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Is Israel's new government destroying democracy? Blinken surveys situation on Middle East trip

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As Israel in recent weeks put together its most right-wing, religiously conservative government in history, senior U.S. officials insisted on waiting and seeing just how radical things would get.

They emphasized "policies," not "personalities."

Now, nearly a month into a government led by returning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ...Read more

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North Korea could get a vital lifeline from arms sales to Russia

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Russia’s hunt for weapons to fire at Ukraine could provide a lifeline for North Korea, where even a relatively modest arms deal would help lift the country’s cash-starved and stagnant economy into growth.

The U.S. made fresh accusations this month that Kim Jong Un is providing arms and ammunition to aid Putin’s war, including sending ...Read more

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Illinois poised to lift restrictions on felons who want to legally change their names

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CHICAGO — Reyna Ortiz hopes that one day soon she will be able to show her ID when required without creating confusion because the card has a man’s name on it.

A transgender woman, Ortiz has attempted to legally change her name to match her female identity but has been unable to do so because of an Illinois law that prevents name changes by...Read more

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Half Moon Bay mass shooting illuminates 'deplorable' conditions for farmworkers

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Leaking roofs, rain-soaked bedding, ankle-deep flood waters. Camp stoves for cooking and mattresses in shacks jacked up off the ground by wooden pallets.

Such were the tiny, meager dwellings some of Half Moon Bay’s mushroom farmworkers called home.

Long before mass shootings killed their friends and co-workers this week and tore their lives ...Read more

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Turkey may back Finland's bid for NATO membership, reject Sweden

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey may ratify only Finland’s bid to join NATO, in a move that could delay Sweden from gaining membership.

“Sweden will be shocked when we give a different response to Finland’s bid,” Erdogan said Sunday on state-run TRT.

Turkey has balked at ratifying Sweden’s bid over its hesitance to ...Read more

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Biden, McCarthy to meet Wednesday for debt limit talks

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden agreed to meet House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday to discuss raising the debt ceiling and avoiding a U.S. default as Republicans seek a deal that includes government spending cuts.

The meeting will pit Biden’s refusal to negotiate over the U.S. debt limit against McCarthy’s call for reductions in ...Read more

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Victims identified as mystery surrounds LA shooting that left 3 dead

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LOS ANGELES — When Rachel David arrived at her Benedict Canyon home early Saturday morning after a night out, she thought the rows of flashing police cars were part of a film shoot, which is fairly common in the area.

She soon found out it wasn’t a movie set. Police said three people were shot to death inside a car and four wounded outside ...Read more

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Suspect in attack on Paul Pelosi calls California TV station from jail

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Hours after a San Francisco court released body-camera video of a man attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer, QAnon extremist David DePape, the suspect in the attack, made a surprise call from jail to a Bay Area news station expressing regret that he didn’t go further.

“I’m so sorry I didn’t get more of them,” he said in the call, which ...Read more

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Tunisia sees dismal turnout in runoff vote for parliament

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About 11.3% of Tunisia’s electorate took part in Sunday’s runoff vote for a defanged parliament, the latest sign of popular discontent with politics in the North African country that’s mired in economic crisis.

The provisional turnout was given by Farouk Bouaskar, president of the Independent High Authority for Elections, according to the...Read more

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McCarthy, Biden to meet Wednesday for debt limit talks

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden have agreed to meet Wednesday to discuss raising the U.S. debt ceiling, reducing government spending and avoiding a sovereign default.

“We’re going to meet this Wednesday,” McCarthy said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “I want to find a reasonable and a ...Read more

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Reports of torture, unfair trials in Iran trigger fresh alarm over fate of protesters

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Rights groups warned that several young people, including teenagers who’ve been jailed by Iran for their involvement in anti-government protests, are at risk of being executed and have been tortured.

In a statement, London-based Amnesty International urged Iran to immediately quash death sentences for three protesters — ages 18, 19 and 31 �...Read more

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UK prime minister fires Conservative Party chairman over tax controversy

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LONDON — British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fired Nadhim Zahawi, the chairman of the Conservative Party, citing “serious” breaches of ethics rules after revelations about Zahawi's tax affairs made his position untenable.

In a letter to Zahawi on Sunday, Sunak said that the independent review of the matter had been concluded and “it is ...Read more

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New York's snow-less streak ties major record, nears another

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NEW YORK — New York City records are falling — because snow isn’t.

The city is poised to break a 50-year-old record Monday for the latest day of winter without the first measurable snowfall — a mark previously set Jan. 29, 1973, according to AccuWeather.

New York is also closing in on its longest stretch of consecutive days without ...Read more

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George Santos scandal consumes Congress, chafes lawmakers on both sides of aisle

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Trailed constantly by shouting reporters, Rep. George Santos has become one of the most watched first-term congressmen in history.

The New York Republican's every word is parsed. His preppy sartorial selections are analyzed. Even the treats his staff leaves for journalists outside his office have carried news cycles.

Three weeks after Santos,...Read more

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Priscilla Presley files petition questioning validity of Lisa Marie Presley's will

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Priscilla Presley has contested the will of her late daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, and asked the Los Angeles County Superior Court to determine the validity of the document.

On Thursday, Priscilla Presley filed a petition questioning the “authenticity and validity” of Lisa Marie Presley’s will. Reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, the ...Read more

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Israel mulls punishing attackers' families, arming more civilians

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Israel may penalize the families of Palestinian attackers by revoking identity cards and residency if they support the violence, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, after a deadly shooting near a synagogue escalated some of the bloodiest inter-communal violence in years.

The rising violence comes ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State...Read more

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Mystery looms over LA shooting that left 3 dead, 4 wounded

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LOS ANGELES — When Rachel David arrived at her Benedict Canyon home early Saturday morning after a night out, she thought the rows of flashing police cars were part of a film shoot, which is fairly common in the area.

She soon found out it wasn’t a movie set. Police said three people — women in their mid-20s or early 30s — were shot to ...Read more

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McCarthy, Biden to meet Wednesday for debt limit talks

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden have agreed to meet Wednesday to discuss raising the U.S. debt ceiling, reducing government spending and avoiding a sovereign default.

“We’re going to meet this Wednesday,” McCarthy said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “I want to find a reasonable and a ...Read more

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Lima records death after Congress refuses to expedite elections

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Peru’s political turmoil, sparked by Congress' decision not to bring forward presidential elections, has claimed its first victim in Lima following the death of a demonstrator in the city.

Victor Santisteban Yacsavilca’s death takes the number of people killed in the protests over the past eight weeks to 58, including a police officer. ...Read more

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GOP leaders in some states want to add abortion ban exceptions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With Tennessee’s so-called trigger law already on the books, the state enacted its abortion ban almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in June.

Yet even as anti-abortion legislators and advocates celebrated, they considered how much further they could go — perhaps by barring Tennesseans ...Read more