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Miami-Dade detective wounded after gunman fires at his unmarked car

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MIAMI — A gunman shot at and injured a county robbery detective during an undercover surveillance in Northwest Miami-Dade, authorities said, the latest in a series of attacks against law enforcement officers in recent months.

The Robbery Intervention Detail detective was grazed or hit by fragments in the face, Miami-Dade police said Monday.

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Philly DA Larry Krasner says GOP effort to remove him is part of an 'authoritarian attack' on democracy

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Monday that the Republican-led drive to impeach and remove him from office was part of a “generalized authoritarian attack” being waged by the GOP on democracy across the country.

Krasner, a Democrat, made the remarks during a news conference to address a legal challenge he ...Read more

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Supreme Court leans in favor of a Christian website designer's right to turn away gay weddings

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday sounded ready to rule that a Christian website designer has a free-speech right to refuse to work with same-sex couples planning to marry.

The justices heard arguments in a Colorado case that posed a conflict between a business owner’s First Amendment rights and a state ...Read more

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Michael Avenatti gets 14 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from clients

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LOS ANGELES — Michael Avenatti, the once-swaggering celebrity lawyer who was undone by his proclivity for embezzlement and fraud, was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for dodging taxes and stealing millions of dollars from clients.

His sentencing by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in Santa Ana concludes the last of three federal ...Read more

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Canada levies new sanctions against Haiti's economic elite

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Canada unveiled a fresh round of sanctions against members of Haiti’s economic elite on Monday, accusing three high-profile individuals of aiding armed gangs that have thrown the country into turmoil.

The Ottawa government said it would freeze any assets that Gilbert Bigio, Reynold Deeb and Sherif Abdallah hold within Canada.

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Real ID deadline again extended, pushed back to 2025

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Just five months before the latest Real ID deadline, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has again extended when travelers will need to have a federally mandated identification card for domestic flights.

The federal agency announced Monday it would push back the deadline to May 5, 2025, two years after the most recent May 3, 2023, deadline...Read more

Georgia runoff elections are exciting, but costly for voters and democracy

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In Georgia, if no candidate receives 50% of the general election vote for a statewide or congressional district race, there’s a runoff between the top two vote-getters. In recent decades, the Peach State has had four high-profile runoff elections, all for the U.S. Senate.

The last was on Jan. 5, 2021, when, in a pair of runoffs, the...Read more

Rockslide closes 40-mile stretch of California's Highway 1 near Big Sur

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LOS ANGELES — A rockslide over the weekend left a 40-mile stretch of California’s Highway 1 shut down Monday as authorities assess damage done to the road.

The portion of the highway closed ranges from Ragged Point to just south of Big Sur, according to Caltrans, though the road is open between Carmel and Big Sur.

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Antisemitic hate crimes in NYC are on the rise, NYPD figures show

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NEW YORK — Antisemitic hate crimes in New York City more than doubled last month from a year ago, New York Police Department data show — a troubling trend that unfolded against a backdrop of high-profile figures making headlines for remarks targeting Jewish people.

The five boroughs had 45 antisemitic crimes in November compared with 20 in ...Read more

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Iran protesters hold strikes even as state warns of executions

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Businesses in some parts of Iran went on strike on Monday as part of anti-government protests, even as the Islamic Republic vowed to implement harsh sentences on people demonstrating, including the death penalty.

Footage shared on social media showed entire streets of shops shuttered in parts of the capital, Tehran, and the cities of Arak, ...Read more

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China's COVID pivot accelerates as cities ease testing rules

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Chinese authorities eased COVID testing requirements across major cities over the weekend as Beijing appears to be engineering a gradual shift away from its strict COVID zero policy amid elevated cases and public protests.

The financial hub of Shanghai, which saw a grueling two-month lockdown earlier in the year, scrapped PCR testing ...Read more

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More than 33,000 in Moore County, NC, without power after vandalism

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RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 45,000 customers in Moore County, North Carolina, were affected by a power outage Saturday night, and more than 33,000 remained without power Monday morning.

Vandals intentionally damaged two electrical substations in the county, prompting law enforcement officers to accompany crews sent to make repairs.

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Tampa police Chief Mary O'Connor resigns amid traffic stop controversy

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa police Chief Mary O’Connor resigned Monday effective immediately after an investigation into a Pinellas County traffic stop where she flashed a badge and asked a deputy to “just let us go.”

Mayor Jane Castor asked for and received the resignation, Castor announced Monday in a news release. An internal review by the ...Read more

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Supreme Court to decide if a Christian business owner can turn away gay weddings

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday about whether a conservative Christian business owner has a 1st Amendment right to refuse to work with same-sex couples planning to marry.

At issue is a Colorado website designer claiming a free-speech right to ignore the state's anti-discrimination law and turn away gay couples seeking ...Read more

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Michael Avenatti facing more prison time for stealing millions of dollars from clients

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LOS ANGELES — Michael Avenatti, the once swaggering celebrity lawyer who was undone by his proclivity for embezzlement and fraud, faces a potentially long prison term when he is sentenced Monday for dodging taxes and stealing millions of dollars from clients.

His sentencing by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in Santa Ana, California, is ...Read more

Senior citizens are hit hard as COVID-19 surges across California

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LOS ANGELES — There has been a troubling spike in coronavirus-positive hospital admissions among seniors in California, rising to levels not seen since the summer omicron surge.

Hospitalizations have roughly tripled for Californians of most age groups since the autumn low. But the jump in seniors in need of hospital care has been particularly...Read more

Local air regulators say it's impossible to meet smog standards without federal help

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California air regulators have approved a sweeping plan to reduce pollution in the nation’s smoggiest region within the next two decades, but say they cannot meet national air quality standards without federal action.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District governing board voted 9-2 on Friday to adopt a nearly...Read more

Weasels, not pandas, should be the poster animal for biodiversity loss

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At the United Nations biodiversity conference that opens in Montreal on Dec. 7, 2022, nations aim to create a new global framework for transforming humanity’s relationship with nature. The conference logo features a human reaching to embrace a panda – but from an ecological perspective, a weasel or badger would be a more appropriate ...Read more

How fake foreign news fed political fervor and led to the American Revolution

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Misinformation is often at the root of political extremism. During the 2022 United States midterm election, some of the most radical politicians in the Republican Party were fueled by the unfounded belief that the previous presidential election in 2020 was stolen.

Misinformation as motivation for political action is nothing new. As I ...Read more

A judge in Texas is using a recent Supreme Court ruling to say domestic abusers can keep their guns

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For a large part of the history of the United States, domestic abuse was tolerated under the nation’s legal system. There were few laws criminalizing domestic violence, and enforcement of the existing laws was rare.

It was only in the past few decades that laws criminalizing domestic violence came to be widespread and enforced. But ...Read more