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Marcos-Duterte alliance shows cracks after historic election win

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MANILA, Philippines — Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte joined forces to pull off the biggest Philippine election win in four decades. The question now is whether they can stay united over the next six years.

Election data shows that Marcos owes Sara Duterte and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for the large margin of...Read more

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Hospital emergency worker shot and wounded on Staten Island

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NEW YORK — A drunken patient shot an emergency medical technician in the back Wednesday night inside an ambulance headed to a Staten Island hospital, police sources said.

The EMT, who is in his 30s, was shot in West Brighton just after 7:55 p.m., police and FDNY sources said.

The ambulance had just picked up an unconscious drunken man at a ...Read more

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District leaders hire firm to investigate mass shooting at Michigan high school

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DETROIT — Oxford Community Schools officials, acting sooner than it had declared it would, on Tuesday approved hiring a consulting company to investigate and review the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School.

The board hired Guidepost Solutions, an investigations, regulatory compliance, monitoring and security consulting firm. The firm will ...Read more

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Democrats press Biden to go big on forgiving student loan debt

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Raphael Warnock pitched President Joe Biden to go big with student loan forgiveness during a White House meeting Wednesday.

The three Democrats, who have been leading the effort in the Senate, support $50,000 in student debt relief, which is five times...Read more

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'Left with nothing.' Survivors of Surfside condo collapse seek more settlement money

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MIAMI — After escaping the Champlain Towers South moments before it collapsed last summer, Ileana Monteagudo says she has been trying to rebuild her life at age 65 with no savings and lingering anxiety from the Surfside disaster.

She expects to receive about $610,000 from an initial settlement that the 136 unit owners of the condo building ...Read more

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Russian soldier pleads guilty to war crime as conflict in Ukraine enters new phase

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LVIV, Ukraine — As the first Russian soldier to be tried for war crimes pleaded guilty to killing a Ukrainian civilian, fears grew Wednesday over the fate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol a day earlier.

Ukrainian officials say they are negotiating to exchange the beleaguered fighters for...Read more

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Massachusetts confirms rare monkeypox case, the first in the US this year

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BOSTON — A Massachusetts man who recently traveled out of the country has tested positive for the rare monkeypox virus infection and is now being hospitalized in Boston, health officials confirmed on Wednesday as an outbreak emerges in Europe.

This is the first monkeypox infection identified in the U.S. this year, and it comes as the CDC ...Read more

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Under Armour CEO Frisk will step down June 1; company begins executive search

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Under Armour CEO Patrik Frisk is leaving the Baltimore-based athletic apparel maker June 1 after little more than two years at the helm, the company announced late Wednesday.

Frisk, who also serves as president and engineered what the company billed as a recently completed multiyear turnaround of the sports brand, also will step down from the ...Read more

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US Supreme Court justices to get around-the-clock home security

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WASHINGTON — US Supreme Court justices will received around-the-clock security at home, among other protections, following the leaked draft opinion advocating overturning abortion rights.

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland directed the US Marshals Service to step up the personal protection for the nine justices last week, according to the ...Read more

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Mayor Lightfoot's youth curfew law sent to Chicago City Council to put earlier restriction on the books

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will seek City Council approval for the 10 p.m. weekend curfew for minors that she announced after a teenager was shot and killed at Millennium Park on Saturday.

The mayor originally said she would issue an executive order imposing the curfew. She did so “under her emergency powers,” City Law ...Read more

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Time running out on the ‘one opportunity’ for a climate bill

WASHINGTON — When President Joe Biden went to Capitol Hill in October to arm-twist for his signature environmental and economic legislation, many Democrats remained hopeful the bill’s climate provisions would survive.

But Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., was worried. If the ...Read more

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Yet again, Miami Beach ducks legal fight over law used to arrest people filming cops

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MIAMI — Two months ago, Miami Beach’s city prosecutor told a court it would defend a constitutional challenge to a controversial ordinance used to repeatedly arrest people who were filming police officers on city streets. The much-anticipated legal showdown was finally set for Wednesday.

But as it has before, Miami Beach ducked the fight.

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Hochul to strengthen gun laws, target online extremism and white supremacy in response to Buffalo mass shooting

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a package of executive orders and legislative actions Wednesday strengthening New York’s gun laws and targeting domestic terrorism in response to the deadly race-based mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.

The governor’s orders will strengthen the state’s “red flag” laws by requiring the ...Read more

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Taiwanese church shooting suspect mailed 7-volume diary to Chinese-language newspaper

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LOS ANGELES — A man charged with fatally shooting one person and injuring five others at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods mailed seven volumes titled “Diary of an Independence-Destroying Angel” to the Los Angeles offices of the World Journal, the Chinese-language newspaper reported Wednesday.

The newspaper said it had sent the documents...Read more

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Russian soldier pleads guilty to war crime; Mariupol fighters' fate uncertain

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LVIV, Ukraine — As the first Russian soldier to be tried for war crimes pleaded guilty to killing a Ukrainian civilian, fears grew Wednesday over the fate of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol a day earlier.

Ukrainian officials say they are negotiating to exchange the beleaguered fighters for...Read more

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Finland's and Sweden's NATO bids in limbo as Turkey objects

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NATO failed to immediately move forward with the accession process for Sweden and Finland after Turkey, which earlier had outlined a broad list of complaints with alliance members, blocked the formal acceptance of the applications.

NATO ambassadors met Wednesday morning but couldn’t agree to proceed with the applications after Turkey held up...Read more

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Raleigh reaches settlement with teen detained in 2020 George Floyd protests for arrest

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The city of Raleigh will pay $37,500 to a woman who alleged her civil rights were violated by a Raleigh police officer almost two years ago when she was wrongfully arrested at a downtown Black Lives Matter protest.

The city agreed to an out-of-court settlement this month with Nyee’ya Williams, who was 17 years old on June 18...Read more

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Ex-Minnepolis Officer Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter charge for role in George Floyd's murder

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MINNEAPOLIS — Ex-Minneapolis police Officer Thomas Lane pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding and abetting manslaughter in the murder of George Floyd two years ago on a south Minneapolis street, avoiding a trial next month in Hennepin County District Court.

Lane, 39, entered the plea in a five-minute court session with Judge Peter Cahill in the ...Read more

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House Judiciary Committee debates future of abortion rights

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WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee contemplated the overturning of Roe v. Wade at a hearing Wednesday, where doctors testified about the potential for prosecution of miscarriages, one House member told an unusually personal story of her pregnancies and Republicans called for the end of “abortion on demand.”

The hearing, in ...Read more

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Urvashi Vaid, pioneering LGBTQ activist and author, dies at 63

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Urvashi Vaid, a pioneering social justice activist, attorney and author who led the nation’s oldest LGBTQ advocacy organization during the height of the AIDS crisis and fought for fundamental reforms long before same-sex marriage and other basic rights were won, has died at 63.

Vaid, who had been battling cancer, died Saturday at a hospital ...Read more