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'Chaos. Absolute chaos,' Roof collapses at metal concert during storm in Belvidere, 1 dead, 28 injured, officials say

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One person has died and nearly 30 were injured during a roof collapse at a Belvidere venue during a metal concert Friday night, officials said.

Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody said during a late Friday news conference that officers responded to the Apollo theatre, 104 N. State St., where the collapse occurred, leaving one person dead and at ...Read more

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US Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan diagnosed with cancer: 'I am going to get through this'

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., said Friday that he has been diagnosed with "a serious but curable form of cancer."

The six-term congressman went in to the doctor for a routine scan and discovered he had squamous cell carcinoma in one of his tonsils, he said.

He'll have surgery to remove the tumor in a few weeks and plans to take...Read more

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Prosecutor hits back against House GOP on Trump indictment

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WASHINGTON — The Manhattan district attorney’s office hit back Friday against “unfounded allegations” from House Republicans that the investigation of Donald Trump was politically motivated, as other members of Congress reacted further in the wake of the first indictment of a former president.

A letter Friday from the office of ...Read more

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Trudeau braces for disruptive strikes amid tough union wage push

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OTTAWA, Canada — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staring down one of the biggest strikes in Canadian history as his government’s workers push for higher wages even as inflation eases.

The country’s main federal-employee union will wrap up voting in April on whether to go ahead with a national strike that could see as many as 165,000 ...Read more

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Maryland appellate opinion in Adnan Syed case sparks debate over scope of crime victims' rights

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BALTIMORE — An opinion in the appeal of the family of Hae Min Lee from the notorious case of the man long held responsible for her killing, Adnan Syed, has touched off a debate in Maryland about crime victims’ rights.

State law says crime victims or people representing them should be treated with “dignity, respect, and sensitivity during ...Read more

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Stormy Daniels speaks out for first time since Trump indictment

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NEW YORK — Ex-President Donald Trump “is no longer untouchable,” porn star Stormy Daniels said Friday in her first interview since Trump’s indictment by a Manhattan grand jury.

“This p--sy grabbed back,” she told The Times of London, referring to the now infamous Trump quote “grab ‘em by the p--sy,” during a conversation with ...Read more

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Dozens protest at Atlanta City Hall as training center deforestation starts

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ATLANTA — Dozens of people gathered outside of Atlanta City Hall on Friday to protest plans to build a police and firefighter training center across 85 acres of wooded property in DeKalb County.

“Stop cop city,” chanted 64 protesters in reference to the name activists use to denounce Atlanta’s proposed public safety training center.

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Trump joins list of ex-presidents around the world who have been prosecuted in criminal cases

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WASHINGTON — The criminal indictment of former President Donald Trump is unprecedented, but only as far as U.S. history goes.

Around the world, numerous former heads of government have ended up in the dock and often behind bars, in democracies young and old.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was inaugurated as president of Brazil on Jan. 1, about ...Read more

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House Republicans rally after Trump indictment, amping up attacks on Manhattan DA

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WASHINGTON — Dozens of House Republicans rallied to Donald Trump’s defense Friday, a day after he became the first former president in U.S. history to be criminally prosecuted and following weeks of contentious letters traded between Capitol Hill and the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

News of the indictment landed late Thursday as ...Read more

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Putin signs new Russia foreign policy against 'hostile' West

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President Vladimir Putin approved a new Russian foreign policy concept that set out to confront the United States and its allies, claiming an “era of revolutionary changes” was underway in international relations.

The U.S. is “the source of fundamental risks to the security of the Russian Federation” and most European states are ...Read more

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Tornado rips Little Rock; central US braces for more storms

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A tornado ripped across suburban Little Rock, Arkansas, as a massive weather system battered the central U.S. with thunderstorms, hail and blizzards.

More than 93,150 customers were without power in Arkansas and another 98,000 were out in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma as the storms rumbled through, according to ...Read more

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At Mar-a-Lago, few show up to protest Trump's indictment

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Outside the bougainvillea-covered walls of Mar-a-Lago, few are braving the Florida heat to share the outrage of their indicted leader, former President Donald Trump.

Trump had warned of massive protests and “potential death & destruction” if Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg dared to indict him. But on Friday, hours after Bragg’s ...Read more

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Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg inundated with racist emails, death threats amid Trump indictment

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NEW YORK — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has been inundated with racist death threats amid his office’s historic indictment of former President Donald Trump, The New York Daily News has learned.

Included in a litany of profane, typo-laden emails sent to Bragg’s office on the heels of Trump’s Thursday indictment were...Read more

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Minneapolis City Council unanimously approves sweeping plan to reform policing

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis City Council on Friday morning unanimously approved a sweeping plan to reform policing that aims to reverse years of systemic racial bias.

The 11-0 vote means that the public can now read the 144-page settlement agreement between the city and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which charged the city with a...Read more

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Denver police to put armed officers in 11 high schools after shooting of 2 administrators

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DENVER — Twelve police officers will be stationed in 11 Denver high schools beginning next week in response to the recent shooting of two East High administrators by a student.

Two armed and uniformed officers from the Denver Police Department will be at East High School when classes resume Wednesday after spring break. Additionally, one ...Read more

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Mom, stepdad of missing Texas boy face child endangerment charge; search continues

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The mother and stepfather of missing 6-year-old Noel Rodriguez-Alverez are now facing a felony charge of abandonment and endangerment of a child, police said Friday.

Noel has not been found. But a warrant was issued Friday for the mother and stepfather, and authorities are working to extradite the couple from India back to...Read more

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Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig's alleged attacker indicted for assaulting member of Congress, police

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WASHINGTON — A man who allegedly attacked Democratic U.S. Rep. Angie Craig in an elevator earlier this year has been indicted by a grand jury and is facing three criminal charges.

Kendrid Khalil Hamlin, who was 26 when he was arrested in February, is charged with assaulting a member of Congress and two counts of assaulting law enforcement, ...Read more

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Sam Bankman-Fried using millions sent to Stanford dad to pay for lawyers, report says

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Stanford Law School professor Joseph Bankman is using a “multimillion gift” he received from his embattled son Sam Bankman-Fried to pay for his son’s high-priced legal defense, according to a new report this week.

The report from Forbes also alleges that this gift to the longtime Stanford academic was created using ...Read more

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Fox News defamation case headed to trial after judge rejects motion to dismiss

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NEW YORK — A Delaware judge denied Fox News’ motion to dismiss Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation suit against the network on Friday, sending the case to trial.

A jury will be asked to determine whether the network committed actual malice when it presented false voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election.

The ruling by ...Read more


Trump arraignment set for Tuesday afternoon, and he will plead not guilty

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Donald Trump will be arraigned in the criminal case against him on Tuesday afternoon, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The former president will hear the charges brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and will enter a plea of not guilty at a hearing at the New York State Supreme courthouse in lower Manhattan on ...Read more