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Kicks off with Trump allies bashing Biden's handling of economy

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Donald Trump’s party assailed President Joe Biden’s stewardship of the economy, hours after the Republican standard-bearer selected US Senator JD Vance as his running mate, highlighting a populist message aimed at retaking control of the White House.

Trump’s selection of Vance, 39, also amounts to his anointing an heir apparent to ...Read more

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Elon Musk to give $45 million a month to pro-Trump super PAC

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Elon Musk is pledging to pour $45 million a month into a pro-Donald Trump political group, a move that would flood the Republican nominee’s reelection effort with cash through the November election.

Musk’s planned cash infusion could help build Trump’s fundraising advantage over President Joe Biden, who has suffered from a donor revolt in...Read more

Thunderstorms briefly cool Southern California's heat wave but spark new wildfires

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Thunderstorms from Southern California's monsoon season brought a temporary cooling reprieve over the weekend to a region that had been baking under a triple-digit heat wave but also sparked new wildfires.

A marine layer is cooling off coastal regions this week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Robbie Munroe. Southern California can ...Read more

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Lawyers for Illinois ex-Speaker Madigan ask judge to gut indictment in light of SCOTUS ruling

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Armed with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that scaled back a key federal bribery statute, lawyers for ex-House Speaker Michael Madigan argued in a new filing Monday that 14 counts of the indictment are “fatally infirm” and should be dismissed, in part because there is no proof that the once powerful Democratic leader agreed to use his ...Read more

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Newsom signs law requiring stronger sexual harassment policies at California State University

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The California State University system will be required to establish clear policies and guidelines for how sexual harassment cases are investigated and tracked under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Monday.

The new law obligates the 23-campus network to implement recommendations from a 2023 state audit that examined how officials investigated ...Read more


After grizzly's death, environmental groups to sue Fish and Game over Idaho bear baiting

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Several environmental activist groups on Monday notified state officials and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game that they intend to file a lawsuit over the agency’s allowance of bear baiting, which the groups said put federally protected grizzly bears at risk and violate the Endangered Species Act.

The notice came a month after a hunter in...Read more

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Congress launches investigations of security failure at Trump rally

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from both parties announced plans Monday to investigate how a shooter was able to get within striking distance of former President Donald Trump, demanding answers from the authorities responsible for protecting the Republican nominee for ...Read more

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Humans having sex with Neanderthals was more common than previously thought, study says

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The word “Neanderthal” is often synonymous with mindless, simple, bulky and slow.

Images of cavemen huddled over a fire with thick, protruding brows portray Neanderthals more like the Flintstones than a close relative of modern-day humans.

But in the century and a half since the first Neanderthal bones were discovered, researchers have ...Read more

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As Scott Peterson's defense lawyers seek more evidence, Laci's mother asks “When will it end?”

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REDWOOD CITY — Scott Peterson’s lawyers are again searching for evidence that someone else killed his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son 22 years ago and insist prosecutors are refusing to hand over at least 645 pieces of it.

In a Redwood City courtroom Monday, lawyers for the Los Angeles Innocence Project that recently took up the ...Read more

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Georgian leaders react to Trump's vice presidential pick, JD Vance

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Former President Donald Trump’s selection Monday of U.S. Sen. JD Vance as his vice presidential pick drew supportive reactions from Republicans in Georgia, most of whom were already faithful to his campaign.

Longtime supporters praised the choice of Vance, a 39-year-old known for his 2016 book “Hillbilly Elegy,” to serve as his running ...Read more

Conn. judge sends case of alleged cyberstalker to trial; question is where protected speech ends

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Criminal stalking charges against a blogger whose postings include photographs of judges suggesting violence is a remedy for disgruntled litigants are headed for a trial at which a jury will have to decide what separates constitutionally protected speech from threats.

Superior Court Judge Peter Brown declined on Monday to dismiss 18 stalking ...Read more

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One of Vogtle's new nuclear reactors is offline. Here's what we know

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One of the two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle has been offline for roughly a week because of a “valve issue,” Georgia Power said on Monday, and it’s unclear when it will restart.

Unit 3, one of four reactors at the nuclear power plant 35 miles southeast of Augusta, was shutdown July 8 after a valve malfunctioned on one of the pumps ...Read more

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Newsom signs bill banning schools from notifying parents about student gender identity

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Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday that prohibits mandating that teachers notify families about student gender identity changes, capping a year-long battle between conservative school boards concerned about "parental rights" and LGBTQ+ activists worried about vulnerable youth.

The new law shields teachers from retaliation for supporting ...Read more

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Biden orders Secret Service protection for RFK, Jr. following Trump assassination attempt

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President Joe Biden ordered Secret Service protection for long-shot independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on Monday, two days after an assassination attempt against former President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced.

“In light of this weekend’s events, the president has ...Read more

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Florida deputy used crime surveillance system to spy on girlfriend

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An Osceola County, Florida, sheriff’s deputy arrested last week for domestic battery and stalking used the sheriff's office crime monitoring system to spy on his girlfriend, court records reveal.

Douglas Ford used software at the office’s Real-Time Crime Center to observe his girlfriend, an Osceola reserve deputy, through security cameras ...Read more

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VA housing policy discriminates against disabled veterans, federal judge rules

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The Department of Veterans Affairs discriminates against disabled veterans by outsourcing construction on its West Los Angeles campus, rendering some ineligible for housing because their incomes are too high, a federal judge has ruled.

The outside housing developers rely on tax credit financing that includes income eligibility requirements. The...Read more

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A scrap of George Washington's war tent was bought at Goodwill. Now it's in Philly

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Early last year, Scott Stephenson, president and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, received a phone call that left him stunned.

Richard “Dana” Moore, a private collector from Virginia, had called Stephenson out-of-the-blue with a story that at first brush sounded like an Antiques Roadshow setup.

Months earlier, Moore had been ...Read more

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No verdict after second day of deliberations in gold bar bribery trial of Sen. Menendez

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Jurors ended their second day of deliberations in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey with no verdict on Monday.

They ended their day around 4:40 p.m. after their first full day of deliberations in the trial, which is entering its 10th week.

Menendez is accused of “putting his power up for sale” to three New Jersey...Read more

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Gov. Hochul launches process to ban smartphones in schools statewide

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Gov. Kathy Hochul inched toward a statewide ban on smartphones in schools, launching a “listening tour” across New York to hear from teachers and parents.

The series of roundtables, which kicked off Monday in the Albany region, will help inform a statewide policy proposal the governor’s office said will be announced this year. Hochul last...Read more

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Georgia Democrats are pushing for stronger gun control measures after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump

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ATLANTA — Georgia’s Democratic lawmakers are calling for stiffer gun control laws after the attempt on former President Donald Trump’s life on Saturday, but the Republican majority at the Georgia State Capitol is unlikely to be interested.

It’s a common theme after high-profile shootings in Georgia and across the country.

The latest ...Read more