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Iran President Raisi's death in helicopter crash puts supreme leader succession in focus

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Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, widely seen as a candidate to become the country’s next supreme leader, was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

His death, along with that of Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, was announced by state media early on Monday after rescuers spent hours trying to locate and reach the accident site in a...Read more

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Taiwan's new president calls for peace amid tenuous relations with China

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In his first speech as president of Taiwan, Lai Ching-te emphasized preserving peace amid rising tensions with China and criticism that he could provoke military conflict.

At his inauguration Monday, Lai called for China to help maintain peace and halt military and political intimidation directed at the self-ruled island. Chinese President Xi ...Read more

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Michael Cohen testifies he stole from Trump Org at hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Michael Cohen testified that he stole from the Trump Organization when he returned to the witness stand for the end of his cross-examination Monday at Donald Trump’s hush money trial in Manhattan.

Defense lawyer Todd Blanche resumed his questioning by digging into Cohen’s credibility, eliciting testimony that he had paid $20,...Read more

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Woman alleges NYPD counterterror cop ex-husband used influence to get her unjustly arrested

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NEW YORK — The ex-wife of an NYPD officer involved in policing mass events and protests alleges in a complaint filed with internal investigators that the cop had her unjustly arrested by fellow officers and held for more than a day as a tactic in their contentious child custody and visitation rights battle.

Sharon Maynard, a speech ...Read more

ICC seeks arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas leaders

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The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said Monday he is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on war crimes charges.

Karim Khan said in a statement that the charges relate to the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by the Hamas militant group, and to the Israeli military ...Read more

Wikileaks' Assange gets another shot at extradition appeal

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The extradition of Julian Assange was delayed again after London judges gave the Wikileaks founder another chance to bring an appeal.

After more than a decade of legal wrangling, British judges gave Assange some hope of a reprieve. It means the Wikileaks founder, who has been in prison or in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, will not...Read more

With Trump in court, former advisers are quietly drafting his economic policy

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As Donald Trump spends his days on trial in a New York City courthouse, a clutch of former advisers are quietly drafting his economic policy over phone calls, emails and drinks.

These competing factions of outside advisers are offering sometimes conflicting plans on tariff hikes, China, health care and taxes, according to people with knowledge ...Read more

Rescuers found no signs of life at Iran crash site

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Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, widely seen as a candidate to become the country’s next supreme leader, was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

His death, along with that of Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, was announced by state media early on Monday after rescuers spent hours trying to locate and reach the accident site in a...Read more

Alcohol use disorder can be treated with an array of medications – but few people have heard of them

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More than 29.5 million Americans ages 12 and up had alcohol use disorder – the medical term for the disease commonly known as alcoholism – in 2022, when the most recent national data was published.

The condition is characterized by a pattern of heavy alcohol consumption with loss of control over drinking despite negative social, ...Read more

Young Hondurans’ desire to migrate is influenced by factors beyond poverty and violence

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Why are so many young Hondurans heading north?

Research by me and two colleagues, published in the peer-reviewed journal International Migration, delved into the factors that motivate young people – those ages 16 to 29 – to leave the central American country and migrate to the U.S.

We found that resilience, which we define...Read more

‘Mary gardens’ bring Catholic piety to the garden

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Each spring, some Catholics plant flowers around a statue of the Virgin Mary, reviving a tradition that goes back to medieval England when holy figures were remembered and shared through plant and flower names.

In Mary gardens, plants and flowers have specific Marian names or religious names in addition to their botanical and common ...Read more

Student anger over the Vietnam War erupted into violence in the ’60s − a terrorism expert explores if the same could happen today

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Following a wave of pro-Palestinian protests led by students at universities across the country, a few schools, like Brown University, say they are considering divesting from companies that support or work in Israel.

In most circumstances, with summer on the horizon, the friction between protesting students and university ...Read more

How the Gaza humanitarian aid pier traces its origins to discarded cigar boxes before World War II

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Palestinians in Gaza have begun receiving humanitarian aid delivered through a newly completed floating pier off the coast of the besieged territory. Built by the U.S. military and operated in coordination with the United Nations, aid groups and other nations’ militaries, the pier can trace its origins back to a mid-20th century U.S. Navy ...Read more

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Medicaid 'unwinding' decried as biased against disabled people

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Jacqueline Saa has a genetic condition that leaves her unable to stand and walk on her own or hold a job. Every weekday for four years, Saa, 43, has relied on a home health aide to help her cook, bathe and dress, go to the doctor, pick up medications, and accomplish other daily tasks.

She received coverage through Florida’s Medicaid program ...Read more

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Virtual medicine: How has telehealth improved the lives of people with substance disorders?

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From the driver's seat of his parked truck, Lewis recalled what it felt like to take opioids.

He was prescribed Vicodin after getting his wisdom teeth removed at age 15, he says, which jumpstarted an addiction he's battled for nearly two decades. (Lewis' last name has been omitted for concerns regarding his medical privacy.)

"I just remember ...Read more

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In rural Calif., serenity threatened by planned battery facilities, costlier fire insurance

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ACTON, Calif. -- On five acres in Acton, Christina Weyer and her husband care for rescued senior and special-needs equines. At the moment, six horses and 13 donkeys, along with a dog and a clutter of feral cats, share the property.

In this dry, windswept rural landscape dotted with homes and ranches about 50 miles from downtown Los Angeles, ...Read more

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Landfill study shows flawed detection methods, higher methane emissions in Illinois, other states

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CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s method of detecting methane leaks at landfills is flawed, and emissions of this powerful heat-trapping gas are likely much higher than what is being reported, according to a new study analyzing landfills in Illinois and seven other states.

Released Thursday by the environmental nonprofit ...Read more


Colorado is about to wipe 100,000 criminal convictions from the public record

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The way Jeffery Kytle tells it, he came to Colorado for vacation and left on probation.

Twenty-one years ago, the Iowa resident bolted out the back of a Keystone condo when police busted in the front.

He was in town for a ski vacation, to blow his buddy’s recent $20,000 casino jackpot, the now-66-year-old said this month. But there were ...Read more

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Why one New York health system stopped suing its patients

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jolynn Mungenast spends her days looking for ways to help people pay their hospital bills.

Working out of a warehouse-like building in a scruffy corner of this former industrial town, Mungenast gently walks patients through health insurance options, financial aid, and payment plans. Most want to pay, said Mungenast, a ...Read more


Will North Korea be a bigger threat under Biden or Trump?

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SEOUL, South Korea — Faced with other more pressing developments in Ukraine and Gaza, the Biden administration has largely kept the threat of North Korea's nuclear program on the back burner.

But tensions around the Korean peninsula have been ratcheting up for years, opening a new and uncertain chapter in a pitched standoff that, just six ...Read more