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Jury in Trump hush money trial reaches verdict; announcement shortly

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NEW YORK — The jury in the Donald Trump hush money trial has notified Judge Juan Merchan that it has reached a verdict but needs time to complete filling out the forms.

The verdict will be read shortly.

Earlier Thursday, the jury in the former president’s historic hush money trial returned to a Manhattan courthouse, hearing a readback of ...Read more

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Penn should do more to combat anti-Jewish bias on campus and reissue statement opposing divestment from Israel, university commission says

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PHILADELPHIA — After a tumultuous year marked by heated protests over Israel’s war with Hamas, the University of Pennsylvania should bolster its Jewish Studies program, incorporate antisemitism into mandatory education on inclusion and unconscious bias, and strengthen efforts to recruit Jewish faculty and students, a new report from a ...Read more

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Idaho jury convicts Chad Daybell of 3 murders

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BOISE, Idaho — Chad Daybell is guilty on all counts.

The Idaho father was convicted on eight felonies, including the first-degree murders of his then-wife Tammy Daybell and two of his new wife’s children.

The 12-person jury reached the verdict after roughly six hours of deliberation — just an hour shorter than it took the jurors to find ...Read more

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76 ethics allegations say ex-Clerk of Court in Murdaugh trial abused post for own gain

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Ethics Commission said Wednesday it has found probable cause in 76 different incidents to believe that former Colleton County Clerk of Court Becky Hill repeatedly misused her position to enrich herself and promote a book she wrote on the Alex Murdaugh murder trial.

Hill, who resigned her post in March, ...Read more

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Arrested UConn protesters face conduct violation cases. There's a faculty move to get all charges dropped

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HARTFORD, Conn. — After UConn’s University Senate called on University President Radenka Maric to “refrain from pursuing any disciplinary actions or retaliatory measures against” student protesters, those arrested face new action from the school.

An office tasked with investigating violations of the University of Connecticut Student ...Read more

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Biden to visit France for meeting with Macron ahead of summits

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PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is set to host his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden next week as the two leaders seek to step up cooperation on Ukraine.

Biden’s first state visit to France will take place on June 8 and reciprocates Macron’s trip to the U.S. in 2022, the French presidency said in a statement. The two presidents will ...Read more

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If Trump is convicted in New York, what happens next?

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If he is convicted in New York, former President Donald Trump is likely to remain free from custody while awaiting his sentencing and during an appeal, which could carry the case into 2025. He also faces possible home confinement in New York’s Trump Tower or a ban on out-of-state travel while on probation, legal experts said.

A new jail photo...Read more

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State's Attorney Bates seeks funding for 20 more prosecutors, touts partnership with Scott

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BALTIMORE — Baltimore State’s Attorney Ivan Bates is asking the City Council to restore money to his office’s budget to hire up to 20 — and at least 10 — more prosecutors, some of which, he said, will be critical in supporting the mayor’s flagship violence reduction strategy.

Bates, a Democrat, requested $2 million for the 20 ...Read more

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Former Philly Councilmember Bobby Henon's bribery conviction upheld by federal appeals court

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PHILADELPHIA — Former Philadelphia City Council member Bobby Henon's bid to overturn his 2021 bribery conviction fell short Wednesday, as a federal appeals court rejected his contention that prosecutors had failed to fully prove their case.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit concluded that jurors had been ...Read more

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Supreme Court gives National Rifle Association a First Amendment win in suit against New York officials

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WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association, best known for advocating for gun rights under the Second Amendment, won an unusual First Amendment free-speech decision from the Supreme Court on Thursday.

In a 9-0 ruling, the justices agreed the NRA had a plausible free-speech claim that it had been targeted for harassment and threatened by ...Read more

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US sees third confirmed human bird flu case

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday a third human case of bird flu associated with the growing outbreak in dairy cows. But this case is different and worrisome because it’s the first to prompt more traditional influenza-like symptoms in humans, raising concerns of possible further spread and mutation.

The case is...Read more

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State offers to take over Flint's lead line removal repairs, pledges mid-2025 finish

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DETROIT — The state of Michigan has offered to take over the remaining property repairs associated with lead service line removals in Flint, according to a motion that state attorneys filed this month in court, promising to finish the work by mid-2025.

Flint's city government was required to excavate service lines at more than 31,000 homes ...Read more

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Analysis: If Biden has a Gaza 'red line,' Israel likely has leeway left

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WASHINGTON — If President Joe Biden truly has a “red line” for the conflict in Gaza, Israeli officials likely have not come close to crossing it.

The Biden administration’s metric for what would amount to the crossing of such a line — and potentially lead Biden to switch off the spigot of American military aid to Tel Aviv — shows ...Read more

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Kate Middleton to miss Trooping the Colour rehearsal

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Kate Middleton will miss the dress rehearsal for the king’s annual birthday parade next month amid her ongoing cancer treatment.

The Princess of Wales would normally be a major part of Trooping the Colour, the yearly military exhibition marking the sovereign’s official birthday.

Her presence at the official ceremony on June 15 remains up ...Read more

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Jennifer Farber Dulos' kids may speak at Michelle Troconis sentencing

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The children of Jennifer Farber Dulos, who went missing in 2019 and was presumed murdered by her estranged husband, may speak at the sentencing of his girlfriend on Friday.

Farber Dulos’ five children are now aged 13 to 17 and have submitted statements to the court via a family spokesperson, an attorney for Troconis told the Stamford Advocate...Read more

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Roberts declines meeting with senators over Supreme Court ethics

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WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. declined on Thursday a meeting requested by two Democratic senators following reports that flags tied to the effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election were flown outside the homes of Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. ...Read more

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Illegal ecstasy takes step toward becoming legal drug for PTSD

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The first new PTSD drug in over twenty years is up for approval. It will require U.S. regulators to do something they've never done before: greenlight the mind-altering — and illegal — party drug known as ecstasy.

The new drug is a version of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, made by Lykos Therapeutics Inc., an unusual drugmaker started by a ...Read more

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New details emerge in killing of 'General Hospital' actor Johnny Wactor

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LOS ANGELES — New details are emerging about the shooting death of "General Hospital" actor Johnny Wactor early Saturday at the hands of catalytic converter thieves in downtown Los Angeles.

No arrests have been made in the killing, which has sparked shock and outrage. Wactor, 37, played Brando Corbin on "General Hospital" from 2020 to 2022. ...Read more

Is collapse of the Atlantic Ocean circulation really imminent? Icebergs’ history reveals some clues

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When people think about the risks of climate change, the idea of abrupt changes is pretty scary. Movies like “The Day After Tomorrow” feed that fear, with visions of unimaginable storms and populations fleeing to escape rapidly changing temperatures.

While Hollywood clearly takes liberties with the speed and magnitude of disasters...Read more

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As Trump verdict looms, hush money jury revisits crucial “catch and kill” meeting at Trump Tower

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NEW YORK — The possibility of a verdict against Donald Trump loomed Thursday as the jury in the former president’s historic hush money trial returned to a Manhattan courthouse, hearing a readback of testimony about the 2015 meeting at Trump Tower and the infamous “catch and kill” scheme that lies at the heart of the state’s case.

The ...Read more