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'Pay rent or get a dose': Miami's Central American, Haitian immigrant communities undervaccinated

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MIAMI — José, a 60-year-old undocumented landscaper from Guatemala, had planned his whole day off around getting a COVID-19 vaccine. (He asked that his full name not be used because of his immigration status.)

Initially, he was hesitant. Bad information about Publix pharmacies charging (it doesn't) and worries about being asked for a Florida...Read more


US urges OAS to quickly organize mission to Haiti as nation's turmoil deepens

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The United States Wednesday urged nations "to act quickly" in deciding on the composition and date of an Organization of American States mission to Haiti, which is under pressure to hold legislative, local and presidential elections this fall.

The U.S.'s plea came during a tension-filled meeting in which Haiti's representative to the ...Read more

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Boulder grocery store, site of mass shooting, will be renovated and reopened

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — King Soopers will redesign and renovate its southside Boulder store with a goal to reopen in late fall, the company’s corporate affairs manager, Jessica Trowbridge, announced in a news conference Wednesday.

The store has remained closed since the March 22 shooting that killed 10 people. But in late April, survivors...Read more

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Dead whales found lodged under hull of Australian warship docked in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — An Australian destroyer pulled into San Diego Bay Saturday with an unexpected cargo: two dead fin whales lodged against the ship’s hull.

And their size is no trivial matter.

The largest carcass belonged to a female adult measuring 65 feet long, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The other was much ...Read more

University of SC president resigns amid controversy

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Robert Caslen resigned as president of the University of South Carolina on Wednesday, bringing his short but controversial stint at the helm of the state’s flagship public university to a quick end.

Caslen will be replaced by former USC President Harris Pastides, according to an email from USC spokesman Jeff Stensland.

“...Read more

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Man fled state after killing 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams with AK-47, feds say

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A man who allegedly opened fire with an AK-47 in the killing of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams at a Chicago McDonald’s drive-thru last month is believed to have fled the state, according to newly unsealed federal charges.

Devontay Anderson, 21, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court on April 29 with unlawful flight to avoid...Read more


House Republicans oust Rep. Liz Cheney from leadership post

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WASHINGTON — Three months ago, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy helped quell a small protest against Rep. Liz Cheney, one of the Republican Party’s most vocal critics of former President Donald Trump, declaring the GOP a “big tent” that was broad enough to include dissenting voices.

But that tent deflated Wednesday morning, when ...Read more

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Is California ending its mask mandate June 15?

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Are the mask rules that Californians have been required to follow for nearly a year about to be scrapped?

In the span of 24 hours, Gov. Gavin Newsom caused confusion over the issue, appearing to tell a TV reporter in Los Angeles that indoor mask rules would be dropped after June 15, the date he plans to end California’s colored COVID-19 tiers...Read more

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2 firefighters terminated over graphic pics of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash victims, court filing says

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Two Los Angeles County firefighters who allegedly took souvenir photos of victims’ remains at the scene of Kobe Bryant’s horrific helicopter crash last year are facing termination, a new court filing claims.

The firefighters were sent “notices of discharge” on Dec. 2 as part of a disciplinary action that “recently” came to light ...Read more

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Santa Clara University president resigns after 'inappropriate behaviors'

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Just five months ago, Santa Clara University President Kevin O’Brien stood beneath the marble and mosaics of St. Matthews Cathedral in Washington, D.C., presiding over an inauguration-morning Mass and wishing his old friend and President-elect Joe Biden sitting in the pews “a deep-seated peace that will sustain you.�...Read more

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Judge backs aggravating factors in Chauvin trial, clears way for longer prison term

MINNEAPOLIS — The judge in the Derek Chauvin murder trial has found there are "beyond a reasonable doubt" aggravating factors in the killing of George Floyd last year that clear the way to sentence the fired Minneapolis police officer to a term above state ...Read more


US EPA issues first climate data update since 2016

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WASHINGTON — In the five years since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last updated its climate-science scorecard, the world has seen five of the six hottest years on record and California has endured three of its five most destructive wildfires. The number of heatwaves tripled in the last decade from two a year on average in the 1960s....Read more


Umpires tell Black North Carolina softball player to cut her hair during a game. 'It was humiliating'

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DURHAM, N.C. — On April 19, Nicole Pyles faced a choice of removing her hair beads or abandoning her Hillside High School softball teammates in the middle of their game against Durham rival Jordan High.

The demand came from the game’s two umpires, who were following a strict interpretation of a National Federation of State High School ...Read more

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signs landmark Florida sea level rise bills into law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two bills Wednesday that lawmakers say will leave Florida better prepared for future flooding and sea level rise.

The bills, SB 1954 and SB 2514, will — among other things — set aside hundreds of millions of state dollars for flooding infrastructure projects. The Republican-led efforts would ...Read more

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Biden signs order to bolster cybersecurity after pipeline hack

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity through the sharing of information on attacks and adopting better practices throughout the government, as administration officials urged the private sector to build more secure software.

The order had been in the works for months,...Read more

Chinese shot takes controversial path to vaccinating the world

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Indonesia, one of the first nations to bet its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Sinovac Biotech Ltd., was about to announce a stunning development, one that would help vindicate a shot that’s been shrouded in controversy for months. Over in Beijing, though, the company’s chief executive officer was unaware.

A study of some 128,000 Jakarta ...Read more

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Backseat driver: Man in back of Tesla arrested on suspicion of reckless driving … again

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — A 25-year-old man cited last month for reckless driving after he was seen in the backseat of his Tesla — with no person controlling the car from its front seat — was arrested a second time for a similar incident, authorities said.

In a statement Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol said officers responded shortly ...Read more

Lawmakers recount lack of emergency preparedness on Jan. 6 as Capitol IG vows to improve

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Two lawmakers said Wednesday that their offices were unprepared for what actions to take during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, something they said makes it imperative for everyone working there to receive coordinated emergency training.

At a Wednesday hearing of the House Administration Committee, Reps. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., and Teresa ...Read more

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3 arrested after $500,000 watch is stolen off wrist of Beverly Hills restaurant patron

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LOS ANGELES — Three alleged gang members were arrested in the armed robbery of a man's $500,000 watch while he was eating lunch outdoors at an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills, authorities said Wednesday.

A woman was shot in the leg during a struggle over the gun used in the March 4 holdup at Il Pastaio on Canon Drive.

The three suspects,...Read more

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Ohio to give $1M away to 5 vaccinated adults, 5 full-ride college scholarships

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Ohio will give away $1 million prizes to five adults, plus another five full-ride public college scholarships to teens who get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Wednesday during a statewide televised address.

Calling it "Ohio Vax-a-Million," DeWine said drawings will be held for five consecutive Wednesdays, starting May...Read more