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Forest Service to aid private owners on carbon markets, climate

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WASHINGTON — The recently signed budget reconciliation law provides the Forest Service with $450 million to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by aiding private landowners with the costs of addressing climate change.

The funding includes $250 million for grants to reduce the upfront costs of entering private carbon and environmental markets ...Read more

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Comedian Ricky Gervais joins animal rights group in call to move Rocky the coyote from forest preserve in Northbrook to Colorado wildlife sanctuary

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CHICAGO — The push to move a coyote from its cage in a Cook County forest preserve to a wildlife sanctuary got a celebrity endorsement recently from comedian Ricky Gervais.

The British stand-up joined the international animal rights group In Defense of Animals in calling for Rocky the coyote to be moved from its “inhumane” captivity in ...Read more

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Stage set for Parkland gunman's brother and sister to testify

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The biological brother and sister of the Parkland gunman are preparing to testify for him when the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting case resumes.

Defense lawyers have been tight-lipped about their strategy to try to persuade a jury to show mercy to Nikolas Cruz, 23, who pleaded guilty last October to 17 ...Read more

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Wastewater testing, vital in COVID-19 tracking, could help identify monkeypox spread

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As wastewater testing continues to prove useful in estimating the spread of the coronavirus, scientists again are using sewage to track the latest public health emergency: monkeypox.

In late June — about a month after the first California case was confirmed — monkeypox DNA was detected in wastewater in San Francisco, according to the ...Read more

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Trump search affidavit should be partly unsealed, judge says

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Portions of the FBI affidavit used to secure a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate should be unsealed, a federal judge in Florida said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday said the Justice Department hadn’t “met its burden” for keeping the entire document sealed and asked the government to ...Read more

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Whitey Bulger prison death: 3 men indicted in connection with beating death of Boston mob boss

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BOSTON — Nearly four years after James “Whitey” Bulger was beaten to death in prison, three men have been indicted in connection to the fatal pummeling of the Boston mob boss.

Fotios Geas, also known as “Freddy,” 55, Paul DeCologero, also known as “Pauly,” 48, and Sean McKinnon, 36, have been charged with conspiracy to commit ...Read more

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Trump search affidavit should be partly unsealed, judge says

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Portions of the FBI affidavit used to secure a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate should be unsealed, a federal judge in Florida said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday gave the Justice Department one week to propose what information in the document should be kept secret.

“I’m not prepared...Read more

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Anti-abortion group's data trove represents 'serious concern' post Roe

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Heartbeat International, an Ohio-based nonprofit, has spent years collecting data on pregnant women to develop better ways to make sure women carry pregnancies to term and to persuade them from getting an abortion.

Based in Columbus, it says that it provides support services to the world’s largest network of “pro-life pregnancy resource ...Read more

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Judge orders Justice Department to prepare Trump affidavit redactions, leans toward disclosure

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Florida said Thursday he is likely to order the release of a key court document behind the search of former President Donald Trump’s home, despite warnings from the Justice Department that its disclosure could “irreparably harm” an ongoing criminal investigation.

The legal fight is over an affidavit, ...Read more

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Colorado's monkeypox cases are mostly among younger men in the Denver area

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DENVER — Almost two-thirds of Colorado’s monkeypox cases have been found in the Denver area, and they’re primarily clustered in men in the first half of adulthood.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released new information about the demographics of the state’s 168 known cases on Thursday. Six people have been ...Read more

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Lawsuit alleges utility company is responsible for deadly McKinney fire in Northern California

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LOS ANGELES — Residents in Northern California allege that sparks from PacifiCorp's high-voltage transmission lines and other equipment are what ignited the deadly McKinney fire last month near the California-Oregon border in Siskiyou County, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week.

The McKinney fire has burned more than 60,000 acres ...Read more

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Smut allegations lead to contentious debate at overflowing library board meeting in Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho — More than 100 people crowded into a room at the Meridian Library’s main branch on Wednesday night for a heated debate where people voiced concerns or offered their support about what books were accessible to children.

Chairs were stuck in every crevice of the room, and, when they were filled, people lined up in the hallway ...Read more

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R. Kelly's former goddaughter breaks down at his federal trial in Chicago, telling jury he filmed them having sex while she was a minor

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CHICAGO — For the first time after two decades of swirling allegations, R. Kelly’s former goddaughter has taken the stand as a prosecution witness in a case against the disgraced singer.

Dressed in a white blazer with her hair in long braids, the woman, now 37 and testifying at Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago under the pseudonym “Jane,...Read more

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Erdogan says discussed ending war in latest bid to mediate

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he discussed avenues to end Russia’s war during talks with his Ukrainian counterpart, as well as conditions for a possible prisoners exchange.

The comments came after the Turkish leader met in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and United Nations Secretary General...Read more

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Michigan white supremacist group leader sentenced for terrorizing family, AG's office says

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DETROIT — The leader of a national white supremacist group that advocates for violence against the government has been resentenced for terrorizing a Dexter family, according to the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

Justen Watkins "used intimidation tactics at a family's home and posted messages to other The Base members targeting the home,"...Read more

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Witness in protective custody after document leak in Young Thug case

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ATLANTA — At least one associate planning to testify against Atlanta rapper Young Thug is in protective custody after a document posted online showed his willingness to cooperate, state prosecutors said.

Fulton County prosecutor Don Geary on Thursday asked the judge presiding over the racketeering case to further restrict the disclosure of ...Read more

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Betsy DeVos compares Joe Biden touching her forehead to sexual harassment under Title IX

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Former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday compared an encounter she had with President Joe Biden to sexual harassment under new definitions for colleges and universities proposed by his administration.

DeVos said that the first time she met Biden in early 2019 she had recently broken her pelvis and was using a wheelchair.

Biden ...Read more

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R. Kelly's former goddaughter and alleged victim takes witness stand, tells jury she had sex with singer 'innumerable times' while a minor

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CHICAGO — For the first time after two decades of swirling allegations, R. Kelly’s former goddaughter has taken the stand as a prosecution witness in a case against the disgraced singer.

Dressed in a white blazer with her hair in long braids, the woman, now 37 and testifying at Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago under the pseudonym “Jane,...Read more

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Where exactly will astronauts land on the moon? NASA is going to tell us

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ORLANDO, Fla. — With NASA’s first Artemis mission to the moon set to launch before the end of the month, teams are gearing up for future missions with astronauts including just exactly where the next people to set foot on the moon will be leaving their footprints.

NASA has announced a news conference for 2 p.m. Friday to reveal potential ...Read more

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Murder trial for ex-Fort Worth police officer who killed Atatiana Jefferson rescheduled after many delays

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The trial for a former Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a woman in her home has been scheduled for December after being postponed and rescheduled multiple times.

Aaron Dean shot Atatiana Jefferson inside her Fort Worth home in October 2019. He is charged with murder.

The judge who was initially assigned to ...Read more