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Anne Heche is 'brain dead' but remains on life support for organ donation, her representative says

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LOS ANGELES — Anne Heche’s “heart is still beating” despite new reports saying that the actor died Friday after a fiery car crash in Mar Vista last week left her in a coma.

“She was declared brain dead last night but has been kept on life support for organ donation,” her representative, Holly Baird, said Friday in an email to the ...Read more

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Omicron is considered a milder coronavirus, but scientists aren't so sure

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For more than two years, Cathy Baron and Sara Alicia Costa managed to duck the coronavirus. But despite their being fully vaccinated and boosted, the omicron variant finally caught them.

Baron is an actress and dance instructor who lives in Santa Monica. Costa is an architect in Austin, Texas. Both are 40 and healthy. But the two friends saw ...Read more

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The long list of episodes that stoked security concerns at Trump's Mar-a-Lago

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Long before Monday’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, reportedly to recover classified documents related to nuclear weapons, the Palm Beach, Florida, club had presented a host of security concerns and been breached numerous times.

The club was the site of numerous trespassing incidents while Trump was in office.

In 2017,...Read more

Risk of catastrophic California 'megaflood' has doubled due to global warming, researchers say

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LOS ANGELES — Even today, as California struggles with severe drought, global warming has doubled the likelihood that weather conditions will unleash a deluge as devastating as the Great Flood of 1862, according to a UCLA study released Friday.

In that inundation 160 years ago, 30 consecutive days of rain triggered monster flooding that ...Read more

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Judge at the center of FBI's search of Trump's home is a target of threats, slurs

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MIAMI — A week ago, the FBI submitted a search warrant seeking classified information in the Mar-a-Lago home of former president Donald Trump to a magistrate judge in West Palm Beach federal court.

But the magistrate judge on duty last Friday wasn’t available, so another one agreed to review it, with no idea of what awaited him.

His name ...Read more

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Philly schools are going mask optional, but kids, staff must mask for the first 10 days of class

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia School District staff and students must mask for the first 10 days of the 2022-23 school year, but masks will then be optional as long as case counts do not spike.

“We are committed to keeping students in school for in person learning,” Kendra McDow, a pediatrician and epidemiologist and the district’s chief ...Read more

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Trump denounces 'nuclear weapons hoax' without disputing details of Mar-a-Lago FBI search

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Former President Donald Trump denounced the FBI search of his Florida home as a “hoax” on Friday without disputing that he had top secret nuclear documents stashed at Mar-a-Lago.

Comparing the classified information probe to other high-profile investigations, Trump pointed the finger at “sleazy” federal prosecutors for engineering the ...Read more

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Mayor Adams signs off on 6 laws to bolster abortion rights in NYC

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NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed off on six new laws Friday aimed at bolstering women’s access to abortions — a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The laws — now collectively known as the NYC Abortion Rights Act — will require the city Health Department to provide abortion pills...Read more

Polio detected in NYC wastewater, health officials say

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NEW YORK — Polio has been detected in New York City, the state Health Department said Friday, a jarring discovery based on wastewater samples that arrives three weeks after a case emerged in Rockland County.

Before the Rockland County case, the U.S. had gone about a decade without logging any polio cases. But the reported arrival of the ...Read more

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Jesse Jackson meets with Sesame Place corporate leaders to discuss racism allegations

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The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. on Thursday met in New York with the CEO of Sesame Place’s parent company to discuss racism allegations that erupted after recent viral videos of costumed characters at the park appearing to dismiss and ignore Black children.

“Rev. Jackson has made himself available to all parties to be a part of any ongoing ...Read more

US consumer sentiment rises to three-month high, topping forecasts

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U.S. consumer sentiment rose in early August to a three-month high on firmer expectations about the economy and personal finances.

Inflation expectations were mixed, with consumers boosting their longer-term views for prices slightly, while reducing their year-ahead outlook for costs.

The University of Michigan’s preliminary sentiment index ...Read more

California lawmakers kill bill allowing suits against social media companies for addicting kids

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers will not advance a bill that would have allowed prosecutors to sue large social media companies for addicting children to online platforms.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday quietly killed Assembly Bill 2408, authored by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-San Luis Obispo, and Assemblywoman...Read more

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Whitmer juror misconduct claim emerges, threatens to upend trial

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DETROIT — A juror in the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping trial told co-workers about hoping to be selected for jury duty, already deciding the case and intending to ensure a particular verdict, according to a sealed federal court filing.

Joshua Blanchard, the defense lawyer for accused kidnapping ringleader Barry Croft of Delaware, leveled ...Read more

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Judge rules Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services violated law in withdrawing insurance from gay employee's spouse

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BALTIMORE — A federal judge has ruled that Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services must offer health care coverage to the spouses of gay employees as long as the employees’ jobs are nonreligious in nature.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled last week that the worldwide charity violated federal law in 2017 when it withdrew ...Read more

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Good news for beach lovers: Lake Michigan water levels are expected to stay well below the near historic highs of 2020

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CHICAGO — The Great Lakes region is enjoying another year of lower water levels and wider beaches.

July water levels on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are down more than 2 feet from 2020, a year of near historic highs when waves devoured cherished stretches of sandy coastline. With the exception of Lake Ontario, the other Great Lakes are ...Read more

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Fewer people are moving as interest rates, rents rise

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Most people move during the spring and summer months, but many would-be movers stayed put this May and June amid higher interest rates and rising rents, according to change-of-address data from the U.S. Postal Service.

Every state saw fewer people moving in compared with the same time last year, but the declines were most pronounced in New York...Read more

Scores of scammers, including 'Texas minister,' vie for slice of Surfside settlement fund

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MIAMI — An Oregon man claims he drove across the country to vacation in Miami Beach and met a kindly stranger named Luis at a bar who suggested that instead of sleeping in his car the man stay with a friend at Champlain Towers South in Surfside. They went to the condo and after just one minute of waiting outside, the man heard a loud boom, got...Read more

She was a respected nurse. Now she's accused of killing 5 in horrific crash

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LOS ANGELES — Nicole Lorraine Linton was a traveling nurse who picked up shifts across the country, working for short stretches where she was needed.

Her job took her to North Carolina, Texas, Georgia and finally to California, where she has been licensed since 2021, most recently working at Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical ...Read more

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How to prepare for your meeting with a therapist

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Going to therapy for the first time can be intimidating.

It can be hard to seek help — and awkward to imagine opening up to a complete stranger. The process of finding an available therapist alone can be discouraging, especially as the demand for mental health services has been outpacing supply.

But therapy can be extremely helpful for many ...Read more

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'I decided I would be with her every day': 15-year friendship leads to caregiving for woman with cerebral palsy

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At the bowling alley, Julia Prendergast carefully worked the joystick on her friend’s wheelchair, positioning her perpendicular to the lane.

She brushed a wisp of hair off Tyme Fiedorczyk’s face and adjusted her glasses. Tyme has cerebral palsy, which impairs her muscle coordination; to talk, she must type into an electronic device; to move...Read more