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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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Emailed threats in Florida dry up as congressional delegation asks for FBI briefing

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Threatening emails claiming to be from a pro-Trump group called the Proud Boys that were sent to voters in Florida and other states earlier this week appeared to have come to a halt after the FBI accused Iran and Russia of being behind attacks to influence the U.S. election.

But two Florida members of Congress are now ...Read more

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No mail ballot for Trump: President to vote in person Saturday in Florida

MIAMI — President Donald Trump will vote in person as a Florida resident for the first time Saturday, according to a White House spokesman.

" President Trump plans to early vote on Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida," Judd Deere, White House deputy press secretary, ...Read more

Georgia teen pleads guilty in plot to kill worshippers at Black church

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ATLANTA — A teenage girl who plotted to kill members of a predominantly Black church in Gainesville pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon and apologized for her actions.

Caitlyn Pye, now 17, was arrested last fall after authorities foiled her plan to attack worshippers at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

She entered a negotiated plea ...Read more

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Time magazine replaces logo on cover for first time in nearly 100 years

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The cover of Time magazine's double issue that hits newsstands Friday will bear an important message in lieu of its famed logo — marking its first absence from the cover in nearly 100 years.

The giant letters at the top of the cover instead read: "VOTE."

Edward Felsenthal, Time's editor in chief and chief executive, wrote a piece published ...Read more

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States lose fight to get Postal Service outside monitor for election mail

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WASHINGTON — States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency's compliance with a court order.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania's attorney general, Josh Shapiro, to...Read more


Caribbean system could affect Florida; Hurricane Epsilon's winds drop to 85 mph near Bermuda

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — South Floridians should keep an eye on an area of low pressure in the southwestern Caribbean Sea between Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba.

The system is likely to bring heavy rain to South Florida through early next week. It's too early to tell if the system will track over the peninsula.

It has a 10% chance of ...Read more

University of Utah to pay family of murdered track star $13.5 million, calls her death a 'preventable tragedy'

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The University of Utah acknowledged for the first time that the on-campus murder of track star Lauren McCluskey was "preventable" and agreed to pay her family $13.5 million to settle a lawsuit in the case.

The 21-year-old student was fatally shot outside her dorm in 2018 after repeatedly asking campus police to investigate a man who had been ...Read more

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Chicago mayor imposes curfew on city bars, restaurants and nonessential businesses as coronavirus cases spike

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CHICAGO — Days after threatening to roll back restrictions on Chicago businesses if COVID-19 cases continue to spike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot followed through Thursday by imposing a 10 p.m. curfew on all nonessential city businesses.

In addition to the curfew starting Friday, the city will again prohibit indoor service at traditional taverns and...Read more

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Trinidad says idle Venezuela oil vessel not a threat. Environmentalists are not convinced

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The government of Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday that a floating oil-storage vessel with nearly 55 million gallons of Venezuelan crude oil off its coast is not taking on water and shows no sign of capsizing and creating an environmental disaster off the coast of South America.

Trinidad Energy Minister Franklin Khan also confirmed reports ...Read more

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Friend tries to explain why man hung from the side of Trump Tower in Chicago for more than 13 hours

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CHICAGO — It's been three days since a man was lifted to safety after hanging on the side of Trump Tower for 13 hours, but one of his closest friends says he's still frightened for him.

"He's never done anything like this before. I don't know how it will end up," said Marlen, who didn't want his last name used so he wouldn't be harassed on ...Read more

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FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as coronavirus treatment

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially approved remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus, drug manufacturer Gilead Sciences announced Thursday.

The Ebola drug, which was already being used to treat COVID-19 patients under an emergency use authorization, has been found to reduce recovery time by an average of four days among ...Read more

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Thousands of mail-in ballots have been initially rejected in Florida. But there's still time to fix them

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Thousands of mail-in ballots sent in by Florida residents have been initially rejected for signature errors and other mistakes, but election experts say there is still plenty of time to make those votes count.

The problem is that millions of Floridians are voting by mail for the first time because of concerns about the ...Read more

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Coronavirus relief package might not get done before Election Day, Pelosi suggests

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days.

While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive bill written and reviewed by budget scorekeepers and legal counsel before a ...Read more

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Senate Judiciary Committee advances Barrett nomination over Democratic boycott

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WASHINGTON — Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday overcame a boycott by Democrats to approve Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, sending President Donald Trump's third pick for the high court to the full Senate for confirmation as early as next week.

With all 12 Republicans supporting her nomination, Sen. ...Read more

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Iran takes center stage as US cites election hacking concerns

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While the Trump administration often mentioned Iran among cyber adversaries suspected of seeking to disrupt U.S. elections, the focus had been primarily on China and Russia.

Now, the Islamic Republic is emerging as a prime target for President Donald Trump in the final days before the Nov. 3 election over an alleged Iranian email campaign to ...Read more

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Health care for millions of Californians is on the line in the election

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WASHINGTON — California has done more over the last decade than almost any other state to expand health insurance, bolster services for its most vulnerable residents and improve the quality of its clinics and hospitals.

Sick patients are getting more help managing diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. Women are giving birth ...Read more

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As wildfires explode in the West, Forest Service can't afford prevention efforts

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WASHINGTON — Residents of the densely wooded hillsides near Bend, Oregon, are serious about fire.

They gather up fallen branches, prune trees and clear their gutters of pine needles. Their leaders in Deschutes County have banned wood-shake roofs and are considering adopting tougher building codes to make homes more fire-resistant. Every ...Read more

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Election holds future of young, undocumented immigrants in the balance

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SAN DIEGO — Among the many policies that will be on the ballot Nov. 3 is what will happen to the lives of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The Trump administration has tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, which began under the Obama administration. For ...Read more

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COVID-19 has shelter providers scrambling to protect homeless people against the coming winter weather

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SEATTLE — On any given day before the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary's Place in Seattle had more families calling to ask for shelter than it had beds available.

That changed after the outbreak hit and state and local eviction moratoriums went into place to help people struggling financially. This summer, Mary's Place had space for any homeless ...Read more