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Calls for better safety measures came after the Surfside tragedy. Here are the changes so far

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Four months after the Surfside condo building collapse, Florida is just getting started on the long path toward shoring up its building laws to ensure people stay safe.

Contractors have moved to improve old buildings across South Florida. Inspectors have evacuated residents from their deteriorating apartments for safety. New databases were ...Read more

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Former USC dean pleads not guilty in LA councilman bribery case

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LOS ANGELES — The former University of Southern California dean who is accused of paying bribes to secure millions of dollars in Los Angeles County contracts for the university pleaded not guilty Monday to federal criminal charges in the latest scandal to hit USC.

Marilyn Louise Flynn, 83, was dean of USC’s School of Social Work when she ...Read more

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Genealogy data helps authorities identify 1 of 6 unidentified victims of Gacy

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CHICAGO — The man formerly known to investigators as Gacy victim No. 5 finally has a name thanks to advances in DNA testing and analysis.

Genealogy information helped Cook County investigators identify a young North Carolina native as one of the unidentified victims of John Wayne Gacy. Francis Wayne Alexander disappeared between February 1976...Read more

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Jury selection in Ahmaud Arbery murder case crawls into 2nd week

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — One prospective juror said he believes racial stereotyping played a role in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Another, who worked in law enforcement, said the three men charged in the 25-year-old’s death should have waited for the cops.

Both men said they could be impartial if they’re chosen for the high-profile trial.

But ...Read more

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NY Gov. Hochul follows through on post-Cuomo promises to address harassment in state offices

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul says she’s making good on her promise to turn the page from the Cuomo era and root out harassment and discrimination in state government.

State workers will be required to take a new live training program as a way to guard against inappropriate behavior and bullying and an independent law firm will be free ...Read more

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Chicago is 'rat capital' for 7th straight year, New York finishes 3rd

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The Bulls had a good run, but the rats are unstoppable.

Chicago has been rated No. 1 on Orkin’s Top 50 Rattiest Cities List for the seventh straight year. That’s likely an unwanted honor for the city also known for its Michael Jordan-led basketball team’s six NBA championship wins over an eight-year period.

The pest-control company’s ...Read more

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Hurricane center increases odds for formation of disturbance off US coast

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ORLANDO, Fla. — It may be getting cooler, but there are still 36 days left in the Atlantic hurricane season, and experts are watching an area of disturbance that could produce the next named storm of the year.

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring the U.S. East Coast, where late Monday a gale area was located about 100 miles southeast ...Read more

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Feed people to animals to rebalance Earth, jokes Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson’s discussion with children about climate change took a strange turn on Monday when he cracked a joke about feeding people to animals to rebalance the planet.

The U.K. prime minister was sitting alongside Tanya Steele, chief executive of conservation organization WWF UK, who had just spoken of the need to “bring nature back.”...Read more

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Search warrant reveals grim details of 'Rust' shooting and Halyna Hutchins' final minutes

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Actor Alec Baldwin was practicing removing a revolver from its holster and aiming toward the camera during rehearsal for the movie “Rust” when director Joel Souza heard “what sounded like a whip and then a loud pop,” according to a search warrant that provided grim new details about the final minutes of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’...Read more

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US House passes measure awarding Congressional Gold Medal to 13 service members killed in Kabul

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation by voice vote Monday evening that would posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 American service members killed in the August suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The measure, introduced by Republican freshman Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan. Bruce Township, has ...Read more

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California rainstorm moves south, forcing flood advisories, after setting records in the north

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LOS ANGELES — The powerful storm that walloped Northern California over the weekend moved into Southern California on Monday, bringing with it the potential for localized flooding, strong winds and debris flows across the region.

Los Angeles County was under a flood advisory, officials said, as periodic heavy rain could swamp roadways and ...Read more

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Protest against vaccine mandate clogs Brooklyn Bridge as Friday deadline looms

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NEW YORK — Hundreds of flag-toting protesters — including active-duty members of the NYPD and FDNY — brought morning traffic to a standstill as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s forthcoming coronavirus vaccine mandate for all city workers.

The mandate, which takes effect this Friday at 5...Read more

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2 killed, 4 injured in shooting at Boise, idaho, mall; suspect in custody

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BOISE, Idaho — Boise police have confirmed that two people were killed and four others were injured, including a police officer, in a shooting at the Boise Towne Square mall on Monday afternoon.

The unnamed gunman was injured during an exchange of fire with police and is in critical condition, Boise police announced Monday evening.

At a news...Read more

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All 11 African lions at Denver Zoo test positive for COVID-19

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — All 11 of the African lions living at the Denver Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, the zoo announced Monday.

The lions were tested for the virus after they began exhibiting symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, lethargy and nasal discharge, the zoo...Read more

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Georgetown's former tennis coach pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

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Georgetown University’s former head tennis coach pleaded guilty to taking more than $3.4 million in bribes to designate at least 19 students phony athletic recruits as part of the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal.

Gordon Ernst on Monday admitted he solicited and received payments from the scheme’s admitted mastermind, William ...Read more

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3 found dead in Newport Beach, Calif., home in possible drug overdose

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LOS ANGELES — Police are investigating whether illegal drugs played a role in the deaths of three people who were found inside a home on Balboa Island in Newport Beach early Monday.

A man at a home in the 100 block of Diamond Avenue, just steps from Newport Harbor, called police at 8:23 a.m. Pacific time to report that he and three other ...Read more

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US issues new pandemic travel rules for vaccination, testing

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The Biden administration issued new rules for travelers to the U.S. on Monday, requiring proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in addition to a recent negative test for the virus.

People from countries with low supplies of vaccines who aren’t traveling on tourist visas, and those under 18, will be exempt from the vaccine requirement, ...Read more

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Search warrant reveals grim details of 'Rust' shooting and Halyna Hutchins' final minutes

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Actor Alec Baldwin was practicing removing a revolver from its holster and aiming toward the camera during rehearsal for the movie “Rust” when director Joel Souza heard “what sounded like a whip and then a loud pop,” according to a search warrant that provided grim new details about the final minutes of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’...Read more

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6 injured in mall shooting, including Boise, Idaho, police officer; suspect in custody

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BOISE, Idaho — The Boise Police Department said in a tweet that six people, including a police officer, were injured in a mass shooting at the Boise Towne Square mall on Monday afternoon.

Police said on Twitter shortly before 2:15 p.m. Mountain time Monday that officers were responding to reports of shots fired at the mall on Milwaukee Street...Read more

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2 killed, 4 injured in shooting at Boise, idaho, mall; suspect in custody

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BOISE, Idaho — Boise police have confirmed that two people were killed and four others were injured, including a police officer, in a shooting at the Boise Towne Square mall on Monday afternoon.

At a news conference, Boise Police Department Chief Ryan Lee said that a Boise police officer was among the injured, and stressed that the ...Read more