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Biden says US military would step in if China attacked Taiwan

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President Joe Biden said the U.S. military would intervene to defend Taiwan in any attack from China, comments that appeared to break from the long-standing U.S. policy of “strategic ambiguity” before they were walked back by White House officials.

Asked during a press briefing on Monday in Tokyo whether the U.S. would be willing to get ...Read more

Butt-lift patient says Miami's 'Squeeze Ladies' performed hotel massage that drew blood

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MIAMI — Massage therapists known as “The Squeeze Ladies” continue to do incisional drainage massages, a procedure that cost the business founder her license in May, a woman who underwent Brazillian butt-lift surgery told the Miami Herald.

Yazna Corao, a South Miami-Dade licensed massage therapist until March 16, agreed to a revocation of ...Read more

First disturbance of the 2022 hurricane season moves over Florida Panhandle

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The first tropical disturbance of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season moved through the Gulf of Mexico and inland over the Florida Panhandle early Monday.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a forecast outlook that no tropical development was expected from the the blob of disorganized thunderstorms, but it...Read more

Biden unveils a US-Asia trade initiative that falls short of a free trade deal

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TOKYO — President Joe Biden on Monday unveiled an initiative that he said would bind the U.S. and Asian economies more closely but that falls short of a free trade agreement and remains vague on details.

The newly named group, the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, is intended to increase cooperation on trade, energy, the supply ...Read more

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Pfizer COVID shot seems protective for children under 5 in early data

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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was highly effective and prompted a strong immune response in children under age 5, based on early results from a trial that is likely to pave the way for infants and toddlers to finally get immunized.

A three-dose regimen was 80.3% effective in a preliminary finding based on 10 infections...Read more

Zelenskyy issues Davos demand to shun Russia, invest in Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s economy should be shut off from the world and invited global investors to shift resources into Ukraine to help rebuild the country from the devastation wrought by Vladimir Putin’s war.

“This is really the moment when it is decided whether brute force will rule the world,” the ...Read more

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Biden administration races to salvage Summit of the Americas

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WASHINGTON — A brewing boycott over the invitation list to this year’s Summit of the Americas, a hemispheric gathering held every three to four years and planned for Los Angeles next month, has the Biden administration scrambling to avoid an embarrassment that could erode U.S. influence in the region.

The trouble began when the ...Read more

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California coronavirus spread significantly worsen, with cases doubling in some areas

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LOS ANGELES — The number of coronavirus cases in California has significantly worsened this past week, hitting a level not seen since the winter’s omicron surge and raising concerns about the possibility of a big jump in infections this summer.

Weekly coronavirus cases roughly doubled across wide swaths of California, including Riverside ...Read more

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Acrimony, threats, absent doctors: LA County and USC clash over hospital management

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LOS ANGELES — For years, a contentious dispute between Los Angeles County's health care leaders and the University of Southern California has seethed behind closed doors, injecting tension and acrimony in the operations at one of the nation's busiest public hospitals that climaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As early as 2019, officials at L...Read more

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This rural, red Southern county was a vaccine success story. Not anymore

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MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. — At a glance, it seemed like a Southern pandemic success story in a most unlikely place.

A small county northeast of Chattanooga, along the twisting banks of Chickamauga Lake, for much of the past year has reported the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Tennessee and one of the highest in the South.

Meigs County, which...Read more


Multiracial residents are changing the face of the US

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The number of Americans who identified as more than one race nearly doubled to 13.5 million people between 2010 and 2020, and did double or more in 34 states and the District of Columbia, a Stateline analysis of census figures shows.

To some observers, the increase in the number of Americans identifying as more than one race shows that barriers...Read more

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There is a rapidly expanding, virtually unregulated competitor to medical cannabis in Maryland. It's called Delta-8

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BALTIMORE — You no longer need a medical card to legally get high on cannabis in Maryland.

The state spent years setting up a medical cannabis industry that is tightly regulated at every step from seed to sale. Dispensaries, processors and cultivators spent millions of dollars creating an entirely new industry under the impression that ...Read more

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California's schools chief could cruise to a second term, despite criticism

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LOS ANGELES — Prolonged classroom shutdowns. Pandemic policies that at times frustrated parents and teachers alike. Allegations of a toxic workplace. Questionable hiring practices.

Despite it all, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond could end up coasting into reelection.

"People are still angry, and they need to be heard...Read more