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North Korea says pandemic situation being controlled and is improving

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The pandemic situation in North Korea is being controlled and is improving, state media Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday, citing a meeting overseen by leader Kim Jong Un. Officials reported the latest number of daily “fever” cases rose by 980.

More than 89,500 cases were recorded for the 24 hours ending May 28 at 6 p.m. KCNA said...Read more

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LA County buys $750,000 worth of baby formula to distribute to families as shortage persists

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County has purchased $750,000 worth of baby formula that it will soon start handing out at food distribution sites and through outreach programs for new mothers, officials said.

The county purchased the formula to help feed babies as the nation grapples with a severe infant formula shortage, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis...Read more

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Abubakar wins primary race for Nigeria's main opposition party

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ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party has elected Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate for next year’s national election in Africa’s largest economy.

Abubakar, a former vice president, emerged as the PDP’s flag-bearer with 371 votes at the party’s primaries in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on ...Read more

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Monitors in Brazilian airport started showing porno flicks

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Blame it on Rio.

Travelers passing through Brazil’s Santos Dumont Airport got an eyeful Friday when monitors throughout the building seemingly started showing pornographic films.

French outlet Agence France-Presse reports that the the unexpected skin flicks played on advertising screens airport operators said are controlled by an independent...Read more

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Two women leaving a church funeral service were hit by stray bullets in Philly fatal shooting

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PHILADELPHIA — In a triple shooting that left one man dead Saturday morning in East Germantown, two women leaving a church service were also hit by gunfire, according to police.

It was the second homicide of the morning in Philadelphia and one of three for the day.

Police said the triple shooting occurred around 10:15 a.m. at North 21st ...Read more

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A historic California redwood park will soon welcome visitors, 2 years after devastating fire

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LOS ANGELES — Nearly two years after a massive wildfire tore through Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, parts of the park are set to reopen this summer, allowing visitors the opportunity to return to its ancient coast redwood forests.

About 97% of California's oldest state park was burned in August 2020 when the CZU ...Read more

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Jan. 6 convict, with alleged Nazi ties, says he didn't know 'Congress met in the Capitol'

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A New Jersey man with alleged ties to Nazism was convicted for his actions during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol after claiming he was unaware that Congress meets under that big dome.

Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, a former Army reservist, got eye-rolls from jurors in Washington D.C. when he claimed that he had some familiarity with the ...Read more

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'Frustrated, angry and heartbroken': Shevrin Jones, Charlie Crist, Parkland parents voice rage at Sunrise gun control rally

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SUNRISE, Fla. — As Florida State Sen. Shevrin Jones stood onstage in Sunrise, reading aloud the names of 31 victims gunned down May 14 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, he burst into tears. He blamed the influence of gun lobbies. He blamed “ineffective leaders.” He blamed the ...Read more

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Son of DJ Quik and liaison to Compton councilman arrested on suspicion of murder

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LOS ANGELES — The son of rapper DJ Quik who works as a liaison to Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan has been arrested on suspicion of murder, according to police and media reports.

Police arrested David Blake Jr., 27, in Porter Ranch early Thursday. He was being held in the Inmate Reception Center of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility ...Read more

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Former football played acquitted in killing of Tinder date

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A former Virginia Tech football player accused of killing a man who gave him oral sex has been set free by a Virginia jury.

The Roanoake Times reports that Isimemen Etute — who claimed he’d been duped into thinking the man he later killed was a woman —was acquitted of second-degree murder after a trial that lasted three days. Jurors were ...Read more

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Texas Democrats urge Abbott to call for special session to discuss new gun laws

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus is asking Gov. Greg Abbot to call a special session of the Texas Legislature to discuss laws to prevent future mass shootings in the wake of a Tuesday attack on an elementary school in Uvalde.

According to a letter sent by the group to the governor, they want the session to focus on the ...Read more

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom tests positive for COVID-19, enters isolation

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday morning after exhibiting mild symptoms, according to a statement from his press office.

“The governor will continue to work remotely. In accordance with local and state health guidelines, Gov. Newsom will remain in isolation at least through Thursday, ...Read more

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Deputies killing of Jayden Baez met with outrage at candlelight vigil

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by Osceola County deputies ignited community members to hold a candlelight vigil Friday night, amid heightened scrutiny of the lack of transparency coming from Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and what activists said was a growing reputation of excessive force.

Friday evening, a couple ...Read more

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Florida poll: 67% want abortion legal in most or all cases, just 12% want complete ban

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As Florida and much of the U.S. impose major restrictions on access to abortion, Florida residents don’t like the trend.

The overwhelming majority of Florida residents — including more than half of Republicans — want abortion legal in most or all cases, a statewide poll shows.

The May poll from Florida Atlantic ...Read more

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Poll finds Floridians divided over new 'parental rights,' 'don't say gay' law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Floridians are roughly evenly divided over the new state law restricting lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to results of a Florida Atlantic University poll.

Debate over the law, formally called “Parental Rights in Education” and branded “Don’t Say Gay” by opponents, has been fierce ...Read more

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EU spares pipeline oil from Russian embargo plan to break logjam

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The European Union proposed banning seaborne oil from Russia while delaying restrictions on imports from a key pipeline in an effort to satisfy Hungarian objections and clinch an agreement on a stalled sanctions package that would target Moscow for its war in Ukraine.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, sent a revised proposal ...Read more

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Florida will extend Medicaid coverage for new mothers to a full year following childbirth

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MIAMI — For a decade, Florida lawmakers have refused to expand eligibility for the public health insurance program, Medicaid, to all low-income adults as prescribed under the Affordable Care Act.

But this week, Florida received approval from federal regulators to extend Medicaid benefits for one group of residents for whom state legislators ...Read more

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For the parents and families of the Sandy Hook victims, every mass shooting is re-traumatizing

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Mark Barden said that all week he’s been keeping track of the timeline the families in Uvalde, Texas, are on.

“My wife Jackie and I have been kind of tracking along, moment to moment, what these families have been going through,” he said.

On Tuesday night, the couple went for a drive to clear their heads. They wound ...Read more

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Bachelet tells China anti-terror actions must respect rights

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The United Nation’s top human rights official said any actions by China’s government to address alleged terrorism and reverse what Beijing terms radicalism must not come at the expense of human rights.

Michelle Bachelet spoke at a press briefing at the end of her six-day trip to China, which she’s repeatedly said wasn’t an “...Read more

Lithuanians raise $5.4 million to buy combat drone for Ukraine

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Lithuanians donated more than 5 million euros ($5.4 million) over 3/12 days to buy a Bayraktar unmanned aerial combat drone for Ukraine.

The private crowdfunding initiative, which received a green light from the Lithuanian and Turkish defense ministries, aimed to raise the amount within three weeks to buy the Turkish-made drone and ammunition....Read more