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Whitmer kidnap plot: Possible citizen's arrest mentioned in March, prosecutor says

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DETROIT — A man accused in the plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had a fight with the alleged ringleader, was against the violent plan and was out of the loop in the months before his arrest, his lawyer says.

The public defender for Pete Musico, 42, of Munith, spelled out during a bond hearing Friday in Jackson County a timeline of ...Read more

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Maxwell claims US reneging on promise to turn over evidence

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Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers say U.S. prosecutors are reneging on a promise to provide her with the evidence they've collected in her sex-trafficking case.

The government's failure to provide the evidence makes it impossible for Maxwell to prepare her defense, the British socialite's lawyer Jeffrey Pagliuca said Friday in a letter to U.S. ...Read more

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Tennessee company cancels plan to recruit armed guards for Minnesota polls

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MINNEAPOLIS_The Tennessee-based company that advertised for ex-special forces members to serve as armed guards at Minnesota polling places on Nov. 3 has told the Minnesota Attorney General's Office that it is rescinding its recruitment for the positions.

Attorney General Keith Ellison launched a probe into Atlas Aegis on Tuesday, the same day ...Read more

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Facebook, Twitter chiefs to testify before Senate on Nov. 17

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WASHINGTON — The chief executive officers of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have agreed to testify on Nov. 17 before a Senate panel looking into restrictions their companies put an on article about the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The Judiciary Committee on Thursday authorized subpoenas for Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and...Read more

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AstraZeneca cleared by US regulators to resume vaccine trial

AstraZeneca Plc, the U.K. drugmaker developing a coronavirus vaccine with the University of Oxford, has been cleared by U.S. regulators to restart a trial halted in the country for more than a month on concerns about a volunteer who became ill, according to a person familiar with the ...Read more

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Mar-a-Lago is taxed as a private club, not a residence. So can Trump vote as a Florida man?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — President Donald Trump is planning to cast his ballot in person for the first time in Palm Beach County this weekend.

But some have questioned whether he can legally vote as a Florida man because his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach is taxed as a private club and not as a residential property. Jim Watson, a Boynton ...Read more

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First 'murder hornet' nest in US is found near Canadian border

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SEATTLE — After weeks of trapping and searching, entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have found an Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine. It's the first such nest found in the U.S., and the agency will set out to destroy it Saturday.

Four live Asian giant hornets, known to some researchers ...Read more

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LAPD reports show that the vast majority of George Floyd protests were peaceful

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LOS ANGELES — Field reports from Los Angeles police commanders at protests across the city this summer indicate that between 6% and 7% resulted in violence, destruction or serious uses of force by police, according to the LAPD.

The vast majority of events during the period reviewed — May 25 to July 31 — were peaceful.

That is one finding...Read more

First look reveals damage in Rocky Mountain National Park as Colorado wildfires rages on

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Rocky Mountain National Park remains closed due to the raging East Troublesome Fire, currently reported at 170,163 acres. The blaze has caused widespread damage in some portions of the park.

Flames from the East Troublesome Fire crossed into the west side of the park earlier this week, climbing up and over the ...Read more

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More than 77,000 new COVID cases reported in US on Thursday, breaking record

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ATLANTA — The U.S. reported more than 77,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, breaking the previous record set in July.

Nationwide, 77,640 cases were reported Thursday, exceeding the July 29 number of 75,723, according to NBC News.

According to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the U.S. continues to have the world's highest number of ...Read more

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Can people openly carry guns into polling places? You might be surprised

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Growing activity from armed far-right groups and President Donald Trump's calls for his supporters to watch polling places "very carefully" have raised concerns of possible disruptions or voter intimidation ahead of the Nov. 3 election. States will also have to prepare for the prospect of guns being brought into voting sites — legally.

So can...Read more

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19 women allege medical abuse while in Georgia immigration detention center

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WASHINGTON — At least 19 women at a Georgia immigration facility are now alleging that a doctor performed, or pressured them to undergo, "overly aggressive" or "medically unnecessary" surgery without their consent, including procedures that impact their ability to have children, according to a new report and other records obtained by the Los ...Read more

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Caribbean system near Florida now at 70% chance to develop; Hurricane Epsilon's swells to affect East Coast

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A Caribbean low pressure system had its chances of becoming the next tropical depression or tropical storm escalate Friday afternoon to a 70% chance of developing in the next two days.

The broad area of low pressure is becoming better organized and will likely become a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane ...Read more

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Senate sets up procedural vote on Amy Coney Barrett nomination for Sunday

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WASHINGTON — The stage is set for a Sunday afternoon Senate vote to limit debate on President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a cloture motion on the nomination Friday. That sets up a simple-majority vote to wind down the debate one hour after the Senate ...Read more

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Charges: Boogaloo Bois fired on Minneapolis police precinct, shouted 'Justice for Floyd'

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MINNEAPOLIS — In the wake of protests following the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a member of the "Boogaloo Bois" opened fire on Minneapolis Police Third Precinct with an AK-47-style gun and screamed "Justice for Floyd" as he ran away, according to a federal complaint made public Friday.

A sworn affidavit by the FBI underlying the complaint...Read more

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Evo Morales' party wins Bolivian election, but where does the exiled former president fit in?

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LA PAZ, Bolivia — As three-term Bolivian President Evo Morales' political party sought to return to power a year after his resignation, the exiled ex-leader had vowed to return home the "next day" if it won last Sunday's national election.

Morales' Movement Toward Socialism party, known as MAS, earned a landslide electoral victory, propelling...Read more

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Many Californians, particularly Black residents, would skip taking COVID-19 vaccine today, survey finds

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LOS ANGELES — As scientists race to develop COVID-19 vaccines, a new poll shows less than one-third of Black residents in California plan to get immunized.

Though eye-catching and troubling for health officials developing a plan for disseminating a vaccine throughout the state, the findings of the statewide survey didn't come out of the blue....Read more

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How Colorado became the model for running an election by mail

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All across the country, the consistent theme of this presidential year has been turmoil.

A confusingly huge field of candidates vying to take on a norm-busting incumbent was just the start. The normally boring rules for conducting elections have been in high-profile upheaval since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the spring, as most states...Read more

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Rare two-headed snake found in Florida

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Florida's latest salvo in the Bingo game that is 2020 is a two-headed snake.

Images of the snake were posted to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Facebook page.

"A rare two-headed southern black racer was recently found at a residence in Palm Harbor by Kay Rogers and family," reads the post.

FWC said the split heads on a single ...Read more

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The concerted campaign that got public health experts to declare racist policing a crisis

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In the weeks after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, dozens of city councils, mayors and governors approved resolutions condemning police violence and calling racism a public health crisis.

One of the most strongly worded statements, passed unanimously by the Goleta, California, City Council, proclaimed that "Black people...Read more