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High temperatures, wildfire smoke and drought: The politics of climate change in one California congressional district
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High temperatures, wildfire smoke and drought: The politics of climate change in one California congressional district

The changing climate is everywhere Gustavo Carranza looks when he walks through his undulating citrus farm here in this tiny town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The summer temperatures are consistently higher than they used to be. The smoke from nearby wildfires fills the sky, obscuring the sun and speckling his mandarin trees…MORE

Search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie focuses on Florida nature reserve
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Search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie focuses on Florida nature reserve

The search for the now-missing fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito is focused on a Florida nature reserve, where FBI agents and 50 officers from five local agencies are scouring the area, according to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor. During a Saturday news conference, Taylor said Laundrie has an “enormous amount of pressure” on him…MORE

The Murdaugh family saga: a tangled web of secrets and murder
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The Murdaugh family saga: a tangled web of secrets and murder

A powerful family. A deadly boating accident. Two mysterious slayings. Drug addiction, stolen money and a botched shooting in an alleged insurance fraud scheme. It sounds like someone took a list of sordid elements and stuffed them all into a crime thriller so twisty it could only be fiction. But the tortuous tale of the…MORE

Vaccine boosters for more people are on the horizon. But the unvaccinated remain the biggest obstacle to curbing the pandemic
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Vaccine boosters for more people are on the horizon. But the unvaccinated remain the biggest obstacle to curbing the pandemic

While more people are likely to be eligible for Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, the most glaring issue prolonging the pandemic is the large swath of unvaccinated people, who are filling up hospitals and dying from the persistent virus, officials and health experts said. Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday greenlighted recommending…MORE

‘We’re here to help you.’ What Afghan Americans want refugees fleeing the Taliban to know
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‘We’re here to help you.’ What Afghan Americans want refugees fleeing the Taliban to know

Decades after the last major exodus from Afghanistan, refugees find themselves forced to flee their homeland once again as the US war in Afghanistan ends and the Taliban rise to power. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this week that the United States will have brought approximately 60,000 Afghans to America the end of the…MORE

Feds say man driven by hatred of Jews pleaded guilty to all charges after deadly 2019 assault on California synagogue
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Feds say man driven by hatred of Jews pleaded guilty to all charges after deadly 2019 assault on California synagogue

A Southern Californian man who previously pleaded guilty to state murder and attempted murder charges following a 2019 attack on a synagogue in San Diego pleaded guilty Friday to federal hate crime charges, according to the Justice Department. “The defendant entered a synagogue with the intent to kill all those inside because of his hatred…MORE

One of the 2019 Colorado STEM school shooters is sentenced to life without parole
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One of the 2019 Colorado STEM school shooters is sentenced to life without parole

One of the two Colorado STEM school shooters was sentenced to mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday. Devon Erickson, then 18, and Alec McKinney, 16, entered STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver on May 7, 2019, and opened fire. Kendrick Castillo, an 18-year-old student, was killed and eight people were…MORE

How Biden hopes to recapture his momentum after a week of unexpected setbacks
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How Biden hopes to recapture his momentum after a week of unexpected setbacks

A politically weakened President Joe Biden, hoping to spark a turnaround with a renewed focus on his domestic agenda after a month marred by a spike in Covid-19 cases and a messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, found on Friday the pivot could be easier said than done. A string of events over the course of an…MORE

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake struck Southern California on Friday evening, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding cities including Carson, Lomita, and Torrance. There have been no early reports of injuries or significant damage as of 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET), according…MORE

Two of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s children test positive for Covid-19
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Two of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s children test positive for Covid-19

Two of California Gov. Gavin Newsom‘s four children have tested positive for Covid-19, his office said in a statement Friday. “Yesterday, two of the Governor’s children tested positive for Covid-19,” said spokesperson Erin Mellon. “The family is following all COVID protocols.” The Democratic governor, his wife and their two other children have since tested negative…MORE