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Kamala Harris warns abortion rights are only the beginning

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris said Monday that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the landmark decision legalizing abortion, is likely to endanger other rights, including those of gay marriage and birth control.

She said Justice Clarence Thomas, who cast doubt on those rights in a concurring opinion, was ...Read more

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State policy changes intensify in wake of Supreme Court decision

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In the hours after the Supreme Court signaled an end to the national right to abortion Friday, a cascade of abortion bans began to take effect across the country.

Trigger laws, meant to go into effect in the absence of the legal precedent established under the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, took effect in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, ...Read more

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Minnesota reports Twin Cities adult is state’s first monkeypox case

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has reported a presumptive case of monkeypox, an infectious disease that has raised concerns because it has emerged globally over the past year and has been found in 26 U.S. states.

The infection announced Monday involves a Twin Cities adult who is ...Read more

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California constitutional amendment securing abortion, contraceptive rights goes to voters

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California voters will decide in November whether the state Constitution should explicitly protect a person’s right to an abortion and birth control.

On Monday, the Democratic-controlled Legislature gave final approval to a measure that would put the issue before the state’s voters, in the latest countermeasure aimed ...Read more

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3 killed and 50 injured when Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Chicago derails in Missouri

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LOS ANGELES — Three people were killed and at least 50 others injured when an Amtrak train headed from Los Angeles to Chicago crashed into a dump truck Monday afternoon in Missouri, officials said.

Two of those killed were on the Southwest Chief train, and the other was in the truck, said Cpl. Justin Dunn of the Missouri State Highway Patrol....Read more

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Report of odor aboard Florida-bound flight stops jet at Charlotte airport, officials say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A possible odor aboard an American Eagle flight forced the plane to stop on the taxiway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Monday morning, airline officials said.

The aircraft was stopped shortly after 9:30 a.m. local time due to the potential odor in its cabin, American Airlines spokesman Andrew Trull told The ...Read more

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California to become first state offering health care to all undocumented residents

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California will become the first state to remove immigration status as a barrier to health care, making all low-income undocumented residents eligible for state-subsidized insurance regardless of age.

Gov. Gavin Newsom late Sunday announced a budget deal he struck with the Legislature included a new Medi-Cal expansion that would cover more ...Read more

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Iran and US heading to Qatar in latest bid to save nuclear accord

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Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and his U.S. counterpart are heading to Doha, Qatar in the latest attempt to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and end a months-long standoff that has inflamed tensions in the oil-rich Persian Gulf.

Ali Bagheri Kani will travel to Doha on Tuesday in order to “negotiate the removal of sanctions on Iran,” and the...Read more

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3 dead, as many as 50 injured in Amtrak train crash in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several cars of an Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed Monday afternoon after it struck a dump truck at a crossing in northern Missouri, Amtrak announced.

More than 200 people were on board the train at the time of the crash, which was first reported about 12:43 p.m. local time near Mendon, Missouri,...Read more

White House dodges calls to use federal property for abortions after Roe ruling

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Vice President Kamala Harris dismissed the notion of allowing doctors to practice abortions on federal property in an attempt to bypass state restrictions imposed after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“It’s not right now what we are discussing,” Harris said Monday in an interview with CNN.

Democratic lawmakers had floated the ...Read more

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Accused Oxford shooter could be called to testify in his parents' manslaughter trial

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PONTIAC, Mich. — Defense attorneys for the parents of accused school shooter Ethan Crumbley plan to call the couple's son as a witness in the involuntary manslaughter trial of of James and Jennifer Crumbley. Their 16-year-old son is charged with killing four students and wounding six others in a Nov. 30 shooting spree at Oxford High School.

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Pedestrian killed after being struck by 3 hit-and-run drivers in California

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LOS ANGELES — A pedestrian was struck by three hit-and-run drivers and pronounced dead Monday morning in Fullerton, authorities said.

The Fullerton Police Department was first notified of the fatal crash at around 1:30 a.m. The incident occurred at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Southgate Avenue.

Police said they arrived on the ...Read more

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R. Kelly fan charged with threatening federal prosecutors in New York

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CHICAGO — An avid R. Kelly fan has been arrested in the Chicago area on federal charges alleging he threatened to “storm” the U.S. attorney’s office in New York.

Christopher Gunn, 39, of Bolingbrook, was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn with making threats involving serious bodily injury...Read more

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Whitmer again asks Michigan Supreme Court to end 'confusion' over state abortion ban

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LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made a third appeal Monday to the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately consider her lawsuit challenging the state abortion ban, asking the high court to rule definitively on the constitutionality of the law.

The Democratic governor told justices that the Friday U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning ...Read more

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California mother of daughters who were killed by their father speaks out to change law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The mother of three girls who were killed by their father at an Arden Arcade church publicly spoke out on Monday, her first remarks since her children were shot Feb. 28.

Around 50 people attended a news conference Monday at the Capitol in support of a bill that would force family court judges to learn more about domestic ...Read more

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Anti-abortion religious groups vow the end of Roe vs. wade is just the beginning

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For Southern Baptists across the nation, Friday was a day of triumph, rejoicing and praising God.

After 50 years of legal battles and prayer, Roe vs. Wade was overturned as the court declared a woman's right to an abortion is not protected by the Constitution.

But even as millions of Southern Baptists celebrated what they regard as a historic ...Read more

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Death toll rises in Russian missile strike on mall in Ukraine

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Russian missiles hit a shopping center in a central Ukrainian city, killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens as attacks on civilian targets get closer to the heart of the country.

More than 1,000 people were at the mall at the time of the attack on Kremenchuk, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Facebook on Monday.

At least ...Read more

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At least 20 injured when bus collides with big rig near LA airport

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LOS ANGELES — Twenty people were injured, with seven being transported to the hospital, following a bus collision with a parked tractor-trailer in El Segundo on Monday morning, according to authorities.

The crash involving a Los Angeles Department of Transportation bus took place near the Los Angeles International Airport on the eastbound ...Read more

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Supreme Court rules for coach whose prayers on football field raised questions about church-state separation

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a former high school football coach whose prayers at the 50-yard line drew crowds and controversy, declaring his public prayers were protected as free speech.

The 6-3 decision is a symbolic victory for those who seek a larger role for prayers and religion in public schools.

The court stressed ...Read more

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Miya's Law, named for slain Orlando college student, signed by DeSantis

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Miya’s Law, a bill named in honor of slain Orlando college student Miya Marcano that seeks to make apartments safer by requiring background checks on employees, at a private ceremony Monday, according to a news release.

Marcano, a 19-year-old Valencia College student, was killed by a ...Read more