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Judge rejects Eric Trump's request to delay deposition

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NEW YORK - His father's presidential race can't prevent Eric Trump from being questioned under oath by State Attorney General Letitia James.

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge rejected a request from Eric Trump Wednesday to postpone his deposition until after the election in a probe of the Trump Organization's financial dealings.

Justice Arthur ...Read more

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Florida is about to mail out 5 million ballots, testing Biden's and Trump's strategies

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MIAMI - For months, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have strategized on voter turnout, election officials have braced for an autumn like no other, and the U.S. Postal Service has vowed to be ready to handle a record number of mail ballots going out in the nation's largest swing state.

Now it's time for millions of ...Read more

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Trump imposes new sanctions on Cuba

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MIAMI - Americans traveling to Cuba will not be able to buy rum or tobacco as souvenirs, nor will they be able to stay in government hotels, according to new restrictions announced by president Donald Trump on Wednesday.

"Today as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will ...Read more

Los Angeles hid a methane leak for a year. Activists want the power plant shut down

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LOS ANGELES - Andres Ramirez doesn't know who scrawled the words "SHUT DOWN THE PLANT" across a cinder-block wall outside Valley Generating Station, where red and white smokestacks tower over the northeast corner of the San Fernando Valley.

But in a neighborhood burdened by dozens of landfills, recycling centers, junkyards, trucking companies ...Read more

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Bobcat fire investigation includes Southern California Edison equipment

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LOS ANGELES - Federal officials are focusing on utility equipment around Cogswell Dam as part of their investigation into what sparked the massive Bobcat fire, according to paperwork filed with state utility regulators.

In an incident report filed with the California Public Utilities Commission last week, Southern California Edison indicated ...Read more

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Florida Gov. DeSantis, Cabinet withhold pardon for voting rights activist Desmond Meade, at least for now

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Clemency Board on Wednesday declined to pardon Desmond Meade, the Orlando man who spearheaded Amendment 4, which allows felons who complete their sentences to get their voting rights back, but told him he could ask again.

DeSantis said he had questions over Meade's dishonorable discharge ...Read more

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Schumer seeks to block Supreme Court replacement before Election Day

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer accused the GOP of hypocritically trashing precedent to quickly transform the top court into a right-wing bulwark against the liberal values the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for.

"They are fighting to reverse Justice Ginsburg's legacy, not honor it," the New York Democrat said, in a fierce ...Read more

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A Labor Day-fueled coronavirus surge? 'Troubling trend,' but no clear evidence

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LOS ANGELES - When Los Angeles County officials explain the massive coronavirus outbreak that hit this summer, they often point to Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, two long weekends when gatherings with friends and family fueled the spread of the virus.

Now, two weeks after the Labor Day holiday, officials worry the same pattern is emerging...Read more

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Crews 'turn a corner' on Bobcat fire as containment doubles overnight

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LOS ANGELES - Beleaguered fire crews made significant progress overnight on the Bobcat fire burning in northeastern Los Angeles County.

After weeks of struggling to keep up with the fire's erratic, multidirectional growth, crews had achieved 38% containment of the blaze as of Wednesday morning - more than doubling the fire's containment from ...Read more

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Johnson & Johnson begins giant study of one-dose COVID-19 shot

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Johnson & Johnson has begun dosing up to 60,000 volunteers in a study of its COVID-19 vaccine, marking the first big U.S. trial of an inoculation that may work after just one shot.

J&J became the fourth vaccine maker to move its candidate into late-stage human studies in the U.S. If enrollment goes as expected, the trial could yield results as ...Read more

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Mike Tyson will vote for first time in 2020 election

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Mike Tyson is ready to punch his ballot.

The boxer said he plans to vote for the first time in the 2020 presidential election.

"This election will be my 1st time voting," Tyson tweeted Tuesday. "I never thought I could because of my felony record. I'm proud to finally vote."

The former heavyweight champion also shared a link to help others ...Read more

Cal State gets its first chancellor of color: Joseph I. Castro, Fresno State president

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LOS ANGELES - Joseph I. Castro, the grandson of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college student who rose during a career in higher education to lead Fresno State, has been named chancellor of the California State University system, trustees announced Wednesday.

Castro, 53, will be the first chancellor of color to lead CSU, the nation'...Read more

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Native Americans feel double pain of COVID-19 and fires 'gobbling up the ground'

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When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma.

As Hoopa's fire chief and its pandemic team leader, Moon feared the impact of the blaze on the dense coniferous forests of the reservation, near Redwood National and State Parks, where 3,000 tribal members ...Read more

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1 officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case

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A grand jury on Wednesday decided to indict only one of the three Louisville, Kentucky, officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, charging him with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Former cop Brett Hankison, who lost his job in June, is accused of firing blindly into Taylor's apartment during a botched raid on ...Read more

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Ginsburg honored as one who will 'steer the court for decades'

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's casket arrived at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, where she will lie in honor for two days so members of the public can pay their respects.

More than 100 of Ginsburg's former law clerks stood silently on the court plaza and steps, wearing black masks and at safe social distances, as her casket was carried by ...Read more

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House Democrats' leadership races reflect coming generational change

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WASHINGTON - Only one House Democrat in the caucus's 14-member elected leadership team is exiting the chamber next year, but that opening has created a competitive race for assistant speaker and cleared opportunities for other ambitious Democrats to run for the lower-ranking positions those candidates are vacating.

With Assistant Speaker Ben ...Read more

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Supreme Court fight underscores campaign trail focus on health care

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WASHINGTON - The upcoming Senate battle over a Supreme Court nomination is sharpening the focus on the 2010 health care law on the campaign trail before a high-stakes oral arguments hearing to determine the law's future, which will be held just a week after the election.

In a campaign in which health care was already a top issue for voters, the...Read more

Smoke from California fires may have killed more than 1,000 people

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience.

It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say.

Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were...Read more

Hurricane center down to 2 post-tropical storms Beta and Teddy, both still flood threats

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ORLANDO, Fla. - After two weeks of following multiple storm systems, the National Hurricane Center is tracking just two post-tropical storms; Teddy and Beta, both of which are degenerating but remain flood threats.

First, what was once Hurricane Teddy is now a post-tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, and is still moving at a ...Read more

70% of imported KN95 masks fail US filtration standards, study finds

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PHILADELPHIA - Up to 70% of KN95 masks do not meet the U.S. standards for effectiveness, according to a new study by ECRI, a Pennsylvania-based patient safety organization.

The findings suggest an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 for health care workers and patients at hospitals that imported the masks from China to deal with massive ...Read more