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Too much weed: Amid cannabis crackdown, NYC Sheriffs stowing seized pot anywhere they can

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NEW YORK — City deputy sheriffs have seized so much cannabis from unlicensed pot shops amid a crackdown that the agency’s offices have become a weed wonderland, with pot stowed in every nook and cranny they can find, The New York Daily News has learned.

When the sheriff’s office was tasked with raiding illegal weed shops, the cannabis ...Read more

After 22 hours in the wilderness, 4-year-old boy from Southern California found safe

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LOS ANGELES — After disappearing from a campground in the Sierra National Forest, a 4-year-old boy from Torrance was found by a search-and-rescue party a day later and reunited with his parents, officials said.

The boy's family reported him missing around 11 a.m. Thursday near the Rancheria Campground, a site that sits along Huntington Lake ...Read more


Small plane crashes near Turks and Caicos, authorities say. Two people were aboard

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MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard is aiding local rescue efforts in the crash of a small plane just off the shore of Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday, officials said.

Shortly after midday, the plane crashed about 10 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales, part of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, said a spokesperson for the Royal Turks and...Read more


Desperate search ends with 3 young tourists dead in likely drowning at Florida beach

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Three young men from Alabama have died following a desperate search after they became “distressed” while swimming at a Florida Panhandle beach, authorities said Saturday morning.

The three swimmers went into waters of the Gulf of Mexico shortly after arriving in Panama City Beach Friday afternoon, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office said in a...Read more

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Chicago's Buckingham Fountain closed after pool water dyed red in apparent pro-Palestine demonstration

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CHICAGO — Buckingham Fountain is closed “until further notice” after vandals dyed the Grant Park landmark’s pool water red and spray-painted messages opposing the war in Gaza overnight.

Chicago Park District officials announced the closure Saturday morning, saying the city agency will perform maintenance to restore the fountain to its ...Read more

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South Africa's coalition government signs up two more parties

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Two more South African political parties will join the coalition that’s being formed to govern the country, bringing to nine the members of the next administration.

The United Democratic Movement and Rise Mzansi agreed to sign up to the so-called government of national unity and to take part in a proposed national dialogue, according separate...Read more

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Tom Girardi used client money to fund his wife's entertainment career, prosecutors say

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LOS ANGELES — Six weeks before Tom Girardi's criminal trial in Los Angeles is scheduled to begin, federal prosecutors revealed that they intend to introduce key evidence: that the disgraced former attorney allegedly spent more than $25 million of client and law firm money on the career of his reality TV star wife.

Until now, Erika Girardi —...Read more

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NYC deputy sheriffs union calls on Sheriff Anthony Miranda to resign over 'hostile work environment'

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NEW YORK — Members of the New York City Deputy Sheriffs’ Association are demanding Sheriff Anthony Miranda’s resignation, claiming he has created a “hostile work environment” that has led to an exodus of rank-and-file members.

In documented complaints against Miranda, the union has claimed the city sheriff has “discriminated” and ...Read more

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System in Gulf likely to bring heavy rain, flooding to Mexico and Texas

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An area of stormy weather in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico could still become a tropical depression this weekend before reaching the coast of northeastern Mexico on Sunday night, forecasters said.

The large area of showers and thunderstorms over the southwestern Gulf lacked a well-defined center by Saturday evening ...Read more

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Rainfall swamps southwestern Minnesota, closing highways and raising concerns

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WINDOM, Minn. — Residents in southwestern Minnesota awoke to flooded yards and closed roads Saturday after heavy rains overnight.

The Interstate 90 corridor in the state's southwest corner received 2 to 2.5 inches of rain over the last 24 hours, the National Weather Service in Chanhassen said Saturday.

According to one report, about 3.5 ...Read more

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Government watchdogs will lose some ethics oversight powers under bill DeSantis signed

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis quietly approved new restrictions Friday on how watchdog commissions can investigate state and local officials for suspected public corruption and ethical violations, even as local officials say the move will likely result in less government oversight of elected officials.

Under the new law, state and ...Read more

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NYC subway service could deteriorate due to MTA budget shortfalls, Hochul's end to congestion pricing

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NEW YORK — The loss of congestion pricing revenue will affect more than just the long-term expansion of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's transit system — it could leave aging subway cars to run on poorly maintained tracks and sideline normal repair and replacement activities for years, a Daily News analysis has found.

The ...Read more

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Newsom, Democrats use cuts, reserves and 'fiscal emergency' declaration to solve California budget deficit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers struck a deal Saturday to make $16 billion in cuts, declare a statewide fiscal emergency and pull money from the state's rainy-day reserves to balance a $46.8 billion budget deficit in California.

The agreement for a $297.7 billion spending plan is the result of weeks of ...Read more

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Fish kill reported in Biscayne Bay. Blame it on last week's heavy rains

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MIAMI — If you’re in some spots in Biscayne Bay during the weekend, you might be greeted with an unpleasant sight: dead fish floating on the surface.

That’s the unfortunate aftermath of the relentless rain that South Florida experienced last week — and a reminder of much larger fish kills that have plagued Biscayne Bay in the past few ...Read more

Tropical depression could still form in Gulf of Mexico before Sunday night

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An area of stormy weather in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico could still become a tropical depression this weekend before reaching the coast of northeastern Mexico Sunday night, forecasters said.

The large area of showers and thunderstorms over the southwestern Gulf has lowering odds of developing, but heavy rain is ...Read more

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Macron courts coalition of rivals to block 'extremes' from power

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French President Emmanuel Macron said opposing political groups could govern together to block the path to power of the “extremes,” as polls indicate his centrist party and its allies are set for an election defeat.

With just a week to go until voting starts, Macron trails well behind Marine Le Pen’s National Rally and a hastily ...Read more

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FBI raid of Oakland mayor rocks city, fuels questions over family's political influence

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LOS ANGELES — While it’s still unclear why FBI agents raided the home of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao this week, the action has cast a renewed and strengthened spotlight on a yearslong probe into the political influence — and campaign finance machinations — of one prominent local family.

A long-running probe

For five years, the Oakland ...Read more

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1 dead, 7 wounded after shooting at Louisville nightclub

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Gunfire erupted at a nightclub in west Louisville in the early hours of Saturday morning, leaving one dead and seven wounded, among them a person still in critical condition.

Officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department were called to the H20 Lounge in the Russell neighborhood, shortly before 1 a.m., WDRB reported. When they arrived on ...Read more


Suspect identified in shooting at Arkansas grocery store that killed 3

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The man accused of opening fire at a grocery store in southern Arkansas, fatally striking three people and wounding 11 others, has been identified.

Travis Eugene Posey, a 44-year-old from New Edinburg, is facing three counts of capital murder in connection with the shooting on Friday at the Mad Butcher, according to a press release from ...Read more

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California wildfires have already burned 90,000 acres, and summer is just beginning

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LOS ANGELES — California’s summer is off to a fiery start after an explosion of wildfire activity across the state this week, with blazes stretching firefighting resources thin, forcing evacuations and scorching several homes, businesses and bone-dry hillsides.

Perilous weather conditions in the last days of spring before Thursday — ...Read more