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Florida's FEMA vaccination rollout failed Black communities. Except in one place

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MIAMI — When the state of Florida partnered with the federal government to open COVID-19 vaccine sites around the state in early March, the pilot program was supposed to help boost lagging vaccination in underserved communities.

Just over a month into the program — which used city parks, youth centers, community colleges and sometimes even ...Read more

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Hiker rescued from inhospitable peak in Angeles Forest with help from a GPS sleuth

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LOS ANGELES – Hungry. Lost. Tired. Cold.

Rene Compean, 45, wasn't sure he'd survive another night in the remote region of the Angeles National Forest he disappeared into on Monday.

Search and rescue teams dispatched by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department found him before the Palmdale resident had to attempt it.

About 3:45 p.m. ...Read more

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Blinken visits Afghanistan as US set to withdraw troops

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to brief the country’s leaders on U.S. plans to withdraw its remaining troops by Sept. 11 and to press for a peace agreement with the Taliban.

Blinken made the stop, which wasn’t announced beforehand in keeping with the strict security measures required for such ...Read more

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Residents rattled near Brooklyn Center unrest

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – Gino Fiebelkorn has taken to sleeping during the day, when the crowd outside his apartment is mostly camera crews and reporters. But by evening, he starts prepping for another night "in a war zone."

He tapes up the back door frame of his garden-level apartment on Humboldt Avenue in Brooklyn Center — an attempt to ...Read more

Derek Chauvin tells court he will not testify in his murder trial

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MINNEAPOLIS – Derek Chauvin said in court Thursday that he will not testify in his murder trial.

"I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege" to not risk making any self-incriminating statements in Hennepin County District Court, where the fired Minneapolis police officer is charged with killing George Floyd late last spring in Minneapolis.

...Read more

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Analysis: I was a teenage rifle owner, then an ER doctor. Assault weapons shouldn't count as 'guns'

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Many who know me might be shocked by this: I shot my first pistol when I was 8 or 9, taught by my father, a physician, aiming at targets in our basement. At summer camp, I loved riflery the way some kids loved art. Staring through the sight, down the barrel, I proved an excellent shot, gathering ever more advanced medals from the National Rifle ...Read more

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DDT's toxic legacy can harm granddaughters of women exposed, study shows

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When Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” first sounded the alarm on DDT and its devastating effects on birds and fish, our understanding of how this pesticide affected humans was just beginning. Chemicals can take years to reveal their insidious power, and so for decades, scientists have been piecing together — study by study — the reasons...Read more

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On YouTube, North Korean refugees chase fame, profit and understanding

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INJE, South Korea — Her hair pulled back in a careless ponytail and a GoPro camera trailing her every step, Seok Hyeon Ju wanders with a kitchen knife across an empty cornfield strewn with fallen stalks.

She's on the hunt for naengi, a spring green known as shepherd's purse that grows in the toughest soil, which years ago she foraged as a ...Read more

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A year into pandemic, federal officials design new mask guidelines to better protect more workers

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Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from COVID-19.

The changes come as U.S. mask-makers say the demand from hospitals is so sluggish that they’ve laid...Read more

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Scores of tule elk died at Point Reyes seashore in 2020. Are their days numbered?

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LOS ANGELES — Tule elk are treasured creatures in California, and for years, animal rights groups have butted heads with the Point Reyes National Seashore over its practice of keeping elk fenced away from nearby cattle ranches.

Amid a dry 2020, the groups tried to bring water to the creatures but were rebuffed by the National Park Service. ...Read more

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Vaccinations lag for home health workers

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Gaudy Baez-Montero, 41, works full time in Massachusetts as a personal care aide for an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. She wants to get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect herself and the child, but she’s struggling to get an appointment.

“My work gave me a number to call,” she said. “I’ve been calling and calling, but I haven’t ...Read more

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Need a COVID-19 vaccine? Visit your local transit center

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When Foothill Transit officials opened a new $24 million, three-level bus depot and park-and-ride garage last March in Covina, California, they figured it would get lots of use.

But about two weeks later, the pandemic hit and ridership plummeted. That left the transit agency with a lot of empty space and no one to fill it for months.

By March,...Read more

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Does COVID-19 test positivity still matter? Vaccines are upending trusted virus metrics

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MIAMI — About four out of every 10 Floridians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — a shift in the pandemic landscape that has upended the meaningfulness of various statistics that health experts, government officials and the public have relied on for the last year.

Vaccines haven’t just cut the number of people at risk ...Read more

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Dark money details emerge as former Florida state senator and no-party candidate head to court

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An alleged election scheme that stumped Florida’s political world for over half a year is about to spill into court, as former Republican Senator Frank Artiles is set to plead not guilty and ask for a jury trial in a high-profile public corruption case.

Artiles, who will be arraigned Friday in the 11th Judicial Circuit in Miami, is facing ...Read more

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Britain watches, wonders: Will brother princes make peace while grieving grandfather's death?

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LONDON — A popular prince’s return. Two brothers, once close but now estranged. A grandmother in deep mourning for her spouse of more than seven decades. A strait-laced father whose open grief over his own father’s passing provides a rare glimpse of his inner life.

Yet again, life imitates “The Crown.”

Saturday’s funeral of Britain...Read more

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Why flights from Central America to LA often have the enticing aroma of fried chicken

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LOS ANGELES — Norma Ramirez stepped off Delta Flight 1903 from Guatemala City with a backpack, a blue neck pillow and an aromatic carry-on: chicken.

Lots and lots of fried chicken.

In late March, the 54-year-old came back to Los Angeles after spending two weeks with her husband's family. As she does almost every time she leaves her home ...Read more

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Louisville cop gets internal slap on wrist for angry email about Breonna Taylor investigation

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A Louisville police officer who shot Breonna Taylor during the deadly March 2020 raid at her apartment was reprimanded by the city’s police chief — not for his role in the raid, but for sending an angry email about the investigation.

In the email, Jonathan Mattingly said that he, Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison did the “legal, moral and...Read more

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White South Carolina soldier who yelled, pushed Black man is charged with assault, Richland County sheriff says

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A white Fort Jackson soldier seen in a video pushing and yelling at a young Black man in a northeast Columbia neighborhood has been criminally charged, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

The incident took place in the Summit neighborhood, a sprawling community located between Clemson and Hardscrabble roads...Read more

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NY Democrats among US House group to propose adding 4 Supreme Court seats

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A pair of New York congressmen are among a group of Democrats who plan to introduce a bill that would add four seats to the Supreme Court — the opening salvo in what promises to be a brutal legislative fight with conservatives over the high bench’s political balance.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, who chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and ...Read more

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Daunte Wright death draws attention to minor driving infractions

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MINNEAPOLIS — The fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday is drawing fresh attention to two minor infractions in Minnesota law that many motorists might not realize can prompt a pullover.

Minnesota law forbids motorists from driving without current license tags, and it also bans motorists from driving with anything obstructing the ...Read more