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Halley's comet is finally headed back to the sun; when you can see it

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The most famous comet of all is headed back toward Earth. Halley’s comet reached aphelion — its farthest point from the sun — on Dec. 8, at which point it began its long journey back to the sun.

For the first time in 38 years, according to, the cosmic snowball will begin to increase its orbital velocity on its return trip.

At ...Read more


Supreme Court turns away case threatening California ban on gay 'conversion therapy'

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WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Christian group's free-speech challenge to the laws in California and 21 other states that forbid licensed counselors from using "conversion therapy" with children and teenagers.

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. filed dissents, and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh said he ...Read more


Argentina to host Ukraine summit as Zelenskyy woos Global South

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Argentina agreed to host a summit with Latin American leaders early next year as President Volodymyr ZelenskYy seeks to win support from the so-called Global South in the war with Russia, Ukraine said.

ZelenskYy discussed the summit with Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, on Sunday in Buenos Aires, Ihor Zhovkva, the Ukrainian leader’...Read more

Analysis: Johnson sets up formal impeachment vote McCarthy never sought

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Speaker Mike Johnson is moving forward with a floor vote to formalize House Republicans’ impeachment probe of President Joe Biden, a move former Speaker Kevin McCarthy floated but never made.

The difference in approach begs a simple-but-complex question: What changed?

Johnson has signaled through words and actions that he and other House GOP...Read more

Argentina to host Ukraine summit as Zelenskyy woos Global South

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Argentina agreed to host a summit with Latin American leaders early next year as President Volodymyr ZelenskYy seeks to win support from the so-called Global South in the war with Russia, Ukraine said.

ZelenskYy discussed the summit with Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, on Sunday in Buenos Aires, Ihor Zhovkva, the Ukrainian leader’...Read more

Zelenskyy to meet Biden, US lawmakers in bid to unlock aid

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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy is headed to Washington for talks with President Joe Biden and U.S. congressional leaders, signaling a push to energize support among his country’s allies almost two years into Russia’s invasion.

With Biden’s request for further military assistance to Kyiv stalled in Congress, the Ukrainian president will ...Read more

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US college campuses have embraced the Palestinian cause like never before. The story began six decades ago

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The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was best known for its sit-ins against segregation in the Deep South. But in the summer of 1967, the civil rights group used its newsletter to weigh in on a different topic.

In an article headlined “The Palestine Problem,” the group wrote: “Do you know that Zionism, which is a world-wide ...Read more


These programs put unused prescription drugs in the hands of patients in need

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — On a recent November evening, Angie Phoenix waited at a pharmacy here in Colorado’s second-largest city to pick up prescription drugs to treat her high blood pressure and arm seizures.

But this transaction was different from typical exchanges that occur every day at thousands of pharmacies across the United States....Read more

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Waiting in fear: A migrant mother struggles to find health care in Chicago

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Esperanza Mendez worries she may be dying, though she doesn’t say it out loud to her two young children.

There is a cyst on her neck, which she said feels like it’s putting pressure on her brain and causing pain in her head. The lump has been growing for three years, and now her whole body aches, especially her arms and legs. She has ...Read more

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Why do California, Texas differ so much? Religion, priorities of white minority play huge roles, poll shows

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — A Californian suddenly transported to this South Texas town on a Sunday morning, just in time for the service at the Tree of Life evangelical church, might be hard-pressed to know she wasn’t in California anymore.

California has more megachurches than any other state, so the nature of the congregation wouldn’t ...Read more

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After Clean Water Act ruling, states that want to protect affected wetlands need millions

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court stripped federal oversight from millions of acres of wetlands long protected under the Clean Water Act. Now, erecting safeguards to ensure those waters are not polluted, drained or filled in by developers falls to the states.

They’re finding that it’s not easy.

“States and tribes already didn...Read more

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Puerto Rico's restaurant scene has never been better. Here's why

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Maybe you’ve heard about the ascendant restaurant scene in Puerto Rico. Most people haven’t: The island is still principally known as a highly convenient place for sun and beaches, with no passport required for U.S. citizens, and the food scene is often relegated to what’s convenient to cruise ship ports.

If you didn’t know, Puerto ...Read more

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Trump says he won't testify on Monday in New York fraud trial

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Former President Donald Trump said he will not testify in his New York civil fraud trial on Monday, back-tracking on a statement last week in which he said he would be taking the stand in his defense case.

Trump said in a post on Sunday that he had “nothing more to say” after his testimony in early November, calling the case a “witch hunt...Read more

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US F-16 crashes into Yellow Sea off South Korea, Yonhap says

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A U.S. F-16 fighter appears to have crashed into Yellow Sea waters off the coast of South Korea, stoking safety concerns after eight U.S. airmen were killed last month in the crash of an Osprey aircraft near a Japanese island.

The F-16 crashed into the sea Monday after taking off at about 9 a.m. from Gunsan, some 180 kilometers (110 miles) ...Read more

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'Despicable act of hate': Suspect arrested after antisemitic assault in Beverly Hills

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Raphael Nissel and his wife were walking to their Beverly Hills synagogue on Saturday morning when a man struck Nissel's head from behind with a belt buckle.

Nissel, who wore a yarmulke, was left dazed and bloodied by the attack.

"My wife told me, 'Watch out!'" Nissel, 75, told The Times on Sunday. "All of a sudden, something hard hit my ...Read more

Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell, 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' costar, dies at 29

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Anna Cardwell, a former reality TV star who appeared along with her family on TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "Toddlers & Tiaras," has died. She was 29.

Her mother, June Shannon, known as "Mama June," announced on social media that her eldest daughter had died on Saturday.

"With the breaking heart, we are announcing that @annamarie35 [...Read more

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Kentucky governor lights Lexington menorah, says state will 'not tolerate hate in any form'

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Jewish community members and the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass welcomed Gov. Andy Beshear to Lexington’s Triangle Park Sunday night to light the fourth candle of the menorah in a public Hanukkah celebration.

The Jewish community gathered downtown Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah and to bring attention to rising antisemitism amid the ongoing ...Read more

A federal bill that would expand methadone accessibility doesn't go far enough, a Pitt study finds

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For years, Sommer Nolette has taken an Uber every week to a methadone clinic in Washington, Pa., often heading there before sunrise to make it to her job by 8:30 a.m. She estimates a monthly expense of $80 in commuting fees to secure the drug that has kept her heroin-free for seven years.

That expenditure of time and money in seeking methadone...Read more

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Their stolen land in Orange County was given back. Now they're ready to heal

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As far back as 9,000 years ago, the Acjachemen and Tongva people hunted, fished and foraged for nuts and berries at Bolsa Chica Mesa. This is where they gathered herbs for medicines and held prayer ceremonies. Here, on a raised landmass that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, is where they buried their dead.

Today, descendants of those original ...Read more

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After a year in office, L.A. County sheriff talks deputy gangs, jail deaths, overdoses

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By the time Sheriff Robert Luna ousted his predecessor and became L.A. County's top cop in late 2022, the nation's largest sheriff's department was awash in controversy.

The half-century-old problem of deputy gangs had brought the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department under increasing national scrutiny. Jail conditions were becoming ...Read more