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Thomas Matthew Crooks identified by FBI as gunman behind attempted assassination of Trump at Western Pa. rally

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Federal authorities on Sunday identified a 20-year-old Allegheny County man as the gunman who shot at former president Donald Trump in what they described as an assassination attempt during a campaign rally in Western Pennsylvania.

The bureau said Thomas Matthew Crooks, of Bethel Park, was responsible for the attack that left Trump with minor ...Read more

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Shock at Trump shooting prompts world calls to end polarization

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Alongside the shock and outrage expressed at the attempt on Donald Trump’s life, another message ran through the many statements by world leaders: that something has to change.

From Abraham Lincoln to Shinzo Abe, political assassinations are nothing new: The 1960s in the U.S. alone saw the slayings of two Kennedys, civil rights champion ...Read more

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I was at the Trump rally where he was shot. Here is what I saw

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The gunshots weren’t as loud as I would have expected. And the crowd didn’t immediately disperse into a screaming panic like a scene from the movies.

The seconds following the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday were marked with more confusion and bewilderment than chaos. It seemed ...Read more

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Trump sticks to plans to attend RNC Convention after shooting

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Former President Donald Trump confirmed he’ll attend the Republican National Convention, despite being injured in a shooting at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

“President Trump looks forward to joining you all in Milwaukee as we proceed with our convention to nominate him to serve as the 47th president of the United States,” according ...Read more

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Are skimpy thong swimsuits allowed at beaches and pools in California? What the law says

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As parts of California swelter under scorching temperatures, many Golden State residents are seeking relief from the heat at beaches and swimming pools.

Before you head out, it’s important to know what you can — and can’t — wear in a public place in California.

California has general laws against public ...Read more

Attempted assassination of Trump: The long history of violence against U.S. presidents

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Political assassinations in the United States have a long and disturbing history.

The attempted assassination of Donald Trump, who narrowly escaped death when a bullet grazed his right ear while he was speaking at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, highlights the danger of those seeking votes in a country whose constitution...Read more

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As inmates swelter, California prisons remain unprepared for extreme heat

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LOS ANGELES — The potential heat-related death of a prison inmate in California’s Central Valley this past week is focusing renewed attention on conditions within correctional institutions as extreme heat, wildfire smoke and flooding pose increasing threats to incarcerated people.

Although extreme heat endangers residents throughout the ...Read more

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Blacklisted and muzzled, Maduro's top rival can't be held down

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Despite Nicolás Maduro’s best efforts, María Corina Machado is everywhere.

The Venezuelan opposition leader, who won’t appear on the presidential ballot later this month, has sent the ruling party scurrying to stop the fervor behind her. She’s united a long-fractured opposition coalition that once ostracized her. But most of all, she’...Read more

‘One inch from a potential civil war’ – near miss in Trump shooting is also a close call for American democracy

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With an assassination attempt on Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania on July 13, 2024, the U.S. experienced another violent episode in its increasingly polarized politics. Former President Trump, who’s about to formally become the GOP nominee for president in the 2024 election, survived the attempted assassination when, initial reports ...Read more

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Trump rushed from stage after gunshots fired at rally

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Former President Donald Trump was rushed off stage with blood on his face Saturday after a gunman opened fire on a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

The suspected shooter “filed multiple shots toward the stage from an elevated position outside of the rally venue,” Anthony Guglielmi, the Secret Service’s top spokesman, wrote in a ...Read more

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King's speech to spotlight new UK government's push for growth

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Prime Minister Keir Starmer will use the upcoming king’s speech to showcase his new government’s efforts to spur economic growth in the U.K.

The speech, due to be delivered by King Charles III on July 17, will be the first since Labour won the general elections this month in a landslide on a pledge to prioritize growth. It marks the start ...Read more

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Olvera Street's donkey may get kicked out after eviction

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LOS ANGELES — One of Olvera Street's most photographed icons may soon vanish from his post because of a ruling by a Los Angeles city commission.

Jorge, the stuffed donkey known as "El Burro," who greets guests entering Olvera Street, and his manager, Richard Hernandez, were given a 30-day eviction notice on Thursday. Hernandez owns and ...Read more

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Trump rushed from stage after gunshots fired at rally

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Former President Donald Trump was rushed off stage with blood on his face by Secret Service agents Saturday evening after gunshots rang out during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

The Secret Service said Trump “was safe,” but he did appear injured as he was taken to a waiting vehicle. Two people, including the alleged shooter, were...Read more

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'I am guilty:' John Dougherty's stunning statements at sentencing delivered an about-face few had predicted

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PHILADELPHIA — It was a moment more than a decade in the making. And when it finally came, few could have predicted how it ultimately unfolded.

John Dougherty — once the state’s most powerful labor leader, now a two-time felon — stood before a federal judge this week to answer for his crimes for the first time.

And what he said left ...Read more

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Fitness guru Richard Simmons dead at 76

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LOS ANGELES — Richard Simmons, the colorful fitness guru who turned aerobic dancing and positive energy into decades of fame, died Saturday, law enforcement sources said. He was 76.

Simmons was found at his home, and there was no evidence of foul play, sources told The Times.

Simmons specialized in helping obese people lose weight, starting ...Read more

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California leaders condemn apparent assassination attempt of Trump at campaign rally

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California leaders condemned an apparent assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Saturday.

"Violence has NO place in our democracy," Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted. "My thoughts are with President Trump and everyone impacted at the rally today."

It was not immediately clear what happened to the ...Read more

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Stanford keeps oil company financial ties, despite push for divestment

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stanford University has decided to maintain its controversial ties to the fossil fuel industry, citing academic freedom and the need for practical knowledge in the search for climate crisis solutions.

A long-awaited committee report, released this month, calls for “better guardrails” but not a blanket ban on research ...Read more

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Behind the spectacular collapse of the Alec Baldwin 'Rust' shooting prosecution

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The spectacular collapse of New Mexico's criminal prosecution of Alec Baldwin in the deadly "Rust" movie shooting laid bare nearly three years of errors by state officials who were eager to prove themselves on a world stage.

Legal experts had long said it was a risk to charge Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter, a felony, ...Read more

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Trump rushed from stage after apparent gunshots at rally

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Former President Donald Trump was rushed off stage with blood on his face by Secret Service agents Saturday evening after what sounded like gunshots during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

The Secret Service said Trump “was safe,” but he did appear injured as he was taken to a waiting vehicle.

“The Secret Service has implemented...Read more

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Laura Kavanagh, FDNY's first woman commissioner, to step down

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NEW YORK — Laura Kavanagh, the New York City Fire Department's first woman fire commissioner who had repeatedly butted heads with the department’s top chiefs, announced her resignation Saturday after less than two years in office.

“My dedication to the FDNY has never and will never waver,” Kavanagh said in a statement Saturday. “It ...Read more