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City's public health department declares measles outbreak over, according to report

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CHICAGO — The city Department of Public Health is officially declaring the end of the measles outbreak that began in March and primarily affected migrants in a shelter on the Lower West Side, according to a report released by the department Thursday.

In total, there were 64 measles cases during March and April. The last reported case was ...Read more

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South Africa's ANC has no good options as majority vanishes

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Just hours after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa confidently predicted that the ruling party would easily retain its three-decade stranglehold on politics, it was increasingly clear that voters had other ideas — sending the country into uncharted terrain.

Early results from Wednesday’s election show the African National Congress ...Read more

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If Trump is convicted in New York, what happens next?

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If he is convicted in New York, former President Donald Trump is likely to remain free from custody while awaiting his sentencing and during an appeal, which could carry the case into 2025. He also faces possible home confinement in New York’s Trump Tower or a ban on out-of-state travel while on probation, legal experts said.

A new jail photo...Read more

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The Parkland tragedy lives on in court as building demolition approaches

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One last lawsuit. At least for now.

The families of the slain and injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have waited six years to close out all the unfinished business that came after a gunman turned the hallways of the freshman building into his personal killing field.

They sat through two criminal trials, neither ending the way they...Read more

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Washington´ Tukwila to pay $350,000 to settle lawsuit by man hurt in police shooting

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SEATLE — The city of Tukwila has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a man who was seriously injured when an officer accidentally shot him in the back during a late-night stop and altercation.

Francko Gratton was shot in the back by Officer Jessica Armstrong after Tukwila officers responded to an early morning report ...Read more

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Jury returns to NYC courtroom for second day of deliberations in Trump hush money trial

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NEW YORK — The possibility of a verdict against Donald Trump loomed Thursday as the jury in the former president’s historic hush money trial returned to a Manhattan courtroom for a second day of deliberations.

Jurors are slated to get a refresher on crucial testimony from the first and last witnesses to testify against Trump, who walked ...Read more

We can all help combat loneliness, surgeon general says in Seattle

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SEATTLE — Loneliness isn't just a feeling. It's a public health concern, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Wednesday in Seattle.

Murthy declared loneliness and isolation a national epidemic in May 2023, issuing an 81-page report outlining the problem and potential solutions. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, about half of American ...Read more

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Can satellites combat wildfires? Inside the booming 'space race' to fight the flames

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LOS ANGELES — As the threat of wildfire worsens in California and across the world, a growing number of federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and tech companies are racing to deploy new technology that will help combat flames from a whole new vantage point: outer space.

New satellite missions backed by NASA, Google, SpaceX, the California...Read more

Protests continue after Wayne State police clear pro-Palestinian encampment on campus

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DETROIT — Critics of Wayne State's connections to Israel continued to protest Thursday morning, even after the university dismantled a pro-Palestinian encampment that was up since late last week.

After the camp's removal around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, a group of approximately 50 protesters gathered on the sidewalk at Anthony Wayne Drive and ...Read more

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Supreme Court gives NRA a 1st Amendment win in suit against New York officials

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The National Rifle Assn., best known for advocating for gun rights under the 2nd Amendment, won an unusual 1st Amendment free-speech decision from the Supreme Court on Thursday.

In a 9-0 decision, the justices agreed the NRA had a plausible free-speech claim that it had been targeted for harassment and threatened by state financial regulators ...Read more

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Key Bridge victims mural moved indoors for storage, with possible museum future eyed

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BALTIMORE — Alongside Baltimore City fire engines and inflatable rescue boats in a Locust Point garage rests a beloved mural, created to honor the victims of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The 11 massive canvases that made up the painting had sat in a patch of grass across from a Royal Farms convenience store in Hawkins Point, ...Read more

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Millions of Americans need drugs like Ozempic. Will it bankrupt the health care system?

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An April 24 letter from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to the CEO of Novo Nordisk began with heartfelt thanks to the Danish drugmaker for inventing Ozempic and Wegovy, two medications poised to improve the health of tens of millions of Americans with obesity and related diseases.

But the senator's grateful tone faded rapidly.

"As important as ...Read more

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Russia fires missile barrage against military targets in Ukraine

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Russia attempted to strike military targets in Ukraine overnight with a barrage of missiles and drones, after Sweden said it will provide Kyiv with surveillance aircraft to be deployed with fighter jets from other European nations.

Ukraine downed seven out of 11 cruise missiles fired from bombers flying over the Saratov region in Russia, ...Read more

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South Africa in uncharted waters with ANC set to share power

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South Africa’s ruling party looks set to fall short of securing a parliamentary majority for the first time since surging to power at the end of apartheid three decades ago, ushering in a period of uncertainty with a coalition partner needed to retain control.

The African National Congress is on course to win 42% of the votes cast in ...Read more

DACA recipients, facing long waits for renewal, risk losing their jobs

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It's been three months since Miguel has been able to work at his job as a sustainability and inclusion manager at a professional services firm in San Francisco.

The 32-year-old Philippines native — who asked that The Times not identify his company or use his full name — wasn't fired or laid off. Instead he was placed on temporary unpaid ...Read more

In an effort to stem crime, Metro demands fare cards as riders exit station

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LOS ANGELES — A new pilot program that forces Metro riders leaving the North Hollywood Station to use their TAP cards to exit is the latest attempt to improve riders' sense of security after a wave of violent crime.

While some riders welcomed the tactic, others remained skeptical — and some jumped turnstiles to avoid the new rules.

TAP ...Read more

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Netanyahu's popularity on the rise in blow to Israeli rivals

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is starting to regain his popularity after struggling politically for more than a year, out-polling main rival Benny Gantz for the first time since the war against Hamas started in October.

A Channel 12 survey conducted on Wednesday of 500 voters representing a cross-section of Israeli society asked “...Read more

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The newest election battlefield for abortion: State supreme courts

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As presidential candidates and state legislators campaign over the future of abortion in America, elections for the third branch of government have largely escaped scrutiny on the issue.

Until now.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, elections for state supreme court justices have become a new political frontier in the ...Read more

'All Eyes on Rafah.' A viral post uses AI in the service of activism. Is it ethical?

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The refugee tents stretch out across a vast sandy desert — tens of thousands lined up in neat rows, some organized in the center to spell out: "All Eyes on Rafah."

It's a viral post shared by millions of people across the globe — including Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, "Bridgerton" actress Nicola Coughlan, and model Bella Hadid...Read more

Q&A: These researchers examined 20 years of data same-sex marriage. They didn't find any harms

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Twenty years ago this month, Marcia Kadish and Tanya McCloskey exchanged wedding vows at Cambridge City Hall in Massachusetts and became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the United States.

The couple had been together since 1986, but their decision to wed was radical for its time. In 2004, only 31% of Americans supported same-sex ...Read more