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As alpine glaciers melt, the corpses of long-lost climbers keep popping out of the ice

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In late June, as a group of mountaineers descended a treacherous glacier high in the Peruvian Andes, they spotted a dark, out-of-place lump resting on the blinding white snow.

When they approached, they realized it wasn’t a rock, as they had initially assumed.

It was a corpse.

When they got a little closer, they could tell from the out-of-...Read more

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Catholic therapists challenge Michigan's conversion therapy ban in federal lawsuit

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DETROIT — A group representing Catholic therapists has filed suit in federal district court to challenge the constitutionality of a recently passed Michigan law that bans conversion therapy, arguing the new law impedes the counselors' free speech and free exercise rights.

The suit filed Friday in Michigan's U.S. Western District Court by a ...Read more

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Judge pulls plug on Rudy Giuliani's bankruptcy case, clearing way for Georgia election workers to pursue massive judgment

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NEW YORK — A judge pulled the plug on Rudy Giuliani’s bankruptcy case Friday, partly because the former mayor and Trump adviser was not forthcoming about his finances.

The decision clears the way for Giuliani’s biggest creditors — Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, the Georgia election workers he owes $148 million for blowing up...Read more

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Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin involuntary manslaughter case for 'Rust' shooting

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The involuntary manslaughter case against “Rust” star Alec Baldwin was dismissed by a judge Friday after the actor’s defense attorneys raised new questions over how New Mexico law enforcement officers and prosecutors handled evidence.

The decision ends a nearly three-year-long ordeal for the “30 Rock” and “Hunt ...Read more

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Jury ends first day of deliberations without verdict at Sen. Bob Menendez's gold bars bribery trial

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NEW YORK — Jurors weighing the gold bars corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez ended their first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict.

Manhattan Federal Judge Sidney Stein sent the panel home shortly after 5 p.m., about three hours after they received the case. They heard from 37 witnesses throughout the trial that ...Read more

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Jury in Samantha Woll murder trial says they are deadlocked, judge says keep deliberating

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DETROIT — A Wayne County jury deciding whether a Detroit man should be found guilty of murdering synagogue president Samantha Woll will return to deliberations on Monday after telling the judge on Friday that they are split on whether they want to convict or acquit after nearly two days of discussions.

Michael Jackson-Bolanos, 29, is charged ...Read more

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Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin involuntary manslaughter case for 'Rust' shooting

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The involuntary manslaughter case against “Rust” star Alec Baldwin was dismissed by a judge Friday after the actor’s defense attorneys raised new questions over how New Mexico law enforcement officers and prosecutors handled evidence in the case.

Amid the scrutiny during the high-profile criminal trial, one of the ...Read more

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Karen Read prosecutor says murder charge should not be tossed in new trial

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BOSTON — The prosecutor in the Karen Read murder trial — which ended in mistrial at the beginning of the month — delivered a sharp opposition to the defense’s motion to dismiss two of the three indicted charges against the defendant, saying the argument lacks “merit or legal foundation.”

“Now comes the Commonwealth in opposition ...Read more

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Massachusetts newspaper bans Karen Read letters

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BOSTON — The division in Canton over the Karen Read murder case has become so bad and “hate-filled” that the local paper is putting a hold on publishing any letters related to it.

“(A)fter 15 months of providing residents a forum to express their opinions on the Karen Read case, I believe the sometimes hate-filled letters are creating ...Read more

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Hurricane Beryl could cost private insurers $500 million for damages in the Caribbean

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Insurers in the Caribbean could find themselves facing at least a half-billion dollars in losses from Hurricane Beryl’s powerful winds and rainfall, which left a trail of destruction from Trinidad and Tobago to Texas.

Karen Clark & Company, a catastrophe risk modeling company, estimates that private insurers in the eastern Caribbean and ...Read more

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Chicago Mayor Johnson tables plan to fine 'teen trend' party organizers after pushback

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CHICAGO — Mayor Brandon Johnson appeared set to throw his weight behind a proposal this week to fight chaotic Chicago “teen trend” meetups and illegal parties that sometimes end in gun violence, but backed away from the plan amid progressive pushback.

Aldermen were discussing with the administration Thursday a draft ordinance to levy $10,...Read more

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South Carolina attorney general names Lexington solicitor to help with Becky Hill probe

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Eleventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard and one of his top deputies will assist the S.C. Attorney General and his office in any prosecutions of former Colleton County Clerk of Court Becky Hill.

In a letter sent Thursday to Hubbard, Wilson indicated he had talked to Hubbard about designating him and his deputy ...Read more

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Last-minute settlement in lawsuit against corrupt Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts could be a key test for 175 more

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CHICAGO — A lawsuit alleging misconduct by notorious ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts settled for an undisclosed amount on the eve of trial, records show, the first of more than 150 related lawsuits to reach a resolution in what could be a massive fallout for the cash-strapped city.

Alvin Waddy alleged in his lawsuit filed in Cook County ...Read more

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More armed police officers could be coming to Pennsylvania schools as part of the state budget deal

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PHILADEPHIA — More armed school police officers could be coming to Pennsylvania districts and charter schools this fall under a state budget deal signed by Gov. Josh Shapiro late Thursday night.

The controversial move was first championed by state Sen. Mike Regan (R., Cumberland), who has introduced versions of the bill for the past several ...Read more

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Princess Anne returns to her royal duties after recovery from concussion

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Britain’s Princess Anne is gradually returning to her royal duties after recovering from a concussion sustained in a recent incident involving a horse.

The 73-year-old royal made her first public appearance since her injury by attending the Riding for Disabled Assn. National Championships at Hartpury University and Hartpury College near ...Read more

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3 Idaho transgender prisoners sue over medical care. They can get treatment -- for now

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BOISE, Idaho — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action lawsuit against several state leaders — including the governor and attorney general — on behalf of three incarcerated transgender women over allegations that a newly enacted state law barring the use of public funds on gender-affirming care is an “across-the-board...Read more

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3 injured at San Francisco airport after American Airlines plane fills with smoke

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Three passengers aboard an American Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport were injured Friday afternoon after they were forced to flee the aircraft on the runway after the cabin filled with smoke, officials said.

“American Airlines Flight 2045 from Miami was taxiing to the gate when the crew reported smoke in the cabin,” ...Read more

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The Philly DA's office is building a team to target serious election interference crimes

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner's office is in the beginning stages of creating an "elite team" to target election interference crimes surrounding the 2024 election, should they occur.

Matthew Stiegler, senior adviser to the DA, has been tasked with launching, building, and leading a team that aims to identify and ...Read more

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San Diego police, sheriff should jointly crack down on illegal cannabis market, grand jury says

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego police and the county sheriff should collaborate to crack down on unlicensed cannabis delivery services and smoke shops that illegally sell synthetic CBD, the county grand jury says in a new report.

The report also recommends the city and county evaluate and document the impacts of cannabis legalization on their finances...Read more

Multiple people reportedly targeted by serial 'projectile' sniper in Ventura, California

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LOS ANGELES — Several people have been hit by a serial "projectile" sniper in Ventura in recent weeks, according to multiple reports.

The incidents, in which someone was hit with a small, round projectile, have occurred within a block or two of each other, according to one news outlet and several social media posts.

A woman with the Reddit ...Read more