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China releases two Canadian men from prison, PM Trudeau says

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Two men who were imprisoned in China for nearly three years have returned home to Canada.

“These two men have gone through an unbelievable difficult ordeal for the past 1,000 days, they have shown strength, perseverance and grace and we are all inspired by that,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a late Friday night news conference ...Read more

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As COVID infections continue to decline, LA County approaches 26,000 deaths

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LOS ANGELES — Infections, hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 have continued to decline in Los Angeles County.

It’s a far cry from last fall, when residents faced a new wave of coronavirus cases that led to a huge winter surge. Despite the improvements, which officials have largely pegged to vaccination rates, an imminent death ...Read more

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George Floyd Square COVID-19 vaccine drives target misinformation, mistrust

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MINNEAPOLIS — Even though Minneapolis removed barricades from the protest zone at E. 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, George Floyd Square remains a gathering place that attracts weekend crowds of the curious.

The Rev. Curtis Farrar of Worldwide Outreach for Christ, the church opposite the spot where George Floyd was murdered in May 2020, wants...Read more

Trump attacks Gov. Kemp, joins pro-Trump candidates in Perry

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PERRY, Ga. — Thousands packed the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry as former President Donald Trump held a rally for a slate of pro-Trump candidates running for office in Georgia in 2022.

Trump has remained fixated on Georgia and Gov. Brian Kemp since Kemp refused to intervene in the state’s election results, which President Joe Biden ...Read more

Iceland's coalition on track to keep majority, early count shows

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Iceland’s three-party ruling coalition looks set to keep its majority in parliament after steering the tourism-dependent north Atlantic economy through a pandemic-induced slump.

The conservative Independence Party is in the lead, as expected, with 26.5% support, according to an early vote count presented by public broadcaster RUV. Its ...Read more

Iceland's coalition on track to keep majority, early count shows

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Iceland’s three-party ruling coalition looks set to keep its majority in parliament after steering the tourism-dependent north Atlantic economy through a pandemic-induced slump.

The conservative Independence Party is in the lead, as expected, with 26.5% support, according to an early vote count presented by public broadcaster RUV. Its ...Read more

Black LA residents have highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate: 'A deplorable reality'

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LOS ANGELES — Black residents have the highest rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations among all racial and ethnic groups in Los Angeles County, new data show, a troubling disparity even as hospitalization rates for all groups have stabilized or started to decline.

The pandemic has amplified longtime inequities in the U.S. health care system that ...Read more

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Crews scramble to make progress against California wildfires

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Crews were hoping a shift in the weather would help them get the upper hand against several wildfires burning in Northern California and the southern Sierra. But forecasters warned Saturday the window of opportunity could be short-lived, as a cooling trend was expected to be followed by warmer temperatures and dry winds.

The Fawn fire north of ...Read more

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Hurricane Sam intensifies to major Category 4 storm; Teresa weakens

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane Sam strengthened to a major Category 4 storm Saturday morning while Teresa is now a post-tropical cyclone, the National Hurricane Center said.

Sam, the seventh hurricane of the season, now has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and higher gusts and is moving west-northwest at 10 mph, according to the NHC’s 5 p.m. ...Read more

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Iceland votes, with its dependence on tourism exposed

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Iceland is holding an election with the pandemic largely behind it but its voters faced with a reality check.

The travel restrictions with COVID-19 have laid bare just how much the sparsely-populated island got hooked on tourism, while there is little consensus on whether climate change presents a challenge or an opportunity.

This country in...Read more


Spotted lanternfly, a crop-killing pest, is hitchhiking and hopping its way to the Midwest

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DETROIT — A small, winged pest some people even think is pretty is getting a lot of attention online, as agriculture and natural resource experts warn that it can do considerable damage to grapes and, once established, is difficult to kill.

Lycorma delicatula — better known as the dreaded spotted lanternfly — made its way from Asia to the...Read more

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Haiti asks for international help to investigate Moise's killing

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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry reaffirmed a request for “mutual legal assistance” to investigate the murder of President Jovenel Moise.

In prerecorded remarks to the UN General Assembly, Henry emphasized that finding all those responsible for the assassination was a “top priority” of his government.

“This is a transnational ...Read more

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More than 1,000 Haitian migrants intercepted at sea this fiscal year, Coast Guard says

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MIAMI — The number of Haitian migrants stopped at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard zoomed past 1,000 for this fiscal year after two interceptions of 260 migrants returned to Haiti Friday, the agency announced.

For the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2020 and will end Thursday, the Coast Guard says, crews have intercepted 1,119 Haitian migrants. ...Read more

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New California law tightens gun-buying loophole exposed by Poway synagogue shooting

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SAN DIEGO — Like the many gun safety bills that have come before it, the one just signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom is borne from tragedy.

In 2019, John T. Earnest, a then-19-year-old Rancho Penasquitos college student, opened fire on a Poway synagogue using a rifle he bought at a Grantville gun shop.

He did so under a narrow provision ...Read more

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School bus driver stabbed to death in front of students in Washington state

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A school bus driver was fatally stabbed in front of students after picking them up from a Washington state elementary school Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The alleged killer, who is now in custody, got on the bus near Longfellow Elementary in the city of Pasco around 3 p.m. and launched the knife attack as multiple children watched in ...Read more

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Venezuelans in US live mostly in Florida, and they top Hispanic population growth

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TAMPA, Fla. — The top-line trends are widely known, visible in political campaigns, video programming and store shelves: People of Hispanic heritage are growing in total number and as a share of the U.S. population.

This decades-old progression is affirmed again in a much-anticipated annual survey from the Pew Research Center that coincides ...Read more

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Huawei CFO Meng gets a hero's welcome in China while 2 Canadians land quietly

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China gave a hero’s welcome to Huawei Technologies Co.’s executive Meng Wanzhou as she touched down three years after her arrest in Canada, while two Canadians freed by Beijing returned to their homeland with less fanfare.

“I am finally home after over 1,000 days of suffering,” Meng, wearing a red dress, said tearfully to the cheering ...Read more

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Fawn fire in N. California swells to more than 7,000 acres, but officials 'optimistic'

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ANDERSON, Calif. — Firefighters faced off against the fast-moving Fawn fire as it edged closer to Shasta Lake on Saturday, hoping to take advantage of lighter winds and cooler temperatures expected to last through the weekend.

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in a rocky quarry area near Bear Mountain Road and has charred 7,544 acres in ...Read more

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US move to end Huawei saga helps China ties -- at a cost

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The U.S. met one of China’s key demands to improve relations with the release of a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive, paving the way for better ties at the cost of appearing to reward Beijing for what critics have called “hostage diplomacy.”

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, flew to China from Vancouver after reaching...Read more

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Gabby Petito's funeral open to public Sunday on Long Island

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NEW YORK — Funeral services for Gabby Petito will be held Sunday afternoon on Long Island, closing another chapter in a mysterious case that has sparked nationwide attention and a massive manhunt for her fiancé.

The visitation, which will be open to the public, is set to take place at Moloney’s Funeral Home in Holbrook from noon to 5 p.m.,...Read more