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Michigan newspapers sue for access to redistricting memos, meeting recording

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DETROIT — Three news outlets and the Michigan Press Association filed suit Tuesday in the Michigan Supreme Court to force Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to release records they say should be public.

The emergency complaint from the The Detroit News, Bridge Magazine and Detroit Free Press seeks recordings from an Oct....Read more

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Details announced for Bob Dole funeral Friday in Washington, DC

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The Washington National Cathedral will host the funeral of Bob Dole on Friday, part of a week marking the legacy of the late Kansas senator.

The formal tribute to Dole begins Thursday, when he will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. President Joe Biden will participate in a private ceremony alongside members of Congressional leadership, ...Read more

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NYPD pulls 2,000 bodycams from use after one 'ignited'

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NEW YORK — The NYPD has taken 2,000 body cameras out of circulation after one worn by a Manhattan cop “ignited,” police confirmed Tuesday.

The department yanked all of its Axon AB2 cameras for inspection after a cop at the 34th Precinct in Inwood noticed smoke coming out of one, police said. The cop removed it, and it “ignited,” ...Read more

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Cutting-edge Space Force radar installed at Alaskan base

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A new milestone has been reached in the creeping militarization of space.

A ceremony at the Clear Space Force Base (formerly Clear Air Force Station) south of Fairbanks celebrated the end of construction and installation of a new Long Range Discrimination Radar, a sophisticated monitoring system designed to bolster ...Read more

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Mexican kidnap-for-ransom ring that operated in Southern California is indicted

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LOS ANGELES — Members of a violent kidnap-for-ransom ring based in Tijuana were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury after they were accused of abducting nine people and killing six of them, including three U.S. citizens.

All six defendants face one count each of conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death, conspiracy to commit...Read more

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Biden urges Putin toward diplomacy, not war, with Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — President Biden warned Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a videoconference Tuesday that invading Ukraine would result in stiff economic sanctions from the U.S. and several European allies.

The virtual meeting, the second time the two leaders have held direct talks since their June summit in Geneva, arose after Putin ...Read more

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'You've got a great body for Mr. Epstein': Woman says she was 14 when Maxwell hired her

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NEW YORK — “You’ve got a great body for Mr. Epstein and his friends,” Ghislaine Maxwell told one of the financier’s accusers when she was an underage teen, the woman testified Tuesday.

The woman, now in her 30s and using the name “Carolyn,” said it was Maxwell who greeted her at Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion the first ...Read more

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Senate confirms border chief amid record migrant encounters

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday evening confirmed Chris Magnus to head U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security law enforcement agency dealing with a record number of migrant crossings at the southern border.

The 50-47 vote for the Tucson, Ariz., police chief makes him the first Senate-confirmed commissioner of CBP since ...Read more

Senate votes to allow Saudi 'defensive' arms sale to proceed

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted against a path forward for a resolution that would have banned a proposed weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The Biden administration pushed for the sale, arguing that the arms are “defensive” in nature.

The resolution from Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, would have ...Read more

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Ghislaine Maxwell groped 14-year-old, said victim had 'a great body for Mr. Epstein,' accuser testifies

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NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell groped a 14-year-old girl’s bare breast and declared the teen “had a great body for Mr. Epstein,” a Manhattan jury heard Tuesday.

The third accuser to take the stand against Maxwell — who testified under her first name, Carolyn — said she first met Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell, his alleged chief enabler, ...Read more

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Compromise defense bill unveiled with big increase in authorized spending

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WASHINGTON — The House and Senate Armed Services committees released a compromise version of the annual defense policy bill Tuesday that would authorize $768.1 billion in defense spending.

After the Senate was unable to pass its own version of the fiscal 2022 National Defense Authorization Act last week, lawmakers scrambled to forge a version...Read more

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Partisan bickering may doom efforts to regulate social media

WASHINGTON — Industry representatives are accusing Republicans and Democrats of attempting to intimidate social media companies ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

That comes as a brief period of bipartisan momentum behind legislative efforts to regulate companies like ...Read more

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Bank of America aided Murdaugh in his scheme to steal money, new lawsuit claims

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Lawyers for Alex Murdaugh’s late housekeeper have filed a lawsuit against Bank of America, alleging the bank allowed Murdaugh to set up and use a bank account to launder millions in stolen money.

Murdaugh, 53, whose law license was suspended in September and who has since been charged with numerous financial crimes, set up ...Read more

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As survivors die, Pearl Harbor remembrance shifts to sons and daughters

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SAN DIEGO — Tuesday's annual Pearl Harbor ceremony aboard the USS Midway Museum on San Diego's Embarcadero included a "missing man" flyover by vintage planes that felt especially poignant.

For the first time in the event's almost two-decade history, no Pearl Harbor survivors attended. Hardly any of them are still alive in a region that once ...Read more

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'I am officially on the run': Daughter testifies against Keith Smith in case of hoax panhandler killers

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BALTIMORE — Trying to outrun murder charges in Baltimore, Valeria Smith and her father barreled toward Mexico, stopping only to change clothes, grab a bite or buy a diary so she could record her thoughts.

“Today is the craziest day of my life. I am officially on the run,” she wrote. “I feel so sad I won’t be able to see my children �...Read more

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Missouri AG demands local governments, school districts end health orders after court ruling

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued a legal threat to school districts and local health agencies on Tuesday, demanding they scrap COVID-19 health orders following a judge’s ruling last month.

In a statement, Schmitt said he was demanding that local governments and public school districts “rescind and cease ...Read more

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Top court expansion clamor resumes as Biden commission wraps

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court study commission bought him a year of cover from progressive calls to expand the court.

Now Biden’s time is up, the court is considering a rollback on abortion and a broadening of gun rights, and those calls are only getting louder.

The panel on Tuesday unanimously approved a draft final ...Read more

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People who take Viagra have lower risk of Alzheimer's, study says

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Viagra might help treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers who have been using the impotence drug to study the effects it has on the brain.

Though more studies are needed, researchers in Cleveland found that men who were taking the blue pill, also known as sildenafil, had a lower risk of Alzheimer’s, following analysis of a ...Read more

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Redistricting: Federal lawsuit says Ohio maps dilute Black voters' say

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As the Ohio Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments about whether statehouse maps unfairly favor Republicans, another lawsuit in federal court accuses mapmakers of disenfranchising Black voters.

The lawsuit accuses the seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission of drawing state House and Senate maps in a way that violates the Voting Rights Act...Read more

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Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors is blocked nationwide

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The Biden administration’s mandate for federal contractors’ employees to be vaccinated will be halted nationwide, amid a slew of challenges from states that say the president overstepped his authority in requiring the COVID-19 shots.

Led by Georgia, the seven states that challenged the mandate set to take effect on Jan. 4 are likely to ...Read more