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Mercedes driver involved in 13 prior wrecks before crash that killed 5, DA says

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LOS ANGELES — The nurse accused of killing five people last week when her Mercedes plowed into traffic at a busy Windsor Hills intersection had been involved in 13 previous crashes, Los Angeles County prosecutors alleged Monday in charging her with murder.

Authorities revealed new details about Thursday’s crash and about the driver, Nicole ...Read more

Biden, suddenly on a hot streak, signs semiconductor bill as businesses boost investment

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed a broad competition bill into law Tuesday that will direct $52.7 billion toward domestic semiconductor research and development as part of an effort to make the U.S. less dependent on China and other Asian nations.

Industry CEOs who attended the signing ceremony at the White House announced roughly $50 ...Read more

Tropical wave shows limitations in east Atlantic, hurricane center says

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The tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic is beginning to show its limitations, causing the National Hurricane Center to lower its odds of development.

A wave that emerged off the coast of Africa early Monday is continuing to produce a large area of disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde ...Read more

A car crushed Miami cop rushing to a shooting 38 years ago. Was his 2022 death on-duty?

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MIAMI — Paul Schippereit was crossing Biscayne Boulevard at 23rd Street when a yellow BMW 320i slammed into him and changed the trajectory of his life. The young Miami police officer was responding to a robbery. The victim had been shot in the face. The year was 1984.

Only 27 and a sworn officer for two years, Schippereit would spend the next...Read more

Crypto sector lobbying expenditures up a third in second quarter

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WASHINGTON — Spending by the cryptocurrency lobby hit a record high last quarter, as members of Congress from both parties and chambers proved willing to engage with the industry’s top priorities.

The industry and its advocates spent at least $6.8 million lobbying Congress and the federal government from April through the end of June, up 31...Read more

California refuses request for more water in communities with high wildfire risk

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LOS ANGELES — State officials have denied a request by Southern California municipal water districts for more water to mitigate wildfire risk.

The agencies had worked with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to ask the California Department of Water Resources to allocate 26,300 more acre-feet of water under the health-and-...Read more

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'We set women free all day long': Inside a post-Roe abortion clinic in Arizona

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PHOENIX — Fifteen women, one man and a baby cooing in a stroller were already lined up outside Camelback Family Planning when it opened on a recent summer morning.

By 7:30 a.m., it was 95 degrees. Monsoon season summoned an oppressive humidity. Mosquitoes hovered, eager to feed.

People kept showing up and waiting outside — sometimes for ...Read more

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In wake of Highland Park massacre, law on firearms restraining orders in Illinois seen as confusing and underused

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CHICAGO — A group of law enforcement officials and experts from around Illinois and across the country gathered in mid-June to begin crafting a plan to increase awareness among the general public and fellow cops of a 3-year-old state law aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people.

About midway through the agenda, ...Read more

Mar-a-Lago becomes a popular spot after FBI raids former President Trump's home

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PALM BEACH, Fla. — Three Palm Beach Police Department SUVs — two with lights flashing — were the only sign of law enforcement activity outside Mar-a-Lago’s closed gates Monday night as word spread that the FBI had served a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s residence earlier in the day.

Roughly 100 people had gathered ...Read more

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ACLU urges end to some local immigration enforcement deals

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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union urged federal immigration authorities on Tuesday to end dozens of cooperation agreements with local law enforcement agencies that the group identified as having the worst records of civil rights violations, bad jails or prisons and other factors.

In a letter first obtained by CQ Roll Call, Kary ...Read more

Biden administration to halt controversial 'Remain in Mexico' program

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The Biden administration will halt the use of a Trump-era policy that forced migrants seeking asylum to remain in Mexico, after a Supreme Court ruling said the government could unwind the program, according to two U.S. officials.

The administration's action follows a federal judge's ruling to vacate his previous decision to restart the policy. ...Read more

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Patients and doctors trapped in a gray zone when abortion laws and emergency care mandate conflict

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Each week, Dr. Kim Puterbaugh sees several pregnant patients at a Cleveland hospital who are experiencing complications involving bleeding or infection. The OB-GYN has to make quick decisions about how to treat them, including whether to remove the dead or dying fetus to protect the health and life of the mother. Leaving in place a fetus that ...Read more

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Trump under intense legal scrutiny after FBI searches Mar-a-Lago

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Donald Trump faces intensifying legal and political pressure after FBI agents searched his Florida home in a probe of whether he took classified documents from the White House when he left office, casting a shadow on his possible run for the presidency in 2024.

The search is a stunning development in the ongoing legal battles involving the ...Read more

Frontline workers feel overlooked by corporate diversity initiatives

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Though workers of color are overrepresented in many of the lowest-paid frontline jobs, promotions generally go to White workers.

That’s according to new research by management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., which analyzed mobility for the 95 million workers in industries like retail and food service who fill hourly and salaried roles for an...Read more

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Study looking at whether history of concussions increases odds of long COVID

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DENVER -- A study in Denver is trying to determine whether a history of concussions increases a person’s odds of developing cognitive or psychological symptoms of long COVID, and, if so, whether that points to new ways to treat the post-viral condition.

Daniel Linseman, a professor at the University of Denver who studies diseases and injuries...Read more

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Storied Maryland military unit expected to lose 7 of the 'battle streamers' that top its flag over their Confederate ties

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Few units in the U.S. Army are as fabled as the Dundalk-based 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment (5th Maryland), better known simply as the 175th Infantry Regiment, of the Maryland Army National Guard.

Formed as the Baltimore Independent Cadets in 1774, the unit helped save George Washington’s army at the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776, ...Read more

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has mild symptoms of COVID-19

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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday night, more than two years into the state's fight with the pandemic.

In a press release, issued at about 10:20 p.m., Whitmer said she was experiencing mild symptoms after being fully vaccinated and receiving two booster shots.

"After speaking ...Read more

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FBI conducts 'raid' on Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, former president says

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump said in a statement Monday that the FBI is searching his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, in what he described as a “raid.”

It was not immediately clear why agents were present at his Palm Beach summer home, but Trump said the property was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI...Read more

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Another large group of Haitian migrants arrives off the Keys for second time in three days

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MIAMI — A migrant sailboat overloaded with people arrived in the shallow waters Monday evening off the Middle Florida Keys, federal officials said.

The people on board are likely Haitians — and their arrival comes just two days after a group of more than 300 people from Haiti arrived in a sailboat that grounded off the exclusive Ocean Reef...Read more

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FBI conducts 'raid' on Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, former president says

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump said in a statement Monday that the FBI is searching his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, in what he described as a “raid.”

It was not immediately clear why agents were present at his Palm Beach summer home, but Trump said the property was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI...Read more