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Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale was drunk and agitated in standoff, police say. Then his cop friend showed up

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Brad Parscale, former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, was in the middle of an armed standoff with police at his Fort Lauderdale home when unexpected help arrived: Officer Christopher Wilson, a personal friend.

Fort Lauderdale police on Monday released records detailing how Sunday's standoff unfolded at ...Read more

Paradise again threatened as deadly fires push toward towns gutted by 2018 inferno

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SAN FRANCISCO - Two years after being decimated by the worst blaze in California history, the town of Paradise was again under threat, this time from the deadly North Complex fire.

Butte County sheriff's officials issued an evacuation order for Pulga and Concow and an evacuation warning for the town of Paradise, which was mostly destroyed in ...Read more

'It's almost a joke': In rural California, governor's gas-powered car ban is a stretch

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It's a long drive to just about anywhere Gary Wright needs to go. A rancher in the far northeastern corner of California, he sometimes has to drive nearly 100 miles, one-way, to get to where his cattle graze. It's 36 miles to Klamath Falls, Oregon, for a significant errand run.

There are only a few gas stations along the ...Read more

Record temperatures lure 'heat tourists' to Death Valley National Park

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LOS ANGELES - Once he saw that temperatures in Death Valley National Park had hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit, Dan Markham, 40, knew he had to go.

The southern Utah local made the drive last month and found himself in the company of dozens of other park visitors hoping to get a picture alongside a thermometer listing one of the hottest recorded ...Read more

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In Los Angeles, Latinos hit hard by pandemic's economic storm

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LOS ANGELES - Working as a fast-food cashier in Los Angeles, Juan Quezada spends a lot of his time these days telling customers how to wear a mask.

"They cover their mouth but not their nose," he said. "And we're like, 'You gotta put your mask on right.'"

Quezada didn't expect to be enforcing mask-wearing. Six months ago, he was a restaurant ...Read more

Fires rampage through wine country, destroying numerous homes in Santa Rosa

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. - California wine country was devastated by yet another series of wildfires overnight as flames destroyed numerous homes and other buildings in Napa and Sonoma counties and thousands were forced to run for their lives in the darkness of night.

A number of homes began to burn early Monday in the suburban eastern neighborhoods ...Read more

Can technology predict wildfires? New systems attempt to better forecast their spread

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LOS ANGELES - When freak lightning storms passed over Northern California's wine country last month and sparked hundreds of wildfires, a newly established network of remote weather stations, orbiting satellites and supercomputers spun into action and attempted to predict the spread of what is now known as the LNU Lightning Complex fire.

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Trump's ban on WeChat threatens a vital network for Chinese community in Philadelphia area

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PHILADELPHIA - For many local Chinese Americans and immigrants from China, the social media app WeChat is a lifeline to government services, community events, friends, and family living on the other side of the Pacific.

If the Trump administration has its way, it'll be taken away.

"We are so disappointed, not just because he's making this ...Read more

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Q&A: As Fires and Floods Wreak Havoc on Health, New Climate Center Seeks Solutions

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For the past month, record-breaking wildfires have torched millions of acres from the Mexican border well into Canada, their smoke producing air so toxic that millions of people remained indoors for days on end while many visited hospitals because of respiratory distress.

Also this month, Hurricane Sally left a trail of watery devastation in ...Read more

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Promises kept? On health care, Trump's claims of 'monumental steps' don't add up

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When it comes to health care, President Donald Trump has promised far more than he has delivered. But that doesn't mean his administration has had no impact on health issues - including the operation of the Affordable Care Act, prescription drug prices and women's access to reproductive health services.

In a last-ditch effort to raise his ...Read more

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Judge pauses Trump's plans to remove TikTok from app stores

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TikTok on Sunday won a significant victory against the Trump administration, when a federal judge ruled in favor of the tech company's request to delay a ban on the app.

Under the ruling, TikTok will remain available in U.S. mobile app stores and TikTok can continue to provide software updates. The company filed a lawsuit this month in ...Read more

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Suspect in custody after LAPD officer is attacked inside police station

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LOS ANGELES - A 29-year-old suspect was in custody Sunday after he allegedly took an officer's weapon, pistol-whipped him and fired shots inside a Los Angeles Police Department station, police said.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the officer had bumps and bruises and would recover from the injuries after the attack at the Harbor Division station ...Read more

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Washington judge hits postmaster with election mail injunction

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A federal judge in the nation's capital is the latest to order the Trump administration not to implement policy changes that could delay mail delivery for voters in the November elections.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, D.C., issued a preliminary injunction in a case led by New York Attorney General Letitia James and joined ...Read more

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President Trump paid $750 in income taxes in 2016 and 2017, NYT says

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump paid just $750 in income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, reported losing millions of dollars from his golf courses and has hundreds of millions in debt that will come due in the next few years, according to a report in The New York Times.

Trump paid no income taxes in 10 of the 15 years before he was elected, ...Read more

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Police arrest more than 100 people in Ocean City during unauthorized 'H2oi' car rally

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BALTIMORE - Police arrested more than 100 people during an unauthorized motor rally in Ocean City this weekend. Videos filmed at the scene show angry encounters between officers and throngs of attendees.

Officers from neighboring jurisdictions came to assist Ocean City Police with crowd control at the rally, known by participants as H2oi. They ...Read more

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Battle lines quickly drawn in Georgia over Barrett's nomination

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ATLANTA - Top Georgia U.S. Senate candidates raced to draw battle lines over President Donald Trump's push to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day, as Republicans quickly endorsed her appointment and Democrats blasted the rushed process.

Trump's nomination of Barrett, a favorite of many conservative advocacy ...Read more

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With court battle looming, Trump and Biden compete for Catholic voters

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Four years ago, Marge Hansen was deeply skeptical of Republican Donald Trump, dismissing the thrice-married businessman who once boasted about grabbing women "by the p---y" as sharply out-of-step with her own conservative Catholic values.

This year, she's firmly behind Trump - even though former Vice President Joe Biden, the ...Read more

Breonna Taylor's death shocked the nation. In Louisville, many Black people are far from surprised

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Before the shops downtown closed due to the coronavirus, then remained shuttered amid protests decrying police brutality, Tawana Bain's restaurant exuded an air of bustling electricity. The sounds of Louisville college football and basketball games boomed from big screen TVs, and customers gathered in large groups to catch up ...Read more

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Scorching temperatures, smoky skies predicted in Bay Area this week, National Weather Service says

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Bay Area residents are in for a tough week, with a high-pressure system threatening to keep temperatures in the sweltering range and hold wildfire smoke in the air overhead.

National Weather Service meteorologist Gerry Diaz said hot and dry conditions are expected for much of the area throughout the week, with peak ...Read more

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Macron to stand by Lebanese after 'betrayal' by politicians

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President Emmanuel Macron said France wouldn't abandon the Lebanese people after what he branded a "collective betrayal" by the country's politicians in failing to form a new government to carry out reforms.

Macron said Lebanon had lost a month during which it could have received international aid as the country faces a deep economic crisis and...Read more