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NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted over gifts of gold bars and a luxury car

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Gold bars, a luxury car and envelopes stuffed with tens of thousands in cash were among the bribes that federal authorities on Friday accused U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of accepting as they charged him in a sweeping corruption indictment — the second the New Jersey Democrat has faced in less than a decade.

Prosecutors say that in exchange for ...Read more

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Long Island community mourn deaths of Farmingdale High School band director and chaperone killed in bus crash

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A makeshift memorial of six white prayer candles and a miniature trumpet paid homage Friday to two people killed in a charter bus crash on its way to a band camp with 40 Farmingdale High School student musicians.

Five of the band members were critically injured Thursday when the bus headed to Pennsylvania went off the road and down a 50-foot ...Read more

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2 more homes red-tagged on Palos Verdes Peninsula as ground movement escalates

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Landslides have shaped the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the last several generations, but recent damage to homes across the affluent area of the South Bay shows the earth is moving dramatically faster than in recent years.

Residents are watching cracks develop in and around their homes, desperately worried that they will end up like the dozen ...Read more

'It was my fault': Miami Beach mayoral candidate takes blame for leaving gun unattended

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MIAMI -- Miami Beach mayoral candidate Mike Grieco acknowledged Thursday that an incident in which he left a bag unattended with a loaded gun inside at the South Pointe Park dog park “shouldn’t have happened,” saying he put the bag down and that “somebody grabbed it before I realized it.”

“It is still my fault,” Grieco said during...Read more

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Superintendent fired after $27-million settlement in a wrongful-death suit

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The Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted this week to fire its superintendent on the heels of the district's $27-million settlement with the family of a middle school student who was bullied and fatally beaten by two classmates.

The board voted 3-2 in a closed session meeting Tuesday to fire Martinrex Kedziora without ...Read more

University of Maryland Medical Center performs second pig-to-human heart transplant

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The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced Friday that, for the second time in history, its surgeons successfully transplanted a genetically modified pig heart inside a patient with terminal heart disease.

Lawrence Faucette, the 58-year-old man who received the transplant Wednesday from University of Maryland Medicine faculty-...Read more

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Fried demands Senate probe of Wright over domestic violence center incidents

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried is demanding that Senate President Kathleen Passidomo launch an investigation into allegations of assault and sexual harassment by Sen. Tom Wright at a Daytona Beach domestic violence shelter.

“There is no excuse for Senator Wright to lay a hand on anyone, much less a woman working to...Read more

Tropical Storm Ophelia forms off US coast; second Atlantic system likely

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Tropical Storm Ophelia formed as it headed towards the coast of North Carolina Friday afternoon, with stormy weather spreading over portions of the state. Meanwhile, a second system is likely to form in the Atlantic, forecasters said.

Ophelia is expected to make landfall later in the day.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, the storm was located about 150 ...Read more

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US embassy will start taking visa appointments in Haiti – in 2026

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince is opening up a large number of non-immigrant visa appointments for Haitian nationals, warning that anyone who paid a U.S. visa fee prior to Oct. 1, 2022, will need to book an appointment online before the end of this month or face having to repay.

But Haitians shouldn’t expect appointments to ...Read more

Study: Police should limit pursuits, consider harm to public

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ATLANTA — Following what experts call a “significant” increase in police chases that leave hundreds of people dead and many more injured each year, a new study is urging law enforcement agencies across the county to re-evaluate their policies governing pursuits and weigh their risk against their reward.

The report, which was released ...Read more

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NJ Senator Robert Menendez indicted by federal prosecutors

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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez from New Jersey was indicted by federal prosecutors over allegations that he took hundreds of thousands in bribes from three local businessmen to protect their interests and help the Egyptian government.

The indictment in a U.S. court in New York alleges that Menendez and his wife engaged in a “corrupt ...Read more

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El Niño is getting stronger, and odds are tilting toward another wet winter for California

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LOS ANGELES — On the heels of a record-setting wet and warm August, forecasters on Thursday announced that El Niño is gaining strength and will almost certainly persist into 2024.

El Niño, the warm phase of the El Niño-La Niña Southern Oscillation pattern, is a major driver of weather worldwide and is often associated with hotter global ...Read more

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Ashes of orca Tokitae finally home after her death last month in Miami

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Tokitae the orca has come home.

Not to swim in her Salish Sea, but for her ashes to be scattered there, in a private ceremony by members of the Lummi Nation, who regard her as a relative.

Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut, as she was named by the Lummi, will be returned to her home waters Saturday.

On Wednesday, Raynell Morris, a Lummi elder, boarded a ...Read more

Russia's Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Crimea hit by Ukrainian missile

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Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea was hit by a Ukrainian missile, local authorities reported Friday.

The headquarters building was damaged, and one serviceman was missing, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a Telegram statement. Air defenses shot down five missiles, it said.

A fire in the ...Read more

New Zealand mud snail makes its way to Lake Tahoe. And it is not welcome

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In the vastness of the second-deepest lake in the United States, a tiny snail is posing a threat of “concerning” proportions. The invasive New Zealand mud snail has been discovered in Lake Tahoe.

It’s unclear how this Kiwi species wound up in the cobalt blue waters of the Sierra Nevada. But, officials said Thursday, the mud snails “are ...Read more

2 more homes red-tagged on Palos Verdes Peninsula as ground movement escalates

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Landslides have shaped the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the last several generations, but recent damage to homes across the affluent area of the South Bay shows the earth is moving dramatically faster than in recent years.

Residents are watching cracks develop in and around their homes, desperately worried that they will end up like the dozen ...Read more

Largest asteroid sample ever collected is coming down to Earth

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Chunks of asteroid that could tell us about the earliest days of the 4.5 billion-year-old solar system and the possible origins of water on our planet are set to land in the Utah desert Sunday.

It’s a moment more than a decade in the making for a NASA mission called OSIRIS-REx. Its goal was to scoop up a large sample of rocks and dust from a ...Read more

House Republicans are charging toward a government shutdown

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House Republicans are charging toward a U.S. government shutdown in less than 10 days as party lawmakers struggle to agree on how much to cut spending and how to explain their brinkmanship to the public.

The GOP’s bitter divisions have made them unable to even formulate a concrete set of demands. That foreshadows an extended standoff with ...Read more

Biden issues China restrictions on companies getting chip funds

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The Biden administration announced final restrictions Friday on expansion in China by semiconductor companies that will receive federal funds to build plants in the U.S.

It’s the last regulatory hurdle before the Commerce Department hands out more than $100 billion worth of federal aid intended to boost domestic chipmaking while containing ...Read more

Hill worries mount about delays in arming Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — As President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy argued this week for more funding of Ukraine’s defense, lawmakers are increasingly alarmed by America’s slow pace in getting weapons to Ukraine with the money appropriated so far.

In the weeks and months after Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, ...Read more