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24 Hours at a Makeshift Refuge for Migrants in the California Wilderness

It was 1:53 a.m., and Peter Fink was on a barren mountain plateau near Campo, Calif., passing out blankets to people from four continents who had arrived there under the cover of night. This was a nocturnal ritual for the 22-year-old, dressed in a ball cap and a wool overshirt, whose perch — just over […]

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California GOP leaders call for accountability after state can’t account for $24B spent on homeless crisis

California GOP leaders are calling for more accountability after an audit released earlier this week indicated that the state spent around $24 billion to tackle the homeless crisis over the past five years but did not consistently track whether the huge outlay of public money did anything to actually improve the problem.  The state auditor’s

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Leo rejects Senate subpoena from panel probing gifts to Supreme Court justices

The Senate Judiciary Committee sent a subpoena Thursday to conservative judicial activist Leonard Leo as part of a months-long inquiry into undisclosed gifts to Supreme Court justices and he promptly rejected it, calling the move “politically motivated.” “I am not capitulating to his lawless support of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and the left’s dark money effort

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Japan, Philippines, US rebuke China over ‘dangerous’ South China Sea moves | Politics News

Meeting in Washington, DC, the leaders of Japan, the Philippines and the US stress importance of abiding by maritime law. The leaders of Japan, the Philippines and the United States have voiced “serious concern” over China’s actions in the disputed South China Sea. Beijing has stepped up its activities in the strategic waterway in recent

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Starmer to make defence pledges with ‘bedrock’ of nuclear deterrent | Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer will promise to make the UK’s nuclear deterrent the “bedrock” of his security plan to keep Britain safe. On Friday he will become the first Labour leader in 30 years to visit Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, where nuclear submarines are being built. He will be joined by the Australian high commissioner to the UK, Stephen

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Chlamydia vaccine shows promising results in early-stage trial

The Chlamydia vaccine showed promising results in an early-stage clinical trial conducted by researchers in the U.K. and Denmark.  The early phase of the research found the experimental vaccine to be safe. The study was conducted from 2020 through 2022 with individuals split between non-pregnant women and men, while none had chlamydia. The researchers examined

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Elon Musk’s X botched an attempt to replace “twitter.com” links with “x.com”

Enlarge / An X sign at company headquarters in San Francisco. Getty Images | Bloomberg Elon Musk’s clumsy brand shift from Twitter to X caused a potentially big problem this week when the social network started automatically changing “twitter.com” to “x.com” in links. The automatic text replacement reportedly applied to any URL ending in “twitter.com”

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Prince William Plans Return to Duties as a ‘WFH’ Royal

Prince William is planning a return to full time royal duties beginning next week, combining digital ‘WFH’ digital appearances and in-person engagements to maximize “impact” in what sources said would be “a template” and a “dry run” for his future reign. William, who had not been seen or heard from in over three weeks since

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This new plan could boost background checks for guns bought at shows : NPR

People look at guns and ammunition at the Great American Outdoor Show on Feb. 9 in Harrisburg, Penn. Former President Donald Trump spoke at the event. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images People look at guns and ammunition at the Great American Outdoor Show on Feb. 9 in Harrisburg, Penn. Former

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Trump Says He Is ‘Not Running to Terminate’ the Affordable Care Act

Former President Donald J. Trump said in a video posted to his social media site on Thursday that he was “not running to terminate” the Affordable Care Act, his latest effort to push back on attacks from the Biden campaign and other Democrats over his calls to replace the legislation known as Obamacare. In a

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New York budget sees another delay over housing proposal negotiations

New York’s overdue state budget has hit another speed bump as lawmakers continue debate over a sweeping proposal to incentivize new housing construction. The plan, which would likely tout tax breaks for developers, as well as protections for workers and tenants, has been met with pushback from suburban lawmakers. “I can’t force the private sector

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A Trump raising money off election lies? Now we’ve seen everything.

Donald Trump managed to vacuum up hundreds of millions of dollars of donations as a lame-duck president. This was not money offered by supporters to advance his final policy wishes or in service to some future political bid. It was, instead, mostly money thrown at Trump in response to his incessant and dishonest claims that

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Mexico calls on the International Court of Justice to expel Ecuador from UN | Courts News

Mexico has appealed to the International Court of Justice to boot Ecuador from the United Nations, following a late night police raid on its embassy in Quito. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico filed a complaint with the court on Thursday, calling Ecuador’s actions a violation of international law. “The court, in accordance with the

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Jeremy Paxman says Parkinson’s ‘makes you wish you hadn’t been born’ | Parkinson’s disease

Jeremy Paxman has said Parkinson’s disease “makes you wish you hadn’t been born” as he delivered a list of recommendations about the condition to Downing Street. The former University Challenge and Newsnight presenter and fellow members of the Movers and Shakers podcast – which discusses the challenges of living with the disease – marked World

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US lawmaker proposes a public database of all AI training material

Amid a flurry of lawsuits over AI models’ training data, US Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would require AI companies to disclose exactly which copyrighted works are included in datasets training AI systems. The Generative AI Disclosure Act “would require a notice to be submitted to the Register of Copyrights prior

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Shohei Ohtani’s Translator Ippei Mizuhara Charged With Stealing $16 Million to Pay Gambling Debts

Shohei Ohtani’s longtime Japanese-langauge interpreter has been charged with stealing more than $16 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers two-way star to pay off his personal gambling debts, the Department of Justice announced in a release on Thursday. Ippei Mizuhara, 39, was charged with bank fraud by federal authorities in the Central District of California.

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Why car insurance costs are skyrocketing, leading to higher inflation

RobertCrum | Getty Images DETROIT – Skyrocketing auto insurance costs helped contribute to inflation accelerating at a faster-than-expected pace in March and are adding to the ever more expensive costs for U.S. vehicle owners. On a monthly basis, car insurance prices as part of the consumer price index rose by an unadjusted 2.7%, while the

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Many FBI agents struggle to make ends meet, housing costs are to blame : NPR

The Empire State Building is lit in pastel colors to mark Easter as it stands between the towers of Hudson Yards in New York City on March 31. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gary Hershorn/Getty Images The Empire State Building is lit in pastel colors to mark Easter as it stands between the

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