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LAPD searches for 'General Hospital' actor's killers, seeks fingerprints, video

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police detectives are collecting surveillance video and searching for fingerprints as they look for the group of catalytic converter thieves who killed "General Hospital's" Johnny Wactor on Saturday morning in downtown L.A.

Wactor was killed around 3:25 a.m. while leaving a bar where he worked. He encountered three...Read more

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Judge scolds Trump lawyer for 'outrageous' comments in closing about Trump's prison threat

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NEW YORK — Justice Juan Merchan scolded Trump’s attorney Todd Blanche for improperly invoking the threat of prison time facing the former president toward the end of the defense’s summation at the historic hush money trial.

“It’s simply not allowed. Period,” the judge boomed, saying Blanche should have known better as a former ...Read more

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'It's a fluid situation': Encampment prompts Wayne State to switch to remote operations

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DETROIT — Wayne State University officials said Tuesday the school is shifting to remote operations effective immediately because the pro-Palestinian encampment is posing "an ongoing public safety issue."

The remote learning shift came after university leaders met over the weekend with pro-Palestinian demonstrators, who set up the encampment ...Read more

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Pope Francis criticized for using homophobic slur in bishop meeting

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Pope Francis has apologized for using a homophobic slur during a recent closed-door meeting with more than 200 Italian bishops, the Vatican said.

The leader of the Catholic Church was heavily criticized on Monday after multiple Italian news outlets reported he had used the Italian term “frociaggine” when discussing the admission of gay men ...Read more

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Baltimore certifies primary election results after 2 weeks of ballot counting

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore City Board of Elections certified the results of the 2024 primary Tuesday, bringing to an end an election that carried on for two weeks after Election Day.

The board convened Tuesday morning for the certification vote which was delayed Friday, a tentative date set by state officials for local boards across the state ...Read more

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Denver mayor is pressuring Civil Service Commission to accept unqualified police recruits, director alleges

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DENVER — The director of the city agency tasked with screening recruits for the Denver police and fire departments on Tuesday accused Mayor Mike Johnston of pressuring that agency to lower its standards so the mayor can meet his promise to hire 167 new police officers this year.

Niecy Murray is the executive director of the Denver Civil ...Read more

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Nearly 200 homeless Sacramentans could soon lose their 'golden ticket' to find housing

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BALTIMORE — Sacramento’s low-income residents with a so-called “golden ticket to housing” face losing that Section 8 voucher if they fail to secure a rental in the coming months.

Brenda and Shawn White are among the roughly 175 Section 8 voucher holders who are in the process the of finding housing. Voucher holders have always had four ...Read more

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Wildlife officials confirm another gray wolf livestock attack in Colorado´s Jackson County

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DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed another gray wolf attack on livestock in Jackson County on Saturday, according to the agency’s list of confirmed gray wolf depredations.

The incident involved one calf and a claim has not yet been submitted. CPW could not immediately be reached for more details regarding the attack.

This is ...Read more

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Pope Francis criticized for using homophobic slur in bishop meeting

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Pope Francis has apologized for using a homophobic slur during a recent closed-door meeting with more than 200 Italian bishops, the Vatican said.

The leader of the Catholic Church was heavily criticized on Monday after multiple Italian news outlets reported he had used the Italian term “frociaggine” when discussing the admission of gay men ...Read more

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Kansas Gov. Kelly misses self-imposed deadline to set special session date on tax cuts

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly hasn’t set the start date for a special legislative session on tax cuts, despite previously saying she would announce the date last week.

When the Democratic governor vetoed the latest tax cuts proposal on May 16, she said in a statement provided by her office that she would announce the session date “next week.” ...Read more

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Trump's hush money trial verdict could come this week. Here's what each outcome could mean for the election.

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Twelve jurors in New York City are poised to make history when they reveal the verdict in the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president.

The decision could influence some voters in a close presidential race in key swing states like Pennsylvania with six months until the election.

Closing arguments in former President Donald Trump's hush ...Read more

Federal grand jury indicts Detroit man Jibreel Pratt in new ISIS terror case

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DETROIT — A Detroit man was indicted Tuesday and accused of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

The bare-bones indictment of Jibreel Pratt, 25, alleges that he tried to provide money to the foreign terrorist organization from March-May 2023.

Pratt was arrested early Tuesday and he is expected to make an initial ...Read more

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Search for 2 of 4 escaped inmates continues in Louisiana

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A search continued in Louisiana on Tuesday after a group of inmates, several of them arrested in connection with a homicide, busted out of jail over the weekend.

Omarion Hookfin, 19; Avery Guidry, 19; Jamarcus Cyprian, 20; and Travon Johnson, 21, all escaped through a weak spot in the chain link fence circling Tangipahoa Parish Jail, Chief ...Read more

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Israel's invasion of Rafah reaches center of town, AFP reports say

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Israeli tanks have reached the heart of Rafah, according to AFP, a sign the military could be nearing its goal of taking full control of the southern Gazan city.

Residents reported clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces in the center of town on Tuesday, AFP said, suggesting troops have advanced beyond their initial incursions in the ...Read more

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2 Missouri lawmakers have shown up at the Trump trial in New York. Here's why

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Burlison wasn’t expected back in Congress until Tuesday. His wife and kids were flying to visit family.

So on a Sunday night, he took a late flight from Missouri to New York City, arrived after midnight, donned his navy suit and red tie so he could stand behind President Donald Trump as he stands trial over whether ...Read more

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues clashing with Illinois Senate over parole board

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate and Gov. J.B. Pritzker remain divided over changes to the state’s embattled parole board, even as the Democratic-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor move toward a belated state budget deal.

Over opposition from the governor’s office, Senate Democrats, joined by their Republican colleagues, ...Read more

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SpaceX launch marks 40th for the Space Coast

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SpaceX sent up the 40th rocket launch from the Space Coast on Tuesday morning.

A Falcon 9 carrying 23 Starlink satellites lifted off at 10:24 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40. The launch was delayed from Monday, but SpaceX did not give a reason for why they stood down from that attempt.

The first-stage ...Read more

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Taiwan lawmakers pass bill to curb president's powers

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Taiwan lawmakers passed legislation that could curb the authority of newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te as thousands of protesters gathered outside parliament to oppose the changes.

The legislature passed the controversial measure Tuesday afternoon following a day of raucous debates and scuffles between Lai’s ruling Democratic ...Read more

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Israel's invasion of Rafah reaches center of town, army says

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Israeli tanks have reached the center of Rafah, a sign the military could be nearing its goal of taking full control of the southern Gazan city.

Residents reported clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces in the center of town on Tuesday, AFP said, suggesting troops have advanced beyond their initial incursions in the outskirts. An Israeli ...Read more

Trump lawyer tells hush money trial jury he's innocent, 'cannot convict' based on Michael Cohen testimony

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s defense lawyer asked a Manhattan jury not to convict his client based on the words of Michael Cohen as closing arguments commenced Tuesday at the former president’s hush money trial.

“You should want and expect more than the testimony of Michael Cohen,” Todd Blanche said as he began his summation, rattling ...Read more