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Latest Florida election glitch: In Miami police union poll, hundreds of votes are cast from Kansas

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MIAMI — Despite the controversies surrounding him and a lashing from Miami commissioners, someone appears to be a very big fan of Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo.

So much so, that a person using the same computer address somewhere in Kansas likely voted for the chief more than 500 times in a police union poll that could help to determine his ...Read more

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Father of suspected shooter charged in killing of 4 people abandoned in Wisconsin farm field

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MINNEAPOLIS — A felony case has been filed against the father of a man charged earlier with fatally shooting four people in St. Paul and leaving their bodies in a vehicle abandoned in a western Wisconsin farm field.

Darren L. Osborne, 56, of St. Paul was charged late Wednesday afternoon in Ramsey County District Court with aiding and abetting...Read more

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Prosecution wraps up closing argument in R. Kelly's trial

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NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s defense team is expected to get their chance to explain to a federal jury In New York on Thursday why they think prosecutors have failed to prove that the Chicago-born R&B star is the head of a racketeering enterprise aimed at satisfying his illegal sexual appetites.

After nearly six weeks of testimony from some 50 ...Read more

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Trump asks Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to add 2020 election audit legislation to special session agenda

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AUSTIN, Texas — President Donald Trump on Thursday pressed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to add an item to the agenda of the year's third special session: adopting an Arizona-style election audit of 2020 ballots.

"Despite my big win in Texas, I hear Texans want an election audit!" Trump wrote in a public letter to Abbott. "Texas needs you to act now...Read more

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R. Kelly's lawyer compares the singer to Martin Luther King Jr. during closing arguments

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NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s lawyer compared the R&B superstar to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., during a fiery closing argument in Brooklyn Federal Court on Thursday.

The comparison came at the beginning of Deveraux Cannick’s final address to the jury at Kelly’s sex trafficking trial. He said the singer and the Black minister ...Read more

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Tropical Storm Sam could grow into Category 3 hurricane

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Sam, the 18th named storm of the season, is expected to be at hurricane strength by Friday, and could be a major hurricane with top winds of 125 mph by next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Sam formed Thursday from Tropical Depression Eighteen and was moving west at 16 mph with maximum ...Read more

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New Fawn fire quickly spreads in Shasta County as Windy fire spurs more evacuations

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LOS ANGELES — The Windy fire swirling around California’s giant sequoia trees spurred additional evacuation orders, while a new blaze in Shasta County sent residents fleeing from thick smoke and encroaching flames on Thursday.

Dubbed the Fawn fire, the new blaze emerged in the Mountain Gate area near Redding on Wednesday afternoon and had ...Read more

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Appeals court strikes down sweeping order to house LA's skid row homeless

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LOS ANGELES — A panel of judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a judicial order that would have required Los Angeles to offer some form of shelter or housing to the entire homeless population of skid row by October.

The order, which was issued by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter in the spring, sent shock waves through local ...Read more

Prince Harry, Meghan join Hochul, de Blasio for tour of NYC's One World Observatory

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NEW YORK — When in the company of royals, face masks are apparently optional.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the duke and duchess of Sussex, joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul for a tour of the One World Observatory Thursday — and they all went maskless at one point despite strict coronavirus protocols...Read more

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R. Kelly's defense team expected to argue their case in second day of closing arguments at singer's NY trial

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NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s defense team is expected to get their chance to explain to a federal jury In New York on Thursday why they think prosecutors have failed to prove that the Chicago-born R&B star is the head of a racketeering enterprise aimed at satisfying his illegal sexual appetites.

After nearly six weeks of testimony from some 50 ...Read more

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Arrest warrant issued for Illinois woman who missed Hawaii court date in fake COVID vaccination card case

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CHICAGO — An Illinois woman who was arrested in Hawaii last month for allegedly entering the state with a fake COVID-19 vaccination card that misspelled drug company Moderna as “Maderna” is now wanted for missing her latest court date.

Chloe Mrozak, 24, of Oak Lawn was arrested Aug. 28 at Inouye International Airport in Oahu and faces a ...Read more

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Michigan prosecutors: These messages show Whitmer plot defendants weren't entrapped

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DETROIT — In an encrypted chat, someone named Boog Daddy Bunyan wrote that their group needed to have a meeting with a new contact — that it was "real deal get s--t done mfers."

Boog Daddy Bunyan is said to be Joseph Morrison, 27, of Munith, according to the Michigan attorney general's office. The person he's talking about is said to be the...Read more

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Poland blinks first in LGBTQ spat after EU halts financing

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Parts of Poland that declared themselves LGBTQ-free zones in defiance of European Union diversity policies began reversing their stance after Brussels halted as much as 126 million euros ($148 million) of pandemic aid.

The eastern Swietokrzyskie region voted this week to revoke a 2019 declaration targeting LGBTQ “ideology.” The Malopolskie ...Read more

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Trump denies talking to Sen. Graham about voter fraud claims, despite what book says

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former President Donald Trump denied he spoke to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham about his 2020 election fraud claims, despite reporting to the contrary in a new book by famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward and reporter Robert Costa.

Trump said in a Wednesday statement that he “spent virtually no time” talking to Graham — a...Read more

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DeSantis says natural immunity is equal to vaccines. Experts say it's not so simple

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MIAMI — As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis intensifies his fight against the Biden administration’s new vaccine requirements, he’s focused some of his attacks on one main claim: Federal authorities are ignoring the benefits of natural immunity against COVID-19 reinfections.

“You can’t tell noble lies to try to get [people] to behave in a ...Read more

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Tropical Storm Sam forms; will likely be a hurricane by Friday, experts say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Sam, the 18th named storm of the season, is expected to be at hurricane strength by Friday, and could be a major hurricane with top winds of 111 mph by late Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Sam formed Thursday from Tropical Depression Eighteen and was moving west at 16 mph with maximum...Read more

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Two 15-year-old Chicago students fatally shot hours apart -- one a few blocks from school. 'This is really sad and nobody is doing anything about it'

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CHICAGO — In less than four hours on Tuesday, two 15-year-old students from Simeon Career Academy High School were fatally wounded in separate gun attacks, leaving friends and mentors to mourn the loss and students reeling as they left school Wednesday — many meeting up with concerned parents.

Just after classes let out about 2:40 p.m. ...Read more

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Citizen enforcement of Texas abortion ban could spread to other laws

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The Texas anti-abortion law that incentivizes ordinary people to file lawsuits against health care providers has human rights advocates and legal experts worried that the legal maneuver will spread to other states—and other social issues.

So far, the citizen enforcement clause in the Texas law has fulfilled its intended purpose, dramatically ...Read more

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Mich. Rep. Andy Levin proposes pathway to two-state solution in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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WASHINGTON — Michigan U.S. Rep. Andy Levin is leading a bill would take steps to encourage a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He introduced the text Thursday at the U.S. Capitol, marking the close of the High Holy Days and the start of the Jewish new year.

Congress has on multiple occasions passed bipartisan ...Read more

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Will 'Dr. Disinformation' ever face the music?

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Earlier this month, Dr. Rashid Buttar posted on Twitter that COVID-19 “was a planned operation” and shared an article alleging that most people who got the COVID-19 vaccine would be dead by 2025.

His statement is a recent example in what has been a steady stream of spurious claims surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines and treatments that swirl ...Read more