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What are HR 8, HR 1446?  Gun control legislation awaiting Senate votes
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What are HR 8, HR 1446? Gun control legislation awaiting Senate votes

Two bills to expand background checks, HR 8 and HR 1446, have passed in the House but not yet in the Senate.On Wednesday, both bills were posted on the Senate's Legislative Calendar of Business. But it's unclear when that will be.On Wednesday, both bills were posted on the Senate's Legislative Calendar of Business. Sen. Schumer signaled that votes cannot be expected soon.Mourning and outrage continues to reverberate across the nation following a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday. And, amid a long history of gun violence in the United States, increased gun control legislation is still uncertain in Congress.There are notably two gun bills that have been passed in the House, but not yet in the Senate: HR 8 and HR 1446, both o...
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Deal proposed by China would dramatically expand security influence in Pacific | pacific islands

China is pursuing a sweeping regional economic security deal with Pacific nations that would dramatically expand its influence and reach into those countries, in a pact that has western countries and some Pacific leaders deeply worried.The wide-ranging deal lays out China's vision for a much closer relationship with the Pacific, especially on security matters, with China proposing it would be involved in police training, cybersecurity, sensitive marine mapping and gaining greater access to natural resources.A draft of the deal, written in a similar style to the controversial bilateral security deal signed by Solomon Islands and China last month, and a five-year action plan, both of which have been obtained by the Guardian, cover a huge range of issues , including trade, financing and in...
Marcus Smart will return for Game 5 vs. Heat, Robert Williams also available
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Marcus Smart will return for Game 5 vs. Heat, Robert Williams also available

Celtics How is Marcus Smart feeling? "Good enough." Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics reacts from the bench against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in Game Four. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images Both Marcus Smart and Robert Williams will be back in the lineup for Game 5 against the Heat on Wednesday, the Celtics announced. Smart suffered a nasty-looking sprained ankle in Game 3, and while he returned in dramatic fashion as the Celtics attempted to rally, he missed Game 4. So how is he feeling now? “Good enough,” Ime Udoka said. “He tested it, and it feels better as the day went on. Did a little bit in shootaround and just some pregame now. He has enough movement where he’s ...
The new Prgamo bookseller, a Mexican writer who was a novillero: “I did my doctorate at the Complutense recommended by El Pimpi y Montoli”
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The new Prgamo bookseller, a Mexican writer who was a novillero: “I did my doctorate at the Complutense recommended by El Pimpi y Montoli”

Madrid Updated Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 01:36Jorge F. Hernández was the cultural attaché of Mexico in Spain. AMLO expelled him for responding in an article to an official who considers the pleasure of reading a capitalist. "Stalin already died, gey"Jorge F. Hernndez, in the Prgamo bookstore.ANTONIO HEREDIAJorge F. Hernández, the Mexican writer and columnist, smokes inside the Prgamo bookstore. A Guatemalan operator works on the reform of the premises. The wooden shelves will remain. The books have disappeared. There is a brand new printer. Jorge holds the cigarette between two fingers of his right hand and smoking is again the habit that best combines with paper and ink and the smoke conquers the light from the window.-I'm going to translate the biography of sidney franklinthe ...
State, federal relief agencies survey Gaylord tornado damage
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State, federal relief agencies survey Gaylord tornado damage

Gaylord — A team of about a dozen people from federal, state and local agencies wound their way through the Nottingham Forest mobile home park on Wednesday morning, knocking on doors and surveying rubble-filled lots.As the workers made their way from lot to lot, documenting damage they saw using clipboards, iPads and iPhones to take notes, they mostly encountered destroyed or empty homes, but occasionally arrived at a residence where someone was home.“You live here? We’re just going around with FEMA and SBA,” a state police officer with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Department said to one homeowner on the back edge of the park.Wednesday marked the first day of the preliminary damage assessment process, where officials are seeking to take stock of the extent of the damag...
Massacre after massacre |  International
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Massacre after massacre | International

GINA MONTANER Updated Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 01:34A police officer lays flowers at the memorial offering for the victims of the Uvalde shooting.EFEIt was the last day of school at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, in Texas. A small and humble town whose population is mostly Hispanic. Before the armed attacker burst in, the parents had gone to a cCeremony to celebrate your children's school achievements. It would be the last time some of them would hug their little ones.Now Uvalde is part of the list of places in the United States marked by the tragedy of a school massacre. Overnight it ranks second in number of deaths after the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, where, a decade ago, 20 children and 6 adults were killed by an assailant carrying an AK-15.Then-P...
Celtics vs.  Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals
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Celtics vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals

Another pivotal Game 5 is upon us. With the Eastern Conference Finals tied at 2-2, the Celtics travel to Miami to take on the Heat for a series-altering matchup. I'm sure you've seen the stat by now: teams who win Game 5 in a best-of-7 series that is tied 2-2 go on to win the series 82 percent of the time. With that being said, the Celtics did drop Game 5 to fall in a 3-2 hole to the Bucks last round, only to win two games in a row to advance to this stage. The Heat face the pressure of possibly having to head to Boston with their season on the line if they can't take care of business at home, while the Celtics look to avoid falling into another 3-2 hole. Will Miami defend home court and put itself one win away from a return to the Finals? Or will the Celtics return to Boston with...
Grandfather mourns 10-year-old Jayce Luevanos in Uvalde school shooting
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Grandfather mourns 10-year-old Jayce Luevanos in Uvalde school shooting

UVALDE, Texas – It's the morning coffee Carmelo Quiroz will miss.Every morning, Quiroz's grandson, 10-year-old Jayce Luevanos, woke up and made his grandparents a pot of coffee. It was his thing about him. And they loved him for it. Yes, there were other things about Jayce to love. The way he colored and wrote notes saying “I love you Grandpa.” The way he twirled sticks and always brought the neighborhood kids to the family home, a block from Robb Elementary School. Jayce's dog, Fifi, would wait for him to get home. Sometimes, there would be 6, 7, 8 kids tumbling around the yard, playing with sticks and roughhousing as Quiroz and his wife looked on, amused. There were sodas and water for all the kids. Jayce was happy. He was loved. And he died Tuesday, Quiroz said. Here, on a su...
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Brewers come back to beat light-hitting Padres, take series

There is so often no margin for error. There is no room, really, for anything else that doesn’t go their way in many games the Padres play.That has been OK much of the time.Wednesday afternoon was one of the games in which it was not.Yu Darvish tired near the end of an otherwise magnificent outing, former Padres infielder Luis Urías made a deft slide at third base, and the Brewers scored two runs in the seventh inning and held on for a 2-1 victory at Petco Park. (Box score.)The Padres are getting the kind of starting pitching teams hardly dare to dream about.Manny Machado is staging an MVP campaign, but the rotation’s group effort has shouldered much of the lifting toward the Padres’ 28-16 record.But Wednesday was the latest occurrence of the offensive ineffectiveness that has practical...
Abbott calls Texas school shooting a mental health issue but cut state spending on it
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Abbott calls Texas school shooting a mental health issue but cut state spending on it

UVALDE, Texas—Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the Uvalde school shooter had a "mental health challenge" and the state needed to "do a better job with mental health" — yet in April he slashed $211 million from the department that oversees mental health programs.In addition, Texas ranked last out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for overall access to mental health care, according to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report. "We as a state, we as a society, need to do a better job with mental health," Abbot said during a news conference at Robb Elementary School, where a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday.His remarks came just a day after an outraged Connecticut senator called out lawmakers opposed to gun control who seek to blame men...