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The man behind Erdogan's worst spat with the West: QuickTake

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading Turkey toward the biggest showdown with key Western allies since the Turkish president assumed power two decades ago.

At the heart of the row is a joint call by ambassadors from 10 countries — including the U.S. and Germany — on Turkey to free Osman Kavala, which Erdogan says is a direct attack on Turkish ...Read more

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With an explosion of sports betting and online gambling, Connecticut braces for a potential increase in problem gambling

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Online sports betting and casino gambling barreled into Connecticut this month, prompting worries about an explosive increase in already common problems blamed on gambling addiction: heavier personal debt, broken relationships and crime.

After years of debate and on-again, off-again legislative attempts to extend gambling beyond the state’s ...Read more

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How Hutchins' death has become another rallying cry for film set safety

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Standing before a somber crowd of some 300 film workers Sunday night, a display of floral wreaths and photos of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins behind him, IATSE international Vice President Michael Miller spoke to the mix of raw emotions many were feeling.

They gathered in a parking lot off Olive Street in Burbank to pay tribute to Hutchins, ...Read more

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'Rust' gaffer publicly blames armorer, producers for 'negligence' that led to Halyna Hutchins' death

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The chief electrician on the set of "Rust" is publicly blaming the film's armorer and producers for the "negligence" that led to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins' death.

On Sunday, Serge Svetnoy — who was the gaffer on the New Mexico western — posted a long message on his Facebook page detailing Thursday's fatal shooting. In the post, ...Read more

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'Rust' producers wrap set for shooting investigation, calling it a 'pause'

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Producers of Alec Baldwin's "Rust" have announced that they are going to "pause" the film production as law enforcement investigates the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

"As we go through this crisis, we have made the decision to wrap the set at least until the investigations are complete," the producers said in an email to...Read more

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This 'Rust' scene led to the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

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As further details emerge about a lack of safety protocols that led to the tragic accidental firing of a prop gun on the New Mexico set of “Rust,” a portion of the script obtained by the Los Angeles Times depicts the scene in question.

Co-written by star Alec Baldwin and director Joel Souza, the script’s third act includes a scene ...Read more

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A Florida state senator asked surgeon general to wear a mask. He refused -- drawing bipartisan rebuke

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The president of the Florida Senate called the state’s surgeon general “unprofessional” this weekend for refusing to wear a mask while visiting the office of a state senator who is being treated for breast cancer — and he suggested that visitors in the future who “fail to respect these requests will be asked to ...Read more

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Ex-Saudi official claims crown prince boasted he could kill late king

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A former Saudi intelligence official who says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is out to kill him alleged in a U.S. television interview that he knows of a video in which the prince boasted he could kill then King Abdullah in 2014.

Saad Aljabri made the claim in comments to CBS’s “60 Minutes,” saying that the crown prince, who became heir...Read more

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'Surreal grief.' Actor on 'Rust' set reacts after shooting death

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A Lexington-born actor who was on the set of “Rust” said there was “so much hurtful, blind speculation and misinformation circulating” after one person was reportedly killed and another injured after a prop gun was fired at the set.

The prop gun was fired by star actor and director Alec Baldwin who believed the gun was safe to handle, ...Read more

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Missouri AG Schmitt's office reverses story, says campaign paid for Texas trip, not state

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office said Sunday that Schmitt's Senate campaign paid for his travel to Texas this week to announce a lawsuit about the border wall, revising an earlier statement that taxpayers had footed the bill.

The office said the state did pay for Chris Nuelle, Schmitt's official spokesman, to ...Read more

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A petition to ban the use of real firearms on film sets circulates after 'Rust' tragedy

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Following the accidental killing last week of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Joel Souza's "Rust," a petition is going around calling for the creation of Halyna's Law, which would "ban the use of real firearms on film production sets and create a safe working environment for everyone involved."

Actors Olivia Wilde, Holland ...Read more

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8 people shot, 4 fatally, in Baltimore weekend violence

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BALTIMORE — Eight people were shot in Baltimore this weekend, including four fatally, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

Most recently, just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the 300 block of S. Fulton Ave. in Carrollton Ridge for a shooting detected by the city’s ShotSpotter devices.

A man was pronounced dead on the ...Read more

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Sheriff's officials: Man held after driving into vaccine mandate protesters in Palmdale

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A 64-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he drove his Jeep Wrangler into a crowd of people protesting vaccine mandates in Palmdale, injuring one woman, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

"A witness stated a man disagreed with the protest, entered his vehicle and intentionally drove toward the protesters," Deputy Trina Schrader ...Read more

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Heavy rain unleashes mud, debris flows in Northern California areas burned by wildfire

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Bomb cyclone. Rivers of rain. Emergency response officials have been bracing all week for the worst days of the storm — and it finally arrived late Saturday evening. Light scattered showers in Northern California, already burned out by a summer of fire, morphed into an increasingly heavy downpour overnight.

By Sunday morning, the torrential ...Read more

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Lira drops to record after Erdogan's threat against envoys

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Turkey’s lira fell to a record as the country’s latest diplomatic spat gave traders another reason to sell the struggling currency.

The lira weakened as much as 1.6% in early Asian trading amid thin liquidity, touching a new low for a third straight day. It stood 1.5% lower at 9.7552 per dollar at 11:33 p.m. in Istanbul on Sunday.

Already ...Read more

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Russian envoy backs Iran demand for US nuclear deal guarantee

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Russia’s lead negotiator at stalled multi-power talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal said Iran’s demand for a guarantee from the U.S. government that it won’t quit the landmark accord again is “logical and justifiable.”

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s ambassador at the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, was ...Read more

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Vanessa Bryant found out about Kobe's by phone notification

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Vanessa Bryant didn’t get word from authorities about husband Kobe Bryant’s death in January 2020 until she’d already received notifications on her phone, she revealed during recent testimony.

Authorities declined to provide Vanessa with any information until Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was able to speak with her in person,...Read more

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Sen. Angus King joins Democratic opponents to ending Senate filibuster rule

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he won’t support ending the Senate filibuster that has enabled the Republican minority to block key portions of President Joe Biden’s agenda, further complicating Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s drive to pass voting rights and other measures.

“I’m ...Read more

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Japan's Kishida suffers by-election setback before national vote

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New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling party was dealt a blow when it lost one of two upper house special elections, which are serving as a barometer of support ahead of a national general election in a week.

In a setback to the premier, opposition-backed Shinnosuke Yamazaki was projected by public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News ...Read more

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Experts predict the legal fallout from the Alec Baldwin prop gun shooting

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The shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a New Mexico film set could have far-reaching legal ramifications, experts said — not only for the companies involved but also for individuals, including star and producer Alec Baldwin.

Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured Thursday by a gun that Baldwin discharged during ...Read more