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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the burned-out town of Greenville, deep on a Plumas County mountainside, the storms now battering Northern California are another trauma in a year of heartbreak. “Be careful what you wish for,” Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss said Thursday, just off a briefing with state emergency response officials. Torrential rainfall is expected to soften the state’s drought this ...

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Federal aviation officials say more airline passengers than ever are showing up at airports with guns. Combined with the general uptick in belligerent behavior by passengers, this is an issue with the potential for real mayhem. Those who get weapons confiscated at security already face penalties, but it’s time to talk about making them steeper. Transportation Security Administration officers ...

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A federally appointed team of engineering experts is investigating what caused the 12-story Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside to collapse in June, killing 98 people. While understanding the science behind the tragedy is critical, the collapse also exposed dangerous gaps in how condominiums in Florida are managed and maintained. That’s why a new report from a task force from a ...

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LOS ANGELES — University of Southern California officials have placed a fraternity chapter on interim suspension following allegations that women were drugged and sexually assaulted at the house. In a crime alert issued Thursday, the USC Department of Public Safety said campus officials received “a report of sexual assault” at the Sigma Nu fraternity house. “The university also has received ...

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BALTIMORE — President Joe Biden made his first official visit to Baltimore since becoming chief executive Thursday, making a plea to the American public in support of his infrastructure plan during a nationally televised town hall hosted by CNN. Biden was greeted by raucous applause from the crowd as he walked onto the stage wearing a dark suit and a wide grin. He waved at the crowd and put ...

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ATLANTA — Efforts to disqualify hundreds of voters returned to Georgia on Thursday, a renewed attempt to challenge their eligibility under the state’s new voting law just before next month’s elections. The Fulton County elections board voted unanimously to reject the move to cancel the registrations of 562 voters who might have moved. The two voters who brought the challenges didn’t show up at ...

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — More than two months after it broke out and threatened the iconic Lake Tahoe region, the Caldor fire was 100% contained as of Thursday, fire officials said. The fire — which ultimately burned 221,835 acres across three counties — captured international attention after it emerged Aug. 14 in El Dorado County and raced toward the northeast, blowing past hopeful containment ...

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Climate change will exacerbate instability around the world and drive vulnerable people to flee hard-hit regions, the Biden administration is warning as it encourages other nations to commit to more aggressive greenhouse gas emissions cuts. The administration is outlining the national security concerns of a warming world in stark terms across four reports being released Thursday. The analyses ...

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NEW DELHI — India on Thursday celebrated administering more than 1 billion COVID-19 vaccinations, a milestone that raises hopes that its vaccine supplies would soon be available for poorer countries under the COVAX program. "This is a tremendous achievement, given the logistical complexity of administering 1 billion doses in less than a year, in a country as vast and diverse as India," ...