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Baltimore archdiocese bankruptcy nears critical mediation phase following last-minute deal with insurers

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BALTIMORE — The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s bankruptcy case moved closer to the critical mediation phase Monday, as attorneys for the Catholic Church, its insurance carriers and a committee of sex abuse survivors reached a tentative agreement on the terms for upcoming negotiations.

The agreement is tentative because the lawyers still need ...Read more

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Big Brother is watching you: Boston police surveillance detailed in new report

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BOSTON — Big Brother is watching you in Boston.

The city’s first annual surveillance report highlighted an array of ways the Boston Police Department uses technology to detect and prevent crime, including, but not limited to, the use of cameras throughout neighborhoods, cellphone monitoring, body-worn cameras on officers and automated ...Read more

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Prosecutors challenge Tupac Shakur murder suspect's renewed effort to post bail

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LAS VEGAS — Duane “Keffe D” Davis is set to appear in court again Tuesday, days after prosecutors filed documents claiming to show new evidence that Davis was in Las Vegas the night he is accused of orchestrating the killing of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur.

Davis, who was indicted in September 2023 on a murder charge in connection with ...Read more

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Nevada has very high levels of COVID-19 in wastewater

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LAS VEGAS — Tourists who flocked in droves to Las Vegas over the Fourth of July holiday weekend helped spur a rise in COVID infections, experts say.

“We have a surge in viral illnesses for July 4 in particular. For summer holidays, we’re always prepared for a surge in tourists that visit Las Vegas this weekend,” said Dr. Ketan Patel, ...Read more

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FAA investigates Tampa-bound Southwest flight that plunged to 150 feet above water

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A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Tampa International Airport descended rapidly on July 14, plunging more than 1,500 feet in just over a minute and coming within 150 feet of the surface of Tampa Bay.

The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m., according to public flight tracking data, while the plane was still miles away from its ...Read more

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A Kamala Harris presidential candidacy would be groundbreaking and precedent-setting, experts say

With President Joe Biden withdrawing from the presidential election Sunday afternoon and his subsequent endorsement of Vice President Kamala Harris, she is poised to be the first Black woman at the top of a major party ticket for the highest ...Read more

Minnesota mental health patients stay 25 hours longer than necessary in ER because of shortages

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When patients in mental health crises get stuck in Minnesota's emergency rooms, they stay 25 hours longer on average than necessary — taking up hospital space as well as the time of doctors and nurses, who could otherwise focus on the next emergencies.

Researchers documented the length of these delays by studying patient activity over 14 days...Read more

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Senate panel takes step toward potential Menendez expulsion

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WASHINGTON — The Senate returns Tuesday as uncertainty looms over the future of Sen. Bob Menendez following his conviction on federal corruption charges, with some members of the Democratic caucus calling for his expulsion if he does not step down.

The 70-year-old New Jersey Democrat has defied calls from fellow Democrats to resign, including...Read more

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Gov. Josh Shapiro neither confirms nor denies he's in the running for VP nomination

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PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Josh Shapiro neither confirmed nor denied his interest in becoming Vice President Kamala Harris’ running mate Monday, as speculation swirled around him and a handful of other potential candidates.

Shapiro, swarmed by national media at a news conference in Pittsburgh the day after President Joe Biden ended his reelection ...Read more

Voter identification question to appear on Nevada ballot in November

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LAS VEGAS — Nevada voters will get the chance to weigh in on a voter ID this November after the secretary of state’s office declared the initiative sufficient to appear on the ballot.

Repair The Vote PAC, which is backing the measure, announced Friday that over 185,500 signatures collected and submitted by the group were certified by the ...Read more

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Cornel West supporters sue NC elections board to get on 2024 presidential ballot

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Supporters of Cornel West’s third-party presidential campaign sued the North Carolina State Board of Elections on Monday after it denied ballot access to West’s new party.

In a party-line vote earlier this month, the board’s Democratic majority denied certification to the “Justice for All” party, which plans to run West, a left-wing ...Read more

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Capitol hunkers down ahead of Netanyahu speech

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WASHINGTON — Much of the Capitol campus will be closed to the public on Wednesday as thousands of people are expected to descend on the Hill to protest a visit from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Capitol Visitor Center and Library of Congress will be closed to tourists, and the U.S. Botanic Garden will shutter, right as plant ...Read more

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When's the deadline to get a new Democratic presidential candidate on Texas ballots?

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President Joe Biden announced Sunday that he’s withdrawing from the 2024 presidential race. So what happens next?

Minutes after Biden’s announcement, Texas elected officials responded to the news with mixed results. Democrats praised Biden’s years of service, while some Republicans called on him to resign from the White House.

The 2024 ...Read more

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EPA awards Colorado an “unprecedented” $328 million to fight climate pollution

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The federal government is sending $328 million to Colorado to fight climate pollution through projects that include limiting methane emissions from coal mines and retrofitting large buildings so they produce fewer climate-warming greenhouse gases.

The Colorado Energy Office will receive $129 million and the Denver Regional Council of ...Read more

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Pentagon to bolster response to China, Russia in Arctic

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The United States will expand its military readiness and surveillance in the Arctic given heightened Chinese and Russian interest coupled with new risks brought on by accelerating climate change, the Pentagon said in a new report.

Measures are needed “to ensure the Arctic does not become a strategic blind spot” as melting ice makes the ...Read more

GOP attacks against Kamala Harris were already bad – they are about to get worse

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Public opinion polls suggest that U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is doing slightly better than Joe Biden was against Donald Trump, but Republican attacks against her are only now ramping up.

Even as a candidate for vice president, Harris was the target of an intense barrage of conservative attacks that claimed, among other things, ...Read more

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Biden withdrawal could prompt legal fights over ballots

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s withdrawal Sunday from the presidential race could result in legal challenges up to the election in November, election law experts said.

Among those potential legal actions are challenges to who appears on the Democratic ticket on ballots in some states — although election experts seemed to agree ...Read more

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Ex-NYPD cop bought second home in Texas to be near sex abuse victim, feds say

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NEW YORK — A former Staten Island cop facing child porn and child sex abuse allegations bought a second home in Texas so he could be closer to one of his young victims, the feds say in new court filings.

Ex-NYPD Officer Christopher Terranova, 34, now faces federal charges in connection with four young boys, two of whom he enticed into sexual ...Read more

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Denver Mayor Mike Johnston marks progress on homelessness, while teeing up his big ask of voters

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DENVER — Denver Mayor Mike Johnston celebrated his administration’s progress on some of the city’s biggest challenges during his first year in office on Monday while making a pitch for the first big initiative of his second — a sales tax increase to tackle affordable housing.

The mayor delivered his State of the City address a year and ...Read more

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Names circulate for Finance panel seat if Menendez leaves

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​WASHINGTON — The conviction of Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery charges has renewed interest in who might replace the New Jersey Democrat on the Finance Committee should he resign or be expelled from the Senate.

Menendez has so far resisted calls for his resignation, including from Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., after being...Read more