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Supreme Court strikes down ban on rapid-fire 'bump stocks' like those used in Las Vegas mass shooting

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WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a federal ban on “bump stocks” like those used in the nation’s deadliest mass shooting, when 60 people were killed and 500 wounded at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas in 2017.

In a 6-3 decision, the justices rejected the views of the Biden and Trump administrations and ...Read more

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Catherine making 'good progress' in cancer treatment as she announces partial public return

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, has issued the first substantial update about her health since revealing in March that she has an undisclosed form of cancer.

The British princess, said Friday in a statement that she has been "blown away" by the messages of support and encouragement she has received since announcing her diagnosis and while she ...Read more

What Frederick Douglass learned from an Irish antislavery activist: ‘Agitate, agitate, agitate’

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Though Frederick Douglass remains the most well-known abolitionist to visit Ireland in the decades prior to the American Civil War, he was not the only one.

As many as 30 Black abolitionists and activists also traveled to Ireland between 1790 and 1860. Olaudah Equiano was one of them. Born in Africa, Equiano was kidnapped when he was ...Read more

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NASA again delays Boeing Starliner's return home

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NASA said Friday that the Boeing Starliner and its crew will now return to Earth from the International Space Station no earlier than Saturday, June 22.

“The extra time allows the team to finalize departure planning and operations while the spacecraft remains cleared for crew emergency return scenarios within the flight rules,” NASA said on...Read more

Leonard Peltier, serving life term for murder of 2 FBI agents in 1975, appeals for parole

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MINNEAPOLIS — For nearly five decades, Leonard Peltier has remained behind bars, serving a pair of life sentences for the murder of two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Upheld as a political prisoner among his fellow activists, his supporters call it a miscarriage of justice, while the FBI ...Read more

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Dominicans are on track to become Philadelphia's largest immigrant group and 3 other takeaways from a new Pew report

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Philadelphia's U.S.-born population has been shrinking for decades but immigration has helped soften that blow.

This won't exactly be news to hard-core population nerds. The U.S. Census Bureau has highlighted this dynamic in almost every population data release of recent years. In 2022, 15.7% of the city's more than 1.5 million residents ...Read more

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Could a tropical depression form soon in the Gulf of Mexico? What the forecast says

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A disturbance forming in the Gulf of Mexico has a “medium” chance of turning into a tropical depression next week, forecasters say.

The National Hurricane Center expects the disturbance, described as a broad area of low pressure, will form over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico late this weekend or early next week. And environmental ...Read more

COVID-19 fraud scheme lands Bay Area restaurateur behind bars

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SAN JOSE – A Bay Area restaurateur has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining and misusing millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief aid, according to authorities.

David Tai Leung, 58, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty in February to three counts of wire fraud. Leung owned Kome Japanese Seafood Buffet in Daly City, ...Read more

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Denver city government struggles to implement big mandates, from sidewalk fixes to trash overhaul

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DENVER — Denver voters and elected officials haven’t been timid about setting higher standards for the services and oversight they expect their city to deliver.

In mid-2022, the City Council set in motion the launch of a pay-as-you-through trash collection program that also promised expanded compost and recycling pickup. Then, in that fall�...Read more

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Parkland school building where mass shooting unfolded begins to come down, 6 years later

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Exactly six years and four months after a mass shooting at a Broward high school shook the nation, the demolition of the building where the tragedy unfolded began Friday.

Instead of a dramatic dynamite implosion or a wrecking ball striking the 1200 building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the demolition will be mechanical. ...Read more

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Is it over yet? Flood watch in effect -- then there's a change in Miami, Broward forecast

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More rain is in the forecast for South Florida, which was left waterlogged with flooded roads, homes and stalled cars from a disturbance-fueled downpour this week.

A flood watch remains in effect at least through 8 p.m. Friday, with “heavy rain, scattered thunderstorms and “significant and life-threatening flash flooding” possible, ...Read more

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When should a cattle-killing wolf be put down? Colorado wildlife officials punt question to new advisory group

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DENVER — Colorado ranchers are urging state wildlife officials to define what constitutes a wolf that chronically hunts livestock and to kill or remove a wolf that has killed several cattle in Grand County.

A wolf killed or injured seven cattle along the Williams Fork of the Colorado River near Kremmling between April 2 and May 11, but ...Read more

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, GOP leaders reach deal on tax cuts days before special session

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Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republican lawmakers said late Thursday they reached an agreement on tax cuts ahead of a special session next week and after months of dispute over the size of a package.

The agreement moves Kansas from three income tax brackets to two – by far the most controversial portion of the deal. But it also ...Read more

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Maryland commissioners approve grant intended to help dementia patients

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BALTIMORE — Carroll County is working to bring more help, support and resources to people suffering with dementia.

The Board of Carroll County Commissioners unanimously gave approval Thursday to the county’s Bureau of Aging and Disabilities, which is part of the Department of Citizen Services, to file an application for a $26,732 state ...Read more

Supreme Court wipes out ban on 'bump stock' firearm attachments

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court threw out a Trump-era rule that banned so-called “bump stocks” that allow rifles to mimic automatic fire, finding the government overstepped its authority when it relied on a federal law that applies to machine guns.

In a sharply divided 6-3 decision, the conservative justices in the majority ruled that the ...Read more

Shotgun-wielding man shoots at sheriff's helicopter, is killed by deputies in Compton

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LOS ANGELES — A man who authorities say was under the influence and firing from a rooftop at a Los Angeles County sheriff's helicopter with a shotgun was killed by deputies Thursday night in Compton.

Sheriff's officials said they responded at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday to a call about a man possibly under the influence in a yard in the 14600 ...Read more

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Supreme Court strikes down ban on rapid-fire 'bump stocks' like those used in Las Vegas mass shooting

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a ban on "bump stocks" like those used in the nation's deadliest mass shooting, when 60 people were killed and 500 wounded at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas in 2017.

In a 6-3 decision, the justices rejected the views of the Biden and Trump administrations, and ruled that bump stocks could ...Read more

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As Pope makes G-7 debut, a spat unfolds over LGBTQ rights

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Pope Francis made his debut at the Group of Seven summit, landing in a white helicopter and rolling into a room of world leaders to deliver a warning about artificial intelligence being “fascinating and terrible.”

Anticipation of the leader of the Catholic church had already infused an air of religiosity into a gathering that is typically ...Read more

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Sacramento County doesn't consider foster teen safety a 'high priority,' grand jury report says

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A scathing grand jury report released Thursday criticized the care for foster teens who go without a safe place to sleep because their safety is not considered a “high priority” for Sacramento County officials.

A seventh-month investigation by the 2023-24 Sacramento County grand jury found what it called “startling ...Read more

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Putin demands Ukraine abandon 4 regions for peace talks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Ukraine to withdraw from four eastern regions partially occupied by his forces as a condition of peace talks, a demand Kyiv dismissed as “manipulative” on the eve of a conference on the war to which Moscow hasn’t been invited.

Putin said Ukrainian forces should pull out from the Donetsk, Luhansk...Read more