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This runner qualified for the Olympics but his DACA status almost kept him away from his dream
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This runner qualified for the Olympics but his DACA status almost kept him away from his dream

When Luis Grijalva crossed the finish line at the NCAA track and field championships last month, he knew he could reach his Olympic dream. But first, immigration officials would have to agree to let the 22-year-old runner travel outside the United States and come back to the country he calls home. Grijalva is a Deferred…

Bob Moses’s heroic fight for voting rights should inspire today’s movement, civil rights leaders say
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Bob Moses’s heroic fight for voting rights should inspire today’s movement, civil rights leaders say

He spoke in a Boston-accented monotone that barely rose above a whisper, hated personal attention, and was a brilliant Harvard-trained mathematician who quoted Albert Camus. Bob Moses, who died this week at age 86, was an unconventional civil rights leader. He didn’t energize crowds with fiery speeches, and wasn’t known for leading marches, yet, few…

These fully vaccinated Americans got breakthrough infections. They say it could have been worse without being vaccinated

These fully vaccinated Americans got breakthrough infections. They say it could have been worse without being vaccinated

Covid-19 infections in fully vaccinated people have come under increasing scrutiny as the virus once again surges across the country due to the more contagious Delta variant. But those so-called breakthrough infections remain rare and may not even include any symptoms. Those who do have symptoms typically get a milder case, research shows. Emily Baker…

Two men charged for allegedly vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in California
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Two men charged for allegedly vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in California

Two men are facing charges after a Black Lives Matter street mural in Santa Cruz, California, was vandalized, officials said. A picture of the damage provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department showed black tire marks across yellow “Black Lives Matter” lettering on a street. Santa Cruz police said during a news conference Sunday that…

Chicago police superintendent blames gun violence on courts releasing violent offenders

Chicago police superintendent blames gun violence on courts releasing violent offenders

Chicago’s police superintendent Monday blamed the court system for another spate of deadly weekend shootings in the city, saying judges are releasing violent offenders to Chicago’s detriment. About 70 people were shot — at least 12 of whom died — in shootings in the city from Friday evening through Sunday, city police said Monday. When…

An Atlanta police officer and sergeant were removed from duty after video surfaced showing a woman being kicked in the head
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An Atlanta police officer and sergeant were removed from duty after video surfaced showing a woman being kicked in the head

An officer and a sergeant with the Atlanta Police Department have been relieved of duty after a video surfaced on social media allegedly showing the sergeant kicking a woman in the head, authorities said Monday. The action was taken after Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant and commanders within the Atlanta Police Department became aware of…

Atlanta-area spa shooter pleads guilty to four killings and gets life in prison, but still could face death penalty
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Atlanta-area spa shooter pleads guilty to four killings and gets life in prison, but still could face death penalty

The Georgia man accused of fatally shooting eight people at three Atlanta-area spas in March pleaded guilty to four of the killings in a Cherokee County courtroom on Tuesday. Robert Aaron Long agreed in court to plead guilty to 23 charges in all, including four counts of malice murder, and was sentenced to life in…

5 things to know for July 27: Coronavirus, Capitol riot, Iraq, Hong Kong, Haiti

5 things to know for July 27: Coronavirus, Capitol riot, Iraq, Hong Kong, Haiti

Another heat wave is rolling in this weekend, and it will affect the Pacific Northwest — again. About 35 million people from there to the Louisiana Gulf Coast will be under heat alerts. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things…

Kansas City Chiefs plan to keep nickname but retire mascot ‘Warpaint’
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Kansas City Chiefs plan to keep nickname but retire mascot ‘Warpaint’

The NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs won’t be changing the team’s nickname anytime soon, but are retiring their horse mascot named “Warpaint,” according to organization president, Mark Donovan. His comments came after MLB’s Cleveland Indians announced Friday they would become the Cleveland Guardians next year. The Indians will join the NFL’s Washington Football Team, formerly the…

Staff at a Florida hospital say they are hearing panic, fear and regret from unvaccinated Covid-19 patients
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Staff at a Florida hospital say they are hearing panic, fear and regret from unvaccinated Covid-19 patients

Health care workers at Jacksonville’s Baptist Medical Center in Florida are hearing panic, fear and regret from many of their patients as an increasing number are admitted for Covid-19 complications — and as many need to be put on ventilators. “We’re getting ready to intubate the patient, which means putting them on a ventilator, and…

3 bodies found, 1 still missing after dangerous flooding in northern Colorado

3 bodies found, 1 still missing after dangerous flooding in northern Colorado

Authorities found the bodies of two men over a two-day span following recent dangerous flooding in northern Colorado, and one woman is still missing. One man’s body was found in the Poudre River on Sunday and the other’s body was found in the same river Monday, said the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). No search…

No charges will be filed against former detention officers in Jamal Sutherland’s death
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No charges will be filed against former detention officers in Jamal Sutherland’s death

No charges will be filed against two former Charleston County, South Carolina, detention officers who tased and pepper sprayed Jamal Sutherland before his in-custody death in January, Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said Monday. “Ethically, I can’t bring a case forward that I know I can’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt, and I cannot prove…

Authorities identify the final victim in the Surfside collapse, ending a month-long search and recovery operation
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Authorities identify the final victim in the Surfside collapse, ending a month-long search and recovery operation

The last remaining missing person from the Champlain Towers South building collapse in Surfside, Florida, was identified Monday, ending a month-long search and recovery operation. Estelle Hedaya was the remaining victim who had not yet been identified, leaving her family in limbo until today. “It was obviously tough to hear directly, but I can definitely…

Lake Powell hits lowest level on record in climate change-fueled water crisis
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Lake Powell hits lowest level on record in climate change-fueled water crisis

Plagued by climate change-fueled drought and increasing demand for water, Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the United States, has fallen to its lowest level on record since it was first filled more than 50 years ago. As of Sunday, Lake Powell had fallen to roughly 3,554 feet in elevation — just 33% of…

California to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or regular testing for all state employees and health care workers
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California to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination or regular testing for all state employees and health care workers

California will require all state employees and health care workers to provide proof of vaccination status or get regular testing amid a surge of cases from the highly contagious Delta variant, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in a press conference Monday. All employees will be required to prove they have received the vaccine by showing their…

De Blasio mandates Covid-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for entire NYC municipal work force, including teachers and police
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De Blasio mandates Covid-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for entire NYC municipal work force, including teachers and police

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he’s expanding the city’s Covid-19 mandate to require the entire municipal workforce to get vaccinated or start weekly testing by September 13. The mandate will cover employees in the school system as well as police and fire departments, the mayor said. The city has about…

4 men charged in fatal drive-by shooting of 13-year-old girl
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4 men charged in fatal drive-by shooting of 13-year-old girl

Four men have been charged in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old girl in North Carolina, police said. The shooting happened Saturday night in Monroe, just outside Charlotte, the Monroe Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. Officers responding to a report of shots fired found the 13-year-old with a gunshot wound, police said.…

Provincetown issues a new mask mandate amid Covid-19 case surge after Fourth of July
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Provincetown issues a new mask mandate amid Covid-19 case surge after Fourth of July

Provincetown, Massachusetts, has restored its indoor mask mandate after a cluster of Covid-19 cases that followed the Fourth of July holiday. The Provincetown Select Board and Board of Health adopted the mandate effective immediately during an emergency meeting Sunday, according to a Facebook post from Town Manager Alex Morse. The boards also voted to give…

In the Atlanta area, some school districts will require masks. The state’s biggest district is taking a different approach
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In the Atlanta area, some school districts will require masks. The state’s biggest district is taking a different approach

Six-year-old Audrey Gard will head to first grade next week wearing a mask. It’s a precaution her mom believes will help to minimize the chances of her getting coronavirus. But the Gwinnett County School District, north of Atlanta, is making masks optional for now, and Sara Holton Gard fears that could leave her family caught…

California SWAT officer among 4 killed in hourslong standoff with armed man, authorities say

California SWAT officer among 4 killed in hourslong standoff with armed man, authorities say

A Kern County Sheriff’s Department SWAT officer was fatally shot and three other people were killed in an hourslong standoff with an armed man at a California home, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Monday. The incident began Sunday afternoon when the sheriff’s office answered multiple 911 calls regarding shots fired, an armed male suspect and a…

8 people are dead and several more injured after sandstorm leads to 20 vehicle crash in Utah
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8 people are dead and several more injured after sandstorm leads to 20 vehicle crash in Utah

Eight people are dead and several more were critically injured when authorities say a sand or dust storm caused visibility issues that led to a series of crashes involving 20 vehicles in Utah Sunday evening. The crashes happened on I-15 near Kanosh, the Utah Department of Public Service (DPS) said in a news release. Four…