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Another Year of Net Migration Loss for California, New Data Shows

By Jamie Joseph California experienced the largest net domestic outmigration of any state in 2022, with a decrease of 343,230 people, according to a real estate analysis by the National Association of Realtors published on Jan. 30. However, the Golden State remains the most populous state in the nation with nearly 39 million residents. Millions of people…

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Musk Didn’t Defraud Investors With 2018 Tesla Tweets

By The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO—A jury on Friday decided Elon Musk didn’t defraud investors with his 2018 tweets about electric automaker Tesla in a proposed deal that quickly unraveled and raised questions about whether the billionaire had misled investors. The nine-member jury reached its verdict after less that two hours of deliberation following a three-week trial.…

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Chinese Spy Balloon Shot Down, Falling Toward Atlantic

By Eva Fu The Chinese surveillance balloon drifting east toward the Atlantic Ocean has been shot down by the U.S. military and is now falling into the sea, video shows. Television footage showed the balloon deflating before dropping toward the water around 2:40 p.m. U.S. military jets were visible flying in the vicinity, and ships were deployed…

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Texas Border Sheriff Wants Smugglers to Get 5 Years Per Illegal Immigrant

By Charlotte Cuthbertson KINNEY COUNTY, Texas—The number of human smugglers arrested by deputies in Kinney County, Texas, has more than quadrupled in the past two years and the sheriff wants the penalties to increase. Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe said his deputies arrested 741 smugglers transporting illegal immigrants from the border in 2022, up from…

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Bipartisan Group of Montana Lawmakers Call Out Biden Admin for Handling of Chinese Balloon

By Savannah Pointer A bipartisan group of Montana lawmakers called out the Biden administration for its response to the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon floating over the United States. The Chinese balloon drifting through United States airspace was first spotted in Montana, and video footage of the object prompted speculation about why the aircraft might be…

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Another Chinese Spy Balloon Traveling Over Latin America, Pentagon Says

By Eva Fu A second Chinese spy balloon is currently traversing Latin America, Pentagon confirmed late on Feb. 3 amid rising concern about a Chinese surveillance balloon hovering eastward across the continental United States. “We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America. We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon,” Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said in…

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Trump Pledges ‘Peace Through Strength’ Unveiling His 2024 Hypersonic Defense Plan

By Savannah Pointer Former President Donald Trump unveiled a new military policy as part of his 2024 presidential campaign this week, proposing to develop “a state-of-the-art, next-generation missile defense shield” to protect the United States from hypersonic missiles. The former president pledged to build the shield as part of a “peace through strength” plan in a video posted on…

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Chinese Spy Balloon Can Maneuver, Will Stay in US for ‘Few Days,’ Pentagon Says

By Eva Fu The Chinese surveillance balloon that floated over U.S. airspace is maneuverable and is currently in the central United States, a top Pentagon official told reporters on Feb. 3. The balloon, which had hovered over the state of Montana where nuclear silos are housed, has a “large payload underneath the surveillance component” of the balloon, according to…

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House Subcommittee Discusses US Development of Satellite Technology and Protecting It From Rival Threats

By Ross Muscato A subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce conducted a Feb. 2 hearing that focused on the use of emerging satellite technology in commerce, defense, public safety—and bringing high-speed and affordable broadband access to under-served areas. Also discussed in the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing, titled “Launching Into the State of…

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368 Arrested, 131 Rescued in Sex Trafficking Operation in California

By Jack Bradley Authorities arrested 368 people and rescued 131 victims involved in human trafficking in a weeklong statewide multi-agency task force, announced Feb. 1. “We know that the sex trade is a prolific one that exists throughout this state and throughout our nation,” said Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michel Moore . “It’s an ugly…

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Pentagon Tracking Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Over Northern US

By Andrew Thornebrooke and Frank Fang The U.S. military is currently tracking a suspected Chinese spy balloon over Montana, according to a senior Pentagon official. “The United States Government has detected and is tracking a high altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder in a Feb.…

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