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Russian court shuts down country’s oldest rights group
Author: Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Wednesday ruled to shut down Russia’s oldest human rights organization, in the latest move amid a months-long, relentless crackdown on independent media, rights groups and opposition activists.

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Light quake gives Southern California an early morning jolt
Author: Associated Press

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A light earthquake centered offshore gave Southern California an early morning wake-up call Wednesday but there were no reports of damage.

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Hawaii man imprisoned for 1991 murder, rape released
Author: JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a man released from prison immediately after his attorneys presented new evidence and argued that he didn’t commit the crimes he was convicted of and spent more than 20 years locked up for: the 1991 murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman visiting Hawaii.

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House GOP aims to tie oil reserve sales to public land drilling
Author: David Jordan, CQ-Roll Call

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday may begin consideration of a bill that would alter the president’s authority to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. President Joe Biden has said he would veto it.

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Severe weather threat moves east after tornadoes hit Texas
Author: DAVID PHILLIP and SEAN MURPHY, DAVID PHILLIP and SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A winter storm that brought severe weather to the Gulf Coast and wintry precipitation to the north was headed east Wednesday, a day after tornadoes caused widespread damage in the Houston area and injured three people in Louisiana.

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Fatigue and despair build as California copes with massacres
Author: TERRY TANG, OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of the worst massacre in Los Angeles County history, the California governor was meeting gunshot victims in the hospital when he was pulled away and briefed on a mass shooting at the other end of the state.

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian after attempted stabbing
Author: Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said, the latest death in a surge of violence. The Israeli military said the Palestinian tried to stab a soldier.

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After U.S. offer, Germany unleashes Leopard tanks for Ukraine
Author: FRANK JORDANS and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, FRANK JORDANS and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) — After weeks of hesitation that created impatience among Germany’s allies, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced Wednesday that his government would provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 battle tanks and approve requests by other countries to do the same.

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The AP Interview: Pope says homosexuality not a crime
Author: NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis criticized laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust,” saying God loves all his children just as they are and called on Catholic bishops who support the laws to welcome LGBTQ people into the church.

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Abortion rights supporters rally outside Washington Capitol
Author: Jadenne Radoc Cabahug, The Seattle Times

OLYMPIA — Alicia Hupprich stood outside the state Capitol on Tuesday alongside over 70 other abortion rights advocates, wearing pink and holding signs to protect a woman’s right to choose.

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