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As abortion pills draw big interest, Florida doctors wary of a new method of desperation

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A generation ago, women desperate for abortion might have used a coat hanger, but in contemporary Florida, they are likely to turn to pills.

Pills that induce cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus — known as medication abortion — are legal in the state up until the 11th week of pregnancy.

But now that Florida ...Read more

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9/11 World Trade Center Health Program has $3B looming deficit

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NEW YORK — The failure of President Joe Biden’s ambitious "Build Back Better" funding bill last December also had another casualty — nearly $3 billion meant to plug a looming deficit in the World Trade Center Health Program.

Now lawmakers are searching for a new way to advance legislation to fill that hole after a recent briefing to ...Read more

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As 'don't say gay' law takes effect in Florida, confusion reigns over classroom rules

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The new Florida law dubbed “don’t say gay” by its critics kicked in Friday, banning instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in primary grades — and creating fears that all topics related to LGBTQ people are off limits in public schools.

State leaders dismiss those complaints, saying the law, officially ...Read more

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Cautious optimism as Chicago sees statistical decline in gun violence, even as downtown takes spotlight for crime in the first half of 2022

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CHICAGO — Chicago entered the July Fourth weekend with some encouraging news: The unrelenting gun violence that the city has experienced over the previous two years continues to decline, with a double-digit decline in homicides, officials reported Friday.

With a number of factors in play, including that the city is rebounding from a deadly ...Read more

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'Post Roe? Hell no.' Abortion rights activists march in downtown L.A.

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LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of people marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest for abortion rights, the second weekend in a row that Californians have taken to the streets after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade.

At a rally outside the federal courthouse on 1st Street, speakers urged a crowd of about 200 people to ...Read more

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Harris links abortion and voting rights, says fight must go on

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Vice President Kamala Harris drew a link between states moving to outlaw abortion and those limiting voting rights, telling an audience mostly of Black women that the overturning of Roe v. Wade “requires all of us to speak up.”

“At least 11 states are doing both at the same time,” Harris said at the annual Essence Festival in New ...Read more

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American Airlines says trips restored after technical glitch

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American Airlines Group Inc. said it doesn’t expect any operation impact from a temporary glitch that had allowed pilots to drop thousands of flight hours.

A “technical glitch” in AA’s pilot scheduling system led to more than 37,000 of flying hours in July to be dropped into open time, according to a statement by Allied Pilots ...Read more

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Argentina Economy Minister Guzman resigns as divisions grow

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Argentine Economy Minister Martin Guzman resigned Saturday, marking the biggest departure of President Alberto Fernandez’s government after infighting within the ruling coalition escalated.

Guzman announced his decision in a seven-page letter published on Twitter. No replacement was immediately announced.

The minister had come under pressure...Read more

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Boy, 3, dies in plunge from 29th floor of Manhattan high-rise

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NEW YORK — A 3-year-old boy plummeted to his death from the 29th-floor balcony of a Manhattan high-rise on Saturday morning, police said.

The child fell from the Taino Towers complex in East Harlem around 11 a.m., landing on the third-floor scaffolding with a sickening thud before he was rushed to Harlem Hospital and pronounced dead, ...Read more

Tempers flare as group, reportedly of white supremacist The Patriot Front, marched through Boston

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BOSTON — A large group of around 100 people or so, reportedly of the white supremacist group The Patriot Front, marched through the heart of downtown this afternoon sparking a confrontation.

A call came in at around 12:30 p.m. or thereabouts, which announced that a group had gone up to a rental truck parked in the area of the Haymarket MBTA ...Read more

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Johnson's party faces probe into hospital vow as scandals mount

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The U.K. government’s official spending watchdog is planning an investigation into Boris Johnson’s election promises to build 40 new hospitals, an unexpected probe set to add to the litany of troubles surrounding the prime minister.

The National Audit Office sent a letter to Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, saying it will conduct...Read more

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Paris airport to return to normal as labor strife hits elsewhere

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Traffic at Paris’s main airport is expected to return to normal on Sunday after some workers called a halt to a strike there, even as travel disruptions appear set to continue across Europe.

After as many as a fifth of flights were canceled for parts of Friday and Saturday, Aeroports de Paris, which operates Charles de Gaulle airport, doesn�...Read more

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Tropical Storm Colin is staying mostly offshore, but NC severe weather threat lingers

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Tropical Storm Colin kept most of its winds and rains offshore as it worked its way up the North Carolina coast on Saturday, but weather authorities warned residents and visitors to be on the lookout for severe weather again Sunday.

The tropical storm, which spun up overnight in the Atlantic Ocean near South Carolina, left ...Read more

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Police: Mother, three children found in Minnesota lake in 'possible triple murder-suicide'

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MINNEAPOLIS — A series of events that started with the report of a possible suicide in an east-metro mobile home park had by Saturday become what authorities who recovered four bodies from a Ramsey County lake were calling a triple homicide.

Along the peaceful shoreline of Vadnais Lake, the bodies of three children under the age of 6, and of ...Read more

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Appeals judge denies request by Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron that would have again halted abortions

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky Court of Appeals judge has denied a motion by Attorney General Daniel Cameron in a lawsuit over the state’s abortion laws, a move that will allow abortions to continue for now.

On Thursday, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge issued a restraining order that temporarily blocks the state’s “trigger law” ...Read more

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Delta offers $10,000 to passengers to give up seats on overbooked flight

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After a traveler said Delta Air Lines recently offered passengers $10,000 in cash to take a later flight after overbooking, many were shocked and started considering what their airplane seat might be worth.

Jason Aten wrote this week that he and other passengers waiting for takeoff from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Minneapolis-St. Paul were told ...Read more

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6 indicted in cryptocurrency and NFT fraud schemes that netted more than $130 million

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LOS ANGELES — Six people have been indicted in four separate cryptocurrency fraud cases involving more than $130 million in losses, including the single largest NFT scheme charged to date, federal prosecutors said this week.

That scheme, prosecutors said, involved a group called the Baller Ape Club that claimed to sell NFTs, or nonfungible ...Read more

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'Rather unexpected' Tropical Storm Colin forms off South Carolina

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Residents of the Carolinas work up to a surprise Saturday morning: Tropical Storm Colin had formed overnight.

According the National Hurricane Center, an area of low pressure formed just offshore from Savannah, Georgia, on Friday but became better organized overnight. “As a result, and rather unexpectedly, Tropical Storm ...Read more

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Former Rancho Mirage medical institute director sentenced for $44-million cosmetic surgery scheme

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The former director of a Rancho Mirage medical institute, who was extradited from Israel to the U.S. after fleeing the county, was sentenced to just over eight years in federal prison for a cosmetic surgery scheme that defrauded insurance companies and others out of $44 million.

Linda Morrow, 70, and her physician husband fraudulently ...Read more

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Tesla receives recall order from Germany for models Y and 3

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Germany’s automotive regulator has called on Tesla Inc. to issue a recall for its models Y and 3 because of a technical problem in the cars’ emergency system.

The Federal Motor Transport Authority can only order a recall in Germany, but said on its website that a total of more than 59,000 Teslas would be affected worldwide.

The German ...Read more