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The U.N. envoy focusing on sexual violence in conflict says there are 鈥渞easonable grounds鈥 to believe Hamas committed rape, 鈥渟exualized torture,鈥 and other cruel and inhuman treatment of women during its surprise attack in southern Israel on Oct. 7 that left about 1,200 people dead and some 250 others taken hostage. There are also 鈥渞easonable grounds to believe that such violence may be ongoing,鈥 said Pramila Patten, who visited Israel and the West Bank from Jan. 29 to Feb. 14 with a nine-member team. In a report released Monday, she said the team 鈥渇ound clear and convincing information鈥 that some hostages have been subjected to the same forms of conflict-related sexual violence including rape and 鈥渟exualized torture.鈥

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Taylor Swift鈥檚 boyfriend has taken shaking it off to another level. Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end who began dating the pop music superstar during this past season, will be honored Tuesday night with a bobblehead giveaway when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics. The collectible is a tiny version of Kelce and his older brother, Jason, who recently retired from the Philadelphia Eagles. The brothers are Cleveland natives and have long supported their hometown Cavs, who are in turn paying tribute to the local football stars. The miniature Kelces are decked out in blue Cavs jerseys 鈥 Travis in his familiar No. 87, Jason in No. 62.

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A Massachusetts Air National Guard member has pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking highly classified military documents about Russia鈥檚 war in Ukraine and other national security secrets. Jack Teixeira pleaded guilty in Boston鈥檚 federal court Monday to six counts of willful retention and transmission of national defense information under the Espionage Act. Prosecutors say Teixeira 鈥渃allously disregarded the national security of the United States鈥 and they plan to seek nearly 17 years in prison for him. An attorney for Teixeira says he'll push for a sentence of 11 years. The defense attorney describes Teixeira as a 鈥渒id,鈥 adding the defense will show at sentencing that his youth played a significant role in his conduct.

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A U.S. Postal Service plan to downsize a regional mail hub in Reno and move package and letter processing to Sacramento, California, has officials in Nevada worried about delays and mail-in ballot handling. A bipartisan trio of Nevada congressional delegates are among those who say mail service would be snarled by the hours-long roundtrip drive over the Sierra Nevada. Secretary of State Francisco Aguilar says processing ballots in California before returning them over the snowy mountains to be counted in Nevada would 鈥渦nquestionably鈥 affect election results. A Postal Service spokesperson says plans aren't final but that Nevada mail still would be delivered within two days.

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The former chief financial officer of Donald Trump鈥檚 company has pleaded guilty in New York to lying under oath during his testimony in the ex-president鈥檚 civil fraud case. Allen Weisselberg will not have to testify at Trump鈥檚 hush-money criminal trial as part of his plea Monday. The 76-year-old Weisselberg will be sentenced to five months in jail in his second stint behind bars after an unrelated tax fraud case. His plea to perjury is further evidence that he's willing to again spend a chunk of his golden years in jail rather than testify truthfully or flip on his old boss.

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A top member of Israel鈥檚 wartime Cabinet is meeting with U.S. officials in Washington while talks are underway in Egypt to broker a cease-fire in Gaza before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins next week. Benny Gantz, a centrist political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, traveled for talks with several senior U.S. administration officials this week. An official from Netanyahu鈥檚 far-right Likud party said Gantz did not have approval from the prime minister for his meetings in Washington and that Netanyahu gave the Cabinet official a 鈥渢ough talk鈥 鈥 underscoring the widening crack within Israel鈥檚 wartime leadership nearly six months into the Israel-Hamas war.

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Two attorneys for then-President Donald Trump orchestrated a plan for fake electors to file paperwork falsely saying he won Wisconsin in a strategy to overturn Joe Biden鈥檚 2020 victory there. That鈥檚 according to a lawsuit settlement reached Monday that makes public months of texts and emails. Kenneth Chesebro and Jim Troupis turned over more than 1,400 pages of documents, emails, texts and other materials that offer a detailed account of the scheme鈥檚 origins in Wisconsin. The communications show how they, with coordination from Trump campaign officials, replicated the strategy in six other states including Georgia. The agreements settle a civil lawsuit brought by Democrats in 2022 against the two attorneys and 10 Republicans in Wisconsin who posed as fake electors.

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U.S. stocks are edging up from their record heights. The S&P 500 was 0.2% higher Monday, coming off its latest all-time high. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 24 points, and the Nasdaq composite was flat. Later this week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will speak before Congress. What he says could sway expectations for when the Fed will start cutting interest rates, now expected in June. The latest monthly jobs update will also arrive at the end of the week. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 topped 40,000 for the first time. Bitcoin also rose, while gold set a record.

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A far-right, unofficial Catholic media site has agreed to pay $500,000 to a New Hampshire priest who sued for defamation over a 2019 article. And the priest鈥檚 attorney says the media site is planning to shut down soon. That wasn鈥檛 immediately confirmed by Church Militant or its parent company, St. Michael鈥檚 Media. But its online store announced a liquidation sale. Church Militant formally apologized to the Rev. Georges de Laire, an official with the Diocese of Manchester, over an article that depicted him harshly. This follows the November resignation of St. Michael鈥檚 Media founder and president, Michael Voris, over an unspecified breach of its morality clause.

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Police say a group of men in masks opened fire at an outdoor party in central California, killing four people and wounding seven others. The King City Police Department says officers responded to a reported shooting around 6 p.m. Sunday and found three men with gunshot wounds who were pronounced dead in a front yard. A woman also died after being brought by someone to a hospital in King City, about 106 miles south of San Jose. Police initially said three other people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds but later announced that detectives later learned of four additional wounded victims. Police say several people were at the party outside a home when three men with dark masks and clothes got out of a silver car and fired at the group. The suspects then fled the scene in the car.

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Former President Donald Trump scored a clear win at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, which unanimously ruled that states don鈥檛 have the ability to bar him 鈥 or any other federal candidates 鈥 from the ballot under a rarely used constitutional provision that prohibits those who 鈥渆ngaged in insurrection鈥 from holding office. The decision shuts down a push in dozens of states to end Trump鈥檚 candidacy through a clause in the 14th Amendment, written to prevent former Confederates from serving in government after the Civil War. But it may open the door to further electoral uncertainty, exposing more state officials to disqualification under the provision and setting up a constitutional showdown should Trump win the election.

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Trillions of gallons are lost from aging drinking water systems across the U.S. after decades of deferred maintenance and disinvestment. Some communities struggle to provide safe and reliable service, especially in older industrial and rural areas in the eastern half of the country that have seen significant population and industrial decline that leave behind poorer residents, vacant neighborhoods and too-large water systems. Some systems lose more than half of their treated drinking water before it reaches users. Yet experts say such communities often are at a disadvantage when seeking funding, resulting in a downward spiral.

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French lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill to enshrine abortion rights in France鈥檚 constitution, making it the only country to explicitly guarantee a woman鈥檚 right to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy.. There were jubilant scenes of celebrations all over France as women鈥檚 rights activists hailed the measure adopted in a historic joint parliament session convened at the Palace of Versailles Monday evening. The measure was promised by President Emmanuel Macron following a rollback of abortion rights in court rulings in the United States. Both houses of French parliament, the National Assembly and the Senate, approved the measure by an overwhelming 780 votes to 72. It says a woman鈥檚 right to an abortion is guaranteed.

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A severely wounded 4-year-old boy from Gaza has come to the U.S. for medical care and a prosthetic arm after an Israeli airstrike killed his family. Omar Abu Kuwaik's surviving relatives and a chain of strangers have made courageous, loving sacrifices to help the traumatized child get aid. Two U.S.-based charities facilitated his exit from Gaza and his treatment. And he'll come back each year for a new prosthetic as his body grows. Yet no one knows what future awaits Omar. For the aunt who accompanied him to America, it was a painful choice leaving her own family behind in Gaza. She knows she might never see them again, and feels she has no home to return to.

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A powerful blizzard that closed highways and ski resorts has moved through the Sierra Nevada but forecasters warn that more snow is on the way for Northern California mountains. A stretch of Interstate 80 from west of Lake Tahoe to the Nevada state line finally reopened to all but big rigs late Monday morning after a lengthy closure. Blizzard warnings have expired but a new system is expected to bring periods of moderate mountain snow. Several ski resorts were closed all weekend. Power has been restored to thousands who lost service but some outages continue.

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Rajah Caruth was like any other 4-year-old boy the first time he watched the movies 鈥淐ars鈥 and vowed to become his own version of Lightning McQueen. He was, his family insists, obsessed with becoming a racecar driver. Born in Atlanta and raised in Washington, D.C., racing cars wasn鈥檛 really within his reach. After a lot of work, Caruth earned his first career NASCAR national series victory with a win last week in the Truck Series Race at Las Vegas. Caruth joined Wendell Scott and Bubba Wallace as the only Black drivers to win at NASCAR鈥檚 national level.

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With attacks on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives raging, Black women looking to climb the corporate ladder face a more hostile landscape than ever. Claudine Gay鈥檚 resignation in January as Harvard鈥檚 first Black president was just the latest in a revolving door of Black women who have been especially and aggressively questioned or abandoned after achieving a career pinnacle. This has led some women to build networking groups or mentorship, even as some question whether it鈥檚 worth trying for top positions. For others, it has triggered an exodus to entrepreneurship and reinvention.

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A severely wounded 4-year-old boy from Gaza has come to the U.S. for medical care and a prosthetic arm after an Israeli airstrike killed his family. Omar Abu Kuwaik鈥檚 surviving relatives and a chain of strangers have made courageous, loving sacrifices to help the traumatized child get aid. Two U.S.-based charities facilitated his exit from Gaza and his treatment. And he鈥檒l come back each year for a new prosthetic as his body grows. Yet no one knows what future awaits Omar. For the aunt who accompanied him to America, it was a painful choice leaving her own family behind in Gaza. She knows she might never see them again, and feels she has no home to return to.

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Trillions of gallons are lost from aging drinking water systems across the U.S. after decades of deferred maintenance and disinvestment. Some communities struggle to provide safe and reliable service, especially in older industrial and rural areas that have seen significant population and industrial decline that leave behind poorer residents, vacant neighborhoods and too-large water systems. Some systems lose more than half of their treated drinking water before it reaches users. Yet experts say such communities often are at a disadvantage when seeking funding, resulting in a downward spiral.

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Authorities in Haiti have ordered a nighttime curfew after an explosion of violence as gang gunmen overran the two biggest prisons and freed thousands of inmates over the weekend. Gangs already were estimated to control up to 80% of Port-au-Prince, the capital. They are are increasingly coordinating their actions and choosing once unthinkable targets like the Central Bank. Haiti鈥檚 National Police has roughly 9,000 officers to provide security for more than 11 million people and they are routinely overwhelmed. The prime minister is overseas trying to salvage support for a U.N.-backed security force. The United States urges all Americans to depart as soon as possible.

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China's efforts to restore confidence and rev up the economy will top the agenda during this month鈥檚 meeting of the ceremonial national legislature. The strong, consumer-led recovery hoped for after leaders gave up on severe anti-virus controls in late 2022 never materialized. Premier Li Qiang's work report Tuesday will showcase Beijing's success in meeting last year's target of about 5% growth. But the mood on the streets and in financial markets remains glum. Property prices have continued to fall, local governments are mired in trillions of dollars of debt and many Chinese are holding back on spending.

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Asian stocks are mostly higher ahead of China鈥檚 top annual political gathering, while Japan鈥檚 benchmark surpassed the 40,000 level for the first time. U.S. futures fell and oil prices were little changed. Japan鈥檚 Nikkei 225 share index advanced 0.5% to 40,150.00, breaching the 40,000 level, after a big rally on Wall Street last week pushed U.S. stocks to new heights. Shares in Japan have tracked gains in other markets driven by expectations for strong demand for technology associated with artificial intelligence. They have also been boosted by continued easy credit policies with the Bank of Japan pumping money into the economy to help support growth. Hong Kong鈥檚 Hang Seng fell 0.2% to 16,558.00 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 0.2% to 3,033.63.

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SpaceX has launched four astronauts to the International Space Station who will oversee the arrival of two new rocketships during their stint. The U.S.-Russian crew should reach the station on Tuesday, following Sunday night's launch from Florida. They'll replace a crew from the U.S., Denmark, Japan and Russia. Boeing's long-delayed Starliner capsule with test pilots and a new private mini shuttle with cargo are due to arrive during the new crew's six-month stay. NASA's 聽Jeanette Epps was originally assigned to fly on Boeing's Starliner. NASA finally switched her to SpaceX.

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Asian stocks are mostly higher ahead of China鈥檚 top annual political gathering, while Japan鈥檚 benchmark surpassed the 40,000 level for the first time. U.S. futures fell and oil prices were little changed. China's National People's Congress opens Tuesday. It will provide insights into Beijing's policy plans and also is likely to yield an annual target for economic growth for the year. The rally in Japan tracked gains Friday on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 rose 0.8%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.2%, and the Nasdaq composite climbed 1.1%. Leaps for Dell and other companies on excitement around artificial-intelligence technology are helping drive the market's advance.

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An Israeli official says a top Cabinet minister's trip to Washington has angered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dispute between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz underscores widening cracks in the wartime government and rifts between Israel and the U.S. as the conflict in Gaza continues. There are disagreements between Netanyahu and President Joe Biden over how to alleviate Palestinians' suffering and create a postwar vision for Gaza. Talks aimed at brokering a cease-fire were underway in Egypt, but a government official says Israel didn't send a delegation because Netanyahu has not received an answer from Hamas on key questions.

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South Korea鈥檚 government has begun steps to suspend the medical licenses of thousands of striking junior doctors, days after they missed a government-set deadline to end their joint walkouts, which have disrupted hospital operations. Nearly 9,000 medical interns and residents have been on strike for two weeks to protest a government push to sharply increase the number of medical school admissions. The Health Ministry says officials were sent to dozens of hospitals on Monday to formally confirm the absence of the striking doctors. It says authorities will later notify the striking doctors of their expected license suspensions and give them a chance to respond.

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South Korea and the United States have begun large military exercises to bolster their readiness against North Korean nuclear threats. The joint exercises that started Monday will last 11 days. They involve computer-simulated command post training called the Freedom Shield exercise and separate field exercises. South Korea鈥檚 military said last week the 48 field exercises would involve live-firing, bombing, air assault and missile interception drills. North Korea had no immediate response but it has staged provocative weapons tests in the past in reaction to the annual U.S.-South Korean exercises. It regards the major military drills as a rehearsal for invasion.

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Haiti鈥檚 government has declared a state of emergency and nighttime curfew in a bid to regain control of the streets after an explosion of violence over the weekend saw armed gang members storm the country鈥檚 two biggest prisons. The 72-hour state of emergency went into immediate effect Sunday night as Haiti鈥檚 government said it would set out to find the killers, kidnappers and other violent criminals that it said escaped from the prison. At least nine people have been killed since Thursday as gangs step up coordinated attacks in the capital. The violence is taking place as Prime Minister Ariel Henry is abroad trying to salvage support for a United Nations-backed security force for Haiti.

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Chris Mortensen, the award-winning journalist who covered the NFL for close to four decades, including 32 as a senior analyst at ESPN, died Sunday morning. He was 72. ESPN confirmed Mortensen鈥檚 death on Sunday. There was no immediate word on the cause or place of death. Mortensen announced in 2016 that he he had been聽diagnosed with throat cancer. Even while undergoing treatment, he was the first to confirm the retirement of Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Mortensen announced his retirement after the NFL draft last year so that he could 鈥渇ocus on my health, family and faith.鈥

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Top surfers Gabriel Medina of Brazil and Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia have won the final qualifier for the upcoming Olympics following nine days of volatile weather. The competition held in Puerto Rico and organized by the International Surfing Association began in late February with 266 surfers from 55 nations, nearly half of them women. The athletes ranged in age from teenagers to those in their 40s. Eight women and six men also qualified in recent days. Among them is 14-year-old Siqi Yang. She became the first Chinese surfer to qualify for the Olympics and the youngest surfer overall to qualify. The competition ended Sunday.

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A major highway is closed again as the effects of a powerful blizzard continue to cause problems across the Sierra Nevada, and forecasters warned more heavy snow is on the way for Northern California. 聽The highway patrol says Sunday there is no estimate for reopening sections of Interstate 80 to the west and north of Lake Tahoe. A blizzard warning is in effect until midnight for areas above 6,500 feet, while lower elevations are under a winter storm warning with another 2 feet of snow possible. Several ski resorts are closed. Power has been restored to thousands who lost service on Saturday.