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South Carolina may face above-normal hurricane season in 2024, new NOAA forecast shows. Here's how many storms

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There could be 25 named storms during the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season — the most federal forecasters have ever predicted and a warning shot for South Carolina and other Southeastern states.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted an above-normal hurricane season on Thursday, with between 17 and 25 total named storms. ...Read more

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Jewish community members call on action from UNLV to address incidents

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LAS VEGAS — Members of Las Vegas’ Jewish community called on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Board of Regents to take action on what they see as a rise of antisemitic incidents on UNLV’s campus.

“The silence is disheartening,” said Stefanie Tuzman, president and CEO of the nonprofit Jewish Nevada, at a Nevada System of ...Read more

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The secret is out: The world found the Owyhees. Advocates say it's time to protect the land

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Just southwest of Boise lies one of the last vast swaths of solitude in the United States.

The Owyhee Canyonlands, with stunning red gulches, winding rivers and a moon-like landscape where a volcano with a caldera once 600 times larger than Mount St. Helens erupted, stands as the largest unprotected wilderness area in the American West.

Locals...Read more

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Northwestern President Schill grilled by lawmakers at campus antisemtism hearing. 'Hate is hate'

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Congressional lawmakers grilled Northwestern University President Michael Schill for several hours on Thursday about the rise of antisemitism on campus — including allegations that a Jewish student at the elite Big Ten school was recently assaulted and another student wearing a yarmulke was spat upon.

Schill, who described himself as a Jewish...Read more

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Testifying before Congress, Rutgers president defends decision to negotiate agreement with pro-Palestinian protesters

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Three more college presidents found themselves in an uncomfortable national spotlight on Thursday at a congressional committee hearing probing the handling of antisemitism on campus.

Unlike the charged exchanges that happened in December, after which two Ivy League presidents resigned, seemingly no viral moment emerged from this latest hearing,...Read more

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Slovak shooter said he attacked premier over his Ukraine stance

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The assailant charged with shooting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said he acted out of frustration with the government’s policies, above all the premier’s decision to halt military support for Ukraine, a court document said.

The suspect, identified as 71-year-old Juraj C., told investigators that he acted alone and had no intention of ...Read more

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US calls on lenders to stop draining funds from poor countries

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The U.S. laid out a broad outline for helping poor nations ease mounting debt burdens and called on sovereign creditors like China to stop draining funds away from such countries, moves Washington says will free up financing for investments in critical sectors like climate adaptation.

The so-called Nairobi-Washington Vision, announced Thursday...Read more

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Four takeaways from UCLA Chancellor Gene Block's testimony on campus antisemitism, protests

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WASHINGTON — UCLA Chancellor Gene Block found himself in the nation’s culture wars hot seat Thursday, interrogated by members of Congress about his handling of complaints of campus antisemitism, amid student protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

For Republican Congress members, the hearing organized by the GOP-led House Committee on Education...Read more

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Why protesters in Taiwan are angry with lawmakers

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Demonstrations are expected across Taiwan Friday in protest against a push by opposition lawmakers to pass a bill that would expand their powers and limit new President Lai Ching-te’s ability to govern in the most dangerous flashpoint in U.S.-China ties.

The changes would tighten parliament’s oversight of Lai’s government by expanding ...Read more

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San Jose: Child exorcism death case headed to trial

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SAN JOSE — A judge has upheld child abuse charges in the notorious exorcism death of a 3-year-old girl at a small San Jose church in 2021, paving the way for the victim’s mother and two other close relatives to stand trial, court records show.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Hanley Chew issued a ruling May 13 in which Claudia ...Read more

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Zelenskyy set to attend G7 leaders meeting in fresh push for aid

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will attend June’s meeting of Group of 7 leaders, people familiar with the matter said, as he pushes countries for longer-range weapons that will allow his forces to attack Russia inside its borders.

Zelenskyy will join President Joe Biden and the other members of the G-7 when they gather in southern ...Read more

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Police arrest 8 pro-Palestine protesters who blocked entrance to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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Police arrested eight Pro-Palestine protesters blocking an entrance to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Thursday, the university told the the San Luis Obispo Tribune after the demonstration.

At least one Cal Poly faculty member was detained, according to witnesses.

At about 7:30 a.m., a handful of people set up wooden barricades in the crosswalk of...Read more

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'A really scary feeling': Private security company accused of using force against UCLA protesters

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LOS ANGELES — When authorities launched the first of many flash-bang-style devices early on the morning of May 2, it shattered the relative calm of UCLA's pro-Palestinian encampment and drove a stream of protesters running toward makeshift barricades that blocked the exits.

Two students said they witnessed a student protester standing near ...Read more

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With antisemitism surging in NYC, 8th graders to learn more about Holocaust

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All eighth-graders in New York City public schools will have the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust through field trips to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in lower Manhattan, as city officials grapple with growing antisemitism during the Israel-Hamas war, they announced Thursday.

The program was spearheaded by Councilwoman Julie Menin, D-...Read more

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Burglars beware: Police are using 'bait houses' in this wealthy California town

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Next time burglars hit a house in Atherton, they may be walking into a trap and a quick trip to jail.

Faced with an uptick in residential burglaries, police in the wealthy Northern California town decided this year to try an unusual tactic: the "Bait House Program."

"We don't want to do nothing and just let it happen," said Cmdr. Daniel Larsen...Read more

Florida priest bites woman who grabbed communion wafers

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A Catholic priest saying Mass in St. Cloud bit a woman as she grabbed Holy Communion wafers from him, and the Diocese of Orlando defended his actions Thursday as an attempt “to prevent an act of desecration.”

St. Cloud police arrived Sunday afternoon at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church to speak with Father Fidel ...Read more

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Record 2.5 million Floridians will travel for Memorial Day weekend, AAA predicts

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MIAMI — A record-setting 2.5 million Floridians plan to hit the road or airport for the long holiday weekend, according to a travel forecast from AAA.

That’s 126,500 more holiday travelers than the previous record set last year. The club projects 2.3 million Florida travelers will journey 50 miles or more in a car, while more than 224,000 ...Read more

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Virginia dog climbs tree chasing cat -- really -- but has to be rescued

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Tator the hound can climb trees, if properly motivated. Tator is not nearly as good at getting down.

Virginia's Newport News Animal Welfare Division received a call about Tator around 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2024. The bluetick coonhound was stuck about 20 feet up a tree, not far from the cat he had been chasing. Tator chased Boris the cat ...Read more

NC budget talks stall. Senate leader blames too much 'pork' spending sought by House

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Republicans at the North Carolina General Assembly are at an impasse in this year’s budget talks.

The reason?

According to Senate leader Phil Berger: “Pork.”

Berger told reporters after Thursday’s Senate session that the House wants to spend $1 billion from the state’s reserves on earmarks. He does not want to do...Read more

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Biden nominates longtime public defender for U.S. court in Philly in race to confirm more judges than Trump

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A longtime public defender is President Joe Biden’s latest pick to fill a federal judicial vacancy in Philadelphia as he races to surpass Donald Trumps’ record for confirming judges before the end of his first term.

The White House announced the nomination of Catherine Henry — who has spent nearly 30 years defending clients who cannot ...Read more