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Russia cuts off gas to Finland amid wider push into Ukraine's east

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KYIV, Ukraine — Russian troops pressed their offensive into the Donbas region on Saturday, aiming to encircle the easternmost point of Ukrainian control in what one official said would be a repeat of Moscow’s assault on the beleaguered city of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, Moscow cut off natural gas exports to Finland, and the Russian Defense ...Read more


Biden says US prepared to respond to a North Korean nuclear test

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U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday that he wasn’t concerned about the possibility of North Korea holding a nuclear test while he’s in Asia.

“We are prepared for anything North Korea does,” Biden told reporters in Seoul. “We’ve thought through how we’d respond to whatever they do, and so I am not concerned.”

U.S. intelligence...Read more

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NZ's Ardern congratulates Australia's Albanese on election win

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election.

“I spoke to Anthony Albanese early this morning as he was preparing to address his supporters. It was a warm conversation and I’m really looking forward to formally meeting with him soon,” ...Read more

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NYC will spend $9 million on 'violence interrupters' to curb violence in city schools

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NEW YORK — A technique that Mayor Eric Adams has championed as part of his efforts to curb gun violence on New York City streets may also play a role in his approach to addressing conflict in schools, budget documents show.

Adams has cited “violence interrupters” — trusted community members who fan out into neighborhoods to identify and...Read more


2 killed, 3 wounded in Indiana home shooting

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Two people were killed and three more were wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon at a house in northern Indiana.

Police in the city of Goshen did not say if the shooter was included in that count or if anyone had been arrested.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, preliminary information indicates that the shooting was targeted, not ...Read more

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Facebook slammed for spreading Putin's propaganda in NATO's east

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A flood of posts pushing misinformation in Slovakia is putting the spotlight on Facebook for facilitating the spread of pro-Russian theories on the war in neighboring Ukraine, ranging from claims that Kyiv is secretly developing biological weapons to questioning whether President Vladimir Putin’s invasion even happened at all.

While Facebook ...Read more


Once-trampled (and secret) Grove of Titans redwood stand in Northern California reopens

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LOS ANGELES — After the once-secret location of a famed grove of ancient redwoods in Northern California was made public, visitors flocking to see the towering trees caused significant damage looking for the off-trail behemoths.

Now, a new 1,300-foot boardwalk through the Grove of Titans will give visitors a chance to see the old-growth ...Read more

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Tax deal reached in final weekend of session at Minnesota Capitol

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MINNEAPOLIS — Seniors would no longer pay taxes on social security income, millions of Minnesotans could see a small income tax cut and tens of thousands of families and renters across the state would be eligible for more tax credits under a sweeping deal struck Saturday at the divided Capitol.

Top legislative negotiators heralded the $4 ...Read more

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EF3 tornado that hit northern Michigan town had winds reaching 140 mph

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DETROIT — The tornado that touched down in Gaylord on Friday was an EF3 with winds reaching 140 mph, causing two deaths and 44 injuries, according to officials and the National Weather Service.

The twister ranks 16th in injuries and 21st in fatalities in Michigan since 1950, according to the weather service.

The last tornado to cause more ...Read more

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Video shows LA firefighters punching and kicking man accused of trespassing at station

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Fire Department has launched an investigation into a video posted on social media that shows firefighters punching and kicking a man outside Station 6 in Silver Lake on Friday.

The man had allegedly tried to break into the station, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman.

The ...Read more

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Why swimming pools are getting a break despite unprecedented water restrictions in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES — As millions of Southern Californians brace for new drought restrictions coming June 1, one big, blue question mark remains: How will the rules apply to swimming pools?

As with nearly every other facet of the rollout, the agencies affected by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's urgent call for conservation ...Read more

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Kaiser behavioral health care on the hot seat after California complaints

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In an unexpected move, the California Department of Mental Health Care informed Kaiser Permanente that it will be examining whether the company is providing adequate mental health care services to its 9.4 million California members.

“This non-routine survey is based on complaints received from enrollees, providers, and ...Read more

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France's Le Drian says he's happy Scott Morrison lost election

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France’s outgoing foreign affairs minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said he’s pleased that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lost Saturday’s election, a swipe at the sudden decision last year to dump a $64 billion French submarine deal.

“I can’t stop myself from saying that the defeat of Morrison suits me very well,” Le Drian ...Read more


French debt levels back in focus as government gets to work

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France’s new government reaffirmed the country’s pledge to lower debt after the COVID-19 pandemic forced President Emmanuel Macron to carry out an unprecedented spending splurge to prevent the economy from crashing.

“I will be a relentless craftsman in keeping our public accounts in a context that we know is difficult,” Gabriel Attal, ...Read more


Fire crews contain up to 20% of Owens fire in Northern California

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fire crews worked overnight Saturday to contain 20% of the Owens fire, which has burned 36 acres near Point Arena in Mendocino County.

The vegetation fire has been burning since Friday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

No structures have been threatened by the wildfire so far, although windy conditions in Mendocino County ...Read more

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Seattle traffic deaths show no sign of slowing as second bicyclist fatally struck this year

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SEATTLE — Gan Hao Li rode his bike every day, sometimes two or three times. And every day on his way out the door, he'd smile and wave to Marena Ostbo, the manager of Hirabayashi Place in Seattle's Chinatown International District. Wednesday, May 10, was no different.

"He stopped, smiled, said, 'Good morning, enjoy the sunshine,' and left," ...Read more

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EF3 tornado that hit northern Michigan town had winds reaching 140 mph

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DETROIT — The tornado that touched down in Gaylord on Friday was an EF3 with winds reaching 140 mph, causing two deaths and 44 injuries, according to officials and the National Weather Service.

The twister ranks 16th in injuries and 21st in fatalities in Michigan since 1950, according to the weather service.

Deaths and injuries are a rare ...Read more

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Popular peanut butter is recalled nationwide. It's been linked to a salmonella outbreak

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others have been investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella senftenberg infections and they are linked to a product so many of us enjoy daily.

In this case, the salmonella outbreaks are linked to certain Jif peanut butter products produced ...Read more

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1 dead, 15 others hospitalized during Brooklyn half-marathon as heat and humidity rise

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NEW YORK — A 32-year-old runner collapsed at the Coney Island finish line of the Brooklyn half-marathon race and died at a nearby hospital on a sticky Saturday morning where 16 other participants were injured, authorities said.

David Reichman of Brooklyn died at Coney Island Hospital, becoming the second runner to die during the race since ...Read more

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US baby formula airlift due to begin with flight from Europe

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A first air shipment of baby formula will be delivered to the U.S. on Sunday under an emergency program authorized by President Joe Biden to address a national shortage that has parents struggling to meet the needs of their newborns.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Indianapolis to greet the arrival of 132 pallets of Nestle ...Read more