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Scores of mourners overflow mosque for emotional funeral for 15 victims of deadly Bronx fire: 'Things will never be the same'

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NEW YORK — Tears and demands for justice pervaded Sunday’s funeral services for 15 of the people killed in last week’s horrific Bronx apartment building fire — the deadliest blaze in the city in three decades.

A crowd estimated at more than 2,000 paid final respects to nine adults and six children who perished after a faulty space ...Read more

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FAA clears way for some jets to fly within 5G airwaves

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U.S. aviation regulators granted approvals that will allow some jetliners to operate within zones where new 5G wireless services are set to begin Wednesday, significantly reducing the potential impact on flight schedules.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on Sunday airline manufacturers had shown that the mobile-phone signals won’t ...Read more

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What University of Michigan's Schlissel lost, could lose under exit contract after firing

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DETROIT — The Board of Regents' firing of former University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel cost him some benefits in the exit contract he negotiated last year, when he planned to depart one year earlier than scheduled.

Experts said in October that Schlissel negotiated a new agreement that was one of the most lucrative university ...Read more

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North Korea may have fired ballistic missile -- its fourth launch in January

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North Korea test-launched two suspected ballistic missiles Monday in its fourth rocket volley this year, turning up regional tensions with its biggest string of tests since August 2019.

South Korea’s military said North Korea fired what appeared to be two ballistic missiles toward waters off its east coast. Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told ...Read more

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Interim University of Michigan president: 'We will come together during this period'

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DETROIT — Interim President Mary Sue Coleman told the University of Michigan community Sunday evening that while she was "deeply saddened by the circumstances of the invitation," she agreed to temporarily replace fired president Mark Schlissel "because of my love and respect for this institution."

Coleman, U-M's president from 2002-14, said ...Read more

More than 1,200 flights canceled at Charlotte airport as storm dumps ice, snow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While the Carolinas slowly sunk Sunday under snow and ice, Charlotte Douglas International Airport was a sea of red — red as in hundreds of canceled flights stretching into Monday.

The airline hub, one of the busiest in the country, was also the hardest hit by a powerful winter storm that swept across the South starting ...Read more

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FBI identifies hostage-taker in synagogue standoff as 44-year-old British citizen

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The FBI on Sunday identified the hostage-taker in the standoff at a Colleyville synagogue as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen.

Akram — who could be heard speaking during a livestream that broadcast a portion of the 11-hour standoff — died Saturday night after a hostage rescue team breached the building...Read more

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Manhunt ends for suspect accused of shooting 2 Georgia deputies

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ATLANTA — The manhunt for a man suspected of shooting two Thomas County sheriff’s deputies came to an end Sunday afternoon, according to the GBI.

Tyler Keith Henderson, 25, of Ochlocknee, was taken into custody by authorities in the southwest Georgia county, the GBI said. Despite the intensive search that included helicopters, Henderson ...Read more

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Austria to start fines for unvaccinated in march, Nehammer says

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Austria will impose fines on those without COVID-19 vaccinations from mid-March after a transition phase that starts in February, said Chancellor Karl Nehammer.

People unwilling to get inoculated will face penalties of as much as 3,600 euros ($4,108), the Austrian leader told reporters on Sunday. The mandate will apply to all adults living in ...Read more

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Newborn boy found dead in a duffel bag Saturday was left outside a barely staffed fire station. It's exactly the outcome the Safe Haven Law was meant to prevent

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CHICAGO — From the outside, there’s nothing to suggest the fire station often is left unstaffed, or that it is used for maintenance rather than as a base for firefighters and paramedics to go out on calls.

That’s one of myriad reasons, experts said, that the person who left a baby boy in a duffel bag outside a Near North fire station ...Read more

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FBI identifies hostage-taker in synagogue standoff as 44-year-old British citizen

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The FBI has identified the hostage-taker in Saturday’s standoff at Colleyville synagogue as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen.

“The FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) will continue processing evidence at the synagogue,” the FBI said in a news release. “At this time, there is no indication that ...Read more

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Putin 'smells weakness' from Biden: GOP lawmaker

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The chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan has emboldened Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Sunday.

“Putin again smells weakness here,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He knows that if he’s ever going to invade Ukraine, ...Read more

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Minimal damage in California after tsunami advisory in the West

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LOS ANGELES — The eruption of an underwater volcano Saturday in a remote corner of the South Pacific touched off a powerful tsunami that roared across a large swath of the globe, putting millions of people from New Zealand to Canada on alert and forcing the closure of beaches and harbors in California and along the rest of the West Coast.

Two...Read more

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'It's ugly out there': Rail thefts leave LA tracks littered with pilfered packages

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LOS ANGELES — The scene was a stretch of railroad tracks in Lincoln Heights on Saturday: A blizzard of torn plastic wrappers, cardboard boxes and paper packaging attesting to a wave of rail car thievery that officials say has been on the rise in recent months.

Several scavengers picked through the debris, hoping to find electronics, clothes ...Read more

Snow and ice slam parts of North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Snow and ice have blanketed parts of North Carolina on Sunday as a winter storm moves through the region.

Much of the state is under a winter storm warning as of the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, while some eastern parts of the state are under a winter weather advisory.

A winter storm warning is issued...Read more

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Biden returns to Philadelphia to visit food bank

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PHILADELPHIA — Filling food boxes and singing the Philadelphia Eagles fight song, “Fly, Eagles, Fly,” President Joe Biden returned to Philadelphia on Sunday to visit Philabundance, the same anti-hunger agency where he stopped for day-of-service duties in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year.

The president and first lady Jill ...Read more

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Marilyn Mosby speaks at church, days after federal indictment

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BALTIMORE — Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby got a warm reception Sunday morning at Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple AME church, days after she was indicted on charges alleging she lied on financial documents.

After beginning his sermon, the Rev. Robert Turner summoned Mosby and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick ...Read more

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University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel's firing stuns students, others

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Shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, life in Ann Arbor came to a standstill as word spread: The University of Michigan's Board of Regents had unanimously fired President Mark Schlissel for an inappropriate relationship with a female employee.

"Everyone was on their phone," Mary Walsh, 54, of Ann Arbor, who was eating with friends in a downtown ...Read more

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Biden faulted on inflation by majority in new poll

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WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans fault President Joe Biden’s handling of inflation and the economy, according to a CBS News poll, which also found that people increasingly find government guidance on COVID-19 confusing.

The poll suggests that inflation, which has reached the highest level in 40 years, is the biggest challenge, with 65% ...Read more

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Hundreds turn out for Bronx fire victims' funeral services

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NEW YORK — Hundreds of mourners overflowed a Bronx mosque Sunday for funeral services for 15 of the people killed in last week’s apartment building fire — the deadliest blaze in the city in three decades.

They were paying final respects to nine adults and six children who perished after a faulty space heater caused an inferno in a Bronx ...Read more