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Trump's historic closing arguments will be a 'tale of 2 cases'

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The New York jury in Donald Trump’s hush money trial is returning to court after a weeklong hiatus for closing arguments that will set the stage for historic deliberations.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers on Tuesday will give dueling takes on the evidence and testimony presented over nearly five weeks. The jurors, who are expected to get the ...Read more

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Death toll rises to 4 after storms ravage parts of KY; state of emergency declared

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A swath of high winds and heavy rain pummeled much of Kentucky over the Memorial Day weekend causing power outages, broad destruction, impassable roads and claiming four lives.

It was part of a punishing weather system that stretched from Texas to West Virginia and has killed at least 21 as it churned toward the East Coast ...Read more

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Freed after 12 years in prison, man sues city and Chicago police officers over murder probe

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CHICAGO — A recently freed man who spent more than 12 years in prison for a fatal South Side shooting in which a legally blind witness identified him as the perpetrator is suing the city of Chicago and several police officers over their handling of the murder investigation.

Darien Harris is seeking compensation in a federal civil rights ...Read more

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Alzheimer's report highlights immense caregiver burden -- and potential ways forward

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PITTSBURGH — Some 7 million Americans live with Alzheimer's, and about 11 million provide unpaid care for them.

Dementia caregiving can present unique challenges, including financial burdens and time constraints, as well as health complications.

A report this year from the Alzheimer's Association demonstrates the true cost of caregiving for ...Read more

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Israel airstrike and death of Egyptian guard ratchet up tensions

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An Egyptian soldier was killed during a clash with Israeli troops at a Gaza border crossing on Monday while an Israeli airstrike on Sunday killed at least 40 Palestinians at a camp for displaced people, further inflaming regional tensions over the Israel-Hamas war.

Egypt’s military confirmed that a border guard died at the Rafah border ...Read more

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Wildwood civil unrest prompts NJ to issue overnight state of emergency

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New Jersey officials entered an overnight state of emergency in response to “civil unrest” along the the Wildwood Boardwalk near the state’s southern tip.

“Out of an abundance of caution due to emergent conditions that have resulted from civil unrest threatening the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents and visitors alike,...Read more

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Iran's near bomb-grade uranium stock grows ahead of elections

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Iran increased its stockpile of near bomb-grade uranium, a move that could flame tensions across the wider Middle East as Tehran prepares to hold presidential elections next month.

It’s the first nuclear-safeguards assessment since Iran’s president and foreign minister died in a helicopter crash just days after top officials from the ...Read more

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Spain pledges $1.1 billion in military aid during Zelenskyy visit

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sealed a security agreement with Spain that involves 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in military supplies this year to aid Kyiv’s war effort.

Spain will deliver weapons and munitions to Ukraine, including missiles for Patriot air-defense batteries deployed in the country, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ...Read more

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'General Hospital' actor Johnny Wactor's slaying during LA theft sparks shock, mourning

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LOS ANGELES — “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor was fatally shot early Saturday when he came upon three men trying to steal the catalytic converter from his car, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case.

The killing occurred around 3:25 a.m. when the owner of a vehicle encountered three people near Pico ...Read more

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Missouri veteran facing June execution reflects on murder case, family and faith

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David Hosier, who once walked the halls of the Pentagon and fought fires in Jefferson City, is “not looking forward” to June 11.

At 6 p.m. that Tuesday, he is scheduled to die from a lethal dose of pentobarbital while strapped to a gurney at a prison in eastern Missouri.

Hosier is as he puts it, “The sum of the parts that I am and that�...Read more

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Colorado counties' halts on large solar energy projects are slowing progress toward state's climate goals

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For more than 50 years, Scott Snyder’s family has grazed cattle on a 600-acre parcel of leased land on Wright’s Mesa, a 7,000-foot plateau ringed by southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

In the spring, the family brings cows and their new calves to the sunny, level parcel of sagebrush plain and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Their bulls ...Read more

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California's Santa Clara County running illegal network of group homes for highly troubled children

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SAN JOSE — The boy was no more than 10 and wrapped in a blanket when he knocked on Sunny Lo’s door after dark.

“I’m trying to see if you can take me somewhere,” the boy said. “I’ve been kidnapped.”

Lo’s Ring camera picked up the fear on his face.

“Who kidnapped you?” Lo asked from the doorway of his home in the east San ...Read more

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Illinois Senate Democrats boost budget plan after House leaves town

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Senate Democrats closed in Sunday on approving the state’s next budget, keeping much of fellow Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plans in place but boosting expected spending by $400 million while also giving themselves, House representatives and many top state officials a 5% bump in pay.

The Senate was poised to vote ...Read more

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'General Hospital' actor Johnny Wactor shot dead in Los Angeles robbery

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Actor Johnny Wactor, known for playing Brando Corbin on “General Hospital,” was shot dead during a robbery attempt in Los Angeles, family members and his agent said Sunday. He was 37.

Wactor was with a co-worker when he confronted three men who were messing with his car in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday when they turned around and shot ...Read more

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EU calls for additional support for new Palestinian reform plan

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Major donors committed to stepping up support to the Palestinian Authority as its new prime minister presented a reform plan to improve the situation in the territories hit by the Israel-Hamas war.

The European Union, already the largest donor, has to do more, Josep Borrell, the E.U.’s top foreign affairs official, said ahead of the meeting, ...Read more

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North Korea give notice of plan to launch spy satellite into orbit

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North Korea has given Japan notice that it plans to launch a rocket by June 4 to deploy a satellite, attempting to send its second spy probe into orbit months after its first successful launch.

Officials from Japan, the U.S. and South Korea held talks and called on North Korea to halt the launch, which it says helps Pyongyang’s ballistic ...Read more

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China, Japan and South Korea start first summit talks since 2019

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Leaders from China, Japan and South Korea started their first formal three-way summit since 2019 as part of efforts to improve their relations amid growing friction over trade and security issues.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol began their three-way talks Monday in Seoul....Read more

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Crowd welcomes Donald Trump at Sunday's NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

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As NASCAR drivers and more than 80,000 fans got ready for the start of the Coca-Cola 600, Donald Trump was part of the excitement before Sunday’s big race.

The Republican presidential candidate met with Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 car for Richard Childress Racing on the track. Fans and potential voters cheered and showed their ...Read more

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Is world's largest tree healthy? Check in on giant sequoia in California national park

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Even among trees within the Giant Forest at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, the General Sherman is a standout.

The giant sequoia is considered the largest known living tree on the planet and also one of the tallest, widest and longest-lived (estimated at 2,000+ years old). It is more than 100 feet around at its base and rises nearly 300...Read more

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Bear slips into cabin and attacks teen, AZ family says. 'Never in our wildest dreams'

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A 15-year-old boy was on vacation with his family when a black bear entered their cabin and attacked him, Arizona officials and news outlets reported.

The bear attack happened near Alpine, near the New Mexico border, on May 23, the Arizona Game and Fish Department said in a news release. The adult male bear slipped into the cabin through an ...Read more