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Appeals court rules against program that protects 'Dreamers'

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled against a decade-old program that protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, paving the way for more court action on the long-disputed policy.

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit decided that the Department of ...Read more

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'We're not leaving until this gets done': Biden visits Florida in wake of Hurricane Ian

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — President Joe Biden spent Wednesday afternoon in southwest Florida surveying damage inflicted in Florida by Hurricane Ian, and pledged a sustained U.S. effort as the region continues its recovery and begins to rebuild.

“I wanted to tell you in person that we’re thinking of you and we’re not leaving. We’re not ...Read more

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Alameda DA to personally review restraint death of beloved Bay Area rapper Zumbi, says 'new information' has come to light

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Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is personally reviewing the homicide of Bay Area rapper Stephen “Zumbi” Gaines, who went unconscious and died after being restrained by hospital staff and handcuffed by police, her office announced Wednesday.

The announcement by a spokeswoman for O’Malley comes just one day after O’...Read more

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Kevin Spacey headed to trial on NYC sexual assault allegations

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NEW YORK — Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey goes on trial Thursday in Manhattan to defend himself against the first in a string of sexual assault allegations he faces worldwide.

Spacey, 63, is accused of forcing himself on a teenage boy almost half his age in the late 1980s. Actor Anthony Rapp claims he was 14 when Spacey allegedly thrust himself...Read more

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Christian leaders rally around embattled Herschel Walker

ATLANTA — With a scrum of TV cameras and reporters waiting outside the doors, First Baptist Atlanta’s senior pastor, Anthony George, led a group of evangelical Christians in prayer for embattled GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker Tuesday.

In video of the closed-door event reviewed by...Read more

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How the 'Rust' settlement could affect any criminal case. What to know

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News that the husband of Halyna Hutchins has reached a settlement with actor Alec Baldwin and other producers over her shooting on the set of “Rust” stunned many in Hollywood and beyond.

After all, Matthew Hutchins had angrily blamed Baldwin and others for negligence in the death of his wife, a tragedy that became a rallying cry for safer ...Read more

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'No bones, no teeth, no body parts.' Ruben Flores never dug Kristin Smart's grave, lawyer says

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With a jury already deliberating whether to find Paul Flores guilty of the 1996 murder of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Kristin Smart, a second jury on Wednesday began considering the fate of his father, who is charged as an accessory to the crime.

Ruben Flores' attorney, Harold Mesick, told jurors the evidence shows 19-year-old Smart was "...Read more

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VP Kamala Harris defends abortion rights in Connecticut with US Rep. Jahana Hayes 34 days before election

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — With 34 days before the election, Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to New Britain on Wednesday to show her support for the most controversial issue in the divisive campaign — abortion rights.

Harris appeared on stage for a roundtable discussion in a small theater with U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat who is ...Read more

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Clerk in Michigan's Kent County asks court to quash subpoena from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell

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DETROIT — The office of Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons has asked a federal judge to block a subpoena from MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, who's seeking "every conceivable record from the 2020 general election," according to a court filing.

The Kent County clerk filed a motion to quash the subpoena Tuesday in Michigan's Western District...Read more

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DOJ wins faster schedule for Mar-a-Lago special master appeal

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A federal appeals court granted the U.S. Justice Department’s request to expedite its challenge to a Florida judge’s appointment of a so-called special master to review thousands of White House documents recovered from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The order Wednesday from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t immediately ...Read more

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North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile toward waters off its east coast

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North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile toward waters off its east coast Thursday, adding to one of its biggest barrage of tests under leader Kim Jong Un that included its first launch of a rocket over Japan in five years.

The missile appears to have fallen into the sea, Japan’s Coast Guard said. The unspecified ballistic missile was ...Read more

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Japan missile-alert panic triggers calls to ramp up defenses

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After North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward Japan on Tuesday, authorities urged residents to immediately take cover via mobile-phone alerts, warnings on loudspeakers and flashing highway signs.

But there was one major problem: By the time many people were aware of the alert, the missile had already splashed down in the Pacific Ocean ...Read more

Flint water crisis prosecutors vow to press on after latest court setback

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DETROIT — Attorney General Dana Nessel's Flint water crisis prosecutors say they will continue to pursue criminal prosecutions despite a court ruling this week that threw out the felony indictments against seven state officials.

In a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Kym Worthy, who has helped lead the ...Read more

Acclaimed artist Kim Jung Gi dies of a heart attack at age 47

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Renowned illustrator Kim Jung Gi died Monday in Paris at age 47 after suffering a heart attack, the Daniel Maghen art gallery announced Wednesday.

According to a statement shared on Kim’s Instagram page, the South Korean artist had just completed his final engagement in Europe and was about to board a plane to New York, where he was scheduled...Read more

Poll: Majority of Michigan voters say Trump broke the law by taking classified documents

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DETROIT — A majority of likely Michigan voters believe former President Donald Trump broke the law when he took classified documents from the White House to his Florida resort, according to a new statewide poll commissioned by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV.

The survey of 600 likely voters, conducted by the Lansing-based Glengariff Group, found...Read more

Chicago police shoot man inside West Side police station, officials say

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CHICAGO — Chicago police allegedly shot a man inside the Ogden District police station on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The man was wounded in an “extremity,” possibly his arm, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment after the shooting, which happened about 1 p.m. inside the West Side station, 3315 W. Ogden Ave., ...Read more

Cyberattack takes down Colorado's main website

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DENVER — Colorado state government’s homepage, Colorado.gov, was taken down Wednesday due to a cyberattack by an anonymous agent, according to news release.

A temporary landing page, with links to unaffected government services, was put in its place. Officials had no estimate on when the main page will be available again.

The cyberattack ...Read more

Colorado's Sand Creek Massacre historic site will see major expansion, federal officials announce

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EADS, Colo. — Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site marking one of the nation’s bloodiest assaults on Native people will more than double in size to cover more than 6,500 acres of shortgrass prairie — a broadening federal project in tandem with tribal leaders.

“This story is part of America’s story,” Interior ...Read more

Descendants of UC Hastings College of the Law founder sue California to block school name change

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Descendants of UC Hastings College of the Law's founder sued California on Tuesday to block a scheduled name change that was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom last month.

The state's first law school was founded by Serranus Clinton Hastings in 1878 after he served as the first chief justice on the California Supreme Court. But in 2020, a ...Read more

Ketanji Brown Jackson makes her mark early, often as US Supreme Court work begins

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It didn’t take long for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to find her voice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Four arguments into her new job, the court’s first Black female justice has emerged as an active, forceful questioner, willing to directly lay out her views and even take on her more conservative colleagues. She spoke more than any other ...Read more