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    Firefighters have increased containment of a large wildfire in mountains north of Los Angeles after a weekend of explosive growth along Interstate 5. The Post Fire is 8% surrounded Monday after scorching more than 24 square miles and forcing the evacuation of at least 1,200 peoples from a recreation area on Saturday. The fire broke out as weather turned hot and windy in a region where grasses spawned by a rainy winter have long since dried out and are ready to burn. Meanwhile in Northern California, a wildfire sparked Sunday near Lake Sonoma is 20% surrounded after charring nearly 2 square miles.

      A federal judge says a historic ocean liner that still holds the transatlantic speed record it set more than 70 years ago must leave its berth in Philadelphia by Sept. 12. The decision issued Friday culminated a years-old rent dispute between the conservancy that oversees the 1,000-foot SS United States and its landlord. It stemmed from an August 2021 decision by the landlord to double the ship’s daily dockage rate. The conservancy wouldn't accept the increase. The judge ruled the conservancy’s failure to pay the new rate didn't amount to a contract breach. But she also found the berthing agreement is terminable at will under Pennsylvania contract law.

        The Biden administration’s effort to expand protections for LGBTQ+ students has hit another roadblock. A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new Title IX rule in six states. U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves referred to the regulation as “arbitrary in the truest sense of the word.” He granted a preliminary injunction blocking it in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Last week, a different federal judge temporarily blocked the new rule in Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana and Idaho. Still under consideration is a request for a preliminary injunction filed by the Republican attorneys general of Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

          The Democrat-controlled Vermont legislature has returned to the Statehouse to try to override Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s vetoes. By Monday afternoon, the Legislature had voted to overturn the governor's vetoes of a property tax bill to pay for education, a bill that requires state utilities to source all renewable energy by 2035 and reforms to the state's land-use law. Lawmakers will also take up his rejection of bills cracking down on companies’ use of online personal data and restricting a type of pesticide that’s toxic to bees. Scott vetoed eight bills this session, saying last month that the Legislature is out of balance and that he'll take heat when he believes he's making the right choice for the everyday Vermonter.

            New Jersey’s attorney general has charged Democratic power broker George Norcross with racketeering and other crimes in connection with government issued tax credits. An indictment was unsealed Monday and Attorney General Matt Platkin announced the charges at a news conference in Trenton. Norcross, a former Democratic National Committee member and one-time head of the Camden County Democratic Party, has been an influential figure in state politics. The indictment alleges that Norcross and others got property rights along the Camden waterfront and collected millions of dollars in state-backed tax credits. Five others also face charges.

            The University of Michigan and the City University of New York didn't adequately investigate complaints about antisemitic or anti-Palestinian harassment linked to campus protests over the Israel-Hamas war and other incidents. That's according to results of U.S. Education Department investigations announced Monday. The investigations are the first to reach a conclusion among dozens launched by the Education Department since the war began in October. The University of Michigan has agreed to administer a climate assessment and revise its policies as necessary. The City University of New York system says it’s committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and hate. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona says hate "has no place on our college campuses."

              The Tonys are often the most entertaining of awards shows, with Broadway performers showing their best work. Sunday’s show was no exception, with buzzy performances peppered with special appearances from the likes of Jay-Z and Hillary Clinton. As always, the Tonys crowned both beloved veterans and exciting newcomers, and had the added factor of making history for women. Female directors accounted for seven of 10 directing nods, including four of five best musical nominees. The night ended in surprise with a best musical win for “The Outsiders,” an adaptation of the classic young adult novel.

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