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LA Unified officials knock on doors, urging chronically absent students to return

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LOS ANGELES — Yordi Luna, 15 — who excels at math, likes science and loves playing football — missed about 40 to 50 days of classes during his first year of high school, mother Leydi Luna said.

"I knew he was missing, and I knew it was my responsibility to do something," she said. But it wasn't clear what.

As a single mother who had to ...Read more

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Judge sentences boat pilot to 18 years in prison for 3 smuggling deaths

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SAN DIEGO — The smuggler who was at the helm of an overloaded 40-foot vessel that capsized off Point Loma last year, causing three migrants to drown and sparking a chaotic rescue effort, was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison.

Antonio Hurtado, 40, who had been living aboard the aging trawler-style boat, was illegally shuttling 32 migrants...Read more

First confusion, and finally some relief, as 'Remain in Mexico' begins wind down in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Moments after his immigration case was heard Wednesday, a 51-year-old Cuban asylum seeker sat on a bench in the back of the courtroom and wept openly.

He had just learned that he would be allowed to fight his case from inside the United States instead of returning again to Tijuana under the "Remain in Mexico" program.

He'd been ...Read more

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Fulton DA's Trump probe enters more combative phase

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ATLANTA — Over the last 18 months, a team of prosecutors and investigators from the Fulton County District Attorney's office has been sifting through mountains of evidence.

They've pored over telephone logs, emails and text messages. Recordings of phone conversations, hearing transcripts and interview notes. A dense forensic analysis of ...Read more

Hurricane center ups odds of Gulf of Mexico system to form

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center continues to keep its eye on a system in the Gulf of Mexico with a small chance to develop into tropical depression.

In its 2 p.m. Saturday tropical update, the NHC said the weak low pressure area located over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico has increased shower and thunderstorm activity.

“...Read more

Tories fear UK fallout with Johnson absent and rivals feuding

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LONDON — Replacing Boris Johnson was meant to let the U.K.’s ruling Conservatives move on from the chaos and distractions turning off voters.

Instead, a long leadership battle has exposed deep divisions in the ruling party and bolstered the sense of inertia at the heart of government. Senior Tories warn the combination of a “zombie” ...Read more

Freya, Norway's famous walrus, might have to be put down if crowds ignore warnings to steer clear, officials say

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A beloved walrus that became one of the stars of summer in Norway might have to be put down if crowds continue to ignore orders to stay away, officials are warning.

Freya, a young female walrus, has recently become a local celebrity in the waters around Oslo by climbing up on boats to rest and sunbathe — sometimes sinking some of them.

The ...Read more

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High levels of COVID still circulating in Florida; new BA.4.6 is spreading quickly

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The newest COVID-19 variant, already dominant in four states, has found its way into Florida and is quickly becoming a larger percentage of new cases.

As of Friday, BA.4.6 is responsible for about 10% of all cases of COVID-19 in Florida, according to Helix, which sequences positive test samples. It had only been ...Read more

2 California companies face $1 million fines for smuggling protected live corals from Vietnam

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LOS ANGELES — Two Inglewood marine wildlife companies pleaded guilty in federal court this week to illegally importing live coral from Vietnam, prosecutors said.

Renaissance Aquatics Inc. and Lim Aqua-Nautic Specialist Inc. each pleaded guilty to two felony counts of illegally importing the coral between 2012 and 2013.

Renaissance Aquatics ...Read more

8-year-old Highland Park shooting survivor experiencing PTSD symptoms as he begins rehab, is expected to return to school

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CHICAGO — The summer for 8-year-old Cooper Roberts was suddenly truncated by the mass shooting at the Independence Day parade in Highland Park, where he was wounded and left paralyzed from the waist down. Despite a turbulent recovery, Cooper was finally transferred to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab earlier this month to begin rehabilitation as he ...Read more

Murders at the border and attacks in Jalisco and Guanajuato stun Mexico

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MEXICO CITY — Dramatic bouts of violence and mayhem in two regions of Mexico this week have left at least 12 dead and dozens of businesses torched, dramatizing the ability of crime gangs to wreak havoc and shatter the semblance of normality almost anywhere in the country without warning.

On Friday, hundreds of Mexican troops were dispatched ...Read more

Biggest polio threat in years sparks alarms from New York to California

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LOS ANGELES — Delays in getting children vaccinated during the COVID-19 pandemic and antivaccination sentiment in general may be fueling the most serious threat of polio in the U.S. in years, raising alarms from New York to California.

In the last few weeks, health officials in New York identified the first person in nearly a decade in the U....Read more


Russia optimistic on US prisoner swap including WNBA star Griner

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Russia for the first time expressed guarded optimism about talks with the U.S. on a prisoner exchange involving WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American.

“‘Quiet diplomacy’ is continuing, and it should bear fruit, if of course, Washington strictly follows it without slipping into propaganda,” Alexander Darchiyev, head of ...Read more

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Harris calls out 'irresponsible' rhetoric on FBI's Trump search

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Vice President Kamala Harris condemned an attempted attack on an FBI office and criticized supporters of Donald Trump for incendiary rhetoric that has fueled a backlash against law enforcement following a raid on the former president’s Florida home.

“I will say, as a former prosecutor, but as a citizen of our nation, any attacks on law ...Read more

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Extreme heat uncovers lost villages, ancient ruins and shipwrecks

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Extreme heat this year has triggered wildfires, drought and melting glaciers. Less expectedly, it’s also revealed some weird and dark things about our past — shipwrecks, corpses, ghost villages, ornamental gardens and ancient cities. Here’s a look at some of those discoveries.

Roman remains

Italy’s drought has revealed artifacts from ...Read more

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Smaller doses of monkeypox vaccine got the OK. Here's how that works at one clinic

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LOS ANGELES — Mark Webber and Doug Brown rose before dawn to make the trip from Agoura Hills, California, arriving around 6 a.m. at the Leimert Park clinic in the hopes of getting vaccinated against monkeypox.

"We came out in the '80s. We remember when HIV blew through," said Webber, 54, a Maryland resident who has been in Southern California...Read more

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How Ron DeSantis consolidated his power over Florida government

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TALLAHASSEE — With Renatha Francis joining the Florida Supreme Court, Gov. Ron DeSantis will cement a majority of his own appointees in line with his legal philosophy and thus more likely to rule in his favor on lawsuits challenging the many controversial laws he has signed.

Her appointment is the latest example of how DeSantis has exerted ...Read more


Southern Baptist Convention's sex abuse scandal draws federal inquiry

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ATLANTA — The Southern Baptist Convention revealed on Friday that is under investigation by federal officials over the mishandling and cover-up of sex abuse complaints that go back decades.

The SBC said in a statement that the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice will include several entities, each of which have committed to full ...Read more


Polio virus detected in NYC wastewater, health officials say

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NEW YORK — The polio virus has been detected in New York City, health authorities said Friday, a jarring discovery arriving three weeks after the long-defeated virus reemerged in Rockland County north of the city. The potentially deadly virus was detected in sewage samples collected in the city.

Before the Rockland County case, the U.S. had ...Read more

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Deaths of young recruits cast a shadow on Cuba's claimed victory over Matanzas fire

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One wanted to be a neurosurgeon and was a Real Madrid soccer fan. Another one loved to play basketball. A third one liked to pose for selfies to show off his tattoos.

One by one, the faces of young Cubans who likely died while combating a fire that started last week at an oil storage facility in the port of Matanzas have been popping up on ...Read more