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NY bill awaiting Gov. Kathy Hochul’s approval fires pols after federal guilty pleas

"I don't know why the loophole existed in the first place," former Queens prosecutor James Quinn said Thursday.
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'Emancipation' producer called out for showing off photo of enslaved man at premiere
Producer Joey McFarland has many Civil War-era photos of Black Americans. At the 'Emancipation' premiere, he showed off the one that sparked the film.
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Federal Appeals Court Slam-Dunks on Judge Who OK’d Trump’s Special Master
MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty ImagesGood trial lawyers learn early never to ask a question you don’t already know the answer to—and the federal Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit clearly knew the answer to the question it posed at the start of its slam-dunk opinion on Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon’s decision to appoint a special master in that Mar-a-Lago matter.Queried appeals court judges Pryor, Grant and Brasher:“This appeal requires us to consider whether the district court had jurisdiction to block the United States from using lawfully seized records in a criminal investigation. The answer is no.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden: 'I make no apology' to France for protecting U.S. manufacturing
President Biden wants to celebrate American global leadership during French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Washington. But Biden's climate law has illuminated the cracks in the transatlantic partnership.
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Mike Piazza shares thoughts on Jacob deGrom’s free agency
Mets legend Mike Piazza shares his thougts at the Italian American Baseball Foundation Gala about Jacob deGrom’s free agency.
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France makes push to collect old weapons across the country
France has launched a nationwide drive to collect millions of old firearms, remnants of the two World Wars or long-abandoned hunting excursions.
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Miles McBride, Jericho Sims assigned to Knicks’ G-League affiliate
The Knicks are getting Miles McBride and Jericho Sims some game reps in the G-League as the two wait for more chances to contribute.
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Hawaii history shows stopping lava isn't easy
The eruption of Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, is sending lava flowing toward a major roadway on Hawaii's Big Island. The eruption has people asking if anything can be done to stop or divert the flow. (Dec. 1)      
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FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried defends collapse of crypto exchange
In his first live interview since his company filed for bankruptcy, disgraced FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried denied committing fraud at the crypto exchange. Jim Baer, president of CMBG Advisors, joined CBS News to discuss Bankman-Fried's legal troubles.
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Biden, Demoting Iowa and Prizing Diversity, Wants S.C. as First Primary
Michigan would become the fifth primary. The plan came as the president asked that “voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process.”
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Luke Fickell's hiring changing look of Wisconsin's QB position. What might that mean for Graham Mertz?
Will Graham Mertz, a fourth-year senior who has started 32 games, be a good fit for the Wisconsin Badgers offense under new coach Luke Fickell?      
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Boy dressed as Royal Guard member meets Prince, Princess of Wales
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50 homes damaged, at least 8 tornadoes confirmed
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Baltimore Blast sign boy battling cancer
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Tenants say they haven't had heat for almost 1 yr
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New program to prevent suicide among veterans
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Police find body of missing 22-yr-old, DA responds
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District-wide internet problems close schools
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Harlem Globetrotter premiers first art exhibition
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Proposed legislation to make fleeing police a felony
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Body of Korean War POW returns to New Hampshire
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A historic church-turned-restaurant honors and preserves its past
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5 found dead in home from "sharp force injuries"
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10 y/o charged after allegedly making 'hit list'
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Judge schedules hearing in Delphi murders case
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Truck driver surprised to wake up to huge fire
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Man accused of stealing cupcakes, punching clerk
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Jets must embrace potential QB reality they’ve been trying to avoid
The Jets need to put out a welcome mat to that possibility, and frankly, it doesn’t sound like they want to.
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Chargers' Keenan Allen says he's ready to play chicken with Raiders' secondary
Keenan Allen finally appears healthy. With the Raiders in his sites in Week 13, the wider receiver likes his chance for a big game against a suspect secondary.
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Don Lemon takes heat for defending men’s sports earning more money
Don Lemon got into a heated exchange with his CNN co-anchors after observing that male athletes earn more money than female athletes because men’s sports earn more money than women’s sports.
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Mississippi golfer bites off other man’s nose in feud over game
A Mississippi man bit another man's nose off his face in a fit of rage over a game of golf they played together, authorities said.
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U.K. ambulance service struggles in winter healthcare crisis
Official figures show that thousands of patients each week are languishing in ambulances outside overflowing British hospitals.
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Six fun, festive and free phone and computer wallpapers
Looking for a festive phone background for Christmas or Hanukkah? Times art directors asked six illustrators, from Pasadena to London, to create colorful and cheery designs for the holiday season.
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Congress is shocked, shocked by the COVID fraud it created
Like Captain Renault in the gambling casino in “Casablanca,” congressmen are “shocked, shocked” by all the fraud spawned by the trillions of dollars in COVID handouts they approved.
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Is Bhutan, the ‘World’s Last Shangri-La’, Worth the Hype—and the Price Tag?
Sergi ReboredoThey say nothing worth having comes easy, and that’s certainly the case with Bhutan. The tiny Himalayan kingdom that only opened to the world in the 1970s and only recently reopened post-COVID in September, is a place where nearly everything is pretty, almost postcard picturesque. It’s a land of still-unclimbed mountains, roaming tigers, and centuries-old Buddhist fortresses. Even its poorest farmhouses hanging on the steep valley mountainsides create the most romantic of scenes.But to get here, to get around while here, or even to spend day after day in its high altitude villages, is not for the faint of heart–or pocketbook. Plus, there’s the whole putting chilis in everything.One might be tempted to say a journey to Bhutan begins with the long flight to Asia, but more than most destinations, a trip to Bhutan begins at home. Since you cannot go around the country alone, you must determine which guide you’re going to use or go through a tour operator. You need to apply in advance for a visa, obtain travel insurance, and figure out the logistics of getting there as you typically fly first to Bangkok or Singapore, have a couple days of layover, and then to Bhutan. (There are also flights from India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, but a layover in those places is more complicated.) and while every destination requires you to grapple with what you want to see in the time you have available, with Bhutan the stakes are higher–$200 a day higher, to be precise. That’s because in addition to what you spend on hotels, guides, food, and shopping, Bhutan charges a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of $200 a day as part of its approach to limit mass tourism and attract a certain type of traveler.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trump Special Master Blocked in 'Massive DOJ Win': Legal Expert
The court decision Thursday gives the DOJ access to all of the documents the FBI seized from the former president's Mar-a-Lago estate in August.
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‘Orange is the New Black’ actor Brad William Henke dead at 56
"A very talented actor, he loved being a part of this community," the late star's manager said in a statement."And we loved him back."
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Otherworldly images from the British Ecological Society photography competition
A Helena's tree frog, camouflaged against bark except for its glowing golden eyes, has been named as the overall winner of this year's British Ecological Society photography competition, organizers have announced.
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Ex-Texas cop indicted by grand jury in shooting of unarmed teen eating McDonald's hamburger
Former San Antonio officer James Brennand was indicted on three counts in the shooting of teenager Erik Cantu, who was eating a McDonald's hamburger.      
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Watch a trio of blockbuster trailers: 'Guardians,' 'Indiana Jones' and 'Transformers'
Watch a trio of trailers for the latest films from the 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Indiana Jones' and 'Transformers' franchises, due out next summer.
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‘Riches’ creator: ‘Being able to talk about black ambition was important to me’
Abby Ajayi talks about her new Prime Video family drama series "Riches," the comparisons to "Succession," learning from Shonda Rhimes, and more.
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Biden wants South Carolina to have first primary in 2024
The current order of nominating contests is Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
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Secret Service has Hunter Biden gun probe docs it denied having: watchdog
“The Secret Service’s changing story on records raises additional questions about its role in the Hunter Biden gun incident,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
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Texas attorney found dead after pulling gun on ex-girlfriend at bar
The Texas attorney accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend in the bar she worked at was found dead Wednesday.
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Why the Fed may finally loosen its grip
I don't know about y'all, but I could use some hopeful news today. So here's what I've got: Inflation appears to be — really, this time — easing.
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DHS failures in handling NYC mentally ill homeless has turned deadly, scathing audit finds
The blistering 41-page audit from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli linked botched placements by DHS to two recent murder cases, an attempted murder, a robbery, a shelter suicide and at least two drug overdoses.
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Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham burn Balenciaga sneakers after BDSM ad
The couple posted a video burning a pair of Balenciaga sneakers after the brand released an ad featuring a toddler holding a BDSM teddy bear.
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Brad William Henke, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ star and ex-NFL player, dead at 56
Henke started his acting career when a fellow NFL player told him about a commercial casting looking for people to portray football players.
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