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8-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy dead after car crashes into birthday party in Michigan

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BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A driver crashed her vehicle through a building where a children's birthday party was taking place Saturday afternoon, killing an 8-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother while injuring more than a dozen others at a boat club in Monroe County's Berlin Township.

The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. at the ...Read more

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TikTok set to remove executive tasked with fending off US claims, sources say

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WASHINGTON — TikTok is preparing to remove a key executive responsible for convincing the U.S. government that the company was doing enough to stave off national security concerns about its connections to China, according to people familiar with the matter.

Erich Andersen, the U.S.-based general counsel for TikTok and its Chinese parent ...Read more

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Penn shuts down pro-Palestinian student group

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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania effectively has banned from campus Penn Against the Occupation, a pro-Palestinian group, by revoking its status as a registered student organization.

Friday’s action was the latest clash in a turbulent wave of activism inspired by the war between Israel and Hamas that has swept American ...Read more

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LAPD's recruiting woes laid bare: Only 31 officers per class in last 10 classes, analysis shows

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department has graduated an average of 31 recruits in its past 10 academy classes, a Los Angeles Times review shows, about half the number needed to keep pace with Mayor Karen Bass’ ambitious plan to reach 9,500 officers.

The smaller-than-hoped-for classes — coupled with the number of experienced ...Read more

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House passes $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

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WASHINGTON — Six months after President Joe Biden first asked for it, the House passed a tweaked version of his emergency aid package for key U.S. allies with strong bipartisan support, sending it back to the Senate for a final vote.

The $95.3 billion supplemental spending measure passed under an unusual procedure in which lawmakers voted on ...Read more

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Nearly month after Key Bridge collapse, recreational boats can use temporary channel on Sunday

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BALTIMORE — Recreational boats will again be allowed to pass the site of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse, this time on Sunday, marking the second opportunity for boaters since the bridge fell three weeks ago.

The Coast Guard said recreational vessels will be able to use the Sollers Point Alternate Channel again, but this time officials ...Read more

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Cannabis cocktails at the club? How the marijuana industry may change in Florida

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MIAMI — What’s the future of marijuana in Florida?

First, a ballot issue in November that will ask voters whether they want to legalize recreational use.

Then there is the business.

Cannabis company CEOs say they’re preparing for increased demand for cannabis products and accessories if recreational pot is legalized. Giving the OK to ...Read more

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Meteor shower to peak soon. Here's when and the best way to watch

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One of the oldest known meteor showers is streaking through the sky above California.

The Lyrid meteor shower was first recorded in 687 B.C. and has been studied for more than 2,000 years, according to NASA.

The meteor shower occurs every April, peaking this year on Monday.

Here’s the best way to catch a glimpse of this celestial event.

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US House passes $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed $61 billion in fresh aid for Ukraine on Saturday, ending a six-month political impasse during which Kyiv’s stockpiles dwindled in its war against Russia.

The Ukraine aid will be combined with funding for Israel and Taiwan, for a foreign assistance package totaling $95 billion.

Speaker Mike Johnson ...Read more

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California reparations bills clear first state Senate hearings. 'It's what is owed'

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SACRAMENTO — Reparations bills to fund reparations policy and tackle past racially motivated eminent domain that took property from and displaced Black Californians sailed through their first hearings this week at the state Capitol.

The bills are part of the historic 2024 Reparations Priority Bill Package introduced in February by the ...Read more

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Maryland board to vote on $2.9 million in compensation for wrongfully convicted Baltimore man

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BALTIMORE — The Maryland Board of Public Works will vote on whether to award $2.9 million in compensation to a Baltimore man who served 31 years in prison before he was exonerated.

Gary Washington, 63, was convicted of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence in the 1986 fatal shooting of Faheem Ali and sentenced to ...Read more

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TikTok divest-or-ban bill expected to become US law in days

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Saturday put legislation forcing TikTok’s Chinese parent ByteDance Ltd. to divest its ownership stake on a fast track to become law, tying it to a crucial aid package for Ukraine and Israel.

A massive lobbying effort led by TikTok Chief Executive Officer Shou Chew failed to overcome a bipartisan coalition ...Read more

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In case you missed Donald Trump's hush money trial, here are this week's highlights

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NEW YORK — The historic first criminal trial of a former U.S. president got off to a wild start.

Between Donald Trump nodding off, jurors being selected only to drop out, and Trump’s alleged repeat violations of a gag order prohibiting him from speaking publicly about trial participants, it’s clear the six-week trial will be an ...Read more

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NJ rabbi found dead in prison decades after hiring hit men to kill his wife

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A New Jersey rabbi behind bars for hiring hitmen to kill his wife — so he could pursue an affair with a Philadelphia radio personality — was discovered dead in the prison where he’d been serving a life sentence for murder.

Fred Neulander, a former senior rabbi at a synagogue in Cherry Hill, was found unresponsive earlier this week inside ...Read more

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New Iran oil sanctions passed by US House in foreign aid package

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed new sanctions on Iran’s oil sector set to become part of a foreign-aid package, putting the measure on track to pass the Senate within days.

The legislation would broaden sanctions against Iran to include foreign ports, vessels, and refineries that knowingly process or ship Iranian crude in violation of ...Read more

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Mass arrests at Columbia spark solidarity protests on college campuses across the US

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Tents and demonstrations are popping up on college campuses across the country after Columbia University students’ protest of the war in Gaza resulted in the arrests of more than 100 people.

Pro-Palestinian students and faculty — among others, including students from NYU — kicked off their demonstrations on Wednesday, erecting tents and ...Read more

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House passes $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

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WASHINGTON — Six months after President Joe Biden first asked for it, the House passed a tweaked version of his emergency aid package for key U.S. allies with strong bipartisan support, sending it back to the Senate for a final vote.

The $95.3 billion supplemental spending measure passed under an unusual procedure in which lawmakers voted on ...Read more

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After being snubbed by NYC, attorneys plan to sue for documents on 9/11 toxins

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NEW YORK — Attorneys for 9/11 survivors plan to take New York City to court to obtain pivotal data on the toxins that hovered over lower Manhattan following the terror attacks — now that their requests for the information have been repeatedly denied, the Daily News has learned.

Several lead city agencies in the city’s investigation of ...Read more

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Senate sends surveillance reauthorization bill to Biden's desk

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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a bill Saturday to reauthorize a powerful spy authority for two years, closing the page on a bitter and drawn-out congressional debate that pitted privacy hawks against intelligence-focused lawmakers and the Biden administration.

The chamber voted 60-34 on a House-passed measure that would renew Section 702 of ...Read more

Chad asks US to cease operations at strategic Army base

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Chad called on the U.S. to withdraw its troops from an army base in the central African country that’s one of the West’s few remaining outposts to fight a roiling jihadist insurgency in the region.

The move comes a month after Niger — another key Western ally in the region — suspended its security agreement with the U.S., amid a series ...Read more