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Where South Africa's crunch election will be won and lost

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The 56,000-seat Moses Mabhida Stadium in the South African port city of Durban was jammed for the unveiling of the ruling African National Congress’s election manifesto launch.

“We are supported by millions and millions of people,” President Cyril Ramaphosa told the cheering crowd in February, scoffing at the notion that his party was a ...Read more

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One of world's rarest whales sighted off California coast

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an extraordinary sighting, a critically endangered North Pacific right whale was spotted off the Marin County coast on Friday, thrilling scientists.

One of the rarest whales in the world, only an estimated 30 animals are thought to survive.

“It was astonishing,” said research ecologist Jan Roletto, who sighted the ...Read more

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Teen stabbed, multiple arrests made in Ocean City boardwalk chaos on holiday weekend

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PHILADELPHIA — As the curtain rose on the Jersey Shore’s official summer season this weekend, a familiar problem reared its head: unruly teens crowding the boardwalk at night.

In Ocean City, however, the problem turned violent Saturday night as a 15-year-old boy was stabbed by an unknown suspect around 9:12 p.m. not far from a popular ...Read more

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'100 deadliest days': Road safety messaging begins Memorial Day weekend

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LAS VEGAS — Memorial Day marks the beginning of what’s known as the 100 deadliest days of the year on roadways.

With teens and college students free from classes and families on vacation, there is more activity on the road. That increased activity during the span between Memorial Day and Labor Day leads to an uptick in crashes, including ...Read more

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Millions more trees isn't the climate fix New Zealand thought

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Of all the solutions for a warming world, “plant more trees” seems pretty obvious.

But in New Zealand, which tested that premise by linking incentives for forestry development with its emissions trading scheme, the results have been more controversial and less effective than climate advocates hoped.

Now, after four years of frenetic ...Read more

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Wildwood civil unrest prompts NJ to issue overnight state of emergency

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New Jersey officials declared an overnight state of emergency early Monday in response to “civil unrest” throughout the weekend along the Wildwood boardwalk near the state’s southern tip.

The boardwalk was reopened by 6 a.m. on Monday when Wildwood “was able to effectively address numerous incidents of civil unrest and ensure the safety...Read more

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San Diego wins first conviction for violation of gun violence restraining order

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SAN DIEGO — People in the area first heard the startling gunshots and saw a man holding a gun in his backyard. But when San Diego police arrived, the man refused to hand it over — or even admit to having a gun at all.

Officers soon found the gun, and the Feb. 16 encounter in a neighborhood in the southeastern part of the city ended ...Read more

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Pro-Palestine protesters march through downtown Detroit

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DETROIT — Hundreds of protesters marched from near Huntington Place to Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit on Monday to call for a cease-fire in Palestine.

Members of the group carried Palestinian flags and signs that said "End U.S. aid to Israel" and "Hands off Rafah" while they chanted "Joe Biden, you're a liar, you set Palestine on fire....Read more

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Environmentalists urge California wildlife officials to investigate bottled water operation

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LOS ANGELES — Environmental activists have opened a new front in their long-running fight against a company that pipes water from the San Bernardino Mountains and bottles it for sale as Arrowhead brand bottled water.

In a petition to the state, several environmental groups and local activists called for an investigation by the California ...Read more

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Bay Area cities suspend natural gas bans on new buildings

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bay Area cities and counties are holding off on enforcing natural gas bans in new buildings following a recent federal ruling, a controversial move environmental groups worry will delay achieving key climate goals.

The Sunnyvale City Council recently temporarily suspended its ban on natural gas in new buildings, which was ...Read more

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EU nations fume over Hungary's vetoes of Ukraine weapons aid

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European Union member states are growing increasingly exasperated by Hungary’s stonewalling of more than 6.5 billion euros ($7.1 billion) of urgently needed military aid for Ukraine as its military struggles to fend off Russian assaults.

Budapest’s intransigence is prompting discussions among diplomats about how the EU fund could be ...Read more

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Trump's historic closing arguments will be a 'tale of 2 cases'

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The New York jury in Donald Trump’s hush money trial is returning to court after a weeklong hiatus for closing arguments that will set the stage for historic deliberations.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers on Tuesday will give dueling takes on the evidence and testimony presented over nearly five weeks. The jurors, who are expected to get the ...Read more

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Death toll rises to 4 after storms ravage parts of KY; state of emergency declared

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A swath of high winds and heavy rain pummeled much of Kentucky over the Memorial Day weekend causing power outages, broad destruction, impassable roads and claiming four lives.

It was part of a punishing weather system that stretched from Texas to West Virginia and has killed at least 21 as it churned toward the East Coast ...Read more

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Freed after 12 years in prison, man sues city and Chicago police officers over murder probe

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CHICAGO — A recently freed man who spent more than 12 years in prison for a fatal South Side shooting in which a legally blind witness identified him as the perpetrator is suing the city of Chicago and several police officers over their handling of the murder investigation.

Darien Harris is seeking compensation in a federal civil rights ...Read more

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Alzheimer's report highlights immense caregiver burden -- and potential ways forward

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PITTSBURGH — Some 7 million Americans live with Alzheimer's, and about 11 million provide unpaid care for them.

Dementia caregiving can present unique challenges, including financial burdens and time constraints, as well as health complications.

A report this year from the Alzheimer's Association demonstrates the true cost of caregiving for ...Read more

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Israel airstrike and death of Egyptian guard ratchet up tensions

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An Egyptian soldier was killed during a clash with Israeli troops at a Gaza border crossing on Monday while an Israeli airstrike on Sunday killed at least 40 Palestinians at a camp for displaced people, further inflaming regional tensions over the Israel-Hamas war.

Egypt’s military confirmed that a border guard died at the Rafah border ...Read more

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Wildwood civil unrest prompts NJ to issue overnight state of emergency

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New Jersey officials entered an overnight state of emergency in response to “civil unrest” along the the Wildwood Boardwalk near the state’s southern tip.

“Out of an abundance of caution due to emergent conditions that have resulted from civil unrest threatening the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents and visitors alike,...Read more

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Iran's near bomb-grade uranium stock grows ahead of elections

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Iran increased its stockpile of near bomb-grade uranium, a move that could flame tensions across the wider Middle East as Tehran prepares to hold presidential elections next month.

It’s the first nuclear-safeguards assessment since Iran’s president and foreign minister died in a helicopter crash just days after top officials from the ...Read more

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Spain pledges $1.1 billion in military aid during Zelenskyy visit

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sealed a security agreement with Spain that involves 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in military supplies this year to aid Kyiv’s war effort.

Spain will deliver weapons and munitions to Ukraine, including missiles for Patriot air-defense batteries deployed in the country, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ...Read more

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'General Hospital' actor Johnny Wactor's slaying during LA theft sparks shock, mourning

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LOS ANGELES — “General Hospital” actor Johnny Wactor was fatally shot early Saturday when he came upon three men trying to steal the catalytic converter from his car, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the case.

The killing occurred around 3:25 a.m. when the owner of a vehicle encountered three people near Pico ...Read more