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Deer with blood dripping from antlers seen in Smoky Mountains. Why is this happening?

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Scary-looking deer with blood and strips of flesh dripping from their antlers have been seen roaming Great Smoky Mountains National Park in recent weeks.

The park shared a photo of one on Facebook, showing it’s as creepy looking as it sounds.

In the photo, a deer with bloody antlers is seen looking into the camera with its tongue sticking ...Read more

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Peter and Rose are in the Atlantic, and another system is forecast to be a depression

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MIAMI — As Tropical Storms Peter and Rose continue to move across the Atlantic on Monday, forecasters are also eyeing two other systems, one of which could become a tropical depression by the end of the week.

The disturbance that could turn into a depression this week was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms in the far eastern ...Read more

'We can't arrest ourselves out of this,' says Chicago alderman after attack at known 'problem corner'

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CHICAGO — Not everyone who has been the victim of a violent crime would immediately turn their attention to how to get their assailant help. But not everyone who’s attacked has the same power to effect change as an alderman.

Ald. James Cappleman, 46th, didn’t suffer serious injuries when he was hit repeatedly with part of a broken table ...Read more

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NYC gun violence, cops' sagging morale, frayed community relations -- NYPD's next commissioner will have her hands full

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NEW YORK — A new mayor means a new boss at the NYPD next year — and she’ll have her hands full dealing with the city’s surging gun violence, cops’ sagging morale and the department’s frayed community relations.

Yes, the commissioner will likely be a “she.”

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams — who is widely expected to ...Read more

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Biden to face largest world stage of his tenure after crises with Afghanistan, France

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WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine a more inopportune moment for Joe Biden to debut on the largest world stage of his presidential term.

Biden goes before the annual United Nations General Assembly this week on a mission to restore credibility and trust in the U.S. as a reliable global partner following a series of disparate crises from ...Read more

US to open air travel to most vaccinated foreign passengers

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The U.S. will soon allow entry to most foreign air travelers as long as they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — while adding a testing requirement for unvaccinated Americans and barring entry for foreigners who haven’t gotten shots.

The measures, announced Monday by the White House, are the most sweeping change to U.S. travel policies...Read more

Pfizer COVID shot safely bolsters antibodies in younger kids

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Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced strong antibody responses in children ages 5 to 11 in a large-scale trial, findings that could pave the way to begin vaccinating grade-school kids within months.

The long-awaited results offer one of the first looks at how well a COVID vaccine could work for ...Read more

'Hotel Rwanda' hero Rusesabagina found guilty of terror charges

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A Rwandan court found Paul Rusesabagina, an outspoken critic of the East African nation’s government who gained international fame through the 2004 film "Hotel Rwanda," guilty of terrorism charges.

The High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-Border Crimes convicted Rusesabagina Monday at a hearing in the capital, Kigali. ...Read more

Putin's party claims big win in parliament vote amid crackdown

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President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party claimed a decisive victory in legislative polls, although discontent eroded support in some areas and opponents alleged widespread fraud.

United Russia was on track to maintain its majority of more than two-thirds of the seats in the State Duma with 99% of ballots counted, according to the Central ...Read more

Audit: Pentagon lags in fight against fraud

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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is falling short in its efforts to combat fraud in defense contracts, according to a draft federal audit obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The Government Accountability Office report, to be made public Monday, credits Defense Department leaders with making some progress in establishing systems to find and root out fraud. But...Read more

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I got a 'mild' breakthrough case. Here's what I wish I'd known

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The test results that hot day in early August shouldn’t have surprised me — all the symptoms were there. A few days earlier, fatigue had enveloped me like a weighted blanket. I chalked it up to my weekend of travel. Next, a headache clamped down on the back of my skull. Then my eyeballs started to ache. And soon enough, everything tasted ...Read more

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Scientists examine kids' unique immune systems as more fall victim to COVID

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Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with the delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, many hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking new low. They’re now losing babies to the coronavirus.

The first reported COVID-related death of a newborn occurred in Orange County, Florida, and an infant has died in Mississippi. Merced ...Read more

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Dentists chip away at uninsured problem by offering patients membership plans

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Nevada dentist David White has seen diseased and rotted teeth in the mouths of patients who routinely put off checkups and avoided minor procedures such as fillings. While dental phobia is a factor, White said, the overriding reason people avoid treatment is cost.

To help patients lacking dental insurance, White in 2019 started offering a ...Read more

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In Afghanistan's war-torn countryside, America's exit means one thing: Peace

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KULANGAR, Afghanistan — At a tiny, two-pump gas station off the two-lane highway running through Afghanistan's Logar province, Mohammad Farooq, the attendant, was unequivocal in his view of the United States.

"Thank God the Americans went away," Farooq said one recent morning, smiling.

"Since they left, we don't see ambulances every day. We ...Read more

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FBI says fortune seized in Beverly Hills raid was criminals' loot. Owners say: Where's the proof?

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After the FBI seized Joseph Ruiz's life savings during a raid on a safe deposit box business in Beverly Hills, the unemployed chef went to court to retrieve his $57,000. A judge ordered the government to tell Ruiz why it was trying to confiscate the money.

It came from drug trafficking, an FBI agent responded in court papers.

Ruiz's income was...Read more

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North Korea warns of 'nuclear arms race' after AUKUS subs deal

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North Korea warned of a “nuclear arms race” after the U.S. and U.K. agreed to give Australia technology to build nuclear-powered submarines, and vowed to take counteraction for any adverse impact on its own security.

“These are extremely undesirable and dangerous acts which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and ...Read more

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Fire at Georgetown pet resort kills all 75 dogs inside Saturday night

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A pet boarding facility caught fire Saturday night in Georgetown, killing all 75 dogs inside and raising a number of questions investigators vowed to answer in the days ahead.

Just before 11 p.m., crews with the Georgetown Fire Department were dispatched after receiving calls about a fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort. The facility is east of ...Read more

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COVID-19's US death toll on verge of surpassing that of 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic

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The United States' known death toll from COVID-19 will surpass the number of dead from the Spanish Flu within the next day or two, according to the side-by-side numbers — though a direct comparison between the raw numbers doesn’t give the whole story, medical experts and statisticians say.

What is clear is that the sheer numbers, given the ...Read more

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US begins deporting Haitian migrants, but they continue to flock to Texas border

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DEL RIO, Texas — A week after Haitian migrant Junior Desterville, 30, and his family had made it all the way from Chile to the burgeoning migrant camp here on the U.S. banks of the Rio Grande, the shaggy-haired mechanic set back out to the Mexican side early Sunday to buy food for his hungry wife and 4-year-old daughter, Nayalla.

By noon, ...Read more

Military plane crashes in Texas neighborhood; 2 pilots injured, 3 homes damaged

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Two military pilots were seriously injured when they ejected from their plane before it crashed into the back yard of a home in North Texas during a training exercise Sunday morning.

No residents in the neighborhood, off Tejas Trail in Lake Worth, were injured, authorities said at a press conference Sunday afternoon. But families were displaced...Read more