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Homeless man found dead on NYC subway train: NYPD

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A man believed to be homeless was found dead aboard a subway train in Brooklyn Monday morning, the NYPD said

The man was found unresponsive at the Jay St.-MetroTech station around 7:25 a.m., said police. Metropolitan Transportation Authority sources said the man was found aboard an uptown A train with blood in his mouth before emergency crews ...Read more

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5th Circuit judges ask Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on challenge to state's new abortion law

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday asked the Texas Supreme Court to resolve a central question in an ongoing legal challenge to the state's six-week ban on abortion, a highly unusual move that is expected to delay a resolution in the case.

In a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit sided with attorneys for the state and ...Read more

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LA County logs nearly tenfold increase in coronavirus cases in a month

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County on Monday reported more than 31,500 new coronavirus cases — marking a nearly tenfold increase from the number of new cases tallied a month ago and offering a stark reminder of the lasting power of the highly contagious omicron variant.

Officials announced 31,576 new cases Monday, as well as 27 related deaths...Read more

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Klobuchar, other US senators vow solidarity with Ukraine amid growing threats of attack

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota U.S Sen. Amy Klobuchar traveled with a bipartisan delegation of senators to Ukraine on Monday to show solidarity with the country as the threat of a Russian invasion looms.

Klobuchar and six of her U.S. Senate colleagues met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other government officials in Kyiv to discuss ...Read more

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Chicago mayor, police leaders lean on flawed information to argue releasing criminal defendants on electronic monitoring worsens violence problem

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CHICAGO — At the end of a year that saw at least 800 homicides in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot last month wrote to the Cook County chief judge with a request: Judges should immediately stop ordering certain defendants to await trial at home with an electronic-monitoring ankle bracelet.

It would be a sweeping policy change intended to keep ...Read more

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley tests positive for COVID-19

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley tested positive on Sunday for COVID-19, according to a statement from the agency.

Milley, who is vaccinated and has received the booster shot, has mild symptoms and is working remotely, said Col. Dave Butler, a spokesman for the Joint ...Read more

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Family files lawsuit against Amazon after tornado left 6 dead at Illinois warehouse

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CHICAGO — A lawsuit against Amazon was filed Monday by the family of a delivery driver who was killed in December after a tornado hit an Amazon warehouse downstate, according to the family’s attorneys.

Six people who had been working at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville died following the Dec. 10 storm, which left dozens dead across ...Read more

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Minneapolis will launch basic income experiment to fight entrenched disparities

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Minneapolis will soon support 200 families with its new guaranteed basic income pilot, an experiment in alleviating poverty by paying low-income households $500 per month for two years, no strings attached.

The city has set aside $3 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the program, Households must earn less than 50% of area median ...Read more

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New York soaks as winter storm halts flights, causes outages

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The worst of the winter weather is winding down along the U.S. East Coast after a quick-moving storm swept northeast, leaving thousands of customers without power and grounding flights.

Rain started to taper off in Washington, D.C., and in New York’s Central Park, where temperatures reached 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) Monday, according ...Read more

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California was supposed to clear cannabis convictions. Tens of thousands are still languishing

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LOS ANGELES — Nearly two decades ago, on a high desert road in San Bernardino County, Sara Rodriguez was pulled over and arrested with 10 small packets of cannabis in her car. She was convicted of a felony, possession of the drug for sale, and eventually spent more than two years in prison.

In the years since, Rodriguez, 39, became the first ...Read more

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NYC woman fatally pushed into path of subway train spent 10 years helping homeless

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NEW YORK — Michelle Alyssa Go spent more than a decade as a volunteer helping the homeless — only to be fatally pushed under the wheels of a Time Square subway train by a mentally ill homeless man, according to police.

On Monday, the New York Junior League, where Go volunteered, urged city leaders to do something about the mental health ...Read more

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More kids in the hospital with COVID renew fears for medically fragile children

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LOS ANGELES — Whenever someone tells Jamie Chong that COVID-19 isn't a serious threat to children, she reminds them that the common cold can send her child to the hospital.

Her son, Asher, who is nearing his third birthday, has cerebral palsy and issues with his respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, putting him at higher risk from the ...Read more

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As Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby fights for her political life, what role does her husband, the City Council president, play?

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BALTIMORE SUN — It is a familiar scene, a public official at the lectern the day after being indicted or otherwise landing in trouble. But when Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby took to the microphone to defend herself against federal perjury charges, the scene played out in less-familiar fashion.

There was no spouse standing behind ...Read more

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North Korea affirms it tested 2 tactical guided missiles

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North Korea said it tested two tactical guided missiles on Monday, as it ratchets up pressure on the Biden administration with its biggest string of missile launches since August 2019.

“The test-fire was aimed to selectively evaluate tactical guided missiles being produced and deployed and to verify the accuracy of the weapon system,” the ...Read more

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Incidental cases and staff shortages make COVID's next act tough for hospitals

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The Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, on Jan. 11 was treating 80 COVID-19 patients — a tenfold increase since late December. Nearly half were admitted for other medical reasons.

The surge driven by the extremely infectious omicron variant helped push the South Florida hospital with 206 licensed beds to 250 patients. The rise in cases came ...Read more

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Gov. Inslee, Washington Democrats push election bills as they weigh threats to democracy

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Hypothetical scenario: A candidate for county executive loses an election, then claims there's been fraud in the county's election office and announces that something needs to be done about it.

"And supporters hear that and they decide, 'Well, I'm going to go and firebomb the place,' " said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. "And ...Read more

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Boris Johnson's former aide accuses him of lying to UK Parliament

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Boris Johnson’s former top aide Dominic Cummings accused the premier of lying to Parliament, saying he would “swear under oath” that the premier both was aware of and allowed a drinks party at Downing Street at the height of lockdown during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s the latest tirade by Cummings against his former ...Read more

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Fauci says it's too soon to say omicron heralds end of pandemic

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Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to the U.S. president, said it’s too soon to say whether the omicron variant will herald a shift in the COVID-19 pandemic to endemic.

“It’s an open question as to whether or not omicron is going to be the live virus vaccination everyone is hoping for,” Fauci said Monday at the World Economic Forum�...Read more

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Funeral service held for 12 family members who died in Philadelphia fire

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PHILADELPHIA — In an extraordinary public display of grief, the family of 12 people killed in a rowhouse fire in Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood held a funeral service at Temple University on Monday morning, celebrating their loved ones in the embrace of hundreds of mourners.

“God is about community,” preached the Rev. Alyn E. ...Read more

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Voting rights take center stage at annual MLK memorial service

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ATLANTA — Vice President Kamala Harris, Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator and the youngest daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. each made passionate calls on Monday for passage of new federal voting rights laws at the annual remembrance for the slain civil rights leader, warning democracy hangs in the balance.

In tributes to ...Read more