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Joe Biden, a father’s love and the legacy of ‘daddy issues’ among presidents

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President Joe Biden often talks about the close relationship he had with his father and how this influenced him growing up as “the scrappy kid from Scranton,” Pennsylvania.

Biden was born into wealth, the son of a polo-playing yachtsman. But his father, Joe Biden Sr., lost his job after World War II and abused alcohol, struggling ...Read more

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Trump's mass-deportation plan would have big economic consequences for South Florida

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MIAMI — During a rally in Hialeah last fall, Donald Trump regaled supporters with a pledge to undertake “the largest domestic deportation operation in American history” if they helped put him back in the White House.

The comment, which has become a cornerstone of Trump’s agenda for a second term in Washington, was met with a roar of ...Read more

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Sturgeon remain rare in Great Lakes, but Detroit River's population thrives

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THE DETROIT RIVER — A pair of federal fish experts braced themselves as they cradled a hulking fish over the side of their boat just north of the Grosse Ile Toll Bridge. Its kick would be strong enough to unhorse a novice angler, but the duo had performed this routine 31 times in a handful of weeks and were on pace to do it maybe a hundred ...Read more

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Florida schools says maintaining student laptops for all is getting too pricey

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County Public Schools prides itself on providing laptops to all students, an effort that started in 2013 and aimed to make sure everyone had access to technology no matter their family’s income.

But putting laptops in the hands of thousands of students — and keeping them running and up to date — has proved to be ...Read more

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Do you need a Real ID? When's the deadline? What to know for Kansas and Missouri

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KANSAS — The deadline to get a Real ID in order to fly in the United States is less than a year away.

Real IDs can be identified by a gold star in the top right corner. The requirement was first passed by lawmakers in 2005 with the purpose of setting a minimum security standard when it came to state-issued identification.

After the deadline,...Read more

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Smith seeks Trump gag order over false FBI assassination theory

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WASHINGTON — Special counsel Jack Smith asked for a court order forbidding Donald Trump from continuing to claim that FBI agents were authorized to kill him when they searched Mar-a-Lago last year for classified documents.

“Those deceptive and inflammatory assertions irresponsibly put a target on the backs of the FBI agents involved in this...Read more

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Lloyd Austin handed off Pentagon duties while undergoing procedure

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin briefly turned over his duties to his deputy on Friday while he underwent a medical procedure linked to an issue that left him hospitalized for two weeks in January.

The secretary had a “successful, elective, and minimally invasive follow-up non-surgical procedure related to his bladder issue...Read more

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Opposition rivals turned allies hope to unseat Modi in Delhi

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Two key opposition parties are hailing their alliance in India’s capital Delhi, and hoping they can deny Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party a third consecutive clean sweep of the region in the ongoing elections.

Delhi, the administrative heart of the country, is a high stakes battle between former bitter rivals, the Indian National ...Read more

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Kamala Harris is gaining swing-state voters' trust to step in for Biden

Vice President Kamala Harris is increasingly endearing herself to swing-state voters, a development that if it persists, stands to neutralize Republican attacks around Joe Biden’s age.

Nearly half of swing-state voters, 48%, say they trust Harris to fulfill the duties of...Read more

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Body found on tracks suspends 4, 5, 6 subway service in Manhattan: sources

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NEW YORK — Subway service was suspended in Manhattan on the No. 4, 5 and 6 lines Friday morning as police responded to reports of a body on the tracks near E. 28th St., sources told The New York Daily News.

An official alert from the MTA said trains were not running on the Lexington Ave. line between Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall and the E. 86th ...Read more

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LA City Council approves Mayor Karen Bass' budget, cutting 1,700 vacant positions

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council signed off on Mayor Karen Bass’ $12.8-billion budget on Thursday, cutting 1,700 vacant positions and engaging in a back-and-forth over police spending.

On a 12-3 vote, the council approved a spending plan that eliminates the positions at agencies responsible for animal shelters, public works, ...Read more

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New Mexico judge denies Alec Baldwin's motion to dismiss criminal case in 'Rust' shooting

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A New Mexico judge denied a motion to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin, clearing the way for the high-profile actor to stand trial for his alleged role in the deadly “Rust” movie shooting.

New Mexico First Judicial District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer’s decision late Friday was a setback to Baldwin and his ...Read more

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Louisiana first in US to make possessing abortion pills without prescription a crime

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Louisiana became the first state to make it a crime to possess the two main U.S. abortion pills without a prescription, after a new law added mifepristone and misoprostol to the list of controlled substances like highly addictive narcotics.

Gov. Jeff Landry, a Republican who opposes abortion access, said in a social-media post Friday that he’...Read more

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Lloyd Austin will hand off Pentagon duties while undergoing procedure

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WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will turn over his authorities to his deputy while he undergoes a medical procedure linked to a bladder issue that left him hospitalized for two weeks in January.

Doctors will perform “a scheduled, elective, and minimally invasive follow-up non-surgical procedure related to his previously reported...Read more


Missionary couple killed by gangs in Haiti were Missouri state rep's daughter, son-in-law

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Missouri state Rep. Ben Baker revealed Friday that his daughter and son-in-law were killed by a gang while working as missionaries in Haiti.

“My heart is broken in a thousand pieces,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “I’ve never felt this kind of pain.”

He added: “They went to Heaven together. Please pray for my family we desperately ...Read more


Jury awards $10 million in Missouri deputy shooting that killed man, injured woman

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County jury handed down a substantial $10 million verdict Friday after nearly two weeks of testimony centered around a deputy who shot two people, killing one of them.

Allen Cates, 29, and Randi McGaugh were in a car in Independence when Jackson County Deputy Tyler Naudet fired at them on Sept. 12, 2019. Cates ...Read more

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'Straw' gun buyers often are women in abusive relationships

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MINNEAPOLIS — They wanted to please their partners.

One woman led an afterschool program. Another helped manage her daughter's child-care center. A third worked as a Hennepin County corrections officer. Their spotless records gave the men in their lives — felons who weren't legally allowed to possess a firearm — access to guns.

Over the ...Read more

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As thunderstorms, high winds are forecast in Texas, here are some safety reminders

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A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service on Friday at for several northern Texas counties, including wind gusts of up to 60 mph and half-dollar-sized hail.

According to the NWS, "For your protection get inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows."

Actions to take when lightning threat is imminent

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Impeached Kentucky prosecutor gets prison time for seeking nude photos from defendant

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A former Kentucky prosecutor has been sentenced to three years and five months in prison for his conviction in a case in which he solicited sexually explicit images from a woman and helped her on her criminal charges.

The sentence for Ronnie Goldy was the maximum under advisory guidelines.

Chief U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced ...Read more


Man raped, stabbed teen 86 times after meeting on Snapchat, Gwinnett DA says

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A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping and stabbing a 15-year-old girl he met through Snapchat, the Gwinnett County district attorney said Friday.

Zachary Iona, 22, of Flowery Branch, pleaded guilty to rape, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, statutory rape, child molestation and possession of a knife during the commission of...Read more