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Social Security clawbacks hit a million more people than agency chief told Congress

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The Social Security Administration has demanded money back from more than 2 million people a year — more than twice as many people as the head of the agency disclosed at an October congressional hearing.

That’s according to a document KFF Health News and Cox Media Group obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Acting ...Read more


Colorado blames Biden team and drugmakers for delaying Canadian imports

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Colorado officials say their plan to import cheaper medicines from Canada has been stymied by opposition from drugmakers and inaction by the Biden administration, according to a state report obtained by KFF Health News.

The Dec. 1 report, prepared for the state legislature by Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, says that ...Read more

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Investigators plan to exhume the body of 'The Keepers' subject Joyce Malecki. What could the FBI find out?

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BALTIMORE — The FBI tentatively plans to exhume Joyce Malecki’s body from a grave in Southwest Baltimore next week, more than 50 years after the Baltimore County woman’s unsolved homicide, which was documented in Netflix’s “The Keepers.”

An advocate for Malecki’s family, who noted that the plans were tentative depending on the ...Read more

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Growing up transgender in DeSantis' Florida: How this Broward County teen's life was upended

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — When Daisy was 10, she stood in front of a microphone in a green dress, her long hair pulled back in a purple headband.

“Living in Broward County has given me the sense of safety,” she said to the Broward County School Board members, who were honoring LGBTQ History Month, “knowing that the school board has my back....Read more

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Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gather outside Biden fundraiser

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LOS ANGELES — They rattled and swayed the wire fence installed to separate them from the world’s most powerful man.

Faced with the barrier, the 1,200-1,500 pro-Palestinian protesters who gathered Friday at Holmby Park shouted louder — calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. financial and military aid to Israel.

They charged ...Read more

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Biden is coming to LA, and pro-Palestinian protesters are ready to 'shut it down'

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LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of demonstrators rallying in solidarity with Palestinians gathered Friday outside a Westwood fundraiser for President Biden — a planned protest that drew an ominous warning from the Los Angeles Police Department that “violence of any kind will not be tolerated.”

The LAPD said in a post on the social media platform...Read more

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Trump paid expert witness $877,500 for work in fraud trial

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NEW YORK — A prominent New York University accounting professor who blasted the state’s civil fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump as “absurd” testified that the former president and his political action committee have so far paid him $877,500 for his work as an expert witness on the case.

Eli Bartov, who has spent two days testifying in ...Read more

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911 caller in UNLV business school reported seeing shooter with handgun

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LAS VEGAS — Records of 911 calls released Friday contain dozens of frantic calls after a gunman opened fire in UNLV’s business school building earlier this week, killing three professors, injuring another faculty member and creating chaos on campus.

“Hello I am at UNLV ... there is an active shooter on the fourth floor of the Beam Hall ...Read more

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs measure lifting Illinois' moratorium on new nuclear power plants

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CHICAGO — A nearly four-decade moratorium on the construction of nuclear plants in Illinois will end next year under a measure signed Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who vetoed an earlier version of the bill.

Legislators passed a new iteration of the bill last month that addressed concerns Pritzker raised in an August veto message about the ...Read more

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UN issues list of Haitians to be sanctioned: It's only gang leaders

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The leaders of four armed gangs in Haiti, including one who is the target of a $2 million FBI bounty and forced the evacuation of personnel from the U.S. Embassy this summer, have been hit with economic sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department.

The sanctions by the Biden administration were announced Friday shortly before a United Nations ...Read more

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Feds fix loophole preventing soldiers from getting 9/11 health care

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The federal government is fixing a mistake that excluded members of the U.S. armed services who worked at Sept. 11 crash sites and came down with a 9/11 illness from getting pivotal health coverage, the New York Daily News has learned.

Additions to the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act will now allow soldiers and sailors, other ...Read more

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EU strikes deal to regulate ChatGPT, AI tech in landmark act

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The European Union reached a hard-fought deal on what is poised to become the most comprehensive regulation of artificial intelligence in the Western world.

Thierry Breton, the bloc’s internal market chief, said the deal strikes a balance between fostering innovation and protecting the rights of people and companies.

“We spent a lot of ...Read more

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'Yeah, I said that': North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Mark Robinson embraced Trump's false claims on 2020 election

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is the front-runner in the Republican primary for governor in 2024, and could receive the endorsement of former President Donald Trump at an event at Mar-a-Lago next week.

Trump faces a slew of criminal charges related to his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, which President Joe Biden...Read more

LA-area parents find stickers on their kids. They say a teacher was putting 'calming patches' on them

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LOS ANGELES — Preschool students at a head start school in South El Monte thought a teacher was rewarding them with colorful stickers she placed on their bodies, but parents say they were actually mood-calming patches fixed on their children without their consent.

Parents at Options for Learning head start said they noticed behavioral changes...Read more

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson's administration begins filing lawsuits against operators of 'rogue buses' of migrants

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CHICAGO — Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration has quietly begun filing lawsuits over what it has described as “rogue buses” transporting migrants, an escalation the mayor has coupled with an attempt to further crack down on the transportation companies.

The stepped-up enforcement is the Johnson administration’s latest effort to ...Read more

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Seattle cancels plan for privately funded playground at nude beach

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SEATTLE — Seattle Parks and Recreation is canceling its proposal to build a new children's play area funded by an anonymous private donor at a beach park known as an unofficial nude hangout, a spokesperson said Friday morning.

The project faced growing opposition in recent weeks from people who have viewed the $550,000 plan as a ...Read more

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Kevin McCarthy uses PAC to lavish cash on high-end resorts, private jets and fine dining

LOS ANGELES — Rambling above the rust-colored cliffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Terranea Resort is known for its ocean views, world-ranked spa and villas that can command $3,000 a night or more.

The property is less well known as a gathering spot...Read more

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Biden touts LV to SoCal rail benefits: 'Breakfast here in Las Vegas and lunch in L.A.'

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LAS VEGAS — President Joe Biden on Friday hailed the promise of a long-awaited high-speed rail system between Las Vegas and Los Angeles and said $3 billion in federal funds awarded this week will ensure it gets built.

“At long last we’re building the first high-speed rail project in our nation’s history and it’s starting here,” ...Read more


Stabbing at Newark hospital leaves 3 medical workers wounded

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A stabbing incident at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey left two nurses and one medical resident wounded on Friday, following a domestic dispute with visitors in the hospital’s pediatric ICU.

Hospital officials said the three staff members suffered lacerations and were rushed to the onsite emergency department with minor ...Read more

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High-speed routes biggest winners in latest rail funding round

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WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced $8.2 billion for 10 passenger rail projects across the country, including more than $6 billion for high-speed rail projects in California and Nevada.

The money, authorized by the 2021 infrastructure law, comes from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Federal-State Partnership for Intercity ...Read more