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How the US toppled the world's most powerful gold trader

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In December 2018, a man in his early 30s was intercepted on arrival at Fort Lauderdale airport and taken to a room where two FBI agents sat waiting.

The target was scared and already on high alert — one of his associates had recently admitted to crimes he knew he'd also committed. Christian Trunz wasn’t a terrorist or a drug trafficker, but...Read more

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4 pedestrians struck by vehicle, 3 killed in South Shore crash that may have been intentional, officials say

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CHICAGO — At least four people were struck by a vehicle — possibly intentionally — in the South Shore area Sunday morning and three of the four later died at an area hospital, Chicago police said.

Authorities were called to the 7000 block of South Jeffery Boulevard around 5 a.m., according to an online statement from police. A sedan had ...Read more


3 people shot in Six Flags Great America parking lot in Gurnee, authorities say

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Three people were shot and wounded Sunday evening in the parking lot of the Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee, authorities and park officials said.

The three victims were hit by shots fired from a single vehicle that fled the scene, according to a statement by a spokeswoman for the park. Dozens of emergency vehicles responded ...Read more

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Almost 1 million residents in Michigan, including Flint, under boil water advisory after leak

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More than 930,000 people in and around Detroit have been urged to boil their water after a leak was discovered in a 120-inch transmission main that transports water from Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility to residents.

Great Lakes Water Authority issued the boil water advisory Saturday for more than 23 towns, including Flint, which has been ...Read more

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Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard beaches close to swimming after shark sightings: Great white spotted 25 yards from shore

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Shark spotters have sure been busy these last few weeks along the Cape and Islands, including over the weekend as several shark alerts lit up the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.

Multiple great white shark sightings continued to trigger beach closures on Sunday. Two beaches on Martha’s Vineyard were closed to swimming for...Read more

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Anne Heche taken off life support after organ recipient found

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LOS ANGELES — Anne Heche has been taken off life support after a viable recipient was found for her organs, People magazine confirmed Sunday, according to sister publication Entertainment Weekly.

It is currently unclear which of Heche’s organs will be donated to the unidentified recipient. The “Another World” and “Six Days Seven ...Read more

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FBI's Trump search has lawmakers asking for content of documents

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WASHINGTON — Senate Intelligence Committee leaders made a bipartisan request to the U.S. government for classified documents the FBI seized in its search of former President Donald Trump’s home, signaling growing pressure from lawmakers for details on the materials.

Sens. Mark Warner, a Democrat who chairs the committee, and Marco Rubio, ...Read more

Somalia says 13 suspected terrorists killed in US air strike

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A U.S. air strike killed 13 members of the al-Shabab Islamist terrorist group in the Hiiran region of central Somalia on Sunday, state-owned national television reported, citing Somali army officials.

U.S. air strikes previously killed four al-Shabab fighters on Aug. 9 after they attacked Somali forces, according to a U.S. Africa Command ...Read more

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Florida police officer involved in deadly crash that killed woman, authorities say

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — A driver died Sunday after a crash involving a Coconut Creek police officer, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

The crash happened at about 4 a.m. near the intersection of West Sample Road and Lyons Road in Coconut Creek.

Margate Fire Rescue took the injured woman to a hospital where she later died, according to the ...Read more

Beijing asks New Delhi to reiterate 'One China' principle

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Beijing wants India to reaffirm the “One China” policy as it seeks to shore up regional support after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, which triggered aggressive military drills by the Chinese military around the island.

“We hope that the Indian side could openly reiterate its One China policy like many other countries...Read more


San Bernardino Mountains hit with flash floods as summer downpours continue

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Heavy rainfall continues to cause havoc in Southern California's mountain and deserts, including flash flooding that forced a San Bernardino County sheriff's search and rescue team to help seven hikers trapped near Forest Falls on Saturday.

The weekend deluge hit just over a week after historic rainfall and flooding swamped Death Valley ...Read more

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Anne Heche to be removed from life support with organ recipient found

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Anne Heche was set to be removed from life support Sunday after a recipient was found to be a match for an organ donation, a representative for the actress said.

The rep shared the update with People, but didn’t identify the recipient or disclose which organs would be donated.

Heche was declared brain dead last week following a fiery car ...Read more

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With many Ky. counties at high COVID-19 level, governor hopes for plateau in new cases

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The vast majority of Kentucky counties remain at medium or high COVID-19 community levels under the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest update, but with a growing number of counties at low levels, it could mean the upsurge in cases is cresting in the Bluegrass State.

That was one takeaway from Gov. Andy Beshear’s weekly...Read more

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Policies that notify Virginia parents of 'sexually explicit content' in school materials are on the way

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NORFOLK, Va. — Virginia school boards have until the end of the year to adopt policies to inform parents if any instructional materials contain sexually explicit content, the latest step in the debate over what and how children should be taught.

The mandate is the result of legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year and ...Read more

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US lawmakers visit Taiwan after Pelosi trip infuriates China

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — A U.S. congressional delegation led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., landed in Taiwan Sunday for a two-day visit, a trip that risks keeping tensions with China high after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went earlier this month.

The delegation will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu and local ...Read more

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Fight against menacing spotted lanternflies in NY to get extra $22M, Schumer says

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NEW YORK — If you see something, stomp something.

New Yorkers can do their part in the battle against the spotted lanternflies that threaten New York’s plant life, which is getting a multimillion-dollar boost to help poison, trap and track the pesky insects, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

“When you see a bug like this,...Read more

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Decade after abduction, Austin Tice's parents say Biden has strategy to return their son

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will continue to engage directly with the Syrian government to locate and return Austin Tice, a journalist missing for a decade in Syria, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday.

Blinken was speaking at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., commemorating 10 years since Tice, a ...Read more

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Vessel carrying 2,600 gallons of fuel, oil sinks near San Juan Island

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SEATTLE — A 49-foot commercial fishing vessel carrying an estimated 2,600 gallons of diesel and oil sank off the coast of San Juan Island Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

All five crewmembers onboard the Aleutian Isle were rescued by a good Samaritan, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Attention has since turned to the pollution...Read more

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Firefighters continue to battle Northern California wildfires amid hot, dry conditions

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Firefighters in California's northern forests continued containment Sunday over the massive and deadly McKinney fire in Siskiyou County, but as temperatures headed higher, another large blaze was burning nearby.

The Six Rivers fire, burning more than 16,900 acres in Trinity and Humboldt counties, was just 15% contained Sunday, according to ...Read more

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As COVID deaths in Minnesota surpass 13,000, the risk profile has a twist

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota surpassed 13,000 COVID-19 deaths earlier this month with the toll still falling hardest on the elderly, unhealthy and unvaccinated.

The coronavirus remains capable of surprises, though, as it veers to vulnerable locations or demographics or mutates into variants that threaten new populations. The past week's state ...Read more