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These California highways are hot spots for roadkill -- but data points to falling population

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Data from an annual UC Davis report shows that wildlife is being hit less frequently on California highways, which could suggest an overall decline of certain animal populations.

Mule deer and coyote populations may be decreasing throughout the state, roadkill data from the Sept. 25 Road Ecology Center report indicates.

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John Fetterman calls on Menendez to resign, says he plans to return campaign donation in cash-stuffed envelopes

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Sen. John Fetterman has called on fellow Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez to resign, making him the first — and so far only — senator from either party to do so in the wake of the federal bribery charges filed last week against Menendez and his wife.

But he didn’t stop there. On Monday, Fetterman’s team said he plans to return Menendez’s ...Read more

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'Cartel wife' married to Chicago twin who helped take down 'El Chapo' gets 3 1/2 years in prison

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CHICAGO — The wife of a Chicago drug trafficker who cooperated against Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Monday for conspiring to hide and spend millions of dollars of her husband’s drug proceeds.

Valerie Gaytan, 48, who is married to Margarito Flores Jr., pleaded guilty earlier this ...Read more

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Teens formally charged in hit-and-run killing of retired police chief in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — Prosecutors have formally charged two teenagers accused of killing a retired police chief in a hit-and-run crash last month in the northwest Las Vegas Valley.

Criminal complaints charging Jesus Ayala, 18, and Jzamir Keys, 16, with murder and other charges were filed on Monday morning, according to a statement from the Clark County...Read more

Patient pulls roommate's eyes out of his sockets at Florida psychiatric hospital, cops say

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MIAMI — A patient at a psychiatric hospital in South Florida brutally beat up a roommate for seven minutes and ripped the man’s eyes out of his sockets — leaving him permanently blind, police said Monday.

“The victim is permanently blind due to his injuries,” Pembroke Pines police spokeswoman Amanda Conwell told the Miami Herald.

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Almost 320 scholarships pulled at Florida private school over 'direct ties' to Communist China

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Unless Park Maitland School successfully appeals its suspension from Florida’s school voucher programs, nearly 320 of its students will not be able to use state scholarships to help pay tuition at the Orange County private school.

On Friday, Florida announced that Park Maitland and the former Parke House Academy — now run ...Read more

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With no settlement payment, whistleblowers want Texas attorney general lawsuit to continue

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Former employees who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Attorney General Ken Paxton are asking the Texas Supreme Court to renew the case.

After former employees brought their concerns of misconduct and possible illegal activity to the FBI in late 2020, four of the whistleblowers sued the attorney general’s office for ...Read more

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Prosecutor, Murdaugh's defense lawyers are newest stars in America's true crime scene

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Last year at this time few outside South Carolina knew the names of the key lawyers in the Alex Murdaugh murder saga.

But due to national television coverage of the six-week Murdaugh murder trial last winter, prosecutor Creighton Waters of the S.C. Attorney General’s office and defense attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim ...Read more

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Cuba's Embassy in DC attacked Sunday night, hours after island's leader left the US

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The Cuban Embassy in Washington was attacked on Sunday evening, just hours after Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel, who attended several events at the United Nations in New York last week, returned to the island, Cuba’s foreign minister said.

“The Cuban embassy in the U.S. was the target of a terrorist attack by an individual who launched 2 ...Read more


Tropical Storm Phillipe to head northwest; new tropical depression to form

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National Hurricane Center forecasters are monitoring a trio of systems including Tropical Storm Philippe, a system off Africa that is likely to become a tropical depression by midweek and a low-pressure system that emerged Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico.

The system off Africa is likely to be a tropical depression within the next few days as it ...Read more

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First lady Jill Biden to travel to Kansas City to tour the Harry S. Truman Library

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First lady Jill Biden will travel to Kansas City on Wednesday to tour the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. She will also participate in an event in support of President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection.

The first lady, who is a community college professor, will get a tour of Truman’s presidential library and ...Read more

California soldier died in a WWII prison camp. Now 80 years later, he's coming home

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While serving in the Philippines during World War II, U.S. Army Air Corps Pfc. Glenn Harris was captured, forced to walk in the Bataan Death March and held as a prisoner at a camp more than 7,000 miles away from his home on the Central Coast.

He would never return to California — until now.

Only a few months after his capture, the 26-year-...Read more

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Seattle boosts first response to drug crisis, still lacks treatment options

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SEATTLE — As fatal drug and alcohol overdoses continue to outpace last year's record-setting 1,001 deaths in King County, Seattle officials spent the summer beefing up the city's emergency response to drug use and overdoses in public places.

They've pumped money into mobile methadone clinics. They are considering investing in a facility for ...Read more

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8 people injured as JetBlue flight from Ecuador to Florida hits turbulence

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MIAMI — Eight people on board a JetBlue flight from Ecuador were injured Monday morning due to turbulence the plane encountered in the air as it neared Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the company said.

The flight from Guayaquil, Ecuador, “experienced sudden severe turbulence” on approach to South Florida, the company said...Read more

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Triple shooting near a Broward County restaurant kills one person, hospitalizes two, police say

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MIAMI — Three people were shot and one was killed Sunday night along University Drive, Lauderhill police said.

Police say officers answering a 911 call around 10:42 p.m. found a man shot in an arm and leg inside one of the businesses at 5001 N. University Dr., a building with a dentist office, a financial services business and a Miami Grill. ...Read more

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David Jungerman, millionaire convicted in killing of Brookside lawyer, dies at 85

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David Jungerman, the Jackson County millionaire who was found guilty in the 2017 shooting death of a Brookside attorney, died Monday morning, according to his defense attorney.

Jungerman, 85, was convicted last year of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 25, 2017, shooting death of Tom Pickert, who had just returned home ...Read more

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A month after shooting inside Sox Park, a mystery persists

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A month after two women were hit by gunfire while sitting in the bleachers during a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field, the shooting that stunned the city and made news around the country appears no closer to being solved than it was in the hours after the incident, sources said.

Rumors and hearsay, peddled largely by content aggregators ...Read more

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Patty Sheehan, Orlando's longest tenured commissioner, draws 2 opponents

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Orlando’s longest-serving city commissioner is in a race for her seat, with two opponents hoping for their turn to represent historic neighborhoods east and south of downtown Orlando.

Patty Sheehan, first elected in 2000, said she still has work to do on the City Council, and wants a seventh term to make progress on a planned overhaul of Lake...Read more

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Trump pushes Republicans to shut down government unless they get 'everything' from Dems

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Former President Donald Trump Monday urged right-wing congressional Republicans to shut down the government “UNLESS YOU GET EVERYTHING” in crunch talks.

As a weekend deadline looms large, Trump called on his followers to refuse to compromise with moderates who want to pass a spending bill that could avert a shutdown.

“Unless you get ...Read more

Li'i, Lolita's longtime Miami Seaquarium companion, relocated to San Antonio SeaWorld

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Li’i, the Pacific white-sided dolphin who was Lolita’s companion at Miami Seaquarium, was moved Sunday night to SeaWorld of San Antonio, where he will be reunited with two offspring, former companion Piquet and three other members of his species.

The 200-pound Li’i, who is considered an elderly dolphin at age 40, was transported in a ...Read more