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Colorado House passes bill to ban sale, purchase of “assault weapons,” sending measure to Senate

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For the first time in Colorado history, House Democrats passed a bill Sunday to ban the sale, purchase and transfer of so-called “assault weapons” in the state, setting the measure on a collision course with the state Senate.

House Bill 1292 passed on a 35-27 vote, two votes past the threshold needed to pass. All of the supporters were ...Read more

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Iran's attack on Israel sparks race to avert a full-blown war

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The huge salvo of missiles and drones launched from the arid plains of Iran toward Israel was the kind of direct conflict between the Middle East powers that the world had long feared would mark the explosion of a full-blown regional war.

But behind the unprecedented nature of the attack was a dance of diplomatic signaling that allowed both ...Read more

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Lawsuits filed by Dexter Reed paint picture of a troubled man trying to recover from being shot

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CHICAGO — During the last year of his life, Dexter Reed was reaching out for help but still found himself in trouble.

While many questions remain about what happened in the March 21 shootout that left Reed shot dead by Chicago police and an officer shot in the wrist, court records examined by the Chicago Tribune show Reed repeatedly sought ...Read more

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Fear of getting assaulted, drug use are factors in Denver area's regional transportation driver shortage

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Robert Pumphrey pulled his Regional Transportation District bus into the Westminster, Colo., public transit station earlier this month, got out and faced a belligerent man who head-butted Pumphrey and punched him in the face.

An ambulance took Pumphrey, 68, to a hospital for treatment. His eye and the side of his face swollen, he was driving ...Read more

Shadow war no more: Hostilities between Israel and Iran have strayed into direct warfare – is there any going back?

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For decades, Iran and Israel have been engaged in a “shadow war.”

Falling short of direct military confrontation, this conflict has been characterized by war through other means – through proxies, cyber attacks, economic sanctions and fiery rhetoric.

Events over the last few weeks in the Middle East have, however, ...Read more

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California granted federal disaster relief for historic February storms

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President Biden has approved California's request for a major disaster declaration to support recovery efforts from a string of February storms that drenched much of the state with historic rainfall and mountain snow and resulted in numerous deaths, officials announced Sunday.

Nine California counties — Butte, Glenn, Los Angeles, Monterey, ...Read more

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Could a bald eagle and a winery block a proposed rock quarry along the Boise River?

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A nesting bald eagle, a beloved local winery and over 30 neighbors may jeopardize a proposal to open a 260-acre surface mine along the Boise River.

Emmett developer Evan Buchert of Premier LLC wants to build the mine at 25706 Boise River Road off U.S. 95 in Parma in eastern Canyon County, Idaho. The Pintail Long Term Mineral Extraction Mine ...Read more

NYPD on alert after Iran drone attack on Israel

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NEW YORK CITY — The NYPD will be keeping a close watch on houses of worship across the city after Iran’s drone attack on Israel, officials said Sunday.

In a post on its social media accounts, the NYPD said no credible threats have been made against New York City and it will “continues to closely monitor events in Israel.”

“We will ...Read more

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Stranger punches girl at NYC Grand Central Station days after release in similar attack

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A homeless man freed without bail after randomly breaking a woman’s nose went on to sucker-punch a 9-year-old girl in the face in Grand Central Station, MTA officials said.

Jean Carlos Zarzuela, 30, was busted after he allegedly socked the youngster as she stood next to her stunned mom in the station’s dining concourse about 11:50 a.m. ...Read more

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won't weigh in on whether Israel's war in Gaza is 'genocide'

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LANSING, Mi. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declined during an interview Sunday to use the word "genocide" to describe Israel's war in Gaza, saying "a lot of these terms are used to inflame and divide us."

The comments from Whitmer, the top Democrat in a state with a large Arab American population, conflicted with past statements made by ...Read more

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9-year-old girl killed, 10 injured at confirmation party in Chicago mass shooting

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CHICAGO — A 9-year-old girl was killed and 10 others were injured in a shooting Saturday evening in Chicago’s New City neighborhood, police and the girl’s father said Sunday.

Chicago Police Department officers responded to West 52nd Street and South Damen Avenue after an alert on ShotSpotter, a network of sensors that reports gunshot ...Read more

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Extreme heat is a problem in Virginia. Here's how researchers want to help.

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The summers in Hampton Roads, Va., are hot, but for some residents, swelling temperatures and their impacts can be disproportionately worse.

In Portsmouth, Va., for example, a lack of green space and increase of development over time has created urban heat islands, said Elizabeth Malcolm, professor of ocean and atmospheric sciences and director...Read more

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A controversial report on mayoral control of NYC public schools adds a new wrinkle to the debate

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With Mayor Eric Adams’ authority over the New York City’s public schools on the line, a new study of mayoral control that painted an unfavorable picture of how parents and teachers feel about the status quo has added a new wrinkle to the debate in Albany.

The state Education Department’s $250,000 report, released Tuesday, offered no ...Read more

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8-year-old girl killed, 10 others injured in Saturday night Chicago mass shooting

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An 8-year-old girl was killed and 10 others were injured in a shooting Saturday evening in Chicago’s New City neighborhood, police said Sunday.

Chicago Police Department officers responded to West 52nd Street and South Damen Avenue after an alert on ShotSpotter, a network of sensors that reports gunshot noises, detected shots fired around 9:...Read more

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Environmental concerns raised by rocket flights over San Diego County

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Plans by SpaceX and other companies to boost the number of rocket launches sometimes seen streaking across San Diego County's skies have prompted the California Coastal Commission to question the environmental effects.

Residents near Vandenberg Space Force Base, on the state's Central Coast, say the launches shake their homes and rattle their ...Read more

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8-year-old girl killed, 10 others injured in Saturday night Chicago mass shooting

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CHICAGO — An 8-year-old girl was killed and 10 others were injured in a shooting Saturday evening in Chicago’s New City neighborhood, police said Sunday.

Chicago Police Department officers responded to West 52nd Street and South Damen Avenue after an alert on ShotSpotter, a network of sensors that reports gunshot noises, detected shots ...Read more

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US warns China is providing Russia with drone, missile components

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China is providing Russia with significant quantities of components to build cruise missiles and drones as well as optical parts for tanks and armored vehicles, allowing Moscow to ramp up defense production in its war against Ukraine, senior U.S. officials said.

The White House is urging Chinese firms to cease their support and encouraging ...Read more

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House plans Israel aid vote and may add on Ukraine, Johnson says

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Speaker Mike Johnson said the House will vote this week on aid for Israel in the wake of Iran’s attack, and he indicated Ukraine funds could be part of the package.

“The House Republicans and the Republican party understand the necessity of standing with Israel,” Johnson said on Fox News’ "Sunday Morning Futures." “The details of ...Read more

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Modi's party vows growth, development in election manifesto

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India’s ruling party pledged to focus on infrastructure and keep popular subsidies in place in its election manifesto as Prime Minister Narendra Modi bids for a historic third term in voting this week.

The Bharatiya Janata Party highlighted four key areas, vowing to improve opportunities for underprivileged Indians, women, youth and farmers. ...Read more

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Middle East enters dangerous new phase with Iran's drone and missile attack on Israel

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Israel and allies including the U.S., U.K. and France managed to mostly foil an unprecedented attack by Iran on the Jewish state.

The Islamic Republic fired more than 300 drones and missiles against Israel on Saturday evening. Almost all were intercepted before they reached Israeli airspace and there were no fatalities reported. A 10-year-old ...Read more