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Can the education of LA students be saved? About 27,000 mentors are needed to try

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LOS ANGELES — He was a fourth-grade student from a poor, working-class family, whose siblings did not finish high school. She was a high-achieving 11th grader so turned off by school that she was about to ditch her senior year.

Both of the former students — Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and School Board...Read more

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US downs Chinese balloon, prompting protests from Beijing

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The U.S. shot down an alleged Chinese surveillance balloon off the South Carolina coast on Saturday, capping days of waiting as it traversed the country and injected new tension into relations with China.

President Joe Biden said he ordered the Pentagon on Wednesday to down the balloon as soon as possible “without doing damage to anyone on ...Read more

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US probes close call between FedEx, Southwest jets in Austin

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A FedEx Corp. widebody jet flew over the top of a Southwest Airlines Co. plane early Saturday in Texas after an air-traffic controller cleared the passenger plane to take off from the same runway that the cargo aircraft was preparing to land on, aviation authorities said.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has opened an investigation...Read more

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China protests US downing of balloon, keeps right to react

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China said it’s strongly discontented with the U.S. downing of its balloon and reserves the right for any necessary reaction to the incident.

The use of force against the balloon, which China said is for civilian use and entered the U.S. accidentally, was an “obvious overreaction” and violated international standard practices, China’s ...Read more

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'Hollywood Cat' P-22's celebration of life packs Greek Theater

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LOS ANGELES — For three hours Saturday, P-22 was alive again.

He lived in the memories, Ring photos, artwork and news-media accounts off the “Hollywood Cat,” who for a decade prowled Los Angeles’ Griffith Park before passing away on Dec.17.

The connections to the famous puma were made at a Celebration of Life memorial at a sold-out ...Read more

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Southwest to halve flying time needed for prospective pilots

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Southwest Airlines Co. will reduce by half the amount of experience prospective pilots must have flying jet or turboprop aircraft as it accelerates hiring this year.

Applicants will need to have 500 hours of “turbine time” starting Feb. 7, down from the 1,000 hours previously required, the airline confirmed Saturday. The change, outlined ...Read more

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New revelations from Richneck: Claim contends assistant principal failed to react to several warnings about 6-year-old

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The year before a 6-year-old boy shot his teacher at Richneck Elementary School, he choked another teacher “until she couldn’t breathe,” a pending claim against the Newport News school division contends.

And two days before the first-grader shot and wounded 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner during class, he “slammed” ...Read more

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Woman pens love letters to accused Idaho killer Bryan Kohberger, calls him 'perfect man'

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bryan Kohberger — the Washington State University criminology student accused of murdering four University of Idaho undergraduates — is not without his admirers.

In a series of love letters posted to social media, a woman named Brittney Hislope gushes over Kohberger, declaring him her “love ...Read more

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Rikers Island inmate dies -- first fatality at troubled jail this year

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NEW YORK — An inmate awaiting sentencing for repeatedly peddling drugs outside a Midtown fast food joint died early Saturday on Rikers Island, the first death of 2023 at the troubled jail complex, the Daily News has learned.

The lifeless body of Marvin Pines, 65, was found in the shower area of the island’s North Infirmary Command at 6:18 a...Read more

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US downs alleged Chinese spy balloon that lingered for days

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The U.S. shot down an alleged Chinese surveillance balloon off the South Carolina coast on Saturday, capping days of waiting as it traversed the country and injected new tension into relations with China.

President Joe Biden said he ordered the Pentagon on Wednesday to down the balloon as soon as possible “without doing damage to anyone on ...Read more

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San Francisco police arrest suspect in synagogue shooting incident

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — A suspect was arrested in connection with a shooting at a synagogue in San Francisco on Wednesday night, the San Francisco Police Department said.

That night, at around 7:20 p.m., a man entered the synagogue during a gathering, said something and pulled out a firearm. He fired several shots inside the building in the 2600 ...Read more

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NYC blasted with below-zero wind chills, record-setting cold as arctic air mass sweeps across Northeast

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NEW YORK — New Yorkers hunkered down and hid from the cold for a second straight day Saturday as temperatures across the city dipped to the single digits.

More than 20 million people in New York and across the Northeast continued to endure what meteorologists called a brief though potentially life-threatening blast of cold — and on a New ...Read more

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LAPD officer caught saying 'happy hunting' before fatal shooting gets 2-day suspension

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles police SWAT officer who was caught on body-camera video telling his colleagues "happy hunting" before a fatal police shooting last spring has received a two-day suspension following an internal investigation, according to Los Angeles Police Department disciplinary records.

The newly released records identify the ...Read more

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NYC Mayor Adams hunkers down for frigid night with migrants inside Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

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NEW YORK — On the coldest night of the year, New York City Mayor Eric Adams warmed up with hundreds of asylum seekers in an unannounced visit to their temporary home inside the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

A video captured the mayor playing a World Cup soccer video with one of the men as others cheered during his overnight show of support for ...Read more

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The EU's ban on Russian diesel won't really stop fuel flows

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For decades, a steady stream of ocean tankers has filed back and forth between a small cluster of ports in northwest Europe and the Baltic Sea. Typically, each would bring about 40 million liters of diesel to help keep Europe’s economy humming. Starting Sunday, that will be banned — along with almost any other deliveries of Russian fuels to ...Read more

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Despite 'grave concerns,' Idaho lawmakers recommend continuing Medicaid expansion

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BOISE, Idaho — Lawmakers tasked with recommending whether to continue with the state’s Medicaid expansion say they support funding the voter-approved benefits.

But the Republican legislators expressed concern about rising costs and directed Medicaid administrators to find ways to cut spending.

Idaho voters in 2018 approved Medicaid ...Read more

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NYC shootings and homicides declined in January, while other major crimes see an uptick

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NEW YORK — Shootings and homicides citywide dipped in January, despite rises in other major crimes including assault and robbery, the New York City Police Department said Friday.

Shootings in New York decreased last month by about 26%, with 73 incidents, compared to 99 incidents in January 2022. Shootings declined most steeply in the Bronx, ...Read more

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From China to Big Sky: The balloon that unnerved the White House

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Star gazing is nothing unusual in Montana, where skies go on forever. But as Chase Doak left work on a Wednesday and looked up on a cold winter day he saw a mysterious round white object that was clearly neither the moon or a star.

He began to film something that could come straight out of a movie where science fiction meets the Wild West. ...Read more

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Kids in NYC are killing kids. Is there a way to stop the violence?

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NEW YORK — A string of violent episodes involving children and teenagers has left New York reeling, as neighborhoods search for answers to try and tackle a complex problem.

The slew of high-profile episodes over the last month has taken the lives of two New York City public school students, Nyheem Wright, 17, in Brooklyn and Josue Lopez-...Read more

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US downs alleged Chinese spy balloon that lingered for days

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The U.S. shot down an alleged Chinese surveillance balloon off the South Carolina coast on Saturday, capping days of waiting as it traversed the country and injected new tension into relations with China.

President Joe Biden said he ordered the Pentagon on Wednesday to down the balloon as soon as possible “without doing damage to anyone on ...Read more