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Long COVID risk has decreased but remains significant, study finds

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LOS ANGELES — The risk of developing long COVID — enduring, sometimes punishing symptoms that linger well after a coronavirus infection — has decreased since the start of the pandemic, a new study found, with the drop particularly evident among those who are vaccinated.

But the dip does not mean the risk of developing long COVID has ...Read more

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Under pressure from weed consumers, California regulators hustle to start testing for pesticides

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LOS ANGELES — Under intense pressure from millions of weed users, California officials are scrambling to test cannabis products for pesticides following a Times investigation last month revealing that regulators have failed to keep vapes and pre-rolls rife with toxic chemicals out of stores.

The revelation shook consumer confidence in the ...Read more

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Millions of Californians live near oil and gas wells that are in the path of wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — As firefighters continue to battle more than two dozen active wildfires in California, new research has found that millions of people are living in close proximity to oil and gas wells that are in the potential path of flames.

More than 100,000 wells in 19 states west of the Mississippi River are in areas that have burned in ...Read more

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LA Times reporter was leaked a list of problem deputies. The Sheriff's Department investigated her

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LOS ANGELES — For at least three years, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department secretly investigated — and ultimately urged the state attorney general to prosecute — a Los Angeles Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies, according to internal department records.

The probe began in 2017 when investigators ...Read more

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Are chemicals still spreading near Placer County missile site in Northern California? New probe data show the latest

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The most recent data collected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Titan-1 missile silo site in Placer County found that despite longstanding concerns, new soil vapor monitoring probes closest to homes in the Sun City Lincoln Hills development do not show signs of trichloroethylene, or TCE, a chemical that can cause...Read more

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A Denver entrepreneur's new app connects neighbors with extra food to people in need

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DENVER — When John Akinboyewa studied at the Colorado School of Mines for his engineering degrees, he recalled digging in the couch for change to afford a 99-cent meal at Taco Bell or McDonald’s — coming to $1.08 with tax.

“I remember that number so vividly,” he said. His very next thought: “There is pizza or a sandwich or cookies ...Read more

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State attorney questions Florida sheriff's credibility after probe into photo of Madeline Soto's body

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orange-Osceola state attorney wrote a letter earlier this month questioning Osceola Sheriff Marcos Lopez’s credibility as a law enforcement officer in the wake of his conflicting claims about a photo posted to social media of 13-year-old Madeline Soto’s dead body.

The letter came after Lopez told state investigators he...Read more

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North Korea does 'not care' about Trump's words for Kim Jong Un

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North Korea’s state media rebuffed comments that former President Donald Trump made about good ties with leader Kim Jong Un, saying “we do not care” and warned its nuclear arsenal stands ready for any U.S. leader.

The official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary Wednesday that while Trump tried to advance personal relations, ...Read more

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Trump, GOP weaponize Minnesota Freedom Fund in attacks on Kamala Harris

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What began as a small charitable nonprofit founded by a University of Minnesota business school student has again become ammunition for attacks against the record of Kamala Harris regarding crime.

A day after Joe Biden bowed out of the presidential race, as Donald Trump's campaign recalibrated its attacks on Harris as the Democrat frontrunner, ...Read more

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Governor issues new shelter rules to prioritize Mass. families with newborns, veterans

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BOSTON — Starting next month, unhoused people in Massachusetts seeking state-provided Emergency Assistance shelter will receive services based on their circumstances and residential status, a dramatic change by the state long sought by critics of the Healey administration’s policies.

Gov. Maura Healey announced Tuesday that beginning Aug. 1...Read more

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NYC to activate controversial Evolv gun scanners in subway this week

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NEW YORK — The NYPD will install gun-scanning metal detectors at a select few city subway stations later this week, Mayor Adams announced Tuesday, brushing off criticism from civil rights advocates who have questioned the efficacy of the technology.

In an afternoon news conference at City Hall, Adams said the detectors, produced by a company ...Read more

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Pennsylvania dominates in political ad spending with high-stakes races for the White House and Senate

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Pennsylvania is ahead of all other states in political ad spending during this election year, a sign that campaigns are pouring all they can into securing necessary support in the critical battleground state.

Political ad spending in the commonwealth has surpassed $507 million as of Monday, according to Axios, which relied on data from AdImpact...Read more

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U.S. Supreme Court denies former Mesa County clerk Tina Peters' bid to halt criminal case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied an emergency request from former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters as part of her effort to halt her criminal case, less than two weeks before her trial is set to begin in Grand Junction.

Peters faces seven felony charges, including attempting to influence a public servant and criminal impersonation, for ...Read more

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Lexington files suit against Kia, Hyundai, saying auto thefts created 'public nuisance'

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Like a number of cities around the country, the city of Lexington has filed a federal lawsuit against Kia Corp. and Hyundai Motor Co., claiming the auto manufacturers have created a “public nuisance” by selling vehicles that are “dangerously susceptible to theft.”

While most other manufacturers have long used engine immobilizers on ...Read more

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Klobuchar staying put, not interested in Menendez's Finance Committee slot

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one of the most senior Democrats eligible to replace Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., on the Finance Committee is not interested in pursuing the seat, according to a source familiar with her thinking.

Menendez on Tuesday informed Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., and his Senate colleagues that he would resign from the ...Read more

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Schumer, Jeffries back Harris, predict Democratic sweep

WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the top Democrats on Capitol Hill, threw their support behind Vice President Kamala Harris’ bid for the presidency, becoming two of the highest-profile Democrats to back her.

Schumer and Jeffries announced their ...Read more

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CrowdStrike outage left 9/11 first responders without workers' compensation payments, union says

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NEW YORK — The CrowdStrike computer program outage that crippled private businesses and municipal governments across the globe on Friday has left dozens of 9/11 retired first responders without their workers’ compensation checks, union officials said Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, workers' compensation payments for EMS members that were supposed ...Read more

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Defense for Bryan Kohberger, suspect in Moscow killings, argues for murder trial to be held in Boise

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BOISE, Idaho — Ahead of a hearing next month, attorneys for Idaho student homicides suspect Bryan Kohberger have labeled his prospects at a fair trial in Moscow both an “extreme case” and “utterly corrupted” in seeking a venue change to Boise for his upcoming trial.

In a court filing made public Tuesday afternoon, Kohberger’s public...Read more

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'Hydrothermal' explosion sends visitors fleeing at Yellowstone National Park

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A violent hydrothermal explosion at Yellowstone National Park sent visitors fleeing Tuesday as mud and debris erupted from a geyser just north of Old Faithful, according to park rangers.

Video of the explosion showed a column of steam and dark earth launching high into the sky. “Run, run, run, run ...” a woman shouted as parkgoers began ...Read more

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Vehicle safety groups urge feds to preserve automatic braking rule

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WASHINGTON — A coalition of automotive safety and insurance groups is urging the federal government to ignore industry complaints and forge ahead with a rule that requires automatic emergency braking systems in new cars by late 2029.

A top lobbying group representing automakers petitioned the government last month to reconsider the rule, ...Read more