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Polls say Trump has a strong chance of winning again in 2024. So how might his second term reshape the US government?

David Smith, University of Sydney Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, a zealous convert to Donald Trump’s cause, once offered an expansive vision of how Trump should rule in a second term: “fire every single midlevel bureaucrat, every civil servant in the administrative state, replace them with our people.” Polls a year out from the 2024 election suggest Trump has a good chance of winning it. If he does, he and his allies want to be ready to run the country in ways they were not in 2016. For more than a year, groups supporting Trump have been publicising plans to fill

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Suspect arrested for dead body found in Crissy Field

A San Francisco man was arrested and charged with murder on Monday in connection with a body found at Crissy Field on November 12.  Police investigation reveals Leion Butler, 20, as the suspect in the murder.  According to the United States Department of Justice, the body of the victim was found in the Presidio with a gunshot wound to the head.  Surveillance cameras picked up several cars leaving the area of Crissy Field around the time of the murder.  One of the cars was linked to the victim.  The car was located three days later in San Francisco’s Hunters Point

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Ex-SJPD officer who allegedly masturbated at a crime scene arrested for hit and run

A police officer who was fired from the San Jose Police Department last year is now arrested.  On November 17, ex-SJPD Officer Matthew Dominguez was arrested by his old co-workers in connection to a hit-and-run crash.  A police department spokesperson told the press, “Mr. Dominguez was arrested for allegations of assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and failure to yield to a peace officer.” According to Santa Clara County jail inmate records, Dominguez, 33, is locked behind bars as of Tuesday afternoon with a $105,000 bail.  He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.  In 2022, Dominguez

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Wife and lover arrested for allegedly conspiring to murder husband

A woman and a man have been arrested after they allegedly conspired to kill her husband.  The victim was Parwiz Assar, 51. Parwiz was found stabbed to death on October 8 at 10:21 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon at Lance Way and Tucker Street, where they found Assar unresponsive and suffering from stab wounds.  Police said medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.  Extensive investigations revealed two suspects:  On October 31, police arrested Azizi in Seattle, Washington. He is held without bail at King County Jail and awaiting extradition to California.

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Volcanic Iceland is rumbling again as magma rises − a geologist explains eruptions in the land of fire and ice

Jaime Toro, West Virginia University Thousands of earthquakes in recent weeks have shaken the Icelandic fishing town of Grindavík, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of the capital Reykjavik. They have triggered evacuations and warnings that a volcanic eruption may be imminent. While the idea of magma rising was no doubt scary for tourists visiting the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which was closed as a precaution, Iceland’s residents have learned over centuries to live with their island’s overactive geology. So, why is Iceland so volcanically active? The answer has two parts: One has to do with what geologists unimaginatively

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What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses? A medical toxicologist explains

Kavita Babu, UMass Chan Medical School Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl. Physicians like me have seen a rise in unintentional fentanyl use from people buying prescription opioids and other drugs laced, or adulterated, with fentanyl. Heroin users in my community in Massachusetts came to realize that fentanyl had entered the drug supply when overdose numbers exploded. In 2016, my colleagues and I found that patients who came to the emergency department reporting a heroin overdose often

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Two drivers suspected of DUI arrested in Concord

The Concord Police Department arrested two drivers on suspicion of DUI while conducting a DUI enforcement patrol on November 18.  Concord Police Department issued a reminder to drivers regarding driving under the influence, “Impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.” The Concord Police Department will be holding DUI enforcement patrols throughout the year.  Drivers charged

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