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Warning shots fired as North Korean troops cross border again

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South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at what appeared to be dozens of North Korean troops who briefly crossed the border dividing the peninsula, in the second such incident in less than two weeks.

More than 20 North Korean soldiers who were on maintenance work crossed the line Tuesday and moved back north after the shots were fired, Yonhap...Read more

Thai same-sex marriage bill clears final hurdle with Senate

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Thailand’s same-sex marriage bill cleared its final hurdle with the Senate endorsing it in a special session Tuesday, putting the nation on course to be the first in Southeast Asia to guarantee marriage equality.

The 250-member upper house voted with 130 in support of the bill that was passed by the elected House of Representatives in March....Read more

Immigration detention surges in Georgia, up 50% from 2023

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ATLANTA — The number of people in immigrant detention has surged in Georgia.

As of mid-May, the state housed a detained immigrant population of 2,408 — a nearly 54% increase compared to May 2023, according to an analysis of federal data by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

Among states, Georgia ...Read more

Young Thug's attorney accuses judge of joining 'prosecutors' team'

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ATLANTA — Young Thug’s defense lawyer says the Fulton County judge presiding over the musician’s gang and racketeering trial should be disqualified from the case after last week’s secret meeting between the judge, prosecutors and a state’s witness.

Brian Steel said his most recent motion for a mistrial was “goaded by the improper ...Read more

Mpox is on the rise in LA County. Here's how to avoid it

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LOS ANGELES — New cases of mpox in Los Angeles County rose considerably in the last two weeks, local health officials said Monday.

The "concerning increase" of the disease took reported cases from an average of fewer than two per week — a level that had been consistent for several weeks — to a total of 10 in the county in the last two ...Read more

Philly has highest STI rates in the country – improving sex ed in schools and access to at-home testing could lower rates

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Philadelphia ranks No. 1 among U.S. cities for new sexually transmitted infections – STIs – according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is up from fifth place in 2023 and puts Philadelphia ahead of four cities that previously rated higher: Memphis, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; New ...Read more

US laws created during slavery are still on the books. A legal scholar wants to at least acknowledge that history in legal citations

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As the story of Juneteenth is told by modern-day historians, enslaved Black people were freed by laws, not combat.

Union Gen. Gordon Granger said as much when he read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, in front of enslaved people who were among the last to learn of their legal freedom.

According to the order, the law ...Read more

Joining NATO binds countries to defend each other – but this commitment is not set in stone

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The outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election is going to have major consequences for the relationship between the U.S. and its allies. While President Joe Biden is a firm believer in the value of the transatlantic alliance, Republican contender Donald Trump has for years railed against U.S. participation in the North Atlantic Treaty...Read more

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Highway humor is over some drivers' heads

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States have had their fun with highway safety messages, posting everything from Taylor Swift lyrics to discourage texting in Mississippi, to a “vibe check” — winking at Gen Z — to encourage seat belt use in Arizona.

Such messages are shown intermittently on thousands of highway signs, known as variable messaging signs, when the ...Read more

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Baltimore Police Department doesn't track officers' vehicle pursuits. Should it?

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Police Department, which has seen three deaths linked to people fleeing police since 2022, says it doesn’t keep track of how often its officers pursue vehicles.

Three of the 19 fatal police pursuits or crashes statewide since October 2021 involved Baltimore Police, according to the Independent Investigations ...Read more

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Fact check: Biden's on target about what repealing ACA would mean for preexisting condition protections

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If the Affordable Care Act were terminated, “that would mean over a hundred million Americans will lose protections for preexisting conditions.”

President Joe Biden in a campaign advertisement, May 8

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President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign wants voters to contrast his record on health care policy with his predecessor’s. In May,...Read more

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License plate cameras help solve crimes, but are creating a backlash over privacy concerns

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CHICAGO — In 2022, a teenager accused of fatally shooting a young mother in the back of the head in Morris was caught driving a stolen car with the help of a license plate camera.

That same year, a man wanted for a slaying in Maywood was arrested in Northbrook after police traced his car there through license plate cameras. The man had ...Read more

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New drug's potentially fatal side effects obscured by 'soothing acronym,' doctors say

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LOS ANGELES — Seventy-nine-year-old Genevieve Lane volunteered to take the Alzheimer's drug Leqembi in a clinical trial because she was forgetting words and misplacing her keys.

Infusions of the drug gave her headaches so severe they sent her to bed. A week after the third dose, she was at a restaurant with her best friend when her speech ...Read more

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3 more states could see marijuana legalization on November ballots

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Nebraskan Crista Eggers is running up against a July 3 deadline. If she can get at least 87,000 names onto each of two petitions before then, she can put an initiative on the state’s November ballot that would legalize pot for medicinal purposes.

The petition effort is personal. Her 9-year-old son, Colton, has epilepsy and severe seizures, ...Read more

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Emory researchers studying psychedelic-assisted treatment for PTSD

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ATLANTA — Therapists have discovered a variety of effective treatments for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder: Talk therapy, narrative writing, medication and a system that involves discussing painful experiences while focusing on blinking lights and vibrations.

But not everything works for everyone living with PTSD, a serious ...Read more

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Schumer plans vote on bump stocks ban after Supreme Court ruling

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to push to outlaw rapid-fire gun bump stocks Tuesday following the Supreme Court striking down a government agency’s effort to ban the deadly devices favored by mass killers.

The Democratic Majority Leader will seek to win unanimous consent for a measure to ban the devices, which allow semiautomatic weapons ...Read more

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Ben Cardin touts Angela Alsobrooks as friend to the Jewish community in first campaign appearance

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During their first joint campaign appearance since Angela Alsobrooks announced her campaign to succeed him, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin on Monday touted the Prince George’s County executive, saying she was the best candidate to boost U.S.-Israel relations.

Cardin told a panel of Baltimore-area Jewish leaders that Alsobrooks would be the best choice ...Read more

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Border crossings fell materially since Biden plan, Mayorkas says

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WASHINGTON — The number of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has fallen since President Joe Biden’s move to restrict asylum claims, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

U.S. officials logged around 2,600 encounters between ports of entry on the southern border Sunday, down sharply in the two weeks since Biden ...Read more

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Prosecutors still reviewing cases, weighing possible charges for UC San Diego protesters

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Court hearings for dozens of UC San Diego students arrested during a pro-Palestinian protest last month did not move forward as scheduled Monday, as prosecutors continue reviewing the cases and weighing whether to file charges.

The City Attorney’s Office has not made any decisions regarding whether to bring criminal cases arising from the ...Read more

Nevada System of Higher Education regent's comment about Jewish community sparks outrage

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Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education sought to reassure the Jewish community Monday in response to a backlash over comments made by a regent that members of the Jewish community called antisemitic.

Donald Sylvantee McMichael Sr., who serves as vice chair of the Board of Regents’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee, ...Read more