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Secret retreats and a powerful 'cabal': Corruption probe reveals who really runs Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — A year and a half ago, two power brokers in Anaheim discussed a critical question on the phone: Who should they invite to a secretive gathering of Anaheim business leaders, consultants and politicians?

It would be a “retreat” at a local hotel, and one of them described their small group as a “cabal.” Attendance would...Read more

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Man shot on light-rail platform marks 3rd homicide in St. Paul in 6-hour span

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A man was killed on a downtown St. Paul light-rail platform early Friday, the third homicide in the city in a six-hour span.

The homicides were unrelated — a man was found dead in the street in the North End on Thursday night and another man died early Friday after he was shot during a domestic dispute in Frogtown.

The ...Read more

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Crumbleys want some evidence barred from Oxford shooting trial

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PONTIAC, Mich. — The pending trial for parents of the accused Oxford High shooter is five months away but their attorneys are compiling lists of objectionable evidence they want excluded from the trial they say will taint jurors' views and violate their clients' constitutional rights.

In the filing, it was revealed that accused shooter Ethan ...Read more

'All of a sudden, shots went off': 2 dead, 8 wounded in shooting outside Chicago McDonald's, CTA station on Near North Side, police and witnesses say

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CHICAGO — A mass shooting that started with a brawl among a group of teens has left two people dead and eight wounded late Thursday, blocks from the Magnificent Mile, according to Chicago police, who say they have one person in custody.

An additional victim had suffered burns, possibly from being injured on the nearby CTA Red Line subway, ...Read more

Residents of 22 Michigan counties should wear masks inside, CDC advises

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DETROIT — The residents of 22 Michigan counties should wear masks while inside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises, up from 16 counties a week prior.

That includes Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties for the second week in a row, new data shows, as well as several new counties in the Upper Peninsula that previously were at ...Read more

Oxford High seniors celebrate bittersweet graduation: 'We have held each other up'

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CLARKSTON, Mich. — In the months after the Oxford High shooting, supporters often returned to an inspirational mantra: "Oxford strong."

They touted the resiliency of the students, staff and families proudly called members of the Oxford Wildcat family.

In addressing the graduating class of 2022 on Thursday night, senior speaker Kylie Ossege, ...Read more

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After plane crashes and close calls, pressure mounts to close this LA airport

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LOS ANGELES — The day the plane fell from the sky, Eva Avalos was sipping coffee under her Mulberry tree.

Metal flashed in the corner of her eye as the Cessna 182 hit the ground in front of her house and exploded. The tree went up in flames and the heat singed her hair. Her two dogs vanished. She ran to the back of the house with her grandson...Read more

As Mexico hits grim milestone, families of the 'disappeared' seek to be heard

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MEXICO CITY — Families took to WhatsApp to quietly spread word about the demonstration they were planning.

They met on a recent Sunday in Mexico City, gathering at a roundabout on Paseo de la Reforma, the capital's signature boulevard.

A tree that had stood in the traffic circle, the Glorieta de la Palma, for a century had recently been ...Read more

Russian bombardment has turned Ukraine's Donbas into 'hell,' Zelenskyy says

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KYIV, Ukraine — With its grip tightened along the southern coast, Russia redoubled its assault on Ukraine’s Donbas region Friday, turning parts of the country’s eastern industrial heartland into “hell,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

At least a dozen people were killed and scores of homes destroyed in the area of Severodonetsk, ...Read more

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This militia patrols the border, stops migrants and shoots video of children. Civil rights groups say they're racist

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EAGLE PASS, Texas — The armed militia arrived at the Rio Grande after dark and headed toward a group of 29 migrants who had illegally crossed the river.

The migrants had already been stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, constables and National Guard troops. Under a spotlight, they huddled against a security fence, awaiting a Border ...Read more

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Rural California hatches plan for engineered mosquitoes to battle stealthy predator

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VISALIA, Calif. — Bryan Ruiz moved his family into a newly built home in this Central Valley farming center seven months ago and almost immediately found they were under assault.

Mosquitoes bit and harassed them in broad daylight. He looked around, trying to find a water source where they were breeding, and noticed a freshly dug pipe, meant ...Read more

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Armadillos have arrived in downstate Illinois and are heading north

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CHICAGO — Every now and then the Illinois Department of Natural Resources puts out a public request for sightings of armadillos, anywhere in the state: Folks, if you see something, say something. And periodically, yes, they do get a handful of reports of armadillos, scattered here and there. But when they asked again in February, they received...Read more

Martha Asencio Rhine/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

Former Scientologist called police. When that went nowhere, she sued

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TAMPA, Fla. — Before she sued the Church of Scientology last month for allegedly trafficking her as a child, Valeska Paris, 44, tried to pursue criminal charges.

She filed a 32-page affidavit in September 2019 with the Clearwater Police Department alleging forced labor and sexual abuse as a child in England, a teenager in Clearwater and as a ...Read more

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Wildlife officials truck Chinook salmon to cooler waters in emergency move to help them spawn

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In a stopgap measure to help struggling spring- and winter-run Chinook salmon spawn in the face of rising water temperatures and lower water levels due to climate change, state and federal wildlife officials in Northern California have begun trucking adult fish to cooler waters.

The spring- and winter-run salmon are genetically different, with ...Read more

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Boris Johnson avoids more fines as police end 'Partygate' probe

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LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t be fined again for breaking coronavirus regulations after UK police concluded a probe into rule-breaking gatherings during lockdown, a major boost for the prime minister after months of turmoil.

London’s Metropolitan Police said Thursday it has made a total of 126 referrals for fines as part of ...Read more

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Canada bans Huawei from 5G, ending years-long impasse

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government joined Canada’s closest intelligence allies in banning Huawei Technologies Co. from fifth-generation wireless networks.

The Chinese state-championed telecommunications firm poses a threat to Canada’s national security, Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Thursday, confirming an ...Read more

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Missouri school board bans another library book for sexual content

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ST. LOUIS — Months after causing a national uproar with its first book ban, the Wentzville School Board voted Thursday to yank another acclaimed book from school libraries.

The board agreed with a review committee's recommendation to pull the comic memoir "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, citing graphic illustrations of sexual activity. The vote ...Read more

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Griffin's Citadel nears tipping point on Chicago exit over crime

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Billionaire Ken Griffin is reaching a tipping point with Chicago, the home to his market maker and hedge fund business, as the city wrestles with rising crime.

“We’re getting to the point that if things don’t change, we’re gone,” Griffin, who founded both the hedge fund Citadel and the market-making business Citadel Securities, said ...Read more

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Michigan House OKs bill to address rules on Oxford attendance, testing after shooting

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan House on Thursday passed a $6.8 million supplemental spending bill that attempts to resolve lingering questions over Oxford Community Schools' ability to end the school year June 10 without fear of reprisal for not meeting state school day requirements.

The bill, which passed on a unanimous vote, encourages the ...Read more

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New California gun safety laws for movie sets after 'Rust' shooting hobbled by Legislature

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Two bills on gun safety on film sets in California in the wake of the deadly shooting on the set of "Rust" last year failed to meet a key deadline in the state Senate on Thursday and were blocked from moving forward.

Both Sen. Dave Cortese's, D-San Jose, Senate Bill 831 and another, more narrowly focused SB 829 backed by state Sen. Anthony ...Read more