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PALMDALE — Scientists are studying the effects of certain kinds of intense thunderstorms on the upper atmosphere — and by extension, climate — and they are using NASA’s high-flying ER-2 airplane to do it.

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LANCASTER —Antelope Valley Transit Authority will purchase 28 bus side WAVE inductive receptors for new buses for approximately $2.22 million. The award-winning technology will allow the agency’s battery-electric buses to charge en route to their destinations.

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DETROIT — Former Sen. Carl Levin, a powerful voice on military issues in Washington and a staunch supporter of the auto industry back home in Michigan during his record tenure in the US Senate, has died. He was 87.

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LOS ANGELES — On a recent Sunday, about 10 people sat outside the steps of the boarded-up First Baptist Church of Venice, a century-old congregation that, to many, remains a symbol of the thriving Black population that once existed in the seaside town of Los Angeles.

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BOSTON — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in Massachusetts in 1974, court records show.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A wealthy San Francisco couple notched a record nearly half-million-dollar buyout to vacate their luxury apartment of three decades, an indication of what some landlords are willing to pay for tenants to give up their longtime home in a city with strict rent control and soari…

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PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest wildfire so far this year was flaring up Friday but it was because the flames were chewing through unburned islands of vegetation within a perimeter that firefighters have built, authorities said.

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Pacific Gas & Electric will face criminal charges because its equipment sparked a wildfire last year that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes, a Northern California prosecutor announced Thursday.

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PALMDALE — Do you have expired or unused medication hanging around in your medicine cabinet? The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station can help you safely get rid of it.

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PALMDALE — The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators will hold a return to school town hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today at the Living Praise Christian Center, 2320 East Ave. R.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un called for stronger capability to cope with any foreign provocation as he met with military officers ahead of annual drills next month between South Korea and the United States that Pyongyang views as an invasion rehearsal.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party faced fierce criticism on Friday for a Facebook post likening COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jewish people in Nazi Germany.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An attack on an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire killed two crew members off Oman in the Arabian Sea, authorities said Friday, marking the first fatalities after years of assaults targeting shipping in the region.

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In another dispiriting setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the Coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the Coronavirus as those who did n…

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LANCASTER — The City has requested Antelope Valley Healthcare District director Michael Rives resign from the Board or take a leave of absence until the City’s lawsuit to remove him is resolved, according to a letter from City Attorney Allison Burns.

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Large crowds turned out Tuesday for Palmdale’s National Night Out event at Domenic Massari Park. Residents had the opportunity to meet first responders, learn about services available in their community and talk to neighbors. A variety of community organizations and agencies took part in the…

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PALMDALE — It’s a long way from the desert of Palmdale to the tropical shores of French Polynesia, but that’s the trek made recently by NASA’s SOFIA flying telescope.

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LOS ANGELES — Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said.

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday said he will consider ordering all California prison employees and inmate firefighters to be vaccinated as the state tries to head off another Coronavirus infection surge driven by the more contagious delta variant.

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PALMDALE — The Antelope Valley Watermaster 2020 Annual Report, approved by the Board of Directors, showed improvement in the stabilizing the groundwater basin.

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OCEANSIDE — The families of eight Marines and one sailor who died when their amphibious assault vehicle sank off the Southern California coast last summer plan to sue the manufacturer of the vehicle that resembles an armored seafaring tank, their lawyers announced Thursday, a day before the …

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Dr. J. Allan Hobson, a psychotherapist and pioneering sleep researcher who disputed Freud’s view that dreams held hidden psychological meaning, died on July 7 at his home in East Burke, Vermont. He was 88.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council made official the hiring of former City of Palmdale executive Anne Ambrose as interim city manager on Tuesday by approving a six-month contract.

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BOSTON — The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (AP) — Six chimpanzees have been removed from their caretaker under a court order after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claimed in 2016 that the chimps were being  held in inadequate conditions.

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color.

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XINXIANG, China — The night the rains came, all Yu Ruiping could do was huddle in her market stall. The electricity went out. Her phone went dead. And the water just kept rising.

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LANCASTER — An armed man who barricaded himself in an eastside house was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he set the residence on fire after an approximately four-hour long standoff, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to approve a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis to create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness.

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LAKE HUGHES — Lake Hughes’ 49er Day celebration will return this Saturday with a parade, live music and craft and food vendors after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LANCASTER — As part of a larger effort to improve traffic safety, the Lancaster Sheriff Station will hold a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday somewhere within city limits.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council will continue discussions for setting the annual rate of the voter-approved special parcel tax which funds the Police and Fire departments during a special meeting on Aug. 4, after determining they needed clarification on the tax revenues used to calculate it.

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MOSCOW — Police in Russia raided the home of the chief editor of an investigative news site that was recently designated as a “foreign agent,” the latest move by authorities to raise the pressure on independent media before the country’s September parliamentary election.

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LANCASTER — Detectives need the public’s help in identifying a woman for allegedly using a stolen credit card at a local business.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement Wednesday on a $1 trillion infrastructure package, with the Senate ready to begin consideration of a key part of the administration’s agenda. An evening test vote was possible.