California pilot and his dog survive plane crash after swimming to shore

The Piper PA-32, a single engine plane, crashed off the coast across from Trump’s LA golf club in Ranchos Palos Verdes

A pilot and his dog survived a plane crash off the California coast, swimming to shore where they were met by authorities responding to the incident.

A 911 call came in on Sunday afternoon at 5.22pm about a plane crashing into the ocean off the coast across from the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, in Ranchos Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles county sheriff’s department said on Tuesday.

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Republican senator Tom Cotton calls for vigilantism to break up Gaza protests

Outcry as Cotton says those inconvenienced by protesters blocking roads and airports should ‘take matters into own hands’

The Republican senator Tom Cotton has urged Americans to “take matters into their own hands” when encountering pro-Palestine supporters, an apparent call to vigilantism as Israel’s military strikes in Gaza continued despite global calls for a ceasefire.

Demonstrations on Monday by supporters of Palestine blocked roads in major US cities, including New York and Philadelphia; delayed flights at the bustling Chicago O’Hare and Seattle-Tacoma international airports; and caused traffic congestion on San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge.

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Mike Johnson says he won’t resign as Republican anger grows over foreign aid

‘Wartime speaker’ indicates he will press forward with aid package, which would force him to rely on Democrats to pass it

Defiant and determined, the House speaker Mike Johnson pushed back on Tuesday against mounting Republican anger over his proposed US aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other allies, and rejected a call to step aside or risk a vote to oust him from office.

“I am not resigning,” Johnson said after a testy morning meeting of fellow House Republicans at the Capitol.

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Trump faces contempt motion after social media posts about New York trial

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg alleges former president violated gag order with Truth Social posts about witnesses in hush-money case

About an hour after day one of Donald Trump’s criminal trial in Manhattan closed, the former president published the first of what would be a series of posts on Truth Social about his disdain for the trial, specifically his required attendance.

The Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, filed a motion in papers made public on Tuesday to hold Trump in contempt of court for violating a partial gag order in the case.

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Maine poised to pass gun safety bills after deadliest shooting in state history

Bill strengthens ‘yellow flag’ law, boosts background checks and makes it a crime to recklessly sell guns to a prohibited person

After experiencing the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history last year, Maine is poised to pass a series of new gun safety bills meant to minimize the chances of an even worse attack occurring in the future.

Maine’s state house on Monday followed its senate in approving the governor’s omnibus gun safety bill that strengthens the state’s so-called “yellow flag” law, boosts background checks for private sales of guns and makes it a crime to recklessly sell a gun to a prohibited person. The bill also funds violence prevention initiatives and opens a mental health crisis receiving center in Lewiston, Maine, where 18 people were killed and 13 others were wounded in a shooting on 25 October.

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