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At 16, she drove drunk and killed a man. At 24, cops say she did it again

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TAMPA, Fla. – Five years ago, a diminutive teenage girl with striking brown eyes stood shackled and weeping in a Tampa courtroom.

Jennifer Carvajal admitted she was drunk early one morning a few weeks shy of her 17th birthday. She admitted that she’d blown through a red light and slammed into another car, killing the driver. She admitted ...Read more

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COVID-19 kills pregnant and post-partum Brazilians, leaving orphans

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BRAZILIA, Brazil — It began with the elderly. When an Amazonian variant appeared, a broader range of Brazilians started dying. Then those in their 40s, 30s and even 20s succumbed. Now, in an even more chilling development — with possibly global implications — COVID-19 is killing pregnant and post-partum Brazilians, leaving newborn orphans....Read more


This small Canadian drugmaker wants to make J&J vaccines for poor nations. It needs more than a patent waiver.

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WASHINGTON — Biolyse Pharma Corp., which makes a cancer medication, was gearing up to start making generic biologic drugs, made from living organisms. Then the pandemic hit.

Watching the COVID-19 death toll climb, the company decided its new production lines and equipment could be converted to making vaccines for poorer countries without the ...Read more


No refuge for India's rich and middle class from second COVID-19 wave

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PUNE, India — Pinakin Tendulkar's gated apartment complex — with its yoga garden and jogging path — insulates middle-class families from the pollution, desperation and chaos that permeate the lives of India's urban poor.

Class distinctions are harshly drawn in this nation, but when a ferocious second wave of COVID-19 swept through this ...Read more

Cruz Reynoso, California's first Latino state Supreme Court justice, dies at 90

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Cruz Reynoso, a son of migrant workers who worked in the fields as a child and went on to become the first Latino state Supreme Court justice in California history, has died.

Reynoso passed away May 7 at an elder care facility in Oroville, according to his son, Len ReidReynoso. The cause of death was unknown. Reynoso was 90.

In a legal career ...Read more

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As 'diesel death zones' spread in California, pollution regulators place new rules on warehouse industry

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California air quality officials have adopted first-of-their-kind rules on warehouse distribution centers in an effort to cut truck pollution, increase electrification and reduce health risks in communities hit hardest by lung-damaging diesel exhaust.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s governing board ...Read more

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Trump can stay at Mar-a-Lago legally -- as a 'bona fide' employee, Palm Beach town attorney says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The final word on whether former President Donald Trump can live at his Mar-a-Lago estate is out, and some of his neighbors in Palm Beach won’t like it.

Some of Trump’s neighbors alleged that the former president is in violation of a 1993 agreement with the town that limits how many days members of the Mar-a-Lago ...Read more

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California sees record number of guns confiscated under 'red flag' law

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Five years ago, California became one of the first states in the nation to enact a so-called red flag gun law, allowing family members and police officers to ask a court to block those believed to be a risk to themselves or others from having firearms. Now, as other legislatures weigh adopting similar laws, state officials said Friday that a ...Read more

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Trump DOJ got phone records of 3 Washington Post reporters, paper reports

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s Justice Department got telephone records and attempted to get the email records of three Washington Post reporters who were looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper reported on Friday.

The three reporters, Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Adam Entous, who now ...Read more

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Most of Pentagon billions moved to border wall not recoverable

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WASHINGTON — Most of the nearly $10 billion that the Trump administration diverted from the armed services to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border will never be seen again, Pentagon and congressional officials confirmed Friday.

That includes some of the money diverted from military construction funds and all the money former President ...Read more

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Mexican authorities seize illegal drugs from tunnel discovered in Nueva Tijuana home

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SAN DIEGO — Mexican federal authorities seized illegal marijuana from a tunnel discovered Thursday in a Nueva Tijuana home located across the border from Otay Mesa in San Diego.

The unfinished tunnel — which Mexican federal officials said was meant for smugglers to bring drugs into San Diego from Mexico — was being constructed no more ...Read more

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Vans announces death of co-founder Paul Van Doren at age 90

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LOS ANGELES — Vans announced Friday that its co-founder Paul Van Doren has died at the age of 90.

"It's with a heavy heart that Vans announces the passing of our co-founder, Paul Van Doren," a Twitter post said. "Paul was not just an entrepreneur; he was an innovator. We send our love and strength to the Van Doren family and the countless ...Read more


NYC federal jails are run by 'morons,' says judge after inmate describes horrors

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NEW YORK — New York City’s federal jails are run by “morons,” a furious judge declared at a recent sentencing, saying the U.S. Attorney General himself should be aware of the “disgusting, inhuman” conditions at the lockups.

Manhattan Federal Judge Colleen McMahon said incompetence by the Justice Department and its Bureau of Prisons ...Read more

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Biden team looking for patterns in investigation of 'Havana syndrome' cases

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is conducting a “full review” of reports from across the U.S. government on cases of “Havana syndrome,” a set of unexplained medical conditions that have afflicted U.S. personnel since 2016, the White House said Friday.

The cases have occurred among U.S. personnel across several agencies, ...Read more

Judge revokes bond for self-proclaimed leader of Michigan white supremacist group

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DETROIT — A 25-year-old Bad Axe man charged with gang membership for his self-proclaimed leadership role of white supremacist group the Base has had his bond revoked for violations of the bond conditions.

Justen Watkins was released from jail pending trial on bond conditions that included a prohibition on contact with other members of the ...Read more


California man used coronavirus relief loans to buy Ferrari, Bentley and Lamborghini, federal authorities say

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LOS ANGELES — An Irvine man was arrested on fraud charges this week after authorities say he used $5 million in pandemic relief loans to buy luxury sports cars, take lavish vacations and cover his personal expenses.

Mustafa Qadiri, 38, submitted bogus applications for federal loans under the Paycheck Protection Program on behalf of four ...Read more

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Woman accused of 'horrific, long-term torture' of 13-year-old disabled boy

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — A 13-year-old boy was found beaten, soaked in urine and tethered to a metal step stool, with a blanket over his head at his home in Pompano Beach, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Jennifer Elaine Foran, 39, called her husband at work Monday night and told him to come home because of an emergency. He arrived about 9:...Read more

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Mexico's president criticizes US aid policy hours before meeting with Kamala Harris

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WASHINGTON — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sharply criticized U.S. aid to a group in his country hours before he met virtually on Friday with Vice President Kamala Harris, underscoring the difficulty of her mission to get his help with immigration issues.

Lopez Obrador singled out America’s funding for a non-governmental ...Read more

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Overwhelming majority of California's Asian Americans fear physical violence, poll says

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the wake of a rash of alarming hate crimes nationwide, more Californians are acknowledging that Asian Americans experience discrimination, and an overwhelming majority of Asian Americans report that they fear becoming victims of hate-based violence, a new survey says.

The California Community Poll, which surveys ...Read more

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Giuliani raid pushed by prosecutors doing things the 'hard way'

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NEW YORK — Two months ago, Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer offered to bring his client in for questioning by Manhattan federal prosecutors, provided they made clear what subjects they would bring up.

No deal, responded Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos. He repeated what the team had been saying since they began investigating the activities of the...Read more