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Former Trump aides subpoenaed by Capitol riot probe panel

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WASHINGTON — Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and three other of former President Donald Trump’s advisers were subpoenaed Thursday by the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Along with Meadows, subpoenas were sent to former Trump political adviser Steve Bannon, former deputy chief ...Read more

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Will Michigan let 300K doses of COVID-19 vaccines expire?

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DETROIT — More than 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are on the verge of expiring in Michigan as demand for shots wane right as the state stares down what appears to be a fourth surge of cases.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 161,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and between 143,000 and 146...Read more

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Alaska reports a daily record 1,330 coronavirus infections

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s unprecedented COVID-19 crisis escalated Thursday with the state reporting seven new deaths, a record 1,330 new cases and a near-record 209 hospitalizations.

It’s the third time in two weeks that the daily record has been broken: The previous highs were recorded Wednesday, with 1,251 cases, and Sept. 15, with 1...Read more

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COVID-19 appears to plateau in Kentucky but at a rate hospitals can't sustain, Gov. Beshear warns

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, the week-over-week volume of new cases, and the rate of Kentuckians testing positive for the virus appear to have plateaued, Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday.

"We are hoping that in the very least we are plateauing," the governor said during his twice-weekly update in Frankfort....Read more

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Brian Laundrie charged with bank-card fraud in state where Gabby Petito was found

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Florida man Brian Laundrie, whose dead girlfriend’s body was found in a Wyoming park after he returned home alone from a cross-country road trip the two had taken, has been charged with bank-card fraud in that state.

A federal grand jury indictment alleges Laundrie, 23, withdrew or spent more than $1,000 using a Capitol One card after Gabby ...Read more

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McConnell says Democrats have time for go-it-alone vote on debt

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WASHINGTON — Democrats have plenty of time to use a partisan approach to raise the debt ceiling without Republican votes, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, challenging the argument of a senior House Democrat that the clock had likely run out on that option.

McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday it would take Democrats “...Read more

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2 dead, 12 injured in Kroger grocery store shooting in Tennessee, police say

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A shooter killed one person and at least a dozen others were injured Thursday inside a grocery store in Tennessee, officials said.

The shooting happened at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, a city about 25 miles east of Memphis, about 1:30 p.m., police said during a news conference broadcast by Fox 13. The shooter died from a self-...Read more

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Appeals court strikes down sweeping order to house LA's skid row homeless

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LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously overturned a judge’s decision that would have required Los Angeles to offer some form of shelter or housing to the entire homeless population of skid row by October.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, who ...Read more

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Minnesota State Patrol disputes accusations of deleting critical records after riot

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MINNEAPOLIS — In a new court filing, the state Department of Public Safety disputes claims that Minnesota state troopers purged critical records to intentionally obscure the behavior of law enforcement's response to last summer's riots.

The state agency also plans to ask a judge to issue a protective order that would stop attorneys for ...Read more

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Online review leads to arrest of doctor accused of molesting boys in late 1970s in Miami

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MIAMI — Gentry Fry says that he’s suffered childhood post-traumatic stress disorder, all stemming from being molested by a neighbor in his Southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood in the late 1970s. He’s spent decades battling addiction to food and alcohol, he says, and has been sober for four years.

Now 49, he recently Googled that neighbor, ...Read more

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New Florida surgeon general often takes contrary positions on COVID policy, treatment

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the first year and a half of the coronavirus pandemic in Florida, it was difficult to heed the advice of Florida’s top health official — Dr. Scott Rivkees — because he rarely publicly shared his views.

That won’t be a problem for Rivkees’ successor. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis replaced Rivkees with a new ...Read more

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More air rage incidents spur calls for criminal enforcement

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The chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee called Thursday for unruly airline passengers to be prosecuted for misbehavior, arguing that fines aren’t doing enough to prevent such incidents.

“We need more prosecutions when there are serious violent incidents on airplanes,” Oregon Democrat Peter A. DeFazio said.

His ...Read more

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Americans have negative views of all 3 branches of government

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Public opinion of the Supreme Court dropped to its lowest point in two decades after the justices declined to block Texas' controversial abortion law, new polling shows, echoing poor marks for the other branches of government.

Two-fifths of Americans approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing — a sharp decline from July when 49% of people ...Read more

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No more horse patrols in Del Rio, Texas, where Haitian migrants are staying under bridge

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has temporarily halted the use of a horse patrol unit along the Del Rio, Texas, border with Mexico amid public outrage over a photo of a mounted U.S. Custom and Border Protection agent chasing Haitian migrants.

The image showed the agent on a horse wielding what appeared to be ropes or reins while ...Read more

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Watchdog panel wants review of LA Sheriff's Department's 'secret police' unit for possible crimes

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LOS ANGELES — A watchdog panel that oversees the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday asked county attorneys to look into whether a special investigative unit that has targeted critics of Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s broke the law.

With the unanimous vote, the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission sought legal guidance on ...Read more

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Mother and daughter face murder charges in death of influencer during failed butt-lift

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LOS ANGELES — Karissa Rajpaul moved from South Africa to Southern California with a dream: to become a social media star and make it in the adult entertainment business, authorities said.

But those dreams never came true for the ambitious 26-year-old, who died two years ago during an illegal cosmetic surgery.

After settling in Sherman Oaks, ...Read more

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2 dead, 12 injured in Kroger grocery store shooting in Tennessee, police say

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A shooter killed one person and at least a dozen others were injured Thursday inside a grocery store in Tennessee, officials said.

The shooting happened at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, a city about 25 miles east of Memphis, about 1:30 p.m., police said during a news conference broadcast by Fox 13. The shooter died from a self-...Read more

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Federal officials rework distribution for 'two vaccine nations'

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WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are reshuffling their systems for distributing COVID-19 vaccines as they try to reassert control over the country’s divided response to the pandemic and prevent more unnecessary deaths.

States will no longer be allowed to order as many vaccines as they want, a shift intended to prevent doses from ...Read more

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Kamala Harris presses India's Modi gently on human rights in historic meeting

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris invoked her familial ties to India as she gently pressed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on human rights during a history-making meeting Thursday between America’s first vice president of Indian descent and the leader of a country that has become an increasingly close ally.

Harris, during public...Read more

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Missouri lawmakers have a new plan to boot Planned Parenthood from Medicaid. Will it work?

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A report from Missouri lawmakers investigating how to block Planned Parenthood from receiving public funds recommends giving Gov. Mike Parson's administration the power to cancel its contracts based on unethical or illegal behavior in other states.

The Senate Interim Committee on Medicaid Accountability and Taxpayer ...Read more

 

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