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Kankakee County man pleads guilty to assaulting police during Jan. 6 capitol breach

WASHINGTON -- An Illinois man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assaulting police officers during the capitol riots on Jan. 6, 2021. Quinn Keen, 36, of Manteno, pleaded guilty to a felony offense of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. According to the U.S.

Man guilty in Black transgender woman's killing in 1st federal hate crime trial over gender identity

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man was found guilty Friday of killing a Black transgender woman in the nation’s first federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity.

What is tech-facilitated abuse? Teen dating violence trends explained

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and as technology gets smarter with artificial intelligence (AI), the threat of tech-facilitated abuse increases, especially with teens.

San Francisco residents unleash on blue city's failure to curb 'brutal sex trafficking' rampant on streets

Residents of the Mission District in San Francisco penned a blistering petition saying city has failed to address "brutal sex trafficking" playing out on the streets.

Police arrest man in killing of nursing student at University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday in the killing of a nursing student whose body was found on the University of Georgia campus, and police said he apparently did not know the victim, he acted alone and there was no further threat to the university community.

NORAD tracking high-altitude balloon flying over United States

A high-altitude balloon was being tracked across the Western part of the country by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the agency confirmed Friday.

Boyfriend accused of helping girlfriend take her own life, officials say

An 18-year-old man is behind bars for allegedly aiding his 17-year-old girlfriend in taking her own life, according to police officials.

Around the world

Colombia to send deep-water expedition to explore 300-year-old shipwreck thought to hold treasure

The Colombian government announced an expedition to attempt the recovery of treasure from a sunken galleon along its Caribbean coast.

Over 300 detained in Russia as country mourns the death of Alexei Navalny, Putin's fiercest foe

Over 300 people were detained in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group reported Sunday.

Pope Francis cancels a meeting with Rome deacons because of mild flu, the Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has canceled an audience scheduled for Saturday as a precaution after coming down with mild flu, the Vatican press office said in a short statement, without adding further details. Francis was scheduled to meet with Rome deacons in the morning.

An attack on a cargo ship in the Red Sea has caused a miles-long oil slick. Things could get worse

CAIRO (AP) — An attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on a Belize-flagged ship earlier this month caused an 18-mile (29-kilometer) oil slick, the U.S. military said Saturday. It also warned of the danger of a spill from the vessel's cargo of fertilizer.

An attack on a cargo ship in the Red Sea has caused a miles-long oil slick. Things could get worse

The U.S. military says an attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels on a Belize-flagged ship earlier this month caused a significant oil leak.

Biden vows sanctions against Russia in visit with Navalny's family

President Joe Biden Thursday vowed to sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s death

Texas arrest, Colorado home linked to head of Russian bank

Two associates were arrested in the United States on charges of helping to take care of the $12 million Colorado property.

Technology

UK lawmakers seek reassurances about nuclear deterrent after reports of a failed missile test

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers are seeking reassurances about the nation’s nuclear deterrent after reports that a test of the system failed dramatically last month when an unarmed missile crashed into the sea near the submarine from which it was launched.

Ransomware group LockBit is disrupted by a global police operation that includes 2 arrests

LONDON (AP) — Law enforcement agencies have infiltrated and disrupted the prolific ransomware syndicate LockBit that has extracted $120 million from thousands of victims around the world, with two people arrested, British, U.S. and European officials said Tuesday.

Colombia to Conduct Deep-Water Expedition to Explore 300-Year-Old Shipwreck Believed to Contain Treasure

Colombia's government plans to embark on an underwater exploration over 600 meters deep to investigate and potentially recover artifacts from the legendary galleon San José.

Whale Singing: Lab Experiments Reveal Unique Voice Box Feature

Researchers have discovered a unique feature in the voice boxes of whales through laboratory experiments, shedding light on how these majestic creatures produce their distinctive songs.

Unix, Linux and epoch time

Working on Linux doesn’t often require that we contemplate epoch time, but the concept plays an important role in a “behind the scenes” kind of way.

New Robot Designed to Automate Home Cleaning Tasks and Replace Dishwasher Loading

OK-Robot, created by scientists, is programmed to tidy up your living space with just a simple command, challenging the notion that robots are solely suited for industrial settings.

Java JDK 21's virtual threads face pinning problem

Java's virtual threads in JDK 21, designed to simplify concurrent application development, are encountering a 'pinning' problem related to synchronized methods and statements.

Sports News

NCS basketball championships: Benicia boys cap Cinderella run with title. Piedmont boys, Northgate girls fall short.

NCS basketball championships: Benicia upsets top team in NCS D-II to claim title; Piedmont falls short against top-seeded University in NCS boys Division III final.

Golden Richards, Super Bowl champion and former Cowboys star, dead at 73

Golden Richards, a former Dallas Cowboys star known for an improbable catch in Super Bowl XII, died at the age of 73 due to congestive heart failure, his family said.

Steve Kerr, Warriors agree to contract extension: ESPN

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- The Golden State Warriors agreed to a contract extension with head coach Steve Kerr, ESPN reported Friday night. The contract is for two years and $35 million, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said. Kerr is now the highest-paid coach in NBA history.

NCAA president says Congress must act to preserve sports at colleges that can't pay athletes

NCAA President Charlie Baker says action by Congress was needed to protect what he described as the “95 percent” of athletes whose ability to play college sports would be endangered by a court ruling or regulatory decision declaring them as employees of their schools.

Ex-SDSU punter Matt Araiza signs with Kansas City Chiefs

Former San Diego State football player Matt Araiza has been signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, his agency announced in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Former Cowboys receiver Golden Richards, known for famous Super Bowl catch, dies at 73

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Golden Richards, the former Dallas Cowboys receiver known for his flowing blond hair who famously caught a touchdown pass off a gadget play in the 1978 Super Bowl, died Friday of congestive heart failure at his home in Murray. He was 73.

Patty Tavatanakit takes a 3-stroke lead after three rounds of her home LPGA event in Thailand

CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — Local favorite Patty Tavatanakit shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Thailand tournament. Tavatanakit had a three-round total of 16-under 200 on the Siam Country Club Old Course at Chonburi southeast of Bangkok.

Politics News

GOP shutdown fears grow: 'We could be in a world of hurt'

Leaders in both parties are racing to secure a deal on government spending as the negotiation window quickly closes and the fears of a shutdown grow more pronounced.

Nikki Haley says no chance of being Trump VP, says she 'would’ve gotten out already'

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, asked Friday if she would hypothetically be willing to be rival Donald Trump's running mate, said there was no chance.

Trump enters South Carolina's Republican primary looking to embarrass Haley in her home state

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is looking to win his fourth straight primary state on Saturday over Nikki Haley in South Carolina, aiming to hand a home-state embarrassment to his last remaining major rival for the Republican nomination.

SEC expected to scale back landmark climate disclosure rule

If finalized, the pared-back rule would represent a major victory for groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Ted Cruz probes left-wing group over effort training federal judges for climate cases

FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is probing an environmental group over its ties to the Biden administration and efforts to influence federal judges.

Trump's lawyers call for dismissal of classified documents case, citing presidential immunity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump urged a Florida judge to dismiss the criminal case charging him with illegally retaining classified documents, claiming in part that presidential immunity protects him from prosecution even as that sweeping argument has so far in failed in federal cour

Candidates for San Diego mayor discuss hot-button issues during forum

A mayoral candidate forum brought out four fresh faces Thursday, all of which are vying for the position of the chief executive of the City of San Diego.