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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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NEW YORK, March 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Optimove, the first Customer-Led Marketing Platform, announced today the appointment of Eddie Patzsch as the company's Vice President of Revenue for Growth Verticals. Patzsch will lead the strategic development and execution of Growth Verticals re…

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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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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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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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Teachers at Head Start child care centers are paid far less than public school teachers, even though they have similar credentials. President Joe Biden wants to raise their pay, but Congress has no plans to expand the Head Start budget. Many have left the job for higher-paying positions at restaurants or in retail. About one in five teachers turned over in 2022. But if Head Start centers are required to raise teacher pay without additional money, operators say they would have to cut how many kids they serve. Still, officials say it does not make sense for an anti-poverty program to underpay its employees.

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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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US military C-130 cargo planes have airdropped food and aid in pallets over Gaza. It's the opening stage of an emergency humanitarian assistance authorized by President Joe Biden after more than 100 Palestinians who had surged to pull goods off an aid convoy were killed during a chaotic encounter with Israeli troops. Three planes from Air Forces Central dropped 38,000 meals into Gaza at 8:30 a.m. EST Saturday. The bundles were dropped in southwest Gaza, on the beach along the territory’s Mediterranean coast and U.S. officials said after the drops they were able to see civilians access the food. The U.S. says the airdrop is expected to be the first of many.

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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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An FBI informant who was once held up by Republicans as a credible source of information about Hunter Biden now finds himself charged with lying to federal authorities. Alexander Smirnov is accused of fabricating a tale of bribery and espionage involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and a Ukrainian energy company. Smirnov also claims to have ties to Russian intelligence operatives. An Associated Press investigation into Smirnov details a businessman who operated a string of murky shell companies, ran with others who've been accused of fraud and boasted of his own ties to the FBI. His lawyers say inquiries about Smirnov's past business dealings “only deflect from the important question of the accuracy of his prosecution.”

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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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NEW YORK, March 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Halper Sadeh LLC, an investor rights law firm, is investigating the following companies for potential violations of the federal securities laws and/or breaches of fiduciary duties to shareholders relating to:

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NEW YORK, March 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Halper Sadeh LLC, an investor rights law firm, is investigating the following companies for potential violations of the federal securities laws and/or breaches of fiduciary duties to shareholders relating to:

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Congressional leaders are warning that shortages of ammunition and supplies are resulting in Ukraine losing ground in the war with Russia. Yet the Republican-controlled House has shown little hurry to resupply Kyiv with military aid. Across Washington, officials see the drop-off in ammunition shipments with increasing alarm. Defense officials are now considering tapping the Pentagon’s ammunition reserves even before Congress approves the funding to replenish them. But House Speaker Mike Johnson appears determined to chart his own course on a foreign aid package, which could leave Congress stalled for weeks longer.

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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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After a bruising year for the film industry, Christopher Nolan's atomic hit “Oppenheimer” has emerged the winner of the Academy Awards nomination race. The drama focused on the Manhattan Project’s J. Robert Oppenheimer earned 13 Oscar nods. It was followed in the nomination count by the Frankenstein-esque dark comedy “Poor Things” that puts Emma Stone at its center. “Poor Things” earned 11 Oscar nominations. Other top winners include Martin Scorsese's “Killers of the Flower Moon” with 10 nods. The Greta Gerwig Blockbuster “Barbie” received eight nominations. It was followed by Bradley Cooper's “Maestro.” “20 Days in Mariupol” earned a documentary nod. It's a joint production by The Associated Press and PBS' “Frontline.” The Oscars show will air March 10 on ABC.

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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 regulators have authorized Waymo to expand services of its fleet of robotaxis into Los Angeles and to cities on the peninsula south of San Francisco. The California Public Utilities Commission approved Waymo’s application for the expansion of its self-driving taxi operations beyond San Francisco starting Friday. The company owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc. has also been operating the service in Phoenix since 2020. In a social media post, Waymo called the commission’s approval a vote of confidence in its operations.