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US-Taliban deal pushed Afghanistan to collapse, watchdog finds

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. deal with the Taliban — forged under President Donald Trump and implemented under President Joe Biden — was “the single most important factor” in the rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s forces as American troops withdrew last year.

As in Vietnam decades earlier, the U.S. “spent years and billions of dollars ...Read more

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Biden condemns Buffalo mass shooting as terrorism and denounces white supremacy as 'a poison'

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — President Joe Biden on Tuesday condemned Saturday’s deadly mass shooting in Buffalo as a “racist rampage” and an act of “domestic terrorism,” calling on Americans to reject the racist theory that authorities say appeared to have motivated the gunman to carry out the massacre.

“White supremacy is a poison running ...Read more

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Idaho voters head to polls for primaries, reassured of a 'safe and secure' election

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BOISE, Idaho — Early Tuesday a steady flow of voters trickled out of polling locations throughout the Treasure Valley as residents geared up for primary elections.

Idahoans cast their votes Tuesday to decide the primary candidates for federal, state and local offices, including the highly anticipated governor’s race. Republican voters — ...Read more

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Laguna Woods church shooting suspect charged with murder, attempted murder

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LOS ANGELES — The Orange County district attorney filed a murder charge Tuesday that could carry the death penalty against a man accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding five other people at a Taiwanese church in what authorities have characterized as an apparent political hate crime.

David Wenwei Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, is accused of...Read more

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US Justice Department seeks transcripts from Jan. 6 panel

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has requested access to transcripts of interviews conducted by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The committee and department officials haven’t yet reached an agreement that could help advance a long simmering federal investigation into efforts to prevent the ...Read more

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Ukraine relinquishes Mariupol as Russia attacks both east and west

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LVIV, Ukraine — With full control of the beleaguered port city of Mariupol in hand, Russian forces kept up their assault Tuesday on eastern Ukraine, now the focus of a grinding conflict that bears the hallmarks of a grim war of attrition.

Images posted online depicted wounded Ukrainian servicemen taken on stretchers from the vast Azovstal ...Read more

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Killer's execution delayed pending Georgia Supreme Court appeal

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ATLANTA — The scheduled execution of a Georgia man who murdered an 8-year-old girl 46 years ago was postponed Tuesday evening, one day after a Fulton County judge granted an injunction temporarily halting the process.

Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 68, was set to die by lethal injection after spending nearly five decades on death row. But ...Read more

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Steve Wynn lobbied Trump on behalf of Chinese, US says

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Former Wynn Resorts Chief Executive Steve Wynn lobbied then-President Donald Trump in 2017 on behalf of the Chinese government, which sought the return of an exiled businessman, the United States said in a lawsuit seeking to compel Wynn to register as an agent for China.

Wynn engaged in those efforts at the request of Sun Lijun, a former Vice ...Read more

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January 6 congressional committee doesn't plan to call Trump and 'unlikely' to call Pence

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The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol doesn’t plan to call former President Donald Trump and is “unlikely” to call former Vice President Mike Pence, either.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee chair, said it’s “not our expectation” to call Trump since the panel already has heard ...Read more

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Traveling this summer? CDC recommends everyone test for COVID-19 in days before flying

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If you are traveling internationally or within the U.S. this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you test for COVID-19 in the days before flying.

The agency’s recommendation for all travelers regardless of vaccination status came in an update to its COVID-19 testing website on May 16.

“Consider getting tested ...Read more

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Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on trial: Federal case is underway in Atlanta

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ATLANTA — The federal government is going hard after reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley, accusing them of defrauding millions from banks using falsified documents and then actively evading taxes.

“They make up documents and live like they can seek and get whatever they want, when they want,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Annalese Peters said...Read more

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Congress is taking UFOs more seriously, but many questions remain

WASHINGTON — Unidentified flying objects were a punchline for years, but now Congress is taking these unexplained encounters more seriously.

“For too long, the stigma associated with UAPs has gotten in the way of good intelligence analysis. Pilots avoided reporting, or were ...Read more

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As Red Cross moves to pricey blood treatment method, hospitals call for more choice

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Americans generally don’t spend much time thinking about the nation’s blood supply.

That’s mainly because the collection and distribution system is safe and efficient. But there’s a new behind-the-scenes challenge, according to some hospital officials, who fear a change in how blood platelets are handled will sharply increase the cost ...Read more

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Greek leader warns Congress about internal democratic erosion, citing his country's history

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WASHINGTON — The leader of Greece on Tuesday implored Congress to take seriously internal democratic erosion in the United States, which he said was critical to confront if Washington is to maintain its global leadership role.

Addressing a joint session of Congress, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who was elected in 2019, referenced...Read more

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After leaked Roe ruling, GOP weighs stricter abortion bans

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If, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court decides as early as next month to overturn Roe v. Wade, just how quickly Republican-dominated legislatures will act to restrict abortion and how far they will go to eliminate the procedure is uncertain.

But recent rhetoric from state officials and events in state capitols offer some clues.

GOP officials ...Read more

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NYC enters 'high' COVID-19 alert status

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams upgraded New York City’s COVID-19 alert status to high on Tuesday due to a surge in people testing positive and being hospitalized for the virus.

The change in status from a medium risk alert to high risk comes as coronavirus hospital admissions have increased steadily over the past two months and as more and ...Read more

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Fearing protests, Cuba clamps down on dissent, independent media with new criminal code

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Cuba’s National Assembly has approved a new criminal code that maintains the death penalty for several crimes, punishes criticism of government officials with jail time and makes it illegal for independent media to receive funds from abroad, the latest step in a relentless government campaign to squash dissent following mass protests last year...Read more

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55 Cuban migrants stopped at sea off the Florida Keys in a week, Coast Guard says

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The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted 55 people from Cuba at sea off the Florida Keys over a five-day period last week.

A Coast Guard cutter Charles Sexton returned them to Cuba on Tuesday, the agency said.

They were stopped at sea in six separate interdictions off the Keys from last Monday, May 9, through Friday, according to the Coast Guard.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office considered a bill to target libel laws, records show

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A top staffer for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis worked on a proposal that sought to challenge decades-old First Amendment protections for the news media and make it easier for high-profile people to win defamation lawsuits, according to documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

The idea didn’t make the 2022 legislative session...Read more

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Major federal investigation underway targeting Vallejo Hells Angels, series of December raids lead to recent arrest warrants

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VALLEJO, Calif. — The FBI is investigating potential “criminal enterprise activities” of the Vallejo chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, including an hours-long beating at the infamous outlaw biker gang’s clubhouse and the possession of guns, silencers, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammo seized in a series of December raids, ...Read more