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When foster care kids are sex trafficked, some states fail to figure it out

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For help, call 1-888-373-7888 or text *233733 for the 24/7 National Human Trafficking Hotline, a national, toll-free hotline.


When she was a 10-year-old foster child, Withelma “T” Ortiz often rode a public bus around the San Francisco Bay area, alone.

She’d frequent a bus stop by a barber shop. Little by little, the barber, who was...Read more

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Migrants struggle against the elements in San Diego's open-air desert camps

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JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — For the last three months, residents in this remote border community in southeastern San Diego County have seen their population nearly double, climbing from 600 to 1,200 as migrants from around the globe cross over from Mexico.

They cross into the punishing desert terrain at a point where the 30-foot steel ...Read more

The National Park Service wants to plant sequoias. Environmentalists sue, say there's no need to butt in

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High-intensity fires in 2020 and 2021 devastated the adult sequoia tree population globally, particularly at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in Northern California.

That is one of the few things that National Park Service staffers and the environmentalists who are suing the agency can agree on.

At the root of the lawsuit, filed earlier...Read more

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Lawsuit targets Northern California nurse practitioner accused of molesting young men

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Six months after Bradley Earl Reger was arrested in Susanville amid allegations he may have molested children worldwide, more than a dozen men who say they are victims have filed suit against him, school and church organizations and others accused of failing to protect them.

The 64-page lawsuit, filed in Sacramento ...Read more

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Anti-abortion groups shrug off election losses, look to courts, statehouses for path forward

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Anti-abortion groups are firing off a warning shot for 2024: We’re not going anywhere.

Their leaders say they’re undeterred by recent election setbacks and plan to plow ahead on what they’ve done for years, including working through state legislatures, federal agencies, and federal courts to outlaw abortion. And at least one prominent ...Read more

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Hamas releases 12 hostages despite claims of truce violations

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Hamas has turned over 12 more hostages — 10 Israelis and two Thai citizens — to the Red Cross, according to the Israeli prime minister’s office, despite earlier competing claims of violations of the deal that brought their war to a temporary pause.

Red Cross representatives transferred the 12 freed hostages to Egypt, and they were later ...Read more

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House prepares to drop China investment curbs from defense bill

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WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators on Tuesday were poised to abandon plans to use the annual defense policy bill to tighten controls on U.S. investment in Chinese technology, according to people familiar with the discussions.

House Financial Services Chairman Patrick McHenry is effectively blocking a measure that would require firms to ...Read more

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San Diego prison guard, prisoner, 2 others plead guilty in bribery scheme

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A former corrections officer at an Otay Mesa prison pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting bribes from a prisoner and his brothers as part of a scheme to smuggle into the prison a gold and diamond "grill" for the man's teeth.

Benito Jamar Hugie, 49, pleaded guilty to a charge involving a bribery conspiracy, as did the prisoner, Shawn Brown, and ...Read more


FDA is investigating whether CAR-T, a cancer therapy pioneered at Penn, can cause lymphoma

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PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania plans to continue offering CAR-T therapy, a cancer treatment pioneered at Penn, after the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday an investigation into whether the treatment may cause cancer in rare cases.

Chimeric antigen receptor T cell, CAR-T, therapy has been hailed as a breakthrough ...Read more

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Celeste Maloy sworn in; House now at full capacity

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Utah Republican Celeste Maloy, a former House aide who was elected last week in a special election to fill former Rep. Chris Stewart’s seat, was sworn in Tuesday night, bringing the chamber up to its full 435-member capacity for the first time since June.

Maloy is the only woman in Utah’s congressional delegation and the fifth in the state�...Read more

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Florida's Orange County may inherit a $400,000 debt to the state if it accepts onePulse land

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County may be on the hook to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funds if it inherits property from the soon-to-be dissolved onePulse Foundation, county commissioners were told Tuesday in the latest messy revelation from the struggling effort to memorialize the Pulse nightclub tragedy.

The organization is...Read more


Ne fumez pas! France moves to ban smoking at beaches, parks, other public spots

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France is banning smoking at beaches, public parks, forests and certain other public spaces, notably those in close to schools, the country’s Health Minister Aurélien Rousseau unveiled Tuesday.

The goal of the measures is to usher in a “tobacco-free generation by 2032” and to curb the staggering toll of 75,000 tobacco-related deaths ...Read more

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Colorado officer who put Elijah McClain in neck hold returns to Aurora Police Department, will get $212,546 in back pay

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DENVER — Nathan Woodyard, one of three police officers indicted in connection with the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, returned to work at the Aurora Police Department and will receive more than $212,546 in back pay after he was acquitted earlier this month of all charges.

Woodyard asked to be reintegrated into the police department, which is ...Read more

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Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch facing deposition in Smartmatic case

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Rupert Murdoch, the former chairman of Fox and News Corp., is set to be deposed Tuesday and Wednesday in connection with the $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed by voting technology company Smartmatic.

The suit alleges that Fox News and its parent company were responsible for amplifying damaging lies about the 2020 U.S. presidential election,...Read more

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Biden campaign attacks Trump's Obamacare threat with help from Nancy Pelosi

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s campaign seized on Donald Trump’s call to overturn Obamacare, using it to cast the Republican as a threat to Americans’ health benefits ahead of a likely rematch with the president.

“The former president reminded us that he is hellbent on destroying the Affordable Care Act,” former House Speaker Nancy ...Read more

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Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador wants court to let state enforce its abortion 'trafficking' law

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BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador has asked a court to allow the state to enforce its ban on out-of-state travel for abortions while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality proceeds.

In a Tuesday court filing, Labrador’s office asked the U.S. District Court of Idaho to allow him to enforce the state’s law after a ...Read more

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Despite anger, some victims forgive Alex Murdaugh for stealing money. 'I will pray for you'

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Amid the anger and rage directed at Alex Murdaugh in a Beaufort County courtroom Tuesday, some victims spoke of forgiveness.

Of the five victims who delivered impact statements to Judge Clifton Newman in the Beaufort County Courthouse, three said they had forgiven Murdaugh for pocketing money stolen from legal settlements and...Read more

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Family of slain deputy files $20 million wrongful-death claim against LA County

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LOS ANGELES — The parents of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy have filed a claim signaling they plan to sue the county, alleging that their son was forced to work so much overtime that he was too fatigued to stay alert and avoid threats such as the mentally ill 29-year-old who gunned him down outside the Palmdale station in September.

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Paul Whelan attacked in Russian prison, his family reports

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DETROIT — Paul Whelan, a Michigan resident who is currently serving a 16-year sentence in a Russian prison, was attacked Tuesday afternoon by a fellow prisoner, Whelan's brother David told supporters in an email.

Whelan has been detained in Russia for five years on an espionage conviction, which he and U.S. officials say was trumped up and ...Read more

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Idaho wolf-killing proposals prompt petition for feds to ban 'barbaric' aerial hunts

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BOISE, Idaho — A group of environmental organizations has submitted a petition to the federal government to ban wolf killing by shooting from helicopters, calling the practice “barbaric.”

The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and International Wildlife Coexistence Network in Tuesday news releases said they were ...Read more