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A Los Angeles County firefighter has been killed after responding to a vehicle fire at a quarry in a desert community north of Los Angeles. L.A. County Fire Chief Anthony Marrone says an explosion occurred shortly after a firefighting crew arrived at the quarry in Littlerock around 2:10 p.m. Friday, killing the 19-year veteran firefighter who was based in the nearby city of Palmdale. Marrone says he doesn't know how the fire in the front end loader started or what exploded. He says the Los Angeles County Sheriff鈥檚 office will conduct an investigation. The name of the firefighter has not been released.

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A couple hiking in the desert south of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California has been rescued after running out of water. The Riverside County Sheriff鈥檚 Office says a man called 911 and reported that his girlfriend was dehydrated and weak. A search and rescue helicopter crew on June 9 found the couple in an area known as Painted Canyon. Temperatures reached triple digits that day. The Sheriff鈥檚 Office posted a video online showing the helicopter hovering above the couple lying on the desert floor. The man and women were then hoisted into the helicopter one by one.

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is facing a court-ordered sell-off of many of his personal assets while the future of his Infowars media platform remains up in the air. A federal bankruptcy judge in Houston on Friday ordered a liquidation of Jones鈥 personal assets to help pay part of the $1.5 billion in legal judgments he owes relatives of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting for calling the massacre a hoax. But the judge also dismissed the bankruptcy case of Infowars鈥 parent company, Free Speech Systems. Infowars may be allowed to continue operating as the families now expect to go to state courts to collect on the huge debt.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been reelected by lawmakers for a second term after his African National Congress party struck a dramatic late coalition deal with the main opposition and other parties. Ramaphosa won convincingly in a vote late Friday night against a surprise candidate who was also nominated in Parliament 鈥 Julius Malema, the leader of the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters. The 71-year-old Ramaphosa secured a second term with the help of lawmakers from the second biggest Democratic Alliance party and others after the ANC lost its 30-year parliamentary majority in a landmark election two weeks ago.

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The Princess of Wales says she is 鈥渕aking good progress鈥 in her cancer treatment and will attend Saturday鈥檚 royal Trooping the Color ceremony, Kate鈥檚 first public appearance since her diagnosis. The 42-year-old wife of Prince William has not made any public appearances this year. She announced in March that she was undergoing chemotherapy for an unspecified form of cancer. She says in a statement Friday: 鈥淚 am making good progress, but as anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days." She added that she faces 鈥渁 few more months鈥 of treatment.

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Host Germany has opened the European Championship with a confidence-boosting 5-1 win over 10-man Scotland in Munich. Goals from Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala had Germany firmly in control after less than 20 minutes. The first half ended in the worst possible way for Scotland when defender Ryan Porteous was sent off and Kai Havertz converted the resulting penalty kick. Substitute Niclas F眉llkrug came off the bench to score Germany鈥檚 fourth in the 68th minute and Emre Can netted in stoppage time as the hosts recorded the largest margin of victory in a European Championship opener. An Antonio Rudiger own goal gave Scotland something late to cheer about after not having a shot on goal all match.

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Investigators say a Southwest Airlines plane suffered damage to parts of the structure after it went into a 鈥淒utch roll鈥 during a flight last month. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday that the roll of the Boeing 737 Max happened May 25, but Southwest didn't notify the safety board until June 7. A Dutch roll is an unstable combination of yaw, or the tail sliding sideways, and the plane rocking in a way that causes the wings to roll up and down. No one was injured on the Southwest flight, which landed safely in Oakland, California. A Southwest spokesperson said the Dallas-based airline is participating in the investigation. He declined further comment.

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The U.S. Olympic swimming trials will make a splash on their grandest stage yet 鈥 a temporary pool inside the massive domed stadium that is home to the NFL鈥檚 Indianapolis Colts. The powerhouse American team will be determined over the nine-day, prime-time competition, which starts Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The spotlight will be on stars such as Katie Ledecky, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel. But there are plenty of other potential storylines at a meet that many swimmers find more nerve-wracking than the actual Olympics. The massive venue, which can seat up to 32,000 fans, only adds to the feeling that this is the Super Bowl of swimming.

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Two U.S. officials say the American-built aid pier off Gaza's coast will be detached and moved for a second time due to rough seas. The halt in aid operations raises further questions about the viability of the sea route for desperately needed humanitarian aid. Palestinians are facing widespread hunger because Israel's war in Gaza has largely cut off the flow of food, medicine and other supplies. The two U.S. officials said the pier will be moved late Friday and into Saturday to prevent it from breaking apart, as it did late last month in bad weather. The officials expect it will be operating again next week. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military planning.

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A weekend of commencement ceremonies at a half-dozen California universities is underway with no immediate sign of the major campus protests against the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza that have led to clashes with police and numerous arrests. Officials appealed Friday for celebrations of graduates without disruptions at schools including the University of California鈥檚 campuses in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, where major protests occurred over recent weeks. At Santa Cruz, the chancellor and provost announced they would not be attending ceremonies in hope of preventing protests targeting them. Commencement events are also occurring through the weekend or into next week at UC鈥檚 San Diego, Davis, Santa Barbara and Riverside campuses.

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The water quality of the Seine river in Paris is raising concerns ahead of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. The collective 鈥淓au de Paris鈥, responsible for collecting data for the city of Paris, published results on Friday showing high levels of E. coli and enterococci bacteria, sparking worries about fecal contamination in the river that will host events like the marathon swim and portions of the triathlons. Despite efforts such as a new retention basin, heavy May rainfall increased the pollution levels. Officials reamins optimistic that the water quality will improve with favorable weather.

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U.S. stocks hung around their record levels聽as Wall Street remained relatively quiet following another slide in Europe. The S&P 500 edged down by less than 0.1% Friday, marking the first time this week where it did not set an all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.1%, and the Nasdaq composite added 0.1% to its record set a day before on the back of gains for technology stocks. Losses were sharper across the Atlantic, where European stocks have been rocked by the results of recent elections. France鈥檚 CAC 40 stumbled to its worst week in more than two years.

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Some shelters south of the U.S. border are caring for many more migrants now that the Biden administration stopped considering most asylum requests. But the impact appears uneven more than a week after the temporary suspension took effect. Shelter directors say they have plenty of space south of Texas and California. But as many as 500 deportations from Arizona each day are straining shelters in Mexico鈥檚 Sonora state. They also expect longer stays as migrants try to snag appointments through the CBP One online app. And an exemption for unaccompanied minors has some advocates worried that mothers will send their children across the border alone.

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Scientists are trying to determine why bird flu kills some animals quickly but leads to mild illnesses in others. In the last two years, the virus has been blamed for the deaths of millions of wild and domestic birds worldwide. It鈥檚 killed legions of seals, wiped out mink farms, and dispatched cats, dogs and even a polar bear. But it seems to have hardly touched people. And, as it spreads in U.S. dairy cows, it seems to be causing relatively few severe illnesses. Scientists are exploring what's behind the differences 鈥 and whether the situation will change.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai has testified briefly at the federal financial conspiracy trial surrounding the collapse of once-touted startup Ozy Media. Pichai took the stand Friday. He countered Ozy founder Carlos Watson鈥檚 alleged claims that the search giant once sought to buy the company. Pichai said Google did consider hiring Watson for a high-level news executive job in 2021 and putting $25 million into Ozy in something of a tradeoff for luring him away. Prosecutors have said Watson later told another prospective investor that Pichai himself had extended a nine-figure offer to buy Ozy. Watson and Ozy Media have pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit fraud.

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A summit meeting of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations has focused on migration on its second day, seeking ways to combat trafficking and increase investment in countries from where migrants start out on often life-threatening journeys. It's a hot issue for summit host Italy and right-wing Premier Giorgia Meloni, who鈥檚 seeking to increase investment and funding for African nations as a means of reducing migratory pressure on Europe. The gathering in a luxury resort in Italy鈥檚 southern Puglia region is also focusing on global conflicts and the spread of artificial intelligence. Climate change and China were also discussed. The attendees on Thursday, the summit's first day, promised tens of billions of dollars in aid for Ukraine.

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The Supreme Court has decided to uphold federal approval of the abortion pill mifepristone, for now. But this week's unanimous ruling isn't the final word. The justices denied the challenge for technical reasons, and didn't address the merits of Food and Drug Administration drug approvals. Justice Brett Kavanaugh鈥檚 opinion even provided a road map for people who he said have sincere objections to others using mifepristone and obtaining abortions. He said anyone who objects to what the law allows other people to do can take their concerns to the Executive and Legislative Branches. That route would be more likely to work for abortion opponents if Republican Donald Trump is elected president in November.

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Leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations turned their attention to migration, artificial intelligence, economic security and the Indo-Pacific region on the second and final day of their summit. They stressed on Friday their determination to meet global challenges 鈥渁t a crucial moment in history.鈥 The gathering in a luxury resort in Italy鈥檚 southern Puglia region also discussed other major topics, including financial support for Ukraine, the war in Gaza, climate change, Iran, the situation in the Red Sea, gender equality, as well as China鈥檚 industrial policy and economic security. Divisions did emerge during the summit, however, notably over the lack of a reference to abortion in the summit鈥檚 final declaration.

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The San Francisco park where a grandmother was beaten and then later died will now bear her name. Family and friends will gather Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially usher in the newly named Yik Oi Huang Peace and Friendship Park. According to a website maintained by Huang鈥檚 family, the park will be a 鈥渧isible tribute to an Asian immigrant working-class woman.鈥 The 88-year-old was on her morning walk on Jan. 8, 2019, when she was attacked. She died a year later while receiving long-term care in a hospital. Keonte Gathron, a teen at the time, was arrested in connection with the assault. He's still awaiting trial.

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Pope Francis has challenged leaders of the world鈥檚 wealthy democracies to keep human dignity foremost in developing and using artificial intelligence. He warned that human relations themselves could be reduced to algorithms. Francis brought his moral authority to bear on the Group of Seven. In doing so, he became the first pope to attend the G7, offering an ethical take on an issue that is increasingly on the agenda of international summits, government policy and corporate boards alike. The final G7 communique largely reflected his concerns. The leaders pledged to better coordinate the governance and regulatory frameworks surrounding AI to keep it 鈥渉uman-centered.鈥

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A top U.S. bishop says government officials would be infringing on religious freedom if they were to restrict the Catholic Church鈥檚 work serving migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed the issue this week at a meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. Migration topics came up repeatedly, including long waits for religious worker visas that are affecting priests and a new education program to counter anti-immigration misinformation that Catholics are hearing. Leaders from numerous faith organizations have long shouldered most of the care for tens of thousands of migrants on both sides of the border.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine and to begin negotiations if Kyiv started withdrawing troops from the four regions annexed by Moscow in 2022 and renounced plans to join NATO. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy rejected what he called an ultimatum by Putin and compared it to actions by Adolf Hitler that led to World War II. Putin's remarks came as leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations met in Italy and as Switzerland prepared to host scores of world leaders -- but not Russia -- this weekend to try to map out first steps toward peace in Ukraine.

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The U.S.-led campaign against Iran-backed Houthi rebels has turned into the most intense running sea battle the Navy has faced since World War II. That's what its leaders and experts tell The Associated Press, whose journalists visited U.S. ships off Yemen in recent days. The fight against the near-daily attacks by the Houthis has been overshadowed by the Israel-Hamas war raging in Gaza. More than 50 vessels have been clearly targeted by the rebels. Other fire has endangered shipping through the vital Red Sea corridor. It appears the warfare likely only will intensify, putting the U.S. and allies more at risk.

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A federal judge says the government鈥檚 antitrust case against Google over its advertising technology will go to trial in September, rejecting both sides鈥 request to rule in their favor as a matter of law. The Justice Department and Google had been expected to make their arguments seeking summary judgment in the case next week. But at a hearing Friday in federal court in Alexandria, the judge told both sides that it鈥檚 clear the case has to go trial. She said numerous facts are in dispute that require trial testimony to assess. The lawsuit alleges Google violated federal antitrust laws by building a monopoly on the technology that powers online advertising.

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Cicada chaos is flourishing and flying in the American Midwest. Trillions of once hidden baby bugs are in the air, on the trees and perching upon people鈥檚 shirts, hats and even faces. They鈥檙e red-eyed, loud and frisky. The males are singing for sex and won鈥檛 stop until they get a female cicada鈥檚 flapping wing consent. There were places in Illinois the decibel level hit 101, louder than a lawnmower. The great dual periodical cicada emergence of 2024 鈥 an event of a magnitude not seen since 1803 鈥 has burst from below ground. It joins April's solar eclipse and May's Northern Lights for a triple crown of recent natural wonders in the U.S.

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Orange juice prices have always been volatile and highly dependent on the weather. But the record-high prices the world is seeing for OJ right now may be on the table for a while. An invasive pest that has been killing Florida's orange trees since 2005 also is spreading in Brazil, the world's largest orange juice exporter. Extreme weather is another factor. This year鈥檚 orange harvest in Brazil is likely to be the worst in 36 years due to flooding and drought. Florida's orange production fell 62% last year in the wake of Hurricane Ian. In the U.S., a 12-ounce can of frozen orange juice concentrate cost 42% more in April than a year earlier

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OpenAI has appointed a former top U.S. cyberwarrior and intelligence official to its board of directors, saying he will help protect the ChatGPT maker from 鈥渋ncreasingly sophisticated bad actors.鈥 Retired Army Gen. Paul Nakasone was the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency before stepping down earlier this year. He joins an OpenAI board of directors that鈥檚 still picking up new members after upheaval at the San Francisco artificial intelligence company forced a reset of the board鈥檚 leadership last year.

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U.S. Catholic Bishops convening for a two-day meeting approved a new, multifaceted program of outreach to Native American Catholics. The effort is motivated in part by a desire to make amends for the widespread abuses inflicted on Native youths at scores of Catholic-run boarding schools in the 19th and 20th centuries. The proposed plan covers everything from evangelism and sacred music to education, marriage and family. According to church statistics, Native Americans make up about 3.5% of U.S. Catholics and more than 350 parishes serve predominantly Indigenous people.

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California has become a leader in curbing methane emissions from dairy farms, a major source of the greenhouse gas. In recent decades, digesters that convert cow manure and other organic waste into biomethane to create electricity or to fuel vehicles have spread nationally, and the number is expected to grow. But this touted climate solution is controversial: Environmental justice organizations say mostly low-income, Latino communities are dealing with pollution generated by nearby digesters, and they want California to stop providing financial incentives for more. They say policies favor large industrial dairies, entrenching unsustainable animal agriculture and encouraging production of waste.

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In downtown Atlanta, shipping containers have been transformed into an oasis for dozens of previously unsheltered people who now proudly call a former parking lot home. It's just one example of micro communities that have been popping up across the U.S. In Denver, 1,500 people have been moved indoors through that city's own micro community program. Faced with years of rising homelessness rates and failed solutions, city officials across the U.S. have been embracing rapid housing options emphasizing three factors: small, quick and cheap. Officials believe that micro communities, unlike shelters, offer residents stability that, when combined with wraparound services, can more effectively put them on the path to secure housing.

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Tesla shareholders have voted to restore CEO Elon Musk鈥檚 record $44.9 billion pay package that was thrown out by a Delaware judge earlier this year. Vote totals were not immediately announced. The favorable vote doesn鈥檛 mean CEO Musk will get the all-stock compensation anytime soon. The package is likely to remain tied up in the Delaware Chancery Court for months as Tesla appeals the rejection. The court ruled in January that Musk essentially controlled the Tesla board when it approved the package in 2018, and that it failed to fully inform shareholders who approved it the same year. Tesla has said it would appeal, but asked shareholders to reapprove the package at Thursday鈥檚 annual meeting.

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Switzerland will host scores of world leaders this weekend to try to map out the first steps toward peace in Ukraine. Russia won鈥檛 take part in the talks on Saturday and Sunday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy鈥檚 government didn鈥檛 want Russia involved. But the Swiss have said Russia must be involved at some point and hope it will join the process one day. Zelenskyy鈥檚 top adviser says Ukrainians are also considering that possibility.

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Chinese soccer fans have poured their love 鈥 and money 鈥 into a Singaporean goalkeeper鈥檚 food stall after his performance in a game this week indirectly helped China advance to the third qualifying round for the World Cup in 2026. Hassan Sunny became an overnight celebrity on Chinese social media after Singapore鈥檚 3-1 loss to Thailand on Tuesday. China would have been eliminated if Thailand had won by three goals. Sunny made enough saves to prevent that from happening. Chinese fans have been lining up at the stand run by him and his wife in Singapore and sending money using the stall鈥檚 QR payment code.

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Asian shares are mixed after Wall Street鈥檚 continued frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology nudged indexes on Wall Street to more records. Japan鈥檚 benchmark Nikkei 225 surged 0.7% after the Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy intact, though it say it intends to begin cutting back on its government bond purchases. Shares rose in South Korea but fell in Australia and China. On Thursday, most U.S. stocks聽fell, but hopes for coming cuts to interest rates helped push the S&P 500 0.2% higher, topping its record set the day before. The Nasdaq composite climbed 0.3% from its own record, while the Dow fell 0.2%.

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Aleksander Barkov and Sergei Bobrovsky led the way as the Florida Panthers moved within a victory of their first Stanley Cup title, holding on to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 3 of the final. Game 4 is Saturday night in Edmonton. Barkov set up a goal and scored another while Bobrovsky made 32 saves to continue his run of dominance in the series. The Panthers pounced on turnovers and silenced a fired up Edmonton crowd witnessing the first Cup final game with fans in the city in 18 years.