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Pennsylvania school bus driver duct-taped student into his seat, DA says

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PHILADELPHIA — A bus driver for the Upper Darby School District who is accused of duct taping a 10-year-old student’s ankles faces criminal charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Juliet Pratt, 55, has been charged with false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child in the incident, which allegedly took place March 8 as she drove her...Read more

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A year after outbreak, Africa waits for its share of mpox vaccines

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WASHINGTON -- As U.S. public health officials brace for a possible resurgence of mpox ahead of the summer festival season, experts are warning that European and North American governments aren't doing nearly enough to ensure that hard-hit African countries can also beat back the virus.

A vaccine for mpox already existed prior to the U.S. ...Read more

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Ninth rescued from collapsed Iowa apartment; officials evaluate demolition plan amid protests

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A ninth victim was reportedly rescued Monday night from a partially collapsed apartment complex in Iowa as officials continue to assess when to demolish the building.

Responders removed Lisa Brooks after she called her daughter from the downtown Davenport building’s fourth floor, according to the Quad-City Times.

“I burst into an overflow ...Read more


Hurricane center tracks Gulf system headed to Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on Thursday and the National Hurricane Center has begun to track a system with potential to form into the next tropical depression or storm.

In a 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday tropical outlook, the NHC said an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the Gulf of Mexico related to a...Read more

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Joran van der Sloot, last person to see Natalee Holloway, 'brutally' beaten before extradition

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Joran Van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, was seriously injured in a brawl at a Peruvian prison as he awaits extradition to the United States, according to reports.

“It was a fight between prisoners. I don’t know who assaulted Joran,” his attorney Maximo Altez said in a ...Read more

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Trump lawyer says he was 'waved off' searching Mar-a-Lago office for classified documents

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A lawyer for former President Donald Trump reportedly said he was “waved off” of searching his Mar-a-Lago office for classified documents after the feds issued a subpoena demanding their return.

Attorney Evan Corcoran told two colleagues he was barred from looking for secret documents in Trump’s personal office at the Florida resort club ...Read more

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Putin orders tighter defenses after drone strikes on Moscow

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President Vladimir Putin demanded that Russia strengthen air defenses around Moscow after the biggest drone attack on the capital since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine, as his Foreign Ministry threatened “the harshest” retaliation against Kyiv.

While the strikes involving eight drones were repelled “satisfactorily” early Tuesday, “...Read more

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Grandpa of infant found slain in trash-strewn woods near Yankee Stadium turned son in but believes death was 'accident'

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The grief-stricken grandfather of a 3-month-old baby girl cops say was killed by her father is holding out hope the infant’s death was simply a terrible accident.

“I think it was an accident,” Donald Comager, 47, said about his granddaughter Genevieve’s death. “I still had to say something. I couldn’t say nothing.”

Comager called...Read more

Aderrien Murry, 11-year-old shot by police after 911 call, sang bible verse to himself as he lay bleeding on the ground

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An 11-year-old boy shot by a Mississippi police officer after he called 911 earlier this month sang quietly to himself and cried out that he did not want to die in the moments after he was struck by the gunfire.

Aderrien Murry was shot in the chest by an officer, identified as Sgt. Greg Capers, who responded to his home in Indianola early the ...Read more

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Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia, family announces

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ATLANTA — Former first lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia, the Carter family announced Tuesday.

In a statement released by the Carter Center, the family disclosed her health condition, adding that she is “enjoying spring in Plains and visits with loved ones.”

“One in 10 older Americans have dementia, a condition that affects overall ...Read more

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2 arrested in Hollywood Beach, Florida, shooting. Businesses say security a growing concern

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MIAMI — The morning after a mass shooting, tourists and locals were back on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, rollerblading, jogging or enjoying breakfast al fresco.

But there was a scrum of police officers on the scene — and an even larger crowd of TV cameras and reporters — and the scary shooting was still on the minds of everyone, ...Read more

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Judge sets Navarro contempt of Congress trial for September

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A federal judge on Tuesday set a Sept. 5 trial date for former Trump White House advisor Peter Navarro on criminal charges stemming from his refusal to cooperate with a subpoena from the House select panel that investigated the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

The contempt of Congress case has been delayed over the past few months as ...Read more

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Republican Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah planning to resign, report says

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican from Utah, plans to resign from Congress, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The newspaper report, citing multiple unnamed sources, said Stewart plans to step down as early as this week due to undisclosed health issues experienced by his wife, Evie Stewart. He had been weighing a possible ...Read more

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Right-wing Republicans seek to derail debt ceiling deal and accuse House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of betrayal

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Right-wing Republican lawmakers Tuesday sought to derail the deal between President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to raise the debt ceiling.

Although the agreement still seemed on track to passage, members of the conservative Freedom Caucus said they would vote against the measure in the powerful GOP-led rules committee in a gambit to ...Read more

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Keep your clothes on, Georgia tells residents using shirtless selfies for digital IDs

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Some Georgia residents are shedding their shirts in their digital driver's license photos, according to officials who are urging motorists in the Peach State to stay covered up when snapping selfies.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services advised people to wear clothes in their photos, which residents must submit along with scans of their ...Read more

Search on for man overboard from Carnival cruise ship off Florida coast

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The U.S. Coast Guard was searching Tuesday morning for a man who went overboard off the coast of Florida from a Carnival Cruise Line ship.

The 35-year-old man went overboard from the Carnival Magic 186 miles east of Jacksonville, the Coast Guard Seventh District stated on its Twitter account.

The Carnival Magic currently sails out of Norfolk, ...Read more

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Survivors: Illinois AG's report on clergy sex abuse is more detailed and transparent than Maryland's

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A new report by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in that state is too long for most readers to absorb in a day or two, but that didn’t stop Liz Murphy from zeroing in on what she most wanted to find out.

Murphy, an abuse survivor who lives in Baltimore, flipped through the report’s 696 pages one ...Read more

At least 17 killed on Georgia roads, waters over Memorial Day weekend

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Crashes killed 15 people and two others drowned, including a 4-year-old from Cobb County, over the Memorial Day weekend in Georgia, according to investigators.

The number of victims could increase as others fight to recover from injuries. But the number is down slightly from 2022 when 20 were killed on state roads and waterways during the same ...Read more

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Years after a police SUV rolled over a 15-year-old girl during George Floyd protests, Chicago Police footage is missing as a civil case proceeds

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As protests over the murder of George Floyd roiled the city on May 31, 2020, Astarte Washington, then 15, and her brother were trying to get from their grandmother’s house to their Roseland home on foot because the unrest had shut down the bus route.

Police ordered the teens to the ground and Washington complied, so afraid of being shot that ...Read more

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Bill to allow Ill. law enforcement drones at parades and other events passes, despite questions over personal freedom

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Almost a year after the mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and over 30 injured, Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that would allow law enforcement to operate a surveillance drone for security purposes during special events like the Fourth of July parade where the shooting took place.

“It has been so clear to me that we ...Read more