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Le Pen-bashing Greens leader grabs spotlight in French turmoil

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In French politics, the passionate leader of the Green Party is known as “the other Marine” for her opposition to Marine Le Pen, and she’s now stealing a march on her far-right namesake.

As the messy aftermath of the country’s parliamentary elections unfolds, Marine Tondelier has emerged as an unexpected power player, who could even ...Read more

Ruth Westheimer, known for frank, funny advice on everything from orgasms to menage a trois, dies at 96

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Ruth Westheimer, the German-Jewish psychologist who enlightened and entertained radio, television and newspaper audiences for more than two decades with her frank, funny and warm advice on sexual matters, has died. She was 96.

Westheimer became the media personality “Dr. Ruth” in 1980 when she was invited to host a 15-minute radio show ...Read more

What’s the value of a clean beach? Here’s how economists do the numbers

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Millions of Americans head outdoors in the summer, whether for a day at a nearby lake or a monthlong road trip. For environmental economists like me, decisions by vacationers and outdoor recreators offer clues to a challenging puzzle: estimating what environmental resources are worth.

In 1981 President Ronald Reagan issued an ...Read more

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Xi's outreach to young Americans stumbles with scripted moments

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Eight months after President Xi Jinping pledged to bring 50,000 U.S. students to China to stabilize ties, Beijing has made its largest outreach yet. For some Americans, the most progress came in surprising moments outside the official program.

Groups affiliated with the Chinese government welcomed some 220 young Americans to a weeklong bonding ...Read more

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Copper wire thieves plunge LA neighborhood into darkness

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LOS ANGELES — Once the sun sets in the Pico-Union area, workers and residents approach the streets with trepidation. Here, and in other parts of Los Angeles, copper-wire thieves have stripped them of their sense of safety.

"I had a guy pull a gun on me one night," said Albert Robles, owner of Robles Carburetors, at Hoover and West 18th ...Read more

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Everyone agrees South Korea needs more doctors -- except the 9,000 doctors on strike

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SEOUL, South Korea — By many measures, South Korea's health care system is among the most successful in the world.

Seeing a doctor is easy. The mortality rate from preventable illnesses is low. And though most hospitals and clinics are privately run, a nationalized single-payer health insurance program keeps costs affordable.

An appendectomy...Read more

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Sleep expert breaks down why some people need multiple alarms to wake up

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For many people, the snooze alarm is a vital part of the morning. Once, twice or more, it delays the inevitable start to the day. According to sleep experts, however, it may be more accurate to call that button an enemy.

“It’s satisfying in the moment to hit the snooze and delay getting out of bed and starting the day, but it does actually ...Read more

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Feds zero in on suspects in Matthew Perry death investigation, multiple arrests expected

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Federal investigators looking into the death of actor Matthew Perry are expecting to make multiple arrests of those who supplied him with ketamine, and perhaps sooner rather than later.

Authorities are “confident” they have enough evidence to conclude the investigation, sources told TMZ on Friday.

While they didn’t identify any suspects,...Read more

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More heat records fall with 115 on Friday; monsoon chances rise

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LAS VEGAS — Excessive heat continued its grip Southern Nevada on Friday with some relief developing by the weekend.

The official weather station at Harry Reid International Airport reached 111 degrees at 12:25 p.m. Pacific time, marking the 10th consecutive day with a high of 110 or more.

That tied two other 10-day stretches of 110 or higher...Read more

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Jury in Samantha Woll murder trial says it's deadlocked, judge says keep deliberating

DETROIT— Wayne County jurors deciding whether a Detroit man should be found guilty of murdering synagogue president Samantha Woll will return to deliberations on Monday after telling the judge Friday that they are split on whether they want to convict or ...Read more

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As alpine glaciers melt, the corpses of long-lost climbers keep popping out of the ice

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In late June, as a group of mountaineers descended a treacherous glacier high in the Peruvian Andes, they spotted a dark, out-of-place lump resting on the blinding white snow.

When they approached, they realized it wasn’t a rock, as they had initially assumed.

It was a corpse.

When they got a little closer, they could tell from the out-of-...Read more

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Catholic therapists challenge Michigan's conversion therapy ban in federal lawsuit

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DETROIT — A group representing Catholic therapists has filed suit in federal district court to challenge the constitutionality of a recently passed Michigan law that bans conversion therapy, arguing the new law impedes the counselors' free speech and free exercise rights.

The suit filed Friday in Michigan's U.S. Western District Court by a ...Read more

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Judge pulls plug on Rudy Giuliani's bankruptcy case, clearing way for Georgia election workers to pursue massive judgment

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NEW YORK — A judge pulled the plug on Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case Friday, partly because the former mayor and Trump adviser was not forthcoming about his finances.

The decision clears the way for Giuliani’s biggest creditors — Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, the Georgia election workers he owes $148 million for blowing up...Read more

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Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin involuntary manslaughter case for 'Rust' shooting

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The involuntary manslaughter case against “Rust” star Alec Baldwin was dismissed by a judge Friday after the actor’s defense attorneys raised new questions over how New Mexico law enforcement officers and prosecutors handled evidence.

The decision ends a nearly three-year-long ordeal for the “30 Rock” and “Hunt ...Read more

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Jury ends first day of deliberations without verdict at Sen. Bob Menendez's gold bars bribery trial

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NEW YORK — Jurors weighing the gold bars corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez ended their first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict.

Manhattan Federal Judge Sidney Stein sent the panel home shortly after 5 p.m., about three hours after they received the case. They heard from 37 witnesses throughout the trial that ...Read more

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Jury in Samantha Woll murder trial says they are deadlocked, judge says keep deliberating

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DETROIT — A Wayne County jury deciding whether a Detroit man should be found guilty of murdering synagogue president Samantha Woll will return to deliberations on Monday after telling the judge on Friday that they are split on whether they want to convict or acquit after nearly two days of discussions.

Michael Jackson-Bolanos, 29, is charged ...Read more

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Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin involuntary manslaughter case for 'Rust' shooting

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The involuntary manslaughter case against “Rust” star Alec Baldwin was dismissed by a judge Friday after the actor’s defense attorneys raised new questions over how New Mexico law enforcement officers and prosecutors handled evidence in the case.

Amid the scrutiny during the high-profile criminal trial, one of the ...Read more

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Karen Read prosecutor says murder charge should not be tossed in new trial

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BOSTON — The prosecutor in the Karen Read murder trial — which ended in mistrial at the beginning of the month — delivered a sharp opposition to the defense’s motion to dismiss two of the three indicted charges against the defendant, saying the argument lacks “merit or legal foundation.”

“Now comes the Commonwealth in opposition ...Read more

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Massachusetts newspaper bans Karen Read letters

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BOSTON — The division in Canton over the Karen Read murder case has become so bad and “hate-filled” that the local paper is putting a hold on publishing any letters related to it.

“(A)fter 15 months of providing residents a forum to express their opinions on the Karen Read case, I believe the sometimes hate-filled letters are creating ...Read more

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Hurricane Beryl could cost private insurers $500 million for damages in the Caribbean

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Insurers in the Caribbean could find themselves facing at least a half-billion dollars in losses from Hurricane Beryl’s powerful winds and rainfall, which left a trail of destruction from Trinidad and Tobago to Texas.

Karen Clark & Company, a catastrophe risk modeling company, estimates that private insurers in the eastern Caribbean and ...Read more