake toll hits 4,000 in Turkey and Syria as rescue teams arrive

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Rescue teams from overseas began arriving in Turkey on Tuesday after a pair of powerful earthquakes a day earlier killed at least 4,000 people in the country and neighboring Syria, leaving millions to suffer without power or heat throughout a snowy night.

As dawn neared, people in both countries were set to spend a second day searching through...Read more

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Poll finds plummeting support for national assault weapon ban

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Despite outrage over a cycle of deadly mass shootings in California and other states, a new poll out Monday has found plummeting support for a national assault weapon ban, reflecting what even backers say may be growing pessimism over whether such a law would reduce violence.

President Joe Biden and Gov. Gavin Newsom have called for a ban, and ...Read more

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Court filing: Suspect in Las Vegas journalist killing wants to represent himself in murder case

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LAS VEGAS — Court records filed by the most recent private attorney for Robert Telles indicate that the former Clark County Public Administrator now wants to represent himself against a murder charge in the killing of Review-Journal reporter Jeff German.

Damian Sheets filed a motion to withdraw as Telles’ defense counsel on Friday, two ...Read more

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Balloon recovery begins as US investigates what China's leaders knew

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WASHINGTON— The United States has started to recover some parts from the Chinese balloon that an American F-22 fighter jet shot down off the coast of South Carolina, as Biden administration officials said the U.S. was still trying to figure out how much senior leaders in Beijing knew about the alleged spy mission.

Debris from the balloon and ...Read more

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Biden expected to assail Silicon Valley Big Tech in State of the Union address

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President Joe Biden will reportedly attack Big Tech in his State of the Union address Tuesday in a bid to unite lawmakers in Washington concerned about the industry’s unprecedented influence and impact on all facets of American life.

Biden has already deployed fighting words against Silicon Valley, alleging in a recent Wall Street Journal op-...Read more

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China balloon saga spotlights Beijing's global spying push

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The high-profile spectacle of an alleged Chinese surveillance balloon flying over the continental U.S. is shining a spotlight on the prevalence of similar incidents around the world, from Taipei to Latin America.

While the U.S. is believed to use such devices, officials have said the balloon shot down off the South Carolina coast this weekend ...Read more

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McCarthy, House Republicans reframe debt limit strategy

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans have started downplaying their desire to cut spending in conjunction with lifting the debt limit, seeking to reframe their strategy as targeting “waste” and finding “efficiencies.”

Speaker Kevin McCarthy delivered a speech Monday evening from an enclave outside his office known as the “speaker’s ...Read more

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What the crisis on the Colorado River means for Southern California

LOS ANGELES — Call it water whiplash: As California recovers from one of its wettest months in recent history, the Colorado River is still dwindling toward dangerous lows.

As a result, Southern Californians aren't sure whether to expect shortage or surplus in the year ahead....Read more

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Quake toll passes 3,400 in Turkey and Syria as search continues

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Some of the most powerful Middle East earthquakes in decades killed more than 3,400 people in Turkey and Syria, and left millions in the cold as night fell and snowfall increased.

A pre-dawn earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Monday morning and a second measured at 7.6 struck nearby just nine hours later, ...Read more

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Disney's taxing district in Florida to get new name, DeSantis appointees under bill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis would appoint all the board members of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District under a House bill filed for the special session that began Monday.

The measure also would rename Reedy Creek the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District within two years.

The district remains intact, and its ...Read more

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Surveillance video shows fatal police shooting of double amputee holding a knife

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LOS ANGELES — Huntington Park police on Monday released surveillance video showing officers shooting a double amputee who was holding a knife as well as a recording of the 911 call from a stabbing victim that led to the fatal encounter.

In the video, three Huntington Park police officers approach Anthony Lowe, 36, as he hobbles away on what ...Read more

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The long saga to track down Kanye West is finally over: His former attorneys sever ties

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Kanye West’s former attorneys have finally tracked down the elusive artist and cut ties with him, even as he faces a slew of lawsuits, according to reports.

Many companies and business partners severed ties with West amid his racist and antisemitic behavior last fall, but his lawyers had to serve him with legally required notice before ...Read more

'You will not break my spirit': Leonard Taylor speaks out day before execution in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Leonard “Raheem” Taylor answered the phone exuberantly on Monday from a prison in eastern Missouri.

The 58-year-old is scheduled to be executed Tuesday. But he said he remains hopeful.

“I know I got a lot of people supporting me,” he said.

That includes his family, legal team and others who support his innocence ...Read more

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Rep. George Santos denies sexual harassment claim by prospective aide

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George Santos on Monday denied groping and sexually harassing a prospective congressional aide during a job meeting in the Republican representative’s Washington office last month.

“It’s comical,” Santos said on CNN. “Of course I deny that claim.”

Santos said he “100%” denies the claim and questioned why the man continued to ...Read more

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Chinese balloons were spotted near US bases during Trump's era

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WASHINGTON — Alleged Chinese spy balloons were spotted on several occasions during President Donald Trump’s administration, including three instances where they traveled near sensitive U.S. military facilities and training areas, according to people familiar with the matter.

The balloons were spotted near Texas, Florida and Hawaii, as well...Read more

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Long COVID study: Healthy lifestyle could lower risk for long COVID

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BOSTON — A healthy lifestyle could lower the risk of long COVID, according to Boston researchers who found that simple lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep could prevent long COVID symptoms.

Women who followed most aspects of a healthy lifestyle — healthy body weight, not smoking, regular exercise, adequate sleep, high quality diet, ...Read more

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Disney's taxing district in Florida to get new name, DeSantis appointees under bill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District would be renamed and its board members chosen by the governor under a bill filed for the special session that began Monday.

The measure renames Reedy Creek as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

Outstanding debt, contracts and tax collection would not be ...Read more

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Senate won't be able to do much -- even with a full agenda

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It’s a tough time to be a U.S. senator.

The Democratic-led Senate, the center of dealmaking for the first two years of Joe Biden’s presidency, suddenly is relegated to the sidelines waiting for the Republican-led House to tackle thorny issues like raising the debt ceiling and overhauling U.S. immigration laws.

Senators in both parties say ...Read more