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Thai groom fatally shoots bride, relatives and then himself at wedding

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A Thai groom fatally shot his bride and four others before killing himself at their wedding reception, authorities said Monday. Another person was seriously wounded.

The bride, 44-year-old Kanchana Pachunthuek, was the first victim at the nuptials in northeastern Thailand on Saturday, authorities were quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse. ...Read more

Momentum builds for psychedelic therapies for troops, vets

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In 2004, Mike Gemignani enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school. A forward observer, he directed artillery units and Apache attack helicopters to their targets during his two tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division.

He eventually left the military, went to college and settled into a job. But a slow trickle of anxiety and ...Read more

'Screaming at the top of our lungs': California family celebrates relatives' release by Hamas

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Galia Mizrahi and her family were glued to the television in their Tarzana home Sunday as they waited to find out if their relatives would finally be returned to Israel after seven weeks in captivity in Gaza.

Mizrahi's aunt had messaged that morning in the family WhatsApp group: "Today is the day that the Kfar Aza group is being released."

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Ukraine military intelligence chief's wife was poisoned: RFE/RL

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The wife of Ukrainian military intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, was poisoned, Radio Svoboda, the Ukrainian-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Tuesday citing military intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov.

Marianna Budanova was poisoned with heavy metals and has been receiving medical treatment in a hospital, Yusov ...Read more

Israel and Hamas extend truce and Blinken heads back to Mideast

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Israel and Hamas extended their truce late Monday after agreeing to release more hostages and prisoners, and Washington said it was dispatching its top diplomat to the region for more talks over the conflict in Gaza.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Israel for the third time since Hamas attacked on Oct. 7, his office said, as ...Read more

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Jeremy's alleged victims share fury, acceptance after latest twist in court case

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When Alana Evans found out Ron Jeremy's rape case would end with him being released to a "private residence," she said it left her emotionally drained and completely derailed.

A longtime adult film entertainer and president of the Adult Performance Artists Guild, Evans testified before the Los Angeles County grand jury that indicted Jeremy on ...Read more

Russian demands risk making OSCE 'brain dead' group, Lithuania says

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Three Baltic countries and Ukraine said they won’t attend a meeting of the European security body OSCE after it invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to take part.

Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia said in a joint statement Tuesday they will stay away from the gathering of the 57-member Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe...Read more

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For decades, tribes have helped San Diego County on emergency calls. Now, the two are butting heads over sovereign immunity

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SAN DIEGO — For decades, tribal fire departments have responded to fires or accidents off their reservations under a mutual aid agreement with the county.

But last month, the county notified the tribes that it was going to terminate those agreements and replace them with ones that would require the tribes to relinquish some of their sovereign...Read more

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California workers died of a preventable disease. The threat was known years earlier

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LOS ANGELES — When Wendy Solano first heard the word “silicosis,” her husband Jose Raul Garcia Leon was already suffering from the incurable disease that would kill him.

After immigrating from Mexico, the father of three had provided for his family by cutting countertops. His illness began as a dry cough — something the couple had ...Read more

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Despite setbacks, states are still counting on offshore wind

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In recent months, East Coast states’ plans to install massive new offshore wind farms have been battered by bad economic news, canceled contracts and newfound uncertainty about the projects officials are counting on to reach their clean energy goals.

Despite the setbacks, state leaders say they don’t intend to dial back their offshore wind ...Read more

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Lessons from the country with the world's largest HIV epidemic

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South Africa, with the world’s biggest number of HIV cases, has in the last five years reduced the percentage of its population infected with the virus that causes the immune disease AIDS.

With an estimated 7.8 million people, or 12.7% of the population, living with the disease, the results of the 2022 South Africa HIV survey released this ...Read more

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Evolving overdose crisis shakes previously effective treatments

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — “You can’t inject a horse tranquilizer and think nothing bad is gonna happen” to you, said Ty Sears, 33, a longtime drug user now in recovery.

Sears was referring to xylazine, a sedative used for animal surgeries that has infiltrated the illicit drug supply across the country, contributing to a steady climb in overdose...Read more

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Beyond insulin: Medi-Cal expands patient access to diabetes supplies

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LOS ANGELES — June Voros sprang from her couch as a high-pitched beep warned her that she needed a quick dose of sugar.

Her blood sugar was plummeting, and the beep came from a continuous glucose monitor attached to her abdomen. The small but powerful device alerts Voros when her blood sugar is dangerously high or low.

“My blood sugar is ...Read more

Chicago and Northwestern police secure downtown campus after responding to reports of shots fired, according to alert

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CHICAGO — Chicago police and Northwestern University police responded to a report of shots fired at Northwestern’s downtown campus Monday evening, according to a safety alert.

By 9:30 p.m., the campus had been secured and assailants were in custody, an alert texted to university affiliates said.

Shots were fired outside Kellogg Wieboldt ...Read more

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1 day, 3 million U.S. fliers: As holiday record breaks, more jam-packed travel is in the offing

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Nearly 3 million people boarded flights in the U.S. on Sunday as American air travel continued to surge at a record pace, surpassing pre-pandemic numbers, according to Transportation Security Administration statistics.

TSA screened 2,907,378 people traveling through U.S. airports, the highest single-day number ever. Air travel has taken three ...Read more

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A showdown over deep sea mining is taking place in the Pacific

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Activists from Greenpeace International have boarded a ship that is conducting deep sea mining research in the Pacific Ocean, vowing to occupy the vessel until it abandons the expedition.

It’s the latest collision between a nascent industry intent on mining the seabed for minerals potentially worth trillions of dollars, and environmentalists...Read more

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Florida principal and others reassigned due to transgender athlete, sources say

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The principal and three other staffers at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, have been reassigned while the district investigates allegations that a transgender girl competed on the girls’ volleyball team, the South Florida Sun Sentinel has learned.

Sources have confirmed that it relates to a student who was born male but now ...Read more

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Polish president appoints government for short-lived stint

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Poland’s president appointed a new government proposed by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki that is unlikely to last longer than the next 14 days in a move that delays the handover of power to former European Council President Donald Tusk.

Morawiecki’s cabinet is expected to lose a confidence vote in the next two weeks as the outgoing Law ...Read more

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Command staff at Michigan State Police Flint Post put on leave amid internal investigation

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DETROIT — The entire command staff at the Michigan State Police Flint Post has been placed on administrative leave amid an ongoing internal affairs investigation into staff promotions, a spokeswoman said Monday.

First Lt. Yvonne Brantley, Lt. Michael Philipps and Lt. Thomas Dhooghe were all put on leave Wednesday, MSP spokeswoman Shanon ...Read more

Tanker tied to Israeli tycoon freed by US warship off Yemen

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A chemical tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire was freed by a U.S. warship after attackers boarded the vessel in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday.

The Liberian-flagged Central Park “was involved in a suspected piracy incident” about 54 miles (87 kilometers) off Somalia, according to Zodiac Maritime, part of Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer’s ...Read more