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10 Coloradans could win the rights to license plates with cannabis-themed phrases

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Coloradans have until 4:20 p.m. on Saturday to bid for the rights to cannabis-themed license plates in a state auction.

The annual auction features 10 phrases, including 420, COHEMP, HASHISH, HILIFE, REEFER, among others. Proceeds from the auction will go toward grants and state programs to support people with disabilities.

Since the auction ...Read more

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Documentary filmmaker and social activist Lourdes Portillo dies at 80

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Influential documentary filmmaker Lourdes Portillo, who used her art as social activism to illuminate the struggles of the working class, has died.

The Mexico native, who made "The Devil Never Sleeps" in 1994, and received an Oscar-nomination for her 1985 film, "The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo," died Saturday morning at her home in San ...Read more

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2024 inductees include Peter Frampton, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Mary J. Blige

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After failing to even be nominated in previous years, Cher, Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne and Kool & The Gang will all be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2024, alongside repeat nominees Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews Band and hip-hop innovators A Tribe Called Quest.

In a novel move, Frampton encouraged ...Read more

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China braces for worst as it becomes punching bag in US election

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With Beijing already becoming a top target in the U.S. election campaign, President Xi Jinping’s government is resisting any move that could backfire on the world’s second-largest economy.

China’s restraint was on display last week after President Joe Biden blasted Beijing as “xenophobic” and vowed to triple tariffs on Chinese steel ...Read more

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US aid gives Kyiv respite but battlefield shift remains far off

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U.S. approval of more than $60 billion in aid throws a lifeline to Ukraine’s beleaguered military, though it’s unlikely to turn the tide in the war on its own.

Much will depend on how quickly U.S. assistance can get to the front line after the House of Representatives approved the military and economic assistance on Saturday. As the package...Read more

Mexico sends troops to border state town after candidate killed

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Some 300 military and national guard troops were deployed this weekend to hunt for the killers of a mayoral candidate in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, local media reported.

The troops rolled into the town of Mante on Saturday afternoon after a plea from local officials to provide security in the area, Milenio TV reported. Hundreds ...Read more

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Chicago police officer killed in Gage Park had spoken just last year at memorial for fellow officer

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CHICAGO — When his friend and fellow Chicago police Officer Andrés Vásquez Lasso was fatally shot in the line of duty last year, Luis Huesca called him “one of those guys that actually deserved this star” in a remembrance video. Huesca tapped a badge pinned to his lapel, etched with the slain officer’s number 7649: “He was very proud...Read more

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Navy review highlights challenges behind yearslong shipbuilding delays in Virginia and nationwide

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A Navy review is shining a light on major shipbuilding delays, including at the Newport News shipyard, but defense experts point to larger systemic issues constraining the industrial base’s production capacity.

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro ordered a 45-day shipbuilding review this year with the goal of identifying causes of ...Read more

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson's safety plan slow out of the gate, but he vows 'root causes' approach will work

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CHICAGO — Inside the Garfield Park field house’s cavernous basement, Mayor Brandon Johnson and other city officials spoke bullishly about their mission to tackle Chicago’s crime.

Titled the “People’s Plan for Community Safety,” the strategy outlined by the progressive mayor last Wednesday evening at a community working group event ...Read more

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Gavin Newsom targets Republican abortion policies with plan to help Arizonans, ads in Alabama

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Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to make it easier for Arizonans to receive abortions in California, an announcement he made on the same day he debuted a new political advertisement that draws attention to Republican policies in Alabama.

Newsom’s latest efforts continue his attempts to denounce conservative campaigns trying to hinder reproductive ...Read more

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Why haven't blue states rushed to join Newsom's call for constitutional amendment on guns?

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Recent ads from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s political action committee continue to push his effort to shake up the national gun debate with a constitutional amendment that would nationalize key California firearm restrictions.

“If Congress and the courts will not take action to help make our communities safer from gun violence, then we — the ...Read more

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As Columbia protests continue, University rabbi warns Jewish students to stay home

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As pro-Palestinian students at Columbia University continue their protest against the war in Gaza, the school’s Orthodox Jewish rabbi sent a message to hundreds of Jewish students urging them to stay home to ensure their own safety.

“The events of the last few days, especially last night, have made it clear that Columbia University’s ...Read more

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Pennsylvania's primary could foreshadow who wins the nation's biggest battleground in November

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WASHINGTON — The sale of an iconic American industrial giant to a foreign competitor. The fate of hard-hit cities still reeling from the loss of thousands of residents. The future of struggling regions once propped up by fading industries like coal.

Tuesday's primary in the crucial state of Pennsylvania will reveal key insights into an ...Read more

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Colo. lawmakers seek to make it easier for migrants to get driver's licenses

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Immigrants who are in the country without authorization or have temporary legal status have been able to get Colorado driver’s licenses and state IDs for nearly a decade, but now lawmakers want to expand the program to make it even more accessible.

The law creating the program — which is paid for by applicant fees — passed in 2013 and ...Read more

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Minnesota House lawmakers push forward fertilizer tax to clean up contaminated wells

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Minnesota would tax farmers $0.40 per ton of fertilizer to help test and clean up thousands of private wells contaminated with agricultural runoff under a bill that cleared the House's main agricultural committee.

The proposed tax is smaller than earlier versions that had called for charging up to $0.99 per ton in the first year and escalating ...Read more

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Mass. state-run shelter residency requirement rising from the ashes, again

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A twice-failed push to limit who can access state-funded emergency shelters based on the amount of time they have been in Massachusetts will rise from the ashes again later this week when the House takes up its fiscal year 2025 budget proposal.

The Republican-backed effort to require prospective shelter residents to have lived in the state ...Read more

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Mayor Bass' ambitious housing program calls on LA's wealthy. Can she pull it off?

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Los Angeles has always been a city of extremes, but the homelessness crisis is exposing the divide between rich and poor in startling ways.

A-listers in designer gowns and million-dollar jewels parade down the red carpet, blocks from tents where people live in unsanitary conditions. Private jets take off at Van Nuys Airport, soaring over ...Read more

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Universal Studios tram crashes, injuring 15 riders

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More than a dozen people were injured when a four-car tram crashed at Universal Studios Hollywood on Saturday night, authorities said.

The last car of the tram struck a rail when it was traveling down a hill near a parking structure, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Maria Abal said.

"There was some type of issue with the brakes," Abal said. "...Read more

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As Columbia protests continue, University rabbi warns Jewish students to stay home

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NEW YORK — As pro-Palestinian students at Columbia University continue their protest against the war in Gaza, the school’s Orthodox Jewish rabbi sent a message to hundreds of Jewish students urging them to stay home to ensure their own safety.

Rabbi Elie Beuchler sent out a warning to more than 290 Jewish students via WhatsApp, CNN’s Jake...Read more

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Zelenskyy cheers US aid as Kyiv looks to retake initiative

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Ukrainian authorities were jubilant at the approval in the U.S. House of more than $60 billion in aid, though the focus is shifting to how quickly assistance can get to the front line and how the package will change months of waiting. Since U.S. President Joe Biden proposed the aid Kyiv’s military has been increasingly hamstrung as stocks of ...Read more