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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reveal all during Oprah Winfrey interview

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British royals, meet the Queen of All Media.

Days of anticipation and hand-wringing speculation finally met their crescendo Sunday night as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on CBS.

The conversation began with Markle confirming she wasn’t paid to do the interview and that no questions were off limit. Early...Read more

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More Senate Democrats willing to consider ending the filibuster

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WASHINGTON — Some moderate Democrats are warming to calls to change or eliminate Senate rules that require 60 votes to pass most legislation, as progressive priorities passed by the House on voting rights, police reforms and LGBTQ protections are stalled by a Senate Republican minority.

The filibuster, which originally allowed one senator to ...Read more

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Man shoots himself outside Raleigh clinic, and abortion providers demand protections

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A man who accidentally shot himself outside of a Raleigh clinic on Saturday was an anti-abortion protester, the clinic said.

Police said a man had accidentally fired a gun and hurt himself, but did not identify the man. The man was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and will be charged with ...Read more

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Maryland passes 1 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered

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BALTIMORE — More than 1 million first doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered to Marylanders as the state continues its vaccination campaign into the second year of the pandemic.

Here’s how the state’s virus-related metrics stacked up Sunday.

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State health officials reported 709 new cases of the coronavirus Sunday, ...Read more

Protest against Texas governor's lifting of mask mandate set for Monday

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two groups on Monday are holding a rally at the state Capitol in Austin against Gov. Greg Abbott's order lifting the statewide mask mandate in public places.

The Amplified Sound Coalition and the Austin chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will be protesting Monday outside the south steps of the Capitol.

Protesters...Read more

White House officials visit Mexican border amid migrant surge

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Administration officials will brief President Joe Biden after traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border for operational briefings and to tour immigration facilities, the White House said.

The group, led by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and White House Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice, visited a Department of Homeland Security ...Read more

CNN and New York Times plan documentary series on Rupert Murdoch

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CNN and The New York Times are collaborating on a multipart documentary series about Rupert Murdoch, according to people familiar with the matter, turning a lens on one of the most influential media executives of the past half-century.

Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg, who profiled the Murdoch media dynasty for The New York Times Magazine, are...Read more

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Top Democrats in New York Legislature call on Cuomo to resign

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The highest-ranking Democrats in the New York Legislature are questioning Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “ability to continue to lead” and calling on him to step down amid mounting sexual harassment claims.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made the unprecedented move Sunday, just hours ...Read more

Man dies after colliding with another surfer in California

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LOS ANGELES — A 51-year-old man died Saturday after he collided with another surfer at popular Rincon Point in Ventura County, authorities said.

Gerry Gilhool was transported to Community Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Capt. Victor Medina, of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. The incident was declared an accident, he...Read more

Iran releases aid worker accused of spying

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Iran released a British-Iranian aid worker detained in 2016 on national security charges yet barred her from leaving the country, a move that could perpetuate strained ties between the U.K. and Tehran.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s electronic ankle bracelet was removed on Sunday and she is “in good shape and happy to be released,” said her ...Read more

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Pentagon chief puts Iran on notice after Iraq rocket attack

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. will respond as appropriate to a rocket attack last week on an airbase hosting U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.

While he stopped short of assigning blame on ABC’s “This Week,” an earlier rocket incident prompted U.S. airstrikes against Iranian-backed fighters in Syria in ...Read more

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Sen. Joe Manchin, a crucial Democratic vote, says he looks for 'moderate middle'

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Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Sunday he never intended to become the deciding vote on the Democratic agenda.

“I didn’t lobby for this position. I’ve never changed,” the Democrat told ABC’s “This Week.” “I look for that moderate middle.

“My state of West Virginia — they know me, they know how I’ve governed,” ...Read more

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Minneapolis on edge as the first officer charged in killing of George Floyd goes on trial

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MINNEAPOLIS — The former police officer seen kneeling for about nine minutes on George Floyd's neck before he died last spring is due to go on trial, and Minneapolis is on edge, protesting, barricading and boarding up.

Several hundred people supporting the conviction of former Officer Derek Chauvin on murder charges gathered across the ...Read more

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As The Citadel confronts racist past, a Black cadet shares his truth through fiction

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Ken Gordon never kept a journal during his time at The Citadel. But no one, he explained more than 35 years later, can forget hell.

When Gordon reported to the Charleston campus in August 1984, he found a South that refused to let go of its past. Confederate battle flags waved in the stands during home football games. ...Read more

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Climate surprise: Warming planet helps Florida mangroves conquer oysters

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Within a coastal refuge of tiny islands and sea water saltier than the ocean is a climate battle among natural Florida’s titans.

It’s happening in Central Florida’s remote and alluring Mosquito Lagoon, which nearly abuts Kennedy Space Center launch pads at the Atlantic Ocean.

Reigning guardians of the lagoon are oysters...Read more

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A strike against global warming or a Big Ag giveaway?

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WASHINGTON — Dominic Bruno is not closely tracking the greenhouse gas soaking into the dirt beneath the walnut trees, sunflowers and melon vines at River Garden Farms in Yolo County, where the state of California spent $97,000 this year to create a 15,000-acre emissions sponge.

Bruno is focused on how the state's promotion of "regenerative" ...Read more

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Coronavirus deranges the immune system in complex and deadly ways

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There’s a reason soldiers go through basic training before heading into combat: Without careful instruction, green recruits armed with powerful weapons could be as dangerous to one another as to the enemy.

The immune system works much the same way. Immune cells, which protect the body from infections, need to be “educated” to recognize ...Read more

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Yes, the coronavirus mutates. No, that doesn't spell doom for vaccines

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SAN DIEGO — From South Africa to Brazil to California, the list of locations linked to new strains of the coronavirus is growing — and so are concerns that viral variants could undo the vaccine rollout.

The worries come at a time when most Americans still haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine. That could change by the end of May, when ...Read more

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Beyond big cities, independent pharmacies 'begging' for vaccine

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Dared and Renee Price are husband-and-wife pharmacists in south-central Kansas, and have spent tens of thousands of dollars and several months getting their six independent outlets in five small towns ready to deliver the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. They’ve had to buy freezers, temperature monitors and a mobile refrigerator.

They’...Read more

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Turtles sold by roadside sellers have sickened eight in Philly area with salmonella. One person has died

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia health officials are warning residents not to buy pet turtles from roadside vendors after a multi-state outbreak of salmonella linked to the reptiles is being blamed for eight cases that resulted in one death.

Four of those contracting salmonella were from Philadelphia and four from Delaware County.

James Garrow, ...Read more