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Analysis: Biden trying to keep India close, even as it bucks him on Russia

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SEOUL, South Korea — When President Joe Biden meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders from Japan and Australia this week, it could get awkward.

India is rebuffing Biden’s efforts to join the U.S. and its allies in isolating Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. The world’s biggest democracy continues to buy cheap Russian...Read more

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Biden adviser says US economy can withstand Fed inflation fight

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White House economic adviser Brian Deese stopped short of ruling out a U.S. recession as the Federal Reserve combats inflation, saying the central bank needs space to do its job.

Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, said that approach reflects President Joe Biden’s pledge to make reining in the biggest consumer price ...Read more

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Cuomo addresses Buffalo congregation reeling from mass shooting

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Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to Buffalo on Sunday, the latest in a series of politicos to descend upon the city reeling from the racist mass shooting in which a white gunman is accused of killing 10 Black people May 14.

Amid ongoing speculation about his own political plans, Cuomo denounced the attack and called on Congress to take ...Read more

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Biden says monkeypox spread is concerning and advisers are examining

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The growing monkeypox outbreak is “something everyone should be concerned about,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden, before boarding Air Force One in South Korea on Sunday, told reporters he’d spoken to advisers about the situation.

“We’re working on it hard to figure out what we do and what vaccine, if any, might be available for it...Read more

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Johnson didn't try to influence 'partygate' report, Zahawi says

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Boris Johnson didn’t use a meeting with a top civil servant to try to influence her report about illegal parties held at the center of government during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Sue Gray is expected to release her report this week into what the U.K. media has dubbed “partygate,” a scandal that’s ...Read more

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US gets first 70,000 pounds of baby formula to counter shortage

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A planeload of more than 70,000 pounds of baby formula arrived in the U.S., starting an emergency program to alleviate a national shortage that has left some parents scrounging to feed their children.

More formula will start arriving in stores “as early as this week,” Brian Deese, President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser in the White ...Read more

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Ukraine says it's holding off Russia's intensified thrust in the east

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KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces were deterring Russia’s intensified offensive in the east, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday, even as he labeled the grinding military panorama across the country as “very hard.”

The situation in the heavily contested eastern Donbas region “is extremely difficult,” Zelenskyy said in his ...Read more

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Given chance to avoid jail and criminal charges, mentally ill, addicted and homeless people in LA pass

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LOS ANGELES — A diversion program in Los Angeles designed to keep mentally ill, addicted or homeless adults out of jail and instead provide treatment and housing is having little success, according to statistics provided by police officials.

The problem? Little interest.

Nearly three-quarters of the 283 people deemed eligible for the ...Read more

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COVID-19 wastewater efforts confront long-term questions

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WASHINGTON — In February 2020, environmental engineers Aaron Bivins and Kyle Bibby launched an informal collaborative with a few fellow researchers, hoping to share tips and strategies on monitoring wastewater for signs of the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic.

By April 2022, that group ballooned to more than 1,300 analysts and professionals ...Read more

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot swept into office as an avowed reformer. Three years later, critics see 'missed opportunities' and a mixed record

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CHICAGO — As a candidate for mayor, Lori Lightfoot promised to transform Chicago’s often corrupt political culture, in part by taking away the near-total power aldermen have over matters in their own wards and by leading a transparent government.

“For years, they said Chicago ain’t ready for reform. Well, get ready, because reform is ...Read more

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Even with Roe v. Wade in place, low-income women struggle to get abortions in Texas

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McALLEN, Texas — The patient slid onto the examination table as the doctor ran through her standard list of questions.

Most recent period? Any previous abortions? Medication or surgery? Any complications?

An assistant readied an ultrasound wand as the patient lifted her shirt. She wasn't worried whether she was pregnant — she had already ...Read more

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Amid severe drought, former Interior secretary calls for revamping Colorado River pact

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LOS ANGELES — One hundred years after a landmark agreement divided the waters of the Colorado River among Western states, the pact is now showing its age as a hotter and drier climate has shrunk the river.

The flow of the Colorado has declined nearly 20% since 2000. Reservoirs have dropped to record low levels. And despite a series of deals ...Read more

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Why swimming pools are getting a break despite unprecedented water restrictions in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES — As millions of Southern Californians brace for new drought restrictions coming June 1, one big, blue question mark remains: How will the rules apply to swimming pools?

As with nearly every other facet of the rollout, the agencies affected by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's urgent call for conservation ...Read more

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Dangerous DIY baby formula recipes go viral as parents get desperate

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As a nationwide baby formula shortage sends parents into crisis mode, social media posts containing dangerous misinformation about homemade formula recipes have gone viral online, racking up views in the millions. Although major networks like Facebook, TikTok and YouTube have taken steps to label photos, videos and posts with contextual ...Read more

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Debates spark over Baltimore police protection strategies as rising bloodshed puts neighborhoods on edge

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BALTIMORE — Gunfire rang out this month on Boarman Avenue, lined with trees and rowhouses with porches, frightening nearby residents. Five people were injured, police said, just hours after four people were shot in East Baltimore, including one man who died.

That night, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton fielded calls from concerned ...Read more

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Russia cuts off gas to Finland amid wider push into Ukraine's east

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russian troops pressed their offensive into the Donbas region on Saturday, aiming to encircle the easternmost point of Ukrainian control in what one official said would be a repeat of Moscow’s assault on the beleaguered city of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, Moscow cut off natural gas exports to Finland, and the Russian Defense ...Read more


Biden says US prepared to respond to a North Korean nuclear test

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U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday that he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of North Korea holding a nuclear test while he’s in Asia.

“We are prepared for anything North Korea does,” Biden told reporters in Seoul. “We’ve thought through how we’d respond to whatever they do, and so I am not concerned.”

U.S. intelligence...Read more

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NZ's Ardern congratulates Australia's Albanese on election win

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election.

“I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” ...Read more

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NYC will spend $9 million on 'violence interrupters' to curb violence in city schools

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NEW YORK — A technique that Mayor Eric Adams has championed as part of his efforts to curb gun violence on New York City streets may also play a role in his approach to addressing conflict in schools, budget documents show.

Adams has cited “violence interrupters” — trusted community members who fan out into neighborhoods to identify and...Read more


2 killed, 3 wounded in Indiana home shooting

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Two people were killed and three more were wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon at a house in northern Indiana.

Police in the city of Goshen did not say if the shooter was included in that count or if anyone had been arrested.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, preliminary information indicates that the shooting was targeted, not ...Read more