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76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases

76,000 California inmates now eligible for earlier releases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is giving 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, the opportunity to leave prison earlier as the state aims to further trim the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.
How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

How the Gaetz probe grew from sex trafficking to medical pot

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Rep. Matt Gaetz vacationed in the Bahamas in 2018, he was joined by a doctor who donated to his campaign and a former colleague in the Florida Legislature. The Republican congressman, Dr.
Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

NEW DELHI — A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India killed 18 patients early Saturday, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet stepped up a vaccination drive for all adults even as some states said they don't have enough jabs
Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO

Formal start of final phase of Afghan pullout by US, NATO

KABUL — The final phase of ending America's “forever war” in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began Saturday, with the withdrawal of the last U.S. and NATO troops by the end of summer.

Western South Dakota benefits from film's success

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Tourist attractions in western South Dakota that appeared in the Academy Award-winning film “Nomadland" are seeing an increase in visitors credited to the film's success.
GOP seeks to convince vaccine skeptics within its own ranks

GOP seeks to convince vaccine skeptics within its own ranks

WASHINGTON — When a group of Republican doctors in Congress released a video selling the safety of the coronavirus vaccine, their message wasn't explicitly aimed at their conservative constituents, but nonetheless had a clear political bent.
Hungary reopens for people holding COVID-19 immunity cards

Hungary reopens for people holding COVID-19 immunity cards

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary on Saturday loosened several COVID-19 restrictions for people with government-issued immunity cards, the latest in a series of reopening measures that have followed an ambitious vaccination campaign.
Workers protest Indonesia's labour law in May Day rallies

Workers protest Indonesia's labour law in May Day rallies

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Workers in Indonesia marked international labour day on Saturday with significantly less-attended marches due to coronavirus restrictions, but thousands still vented their anger at a new law they say harms their rights and welfar
Biden to veer from Trump, Obama policies in taking on NKorea

Biden to veer from Trump, Obama policies in taking on NKorea

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Joe Biden plans to veer from the approaches of his two most recent predecessors as he tries to stop North Korea’s nuclear program, rejecting both Donald Trump’s deeply personal effort to win over Kim Jong U

Counting the costs of America's 20-year war in Afghanistan

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — America’s longest war, the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan that started in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, killed tens of thousands of people, dogged four U.S.
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