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Chester County judge denies county GOP request that could have blocked some ballots

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PHILADELPHIA — A Chester County judge rejected a legal motion from local Republicans that could have blocked some mail ballots from counting in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary.

Chester County County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony Verwey said the Republican Committee of Chester County’s request for an injunction against the county ...Read more

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Universal Studios tram tossed 'multiple' riders to the ground, accident investigators say

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LOS ANGELES — A tram vehicle at Universal Studios Hollywood threw "multiple" riders to the ground after it struck a guardrail near props from the "Jurassic Park" film franchise in an accident that is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Details of the accident that took place Saturday night — amid the 60th anniversary of ...Read more

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In 12 years Texas will be hotter than any year to date, see deadlier wildfires, study says

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A new report on the future of extreme weather in Texas says the state is in store for hotter temperatures, increased severity of droughts and growing wildfire risks.

The report from John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M University, is an updated 2024 version from his original 2021 report titled, “...Read more

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Blinken denies US human rights 'double standard' for Israel

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. is examining allegations of human rights and international law violations in Gaza — by both Israel and Hamas — and will not apply a double standard, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters in Washington on Monday.

“Do we have a double standard? The answer is no,” Blinken said in response to questions ...Read more

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Opening statements completed at Trump's NYC hush money trial

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump schemed to defraud the 2016 electorate and covered up the plot by lying “over and over and over again” once he won the White House, prosecutors charged Monday during opening statements at the former president’s hush money trial.

The ruse central to the first-ever criminal case against an ex-U.S. president started...Read more

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NY's GOP congressional delegation calls for Columbia University president to go

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The New York state Republican congressional delegation has unanimously called for Columbia University President Minouche Shafik to resign or be fired over her handling of pro-Palestinian protests.

All 10 GOP lawmakers from New York signed the letter, which blasted Shafik for allowing what it called “anarchy” to “engulf” the Ivy League ...Read more

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Cops, federal agents stop yacht off Miami-Dade with 30 Haitian migrants on board

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MIAMI — Miami-Dade County police marine patrol officers stopped a yacht near Key Biscayne last Friday that turned out to be a human smuggling boat with more than 30 people from Haiti on board, the department, state fish and wildlife police and federal agents said.

Dade officers stopped the 60-foot boat around 11:15 a.m. near the iconic ...Read more

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California bill would ban NDAs for legislative negotiations: 'This should not happen again'

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nondisclosure agreements would be banned from future discussions or negotiations on legislation in California under a new bill, slated to get its first hearing this week at the state Capitol.

Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, authored the legislation.

Nondisclosure agreements are legally binding contracts that ...Read more

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Baltimore city accuses Dali owners of negligence in Key Bridge collapse

BALTIMORE — The owners of the Dali were negligent in sailing an unseaworthy ship out of the Port of Baltimore and should be held fully liable for the Key Bridge collapse that killed six people, the city said Monday in a court filing.

“None of this should have happened,...Read more


ENV-STURGEON // Wildlife agency: Sturgeon won't go on endangered species list

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Fishing for lake sturgeon in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan is not a threat to the ancient species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded in its decision not to list the giant fish under the Endangered Species Act.

Monday's ruling after a yearlong review ends the possibility the largest freshwater fish in North America will be put off...Read more

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore issues executive order calling for environmental literacy

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BALTIMORE — Gov. Wes Moore issued an executive order Monday establishing an environmental literacy program in an effort to empower Maryland youth to conserve and restore the state’s natural resources in the face of climate change.

“We owe it to the people of Maryland to keep our drinking water clean, keep our air safe, and preserve our ...Read more

Passover: The festival of freedom and the ambivalence of exile

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The Jewish holiday cycle is, to a large extent, an exploration and commemoration of the experience of exile. The fall festival of Sukkot, for example, is celebrated in small booths, temporary shelters that recall the Israelites’ experience sheltering in tents while wandering in the desert for 40 years after fleeing slavery in Egypt. The ...Read more

Opening statements are the most important part of a trial – as lawyers in Trump’s hush money case know well

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Though Hollywood movies about courtroom dramas often glamorize the closing arguments given by lawyers, in reality the opening statement is likely the most important single event of a trial.

Such was the case in the hush money trial involving former President Donald Trump and alleged payments to porn star Stormy Daniels when lawyers ...Read more

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Pope Francis invites Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and other Bay State leaders to speak at Vatican Climate Summit

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BOSTON — According to scientists at the Vatican, “the Climate Crisis is upon us” and it will get worse before it gets better.

In light of that disconcerting finding and at the invitation of the Pope, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Bay State Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer, and UMass Boston Chancellor Marcelo Suá...Read more

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Mayor Johnson laments officer's shooting death, says 'policing alone' won't solve Chicago's gun violence

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CHICAGO — Mayor Brandon Johnson on Monday decried the slaying of Chicago police Officer Luis Huesca over the weekend while reiterating that “it can’t be policing alone” that solves the city’s longtime issues with gun violence.

Speaking at an unrelated event at O’Hare International Airport, the mayor told reporters he was not present...Read more

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Frustrated federal judge imposes fines, monitor on Georgia prison

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ATLANTA — In a blistering 100-page contempt order, a federal judge has found Georgia Department of Corrections officials willfully disregarded requirements to improve deplorable conditions inside the high-security Special Management Unit prison.

Judge Marc T. Treadwell, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Macon, said GDC officials, over...Read more

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Supreme Court divided on homelessness case that will impact California encampment policy

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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices sounded sharply split Monday over whether to give cities in the West more authority to restrict homeless encampments on sidewalks and other public property.

The court’s three liberals said they were wary of giving cities a broad and unchecked power to use arrests and fines to punish homeless people who ...Read more

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Senators show confidence in Chicago mayor's O'Hare rebuild plan

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plan to tweak the massive, delayed rebuild of O’Hare International Airport got a major vote of confidence Monday from Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

Johnson wants to change the sequencing of construction on the long-awaited Global Terminal and two new satellite concourses. That idea had initially ...Read more

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Federal judge finds 'strong evidence' prosecutors for California's Alameda County deliberately kept Black and Jewish people off juries

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a ruling that calls into question numerous death penalty convictions in Alameda County, a federal judge found “strong evidence” that prosecutors there made a conscious effort to keep people off of juries based on their race and religion.

A Monday order by U.S. District Judge Vincent Chhabria suggests evidence of this...Read more

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Baltimore city accuses Dali owners of negligence in Key Bridge collapse

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BALTIMORE — The owners of the Dali were negligent in sailing an unseaworthy ship out of the Port of Baltimore and should be held fully liable for the Key Bridge collapse that killed six people, the city said Monday in a court filing.

“None of this should have happened,” a claim filed by the Mayor and City Council in Baltimore’s U.S. ...Read more