In Pajaro, children and teens grapple with displacement after flooding
WATSONVILLE, Calif. — The school buses arrived in quick succession, looping past the entrance of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and a parking lot packed with cars before stopping near Harvest Building, a low-slung yellow structure usually used for fundraisers.
Araceli Telles stood waiting near the gate for her daughters to arrive at the ...Read more
Many migrants who flooded into NYC are 'on the edge of despair' as they struggle to find work -- and stability
NEW YORK — Jesus O. was a skilled HVAC technician and business owner in Venezuela who thought his skills would easily secure him work when he came to New York last October amid a flood of migrants flowing into New York.
But now, each day, he wanders the streets looking for work.
“I have the experience. And I have the ability,” he said. ...Read more
Missouri Republicans still want to restrict Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood after abortion ban
Despite Missouri’s sweeping abortion ban, some Republicans are still attacking Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid reimbursements.
Multiple bills attempt to block funding to abortion-affiliated facilities, like Planned Parenthood, from different avenues.
One would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements and another ...Read more
Silicon Valley Bank failure unites Democrats and Republicans in fundraising
WASHINGTON — The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has united deeply divided lawmakers toward a singular goal: raising money off the news.
Members of Congress and presidential candidates have sent dozens of emails hitting up recipients for money and asking them to sign petitions since the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over the troubled ...Read more
Sen. John Fetterman has been hospitalized for depression for 5 weeks. His staff says he'll be back soon
PHILADELPHIA — Five weeks after Sen. John Fetterman's hospitalization for clinical depression, his staff says the stay is coming to an end soon, though no certain timeline was offered for his return.
"John will be out soon," spokesperson Joe Calvello said. "Over a week but soon. Recovery is going really well. We have an amazing team at Walter...Read more
Why TikTok faces government bans in these 11 countries
A growing number of governments are banning TikTok from official phones, as concerns grow over security threats posed by the Chinese-owned social media platform.
On Thursday, TikTok Chief Executive Shou Chew faced hostile questioning during a hearing with U.S. lawmakers — who repeatedly cut off his attempts to answer. U.S. officials are ...Read more
Chicago police to try rehiring retired cops, in bid to bolster ranks, officials say
CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is launching a new effort to win back retired CPD officers and hire sworn officers serving other law enforcement agencies.
The two programs seek to bolster the police force’s ranks by allowing retired Chicago officers and officers from outside the city to get salary credit for their experience and ...Read more
Trump seeks to remain dominant in Texas as DeSantis erodes his base
DALLAS — Texas is former President Donald Trump’s second home. En route to becoming U.S. president in 2016, he developed a formidable network of Texas grassroots activists, GOP leaders and campaign donors, much of it grounded in the Dallas area.
But for Trump’s third run...Read more
Gov. Brad Little signs bill to let Idaho execute inmates by firing squad
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho could begin executing death row inmates by firing squad as early as this summer after Gov. Brad Little joined a wave of Republican support to use the method when lethal injection drugs are unavailable.
Little signed House Bill 186 on Friday, tasking the Idaho Department of Correction with creating policies to implement ...Read more
LA Unified School District and union workers who led massive strike reach tentative agreement
LOS ANGELES — A tentative agreement has been reached to end the protracted contract dispute that shut down Los Angeles public schools for three days, officials announced Friday afternoon.
The tentative pact, reached after mediation with Mayor Karen Bass, could, if approved by union members, prevent campuses from being closed again to 420,000 ...Read more
US strikes Iranian-linked groups in Syria after drone attack
The U.S. military carried out airstrikes in Syria after an American contractor was killed when an alleged Iranian-made drone crashed into a coalition base, sharpening already-fraught tensions between Washington and Tehran.
The U.S. said Friday that Iranian-backed groups later fired 10 rockets at a different coalition base in retaliation. ...Read more
Trump lawyer testifies on classified documents in breakthrough for prosecutors
NEW YORK — A top lawyer for former President Donald Trump on Friday testified about the classified documents he stashed at his Mar-a-Lago resort in a major legal breakthrough for prosecutors.
Attorney Evan Corcoran may have been forced to reveal what Trump told him about the scores of sensitive government documents he kept in defiance of a ...Read more
Trump predicts 'death and destruction' if he's indicted
Donald Trump warned there could be violence if he’s indicted in New York in an escalation of verbal attacks on prosecutors as a Manhattan grand jury is expected next week to resume its investigation of him for potential crimes.
In a post after midnight on Friday on his Truth Social platform, Trump asked how a former president could be charged...Read more
Snowpack in southern Sierra hits all-time record levels, nearly triple its average
LOS ANGELES — After years of extreme drought and dismal snowpack, California has had a remarkably wet winter and is now veering into record-setting territory for snowfall.
As of Friday, the snowpack in the southern Sierra was at 286% of normal — the highest figure ever, easily eclipsing the region’s benchmark of 263% set in 1969.
In a ...Read more
Biden says US banks are in good shape, turmoil will ease
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said he was confident U.S. regional banks were in good shape and didn’t foresee any major crises on the horizon, downplaying Wall Street angst and lingering fears of broader financial turmoil.
“I think we’ve done a pretty damn good job. People’s savings are secure,” Biden said during a news ...Read more
Fix to stop leak at Xcel's nuclear plant Minnesota did not work, prompting shutdown
MINNEAPOLIS — Xcel Energy started shutting down its Monticello nuclear power plant Friday after the company's repair of a leaking pipe did not fully do the job — causing more radioactive water to seep into the ground.
Xcel officials said they plan to do a full analysis of why the pipe sprang a leak once the utility completes the shutdown, ...Read more
White powder discovered in Manhattan DA's office in envelope addressed to 'Alvin' is found not to be dangerous
NEW YORK — White powder was discovered at the Manhattan district attorney’s office Friday in an envelope marked “Alvin” with a return address for “Donald Trump,” law enforcement sources told the Daily News.
The unknown substance — which was determined to be a bogus threat — was discovered in the DA’s mail room at 80 Centre St....Read more
Permitless carry bill passes Florida House; firearm training requirement removed
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A bill that would let people carry concealed firearms without a permit and without training passed out of the House on Friday, putting the bill just a step away from the governor’s desk.
The legislation lets people who are otherwise qualified to purchase and carry a firearm avoid the permitting process to conceal carry ...Read more
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes pistol permit repeal, setting up override showdown with GOP
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed gun rights legislation Friday that would repeal the state’s permit requirement for buying handguns, which Republicans argue is outdated and an unnecessary infringement on Second Amendment rights, but which most Democrats vehemently oppose ending.
The bill Cooper blocked passed the GOP-...Read more
Antisemitic incidents surged in California as conspiracies fueled hate, report says
LOS ANGELES — Antisemitic incidents involving harassment, vandalism and assaults surged in Southern California and the rest of the state in 2022, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.
The Jewish civil rights organization counted 237 antisemitic incidents reported in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern counties, ...Read more
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