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Inter-American Court of Human Rights to meet in Barbados to confront climate crisis

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The relationship between human rights and the climate crisis will be explored this week, when the Inter-American Court on Human Rights will hear testimony from experts from around the globe and Caribbean nationals in Barbados.

On Monday, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights opened its 166th Regular Session at the University of the West ...Read more

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YNW Melly associate waits for verdict in his own murder trial

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Accused killer Terrence Mathis is waiting for a Broward County jury to decide whether he is guilty of killing a liquor store manager in Lighthouse Point nearly seven years ago.

Mathis, 40, is also accused in a separate case of helping rapper Jamell “YNW Melly” Demons tamper with witnesses in the rapper’s highly ...Read more

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Russia's North Korea embrace could embolden Kim Jong Un, US says

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Russia’s “complete embrace” of North Korea could increase Kim Jong Un’s appetite for risk when it comes to threatening South Korea and exporting weapons abroad, as well as helping Pyongyang ignore Washington’s call to return to nuclear talks, a senior Biden administration official said.

As North Korea ships weapons to help power ...Read more

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Sunak's Rwanda deportation bill to become law after long fight

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LONDON — Rishi Sunak’s government is preparing to get the first deportation flights to Rwanda off the ground by July after the U.K. prime minister’s flagship law to declare the African nation a “safe” destination for asylum seekers cleared its final hurdle in Parliament.

Following weeks of legislative “ping-pong” between the House...Read more

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LA County Sheriff's Department searching for suspect who shot deputy in the back

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LOS ANGELES — Authorities continued searching Monday night for a suspect who shot a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in the back at a stoplight near the 10 Freeway in West Covina.

Deputy Samuel Aispuro, 43, was shot once in the back at about 2:45 p.m. while stopped at a red light on a department-issued motorcycle at Barranca Street and ...Read more

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Students set up pro-Palestinian encampment, demand University of Michigan to divest from Israel

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Hundreds of pro-Palestinian students rallied near an encampment that sprang up Monday on the University of Michigan Diag, deploying an approach used by students at other college campuses to pressure the university to divest itself from Israeli companies amid Israel's war with Hamas.

Jewish students stood nearby, many of ...Read more

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City of Baltimore accuses Dali owners of negligence in Key Bridge collapse

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BALTIMORE — The owners of the Dali were negligent in sailing an unseaworthy ship out of the Port of Baltimore and should be held fully liable for the Key Bridge collapse that killed six people, the city said Monday in a court filing.

“None of this should have happened,” a claim filed by the mayor and City Council in Baltimore’s U.S. ...Read more

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Wildlife agency: Sturgeon won't go on endangered species list

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Fishing for lake sturgeon in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan is not a threat to the ancient species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in its decision not to list the giant fish under the Endangered Species Act.

Monday's ruling after a yearlong review ends the possibility the largest freshwater fish in North America will be put off...Read more

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At charity tournament in his honor, family of Key Bridge collapse victim hopes his body will be found: 'We keep praying'

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BALTIMORE — Friends and family members of Miguel Luna, a construction worker who perished in the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse last month, gathered Sunday in Baltimore for a charity soccer tournament to benefit his family.

Recovery crews are still searching for Luna, a beloved father and grandfather, amid the wreckage in the Patapsco ...Read more

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Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot; person of interest has been detained

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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was shot Monday on the 10 Freeway, authorities said.

The Sheriff’s Department confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that a deputy assigned to a motorcycle unit was shot on the freeway in West Covina but did not provide additional information, saying the investigation is ongoing.

The ...Read more

Minnesotans interviewed to serve on Feeding Our Future trial

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The first criminal trial in the sprawling Feeding Our Future case began Monday, questioning more than a dozen potential jurors about whether they could be impartial in the high-profile federal meal fraud case.

In all, 1,000 Minnesotans from across the state had been summoned by mail for the case, more than usual because of the publicity ...Read more

Honda nears deal with Canada to boost electric vehicle capacity

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Canada is on the verge of an agreement with Honda Motor Co. that would see the Japanese firm build electric vehicles and their components in the province of Ontario, according to people familiar with the matter.

The deal, expected to be announced within a week, involves a multibillion-dollar commitment by Honda for new facilities to process ...Read more

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Philly DA withdraws warrant for state Rep. Kevin Boyle's arrest

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office withdrew the arrest warrant issued last week for State Rep. Kevin Boyle, after officials learned Monday that there is no active protection from abuse order that he could have violated.

Law enforcement officials on Monday did not have a clear explanation as to how a gaffe of this ...Read more

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Trump paid hush money to porn star to protect brand, lawyer says

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NEW YORK — Prosecutors launched the hush money trial of Donald Trump by revealing new details Monday about how they seek to prove the former president corrupted the 2016 election to bury a sex scandal, while a defense lawyer countered the payment was meant only to protect his reputation.

The trial in lower Manhattan, the first of a former ...Read more

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Flurry of Colorado gun bills advance in Legislature, with one now headed to Gov. Polis' desk

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DENVER — Fresh off a historic vote to advance a ban on many high-powered, semi-automatic guns, the Colorado House approved three more gun-related bills over the weekend — sending them across the Capitol for another round of debate.

Those votes on Saturday were followed Monday by the state Senate’s final approval for two other gun reform ...Read more

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Chester County judge denies county GOP request that could have blocked some ballots

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PHILADELPHIA — A Chester County judge rejected a legal motion from local Republicans that could have blocked some mail ballots from counting in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary.

Chester County County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Verwey said the Republican Committee of Chester County’s request for an injunction against the county ...Read more

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Universal Studios tram tossed 'multiple' riders to the ground, accident investigators say

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LOS ANGELES — A tram vehicle at Universal Studios Hollywood threw "multiple" riders to the ground after it struck a guardrail near props from the "Jurassic Park" film franchise in an accident that is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Details of the accident that took place Saturday night — amid the 60th anniversary of ...Read more

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In 12 years Texas will be hotter than any year to date, see deadlier wildfires, study says

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A new report on the future of extreme weather in Texas says the state is in store for hotter temperatures, increased severity of droughts and growing wildfire risks.

The report from John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M University, is an updated 2024 version from his original 2021 report titled, “...Read more

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Blinken denies US human rights 'double standard' for Israel

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is examining allegations of human rights and international law violations in Gaza — by both Israel and Hamas — and will not apply a double standard, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in Washington on Monday.

“Do we have a double standard? The answer is no,” Blinken said in response to questions ...Read more

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Opening statements completed at Trump's NYC hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump schemed to defraud the 2016 electorate and covered up the plot by lying “over and over and over again” once he won the White House, prosecutors charged Monday during opening statements at the former president’s hush money trial.

The ruse central to the first-ever criminal case against an ex-U.S. president started...Read more