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Strong Aegean Sea earthquake topples buildings in Turkey

Turkey’s emergency authority says a 6.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken the western province of Izmir.

Girl Scouts tweet, then delete post about Amy Coney Barrett

Former U.S. embassy worker suspected of sexually assaulting 24 women

  Biden marks Iowa rise from caucus collapse to fall contender; Trump returns to Mich., Wis.

  New arrest after France church attack, security tightened

Australia wildfires probe recommends climate risk forecasts

  ‘Our heart breaks’: South digs out from Zeta’s wrath

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Illinois judge to rule on Rittenhouse extradition to Kenosha

  Zeta batters Southeast after swamping Gulf Coast; 6 dead

  Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19

  GRAPHIC: Philadelphia police face rebuke from city, Wallace family

  Pelosi, Trump administration trade blame over virus aid

  Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

  Trump fights headwinds as he and Biden battle over Florida

Both nominees are now focusing on encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day, next Tuesday.

Walmart pulls guns, ammo off store shelves

The retail giant sells firearms in roughly half of its 4,700 stores in the United States.

Fair housing groups: Redfin ‘redlines’ minority communities

“Redfin’s policies and practices operate as a discriminatory stranglehold on communities of color, often the very communities that have been battered by a century of residential segregation, systemic racism, and disinvestment,” the lawsuit said.

Netflix raises prices on standard, premium plans

Netflix announced Thursday that it is raising prices on its standard and premium plans.

  Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Falwell sues Liberty, saying school damaged his reputation

  Strangers drive homeless man from L.A. to Wisconsin

Exxon, Chevron to cut US jobs as oil industry struggles

Pope ends public audiences, eyes Christmas as virus surges

  Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds

  Black leopard mauls Florida man who paid $150 for ‘full-contact experience’

Detectives with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say the savage attack happened in an enclosure at a South Florida home

Ogre-faced spiders can hear with their legs, study says

Scientists have learned ogre-faced spiders can hear even though they don’t have ears, according to a new study.

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US health care system

Federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. health care system designed to lock up hospital information systems, which could hurt patient care just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking.

Train derails in southeast Texas, forcing evacuations

Nearby residents were told to evacuate their homes as hazmat crews assess the damage.

  How to make Halloween as safe as possible for you and trick-or-treaters

While the Centers for Disease and Prevention has already classified trick or treating as high-risk, the agency says the tradition can be made safer.

UK Labour leader says anti-Semitism brings shame on party

The party responded by suspending Jeremy Corbyn, who has represented Labour in Parliament since 1983.

Defendant pleads guilty in Rudy Giuliani associates’ case

The plea by David Correia came Thursday to charges of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and wire fraud conspiracy.

  ‘Difficult winter’: Europe divided on lockdowns; cases soar

Germany’s disease control agency said local health authorities reported 16,774 new positive tests for COVID-19 in the past day, pushing the country’s total since the start of the outbreak close to the half million-mark.

  Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3 million

The stolen money would have been used in the final days of the campaign to make snap spending decisions based on the state of the presidential race, the party chairman said.

  Florida woman goes into labor, stops to vote before going to hospital

A pregnant woman in Florida was on her way to the hospital to give birth, but she made a detour to cast her vote in the 2020 election.

Azizi, April the Giraffe’s youngest calf, unexpectedly dies

The most recent calf of April the giraffe — which was over a year-and-a-half old — has died unexpectedly Tuesday during a veterinary examination.

  Jobless claims fall to 751,000, but new infections a threat

Applications for unemployment aid fell 40,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. They fell in 30 states, including big drops in California, Florida and Texas.

United Airlines to offer free COVID tests on select routes

The four-week trial run starts Nov. 16, just before the typical hectic holiday travel season.

  Typhoon, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam

Officials say Molave was the worst typhoon to hit the country in 20 years.

Judge allows John Hinckley to publicly display his artwork

John Hinckley has long considered himself to be a musician and an artist. He paints and plays the guitar and has been involved in both pursuits as part of his therapy.

Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms

China is a central theme in President Donald Trump's campaign to win a second term.

  Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states

Combined with early, in-person voting, at least 71.5 million votes have already been cast, more than the total number of advance votes four years ago.

  At least 1 dead as Hurricane Zeta hammers Gulf Coast

Workers closed one of the last floodgates surrounding New Orleans as residents braced for the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season.

  Evacuation orders lifted for many Californians who fled fire

Authorities lifted some evacuation orders Tuesday as winds began subsiding and containment was increased for the massive wildfires in brushy hills above cities in Orange County.

MLB says Turner violated protocols when he returned to field

Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates and he refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that Major League Baseball said risked the safety of others.

  GRAPHIC: Philadelphia pledges better response after Black man’s death

The death of Walter Wallace Jr., who was fatally shot by police Monday after authorities say he ignored orders to drop a knife, came amid already heightened tensions in the battleground state just days before the election.

Supreme Court justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

New Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not take part in the vote “because of the need for a prompt resolution of it and because she has not had time to fully review the parties' filings,” court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

  NTSB investigating Tenn. crash that killed school bus driver, girl

Authorities said the oncoming utility vehicle veered off the road and then over-corrected, swerving and skidding sideways just in front of the oncoming bus.

  Pandemic politics: Biden shuns ‘false promises’ of fast fix

With less than a week until Election Day, Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden in most national polls. Biden also has an advantage, though narrower, in the key swing states that could decide the election.

Disney expands holiday hours at Florida parks

Most Disney World parks will be staying open for an extra hour, according to a calendar on the Walt Disney World website.

Former DHS official says he wrote ‘Anonymous’ Trump critique

Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, has announced that he is “Anonymous,” the senior White House administration official who claimed to be part of a “resistance” working “from within” to thwart President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations."

S&P 500 sinks 3.5% as surging virus cases threaten shutdowns

Stocks of companies that most need the coronavirus to abate for their businesses to get back to normal were slumping to some of the sharpest losses.

2021 Boston Marathon postponed at least until the fall

Next year’s Boston Marathon has been postponed.

  Penalties at Play: Millions of dollars flow to nursing homes from fines they have paid for poor care

Every year millions of dollars flow to nursing homes from a fund that is padded with fines collected from long-term care facilities that inspections show have put the health and safety of residents in jeopardy.

Kroger pharmacies to offer $25 rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

The FDA-authorized tests will be available at all Kroger locations by the end of November.

Missing 2-month-old girl in N.Y. found safe, Amber Alert canceled

The child, Natalie R. Huntington, was found safe and the Amber Alert was canceled, New York State Police said.

  Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits

Lawmakers of both parties are assessing the companies' tremendous power to disseminate speech and ideas, and are looking to challenge their long-enjoyed bedrock legal protections for online speech.

Outlaw country artist Billy Joe Shaver dead at 81

Billy Joe Shaver was among the original group of outlaw country artists in the early ’70s, penning songs for Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall and Willie Nelson.

  Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

The World Health Organization said more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases were reported last week — the shortest time ever for such an exponential increase.

Toyota adds 1.5M vehicles to US recall for engine stalling

The company says the latest recall brings the total to 3.3 million Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles that need to be repaired.

  Media election planners prepare for a night of mystery

Election nights always have surprises, but the worry this year is being driven by the large number of people voting early or by mail, in part driven by the coronavirus.

Florida man arrested for changing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ voter registration

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Anthony Steven Guevara on charges of unauthorized access of a computer and altering a voter registration without consent.

Police: Ala. woman beat son badly then sent him to school

The boy was hurt so badly medical personnel transferred him to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for treatment.

  CVS expands COVID-19 testing services

The pharmacy chain wants to add rapid-result testing at nearly 1,000 locations by the end of the year.

Wason Center poll shows Biden in 12-point lead among likely Va. voters

The poll shows Biden is leading with 53% with President Trump at 41%.

  Voting history of Detroit woman, 103, dates back to FDR

The 103-year-old is proud of her lengthy voting record, saying it’s every citizen’s “civic duty” to take part in the process.

Trump vs. Biden: What college and student debt changes are likely

The results of the election are very likely to change the way you repay student loans, whether debt forgiveness is in your future and even how you or your children pay for college.

  What goes into making a vaccine?

Right now, there's no FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19, but researchers are racing to create one.

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted security conference attendees

The tech company said Wednesday it detected attempts by the hacking group it calls Phosphorus to trick former government officials, policy experts and academics.

Boeing makes deeper job cuts as aircraft business slows

The company said Wednesday that it expects to cut its workforce to about 130,000 employees by the end of 2021, down 30,000 from the start of this year.

VW recalls Jettas to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires

Affected vehicles have engines built from June 18, 2015 to Dec. 9, 2017.

Ex-Texas officer’s trial set for next year in death of woman shot through home’s window

Aaron Dean opened fire from outside through a window after “perceiving a threat,” killing a woman who was babysitting her 8-year-old nephew.

Recall: Trader Joe’s gluten-free battered fish contain wheat, milk

More than 350 cases of the store’s gluten-free battered halibut was mislabeled.

Philippine police chief killed by rooster in cockfight raid

The police chief of a Philippine town has been killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight.

  Qatar apologizes, investigates forced pelvic examinations of women passengers at airport

Qatar offered no immediate explanation of how officials decided to perform invasive vaginal examinations on the women. Authorities said they were trying to find the mother of an abandoned newborn.

  Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls

After months filled with disease, disruption and unrest, Americans are worried that Election Day could become a flashpoint.

  Kansas man charged with capital murder in sons’ deaths

Investigators allege the father killed his 14-year-old and 12-year-old sons then took their younger sisters from the home.

  Pole-dancing skeletons deemed ‘inappropriate’ for Texas neighborhood

The homeowner’s association says the display must be removed mid-November.

  Trump campaign website briefly defaced by cryptocurrency scam

The Trump campaign says it is working with law enforcement to investigate the source of the attack.

Dodgers win 1st World Series title since 1988

The Dodgers posted the best record in the majors during this pandemic-shortened season, then rallied in the final game to claim a most elusive crown.

  Utility: Winds too weak to cut power before California fire

Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state.

Woman injured in Illinois police shooting says cops let boyfriend die

Tafara Williams, 20, spoke to reporters during a Zoom call from her hospital bed as she described the Oct. 20 shooting in Waukegan that killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette.

  Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest

While Biden worked to expand the electoral map in the South, Trump focused on the Democrats’ “blue wall” states that he flipped in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.