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Survivors object to Archdiocese of Baltimore's proposed abuse claims cut-off date in church bankruptcy case

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BALTIMORE — Survivors are pushing back against a February deadline proposed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore for potential victims to provide proof of claims of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church’s bankruptcy case.

In a filing Wednesday, attorneys for the creditors committee, a group of seven abuse survivors selected to represent the ...Read more

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Penn students who screened film on Israel could face discipline

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PHILADELPHIA — University of Pennsylvania student organizers who screened a film critical of Israel on campus against the university’s direction face potential disciplinary consequences.

The screening of "Israelism" by Penn Chavurah, a progressive Jewish student group, occurred Tuesday without incident with about 60 students and faculty in ...Read more

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State settles Christmas drag show complaint with Miami hotel, venue. The fine: $5,000

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MIAMI — The Hyatt Regency Miami has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to settle a legal dispute with the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis over a minor’s presence at a Christmas-themed drag queen show last year.

The event — “A Drag Queen Christmas” — was held on Dec. 27, 2022 at the James L. Knight Center, a 4,500-seat auditorium ...Read more

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Following worrying rockfish population data, Maryland looks to cancel spring trophy season for 2024

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After five straight years of troubling data on the population of young rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland officials plan to enact emergency regulations canceling this spring’s trophy season for recreational anglers.

The rules would eliminate the once exciting two weeks each spring when anglers targeted large fish swimming up the bay to ...Read more

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Protesters in Chicago neighborhood speak out against migrant camp as construction begins

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CHICAGO — Winterized tent structures began to take shape Wednesday on the Southwest Side at Chicago’s first government-run tent encampment for migrants despite continued protests from neighbors and contradictory messages from local, city and state officials.

Construction on the site in the Brighton Park neighborhood began early Wednesday, ...Read more

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Arizona election officials who refused to certify 2022 results charged with conspiracy

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Two rural Arizona election officials who attempted to block the 2022 results have been charged with crimes, Arizona’s attorney general announced Wednesday.

Peggy Judd, 61, and Tom Crosby, 64, were charged with conspiracy and interfering with an election officer.

“The repeated attempts to undermine our democracy are unacceptable,” ...Read more

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Los Angeles County says hate crimes surged in 2022, with nearly 75% of them violent

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Hate crimes in Los Angeles County surged in 2022 to the highest level in two decades, according to a report released Wednesday by the county Commission on Human Relations.

The report, which the county has produced annually since 1980, found that at least 929 people were victims of hate crimes in that year, an 18% increase over 2021. It is the ...Read more

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Drama ahead of third Santos expulsion vote

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WASHINGTON — Ahead of the third attempt to expel Rep. George Santos from Congress, some House Republicans say there are enough votes to make the New York Republican the first member to be booted without a criminal conviction or ties to the Confederacy.

But there are still concerns among others and uncertainty about the outcome. Speaker Mike ...Read more

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Frenzied tabloid case ends quietly: Plea deal, probation for former Orange County surgeon Grant Robicheaux

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More than five years ago, Orange County's top prosecutor stood before the cameras and declared Grant Robicheaux a prolific sex criminal — a hand surgeon accused of weaponizing his looks and reality-TV celebrity to lure women, then drugging and assaulting them. More than a dozen accusers had come forward, the district attorney said, alleging ...Read more

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NYC schools face Biden administration probe of antisemitism, Islamophobia

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NEW YORK — The Biden administration has launched an investigation into discrimination in New York City’s public school system, the latest in a series of federal probes of antisemitism and Islamophobia at schools across the U.S. this fall.

The federal Education Department declined to describe the contours of its investigation into the city ...Read more

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Lawsuit says Minneapolis police shot non-protester during unrest

MINNEAPOLIS — A recently filed lawsuit claims that a 56-year-old man was waiting for the bus — not protesting the police murder of George Floyd— when Minneapolis police fired a projectile at him from the 3rd Precinct roof, leaving him injured.

More than three years later, ...Read more

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At NATO, untangling Ukraine and Israel is the Biden administration's challenge

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BRUSSELS — Washington's battle over aid to Israel and Ukraine — should it be one, both or neither? — moved to the largest of global stages this week when senior U.S. and European diplomats attempted to make the case for waging two wars at once.

The foreign ministers of the NATO transatlantic alliance, the cornerstone of peace and ...Read more

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Man killed by police in Denver park had assault rifle, more than 400 rounds of ammunition on him

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DENVER — The man shot and killed by Denver police on Nov. 20 after chasing people in Commons Park with an AK-47 assault rifle and shooting at officers had more than 400 rounds of ammunition on him, Denver Police Department officials said Wednesday.

Police responded to calls of a man with a rifle yelling at a group of people and chasing people...Read more

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Young Slime Life trial halts briefly after jurors appear on camera

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ATLANTA — Testimony in the high-profile Young Slime Life gang case involving Young Thug and five others resumed Tuesday after a broadcast camera operator inadvertently filmed some of the jurors during court proceedings.

Chief Judge Ural Glanville ordered all of the attorneys into chambers about 4 p.m. EST, delaying the testimony of an Atlanta...Read more

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Suicides in US hit historic high in 2022, driven by increase among older adults

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Rising rates of suicide among older adults drove the number of such deaths to a historic high in the United States last year, even as suicide declined among youth, according to a report released Wednesday by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 49,000 people died by suicide in 2022 across the country, the ...Read more

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Harrowing stories emerge as Hamas frees more hostages taken from Israel

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JERUSALEM — All the stories are the same; all the stories are different.

They were held underground or above ground, together with loved ones or separated, cut off from the outside world or keenly aware of the catastrophic battle unfolding around them, plunged in grief or unaware of the fate of a husband, a mother, a child.

Nearly a week ...Read more

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Rosalynn Carter's journey comes to an end in Plains, her beloved hometown

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PLAINS, Ga. — Rosalynn Carter wrote in her 1984 autobiography that she and her future husband grew up three years and three miles apart in rural Southwest Georgia. She lived in a simple white frame house off a heavily traveled dirt road in the middle of Plains, where everyone knew each other.

Former President Jimmy Carter’s mother, Lillian,...Read more

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LA will switch to independent redistricting if voters approve in 2024 election

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to establish an independent redistricting commission for the city and place it on the November 2024 ballot.

The council's action caps a years-long effort to fix a process that has been widely decried as broken.

Under the city's current redistricting system, the ...Read more

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Minneapolis police shot, injured man with projectile at bus stop during George Floyd unrest, lawsuit says

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MINNEAPOLIS — A recently filed lawsuit claims that a 56-year-old man was waiting for the bus — not protesting the police murder of George Floyd— when Minneapolis police fired a projectile at him from the 3rd Precinct roof, leaving him injured.

More than three years later, Abdi Edan Adam struggles with vision problems in his right eye and ...Read more

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From decarbonization to electric cars, California hopes to showcase climate leadership at COP28 summit

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World leaders are gearing up for COP28, an annual U.N. climate conference that will begin this week in Dubai, and California is expected to play a sizable role in the proceedings.

Representatives from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration will attend and speak on the Golden State’s progress toward clean energy goals, zero-emission vehicles and...Read more