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Northwestern President Michael Schill to testify before Congress in antisemitism hearing

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CHICAGO — Northwestern University President Michael Schill is scheduled to testify Thursday morning at a congressional hearing titled “Calling for Accountability: Stopping Antisemitic College Choas,” as the elite Big Ten school and others across the country face mounting accusations of fostering climates that are hostile or discriminatory ...Read more

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Tourism district considers $100M in Disney World road upgrades

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As political tensions ease, Florida’s tourism oversight district is considering a nearly $100 million plan to upgrade bridges and roads at the Disney World resort.

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District’s board voted Wednesday to explore issuing bonds for six transportation projects by autumn.

The project list includes the third ...Read more


CDC asks states to amp up flu monitoring this summer to detect 'even rare' bird flu

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A second person in the U.S. — a farmworker in Michigan ― has been infected with bird flu linked to dairy cows, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a nasal swab from the worker in Michigan had tested negative for the H5N1 virus, but an eye swab sent to the agency tested ...Read more

Maryland's teacher workforce is predominantly white. The Blueprint plan aims to diversify

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BALTIMORE — Racial gaps persist between Maryland students and teachers as the workforce continues to be predominantly white, according to demographic data presented at a Maryland State Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

State education officials are prioritizing retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce as a part of the Blueprint ...Read more

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Louisiana abortion drug bill latest front in post-Dobbs fight

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The Louisiana Legislature is close to passing legislation that would classify two drugs used in medication abortion and miscarriage management as “controlled dangerous substances” — a move that has prompted outcry from the Biden campaign and that experts say could have complicated downstream effects.

No state currently classifies either ...Read more

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Florida judge courts controversy after asking lawyer to join her campaign

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A Broward judge facing reelection may have been courting controversy in February when she asked a lawyer appearing in front of her why he did not return her phone call from a month earlier.

The phone call, it turns out, was a voicemail asking attorney Michael Jones to join the reelection campaign committee for Broward Circuit Judge Stefanie ...Read more

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Democrats refer 'big oil' investigation to Justice Department

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WASHINGTON — Senate Budget Chairman Sheldon Whitehouse and House Oversight and Accountability ranking member Jamie Raskin on Wednesday referred their investigation into large oil and gas companies’ past knowledge about the climate impacts of fossil fuels to the Justice Department.

In the referral, Raskin, D-Md., and Whitehouse, D-R.I., ...Read more


CHP stings in Oakland lead to 'significant jump' in arrests, firearms seized

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The California Highway Patrol’s crackdown on crime in Oakland’s streets has now netted several hundred arrests across numerous undercover sting operations, per new state data released Wednesday.

On the orders of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Bay Area division of the state law-enforcement agency has now arrested 355 people, recovered 726 stolen ...Read more


Dozens of people sue Pa. juvenile facilities, saying they were sexually abused by staff

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PHILADELPHIA — More than 60 people who spent time in juvenile placement facilities in Pennsylvania in recent years have filed lawsuits saying they were sexually abused by staffers, with accusations ranging from forcible groping to violent and repeated rapes.

The suits include allegations of abuse at three state-run facilities — Loysville ...Read more

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California bill aims to end school gender notification policies -- and protect teachers

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LOS ANGELES — As lawsuits play out in courts across the state over student privacy when it comes to gender identity, a bill introduced in the California Legislature on Wednesday aims to unilaterally end parental notification policies — and protect teachers caught in the fray.

Assembly member Christopher M. Ward, D-San Diego, is carrying ...Read more

Second US human bird flu infection reported in Michigan

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A Michigan farmworker tested positive with bird flu, the second person to contract the potentially lethal virus that has run rampant in U.S. cattle.

The farmworker experienced mild symptoms in the eye after contact with an infected cow and has since recovered, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Michigan ...Read more

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Analysis: A rift grows in Europe over recognizing Palestinian state

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For decades, western Europe has largely spoken with one voice on the subject of Palestinian statehood. Now cracks are appearing in that consensus.

Ireland, Spain and Norway on Wednesday declared their intention to recognize Palestinian statehood, effective next Tuesday. Previously, only seven of the 27 European Union member states had made such...Read more

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Here's where Colorado's wolves traveled in May -- including closer to some I-70 mountain communties

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DENVER — At least one of Colorado’s 11 wild wolves entered the watershed surrounding Vail in the last month, according to a new map released Wednesday showing where the canines traveled recently.

Wolves also traveled farther south of Interstate 70 into the heart of Summit County, near Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon, between April 23 and ...Read more

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Jim Clyburn says he took his 'eyes off South Carolina' in 2022, vows not to do the same in 2024

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, South Carolina’s highest ranking elected Democrat, says he took his eye off of the Palmetto State in 2022 when Democrats suffered losses in statewide races and in the State House.

But Clyburn says he won’t lose sight of his home state again.

Sitting inside a holding room with refreshments at ...Read more

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John Fetterman, 'hero of Israel,' will receive high honor at Yeshiva commencement

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Yeshiva University will honor Sen. John Fetterman for his staunch support of Israel with a medallion that last year went to the inventor of Israel’s Iron Dome.

The private New York City-based Orthodox Jewish university will honor the Pennsylvania Democrat at its May 29 commencement with the Presidential Medallion, the school’s highest ...Read more

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Northern California man collapses and dies while hiking Mount Shasta

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A 49-year-old man from Northern California's Santa Clara County died last week while hiking Mount Shasta, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said this week.

On May 17, David Lopez of Campbell collapsed while approaching Helen Lake — a broad, flat, snow-covered plateau with a view of the steep incline that begins just above it — with his ...Read more

Second US human bird flu infection reported in Michigan

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A Michigan farmworker tested positive with bird flu, the second human case of the highly pathogenic avian virus that has run rampant in U.S. cattle.

State health officials said Wednesday that the worker had mild symptoms after contact with an infected cow and has recovered. The state reported on Monday that three additional cattle herds had ...Read more

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Michigan AG Dana Nessel's report details abuse allegations against 19 priests in Diocese of Kalamazoo

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DETROIT — Attorney General Dana Nessel released the third of seven reports Wednesday related to a years-long investigation into clergy sexual abuse within Michigan's Catholic dioceses.

The report on the Diocese of Kalamazoo indicated there were 19 priests accused of sexual misconduct between the diocese's founding in 1971 and 2024; 12 of ...Read more

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Scalise lays out ambitious summer appropriations timetable

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WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders have an aggressive plan to pass all of the fiscal 2025 appropriations bills on the floor by the start of the August recess, which they rolled out to members during a Wednesday morning conference meeting.

Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., told Republicans that the chamber will start moving bills on the...Read more

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Congress appoints Army veteran Thomas Austin as new Architect of the Capitol

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WASHINGTON — Thomas Austin, an Army veteran and former director of engineering at Arlington National Cemetery, has been named the new Architect of the Capitol and will assume the role June 24, the congressional commission tasked with filling the position announced Wednesday.

Austin will permanently fill the role that was vacated when ...Read more