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Cuomo lawyer goes on new attack against credibility of accusers, New York's AG

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NEW YORK — Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s attorney has launched a new attack against the credibility of the state attorney general and some of the women whose sexual harassment allegations led to his resignation.

Cuomo lawyer Rita Glavin sent the broadside in a Sept. 13 letter to state Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Lavine, the ...Read more

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Hong Kong quietly widens national security law with subtle shift

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Hong Kong has quietly broadened the language it uses to describe national security violations, a shift lawyers said could expand the reach of a government crackdown on dissent in the Asian financial hub.

City authorities have begun using the phrase “contrary to the interests of national security” in recent weeks to define new red lines in ...Read more

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Taliban name UN ambassador and ask to address General Assembly

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The Taliban nominated Mohammad Suhail Shaheen to be Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations and requested that their foreign minister be allowed to address the U.N. General Assembly taking place this week in New York.

But the request may run up against some diplomatic hurdles.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, ...Read more

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Bomb threat that caused evacuation of 4 Kentucky schools demanded Bitcoin ransom

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of four Lexington high schools Tuesday came with a demand for a $500,000 payment to a Bitcoin account, school officials said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after noon Tuesday, Fayette County Public School officials received an anonymous message through the district�...Read more

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Disturbing, racist petition prompts parents to call for accountability at Missouri school

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Parents in the Park Hill School District are demanding accountability for the student or students behind a racist petition last week that they say was a call to bring back slavery.

The school district has shared few specific details about the incident, which originated at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Missouri, ...Read more

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Mix of heartbreak, outrage as Texas community mourns dogs killed in pet resort fire

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GEORGETOWN, Texas — The fence in front of the Ponderosa Pet Resort has been adorned with photographs of dogs, their toys, flowers, and signs and cards offering condolences to the owners.

Community members and pet owners were mourning the loss of at least 75 dogs who died in a fire at the Georgetown pet resort Saturday night. The cause of the ...Read more

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Texas abortion doctor lawsuits filed by allies may go nowhere

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The first two lawsuits filed in the wake of a Texas bill that allows private citizens to sue doctors who perform abortions in all but the earliest weeks of pregnancy may have trouble gaining traction.

That’s because the lawsuits against Alan Braid, a San Antonio doctor who wrote a newspaper column in which he admitted to violating rules that...Read more

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LA cracks down on 'out of control' protests. Some call it overreach

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LOS ANGELES — Members of the Los Angeles City Council largely stood back last year as protesters angry over mask mandates and police budgets regularly held noisy demonstrations outside politicians’ homes.

On Tuesday, members of the City Council sent a message of their own: They’ve had enough.

The City Council gave final approval to a law...Read more

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Fed-up Chicago man tears out speed bump in alley behind his house, plans to fight ticket: 'Little by little I took it out'

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Chicagoan Nicolas Benitez was fed up with the asphalt speed bump outside his garage in the alley behind his Brighton Park neighborhood home, which he said damaged his cars’ suspensions and trapped ice and snow in the winter.

So after complaining to his alderman’s office, Benitez got a pickax and set about tearing out the speed bump.

“I ...Read more

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Peter downgraded into depression; Tropical Storm Rose getting pummeled by storm-shredding wind shear

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Peter deteriorated into a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon while storm-shredding, upper-level winds left Tropical Storm Rose barely clinging to its tropical storm status.

By midday, Peter’s maximum sustained winds fell to 35 mph. Rose remained at top winds of 40 mph, just 1 mph above the ...Read more

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Fox News deleted computer data, spied on text messages of employees who claimed sexual harassment, city investigation charged

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Fox News staffers who claimed sexual harassment then faced a harassment campaign from their own employer, a previously undisclosed investigation by the city concluded.

The conservative network spied on the text messages and deleted computer data of employees who complained about harassing behavior by colleagues and supervisors, according to a ...Read more

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Miami federal judge blocks Florida from enforcing ban on 'sanctuary cities'

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge in Miami on Tuesday blocked Florida from enforcing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, declaring portions of a law unconstitutional and tinged with “discriminatory motives.”

The judge’s ruling struck down a key portion of the 2019 law that prohibits local and state officials from adopting “...Read more

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What to know about the autumnal equinox as the days shorten before our eyes

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PHILADELPHIA — The sunsets are becoming evermore glorious, and soon the leaves will be rivaling them for color. The planets are putting on an amazing celestial show nightly, and many regions of the country are about to host some of the briskest bird traffic of the year.

But on Wednesday, the equinox day when the astronomical autumn arrives in...Read more

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US FAA asks airlines to turn up heat on unruly passengers

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The federal regulator charged with keeping the nation’s airways safe met Tuesday with representatives of U.S. passenger airlines and urged them to take more aggressive steps to reduce the incidents of unruly passenger behavior that have been on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Federal Aviation Administration said its senior leaders...Read more

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Newsom asked Californians to conserve water in the drought. It's been a slow start

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the first test of their willingness to cut back on water use during the drought, Californians reduced residential consumption by just 1.8% in July compared to a year earlier — well short of what Gov. Gavin Newsom has been seeking.

The statistics released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board suggest ...Read more

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US fighter jet intercepts Cessna flying into restricted airspace over NYC

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NEW YORK — A single-engine Cessna 182 airplane got an F-16 fighter jet escort out of skies near New York on Tuesday afternoon after it flew into a no-fly zone set up for the U.N. General Assembly meeting, officials said.

The small plane was spotted near the George Washington Bridge at about 2 p.m. Eastern time, said the North American ...Read more

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New calls made for research on social media’s impact on kids

WASHINGTON — Child safety advocates say an explosive report that Facebook failed to disclose data showing its products negatively affect the mental health of teenagers should be the final straw for lawmakers worried about social media’s impact on young users.

Democrats and ...Read more

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Willie Garson, 'Sex and the City' star, dies at 57

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Actor Willie Garson, who starred in “Sex and the City” and “White Collar,” died Tuesday. He was 57.

Garson died from an unspecified illness, People magazine reported. He was surrounded by family.

“I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much,” Garson’s son Nathan wrote in an ...Read more

Image of agent on horseback is reminder of US immigration mistreatment, Haitians say

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MIAMI — The image of a U.S. border agent on horseback wielding what appears to be a rope or reins while chasing a Haitian migrant on the U.S.-Mexico border first appeared on Rulx Jean-Bart’s telephone as a WhatsApp video being shared by outraged fellow Haitians.

Jean-Bart, a former director of what was once the largest Haitian rights ...Read more

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City Council confirms James White as Detroit's 43rd police chief

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DETROIT — City Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of James White as the city's 43rd police chief.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan last month named White as the department's new chief following a national search. Prior to his appointment, the 24-year Detroit police veteran had served in the role for an interim basis since June....Read more