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Illinois governor to isolate for a second time after another staffer tests positive for coronavirus

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker is going into self-isolation for the second time after a third staff member in his office tested positive for the coronavirus, the governor's office said Tuesday.

The unidentified staff member tested negative ...Read more

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Wisconsin ballot-count extension upheld by appeals court

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A federal judge's ruling that allows Wisconsin election officials to accept mail-in ballots for six days after Election Day in the battleground state can be implemented, a U.S. appeals court said.

The Chicago-based appeals court on Tuesday lifted a hold that it had imposed yesterday. The court said the Republican National Committee, the ...Read more

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Brad Parscale's guns may be kept away from him under Florida's 'red flag' law

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - After SWAT officers tackled Brad Parscale in front of his Fort Lauderdale home Sunday, police seized all his guns. Now, city officials have filed a request to keep his guns away from him for at least two weeks under Florida's so-called "red flag law," saying President Donald Trump's former campaign manager posed a danger ...Read more

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Trump's silence continues on how many refugees can enter the US this fiscal year

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The Trump administration has yet to announce how many refugees will be admitted into the United States during the upcoming fiscal year, which starts Thursday.

Without a "presidential determination," which dictates how many refugees can come to the United States each fiscal year, refugees cannot be resettled in the country, except for a few ...Read more

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Pa. appellate court calls US law barring suits against gun makers unconstitutional

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PHILADELPHIA - In what gun control advocates described Tuesday as a historic victory, a Pennsylvania appellate court has declared unconstitutional a federal law that protects firearms manufacturers from almost any lawsuits brought by victims of gun violence.

The decision by a three-judge panel of Superior Court is the first in the nation to ...Read more

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Wisconsin court seen as unlikely to rule on voter purge by Nov. 3

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court probably won't decide before Election Day whether the swing state must purge more than 200,000 names from voter rolls, according to Gillian Drummond, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Justice Department.

On Tuesday, the state's top court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty ...Read more

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2 Fulton County deputies killed in Georgia crash involving tractor-trailer

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ATLANTA - Two Fulton County sheriff's deputies were killed Tuesday in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on I-20 in east Georgia, officials said.

The fatal crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern time at Exit 190 near Grovetown, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Stallings said.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office found the ...Read more

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Chicago police moving district patrol officers downtown, limiting time on street in neighborhoods, memos say

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CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department will strip patrol districts of officers and limit the use of some district officers during daytime shifts in favor of a "highly visible" presence downtown, according to memos obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

The move reduces the number of officers available in at least some of the city's 22 patrol ...Read more

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USC admits largest, most diverse freshman class despite coronavirus setbacks

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LOS ANGELES - The new freshman class at the University of Southern California is the largest and most diverse in its history, reflecting similar trends in the University of California system and coming as overall college enrollment numbers across the U.S. have declined amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In fall 2020, students who are first in their ...Read more

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Deadly West Zone fire nearly contained, Northern California officials say

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Three weeks after it made its horrific run into Butte County, killing 15 people and destroying hundreds of homes, fire activity on the West Zone of the North Complex has essentially halted.

Although there are problem areas remaining on the two other zones of the North Complex, the once-devastating West Zone is almost fully ...Read more

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Democrats say Trump Supreme Court pick Barrett should recuse herself from possible 2020 election cases

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WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are calling for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to pledge to recuse herself from future cases related to the 2020 election, after President Donald Trump said the court might decide the outcome and he expects her to break a tie.

While there is virtually nothing Congress can do to force a Supreme Court ...Read more

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Americans are drinking more alcohol during pandemic — especially women, study finds

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Pandemic-fatigued Americans are drinking about 14% more alcohol this year than they did in 2019, an alarming increase that's even more pronounced among women, researchers said Tuesday.

The new study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found a 17% increase in alcohol consumption among women and 19% among people ages 30 to 59. They also ...Read more

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Southern California is held back from reopening as other regions get green light

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LOS ANGELES - Ten more counties progressed through the state's reopening blueprint Tuesday, but no place in Southern California was allowed to change tiers.

Butte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara and Yolo counties moved from Tier 1, also known as the purple tier, to Tier 2, also known as the red tier. The changes ...Read more

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Anonymous 'nut job' files bogus motion to try to get singer R. Kelly's sex case dropped

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NEW YORK - A "nut job" looking to free disgraced R&B star R. Kelly filed twin motions in federal court in Brooklyn and Chicago in the past two weeks, arguing that the singer should be released from jail because he was never indicted.

While the seven-page motion filed on behalf of Robert Sylvester Kelly seems to be signed at the bottom by one of...Read more

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Eric Trump roasted on internet after saying he's 'part of' LGBT community

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NEW YORK - Eric Trump, the president's third child, erroneously said he's part of the LGBT community Tuesday in a Fox News interview and suffered a terrible fate: getting made fun of on the internet.

Trump, who has been married to his wife, Lara, since 2014, said later Tuesday that he is not actually a part of the LGBT community and that he ...Read more

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Microsoft says Russia is behind most nation-state hacking attempts

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WASHINGTON - Russia-based hackers are responsible for the majority of nation-state attacks on Microsoft customers in recent years, according to new data from company.

Microsoft Corp. has issued 13,000 alerts about nation-state hacking attempts to its customers in the last two years, with 52% of these related to Russian hackers - whose targets ...Read more

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Washington boosts support for Greece in spat with Turkey

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SOUDA BAY, Greece - The Trump administration is pumping up U.S. military and diplomatic ties with Greece, an unsubtle warning to neighboring Turkey, which is taking on what U.S. officials see as a more combative role in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.

It is tricky diplomatic territory: Greece and Turkey, while historical rivals, are ...Read more

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Attempted murder charges filed in police station attack on LAPD officer

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LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors filed attempted murder charges Tuesday against the man accused in a violent attack on a Los Angeles police officer inside the Harbor Community police station Saturday night.

Jose Cerpa Guzman, 29, was charged with two counts each of attempted murder on a peace officer and assault with a semiautomatic firearm, as well ...Read more

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Amy Coney Barrett meets with GOP senators in preparation for Supreme Court confirmation battle

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett met privately with several Republican senators Tuesday as they kick-started the process of trying to confirm her controversial nomination to the Supreme Court before the November election.

Barrett, nominated by President Donald Trump last week to fill the seat left vacant by the Sept. 18 death of Justice Ruth Bader ...Read more

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Supreme Court nominee Barrett visits Capitol

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WASHINGTON - Amy Coney Barrett's Capitol Hill path to the Supreme Court began on Tuesday with courtesy calls unlike any other Supreme Court nominee's - sans handshakes, amid the homestretch of a heated presidential campaign and without the traditional veteran politician who serves as a guide, or sherpa, to the ways of the Senate.

Barrett, ...Read more