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Parasitic creature -- with unique teeth -- found in forests of Asia. It's a new species

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In a forest in southern China, a parasitic creature flew through the air. Suddenly, a net enveloped the animal. Scientists looked at their successful catch — and discovered a new species.

Equipped with bug-catching nets, researchers ventured into a forest in Guangzhou in 2022, according to a study published Dec. 1 in the European Journal of ...Read more


New St. Louis prosecutor will revive unit to review wrongful conviction claims

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ST. LOUIS — The city's top prosecutor announced Tuesday that his office will revive an effort to review cases where people claim they were wrongfully convicted, and it already has three investigations in the works.

Circuit Attorney Gabe Gore said the Conviction Integrity Unit, which will be led by former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice ...Read more

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Counsel appointed for DUI suspect accused of killing Nevada Highway Patrol troopers

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LAS VEGAS — A man accused of a DUI crash that killed two Nevada Highway Patrol troopers appeared in court again on Tuesday morning.

Jemarcus Williams, 46, has been charged with two counts each of DUI, failing to stop at the scene of a crash, reckless driving resulting in death, plus misdemeanor charges of speeding, failing to properly ...Read more

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Haitian American becomes first US citizen to plead guilty in plot to kill Haiti's president

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A Haitian-American man from South Florida Tuesday became the first U.S. citizen to plead guilty to conspiring to kill Haiti’s president, admitting that he attended key meetings to carry out the assassination more than two years ago.

In doing so, Joseph Vincent also became the fourth of 11 defendants charged in the Miami federal case to accept...Read more

Families sue Dollar General after 3 killed in racist shooting at Florida store

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Months after three people were killed in a racially motivated shooting inside a Jacksonville, Florida, Dollar General, the families of the victims have filed a lawsuit against the store, saying it acts as a ”criminal’s safe haven” in the community.

The lawsuit, filed Dec. 4 in Florida state court, said Dollar General failed to provide a ...Read more

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Is the Missouri House violating transparency requirements? Appeals court will decide

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri appeals court is weighing whether a Missouri House rule allowing lawmakers to keep some documents secret violates a constitutional amendment approved by voters.

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District held oral arguments on Tuesday over House Rule 126, which says legislators can “keep constituent case ...Read more

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker won't proceed with Chicago migrant camp because of environmental concerns

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CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration moved to officially scrap Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to build a migrant camp on a controversial Southwest Side lot, the state announced Tuesday morning while issuing a scathing rebuke of the city’s evaluation of the land’s potential environmental hazards.

In a statement, Pritzker’s ...Read more

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Sacramento DA accuses city of allowing homeless to pollute waterways, endangering health

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three months after suing the city of Sacramento over its response to the homeless crisis, Sacramento County District Attorney Thien Ho is accusing city officials of allowing homeless camps to pollute area waterways and endanger public health.

In a 48-page amended lawsuit filed Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court, the D.A...Read more

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Could a monthly treatment prevent fentanyl overdoses? Scientists are working on it

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LOS ANGELES — Scientists have developed an antibody treatment that shows promise in blocking the potentially deadly effects of fentanyl for nearly a month, raising hopes for a new tool to combat overdoses.

Tests in animals found that the treatment could effectively block the effects of fentanyl, laying the groundwork for assessing whether the...Read more

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Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker unveils a 'roundtable' of top Democrats from Philly, Harrisburg, and Washington

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Mayor-elected Cherelle Parker on Tuesday unveiled what she’s calling her “intergovernmental roundtable,” an advisory board made up of top Democrats in local, state, and federal government.

Standing alongside the group of two dozen lawmakers, Parker said during a news conference in City Hall that the ...Read more

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House Speaker Mike Johnson plans Biden impeachment inquiry vote next week

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Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson is planning to ask lawmakers to vote next week to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry aimed at President Biden even though there is scant evidence of any wrongdoing.

The right-wing leader Tuesday said the vote is needed to allow investigators to gather more evidence about supposed misdeeds tied to ...Read more

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Supreme Court airs caution on limiting congressional tax power

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WASHINGTON — Most of the Supreme Court expressed skepticism Tuesday about a challenge to the constitutionality of a 2017 tax provision that could have far-reaching effects on the U.S. tax code.

The justices focused on those potential consequences through much of the two-hour oral arguments in the case, in which Charles and Kathleen Moore ...Read more

NYC Mayor Adams to meet with White House on migrants issue a month after canceling amid FBI raid of campaign fundraiser

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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams is set to travel back to the nation’s capitol this Thursday to discuss the migrant crisis, a month after he abruptly canceled his meeting with White House officials the same day the FBI raided his campaign fundraiser’s Brooklyn home.

The mayor is expected to take part in a “series of meetings” to discuss �...Read more

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Trump sought power 'at any cost,' DOJ alleges in DC court filing

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has a yearslong pattern of sowing mistrust in U.S. elections and angling “to remain in power at any cost — even in the face of potential violence,” federal prosecutors allege.

In a court filing Tuesday, special counsel John “Jack” Smith’s office detailed a plan to introduce a “historical record” of ...Read more

McHenry, who served as interim speaker, will not seek another term

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WASHINGTON — House Financial Services Chairman and former speaker pro tempore Patrick T. McHenry said Tuesday he would not seek reelection next year, though he will finish out his term.

The North Carolina Republican, who was the acting House speaker for about three weeks in October while his party searched for the next speaker before landing ...Read more

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'The Bedouins are being whipped from both sides' in the Israel-Hamas war

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AL BAT, Israel — Adel abu Sbayeh heard the F-35 long before he saw it brushing a lazy contrail over the Negev desert, turning west toward Gaza, another warplane from the Nevatim air base not far from his Bedouin village. He wondered if the sky would also bring more Hamas rockets, like the one that killed his loved ones and left him injured ...Read more

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'We are not trying to be greedy.' CSU faculty walk out for higher pay in tough times

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Hundreds of Cal Poly Pomona faculty members Monday crowded on sidewalks near main entrances, carrying signs that read "On strike!" as they called for higher wages — and shared stories about why they walked out, launching the first of four one-day strikes throughout the California State University system.

Some faculty members say they have ...Read more

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Prosecutors drop charges in 'ghost gun' case linked to LAPD gang unit scandal

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Los Angeles County prosecutors have dismissed a gun possession charge against a man who was stopped by police officers from a scandal-plagued gang unit within the LAPD's Mission Division, one of the first instances of a case being compromised by the department's latest corruption scandal.

The decision came after a preliminary hearing Thursday ...Read more

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Kamala Harris, the first Black woman in her role, just broke a record held by an outspoken slaveholder

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Vice President Kamala Harris set a new record Tuesday that underscored the closely divided nature of modern politics, casting her 32nd tie-breaking vote in the Senate, the most in the chamber's history.

The vote advanced the nomination of Loren AliKhan to the U.S. District Court in Washington.

Harris takes the tie-breaking record by surpassing...Read more

Adoptive parents abused 8 kids while collecting $1 million from state, MI officials say

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Two sets of parents are accused of adopting children for financial gain, then abusing some of them, Michigan officials say.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced 36 total charges Monday, Dec. 4, against Joel and Tammy Brown and Jerry and Tamal Flore, of Dewitt.

Nessel said the couples adopted or fostered nearly 30 children since 2007...Read more