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Sheila Jackson Lee, veteran Texas congresswoman, dies at 74

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who introduced legislation to make Juneteenth a national holiday, has died. She was 74.

Her death was announced by her family on Friday night. The statement, which was released by her office, did not include a cause of death, but Jackson Lee said in June that she was being treated for pancreatic cancer.

The ...Read more

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Before attack, Trump shooter searched online for info about Oxford shooter, his parents

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WASHINGTON — The 20-year-old Pennsylvania man who tried to assassinate President Donald Trump last weekend searched online for information about Ethan Crumbley ― who killed four students and wounded seven people at Oxford High School in 2021 ― and about his parents, who were convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced earlier this ...Read more

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Cal Fire: Lawn mower caused massive French fire near Yosemite

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — A lawn mower on dry grass sparked the French Fire that scorched 908 acres and destroyed four homes near Yosemite earlier this month, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire began on July 4 and quickly encroached on the town of Mariposa southwest of Yosemite National Park. In the ...Read more

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In a win for street vendors, LA agrees to lift restrictions and cancel fines

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LOS ANGELES — The city of Los Angeles has settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of street vendors by agreeing to repeal bans on vending near schools and farmers markets and canceling citations issued to vendors for selling in restricted areas, attorneys representing vendors announced Friday.

The lawsuit, which was filed in late 2022, alleged ...Read more

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South LA gang members get decades-long sentences for killing off-duty LAPD officer

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LOS ANGELES — Fernando Arroyos and his girlfriend were looking at homes in Florence-Firestone when they crossed paths with a group of men.

Ernesto Cisneros, Jesse Contreras and Luis De La Rosa Rios were looking for someone to rob. They spotted the chain around the neck of Arroyos, an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer.

Rios ...Read more

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Trump has 'very good' phone call with Ukraine's Zelenskyy

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump had what he called a “very good” telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and again vowed to bring about a deal to end the war with Russia — though without saying how he’d do it.

The two men spoke earlier Friday, Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform. He added that he ...Read more

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Thomas Matthew Crooks' final cellphone search was for porn before shooting Trump, report says

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Thomas Matthew Crooks’ final internet search on his cellphone before opening fire on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last Saturday was reportedly for pornography, according to the Daily Beast.

A senior law enforcement source told the outlet that online skin flicks were the last thing the 20-year-old gunman viewed before ...Read more

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Driver fleeing car collision on Bay Bridge jumps off railing -- and survives

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In a scene one might expect to see in a movie, a man trying to escape his involvement in a car wreck on the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco Thursday climbed onto the railing and jumped, the California Highway Patrol said.

The man had been involved in a two-car crash on eastbound Interstate 80 around 2 p.m., said CHP spokesperson ...Read more

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Hulk Hogan rips off his shirt during fiery RNC speech: 'Let Trumpamania run wild'

Hulk Hogan's wrestling days may be behind him, but the all-American persona he brought to the ring is going strong.

The six-time World Wrestling Entertainment champion took the stage Thursday at the Republican National Convention to endorse former President ...Read more

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Travel chaos mounts as airlines resume flights after outage

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Thousands of delayed and canceled flights piled up Friday as airlines slowly resumed flying after a widespread global software meltdown, with disruptions set to cascade through the weekend.

Carriers such as United Airlines Holdings Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and American Airlines Group Inc. have resumed operations and issued travel waivers to ...Read more

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Hundreds gather to say goodbye to former fire chief killed at Pennsylvania Trump rally

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PITTSBURGH — Those passing through the rural village of Cabot on Friday morning might have thought there was a parade. Crowds adorned in patriotic attire sat in lawn chairs lining the streets, waving American flags and cheering at the dozens of bright, red fire trucks that sounded through the streets.

It was a procession, not a parade. And, ...Read more

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New details in murder case surrounding baby Winter's fentanyl death

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Drugs dominated the world of little Winter Rayo’s parents and their housemates.

That came through in text messages they sent one another, read in Santa Clara County Superior Court this week where a preliminary hearing was underway to determine whether her father Derek Rayo and two housemates must stand trial on murder charges for Winter’s ...Read more

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Bay Area airports, courts hit hard by global tech outage, hospitals impacted, but remain open

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Bay Area hospitals experienced trouble Friday following a global technology outage that also grounded major airlines, toppled bank systems and disrupted courts, media outlets and businesses.

While all Kaiser Permanente hospitals and medical offices remain open to patients, the health care system is still working to restore several affected ...Read more

Survivors of child marriage hold 'chain-in' protest outside Bay Area lawmaker's office

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Gowned in white wedding dresses and veils — and with metal chains wrapped around their wrists — around 20 survivors of child marriage gathered outside Assemblymember Ash Kalra’s office Thursday morning to ask him to schedule a hearing date for a bill that would set the minimum marriage age to 18.

“Kalra, Kalra, be ...Read more

Prosecutors seek trial in Supreme Court assassination plot case

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge in Maryland to move forward with the trial of a man accused of plotting to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Federal prosecutors said in a court filing they have not been able to agree upon the terms for a pretrial resolution of the case in discussions with ...Read more

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Harvey Weinstein's do-over NYC rape trial tentatively set for Nov. 12

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NEW YORK — A Manhattan judge tentatively set a trial date for Manhattan prosecutors’ do-over against Harvey Weinstein on rape and sexual assault charges.

State Supreme Court Justice Curtis Farber on Friday estimated jury selection would begin on Nov. 12, and the final pretrial conference would proceed the week before. Weinstein’s lawyers ...Read more

Thomas Matthew Crooks' final cellphone search was for porn before shooting Trump: report

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Thomas Matthew Crooks’ final internet search on his cellphone was reportedly for pornography before opening fire on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last Saturday, according to the Daily Beast.

A senior law enforcement source told the outlet that online skin flicks were the last thing the 20-year-old gunman viewed before ...Read more

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Vodou ritual with candles on migrant boat sets off explosion, kills 40 Haitians at sea

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A Vodou ceremony aboard a boat filled with desperate Haitian migrants seeking a safe landing ended in tragedy after candles and matches used in the ritual set gasoline-filled drums on fire, setting off an explosion that killed at least 40 people.

The tragedy unfolded around 3 a.m. Wednesday off the coast of Labadie in northern Haiti. The boat ...Read more

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150 geese were a 'nuisance' in this Kansas City suburb. So homeowners had them killed

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The summer days have turned quieter — all too quiet for some — at Lake Waukomis, the tiny waterside town just north of Kansas City. And there is a honking good explanation:

All their geese are dead.

OK, not all. There’s still about 30 left. But in June, 150 Canada geese — deemed by the lake’s homeowners ...Read more

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Thomas Matthew Crooks' final cellphone search was for porn before shooting Trump, report says

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Thomas Matthew Crooks’ final internet search on his cellphone was reportedly for pornography before opening fire on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last Saturday, according to the Daily Beast.

A senior law enforcement source told the outlet that online skin flicks were the last thing the 20-year-old gunman viewed before ...Read more