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For Haitians, color-coded tickets are key to escape from Border Patrol camp

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DEL RIO, Texas — Pedro Fisime wasn’t given any answers.

Along with his 10-year-old daughter, Reyna, the Haitian migrant, who had spent the last six days in a chaotic and squalid encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande, was simply handed a numbered blue ticket by Border Patrol agents, bused into the border town of Del Rio, given a notice ...Read more

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NYC urges US Supreme Court to uphold local gun control laws

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As it reels from surging gun violence, New York City on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to shoot down a lawsuit seeking to undermine local gun regulations.

In an amicus brief to the nation’s top court, Mayor de Blasio and the city’s top lawyer outlined the need to maintain laws regulating concealed handguns in the five boroughs, detailing...Read more

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Federal judge -- somewhat reluctantly -- upholds California law banning billy clubs

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a California law banning possession of a baton or billy club is constitutional, noting the prohibition's longstanding nature of being on the books for more than a century.

The decision is the latest from U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez, who has been given jurisdiction over ...Read more

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As intelligence probe of 'Havana syndrome' gains momentum, fear grows of escalating attacks

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WASHINGTON — Officials across the U.S. government have grown concerned in recent weeks that suspected sensory attacks against American personnel are escalating as an intelligence probe into the phenomenon known as “Havana syndrome” gains steam.

A panel of experts and scientists has been examining what is causing the suspected attacks for ...Read more

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Missouri AG asks appeals court to block Jackson County judges from hearing Strickland case

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri attorney general's office is appealing a judge's decision to not recuse himself and disqualify other judges in Jackson County from hearing local prosecutors argue Kevin Strickland is innocent.

Earlier this month, Judge Kevin Harrell denied a motion filed by the attorney general that argued Harrell and other ...Read more

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San Jose to apologize to Chinese community for past wrongs

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In May 1887, a deliberately set fire tore through San Jose’s Chinatown on Market Street, destroying homes and businesses and displacing 1,400 people. The fire happened not long after the City Council had declared Chinatown — the second on that site and one of five in the city’s history — to be a public nuisance in the way of plans to ...Read more

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Feds mistakenly free alleged Crips leader they say 'terrorized' a Baltimore neighborhood; he's back in jail

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The alleged leader of a violent Baltimore Crips gang was mistakenly released from federal detention last week and has been recaptured.

Trayvon Hall, 30, who federal prosecutors say led the Baccwest Eight Tray Gangsters in Southwest Baltimore, was serving a three-year sentence for a gun conviction when authorities obtained a racketeering ...Read more

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Military sexual assault cases will be removed from chain of command

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In a move long sought by critics of how the military handles allegations of sexual assaults and harassment, those cases will be removed from the military chain of command and handed over to a new special victims prosecution office by 2027, the Defense Department announced Wednesday.

The change is one of several the Pentagon plans to make based ...Read more

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Female LAFD firefighters face hazing and retaliation, battalion chief testifies

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LOS ANGELES — Female firefighters are being hazed and retaliated against by male firefighters at the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to graphic testimony given to a city commission hearing this week.

LAFD Battalion Chief Kris Larson, president of the Los Angeles Women in the Fire Service, told the LAFD's Board of Fire Commissioners ...Read more

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Alleged Sinaloa cartel boss charged in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — An alleged boss for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel has been charged by a San Diego federal grand jury on accusations of overseeing drug-trafficking operations at the Arizona border, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.

Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela, 52, who goes by the nicknames "Gigio" and "Yiyo," was indicted in 2018 and ...Read more

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Trump's lawsuit against New York Times and his niece is a 'stunt,' her lawyer says

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump over an award-winning investigative report on his tax avoidance — for which she provided crucial documents — is just the former president’s “latest stunt,” her lawyer said.

Donald Trump accused Mary Trump and the Times in the lawsuit of ...Read more

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Federal judge dismisses Strauss abuse cases against Ohio State, citing statute of limitations

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A federal court judge has dismissed all outstanding lawsuits against Ohio State University over its handling of sexual abuse allegations against former university doctor Richard Strauss.

Judge Michael H. Watson issued an opinion late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Columbus granting Ohio State's motion to close the case, saying plaintiffs ...Read more

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Florida lawmaker proposes Texas-style fetal heartbeat abortion law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Republican state lawmaker has filed legislation that would create Texas-style abortion restrictions in Florida allowing anyone to sue abortion providers or any person who helps someone get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The bill, filed Wednesday by state Rep. Webster Barnaby of Deltona would create ...Read more

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South Carolina Supreme Court issues ruling on Heritage Act, calling part of it an 'overreach'

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday a section of the Heritage Act, a controversial law protecting monuments and statues, that requires a supermajority vote to change by the Legislature is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous opinion, the justices wrote that the lawmakers who initially passed the Heritage Act in 2000 ...Read more

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Trump’s lawsuit against NY Times, niece is a ‘stunt,’ her lawyer says

Former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against The New York Times and his niece over an investigative report on his tax avoidance for which she provided documents is just his “latest stunt,” her lawyer said.

The suit, which accuses Mary Trump and The Times of ...Read more

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Older, at-risk Americans can receive Pfizer booster, FDA says

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WASHINGTON — People over age 65 and those at high risk of severe COVID-19 can receive a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration said, opening a new and more controversial phase of the U.S. immunization campaign.

The emergency-use authorization also allows boosters for people 18 and older whose ...Read more

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Virginia high school shooting captured on surveillance footage; court records describe aftermath

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Surveillance footage at Heritage High School captured the shooting that left two students wounded Monday morning, according to court records filed this week in Newport News Circuit Court.

As the 15-year-old suspect walked down the school’s main hallway, he pulled his black backpack “to the front side of his body,” ...Read more

Biden to name Ga. state Rep. Calvin Smyre as ambassador to Dominican Republic

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President Joe Biden will nominate state Rep. Calvin Smyre to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, rewarding the longest-serving legislator in Georgia — and one of the president’s earliest allies in the South — with a diplomatic post.

The White House said Wednesday that Smyre, 74, known in the Georgia Capitol as the dean...Read more

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North Carolina man ruled competent to stand trial in US Capitol bomb threat case from August

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Carolina man accused of threatening to bomb the U.S. Capitol in August is competent to stand trial, a federal judge in the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported.

Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover was indicted by a grand jury Sept. 14 on charges of threatening to use explosive ...Read more

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Biden to meet with Macron after submarine spat; Kerry heads to Paris

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to meet in person with French President Emmanuel Macron in October, seeking to mend ties after a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine deal with Australia that outraged officials in Paris.

Biden held a phone call with the French president Wednesday, the first time the two leaders spoke since the submarine deal ...Read more