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This winter was the warmest on record for US lower 48, AccuWeather says

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The contiguous U.S. just experienced its warmest winter on record, a development fueled by climate change and El Niño, according to commercial forecaster AccuWeather Inc.

Three states — Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin — all posted records for meteorological winter, which runs from Dec. 1 to February 29, the company said. El Niño, a ...Read more

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James Crumbley says he hasn't paid attorney since he sold Oxford house in 2022: affidavit

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DETROIT — James Crumbley has not paid his attorney for nearly two years, since his Oxford home was sold, according to an affidavit he filed with the court.

The father of the Oxford High School shooter, who is set to go on trial starting Tuesday for four counts of involuntary manslaughter, has been in custody in the Oakland County Jail since ...Read more

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AMLO's influence looms over kickoff of Mexico campaign to replace him

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Mexico kicked off its official presidential campaign season Friday, with leading candidates taking center stage as popular outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s overwhelming influence hangs over the country’s future.

Former Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum is the comfortable frontrunner in the June 2 election: She held a 17-...Read more

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Driver crashes into Walmart in Canton Township, Michigan, 5 injured

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CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Afternoon shopping turned to chaos at a Canton Township Walmart early Friday afternoon when a driver of an SUV crashed through the store's walls, injuring at least five people.

The driver, who was taken to the hospital along with the injured shoppers, crashed through two service doors roughly 45 feet into the building...Read more

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High avalanche danger, winds topping 100 mph as blizzard slams Tahoe, Mammoth, Sierra Nevada

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A treacherous, life-threatening blizzard was strengthening over California’s mightiest mountain range Friday, already bringing 100- to 110-mph gusts at the higher elevations, with conditions expected to deteriorate dramatically by the evening.

A gust of 145 mph was recorded Thursday night at Palisades Tahoe at an elevation of 8,700 feet above...Read more

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DeSantis vetoes social media ban for kids, with replacement expected

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For Florida’s ban on social media for kids under 16, it’s back to the drawing board.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed House Bill 1 on Friday, and lawmakers are expected to take up a new, toned-down version on Monday in the final week of the legislative ...Read more

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'You can't see anything': Blizzard closes most Tahoe ski resorts and Yosemite National Park as winds hit 143 mph

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Jeremy Fuentes and Jarad Baldwin packed up their Ford Explorer and left the San Francisco Bay Area Friday morning as the blizzard in the Sierra Nevada was taking hold. With winds howling and snow blowing sideways, they hit white-out conditions near Donner Summit on Interstate 80. But the white-knuckle payoff was sweet.

When ...Read more

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A bill protecting birth control access is headed to Virginia's governor. Here's why Republicans said they opposed it

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RICHMOND — A bill that would protect the right to access birth control is poised to head to Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s desk — despite pushback from Republican legislators.

Health care providers in Virginia currently can prescribe birth control, and some methods, such as condoms and the emergency contraceptive pill, are available over the ...Read more

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Manhattan DA clears Times Square cop assault suspect who flipped off media

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Charges were dropped against Jhoan Boada, one of the migrants arrested in connection to the Times Square melee in late January between migrants and two police officers, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced Friday.

Boada, 22, became the face of right-wing backlash after he was photographed flashing twin birds at reporters and ...Read more

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Trump's Florida documents trial to be postponed with no date set

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Former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial for allegedly taking sensitive documents from the White House is likely to be postponed beyond May, putting his legal schedule in further limbo as he campaigns to return to the White House.

At a hearing Friday in Florida, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon indicated that the May 20 trial start ...Read more

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Here's how the Supreme Court can doom Trump's Jan. 6 trial

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s handling of Donald Trump’s criminal immunity bid has cast new doubt over efforts to put the former president on trial for 2020 election interference before voters go to the polls again in November.

The court’s decision to hear Trump’s arguments in late April hints that the justices — three of ...Read more

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'Rust' director Joel Souza describes being injured in Alec Baldwin shooting: 'Nothing made sense'

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"Rust" director Joel Souza, who was injured when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun, said he couldn't wrap his head around what had transpired on the New Mexico film set — even after being rushed to a hospital.

"I knew something got me," Souza testified Friday in a Santa Fe, New Mexico, courtroom on the seventh day of testimony in the involuntary ...Read more

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Biden will push higher taxes for the rich in State of the Union

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will advocate plans to increase taxes on the wealthy and corporations as well as to lower prescription drug prices in his State of the Union address next week, in what aides describe as an effort to lay out second term proposals for protecting and implementing his economic agenda.

Biden, who will speak before ...Read more

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Family, friends gather to say goodbye to slain nursing student Laken Riley

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. — A motorcade featuring a white hearse, police cars with flashing blue lights and more than two dozen other vehicles slowly pulled out of the Woodstock City Church parking lot under a steady rain at about 4 p.m. Friday.

Mourners gathered inside the large sanctuary to remember Laken Hope Riley, the 22-year-old nursing student ...Read more

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Savannah-area man's Jan. 6 charges upgraded to felonies

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ATLANTA — Dominic Box, a Savannah-area activist and QAnon adherent whose election conspiracy theories led him to livestream his journey into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is now facing felony charges in newly filed court documents.

Federal authorities arrested Box in December 2022, charging him with multiple misdemeanors relating to his ...Read more

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Nearly half of San Francisco drug users are visitors, fueling debate on aid to poor and addicted

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Nearly half of the individuals cited for drug usage in San Francisco over a 12-month period ending in February were not residents of the city, according to a report released Thursday that sparked a debate over how to care for poor and drug-addicted people in one of the nation's most progressive cities.

That data led to speculation from the ...Read more

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Bill would require Colorado middle and high schools to provide free period products

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DENVER — Colorado middle and high schools would be required to provide free period products in their restrooms under a bill now in the state legislature, with the legislation’s sponsors equating pads and tampons to essential items students need like nutritious meals and books.

The bill’s Democratic sponsors — Rep. Brianna Titone, of ...Read more

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Michigan school shooter's journals, texts allowed in dad's trial; 1 student can testify

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PONTIAC, Mich. — Prosecutors will be allowed to introduce evidence from the Oxford High School shooter's journal and text messages to his friend during his father's trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews also ruled that one injured Oxford High School student will be allowed to testify during James Crumbley...Read more

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Jury finds Michelle Troconis guilty of conspiring to murder Connecticut mother Jennifer Dulos

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Michelle Troconis was found guilty of conspiring with Fotis Dulos to kill his wife, Connecticut mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, and five other counts in connection to her disappearance and presumed death.

Troconis, 49, was Dulos’ girlfriend when his wife disappeared in May 2019. Dulos was eventually charged with murder in the case but died by ...Read more

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Florida school principals could be penalized under proposed book rule

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TAMPA, Fla. — Florida school principals could face state penalties if they are determined to have illegally prevented students from looking at library books in their schools, under a new rule under consideration by the state Department of Education.

Randy Kosec, chief of the department’s Office of Professional Practices, introduced the ...Read more