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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

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New California Congressman Kevin Kiley is using his new position to 'expose' Gov. Gavin Newsom

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WASHINGTON — Now that he’s a congressman with a national megaphone, Rep. Kevin Kiley’s eager to describe over and over how he sees Gov. Gavin Newsom ruining California.

Four days after taking office, the Republican vowed on his blog: “I will continue to do everything I can to expose Newsom’s failures, using all the new tools at my ...Read more

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Cracking under pressure: Inside the race to fix France's nuclear plants

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PARIS — Behind layers of security and a thick concrete wall, a team of welders work in shifts to fix the crippled Penly nuclear plant in northern France. Sweating under protective gear, they’re replacing cracked pipes in the emergency cooling system which protects against a reactor meltdown.

Each weld takes at least three days to complete, ...Read more

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Lessons from shuttle Columbia disaster could stave off next tragedy

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ORLANDO, Fla. — “Never again” is the phrase echoed among NASA leaders recalling the last major tragedy in the space program that occurred 20 years ago this week, when Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas on Feb. 1, 2003, never making its way back home to Florida.

But with more spacecraft, more players and farther-flung ...Read more

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Peru's president blasts Congress's refusal to expedite elections

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Peru’s fragile government blasted Friday night’s decision by Congress not to bring forward presidential elections as political turmoil in the Andean nation continues into its eighth week.

In a series of tweets, the office of President Dina Boluarte urged lawmakers to prioritize “the interests of Peru” and put aside political interests....Read more

Two air force aircraft collide mid-air in central India

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Two Indian air force fighter aircraft collided mid-air in central India killing one pilot, a government statement said.

An inquiry has been ordered into the incident that took place Saturday near the city of Gwalior, the air force said in the statement, adding that the aircraft were on routine training mission. One of the three pilots involved,...Read more

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Massachusetts father who lost his three children says he forgives his wife, is 'completely lost' without his kids

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BOSTON — The father of three young Duxbury children who died, allegedly at their hands of their own mother, has surfaced to say that he is “completely lost without” his children and has forgiven his wife.

“I want to ask all of you that you find it deep within yourselves to forgive Lindsay, as I have,” Patrick Clancy wrote toward the ...Read more

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Rahul Gandhi walks 2,000 miles to challenge Modi in 2024 election

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After more than 100 days walking nearly the entire length of India, Rahul Gandhi, scion of the nation’s most famous political dynasty, stood before a shivering crowd in rural Himachal Pradesh as a cheer went up.

Bearded and clad in a white t-shirt, Gandhi bore none of the vestiges of wealth or elitism that have smudged his family’s name in ...Read more

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Alhambra prepares for Lunar New Year Festival and 'healing' after mass shooting

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LOS ANGELES — Alhambra officials hope to "start the healing" by moving forward with the city's annual Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, a week after the event was canceled following a mass shooting in neighboring Monterey Park that left 11 dead.

Organizers said they struggled with whether to hold the celebration, as the community mourned ...Read more

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NYPD cold case detective closes decades-old investigation into Harlem double-murder with DNA

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New York Police Department Detective Ryan Glas was a 10-year-old kid when a sickly Harlem mom and her special needs daughter were strangled inside their home in 1994.

The cold case investigator, now 39, helped close the long-dormant homicide probe last week with the arrest of murder suspect Larry Atkinson, indicted for the unsolved double ...Read more