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Local health officials worry CDC has 'lost its soul'

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WASHINGTON - As Dr. Mark Wilson prepared to release advice in July that middle schools and high schools in Birmingham, Alabama, should not open for in-person learning this fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its position and issued the opposite recommendation.

Wilson, chief health officer for Birmingham and the ...Read more

Driver arrested for attempted murder at Yorba Linda protest against police brutality

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LOS ANGELES - A woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after driving her car into a crowd during a demonstration in Yorba Linda involving protesters against police brutality and counter-demonstrators, authorities said.

Two people were injured in the incident, according to Sgt. Dennis ...Read more

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PG&E plans to cut power to 89,000 Northern California customers starting Sunday because of fire conditions

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Pacific Gas & Electric plans to cut power to 89,000 customers in parts of 16 counties beginning early Sunday as dry, unseasonably hot conditions and strong winds continue to increase fire danger across much of Northern California, officials announced Saturday evening.

The shut-off will be in three phases and last until late Monday, officials ...Read more

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Can technology predict wildfires? New systems attempt to better forecast their spread

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When freak lightning storms passed over Northern California's wine country last month and sparked hundreds of wildfires, a newly established network of remote weather stations, orbiting satellites and supercomputers spun into action and attempted to predict the spread of what is now known as the LNU Lightning Complex fire.

Firefighters and ...Read more

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Trump's pick for Supreme Court justice draws GOP support, Democratic ire … as expected

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President Donald Trump's nomination of conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, like much of his White House tenure, was applauded and attacked across a nation divided.

While Democrats and liberal groups were quick to rip Trump and demand a vote delayed until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, Republicans and ...Read more

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UC regent says his letter for Berkeley applicant wasn't intended as unfair influence

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University of California Regent Richard Blum said Saturday he did not intend to unfairly influence the UC admissions process when he wrote what a state audit called an "inappropriate letter of support" to get an uncompetitive student admitted to the University of California, Berkeley.

"It was never my intention to circumvent or unfairly ...Read more

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Far-right Portland afternoon rally spurs anxiety, but fewer than expected show up

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Several hundred far-right activists, many of them in militarized helmets and body armor - and some openly carrying guns - turned out Saturday afternoon for what they termed a "free speech" event to support President Donald Trump's reelection, ratcheting up fears of an explosive clash with left-wing protesters who have taken to ...Read more

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Video shows sheriff's deputy striking man with shield during West Hollywood protest

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LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was captured on video beating a man with a riot shield while he was pinned to the ground Friday night as a protest in West Hollywood decrying the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, resulted in six arrests.

Other sheriff's deputies appeared to fire so-called less-lethal ...Read more

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Early COVID-19 treatments could be 'bridge' to vaccine, Fauci says

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Monoclonal antibodies that stop the coronavirus from spreading in the body are among promising strategies for averting severe illness from COVID-19 before vaccines arrive, said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Antibody-based medications, other blood products from recovered patients and ...Read more

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Barrett could be most conservative Justice since Clarence Thomas

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WASHINGTON - Amy Coney Barrett brings a resume that could make her the most conservative new justice since Clarence Thomas and a dream addition for Republicans looking to remake the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett, nominated Saturday by President Donald Trump, champions the "originalist" approach that has become conservative orthodoxy for ...Read more

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Deaths, violence cast shadows over Fort Hood

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AUSTIN, Texas - Like many mothers of active-duty soldiers, Patricia Troyan had always feared her son would be lost on the battlefield.

She never imagined, though, that her bright, courageous 21-year-old soldier would die by his own hands several months after being stationed at Fort Hood.

Her story illustrates a year marked by grief, pain and ...Read more

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Airlines say flying is safe in COVID-19 era, but study reveals potential for superspreader disaster

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - How risky is it to fly during the coronavirus pandemic?

For clues, consider the travel histories of two of the country's top infectious disease experts, each with parents on the other side of the country. One hasn't flown since January when the new coronavirus was just emerging as a global threat.

The other just flew back to...Read more

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Supreme Court nominee Barrett is mother of 7, conservative Catholic, law professor

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Federal Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is many things: A Louisiana native. Former clerk for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A conservative Catholic, a mother of seven, a Notre Dame Law School professor.

And now, President Donald Trump's choice to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and became the youngest justice on the ...Read more

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Johnson trails in opinion poll as virus policies anger Britons

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LONDON - Boris Johnson's Conservative Party trails the main opposition Labour Party in an opinion poll for the first time in months, with half of those surveyed saying they disapprove of how government has handled the coronavirus crisis.

According to an Opinium survey for the Observer, a left-leaning newspaper, Keir Starmer's Labour rose 3 ...Read more

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Portland braces as Proud Boys converge in defiance

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Right-wing militants, some in helmets and body armor, began converging on Portland, Ore., on Saturday for a rally expected to attract thousands of pro-Trump, "law-and-order" protesters.

Oregon declared a state of emergency Friday out of worry that groups of so-called "Proud Boys" would clash with Black Lives Matter and other demonstrators. Many...Read more

As Trump questions US election system, Sen. Blunt says it's 'secure as it's ever been'

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While President Donald Trump has refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, saying he wasn't sure the election could be honest with the proliferation of mail ballots, Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt says the U.S. election system is "secure as it's ever been."

Blunt, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and member of ...Read more

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Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON - By the time President Donald Trump officially introduced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee Saturday evening at the White House, much of the dramatic tension already had been resolved over what unfolds over the next weeks, months and years.

Barrett, a former law professor and reliably conservative federal appeals court ...Read more

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Rochester mayor names Black woman as interim police chief amid protests over Daniel Prude death

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Mayor Lovely Warren has tapped a Black woman to lead the police department in Rochester, N.Y., amid ongoing protests over Daniel Prude's death.

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a former Rochester police lieutenant, will become the first woman to head the department on Oct. 14.

The previous police chief, La'Ron Singletary, was fired by the mayor this...Read more

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US far from herd immunity, with less than 10% of adults showing virus antibodies, study shows

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Around 90% of U.S. adults are at risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a new study from Stanford University.

The study was published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet.

Using data from dialysis centers across the nation, researchers found that less than 10% of adults had antibodies against COVID-19 by the end of July - which means ...Read more