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US Marshals join fugitive team in search for parents of alleged Michigan school shooter

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PONTIAC, Mich. — The U.S. Marshals and the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team are searching Friday night for the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old Oxford High sophomore charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of four students in Tuesday's mass shooting.

The search came hours after James and Jennifer Crumbley of Oxford...Read more

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Maxwell jury is shown video of Epstein's 'domicile of debauchery'

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NEW YORK — Jurors in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial were shown video of the interior of Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion as well as what prosecutors described as sexually suggestive photographs of very young girls the financier used as decorations.

Manhattan federal prosecutors on Friday entered into evidence a 2005 videotape ...Read more

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Upton sought out Omar to express support after they both received 'nasty' death threats

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WASHINGTON — Michigan Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton sought out his colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar, on the House floor this week to express solidarity after they both received "nasty" death threats in recent weeks, he said.

Upton noted it was the first time he'd ever spoken to Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota who is often the target of other ...Read more

Defense bill's new path forward would cost votes on GOP priorities

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WASHINGTON — With his colleagues ready to proceed, Florida Republican Marco Rubio scuttled floor consideration of the Senate’s version of the annual defense policy bill this week, costing his own party a chance to get Democrats on the record on key priorities.

The bill’s managers had struck a deal to hold 24 amendment votes, on topics ...Read more

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Why Mexico's president is promoting a recall against himself

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MEXICO CITY — Standing before hundreds of thousands of cheering supporters in downtown Mexico City’s central square, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador saved his most striking comment for the end of his speech.

He urged the Mexicans packed into the Zócalo to participate in an April referendum to decide whether they want to boot him ...Read more

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'This has been happening for a long time': Modern-day slavery uncovered in South Georgia

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ATLANTA — A yearslong human trafficking operation trapped migrant workers in “modern-day slavery” on South Georgia farms, according to a federal indictment unsealed last week.

Victims include over one hundred laborers smuggled from Mexico and Central America into “brutal” and “inhumane” working conditions. Under the threat of gun ...Read more

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Maryland prisons unconstitutionally placing mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, lawsuit claims

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BALTIMORE — Mentally ill inmates at Maryland’s prisons are being held in solitary confinement, exacerbating their illnesses and violating their constitutional rights against being submitted to cruel and unusual punishment, according to a federal lawsuit.

Filed on behalf of several unnamed defendants by the non-profit organization Disability...Read more

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Trump upset with ex-aide Mark Meadows for spilling the beans on positive COVID-19 test before debate with Biden: report

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Former President Donald Trump is reportedly boiling mad at former aide Mark Meadows for disclosing that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 in the days before the first debate with Joe Biden.

The famously mercurial Trump has derided Meadows in conversations with friends since the ex-White House chief of staff revealed the previously unknown test...Read more

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Girlfriend in Connecticut missing mother case accuses police of manipulating evidence

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STAMFORD, Conn. — Michelle Troconis’ defense lawyer was in court Friday trying to convince a judge that the Connecticut state police manipulated evidence in order to obtain warrants for her arrest two years ago on charges that she helped her ex-boyfriend Fotis Dulos kill his wife and cover up evidence of the crime.

In what unfolded as an ...Read more

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Pennsylvania gives Tree of Life synagogue $6.6 million grant for rebuilding project

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PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania on Friday announced that it has awarded a $6.6 million grant for the rebuilding of the Tree of Life synagogue, three years after it became the site of the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history.

The funding will help transform the site into a place of hope, remembrance and education, state officials said.

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Parolee fatally stabs Columbia student, knifes second victim before his arrest in Central Park, NY police say

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NEW YORK — A gang member fatally stabbed a Columbia University teaching assistant during a random late-night Manhattan crime spree in which he also plunged a knife into a second man and terrorized a couple walking in Central Park, authorities said Friday.

Vincent Pinkney, on parole for a gang assault conviction and the owner of a long rap ...Read more

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The Florida State Guard was a World War II-era defense force. Here's why Gov. DeSantis wants to revive it.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis, citing a yeoman’s performance by Florida’s National Guard, says the state’s vaunted 12,000-member air and land forces need some backup.

While unveiling a 2022 budget wish list for the state’s armed forces this week, the governor said he wants to revive the long-dormant Florida State Defense Force, a World War II-era ...Read more

Number of US households with married couple and children falls to record low

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WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. homes with a married couple and kids fell to a record low, according to new government data, as the pandemic further delayed weddings and more adults don’t plan to have kids at all.

The share of the U.S.’s 130 million households headed by married parents with children under age 18 fell to 17.8% in 2021 from...Read more

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Suspect in Colorado grocery store shooting again found incompetent to stand trial

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The man accused of killing 10 people at a Boulder King Soopers grocery store in March was found incompetent to stand trial Friday.

Judge Ingrid Bakke ordered Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 22, to be transferred to the Colorado Mental Hospital in Pueblo within seven days to undergo treatment aimed at restoring his competence....Read more

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Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect are returning to area to face charges, lawyers say

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PONTIAC, Mich. — The lawyers for the parents of the Oxford High teenager charged in Tuesday's school shooting said Friday that James and Jennifer Crumbley are returning to the area to be arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

The Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team was searching Friday for the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the ...Read more

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Can omicron overtake the delta variant? Here's what it will take

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LOS ANGELES — With a handful of cases now confirmed across the country, it’s clear that the worrisome, mutated omicron variant has secured a toehold in the United States.

But whether these initial infections ultimately fade out or prove to be the beachhead for a new viral assault depends largely on how the strain stacks up against a now-...Read more


Missouri Republicans, anticipating blow to Roe v. Wade, push anti-abortion proposals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Republicans, encouraged by an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision many anticipate will severely reduce or eliminate the federal right to end a pregnancy, are poised to push an aggressive new slate of anti-abortion measures in the General Assembly next year.

Proposals include requiring women to undergo an ...Read more

Previous COVID infections appear to provide less protection against omicron variant, study suggests

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A new study suggests that people who have already had COVID-19 appear to be less protected from being reinfected with the omicron variant than with previous variants.

A group of South African scientists set out to examine the risk of COVID reinfection with the emergence of the omicron variant in the country.

After looking at data of ...Read more

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Problem Philly cop, once fired for alleged sexual assault, is hired by Sheriff's Office as deputy chief

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PHILADELPHIA — Michael Paige's Philadelphia police personnel file was filled with red flags.

Within five years of joining the force in 1990, a supervisor twice recommended that Paige be dismissed for violating departmental rules. Suspensions piled up, 100 days in all, for offenses that ranged from sleeping on the job to lying during an ...Read more


Lawmakers have questions after Florida hospitals earned $6 billion in '20 despite pandemic

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida hospital executives said 2020 would be a challenging year.

According to a state agency, it wasn’t so challenging for their bottom line.

This week, lawmakers from both parties grilled top health care executives over hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded services at their facilities. While the ...Read more