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Search for 2 of 4 escaped inmates continues in Louisiana

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A search continued in Louisiana on Tuesday after a group of inmates, several of them arrested in connection with a homicide, busted out of jail over the weekend.

Omarion Hookfin, 19; Avery Guidry, 19; Jamarcus Cyprian, 20; and Travon Johnson, 21, all escaped through a weak spot in the chain link fence circling Tangipahoa Parish Jail, Chief ...Read more

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Israel's invasion of Rafah reaches center of town, AFP reports say

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Israeli tanks have reached the heart of Rafah, according to AFP, a sign the military could be nearing its goal of taking full control of the southern Gazan city.

Residents reported clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces in the center of town on Tuesday, AFP said, suggesting troops have advanced beyond their initial incursions in the ...Read more

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2 Missouri lawmakers have shown up at the Trump trial in New York. Here's why

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Burlison wasn’t expected back in Congress until Tuesday. His wife and kids were flying to visit family.

So on a Sunday night, he took a late flight from Missouri to New York City, arrived after midnight, donned his navy suit and red tie so he could stand behind President Donald Trump as he stands trial over whether ...Read more

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues clashing with Illinois Senate over parole board

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate and Gov. J.B. Pritzker remain divided over changes to the state’s embattled parole board, even as the Democratic-controlled legislature and the Democratic governor move toward a belated state budget deal.

Over opposition from the governor’s office, Senate Democrats, joined by their Republican colleagues, ...Read more

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SpaceX launch marks 40th for the Space Coast

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SpaceX sent up the 40th rocket launch from the Space Coast on Tuesday morning.

A Falcon 9 carrying 23 Starlink satellites lifted off at 10:24 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40. The launch was delayed from Monday, but SpaceX did not give a reason for why they stood down from that attempt.

The first-stage ...Read more

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Taiwan lawmakers pass bill to curb president's powers

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Taiwan lawmakers passed legislation that could curb the authority of newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te as thousands of protesters gathered outside parliament to oppose the changes.

The legislature passed the controversial measure Tuesday afternoon following a day of raucous debates and scuffles between Lai’s ruling Democratic ...Read more

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Israel's invasion of Rafah reaches center of town, army says

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Israeli tanks have reached the center of Rafah, a sign the military could be nearing its goal of taking full control of the southern Gazan city.

Residents reported clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces in the center of town on Tuesday, AFP said, suggesting troops have advanced beyond their initial incursions in the outskirts. An Israeli ...Read more

Trump lawyer tells hush money trial jury he's innocent, 'cannot convict' based on Michael Cohen testimony

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s defense lawyer asked a Manhattan jury not to convict his client based on the words of Michael Cohen as closing arguments commenced Tuesday at the former president’s hush money trial.

“You should want and expect more than the testimony of Michael Cohen,” Todd Blanche said as he began his summation, rattling ...Read more

Denver's Urban Peak is nearly ready to open larger youth homeless shelter, despite $2 million setback

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DENVER — The mission of a new 60,000-square-foot, 136-bed shelter for homeless youth in south Denver is evident in its layout, which on two floors features dormitory-style transitional housing divided into six “neighborhoods.”

Young people with shared experiences and needs will live together in clusters at Urban Peak’s shelter on South ...Read more

CTA could provide up to 250 buses for use during the DNC. Will that leave enough for regular bus service?

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CHICAGO — The CTA has committed to providing as many as 250 buses for use during the Democratic National Convention this summer, even though the agency has faced staff shortages that led to service cuts in recent years.

The head of the union that represents bus drivers says he anticipates having enough staffing for both the DNC and regular ...Read more

Israeli tanks have reached the center of Rafah, AFP reports say

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Israeli tanks have reached the center of Rafah in southern Gaza, AFP reported, citing witnesses.

Residents said there were clashes between Israel and Hamas’s forces in the middle of the city, AFP said.

The move comes around three weeks after Israel started urging Palestinian civilians to leave Rafah and began pushing troops to its ...Read more

Double lung transplants weren't typically recommended for lung cancer patients. But a new technique developed at Northwestern has been successful.

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CHICAGO — For decades, double lung transplants were not considered a viable option for treating lung cancer.

“It had been done, but it had always failed,” said Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Medicine. “When you took out the lungs, the cancer cells would spread to the rest of the body, and it would come back a ...Read more

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Taiwan lawmakers pass bill to curb president's powers

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Taiwan lawmakers passed legislation that could curb the authority of newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te as thousands of protesters gathered outside parliament to oppose the changes.

The legislature passed the controversial measure Tuesday afternoon following a day of raucous debates and scuffles between Lai’s ruling Democratic ...Read more

COVID is rising in California. Here's how to protect yourself from FLiRT subvariants

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There are growing signs of an uptick in COVID-19 in California thanks to the new FLiRT subvariants.

It's far too early to know if FLiRT will be a major change in the COVID picture, and so far the impacts have been small.

But health officials are taking note and are urging Californians — especially those at risk — to be prepared.

Here's ...Read more

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Spain, Norway, Ireland to formally recognize Palestinian state

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Spain, Norway and Ireland are set to recognize a Palestinian state on Tuesday, deepening diplomatic tensions with Israel as the war in Gaza rages.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Spain’s plans in a speech ahead of a Cabinet meeting to approve the recognition. “I call for an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza and the release “of all ...Read more

Iran’s intervention in Sudan’s civil war advances its geopolitical goals − but not without risks

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Iran’s role in funding and arming proxy groups in the Middle East has been well documented and has gotten extra attention since the Hamas-led attack in Israel in October 2023. Similarly, Tehran’s arms shipments to Russia are well known and have prompted complaints and sanctions from the West.

But Tehran has received little ...Read more

2 knights, 1 horse − how a legendary Knights Templar symbol has puzzled and fascinated since the Middle Ages

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The Knights Templar, a legendary monastic military order forged in the fires of the Crusades, continue to enthrall 21st-century audiences.

From the time of their founding in 1119 C.E. to their dissolution in 1312 C.E., the Templars’ mission was to defend Christian kingdoms in the Holy Land against the various Muslim powers that ...Read more

For American Jews, interfaith weddings are a new normal – and creatively weave both traditions together

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More than 10 years ago, I attended a college friend’s wedding in New York City.

My friend is Muslim, her husband Jewish. They were married under a Jewish wedding canopy made from the groom’s bar mitzvah prayer shawl – which, his mother announced to the assembled guests, had been made in India, the bride’s parents’ country of...Read more

Quick adoption in 34 states of Erin’s Law to prevent child abuse shows power of one individual to make policy

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Policymaking, a process by which governments make decisions about how to address social issues, is shaped by various factors, such as the political climate, socioeconomic conditions and cultural and historical backgrounds.

Some factors are obvious, others not. Often, policy is made by groups of people working together – advocates, ...Read more

Americans break election ties in crazy ways − and jeopardize democracy in the process

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Commentators and observers are concerned about the possibility of a tie in the November 2024 presidential election. One possibility is that both major-party candidates end up with 269 electoral votes – one short of the 270 required to claim victory. Another scenario is that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who appears to be attracting significant ...Read more