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Plan to capture Minnesota elk, establish new herd gains momentum

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MINNEAPOLIS — An idea first floated a dozen years ago to capture wild elk and move them to an area in northeastern Minnesota is two years away from reality — a progression firmed up by the recent hirings of two full-time elk specialists.

This spring, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources big game biologist Kelsie LaSharr was promoted to...Read more

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Black Archives in KC is now showing African Americans how to uncover their roots

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Since 1974 The Black Archives of Mid America has served Kansas City as the custodian of Black history in the metro. This year, it adds to that mission by offering courses to assist Black residents in uncovering their roots.

“We had lots of people constantly calling us over the years to ask us if we could help them find ...Read more

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Invasive species discovered in Colorado River is capable of wiping out ecosystems, causing costly damage

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DENVER — An invasive species capable of wiping out entire aquatic ecosystems and causing millions of dollars in damage to infrastructure has been found for the first time in the Colorado River, the most important river in the American Southwest.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials on Tuesday announced the discovery of zebra mussel larvae in...Read more

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Florida has the largest number of immigrants protected from deportation. Here's why

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MIAMI — Florida has the highest number of immigrants in the U.S. who are protected from deportation because of dangerous conditions in their home countries, according to federal data.

There were 295,720 recipients of Temporary Protected Status in Florida as of March 31 of this year, according to a Congressional Research Service analysis of ...Read more

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Some Biden Cabinet members discussed if time for him to end bid

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WASHINGTON — Some members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet have had private discussions among themselves as to whether it’s now time for his closest advisers to reckon with him about his increasingly dim electoral prospects, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The top-tier officials aren’t themselves trying to push Biden ...Read more

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'Gone Bankrupt!' Ammon Bundy declares bankruptcy -- but can he avoid paying St. Luke's?

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In the year after a jury ordered far-right activist Ammon Bundy to pay millions for defaming St. Luke’s employees, Bundy lost his Emmett home, went into hiding and moved to Utah.

Now, he’s declaring bankruptcy, according to court documents filed by Bundy on Wednesday.

“Today, just a few hours ago, I filed bankruptcy,” Bundy said in a ...Read more

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Baltimore Police commissioner defends officer who pressed gun to restrained man's head in footage

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley on Thursday defended an officer who’s shown on body camera footage pressing a handgun against the head of 24-year-old Jaemaun Joyner, as he was restrained on the ground in May.

Worley offered the defense of the officer at an unrelated press conference, saying the officer was “out there doing his ...Read more

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'Parole in place' to aid some undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens

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The White House announced that beginning next month, certain undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens, and their children, will be allowed to apply for legal residence while remaining in the country.

Such immigrants already were able to petition for legal status, but President Joe Biden’s executive order — which was unveiled in June — would ...Read more

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Feds in San Diego allege Sierra Leone man heads massive human smuggling operation

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Federal authorities on Thursday announced sanctions and criminal charges against an alleged Tijuana-based international criminal group suspected of smuggling thousands of undocumented migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East into the United States.

An indictment against the group’s alleged leader, 42-year-old Sierra Leone national Abdul...Read more

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A new law protects Pa. citizens from retaliatory lawsuits for speaking out

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In Pennsylvania, the math has favored the powerful. For a little more than $300, real estate developers and political figures have long been able to file baseless conspiracy and defamation lawsuits against their critics, plunging them into protracted, costly court battles.

Registered community organizations, #MeToo advocates, and social media ...Read more

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Franklin Graham prays for Trump, calls for unity in Republican National Convention speech

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Charlotte evangelist Franklin Graham prayed for former President Donald Trump and for unity in the wake of the recent attempt on Trump’s life during an address to the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

Speaking to convention-goers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and before Trump himself, Graham offered...Read more

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After nearly 18 years in prison for LA murder he didn't commit, man gets $907,340

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Serving a life sentence for a murder he did not commit, Jofama Coleman studiously avoided calendars. It was just too upsetting to contemplate the passage of months and then years deprived of freedom and separated from his young daughter.

"One way I was able to get through the time, I actually didn't even think about the days. Every day was the ...Read more

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Two NYS maximum security prisons to close in November

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NEW YORK — The Hochul administration will close two upstate New York maximum security prisons citing a continuing overall drop in the incarcerated population, cost savings, staffing shortages and authorization from the state Legislature in its latest budget.

The Legislature approved a provision in Hochul’s 2024-2025 executive budget that ...Read more

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Feds in San Diego allege Sierra Leone man heads massive human smuggling operation

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SAN DIEGO — Federal authorities on Thursday announced sanctions and criminal charges against an alleged Tijuana-based international criminal group suspected of smuggling thousands of undocumented migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East into the United States.

An indictment against the group’s alleged leader, 42-year-old Sierra Leone ...Read more

Long COVID puzzle pieces are falling into place – the picture is unsettling

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Since 2020, the condition known as long COVID-19 has become a widespread disability affecting the health and quality of life of millions of people across the globe and costing economies billions of dollars in reduced productivity of employees and an overall drop in the work force.

The intense scientific effort that long COVID sparked ...Read more

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Cuba moves to 'partially' dollarize economy as government struggles to make payments

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Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said the government will embrace a “partial” dollarization of the economy as it struggles to buy food, oil, and pay creditors in a scenario he described as a “war economy.”

During a session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, Marrero said the government will start accepting payments in dollars and ...Read more

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Samantha Woll's family responds after Detroit man found not guilty of 1st-degree murder

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DETROIT — A Detroit man was acquitted Thursday of first-degree murder for the death of synagogue president Samantha Woll, but the jury deadlocked on the charges of felony murder and home invasion.

The jury found Michael Jackson-Bolanos guilty of lying to police after deliberating for nearly 23 hours over five days and said they were ...Read more

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Ill. bill aimed at protecting domestic abuse victims from gun violence gets fresh look after high court ruling

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Illinois Senate President Don Harmon on Thursday indicated lawmakers will take another look at stalled legislation that aims to protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a law prohibiting people under restraining orders from their partners from owning guns.

Some lawmakers had ...Read more

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Tijuana River sewage flows last year broke all records since 2000. It's on track to do it again

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The amount of contaminated water laced with raw sewage that is flowing across the U.S.-Mexico border into San Diego County exceeded 44 billion gallons in 2023, the most on record in the last quarter-century.

And this year’s volumes could surpass all records should the region get more damaging rainstorms.

As of June, the U.S. International ...Read more

They purportedly shipped vegetables into California from Mexico. But this trucking company was secretly moving tons of meth, feds say

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SACRAMENTO — A recently unsealed indictment has revealed allegations that a trucking company was secretly operating a statewide network that has thus far led to the seizure of nearly 13,000 pounds of methamphetamine and dozens of guns.

Charged in the indictment are Adolfo Montiel, Jose Nunez, Jesus Perez-Garcia Jr., Andres Silva Corona Perez,...Read more