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As Warnock builds Senate record, Republicans plan their attack

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Seven months into his first term in Congress, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock has become a top target of Republicans seeking to oust him.

Both his supporters and critics say that, so far, he is doing what he said he would do when he ran. And that has given both ammunition to make their case to voters.

Warnock, the state's first Black U.S. senator, ...Read more

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Biden calls on Cuomo to resign after report details widespread sexual harassment

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday after a five-month investigation by the state’s attorney general’s office concluded that he had sexually harassed several women in the workplace and beyond.

“I think he should resign,” Biden said to reporters following remarks about the ongoing ...Read more


Penn State expanded its branch campuses decades ago. Now, some say that's one reason state universities are struggling.

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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania State University shook the state’s already crowded higher education marketplace in the late 1990s when it added bachelor’s degree programs to its branch campuses, effectively turning what were for many stops on the way to State College into four-year universities.

One higher education official, in an interview ...Read more


Hundreds of new California retirees aren't getting their pension checks from UC system

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a record year for retirement, the University of California is lagging in paying pensions for its new retirees, hundreds of whom won't be paid on time — and don't know when they will be paid.

Hundreds of newly retired University of California employees aren't getting their pensions and they don't know when they'll ...Read more

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Feds expected to extend eviction moratorium through October

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The Biden administration is expected to extend the federal eviction moratorium through October for parts of the country hard hit by the delta variant of COVID-19, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The order will renew the federal moratorium for 60 days effective Tuesday and cover the “vast majority of the country,” said the ...Read more

COVID-19 surges in Africa's largest city as doctors strike

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The governor of Nigeria’s commercial hub of Lagos said steps must be taken to curb rising coronavirus infections after a surge in deaths from the disease.

The city is recording six deaths a day, and the positivity rate of those tested for the virus has risen eightfold to 8.9% over the past month, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on ...Read more

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Biden to announce a new temporary eviction moratorium in some places

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is set to announce a new targeted federal moratorium on evictions to replace the broader one that expired over the weekend, according to a source familiar with the plans.

The new moratorium would affect areas where COVID-19 has been on the rise and would last two months, the person said.

Without the ...Read more

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More than 100 gather to grieve 2 young children found dead in car driven by their aunt in Maryland

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BALTIMORE — More than 100 people gathered in Essex on Monday night to grieve, offer support and try to understand whether anything could have been done to protect two young children who were found dead last week in the trunk of a car driven by their aunt.

The Rev. Ed Michael of Eastern Assembly of God church in Dundalk asked attendees to look...Read more

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Washington now in standoff with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Affordable Care Act waiver plan

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ATLANTA — Tensions are near a breaking point between the White House and Gov. Brian Kemp over Kemp’s plan to block Georgians’ access to the Affordable Care Act’s federal health insurance shopping website,

In a letter last week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told Kemp health aides that Georgia has ...Read more

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First police videos released in Surfside condo collapse: Scenes of shock, confusion, chaos

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MIAMI — Body camera video from the first three Surfside officers on the scene of the Champlain Tower South condo collapse captured scenes of almost unthinkable chaos: thick clouds of dust, a landscape strewn with wreckage and cries of help from unseen, seemingly unreachable victims.

The town released the footage on Tuesday. The images are ...Read more

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R. Kelly's lawyer concedes 'sexual contact' between singer and underaged wife Aaliyah -- but then backtracks

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NEW YORK — A lawyer for R. Kelly conceded Tuesday that the singer had “sexual contact” with recording artist Aaliyah during an awkward exchange over the R&B stars’ illegal marriage when she was just 15.

But Kelly defense lawyer Thomas Farinella quickly walked back the surprising admission about Kelly and the underage “Are You That ...Read more

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Florida has recorded 50,997 cases in 3 days, and hospitalizations break a record

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MIAMI — Florida reported 50,997 COVID-19 cases and 100 deaths over the last three days to the federal government as the state continues to see a surge in cases not seen since January, the month with the highest number of cases since the coronavirus pandemic began 18 months ago.

Florida on Tuesday also broke its record for COVID-19 ...Read more

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'He is wholly unfit to serve': Calls for Cuomo's removal amass after harassment findings

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NEW YORK — Demands for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign or be promptly removed from office poured in Tuesday after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her investigators have corroborated allegations that the governor sexually harassed several women.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated calls for Cuomo to step down just after...Read more

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Florida Rep. Wasserman Schultz discloses personal investment in tech company months after deadline

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz filed disclosures reporting she and her children bought stock in a technology company but waited months after the deadline to make the purchases public.

Reports filed last week by the Broward/Miami-Dade County Democrat show four stock buys, on Oct. 13, in Westell Technologies Inc., ...Read more


Delta's spread seen pushing herd immunity threshold above 80%

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The spread of the delta coronavirus variant has pushed the threshold for herd immunity to well over 80% and potentially approaching 90%, according to an Infectious Diseases Society of America briefing on Tuesday.

That represents a “much higher” bar than previous estimates of 60% to 70%, because delta is twice as transmissible, said Richard ...Read more

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DaBaby dropped from Austin City Limits Festival lineup after homophobic comments

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AUSTIN, Texas — Austin City Limits Music Festival is the latest large music event to drop rapper DaBaby, following homophobic comments and disparaging remarks about people living with AIDS that he made on stage during his set at Rolling Loud festival on July 25 in Miami.

A post to the fest's Twitter account on Tuesday morning announced that ...Read more


California woman contracts typhus after disposing of dead rat

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LOS ANGELES — A California woman said she contracted typhus after she disposed of a dead rat found in her backyard. She later found out her neighbor had also contracted the virus.

Margaret Holzmann of Monrovia initially thought she had COVID-19 when she began to feel ill. But after a negative test, and a relentless headache and fever that ...Read more

Afghanistan's situation rapidly deteriorating, US envoy warns

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The Afghan government is too weak to win a negotiated settlement without a new military strategy, the U.S. envoy to the war-ravaged country said Tuesday.

“The situation is very concerning, and our expectation is that both the government and the Talibs would focus on a political settlement,” Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative ...Read more

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AG James' probe corroborates sex harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo oversaw a toxic workplace and sexually harassed several women, including much younger aides and advisers, according to a bombshell report released Tuesday by state Attorney General James’ office.

The report details cases of harassment by the governor of current and former employees that include unwanted ...Read more

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How Sen. Chris Murphy became Washington's leading advocate for college sports reform

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HARTFORD, Conn. — As he watches the change rapidly reshaping American college sports, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy can’t help but wish progress always came so quickly.

In the 2 1/2 years since the Connecticut Democrat became Washington’s most outspoken advocate for college athletes’ economic rights, a decades-old movement has broken through ...Read more