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Number in custody in Haiti over President Moïse's assassination surpasses 44

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More than 44 individuals have been arrested in the ongoing investigation into who killed Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Haiti National Police said Friday.

Among those taken into custody were a dozen police officers, including four who accompanied Colombian commandos say accompanied them as they entered Moïse’s hilltop home in the middle ...Read more

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US special counsel lays blame on DEA in bungled Haiti drug-trafficking case

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s office in Haiti mishandled a major investigation into a Colombian ship loaded with hundreds of kilos of cocaine and heroin, including assisting and paying Haitian officials to destroy some of the drug evidence, according to a U.S. special counsel’s report issued Friday.

The DEA’s botched ...Read more

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Delta spread in vaccinated people at large Cape Cod gatherings, CDC says

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The delta strain of the coronavirus spread widely in a series of densely packed summer events and large public gatherings in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in early July, raising further concerns about the highly transmissible variant.

The findings show just how difficult the strain will be to control as Americans return to normal activities ...Read more

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Trump tax returns can be released to Congress, DOJ says

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The income tax returns of former President Donald Trump can be given over to Congress, the Department of Justice announced on Friday.

The Office of Legal Counsel for DOJ said that the U.S. Congress, specifically the House Ways and Means Committee, made a “legitimate request” to review the former president’s tax records.

Earlier this year...Read more

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Delta spread in vaccinated people at large Cape Cod gatherings, CDC says

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The delta strain of the coronavirus spread widely in a series of densely packed summer events and large public gatherings in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in early July, raising further concerns about the highly transmissible variant.

The findings show just how difficult the strain will be to control as Americans return to normal activities ...Read more

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SC governor files brief urging justices to uphold Mississippi abortion ban; 11 others sign on

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster has weighed in on a case in front of a U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade, which protects the right of a woman to have an abortion.

McMaster filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion 15 weeks into a pregnancy except in cases of a ...Read more

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6 passengers test positive for COVID-19 aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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MIAMI — Six passengers on Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19.

The passengers tested positive Thursday, six days into the weeklong, round-trip cruise from Nassau, The Bahamas, with around 1,000 passengers and 900 crew members on board, and are being flown back to the U.S. on ...Read more

Priest brother of late Genovese crime family boss accused in sex abuse lawsuit

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NEW YORK — Retired Bronx priest Louis Gigante, the brother of late mob boss Vincent and a former City Council member, was accused of molesting a Bible study student in his parish during the 1970s, according to court documents.

The 13-page Bronx Supreme Court filing alleges the high-profile Gigante assaulted the 9-year-old boy back in 1976-77,...Read more

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Senate's $550 billion infrastructure deal clears key hurdle

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate cleared a second procedural hurdle Friday on the $550 billion infrastructure bill, making passage of a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda likely in the coming days.

The 66-28 vote reflects broad bipartisan support in the evenly divided chamber for the plan, a milestone after weeks of stop-and-...Read more

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L Brands settles lawsuits that charged retailer with operating an abusive culture

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L Brands has settled lawsuits charging that its former Victoria's Secret brand operated with an abusive culture rife with sexual harassment.

The settlement comes on the eve of the company's two brands, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, splitting into two separate public companies that begin trading on Monday.

Under the settlement filed ...Read more

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'Breakthrough' cases rising in LA, but the vaccinated still strongly protected, data show

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has seen a rise in "breakthrough" coronavirus cases as of late, but data continue to show those who are vaccinated for COVID-19 enjoy vigorous protection — even from the contagious delta variant — and are far less likely to be hospitalized should they become infected.

The latest figures underscore how the ...Read more

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DeSantis says he'll sign order allowing parents to ignore Florida school mask mandates

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he would sign an executive order to give parents the right to ignore any COVID-19 school mask mandates such as the one in Broward County.

DeSantis said the Parents Bill of Rights he signed into law last month gives him the authority to issue an emergency rule “protecting the rights of parents to make this...Read more

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No shots, no service: Delta variant fuels push for vaccine proof

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President Joe Biden and other political leaders are playing catch-up as they push for more vaccine mandates: The proprietors of Provincetown, Massachusetts, are way ahead of them.

In the rainbow-festooned resort town at Cape Cod’s tip, patrons already need vaccine cards to watch drag shows at Pilgrim House; to attend the afternoon tea dances ...Read more

Aunt of children found dead during Baltimore County traffic stop charged with their deaths

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BALTIMORE — A 33-year-old woman drove around with the body of a young girl in her trunk for “many months,” then in May placed the girl’s dead younger brother in the trunk beside her decomposing body, according to documents charging her in connection with their deaths.

Baltimore County Police charged Nicole Michelle Johnson with neglect,...Read more

Japan expands Tokyo emergency amid record surge during Olympics

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expanded a state of emergency to areas surrounding Tokyo and extended it to the end of August, in the face of a record virus surge unfolding as his country hosts the Olympics.

Suga announced the move Friday at a government task force meeting and said the virus emergency would also add Osaka. He later said ...Read more

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Russian hackers continue with attacks despite Biden warning

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Security researchers say they have uncovered an ongoing hacking campaign carried out by suspected Russian spies who are continuing to stage attacks amid U.S. pressure on the Kremlin to curtail its alleged cyber-intrusions.

The California-based cybersecurity firm RiskIQ Inc. said in a report released on Friday that it had uncovered more than 30 ...Read more

Biden's Afghan evacuations begin as first flight lands in US

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The Biden administration’s first evacuation flight for Afghans who aided American and other coalition forces has arrived in the U.S., as the administration steps up efforts to relocate interpreters, other military assistants and their families ahead of a final troop withdrawal.

The plane, carrying more than 200 people, landed at Fort Lee in ...Read more

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Hong Kong jails activist for 9 years in first security trial

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A Hong Kong court sentenced the first person convicted under a Beijing-drafted national security law to nine years in prison, a ruling that illustrates the high stakes facing dozens of pro-democracy activists awaiting similar trials.

Tong Ying-kit, a waiter, faced as long as life in prison after being found guilty of incitement to secession and...Read more

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CDC document paints more dire picture of threat posed by delta variant

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The highly transmissible delta variant is a more formidable foe than previously believed, largely due to its ability to infect and be spread by people who are fully vaccinated, according to data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A confidential document prepared by the agency cites evidence from a recent outbreak in ...Read more

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Infrastructure lament: 'Deal is more important than the outcome'

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The bipartisan Senate negotiators had no sooner convened a giddy, celebratory news conference Wednesday night to celebrate striking a deal on a $944 billion infrastructure agreement, when the criticism began rolling in.

The bill, critics said, didn’t invest enough in safety. It spent too much on highways and not enough on transit. And it fell...Read more