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US lawmakers visit Taiwan after Pelosi trip infuriates China

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — A U.S. congressional delegation led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., landed in Taiwan Sunday for a two-day visit, a trip that risks keeping tensions with China high after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went earlier this month.

The delegation will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu and local ...Read more

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Fight against menacing spotted lanternflies in NY to get extra $22M, Schumer says

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NEW YORK — If you see something, stomp something.

New Yorkers can do their part in the battle against the spotted lanternflies that threaten New York’s plant life, which is getting a multimillion-dollar boost to help poison, trap and track the pesky insects, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

“When you see a bug like this,...Read more

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Decade after abduction, Austin Tice's parents say Biden has strategy to return their son

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will continue to engage directly with the Syrian government to locate and return Austin Tice, a journalist missing for a decade in Syria, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday.

Blinken was speaking at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., commemorating 10 years since Tice, a ...Read more

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Vessel carrying 2,600 gallons of fuel, oil sinks near San Juan Island

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SEATTLE — A 49-foot commercial fishing vessel carrying an estimated 2,600 gallons of diesel and oil sank off the coast of San Juan Island Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

All five crewmembers onboard the Aleutian Isle were rescued by a good Samaritan, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Attention has since turned to the pollution...Read more

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Firefighters continue to battle Northern California wildfires amid hot, dry conditions

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Firefighters in California's northern forests continued containment Sunday over the massive and deadly McKinney fire in Siskiyou County, but as temperatures headed higher, another large blaze was burning nearby.

The Six Rivers fire, burning more than 16,900 acres in Trinity and Humboldt counties, was just 15% contained Sunday, according to ...Read more

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As COVID deaths in Minnesota surpass 13,000, the risk profile has a twist

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota surpassed 13,000 COVID-19 deaths earlier this month with the toll still falling hardest on the elderly, unhealthy and unvaccinated.

The coronavirus remains capable of surprises, though, as it veers to vulnerable locations or demographics or mutates into variants that threaten new populations. The past week's state ...Read more

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Granholm sees US gasoline prices dropping further, with caveat

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U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said gasoline prices should fall further after dropping to less than $4 a gallon for the first time since March.

“We hope that that’s true but, again, it can be impacted by what’s happening globally,” Granholm said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Prices in the fourth quarter are ...Read more

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1 dead, at least 17 injured after driver plows car into Pennsylvania fundraiser; suspect tied to later murder

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A Pennsylvania man arrested Saturday night for the murder of a woman is allegedly the same man who drove his car through a crowd raising money for fire victims earlier that night, killing one.

Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes, 24, has been charged with two counts of criminal homicide, Pennsylvania State Police confirmed early Sunday.

Around 6:15 p.m....Read more

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Man crashes car into US Capitol barrier, fires shots in the air

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A man crashed his car into a barricade protecting the U.S. Capitol early Sunday and fired a handgun in the air several times before fatally shooting himself.

Nobody else was hurt, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement. The man’s vehicle became engulfed in flames as he exited and started shooting, at which point officers attempted to ...Read more

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Anne Heche will reportedly be removed from life support with organ donations set to begin

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Anne Heche’s organ recipients have been selected, and the actress is set to be removed from life support Sunday afternoon, according to a report.

The organ transplant procedures will begin once Heche is off life support, TMZ reported.

Details including how many recipients were identified or which organs will be donated have not been revealed...Read more

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Low pressure system off Texas coast continues to move inland

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center continues to keep its eye on a low pressure area located off the Texas coast.

In its 2 p.m. Sunday tropical update, the NHC said that a large area of showers and thunderstorms continues to move over southern Texas in association with the low pressure area located inland.

The NHC gives the system ...Read more

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Blaze at Egyptian church leaves 41 dead, ministry says

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At least 41 people were killed and about a dozen others hurt when a fire broke out at a church in greater Cairo, Egypt’s health ministry said.

Firefighters and ambulances were dispatched to Abo Sefein church in the Imbaba district of Giza on Sunday in response to a blaze the interior ministry said was traced to an electrical fault with an air...Read more

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Woman whose home burned in Anne Heche crash: 'There really are just no words'

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LOS ANGELES — The woman whose Mar Vista home caught fire after Anne Heche crashed her car into it on Aug. 5 has spoken out about the actor's death.

Lynne Mishele — who had been renting and living in the house on Walgrove Avenue with her three pets — posted an Instagram video on Friday "sending love to everybody involved" in the accident. ...Read more

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R. Kelly's Chicago federal trial to put spotlight on brawling '26th & Cal' legal tactics

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CHICAGO — When Chicago-born R&B star R. Kelly walked out of the Cook County criminal courthouse a free man in 2008, it wasn’t just a stroke of luck.

Kelly’s stunning acquittal on child pornography charges nearly a decade and a half ago was the result of a carefully crafted strategy by a team of veteran Chicago criminal defense attorneys, ...Read more

Man crashes car into US Capitol barrier, fires shots in the air

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A man crashed his car into a barricade protecting the US Capitol early Sunday and fired a handgun in the air several times before fatally shooting himself.

Nobody else was hurt, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement. The man’s vehicle became engulfed in flames as he exited and started shooting, at which point officers attempted to ...Read more

Schiff: 'No sign that Trump declassified properly'

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WASHINGTON — A senior Democratic lawmaker said he hasn’t seen any evidence that materials the FBI seized from Donald Trump’s home were properly declassified, casting doubt on the former president’s explanations.

“And the idea that 18 months after the fact Donald Trump could simply announce, ‘Well, I’m retroactively declassifying, ...Read more

US lawmakers visit Taiwan after Pelosi trip draws China's ire

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — A U.S. congressional delegation led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., landed in Taiwan Sunday for a two-day visit, a trip that risks keeping tensions with China high after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went earlier this month.

The delegation will meet Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu and local ...Read more

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Spaghetti sauce is under threat as water crisis slams tomatoes

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Tomatoes are getting squeezed.

California leads the world in production of processing tomatoes — the variety that gets canned and used in commercial kitchens to make some of the most popular foods. The problem is the worst drought in 1,200 years is forcing farmers to grapple with a water crisis that’s undermining the crop, threatening to ...Read more

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California has the most non-English speakers. Why do lawmakers have to translate at meetings?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, D-Los Angeles, was leading a hearing in the California Legislature when a caller began speaking Spanish over the public comment phone line.

“Hago un llamado para pedir a los legislators que aseguran que los trabajadores excluidos del seguro de desempleo ser un mayor prioridad este año,” ...Read more

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One year after the US withdrew from Afghanistan, refugees find support from all corners of Chicago

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CHICAGO — A year ago, former Afghan soldiers Rahimullah Zaland and Khan Madin Ashana fled their home country as the United States withdrew the last of its troops in dramatic airlifts in the final weeks of August. They spent months traveling separately through different countries, looking for a safe haven before landing in Chicago.

“When I ...Read more