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3 firefighters killed, 1 badly injured while battling Baltimore rowhouse fire

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BALTIMORE — Three Baltimore firefighters were killed and a fourth remains on life support after being trapped in a blaze inside a vacant home Monday that is one of the deadliest in the city’s history.

The firefighters were inside a rowhouse in the city’s New Southwest/Mount Clare neighborhood when it partially collapsed.

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FDA halts use of 2 treatments found to be ineffective against omicron

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators restricted the use of a pair of COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies after scientific evidence suggested they are unlikely to be effective against the omicron variant.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Monday that it had...Read more

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Congressional committees call for investigation into alleged Border Patrol cover-up team

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Members of Congress from both the House and Senate on Monday called for an investigation into the workings of special Border Patrol teams after human rights advocates raised concerns about evidence tampering.

In a letter sent to the Government Accountability Office, the chairs of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees, House and ...Read more

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Coronavirus test provider says it plans to sue LA County Sheriff Villanueva over China claims

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LOS ANGELES — The company that provides Los Angeles County with coronavirus testing said it plans to sue Sheriff Alex Villanueva for defamation over claims the sheriff made alleging the company has links to the Chinese government.

Fulgent Genetics, the Temple City company contracted to administer tests and track the vaccination status of ...Read more

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FDA halts use of 2 treatments found to be ineffective against omicron

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WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators restricted the use of a pair of COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapies after scientific evidence suggested they are unlikely to be effective against the omicron variant.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Monday that it had decided to limit access to the treatments, which are made by Eli Lilly...Read more

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Biden insults Fox News reporter Peter Doocy on hot mic

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President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch” after Doocy shouted a question the president found ridiculous.

“Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Doocey asked Monday at the end of a news conference.

The president, seemingly not noticing he was ...Read more

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Can cannabis compound CBD block COVID? Maybe, but not what's in stores, study finds

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One active ingredient in the cannabis plant – cannabidiol (CBD) – could potentially block COVID-19 infection, a new study suggests.

If you’re wondering if this means you’ll be protected from the virus by smoking weed or vaping CBD, the answer is no. Here’s what the research means:

You might’ve seen products with the non-...Read more

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Idaho activates crisis standards of care again as omicron surges in parts of state

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BOISE, Idaho — As Idaho deals with the highest COVID-19 cases and positive test numbers seen so far, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has now activated crisis standards of care throughout Southern Idaho.

The action was placed on three local public health districts, including Central District Health — which encompasses Ada, Elmore,...Read more

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Sheldon Silver, corrupt longtime New York Assembly speaker, dies at 77

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NEW YORK — Sheldon Silver, a corrupt Manhattan politician who for most of his 21 years as state Assembly speaker took money from real estate developers and people sickened by a deadly disease, died Monday at age 77.

Silver died at federal prison medical facility in Ayer, Massachusetts, his former chief of staff Judy Rapfogel told the New York...Read more

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Big Sur wildfire burn zone not as large as feared

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LOS ANGELES — A wildfire that broke out north of Big Sur and forced roughly 500 people from their homes amid high winds Friday night has not burned as many acres as officials initially feared.

The rare January brush fire ignited near Palo Colorado Road and canyon in Monterey County around 5 p.m. Friday. The blaze whipped through the area ...Read more

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Mayor Adams brings back NYPD plainclothes unit as part of sweeping anti-crime plan: 'We will have boots on the ground'

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NEW YORK — Mayor Adams announced Monday that he’s bringing back a controversial contingent of plainclothes NYPD cops as part of a wide-ranging plan to crack down on gun violence in the wake of a rash of deadly shootings across the city.

The plainclothes units — which were disbanded by former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration in 2020...Read more

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Judges in Fulton County, Georgia, clear way for special grand jury in Trump probe

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ATLANTA — The judges on Fulton County’s Superior Court bench on Monday cleared the way for a special grand jury to be used for District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation of former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results.

Chief Judge Christopher S. Brasher wrote that a majority of the judges ...Read more

Pentagon readies troops for possible deployment to Europe

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WASHINGTON — The Defense Department placed thousands of U.S.-based troops on a heightened alert level Monday, preparing them for a quick deployment to Eastern Europe amid a buildup of Russian forces on Ukraine’s border and stalled diplomatic talks to defuse the crisis.

The roughly 8,500 troops are meant to serve as the U.S. contribution to...Read more

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Supreme Court signals it may outlaw most affirmative action at universities

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a major challenge to race-based affirmative action in the nation’s colleges and universities, setting the stage for another long-sought win for conservatives.

The justices voted to hear a pair of appeals contending that Harvard University, the nation’s oldest private university, and the...Read more

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Michigan woman learns $3M lesson in winning lottery prize

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Laura Spears learned a valuable lesson last month as she perused messages in her email account.

The lesson: Don't forget to check the spam folder. The value: $3 million.

Spears, 55, of Oakland County won the Michigan Lottery's Mega Millions prize on Dec. 31, the Michigan Lottery announced Monday. She matched the five white balls: 02-05-30-46-...Read more

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Chicago police to saturate neighborhood where 8-year-old girl was fatally shot, top cop says

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CHICAGO — Police will be increasing patrols in the Little Village neighborhood following Saturday’s fatal shooting of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega, Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference Monday.

Ortega was shot in the head while walking with her mother at 2:45 p.m. in the 3900 block of West 26th Street, according to Chicago ...Read more

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New campaign finance data reveal Texas Democrats raised, spent $1 million on Washington trip

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas House Democrats spent more than $1 million from various campaign coffers to fund their quorum break in July, when nearly 60 lawmakers left the state for Washington in an effort to kill a GOP-backed elections bill.

The money went toward two rented private planes, chartered vehicles, lodging and event space. It covered ...Read more

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Florida reaches highest seven-day average for COVID deaths since November

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MIAMI — Florida on Monday reported 44,010 COVID-19 cases and 426 new deaths to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data.

The CDC backlogs cases and deaths for Florida on Mondays and Thursdays, when multiple days in the past had their totals changed. In August, Florida began reporting ...Read more

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Man accused in kidnap plot fantasized about hog-tying Michigan governor, feds say

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DETROIT — A ringleader of an alleged plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer fantasized about hog-tying her and displaying her body on a table, according to federal prosecutors.

The new allegation, along with explicit talk about executing Whitmer's bodyguards and taking hostages in a "wartime" attack, emerged in a court filing as ...Read more

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Do I really need to get a COVID-19 booster? CDC real-world study confirms effectiveness

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study Friday that provided real-world U.S. numbers about the effectiveness of boosters for both the delta and omicron variants of COVID-19.

The study analyzed cases from 383 emergency departments and urgent care clinics and 259 hospitals across 10 states from Aug. 26 to Jan. 5. It looked...Read more