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Disappearances Spike On Mexico’s ‘Highway Of Death’ Leading To Border, Suggests Return To Dark Days Of Drug War
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Disappearances Spike On Mexico’s ‘Highway Of Death’ Leading To Border, Suggests Return To Dark Days Of Drug War

Family of Ricardo Valdes, who disappeared on the road on May 25, put up posters with their photography during a protest in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, Mexico, Thursday, June 24, 2021. As many as 50 people in Mexico are missing after they set off on simple highway trips between the industrial hub of Monterrey and the border city of Nuevo Laredo; relatives say they simply disappeared on the heavily traveled road, which has been dubbed 'the highway of death,' never to be seen again. (AP Photo/Roberto Martinez) As many as 50 people are missing after setting out on three-hour car trips this year between Mexico's industrial hub of Monterrey and the border city of Nuevo Laredo on a well-traveled stretch of road local media have dubbed “the highway of death.”Relatives say family m...
Authorities Identify 5 People Who Died In  New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Crash
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Authorities Identify 5 People Who Died In New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Crash

The basket of a hot air balloon which crashed lies on the pavement in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, June 26, 2021. Police said the five occupants died after it crashed on the busy street. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)Authorities on Sunday released the names of the pilot and two couples who died after a hot air balloon they were riding in struck a power line and crashed onto a busy street in Albuquerque.New Mexico State Police on Sunday identified the pilot as 62-year-old Nicholas Meleski and the four passengers as Susan Montoya, 65; John Montoya, 61; Mary Martinez, 59; and Martin Martinez, 62. The ages of the Martinez couple were reversed when authorities released their identities Saturday.All were Albuquerque residents. State Police said John Montoya died at a hospital f...
$9 Million In Building Repairs Needed Before Collapse
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$9 Million In Building Repairs Needed Before Collapse

Owners of units in a Florida oceanfront condo building that collapsed with deadly consequences were just days away from a deadline to start making steep payments toward more than $9 million in major repairs that had been recommended nearly three years earlier.That cost estimate, from the Morabito Consultants engineering firm in 2018, meant owners at Champlain Towers South were facing payments of anywhere from $80,000 for a one-bedroom unit to $330,000 or so for a penthouse, to be paid all at once or in installments. Their first deadline was July 1.One resident whose apartment was spared, Adalberto Aguero, had just taken out a loan to cover his $80,000 bill. “I figured I would pay it off after they fixed the building. I didn’t want to pay it off before because you neve...
California To Pay Back Rent For Eligible Tenants
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California To Pay Back Rent For Eligible Tenants

California will ban evictions for unpaid rent through the end of September and pay off all back rent for eligible tenants under a deal announced Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders.California banned evictions after Newsom imposed the nation's first statewide shutdown in March 2020 and ordered most businesses to close and people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Those protections are scheduled to expire on Wednesday. The new agreement will extend the eviction moratorium through Sept. 30. To be eligible for $5.2 billion provided by the federal government to California for this the effort, tenants must pay at least 25% of what they owe by Sept. 30, sign a declaration that they have had economic hardship because of COVID-19 and must ...
Hero Who Killed Colorado Gunman Was Mistakenly Killed By Officer, Police Say
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Hero Who Killed Colorado Gunman Was Mistakenly Killed By Officer, Police Say

Police officers investigate the scene of an early afternoon shooting in Olde Town Arvada on Monday, June 21, 2021 in Arvada, Colo. Authorities say a gunman is believed to have shot and killed an officer and another person in a shopping district in a Denver suburb before being fatally shot by police. Police say an officer responded to a call about a suspicious incident Monday near the library in the city of Arvada, and about 15 minutes later, a 911 call came in about shots fired and the officer hit. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)Johnny Hurley was hailed by police as a hero for shooting and killing a gunman they say had killed one officer and expressed hatred for police in a Denver suburb. But when another officer rushed in to respond and saw Hurley holding the suspect’s A...
Oregon State Senate Passes Bill To Give Illegal Migrants Medicaid
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Oregon State Senate Passes Bill To Give Illegal Migrants Medicaid

The Oregon State Senate passed bill HB 3352 over the weekend which expands the eligibility for illegal migrants to receive Medicaid.Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill into law. She has been a supporter of using taxpayer money to support people who are in the country illegally, and continues to put pressure on the Oregon Legislature to pass the 'Cover All People' Bill.According to the most recent data from Pew Research Center, there are 110,000 illegal migrants living in Oregon. The estimate to cover an additional 50,000 people on Medicaid, less than half of the state’s population of illegals, would be more than $300M.According to the  Lund Report: Medicaid costs taxpayers about $6,000 per covered person per year. "So, covering 50,000 would cost about $300 mi...
Texas Attorney General: More Than 500 Election Fraud Cases To Be Tried
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Texas Attorney General: More Than 500 Election Fraud Cases To Be Tried

The Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton has announced that more than 500 election fraud cases are set to be heard in court, this as the A.G. tweeted over the weekend that his office intends to fully prosecute every instance of voter fraud.Paxton, made the announcement after he posted information about a woman who was arrested and charged with multiple counts of election fraud in a 2018 local election. Monica Mendez was thenconvicted on seven counts of illegal voting, eight counts each of unlawfully assisting a voter, unlawful possession of ballots and election fraud.
Former President Trump Returns To Rally Stage In First Major Public Event Since Leaving Office
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Former President Trump Returns To Rally Stage In First Major Public Event Since Leaving Office

Former President Donald Trump spoke about election fraud as he returned to the rally stage Saturday in front of tens of thousands of supporters.“This was the scam of the century and this was the crime of the century," Trump told a crowd of thousands at Ohio’s Lorain County Fairgrounds, not far from Cleveland, where he began making good on his pledge to exact revenge on those who voted for his historic second impeachment.The event was held to support Max Miller, a former White House aide who is challenging Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez for his congressional seat. Gonzalez was one of 10 GOP House members who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building. Trump has vowed to back those who run against them.And while ...
Texas Supreme Court Tosses Lawsuits Against Gun Store In Mass Church Shooting
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Texas Supreme Court Tosses Lawsuits Against Gun Store In Mass Church Shooting

The Texas Supreme Court says survivors and relatives of those killed in a 2017 mass killing at a church can't sue a sporting goods chain for selling the gunman the rifle used in the attack.The court on Friday threw out four lawsuits against Academy Sports and Outdoors that alleged a San Antonio-area store negligently sold the gun to Devin Kelley in 2016.Kelley killed more than two dozen people when he open fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. The 26-year-old then killed himself during a chase after the shooting.Academy Sports and Outdoors, where the shooter purchased a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic rifle that included a 30-round magazine, had appealed after two lower courts declined to dismiss lawsuits.The Supreme Court agreed with Academy, and ruled t...
US Military Launches Airstrikes Against Iran-Backed Militias In Syria, Iraq
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US Military Launches Airstrikes Against Iran-Backed Militias In Syria, Iraq

 The U.S. military, under the direction of President Joe Biden, conducted defensive precision airstrikes Sunday against what it said were “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” near the border between Iraq and Syria.Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the militias were using the facilities to launch unmanned aerial vehicle attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq.Kirby said the U.S. military targeted three operational and weapons storage facilities — two in Syria and one in Iraq.He described the airstrikes as “defensive,” saying they were launched in response to an “ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq.”“The United States took necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation...