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AP POLL-INTELLIGENCE — The American public is largely skeptical of common intelligence practices and the need to sacrifice civil liberties for security, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It shows that Democrats and Republicans have similar dislikes for many common surveillance tactics. By Nomaan Merchant and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 1,080 words, photo.




CANADA WILDFIRES — With little change in the weather forecast, the smoky blanket hanging over the United States and Canada from wildfires in Quebec and Nova Scotia is likely to continue through Thursday and possibly into the weekend. That means at least another day, if not more, of a dystopian detour that has chased players off ballcourts and actors off Broadway stages, delayed thousands of flights, and sparked a resurgence in mask-wearing and remote working. By Jennifer Peltz, Rob Gillies, and Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 750 words, photos, videos. With CANADA WILDFIRES EXPLAINER; CANADA WILDFIRES – STAYING HEALTHY How to stay healthy as wildfire smoke spreads across Canada; CANADA WILD FIRE PHOTO GALLERY.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR — Authorities rushed to rescue hundreds of people stranded on rooftops and bring drinking water to areas flooded by a collapsed dam in southern Ukraine. This is a growing humanitarian and environmental disaster along a river that is part of the frontline in Ukraine’s 15-month war. The collapse of the Kakhovka dam and the emptying of its reservoir on the Dnieper River compounded the misery the region has suffered from artillery and rocket attacks for more than a year. By Vasilisa Stepanenko. SENT: 1,240 words, photos, video.

TRUMP SECRETS DOCUMENTS — A federal grand jury investigating Donald Trump in Florida has heard from at least one more witness as there are signs the Justice Department is seeking possible indictment over the former president’s misuse of confidential documents. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 760 words, photos.

VATICAN POPE — Pope Francis awoke Thursday after a good first night in hospital after a three-hour operation to remove intestinal scar tissue and repair a hernia in his abdominal wall, problems that had emerged after previous surgeries. SENT: 600 words, photos.

Dying inmates in Haiti – Haiti’s inmates are thirsty and starving in severely overcrowded prisons, many forced to sleep on their feet. According to the United Nations, 185 prisoners died in Haiti last year – many of them from diseases caused by malnutrition – and more than 20 prisoners have died so far this year. Human rights experts and lawyers predict the number will only increase as gang violence leads to severe fuel and food shortages. By Dánica Coto. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

DECRIMINALIZATION OF FENTANYL TEST STRIPS – A growing number of states are decriminalizing fentanyl dipsticks to protect drug users from unintentional exposure to the potent synthetic opioid that leads to overdose deaths in the United States. By Samantha Hendrickson. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.




BIDEN PRIDE MONTH — Biden welcomes hundreds of LGBTQ+ people to a Pride Month celebration in a high-profile show of support at a time when the community feels under attack. SENT: 860 words, photos. UPCOMING: 990 words after the 7 p.m. event.




TUPAC SHAKUR WALK OF FAME – Tupac Shakur Receives Walk of Fame Star Award. SENT: 530 words, photos.

VOLCANO HAWAII – Hawaii’s Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is beginning to erupt. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE-MH370-JOK – Comedian slammed for ‘insulting’ joke about disappearance of MH370 plane. SENT: 390 words, photo.

INDIA FLIGHT RESCHEDULED – Replacement Air India flight from Russia lands in San Francisco. SENT: 230 words, photos, video.

SPACE COMMAND-TUBERVILLE — Senator Tuberville says Space Command prefers Alabama for headquarters. SENT: 450 words, photo.

AUSTRALIA SWASTIKA – Australia plans to ban swastikas and other Nazi symbols. SENT: 260 words, photo.

CAPITOL RAND ACTOR ARRESTED – Actor best known for character ‘Bob’s Burgers’ arrested in Capitol riot. SENT: 490 words, photo.




ELECTION 2024 RESULTS – The candidate field for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is all but settled, with at least ten high-profile candidates officially seeking their party’s nomination. By national political author Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,450 words, photos.

BIDEN-SUNAK – President Joe Biden meets with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the talks are expected to cover the war in Ukraine, China, economic security, international cooperation in regulating the growing field of artificial intelligence and more. SENT: 930 words, photos. COMING: 1,100 words after the 11:30 am meeting.

ELECTION 2024 – PENCE – Former Vice President Mike Pence opened his bid for the Republican nomination for president with a strong condemnation of former President Donald Trump. 6, 2021. SENT: 1,260 words, photos, video.

CONGRESS MONITORING-FBI — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee has canceled a vote that would result in FBI Director Christopher Wray being convicted of contempt of Congress. SENT: 790 words, photo.

HOUSE-MCCARTHY — In the wake of the debt ceiling deal, Speaker Kevin McCarthy suddenly faces a new threat to his power as angry far-right Conservatives bring the House plenary session to a halt, reigniting displeasure at the compromise reached with Biden and lowering demands are calling for spending cuts. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.




PERU-VAN DER SLOOT — Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of US student Natalee Holloway, is expected to be handed over to US officials in Peru and flown to the United States about a month after both countries reached an agreement have his extradition. SENT: 450 words, photo.

BEN CRUMP – PROFILE ATTORNEY – Ben Crump has become an influential figure in the movement for equality for black Americans and justice for those killed by police. SENT: 1,460 words, photos. With NEIGHBOR SHOOTING in FLORIDA – The feud ends with the death of a black mother and the arrest of her white neighbor.

COLORADO WILD FIRE — Authorities say they have completed their investigation into the cause of the deadliest wildfire in Colorado history and will announce their findings. SENT: 570 words, photos.

ELECTION 2024-DESANTIS BORDER — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his state’s decision to fly migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to California, arguing that the state is essentially helping the migrants with its immigrant welcome policy invited. SENT: 720 words, photo.




Gaps between Israel, secularity and religion – Tensions between Israel’s religious and secular Jews have increased since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government took office last December. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

AUSTRALIA-GAY-HATE – An Australian who admitted to killing a gay American by hitting him off a cliff in Sydney in 1988 has been sentenced to nine years in prison. SENT: 380 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA ADOPTION INQUIRY – South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission said it will investigate 237 more cases of South Korean adoptees who suspect their family origins have been manipulated to facilitate their adoptions in Europe and the United States. SENT: 500 words, photo.

SUDAN ORPHANAGE — About 300 infants, toddlers and older children have been rescued from an orphanage in the Sudanese capital after being trapped there while fighting raged outside, aid workers said. SENT: 700 words, photos.




WARMER WINTER CROPS – Farmers struggling with warmer winters in the Deep South have adapted by adopting new or improved farming techniques, trying new crop varieties, and even growing crops previously less common in their regions. SENT: 730 words, photos.

ENDANGERED PORPOSEPHES IN MEXICO – Mexico’s remaining few endangered porpoises are holding on against the odds in their only habitat in the Gulf of California, according to a new report from a research expedition. SENT: 690 words, photo.

HEART TRANSPLANTS – Most transplanted hearts come from brain-dead donors, but new research shows a different approach can be just as successful and increase the number of organs available. By medical author Lauran Neergaard. SENT: 640 words, photos.




FINANCIAL MARKETS – Asian stocks fell after strong selling in big-name technology stocks pushed Wall Street benchmarks lower. By business journalist Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 640 words, photos.




MEDIA-CNN-CHRIS LICHT – The CEO, pushed by CNN, faced mounting problems in his first year as head of the ailing network: viewership and profits fell, bugs increased and the network’s journalists lost confidence by the day. By media writer David Bauder. SENT: 890 words, photo.




NBA FINALS — Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray became the first teammates in NBA Finals history to both hit triple-doubles, and the two Denver stars ensured the Nuggets reclaimed the lead in the series by scoring the Beat the Miami Heat in Game 3 109-94. By basketball author Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

MESSI FUTURE – Lionel Messi has completed his latest impressive feat, moving to Major League Soccer and joining Inter Miami. By sportswriter Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,420 words, photos.




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Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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