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Puerto Rico's restaurant scene has never been better. Here's why

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Maybe you’ve heard about the ascendant restaurant scene in Puerto Rico. Most people haven’t: The island is still principally known as a highly convenient place for sun and beaches, with no passport required for U.S. citizens, and the food scene is often relegated to what’s convenient to cruise ship ports.

If you didn’t know, Puerto ...Read more

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Trump says he won't testify on Monday in New York fraud trial

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Former President Donald Trump said he will not testify in his New York civil fraud trial on Monday, back-tracking on a statement last week in which he said he would be taking the stand in his defense case.

Trump said in a post on Sunday that he had “nothing more to say” after his testimony in early November, calling the case a “witch hunt...Read more

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US F-16 crashes into Yellow Sea off South Korea, Yonhap says

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A U.S. F-16 fighter appears to have crashed into Yellow Sea waters off the coast of South Korea, stoking safety concerns after eight U.S. airmen were killed last month in the crash of an Osprey aircraft near a Japanese island.

The F-16 crashed into the sea Monday after taking off at about 9 a.m. from Gunsan, some 180 kilometers (110 miles) ...Read more

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'Despicable act of hate': Suspect arrested after antisemitic assault in Beverly Hills

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Raphael Nissel and his wife were walking to their Beverly Hills synagogue on Saturday morning when a man struck Nissel's head from behind with a belt buckle.

Nissel, who wore a yarmulke, was left dazed and bloodied by the attack.

"My wife told me, 'Watch out!'" Nissel, 75, told The Times on Sunday. "All of a sudden, something hard hit my ...Read more

Anna 'Chickadee' Cardwell, 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' costar, dies at 29

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Anna Cardwell, a former reality TV star who appeared along with her family on TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "Toddlers & Tiaras," has died. She was 29.

Her mother, June Shannon, known as "Mama June," announced on social media that her eldest daughter had died on Saturday.

"With the breaking heart, we are announcing that @annamarie35 [...Read more

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Kentucky governor lights Lexington menorah, says state will 'not tolerate hate in any form'

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Jewish community members and the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass welcomed Gov. Andy Beshear to Lexington’s Triangle Park Sunday night to light the fourth candle of the menorah in a public Hanukkah celebration.

The Jewish community gathered downtown Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah and to bring attention to rising antisemitism amid the ongoing ...Read more

A federal bill that would expand methadone accessibility doesn't go far enough, a Pitt study finds

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For years, Sommer Nolette has taken an Uber every week to a methadone clinic in Washington, Pa., often heading there before sunrise to make it to her job by 8:30 a.m. She estimates a monthly expense of $80 in commuting fees to secure the drug that has kept her heroin-free for seven years.

That expenditure of time and money in seeking methadone...Read more

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Their stolen land in Orange County was given back. Now they're ready to heal

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As far back as 9,000 years ago, the Acjachemen and Tongva people hunted, fished and foraged for nuts and berries at Bolsa Chica Mesa. This is where they gathered herbs for medicines and held prayer ceremonies. Here, on a raised landmass that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, is where they buried their dead.

Today, descendants of those original ...Read more

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After a year in office, L.A. County sheriff talks deputy gangs, jail deaths, overdoses

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By the time Sheriff Robert Luna ousted his predecessor and became L.A. County's top cop in late 2022, the nation's largest sheriff's department was awash in controversy.

The half-century-old problem of deputy gangs had brought the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department under increasing national scrutiny. Jail conditions were becoming ...Read more

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Zelenskyy to meet Biden, US lawmakers in bid to free Ukraine aid

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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy is headed to Washington for talks with President Joe Biden and U.S. congressional leaders, signaling a push to energize support among his country’s allies almost two years into Russia’s invasion.

With Biden’s request for further military assistance to Kyiv stalled in Congress, the Ukrainian president will ...Read more

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Theater workers challenge Georgia election law's absentee request deadline

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A recent lawsuit by TV and theater workers exposes a conflict between Georgia’s new voting law and a federal requirement allowing more time to request absentee ballots.

Georgia’s election law has mostly survived court challenges in the 2 1/2 years since Republican legislators passed limitations on mail-in voting following Donald Trump’s ...Read more

A Texas city's homeless roadmap pays off big -- but shows challenges for Denver as it pursues new strategy

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HOUSTON — The apartment complex where Teresa Eddins now lives is so quiet that “you can hear a pin drop” at night, she says — a stark contrast to the constant noise she withstood while living beneath a bridge two years ago.

She was one of the first people who moved into a former hotel in Houston that served as a center to help homeless ...Read more

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For many migrants, NYC is letting them know they're not wanted. So they're leaving.

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NEW YORK — City Hall has taken steps to help migrants leave New York City by offering them free fare to anywhere in the country or world and made life tougher by limiting shelter stays. Wait times to get a bed can stretch as long as a week.

Some migrants have had enough. Their city of dreams has become a nightmare.

With winter coming, many ...Read more


SpaceX pushes Falcon Heavy launch to Monday night

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SpaceX held off a Sunday night attempt to send up its fifth Falcon Heavy launch of the year, delayed it for a day and now aims for Monday night.

Flying for only the ninth time ever, the Falcon Heavy is slated to lift off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39-A during a 10-minute window that opens at 8:14 p.m. A backup during the same ...Read more

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Colorado VA's suicide prevention center rife with 'emotional, mental and psychological abuse'

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In March 2018, the director of the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Aurora Veteran Affairs hospital walked into the office of one of her employees.

Dr. Lisa Brenner, one the nation’s leading clinical research psychologists in suicidology, went over to a Black employee and grabbed a handful of the ...Read more

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Harvard under heightened pressure after Penn leadership ousted

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“One down. Two to go.”

The ominous statement from Representative Elise Stefanik, a Republican from upstate New York, came moments after University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill announced her resignation on Saturday.

It had been just days since Stefanik had confronted the leaders of Penn, Harvard University and Massachusetts ...Read more

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Biden's support of Israel alienates more Democrats in new poll

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President Joe Biden’s backing for Israel in its war with Hamas is alienating at least a third of Democrats, a CBS News/YouGov poll showed, as criticism of his administration’s stance grows.

The share of Democrats who said Biden has shown too much support rose to 38% from 28% in October, according to the poll, which has a 5 percentage-point ...Read more

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Musk restores Alex Jones's account on X after vote from users

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Elon Musk restored the account of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on X after users voted for the reinstatement five years after a ban.

Jones had reposted at least several items on the platform, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday.

Musk, the owner of X, had asked his X followers whether to unban Jones late on Friday, and 70% of the ...Read more

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As Little Haiti continues to change, its cultural center gets a new leader

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MIAMI — The very first thing Qunyatta Warren did as the new executive director of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex was create a list.

He wanted to know the problems with the facility. He wanted to know the best programming for the community. He wanted to know the type of training his staff needed. Ultimately, he just wanted to know what he ...Read more

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Top Georgia judges seek big pay raises from lawmakers in 2024

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ATLANTA — Top state judges urged Capitol budget writers last week to back a plan to tie their pay to that of their federal colleagues, giving them a big salary boost well above what other state employees have received in recent years.

The judges say the salaries of members of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and superior courts often can�...Read more