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Democrats detail billionaire tax to fund Biden spending plan

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Senate Democrats released the details of a proposed levy on billionaires, a new and logistically risky approach to taxation that lawmakers hope will help fund President Joe Biden’s social spending aimed at low- and middle-income Americans.

The plan, sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is the result of weeks of ...Read more

US says Assange won't face supermax prison if extradited

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Julian Assange won’t face solitary confinement or supermax prison in Colorado if he’s jailed in the U.S., as lawyers for the country argued his extradition shouldn’t have been blocked by a London judge on mental health grounds.

The U.S. laid out several assurances over his potential confinement and access to psychological treatment at ...Read more

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A second Northern California In-N-Out is forced to close for violating COVID-19 rules

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LOS ANGELES — Officials in Northern California on Tuesday closed a second Bay Area In-N-Out Burger restaurant, after employees repeatedly failed to check customers eating indoors for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative coronavirus test result.

The closure is the latest salvo in a conflict between the Southern California-based fast ...Read more

What US-China tension means for fighting climate change

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WASHINGTON — Six years ago, an unprecedented level of cooperation between the United States and China laid the groundwork for the Paris climate accord, a milestone in the fight against global warming.

But as final preparations are made for back-to-back international summits this week, that partnership has frayed. Dialogue between the two ...Read more

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Wild monkey sanctuary could be beginning of end for decades-old colony in Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A colony of wild monkeys in Dania Beach soon may get a permanent home, complete with fences, medical care and regular meals.

But the creation of a monkey sanctuary east of the Fort Lauderdale airport may mark the beginning of the end of a bizarre wildlife population that has survived on a wedge of swampy forest for ...Read more

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A COVID-19 vaccination success story for Idaho: 1 county's rate is among best in US

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BOISE, Idaho — According to health experts and data, Idaho has one of the lowest vaccination rates for COVID-19 in the country. Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers show that about 43% of the state's total population is vaccinated, higher than only West Virginia.

But one Idaho county is a major outlier from the state's ...Read more

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Sheriff violated policies in encounter with Black newspaper carrier, report says

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SEATTLE — An investigation headed by former U.S. Attorney Brian Moran has found Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer violated policies on bias-free policing and other professional standards during a controversial January encounter with a Black newspaper carrier.

The 48-page report, released Tuesday, faulted Troyer’s late-night off-duty decision ...Read more


Democrats unveil a corporate minimum tax, eyeing $400 billion

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WASHINGTON — Three key senators released legislation that would require some U.S. companies to pay a minimum 15% rate on profits they report to their corporate shareholders, in lawmakers’ latest bid to find consensus behind revenue-raising measures to fund President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.

The proposal, sponsored by Senate Finance ...Read more

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South Carolina man charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot wants trial, rejects initial plea deal

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A South Carolina man arrested by the FBI in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots has rejected an initial plea offer from federal prosecutors.

William “Robbie” Norwood III, who attended his hearing virtually Tuesday afternoon, is for the present choosing to go to trial, said his lawyer, Peter Cooper.

“It looks at ...Read more

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Trump fails to keep lawsuit to get back on Twitter in Florida

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Twitter Inc.‘s legal battle to keep Donald Trump off the social media platform for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is being moved from Florida to a federal court in California over the former president’s objections.

U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola in Miami on Tuesday granted Twitter’s request to transfer the case, citing the San ...Read more

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Illinois Senate votes to repeal law requiring parental notification for minors receiving abortions

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to repeal a decades-old law that requires a parent to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion, an effort by supporters to cement the state’s position as a liberal leader on abortion rights as other states impose greater restrictions on the procedure.

Also Tuesday, a House committee ...Read more

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LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva must testify to his 'firsthand' knowledge of Kobe Bryant crash photo-sharing

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LOS ANGELES — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to testify under oath in a lawsuit brought by Vanessa Bryant alleging that deputies shared gruesome photos of the crash scene where her husband, daughter and seven others died.

Lawyers for L.A. County sought to block Villanueva’s testimony, arguing ...Read more

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Biden to nominate Rosenworcel as first female FCC chair in US

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced he will nominate Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting leader of the Federal Communications Commission, to become the first woman to serve as permanent chair of the agency.

Biden also announced his intent to nominate Gigi Sohn, a former FCC official, to serve as a commissioner and give ...Read more

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Hurricane center tracks Atlantic disturbance that could become tropical depression

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center has got its eye on an area of disturbance with a 40% chance of becoming the 21st named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

A nontropical low pressure system emerged overnight 150 miles east-southeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with gale-force winds, the NHC said in its 8 p.m. Eastern ...Read more

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St. Louis-area police officer dies after being gunned down at gas station

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PONTOON BEACH, Ill. — A Pontoon Beach police officer has died after being shot Tuesday morning at a gas station.

Officer Tyler Timmins, 36, died at a St. Louis hospital of his injuries, said Trooper Jayme Bufford of the Illinois State Police.

His body was transported to the St. Louis medical examiner's office Tuesday afternoon, escorted by a...Read more

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US marshal, Clayton officer indicted in death of man shot 76 times

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The Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury on Tuesday indicted two officers in the 2016 death of Jamarion Robinson, who was shot 76 times during a law enforcement raid on his girlfriend’s East Point apartment.

In addition to two counts of felony murder, Eric A. Heinze and Kristopher L. Hutchens were each indicted on six other counts: aggravated ...Read more

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Florida surgeon general explains his lack of wearing mask

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo on Tuesday wrote on Twitter about his refusal to wear a mask while meeting with state Sen. Tina Polsky, who has breast cancer, saying he can’t “communicate clearly and effectively” with his face covered.

“Having a ...Read more

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Judge to rule Friday in federal lawsuit by Chicago workers challenging vaccine mandates

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CHICAGO — A federal judge on Tuesday said he was “puzzled” by an emergency request by more than 100 Chicago firefighters and other city employees seeking a freeze on vaccine mandate orders by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The 130 plaintiffs named in the federal suit, mostly Chicago firefighters and paramedics, are asking U....Read more

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Prince Andrew says Epstein deal releases him from assault claim

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NEW YORK — Prince Andrew says a confidential 2009 settlement in a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre against disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein “releases” the British royal from the sexual assault claims she made in a separate complaint against the prince in August.

Giuffre claims Prince Andrew sexually abused her after Epstein, a ...Read more

Keep searching rubble for human remains, some Surfside families urge

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MIAMI — Martin Langesfeld held up an envelope from the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office on Tuesday as he stood in front of the property once occupied by the Champlain Towers South condominium. Inside was a forensics report from July notifying the Langesfeld family about the recovery of the remains of Nicole Langesfeld, who died in...Read more