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Pressure mounts on Lexington to pass permanent ban on no-knock warrants

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Nearly a year after the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police during the serving of a no-knock warrant, the city of Lexington has not yet banned the search tool.

There is mounting pressure for Kentucky's second-largest city to move forward on a total ban as the fate of two bills in the state legislature addressing the practice...Read more

Texas farm losses seen topping $600 million after winter blast

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The severe winter storm that knocked out Texas’ power grid last month also caused at least $600 million in damages to farms in the state, according to preliminary estimates from the Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Extension Service.

Extension economists projected losses from the deep freeze at $230 million in citrus, $228 million in ...Read more

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Homeland Security agent took bribes from organized crime, prosecutors charge

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LOS ANGELES — A former agent in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested Tuesday on charges he took at least $122,000 in bribes from an organized crime figure in return for help evading authorities.

Felix Cisneros Jr., 46, used his access to highly restricted law enforcement databases to provide inside information on ...Read more

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Buttigieg is bullish on finally passing an infrastructure plan

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that Congress has an opportunity to deliver a generational boost in infrastructure spending as the Biden administration readies a package that could reach as high as $2 trillion.

“If we get this moment right, we can have a once-in-a-generation delivery of infrastructure support that ...Read more


Pipe bomb and loaded gun found at Sacramento elementary school, deputies say

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Authorities on Tuesday found a pipe bomb and a loaded homemade gun near the front office of Baker Elementary School in south Sacramento, sheriff's officials said.

The pipe bomb and the homemade gun, also known as a "zip gun," were found on the sidewalk just outside the front office Tuesday morning, before children ...Read more

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Biden adds former Obama labor official Harris to White House

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Former Obama Labor Department official Seth Harris is joining the White House as a top adviser to President Joe Biden on labor issues, an administration official said Tuesday.

A former acting and deputy labor secretary, Harris will coordinate the White House’s relationship with labor groups and efforts on workers’ rights. His title is ...Read more

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Exiled to Mar-a-Lago, Trump and his grievances drive Florida Legislature's agenda

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As they start their two-month session, Republicans in the Florida Legislature are seeking to address some of Donald Trump’s biggest grievances, showcasing that the former president’s political clout remains immense in his home state.

Trump’s favorite targets — Big Tech, China, antifa and election fraud — are ...Read more

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FBI swarms Fort Lauderdale neighborhood with terrorism task force

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A squad of armored FBI agents converged on a quiet neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, arresting an avowed right-wing radical known for boasting about weapons and threatening violence.

The arrest came after Paul Miller, 32, had been indicted by a federal grand jury for being a convicted felon in possession of a...Read more

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Florida's 136 new deaths push resident death toll past 31,000

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MIAMI — Florida's Department of Health on Tuesday announced 7,179 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state also announced 140 new deaths. Of those who died, 136 were residents, pushing the resident death toll past 31,000.

The state has now recorded a known total of 1,918,100 coronavirus cases and 31,696 total deaths. Among those who died, ...Read more

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Neera Tanden out, ending lengthy stalemate over divisive OMB nominee

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration pulled Neera Tanden’s nomination for budget director Tuesday, ending a fraught nomination process that highlighted the power moderate Democrats hold in a 50-50 Senate.

The decision ends weeks of behind-the-scenes lobbying by the White House and Tanden allies who defended her nomination until the end, ...Read more

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San Francisco resumes indoor dining as coronavirus cases fall

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco will resume indoor dining on Wednesday as the city moves out of the most restrictive coronavirus tier for reopening.

"We are in an amazing place," said a jubilant Mayor London Breed at an outdoor news conference on Tuesday. "We are not completely ...Read more


6 Dr. Seuss books will halt publication over depictions deemed 'hurtful and wrong'

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SAN DIEGO — Six Dr. Seuss books originally published decades ago will no longer be sold because they "portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," the San Diego-based company that controls the late La Jolla author's catalog said Tuesday.

The decision, announced on what would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, includes his first...Read more

Colorado county declares 'Meat-IN Day' in response to governor's 'MeatOut'

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Weld County Board of Commissioners plans to formally proclaim March 20 as “Ranching, Livestock and Meat-IN Day” on Wednesday in response to Gov. Jared Polis’ proclamation naming the day “MeatOut Day.”

Polis announced MeatOut Day last week, establishing a state holiday in which Colorado residents are ...Read more

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Hate crimes against Asian Americans rose in LA in 2020, mirroring national trend

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Hate crimes against Asian Americans and other members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Los Angeles rose sharply in 2020, mirroring a national trend and causing concern among police and local advocacy organizations.

According to a report presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday, there were 15 anti-Asian hate ...Read more

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What we know about the SUV crash near the US-Mexico border that killed at least 13

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LOS ANGELES — Just as dawn was breaking Tuesday morning, a big rig hauling two trailers filled with gravel was lumbering north along Highway 115 in Imperial County. An SUV carrying more than two dozen people was traveling west on Norrish Road, approaching the intersection with the state road.

What happened next is unclear, but “for unknown ...Read more

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Students at John Hancock College Prep in Chicago say school should be renamed because Hancock owned slaves

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CHICAGO — John Hancock is best remembered for his sweeping self-confidence and outsize signature, but there’s more to the story of the wealthy Boston merchant who risked his life for American independence.

The great champion of freedom from Britain owned two or three slaves, according to the 1980 biography “The Baron of Beacon Hill.”

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Neera Tanden is out as Biden's pick to lead budget office

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden withdrew the nomination of longtime Democratic policy adviser Neera Tanden to serve as his budget director, an acknowledgment that she could not win the 50 Senate votes needed to secure confirmation.

“I have accepted Neera Tanden’s request to withdraw her name from nomination for Director of the Office of...Read more

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Sierra snowpack at 61% as new drought looms for California this summer

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Highlighting the second dry winter in a row, the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday was just 61% of its historical average for this date, the latest signal that California appears headed toward summer drought conditions, with water restrictions possible in some areas for the first time in five years.

The last major storm ...Read more


Intel told to pay $2.18 billion after losing Texas patent trial

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Intel Corp. was told to pay VLSI Technology LLC $2.18 billion by a federal jury in Texas after losing a patent-infringement trial over technology related to chip-making, one of the largest patent-damages award in U.S. history. Intel pledged to appeal.

Intel infringed two patents owned by closely held VLSI, the jury in Waco, Texas, said Tuesday....Read more

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Crash involving military trucks kills Navy sailor, injures 5 others in North San Diego County

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SAN DIEGO — A 26-year-old Navy sailor was killed and five others were hurt in a chain-reaction crash involving a convoy of military trucks on south Interstate 5 near San Onofre State Beach on Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash happened south of Basilone Road about 6:50 a.m. local time when the convoy of ...Read more