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Storms in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas leave at least 10 dead

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At least 10 people were reported killed and many more injured by powerful storms that ripped through parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, leaving a trail of shattered buildings and wrecked vehicles.

Rescue workers were scouring the storm debris Sunday in a community of mobile homes north of Dallas and had confirmed five fatalities, according ...Read more

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Zelenskyy implores Biden, Xi to attend summit as Russia ramps up

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the leaders of the U.S. and China to attend a summit to discuss Ukraine’s peace blueprint as Russia builds up troop formations near Ukraine’s northeast border and steps up air attacks.

Russian glide bombs struck a home-improvement superstore in Kharkiv on Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding...Read more

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Israeli military proceeds into Rafah despite court ruling

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Israel’s military is pressing ahead with its operations against Hamas in the southern Gaza city of Rafah despite a ruling from the International Court of Justice ordering it to halt such activity in the name of sparing civilians.

Officials in Israel say they interpret Friday’s ruling in The Hague as permitting the incursion to continue as ...Read more

Why Muslim women choose to wear headscarves while participating in sports

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The French Senate in 2022 voted in favor of a bill to ban headscarves in sports competitions. The advocates of the legislation claim that headscarves, or hijab, symbolize Islamic radicalism, patriarchy and lack of women’s empowerment.

Muslim women athletes and women’s rights activists have condemned the proposed law, with one ...Read more

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Divestment from Israel roils universities. Would it work? Some are dubious

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For Ari Huffman, the case for divesting from Israel is clear-cut — at least morally.

The University of California, Merced student doesn't understand exactly how university endowments work. But as Israel continues its relentless bombardment of Gaza, she knows she doesn't want her tuition fees funding a war that has killed more than 35,000 ...Read more

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There's an arms race in Haiti, and it's fueled by Florida's pipeline of weapons of war

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MIAMI — While heavy gunfire was paralyzing Haiti’s capital in late February, a man using a fake name approached a 45-foot cargo container parked in a Fort Lauderdale lot. He asked if he could drop off three parcels — two boxes and a folding casino table — to ship to the besieged country.

Anestin Predestin, a self-styled broker who was ...Read more

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South Lake Tahoe split over proposal to tax property owners who leave homes vacant

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LOS ANGELES — Owning a vacation home in South Lake Tahoe could get more costly if residents approve a ballot measure that imposes a tax of up to $6,000 on housing units left vacant for more than half a year.

The measure, dubbed the "South Lake Tahoe Vacancy Tax," aims to penalize homeowners who leave thousands of homes empty in the mountain ...Read more

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Forecasts call for an active hurricane season. Could California see another Hilary?

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LOS ANGELES — Near-record ocean temperatures and a strengthening La Niña could spell trouble for the East Coast of the United States, with federal forecasters warning of an 85% chance of above-normal Atlantic hurricane activity this year, and predicting as many as 25 named storms.

“All the ingredients are definitely in place to have an ...Read more

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'Hopeless': Idaho trans teens seeking to transition cope without gender-affirming care

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BOISE, Idaho — Inside a Boise clinic in April, Dr. Marvin Alviso was meeting with a transgender patient who had been on puberty blockers for a year. The Boise teen was ready and “giddy” to start taking testosterone, Alviso said, as part of the next step in his transition. It’s also a step in the slate of practices recommended in gender-...Read more

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Spring reveals a mess on Anchorage's trails, and a vexing conversation about homelessness

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Somewhere on the Campbell Creek trail, an abandoned campsite stretches from the bank of the creek all the way to the asphalt of the trail. There are bike wheels and wet wipes and tarps and tires. There are empty pill bottles and wet bloated pages of books. Amid unfurling ferns and shoots of cow parsnip, there are signs of a...Read more

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Russian strike on home improvement store in Ukraine kills 11

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A Russian gliding bomb struck a home-improvement superstore in Kharkiv on Saturday, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more.

Fire swept through more than 10,000 square meters (108,000 square feet) of highly flammable items at the Epicentr store in Ukraine’s second-biggest city, according to the Interior Ministry. More than 200 people were ...Read more

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South African parties wind up campaigns ahead of pivotal vote

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South Africa’s political parties began winding up their campaigns ahead of next week’s pivotal elections, with the ruling African National Congress and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters staging huge rallies that highlighted their mass appeal.

The May 29 vote is set to be the most hotly contested since apartheid ended, with a series of ...Read more

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Man killed after interrupting suspected catalytic converter thieves in downtown LA

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LOS ANGELES — A man was shot and killed when he interrupted three people who were trying to remove a catalytic converter from a vehicle in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday, police said.

The man encountered the suspects around 3:25 a.m. near Pico Boulevard and Hope Street, said Officer Jader Chaves, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police ...Read more

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Ukraine says it struck anti-missile defense radar in Russia

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Ukraine made a drone strike this week at a tactical military target in Russia’s Krasnodar region, according to a person within the Ukrainian intelligence community.

The long-range early-warning radar system Voronezh-DM in Armavir, southern Russia, was hit by a drone launched by Ukraine’s military intelligence on Thursday, according to the ...Read more

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Yellen says higher path for rates boosts need to lift revenue

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WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the outlook for higher interest rates over the long haul makes it tougher to contain U.S. borrowing needs, heightening the importance of boosting revenue in negotiations with Republican lawmakers.

“We’ve raised the interest-rate forecast,” Yellen noted Friday in an interview with ...Read more

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NYPD to use drones to aid swimmers in trouble at city beaches amid lifeguard shortage

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NEW YORK — Remote-controlled drones equipped with flotation devices will be helping New York City lifeguards rescue swimmers in distress this summer season, city officials said Saturday.

The addition of drones comes as the city faces staff shortages among lifeguards that is expected to keep several miles of city beaches closed this holiday ...Read more

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Tesla under investigation over Bay Area factory toxic emissions, and faces lawsuit over alleged health harms

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bay Area air quality officials have launched an investigation into Tesla, charging the electric automaker with letting massive amounts of harmful toxins escape into the air from its Fremont car factory. In a double blow, an environmental group has filed a new lawsuit against the company over such pollution releases.

Since ...Read more

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Ex-Boston cop and N.J. man, one of 'most violent' Capitol rioters, sentenced for Jan. 6 deeds

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A former Boston police K-9 officer and a New Jersey electrician described as one of “the most violent” Jan. 6 rioters were sentenced Friday in Washington, D.C., for crimes committed during the 2021 storming of the Capitol.

Joseph Robert Fisher of Plymouth, Massachusetts., who pleaded guilty this year to two felony charges of civil disorder ...Read more

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French far-right seen trouncing Macron's party in EU elections

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France’s far-right National Rally is extending its lead against President Emmanuel Macron’s party in European elections to be held in two weeks, according to an Elabe poll for La Tribune and BFM TV.

Asked which of the parties they intend to vote for, 33% of those surveyed backed the National Rally, which is led by Marine Le Pen in the ...Read more

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Early signs of rising COVID in California as new FLiRT subvariants dominate

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LOS ANGELES — California may be headed to an earlier-than-normal start to the summer COVID-19 season, with coronavirus concentrations in sewage rising in some areas along with the statewide positive-test rate.

The trend comes as the latest family of coronavirus subvariants, collectively nicknamed FLiRT, have made significant gains nationally....Read more