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In win for Vanessa Bryant, judge rules deputies who shared Kobe crash photos can be named

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Vanessa Bryant can obtain the names of four Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who her lawyers allege in a lawsuit shared “unauthorized” photos of the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their daughter and seven others, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge John F. Walter rejected an effort by...Read more

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Surveillance plane is finished in Baltimore, but federal court still hears arguments over whether it's constitutional

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BALTIMORE — Aerial surveillance may be finished in Baltimore, but opponents asked a federal appellate court on Monday to find that it is unconstitutional and help guide what happens to data collected during its months in flight last year.

The two-plus-hour hearing, which took place in front of the entire 15-judge panel of the U.S. Fourth ...Read more

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Night raid on young Myanmar protesters draws international alarm

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Myanmar authorities cordoned off part of the commercial capital of Yangon on Monday night while searching for student protesters, drawing international condemnation as crowds defied a curfew to resist the crackdown.

Embassies of the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and others sent tweets late on Monday warning that security forces had surrounded a ...Read more

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Feminist protesters clash with police in Mexico's capital

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MEXICO CITY — Volatile protests engulfed Mexico’s capital Monday as police clashed with thousands of feminist activists calling for an end to what they say is a crisis of violence against women here.

In Mexico City’s central square, known as the Zócalo, police tear-gassed protesters who defaced city office buildings and used crow bars ...Read more

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Judge accepts plea deal in deadly Ghost Ship fire case; Almena won't have to return to jail

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OAKLAND — Despite emotional testimony that revealed the raw pain that families of 36 people who perished in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire during a dance party still feel, a judge on Monday accepted a plea deal that would allow the man held responsible for the deaths to remain out of jail.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson ...Read more

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After 2020 fraud claims, Donald Trump requests mail ballot in local election

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PALM BEACH, Fla. — Former President Donald Trump is set to fulfill his civic duty as a private citizen and vote in the town of Palm Beach's municipal election.

Despite his false claims about mail voting during the 2020 election cycle, Trump requested a mail ballot on Friday for the third time in his Palm Beach County voter history.

The ...Read more

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Biden picks for DOJ posts vow urgent action after Capitol riot

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The Justice Department must take deliberate action in coming weeks and months to defend democracy and the Constitution in response to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, President Joe Biden’s picks for two top posts in the agency said in written testimony for their nomination hearing Tuesday.

“Today, the Justice Department is at an inflection ...Read more

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Top China generals urge more spending for US conflict 'trap'

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China must boost military spending to prepare for a possible confrontation with the U.S., top generals said, in an unusual acknowledgment of the risk of a clash between the world’s two largest economies.

The two generals — members of the Central Military Commission led by President Xi Jinping — made the comments during the annual national...Read more

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Supreme Court rules for former Georgia college student in free speech case

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ATLANTA — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Georgia Gwinnett College in a legal dispute that raised long-standing complaints, particularly from conservatives and religious organizations, that colleges often find ways to discourage or prohibit them from sharing their viewpoints on campus.

The court ruled 8-1 that former student ...Read more

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Supreme Court rejects another Georgia election lawsuit

ATLANTA — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal in a lawsuit that sought to stop the January runoff election that flipped control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.

The lawsuit, filed in December by attorney L. Lin Wood, said Georgia's processes for handling absentee ...Read more

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Final coronavirus relief vote could slip to Wednesday

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House action on the revised $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package may slip a day as the chamber waits on the Senate to send its amended version of the budget reconciliation measure back.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Monday that the House vote on the Senate-amended bill could still occur Tuesday as originally planned if the Senate finalizes ...Read more

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Mexico's president defends barricading national palace as women protest violence

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MEXICO CITY — Thousands of women protested in Mexico City against rising gender violence on Monday, with some directing their outrage at the government of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Feminist groups marched through the streets chanting, “Not one more, not one murder more.” Some demonstrators clashed with police and ...Read more

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Manhattan DA subpoenas lender for Trump's Chicago skyscraper in sign of expanding probe, report says

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The Manhattan district attorney subpoenaed documents late last year from a big-money investor that loaned Donald Trump’s company money to build a skyscraper in Chicago — a sign that the DA is continuing to expand his financial fraud investigation into the ex-president, according to a report Monday.

Sources told CNN that District Attorney Cy...Read more

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Biden grants temporary protected status to Venezuelans, plans new sanctions on Maduro

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration offered humanitarian protections to Venezuelans on Monday that would alleviate the threat of deportation for over 320,000 eligible individuals who have sought refuge in the United States.

The administration determined that Venezuelans qualify for temporary protected status and also vowed to review ...Read more

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Invasive zebra mussels found in pet shops nationwide

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DETROIT — Zebra mussels, those invaders that have wreaked havoc on the Great Lakes, have found a new way to further their damaging spread: pet shops.

A citizen’s report of an invasive zebra mussel found in an aquarium moss package from a Seattle pet store prompted a U.S. Geological Survey expert on invasive aquatic species to trigger ...Read more

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Lightfoot defends decision to limit United Center mass vaccination site to Chicago residents

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A day before the mass vaccination site at the United Center is set to open, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday defended a last-minute policy shift that led to some confusion about who could score an appointment at the West Side location.

The change, which city and state officials said was directed by the federal government, limits the ...Read more

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South Carolina's 'fetal heartbeat' anti-abortion law remains blocked for now

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal judge indicated Monday she would soon issue a ruling on whether to keep in place a ban on South Carolina’s strict new law that critics say would outlaw most abortions.

But during a 40-minute hearing at Columbia’s federal courthouse, U.S. District Judge Mary Lewis did not set a specific date by which she would ...Read more

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Florida couple claiming to be farmers plead guilty to $1 million pandemic scam

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MIAMI — A South Florida couple claiming to be farmers working the land on two tiny suburban lots as they raked in federal COVID-19 relief funds pleaded guilty Monday to a fraud scheme.

Latoya Stanley and Johnny Philus hauled in more than $1 million in Small Business Administration loans while lying that they were struggling to operate not ...Read more

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Can a pill help fight COVID-19? Early study results suggest it's possible

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A potential new treatment for COVID-19 still undergoing study cleared non-hospitalized coronavirus patients who had symptoms of infection faster than in patients who received a placebo, according to preliminary results newly released.

And it’s a pill.

If ongoing clinical trials continue to show similar positive results, it could be the first...Read more

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CDC releases new COVID-19 guidelines for vaccinated people

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that people who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus can gather with those who are at low risk for COVID-19 without masks, but they should still cover their faces in public.

The nation’s health experts, political and business leaders, and everyday ...Read more