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Yom Kippur is coming soon – what does Judaism actually say about forgiveness?

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The Jewish High Holidays are fast approaching: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. While the first really commemorates the creation of the world, Jews view both holidays as a chance to reflect on our shortcomings, make amends and seek forgiveness, both from other people and from the Almighty.

Jews pray and fast on Yom Kippur to demonstrate ...Read more

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Florida power company says 1.2 million customers facing outages because of Hurricane Ian

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MIAMI — Florida Power & Light reported more than 1.2 million of its customers have no electricity because of Hurricane Ian. Some users are regaining power, but many others will be left without electricity for days.

Florida’s largest power company faced many outages across the state as of Thursday afternoon due to flooding and wind damage, ...Read more

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Investigation probes effort to copy election data in another Georgia county

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ATLANTA — The tech company that copied election data in Coffee County was also considered for similar work in Spalding County, prompting a new investigation in Georgia, State Elections Board Chairman William Duffey said.

The company, Atlanta-based SullivanStrickler, communicated with the Spalding County elections board in August 2021 about an...Read more

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Tropical Storm Ian offshore of Florida, forecast to turn into a hurricane again

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Ian on Thursday moved off Florida’s east coast and into the Atlantic, where it’s expected to strengthen into a hurricane again as it approaches South Carolina.

And just because Ian is no longer on land doesn’t mean it won’t continue to affect the Sunshine State.

The National Hurricane Center said in a 2 p.m. ...Read more

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Marjorie Taylor Greene's husband files for divorce

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The husband of outspoken Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., filed for divorce Wednesday after 27 years of marriage, according to the pair’s hometown paper, the Rome News-Tribune.

Perry Greene reportedly said that their union is “irretrievably broken” and filed a motion to seal his filing, which he said contains sensitive ...Read more

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Former PG&E executives agree to $117 million settlement over California wildfires

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Former executives with utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric have reached a $117 million settlement agreement in connection to the 2017 North Bay fires and the 2018 Camp fire, officials said.

The former officers and directors were sued by a victim trust that claimed the deadly fires were the direct result of the former executives’ actions and ...Read more

FDNY medic fatally stabbed giving aid to patient in Queens

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NEW YORK — An EMS lieutenant was stabbed to death giving aid to a patient in Queens Thursday, officials said.

The 61-year-old medic was attacked responding to a call on 20th Avenue near 41st Street in Astoria about 2:30 p.m., authorities said.

She was rendering aid to a patient when an emotionally disturbed relative of the patient stabbed ...Read more

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'Absolute devastation': Hurricane Ian decimates Fort Myers Beach

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — They thought second floors would be safe.

But Hurricane Ian was more brutal than some residents of Fort Myers Beach ever imagined.

Kevin Behen left his studio apartment and hunkered down in a corner room in a stout building by the foot of the bridge into town. The surge licked the second-floor deck. He sprinted ...Read more

Losing a home for unpaid taxes often means losing your equity, too

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Last year, Massachusetts Democratic state Reps. Tommy Vitolo and Jeff Roy saw a newspaper story about two brothers in their state who had almost lost their home due to unpaid property taxes. That was followed by another article this year featuring a New Bedford woman, recovering from COVID-19, who slept in her car when her home was taken for the...Read more

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Queen Elizabeth II's cause of death released

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A cause of death has been released for Queen Elizabeth II.

The British monarch died of “old age” at 3:10 p.m. on Sept. 8, according to a death certificate released Thursday by the National Records of Scotland.

Her death at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at age 96 ended a record-setting 70-year reign as monarch of the United Kingdom.

A ...Read more

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New book on Trump's first impeachment details Schiff's role rallying moderates and Pelosi

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WASHINGTON — As momentum shifted toward impeaching then-President Donald Trump for withholding aid to Ukraine in 2019, U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff counseled Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the seven moderate freshman Democrats whose Washington Post op-ed supporting impeachment in essence forced the hand of House leaders, according to a new book.

“...Read more

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Lyrics helped send these rappers to prison. Should California protect 'creative expressions'?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anerae Brown was on the rise as an up-and-coming rap artist when he joined a crime that turned deadly: the 1992 slaying of Meadowview community activist Patricia Harris.

His own art became part of the case against him as he stood trial with three other gang members accused of killing Harris in a break-in that went bad.

A...Read more

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Oakland police continue search for gunman in school shooting that wounded 6, including 2 critically

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Oakland, California, police continued their search Thursday for at least one gunman involved in a shooting at a high school campus in which six adults were wounded, including two with life-threatening injuries.

Though the focus is on one gunman, it’s possible “there may be other individuals involved,” Oakland Assistant Police Chief Darren...Read more

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Water returns to Tampa Bay after Ian-driven 'reverse storm surge'

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TAMPA, Fla. — It was an unusual scene, sure to enrage public safety officials who had warned people of the danger. But the Instagrammers just couldn’t resist.

As Hurricane Ian neared Florida on Wednesday, Tampa Bay seemingly drained away. It was like a bathtub after somebody had pulled the plug.

Then, the water returned.

Water levels had ...Read more

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Tropical Storm Ian offshore of Florida, forecast to turn into a hurricane again

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Ian moved off Florida’s east coast and into the Atlantic Thursday morning, where it’s expected to strengthen into a hurricane again as it approaches South Carolina.

Ian was about 25 miles north-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and about 285 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, as of the National Hurricane...Read more

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Tropical Storm Ian offshore of Florida, forecast to turn into a hurricane again

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Ian moved off Florida’s east coast and into the Atlantic Thursday morning, where it’s expected to strengthen into a hurricane again as it approaches South Carolina.

Ian was about 25 miles north-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and about 285 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, as of the National Hurricane...Read more

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Hurricane Ian leaves 2.6 million Floridians without power; outages could last for days

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MIAMI — Hurricane Ian left millions of Floridians without power Thursday morning, and they could be left in the dark for days.

Nearly a quarter of all Floridians sit without power Thursday morning, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that compiles outage numbers. The website recorded 2.61 million customers without electricity out of about ...Read more

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For Feeding Our Future leader, an unlikely path to scandal

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MINNEAPOLIS — Aimee Bock's organization was keeping a low profile as it handled millions in government money when the video appeared on Facebook in January.

It purportedly showed one of Bock's employees receiving an astonishing wedding present: an ornamental cart, laden with so much gold that guests gathered around to see it up close.

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Is Disney World and Cinderella's Castle storm-proof? What we know as Ian crosses Florida

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MIAMI — Ian is crossing the state Thursday, making its way through Central Florida before exiting through the east coast.

Walt Disney World and other Orlando-area theme parks and attractions shut down in anticipation of the storm.

What can Central Florida expect from now Tropical Storm Ian?

Not anything like the onslaught of Southwest ...Read more

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A 70-mile crime scene: Terrifying pursuit, freeway gun battle end in father, daughter dead

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LOS ANGELES — Authorities had been looking for Anthony Graziano and his teenage daughter Savannah for nearly 24 hours when his Nissan Frontier pickup was spotted Tuesday morning near Barstow.

Graziano was a suspect in the killing of his estranged wife, and authorities had issued an Amber Alert for his daughter, fearing for her safety.

San ...Read more