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NYC Board of Correction to vote on rules barring solitary confinement

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NEW YORK — The Board of Correction is expected to vote Tuesday on rules about the use of solitary confinement in New York City jails stemming from a law sharply limiting the practice passed in December by the City Council.

One dynamic newly at play is a board makeup that is different than it was in 2023 when a five-member majority sued the ...Read more

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Protest violence outside LA synagogue spurs widespread condemnation. Mayor Bass vows quick action

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LOS ANGELES — A violent protest outside a Los Angeles synagogue sparked condemnation from President Biden and others Monday and prompted new debate over what some consider escalating behavior during demonstrations over the war in Gaza.

The protest began Sunday afternoon at the Adas Torah synagogue in the heavily Jewish Pico-Robertson ...Read more

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Florida Democrats lambaste Republicans, Trump and Sen. Rick Scott on anniversary of Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A range of Democratic elected officials marked Monday’s two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade constitutional protection of abortion rights. They decried the abortion restrictions implemented since then, and warned of even more restrictions on reproductive health if ...Read more

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Mayor Eric Adams' charter revision panel seeks new limits on NYC Council power

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NEW YORK — The commission assigned by Mayor Eric Adams to propose changes to New York City’s Charter recommended Monday that there be a significant shift in how the city assesses the fiscal impact of new legislation and urged more public input when it comes to bills that affect safety.

The proposed changes, if adopted, could allow the mayor...Read more

Boy who died at North Carolina wilderness therapy camp suffocated in sleep shelter, autopsy says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 12-year-old boy who died at a wilderness therapy camp in western North Carolina in February suffocated, and his death was a homicide, according to a newly released autopsy report.

The boy, who had just arrived at the Trails Carolina camp in Lake Toxaway the previous day, was sleeping in a cabin in a one-person nylon tent...Read more

North Korea sends more trash balloons over border as South warns of parasites

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea sent a new batch of balloons carrying trash across the border into South Korea after Seoul said it detected parasites such as roundworms in the contents of previous dispatches.

About 350 balloons were sent from Monday night, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, and the government advised the public not ...Read more

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Blinken meets with Israel's Gallant amid Netanyahu complaints

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met in Washington on Monday as the Biden administration struggles to forge a cease-fire in Gaza and prevent a war with Hezbollah forces in Lebanon.

The meeting occurred after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly accused the U.S. of ...Read more

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After massive flooding, Minnesota tries to sandbag, pump and dig out

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WATERVILLE, MINN. — Many residents here have left their homes behind, evacuating from the community of about 2,000 residents as area flooding grows worse and volunteers try to prevent the city's two main lakes from combining into one.

"People are working around the clock to save their homes," said Margo Boyd, a Waterville resident who watched...Read more

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Medical marijuana bill passes NC Senate, heads to the House. Will it pass this year?

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Once more, North Carolina senators threw their support behind a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state. House Bill 563 passed a final vote in the Senate with bipartisan support. Just 10 lawmakers voted against the bill.

Whether lawmakers in the House will have an about-face from past years and approve legalization remains to be seen. ...Read more

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Massachusetts House releases $3.5 billion economic development bond bill

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BOSTON — The State House released its version of an economic development bond bill on Monday, a $3.5 down payment toward keeping jobs and businesses in Massachusetts.

The bill, called An Act Relative to Strengthening Massachusetts’ Economic Leadership, isn’t terribly different from the bond offering made earlier this year by Gov. Maura ...Read more

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San Diego judge rules CBP falsely imprisoned 9-year-old US citizen at border

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego federal judge has ruled that border officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry falsely imprisoned a 9-year-old U.S. citizen for 34 hours, violating the Fourth Amendment rights of the girl and her teen brother, who was falsely imprisoned for about 14 hours, as the siblings were trying to cross the border to attend school. ...Read more

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Massachusetts Senate releases $5.2 billion housing bill, rejects real estate transfer tax

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled its $5.2 billion version of a housing bond bill, excluding a controversial real estate transfer fee backed by the governor and several cities and towns throughout Massachusetts.

The housing bond bill, based on a proposal from the Healey administration from October, aims to tackle the housing shortage...Read more

Florida woman charged in Cuban migrant smuggling trip that ended with 16 drowning deaths

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In November 2022, a Florida woman directed a Cuban migrant smuggling venture using a boat overloaded with passengers without life vests, according to U.S. authorities.

Sixteen of the Cuban passengers drowned when the vessel sank 30 miles off the coast of Cuba while it was heading toward South Florida, authorities said.

Four of the deceased ...Read more

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Wikileaks' Julian Assange to plead guilty, ending yearslong US battle

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WASHINGTON — Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange will plead guilty to leaking U.S. national security secrets and return to his native Australia, under a deal with the Justice Department that ends an almost 15-year battle over his prosecution.

Assange, 52, is expected to be sentenced to the more than five years he already served in a United ...Read more

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After clash with prosecutor, judge reserves ruling on restricting Trump's rhetoric about agents' classified documents search

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A testy exchange Monday between a skeptical U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon and one of special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecutors led to an apology for unprofessional conduct by the lawyer as he sought to persuade the court to restrain Donald Trump from making inflammatory statements against federal agents in the ...Read more

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Amid increasing mountain lion sightings, California county turns to Facebook to share info

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Authorities — concerned about an increasing number of mountain lion encounters including one earlier this year that killed a man and severely injured his brother — are asking residents of one California county to turn to Facebook to spread the word.

Over the weekend, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office took to its social media channels ...Read more

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Biden walks a political tightrope with his latest policies on immigration

Just months before his Election Day clash with Donald Trump, President Joe Biden is trying to thread the needle on the border security and immigration issues that have threatened his reelection.

Last week he issued an executive order that would allow spouses of U.S. ...Read more

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Alaska Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in challenge to correspondence programs

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Supreme Court is set to hear a high-profile case this week that could impact nearly 23,000 Alaska students enrolled in a publicly funded home-schooling program — and figure into a national debate on the future of public education funding.

The attorney making arguments on behalf of the state will be a former ...Read more

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Biden enters debate seeking to quell mounting attacks over age

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is sequestered at his Camp David retreat for a week of intensive preparation ahead of his debate with Donald Trump, as the incumbent looks to dispel questions about his age and demonstrate he’s ready for the rigors of another four years in office.

Biden takes the stage Thursday in Atlanta for a forum that ...Read more

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NYC public schools launching new division aimed at migrants, students with disabilities

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NEW YORK — New York City public schools will launch a division to better serve the city’s growing populations of English learners and students with disabilities, and push for more standardization how math is taught, education officials announced Monday.

The Division of Inclusive and Accessible Learning will repurpose $750 million in ...Read more