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YouTube mom Ruby Franke apologizes at sentencing in child abuse case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ruby Franke, a Utah mother of six who gave parenting advice to millions via a once-popular a YouTube channel, shared a tearful apology to her children for physically and emotionally abusing them before a judge delivered a sentence that could put her in prison for years, if not decades. Franke also claimed that she had been “manipulated” by her fellow YouTuber and business partner. Franke told the judge that she would not argue for a shorter sentence before she stood to thank local police officers, doctors and social workers for being the “angels” who saved...

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WikiLeaks founder Assange faces his last legal roll of the dice in Britain to avoid US extradition

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. government. Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said Assange may “suffer a flagrant denial of justice” if he is sent to...

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Saturated California gets more rain and snow, but so far escapes severe damage it saw only weeks ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Much of saturated California faced the threat of flooding Tuesday with winter storms blowing through, but so far the state has escaped the severity of damage from mudslides, wind and rain spawned by an atmospheric river only weeks ago. While the rainfall was focused on Southern California, thunderstorms and strong winds are expected across wide swaths of the state and...

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Americans’ reliance on credit cards is the key to Capital One’s bid for Discover

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have become increasingly reliant on their credit cards since the pandemic. So much so that Capital One is willing to bet more than $30 billion that they won't break the habit. Capital One Financial announced Monday that it would buy Discover Financial Services for $35 billion. The combination could potentially shake up the payments industry, which...

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The Supreme Court leaves in place the admissions plan at an elite Virginia public high school

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place the admissions policy at an elite public high school in Virginia, despite claims that it discriminates against highly qualified Asian Americans. A panel of the federal appeals court in Richmond upheld the constitutionality of a revamped admissions policy at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, frequently cited among the best...

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WikiLeaks founder Assange faces his last legal roll of the dice in Britain to avoid US extradition

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange's lawyers opened a final U.K. legal challenge Tuesday to stop the WikiLeaks founder from being sent to the United States to face spying charges, arguing that American authorities are seeking to punish him for exposing serious criminal acts by the U.S. state Lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said there is a risk Assange “will suffer a flagrant denial of justice” if...

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Ship attacks and downing US drones. Yemen’s Houthis still put up a fight despite US-led airstrikes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Despite a month of U.S.-led airstrikes, Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels remain capable of launching significant attacks — just this week, they seriously damaged a ship in a crucial strait and apparently downed an American drone worth tens of millions of dollars. The continued assaults by the Houthis on shipping through the crucial Red Sea corridor —...

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Minnesota man who shot 2 officers and a firefighter wasn’t allowed to have guns

A man who killed himself after fatally shooting two police officers and a firefighter in a wooded Minneapolis-area neighborhood wasn't legally allowed to have guns after a previous assault conviction and was entangled in a yearslong dispute over the custody and financial support of his three oldest children, court records show. Authorities on Monday identified Shannon Gooden, 38, as the man who opened...

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Palestinian diplomat accuses Israel of apartheid and asks UN court to declare its occupation illegal

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister on Monday accused Israel of apartheid and urged the United Nations' top court to declare that Israel’s occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state is illegal and must end immediately and unconditionally for any hope for a two-state future to survive. The remarks came at historic hearings into the legality of Israel’s...

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Most of Russia’s opposition is either dead, in exile abroad or in prison at home. What happens now?

LONDON (AP) — Alexei Navalny was asked four years ago what he'd tell Russians if he were killed for challenging President Vladimir Putin. “You’re not allowed to give up,” he told a documentary maker. “If they decide to kill me, it means we are incredibly strong and we need to use this power.” Russia's prison agency announced Friday that Navalny had died in the...

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