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Sheriff adds details to Dijon Kizzee shooting but some questions remain

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LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Dijon Kizzee was riding his bike on the wrong side of the street when he was stopped by two South L.A. deputies in an incident that ended with the pair firing 19 shots at him.

At a news briefing Thursday, sheriff's officials offered yet another version of events of what led up to the ...Read more

Wanted: Poll workers able to brave the pandemic

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WASHINGTON - Dave and Diane Schell, a retired social studies teacher and a retired human resources professional from South Windsor, Connecticut, left their careers in 2015, and have worked the polls at their local precinct every election since. But not this November.

The Schells - he's a Republican, she's a Democrat - are 68 and 65, ...Read more

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Violent protesters can face sedition charge, US top prosecutor says

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Federal prosecutors should consider charging violent protesters under a criminal sedition law, which doesn't require proof that they were plotting to overthrow the government, the Justice Department said in a memo on Thursday.

The federal statute governing sedition charges applies to other acts, including preventing law enforcement officers ...Read more

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Momentum for basic income builds as pandemic drags on

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WASHINGTON - When the idyllic upstate city of Hudson, New York, launches its basic-income pilot program in late September, it will become one of the smallest U.S. cities to embrace a policy once seen as far-fetched or radical.

"Basic-income" programs - designed to dole out direct cash payments to large swaths of people, no strings attached - ...Read more

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UC bans race-based quotas for admissions and hiring, setting limits for possible return of affirmative action

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University of California regents banned the use of quotas based on race and gender in admissions, hiring and contracting Thursday - underscoring their intent to limit how they would restore affirmative action if state voters approve its use again.

In June, regents unanimously backed an effort to eliminate the longtime ban on affirmative action ...Read more

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Trump's vaccine ambitions contradict his own health experts

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President Donald Trump once again promised that a COVID-19 vaccine for Americans could be ready within weeks, a timeline faster than has been deemed possible or likely by the scientific agencies overseeing the effort and the companies developing the products.

Trump's optimistic promises have left him in a battle with the realities of time, the ...Read more

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Eric Trump agrees to be deposed, but only after the election

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NEW YORK - Eric Trump says he's willing to be questioned under oath by New York state lawyers in a civil probe of the family business, but only after the Nov. 3 election.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has been seeking sworn testimony from the president's son for months as part of a probe of asset valuations at the Trump Organization. ...Read more

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In a career born in her own grief, violence recovery specialist works at a Chicago hospital in a city under siege

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CHICAGO - Christine Goggins was just about to check in with the family of a gunshot victim, a new case that had been handed off from the previous shift, when the high-pitched beep of her pager sounded in her office at the University of Chicago's medical campus.

A middle-age man who had been assaulted and suffered severe head trauma was five ...Read more

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Democrats weigh next steps after Trump backs bigger stimulus

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WASHINGTON - Some House Democrats are keeping pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a new coronavirus relief bill up for a vote next week as they look to signal to voters that the party is pursuing a deal to bolster the economy.

Pelosi said Thursday that voting on some version of a Democratic stimulus bill is one of the options that's...Read more

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Pence dismisses 'disgruntled' aide slamming Trump virus response

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WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence dismissed criticism from a former top aide who accused President Donald Trump of a "disregard for human life" during the coronavirus pandemic as the work of a "disgruntled employee" playing politics.

"It reads to me like one more disgruntled employee who has left the White House and now has decided to play...Read more

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NY mayor pushes back most in-person school re-openings for more than a week

NEW YORK – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed back in-person school re-openings Thursday over concerns raised by union leaders.

In-person learning will now start on Sept. 29 for kids in grades kindergarten through eight. Middle schools and high schools will now re-...Read more

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Drug seizures along northern border up 1,000%, partly because of Canada's legalization of recreational pot: CBP

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Drug seizures along the Canadian border in upstate New York have increased by more than 1,000% this year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The agency's Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout the state, recovered more than 40,000 pounds of narcotics over 732 separate seizures from Oct. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31...Read more

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California prison guard union places bull's-eye on Black lawmaker's photo in political ad

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The union representing California prison guards posted pictures and video online of a new political ad announcing its intent to "target" South Los Angeles Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, obscuring the Black lawmaker's face with a bull's-eye - and drawing criticism that the image amounted to a threat.

The ad and a ...Read more

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Evacuations ordered in parts of Southern California's Antelope Valley as Bobcat fire rages on

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LOS ANGELES - Residents in parts of Southern California's Antelope Valley have been ordered to evacuate as the Bobcat fire is now within one mile of the Juniper Hills community and is burning downhill toward Devil's Punchbowl county park, officials said Thursday afternoon.

The order applies to Juniper Hills, Devil's Punchbowl and Paradise ...Read more

Minn. man pleads guilty to poaching black bear on Red Lake reservation

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MINNEAPOLIS - A Brainerd man pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally killing a 700-pound black bear while trespassing on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Brett James Stimac, 41, entered the plea to misdemeanor wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian land after removing the head of the bear, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the ...Read more

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Georgia election officials say ex-felons can vote while paying debts

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ATLANTA - Georgians who have completed their felony sentences but still owe money for restitution, fees and court costs are eligible to vote, according to a notice recently posted on the secretary of state's website.

Felons still must pay off fines that are part of their court-ordered sentences before they can re-register to vote.

The ...Read more

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Texas opening almost all businesses to 75% capacity except for 3 regions of state

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas is allowing most of the state's businesses, including restaurants, retail stores, gyms and office buildings currently open at 50% capacity to open to 75% capacity beginning Monday.

Three regions excluded from this 75% capacity measure are the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and Victoria, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

In ...Read more

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Entire New York congressional delegation expected to demand Trump administration return money to FDNY 9/11 fund

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NEW YORK - In a rare show of bipartisanship, all 27 members of New York's congressional delegation are expected to sign on to a letter calling on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to "immediately" return millions of dollars that the Trump administration has taken from the FDNY's 9/11 health care program, the New York Daily News has learned.

The...Read more

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Giuliani's associates slapped with new 'Fraud Guarantee' charges, bringing case closer to ex-mayor

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NEW YORK - Lev Parnas and David Correia, two of Rudy Giuliani's associates, were slapped with new charges in Manhattan Federal Court alleging they used more than $2 million of Fraud Guarantee investors' money on personal expenses while promising the money would only be spent on the business. Fraud Guarantee is an insurance company founded by ...Read more

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Vaccine leaders make trial plans public in transparency push

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Makers of two of the leading coronavirus virus candidates disclosed detailed information about their pivotal late-stage clinical trials and how they plan to gauge their shots' safety and effectiveness.

The moves by Moderna Inc., as well as Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE, follow increasing worry that the effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine...Read more