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New York City’s mayor says he plans to erect hangar-sized tents as temporary shelter for thousands of international migrants who have been bused into the Big Apple as part of a campaign by Republican governors to disrupt federal border policies. The tents are among an array of options the city is considering as it struggles to find housing for an estimated 13,000 migrants who have wound up in New York after being bused north from border towns in Texas and Arizona. New York City’s huge system of homeless shelters has been straining to accommodate the unexpected newcomers.

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Less than two months before Election Day, a Racine County Board member is stepping into the campaign for governor by criticizing incumbent Tony Evers over decisions of the state parole commission. The Burlington representative's attack on Evers comes as Republican gubernatorial challenger Tim Michels, who hopes to unseat the Democratic governor in November, is urging Evers to somehow stop all paroles of state inmates.

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According to the Raymond Fire Department, the area where a structure fire destroyed two storage buildings west of Interstate 94 and south of Seven Mile Road Tuesday night lacked a municipal water supply, so water was brought in by water tenders that were filled at a nearby pond. The fire is under investigation by authorities, according to a news release by the Raymond Fire and Rescue Department.

A former University of Southern California dean has pleaded guilty in a bribery case involving a powerful Los Angeles politician. Marilyn Flynn entered the plea Monday in federal court. She was dean of USC’s School of Social Work for two decades. Prosecutors said that in 2018 she arranged to use USC to illegally funnel $100,000 that Mark Ridley-Thomas provided from his campaign funds to a non-profit run by his son, who also got a teaching job and a scholarship. Ridley-Thomas, then a county supervisor, allegedly backed a lucrative amendment to a county contract for USC. He later joined the LA City Council but was suspended last year and faces a corruption trial in November. He's pleaded not guilty.

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Cities from Anchorage to New Orleans are shuttering their pandemic-era hotels that were used to house the homeless as funding dwindles and leases run out. In Denver, one of the last hotel shelters closed its doors Friday, pushing 138 residents out of the rooms. The Quality Inn in Denver, leased from its private owner by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, provided rooms for those over 65-years-old and people at greater risk for severe COVID-19 illness. The hotel rooms offered homeless people security, privacy, and stability. The programs, however, also sparked a national trend of states and cities purchasing hotels to convert into permanent housing.

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The Justice Department says three Iranian citizens have been charged in the United States with ransomware attacks that targeted power companies, local governments and small businesses and nonprofits, including a Pennsylvania domestic violence shelter. The charges accuse the hacking suspects of targeting hundreds of victims in the U.S. and elsewhere, stealing data from their networks and demanding ransom payments to unlock and return the stolen information. The case was filed in federal court in New Jersey, where a municipality in Union County was hacked last year. The accused hackers are thought to be in Iran and have not been arrested, but a Justice Department official said Wednesday the charges make it “functionally impossible” for them to leave the country.

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Los Angeles County leaders have announced a lawsuit settlement agreement that commits hundreds of millions of dollars to expand outreach and supportive services for homeless residents — marking the potential end of two years of litigation over the crisis of people living on the streets. The deal puts LA County in direct partnership with the city of Los Angeles, which has committed to sheltering thousands of homeless residents as part of its settlement in the lawsuit reached earlier this year. Officials say the county will contribute an estimated $236 million in new funding to address homelessness through 2027, with an emphasis on expanding street outreach teams to make sure people who need help get it.

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The number of homeless people counted in Los Angeles County is up this year, but at a much slower pace than previously. And many more people left the streets for shelters. That's according to the results of federally required tally announced Thursday. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority says there were about 69,000 people homeless on any given night in the county — a 4.1% hike from 2020. But that compares with a nearly 26% hike between 2018 and 2020. The new figure comes from a three-day count taken in February. It's the first tally since 2020. No count was taken last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California Edison reported “circuit activity” at about the same time the first flames from a wildfire near Hemet were reported, the utility company said of the area where a fast-moving blaze has killed two people and injured another and burned at least seven structures. It’s unclear what the circuit activity was or whether Edison’s equipment played a role in starting the ...

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North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Cheri Beasley is pitching herself as a bridge between law enforcement and the Democratic party in her latest appeal to moderate voters in one of the nation’s most competitive races for a seat in the narrowly divided chamber. Joined by more than a dozen current and former law enforcement officers at a news conference in Durham on Monday, Beasley announced new legislative priorities to strengthen public safety and mend the frayed relationship between her party and the police force. She also joined other Democratic candidates in distancing herself from the “defund the police” movement — a progressive push to divest funds from police department budgets and reallocate them to social services and other community resources.