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Parents of a murdered Sandy Hook child describe decade of stalking and harassment. 'It was targeted,' a mom says

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The parents of one of the first graders murdered in the Sandy Hook school shootings described Tuesday how nearly a decade of harassment by followers of right wing broadcaster Alex Jones has shattered their sense of security and left them looking warily over their shoulders at strangers.

The parents testified Tuesday during ...Read more

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Chicago officials say nearly 1,500 migrants have arrived from Texas as of Tuesday

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CHICAGO — Nearly 1,500 migrants have arrived in Chicago from Texas as of Tuesday, city officials said.

The migrants have been bused to Chicago over the last several weeks as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s promise to send migrants to sanctuary cities as a way to criticize the nation’s immigration policies.

Joe Dutra, public affairs ...Read more

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4 innocent bystanders, including two teens, shot at Queens playground

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NEW YORK — Four people, two of them teenagers, were shot Tuesday in a Queens park when they were caught in the crossfire of rival groups firing bullets at each other, police and sources said.

The victims were in London Planetree Playground at the intersection of 88th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park when the two groups walked into the...Read more

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After alleged abduction, California deputies kill father and teen daughter in wild freeway shootout

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LOS ANGELES — A 15-year-old girl and her father were killed by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies Tuesday in a shootout off Interstate 15, authorities said, a day after the man is believed to have fatally shot his wife and abducted his daughter.

Law enforcement had been searching for Anthony Graziano, 45, and his daughter Savannah ...Read more

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Man convicted in 2007 bombing at Las Vegas' Luxor hotel escapes prison, authorities say

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LAS VEGAS — A man convicted of murder in the 2007 Luxor bombing escaped Tuesday from the Southern Desert Correctional Center, authorities said.

Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2010 of building and planting a pipe bomb atop a car in the Luxor parking garage, killing a casino hot dog stand ...Read more

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'Hours of terror': Hurricane Ian's passing causes massive floods, destroys homes in Cuba

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A damaged hospital, destroyed homes, downed trees and power poles, and towns where residents wade through waist-deep water. Those are some of the images coming out of Cuba in the aftermath of the destruction left by Category 3 Hurricane Ian, which battered the island’s westernmost provinces Tuesday.

“It has been a terrible morning,” ...Read more

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US senators eye narrow fixes to raise bar for election challenges

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threw his support Tuesday behind a bipartisan bill that would raise the bar for challenging presidential election results, boosting chances it will clear Congress this year.

The Senate bill, McConnell said, makes “modest�...Read more

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Secret Service seizes 24 phones from agents in Jan. 6 probe, report says

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The Secret Service has reportedly seized 24 phones from agents in connection with a controversial investigation by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general into the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The two dozen agents’ phones, which are not believed to include messages from Jan. 6, were handed over to Homeland Security ...Read more

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Hurricane Ian forecast to strike west Florida earlier and harder as track moves south

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MIAMI — Hurricane Ian’s projected path shifted to the south Tuesday and farther away from Tampa Bay, a heavily populated region highly vulnerable to storm surge flooding, but the storm was still shaping up a potential wide-ranging disaster for Florida.

Much of the peninsula was under hurricane or tropical storm warnings. More than 2.5 ...Read more

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Putin raises gas-cutoff threat as he moves to annex Ukraine regions

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Russia threatened to cut off the last gas pipeline to Ukraine’s European allies and moved to annex a large chunk of Ukrainian territory amid a string of military setbacks in the seven-month-long war.

Moscow prepared to declare landslide victories in the hastily organized “referendums” it held in the territories currently occupied by its ...Read more

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How an 'ancient landslide' keeps threatening a railroad, homes in San Clemente

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LOS ANGELES — When heavy rains and high surf from Tropical Storm Kay battered much of Southern California's seaboard this month, the ground shifted — ever so slightly — under the railroad along San Clemente's coast.

It wasn't the first time.

The movement in the railway's foundation caused short-term delays for Metrolink riders as ...Read more

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Donald Trump's immunity in rape accuser's defamation case in the hands of DC appeals court

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NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump may get immunity after all in a defamation case brought against him by writer E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of rape.

A Federal appeals panel on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that found Trump was not acting in his presidential capacity in June 2019, when he called Carroll a liar after she...Read more

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States see record abortion questions on midterm ballots

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Voters in five states will have the chance to weigh in on abortion policy changes this November following the rejection of a Kansas ballot measure that sought to end a state right to abortion.

The national debate in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June is playing out in elections across the country, ...Read more

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NYC to appeal judge's vaccination enforcement ruling, until then NYPD will comply with order

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NEW YORK — New York City will enforce a judge’s order barring enforcement of the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the largest police union while the decision is appealed.

In a letter shared with the Daily News, the city Law Department confirmed that the “New York City Police Department has been notified that no member of ...Read more

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More restrictive SC abortion ban likely dead after House rejects Senate changes

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Efforts to pass more restrictive abortion legislation in the S.C. State House is likely doomed after the state House on Tuesday rejected a proposal that would ban abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy but would allow a narrow exception for abortions in cases of sexual assault up to about 12 weeks.

The House voted 95-11...Read more

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New Missouri judge sets hearing on closing of Agape Boarding School over reported abuse

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri child welfare workers got approval Tuesday afternoon to resume their around-the-clock monitoring at Agape Boarding School to ensure that students are safe.

One day after a southwest Missouri judge ordered state Department of Social Services workers to leave the school near Stockton — where they’d been stationed...Read more

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California bans unnecessary pesticide, chemical testing on dogs and cats

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LOS ANGELES — California will ban the testing of harmful chemicals on dogs and cats, effectively becoming the first state in the United States to remove the option for companies seeking to learn about the harmful effects from their products.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law Monday along with several other bills aimed at protecting ...Read more

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14-year-old boy killed, 3 others wounded in shooting after football scrimmage at Philadelphia high school

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PHILADELPHIA — One teen was killed and three others wounded in a shooting after a football scrimmage late Tuesday afternoon at Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, police said.

Just after 4:40 p.m., players participating in a football scrimmage were walking off the field when the occupants of a light green Ford Explorer SUV opened fire, ...Read more

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Jan. 6 committee hearing postponed due to Hurricane Ian

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The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has delayed its planned Wednesday hearing due to Hurricane Ian’s impending strike on Florida.

The much-anticipated hearing, which was expected to be the final nationally televised look at former President Donald Trump’s effort to stay in power illegally, will be ...Read more

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White House hunger strategy widens free school meals, food stamps

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration outlined a national strategy Tuesday of executive actions and legislative priorities it says will combat hunger and address diet-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and various cancers that plague millions of Americans.

The strategy arrives the day before President Joe Biden is scheduled to...Read more