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Proud Boy files to run for a Sacramento-area school board. The GOP isn't supporting him

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A member the far-right group Proud Boys who recently lost a bid for the California state Assembly has filed papers to run for a seat on a Sacramento-area school board.

Jeffrey Erik Perrine, 38, plans to challenge San Juan Unified School District Board of Education member Michael McKibbin in the November election. Tanya ...Read more

Oakland church that gives cannabis and psychedelic mushrooms as communion sues over police raid

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An East Oakland church that gives out cannabis and psychedelic plants as sacrament filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department over a 2020 police raid.

The Zide Door Church of Entheogenic Plants, an assembly of the Church of Ambrosia, filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that the city, police department...Read more

Family of disabled Southern California boy who died after fall at school settles suit for $18 million

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LOS ANGELES — The family of an 8-year-old La Puente boy with Down syndrome who died in 2017 after falling off a chair at school and severing his spinal cord has reached an $18 million settlement with the district, the family's attorney said Wednesday.

Because of his disability, Moises Murillo could not walk, talk or sit up straight and was ...Read more


Toddler slips out apartment door, falls out Bronx building window: 'It was so loud I thought it was a car crash,' neighbor says

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NEW YORK — A 3-year-old girl fell out a Bronx window Wednesday after sneaking out the front door of her second-floor apartment and scampering up the stairs to a higher level — with her frantic grandfather in panicked pursuit.

Michelle Boadu’s grandpa had just gotten home from work and was walking into the apartment on Sheridan Ave. near E...Read more

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Mehmet Oz responds to crudités shopping video

PITTSBURGH — No one expected the discourse in one of the country's most important U.S. Senate races to be hijacked by talk of crudités and grocery stores, but that's the reality of a race between a self-proclaimed internet troll and a longtime TV celebrity.

Republican Mehmet Oz, facing a ...Read more

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21,000 fish died in catastrophic UC Davis lab mishap. Some were endangered species

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Researchers discovered Aug. 9 that 21,000 fish had died in their enclosures at UC Davis’ Center For Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture — a mass die-off that appears to have been caused by chlorine exposure. About 100 fish — mostly tilapia — survived.

The Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture, or CABA, focuses on species conservation; ...Read more

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R. Kelly's federal trial in Chicago opens with a musical flashback, harsh allegations of sex with children and an attempted cover-up

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CHICAGO — Jurors in R. Kelly’s federal child pornography trial had been told the evidence in the case would transport them back in time, but they probably didn’t think they’d find themselves watching the 1998 Grammy Awards.

“Every once in a while, a song comes along that touches us all in a way that is out of the ordinary,” actor ...Read more

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Stanford monkeypox case not sex-related, raising questions about transmission

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A monkeypox case reported in the San Francisco Bay Area adds to the growing evidence that people can contract the virus in multiple ways — and raises questions about just how easy it is to get infected during casual encounters with others.

A case investigation released this week by the Centers for Disease Control reveals that a man in his 20s...Read more

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Prosecutors can't enforce Michigan abortion ban until judge decides on injunction

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PONTIAC, Mich. — Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham signed an order Wednesday keeping his temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of Michigan's abortion ban in “full force and effect” until he decides on a broader request for a preliminary injunction.

Cunningham made the announcement at the start of what is expected to...Read more

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California man behind 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and bus driver will be released on parole

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A parole board affirmed Tuesday that Frederick Woods, one of three men convicted of kidnapping a school bus full of 26 children and their driver in the Central California city of Chowchilla in 1976, will be released, according to officials.

Woods, 70, was first found suitable for parole in a hearing at the California Men's Colony in San Luis ...Read more

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Former Army Ranger from Pa. charged with assaulting cops during Capitol riot faces DC bench trial

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Former Army Ranger Robert Morss, the Glenshaw, Pennsylvania man charged with storming the Capitol and assaulting police in support of former President Donald Trump's election lies, will go on trial without a jury on Aug. 29 in the District of Columbia.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden on Tuesday set a bench trial date for Morss and three ...Read more

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LA County coroner reveals Anne Heche's cause of death

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner‘s office ruled Anne Heche’s death an accident, days after the “Another World” actor’s death and nearly two weeks after her fiery and fatal car crash in Mar Vista.

Heche died from smoke “inhalation and thermal injuries,” the coroner’s office said. She also suffered a...Read more

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Georgia Gov. Kemp blasts Fulton County DA's office for playing politics as he fights subpoena in 2020 election probe

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ATLANTA — A long-simmering clash between two branches of Georgia government exploded into public view Wednesday when an attorney for Gov. Brian Kemp moved to kill a subpoena seeking the Republican’s testimony before the Fulton County special grand jury studying potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

The 121-page ...Read more

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Biden's freeze on oil, gas leases on public land is reinstated -- for now

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden won temporary permission to once again pause energy leasing on federal lands and waters, after a U.S. appeals court found a trial judge’s order against the moratorium too vague to review.

The court on Wednesday threw out the judge’s nationwide injunction forcing a restart of leasing from the Gulf of Mexico...Read more

5 years after their removal, Baltimore's Confederate monuments are expected to appear in art exhibit in Los Angeles

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BALTIMORE — Tucked into the corner of a Baltimore City impound lot teeming with discarded lampposts and street signs, four Confederate-linked monuments have sat for five years.

City officials and historians debated what to do with the bronze statues erected to honor Confederate figures after they were removed in the middle of the night Aug. ...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani, new target of Fulton County election probe, testifies before grand jury

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ATLANTA — Rudy Giuliani, the onetime personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, testified before the Fulton County special purpose grand jury examining Georgia’s 2020 elections for roughly six hours on Wednesday.

Pryor Street in downtown Atlanta took on a circus-like atmosphere as some three dozen reporters and camera operators ...Read more

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Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg will testify against company as part of plea deal, source says

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer will admit to conspiring with the Trump Organization and Trump Payroll Corp. in a 15-year tax fraud scheme while head of the company’s finances at a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing on Thursday, the New York Daily News has confirmed.

Allen Weisselberg is expected to ...Read more

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Florida man died from eating tainted oyster at celebratory dinner

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — About a week after a father-daughter dinner, Roger “Rocky” Pinckney died, falling victim to bacteria in one of the celebratory oysters.

Pinckney arrived at Memorial Pembroke Hospital on the evening of July 23, his 44th birthday, with a fever and abdominal pain, according to a medical report. Two days prior, he had ...Read more

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South Carolina's 6-week abortion ban temporarily blocked by state Supreme Court

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In a unanimous decision, the South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban.

The six-page order was signed Wednesday by all five sitting justices.

The order means that for the time being as litigation continues, the state’s abortion clinics can proceed with abortion procedures up ...Read more

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North Carolina ban on abortion after 20 weeks can be enforced, judge rules

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina’s general ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy can be enforced, following the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to restrict abortion.

In a court order Wednesday, U.S. District Judge William Osteen lifted an injunction that had blocked the ban, declaring ...Read more