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Floating cars, closed highways, flooded homes. 'Insane' rainfall deluges South Florida

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An early June deluge has once again turned South Florida’s roads and parks into rivers and lakes, snarling traffic, stalling cars and sending residents sloshing through streets, shoes in hand. And it’s not done yet.

By Wednesday afternoon, the flooding had grown so severe that authorities closed parts of southbound Interstate 95 in Broward ...Read more

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Young Thug's lawyer granted bond, will not have to report to jail this week

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ATLANTA — Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steel learned he will not have to spend Father’s Day behind bars after the Georgia Supreme Court granted his emergency motion for bond.

In an order issued Wednesday afternoon, the court stayed Steel’s 20-day jail sentence pending the resolution of his appeal of Judge Ural Glanville’s ruling ...Read more

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Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders died of blunt-force injuries from a plane crash, coroner says

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SEATTLE — Retired Maj. Gen. William Anders, the Apollo 8 astronaut, died of multiple blunt-force injuries when the plane he was piloting last week crashed off the coast of Jones Island, officials said Wednesday.

His manner of death was classified as an accident, according to Amy S. Vira, San Juan County’s prosecuting attorney and coroner.

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DeSantis cuts water projects, opioid funding as he signs Florida budget

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis cut nearly $1 billion from state lawmakers’ spending plan for the next fiscal year to create a final budget that is slightly smaller than last year’s.

DeSantis cut more than $200 million in water treatment projects, $26 million in arts projects and millions to fight the opioid crisis, but largely ...Read more

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'Life-threatening' flash flooding and heavy rain batter South Florida again

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — South Floridians were warned to stay indoors and off roads as heavy downpours struck the region Wednesday afternoon, bringing “life-threatening flooding” reminiscent of a devastating storm in April 2023.

Emergency responders in Broward were inundated with flood-related phone calls from stranded cars to downed power...Read more

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'Together, we'll remember': Pulse bell ceremony honors victims 8 years after mass shooting

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Eight years to the day since the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer gathered for the solemn bell-ringing ceremony that is an annual tradition.

About 80 people attended Wednesday afternoon’s gathering at First United Methodist Church of Orlando.

During the ceremony, select family members read each...Read more

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Texts show how NYC Mayor Adams tried to pacify 'Bling Bishop' Lamor Whitehead in feud with top adviser

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NEW YORK — For years, Mayor Eric Adams went to extraordinary lengths to privately pacify Lamor Whitehead, as the ex-con-turned-pastor picked fights with Adams' top adviser, Ingrid Lewis-Martin, and pressed him for financial and political help, a trove of text messages exchanged between the two men reveal.

The texts were seized by federal ...Read more

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California bill makes Big Tech pay for news. Big Tech calls it a government handout

In less than two weeks, Assembly Bill 886 — the California Journalism Preservation Act — will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill reemerged this week with amendments aimed at making it more palatable to critics including the tech industry, ...Read more

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Crisis-ridden Haiti turns a page, officially welcomes new transitional government

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Haiti welcomed a new government on Wednesday, completing the final step in a new political transition that many are hoping will bring a reprieve to the country’s ongoing gang-fueled crisis and pave the way for long-overdue general elections.

A new cabinet of ministers was presented by newly selected Prime Minister Garry Conille at a ceremony....Read more

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Senate Democrats try maneuver to pass Supreme Court ethics bill

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats attempted to pass a bill on Supreme Court ethics Wednesday but were blocked by Republicans who argue the measure targets conservative justices.

Democrats requested unanimous consent to pass legislation that would require the court to adopt a new code of conduct, among other requirements. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S....Read more

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Victim of caught-on-video punch after Brooklyn Pride calls investment banker attacker 'terrifying'

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A woman who was punched in the face by an investment banker in a viral video after Brooklyn’s Pride Parade says she and her friends were frightened by “a tornado of violence.”

The woman, who identified herself only as Micah P., told NBC 4 New York her nose was broken in four places after the blow, which took place around 10:30 p.m. ...Read more

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Jayson Boebert pleads guilty to reckless endangerment in January fights with family

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DENVER — Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert’s ex-husband, Jayson Boebert, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment in Garfield County District Court on Wednesday in separate cases related to fights with family members, according to court records.

Boebert, 43, initially faced six charges for separate confrontations with his ex-wife and ...Read more

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Victims group says 5 credibly accused priests are missing from Twin Cities archdiocese public list

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Five former priests who have been deemed “credibly accused” abusers by church officials and who previously worked in Minnesota aren’t listed on the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ public list, clergy abuse victims said Wednesday.

That needs to change, said organizers with the Survivor Network of those Abused...Read more

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Grand jury report faults San Francisco for inadequate climate threat planning

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As climate change unleashes ever-more powerful storms, worsening floods and rising sea levels, San Francisco remains woefully unprepared for inundation, a civil grand jury determined in a report this week.

The critical assessment — which was authored by 19 San Franciscans selected by the Superior Court — found that the city and county ...Read more

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Former state attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, while facing charges, announces run for Michigan Supreme Court

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LANSING, Mich. — Republican Matt DePerno, a former attorney general nominee who's been charged with felonies for allegedly mishandling voting equipment, said Wednesday he's running for a seat on Michigan's top court.

In a statement, the Kalamazoo lawyer and ally of former President Donald Trump said it's "clear that the Michigan Supreme Court...Read more

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Tough-on-crime measure officially qualifies for California's November ballot as rifts in Legislature mount

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A ballot measure to impose harsher criminal penalties for drug possession and theft, altering the controversial Proposition 47 passed in 2014, has qualified for the November ballot.

The measure, however, may be undercut by the California Legislature's Democratic leadership, which is pushing a package of bills targeting ...Read more

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Assemblymember Evan Low proposes new recount law following his own astounding congressional recount

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The contentious Congressional District 16 recount may be over, but the ripple effects of the nearly three-week saga are still being felt as Assemblymember Evan Low this week unveiled new legislation that would trigger automatic recounts in close statewide elections.

In May, Low emerged victorious from a voter-requested recount after the primary...Read more


Southern Baptists reject constitutional ban on women in pastoral roles

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A day after the Southern Baptist Convention expelled a Virginia church for affirming women in pastoral roles, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination voted down a resolution to add an amendment banning the roles in its constitution.

The amendment failed to meet the two-thirds threshold necessary for adoption, a vote that surprised many ...Read more

Two Oxford school board members resign ahead of removal request

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DETROIT — Two Oxford school board members resigned Wednesday ahead of a request for their removal from parents of student killed in the 2021 gun attack at Oxford High School.

According to a statement from the board's president Erin Reis, board members Mary Hanser and Heather Shafer have resigned.

Parents of the four teens killed in attack ...Read more

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LGBTQ advocates, lawmakers rebuke North Carolina laws targeting trans youth in Pride Month push

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Following a spate of new laws targeting transgender youth and students, advocates for the LGBTQ+ community gathered at the state legislature on Wednesday to condemn the legislation and push for further protections.

Organized by Equality NC, a coalition of progressive groups met with lawmakers and delivered speeches outside the...Read more