Author: US News

The housing market in California is booming, with more cities joining the list of “million-dollar cities.” According to recent data, the state now has 210 cities where the median home value is at least $1 million, up 15 from the last count in 2023. Surprisingly, some once-modest towns like Bonita, Tustin, and San Gabriel have now made it onto the list of million-dollar cities. This trend is reflective of the overall housing affordability crisis in California, where soaring demand and limited supply have driven up home prices across the state. The majority of California’s million-dollar cities are coastal, with homes…

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Illinois lawmakers are advancing a bill that would prevent Chicago Public Schools officials from making major changes to selective-enrollment programs until a fully elected school board takes control in early 2027. The proposed legislation comes in response to a declaration by Mayor Brandon Johnson’s Board of Education that it would refocus resources to neighborhood schools, sparking concerns about the future of selective schools. The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Margaret Croke, initially aimed to protect selective schools from closure until 2027. However, after lobbying efforts, the bill has been amended to extend that protection to all CPS schools. Croke stated…

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California fast food prices have seen a significant increase of 7% in the past six months, making it the highest bump in the nation, according to a study by Datassential. This rise in prices comes as California implemented a $20 minimum wage for workers at big chain restaurants on April 1. The study also revealed that fast food prices across the nation have increased by 4.5% over the same period, with California leading the pack in terms of price hikes. However, other states like Washington and Kentucky also experienced substantial increases in fast food prices. Interestingly, full-service restaurants in California…

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California residents are up in arms over a new fixed monthly fee set to be added to their electricity bills, sparking a heated debate over its potential impact on low-income households and the state’s clean energy goals. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is planning to implement a $24 fixed monthly fee for customers of major utility companies like Pacific Gas and Electric Co., Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric Co. The fee, which is set to take effect in May, is intended to be offset by a 5 to 7 cent reduction in electricity rates, resulting…

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In a recent series of columns by Newt Gingrich and Fred Lucas, a common theme has emerged: Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS. The term refers to the intense hatred and irrational behavior exhibited by some individuals towards former President Donald Trump. Gingrich’s column, titled “Trump fights the left’s lawfare for the constitutional rights of all Americans,” highlights the ongoing legal battles faced by Trump and his supporters. He argues that these legal challenges are not just attacks on Trump, but on the constitutional rights of all Americans. Lucas, in his column “Left may declare voter registration a grave threat,” warns…

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The Columbia University campus was rocked by controversy after a Jewish student was suspended for releasing “novelty fart sprays” during an anti-Israel rally. The student, known as “John Doe” in court documents, claimed that his actions were harmless and meant as a form of expression against the pro-Hamas pro-Palestine message being promoted at the rally. The gag gifts, called “Liquid Ass” and “Wet Farts,” were purchased on Amazon for $10.99 and sprayed into the air, not directed at any specific person. However, following the incident, members of the university groups Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace…

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Mayor Brandon Johnson hosted a roundtable on antisemitism with local Jewish and political leaders Monday, but some key invitees skipped the event, citing a need for tangible action from the city. The forum, held just before the Passover holiday, took place as antisemitic flyers were found in Lincoln Park with a substance resembling rat poison. Approximately 20 elected officials and community leaders gathered to discuss ways the city can combat antisemitism. Marty Levine, a coordinating committee member of Jewish Voice for Peace Chicago, expressed optimism about the willingness to start the conversation and work together to address the issue. State…

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In a shocking development, prosecutors have revealed that up to 2,500 individuals could potentially face indictment for their involvement in the recent attack on the Capitol. The attack, which took place on January 6th, sent shockwaves across the nation and left many questioning the state of democracy in America. According to prosecutors, the sheer scale of the attack has made it one of the largest criminal investigations in US history. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been working tirelessly to identify and apprehend those responsible for the violence and chaos that unfolded on that fateful day. The news…

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Republicans divided over Arizona near-total abortion ban, poll shows Republicans are nearly evenly divided over the Arizona supreme court’s decision to uphold an 1864 law that would ban almost all abortions, new polling shows. Forty-nine per cent of Republicans strongly or somewhat disapprove of the decision, while 46% of Republicans strongly or somewhat approve of it, according to polling of more than 1,000 likely voters released on Tuesday by the left-leaning thinktank Data for Progress. That split reflects the GOP’s identity crisis over post-Roe v Wade abortion politics, as Republican politicians have struggled to talk about an issue that was…

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The UK’s shortest-serving PM Liz Truss has endorsed Donald Trump to win this year’s US election, saying the “world was safer” when he was in the White House. The former prime minister said the world was “on the cusp of very, very strong conflict” and needed “a strong America more than ever”.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Absent from Court with No Explanation In a surprising turn of events, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was noticeably absent from the court on Monday with no explanation given. The 75-year-old justice was also not participating remotely in arguments, a practice sometimes used when justices are unable to be present in person. Chief Justice John Roberts announced Justice Thomas’ absence, assuring that he would still be involved in the day’s cases based on the briefs and transcripts of the arguments. It is not uncommon for the court to disclose when a justice is out sick,…

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According to the latest Gallup poll, a majority of Americans are feeling the effects of sleep deprivation on their overall well-being. The poll, which surveyed over 2,000 adults across the country, found that 65% of respondents reported feeling tired and fatigued on a regular basis due to lack of sleep. This startling shift in attitudes towards sleep comes as no surprise to experts, who have long warned about the negative impact of sleep deprivation on physical and mental health. Studies have shown that chronic lack of sleep can lead to a host of health issues, including obesity, heart disease, and…

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Mass shooting at family gathering in Back of the Yards leaves 9-year-old girl dead, 10 others wounded Saturday should have been a joyous day for Alejandra Velasquez and her family, but it turned into a nightmare when gunfire erupted at a family gathering in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The shooting left a 9-year-old girl dead and 10 others wounded, including three children and seven adults. The family had gathered to celebrate a relative’s confirmation when the shots rang out, shattering the peaceful afternoon. Ariana Molina, Velasquez’s niece and goddaughter, was tragically killed in the shooting. Velasquez described the…

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West Bridgewater athletic director Jenn Hammel woke up before sunrise to stream international field hockey for one week in the middle of January. The reason? Her daughter, Ally Hammel, a former field hockey star, competed with the United States Women’s National Team in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifier in Ranchi, India, to secure a spot in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. Ally, a 27-year-old defender, fulfilled a lifelong dream by helping her team qualify for the Olympics with a 2-1 win over Japan in the semifinals. Jenn, filled with pride and emotion, watched every game, no matter the early hours,…

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The California Highway Patrol was met with a major disruption on Monday morning as protesters blocked an East Bay freeway, causing chaos for commuters. The northbound lanes of Interstate 880 were shut down near 5th Street and Embarcadero, with protesters chaining themselves to barrels brought in by a U-Haul truck. The CHP had a significant presence at the scene, with approximately 40 officers working to clear the blockade and restore traffic flow. While southbound I-880 remained open, traffic was moving slowly as a result of the protest. The motive behind the protest was not immediately clear, but the CHP issued…

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The morning commute in Oakland was disrupted as protesters blocked an East Bay freeway early Monday, causing chaos for drivers. The California Highway Patrol reported that all lanes on northbound Interstate 880 were shut down south of 5th Street and Embarcadero. Approximately 40 officers were on the scene to handle the situation. The reason for the protest was not immediately clear, but authorities reported that protesters had chained themselves to barrels brought in by a U-Haul truck. The truck left the scene after dropping off the barrels, leaving the protesters in place. While southbound I-880 remained open, traffic was moving…

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Jury selection is set to begin in the high-profile case against former President Donald J. Trump, who is facing charges of faking business records to conceal a sex scandal before his election to the presidency. The judge overseeing the case has declined Mr. Trump’s request to recuse himself, setting the stage for a contentious legal battle. The allegations against Mr. Trump stem from his time as a businessman and reality TV star, before he entered politics. Prosecutors claim that he falsified records to cover up an extramarital affair, which could have had serious implications for his presidential campaign. The case…

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The shocking incident of a carjacking turned deadly in North Carolina has left a community in mourning. A good Samaritan, identified as 38-year-old Jonathan Adam Lecompte, lost his life after confronting suspect Ricky Driggers in a crowded parking lot outside a Burger King restaurant. In a graphic video that emerged online over the weekend, Lecompte can be seen trying to stop Driggers from stealing his work truck, with a gun drawn. Despite Lecompte’s warnings, Driggers ignores him, gets into the truck, and drives off as Lecompte opens fire. The suspect then reverses through the parking lot, before speeding back towards…

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Former President Donald Trump has vowed to take the stand in his own defense in his upcoming Manhattan hush-money trial, marking a historic moment as the first time a former US president will stand trial on criminal charges. The trial, brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, centers around allegations of falsifying business records related to a payment made to ex-porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

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California is bracing for an influx of Arizonans seeking abortion care following a recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court. The decision, which bans abortions except when the woman’s life is at risk and makes no exceptions for rape or incest, has providers in California preparing for a potential surge in patients from across the border. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade in June 2022, California saw an increase in abortion procedures, with out-of-state individuals seeking care after new restrictions were put in place. Now, with Arizona implementing strict abortion laws, providers in California…

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The Colorado Rapids dominated the San Jose Earthquakes in a 3-0 victory on Saturday night, with Rafael Navarro leading the charge with two goals and an assist. Navarro opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a penalty kick after being fouled by San Jose goalkeeper William Yarbrough. The Brazilian forward has been in fine form, scoring three of his four goals this season in the past two games. Cole Bassett added to the lead in the 60th minute, capitalizing on a blocked header to poke the ball into the back of the net. He then sealed the victory in…

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