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Stu Hedley, Pearl Harbor survivor who carried torch of remembrance, dies at 99

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SAN DIEGO — Stu Hedley, a Pearl Harbor survivor who spent decades stoking the flames of remembrance about that pivotal moment in American history, died Wednesday from COVID-19. He was 99.

Short in stature but long on stamina, the San Diegan was a fixture at annual public events honoring military veterans and a frequent speaker at local ...Read more

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De Blasio says 'narcissist' Cuomo is harming COVID recovery by staying in office

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NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stepped up his attacks against Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, excoriating him as a Trump-like “narcissist” who’s stifling New York’s pandemic recovery by staying in office despite a state attorney general report corroborating accusations that he sexually harassed 11 women.

Taking aim at the ...Read more

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Richard Trumka, longtime AFL-CIO president, dies at 72

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Richard Trumka, the longtime president of the AFL-CIO and Democratic ally, died unexpectedly on Thursday, according to a union spokesperson.

Trumka, 72, died while celebrating his grandson’s birthday, according to an email sent by his staff to labor unions.

“He was more than the head of the AFL-CIO, he was a good close personal friend,” ...Read more

LA gets aggressive on vaccine requirements as delta variant surges

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LOS ANGELES — With the Southern California region still in the throes of the latest coronavirus surge, Los Angeles County is contemplating additional actions that officials hope will help blunt transmission of the highly contagious delta variant.

The county was ahead of the curve in mid-July when it began requiring everyone — even those who...Read more

Florida reports more than 20,000 new COVID cases

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MIAMI — Florida reported 20,133 new COVID-19 cases, its second-highest single-day case count since the pandemic began last year, as the state continues to see record-breaking hospitalizations for the fourth consecutive day.

The number of cases reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday was just 1,550 short of...Read more

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Dozens of structures destroyed as River fire sweeps into communities

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LOS ANGELES — The River fire in Northern California has forced 5,200 people from their homes in Nevada and Placer counties and destroyed dozens of structures.

The fire is burning about 55 miles southeast of the Dixie fire, which destroyed much of the downtown of Greenville on Wednesday.

The 2,400-acre River fire started at the Bear River ...Read more

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Impeachment imminent: New York Assembly gives Cuomo one week deadline as probe to end soon

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York Assembly’s impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “nearing completion” as lawmakers warn they will “soon consider potential articles of impeachment against” the scandal-scarred governor.

Cuomo, who has defiantly resisted calls to resign in the wake of a report outlining sexual harassment ...Read more

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Florida children's hospitals see pediatric COVID cases soar amid delta variant surge

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MIAMI — More Florida children were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday than in any other state, reflecting a rapid rise in serious illness among an age group considered to be at the lowest risk of severe outcomes from the disease and many still not eligible for the vaccine.

A total of 46 pediatric patients were admitted to a Florida ...Read more

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'A gargantuan task': How will Biden satisfy both progressives, moderates on infrastructure?

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is no stranger to fraught congressional negotiations.

But perhaps even he has never faced a balancing act on Capitol Hill quite like this one.

As lawmakers near the final phase of a two-track legislative process this month, Biden is caught between retaining support for a bipartisan infrastructure deal and a ...Read more

Biden allows some Hong Kong residents to stay in US amid Beijing crackdown

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered authorities to refrain from deporting numerous Hong Kong residents who are in the U.S., granting them an 18-month “safe haven” in the face of China’s fierce crackdown on dissidents and democratic institutions.

In the “deferred removal” directive he signed, Biden cited the arrest ...Read more

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Wildfire linked to PG&E ravages California Gold-Rush town

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A wildfire that’s been raging for weeks in California ripped through a town in the mountains north of Sacramento, gutting buildings and forcing residents to evacuate.

The Dixie Fire, which troubled utility giant PG&E Corp. said may have been sparked by one of its power lines, hit Greenville, a gold-rush era town with a population of about 1,...Read more

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'The town is completely gone.' Dixie Fire devastates California Gold Rush town of Greenville

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Much of the tiny Plumas County community of Greenville was in ruins early Thursday, reduced to ashes by the Dixie Fire.

Cal Fire said the three-week-old fire grew to 322,502 acres overnight, driven by fierce winds, and leveled parts of Greenville, a Gold Rush-era community of about 1,000.

“Reports indicate that ...Read more

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Grand jury indicts two men for murder in overdose deaths of South Beach tourists

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MIAMI — Two North Carolina men already jailed for the rape of a South Beach tourist who died of an overdose during spring break now also face first-degree murder charges.

A Miami-Dade grand jury indicted the men on Wednesday and added a separate first-degree murder charge against one of the defendants for the death of another man three days ...Read more

2 tropical waves in Atlantic moving west, hurricane center continues monitoring

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A new tropical wave emerged Thursday morning with 60% odds of becoming the next tropical depression or storm by early next week. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is watching a second tropical wave in the mid-Atlantic.

First, a tropical wave over the Guinea Highlands in Africa is producing thunderstorms Thursday morning...Read more

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Budget reconciliation instructions likely to assume deficits

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The budget blueprint Senate Democrats are preparing to unveil will likely assume, at least on paper, that the eventual reconciliation package to implement the more partisan pieces of President Joe Biden’s fiscal agenda will add hundreds of billions of dollars to deficits over the next decade.

That’s despite top Democrats’ pledge that the ...Read more

TikTok star 'Timbo the Redneck' dies after getting tossed from truck while performing donuts in Florida front yard

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An 18-year-old TikTok star, well-known online as Timbo the Redneck, died over the weekend while performing a truck-driving stunt in his friend’s front yard in Florida.

The social media celebrity, whose real name was Timothy Hall, died on Sunday after he was tossed from his beloved pickup as he attempted to execute a series of donuts, a ...Read more

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Biden expected to reverse Trump and announce tougher car pollution standards

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden is expected to unveil plans Thursday to strengthen car pollution standards through 2026, putting the United States on a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — though not as quickly as many environmentalists say is needed.

The proposed standards, written by the Environmental Protection Agency and the ...Read more

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Moderna shot's COVID protection stays steady for months

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Moderna Inc. said its COVID-19 vaccine remained 93% effective through six months after the second shot, as it reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations.

A final analysis of the company’s late-stage study, described in a statement on Thursday, suggests the vaccine’s protection remains stable for long after ...Read more

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Tokyo hits record of over 5,000 cases as Olympics closing nears

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Tokyo reported a record 5,042 new coronavirus cases Thursday, as the Olympics held under unprecedented conditions due to the pandemic entered their final few days in the Japanese capital.

The leap from the previous day brought the seven-day moving average to about 3,646, while the number of serious cases rose to 135 from 115 the previous day, ...Read more

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Battle over critical race theory moves to ballot box as Republicans seize on the issue in Connecticut school board elections

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The conflict over critical race theory in Connecticut is shifting from arguments on Facebook to activism in the political sphere as social conservatives seek to seize control of school boards around the state.

Rebelling against the establishment and determined to remake the curriculum, Republican activists have won ...Read more