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California woman contracts typhus after disposing of dead rat

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LOS ANGELES — A California woman said she contracted typhus after she disposed of a dead rat found in her backyard. She later found out her neighbor had also contracted the virus.

Margaret Holzmann of Monrovia initially thought she had COVID-19 when she began to feel ill. But after a negative test, and a relentless headache and fever that ...Read more

Afghanistan's situation rapidly deteriorating, US envoy warns

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The Afghan government is too weak to win a negotiated settlement without a new military strategy, the U.S. envoy to the war-ravaged country said Tuesday.

“The situation is very concerning, and our expectation is that both the government and the Talibs would focus on a political settlement,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative ...Read more

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AG James' probe corroborates sex harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversaw a toxic workplace and sexually harassed several women, including much younger aides and advisers, according to a bombshell report released Tuesday by state Attorney General James’ office.

The report details cases of harassment by the governor of current and former employees that include unwanted ...Read more

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How Sen. Chris Murphy became Washington's leading advocate for college sports reform

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HARTFORD, Conn. — As he watches the change rapidly reshaping American college sports, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy can’t help but wish progress always came so quickly.

In the 2 1/2 years since the Connecticut Democrat became Washington’s most outspoken advocate for college athletes’ economic rights, a decades-old movement has broken through ...Read more

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12,000 square miles without obstetrics? It's a possibility in West Texas

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The message from Big Bend Regional Medical Center was stark: The only hospital in a sparsely populated region of far West Texas notified local physicians last month that because of a nursing shortage its labor and delivery unit needed to temporarily close its doors and that women in labor should instead be sent to the next closest hospital — ...Read more

First in the nation, NYC to mandate proof of COVID vaccination for most indoor activities

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NEW YORK — Anyone who wants to dine, drink, exercise or enjoy a live performance indoors in New York City will soon have to show proof of coronavirus vaccination or be denied entry, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday in his most aggressive push yet to jack up the city’s flagging immunization rates.

The requirement, which mirrors ...Read more

Judge: Minnesota man can't vote for 5 years after attacking couple holding sign critical of Donald Trump

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MINNEAPOLIS — A judge sentenced a Lino Lakes man to probation and stripped his right to vote for five years for attacking a couple holding a sign critical of former President Donald Trump on a White Bear Lake street corner.

Mark A. Ulsaker, 51, of Lino Lakes, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to two felony counts of threats of ...Read more

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4 officers who responded to insurrection at US Capitol have died by suicide

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The number of officers who have died by suicide in wake of their response to the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol doubled late Monday, with the Metropolitan Police Department in the District of Columbia confirming the death of a third and fourth officer.

Officer Kyle DeFreytag, a 26-year-old Pennsylvania native, was found dead on July ...Read more

Kim Jong Un's head bandage is added to list of health mysteries

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has appeared in recent days with a bandage about the size of a few postage stamps on the back of his head, in the latest episode to stoke speculation about the reclusive leader’s health.

The bandage was visible in state media images when Kim appeared at a Korean People’s Army event from July 24-27, according to ...Read more

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Video of deputies killing suicidal man shows multiple failures, experts conclude

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LOS ANGELES — David Ordaz Jr. stood on the sidewalk outside his East Los Angeles home as sheriff’s deputies, as well as family members, yelled at him to drop a 12-inch kitchen knife.

Ordaz, 34, had told deputies he was upset because they wouldn’t shoot him. His sister had told a 911 dispatcher that Ordaz had talked about “suicide by cop...Read more

The new California school mask rule doesn't faze many students. It's 'second nature' now

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LOS ANGELES — Some high school students take "mask breaks" and go outside for gulps of unfiltered air. They are irked by the beads of sweat on their upper lip in the heat, but nothing that a quick swipe can't handle. They have learned to talk louder in class. A student sitting at her desk plans for a drink of water — mask down, sip, mask up....Read more

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Health experts tackle myths, rumors about COVID-19 vaccines

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Have you heard that after you get the COVID-19 vaccine you'll become magnetic?

Do we need to say it? That's not true.

From the beginning of the pandemic public health officials have waged war on two fronts: against this new virus and an ocean of myths, rumors and misinformation.

Medical experts have begged Americans to get their information ...Read more

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Gas stations can be sued for selling to drunken drivers

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Gas station retailers are reeling from a recent New Mexico Supreme Court decision that finds the stores can be held civilly liable for selling gas to intoxicated drivers.

The July ruling could have major ramifications for service stations and other kinds of businesses, industry representatives say. It also could set an example for other states,...Read more

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2 seamen get prison terms in plot to smuggle 20 tons of cocaine through Port of Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — Two cargo ship crewmen tied to one of the largest drug busts in U.S. history told a federal judge Monday that they initially resisted but were ultimately powerless to turn down efforts to recruit them into a conspiracy to smuggle 20 tons of cocaine through the Port of Philadelphia.

Ivan Durasevic, 31, and Nenad Ilic, 41, both ...Read more

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Half of California now under mask mandates as Bay Area joins Sacramento, LA

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Seven Bay Area counties on Monday jointly announced renewed indoor mask requirements, regardless of vaccination status, to limit spread of the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19.

The public health offices of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties, along with the ...Read more

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US steps up Somalia strikes as al-Qaida ally attacks escalate

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The U.S. is expanding airstrikes against members of a group affiliated to al-Qaida who have intensified attacks in Somalia since hundreds of American troops exited the country earlier this year.

The latest strike occurred close to the central towns of Bacadweyne and Geedaley on Sunday morning, hitting a position held by al-Shabab militants who ...Read more

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Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID-19

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Sunshine State leads the nation in another alarming coronavirus statistic: kids hospitalized with COVID-19.

Florida had 32 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations per day between July 24 and 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adjusted for population, that’s 0.76 kids hospitalized per 100,000 ...Read more

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100-year-old German man to stand trial for Nazi camp crimes

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A 100-year-old German man accused of working as a concentration camp guard from 1942 to 1945 has been ruled “fit to stand trial” in October.

The unidentified centenarian is accused of “knowingly and willingly” being a party to 3,518 deaths, according to the Guardian. Prosecutors claim the suspect, believed to be from Brandenburg, stood ...Read more

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San Diego bans firearm parts without serial numbers to combat ghost guns

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SAN DIEGO — In response to the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, the San Diego City Council on Monday approved a ban on the sale and possession of gun frames and firearms that lack a serial number.

“Today we are here to take action to combat the proliferation of non-serialized, nontraceable ghost guns because we have had enough,” ...Read more

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Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID-19

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Sunshine State leads the nation in another alarming coronavirus statistic: kids hospitalized with COVID-19.

Florida had 32 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations per day between July 24 and 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adjusted for population, that’s 0.76 kids hospitalized per 100,000 ...Read more