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Democratic infighting is rattling elections in swing congressional districts in California that could be key to helping determine control of the U.S. House. Heading into the primaries Tuesday, Democrats are hoping to regain seats the party lost in 2020 in the heavily Democratic state. But rival Democrats are trading attacks that could undercut the party's chances. In Southern California, Democrats Dave Min and Joanna Weiss are bickering through back-and-forth charges. In the Central Valley, bitter exchanges between Democrats Rudy Salas and Melissa Hurtado have prompted fears that two Republicans could end up on the November ballot. California puts all candidates on one primary ballot and the two who get the most votes advance to the general election.

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Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to be among those marking the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day Alabama law officers attacked Civil Rights demonstrators at the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The demonstrators were beaten by police as they tried to march across Alabama on March 7, 1965, in support of voting rights. A march across the bridge again, which is a highlight of the commemoration in Selma every year, is planned for Sunday afternoon. It's among dozens of events during the Selma Crossing Jubilee, which began Feb. 29 and culminates Sunday. The events commemorate Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act.

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The winds are expected to wane, but more snow is on the way after a powerful blizzard howled through the Sierra Nevada mountains. The National Weather Service says conditions will improve Sunday as the wind weakens but the precipitation will quickly return, with heavy snow Monday in some areas and rain in others. That's not much of a break after a multi-day storm that one meteorologist called “as bad as it gets” closed a key east-west freeway in northern California, shut down ski resorts and left thousands of homes and businesses without power. Some ski areas planned to reopen Sunday, albeit with delayed start times and limited operations.

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Lawmakers in Pakistan’s National Assembly have elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s new prime minister for the second time. Allies of imprisoned former premier Imran Khan in parliament shouted in protest against his appointment on Sunday, alleging rigging in last month’s election. Following days of negotiations, Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party and his supporters formed an alliance after the Feb. 8 election, which was overshadowed by militant violence, a nationwide mobile phone shutdown, Khan's exclusion from the vote, and an unusual delay in announcing the results. Authorities said the communication shutdown was necessary to avoid attacks on candidates and security forces.

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An Israeli official says a top Cabinet minister's trip to Washington has angered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dispute between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz underscores widening cracks in the wartime government and rifts between Israel and the U.S. as the conflict in Gaza drags on. There are deep disagreements between Netanyahu and President Joe Biden over how to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians and create a post-war vision for Gaza. Talks aimed at brokering a cease-fire were underway in Egypt, but an Israeli government official says Israel didn't send a delegation because Netanyahu has not received an answer from Hamas on key questions.

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It took 10 years and three rounds of in vitro fertilization for Rania Abu Anza to become pregnant, and only seconds for her to lose her five-month-old twins, a boy and a girl. An Israeli strike hit the home of her extended family in the southern Gaza city of Rafah late Saturday, killing her children, her husband and 11 other relatives. Surviving relatives say another nine people are missing under the rubble. Israeli airstrikes have regularly hit crowded family homes since the start of the war, even in Rafah, which Israel declared a safe zone back in October but is now the next target of its offensive.

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The death toll has risen to 10 from a Russian drone strike that destroyed an apartment block in Ukraine's southern port city of Odesa. The local governor reported that the body of a third child, appearing “not even a year old,” was pulled from the rubble. Late on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Western allies to boost Ukraine's air defenses in the wake of the deadly attack. In Moscow, China's special envoy on Ukraine held talks on Saturday evening with senior Russian diplomats, the first part of a broader European tour, Chinese and Russian state media reported.

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After last year's wave of wins for the so-called school choice movement, some religious schools in those states are seeing enrollment rise and are planning for a fuller future. Against the backdrop of favorable decisions by the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court, nine states expanded their school voucher programs. Some are now running into budget troubles. Critics worry about decreased funding for public schools, church-state issues, discrimination against students and more. Supporters tout more options for parents and increased affordability. The debates continue this year as courts and state legislatures weigh related issues and policies. Some religious schools in states considering expansion are hoping it reaches them soon.

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A Pennsylvania prison unit is helping men with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities stay safe behind bars while learning life skills. The unit is the first in the state and one of only a handful nationwide. It provides accommodations to help prisoners who struggle with overstimulation and physical coping needs. There is no comprehensive count on how many prisoners in the U.S. have developmental disabilities, and experts disagree on whether it’s better to segregate them or to provide more accommodations in the general prison population. But they agree on one thing: It’s a growing population that has presented a challenge for prison officials as they try to balance a need for security with disability accommodations.

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Thousands of senior doctors have rallied in the South Korean capital to express their support for junior doctors who have been on strike for nearly two weeks over a government plan to sharply increase the number of medical school admissions. Sunday's rally comes a day before the government said it would begin to take steps to suspend the medical licenses of nearly 9,000 medical interns and residents for defying government orders to end their walkouts, which have disrupted hospital operations. Protesters chanted slogans, sang and held placards criticizing the government’s plan. There were were no reports of any violence at the rally.

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Tycoons from around the world, heads of state, as well as Hollywood and Bollywood stars have descended on the small western Indian city of Jamnagar, where billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani is kickstarting a big fat wedding celebration for his youngest son. The wedding of Anant Ambani does not take place until July, but festivities, which began Friday, keep up with the Ambani family’s tradition of lavish and over-the-top parties that display the Indian billionaire’s economic and political clout. The nearly 1,200-person guest list includes pop superstar Rihanna, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sunder Picha, Ivanka Trump and Bollywood celebrity Shah Rukh Khan. Mukesh Ambani is currently the world’s 10th richest man.

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A deadly wildfire burned more than 2,000 buildings in the Hawaiian town of Lahaina on Maui in August and left behind piles of toxic debris. Scientists say there has never been another instance of a large urban fire burning next to a coral reef anywhere in the world. They don’t know how chemicals and metals from burned plastics, lead paint and lithium-ion batteries will affect delicate reef ecosystems. But research now underway could provide the community a sense of how the ocean that shapes their lives is weathering the disaster. It may also inform travelers to Maui’s famed shores whether they should enter the water.

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One burning issue dominates as the 2024 session of China’s legislature gets underway this week: the economy. The annual meeting of the National People’s Congress is being closely watched for any signals on what the ruling Communist Party might do to reenergize an economy that is sagging under the weight of expanded government controls and the bursting of a real-estate bubble. Proposals to raise the retirement age are also expected to be a hot topic, and China watchers will parse the annual defense budget and the possible introduction of a new foreign minister. But it's the economy that is on most people’s minds.

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As Mexico prepares for the largest elections in its history, organized crime is once again preying on local candidates across swaths of the country where cartels dominate, raising concerns among experts that these could be Mexico’s bloodiest elections ever. While federal authorities offer security details to national candidates, thousands of candidates for local offices – the ones that drug cartels really want to control – are completely exposed and acutely aware of the optics of running from within a security bubble. Two mayoral hopefuls in the town of Maravatio, Michoacan were killed by gunmen within hours of each other Monday.

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An unusual legal challenge may upend the future of a Chicago ballot measure that would hike a real estate tax on high-end properties sales to pay for services for homeless people. Early voting has already started for the March 19 Illinois primary as the case makes its way through the courts. The referendum asks voters in the nation’s third-largest city to support an increase on the real estate transfer tax on properties over $1 million. If it survives a legal challenge, the change is expected to generate about $100 million a year to help pay for housing and mental health care, among other things.

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A ship attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels has sunk in the Red Sea after days of taking on water. The Rubymar had been drifting after the attack in February. It marks the first ship sunk by the Houthis in their monthslong attacks on shipping in the vital waterway. Yemen’s internationally recognized government, as well as a regional military official, confirmed Saturday the ship sank. Already, many ships have turned away from the route. The sinking could see further detours and higher insurance rates put on vessels plying the waterway — potentially driving up global inflation and affecting aid shipments to the region.

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A powerful blizzard that a meteorologist termed “as bad as it gets” is howling in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A long stretch of Interstate 80 in Northern California and several ski resorts remain closed Saturday because of gusty winds and snow. Tens of thousands of homes are without power in California and Nevada. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning through Sunday for a 300-mile stretch of the mountain range in both states. Authorities are urging people to take shelter and stay off roads, and meteorologists predict more than 10 feet of snow will fall at higher elevations.

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Police in Haiti are urgently appealing for help as they struggle to hold back gangs trying to storm the country’s main prison in a major escalation of violence sweeping the troubled Caribbean nation. A  police officer told The Associated Press late Saturday that the gangs had overwhelmed security forces but were not yet in control of the prison, where several gang leaders are being held. The armed clashes follow a string of violent protests that have been building for some time but turned deadlier in recent days as Prime Minister Ariel Henry went to Kenya to salvage plans for a security mission in Haiti to be led by that East African nation and backed by the United Nations.

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Former President Donald Trump has further escalated his immigration rhetoric, baselessly accusing President Joe Biden of waging a “conspiracy to overthrow the United States of America” at the border as he campaigned ahead of next week’s Super Tuesday contests. Trump has a long history of trying to turn attack lines back on his rivals to attempt to diminish their impact. Immigration was the animating issue of his 2016 campaign and he has once again seized on the issue that the U.S. has experienced a record influx of migrants at the border.

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The Iditarod, the annual sled dog race celebrating Alaska’s official state sport,  got underway Saturday with a new emphasis on safety after five dogs died and eight were injured in collisions with snowmobiles while training. For the first time, mushers who line up for the competitive start Sunday north of Anchorage will have the chance to snag light-up, neon harnesses or necklaces for their dogs before they begin the days-long race that takes the dog-and-human sled teams about 1,000 miles over Alaska’s unforgiving terrain. The race officially begins with 38 teams.

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Elected officials, community leaders and farmworkers on Saturday launched a project to significantly increase the amount of shade in unincorporated areas in the Eastern Coachella Valley, a major agricultural area in southern California where temperatures routinely top 100 degrees in the summer. The initiative is the latest push across the U.S. to increase shaded areas in Latino and other minority communities, which are often disproportionately exposed to heat and don’t have the resources, such as air conditioning, to combat it.

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A senior U.S. official says Israel has essentially endorsed a framework of a proposed Gaza cease-fire and hostage release deal, and it is now up to Hamas to agree to it. The official says Israelis “have more or less accepted” the proposal. It includes the six-week cease-fire in Gaza as well as the release by Hamas of hostages considered vulnerable. A senior Egyptian official says mediators Egypt and Qatar are expected to receive a response from Hamas during the talks set to resume Sunday in Cairo. A deal likely would allow aid to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate Palestinians in northern Gaza.

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Oregon is poised to step back from its first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization law. A measure lawmakers sent to the governor on Friday would reinstate criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of some drugs. Supporters of the recriminalization say it's needed to address an overdose crisis. But critics say the plan will revert to a failed, decades-old approach of arresting and prosecuting drug users. Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek has indicated that she's open to signing the measure, which was approved by the state Senate on Friday.

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Donald Trump has won Missouri’s Republican caucuses and he's captured all 39 delegates that were up for grabs at the Michigan party convention. The former president also is awaiting the results later Saturday of the Idaho caucuses as he looks to gain more ground toward clinching the GOP nomination. His last major rival, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, is still seeking her first election-season win. There are no Democratic contests Saturday. The next event on the Republican calendar is Sunday in the District of Columbia. Two days later is Super Tuesday, when 16 states and American Samoa will hold primaries.

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Hoboken, New Jersey, recently marked seven consecutive years without a traffic death. Officials there credit their decision to take away some street parking, a change that increases visibility for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The city of nearly 60,000 people just across the Hudson River from Manhattan has become a model. Sweden originated similar changes more than a quarter-century ago, and numerous cities, states and nations have since adopted the approach. One key to Hoboken's success has been so-called daylighting, which removes parking spots near intersections and often replaces them with curb extensions, bike racks or planters. Now more than 40 states have some sort of daylighting law. California joined the list this year.

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Firefighters battling the largest wildfire in Texas history face increasingly difficult weather conditions and are focused on containing the northern and eastern perimeter of the fire while protecting life and property. Spokesperson Jason Nedlo with the team of firefighters said Saturday 15% of the 1,700 square mile fire is contained. The National Weather Service that says warm temperatures, strong winds and low humidity are expected Saturday and Sunday. The Smokehouse Creek Fire that began Monday in the Texas Panhandle has killed at least two people, left a charred landscape, dead cattle   and destroyed as many as 500 structures, including burned-out homes. The fire has also crossed the state line into western Oklahoma.

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A vibrant fishing industry, some of the world’s largest coral reefs and desalination plants supplying millions with drinking water. They're all at risk from large amounts of fertilizer and oil spilled into the Red Sea by the sinking of a cargo ship attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Officials on Saturday said the Belize-flagged Rubymar sunk after taking on water in the Feb. 18 attack. The vessel was reportedly carrying 22,000 metric tons of tox fertilizer and had already spilled enough heavy fuel to trigger an 18-mile oil slick through the critical waterway. Experts warn that more environmental damage could occur as the Houthis' targeting of vessel traffic over the Israel-Hamas war continues.

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The lawyers who successfully argued that a massive pay package for Tesla CEO Elon Musk was illegal and should be voided are asking the presiding judge to award company stock worth $5.6 billion as legal fees. The attorneys represented Tesla shareholders in the case decided in January and made the request in court papers filed Friday. The amount would be the largest such award, if approved. Lawyers in cases stemming from the collapse of Enron got a record $688 million in legal fees in 2008. The lawyers say the sum is justified because they wouldn't have been paid had they lost and the benefit to Tesla “was massive.”

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In Senegal's capital, Nicaragua is a hot ticket among travel agents serving people who want to live in the United States. Many migrants take various flights to eventually arrive there legally and then journey illegally by land to the U.S. border with Mexico. U.S. authorities arrested Senegalese more than 20,000 times for crossing the border illegally from Mexico from July to November. That's more than 10 times that of the same period of 2022. Spikes have occurred in other West African nations, whose people have historically turned first to Europe to flee. The sudden draw of the United States seems driven in large part by social media posts by those who reached their destinations successfully and travel agents who know visa rules.

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Lyudmila Navalnaya and Alla Abrosimova, the mother and mother-in-law of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny were among mourners who brought flowers to his grave in Moscow a day after thousands turned his funeral into one of the largest recent displays of dissent. Police kept a heavy presence at the cemetery on Saturday but the situation was reported calm. According to Russian independent TV channel Dozhd, spontaneous memorials to Navalny had been destroyed in several Russian cities. Thousands bid farewell to Navalny on Friday after his still-unexplained death two weeks ago in an Arctic penal colony. Crowds chanted slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine.

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Iran’s hard-liners are leading in an initial vote count in the capital Tehran following a record-low turnout in an parliamentary election. State-run IRNA news agency and state TV said Saturday that 1,960 from 5,000 ballots in Tehran had been counted so far Saturday. Officials have not yet released turnout figures. but IRNA said it was 41%, based on unofficial reports. In the last parliamentary election in 2019, only 42% of eligible voters headed to the ballot stations. It was considered the lowest turnout since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Hard-liners have controlled the parliament for the past two decades.

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Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has shortened the prison sentence of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid for a drunken driving crash that seriously injured a girl. Parson announced the commutation Friday and converted the remainder of Reid's three-year sentence to house arrest. Reid had been sentenced to prison in November 2022 after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. He is the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid. A Parson spokesman says Reid had completed his alcohol abuse treatment program and has served more prison time than most individuals convicted of similar offenses.

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The Cove is a pop-up, 18-and-up Christian nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee. It was launched last year by seven Black Christian men in their 20s who sought to build a thriving community and a safe space for young Christians outside houses of worship. It comes at a post-pandemic time of dwindling church attendance, especially among Black Protestants that surveys say is unmatched by any other major religious group. Club rules: No twerking, no drinking, no smoking. But they still dance the night away to Christian hip-hop, bachata and reggaeton. Club founders hope to go on tour across America and inspire the creation of other dance and worship clubs for young people of faith across the world.

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There are just a few weeks left to pick your spot to see the total solar eclipse on April 8 in North America. The eclipse first hits Mexico’s Pacific coast, cuts diagonally across the U.S. from Texas to Maine and exits in eastern Canada. Most of the rest of the continent will see a partial eclipse. For those who live inside the 115-mile-wide path of total darkness, it may be a matter of just stepping outside. For the millions outside the path, it means hitting the road with a game plan to experience the full spectacle.

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Lebanese officials and media say an Israeli drone strike hit a car in south Lebanon and killed three Hezbollah members. Another four Hezbollah members were reported killed in a strike on a house in the town of Ramia overnight. Hezbollah announced the deaths of seven of its fighters Saturday but did not specify when and where they were killed. The Israeli military said in a statement that it had struck a vehicle in southern Lebanon in which a number of "terrorists who launched rockets into Israeli territory were driving.” It said the militants operated under the Imam Hossein Division, which is affiliated with Iran and operates under Hezbollah.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton beat impeachment, and now he wants political revenge. The conservative Republican attorney general is waging a bruising campaign to oust dozens of his fellow GOP lawmakers in the upcoming Super Tuesday primary. Six months ago, Paxton was on the brink of being removed from office before he was acquitted in his historic impeachment trial. Now he's fiercelly campaigning to oust more than 30 state House Republicans who voted against him in that process. Paxton’s purge attempt is part of a wild brawl engulfing the state’s dominant party, and his chief target is Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan.

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An estimated 450,000 people attended the Woodstock festival in August 1969. It was a haphazard event that now evokes memories about a society’s state of mind nearing the end of a tumultuous decade. Most of that crowd was composed of teenagers or young adults now in the twilight of their lives. That ticking clock is why the Museum at Bethel Woods, based at the site of the 1969 festival, is immersed in a five-year project traveling around the United States. They are recording the oral histories of people who were there to preserve the Woodstock memories before they fade away.

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Sweden’s last war ended in 1814. When the rifles and cannons it aimed at Norway fell silent, the once-warring power would not take up arms again. For the next two centuries, Sweden embraced a policy of neutrality. It refused to take sides in wars or join any military alliance. The stance kept peace at home and contributed to the country becoming a prosperous welfare state and humanitarian superpower. This remarkably long era of nonalignment is coming to a close as Sweden joins NATO. The ceremonial formalities are expected soon, after 18 months of delays while Turkey and Hungary held up ratification and sought concessions from other members of the alliance.

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Palestinians in Gaza returning from wartime detention in Israeli custody are reporting physical abuse and medical neglect inside Israel's network of prisons. They say beatings and aggressive strip searches are common, prison conditions are grim, and access to attorneys is very limited. Hundreds have been detained, including women. A new report from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel found that many are being held as “unlawful combatants,” without charge or trial and often without knowing the evidence against them. Israel's military is investigating some 11 Palestinian deaths in Israeli custody since the start of the war.

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The United States military will airdrop humanitarian assistance into Gaza. President Joe Biden made the announcement Friday, a day after witnesses say Israeli forces shot desperately hungry Palestinians crowding around a food aid truck.  the Health Ministry in Gaza said at least 115 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more wounded. Israel says many of the dead were trampled in a chaotic crush for the food aid, and its troops fired warning shots after the crowd moved toward them in a threatening way. Since the war began, Israel has barred entry of food, water, medicine and other supplies, except for a trickle of aid entering the south from Egypt at the Rafah crossing and Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing.

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The recent ruling in Alabama that frozen embryos are legally considered children has created a political firestorm after the decision halted treatment for many couples trying to have families through fertility treatments. It's also turned the spotlight on the importance of state supreme courts, which are poised to play a central in this year’s elections. Decisions by state high courts have become especially critical in the nearly two years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a constitutional right to abortion. This year, campaigns for state supreme court seats are expected to be among the most expensive and bitterly contested races on the ballot.

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California authorities shut down 100 miles of Interstate 80 on Friday as the biggest snow storm of the season bore down on the Sierra Nevada. Authorities closed the interstate in both directions after 5 p.m. on a day most ski resorts around Lake Tahoe were closed. Visitors to Yosemite National Park were also told to leave Friday and a tornado touched down in central California. A blizzard warning is in effect through Sunday for a 300-mile stretch of the mountain range and authorities are urging people to take shelter and stay off the roads. Meteorologists predict up to 10 feet of snow could fall in some higher elevations.

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A Colorado paramedic was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man whose name became part of the rallying cries for social justice that swept the U.S. in 2020. It was a rare prosecution of medical responders that has left officials rethinking how they treat people in police custody. Peter Cichuniec learned his punishment during a court hearing Friday. He and a fellow paramedic who administered a sedative that contributed to McClain’s death were convicted in December of criminally negligent homicide. Cichuniec was also found guilty of the more serious charge of second-degree assault. McClain’s death became a social justice rallying cry amid the racial injustice protests that swept the nation in 2020.