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WASHINGTON — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate.

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LOS ANGELES — Crime victims and law enforcement officials planned launch an effort Saturday night to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, claiming the sweeping changes Gascon has initiated since taking office in December favor the rights of criminals over their victims.

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PHOENIX — An American Airlines flight was diverted and two women arrested in Phoenix after authorities say one of the women spit on a fellow passenger who asked them to stop using racial slurs in their conversation and the other slapped his hand when he started recording them.

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SAN DIEGO — California is freeing up as much as $28 million to help immigrants arriving from Mexico and being released in the US until their court dates, a sharp contrast from other border states that have emerged as foes of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow with no margin for error down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an unusually daring feat.

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LOS ANGELES — Officials on Saturday released the name of a 19-year-old man who was killed in a shooting near a taco stand in downtown Los Angeles.

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LANCASTER — More than 600 seniors received COVID-19 vaccinations Saturday at Wesley Health Center in the Antelope Valley’s largest vaccination event so far.

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LANCASTER — Proposed improvement to El Dorado Park include a new community building, an expanded playground with new inclusive play equipment, a splash pad and a new swing set with eight swings.

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One of President Joe Biden’s first acts in office was to cancel the controversial Keystone Pipeline that was to carry a heavy crude oil mixture from western Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with another leg stretching to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

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Yuval Waldman, an accomplished violinist and conductor with particular interests in building musical bridges between countries and rediscovering neglected works composed under oppressive circumstances, died Feb. 1 in Brooklyn. He was 74.

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar escalated their crackdown on demonstrators against this month’s military takeover, deploying early and in force on Saturday as protesters sought to assemble in the country’s two biggest cities and elsewhere.

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BILLINGS. Mont. (AP) — Dozens of vehicles crashed into each other Saturday on an icy interstate highway bridge over the Yellowstone River outside Billings, Montana, making the span appear like a wrecking yard with mashed cars and trucks.

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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — About 15,000 protesters calling for the resignation of Armenia’s prime minister marched through the capital Saturday as pressure on the leader intensified after the country’s president rejected his order to dismiss the chief of the military general staff.

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The following schools request Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education to raise money for supplies and equipment:

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ACTON — Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District’s Board of Education approved layoffs for 12 employees Thursday night, including certificated and classified employees, due to budget constraints.

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WASHINGTON — The House is expected to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package late Friday that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses.

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Nasser Banyameen speaks about his hometown of Qaraqosh in the historical heartland of Iraqi Christianity with nostalgia. Before Islamic State group fighters swept through the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. Before the militants shattered his sense of peace. Before panicked relatives and nei…

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed “many hundreds” of people, the large majority men, in a massacre late November in the Ethiopian city of Axum in the Tigray region, Amnesty International said Friday. The new report echoed the findings of an Associated Press st…

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SACRAMENTO — California expects to start administering the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week and to receive more than 1.1 million of the single-dose shots in the next three weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.

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SAN DIEGO — An Australian man and his Southern California business partner who ran more than a dozen charter schools pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges tied to a massive fraud scheme that siphoned $50 million in education funds from the state to invest in start-up companies and real estate.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One of Haiti’s most powerful gang leaders, Arnel Joseph, was killed on Friday, a day after he and dozens of other inmates in a prison breakout that left at least eight people dead, including the prison director, authorities said.

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BEIRUT (AP) — A US airstrike targeting facilities used by Iran-backed militias in Syria appears to be a message to Tehran delivered by a new American administration still figuring out its approach to the Middle East.

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The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted Tuesday to oust four of its churches, two over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ people and two more for employing pastors convicted of sex offenses.

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CALIFORNIA CITY — The City Council approved to amend its fiscal budget and allocate money collected from cannabis tax to the public safety fund.

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Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise nationwide. The Lancaster and Palmdale sheriff’s stations are holding separate catalytic converter engraving events to combat growing theft of the device.

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ROSAMOND — Rosamond Community Services District could see its water fund revenues drop to less than 50% of the target, and sewer fund revenues in a deficit by more than $2 million by 2025 if water and sewer rates remain the same.

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PALMDALE — Following a routine traffic stop, deputies found themselves engaged in a chase that lasted nearly 45 minutes.

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DURHAM, N.C. — When J. Samuel Hammond arrived as a freshman at Duke University in 1964, he knew nothing about the musical instrument that allowed a player to send melodies ringing across campus from the bells in the school’s iconic chapel tower. A demonstration from a fellow student introduc…

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LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Union High School District Board members Victoria Ruffin and Amanda Parrell voted against a contract to provide fresh produce for students in several Antelope Valley school districts.