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Russian strike on home improvement store in Ukraine kills 11

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A Russian gliding bomb struck a home-improvement superstore in Kharkiv on Saturday, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more.

Fire swept through more than 10,000 square meters (108,000 square feet) of highly flammable items at the Epicentr store in Ukraine’s second-biggest city, according to the Interior Ministry. More than 200 people were ...Read more

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South African parties wind up campaigns ahead of pivotal vote

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South Africa’s political parties began winding up their campaigns ahead of next week’s pivotal elections, with the ruling African National Congress and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters staging huge rallies that highlighted their mass appeal.

The May 29 vote is set to be the most hotly contested since apartheid ended, with a series of ...Read more

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Man killed after interrupting suspected catalytic converter thieves in downtown LA

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LOS ANGELES — A man was shot and killed when he interrupted three people who were trying to remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday, police said.

The man encountered the suspects around 3:25 a.m. near Pico Boulevard and Hope Street, said Officer Jader Chaves, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police ...Read more

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Ukraine says it struck anti-missile defense radar in Russia

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Ukraine made a drone strike this week at a tactical military target in Russia’s Krasnodar region, according to a person within the Ukrainian intelligence community.

The long-range early-warning radar system Voronezh-DM in Armavir, southern Russia, was hit by a drone launched by Ukraine’s military intelligence on Thursday, according to the ...Read more

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Yellen says higher path for rates boosts need to lift revenue

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WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the outlook for higher interest rates over the long haul makes it tougher to contain U.S. borrowing needs, heightening the importance of boosting revenue in negotiations with Republican lawmakers.

“We’ve raised the interest-rate forecast,” Yellen noted Friday in an interview with ...Read more

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NYPD to use drones to aid swimmers in trouble at city beaches amid lifeguard shortage

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NEW YORK — Remote-controlled drones equipped with flotation devices will be helping New York City lifeguards rescue swimmers in distress this summer season, city officials said Saturday.

The addition of drones comes as the city faces staff shortages among lifeguards that is expected to keep several miles of city beaches closed this holiday ...Read more

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Tesla under investigation over Bay Area factory toxic emissions, and faces lawsuit over alleged health harms

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bay Area air quality officials have launched an investigation into Tesla, charging the electric automaker with letting massive amounts of harmful toxins escape into the air from its Fremont car factory. In a double blow, an environmental group has filed a new lawsuit against the company over such pollution releases.

Since ...Read more

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Ex-Boston cop and N.J. man, one of 'most violent' Capitol rioters, sentenced for Jan. 6 deeds

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A former Boston police K-9 officer and a New Jersey electrician described as one of “the most violent” Jan. 6 rioters were sentenced Friday in Washington, D.C., for crimes committed during the 2021 storming of the Capitol.

Joseph Robert Fisher of Plymouth, Massachusetts., who pleaded guilty this year to two felony charges of civil disorder ...Read more

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French far-right seen trouncing Macron's party in EU elections

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France’s far-right National Rally is extending its lead against President Emmanuel Macron’s party in European elections to be held in two weeks, according to an Elabe poll for La Tribune and BFM TV.

Asked which of the parties they intend to vote for, 33% of those surveyed backed the National Rally, which is led by Marine Le Pen in the ...Read more

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Early signs of rising COVID in California as new FLiRT subvariants dominate

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LOS ANGELES — California may be headed to an earlier-than-normal start to the summer COVID-19 season, with coronavirus concentrations in sewage rising in some areas along with the statewide positive-test rate.

The trend comes as the latest family of coronavirus subvariants, collectively nicknamed FLiRT, have made significant gains nationally....Read more

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Cleanup of polluted Southern California 'brownfields' gets a $3 million boost from feds

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LOS ANGELES — Five Southern California communities have been awarded federal grants totaling $3 million to help transform polluted “brownfield” sites into land that’s safe for development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced.

The Orange County Transportation Authority received a $1 million grant to conduct ...Read more

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Sunak pledges mandatory national service in UK election gambit

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The Conservative Party said it would require mandatory national service for every 18-year-old Briton by the end of the next Parliament, a striking political gamble as U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sets out his six-week campaign messaging ahead of the July election.

“This is a great country but generations of young people have not had the ...Read more

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Family, friends remember 6th Key Bridge worker as a quiet 'dreamer'

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BALTIMORE — When the Key Bridge collapsed, those who loved José Mynor López were not alone in their sense of loss.

But as family, friends and co-workers said goodbye Friday to the last of six Brawner Builders workers who died March 26, their grief for a quiet, dedicated father loomed larger than any pain the city may have shared.

Eight ...Read more

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Hot Atlantic: The hurricane region is already reaching August-like water temperatures

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The brutal heat of May has felt like August in Florida, with heat index numbers topping highs that you’d normally expect at summer’s peak. The phenomenon is occurring at sea, too, and that’s bad news for hurricane season.

Sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, particularly in the Main Development Region ...Read more

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Philadelphia police officers have fatally shot 5 dogs since the start of 2024, just as many as they did all last year

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police have released information about two more fatal dog shootings this month by officers in a year that has seen an especially marked uptick in such incidents.

Philly cops have fatally shot four dogs in May, and five in total since the start of 2024. That’s just as many as the did in all of 2023, according to a...Read more

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Massachusetts shelled out nearly $400,000 for vaccine record checks in state-run shelters

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BOSTON — State officials have pumped nearly $400,000 into a program to review the vaccine records of families entering the emergency shelter system, including migrants from other countries who may have foreign documentation, according to the Healey administration.

Officials at Boston-based John Snow, Inc., which has long worked with the state...Read more

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Key Bridge collapse: Opening of federal channel delayed, set to open by June 10 at the latest

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BALTIMORE — Crews working to restore the federal channel of debris from the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge need more time before shipping traffic can be fully restored.

The end of May had been the goal of state and federal officials, but a Friday news release says that work will conclude by June 10.

“We are not taking our foot ...Read more

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TSA screened nearly 3 million passengers at US airports on Friday – busiest day on record

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NEW YORK — Nearly 3 million airline travelers passed through security checkpoints at airports across the United States on Friday, setting a new record for the highest number of passengers screened in a single day, the Transportation Security Administration said.

The history-making day, part of Memorial Day weekend travel plans, surpassed by ...Read more

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1st cruise ship sets sail from Port of Baltimore since Key Bridge collapse: 'It's a good day'

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BALTIMORE — “Cruising is back in Baltimore,” declared Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, as passengers began arriving Saturday at the Cruise Maryland Terminal.

The festive occasion marked the first cruise ship to arrive and depart the Port of Baltimore since the collapse of the Francis Scott Key ...Read more

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The case against Donald Trump: 20 days of hush money trial testimony explained

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NEW YORK — Twelve Manhattanites are expected this week to begin deliberating whether Donald Trump is a felon who conspired to disguise lewd rumors of his past to help him win over voters during his 2016 run for the White House.

The historic determination could see an American president convicted for the first time at a time when Trump, the ...Read more