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Mideast cease-fire efforts gain steam as US envoy visits.

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Post and Courier. February 17, 2024.
'Little dark secret': DEA agent on trial accused of taking $250K in bribes from Mafia

'Little dark secret': DEA agent on trial accused of taking $250K in bribes from Mafia

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The way prosecutors tell it, Joseph Bongiovanni went to work for years with a “little dark secret.” Behind the veneer of a veteran U.S.
Drunk driver who struck and killed an NYPD detective sentenced to more than 20 years in prison

Drunk driver who struck and killed an NYPD detective sentenced to more than 20 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who struck and killed a New York City police detective after speeding through an NYPD roadblock while driving drunk was sentenced Wednesday to more than 20 years in prison.

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

LNP/LancasterOnline. February 14, 2024.
Wisconsin bills to fight 'forever chemicals' pollution, speed ballot counting in jeopardy

Wisconsin bills to fight 'forever chemicals' pollution, speed ballot counting in jeopardy

MADISON, Wis.
Conservative government would require websites to verify age to watch porn: Poilievre

Conservative government would require websites to verify age to watch porn: Poilievre

OTTAWA — A future Conservative government would change the law to require that porn websites verify the age of users to prevent minors from accessing the content, Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre signalled on Wednesday.

A Russian court extends pretrial detention for an American reporter accused of spying

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital ruled Tuesday to keep Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in custody pending his trial on espionage charges that he denies.
Lawyer for man who killed Quebec police officer says no sign of threat in final chat

Lawyer for man who killed Quebec police officer says no sign of threat in final chat

MONTREAL — A Quebec man who killed a provincial police officer last year gave no indication he was about to become violent, said his lawyer, who was likely the last person to chat with him before the stabbing attack.
Nevada issues first license to a lounge in Las Vegas where cannabis can be consumed recreationally

Nevada issues first license to a lounge in Las Vegas where cannabis can be consumed recreationally

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada regulators have issued the first license to operate a lounge where cannabis can be consumed recreationally, marking the first of what are expected to be dozens of such operations.