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Russia cuts off gas to Finland amid wider push into Ukraine's east

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BUCHA, Ukraine — Russian troops continued their offensive into the Donbas region on Saturday, aiming to encircle the easternmost point of Ukrainian control in what one official said would be a repeat of Moscow’s assault on the beleaguered city of Mariupol.

Meanwhile, Moscow cut off natural gas exports to Finland and the Russian defense ...Read more

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'I thought it would go away' -- School districts are paying millions to former students who say leaders were negligent in protecting them from abuse

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — After years of yearning to hold her former high school accountable for failing to protect her from sexual abuse by her coach, Allison Brown, a former star basketball player at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, got her chance when a new state law opened a three-year window that allows students to sue their schools for...Read more

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LA fire officials file building code complaint after fatal blaze at Hollywood recording studios

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles code enforcement authorities are investigating whether a Hollywood building where a fire broke out Thursday night, leaving one person dead and two injured, was approved for use as recording studios.

City Department of Building and Safety records show a complaint for “building or property converted to another use”...Read more

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San Francisco archbishop says Rep. Nancy Pelosi is not entitled to receive Communion

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Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone announced Friday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will be barred from receiving Communion in response to her push to codify abortion rights, underscoring the nation’s widening divisions as the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

His statement marks the latest clash between ...Read more

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Summit of the Americas invites are out, but no final decision on excluding Cuba, White House says

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In a signal that it might backtrack on statements about excluding authoritarian governments from the upcoming Summit of the Americas, the Biden administration is considering inviting a representative of the Cuban government after Mexico and other countries threatened to boycott the gathering of leaders around the hemisphere.

The Associated ...Read more

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San Francisco archbishop says Rep. Nancy Pelosi is not entitled to receive Communion

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Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone announced Friday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will be barred from receiving Communion in response to her push to codify abortion rights, underscoring the nation’s widening divisions as the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn Roe v. Wade.

His statement marks the latest clash between Cordileone...Read more

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Pentagon's spokesman Kirby is moving to a White House position

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WASHINGTON — Pentagon press secretary John Kirby will move to the White House to take a senior communications role with a foreign policy focus.

The decision to shift Kirby to the White House comes after the departure last week of press secretary Jen Psaki, who was replaced by her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre. Unlike Psaki — who served as the ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner finally docks with International Space Station

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Getting off the Earth is one thing, but inserting tab A into slot B in space is another.

Boeing solved that puzzle with its CST-100 Starliner capsule that launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, when it docked with the International Space Station on Friday night.

The uncrewed spacecraft connected with ...Read more

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Stocks pare losses after dipping into bear market: Markets wrap

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A dramatic late-session rally brought the S&P 500 back from the brink of a bear market, but the index still sank for a seventh straight week in a stretch of weakness not seen since 2001.

The benchmark closed the day little changed in the green, after a selloff earlier sent it down more than 2% from a January closing high, meeting the common ...Read more

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Hillary Clinton approved Trump-Russia leak to media, her campaign manager says

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Hillary Clinton personally signed off on a plan in 2016 to quietly pitch to the media the now-discredited theory that computer servers at former President Donald Trump’s company had a secret communications link with a Russian bank, her former campaign manager told a jury.

Robby Mook, a witness in the trial of a former Clinton campaign lawyer ...Read more

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Federal judge extends block on Biden administration's plans to lift Title 42 border restrictions

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WASHINGTON — A Louisiana judge has extended his temporary block of the Biden administration’s plan to lift pandemic-related border restrictions on Monday.

In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays in Lafayette wrote that lawyers for 24 plaintiff states had established that a “significant threat of injury” would ...Read more

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Trump paid $110,000 fine to lift contempt-of-court finding

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump paid a $110,000 fine to lift an order holding him in contempt of court for failing to adequately respond to a New York state subpoena for his records.

The former president paid the fine on Thursday, according to a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating potentially fraudulent ...Read more

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Black motorists more likely to be pulled over by NYPD, new city data show

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NEW YORK — Black motorists are more likely to be pulled over by police than members of the city’s other racial groups, New York Police Department data released Friday show.

During the first three months of 2022, NYPD officers stopped 51,373 Black motorists — accounting for 29% of all the vehicle stops made in the five boroughs, the data ...Read more

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Russia declares final victory at steel plant in Mariupol and fights for more territory in eastern Ukraine

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KYIV, Ukraine — With full control of the steel plant that transfixed the world for month and a tightened grip on Ukraine’s southern coast, Russia redoubled its assault Friday on the eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbas.

In the vicinity of Severodonetsk — the region’s easternmost city still in Ukrainian hands — at least a ...Read more

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State Supreme Court to Whitmer: Clarify need for a speedy review of Michigan abortion law

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Supreme Court has asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to provide more information on why the justices should bypass a lower court and immediately consider her arguments challenging the constitutionality of the state's dormant abortion law.

The justices sent a series of five largely procedural questions in a Friday order ...Read more

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Trump's handwritten notes to flip election cited by his lawyer

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Former President Donald Trump’s suggestions on how to flip the outcome of the 2020 election were jotted in handwritten notes to the law professor who was advising him on the effort, according to a court filing.

John Eastman, the former dean of Chapman University law school, said two handwritten notes from the former president contained “...Read more

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Archbishop says Pelosi is not entitled to receive Communion

Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone announced Friday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi will not be admitted to receive Communion in response to her push to codify abortion rights, underscoring the nation's widening divisions as the U.S. Supreme Court consider whether to overturn Roe ...Read more

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Russia declares final victory at steel plant in Mariupol and fights for more territory in eastern Ukraine

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KYIV, Ukraine — With its grip tightened along Ukraine’s southern coast, including full control of the steel plant that held the world’s attention for months, Russia redoubled its assault Friday on the eastern industrial heartland known as the Donbas.

At least a dozen people were killed and scores of homes destroyed in the area of ...Read more

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Surfside condo collapse site to be sold for $120 million to Dubai developer, no other bids

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MIAMI — The beachfront property where 98 people died in last year’s Surfside condo collapse will be sold to a billionaire developer from Dubai for $120 million after no other bids were submitted ahead of a Friday evening deadline.

Hussain Sajwani, of DAMAC Properties, was the lone bidder for the 1.8-acre parcel, according to Michael Fay of ...Read more

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Will heartbeat abortion ban take effect amid lawsuit? What the Idaho Supreme Court ruled

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BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court on Friday denied an Idaho attorney general request to vacate the stay on the state’s heartbeat abortion law, further delaying implementation of the new law.

The April 28 petition asked the court to reverse its decision to put the law on hold. The bill would ban most abortions and allow family members ...Read more