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Colossal wildfires burn across Canada, driving thousands of people to evacuate with kids, pets and precious belongings

Colossal wildfires burning across Canada over the last week have driven thousands of people to evacuate with their kids, pets and precious belongings in tow – many uncertain when they may be able to return home.

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At least 4 dead in Houston as destructive storms lash Texas and Louisiana with strong winds and flood threats

At least four people are dead in Houston after hurricane-force winds and torrential rains tore a damaging path through the city Thursday – part of a lashing storm system that is bringing life-threatening flooding and power outages to parts of the South.

Suspect in custody after break-in at home of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, police say

A 29-year-old suspect is in custody after the official residence of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass was broken into Sunday morning while she was home, police and her spokesperson said. Ephraim Matthew Hunter, of Los Angeles, faces a burglary charge in the incident, Los Angeles police said on X. He’s being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records that do not list his next court date.

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Flood emergency hits Florida’s capital after storms unleash tornadoes and life-threatening flooding along Gulf Coast

Fierce storms are targeting the Ohio Valley and tracking through the Southeast Thursday, a day after deadly storms spawned damaging tornadoes and flash flood emergencies from Texas to Mississippi.

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Powerball jackpot ratchets up to $1.09 billion after no big winner Monday

The Powerball jackpot has ballooned to a tremendous $1.09 billion after yet another lottery drawing yielded no top winner Monday night.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is target of investigation carried out by Homeland Security team that specializes in human trafficking, source says

Homes belonging to Sean “Diddy” Combs were searched by authorities Monday because he is a target of a federal investigation carried out by a Department of Homeland Security team that handles human trafficking crimes, according to a senior federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.

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2 jackpots – $865 million and $1.1 billion – are up for grabs this week in Powerball and Mega Millions drawings

Lottery players will have more chances this week to win massive payouts as the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots rose to close to $865 million and $1.1 billion, respectively, after there were no winners in the most recent drawings for the two games.

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Dozens of artists/speakers pull out of SXSW festival; protest military/defense industry sponsorships

Dozens of performers and speakers have canceled appearances at the ongoing South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in protest of event sponsorship from by the US military and defense companies amid the war between Israel and Hamas.

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Small fiery plane crash along Nashville’s I-40 kills all 5 people on board

A small plane burst into flames as it careened into a shoulder of Nashville’s Interstate 40 Monday night, killing all five people on board and prompting the partial closure of the highway as officials investigated the scene, police said.

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Crews battling massive Texas wildfires get a crucial opportunity to contain flames in calmer weather Monday

Firefighters racing to wrangle the largest blaze in Texas history could get their best chance in days to contain the flames in the wake of a cold front Monday. Hot air and raging winds have fueled the infernos in recent days, reducing entire neighborhoods to rubble and inflicting harrowing injuries upon ranchers’ livestock.

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