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Johnson faces final verdict on 'partygate' as threat recedes

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Boris Johnson is bracing for a final day of scrutiny over the illegal parties in Downing Street during the pandemic, a scandal that dogged his administration for months and almost ended his political career.

Civil servant Sue Gray, who led an internal probe into what the U.K. media has dubbed “partygate,” is due to hand her full findings to...Read more

Off-duty sheriff injures man who shot at him at Millennium Park, police say

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CHICAGO — An off-duty Cook County Sheriff working security at Millennium Park shot a man after the man fired a gun Friday evening, Chicago police said.

Around 7:20 p.m., a man in his early 20′s refused to be wanded at the entrance of Millennium Park, the Chicago Police Department said in a media notification.

The man jumped a fence and as ...Read more

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Possible NYC monkeypox case reported, with patient isolating and contact tracing started

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NEW YORK — An unidentified New York patient tested positive for a virus that includes monkeypox, with the federal Centers for Disease Control investigating to determine whether the rare disease is actually present, city health officials said.

The patient was ordered to isolate as officials treated the case as a presumptive positive pending ...Read more

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1 dead, 5 others hospitalized during Brooklyn half-marathon as heat and humidity rise

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NEW YORK — A 30-year-old runner collapsed at the finish line of the Brooklyn half-marathon and later died on a sticky Saturday morning, authorities said.

Five other runners were treated for assorted injuries at Coney Island Hospital after the annual 13.1-mile run from the Brooklyn Museum to the Coney Island Boardwalk, authorities said, with a...Read more

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9 shot, 1 killed outside party in Southern California, police say

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LOS ANGELES — Nine people were shot, one of them fatally, outside a party in San Bernardino County late Friday, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the scene in the city of Highland shortly before midnight and encountered a large crowd, Sgt. Equino Thomas, a spokesman for the San Bernardino Police Department, wrote in an email.

Outside ...Read more

Chicago expected to reach 'high' COVID-19 level as soon as next week

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CHICAGO — Chicago is expected to increase to a “high” community level of COVID-19 next week as positive cases continue rising across the city and suburbs, public health officials said Friday, mirroring the surge of infections around other parts of the country.

“While we remain in medium, I expect that we will reach a high level as soon ...Read more

Biden suggests there is little chance of meeting with North Korea's Kim amid rising tensions

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SEOUL, South Korea — President Joe Biden said Saturday that any meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would "depend on whether he was sincere and whether he was serious," a departure from former President Donald Trump's aggressive pursuit of the rogue autocrat.

Biden's skeptical comments came during a joint press conference with new ...Read more

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Death toll from tornado in northern Michigan now at 2, 3rd person unaccounted for

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DETROIT — The death toll from Friday's tornado in Gaylord now stands at two and a third person is missing.

At a press conference Saturday morning, Michigan State Police public information officer Spl. Lt. Derrick Carroll said the second deceased victim was in their 70s and found at the Nottingham Forest Mobile Home Park after midnight. The ...Read more

Australia's Albanese set to take power as conservatives ousted

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Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party is set to take power in Australia for the first time since 2013, as voters booted out Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government in a shift likely to bring greater action on climate change, women’s issues and anti-corruption efforts.

Morrison conceded defeat on Saturday night and congratulated ...Read more

Another bummer coronavirus summer for California? Cases keep rising along with concerns

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LOS ANGELES — With coronavirus cases on the rise, California finds itself in a familiar, if frustrating, position — with the threat of another wave looming as summer fast approaches.

Coronavirus cases are increasing, in many areas at an accelerating pace. Authorities have not yet expressed alarm about the state of California’s hospitals ...Read more

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Russia cuts off gas to Finland amid wider push into Ukraine's east

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BUCHA, Ukraine — Russian troops continued their offensive into the Donbas region on Saturday, aiming to encircle the easternmost point of Ukrainian control in what one official said would be a repeat of Moscow’s assault on the beleaguered city of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, Moscow cut off natural gas exports to Finland and the Russian defense ...Read more

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'I thought it would go away' -- School districts are paying millions to former students who say leaders were negligent in protecting them from abuse

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — After years of yearning to hold her former high school accountable for failing to protect her from sexual abuse by her coach, Allison Brown, a former star basketball player at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, got her chance when a new state law opened a three-year window that allows students to sue their schools for...Read more

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LA fire officials file building code complaint after fatal blaze at Hollywood recording studios

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles code enforcement authorities are investigating whether a Hollywood building where a fire broke out Thursday night, leaving one person dead and two injured, was approved for use as recording studios.

City Department of Building and Safety records show a complaint for “building or property converted to another use”...Read more

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San Francisco archbishop says Rep. Nancy Pelosi is not entitled to receive Communion

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Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone announced Friday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will be barred from receiving Communion in response to her push to codify abortion rights, underscoring the nation’s widening divisions as the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

His statement marks the latest clash between ...Read more

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Summit of the Americas invites are out, but no final decision on excluding Cuba, White House says

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In a signal that it might backtrack on statements about excluding authoritarian governments from the upcoming Summit of the Americas, the Biden administration is considering inviting a representative of the Cuban government after Mexico and other countries threatened to boycott the gathering of leaders around the hemisphere.

The Associated ...Read more

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San Francisco archbishop says Rep. Nancy Pelosi is not entitled to receive Communion

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Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone announced Friday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will be barred from receiving Communion in response to her push to codify abortion rights, underscoring the nation’s widening divisions as the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn Roe v. Wade.

His statement marks the latest clash between Cordileone...Read more

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Pentagon's spokesman Kirby is moving to a White House position

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WASHINGTON — Pentagon press secretary John Kirby will move to the White House to take a senior communications role with a foreign policy focus.

The decision to shift Kirby to the White House comes after the departure last week of press secretary Jen Psaki, who was replaced by her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre. Unlike Psaki — who served as the ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner finally docks with International Space Station

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Getting off the Earth is one thing, but inserting tab A into slot B in space is another.

Boeing solved that puzzle with its CST-100 Starliner capsule that launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, when it docked with the International Space Station on Friday night.

The uncrewed spacecraft connected with ...Read more

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Stocks pare losses after dipping into bear market: Markets wrap

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A dramatic late-session rally brought the S&P 500 back from the brink of a bear market, but the index still sank for a seventh straight week in a stretch of weakness not seen since 2001.

The benchmark closed the day little changed in the green, after a selloff earlier sent it down more than 2% from a January closing high, meeting the common ...Read more

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Hillary Clinton approved Trump-Russia leak to media, her campaign manager says

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Hillary Clinton personally signed off on a plan in 2016 to quietly pitch to the media the now-discredited theory that computer servers at former President Donald Trump’s company had a secret communications link with a Russian bank, her former campaign manager told a jury.

Robby Mook, a witness in the trial of a former Clinton campaign lawyer ...Read more