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Bob Graham, ex-US senator and Florida governor, dies at 87

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. and two-term Florida Gov. Bob Graham, who gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks and as an early critic of the Iraq war, has died. He was 87. Graham’s family announced the death Tuesday in a statement posted on X by his daughter Gwen Graham. “We are deeply saddened to report the passing of a visionary leader, dedicated public servant, and even more importantly, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather,” the family said. Graham, who served three terms...

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Florida’s stricter ban on abortions could put more pressure on clinics elsewhere

The drive to Bristol, Virginia, from Jacksonville, Florida, takes more than eight hours. It’s over 10 from Orlando and closer to 14 from Miami. Despite that distance, Bristol Women’s Health Center is preparing for an influx of women from Florida seeking abortions when a stricter ban kicks in next month. For many people who otherwise would have obtained abortions in Florida, the clinic in southwest Virginia will become the closest practical option — as it already is for a swath of the South after a Florida policy change expected to resonate far beyond the state’s borders. “The majority of the...

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Donald Trump has posted a $175 million bond to avert asset seizure as he appeals NY fraud penalty

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and JENNIFER PELTZ (Associated Press) NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump posted a $175 million bond on Monday in his New York civil fraud case, halting collection of the more than $454 million he owes and preventing the state from seizing his assets to satisfy the debt while he appeals, according to a court filing. A New York appellate court had given the former president 10 days to put up the money after a panel of judges agreed last month to slash the amount needed to stop the clock on enforcement. The bond Trump is posting with the court now is essentially a placeholder, meant...

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Republican Congressman Says of Gaza: ‘It Should Be Like Nagasaki and Hiroshima’

A Republican House member from Michigan openly mused during a town hall last week about wiping out the Gaza Strip, telling his constituents that “it should be like Nagasaki and Hiroshima.” “Get it over quick,” Rep. Tim Walberg said, according to a video that emerged online from the March 25 event in Dundee, Michigan. His remarks, invoking the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan during World War II while discussing his opposition to U.S. humanitarian aid for Gaza, drew swift condemnation, including at least one call for his resignation. He said that his remarks were taken out of context and that the...

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Pembroke Pines voters choose Angelo Castillo for mayor

Angelo Castillo, a longtime city commissioner, will become the next mayor of Pembroke Pines. Voters also chose incumbent Jay Schwartz and newcomer Maria Rodriguez for commission seats. Castillo won the three-person mayor’s race Tuesday to replace Mayor Frank Ortis, a familiar face as the ceremonial leader and business leader, who is retiring. Ortis served on commission since 1996, the last 20 years as the mayor. Castillo, a former director of the Broward County Human Services Department, is now retired and pledged for the mayor’s role to become his full-time job. He beat political newcomer Elizabeth...

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Delray Beach gets new mayor and two commissioners

Delray Beach voters chose two familiar faces and one newcomer in one of the most heated municipal races in Palm Beach County. According to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office, Tom Carney, a former mayor and current attorney, defeated Ryan Boylston, the city’s current vice mayor, and Shirley Johnson, a former commissioner. Carney, 70, will replace current mayor Shelley Petrolia, who has served in that position since 2018. In a second race, Tom Markert, a political newcomer, edged out Tennille DeCoste, another political newcomer, and Jim Chard, a former commissioner. Markert will...

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Trump rails against Haley, Biden, NATO in South Carolina as the Republican primary looms

By MICHELLE L. PRICE, MEG KINNARD and JAMES POLLARD (Associated Press) CONWAY, S.C. — With two weeks to go before the South Carolina Republican primary, Nikki Haley is challenging Donald Trump on her home turf while the former president is turning to his familiar playbook of personal attacks as he tries to quash his last major rival for the nomination. Trump, turning his campaign focus to the southern state days after an easy victory in Nevada, revved up a huge crowd of supporters at a Saturday afternoon rally in Conway, near Myrtle Beach, by touting his time in office, repeating his false claims...

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Donald Trump clinches win at US Virgin Islands caucus, which defied Republican Party rules

By DÁNICA COTO (Associated Press) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Donald Trump amassed another win at a Republican caucus held Thursday in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where officials flouted several GOP party rules, including holding the contest earlier than allowed. The caucus is the third Republican contest held this election season with delegates at stake, with Trump receiving 73.98% of the votes and Nikki Haley 26.02%. “I want to thank you all. We had a tremendous victory,” Trump said in brief remarks by phone to those who gathered in St. Thomas to hear the results. “We expected to win, but we...

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Marianne Williamson suspends presidential campaign, ending long-shot challenge to Biden

By Will Weissert, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-help author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson on Wednesday announced the end of her long-shot Democratic challenge to President Joe Biden. The 71-year-old onetime spiritual adviser to Oprah Winfrey contemplated suspending her campaign last month after winning just 5,000 votes in New Hampshire’s primary, writing that she “had to decide whether now is the time for a dignified exit or continue on our campaign journey.” Related Articles National Politics | Broken Congress: It can’t fix the border, fund allies or impeach...

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Social media ban for kids moves in Florida Senate, despite DeSantis’ concerns

Florida senators moved forward late Monday with a proposed social media ban for children that has drawn concerns from Gov. Ron DeSantis. The measure (SB 1788) seeks to block users under 16 from using social media platforms with addictive features, regardless of parental approval. The Florida House overwhelmingly approved the proposal (HB 1) in a 106-13 vote last month. The Senate’s Judiciary Committee advanced the bill Monday in a 7-2 vote. DeSantis hasn’t committed to signing the proposed ban as it’s presently written. He said he has concerns about its “breadth” and whether it would pass legal...

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