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Georgia on the nation's mind: 5 essential reads

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Shortly after his reelection on Dec. 6, 2022, Rev. Raphael Warnock talked about his political journey in a state better known for its racist history of suppressing the Black vote.

“I am Georgia,” Warnock said. “A living example and embodiment of its history and its hope, of its pain and promise, the brutality and possibility.”...Read more

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California Jan. 6 defendant sentenced to 21 months in prison, apologizes 'to the nation'

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WASHINGTON — Tommy Frederick Allan will serve 21 months in federal prison in connection with his actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

He will also pay a $100 fine and $2,000 to the Architect of the Capitol after he scaled its walls on a rope and stole an American flag and ...Read more

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After nearly 66 years and thanks to DNA advances, Philly's 'Boy in the Box' has a name: Joseph

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PHILADELPHIA — Haunting images of the child victim appeared in liquor stores, and were slipped into Philadelphia Gas Works bills. They spoke to a front-page crime so odious that it elbowed aside news accounts of the Cold War and the intensifying international tensions.

As many as 25,000 circulars were sent to police departments across the ...Read more

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Law enforcement in North Carolina's Moore County seeking search warrants as power is fully restored

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Law enforcement agencies forged ahead Thursday with their investigation into who shot out two electrical substations Saturday, causing Moore County to lose power for days.

Richard Maness, chief deputy of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, said detectives have sought approval for several search warrants that they began ...Read more

China seeks to tone down assertive diplomacy that 'backfired,' US official says

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WASHINGTON — China’s assertive diplomacy in recent years has “backfired” and Beijing now seeks a more predictable relationship with the U.S. as the country’s economy slows and the government tries to loosen its strict COVID-19 curbs, the Biden administration’s top Asia official said.

Elements of China’s aggressive “wolf warrior...Read more

14,000-barrel oil spill in Kansas temporarily shuts down Keystone Pipeline

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An estimated 14,000 barrels of crude oil spilled from the Keystone Pipeline into Mill Creek near the city of Washington, Kansas, on Wednesday night.

“There is no threat or imminent danger to city utilities, and the City water supply remains safe and not in jeopardy,” Washington, Kansas officials wrote on the city’s website Thursday. The ...Read more

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Kanye West's honorary degree rescinded by School of the Art Institute of Chicago for antisemitic comments

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CHICAGO — The School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday rescinded an honorary degree awarded to Kanye West.

The decision comes amid growing pressure on West, now known as Ye, after he made repeated public antisemitic statements. Ye recently praised Adolf Hitler on a far-right talk show and was kicked off Twitter for posting a photo ...Read more

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Cure for common cold? New research finds immune response in nose that plummets when temps drop

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The nose really does know, as it turns out.

New research has revealed a physical link between chilly weather and the severity of colds, and it’s right under — or, rather, inside — our noses.

Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Northeastern University have discovered an immune response inside the nose that fights incoming ...Read more

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DOJ cleared to use Trump Mar-a-Lago records in criminal probe

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday freed the Justice Department to resume using the thousands of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in its criminal investigation following months of legal wrangling with the former president.

Trump appeared to drop the fight over the records, at least for now....Read more

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Trump Organization trial uncovers secrets from bonus scams to his-and-hers Benzes

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NEW YORK — Every December, the Trump Organization would cut a check to a mail room employee. In a good year, the check was for $5,975. In less prosperous times, it was closer to $4,000.

It didn’t matter to the mail room guy. The money wasn’t for him.

His job was to cash the check at a local bank, lug the bills back to Trump Tower, take ...Read more

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Florida lawmaker who sponsored 'don't say gay' bill resigns after federal indictment for wire fraud

TAMPA, Fla. — One day after being indicted on charges of money laundering and wire fraud, state Rep. Joe Harding, R-Ocala, announced his resignation from Florida’s House of Representatives.

Harding was the sponsor of the Parental Rights in ...Read more

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LA-area mountain lion to be captured for 'evaluation' after killing one Chihuahua, attacking another

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P-22, a mountain lion and also Los Angeles area’s most renowned wild animal, will be captured and evaluated for possibly “exhibiting signs of distress” including killing a leashed Chihuahua last month and attacking another Chihuahua last week, California wildlife officials said Thursday.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said...Read more

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Trump among 5 targets as Jan. 6 panel weighs criminal referrals

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WASHINGTON — The House Jan. 6 committee is considering criminal referrals against former President Donald Trump, his chief of staff Mark Meadows and at least three other key allies involved in his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Those referrals are being suggested by a subcommittee of ...Read more

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FTC votes to file suit to block Microsoft's $69 Billion Activision deal

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block Microsoft Corp.’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., saying the tie-up between the Xbox maker and popular gaming publisher would harm competition.

The commission voted 3-1 in favor of the complaint, which was filed in its in-house court. Regulators said Microsoft’s ...Read more

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Almost everyone is becoming about a year younger in South Korea

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South Korean lawmakers approved a measure that would revise the way the country tallies a person’s age, ending a system that counted newborns as a year old and meaning that most of its citizens are about to get younger.

The bill passed by the National Assembly on Thursday would scrap the country’s widely used “Korean age” counting ...Read more

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Trump among 5 targets as Jan. 6 panel weighs criminal referrals

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WASHINGTON — The House Jan. 6 committee is considering criminal referrals against former President Donald Trump, his chief of staff Mark Meadows and at least three other key allies involved in his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Those referrals are being suggested by a subcommittee of ...Read more

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Why getting Whelan freed from Russia is proving harder than Griner

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WASHINGTON — For the second time this year, the family of Michigan's Paul Whelan was left "devastated" that Russia agreed to swap an American prisoner for the return of a Russian inmate, and that, again, that American wasn't Paul.

"It's disappointing. We were aware that there was a 50-50 chance, and, unfortunately, it broke that way," Whelan'...Read more

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DOJ cleared to use Trump Mar-a-Lago records in criminal probe

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Thursday freed the Justice Department to resume using the thousands of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in its criminal investigation following months of legal wrangling with the former president.

Trump appeared to drop the fight over the records, at least for now....Read more

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NYC Mayor Adams backs renewed push for reparations bill in Albany

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams expressed support Thursday for an effort in Albany to lay the groundwork for Black New Yorkers to receive reparations for slavery — saying specific attention should be paid to still-existing companies that benefited from slave labor.

“We need to zero in on some of those corporations and companies that the ...Read more

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OnlyFans model accused of murdering boyfriend in Miami to stay jailed until trial

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MIAMI — The OnlyFans model accused of murdering her boyfriend in Miami won’t be getting out of jail to await trial.

A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday ruled that Courtney Clenney must remain behind bars as she awaits trial for the killing of Christian Obumseli on April 3 inside their luxury Edgewater apartment. Clenney, 27, is charged with ...Read more