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‘I’m Matt.’ For Some Politicians, Addiction Battles Drive Policymaking.

Elected leaders in recovery are sharing their histories of drug abuse, fueled by worry over the epidemic that’s killing so many Americans.

Freight Train Derails Along Lehigh River

Photos on social media showed two locomotives and several container cars derailed. No injuries or leaks were reported, officials said.

University of Idaho Needs More Students. Should It Buy an Online School?

Ahead of an expected drop in enrollment, the institution is looking to buy the University of Phoenix, a for-profit school with a checkered past. Is it worth $550 million?

Racial Turnout Gap Has Widened With a Weakened Voting Rights Act, Study Finds

The Black share of the electorate had been on the rise for decades, but in some counties, a Supreme Court decision in 2013 changed that, according to a new analysis.

Voters Doubt Biden’s Leadership and Favor Trump, Times/Siena Poll Finds

The share of voters who strongly disapprove of President Biden’s handling of his job has reached 47 percent, higher than in Times/Siena polls at any point in his presidency.

Scenes From the Smokehouse Creek Fire in Texas

The fire, which has burned over a million acres in the state’s Panhandle, is still largely uncontrolled. Here’s a look at the damage it has done so far.

California Rainfall Totals: L.A. Saw a Historically Wet February

Last month was the fourth-wettest February in the city’s recorded history.

In Powerful D.C. Ward, Democrats Move to Oust Councilman Over Crime Surge

The effort to recall Charles Allen, spearheaded by Democratic operatives who once backed him, reflects how a response to a rise in crime has cut across ideological lines.

Major Snowstorm Descends Over Mountains Around Lake Tahoe

Meteorologists issued rare blizzard warnings as heavy snow halted travel and caused ski resorts and Yosemite National Park to close. The system also triggered a tornado.

Newsom Faces Questions Over Panera Amid Fast Food Wage Law Exemption

The California governor last year said a fast-food minimum wage law didn’t apply to Panera Bread because of the “nature of negotiation.” He changed course after a scathing report suggested otherwise.

More Than a Thousand Mourners Pack Church to Honor Student Killed in Georgia

Laken Riley, whose death became enmeshed in the nation’s bitter debate over immigration, was remembered as a warm and caring woman who “shined so bright.”

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