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As insurrection raged, a South Florida video blogger provided a play-by-play – to Russians

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The Russian-speaking video blogger from South Florida walked alongside the throngs wearing MAGA hats and carrying Trump flags as the crowd descended on the Capitol, heeding the call to disrupt the certification of Electoral College results.

His broadcast reached Russian speakers across the United States and in the mother country, pushing the ...Read more

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The FDA seeks a new way to review old drugs without causing prices to soar

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Chuck Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska, recently experienced a swollen, painful knuckle caused by arthritis. He got a prescription for colchicine.

Doctors have used the drug for treating gout and other rheumatic conditions for well over two centuries.

When Peterson went to the pharmacy, he was shocked to discover that a two-month supply of 120 ...Read more

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Former EPA staff like what they see in new administrator

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WASHINGTON — Career employees departed the EPA at a fast clip during the Trump administration, but interviews with some of those who left during the Republican’s presidency indicated they are happy with how things look so far under new administrator Michael Regan.

Nearly 1,000 people left the agency after 2016, according to the fiscal 2022 ...Read more

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Supreme Court conservatives may reset balance between LGBTQ rights and religious liberty

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set to decide soon whether conservative Christians have a constitutional right to refuse to work with same-sex couples while participating in a city-funded foster care program that forbids such discrimination.

It is the latest and possibly most significant culture-war clash between the First Amendment’s ...Read more

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The Dead Sea is dying. Drinking water is scarce. Jordan faces a climate crisis

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GHOR HADITHA, Jordan — The first time people here saw a sinkhole, they thought a small asteroid had slammed into the Dead Sea's salt-encrusted shore.

Then others appeared.

One swallowed the edge of a state-owned building. Another opened near a house and forced the family to move. Worried farmers scanned their fields and abandoned their ...Read more

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Not a speed trap, a race trap: Black drivers say they've been profiled in and around Virginia town for decades

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The video of Windsor police drawing guns on Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario before pepper spraying him on a traffic stop may have gone viral, but it wasn’t a surprise to some Black people who drive up and down U.S. Route 460 between Suffolk and Petersburg.

Many who use the route to travel from Hampton Roads to Virginia ...Read more

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A hard-hit community needed vaccines. Here's how a clinic came together in a church parking lot

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LOS ANGELES — It was almost a typical Saturday morning at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Baldwin Park.

The Rev. Michael Gutierrez, whom the San Gabriel Valley community knows as Father Mike, had just gotten off a Zoom call with teens on a retreat. On-site, there were three baptisms and a wedding, as well as church services planned ...Read more

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There's a new, extra-potent meth invading metro Detroit -- and it's more deadly

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DETROIT — A new, extra-potent methamphetamine is growing increasingly popular in Michigan and — unlike past iterations of the highly addictive stimulant — more of it's showing up in urban areas including metro Detroit, law enforcement officials said.

Adding to the level of danger associated with the drug: evidence it's being laced with ...Read more

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'Dr. Drew' eyed for homeless commission, angering advocates who wonder: Is this a joke?

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County supervisor has recommended a celebrity doctor who has railed against California’s mishandling of the homelessness crisis to a local commission, a move that shocked some advocates who, when they heard the news, thought it was a joke.

Dr. David Drew Pinsky, more commonly known as “Dr. Drew,” was ...Read more

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Mother unraveled in depression, QAnon-style conspiracies in months before she killed 3 kids

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LOS ANGELES — Liliana Carrillo’s unraveling over the last year alarmed people in her life.

On Facebook, she spoke of “random invasive feelings of despair and pain.” She said she was “hating being a parent” to her brood of young children and wished she could go back in time.

“I have absolutely no patience or tolerance left,” she...Read more

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COVID-19 numbers ease again in New York as vaccination push blunts surge

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NEW YORK — The city just made it easier for New Yorkers to get vaccinated.

Starting Saturday, New Yorkers ages 50 and above were able to get their COVID-19 shot at a city-run site without making an appointment, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

“Our priority for the next few months is clear: we need to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as ...Read more

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Vaccine mix-up at North Carolina Walgreens results in saline injections instead of COVID-19 treatment

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The latest vaccine mishap amid a global effort to inoculate the general public against coronavirus occurred at a Walgreens in North Carolina.

Workers at the pharmacy in Monroe confirmed on Friday they mistakenly gave some people an injection of saline instead of the treatment for COVID-19. Walgreens told WCNC they managed to reach out to ...Read more

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Prosecutor blamed for errant in-court description of Adam Toledo shooting in Chicago is placed on leave

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CHICAGO — A day after Cook County prosecutors partially disavowed statements they made in court about the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, the office declined to elaborate on what exactly went wrong and why.

But the assistant state’s attorney who made the statements was placed on leave Friday, a spokeswoman for the office ...Read more

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Biden team weighs Russia sanctions impact, has options for more

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is evaluating the impact of new sanctions on Russia and is prepared to escalate those penalties if the Kremlin fails to rein in hacking attacks and attempts to interfere with the U.S. political process, according to people familiar with the matter.

Options available to President Joe Biden include ...Read more

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City takes a gander at control of goose population, sparking web of controversy

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MINNEAPOLIS — Too many geese and too much poop are stirring up controversy in Rochester these days over how best to control the city's beloved goose population.

The town has long embraced the flocks of resident Canada geese that wander its riverfront and parks long after the migratory geese wing out of town. But an overabundance of goose ...Read more

Family of Indianapolis FedEx shooter apologizes: 'We are devastated'

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The family of the teenager who fatally shot eight people at a FedEx plant in Indianapolis expressed devastation Saturday for the senseless rampage.

Brandon Scott Hole, 19, shot himself dead as police approached late Thursday night.

“We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his ...Read more

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25 injured when floor collapses at massive party near University of Georgia

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ATLANTA — More than two dozen people were injured Friday when a floor collapsed at a massive house party near the University of Georgia, fire officials in Athens said.

Injuries ranged from cuts and scratches to a possible broken arm, though investigators said the incident could have been much worse.

Crews were called to the home about 1 a.m....Read more

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'He was visiting Times Square for the first time': Ohio teen with AK-47 just confused about NY gun laws, his mom says

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NEW YORK — The mother of an 18-year-old Ohio man caught with an AK-47 in a midtown Manhattan subway said her son wasn’t planning any violence — he just thought it would be okay to visit New York with an assault rifle in tow.

“I BEG of the media to quit painting a bad picture of my son whom was misinformed of the gun laws in NY,” the ...Read more

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Lyrid meteor shower, first supermoon of 2021: Cosmic spectacles to watch for this month

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If you look up, you may see a meteor shower painting streaks of light across the night sky, starting this weekend until April 25.

Stargazers throughout much of North America will be able to witness two celestial events, without the help of a telescope, this month: the Lyrid meteor shower and a supermoon.

The Lyrid meteor shower takes place ...Read more

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A Castro will no longer be leading Cuba. But there are relatives still in government.

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For the first time in over six decades, no one with the Castro surname will be at the helm of Cuba’s government. But there are still a few Castro family members in positions of influence.

Raul Castro, 89, announced Friday that he is stepping down as first secretary of Cuba’s Communist Party, a position considered more powerful than ...Read more