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As Ian's aftermath is felt across Florida, its destruction comes into view

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TAMPA, Fla. — It wasn’t just the coastline, though it took most of the blow.

As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, the beach towns were the first to go as water and winds up to 150 mph decimated paradise towns from Fort Myers Beach to Punta Gorda — a city familiar with disaster, taking close to a decade to recover from ...Read more


Hurricane Ian's death toll may have surpassed 50, officials say

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MIAMI — Florida officials estimate there may be more than 50 deaths across eight counties linked to Hurricane Ian.

At least 18 of the people who died drowned. Three died when their oxygen machines stopped working due to power outages.

The youngest fatality confirmed by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission was a 22-year-old woman in ...Read more

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Biden calls Hurricane Ian 'an American crisis' as South Carolina hit, Florida devastated

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WASHINGTON — Hurricane Ian is “likely to rank among the worst in the nation’s history” and is posing a crisis to the nation, President Joe Biden said on Friday, addressing the powerful storm that devastated Florida this week and reconstituted Friday in the Atlantic for a second U.S. landfall in South Carolina.

“It’s not just a ...Read more


N. Korea fires two more missiles, adding to barrage this week

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North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles Saturday, adding to one of its biggest weekly barrages that marked a return to provocations as global attention was diverted to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Two short-range suspected ballistic missiles were fired from an area near Pyongyang’s main international airport into waters off its east ...Read more

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AOC rips Mayor Adams' migrant tents in her district: 'We can get to a place with a better solution'

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The political pleasantries didn’t last long.

Immediately after appearing together in public for the first time Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took aim at Mayor Adams’ plan to erect a migrant tent camp in her district, charging that there’s a “better solution” to be had.

The progressive congresswoman, who’s had a ...Read more

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$4 million verdict for LAPD captain over fake nude photo shared by cops

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LOS ANGELES — A jury awarded a female Los Angeles police captain $4 million in damages Friday in her sexual harassment lawsuit against the city over a nude photograph that was doctored to look like her and shared around the department.

In reaching the verdict after a day of deliberations, the Los Angeles County Superior Court jurors found ...Read more

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Ian, in the Carolinas, is no longer a hurricane, but heavy rains and flooding continue

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Ian is no longer a hurricane.

The now-post tropical cyclone has brought heavy rains, flash flooding and high winds to the Carolinas since reaching the coast Friday afternoon.

Ian previously left a stretch of the Southwest Florida coast in ruins as a Category 4 and crossed the state as a tropical storm. It later gained strength and became a ...Read more

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Ian aftermath even harder to fix with supply chain tattered

The difficult job of rebuilding communities pummeled by Hurricane Ian is expected to be made even worse by a problem that’s lingered since the early days of the pandemic: snarled supply chains.

Ian tore a path of destruction across Florida, leaving more than 2 million homes and ...Read more


N. Korea fires two suspected short-range ballistic missiles

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North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles Saturday, adding to its most recent series of launches that started in late September.

Two short-range suspected ballistic missiles were fired from Pyongyang, Yonhap reported, citing South Korea’s military. The missiles landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Kyodo said, citing an ...Read more


Michigan man charged after shooting 84-year-old anti-abortion canvasser

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DETROIT — Richard Harvey, who shot an 84-year-old anti-abortion canvasser outside his Ionia County home after she was involved in a heated exchange with his wife, turned himself in to law enforcement Friday after a three-count warrant was issued against him.

After an investigation by the Michigan State Police, Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle ...Read more

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Protests continue in Cuba after days without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian

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Cubans in several neighborhoods in Havana and other cities took to the streets again on Friday, banging pots and pans and demanding the restoration of electrical service as they had done Thursday, after a failure in Cuba’s dilapidated power grid left the country in near total darkness since Tuesday.

Cuba’s Electrical Union blamed Hurricane ...Read more

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Prosecutor says restraining children at Missouri's Agape Boarding School doesn't violate the law

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A southwest Missouri prosecutor said the attorney general wanted him to file dozens more charges against Agape Boarding School employees, but he didn’t believe restraining students violated the law.

Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Ty Gaither said parents have the right and discretion – according to Missouri law – to...Read more

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Shasta County officials warn of people impersonating election officials, voter intimidation

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Shasta County, California, officials are warning residents about a group of people impersonating election officials who are questioning voters about their registration.

Members of the group wear reflective vests and claim to be part of a "voter task force," said County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen. She said her office has ...Read more

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As gas prices soar, Gov. Newsom demands tax on 'rip off' oil companies and urges switch to winter-blend fuel

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As gas prices in California soar, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday called on lawmakers to introduce a windfall tax on "rip off" oil companies and urged state air regulators to allow refineries to produce cheaper winter-blend gasoline to help boost supplies and cut prices.

"Crude oil prices are down. Oil industry profits are up. Yet gas prices in CA ...Read more


Hurricane Ian death toll passes 40, spans eight counties. Damage is 'worst thing I've seen,' county official says

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MIAMI — Florida officials estimated more than 40 deaths across eight counties linked to Hurricane Ian, including from drowning and disconnected oxygen machines due to power outages.

The Florida Medical Examiners Commission on Friday reported seven drowning victims across Volusia and Collier counties, ranging in age from 64 to 91. The youngest...Read more

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Manhunt continues for Oakland school shooters who injured 6

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two days after an Oakland school shooting left six people injured, police continue to search for the gunmen who stormed the campus before fleeing in a getaway car.

As the manhunt pushed past 48 hours on Friday, police offered no new details about the three suspects – two shooters and a driver – who entered the front ...Read more


Want to help? Hurricane Ian causes blood shortage in Southeast

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Hurricane Ian has hampered blood collection throughout the Southeast, and agencies say they’re hoping people will come out to donate once the storm has passed.

The Red Cross and the Blood Connection say they sent blood to Florida in advance of Ian to help with an expected shortfall in collections there. Now that the storm ...Read more

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Federal judge could penalize Marilyn Mosby's defense for including juror information in perjury case filing

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BALTIMORE — A federal judge could sanction Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby because her attorneys included prospective juror information in a filing in her perjury and mortgage fraud case.

Mosby’s attorneys were responding Thursday evening to a request from federal prosecutors to instate a gag order in the case prohibiting ...Read more


5 additional bodies recovered from Whidbey Island floatplane crash

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SEATTLE — Six of the 10 victims of the Whidbey Island floatplane crash have been recovered and five have been identified, Island County Emergency Management said Friday afternoon.

Deputy director Eric Brooks confirmed that four additional victims had been identified along with 29-year-old Gabby Hanna, whose body was found shortly after the ...Read more

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Putin's annexation bid in Ukraine triggers new sanctions, Western condemnation

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WASHINGTON — The war in Ukraine lurched into a volatile new phase Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees declaring the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, drawing widespread international condemnation and triggering punitive new economic measures from Washington and its Western allies.

Ukraine responded to the Russian ...Read more