City council in Placerville, Calif., votes to remove noose from logo The Placerville City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to remove the noose symbol from the logo of the California city. The “meeting has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Dennis Thomas. The issue was first raised last summer when council members discussed removing the noose. The City Council decided to delay the ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally announced a Sept. 11 deadline to end military involvement in Afghanistan, arguing that the 2001 terrorist attacks that led to the U.S. invasion can no longer justify prolonging an unwinnable war. “We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago,” Biden said, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New ...

A stop-and-start week for the Orioles and Mariners at Camden Yards continued Wednesday with a second postponement in three nights, with the game to be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Thursday beginning at 12:35 p.m. The teams were scheduled to play a four-game series Monday through Thursday, but Monday’s game was postponed after a 1 hour, 40 minute delay. The Orioles and ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — An expert witness in the Derek Chauvin trial on Wednesday backed the defense's contention that George Floyd died of cardiac arrest combined with illicit drugs in his body and not from a lack of oxygen while pinned to the pavement by the now-fired police officer for more than 9 minutes late last spring. The testimony of Dr. David Fowler, who recently retired after 17 years as the ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kimberly A. Potter was arrested late Wednesday morning at the offices of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the agency said in a statement. Potter, who resigned from the Police Department on Tuesday, was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death on Sunday of Daunte Wright, the Washington County Attorney's Office ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that all but a relative handful of U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan this year, a decision that experts said will lead to risks, rewards and ramifications that no one can fully foresee, despite partisans’ insistence that the outcome is preordained. Rather than pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by May 1, as former President Donald Trump ...

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Bryan Mata has undergone Tommy John surgery. One of the top pitching prospects in the Red Sox system had a torn UCL in his right elbow repaired Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the operation at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute. Boston announced the news in a Wednesday statement. Mata was shut down during spring training after experiencing soreness in his right triceps. The ...

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. soared above a $112 billion valuation in its trading debut Wednesday, then slipped back below its opening price as Bitcoin fell from record highs and tech stocks fell across the board. The massive valuation, which dwarfs more traditional financial companies including Intercontinental Exchange Group Inc. and Nasdaq Inc. itself, is a landmark moment ...

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WASHINGTON — Biden administration diplomats and intelligence officers are operating “with the sincere belief” that Austin Tice is alive, two U.S. officials told McClatchy on Wednesday, and the group is working daily to free the American journalist who went missing in 2012 while covering the war in Syria. “We operate with the sincere belief that Austin is alive and waiting for us to come get ...

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Haiti Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe resigned Wednesday in the wake of a surge in crime that has left the country on edge amid a deepening political crisis. His resignation after only a year in the job comes shortly before a controversial constitutional referendum, and as the international community grows increasingly impatient with President Jovenel Moïse’s inability to contain Haiti’s growing ...

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A staunch foe of the Obama Presidential Center’s expected arrival in storied Jackson Park is once again suing to block its construction, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that argues federal authorities should have relocated the official campus in order to protect the surrounding environment. The complaint from the nonprofit Protect Our Parks and other plaintiffs names the city of ...

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LOS ANGELES — Paul Flores killed Kristin Smart in his college dorm room as he sexually assaulted the 19-year-old student, prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The grim details of how Smart is believed to have died while a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo came on a day when Flores was formally charged with first-degree murder in the case and accusations surfaced that he has assaulted other women ...

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ATLANTA — Keeping middle seats empty on airplanes could sharply reduce passenger exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, according to study results released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But most major U.S. airlines aren’t restricting access to those seats. And the last major holdout, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, earlier announced it will open up middle ...

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The 5-year-old girl injured during a car crash caused by former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid has been released from the hospital. According to KWCH, Ariel Young is recovering at home after more than two months in the hospital. Reid, 35, was charged with DWI in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday following the Feb. 4 collision that occurred on a highway near the Chiefs’ practice ...

Dear Anna, I am 24 years old and deeply in the closet. Over the past year I have stopped lying to myself and have come to the realization that I am a lesbian. I know that in the age of marriage equality there should be no reason to be terrified to come out (especially to my super liberal, gender-studies-major friends), but I am. I do not feel ready to come out to those who I am most close to. ...

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The Placerville City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to remove the noose symbol from its city logo. The “meeting has been a long time coming,” said Mayor Dennis Thomas. The issue was first raised last summer when council members discussed removing the noose. The City Council decided to delay the decision in the hopes that pandemic restrictions would be relaxed in 2021, and an in-person ...

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The U.S. Senate on Wednesday easily advanced a bill designed to combat hate crimes against Asian-Americans in a bipartisan response to a wave of attacks since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 92-6 to move forward on the legislation, which lawmakers of both parties say they want to expand and strengthen before likely approval as soon as Thursday. Senate Majority Leader ...

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Four months into the largest U.S. vaccine rollout in decades, it’s become clear that the messaging surrounding COVID-19 vaccination efforts is as important as the science behind them. That was true when the first vaccines were introduced in December at hospitals and nursing homes and even more so after the federal government on Tuesday paused the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of ...

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Kim Godwin has been named president of ABC News, making her the first Black woman to run a broadcast TV news division. Godwin, whose appointment was made official Wednesday by ABC parent Walt Disney Co., is exiting CBS News where executive changes are also underway. CBS News President Susan Zirinsky confirmed to her staff that she will be leaving her post for a new role producing nonfiction ...

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Late last year, commissioners in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, proposed cutting police funding in half over the next decade and redirecting the money to mental health and social services. The bill didn’t pass, but the idea alone so outraged the Georgia legislature that lawmakers decreed it would not happen on their watch. The legislature passed a bill that would restrict similar measures in ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — Prosecutors in a Minneapolis suburb on Wednesday charged the officer who shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright with second-degree manslaughter, as protests throughout the region have ignited in recent days. The Washington County Attorney’s Office announced the charge against Kim Potter, who a day earlier resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department. The charge carries a maximum ...

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The Federal Reserve will likely scale back its bond purchases before considering raising interest rates, Chairman Jerome Powell said, hardening expectations on the sequence of its eventual exit from aggressive policy support. “We will reach the time at which we will taper asset purchases when we’ve made substantial further progress toward our goals from last December, when we announced that ...

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As the new leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs toured VA hospitals across Kansas last week, he confronted the continuing fallout from a sexual abuse scandal in the state that tarnished the agency. Court judgments ordering millions in payments are still coming in against the VA four years after the perpetrator went to prison. And Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas will soon ...

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WASHINGTON — Republicans have been pounding Vice President Kamala Harris for weeks, asking when she’ll travel to Central America and Mexico to begin face-to-face talks about curbing the flow of migrants seeking to enter the United States. Behind the scenes, Harris’ advisers have a different question: Who can she meet with? Worries over extensive government corruption in the region, ...

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MILWAUKEE — When Theo Epstein resigned as Chicago Cubs president in October, Jed Hoyer inherited the job and some of the same issues his longtime friend and mentor had to deal with the last couple of years. Superstars who aren’t hitting. Fans upset over another slow start. And a pandemic that makes every day a potential crisis. Forget about OPS, UZR, wRC+ and other analytics. “Twice-daily ...

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Search and rescue teams on Wednesday were combing through the Gulf of Mexico after a commercial vessel carrying 18 people capsized off the coast of Louisiana. Coast Guard crews, with the help of several Good Samaritans aboard private boats, managed to pluck six survivors from the water overnight and resumed search operations around 9 a.m. local time. The Coast Guard said it had sent a pair of ...

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WASHINGTON — If a series of life-threatening situations hasn’t motivated Congress to plan for the worst, what could? Such scenarios are not abstract. A gunman opened fire at an early morning baseball practice in June 2017 targeting Republican lawmakers and severely injuring then-House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The next year, a train carrying much of the Senate GOP caucus to a retreat ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida House voted Wednesday to block transgender children from playing on sports teams that align with their gender. The bill, a Republican push to ban transgender athletes from joining girls’ and women’s school sports teams, has become a hot topic — even as the bill’s sponsors admit that transgender girls competing on girls’ teams hasn’t caused any problems. One day ...

Dell Technologies said Wednesday that it is spinning off its ownership stake in VMware, a California-based cloud-software company. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2021 and result in two standalone companies. Dell Technologies said the companies will continue to work together through a commercial agreement and continue co-engineering technology. Dell Technologies ...