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GOP-led nonprofit claims Nevada's Clark County violated federal election law

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LAS VEGAS — A Republican-led nonprofit that says it’s dedicated to defending elections sent a letter Tuesday to Nevada’s most populous county alleging it is violating federal election law.

Restoring Integrity and Trust in Elections, a group co-founded by prominent Republicans including former U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Las ...Read more

Can Trump be prosecuted? Supreme Court will take up precedent-setting case to define the limits of presidential immunity

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Feb. 28, 2024, that it will consider the momentous issue of whether Donald Trump is immune from criminal prosecution, delaying the federal prosecution of the former president for his alleged efforts to subvert the 2020 election.

A lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ...Read more


Xi signals China ready to step up support for developing nations

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Chinese leader Xi Jinping indicated his nation would be a bigger voice for the world’s developing economies, underscoring his campaign to offer an alternative to U.S. leadership.

“China has always regarded solidarity and cooperation with African countries as an important cornerstone of our foreign policy,” Xi told Sierra Leone President ...Read more

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'Nothing could be more honorable:' Fallen Minnesota police officers and firefighter mourned in massive ceremony

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Standing at the podium, Burnsville police Sgt. Adam Medlicott thanked the uniformed crowd inside the massive suburban church for paying tribute to the colleagues who were by his side when they answered their final call.

They were there to honor the men's sacrifice: Badge 183, for police officer Matthew Ruge, a 27-year-...Read more

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Trump revives fight over $937,989 fine in failed Clinton suit

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Donald Trump is battling to reverse a $937,989 fine levied against him by a federal judge in Florida last year for bringing “frivolous” claims against Hillary Clinton — yet another effort by the former president to fight a string of costly courtroom losses.

Trump and his lawyer Alina Habba, who are jointly liable for the Florida fine, on ...Read more

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Another illegal sleeping space for migrants shut down in NYC

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NEW YORK — New York City officials on Wednesday discovered a cramped commercial space housing dozens of migrants for the second day in a row.

FDNY and Department of Buildings officials were called to the building on East Kingsbridge Road near Briggs Avenue in the Bronx just before 2:10 p.m. Wednesday to investigate reports of people living ...Read more

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Maryland announces $238 million in new opioid settlements with Walgreens, Walmart, two drugmakers

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Maryland’s top lawyer announced Wednesday afternoon that the state had reached settlements with Walgreens, Walmart and two opioid manufacturers that are expected to add $238 million to its efforts to fight the opioid crisis over the course of 15 years.

The settlements follow multi-year investigations of the roles of the opioid manufacturers ...Read more

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'This is huge': Text messages show how move to disqualify DA Fani Willis developed

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ATLANTA — For months, Terrence Bradley guided a defense attorney as she fished for information that would help her disqualify Fani Willis from the Fulton County election interference case by proving the district attorney was dating Bradley’s onetime law partner.

Hundreds of text messages between Bradley and Ashleigh Merchant, which the The ...Read more

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2 may be charged in bizarre NYC paparazzi chase of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, filing says

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NEW YORK — The headline-grabbing Manhattan paparazzi chase of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could end up leading to charges against two people, the NYPD indicated in a U.K. court filing revealed Wednesday.

In an ongoing legal battle related to a reduction in Harry’s security in Britain, the royal’s attorneys submitted a copy of a Dec. 6 ...Read more

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California bill would ban legacy admissions at private universities

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the practice of race-based college admissions, also known as affirmative action. Now, a new bill introduced in the California Legislature seeks to end the practice of giving preferential college admission to people whose family members were alumni or big donors.

Assembly Bill 1780 ...Read more

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Colorado's wolves roamed from northwesternmost county to across Continental Divide last month

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DENVER — Wolves from Colorado’s new pack expanded their roaming range over the past 35 days to the state’s northwesternmost county and across the Continental Divide, according to a map state officials released Wednesday.

The map tracks the wolves’ movements generally by watersheds into which they’ve wandered and shows the wolves ...Read more

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Haiti prime minister commits to holding elections by August 2025, Caribbean leaders say

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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to hold general elections in his crisis-ridden nation no later than Aug. 31, 2025, the Caribbean Community announced Wednesday as leaders concluded a summit in Guyana.

Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said in order to achieve the goal, the 15-member regional bloc known as CARICOM, will lead an ...Read more

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Demonstrators disrupt Athens mayor's press conference in wake of Georgia nursing student death

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ATHENS, Ga. — Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz defended local officials’ handling of crime and immigration enforcement in a contentious press conference Wednesday that was frequently interrupted by angry demonstrators.

For roughly 20 minutes, Girtz attempted to outline public safety investments and counter Republicans who have ...Read more

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Senate wades into abortion debate with IVF bill, Budget hearing

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WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday dove headlong into reproductive health issues, with Republicans blocking an effort to protect access to in vitro fertilization and the Budget Committee debating whether reproductive rights restrictions had an impact on the economy.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked an attempt by Sen. Tammy Duckworth,...Read more

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Trump must pay $454 million plus interest while appealing fraud judgment, appeals court rules

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump must fork over upward of $454 million as he appeals the devastating judgment in his fraud case, a New York appeals court judge ruled Wednesday — hours after the former president asked to pay a quarter of it to save him from selling off his prized properties.

Justice Anil Singh of the midlevel 1st Department Court of ...Read more

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Federal prison director tells senators about staffing 'crisis'

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WASHINGTON — Senators zeroed in on chronic staffing problems in the federal Bureau of Prisons on Wednesday, as the head of the agency said the system faces a “crisis” in recruiting and retaining employees.

Long-standing staffing shortages were among the problems cited in a scathing watchdog report this month that found systemic and ...Read more

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore testifies on ENOUGH Act, receiving praise and facing questions about state budget shortfall

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BALTIMORE — An hour into hearing mostly glowing comments about his plan to invest in Maryland’s most impoverished neighborhoods, Gov. Wes Moore was posed a question Wednesday that brought to the forefront a topic he and other Democrats have largely avoided in this year’s session of the Maryland General Assembly.

How does he justify the ...Read more

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Capitol Police hires prosecutor to tackle lawmaker threats

A lawyer who worked on a high-profile murder case against former prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh will soon work to prosecute people who threaten members of Congress.

Johnny James will start March 11 as a federal prosecutor based in San Jose, Calif., in connection with the...Read more


University of California hit with $7.2 million jury verdict over firing of Black police officer

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — A jury has awarded more than $7 million in damages to a former University of California policeman who claimed he was illegally fired because he is Black.

Former U.C. Santa Cruz Police Department Lt. Glenn Harper — who had previously worked as an officer in the San Jose Police Department — sued the U.C. Regents in 2019, ...Read more

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Massachusetts House approves plan to use Rainy Day fund interest for federal grants, debt

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BOSTON — The state House has approved a plan to use the hundreds of millions in interest spun off the Rainy Day fund to compete for federal funding and help pay the Commonwealth’s bills.

Lower chamber lawmakers unanimously passed the proposal which would send Rainy Day fund interest into a new “Commonwealth Federal Matching and Debt ...Read more