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US to send Ukraine Boeing's ground-launched, GPS-guided bombs

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A new ground-launched, bomb-tipped rocket to be ordered from Boeing Co. will be part of the latest package of US.` arms for Ukraine that will be announced Friday by the White House and Pentagon, officials said.

The long-range hybrid weapon combines two proven devices: an Air Force Small-Diameter Bomb guided by GPS satellites that’s currently ...Read more

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US House votes to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

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WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans wielded their power Thursday to oust Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, seizing on past controversies over comments made by the Minnesota Democrat as reasons to stop her from returning to the prized slot.

She lost the post in a 218-211 vote after a contentious floor debate.

"My leadership ...Read more

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Pentagon is tracking a Chinese spy balloon lingering over the western US

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is tracking a Chinese surveillance balloon that’s lingering at high altitude over the western U.S., home to sensitive sites including nuclear-missile silos, Defense Department officials said Thursday.

The Chinese balloon, spotted earlier this week, was loitering over Montana for a short time and briefly caused the ...Read more

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Domestic abusers have gun rights too, US appeals court rules

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The decades-old U.S. law barring Americans who commit domestic-violence from possessing guns contradicts the nation’s “historical tradition” of access to firearms even for people who aren’t “model citizens,” a federal appeals court ruled.

The U.S. Justice Department’s idea of who qualifies as “law-abiding, responsible citizens�...Read more

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Gavin Newsom is 'arrogant and defensive.' Fresno DA doubles down against California governor after shooting of California officer

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FRESNO, Calif. — The war of words between California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Fresno County District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp was renewed Thursday with the local prosecutor using words like “arrogant” and “defensive” to describe the governor.

The verbal spat between the two erupted after Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Selma Police ...Read more

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Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Missouri on Friday

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ST. LOUIS — Adult-use, recreational cannabis can be sold in Missouri dispensaries beginning Friday, giving consumers an unexpected boost to their weekend plans.

Expectations throughout the industry had been that the licenses required to sell non-medical cannabis would not be issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services ...Read more

Woman in body bag gasps for air as funeral home staff discover she's alive, report says

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A hospice care facility has been fined $10,000 after healthcare workers mistakenly declared a woman in their care dead.

The woman, according to a report from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, was discovered alive more than two hours later inside a body bag at a funeral home.

The 66-year-old woman was admitted to the hospice care ...Read more

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Bodies of missing 2 rappers, friend found under debris in vacant Michigan apartment building

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HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. — The bodies of three missing men — two rappers from Oscoda and Melvindale who'd visited Detroit for a gig along with a friend from Detroit — were found under a pile of debris in the basement of a vacant Highland Park apartment building, according to three police sources familiar with the investigation.

Police had ...Read more

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US transfers Guantanamo detainee to Belize after sentence served

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The United States has transferred a Guantanamo Bay prisoner to Belize after he completed a sentence, as President Joe Biden’s administration says it still plans to eventually close the facility in Cuba.

Majid Khan was moved after entering a plea agreement in 2012, which the White House said Thursday he honored.

“We transferred Mr. Khan to...Read more

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Retired Navy captain sentenced to prison for taking 'Fat Leonard' bribes valued at $91K

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SAN DIEGO — By the time David Williams Haas was 10 years old, he'd decided to join the Navy thanks to the mentorship of a family friend, who he knew simply as "Uncle Arleigh."

It was not until Haas' time at the Naval Academy that he came to fully understand the accomplishments of Adm. Arleigh Burke, a World War II veteran who served the ...Read more

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House Republicans vote Rep. Ilhan Omar off Foreign Affairs Committee

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans narrowly voted Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from the Foreign Affairs Committee, a move that follows Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s removal of Reps. Adam B. Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee last month.

McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, had the unilateral authority to keep ...Read more

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'Now is the time for Black repair': What might reparations look like in Kansas City?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mickey Dean hears the argument often, particularly from white Kansas Citians, when he mentions Black reparations: “You weren’t a slave and my family didn’t own any slaves, so that’s in the past and why are we still talking about that?”

He gets the questions more frequently now that the Kansas City Council approved...Read more

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Alex Murdaugh defense 'opened door' to jury hearing about alleged financial crimes, South Carolina judge says

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WALTERBORO, S.C. — Alex Murdaugh’s defense team has inadvertently opened the door for prosecutors to argue Murdaugh’s alleged financial crimes motivated him to kill his wife and son.

Judge Clifton Newman on Thursday ruled that the state would be allowed to present evidence that Murdaugh stole millions of dollars from his law partners and ...Read more

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'Ghost buses' haunt transit agencies and frustrate riders

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Noah Appelbaum was freezing on a bitterly cold evening as he stood waiting at a Chicago bus stop in January. He was headed to work and didn’t want to be late.

The bus-tracking app on his smartphone kept showing that the next bus would be there in just a few minutes. But that time kept being pushed back, and the bus never showed up. He ended ...Read more

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After Tyre Nichols death, Black Caucus will press Biden on police reform

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said he hoped the death of Tyre Nichols “spurs some action” as he sought to reassure allies in the Congressional Black Caucus of a commitment to work with them to advance police reform.

“We’ve got to stay at it as long as it takes,” Biden said on Thursday at the White House, where he and Vice ...Read more

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Nick Carter files countersuit against his rape accuser

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Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has countersued a woman who accused the singer last year of assaulting her in 2001 and infecting her with HPV.

Shannon “Shay” Ruth filed a civil sexual battery lawsuit against Carter in December. In a counterclaim filed Thursday in Clark County District Court in Nevada, the musician — real name Nickolas ...Read more

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Hunter Biden takes aggressive 'new approach' in laptop case

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Hunter Biden’s “new approach” to combating information leaked from a laptop once said to have been his includes a slew of legal letters sent to Federal agencies, conservative activists and the computer repairman responsible for handing over the machine.

“This marks a new approach by Hunter Biden and his team,” according to a CBS News ...Read more

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Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders to deliver GOP State of the Union response

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WASHINGTON — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will give the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to address the nation and contrast the GOP’s optimistic vision for the future against the failures of President Biden and the Democrats,” she said in a ...Read more

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Bill Clinton returns to White House to mark family leave law

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted former President Bill Clinton at an event Thursday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, saying the landmark law had made a “gigantic difference” for American families.

“The law was a step toward that ...Read more

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How Orlando's gay community, after Pulse, helped spur proposed changes to blood donor rules

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ORLANDO, Fla. — In the days after the 2016 Pulse gay nightclub shooting ―the second-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — gay and bisexual men were turned away from donating blood unless they had been celibate for a year.

“Our community really wanted to give back in that way. They wanted to be able to donate blood for those who ...Read more