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Yale researchers want to speak with Central Floridians affected by dioxane contamination

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Central Florida’s 1-4 dioxane contamination has caught the attention of Yale University researchers.

They want to hear concerns from residents who have been drinking water supplied by public utilities in Lake Mary, Sanford and northwest Seminole County. Groundwater in these areas has been contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, an industrial solvent ...Read more

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Dangerous chemicals found in South Carolina's fish, crabs and oysters. Here's what we know

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Chemicals that can make people sick have recently been found in fish, crabs and oysters in South Carolina as concerns grow about the threat the toxins pose to food and water across the Palmetto State.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control documented the pollutants, known as forever chemicals, in freshwater fish caught in 18 ...Read more

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Officials agree: Use settlement funds to curb youth addiction. But the 'how' gets hairy

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When three teenagers died of fentanyl overdoses last year in Larimer County, Colorado, it shocked the community and “flipped families upside down,” said Tom Gonzales, the county’s public health director.

Several schools began stocking naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. Community organizations trained teens to use it. ...Read more

In fractious debate, GOP candidates find common ground on cause of inflation woes and need for school choice

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It was a night in which even “the great communicator” himself may have struggled to be heard.

At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Sept. 27, 2023, seven Republican candidates looking to become the leading challenger to the absent GOP frontrunner Donald Trump interrupted, cross-talked and bickered – often to...Read more

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Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott spar over Florida's teaching of slavery during second GOP debate

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MIAMI — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his state’s new Black history education standards during the second Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, dismissing criticism of the curriculum as a “hoax” — and consequently drawing a rebuke from the only Black candidate on the debate stage, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.

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Possible state vs. federal legal war looms over Alex Murdaugh's assets of $1 million-plus

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hours after lawyers for Alex Murdaugh filed a request on Monday for an immediate federal seizure and an accounting of his assets under state control, the lawyers with custody of those assets replied with a request of their own.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, the office of John T. Lay, one of the two receivers who has had ...Read more

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John Fetterman says he'll suit-up as Senate unanimously adopts formal dress code

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The shorts were short-lived.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that requires members to follow a dress code that will include a coat, tie and slacks for men, ending controversy triggered over Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman displaying his casual style on the floor.

“Though we’ve never had an official dress code, the events...Read more

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary reveals almost 700 new words: sports terms, social media phrases and more

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary announced the addition of 690 new words to its listings on Wednesday, including sports terms beast mode, bracketology and GOATED.

“We’re very excited by this new batch of words,” said Merriam-Webster Editor at Large Peter Sokolowski. “We hope there is as much insight and satisfaction in reading them as we ...Read more

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DeSantis' tourism district replaces Disney perks with $3,000 stipends

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Employees at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ tourism oversight district will be getting more money in their paychecks to make up for losing their longtime Disney perks that included coveted theme park tickets.

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District’s board approved a deal Wednesday night that provides a $3,000 annual ...Read more

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New law allows doctors living in 'hostile' red states to get abortion training in California

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed another round of reproductive health bills into law on Wednesday, including legislation that allows doctors living under "hostile" laws in states where abortion is banned to receive training in California.

The new California law comes as medical professionals in red states could face jail time for...Read more

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27 buses carrying migrants arrive in Chicago since Saturday as city moves forward with tent plan

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CHICAGO — Osvalgo Montilla, 57, got off a charter bus in Chicago’s West Loop Wednesday afternoon after trekking thousands of miles from Venezuela, thinking about his wife of 25 years who was in a detention facility in Del Rio, Texas.

Montilla, a pharmacist in his home country with three grown children, had traveled to the United States and ...Read more

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A double earthquake threat? Study finds 2 Seattle-area faults ripped about the same time

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SEATTLE — With the Cascadia Subduction Zone parked off the coast and shallow faults lurking under most major cities, the Puget Sound area already faces a daunting array of seismic scenarios. A new study adds another: the possibility of a one-two earthquake punch.

Using state-of-the-art tree ring and radiocarbon dating methods, researchers ...Read more

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Trump Tower without The Donald? Here's what that could look like

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NEW YORK — He lost the White House. Now he may lose his glitzy towers.

Donald Trump’s New York real estate portfolio could be one painful price he pays after a Manhattan Supreme Court justice found that the former president flagrantly overvalued his net worth and assets.

The decision, issued by Justice Arthur Engoron on Tuesday, is still ...Read more

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Ways and Means votes to release more Hunter Biden documents

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WASHINGTON — After meeting for several hours behind closed doors, the House Ways and Means Committee voted along party lines to release additional documents related to the investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes.

The panel’s 24-17 vote made public almost 700 pages of IRS documents, emails, letters and other materials turned over by two ...Read more

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Comer to lead impeachment hearing as government shutdown possibility looms

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WASHINGTON — The first congressional hearing to formally consider the impeachment of President Joe Biden begins Thursday as House Republicans struggle to fulfill their own obligation to fund the government by Saturday’s deadline.

Rep. James Comer – tapped to lead the inquiry as chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee ...Read more

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New City Hall flyers discouraging migrants from coming to NYC contain misleading information

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams’ administration announced Wednesday that it plans to disseminate new flyers at the U.S. southern border discouraging migrants from coming to New York City — but the leaflets contain misleading information on what services would be available to them in the Big Apple.

The flyers, which Deputy Mayor for Health ...Read more

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Ghost guns manufactured by teens found in Harlem day care, NYPD says

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NEW YORK — Cops seized three 3D-printed guns and a 3D printer from an East Harlem day care as part of a sting operation that nabbed three people suspected of manufacturing ghost guns, NYPD officials announced Wednesday.

The arrests came after the execution on Tuesday of three search warrants targeting the suspects, two of whom are minors.

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Plans for Tuesday's widespread vandalism in Philadelphia were an open secret on social media

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PHILADELPHIA — The plans to break into, vandalize and steal from Philadelphia businesses on Tuesday night were not much of a secret.

As word spread that a Philadelphia judge had dismissed all criminal charges against the former police officer who shot and killed Eddie Irizarry last month, people took to Instagram to share their anger and plan...Read more

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Tropical Storm Philippe slightly stronger as it approaches Caribbean

Tropical Storm Philippe strengthened slightly Wednesday morning as its trajectory shifted a bit south, bringing its potential path closer to the Caribbean. Following to the east, a second system is highly likely to strengthen into a tropical depression, or eventually Tropical ...Read more

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Prosecutors tout DNA evidence they say links Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann to slain woman

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NEW YORK — Prosecutors said they have solidified DNA evidence linking the murder of at least one Long Island woman to Gilgo Beach serial killer suspect Rex Heuermann, who broke his courtroom silence Wednesday to assure a judge that, even behind bars, he has been reviewing the mountain of evidence against him.

Heuermann’s comments came as ...Read more