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Manhattan students to receive admissions boost at selective borough schools

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NEW YORK — In a reversal, Manhattan applicants will soon receive an admissions boost at some of the borough’s most selective high schools, Chancellor David Banks announced Thursday.

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio had ended a similar policy in School District 2, which spans from much of lower Manhattan to the Upper East Side, with the goal of ...Read more

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Devil's Slide crash: Accused driver bound for admission into mental health diversion program after judge's ruling

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The Pasadena, California, radiologist accused of driving his family off a Highway 1 cliff during an apparent psychotic break last year appears bound for admission into a mental health diversion program, one that could force prosecutors to completely dismiss his criminal case.

Dharmesh Patel, 43, could be released from jail this summer for the ...Read more

Tampa dentist arrested after making more than 100 online threats, FBI says

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TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa dentist accused of sending online threats to multiple people, including a politician, was arrested Tuesday in Pinellas County.

Federal investigators said Richard Kantwill sent hundreds of online messages threatening injury or death, even after agents with the FBI told him to stop. Kantwill, 60, faces three counts related...Read more

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An energy bill boosting nuclear power heading to Biden's desk

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Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much on Capitol Hill these days, but they just passed bipartisan legislation to promote the growth of future nuclear power plants — and President Joe Biden is expected to sign it into law.

What’s called the ADVANCE (Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy) Act aims ...Read more

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Samuel Woodward describes how he stabbed former classmate Blaze Bernstein to death

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Samuel Woodward testified Thursday to feeling “anger like nothing I had ever felt in my whole life” as he repeatedly stabbed his former classmate Blaze Bernstein in a Lake Forest park before burying Bernstein with “my own bare hands.”

Woodward, in a dramatic culmination of his fourth day of testimony in a Santa Ana...Read more


Black man killed by Aurora police was unarmed and holding a phone, body camera footage shows

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DENVER — A 37-year-old Black man was unarmed and holding a phone when an Aurora police officer shot and killed him in late May, according to short segments of body-worn camera footage released Thursday by the Aurora Police Department.

Kilyn Lewis was raising his hands in the air when Aurora police SWAT Officer Michael Dieck shot him outside ...Read more

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Union: University of the Arts lacks cash to pay employees money it owes them under federal law

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PHILADELPHIA — The University of the Arts, which shut down suddenly earlier this month, does not appear to have enough money to pay its employees the minimum it owes them under federal law.

The news came out of the first impact negotiating session that Kristine Grady Derewicz, an attorney for UArts, and UArts human resources executive ...Read more

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NYC Council passes 'proactive' building inspection bill in wake of collapses

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NEW YORK — A bill requiring “proactive” inspections for high-risk New York buildings was passed by the City Council on Thursday, following two devastating collapses last year that underscored the wider issues plaguing older structures.

The “Billingsley Terrace Structural Integrity Act” requires the Department of Buildings to create a ...Read more

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Rachel Morin case: Clothes, shoes turned over by family members identified suspect in killing, charging documents say

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A bag of clothes and a pair of shoes turned over by family members last week were the crucial pieces of evidence that led law enforcement to identifying Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez as the suspect in Rachel Morin’s killing, according to charging documents released late Thursday.

The documents also outline how Martinez-Hernandez stayed in...Read more

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Battleship New Jersey returns to Camden after $10 million in repairs

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The Battleship New Jersey has returned home to the Camden waterfront, after undergoing a $10 million facelift in South Philadelphia.

“This ship’s in its best shape since it was deactivated in the early 1990s, so we’re really proud that the ship is going to keep floating open as a museum here in Camden for the next 30 years,” Battleship ...Read more

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Treasury Secretary Yellen says U.S. is at full employment

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ATLANTA — The economy is strong, the job market is healthy and efforts to add more affordable housing are the best way to reduce inflation, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Thursday.

Yellen, a former chair of the Federal Reserve System, was in Atlanta for meetings with health care, law enforcement and business officials. She spoke ...Read more

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Gateway Church founder Robert Morris accused of past abuse. Could he be charged?

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DALLAS — What legal implications may be in store for Robert Morris, the pastor of Southlake-based Gateway Church who resigned Tuesday after sex abuse allegations surfaced from the 1980s, may be limited by how much time has passed and the laws on the books at the time, experts say.

Morris, 62, is accused of sexually abusing an Oklahoma woman, ...Read more


Accused Sinaloa Cartel members charged in execution-style murder at Miami hotel, feds say

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MIAMI — Two people suspected of being members of the Sinaloa Cartel were charged Thursday in connection to the 2022 execution-style murder of a man at an adults-only hotel near Miami International Airport, according to the feds.

Jimmy Sanchez and Tsvia Kol are accused of killing 46-year-old Julio Gonzalez, who was found with a gunshot wound ...Read more

Tularemia infection surge prompts warning, especially for Minnesota cat owners

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An increase in tularemia infections in Minnesota animals prompted a warning from state health officials, particularly to cat owners, who could get sick if their pets get infected and scratch or bite them.

Only 21 cases were found in animals last year, but that tripled the usual total, according to an alert issued Thursday by the Minnesota ...Read more

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Whistleblower accuses Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner, DeSantis of retaliation, wrongful termination

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A former top state law enforcement official claims he was forced to retire after questioning “unlawful directives” from Gov. Ron DeSantis, including requests to delay the release of public records, photograph and transport migrants out of state and arrest neo-Nazi demonstrators in Orlando.

Shane Desguin, the former ...Read more

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Massachusetts Senate Republican blocks climate bill that targets natural gas access in the state

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A Senate Republican blocked a wide-ranging climate bill from advancing Thursday after airing concerns over provisions he argued restricted access to natural gas in Massachusetts and increased energy costs for residents around the state.

Democrats were prepared to pass legislation that granted more authority to state regulators to determine the ...Read more

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RFK Jr. fails to qualify for first presidential debate with Trump, Biden

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has failed to qualify for next week’s debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, setting the stage for the two major-party candidates to clash in their first face-to-face confrontation of the 2024 campaign.

The ...Read more

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Baltimore sues Coke, Pepsi and other producers of plastic, citing pollution concerns

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Baltimore City filed suit Thursday against several companies that produce plastics, arguing they should foot the bill for cleaning up plastic pollution on city streets and in the city’s bodies of water.

The suit was filed against large, multinational companies such as Coca Cola, Pepsi and Frito Lay, which use plastic packaging for sodas, ...Read more

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'IUD Express' tour stops in Orlando amid calls to protect contraception access

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ORLANDO, Florida — Lawmakers and local reproductive rights advocates gathered outside Orlando City Hall on Thursday alongside a giant inflatable IUD to advocate for legislation to protect contraceptive access.

They criticized what they viewed as threats to that access and called for voters and lawmakers to protect and expand reproductive ...Read more

Dying veterans didn't get pain medication because nurse stole their doses, feds say

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A registered nurse in charge of caring for critically ill veterans stole their pain medications and consumed the doses while working in an intensive care unit, according to federal prosecutors.

Instead of giving the correct amount of fentanyl, hydromorphone and oxycodone prescribed to her patients, Tara Severino would ingest some, or all, of ...Read more