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American, United to furlough 32,000 as time runs out on aid

American Airlines will begin furloughing 19,000 employees on Thursday after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic-relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines.

Pompeo, Vatican clash over China after tensions spill out

Faith groups decry Trump’s plans for record low refugee cap

  Democrats press ahead on partisan COVID bill as talks drag

AP: Trooper’s mic records talk of beating, choking Black man

  Trump opposes changing debate rules but will still attend

Suburban NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

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Facebook, Twitter flounder in QAnon crackdown

  Trump cancels Wisconsin rally amid surge in COVID-19 cases

  Push to bring coronavirus vaccines to the poor faces trouble

  After pandemic delay, Biden launching in-person canvassing

  Ways to stay safe this fall amid pandemic

Judge says government’s suit over Bolton book can proceed

US traffic deaths fell 2% in 2019; 3rd straight yearly drop

The downward trend is continuing into this year with people driving fewer miles due to the pandemic.

Report: FEMA fumbled in Puerto Rico after storms Irma, Maria

Officials said goods sat in FEMA’s custody for roughly 48 days, with water and food experiencing shipping delays of 71 and 59 days respectively.

  Man’s carjacking captured on Facebook Live in D.C.

Warkaw Anagaw regularly broadcasts his opposition of the Ethiopian government. However, his stream was interrupted Sunday by two men with guns.

H&M to close 250 stores in 2021

H&M has 5,000 stores worldwide. Nearly 600 of them are in the United States.

  Man’s search in Colorado for missing sister ends

Court: Amazon not liable in teen’s powdered caffeine death

  Artist dumps 31 tons of carrots on city street

Russia’s Navalny accuses Putin of being behind poisoning

Subway bread isn’t bread, Irish court says

  High demand for flu shots? Experts hope to avoid ‘twindemic’

Police in Ukraine investigate death of US Embassy employee

The Embassy confirmed the woman was a U.S. citizen in a statement and said they were “heartbroken” to report her death.

  Facebook tightens political ad bans as US election nears

With just over a month to go before Americans head en masse to the polls in an extraordinarily contentious election, Facebook is expanding restrictions on political advertising, including new bans on messages claiming widespread voter fraud.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend grieve their miscarriage

Teigen wrote that they were “driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real.”

  Titans back to waiting after NFL postpones game vs. Steelers over coronavirus outbreak

The NFL postponed Sunday’s game in Nashville after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19.

  US layoffs remain elevated as 837,000 seek jobless aid

Many employers, especially small retailers, hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, are still struggling.

  Stray bullet kills mother of 3 in her home in NY

Bertha Arriaga woke up to a commotion outside her third-floor apartment in Queens. Police say when she looked outside, she was shot in the neck by a single deadly bullet that pierced through her home's window.

  Stray bullet kills mother of 3 in her home in NY

Bertha Arriaga woke up to a commotion outside her third-floor apartment in Queens. Police say when she looked outside, she was shot in the neck by a single deadly bullet that pierced through her home's window.

Former President Jimmy Carter celebrates 96th birthday

Former President Jimmy Carter marks his 96th birthday Thursday, the latest milestone for the longest lived of the 44 men to hold the highest American office.

  ‘He lived the very best life’: Beloved dog honored with moving obituary

Charlie's favorite activities were “walking, stick collecting, swimming, smiling and snoozing.” His final months were filled with as much joy and as much spoiling as possible.

  GRAPHIC: Hogtied Black woman begged for help in police cruiser, video shows

The Aurora police officer was fired over the incident but is fighting to win his job back.

Parscale steps back from Trump team after hospitalization

Parscale was hospitalized under Florida's Baker Act after his wife called police to say that he had multiple firearms and was threatening to hurt himself.

Trump signs temporary government funding bill, avoiding shutdown

The temporary extension will set the stage for a lame-duck session of Congress later this year, where the agenda will be largely determined by the outcome of the presidential election.

  Woman, 67, takes down intruder at senior apartment complex in Calif.

When police arrived on scene, they took the male suspect into custody.

Judge approves $800M Las Vegas shooting settlement

The action makes final a deal announced earlier this month and settles dozens of lawsuits on the eve of the third anniversary of the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 850.

Portland mayor spars with US on deputized police officers

Deputizing Portland officers gives federal prosecutors the option to charge those they arrest with federal crimes, which often have more severe penalties.

  Man arrested, charged in ambush of 2 Los Angeles County deputies

Investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies earlier this month as they sat in a squad car, authorities said Wednesday.

  4th person killed in devastating California wildfire

Dry winds that gave the flames a ferocious push appeared to have eased by Monday evening and firefighters were feeling “much more confident.”

Seagram’s heir sentenced to prison in branded sex slave case

A wealthy benefactor of the disgraced leader of an upstate New York self-improvement group has been sentenced to almost seven years in prison in a federal sex slave case.

  Marine jet crashes after mid-air collision in California

The cause of the crash is under investigation. It wasn't immediately clear whether the planes were on a routine mission or a training exercise.

  Pelosi and Mnuchin have ‘extensive’ talks on COVID relief

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have wrapped up an “extensive conversation” on a huge COVID-19 rescue package.

  Biden, Trump snipe from road and rails after debate chaos

Biden headed out on his most aggressive day on the campaign trail all year. Trump was to address voters and donors in Minnesota late in the day.

  Debate commission says it will make changes to format

The commission said Wednesday the debate “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.”

US says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

The withhold release order will be effective immediately following a yearlong investigation.

Voting lawsuits pile up across US as election approaches

The race is already regarded as the most litigated in American history, due in large part to the massive expansion of mail and absentee voting.

Is that an emu? Giant bird roams around Boston suburb

The giant bird was roaming a Haverhill neighborhood, about 30 miles north of Boston.

  Hospitals feel squeeze as coronavirus spikes in Midwest

The U.S. is averaging more than 40,000 new confirmed cases a day.

GOP lawmakers grill Comey on leadership of Russia probe

Republicans lawmakers on Wednesday confronted former FBI Director James Comey about his oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation during a politically charged hearing that focused attention on problems with a probe that have becoming a rallying cry for supporters of President Donald Trump.

7 injured in drive-by shooting at Milwaukee funeral home

Mayor Tom Barrett says there were no fatalities Wednesday, and all of the injured were taken to local hospitals.

Bear found eating human remains in East Tennessee

A bear was discovered eating human remains in the backyard of a Jellico, Tennessee home Wednesday.

Prosecutor: Breonna Taylor jury records to be public Friday

Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office filed a motion Wednesday morning asking for a week’s delay to enable the redaction of names and personal information.

46 million jobs on the line due to air travel collapse

The collapse in aviation caused by the coronavirus pandemic could wipe out up to 46 million jobs worldwide, according to new research by Air Transport Action Group.

Facebook begins to merge DMs for Instagram, Messenger

Some Instagram users will now be able to direct message their friends on Messenger without needing a Facebook account.

  Trump to far-right extremists: ‘Stand back and stand by’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday didn’t condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence in some American cities this summer, branding it solely a “left-wing” problem and telling one far-right extremist group to “stand back and stand by.”

  Faith group deletes mentions of Barrett from its website

Last week, when Barrett again emerged as a front-runner for the court, more articles, blog posts and photos disappeared.

  Survey: 1 in 3 parents won’t vaccinate kids for flu

With flu season colliding with COVID-19, and the viruses causing many similar symptoms, health officials are concerned about the strain on the healthcare system this fall and winter.

U.S. unemployment shrinks, but recovery varies across race, sex and age

Today’s jobless are receiving less assistance than they did earlier this year, making getting by a bigger challenge.

Virus outbreak pushes Steelers-Titans to Monday or Tuesday

The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game originally scheduled for Sunday will be played either Monday or Tuesday after a new positive coronavirus test result Wednesday among the Titans, the NFL announced Wednesday.

  Hot, dry conditions stoke devastating California wildfires

The Glass and Zogg fires are among nearly 30 wildfires burning in California.

  Economy plunges 31.4% in spring but big rebound expected

The U.S. economy plunged at an unprecedented rate this spring and even with a record rebound expected in the just-ended third quarter, the U.S. economy will likely shrink this year, the first time that has happened since the Great Recession.

Lice infestation linked to girl’s death; parents charged

Investigators say a 12-year-old Georgia girl may have died as an indirect result of a severe lice infestation that may have gone on for years.

Study: Salty ‘ponds’ discovered on Mars

Researchers behind a recent study say they have found evidence of smaller salty "ponds" on Mars.

  Study: Neanderthal genes are a liability for COVID patients

A study by European scientists published Wednesday by the journal Nature identifies a cluster of genes that are linked to a higher risk of hospitalization and respiratory failure in patients who are infected with the new coronavirus.

Timothy Ray Brown, 1st person cured of HIV, dies of cancer

Brown died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs, California, according to a social media post by his partner, Tim Hoeffgen.

Ford recalls over 700K vehicles; backup cameras can go dark

Ford is recalling more than 700,000 vehicles in North America because the backup cameras can show distorted images or suddenly go dark.

  Cold weather means new challenges for struggling restaurants

As temperatures start to slide in many parts of the country, restaurants will have to coax patrons to come back inside, and it’s anyone’s guess how many actually will.

Serena Williams pulls out of French Open with hurt Achilles

Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open on Wednesday because of an Achilles injury.

Gray parrots separated at zoo after swearing a blue streak

Zoo officials say no visitors had complained about the parrots, but they were moved to different areas of the park to save children’s ears.

Woman denies attempted kidnapping of Joe Montana’s grandchild

The suspect is charged with felony counts of attempted kidnapping and burglary. She could get eight years in prison if convicted as charged.

  2 dead, 1 hurt in Oregon hostage incident; suspect also killed

The sheriff's office says no deputies were hurt and there's no reason to believe there's further danger to the community.

Manager: Singer-songwriter Mac Davis has passed away, age 78

A statement from the Davis family was posted to social media accounts claiming to represent Davis and his manager, saying “your love and prayers will be deeply appreciated at this time.”

Hall, Franklin head to runoff for rest of John Lewis' term

Voters will be called back to the polls for the Dec. 1 runoff, deciding whether Kwanza Hall or Robert Franklin will get only a month in Congress representing the Atlanta-centered district.

‘I Am Woman’ singer Helen Reddy dies at 78

The Australian-born singer enjoyed a prolific career, with hits that included “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Ain’t No Way To Treat a Lady,” “Delta Dawn,” “Angie Baby” and “You and Me Against the World.”

  Bitter debate taunts overpower Trump’s, Biden’s visions

The debate will offer a massive platform for Trump and Biden to outline their starkly different visions for a country facing multiple crises, including racial justice protests and a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs.

  Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida.

  Titans have NFL’s 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

The Tennessee Titans have shut down their facility until Saturday after eight positive virus tests, putting Sunday’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers in jeopardy.

Mueller pushes back on criticism from lawyer on Russia team

It came Tuesday in response to a new book by Andrew Weissmann that suggests the team did not aggressively pursue line of inquiries out of concern that President Donald Trump could fire them and close down the operation.

  Tech giants police their own online campaign ads as government disagrees on regulation

Google has flagged all the major national campaigns for policy-violating ads. Facebook has also removed ads from major campaign funders - though sometimes it took days.

  Dashcam video: Man fires through own windshield at car in front of him

The Florida Highway Patrol said it shows how dangerous it can be to argue with other drivers on the highway.