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'If not for the Ice Bucket Challenge, we wouldn't be here': Cambridge company on the brink of FDA-approved ALS treatment

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BOSTON — Eight years after the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral across social media and raised hundreds of millions of dollars for research, a Cambridge company is on the brink of a major breakthrough for ALS patients.

Amylyx Pharmaceuticals should receive word in the coming week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on whether the ...Read more

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LA homeless count raises doubts about accuracy. Is it time for a new way?

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LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority this month published a spreadsheet breaking down its homeless count by every census tract in the county, those with knowledge of Venice were incredulous.

LAHSA said there were no unsheltered people — no tents, no inhabited cars or RVs and no people living outdoors — in the ...Read more

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Proposition 31 will let California voters decide whether they want to ban flavored tobacco products

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California voters will decide in November whether to uphold or block a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed in 2020 that banned the sale of certain flavored tobacco products, an effort by anti-tobacco advocates to stop a youth vaping crisis and weaken the industry's influence in the state.

Senate Bill 793 would have prohibited retailers in California ...Read more

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Philippines' Marcos eyes China compromise on South China Sea

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The Philippines is interested in renewing talks with China on joint oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea to expand and diversify its sources of energy, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

The Southeast Asian country seeks a compromise with China, which is claiming parts of the South China Sea that ...Read more

Another heat wave is coming. It won't be as extreme as the last one

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LOS ANGELES — A heat wave is coming to Los Angeles County, with temperatures expected to reach triple digits next week from the beaches to the San Gabriel Valley.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch on Saturday, advising residents to limit time spent outdoors and ensure that elderly people, children and pets have ...Read more

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California needs to charge electric vehicles during day, not night, to save grid, study says

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To successfully ramp up Californians’ reliance on electric vehicles over the next decade without overtaxing the state’s power grid, more drivers will need to charge their cars during the day, a Stanford study has found.

The state needs to drastically increase and improve public and workplace charging infrastructure that supports daytime ...Read more

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Newsom vetoes 'premature' crypto oversight bill for California

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would require crypto financial-service businesses to get a special license to operate, calling it premature and costly.

Newsom on Friday declined to sign the legislation known as the Digital Financial Assets Law, which was passed by the state assembly and senate last month. While the governor ...Read more

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Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a law giving undocumented immigrants another way to get a California ID

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Undocumented Californians without driver’s licenses will soon have a new way to obtain state identification cards.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill from Assemblyman Mark Stone, a Democrat,, that gives non-drivers the ability to get ID cards, which were previously off-limits to Golden State residents without ...Read more

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North Korea launches suspected ballistic missile, Yonhap says

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North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile on Sunday, Yonhap said, its first such launch since shooting off its single-day record of eight at the start of June.

At least one missile was launched into the East Sea, Yonhap said, citing South Korea’s military. Japan’s Coast Guard also reported a suspected firing of a ballistic missile. ...Read more

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Residents clear water, plywood shelves as Ian threatens Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The parking lot at a Walmart in Metrowest was packed with customers Saturday afternoon, many hustling to find any leftover cases of water. But by the time they arrived, the shelves had long been cleared.

“We don’t have any more,” an employee said to them customers. “Come back later, we don’t have any more.”

The ...Read more

Bolsonaro, Lula battle for votes in Brazil's largest state

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The front-runners in Brazil’s presidential election are seeking support in the country’s most populous state, where the polling gap between them has narrowed in the last days of the campaign.

President Jair Bolsonaro attended an event in Campinas, one of the biggest cities in Sao Paulo state, in the morning, before taking part in a ...Read more

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Path shifts northwest on growing Tropical Storm Ian, still could strike Florida as hurricane

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Storm Ian grew overnight in the Caribbean, still with a path that could bring it to Florida next week as a hurricane, prompting Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency across the Sunshine State.

The National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update puts Tropical Storm Ian’s center about 255 miles south of ...Read more

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EPA Administrator Regan announces new environmental justice office, $3 billion in funding

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WARRENTON, N.C. — Growing up in Goldsboro, Michael Regan heard his parents talk about the 1982 Warren County protests against a PCB landfill, demonstrations that played a pivotal role in establishing the environmental justice movement in the United States.

On Saturday, Regan — now the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection ...Read more

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Texas family awarded $95 million after dental procedure left young girl with irreversible brain damage

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A Texas family has been awarded $95 million after their young daughter was left blind and unable to walk or talk because of the botched treatment she received from her dentist in 2016 — but the heartbroken family likely won’t see a dollar of the hefty pot.

Nevaeh Hall was just 4 years old when she arrived at the Diamond Dental Practice in ...Read more

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Report: More than 1,000 wild horses sent to slaughter

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The American Wild Horse Campaign released a report Friday documenting that 1,020 federally-protected wild horses and burros have been sold at slaughter auctions in the last 22 months.

The campaign, dedicated to preserving the American wild horses and burros in free-roaming herds, cited records it accumulated through an investigation into the ...Read more

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Navy prosecutors say circumstantial evidence enough to convict sailor in San Diego ship fire

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SAN DIEGO — Navy prosecutors rested their case Friday against the 21-year-old sailor accused of starting the devastating fire on the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard, just 1,000 feet from where the $1.2 billion warship burned more than two years ago.

Seaman Recruit Ryan Sawyer Mays, a 19-year-old deck seaman on the ship at the time of...Read more

'Read Putin more often and carefully,' Lavrov tells UN reporters

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Grilled by reporters at the United Nations General Assembly about what comes next in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had simple advice.

“You should read Putin more often and carefully,” he told a journalist who asked about Moscow’s endgame for the 7-month-old conflict, directing the questioner to Putin’s ...Read more

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Newsom signs law removing 'squaw' across California. What it means for Squaw Valley

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FRENSO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a state bill on Friday, California Native American Day, that will remove the word “squaw,” now widely considered a slur, from California places by 2025.

In the central San Joaquin Valley, Assembly Bill 2022 should impact the rural Fresno County town of Squaw Valley.

This “racist and sexist term...Read more

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Path shifts northwest on growing Tropical Storm Ian, still could strike Florida as hurricane

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Storm Ian grew overnight in the Caribbean, still with a path that could bring it to Florida next week as a hurricane, prompting Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency across the Sunshine State.

The National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. update puts Tropical Storm Ian’s center about 255 miles south of ...Read more

Iran protests' death toll rises to 41 as the unrest deepens

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The number of people killed in Iranian protests that were sparked by the death of a woman in police custody rose to 41 including demonstrators and police, state TV reported.

The elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps issued a statement describing the unrest as a “conspiracy” in which protesters had been organized and armed by the “enemy,...Read more