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Maduro dealmaker extradited to US to face corruption charges

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A Colombian businessman close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. on Saturday to face money laundering charges.

Alex Saab was flown out of the archipelago nation off the West African coast on Saturday afternoon, his legal team said. “The extradition has been completed,” Femi Falana, a counsel ...Read more

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Transit authority reports rape on Pa. train, says no one called 911

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PHILADELPHIA — A woman was raped on the Market-Frankford Line on Wednesday night and SEPTA has noted in a statement that other passengers had not called 911 to summon police.

In the statement Friday the transit agency said that “anyone witnessing an emergency” needed to report it immediately.

“The assault was observed by a SEPTA ...Read more

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1 deputy dead, 2 injured after ambush at Houston bar

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One deputy is dead and two are injured after an early-morning ambush at a bar in Houston.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Houston Police Department.

James Jones, HPD executive assistant chief, told reporters during a news conference that three Harris County constable deputies were working an extra shift at...Read more

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Black Louisiana trooper who accused colleagues of murder in case of Ronald Greene says he was fired

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The Louisiana state trooper who accused colleagues of murdering a man in an alleged cover-up said that he was fired from his position.

In June, the ex-trooper, Carl Cavalier, said to WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge that he believed that troopers engaged in an internal cover-up to protect the officers responsible for Ronald Greene’s death.

In May of ...Read more

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LA County supervisors may order audit to examine Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas bribery charges

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LOS ANGELES — Two Los Angeles County supervisors are calling for an independent investigation into federal criminal charges against their former colleague Mark Ridley-Thomas, who is accused of taking bribes from a University of Southern California dean in exchange for lucrative county contracts.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will ...Read more

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Colorado Planned Parenthood sees influx of women from Texas

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Six weeks after a new Texas law blocked most abortions, some women there have driven to Colorado and other neighboring states to receive the procedure, ratcheting up demand for Planned Parenthood services.

In Denver, which has the largest Planned Parenthood clinic in the Rocky Mountain region, there's been a 520% ...Read more

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Meteorologists think 2021 hurricane season will wrap up without a bang

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane season started with fear-inducing fury, but there’s a chance the final six weeks close with a feeble whimper.

You never want to tempt Mother Nature, especially after 2021 became the seventh consecutive year to have a named storm before the June 1 start of hurricane season.

But meteorologists think the ...Read more

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Ex-Deputy Scot Peterson: Please don't blame me for deaths in Parkland school shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In his first interview since he was criminally charged in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the vilified deputy who took cover while a gunman shot students and staff is doubling down on his defense: In the chaos of the scene, he said, he did not know whether the shooting was coming to or from the 1200 ...Read more

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Kansas City mayor files complaint against officer who made unauthorized computer search of him

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mayor Quinton Lucas has filed a complaint against the Kansas City police officer who allegedly conducted an “unauthorized” search of his home address in a database, The Kansas City Star has learned.

Lucas made the report to the Office of Community Complaints on Friday, saying he understands from law enforcement members ...Read more

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Prescribed burn that jumped contol lines in Santa Cruz County has been 'corralled,' Cal Fire says

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CORRALITOS, Calif. — Crews have “quickly corralled” a prescribed burn that jumped control lines in southeastern Santa Cruz County and prompted evacuations Friday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Given the progress, all 270 people who were ordered to evacuate could return to their homes by ...Read more

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Former President Clinton expected to be discharged from California hospital on Sunday

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LOS ANGELES — Former President Bill Clinton is expected to be released from an Orange County hospital on Sunday after spending nearly a week there because of an infection, a spokesman said.

“President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the last 24 hours. He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to ...Read more

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Days off curtailed for Chicago police ahead of potential vaccination mandate showdown

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CHICAGO — Chicago police officials sent officers an announcement Saturday that their days off will be limited, sources said, ahead of a potential showdown between the union and city leaders over Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccination reporting mandate.

The notice issued Saturday morning on behalf of First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter says ...Read more

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Maduro dealmaker extradited to US to face corruption charges

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A Colombian businessman close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges.

Alex Saab was flown out of the archipelago nation off the West African coast on Saturday afternoon, his legal team said.

“The extradition has been completed,” Femi Falana, a counsel ...Read more

Thousands of frustrated visa lottery winners sued the US government. They won

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Nearly 10,000 winners of the FY 2020 Diversity Visa Program, better known as the visa lottery, who were frustrated by their failure to obtain consular interviews to process their U.S. immigrant visas on time, won a court battle this week.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of State, ...Read more

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Robert Durst on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer says

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LOS ANGELES — Robert Durst has been placed on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday.

Durst, 78, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for murdering his close friend, Susan Berman, inside her Benedict Canyon home in 2000. The real estate heir was in “very bad condition” during the sentencing ...Read more

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Biden praises police in memorial, urges funding to 'do better'

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden paid tribute to hundreds of police officers who died in the line of duty, singling out those killed or wounded after defending the U.S. Capitol during the insurrection on Jan. 6.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden attended the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in front of the Capitol ...Read more

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Lucy spacecraft lifts off to explore Trojan asteroids, 'fossils' of the solar system

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft named Lucy is on its way to a part of space that’s never been explored after being rocketed into the sky from Cape Canaveral before Saturday’s sunrise.

The probe launched on time at 5:34 a.m. aboard United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket, beginning a 4-billion-mile journey to explore the Trojans, two ...Read more

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2 tourists got Legionnaires' Disease after staying at a Florida Keys resort, lawyers say

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MIAMI — When Marcia Blanar stayed at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys during the summer, a decorative fountain surrounded by benches “was raging with active Legionella,” according to a lawsuit filed on her behalf earlier this month in Monroe County Circuit Court.

Legionella, a type of bacteria, can cause Legionnaires’ Disease. The ...Read more

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'Multiple injuries' reported in shooting during high school football game in Alabama

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Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in a shooting that occurred during a high school football game in Mobile, Alabama, on Friday night.

According to the Mobile Police Department, the gunfire broke out just before 10 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

“Multiple injuries have been reported, and those victims have been ...Read more

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Judge rules Jussie Smollett trial is on for Nov. 29

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CHICAGO — After more than two and a half years of dramatic developments in the Jussie Smollett case, the former “Empire” actor is officially slated to go to trial in late November.

During a hearing Friday, Judge James Linn said jury selection would begin Nov. 29. Attorneys should be prepared for long days, he said, noting that testimony ...Read more