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Harvard under heightened pressure after Penn leadership ousted

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“One down. Two to go.”

The ominous statement from Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican from upstate New York, came moments after University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill announced her resignation on Saturday.

It had been just days since Stefanik had confronted the leaders of Penn, Harvard University and Massachusetts ...Read more

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Biden's support of Israel alienates more Democrats in new poll

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President Joe Biden’s backing for Israel in its war with Hamas is alienating at least a third of Democrats, a CBS News/YouGov poll showed, as criticism of his administration’s stance grows.

The share of Democrats who said Biden has shown too much support rose to 38% from 28% in October, according to the poll, which has a 5 percentage-point ...Read more

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Musk restores Alex Jones's account on X after vote from users

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Elon Musk restored the account of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on X after users voted for the reinstatement five years after a ban.

Jones had reposted at least several items on the platform, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday.

Musk, the owner of X, had asked his X followers whether to unban Jones late on Friday, and 70% of the ...Read more

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As Little Haiti continues to change, its cultural center gets a new leader

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MIAMI — The very first thing Qunyatta Warren did as the new executive director of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex was create a list.

He wanted to know the problems with the facility. He wanted to know the best programming for the community. He wanted to know the type of training his staff needed. Ultimately, he just wanted to know what he ...Read more

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Top Georgia judges seek big pay raises from lawmakers in 2024

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ATLANTA — Top state judges urged Capitol budget writers last week to back a plan to tie their pay to that of their federal colleagues, giving them a big salary boost well above what other state employees have received in recent years.

The judges say the salaries of members of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and superior courts often can�...Read more

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NYC Council says $1.2B in new revenue can curb Mayor Adams' city service cuts

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NEW YORK — The City Council says the city can stave off some of Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed cuts in municipal services — in which libraries, sanitation and public safety services are on the chopping block — with $1.2 billion in additional revenue it projects in this year’s city budget, according to a report it plans to release Sunday. ...Read more

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Senate talks to unlock Ukraine, Israel aid face 'pretty big' gap

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Senate negotiators said differences persist over U.S.-Mexico border policy, stalling long-term legislation to fund the U.S. government with lawmakers set to leave Washington at the end of the week.

At stake in the impasse between Republicans and Democrats is further U.S. military aid to countries including Ukraine, which President Joe Biden’s...Read more


Putin, Netanyahu talk amid rising tensions over Israel-Hamas war

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Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at length on Sunday as tensions between the two leaders mount over the Israel-Hamas war and Russia’s growing ties with Iran.

In a 50-minute call, Netanyahu “strongly criticized the dangerous cooperation between Russia and Iran” and “expressed his displeasure” with Moscow taking sides against...Read more

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Winter weather arrives as NYC migrant crisis worsens: 'It's going to get ugly'

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NEW YORK — In a defining image of New York’s migrant crisis, scores of asylum seekers slept on the pavement outside the migrant processing center at the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown last summer. When the temperatures plunge this winter, any similar breakdowns could prove much more dire.

As the city’s asylum seeker challenge deepens, the ...Read more

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China, Philippines vessels face off in second day of clashes

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Chinese and Philippine vessels faced off in multiple clashes in the South China Sea over the weekend as tensions continued to escalate between the two countries over maritime territory.

The Philippines’ sea task force said its vessels were damaged after being “directly targeted” with a water cannon on Sunday by a Chinese coast guard ship ...Read more

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Milei is sworn in as Argentina braces for his shock therapy

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Javier Milei took office as Argentina’s president Sunday, promising to eradicate inflation and rescue the nation’s troubled economy with a shock-therapy program based on drastic cuts to public spending.

The libertarian leader, who beat out Argentina’s traditional political coalitions to win an election run-off last month, took the oath ...Read more

Egypt heads to polls with El-Sisi set for new term amid crisis

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Egyptians began voting Sunday in a three-day-long election, with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi all but certain to win a third term even as the North African nation grapples with its worst economic crisis in years.

Polls opened at 9 a.m. local time and El-Sisi was shown on Egyptian TV casting his ballot around then. Government officials have ...Read more

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Newsom administration advances delta tunnel project despite environmental opposition

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In the face of heavy opposition from environmental groups, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his administration are pushing forward with a controversial plan to build a 45-mile water tunnel beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — a project the governor says is vital to modernizing the state’s aging water system.

State officials ...Read more

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The twisted path of Jerrid Powell, from jock to accused L.A. serial killer

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LOS ANGELES — In the days after Thanksgiving, authorities say, Jerrid Joseph Powell was cruising around Los Angeles in a $60,000 BMW shooting homeless people, striking three times in a four-day span.

The first to die was 37-year-old Jose Bolanos, who was sleeping on a couch in an alley in Vermont Vista around 3 a.m. Nov. 26. Twenty-four hours...Read more

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Doctors on (video) call: Rural medics get long-distance help in treating man gored by bison

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GANN VALLEY, S.D. — Rural medics who rescued rancher Jim Lutter after he was gored by a bison didn’t have much experience handling such severe wounds.

But the medics did have a doctor looking over their shoulders inside the ambulance as they rushed Lutter to a hospital.

The emergency medicine physician sat 140 miles away in a Sioux Falls, ...Read more

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The future of nuclear energy will be decided in Idaho

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The global resurgence for nuclear energy starts in the barren, high desert of Idaho.

Almost every nuclear plant in the world today can trace its lineage back to Idaho National Laboratory’s sprawling 890-square-mile complex. Researchers there were the first to generate electricity from splitting the atom back in 1951, and countless scientists...Read more

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What to know about home care services

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Most older Americans want to live at home as long as they can, but finding and affording the help they need often isn’t easy. There are severe shortages of home health aides in many parts of the country. Hiring them is costly. And most middle-class people will have to pay for home care themselves if it’s needed for the long haul.

Here’s ...Read more

Annastacia Palaszczuk resigns as premier of Queensland state

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Annastacia Palaszczuk is resigning as premier of Australia’s Queensland state after serving in the role since 2015.

“Now is the time for me to find out what life has to offer,” Palaszczuk said at a televised news conference Sunday. “Queensland is in good shape, which is why now it is time for me to leave.”

Palaszczuk, who was sworn ...Read more

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'Preventable deaths': KC mayor tackles drug crisis with first-ever 'Fentanyl Summit'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mayor Quinton Lucas held a “Fentanyl Summit” Friday afternoon at the Kansas City Health Department to raise awareness on the city’s fentanyl and opioid crisis.

Health officials, law enforcement and families had a public discussion to tackle the epidemic of opioid and fentanyl related-deaths.

During a news conference ...Read more

Flood watch in effect for NYC as all 5 boroughs brace for powerful weekend storm

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NEW YORK — A flood watch is in effect across the New York City area from Sunday afternoon into early Monday morning, as forecasters say a powerful storm could dump up to 3 inches of rain in the region.

Most of the rain will fall during a 12-hour period starting in the early evening on Sunday, officials with the National Weather Service in New...Read more