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Venezuela bars EU monitors from July presidential election

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Venezuela withdrew an invitation to European Union election monitors, reducing the chances that the international community will accept the results of the upcoming presidential election in July.

The National Electoral Council cited the EU’s sanctions on some Venezuelan officials in its decision.

“It would be immoral to allow their ...Read more

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Federal judge denies request seeking to stop Virginia Beach wind farm construction

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A federal judge has denied a preliminary injunction seeking to halt construction of a 2.6-gigawatt wind farm about 29 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

In a 10-page opinion issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Loren AliKhan ruled against the temporary injunction, which sought to stop construction of the Coastal ...Read more

Dramatic video shows explosion at Ohio Chase Bank; 7 hospitalized, 2 missing

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Police in eastern Ohio issued a public safety alert Tuesday urging locals to avoid the downtown Youngstown area after an explosion at a Chase Bank building injured multiple people — one critically.

Dramatic photos and videos from the scene indicate the afternoon blast destroyed the entire ground level of a JP Morgan Chase bank.

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Mexico election is most violent since 2018 with 749 victims

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Mexico’s 2024 election is by far the most violent since 2018, with 749 people connected to the races affected by political violence that ranges from threats to kidnappings and murders.

The violence include 316 incidents involving candidates, of which 34 were murdered from September to May, according to the most recent report by Mexico City-...Read more

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In last words to jury, prosecution says convict Trump for conspiracy to 'manipulate and defraud' voters, defense slams 'greatest liar of all time' Michael Cohen

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels was part of a conspiracy to “hoodwink” the voting public in 2016, a Manhattan prosecutor thundered Tuesday in marathon closing arguments at the historic trial that could lead to the first criminal conviction of a former president.

“Democracy gives the people the ...Read more

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Trump gag order bid over false FBI theory denied in Florida case

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The federal judge overseeing Donald Trump’s classified documents case denied a request by special counsel Jack Smith to impose a gag order on the former president to protect law enforcement officers.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida said in a ruling Tuesday that Smith failed to give Trump’s legal team enough time to discuss the ...Read more

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Kate Middleton seen out and about amid cancer treatment, report says

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Kate Middleton has reportedly been seen out and about with her family and running errands by herself, in the latest development since announcing her cancer diagnoses on March 22.

The 42-year-old royal has kept a very low profile throughout her ongoing treatment, but was recently spotted by sources who spoke to People Magazine on Tuesday.

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Key Bridge collapse: Wes Moore meets with Joe Biden on federal channel opening and other issues

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore left a meeting with White House officials Tuesday saying plans were intact to restore the federal channel by June 10 following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, and that he expected the first large container ships to return around the same time.

“The first week of June is when we’re anticipating our first...Read more

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Baltimore County seeks to hire law firms to assist with Key Bridge litigation

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BALTIMORE — Baltimore County plans to hire a pair of law firms to help it with the complicated legal wrangling that already has begun following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The county wants to partner with Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. and Bekman, Marder, Hopper, Malarkey & Perlin LLC, the county said in a news release. Baltimore ...Read more

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Lawyers give closing statements in Donald Trump's historic hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Prosecutors on Tuesday gave a breathtaking summary of how Donald Trump and his allies allegedly conspired to hide a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and defraud the 2016 electorate, bringing to a close their effort to secure an unprecedented criminal conviction of a former U.S. president.

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Minnesota Historical Society agrees to return 1862 'Mankato hanging rope' to Prairie Island Indian Community

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — After a several-month consultation process, the Minnesota Historical Society has agreed to return the “Mankato hanging rope,” used to execute a Dakota man in 1862, to the Prairie Island Indian Community.

Tribal leaders filed a claim earlier this year under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, a law...Read more

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Kim Jong Un pledges to put satellites in sky after rocket fails

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Leader Kim Jong Un said deploying spy satellites is an essential choice to protect North Korea’s sovereignty after one of its rockets failed in flight, and threatened South Korea over its show of force linked to the launch.

In a speech to the country’s Academy of Defense Sciences, Kim said the rocket launched Monday that was meant to deploy...Read more

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Libertarian nominee Chase Oliver denies being spoiler — history shows differently

ATLANTA — Georgia resident Chase Oliver is the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president, but historical polling data shows he will not win the election. What worries most presidential campaign officials — and what Oliver rejects — is that he will draw ...Read more

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson puts Kansas City Police Department funding measure on August ballot, sidestepping state Supreme Court opinion

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday ordered that a new election on a measure forcing Kansas City to pay more for its police will happen in August, rejecting a November election date ordered by the state Supreme Court.

Parson’s decision follows an extraordinary Supreme Court decision last month that tossed the results ...Read more

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Colorado suspends ex-Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis' law license for 3 years over Georgia election lies

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DENVER — Jenna Ellis, a Colorado native and former lawyer for then-President Donald Trump in 2020, will not be allowed to practice law in Colorado for at least three years under an agreement approved Tuesday by the Colorado Supreme Court.

Ellis, who is from Longmont, had faced the possibility of total disbarment after pleading guilty in ...Read more

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Why the flag at the center of Justice Alito controversy flew in front of a NC building, too

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The flag at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court controversy has also flown in front of the North Carolina lieutenant governor’s office, to commemorate the state’s involvement in the Revolutionary War.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who is running for governor, flew the same flag as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel ...Read more

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Lifting a 'constant pressure': Supporters celebrate end to parole fees levied on Marylanders returning from prison

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Starting in October, Marylanders reentering society after a period in prison will no longer face a state fee for parole supervision that a national public policy institute criticized as “penny-wise, pound-foolish.”

Supporters, including the community group BUILD, herald the recent law change as the vital removal of a barrier to successfully...Read more

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Manhattanhenge returns to New York City: where and when to watch

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NEW YORK — Manhattanhenge, a phenomenon that sees the setting sun perfectly align itself with Manhattan’s grid of roadways, will once again dazzle New Yorkers over the next two days.

The solar event occurs twice a year, the first about three weeks before the summer solstice, and then another about three weeks after.

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Trump endorsement question hangs over Nevada Senate race

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BOULDER CITY, Nevada — Former Army Capt. Sam Brown is heavily favored in the Nevada GOP Senate primary to take on Democratic incumbent Sen. Jacky Rosen, but one wild card remains: Donald Trump.

Republican primary voters are already casting early ballots across Nevada, but the question of whether the former president will make an endorsement ...Read more

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California Democrats aren't sold on Gavin Newsom's plan to cut the budget deficit. How they disagree

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assembly Democrats are at odds with California Gov. Gavin Newsom on a handful of big issues — including proposed cuts to Medi-Cal provider rate increases and tax deduction suspensions — as lawmakers negotiate a budget to close an estimated $45 billion deficit.

The Legislature must pass a spending plan by June 15 for ...Read more