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As hate crimes spike in NYC, the bitter divide over Israel and Hamas tears at the city's fabric

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NEW YORK — A teacher in Queens shelters as students storm the halls because she went to a pro-Israel rally.

A father in Brooklyn shields his son from a Palestinian-hating coffee thrower.

Three Jewish men are beaten in an antisemitic spurt of violence.

A man spews anti-Islamic remarks at a halal food cart vendor.

A surge in hate crimes has ...Read more

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Jewish USC professor, who was disciplined over Hamas comments, returns to campus

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LOS ANGELES — University of Southern California professor John Strauss, who was placed on administrative leave last month, is allowed to return to campus as the university continues its investigation into his comments about Hamas during a student protest, according to his lawyer.

Students captured his Nov. 9 remarks on video and the episode ...Read more

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US pledges $3 billion for climate aid to poor countries at COP28

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The U.S. will pledge $3 billion toward a United Nations fund meant to help developing countries slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change — an effort that could help rebuild trust in rich nations’ promises of aid amid pivotal climate talks in Dubai.

The pledge of support for the Green Climate Fund, described by State ...Read more

Exxon among 50 oil producers in controversial climate pact at COP28

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Exxon Mobil Corp. and Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, the world’s largest private and state-sector oil companies, led a pledge by 50 oil and gas producers at the COP28 climate summit to cut emissions from their own operations.

The deal is controversial given none of the companies are agreeing to reduce oil and gas production. But they are planning ...Read more

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Biden delivers COP28 crackdown on methane leaks from oil wells

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration moved Saturday to crack down on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, by finalizing newly strengthened mandates forcing companies to replace leaky equipment and regularly search for escaping gas.

The final regulation announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Biden administration ...Read more

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Israel recalls negotiators from Qatar, steps up strikes on Hamas

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Israel pulled its negotiating team out of Qatar, denting hopes that a seven-day cease-fire in its war with Hamas that ended Friday could quickly resume and more hostages be exchanged for Palestinian prisoners.

“Hamas did not uphold its part of the agreement, which included the release of all of the children and women according to a list that...Read more

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Father of Palestinian boy, 6, killed in alleged hate crime in Illinois files wrongful death lawsuit: 'I lost my everything'

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CHICAGO — Odai Alfayoumi struggled to find words Friday when asked how he is doing a month and a half after the death of his son, Wadee Alfayoumi, the Palestinian 6-year-old boy stabbed to death in Plainfield Township in what police call a hate crime.

“What can I say,” he told the Tribune. “I lost my everything. My life. My son. My job....Read more


'We each have a battle and mine is staying here': Haiti doctor is finalist for peace award

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In Haiti, where the battle against the virus that causes AIDS has been hard fought, Dr. Marie-Marcelle H. Deschamps knows that women are key: give a woman a job, she once said, and watch her not only take charge of her life but also cut HIV transmission.

That philosophy, which Deschamps shared with first lady Laura Bush in 2008 as she visited ...Read more

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4 student suicides in less than two months send shocks through Boise schools. 'It's terrifying'

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BOISE, Idaho -- It was mid-November, and hundreds of candles flickered on the Hillside Junior High School field where eighth grader Kade Parrish once played baseball.

Students, parents and community members were gathered at a candlelight vigil to grieve the loss of at least the fourth Boise School District student to die by suicide since the ...Read more


Lawmakers want $26 billion for programs the Pentagon didn't seek

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WASHINGTON — House and Senate appropriators have added into their two fiscal 2024 Defense spending bills a combined $25.7 billion the Pentagon did not formally seek for more than 1,200 research and procurement projects, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of a watchdog group’s previously undisclosed database.

The House-passed Defense ...Read more

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SpaceX Carries South Korea's First Spy Satellite to Orbit

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One of Elon Musk’s rockets carried a South Korean spy satellite into orbit as the rivalry between the two Koreas expands beyond Earth.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying Seoul’s first domestically made reconnaissance satellite launched from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 10:19 a.m. PST Friday, according to South Korea’s defense...Read more

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Ammon Bundy 'in hiding' after losing Idaho home, websites in legal battle with St. Luke's

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BOISE, Idaho — St. Luke’s has won significant battles recently in its fight against far-right activist Ammon Bundy.

The health system, which won a defamation case against Bundy and one of his associates this year, has taken ownership of his Emmett property and house — after a judge voided a sale Bundy made to another associate — and ...Read more

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Trump denied immunity against US election subversion charges

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is not entitled to absolute presidential immunity against criminal charges over his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Friday rejected Trump’s early efforts to get the federal indictment in Washington tossed out, including his contention ...Read more

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US Navy, UK, Australia will test AI system to help crews track Chinese submarines in the Pacific

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. and two of its closest partners are set to test a new way to track Chinese submarines using artificial intelligence.

Crews flying Pacific missions on the U.S. Navy’s top maritime surveillance and attack aircraft will be using AI algorithms to rapidly process sonar data gathered by underwater devices of the U.S., U.K. ...Read more

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2 get probation after pleading guilty to burning down a Wendy's in Atlanta after Rayshard Brooks' death

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ATLANTA — Two co-defendants pleaded guilty to arson charges for burning down a southwest Atlanta Wendy’s during the protests following Rayshard Brooks’ shooting death in June 2020, while a third defendant is scheduled to go on trial next week despite being in federal prison.

Chisom Kingston and Natalie Hanna White each entered negotiated ...Read more

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Timeline of George Santos' scandals leading to his historic expulsion from Congress

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Former Congressman George Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives Friday in a bipartisan vote that followed a House Committee on Ethics report claiming the Queens native deceived donors and “ blatantly stole from his campaign.”

Allegations about the 35-year-old Republican’s checkered past were brought to light by a damning ...Read more

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SEC, DOJ officials' past handling of Sen. Robert Menendez talks under NJ review

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WASHINGTON — The New Jersey attorney general’s office is reviewing the conduct of two law enforcement officials as part of a probe sparked by the federal bribery case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

Gurbir Grewal, the enforcement chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Andrew Bruck, a top official at the Department of ...Read more

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Protester sets self on fire outside Israeli Consulate in Atlanta; guard burned

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ATLANTA — A protester set themselves on fire Friday afternoon outside a Midtown Atlanta building, suffering critical injuries and also injuring a security guard, police and fire officials said.

Atlanta police Chief Darin Schierbaum called the incident outside the Israeli Consulate building at 1100 Spring Street an “extreme act of political ...Read more

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George Santos' constituents cheer his expulsion: 'This creep is no longer my congressman'

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NEW YORK — Cheerful constituents of ex-Rep. George Santos celebrated his expulsion from Congress on Friday, letting out a collective sigh of relief after 11 months of being represented by the truth-challenged 35-year-old Republican.

Around the corner from Santos’ darkened district office in the rain-slicked Douglaston section of Queens, ...Read more

'Unusual' ancient graves found near Arctic, but no remains discovered inside, study says

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Just south of the Arctic Circle, within the vast forests of northern Finland, lies a sandy field dotted with dozens of “unusual” pits.

Workers stumbled upon the site, known as Tainiaro, six decades ago, and since then, its origins have remained elusive.

But now, upon conducting a comprehensive analysis of the site, researchers have ...Read more