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Grand jury hearing Trump 'hush money' payment to Stormy Daniels reconvenes for more testimony as possible indictment looms

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NEW YORK — The Manhattan grand jury hearing evidence on Donald Trump’s “hush money” payment to porn star Stormy Daniels returned to court Monday for more witness testimony as anticipation continued to build over a possible indictment against the former president.

The grand jury, which usually starts hearing evidence at 2 p.m., was in ...Read more

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Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear use 'anytime' as US carrier arrives in South Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong Un said North Korea is ready to use nuclear weapons “anytime and anywhere,” delivering a new threat as a U.S. aircraft carrier group arrives in South Korea.

Kim made the comments while visiting a facility producing nuclear bombs, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday. State media released ...Read more

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Colorado poised to pass age limits, waiting periods for guns

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DENVER — Colorado Democrats’ full slate gun law reform is all but cleared to land on Gov. Jared Polis’ desk after two more bills passed key legislative hurdles Monday.

The two bills would limit all firearm purchases to 21 or older and institute a three-day waiting period on sales of firearms. The age limit passed its formal vote in the ...Read more

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Biden orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Nashville shooting victims

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Flags at the White House and all other federal buildings will be flown at half-staff in honor of the Nashville shooting victims through Friday, under a new order from President Biden.

The declaration came Monday after the commander-in-chief lamented the massacre that claimed the lives of three young children and three adults at the Covenant ...Read more

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FBI releases files on Ivana Trump

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Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana, was under an FBI counterintelligence inquiry into allegations about her connections in her home country of Czechoslovakia in the 1990s, according to excerpts from her FBI file obtained by Bloomberg News.

The inquiry spanned several countries, with U.S. legal attaches in Canada and Europe instructed to inquire...Read more

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Early voting time off bill wins final approval in Georgia

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate passed a bill Monday to ensure workers can take time off to cast a ballot either during early voting or on Election Day, sending the measure to Gov. Brian Kemp.

The Senate voted 46-3 to approve the legislation, Senate Bill 129, which would expand on an existing law that guarantees two hours of unpaid voting time ...Read more

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Fired Fox News producer says she was coerced into giving misleading testimony

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NEW YORK — A former Fox News producer has altered her deposition testimony in the defamation case against the network, claiming she was coerced by company lawyers to give misleading answers.

Abby Grossberg was fired Friday by Fox News days after she filed her lawsuit in New York and Delaware that alleged discrimination based on gender, ...Read more

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Celebrities Idris Elba, Sheryl Lee Ralph join Vice President Harris in Ghana

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Vice President Kamala Harris surprised onlookers in Ghana when she stopped at a local recording studio joined by two famous actors.

Idris Elba and Sheryl Lee Ralph appeared alongside Harris on Monday to tour Vibrate Space, a community recording studio, in Accra, Ghana, as part of the vice president’s weeklong tour of Africa.

The event was ...Read more

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Lawmakers open to Biden’s call to claw back SVB executive pay

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s call for legislation that would allow regulators to claw back executive bonuses and stock sale proceeds in the lead up to the Silicon Valley Bank collapse has found a receptive audience on Capitol Hill.

Democrats and Republicans are unlikely ...Read more

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Family of 2-year-old killed by police officer in Kansas files civil rights lawsuit

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The civil rights of a 2-year-old girl were violated when she was fatally shot by police last March in southeast Kansas, a federal lawsuit filed Friday alleges.

Clesslynn Crawford was killed by a round fired by a Joplin Police Department officer during a hostage situation on March 26, 2022, in Baxter Springs.

Her family is suing the City of ...Read more

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As humanitarians call for greater attention to Haiti, US pushes new approach to aid

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State Department officials are consulting with Haitian grassroots organizations, academics and others to see how the United States can help tackle the country’s ongoing gang violence and instability.

The consultations, which have included discussions with over 230 individuals and organizations, are ongoing and part of the priority the country...Read more

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Philly water is safe to drink through Tuesday afternoon, officials say, but monitoring of chemical spill continues

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia officials say tap water from the Baxter treatment plant is safe to drink at least through 3:30 p.m. Tuesday as they continue to monitor the impact of a chemical spill from a plant upstream on the Delaware River.

So far, no contaminants related to Friday night’s inadvertent discharge of 8,100 gallons of tainted ...Read more

Conn. lieutenant governor launches Reproductive Freedom Coalition, a 'firewall' for abortion rights

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz launched a Reproductive Freedom Coalition Monday composed of lieutenant governors from 22 states and territories who plan to act as a “firewall” against diminishing reproductive freedoms in the U.S.

The announcement arrived as Americans await a ruling in Texas on a case that holds the...Read more

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Crews demolish historic Monterey Bay pier, in danger of collapse after January storm damage

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — In the final chapter for one of the most venerable landmarks along Monterey Bay, crews with excavators and other heavy equipment on Monday tore apart the 500-foot-long wooden pier at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos.

Popular with generations of beachgoers and anglers, the pier, built in 1930, was best known as the connection ...Read more

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp could sign measure to give state new power over DAs

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp could soon sign a measure to create a state board with powers to punish or even oust local district attorneys as Republicans seek sweeping oversight over prosecutors they accuse of skirting their duties.

The House voted 97-77 on Monday to approve legislation to create the panel, and the Senate is expected to follow ...Read more

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Police identify shooter who killed 6 at Nashville grade school

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Police have identified the assailant who shot and killed three children and three adults at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday.

Audrey Hale, who was killed by police, was a 28-year-old white Nashville resident who identified as transgender, authorities said. Hale is believed to be a former student at the Covenant ...Read more

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Delta passenger detained at LAX after allegedly opening airplane door, deploying slide

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LOS ANGELES — A Delta Air Lines passenger was detained at Los Angeles International Airport after he allegedly opened an emergency exit door and slid down the emergency slide as the airplane prepared to take off for Seattle on Saturday morning, a passenger told the Los Angeles Times.

The incident happened after 10 a.m. when flight attendants ...Read more

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Analysis: Israel's protests, Netanyahu and the crisis his government unleashed

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WASHINGTON — Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, is a legendary master of political survival. For once, he may have overplayed his hand.

As he frantically plots a strategy to emerge from the worst domestic crisis in Israel’s 75-year history, Netanyahu must find a way to keep his radical, ultra-Orthodox coalition ...Read more


Wayne State suspends professor about 'reprehensible' social media post

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DETROIT — Wayne State University suspended a professor with pay Monday for allegedly advocating in a social media post that people would be justified in murdering certain individuals with whom they disagree rather than "shouting down" them.

The professor, who wasn't identified in the university's news release, is in the English Department and...Read more

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DeSantis signs massive school voucher expansion into law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Every Florida family will be eligible for state money to send their children to private schools regardless of income, under a massive expansion of the state voucher program signed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

At a bill signing at a private school in Miami, DeSantis described the effort as the “largest expansion of ...Read more