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Third Russian airfield hit by drone as Moscow accuses Ukraine

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A third Russian airfield came under drone attack Tuesday after Moscow accused Ukraine of carrying out strikes against two bases used by its long-range bombers, the deepest retaliation on its territory since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion.

An oil storage tank caught fire after the drone strike at a Kursk region airfield, state-run...Read more

LA teachers union seeks 20% raise, saying they are stressed out and priced out

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles teachers union is pressing its demands for a 20% raise over two years, smaller class sizes and a steep reduction in standardized testing — the latest stress test for the nation's second-largest school district and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho as the system struggles to address students' deep learning setbacks...Read more

TikTok influencer who hit golf ball into Grand Canyon takes deal for a $285 fine

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Just over a month after an influencer appeared in a video that showed her hitting a golf ball into the Grand Canyon before flinging the club over the edge as well, authorities have said the case has been settled out of court with a fine.

Court documents provided to The Times on Monday show Katie Sigmond faced one count each of disorderly ...Read more

As a sacred minnow nears extinction, Native Americans of Clear Lake call for bold plan

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LAKEPORT, Calif. — Spring runs of a large minnow numbering in the millions have nourished Pomo Indians since they first made their home alongside Northern California’s Clear Lake more than 400 generations ago.

The Clear Lake hitch glinted like silver dollars as they headed up the lake’s tributaries to spawn, a reliable squirming crop of ...Read more

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LAPD took highly unusual action after its handling of CBS sex scandal was questioned

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LOS ANGELES — Days after an internal investigation was launched into whether a former Los Angeles police captain led a cover-up of sexual assault allegations against former CBS chief Leslie Moonves, the detective who handled the case years ago took an unusual step.

Last month, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division Det. Oscar Gamino showed up at the ...Read more

What’s really driving ‘climate gentrification’ in Miami? It isn’t fear of sea-level rise

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Miami’s Little Haiti has been an immigrant community for decades. Its streets are lined with small homes and colorful shops that cater to the neighborhood, a predominantly Afro-Caribbean population with a median household income well below Miami’s.

But Little Haiti’s character may be changing.

A $1 billion real estate ...Read more

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Her apartment might have put her son's health at risk. But 'I have nowhere else to go'

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ATLANTA — When Louana Joseph’s son had a seizure because of an upper respiratory infection in July, she abandoned the apartment her family had called home for nearly three years.

She suspected the gray and brown splotches spreading through the apartment were mold and had caused her son’s illness. Mold can trigger and exacerbate lung ...Read more

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More states offer health coverage to immigrant children

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A small but growing number of states are extending government health benefits to children regardless of their immigration status.

Come January, Connecticut and New Jersey will join the nine states plus Washington, D.C., that already allow children without permanent legal status to enroll in either Medicaid, the public health plan for residents ...Read more

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Retired Baltimore crime scene technician dodges testimony in another murder trial

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BALTIMORE — Flanked by his partner, a Baltimore sheriff’s deputy pressed a doorbell camera in Northeast Baltimore around 6 a.m. He rapped the door — thump! thump! thump! — more than a dozen times.

“Sheriff’s Office,” he yelled. “You need to come to the door now.”

But the homeowner, Nancy Morse, wouldn’t come to the door Nov...Read more

Supreme Court signals sympathy with web designer opposed to same-sex marriage in free speech case

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In front of the Supreme Court justices on Dec. 5, 2022 was 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis – a major case regarding LGBTQ rights and free speech.

The petitioner, Colorado-based web designer Lorie Smith, is looking to expand her business, 303 Creative, by making wedding websites for couples that consist of one man and one woman. She wants...Read more

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Actor Kirstie Alley dies at 71 of cancer that was 'only recently discovered'

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Actor Kirstie Alley has died of cancer, her family announced Monday evening.

Alley, 71, was battling cancer “only recently discovered,” according to a statement by her children, True and Lillie Parker.

“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living ...Read more

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Feds ask for another extension in a suit to open a supervised injection site in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — The federal government sought another delay in a yearslong legal battle to open a supervised injection site in Philadelphia on Monday, leaving unsettled whether a place for people in addiction to use drugs under medical supervision, and be revived if they overdose, can open in one of the cities hit hardest by a worsening ...Read more

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Father grew volatile, erratic leading up to Illinois family's deaths: 'So many red flags'

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CHICAGO — The five people found dead in a Buffalo Grove home Wednesday were likely killed in a murder-suicide carried out by Andrei Kisliak, police said Monday, as court records showed Kisliak growing more volatile and erratic in the weeks leading up to his family’s deaths.

The preliminary investigation indicates Andrei Kisliak, 39, killed ...Read more

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Indonesia bill barring extramarital sex gets renewed debate

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Indonesian lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to change the nation’s criminal code to effectively outlaw extramarital sex and increase penalties on women who have abortions as part of legislation that sparked violent protests when introduced in 2019.

Parliament may begin debate on the measure as soon as Tuesday. Debate on the proposal ...Read more

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Police give citations to striking UC workers who staged sit-in at Sacramento building

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A group of striking University of California workers held a sit-in Monday at a downtown Sacramento building, where police officers surrounded them for a few hours before citing them for trespassing.

The workers are demanding that UC administration officials resume bargaining in negotiations with a union representing about...Read more

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Michigan election board slams recounts as 'frivolous,' allows them to proceed

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LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Board of State Canvassers allowed Monday recounts targeting two ballot proposals to go forward despite concerns the efforts amounted to a "fishing expedition" aimed at advancing unproven claims of election fraud.

The canvassing board voted 3-0 after nearly three hours of occasionally heated discussion to set ...Read more

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Biden will likely announce 2024 bid after holidays, his chief of staff says

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WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff Ron Klain said he expects that President Joe Biden will announce he’s running for reelection after the U.S. Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“The president will make that decision. I expect it shortly after the holiday,” Klain said Monday at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council summit. “I...Read more

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Tsarnaev prison canteen cash leads to DOJ get-tough memo

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A Justice Department memo urges prosecutors to push harder for restitution after complaints swirled that killers and sexual predators were ducking the bills while behind bars.

That includes Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose canteen account at the Supermax in Colorado — dubbed the Alcatraz of the Rockies — had surpassed $20,000...Read more

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Actress Kirstie Alley dies of cancer at age 71

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Renowned comic actress Kirstie Alley, who starred in “Cheers,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Look Who’s Talking,” died of cancer on Monday. She was 71.

The star’s children confirmed her death in an Instagram post.

“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, ...Read more

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District attorney encourages immigrants, refugees to report crime, says legal status won't be reported

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SAN DIEGO — There's a new outreach effort under way in the region's immigrant and refugee communities to encourage people to report crimes, and authorities say those who come forward will not face retribution because of their immigration status, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office announced last week.

As part of the new outreach, ...Read more