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Former President George W. Bush, at Florida Atlantic University, weighs in on 2024 election and Israel-Hamas war

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Former President George W. Bush intends to vote in the 2024 presidential election, but he might write in the name of his brother, Jeb Bush — or his late Scottish terrier, Barney.

Though joking, Bush echoed a concern many Americans cite about two of the prospective candidates: their age.

“I predict that most Americans ...Read more

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Dumped body parts, a missing couple, abandoned kids: Mystery, horror surround Los Angeles case

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LOS ANGELES — Yanqing Wang had a bad feeling.

He had not heard from his sister in days, and his calls were going unanswered. Then, he went to her WeChat social media profile and discovered that all her friends and photos, dating back 10 years, had been deleted.

Where was she? What was going on?

Wang got the grim news a day later, on Nov. 8....Read more

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California jet pilot indicted over in-flight sabotage incident, but not for attempted murder

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A grand jury in Oregon indicted a San Francisco Bay Area pilot for Alaska Airlines on charges of endangering an aircraft and recklessly endangering others over an October incident in which he allegedly tried to shut off the plane’s engines that led to an emergency diversion to Portland International Airport, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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Ben Crump announces intent to sue Georgia deputy who shot exonerated Florida man

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Leonard Cure’s family said they lost their son and their brother twice — both times at the hands of those who enforce the law.

The first time they lost Cure was about 20 years ago, his mother Mary Cure said Tuesday, when he was convicted of an armed robbery and spent over 16 years of his life in prison for it, only to be found innocent and ...Read more

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Disneyland increases security at parking structures after third suicide

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Disneyland has increased security and preventative measures at its parking structures after the third death by suicide in less than a year at the garage complex where thousands of visitors enter and exit the Anaheim, California, theme park every day.

“In an effort to deter this type of tragedy, we have long had multilayered security protocols...Read more

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US diplomat's arrest on suspicions of being an agent of Cuba rattles US intelligence community

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A high-ranking American diplomat who once served at the U.S. mission in Havana appears to have been a spy for Cuba during one of the worst diplomatic crises in years between the two countries.

Manuel Rocha, a former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia who has been arrested in Miami and charged with secretly working for Cuba as a covert agent, was a ...Read more

Parasitic creature -- with unique teeth -- found in forests of Asia. It's a new species

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In a forest in southern China, a parasitic creature flew through the air. Suddenly, a net enveloped the animal. Scientists looked at their successful catch — and discovered a new species.

Equipped with bug-catching nets, researchers ventured into a forest in Guangzhou in 2022, according to a study published Dec. 1 in the European Journal of ...Read more


New St. Louis prosecutor will revive unit to review wrongful conviction claims

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ST. LOUIS — The city's top prosecutor announced Tuesday that his office will revive an effort to review cases where people claim they were wrongfully convicted, and it already has three investigations in the works.

Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore said the Conviction Integrity Unit, which will be led by former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice ...Read more

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Counsel appointed for DUI suspect accused of killing Nevada Highway Patrol troopers

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LAS VEGAS — A man accused of a DUI crash that killed two Nevada Highway Patrol troopers appeared in court again on Tuesday morning.

Jemarcus Williams, 46, has been charged with two counts each of DUI, failing to stop at the scene of a crash, reckless driving resulting in death, plus misdemeanor charges of speeding, failing to properly ...Read more

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Haitian American becomes first US citizen to plead guilty in plot to kill Haiti's president

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A Haitian-American man from South Florida Tuesday became the first U.S. citizen to plead guilty to conspiring to kill Haiti’s president, admitting that he attended key meetings to carry out the assassination more than two years ago.

In doing so, Joseph Vincent also became the fourth of 11 defendants charged in the Miami federal case to accept...Read more

Families sue Dollar General after 3 killed in racist shooting at Florida store

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Months after three people were killed in a racially motivated shooting inside a Jacksonville, Florida, Dollar General, the families of the victims have filed a lawsuit against the store, saying it acts as a ”criminal’s safe haven” in the community.

The lawsuit, filed Dec. 4 in Florida state court, said Dollar General failed to provide a ...Read more

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Is the Missouri House violating transparency requirements? Appeals court will decide

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri appeals court is weighing whether a Missouri House rule allowing lawmakers to keep some documents secret violates a constitutional amendment approved by voters.

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District held oral arguments on Tuesday over House Rule 126, which says legislators can “keep constituent case ...Read more

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker won't proceed with Chicago migrant camp because of environmental concerns

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CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration moved to officially scrap Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to build a migrant camp on a controversial Southwest Side lot, the state announced Tuesday morning while issuing a scathing rebuke of the city’s evaluation of the land’s potential environmental hazards.

In a statement, Pritzker’s ...Read more

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Sacramento DA accuses city of allowing homeless to pollute waterways, endangering health

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three months after suing the city of Sacramento over its response to the homeless crisis, Sacramento County District Attorney Thien Ho is accusing city officials of allowing homeless camps to pollute area waterways and endanger public health.

In a 48-page amended lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court, the D.A...Read more

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Could a monthly treatment prevent fentanyl overdoses? Scientists are working on it

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LOS ANGELES — Scientists have developed an antibody treatment that shows promise in blocking the potentially deadly effects of fentanyl for nearly a month, raising hopes for a new tool to combat overdoses.

Tests in animals found that the treatment could effectively block the effects of fentanyl, laying the groundwork for assessing whether the...Read more

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Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker unveils a 'roundtable' of top Democrats from Philly, Harrisburg, and Washington

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Mayor-elected Cherelle Parker on Tuesday unveiled what she’s calling her “intergovernmental roundtable,” an advisory board made up of top Democrats in local, state, and federal government.

Standing alongside the group of two dozen lawmakers, Parker said during a news conference in City Hall that the ...Read more

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House Speaker Mike Johnson plans Biden impeachment inquiry vote next week

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Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson is planning to ask lawmakers to vote next week to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry aimed at President Biden even though there is scant evidence of any wrongdoing.

The right-wing leader Tuesday said the vote is needed to allow investigators to gather more evidence about supposed misdeeds tied to ...Read more

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Supreme Court airs caution on limiting congressional tax power

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WASHINGTON — Most of the Supreme Court expressed skepticism Tuesday about a challenge to the constitutionality of a 2017 tax provision that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. tax code.

The justices focused on those potential consequences through much of the two-hour oral arguments in the case, in which Charles and Kathleen Moore ...Read more

NYC Mayor Adams to meet with White House on migrants issue a month after canceling amid FBI raid of campaign fundraiser

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams is set to travel back to the nation’s capitol this Thursday to discuss the migrant crisis, a month after he abruptly canceled his meeting with White House officials the same day the FBI raided his campaign fundraiser’s Brooklyn home.

The mayor is expected to take part in a “series of meetings” to discuss �...Read more

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Trump sought power 'at any cost,' DOJ alleges in DC court filing

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has a yearslong pattern of sowing mistrust in U.S. elections and angling “to remain in power at any cost — even in the face of potential violence,” federal prosecutors allege.

In a court filing Tuesday, special counsel John “Jack” Smith’s office detailed a plan to introduce a “historical record” of ...Read more