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Last teen charged in Baltimore's Brooklyn Homes mass shooting rejects plea deal, likely headed to trial

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BALTIMORE — The last of five teens charged in the mass shooting at the Brooklyn Homes last summer has rejected plea offers and appears poised to head to trial.

Tristan Biran Jackson, 19, is charged with seven counts each of attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit, as well as firearms offenses and inciting a riot.

“There’s ...Read more

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After Supreme Court homelessness ruling, here's how San Francisco Bay Area advocates plan to halt encampment sweeps

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Less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court gave cities broader authority to police homelessness, a federal judge has halted Oakland’s plan to clear a small encampment near the Bay Bridge — a win for homeless advocates in an early test of local officials’ power to carry out sweeps in the wake of the high court’s landmark ruling.

On ...Read more

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Florida federal judge tosses out Trump classified documents case

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WASHINGTON — A Florida federal judge dismissed the case against former President Donald Trump that alleges he mishandled classified documents after his first term, finding on Monday that the special counsel handling the case was appointed unconstitutionally.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, said in Monday’s order that ...Read more

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Heat wave scorches New York City with heat index climbing above 100 degrees

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NEW YORK — More scorching heat settled over New York City on Monday, with temperatures climbing into the mid-90s and the heat index expected to top out at 102 degrees Tuesday.

Monday’s expected high was 95 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The entire tri-state area was under a heat advisory, and parts of central and ...Read more

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After Trump is shot, conspiracy theories flood the internet, creating dangerous 'spiral'

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The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania almost immediately gave rise to internet conspiracy theories that experts say will influence how the nation deals with the shocking act of political violence.

The Trump attack marks the first time in decades someone had tried to take a presidential ...Read more

Zelenskyy 'not afraid' of new Trump presidency as war drags on

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he’s “not afraid” of a potential second Donald Trump presidency even as he said the turbulence around the U.S. election is hurting Kyiv’s effort on the battlefield.

Days after Trump was wounded in an assassination attempt in Pennsylvania, world leaders are grappling with his presidential bid...Read more

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June was one of Baltimore's warmest on record and the 100 degree days aren't letting up in July

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BALTIMORE — Last month was one of the warmest Junes on record in Baltimore, and persistent bouts of extreme heat could land Charm City’s summer on the wrong side of the record books.

As the week begins, the next brutal heat wave has arrived. Temperatures are forecast to reach triple digits Monday and Tuesday, with high humidity capable of ...Read more

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Secret Service director offers assurances on RNC security amid criticism

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U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle assured the nation her agents “reviewed and strengthened” plans to keep Trump and his supporters safe in southern Wisconsin as the Republican National Committee gets underway Monday, only two days after the candidate its expected to nominate for president narrowly survived an assassination ...Read more

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South Florida faces another heat advisory. This time, temperatures could feel up to 112

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South Florida is once again under a heat advisory, in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service warns that temperatures, factoring in humidity, could feel as high as 112 degrees from West Palm Beach down to Key West. All of Miami-Dade and Broward counties are included in the advisory.

This advisory also includes parts ...Read more

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Woman stole $130,000 in Social Security benefits after dad's death in 2006, feds say

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A Georgia woman won’t go to prison after she was convicted of stealing more than $130,000 in Social Security benefits meant for her father, who died in 2006, federal prosecutors said.

Her father’s retirement benefits went to her debit card, before and after his death, after she was made his payee by the Social Security Administration in ...Read more

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Judge Cannon dismisses classified documents case against Trump in Florida

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WASHINGTON — Judge Aileen Cannon has dismissed a federal case against former President Donald Trump over his handling of highly classified documents in Florida, ruling that the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to prosecute the case was in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump stood accused of taking some of the most...Read more

7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader when the news is shocking

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The problem of misinformation isn’t going away – and may be getting worse, in the wake of the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. Internet platforms like Facebook and X have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at ...Read more

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Kern County wildfires spur evacuations and close down a stretch of 5 Freeway

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Firefighters in Kern County were battling several wildfires over the weekend, spurring evacuations, burning thousands of acres and leading to the closure of Interstate 5 in both directions near Lost Hills on Sunday night.

The Hurricane fire, which began Saturday in San Luis Obispo County, had burned 20,000 acres and was 10% contained as of ...Read more

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'Why do I feel like death is near?': Mental state of suspect in fiery, deadly LA crash probed in court

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LOS ANGELES — Four days before a woman barreled into a busy Windsor Hills intersection at more than 100 mph, causing a deadly, fiery crash, prosecutors say, she searched online using her phone: "Why do I feel like death is near?"

That same day, they say, she also searched, "Can you see your dea[th] coming?"

Those internet searches were part ...Read more

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Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca found safe after being reported missing

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LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been found safe after going missing from his home in San Marino on Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

Baca, 82, was found just after 12:30 a.m. Monday in El Monte, San Marino police said in a news release. The former sheriff has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, ...Read more

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New sex abuse allegations surface against ex-KCK priest who did prison time years ago

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — New substantiated sexual abuse allegations have surfaced against a former priest in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas who served prison time after being convicted in 2002 of indecent liberties with a child, church officials say.

“With deep sorrow for the suffering of victims and survivors of abuse, the Archdiocese...Read more

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Trump classified documents case is dismissed by Judge Aileen Cannon

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Judge Aileen Cannon Monday dismissed the classified documents case against former President Trump on the grounds that the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith was unconstitutional.

Cannon, who has been harshly criticized for her previous pro-Trump rulings, ruled that Attorney General Merrick Garland had no authority under the Constitution ...Read more

Deadlocked jury in Samantha Woll murder trial resumes deliberations

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DETROIT — Deliberations have resumed for a Detroit man accused of murdering Jewish leader Samantha Woll, even after jury said they are deadlocked last week.

After deliberating for more than 10 hours, the jury deciding the fate of Michael Jackson-Bolanos told Wayne County Circuit Judge Margaret Van Houten on Friday afternoon. Van Houten gave ...Read more

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UC regents: Protests yes, encampments no. Campus rules must be consistently enforced

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LOS ANGELES — Many University of California regents and campus leaders are signaling they will no longer tolerate encampments and intend to consistently enforce rules pertaining to protests as they brace for the possible escalation of campus turmoil over the Israel-Hamas war when students return to class in the fall.

"I am confident that ...Read more

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California hits 'very high' COVID levels as virus in wastewater jumps significantly

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Coronavirus levels have jumped significantly in wastewater across the nation, an indication that the summer bump is continuing to grow.

National virus measurements in sewage reached "high" levels for the first time this summer, according to estimates released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19 is growing or ...Read more