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Will the fall of Mariupol change the course of Ukraine war?

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WASHINGTON — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his forces had conquered the strategic Ukrainian port of Mariupol a month ago. Only now, however, does that seem to be true.

Herculean resistance by a few hundred Ukrainian fighters, holed up in the city’s sprawling steel factory, staved off Russian troops and artillery for weeks. Many ...Read more

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Parkland shooting trial gets new start date

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. —The official start date for testimony in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting trial has been pushed back to account for the two-week delay caused by a key lawyer’s apparent illness this month.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer released a new trial schedule on Tuesday that wraps up jury selection by June 8 ...Read more

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US Postal Service offers more free COVID-19 tests by mail

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The U.S. government is offering another round of free at-home COVID-19 test kits to every residential address in the country.

The tests are available to order online from the U.S. Postal Service via www.covid.gov/tests. They can also be ordered by calling (800) 232-0233 or via TTY at (888) 720-7489 from 8 a.m. to midnight Eastern, seven days a ...Read more

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Frontier flight attendant helped woman give birth in air, airline says

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DENVER — A woman gave birth to a baby aboard a Frontier flight from Denver International Airport on the way to Orlando, the airline said in a Facebook post.

Diana Giraldo, a flight attendant aboard the plane, helped the woman to the restroom and aided in the birth, Frontier said Tuesday.

Capt. Chris Nye said that dispatch had them land early...Read more

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Ex-Fort Worth officer's lawyers tell court they're needed elsewhere on murder trial date

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Two attorneys who represent a former Fort Worth police officer who is next month to go to trial on a murder indictment have filed a motion describing their work in seven other cases to which they argue local and state legal code assigns scheduling priority.

The attorneys, Bob Gill and Miles Brissette, did not explicitly ...Read more

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Mountain lion attacks woman in Northern California; dog badly hurt defending her

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A woman’s dog was badly wounded Monday while fighting off a mountain lion that attacked its owner, California wildlife officials say.

“I think it’s safe to assume that dog probably saved her life,” Capt. Patrick Foy of the Department of Fish and Wildlife told The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday.

The attack happened in ...Read more

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Court to consider whether Henrietta Lacks' family's 'unprecedented' lawsuit over use of her cells can continue

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BALTIMORE — A federal judge will decide whether the family of Henrietta Lacks has enough legal standing to continue its lawsuit against the biotech company Thermo Fisher Scientific after the two sides argued in court Tuesday about the use of cells taken from Lacks more than 70 years ago.

At question is whether Thermo Fisher — and other ...Read more

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Biden condemns Buffalo mass shooting as act of terrorism and denounces white supremacy as 'a poison'

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — President Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned Saturday’s deadly mass shooting in Buffalo as a “racist rampage” and an act of “domestic terrorism,” calling on Americans to reject the racist theory that authorities say appeared to have motivated the gunman to carry out the massacre.

“White supremacy is a poison,” Biden ...Read more

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Laguna Woods church shooting suspect charged with murder, attempted murder

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LOS ANGELES — The Orange County district attorney on Tuesday filed a murder charge that could carry the death penalty against a man accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding five other people at a Taiwanese church in what authorities have characterized as an apparent political hate crime.

David Wenwei Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, is accused...Read more

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US set to block Russian debt payments, raising odds of default

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is poised to fully block Russia’s ability to pay U.S. bondholders after a deadline expires next week, a move that could bring Moscow closer to the brink of default.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is expected to let a temporary exemption lapse once it expires on May 25, ...Read more

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Road deaths in US jump to highest level since 2005 as driving rebounds

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Traffic fatalities surged last year to the highest level since 2005 as drivers increasingly returned to the roads following a dip during the early days of the pandemic.

Almost 43,000 people died in car crashes in 2021, a 10.5% jump from the prior year, according to a statement Tuesday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ...Read more

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Cross-border tunnel from a Tijuana house found in Otay Mesa; 6 people charged

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OTAY MESA, Calif. — U.S. authorities discovered a “sophisticated” cross-border tunnel stretching from a Tijuana house to an Otay Mesa warehouse near the port of entry.

As a result of the investigation, six people were charged for conspiring to distribute more than 1,750 pounds of cocaine, U.S. federal prosecutors said Monday.

The tunnel ...Read more

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Biden condemns Buffalo mass shooting as act of terrorism and denounces white supremacy as 'a poison'

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — President Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned Saturday’s deadly mass shooting in Buffalo as a “racist rampage” and an act of “domestic terrorism,” calling on Americans to reject the racist theory that authorities say appeared to have motivated the gunman to carry out the massacre.

“White supremacy is a poison,” Biden ...Read more

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Judge stops enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban if Roe overturned

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DETROIT — A Michigan Court of Claims judge has granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood of Michigan that would stall the enforcement of Michigan's 1931 abortion ban should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the landmark 1973 Roe decision enshrining abortion as a constitutional right.

Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher granted...Read more

Man who provided drugs to Mac Miller sentenced to 17.5 years

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LOS ANGELES — A man who pleaded guilty to distributing narcotics that led to the death of rapper Mac Miller has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison.

Stephen Andrew Walter, who is about 50, had agreed to a plea agreement last year to serve 17 years. But U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II rejected it and added to the sentence, saying that...Read more

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Hurricane center targets surge in preventable post-storm deaths

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricanes are terrifying and deadly forces, but experts are growing more concerned by the amount of deaths tallied up after a storm is passed, as they’ve observed indirect death totals increasing in recent years.

“Now we’re seeing more people dying after the storm,” said Michael Brennan, the Branch Chief at the ...Read more

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Accused dealer of fentanyl-laced cocaine in Spring Break overdoses faces life in prison after federal indictment

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WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Two months after a group of Spring Breakers, including West Point cadets, overdosed on fentanyl-laced cocaine, the Lauderhill man accused of selling them the potentially lethal drugs has been indicted on federal charges, court records show.

Axel “Gee” Casseus, 21, was indicted on two counts of distribution of a ...Read more

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South Carolina seeing spike in COVID-19 cases this month

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South Carolina has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases this month as tougher variants spread and more people mingle without protection, experts say.

COVID-19 cases are up 66.9% this month compared to the same period in April, data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows. According to DHEC, COVID-19 cases have ...Read more

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Biden condemns Buffalo massing shooting as act of terrorism and denounces white supremacy as 'a poison'

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — President Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned Saturday’s deadly mass shooting in Buffalo as a “racist rampage” and an act of “domestic terrorism,” calling on Americans to reject the racist theory that authorities say appeared to have motivated the gunman to carry out the massacre.

“White supremacy is a poison running ...Read more

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Walmart slides after cutting profit forecast on rising costs

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Walmart Inc. fell the most in two years after cutting its profit outlook due to inflationary pressures, especially in food and fuel.

The retail giant now sees earnings per share falling by about 1% this year, compared with a prior view of mid-single-digit gains, Walmart said in a statement Tuesday. Adjusted profit fell to $1.30 a share during ...Read more