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'I want to see what the law is': Man sues Texas doctor who violated abortion ban to test law's constitutionality

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AUSTIN, Texas — A disbarred lawyer from Arkansas has sued a Texas doctor under the state's new law prohibiting most abortions, saying he wants to test the constitutionality of the sweeping ban — and collect $10,000 allowed under the law.

Dr. Alan Braid, a longtime physician in obstetrics and gynecology from San Antonio, wrote Sunday in an ...Read more

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California has the lowest coronavirus rate in the nation

LOS ANGELES — California officially has the lowest coronavirus case rate of any state, federal figures show, underscoring the progress made in the ongoing battle against the highly infectious delta variant.

The state has been among the national leaders in that metric for the last week,...Read more

George Holliday, man who filmed Rodney King video that forever changed LA, dies

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LOS ANGELES — The video was less than nine minutes long, dark, grainy and badly out of focus. But it changed L.A. in ways that were unfathomable and dragged George Holliday into a life he never bargained for.

Shot with a bulky Sony Super8 Handycam, the video of the Rodney King beating in 1991 tore open a city already heaving with racial ...Read more

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Trudeau favored for slimmer victory than hoped in snap election

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OTTAWA, Canada — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared set to retain power in a close election Monday, but he may fall short of regaining the parliamentary majority he’s been coveting.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party is likely to win 155 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons, compared with 119 for the opposition Conservatives under ...Read more

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Fire creeps closer to ancient sequoias, reaching Trail of 100 Giants

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More than 1,700 firefighters on Monday were continuing the desperate, dayslong battle to defend California’s giant sequoia trees from the threat of encroaching flames.

Two fires — the KNP Complex in Sequoia National Park and the Windy fire in Sequoia National Forest — were lapping at the base of the beloved behemoths, officials said. ...Read more

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Police: 4 victims were killed in Minnesota before bodies were left in western Wisconsin field

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MINNEAPOLIS — The killings of four people whose bodies were found last week in a bloodied SUV in a western Wisconsin farm field occurred in St. Paul and not where the discovery was made, authorities said Monday.

The St. Paul Police Department is now the lead agency into the investigation into the deaths of Matthew Pettus, 26, and half-sister ...Read more

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Democrats prep 'Plan B' after immigration bid rejected

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WASHINGTON — Democrats are preparing alternative options to present to the Senate parliamentarian to get immigration provisions into a sprawling $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation measure after she rebuffed their first attempt to include a path to legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., a key player ...Read more

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Maloney, Nadler ask NYC mayors what they knew about health hazards at ground zero

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What did then-New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg really know about the toxic threats posed by the ruins for the World Trade Center, and when did they know it?

More than two decades after the catastrophic attacks, and almost 20 years since the city switched from a rescue to recovery operation at ground zero on Sept. 29, ...Read more

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Tropical Storms Peter and Rose are in the Atlantic, and another system is forecast to be a depression

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MIAMI — As Tropical Storms Peter and Rose continue to move across the Atlantic on Monday, forecasters are also eyeing two other systems, one of which could become a tropical depression by the end of the week.

The disturbance that could turn into a depression this week was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the far eastern ...Read more

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Texas doctor who violated abortion ban sued by convicted felon from Arkansas

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AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas doctor has been sued under the state's new law prohibiting most abortions, a lawsuit that could test the constitutionality of the sweeping ban that allows any private citizen to sue providers.

Dr. Alan Braid, a longtime physician in obstetrics and gynecology from San Antonio, wrote Sunday in an opinion piece in The ...Read more

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PG&E starts public safety power shutoffs in Northern California as wildfire risks continue

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — PG&E Corp. started another of its wildfire safety blackouts early Monday, shutting off power to several thousand customers in scattered parts of Northern California amid gusty winds and a red flag warning.

The public safety power shutoffs hit parts of 10 counties: Yolo, Solano, Napa, Lake, Glenn, Colusa, Shasta, Tehama, ...Read more

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COVID-19 toll in US surpasses 1918 pandemic deaths

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The number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths has surpassed the toll of the 1918 influenza pandemic, a milestone many experts say was avoidable after the arrival of vaccines.

The U.S. has reported 675,446 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University data — more than the 675,000 that are estimated to have died a century ...Read more

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States use Hurricane Ida damage to push infrastructure bill

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Pointing to stark pictures of inundated buildings and washed-out cars from Hurricane Ida, state and city officials are pressing Congress to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

At least 67 people died across eight states, communities were plunged into darkness for weeks while repairs to the electrical grid plodded along, and calls for help ...Read more

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'I want to see what the law is': Man sues Texas doctor who violated abortion ban to test law's constitutionality

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AUSTIN, Texas — A disbarred lawyer from Arkansas has sued a Texas doctor under the state's new law prohibiting most abortions, saying he wants to test the constitutionality of the sweeping ban — and collect $10,000 allowed under the law.

Dr. Alan Braid, a longtime physician in obstetrics and gynecology from San Antonio, wrote Sunday in an ...Read more

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Q&A: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works well in young kids. So what's next?

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BALTIMORE — Pfizer and BioNTech said Monday that their COVID-19 vaccine was safe, well-tolerated and produced a strong immune response in children ages 5 to 11, bringing hope to many parents that their children could soon be protected.

Officials for the vaccine makers said in a news release that they would take the data to federal regulators ...Read more

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Nearly 90 Kentuckians have died from COVID-19 in the last 3 days

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Deaths in Kentucky, including many under the age of 50, are surging because of the rampaging delta variant of COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.

In his weekly update of the coronavirus pandemic in Kentucky, Beshear said a total of 8,339 Kentuckians have died from the virus, with 88 occurring from Saturday to Monday.

It's very tragic, ...Read more

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Air Force secretary asks Congress to let him retire aircraft

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Less than two months into the job, the secretary of the Air Force has a simple request of Congress: Look past your parochial interests, and let us retire old aircraft.

Speaking Monday at the annual Air Force Association conference, Frank Kendall implored lawmakers to stop blocking the retirement of aircraft that won’t be very useful in a ...Read more

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Poll: Michiganders support COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren

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DETROIT — Michiganders support the government requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as federal regulators approve inoculation for all age groups, according to the findings of a new poll commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

A majority also believe the state, local government officials or school districts should ...Read more

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61 people shot, 12 fatally, during the weekend in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Sixty-one people were shot, including a 3-year-old boy, and at least 12 of those died from their wounds this weekend in Chicago. There were at least 29 people shot on Sunday alone, according to information from Chicago police.

A man was killed and three women were wounded, two of them critically, in a shooting and subsequent crash ...Read more

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Law license suspension possible for gun-waving US Senate candidate Mark McCloskey

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — St. Louis attorney and U.S. Senate candidate Mark McCloskey faces suspension of his law license after pleading guilty this year to misdemeanor assault.

The case, filed by the state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel on Thursday with the Missouri Supreme Court, follows McCloskey’s conviction in June of fourth-degree ...Read more