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California seals its reputation as a climate juggernaut with a wave of legislation and head-turning lawsuit

By Ella Nilsen, CNN (CNN) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom drew loud cheers and applause on Wednesday when he spoke at the UN’s Climate Ambition Summit in New York, after pointedly calling the climate crisis “a fossil fuel crisis.” He told the room full of global leaders, climate advocates and non-governmental organizations the world needs

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Maui’s 150-year-old banyan tree is growing leaves after being charred by the wildfires. It’s just the beginning of a long recovery

By Kara Nelson, CNN (CNN) — A huge banyan tree charred by the wildfires in Maui is sprouting new green leaves, giving hope all was not completely lost in the flames. The 150-year-old cultural landmark dominates the courthouse square on Lahaina’s famous Front Street. The tree was planted in 1873, and is the largest one

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2 Florida kids stole their mother’s car after she took away their electronics and they were pulled over 200 miles away, authorities say

By Jamiel Lynch and Jennifer Henderson, CNN (CNN) — Authorities in north Florida were surprised to discover a 10-year-old behind the wheel when they pulled over a stolen vehicle this week. Officers pulled over a white sedan on Interstate 75 just before 4 a.m. Thursday in the city of Alachua, according to the Alachua County

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Operator of bus involved in fatal New York crash was listed by the state as an ‘unacceptable operator’ after failing several safety inspections

By Jessica Xing and Emma Tucker, CNN (CNN) — The transportation company that owns the bus involved in a fatal crash in New York this week while bringing high school students to a band camp was listed as an “unacceptable operator” by the state after failing several safety inspections since 2022. New York State Department

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A Texas teen was suspended for weeks over his locs hairstyle. Now, his family is suing the governor

By Chandelis Duster, CNN (CNN) — A Black high school student who was suspended over his locs hairstyle and his mother have sued Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state’s attorney general for allegedly failing to enforce the state’s CROWN Act, a law that protects against hair discrimination. Darryl George, a 17-year-old student at Barbers

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A Nebraska mother who provided an illegal abortion for her daughter and helped dispose of the fetus gets 2 years in prison, report says

By Mitchell McCluskey, CNN (CNN) — A Nebraska mother who was accused of helping her 17-year-old daughter have an illegal abortion and disposing of the fetus was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday, the Norfolk Daily News reported. The sentence comes after Jessica Burgess, 42, pleaded guilty in July to two felonies –

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