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Extreme heat uncovers lost villages, ancient ruins and shipwrecks

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Extreme heat this year has triggered wildfires, drought and melting glaciers. Less expectedly, it’s also revealed some weird and dark things about our past — shipwrecks, corpses, ghost villages, ornamental gardens and ancient cities. Here’s a look at some of those discoveries.

Roman remains

Italy’s drought has revealed artifacts from ...Read more

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Smaller doses of monkeypox vaccine got the OK. Here's how that works at one clinic

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LOS ANGELES — Mark Webber and Doug Brown rose before dawn to make the trip from Agoura Hills, California, arriving around 6 a.m. at the Leimert Park clinic in the hopes of getting vaccinated against monkeypox.

"We came out in the '80s. We remember when HIV blew through," said Webber, 54, a Maryland resident who has been in Southern California...Read more

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How Ron DeSantis consolidated his power over Florida government

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TALLAHASSEE — With Renatha Francis joining the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis will cement a majority of his own appointees in line with his legal philosophy and thus more likely to rule in his favor on lawsuits challenging the many controversial laws he has signed.

Her appointment is the latest example of how DeSantis has exerted ...Read more


Southern Baptist Convention's sex abuse scandal draws federal inquiry

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ATLANTA — The Southern Baptist Convention revealed on Friday that is under investigation by federal officials over the mishandling and cover-up of sex abuse complaints that go back decades.

The SBC said in a statement that the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice will include several entities, each of which have committed to full ...Read more


Polio virus detected in NYC wastewater, health officials say

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NEW YORK — The polio virus has been detected in New York City, health authorities said Friday, a jarring discovery arriving three weeks after the long-defeated virus reemerged in Rockland County north of the city. The potentially deadly virus was detected in sewage samples collected in the city.

Before the Rockland County case, the U.S. had ...Read more

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Deaths of young recruits cast a shadow on Cuba's claimed victory over Matanzas fire

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One wanted to be a neurosurgeon and was a Real Madrid soccer fan. Another one loved to play basketball. A third one liked to pose for selfies to show off his tattoos.

One by one, the faces of young Cubans who likely died while combating a fire that started last week at an oil storage facility in the port of Matanzas have been popping up on ...Read more

Study: Women on this diet are 33% more likely to break a hip

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A two-decade cohort study has found women who follow one particular diet have a higher risk of breaking a hip.

The study, from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, compared vegetarians, pescatarians and meat eaters, and found vegetarian women ages 35 to 69 were 33% more likely to experience a hip fracture than those who regularly ate ...Read more


9 people wounded in Philadelphia shootings, including a quadruple shooting in Frankford neighborhood

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PHILADELPHIA — Nine people were wounded in shootings on Friday in Philadelphia, including four people in one incident in the city’s Frankford section and a 6-year-old boy grazed by a stray bullet, police said.

Just before 7:30 p.m., at least four people were shot on the 5300 block of Charles Street in Frankford, police said. Three victims ...Read more

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New York Gov. Hochul touts expansion of 'red flag' enforcement in wake of Buffalo mass shooting

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York recorded a major uptick in the use of the state’s red flag law following the deadly Buffalo mass shooting this spring.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday that more applications for Extreme Risk Protection Orders, meant to keep guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others, were filed in the last three...Read more

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South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial nominee wants end of ‘geriatric’ politicians. Will it cost him help from Biden, Clyburn?

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joe Cunningham made national headlines when he suggested an end to the “geriatric oligarchy” in political office and said on national television that President Joe Biden should step aside in...Read more

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Abortion will become illegal in Idaho as state Supreme Court declines to pause trigger law

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho residents will no longer be able to seek abortions in state after the Idaho Supreme Court earlier this week let the state implement its near-total abortion ban.

The decision came a little more than a week after a hearing addressed two lawsuits filed by Planned Parenthood in recent months. The first challenged an Idaho law...Read more

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Kansas plans to recount abortion amendment vote, despite proposal's landslide defeat

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Kansas election officials plan to conduct a statewide recount of the vote rejecting an amendment to remove abortion rights from the state constitution after a citizen posted a $200,000 bond for the recount, the state Secretary of State’s Office said.

Separately, Kansas state Sen. Caryn Tyson asked for a recount in 55 counties in the ...Read more

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Sacramento agrees to pay $1.7 million to Stephon Clark's parents, ends family's lawsuit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The city of Sacramento on Friday announced it had agreed to pay Stephon Clark’s parents $1.7 million, which settles the final remaining portion of a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by his family after police shot to death the unarmed Black man in March 2018.

In a 2019 settlement, the city agreed to pay $2.4 million ...Read more

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After strict party rules imposed by USC, frats weigh disaffiliation, prompting harsh warnings

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LOS ANGELES — In a potential mutiny against strict party rules imposed last year following allegations of frat house sexual assaults, University of Southern California officials said some fraternities are weighing whether to disaffiliate from the university — prompting warnings of “serious ramifications” from campus administrators.

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Once Indiana's abortion ban goes into effect, most patients seeking abortions will have to travel beyond its borders

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When Indiana’s near-total abortion ban goes into effect on Sept. 15, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Merrillville — and its 10 other facilities in Indiana — will remain open to provide “critical health care services outside of abortion,” but patients seeking abortion care will likely have to go out of state.

“We provide a whole ...Read more

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Anne Heche, TV, film and stage actor, dies at 53 from injuries sustained in LA car crash

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LOS ANGELES — Anne Heche, the Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor whose work in “Six Days Seven Nights,” “Another World” and dozens of other projects dovetailed with a groundbreaking romance with Ellen DeGeneres that challenged homophobia in Hollywood, has died. She was 53.

Her son Homer confirmed her death in a statement to the Los ...Read more


Bill to decriminalize psychedelics in California gutted by lawmakers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Legislation to decriminalize certain psychedelic drugs such as “magic mushrooms,” MDMA, ketamine and LSD was gutted by the California Legislature on Thursday, though the lawmaker who sponsored the bill vowed to reintroduce the measure next year.

Senate Bill 519 would have allowed for the possession and personal use of...Read more

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Philly schools are going mask optional, but kids, staff must mask for the first 10 days of class

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia School District staff and students must mask for the first 10 days of the 2022-23 school year, but masks will then be optional — but “strongly recommended” — as long as case counts do not spike.

“We are committed to keeping students in school for in-person learning,” Kendra McDow, a pediatrician and ...Read more

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What is a fatwa? Salman Rushdie's backstory moves center stage after attack

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After Salman Rushdie was attacked as he began a lecture Friday in western New York, it was a potent reminder that an Islamic leader had issued a high-profile edict calling for the writer’s death in reaction to his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses.”

That death sentence — a fatwa — had immediate effects on Rushdie’s life, spurring him ...Read more

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Here's where FBI agents searched for classified documents at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

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Agents with the FBI had a warrant to search any rooms at Mar-a-Lago used by the club’s owner, former president Donald Trump, or his staff, according to court documents unsealed Friday afternoon.

While the layout of Trump’s home is a mystery to most, building plans and interviews by the Miami Herald have helped sketch out the likely ...Read more