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Feds calls for sweeping changes in California shipping after huge oil spill

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A federal agency wants changes in how container ships are anchored off Southern California as well as new safety measures for vessels near offshore pipelines to help prevent or minimize ruptures like the one that spilled 25,000 gallons of crude oil off Huntington Beach.

The 2021 spill caused damage to beaches and wetlands and killed scores of ...Read more

Survivors of New York stabbing rampage detail Courtney Gordon's horrifying attack on family

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The surviving victims of the horrific rampage in Queens that left four dead revealed the horrifying details of the murders and their own escape in an exclusive interview with the Daily News.

As Christine Watson lay in a hospital bed at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens on Tuesday, she recalled the chilling, final words she exchanged with her severely...Read more

Dangerous proximity of ships, pipeline led to California oil spill; investigators urge reform

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A federal agency wants changes in how container ships are anchored off Southern California as well as new safety measures for vessels near offshore pipelines to help prevent or minimize ruptures like the one that spilled 25,000 gallons of crude oil off Huntington Beach.

The 2021 spill caused damage to beaches and wetlands and killed scores of ...Read more

Biden to sign order to ease federal funding for native tribes

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President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday intended to make it easier for Native American tribes across the U.S. to secure federal funding.

The order, to coincide with the annual Tribal Nations Summit in Washington, will require U.S. agencies to take steps to ensure that federal funding for tribes is more accessible and ...Read more

California cities take a stand on Israel-Hamas war. Are they brave or just inflaming hate?

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Just weeks after the Hamas invasion of Israel and amid that nation’s attacks on Gaza, a few hundred Bay Area residents packed a Richmond City Council meeting to passionately debate the merits of a resolution calling for a cease-fire.

Hamas’ attack on Oct. 7 killed roughly 1,200 people and led to the kidnapping of more than 200. Since that ...Read more

Climate negotiators get down to business at COP28 summit

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COP28 is approaching the end of the first week and the kings, presidents and prime ministers have flown off. Now, hundreds of seasoned climate diplomats must get down to the tough job of negotiating a text that everyone can agree on.Adnan Amin, who as chief executive officer of COP28 is one of Sultan Al-Jaber’s most senior lieutenants, ...Read more

Putin makes rare foreign trip to Gulf with oil, war in focus

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the United Arab Emirates to start a rare foreign trip that will also include a visit to Saudi Arabia, with bolstering cooperation among strategic oil producers a top priority.

Putin was greeted by senior officials from the country upon exiting the plane in Abu Dhabi Wednesday, according to a broadcast...Read more

Los Angeles aims to collect billions more gallons of local water by 2045

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LOS ANGELES — Over the next two decades, Los Angeles County will collect billions more gallons in water from local sources, especially storm and reclaimed water, shifting from its reliance on other region’s water supplies as the effects of climate change make such efforts less reliable and more expensive.

The L.A. County Board of ...Read more

Azerbaijan warns weapons supplies to Armenia may trigger new war

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Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday warned France and India against providing Armenia with weapons it deems a threat, saying such supplies could trigger a new war in the region.

Azerbaijan “will have to react to protect its people” should Armenia start receiving “serious installations” from France and India, Aliyev told a ...Read more


Eight-eyed cave creature -- with unique genitalia -- discovered as new species in China

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As light filtered into a cave in southeastern China, an eight-eyed creature moved around underneath a rock. Despite its small size, the animal caught the attention of nearby scientists. It turned out to be a new species.

Researchers ventured into Baiyan Cave to survey local wildlife in 2020, according to a study published Dec. 1 in the journal ...Read more

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Abortion opponents push state lawmakers to promote unproven 'abortion reversal'

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Anti-abortion organizations are pushing state lawmakers to promote a controversial and unproven “abortion reversal” treatment — flouting the objections of medical professionals who point out it is not supported by science.

In the past several years, Republican lawmakers in at least 14 states have passed laws requiring health care ...Read more

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McCarthy and Johnson are both conservative Christians. Only one is on the 'front lines of the culture war'

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In the early morning hours of Jan. 6, as Rep. Kevin McCarthy prepared to try for the 12th time to win enough votes to become speaker of the House, a little-known Louisiana congressman named Mike Johnson joined a small group of his Republican colleagues in the empty legislative chamber to kneel in prayer.

The lawmakers repented to God for their ...Read more

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Biden urges all to 'forcefully condemn' Hamas rapes, torture

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President Joe Biden called on policymakers and international organizations to “forcefully condemn” violent sexual acts committed by Hamas against Israeli hostages, amid criticism of comments by a Democratic congresswoman.

“The world can’t just look away at what’s going on,” Biden said Tuesday at a political fundraiser in Boston, ...Read more

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Venezuela raises stakes in border dispute, creates military zone to be carved out of Guyana

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In what is likely to further inflame tensions in the hemisphere, Venezuelan ruler Nicolás Maduro announced Tuesday the creation of a new military zone that would be in charge of defending an oil -and mineral-rich territory of neighboring Guyana that he’s claiming belongs to his nation.

Maduro also designated a general, Alexis Rodríguez ...Read more

Families of alleged victims attend first court appearance of Colorado funeral home owners

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The front row of the courtroom was filled Tuesday with people holding photographs of family members identified or still missing from Return to Nature Funeral Home as Jon and Carie Hallford made their first in-person court appearance in El Paso County.

The couple, facing charges in the improper storage of 190 bodies ...Read more

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Taiwan wants to push bounds of US trade deal to beat isolation

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Taiwan’s top trade negotiator signaled a desire to expand Taipei’s initial agreement with Washington into one that more closely resembles a free trade deal, as the export-dependent economy works to counter China’s efforts at isolating it.

The island’s trade officials are talking with their U.S. counterparts about broadening the scope of...Read more

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San Francisco State strike empties classrooms as faculty pickets for higher pay

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Libby Black usually spends her Tuesdays in the classroom, teaching painting and drawing at San Francisco State University.

But Tuesday, the associate professor was on a picket line — one of thousands of Cal State University professors, lecturers and other faculty members demanding higher wages across the 23-campus system.

“We were already ...Read more

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Majority Leader Schumer to bring assault weapons ban bill to Senate floor

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he plans to bring to the floor legislation to resurrect the nation’s assault weapons ban, which expired nearly 20 years ago.

Schumer’s push to pass the bill might charitably be described as a Hail Mary: Democrats hold a 51-to-49 advantage in the Senate, and far more modest gun safety efforts...Read more

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LAPD officer sues former assistant chief accused of monitoring her with AirTag

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LOS ANGELES — A female LAPD officer who accused former assistant chief Alfred "Al" Labrada of unlawfully tracking her has filed a legal claim alleging department leadership failed to shield her from backlash, both inside the department and on social media.

The officer, Dawn Silva, said in a government claim filed Tuesday that her decision to ...Read more


Oxford shooter's mom asks that 'sickening' evidence of bird torture not be allowed in trial

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DETROIT — The mother of the Oxford High School shooter has asked an Oakland County judge not to allow evidence about her son's "extremely disgusting, sickening and appalling" behavior while torturing and killing baby birds at her jury trial for involuntary manslaughter, according to a new filing.

Oakland County Judge Cheryl Matthews did not ...Read more