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NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora transferred to another hospital, fights for life after Harlem shooting killed partner

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The young NYPD officer critically wounded by a gunman who killed his partner in Harlem is being transferred to another hospital as he continues to fight for his life Sunday.

Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, was scheduled to be moved from Harlem Hospital to to NYU Langone Medical Center at 5 p.m., NYPD officials said Sunday afternoon.

Mora and his ...Read more

Thailand rolls out 4th COVID shot in popular tourist spots

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Thailand is ramping up the rollout of fourth COVID-19 shots to residents in its tourism-dependent regions as the nation gears up for border reopening next month.

Authorities are offering AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines in Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and seven other provinces to those who have received their third dose at least three months ago, the ...Read more

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Macron's approval rating falls to 37% as French election looms

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French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating has stumbled less than three months before the first round of the country’s election.

Macron’s approval rating fell to 37% in January from 41% a month earlier, while 60% disapproved, according to a poll by Ifop for the Journal du Dimanche published on Sunday. It was the biggest decline in...Read more

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4 people killed, 1 wounded in shooting at California home

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LOS ANGELES — Four people were killed and one person was wounded in a shooting at a home in Inglewood early Sunday, in what the mayor called the worst act of violence in the city in years.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 1:43 a.m. to the 1300 block of Park Avenue, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. ...Read more

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Antisemitic COVID-19 conspiracy theory flyers distributed in Miami Beach

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Flyers containing an antisemitic conspiracy theory linking the COVID-19 pandemic with several American Jews were distributed throughout Miami Beach Saturday night.

Now, Miami Beach Police say they’re investigating the flyers and increasing their presence throughout the city.

“Miami Beach PD has been made aware of an antisemitic flyer ...Read more

US orders families of diplomats to leave Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. ordered family members at its embassy in Kyiv to leave Ukraine “due to the continued threat of Russian military action,” the State Department said Sunday.

The advisory also urged U.S. citizens in Ukraine to consider leaving the country now using commercial or other private travel options. The comes amid a standoff ...Read more

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Putin could burst Xi's Olympic dream with a war in Ukraine

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As the U.S. and Europe mount increasingly frantic efforts to deter Russia from any invasion of Ukraine, it’s Chinese President Xi Jinping who may have the biggest influence on Vladimir Putin’s timetable.

The Russian president has said he will join Xi at the opening ceremony Feb. 4 of the Beijing Winter Olympics, where the Chinese leader has...Read more

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Michigan students to return to school Monday after November's deadly shooting

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DETROIT — Nearly two months after a deadly school shooting left four students dead and seven others wounded, Oxford High School students will return Monday for their first school day at the high school's campus since the tragedy.

Many students will likely return to campus changed, mentally and some physically, as a result of the Nov. 30 ...Read more

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Jan. 6 panel investigates draft plan to seize 2020 ballots

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WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators have spoken with former Attorney General William Barr about a reported draft executive order to use the National Guard to seize ballot boxes after the 2020 election, according to the chairman of a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“We’ve had conversations with the ...Read more

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FIU's ex-president reveals more about abrupt exit from school

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Days after his abrupt resignation as president of Florida International University, Mark Rosenberg gave a bit more insight into why he stepped down Friday after 12 years.

In a statement released Sunday, Rosenberg admitted to causing “discomfort for a valued colleague” by unintentionally creating “emotional [not ...Read more

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4 people killed, 1 wounded in shooting at California home

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LOS ANGELES — Four people were killed and one person was wounded in a shooting at a home in Inglewood early Sunday, in what the mayor called the worst act of violence in the city in years.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 1:43 a.m. to the 1300 block of Park Avenue, according to a county fire department dispatcher. Officials said...Read more

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8-year-old girl fatally struck by stray bullet in Chicago identified

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CHICAGO — One minute 8-year-old Melissa Ortega was walking with her mother through their Little Village community Saturday afternoon. The next, gunshots rang out, and mother and daughter broke into a sprint, trying to run to safety in a nearby bank.

But it was too late.

One of those bullets had already struck Melissa in the head as the pair ...Read more

Deaths of Florida's starving manatees surge amid winter chill

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Chilly temperatures are rekindling a manatee die-off in Central Florida’s Indian River.

“Winter is here,” said Martine de Wit, a state veterinarian and scientist.

Along a Brevard County piece of the Indian River on Thursday, which turned warmer and sunny, a snapshot of the ominous, protracted plight of manatees came ...Read more

Russia hits back after UK alleges anti-Kyiv plot

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Russia hit back on Sunday after the U.K. alleged that Moscow is plotting to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv, with the West continuing to warn that Moscow could yet invade Ukraine.

The assertions, offered without a timeline on the intelligence, were contained in a U.K. Foreign Office statement on Saturday.

The U.K. claim is “evidence�...Read more

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Maryland teen charged as adult with attempted murder in school shooting

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A 17-year-old Maryland teenager who shot a classmate during school will be charged as an adult, officials announced Saturday.

Steven Alston Jr., a junior at Magruder High School in Rockville, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime, possession of a ...Read more

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St. Patrick's Cathedral will hold funeral for NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, slain in Harlem shootout

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NEW YORK — The funeral for the rookie police officer fatally shot in Harlem will be held in Manhattan’s iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The wake for Officer Jason Rivera is slated to take place Thursday afternoon inside the historic Midtown house of worship with a funeral Friday morning, sources familiar with the planning said Sunday.

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Blinken says too early to step up Russia sanctions over Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejected pressure to immediately escalate sanctions on Russia for its military buildup around Ukraine, saying it would limit the West's options in the future.

The U.S. is tracking the security situation in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and a U.K. warning that Russia is plotting to install a ...Read more

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Fauci says US omicron outbreak 'going in the right direction'

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser expressed optimism that the omicron surge that has pushed COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations to records will soon peak, though that decline won’t be uniform throughout the U.S.

“Things are looking good,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and ...Read more

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New NYPD documents shed light on former Gov. Spitzer's 2016 encounter with Russian woman in Plaza Hotel room

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NEW YORK — Newly obtained investigative documents reveal former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer name-dropped a powerful friend named “Bill” to cops investigating a bloody encounter with a Russian woman in Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel in 2016.

“Do you know who I am?” Spitzer asked NYPD cops who had just arrived at the hotel room.

“Do I ...Read more

'They're going to fail': Here's why canal systems need fixes to prevent floods in South Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — More than two dozen canals across South Florida face a mounting risk of spilling over during heavy rains as sea level rise looms in the coming years.

Now, officials are renewing calls to improve canal systems to help reduce the threat of flooded homes and streets as state legislators push for millions of dollars in ...Read more