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Sacramento County pays settlement to man allegedly kicked by deputies for not showing ID

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Sacramento County has paid a $45,000 settlement to a man who alleged he was kicked by deputies after declining to show them his driver’s license.

Nathan Schneider was working as a Lyft driver in July 2019 at around 9:30 p.m., driving a couple back and forth from an Orangevale storage unit facility, alleged a federal lawsuit Schneider filed in...Read more

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Migrants land at state park on Florida, and Border Patrol is looking for others

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Three people are in federal custody after a migrant landing on Key Biscayne Monday morning, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The landing happened at Bill Baggs State Park, according to Border Patrol statement.

Two of the people caught are from Haiti and the other from Albania, Samuel Briggs II, acting chief patrol agent for the agency’s...Read more


Mom strangles 4-month-old, suffocates 2-year-old to death, Pennsylvania cops say

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A woman was arrested after telling authorities she killed her two young children, according to Pennsylvania police and news reports.

Officers went to a Harmony Township home Saturday, Dec. 2, for a report of a 4-month-old child not breathing, WPXI reported, citing a criminal complaint. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

The baby’s ...Read more

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Ambulance driver accused in crash that killed 2 will not serve prison time

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An ambulance driver who police said lost control of his medical transport van, leading to a crash that killed two people earlier this year, won’t spend time behind bars.

It was 19-year-old John R. Walker’s first day on the job when the crash took place in southwest Atlanta on March 20, killing his coworker, 29-year-old paramedic Ti’Quita ...Read more

Five bodies found from US Osprey crash in Japan, Kyodo says

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Five bodies and the bulk of the wreckage are thought to have been located under water after a U.S. military Osprey aircraft crashed in southwestern Japan last week, Kyodo News reported, citing a source close to the matter.

The CV-22 Osprey operated by the U.S. Air Force plunged into the sea off the island of Yakushima on Wednesday with eight ...Read more

Five dead in apparent murder-suicide in Washington

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Five adults were found dead in a Vancouver, Washington home Sunday after what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Clark County Sheriff’s deputies deployed a drone to survey the crime scene after receiving a call from an individual claiming a family member texted to say they’d harmed others at a home near Washington’s southwest border with ...Read more

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Mayor Brandon Johnson's mental health plan in Chicago starts small but carries big political implications

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At roughly 0.1% of the city’s recently passed $16.77 billion budget, the initial cost of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s effort to begin reopening Chicago’s city-run mental health clinics is minuscule.

But the political ramifications are potentially huge.

Johnson rode into office on a progressive wave powered by unions and activists who have ...Read more

New York officer failed to check cells where Nepali man died of overdose, says city report

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A correction officer responsible for checking cells on Rikers Island failed to properly tour the jail unit where a Nepali man died of a suspected drug overdose, the city Board of Correction says in a preliminary report obtained by the Daily News.

The officer didn’t do required rounds and check inside each cell with a flashlight over three ...Read more

'Our heart is captive in Gaza': Families of Israeli hostages plead for return of loved ones

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At 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, the piercing sound of sirens woke up Naama Weinberg in her Tel Aviv apartment. As she always did when sirens warned of an incoming missile attack, she immediately checked her family's WhatsApp group chat for messages from relatives living in a kibbutz near the Gaza border.

"Please pray for us," her aunt wrote, describing...Read more

Thousands of Cal State faculty to walk out in rolling strike, demanding higher pay

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Thousands of California State University faculty are expected to walk out beginning Monday during the crucial end-of-term time, demanding higher pay and marking a high-profile escalation in contract negotiations between their union and the nation's largest four-year public higher education system.

Faculty — including professors, lecturers, ...Read more

Israel's wider war has US cautioning of 'strategic defeat'

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Israel is expanding military operations into southern Gaza, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of Palestinians escaping the north as U.S. officials grow increasingly uneasy about the war’s toll on civilians.

Southern Gaza was hit by airstrikes overnight, when the Israeli military struck around 200 targets, including weapons depots used by...Read more

Stanford study wades into reading wars with high marks for phonics-based teaching

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Test scores at 66 of the state's lowest-performing schools strongly outpaced similar schools after educators adopted phonics-based instruction, offering some of the most compelling evidence to date that so-called science of reading methods are effective, a Stanford study concluded.

In science-of-reading practices, students are taught to use ...Read more

Biden's border asylum app has migrants waiting months in danger

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Domiciano Estrada Cruz fled gang violence at his home in southern Mexico to seek asylum at the U.S. border crossing in Tijuana. He was prepared with a raft of papers documenting his family’s case. But Mexican officials explained that they would need to seek protection the digital way — using an app.

He downloaded CBP One, the asylum ...Read more

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'Limbless' creature found digging beneath rotten tree in Vietnam. It's a new species

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In Vietnam’s “driest and hottest” region, a “limbless” forest creature took refuge under a rotten log, scrounging around for termites to eat. Suddenly, something lifted the nearly-blind animal into the air. It tried to defend itself, but to no avail.

Scientists successfully captured the “elusive” animal — and discovered a new ...Read more

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In face of threats, election workers vow: 'You are not disrupting the democratic process'

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Hundreds of election workers in Washington state’s second-largest county were busy opening mail-in ballots earlier this month when one of them came across a plain white envelope. As she cut it open, white powder leaked out.

She carefully took off her gloves, put them down, backed away and called her supervisor. Workers evacuated the building ...Read more

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Korea's army of senior citizens ready for battle. 'I don't remember the rifles being so heavy'

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SEOUL, South Korea — Dressed in borrowed camouflage fatigues, they fumbled with their ammunition belts and K2 assault rifles. Some had white hair and a slow, shuffling gait; their average age was 63, the oldest 75.

It was the most unconventional batch of trainees that the 52nd Infantry Division's Seocho Reserve Forces Training Center had ever...Read more

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Chicago seeing a drop in homicides as 2023 nears end, but not in every neighborhood

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Chicago is poised to see a double-digit percentage drop in homicides in 2023, welcome news for a freshman mayor and a police superintendent who took the reins of the department just a couple of months ago.

But the small measure of success may not be exactly as it seems, a Tribune analysis of police data has found. While citywide figures show ...Read more


Tea time: Boston prepares for 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party

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BOSTON — Tea bags are coming in from all over the U.S. for a semiquincentennial bash in Boston.

Dec. 16 marks the Boston Tea Party’s 250th Anniversary, with reenactments, retrospectives, and, of course, the dumping of British tea into the Boston Harbor.

Spearheading these efforts is Revolution 250, a consortium of more than 70 ...Read more

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Medicaid 'unwinding' makes other public assistance harder to get

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MISSOULA, Mont. — An hour before sunrise, Shelly Brost walked a mile in freezing rain to the public assistance office. She was running out of time to prove she still qualified for food aid after being stymied by a backlogged state call center.

Twice, she’d tried to use Montana’s public assistance help line to complete an interview ...Read more


High fees, long waits cast shadow over new criminal expungement laws

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More states are making it easier for residents to clear or seal their criminal records.

The effort has drawn bipartisan support, as lawmakers across the political spectrum say it will help people find jobs and housing, in turn boosting local economies and reducing reliance on social services.

“Folks that get out of jail or prison with ...Read more