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Chief Putin critic wins elections in Latvia, exit poll shows

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Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, a staunch critic of Vladimir Putin, won a decisive victory in general elections as voters punished a party backed by ethnic Russians, an exit poll showed.

Bolstered by its vocal opposition of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Karins’s New Unity won 16.8% of the vote, according partial results showing 540...Read more

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Rex Tillerson to testify at Tom Barrack's trial, lawyers say

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WASHINGTON — Rex Tillerson, who served as Secretary of State for little more than a year during the Trump administration, will testify next week as a prosecution witness at the trial of Tom Barrack, defense lawyers said Saturday.

Barrack’s lawyers wrote to U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday to say prosecutors...Read more

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Happy birthday, Mr. President: Greetings fill social media for Jimmy Carter

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Former President Jimmy Carter planned a simple 98th birthday celebration with family, friends and the Atlanta Braves. But the well-wishes extended far beyond his Plains, Georgia, home.

Many around the country used social media to post greetings to the 39th president, including former President Barack Obama.

“Happy 98th birthday, President ...Read more

Ian claimed four lives in NC, Cooper says. Thousands still without power in Triangle, NC

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Tropical Storm Ian has claimed four lives in North Carolina thus far, Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday, including the victims of two traffic accidents and a carbon monoxide poisoning, all in Johnston County.

“The storm has passed, but many hazards remain with downed trees, downed power lines and power outages,” Cooper said. “We mourn with ...Read more

'Woman, life, freedom': LA protest over Iran draws thousands

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Thousands of Iranian Americans marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday in solidarity with the protests that have rocked Iran since the death of a young woman in police custody three weeks ago.

At Pershing Square on Saturday morning, protest leaders with megaphones led chants of “zan, zendegi, azadi,” or “woman, ...Read more

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Violent, unprovoked attacks have New Yorkers on edge: 'There is something profoundly wrong'

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They are the buzzwords of New York City crime circa 2022: Random and unprovoked.

A chilling spate of recent incidents involving innocent victims runs the gamut from a woman savagely beaten inside a Queens subway station to a 17-year-old Brooklyn girl killed by a stray bullet to a Mexican immigrant nearly killed by a sucker-punch outside a ...Read more

Hurricane Ian brings half a foot of rainfall to the Lowcountry

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Over six inches of rain fell in Summerville, as Hurricane Ian hit South Carolina, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Columbia and Richland County were spared the worst of Ian’s rain, which fell mostly on the coast.

Data from the USGS showed the majority of Ian’s rainfall in the eastern half of the state as the storm hit the...Read more

Iran releases US-Iranian detainee as protests roil country

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Iran has released from detention an Iranian-American businessman who was jailed seven years ago during a visit to Tehran, and his elderly father, the United Nations said in a statement on Saturday.

The announcement comes as indirect talks between Iran and the U.S. over how to revive the 2015 nuclear deal remain stalled and as Tehran’s ...Read more

Madame Wu, famed LA Westside restaurateur who served the stars, dies at 106

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Madame Wu and then-Gov. Pete Wilson at a closing party at Madame Wu’s Garden in 1998.(Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times)

LOS ANGELES — Her long black hair piled atop her head and stunning in a floor-length silk gown, Madame Sylvia Wu would step from her Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and — smiling broadly — push open the red double doors of her ...Read more

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About 10,000 people still in Florida shelters after Hurricane Ian, officials say

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Roughly 10,000 people throughout Florida remain housed in shelters after evacuating their homes, officials said Saturday, as Hurricane Ian response efforts continued three days after the disaster.

The number of people displaced — which does not include those who are not staying in shelters — was yet another sign of the level of destruction ...Read more

Florida residents in Ian's path had about a day's warning to evacuate. Was it enough?

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It was Tuesday morning, the day before Hurricane Ian bulldozed into Southwest Florida and already less than 24 hours before Gov. Ron DeSantis declared it was too late for remaining residents to evacuate.

But at a Collier County Commission meeting, officials agreed they should pray for Tampa Bay.

“There’s a lot of reasons for us to be ...Read more

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As protests continue in Cuba, activists worry US aid may offer a lifeline to the government

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With many homes across the country without electricity or water for four days, residents of Havana blocked some of the city’s main avenues and banged pots and pans on Saturday, the third day of demonstrations following the collapse of the electrical grid after hurricane Ian battered the island early this week.

On Saturday morning, women ...Read more

New 'space junk' rules finalized by FCC

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Space is getting too crowded.

New rules governing space junk were finalized this week by the Federal Communications Commission.

Space junk — formally known as orbital debris — has become so prevalent in low-Earth orbits that it’s hard to find safe space for active missions, according to the FCC.

“Since 1957 humanity has put about 10,...Read more

National Archives says Trump White House records still missing

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The National Archives said it still doesn’t have all of the records from White House staffers that it should have received at the end of former President Donald Trump’s administration and will continue to pursue missing material.

“While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of ...Read more

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Searching for survivors at Ian's ground zero, Fort Myers Beach. It doesn't always end well

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Pasco, a young black Labrador retriever on his first search and rescue mission, quickly picked up the scent on Anchorage Street. He led a Miami firefighter to the top of a rubble pile and jumped down the other side.

”Confirmed!” the firefighter shouted over the din of a helicopter passing overhead. “One deceased.”

Pasco is trained to ...Read more

A toll of destruction: Measuring the brutal aftermath of Hurricane Ian

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Making landfall earlier this week on the west coast of Florida, Hurricane Ian’s near Category 5 intensity left behind terrible devastation, leveling homes, bringing life-threatening flooding and leaving millions without power.

The storm landed Wednesday afternoon on the island of Cayo Costa near Fort Myers and Cape Coral. It battered the west...Read more

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President Biden OKs federal aid as North Carolina recovers from Ian

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President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for North Carolina, enabling the federal government to provide Hurricane Ian-related equipment, money and other aid to the state, officials said Saturday.

FEMA will now coordinate all disaster-relief efforts in North Carolina and on lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, according to...Read more

Hurricane Ian: Damage will drive insurance rates even higher, cripple industry

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With early predictions of $50 billion in damage from Hurricane Ian, experts worry whether the state’s struggling property insurance system will become another casualty of the storm and lead to even higher premiums.

If it fails, the cost will be passed on to all Florida homeowners, not just those who suffered damage, ...Read more

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Jaywalking is decriminalized in California under new law

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Pedestrians take note: A new law decriminalizes safe jaywalking in California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed the “Freedom to Walk” bill sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco). The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, comes years after activists have argued that jaywalking rules disproportionately affect marginalized and...Read more

Elon Musk, Ron DeSantis partner to put satellites in areas struck by Hurricane Ian

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has struck a partnership with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to provide satellite service for areas of Southwest Florida still without internet connectivity after Hurricane Ian.

More than 100 of SpaceX’s large Starlight satellite receivers will be set up across Southwest Florida, with the majority going to Lee, ...Read more