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Biden will likely announce 2024 bid after holidays, his chief of staff says

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WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Ron Klain said he expects that President Joe Biden will announce he’s running for reelection after the U.S. Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“The president will make that decision. I expect it shortly after the holiday,” Klain said Monday at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council summit. “I...Read more

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Tsarnaev prison canteen cash leads to DOJ get-tough memo

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A Justice Department memo urges prosecutors to push harder for restitution after complaints swirled that killers and sexual predators were ducking the bills while behind bars.

That includes Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose canteen account at the Supermax in Colorado — dubbed the Alcatraz of the Rockies — had surpassed $20,000...Read more

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Actress Kirstie Alley dies of cancer at age 71

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Renowned comic actress Kirstie Alley, who starred in “Cheers,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Look Who’s Talking,” died of cancer on Monday. She was 71.

The star’s children confirmed her death in an Instagram post.

“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, ...Read more

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District attorney encourages immigrants, refugees to report crime, says legal status won't be reported

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SAN DIEGO — There's a new outreach effort under way in the region's immigrant and refugee communities to encourage people to report crimes, and authorities say those who come forward will not face retribution because of their immigration status, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office announced last week.

As part of the new outreach, ...Read more

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Frank James claimed he was passenger, not shooter, during horrifying NYC subway attack

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NEW YORK — Accused subway shooter Frank James tried to play dumb and claim he was just another passenger on the train when officers and FBI agents questioned him after his arrest, according to a new court filing in the Eastern District of New York.

The questioning came after James, 63, was arrested for boarding a rush-hour train on April 12, ...Read more

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Antisemitic hate crimes in NYC are on the rise, NYPD figures show

NEW YORK — Antisemitic hate crimes in New York City more than doubled last month from a year ago, New York Police Department data show — a troubling trend that unfolded against a backdrop of high-profile figures making headlines for remarks targeting Jewish people.

The five ...Read more

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Police find possible source of University of Idaho victim's stalker reports, tackle rumors

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BOISE, Idaho — Three weeks after the four University of Idaho students were found stabbed to death in a house near campus, police still have not identified a suspect in the homicides and some victims’ family members appear to have grown increasingly frustrated.

The four victims were U of I seniors Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur d’Alene, and ...Read more

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Final NDAA expected to rescind Pentagon vaccine mandate

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WASHINGTON — The final version of the fiscal 2023 defense authorization bill is likely to rescind Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III’s August 2021 memo ordering COVID-19 vaccines for most troops, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.

Ending the requirement, under which servicemembers who aren’t fully vaccinated are subject to ...Read more

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'Absolutely insane': Residents of North Carolina's Moore County left in the dark after power outage

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RALEIGH, N.C. — After vandals damaged two electricity substations in Moore County with gunfire, the FBI joined state and county officials to investigate the “intentional” act that has left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

As of Monday afternoon, no arrests had been made and more than 33,000 customers in Moore ...Read more

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Man who shot Lady Gaga's dogwalker pleads no contest, sentenced to 21 years in prison

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LOS ANGELES — The man who shot Lady Gaga's dogwalker during an attempt to steal the animals pleaded no contest to a charge of attempted murder Monday and was immediately sentenced to 21 years in prison.

James Howard Jackson, 20, was the triggerman in the shooting of Ryan Fischer on Feb. 25, 2021, as Fischer was walking Lady Gaga's three ...Read more

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Senators pitch deal to protect 'Dreamers,' boost border security

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WASHINGTON — Roughly 2 million “Dreamers” would get a path to citizenship in exchange for stronger border security measures under a loose blueprint for an immigration deal circulating among Senate offices.

The proposal by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., is still very much in flux, according to a Senate aide and ...Read more

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Adams defends plan to force mentally ill into treatment, vows private hospitals are on board

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Mayor Eric Adams defended broadening the city’s ability to involuntarily commit acutely mentally ill homeless New Yorkers after days of criticism, claiming his policy change had sparked “creative energy” and new ideas in approaching mental health.

Detractors of Adams’ plan, which he announced last Tuesday, argue there aren’t enough ...Read more

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Feds say life in prison 'sufficient' for Whitmer kidnap plotter

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DETROIT — A life prison sentence for Adam Fox, a convicted ringleader of a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, is sufficient for trying to "light the fire of a second revolution," federal prosecutors said late Monday.

The maximum penalty could help deter terrorism and widespread, anti-government, militia extremism that has flared in the two...Read more

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Supreme Court leans in favor of a Christian website designer's right to turn away gay weddings

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday sounded ready to rule that a Christian website designer has a free-speech right to refuse to work with same-sex couples planning to marry.

The justices heard arguments in a Colorado case that posed a conflict between the First Amendment rights of a business owner and a state ...Read more

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Biden extends temporary protections to 100,000 Haitians in the US

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The Biden administration on Monday granted more than 100,000 Haitians living in the United States the chance to apply for work permits and protection from deportation to their home country, which has been devastated by an earthquake, disease outbreaks and widespread violence.

The U.S. had previously granted this designation, known as temporary ...Read more

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'Times Square Killer' Richard Cottingham admits to murdering 5 Long Island women 50 years ago, families lash out in court

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NEW YORK — A convicted serial murderer known as the “Times Square Killer” whose savage string of sexually charged murders stretched from New Jersey to Manhattan for nearly 15 years confessed Monday to the half-century-old homicides of five women on Long Island.

Richard Cottingham, 76, who is also known as the “Torso Killer,” is ...Read more

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Newsom, accusing oil industry of price gouging, unveils plan to cap refinery profits

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday unveiled an outline of his plan to place a cap on oil refinery profits in California, a proposal he's asking lawmakers to approve in hopes of reducing future spikes on gasoline prices.

After convening a special legislative session, the governor publicly shared a first look at his plan more than...Read more

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Sheriff Gregory Tony faces more scrutiny from ethics panel over lies, omissions on forms

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Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony must now decide whether to fight a decision by a state ethics panel — which for the second time in recent months agreed that further review is warranted to look into accusations he gave false information on official forms, his attorney said Monday.

The Florida Commission on Ethics, with an 8-1 vote, found probable...Read more

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Supreme Court to weigh state power over federal elections

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case about North Carolina’s congressional map that could give state legislatures more sway over federal elections.

Members of the state’s Republican-controlled legislature have argued the state Supreme Court overstepped its bounds earlier this year, when it ruled ...Read more

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'Tripledemic' of flu, COVID and RSV jams Ga. ICUs with sick kids, adults

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As flu and other seasonal viruses continue spreading rapidly across the state, COVID-19 cases are climbing again, possibly putting Georgia on the verge of yet another winter surge of the deadly pandemic virus. The collision of RSV, flu and COVID viruses — dubbed a “tripledemic” — could overwhelm hospitals already stretched thin.

“We ...Read more