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New bill would put climate scientist, person of color on board that regulates Colorado's air quality

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A bill filed this week in the Colorado legislature would change the makeup of the state’s Air Quality Control Commission as the legislation’s sponsors try to increase protections for low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, which bear the brunt of pollution.

The commission, which sets the rules and regulations for polluters, would...Read more

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Sentencings for 'ComEd Four' put off until after Supreme Court rules in bribery case

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Sentencing hearings in the “ComEd Four” bribery case involving former House Speaker Michael Madigan will be delayed until after the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on a key federal bribery statute that has put several high-profile public corruption cases in limbo, a judge ruled Thursday.

Prosecutors had argued against the delay, saying defense...Read more

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Russian court denies appeal of Los Angeles woman held on 'treason' charge

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A judge in Russia on Thursday denied the appeal of a Los Angeles woman detained for "treason," apparently for making a small donation to a charity that aids Ukraine.

Russian media reported that Ksenia Karelina, a 32-year-old dual U.S.-Russia citizen, appeared by video link in Sverdlovsk Region Court in the city of Yekaterinburg, where Russian ...Read more

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Dozens dead after violence near aid trucks in Gaza City

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Scores of Palestinians were killed and injured on Thursday during an outbreak of violence around a convoy of food trucks attempting to deliver humanitarian aid in northern Gaza.

Local health officials blamed Israeli forces for the unrest, which left 112 dead, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

The Israeli military said: “Gazan ...Read more

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Karamo asks Michigan appeals court to intervene so her convention can go forward

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LANSING, Mich. — Kristina Karamo is asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to immediately halt a lower court's decision that she's no longer chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party so her plans for a Saturday convention in Detroit can go forward.

Karamo's lawyer Donald Campbell filed a motion Wednesday seeking a stay on the Kent County ...Read more

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Colorado man arrested for assaulting officer at US Capitol on Jan. 6

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DENVER, Colo. — A Wheat Ridge man is facing several federal felony charges after the FBI arrested him Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a police officer at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Matthew James Melsen, 34, is charged in the U.S. District of Columbia with felony counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers and civil ...Read more

Laken Riley remembered as a selfless 'giver' ahead of Friday's funeral

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River Ridge High School, Laken Hope Riley’s alma mater in Woodstock, held a moment of silence for her this week. She graduated in 2020 from River Ridge, where students wore red and black, a nod to her time studying at the University of Georgia. There are discussions underway about memorializing her with a plaque in the school’s stadium.

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SpaceX delays Crew-8 launch, but lines up Starlink launch instead

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Bad weather conditions on the launch corridor for a human spaceflight from Kennedy Space Center prompted a two-day delay, so SpaceX took the opportunity to roll out and try and shoehorn a launch without humans from nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday.

The Crew-8 mission set to take up three NASA astronauts and a Russian ...Read more

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Migrants report reusing soiled diapers on babies amid essential goods shortages in Chicago shelters

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CHICAGO — Migrant families are reporting a shortage of diapers in the city’s shelters, forcing some parents to reuse dirty diapers on their babies, according to migrants and a network of volunteers working closely with those living in shelters.

The desperation of the families has galvanized mutual aid groups to collect diapers, toilet paper...Read more

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Biden says Gaza cease-fire may happen later than Monday

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President Joe Biden said he remains hopeful about the prospects for a temporary pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas, but that it’s unlikely to begin by Monday as he originally sought.

“Hope springs eternal. I was on the telephone with the people in the region. I’m still working on it. Probably not by Monday but I’m hopeful,” ...Read more

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California Democratic Party chair Rusty Hicks assailed as outsider in bid for North Coast Assembly seat

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At first glance, the Sonoma County Democratic Party's 36th annual Crab Feed seemed the political schmoozefest it has been for nearly four decades.

For $70, Sonoma County residents could "bump elbows with elected officials" over a North Coast meal of Dungeness crab, salad and pasta served with locally produced red and white wines. But Democratic...Read more

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California effort to crack down on legacy and donor admissions could hit USC, Stanford

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As scrutiny over fairness in college admissions intensifies, a California lawmaker renewed efforts Wednesday to ban state financial aid to private campuses — including USC and Stanford University — that give admissions preferences to children of alumni and donors.

Those preferences, known as legacy admissions, have come under growing ...Read more

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Putin warns NATO of risk of nuclear confrontation over Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of the potential for a nuclear confrontation over his war in Ukraine as he stepped up threats against the West for its support of Kyiv.

“There’s been talk of sending NATO military forces to Ukraine. We remember the fate of those who sent their forces to our country and this time the consequences for ...Read more

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Federal complaint alleges Berkeley public schools in California allowed discrimination against Jewish children

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The week after Hamas' Oct. 7 attack on Israel, Ilana Pearlman asked her 14-year-old son, Ezra, a ninth-grader at Berkeley High School who is Black and Jewish, if he felt safe.

"Oh, yeah, I'll be fine," he told her. "I'm Black."

Pearlman, a 38-year-old midwife, wanted to cry. She moved to Berkeley thinking it would be a space where her son ...Read more

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South Korea holds first talks with doctors as deadline looms

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The South Korean government held its first talks with doctors who have walked off the job in protest of a plan to increase slots of medical schools, as a deadline looms for them to return to work — or face punishment.

The Health and Welfare Ministry said Thursday morning it proposed talks to address the 10-day walkout by about 9,000 trainee ...Read more

UGA slaying puts spotlight on Venezuelan immigration – and special treatment

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Before being charged with kidnapping and brutally killing a nursing student on the University of Georgia campus, Jose Antonio Ibarra was part of an unprecedented surge of unlawful Venezuelan border crossings into the U.S.

In September 2022, the 26-year-old migrant was among the nearly 34,000 Venezuelan nationals who entered Border Patrol ...Read more

Bias hiding in plain sight: Decades of analyses suggest US media skews anti-Palestinian

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News organizations are often accused of lacking impartiality when covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In November 2023, over 750 journalists signed an open letter alleging bias in U.S. newsrooms against Palestinians in the reporting of the ongoing fighting in the Gaza strip.

More recently, two articles in respected U.S. ...Read more

Climate comedy works − here’s why, and how it can help lighten up a politically heavy year in 2024

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In a catchy YouTube video, British comedian Jo Brand translates a scientist’s long-winded description of the fossil fuel industry’s role in the climate crisis this way: “We are paying a bunch of rich dudes 1 trillion dollars a year to f--- up our future,” she says. “Even the dinosaurs didn’t subsidize their own extinction. Who’s...Read more

This is Texas hold ‘em – why Texas is fighting the US government to secure its border with Mexico

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President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are both traveling to Texas border towns on Feb. 29, 2024, and are expected to fault each other for chaos in border enforcement and the high number of undocumented migrant crossings.

Their dueling visits follow a failed Senate proposal to tighten border security and make it tougher...Read more

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California libraries may lose free passes to state parks as budget deficit mounts

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LOS ANGELES — As California faces a staggering budget deficit, library card holders may soon lose the ability to check out free passes to more than 200 state parks.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for the upcoming year does not include funding for what’s known as the California State Library Parks Pass, which was launched two years ...Read more