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Jorge L. Ortiz


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Past articles by Jorge:

Russia says drone attack on Kremlin was attempt to kill Putin; Kyiv denies involvement: Live updates

Two Ukrainian drones hit the Kremlin, causing a fireball near the roof of the iconic building complex. Russia claims it was an attempt to kill Putin. → Read More

Sex offender among 7 found dead in Oklahoma; families remember victims: Updates

A woman said her daughter and three grandchildren were among the seven people found dead in Henryetta, Oklahoma. → Read More

Earthquake death toll over 20,000; Turkey evacuates thousands; UN aid reaches Syria: Live updates

The international effort to provide food and shelter to victims of the earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria intensified Thursday. Live updates. → Read More

'Like we woke up to hell': 7,700 dead in quake-battered Turkey, Syria; baby rescued after being born under rubble: Live updates

The death toll continued to rise in Turkey and Syria as a frantic search for earthquake survivors pressed on. Amid the horror came small victories. → Read More

Bitter cold, waves of storms target nation's midsection; Texas, Gulf Coast states could see tornadoes: Updates

Meanwhile, at least three storms will be responsible for the threat of ice and snow from Sunday through Thursday. Latest updates → Read More

Police seek motive after 10 killed, 7 hospitalized in Monterey Park mass shooting: Live updates

After 10 people were killed in a shooting in Monterey Park, California, police said the suspect died by suicide. Investigators are seeking a motive. → Read More

4 more storms heading toward California in next 10 days, Newsom warns; death toll climbs: Updates

Thousands of Californians have fled their homes as endless storms pound the state. The entire San Francisco Bay Area is under a flood watch. → Read More

Putin drives Mercedes across bombed-out Crimean bridge; Russia blames Ukraine for blasts in air bases: Live updates

Putin drove a car across the Crimean bridge Monday, 2 months after a truck bombing that Russian officials blamed on Ukrainian terrorism. Live updates. → Read More

Russian fighters mock 'great generals' after suffering heavy losses; Zelenskyy cracks open a door to peace talks: Ukraine live updates

Russia's Defense Ministry downplayed complaints from troops of being sent into an "incomprehensible offensive" that resulted in many deaths. Updates. → Read More

'Weaponizing food': Outrage grows over Russia's suspension of grain deal with Ukraine. Live updates.

A chorus of international condemnation echoed over Russia's sudden decision to halt participation in a grain export deal with Ukraine. Live updates. → Read More

Biden warns Moscow using nukes would be 'serious mistake'; progressives retract request for peace talks with Putin: Ukraine updates

There have been at least 23 verified losses of Russia’s Ka-52 HOKUM attack helicopters in Ukraine since the invasion. Live Ukraine updates. → Read More

Nuclear 'Armageddon' at highest risk since 1962, Biden says; Russia blames NATO for rhetoric: Live updates

Biden's warning follows talks among Russian officials about the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering massive setback. → Read More

Putin seizes Europe's largest nuclear plant, signs laws annexing Ukraine land; OPEC cuts oil production, helps Russia: Updates

Russia's announcement claiming the plant came hours after Putin signed laws annexing the Zaporizhzhia region. → Read More

Putin grants Russian citizenship to US fugitive Edward Snowden: Ukraine live updates

Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, a fugitive who has been living in Russia since 2013, has been granted Russian citizenship. Updates. → Read More

Russians protest, flee country as Putin's military mobilization begins; Blinken urges end to nuclear threats: Ukraine updates

Russia's partial military mobilization aimed at slowing Ukraine's high-octane counteroffensive was in full swing Thursday. Live updates. → Read More

Homicides down but violent crime increased in major US cities, midyear survey says

Crime statistics from the first half of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021 showed an increase in violent crime, according to a new survey. → Read More

Missing suspect in deadly Canadian stabbing spree arrested, police say

Stabbing rampage suspect Myles Sanderson, 32, has a history of violence that includes 59 criminal convictions. → Read More

One suspect in Canadian stabbing massacre found dead, other brother still on the run

Canadian police said one of the two brothers suspected in the fatal stabbings of 10 people has been found dead. → Read More

A storm by any name: Sleepy hurricane season may wake up in September

The next three names on the list of tropical storms and hurricanes may not be used this month, only the third time that has happened since 1960. → Read More

Drone strike on Russian fleet halts Navy Day festival in Crimea; Zelenskyy calls for Donetsk region evacuations: Ukraine live updates

A drone attack at the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet wounded six people and shut down a festival marking Navy Day. Live updates. → Read More