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Disney's taxing district in Florida to get new name, DeSantis appointees under bill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis would appoint all the board members of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District under a House bill filed for the special session that began Monday.

The measure also would rename Reedy Creek the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District within two years.

The district remains intact, and its ...Read more

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Surveillance video shows fatal police shooting of double amputee holding a knife

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LOS ANGELES — Huntington Park police on Monday released surveillance video showing officers shooting a double amputee who was holding a knife as well as a recording of the 911 call from a stabbing victim that led to the fatal encounter.

In the video, three Huntington Park police officers approach Anthony Lowe, 36, as he hobbles away on what ...Read more

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The long saga to track down Kanye West is finally over: His former attorneys sever ties

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Kanye West’s former attorneys have finally tracked down the elusive artist and cut ties with him, even as he faces a slew of lawsuits, according to reports.

Many companies and business partners severed ties with West amid his racist and antisemitic behavior last fall, but his lawyers had to serve him with legally required notice before ...Read more

'You will not break my spirit': Leonard Taylor speaks out day before execution in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Leonard “Raheem” Taylor answered the phone exuberantly on Monday from a prison in eastern Missouri.

The 58-year-old is scheduled to be executed Tuesday. But he said he remains hopeful.

“I know I got a lot of people supporting me,” he said.

That includes his family, legal team and others who support his innocence ...Read more

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Rep. George Santos denies sexual harassment claim by prospective aide

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George Santos on Monday denied groping and sexually harassing a prospective congressional aide during a job meeting in the Republican representative’s Washington office last month.

“It’s comical,” Santos said on CNN. “Of course I deny that claim.”

Santos said he “100%” denies the claim and questioned why the man continued to ...Read more

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Chinese balloons were spotted near US bases during Trump's era

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WASHINGTON — Alleged Chinese spy balloons were spotted on several occasions during President Donald Trump’s administration, including three instances where they traveled near sensitive U.S. military facilities and training areas, according to people familiar with the matter.

The balloons were spotted near Texas, Florida and Hawaii, as well...Read more

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Long COVID study: Healthy lifestyle could lower risk for long COVID

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BOSTON — A healthy lifestyle could lower the risk of long COVID, according to Boston researchers who found that simple lifestyle changes like getting enough sleep could prevent long COVID symptoms.

Women who followed most aspects of a healthy lifestyle — healthy body weight, not smoking, regular exercise, adequate sleep, high quality diet, ...Read more

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Disney's taxing district in Florida to get new name, DeSantis appointees under bill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District would be renamed and its board members chosen by the governor under a bill filed for the special session that began Monday.

The measure renames Reedy Creek as the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

Outstanding debt, contracts and tax collection would not be ...Read more

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Senate won't be able to do much -- even with a full agenda

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It’s a tough time to be a U.S. senator.

The Democratic-led Senate, the center of dealmaking for the first two years of Joe Biden’s presidency, suddenly is relegated to the sidelines waiting for the Republican-led House to tackle thorny issues like raising the debt ceiling and overhauling U.S. immigration laws.

Senators in both parties say ...Read more

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Planes came dangerously close for 30 seconds in Texas near-miss

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A FedEx Corp. widebody cargo jet came within several hundred feet of colliding with a Southwest Airlines Co. plane in Austin, Texas, early Saturday and the two planes remained in close proximity for at least 30 seconds, flight data show.

The FedEx Boeing Co. 767-300, which had been cleared to land on the same Austin-Bergstrom International ...Read more

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Central California shooting suspect had 'extensive history' with slain family

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LOS ANGELES — One of the men accused of gunning down six members of a Central California family had been embroiled in an “extensive history and feud” with the family and once shot at one of them, according to police records obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2014, Tulare County sheriff’s deputies ...Read more

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Biden to test message before divided Congress with eye on 2024

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will get to test drive his 2024 campaign message in front of the nation on Tuesday when he delivers his State of the Union address.

Though Biden has yet to officially announce his reelection run, he has begun the year by using a sharper tone against Republicans at a series of campaign-style events. His ...Read more

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Authorities clearing Atlanta public safety training center site as construction looms

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ATLANTA — Law enforcement was out en masse Monday morning at the site of Atlanta’s proposed public safety training center, clearing the woods in anticipation of construction on the controversial facility beginning in earnest.

SWAT teams from the Atlanta and DeKalb County police departments, as well as Georgia State Patrol troopers and ...Read more

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3 teens killed when their car goes airborne, slams into tree, Missouri cops say

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three teenagers were killed in a crash when a vehicle they were in went airborne and struck a tree, Missouri police say.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said five people were in the Ford Focus that crashed around 3:40 a.m. on Sunday in Lincoln County.

According to troopers, a 17-year-old girl was driving the Focus “too...Read more

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Neo-Nazi leader, girlfriend planned attack on Baltimore's power grid, DOJ says

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A Neo-Nazi leader and his girlfriend hoped to lay “waste” to Baltimore by attacking multiple electrical substations, Justice Department officials said.

Federal prosecutors on Monday announced charges against Florida resident Brandon Clint Russell, an alleged leader of a Neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division, and Sarah Beth Clendaniel of...Read more

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Family of gravely wounded NYPD officer mulling 'decisions' about his fate, Adams says

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NEW YORK — The family of an off-duty police officer who was shot in the head and critically wounded is now in the process of making grave “decisions” about his medical treatment, Mayor Eric Adams said Monday morning.

“We are lifting the family up in prayers, and right now the family is deciding their decisions and is still in the care ...Read more

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Accused cult leader misused 'spiritual influence,' Las Vegas arrest report says

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LAS VEGAS — A North Las Vegas courtroom was packed Monday morning with supporters and alleged victims of a former actor accused of operating a cult and sexually abusing women and girls.

Nathan Chasing Horse, a 46-year-old member of the Rosebud Sioux Indian Lakota Tribe, has been accused by multiple women of misusing his “spiritual influence...Read more

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Balloon recovery begins as US investigates what China's leaders knew

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. has started to recover some parts from the Chinese balloon that an American F-22 fighter jet shot down off the coast of South Carolina, as Biden administration officials said the U.S. was still trying to figure out how much senior leaders in Beijing knew about the alleged spy mission.

The debris field where the balloon ...Read more

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California lake gained 89 billion gallons during winter storms. Here's where it's at now

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Lake Nacimiento in the northern reaches of San Luis Obispo County has seen its banks nearly burst from the winter rainstorms.

The lake gained more than 89 billion gallons since Dec. 1, according to data from the Monterey County Water Resources Agency.

On Dec. 1, the lake held 60,285 acre-feet of water.

By Jan. 11, ...Read more

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Earthquakes kill 2,500 in Turkey and Syria; millions lose power

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Some of the most powerful Middle East earthquakes in decades killed more than 2,500 people in Turkey and Syria, and left millions in the cold as night fell and snowfall increased.

A predawn earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Monday morning and a second measured at 7.6 struck nearby just nine hours later, ...Read more