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Capitol Police chief: 'We'll be ready' for Sept. 18 rally

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WASHINGTON — Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said his department and law enforcement partners are ready for Saturday’s “Justice for J6” protest in support of jailed rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Manger said at a press briefing Friday that D.C. National Guard troops would be available if the rally — expected to end ...Read more

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Luz del Mundo church leader's trial pushed back to May

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LOS ANGELES — The trial of Naason Joaquin Garcia, the head of La Luz del Mundo church who is charged with sexually abusing girls from his congregation, has been postponed to May.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen granted a request by Garcia’s attorneys to delay the trial, which had been scheduled to start later this month.

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'A terrible beauty': Here's why Biden keeps coming back to the same Yeats poem

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WASHINGTON — From Brussels to Boise, President Joe Biden has relied on the same line of Irish poetry to talk about a changing world.

Biden has quoted “Easter, 1916” by W.B. Yeats seven times since June, according to White House transcripts, including twice in one day this week in remarks focused on the wildfire response in Idaho and ...Read more

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Pentagon admits Kabul drone strike killed only civilians

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon admitted Friday that its drone strike in Kabul on Aug. 29 was a “tragic mistake,” killing 10 civilians, including seven children, instead of ISIS-K associates planning to strike U.S. troops at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, which includes ...Read more

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Why a state court ruled NC's voter ID law is racially discriminatory and unconstitutional

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina wrote the state’s voter ID law with the intent, at least in part, to make it harder for Black residents to vote, a panel of state judges ruled on Friday.

There’s no evidence that legislators who supported the law were motivated by racism, the judges wrote. But it’s still ...Read more

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France recalls US, Australian ambassadors over submarine feud

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WASHINGTON — France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia on Friday, an unprecedented move intended to emphasize its fury over a lost submarine contract with Sydney that the French foreign minister said was like being “stabbed in the back.”

While France and the U.S. have often been at odds in global affairs, including over ...Read more

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Biden's foreign-policy missteps give allies Trump-like heartburn

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden came to office promising to restore competency to U.S. foreign policy after four years of Donald Trump’s diplomatic bomb-throwing.

But a series of missteps has angered allies, drawn criticism even from supporters and raised concern that Biden is not as sure-footed in international affairs as advertised.

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Voter ID requirement harder on those without Georgia driver's licenses

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ATLANTA — Every Georgia voter was already required to have some kind of ID to vote.

Whether they have the right kind of ID to most easily vote by mail under the state’s new voting law is another matter.

About 272,000 registered voters lack a driver’s license or state ID number on file with election officials, meaning they’d have to ...Read more

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed seen partying at a nightclub without a mask, report says

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed was seen at a nightclub earlier this week and was not wearing a mask, despite the city’s requirement to wear face coverings in indoor public settings, according to a published report.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Breed and most other patrons at the Black Cat nightclub, which serves food and drinks...Read more

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Gay marriage, adoption, surrogacy: Revolutionary bill raises among LGBTIQ+ Cubans

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The Cuban government published the draft of a new family code this week that would allow same-sex marriage, adoption by gay couples and recognizes surrogacy, but the road ahead is long, because the legal framework must be approved in a referendum and religious groups are likely to oppose it.

The proposal defines marriage as “a voluntary union...Read more

France recalls US, Australian ambassadors over submarine feud

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WASHINGTON — France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in a sign of its frustration over a lost submarine contract with Sydney that France’s foreign minister said was like being “stabbed in the back.”

It’s a stunning move for America’s oldest ally and a sign of how frustrated officials in Paris are over what they ...Read more

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Biden gathers world leaders to discuss climate action

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden gathered world leaders on Friday to privately urge them to commit to deep carbon emissions cuts before the upcoming United Nations climate summit.

Like the climate summit the White House held earlier this year, this gathering of world leaders was virtual. In his remarks to the Major Economies Forum, the ...Read more

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Judges reopen Devin Nunes' defamation lawsuit against journalist over tweet

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court is allowing Rep. Devin Nunes to sue a journalist over a tweet linking to a magazine story he wrote about the congressman, reversing part of a lower court ruling that had dismissed the case entirely.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s finding that the article, published ...Read more

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Giant Forest's towering sequoias -- including General Sherman -- avoid flames another day

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Wrapped in fire-resistant aluminum, the Giant Forest trees in Sequoia National Park remained safe from the encroaching KNP Complex fire on Friday, even as crews worked to prepare the 2,000-tree grove from flames that appear imminent.

Fire officials sounded the alarm Thursday that the blaze — made up of the Paradise and Complex fires — could...Read more

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Desperation fuels Haitian migrant crisis in Texas, where thousands are staying under a bridge

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Lack of access to asylum in the U.S., confusion over U.S. immigration policy and desperation are fueling a surge of Haitian migrants into Del Rio, Texas, where thousands who have arrived in the past few days are living in makeshift conditions under an international bridge.

The surge in migrants at the U.S.- Mexico border became garnered ...Read more

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Tropical Storms Peter and Odette could form this weekend as Atlantic Ocean is packed with three disturbances

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It’s just past the peak of hurricane season, and the tropics are teeming with activity as forecasters are monitoring three disturbances, two with high chances of becoming tropical depressions by this weekend.

And one of the disturbances is likely to have its effects felt on the U.S. East Coast, according to forecasters, delivering high surf ...Read more

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Columbus, Ohio, surpasses 150 homicides with four fatal shootings within nine hours

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Within a nine-hour period on Thursday, homicide detectives were called to four different scenes, including two involving men on the East Side that could be connected.

The first killing on Thursday — the 150th homicide of 2021 — occurred in the University District, prompting a safety notice to be issued for students living...Read more

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From tampons to ticks, it's the defense bill, of course

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WASHINGTON — One amendment would require that tampons be available in all federal buildings’ ladies’ rooms. Another would mandate a study of whether ticks that the Pentagon might have been experimenting with as disease-carrying weapons ever got released into the wild.

Then come the hot-button issues: workplace training for racial ...Read more

Biden gathers world leaders to discuss climate action

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is holding private talks Friday morning with world leaders — part of a last-minute push to convince other nations to commit to deep carbon emissions cuts before the upcoming United Nations climate summit.

Like the climate summit held earlier this year, this gathering of world leaders is virtual. A senior ...Read more

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Trudeau holds slight election edge, with help from his opponents

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Justin Trudeau and his Conservative rival are nearly tied heading into the final weekend of Canada’s election campaign, leaving the prime minister with decent odds of holding on to power.

The incumbent Liberal Party has about 32% support compared to 30% for the Tories under Erin O’Toole, according to the latest daily tracking survey by ...Read more