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Builder of collapsed Surfside condo was a partner in project that went bust

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Long after he built the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, developer Nathan Reiber became a partner in a company that converted a 377-unit apartment complex in Coconut Creek into condominiums.

While that project did not suffer the same tragic fate as the Surfside collapse, it did not end well for the investors or for ...Read more

Former Haiti prosecutor once tasked with finding out who killed famous journalist is dead

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A former top government prosecutor who was once forced to flee Haiti for Miami in fear for his life is dead.

Claudy Gassant was found dead Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he recently had been living. The discovery came on the same day Gassant was expected to be in South Florida for a conference on ...Read more

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Trump allies among Congress members who might be subpoenaed in Jan. 6 Capitol siege probe, Kinzinger says

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A Republican member of the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday wouldn’t rule out calling on fellow members of Congress to testify.

“I would support subpoenas to anyone that can shed light. ... If that’s the leader, that’s the leader,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told ABC’s “This Week.” ...Read more

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Myanmar military leader says elections will be in 2 years

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Myanmar’s military regime said it’s forming a caretaker government and will install army chief Min Aung Hlaing as premier, further entrenching the junta six months it seized power in a coup.

The state of emergency — set for a year when the regime took over in February — could be extended through August 2023, the senior general said in a...Read more

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Israel blames Iran for ship attack after Tehran's denial

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Israel’s prime minister said Iran was “unequivocally” to blame for a deadly attack on an Israel-linked oil tanker off Oman on Thursday, shortly after Tehran denied responsibility.

Naftali Bennett’s comments were echoed later by the U.K. foreign secretary, who called the incident a violation of international law by Tehran.

“I want to ...Read more

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Fauci says shots work despite cases among fully vaccinated

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WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci, the United States' top infectious disease doctor, said COVID-19 vaccines work extremely well and that a return to the lockdowns of 2020 is unlikely despite reports of recent outbreaks among fully vaccinated people.

“The likelihood of your getting a severe outcome of the infection is very low” when a person is ...Read more

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5 injured in shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street

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New Orleans police are investigating a mass shooting on Bourbon Street early Sunday morning.

Five people were injured in the shooting, which broke out around 3 a.m.

It’s unclear if all five were shot, and their conditions have not been made public.

One person is in custody, but police did not specify whether he or she is believed to be the ...Read more

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10 people injured in NYC gang shooting

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NEW YORK — Ten people were wounded when a pair of gunmen fired more than 40 shots down a Queens street in a brazen gang-related shooting, police said Sunday.

The barrage of bullets on 37th Avenue near 99th Street in North Corona kicked off a bloody night in the city, where 18 people were either killed or wounded in seven separate shootings, ...Read more

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Senators aim to finish text of infrastructure bill on Sunday

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WASHINGTON — Key U.S. senators said text of the bipartisan infrastructure bill would be ready by Sunday night, and that a final vote should be secured later this week.

Lawmakers met Saturday to iron out the language of the bill, and meetings are expected to resume Sunday afternoon and continue until a deal is reached.

Work on the plan has ...Read more

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The era of beach driving may be coming to a close

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PACIFIC CITY, Ore. — To access the beach, Nicole Boulden eased her all-wheel drive Dodge Durango from the highway down a steep, rock-strewn access road toward the ocean. Behind her, Boulden's friend Kari Layman, 47, drove a Dodge Caravan very carefully down the same path.

"We take it kind of slow," Layman said.

They parked in a wind-...Read more

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Bus stop by bus stop, Denver-area officials microtarget vaccine hesitancy

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AURORA, Colo. — John Letson had seen too many apocalyptic movies to feel comfortable getting a COVID-19 vaccine initially.

“I was completely against it,” the 40-year-old movie buff said, referencing “I Am Legend” and “Children of Men,” in which humanity is in jeopardy, as examples of what could go wrong. “I think an untested ...Read more

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New state laws hamstring public health officials

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Although no one wants to see it happen, some state and local public health officials soon may recommend reinstating mask mandates, imposing curfews, limiting travel and even reclosing schools and businesses.

But in numerous states, including many with low vaccination rates and escalating COVID-19 hospitalizations, newly minted laws may prevent ...Read more

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Irvine's ultimate NIMBY fight: A cemetery for veterans deemed an undesirable blight

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In Irvine, California, every detail is intentional.

From the lush parks to the sparkling pools of its master-planned villages, the city offers a perfect balance of nature and suburban life.

Even the street names in its Great Park neighborhoods, which have popped up over the last decade around the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, were ...Read more

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This Florida COVID-19 surge is different. So is the state's response

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida has been here before. But not like this.

This wave of the coronavirus crashing over the state is different. The strain is different: delta appears far more infectious than previous versions of the virus.

The patients filling hospitals at an alarming rate are different. They’re younger, and healthier. In the ...Read more

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Native Americans press for the reburial of ancestors and return of cultural items

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Curtis Zunigha remembers shedding tears when he heard the age of one Native American whose remains were part of a reburial ceremony in Ohio several years ago.

It was a girl, 11 when she died. Her young age, which reminded Zunigha of his granddaughter, along with the girl’s inclusion among the many Indigenous people throughout U.S. history who...Read more

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California's long history on assault weapons is on the line in court battle

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LOS ANGELES — Born of a long history of gun violence, California's pioneering assault weapons ban was enacted in 1989 after a herculean effort by lawmakers driven by outrage over a mass shooting at a Stockton elementary school.

Legislators said they had to overcome a yearslong grip on the Capitol by the National Rifle Association and shift ...Read more

University of Minnesota studying vaccine effect of COVID-19 spread in young adults

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MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota is recruiting 150 young adults to study how effectively COVID-19 vaccine limits spread of the corona­virus — a key question when health officials fear that a delta variant of the virus is spreading more rapidly.

While clinical trials last year established that three COVID-19 vaccines reduced the ...Read more

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Mexico to vote on whether former presidents should be subject to prosecution

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MEXICO CITY — Should former Mexican presidents be prosecuted for alleged crimes committed while in office?

That is the question facing voters nationwide Sunday, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says.

It’s a query of considerable political and moral gravity in a country where de facto impunity has long shielded politicians, especially...Read more

For parents of unvaccinated kids, worsening delta variant brings alarm, questions

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LOS ANGELES — New evidence about the delta variant’s ability to infect and spread even among those who are fully vaccinated has been particularly alarming for parents of young children who are still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Many parents who thought their children faced limited risks of getting the coronavirus are now ...Read more

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Nearly every ICU bed in Central Texas filled amid COVID-19 surge, officials warn

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In Central Texas, an 11-county region home to more than 2 million people, nearly every ICU bed has been filled amid a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

Health officials in Austin on Friday warned residents that there are just 16 staffed intensive care unit beds available, which is the lowest the figure has been since coronavirus first started its...Read more