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With Merkel departing, Canada's Trudeau aspires to be 'dean' of G-7

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With Angela Merkel preparing to exit the international stage, the longest-serving leader of the Group of Seven is Canada’s Justin Trudeau. While he is positioning himself as the new elder statesman, no one sees him owning the role in the way the German chancellor did.

Joe Biden has decades of experience, even if he’s new to the U.S. ...Read more


San Diego County pays $1M to family in inmate death, pushing year's payouts past $14M

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SAN DIEGO — Before he was served a meal in a plastic bag and left unmonitored in his San Diego County jail cell, Ivan Ortiz told guards he was feeling depressed and hearing voices telling him to kill himself, his family said in a lawsuit.

He had tried to hang himself earlier that day on March 18, 2019. As a result, Ortiz was moved to a ...Read more

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Biden says Putin's right on poor US-Russia relations

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President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin is correct that relations between their countries are at a nadir, suggesting that will be one of the few points of agreement when they meet Wednesday for their first summit.

“He’s right, it’s a low point,” Biden said Sunday in a news conference to conclude his participation at ...Read more


Alabama news anchor who broke news of Clinton tarmac meeting dead from apparent suicide at 45

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A TV reporter in Alabama who broke the 2016 meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch was found dead from an apparent suicide Saturday morning.

He was 45.

Christopher Sign played college football at the University of Alabama in the 1990s, then joined ABC 33/40, where he worked for 13 years before ...Read more

Wildfire forces evacuations in the mountains south of Palm Desert

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LOS ANGELES — A wildfire was raging out of control Sunday in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, forcing a mandatory evacuation in the mountain community of Pinyon Crest, south of Palm Desert.

San Bernardino National Forest officials said Sunday afternoon that the Flats fire, first reported about 11:15 a.m., was 0% ...Read more

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A tourist from New York has died, the victim of Saturday's shooting on Sixth Street

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A tourist from New York who was one of the victims of Saturday's shooting on Sixth Street has died, Austin police confirmed Sunday to the American-Statesman.

The tourist, Douglas John Kantor, 25, was one of 14 people caught in the gunfire early Saturday morning. A juvenile is jailed in connection with the shooting, and police are searching for ...Read more

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Carnival sets Mardi Gras, other Florida cruise ship return sail dates with vaccine requirement

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Carnival is expanding its return to cruising plans for July and August including its new ship Mardi Gras out of Port Canaveral, and for now requiring vaccines, even though that runs afoul of a Florida law going into effect July 1 that prohibits so-called vaccine passports.

The cruise line had already announced plans to sail ...Read more

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Former White House adviser slams Trump for 'deadly sins' during pandemic

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Former President Donald Trump committed three key “deadly sins” during the coronavirus pandemic, a former top White House adviser said on Sunday.

Denying the COVID-19 threat, stifling dissent and encouraging divisiveness among Americans all were missteps by the nation’s 45th commander-in-chief, said Andy Slavitt, who served on the White ...Read more


Biden says G-7 took action to counter China's economic might

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President Joe Biden said the Group of Seven nations took a strong stand regarding China’s economic issues as well as its human rights practices.

“There’s plenty of action on China,” Biden said at a news conference Sunday in Cornwall after the conclusion of the three-day summit, his first as president. “I’m satisfied.”

Throughout ...Read more

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Sen. Schumer calls on Trump's former AGs to testify about data seizures

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Former attorneys general Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions should answer for the Trump Justice Department’s secret seizure of data about House Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday.

The New York Democrat called on the pair to testify before Congress, saying they should be subpoenaed if they refused to comply.

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With a major heat wave expected across the LA region, 'summer has definitely arrived'

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LOS ANGELES — A major heat wave featuring record-high temperatures is expected to sweep over the Los Angeles area this week, with the highest temperatures forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Summer has definitely arrived," said Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The first official day of summer is June 20.

The...Read more


Hurricane center monitors two tropical disturbances by Gulf of Mexico and Carolinas coastlines

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Meteorologists are tracking two tropical disturbances in the Gulf of Mexico and North Carolina coastlines, with the potential of becoming the next tropical depression or storm by next week.

A trough of low pressure with tropical potential was identified west of the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday morning, and by Sunday afternoon ...Read more

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GOP's Collins aims for 'targeted, responsible' spending plan

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The infrastructure spending package developed by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators will be “targeted” and “responsible,” one of its architects said on Sunday.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, continued to call for spending to be confined to traditional priorities like repairing roads, bridges and airports, and split off from the broader ...Read more


Forecasters track disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that could form into depression

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MIAMI — An area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico later this week or next, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters say the disturbance is associated with another area of cloudiness and showers over the bay and adjacent areas on land, according to a hurricane center advisory ...Read more


California prepares to reopen -- are Golden Staters ready?

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SAN JOSE, Calif — Californians come Tuesday will largely return to a world most Golden Staters haven’t seen for nearly a year and a half, one many welcome as long overdue and others find a little unsettling.

Whether picking up groceries or shopping for a new pair of Vans, grabbing a bite or a beer, catching a film or a workout at the gym, ...Read more

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Los Angeles Archdiocese to drop mask, social distancing requirements for vaccinated parishioners

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LOS ANGELES — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has issued new instructions to its more than 300 parishes to host full indoor masses without restrictions for vaccinated parishioners, such as social distancing and mask-wearing, beginning Saturday and June 20.

Archbishop Jose Gomez sent out a letter over the weekend acknowledging "...Read more


Israeli epoch comes to close as Netanyahu, longest-serving leader, is out

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JERUSALEM — In a political moment that seemed inevitable yet improbable, Israeli lawmakers on Sunday brought down the curtain on the long-running rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, installing a new prime minister with similarly hard-line ideology but a stated determination to stem the rancor and polarization that have become hallmarks ...Read more

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At least one of two suspects is a juvenile in Austin shooting that injured 14

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AUSTIN, Texas — A suspect arrested in connection with the mass shooting on Austin's 6th Street that wounded 14 is a juvenile, and authorities Sunday were still considering what charges he will face, officials told the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV.

Police and prosecutors have up to 48 hours from the time of a person's arrest to file charges ...Read more

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Less than 24 hours after Austin shooting, partiers and tourists return downtown

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AUSTIN, Texas — Austin residents and tourists alike returned in droves on Saturday night to the city’s iconic 6th Street entertainment district less than 24 hours after a shooting took place there.

Behind the usual road barriers, the streets brimmed with largely maskless crowds hailing from across Texas and the U.S., including children ...Read more

Israeli epoch comes to close as Netanyahu, longest-serving leader, is out

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JERUSALEM — In an era-ending vote, Israeli lawmakers on Sunday approved a new government, sweeping aside the country’s longest-serving leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and installing a fellow right-wing nationalist, Naftali Bennett, as the country’s new leader.

The narrow vote by the 120-member Knesset, or parliament, ushered in...Read more