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Both sides dig in as EPA's final decision on Pebble Mine nears

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Environmental advocates, Alaska Natives and commercial fishermen say they are at once confident and anxious as they wait for the EPA to announce a final ban on mining wastes in Bristol Bay, Alaska — home to one of the world’s largest salmon fisheries — that would effectively kill a gold and copper mine estimated to be worth $350 billion.

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Security guard accidentally fires weapon at Oxford Middle School in Michigan, officials say

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DETROIT — A security guard in Oxford Community Schools accidentally discharged his weapon in a bathroom Monday, district officials said.

The guard was using the single-stall staff restroom at Oxford Middle School, near the field house, when he placed his weapon on a door hook nearby, the district said in a statement.

"While he was retrieving...Read more

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In visit to Puerto Rico, Biden says he's 'determined to help' recovery after Hurricane Fiona

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PONCE, Puerto Rico — President Joe Biden declared in Puerto Rico on Monday that his administration is committed to helping the island recover from Hurricane Fiona and other disasters, announcing a more-than $60 million federal investment in flood management that he said was only a small piece of the overall assistance he is ready to provide ...Read more

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Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes stand against Trump friend Tom Barrack

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NEW YORK — Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified at a criminal trial about the Trump administration’s seemingly chaotic foreign policy while leveling a veiled criticism at Jared Kushner.

Tillerson appeared Monday as a prosecution witness in the trial of Tom Barrack, a longtime friend of former President Donald Trump, on ...Read more

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As Cubans demand freedom, President Díaz-Canel says he will not tolerate 'illegitimate' protests

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As residents in Havana and other cities continue demonstrating against the government and its response to Hurricane Ian, security forces have beaten and arrested some protesters, and Cuba’s handpicked president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, warned the population that “counterrevolutionary” behavior like blocking the streets will be punished.

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MyPillow's Mike Lindell rejected by Supreme Court on defamation suit

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a bid by MyPillow Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mike Lindell to derail a lawsuit accusing him of defaming a voting technology company with his claims that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

The court decided against reviewing a federal appeals court’s conclusion ...Read more

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Supreme Court declines to hear bump stock challenges

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear two cases on the federal regulatory ban of bump stocks, leaving in place the prohibition on the devices used in the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting.

The cases requesting Supreme Court review were brought by Gun Owners of America and...Read more

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Supreme Court declines to hear bump stock challenges

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear two challenges to the federal regulatory ban on bump stocks Monday, leaving in place a prohibition on the devices that were used in the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting.

Although the high court’s decision was “welcome news,” U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., said it was not the end of legal ...Read more

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NYC man found not guilty of federal gun charges in 2015 killing of Cuomo aide

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NEW YORK — An accused gang member who dodged murder charges in the 2015 killing of an aide to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo scored another court victory Monday when a jury acquitted him of federal gun possession charges connected to the fatal shooting.

Stanley Elianor, 31, was found not guilty after a weeklong trial in Brooklyn Federal Court of a ...Read more

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California high school football team forfeits season after players staged 'slave auction'

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A high school football team in Northern California was forced to forfeit the remainder of its season after a video showed several players staging a reenactment of a "slave auction," according to district officials.

In a statement, Doreen Osumi, the superintendent of Yuba City Unified School District, called the incident at River Valley High ...Read more

Japan sends rare warning to residents to shelter after North Korea launches missile

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TOKYO — North Korea fired a missile over Japan for the first time since 2017, prompting a rare public warning and further ratcheting up tensions over Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program.

The missile launched Tuesday appears to have splashed down in waters to the east of Japan, government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told a news briefing, adding ...Read more

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Trump correspondence with Kim Jong Un missing, attorney for National Archives told ex-president's lawyers in May 2021

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The top attorney at the National Archives emailed former White House lawyers in May 2021 alerting them that the administration had failed to turn over correspondence between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg.

“There are also now certain paper/textual records that we cannot...Read more

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Judge bars Philadelphia from enforcing Mayor Jim Kenney's ban on guns at rec centers and playgrounds

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PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge on Monday blocked the city from enforcing an executive order Mayor Jim Kenney signed last week banning guns at recreation centers and playgrounds following the fatal shooting of a Parks and Recreation employee last month.

The Gun Owners of America, on behalf of several state residents, ...Read more

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Nor'easter causes problems at Jersey Shore with more flooding and erosion expected through Wednesday

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PHILADELPHIA — A nor’easter that started grinding the Jersey Shore over the weekend caused widespread moderate flooding as tides peaked Monday. It was expected to continue to throttle the coast overnight.

Local officials already dealing with the high water issues and loss of beach braced for more at least through Tuesday and possibly into ...Read more

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California suffering through driest 3 years ever recorded, with no relief in sight

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LOS ANGELES — California's drought has become the state's driest three-year period on record, surpassing that of 2013-15 — and a fourth dry year is looking increasingly likely, officials said Monday.

The news came just days after the state began its new water year, which runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. The 2022 water year was marked by ...Read more

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Trump seeks deposition delay in rape accuser defamation case

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump asked a judge to put a defamation lawsuit by New York columnist E. Jean Carroll on hold — and delay his deposition — after a federal appeals court issued a preliminary ruling that could derail the case.

Trump last week won part of his appeal over whether Carroll’s suit is barred by a statute that broadly protects...Read more

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About 100 deaths across 10 Florida counties linked to Hurricane Ian

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MIAMI — Florida officials have linked about 100 deaths spanning 10 counties to Hurricane Ian, with more than half in Lee County where storm surges as high as 10 feet razed homes and destroyed some of the only bridges that contact barrier island residents to the mainland.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno on Monday afternoon announced that ...Read more

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Oath Keepers planned 'armed rebellion' on Jan. 6, DOJ says

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WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors cast the Oath Keepers as a threat to democracy in the first seditious conspiracy trial to stem from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Describing the long tradition of a peaceful transfer of power after U.S. presidential elections, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Nestler said in opening arguments Monday that the right-...Read more

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Judge rules against Kentucky deputy who sued over criticism for attending Trump rally

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Franklin County sheriff’s deputy who claimed that the county’s public defenders defamed him and violated his First Amendment rights when they criticized him for attending a Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Farmer ...Read more

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Planned Parenthood launching a mobile abortion unit in southern Illinois as number of out-of-state patients skyrockets

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CHICAGO — Planned Parenthood is launching a mobile abortion unit in southern Illinois to help reach out-of-state patients and decrease wait times, as more states ban or severely restrict terminating a pregnancy.

The abortion provider announced the project Monday, roughly 100 days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v...Read more