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'Shaken all of us to the very core': New Mexico film community mourns Halyna Hutchins

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “This moment has shaken all of us to the very core,” IATSE Local 480 President Liz Pecos said, holding a lit candle in front of the pink-streaked New Mexico sky.

Hundreds of people stood in front of her, holding their own candles aloft as they gathered to mourn cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Many of those crowded ...Read more

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Meghan McCain stops short of ruling out run for office

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Weeks after departing “The View” where she made a point of being the firebrand conservative debating anyone who stood in her way, Meghan McCain is now not ruling out a potential run for office.

Speaking to People magazine, McCain set realistic expectations for how her political life may go.

“I feel like I’ve done it all,” McCain said...Read more

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Lake Michigan has record-breaking temperatures for late October

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Lake Michigan is experiencing record-breaking high temperatures for late October.

According to a tweet from the National Weather Service in Chicago, these temperatures remain higher because of October's weather being warmer than in previous years.

"In fact, as of this morning the average surface water temperature on the lake is around 2 ...Read more

Tennessee district blocks governor's anti-mask mandate order

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One Tennessee school district is standing resolute against the governor’s efforts to let parents opt their kids out of school mask mandates.

Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order, which was extended through Nov. 5, will continue to be blocked in Williamson County’s two public school systems, thanks to a ruling from U.S. District Judge Waverly D...Read more

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In just 21 days, Facebook led new India user to gore, fake news

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In February 2019, Facebook Inc. set up a test account in India to determine how its own algorithms affect what people see in one of its fastest growing and most important overseas markets. The results stunned the company’s own staff.

Within three weeks, the new user’s feed turned into a maelstrom of fake news and incendiary images. There ...Read more

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These California area codes will require 10-digit dialing starting Sunday

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From Pasadena to Palo Alto, callers in nine California area codes will be required to use 10-digit dialing when making phone calls beginning Sunday.

The changes, which will affect thousands of California residents, stem from federal rules that will make it easier for callers to reach crisis resources.

Callers who have a 988 exchange or “...Read more

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Prince Charles warns of 'dangerously narrow window of opportunity' to tackle global warming

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Prince Charles is warning the world that it could soon be too late to tackle climate change, and countries must act decisively.

Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, said Saturday that “we now have a dangerously narrow window of opportunity in which to accelerate a green recovery, while laying the foundations for a sustainable ...Read more

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With gentle pushback, businesses want Florida to let them choose their vaccine rules

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calls legislators into special session next month, the quiet pushback of the powerful business industry is already being felt.

Although the governor may have declared war on employer vaccine mandates, he has also carefully steered clear of any talk that he will ask legislators to outlaw the ...Read more

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Vigils in LA area, Albuquerque for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

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LOS ANGELES — Candlelight vigils are planned this weekend for Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was shot and killed Thursday by a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on a New Mexico movie set.

“Let’s gather together to honor Halyna and her accomplishments, and grieve together as one,” the Local 600 International Cinematographers...Read more

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'Rust' director Joel Souza says he's 'gutted' by the shooting death of Halyna Hutchins

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“Rust” director Joel Souza has broken his silence after the cinematographer on his film was shot and killed Thursday by a prop gun fired by actor and producer Alec Baldwin.

“I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna,” Souza said in statement Saturday to Deadline. “She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for...Read more

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Just nuts: 1 squirrel causes a NC power outage for 10,000 customers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — About 10,000 Energy United customers in the Lake Norman area lost power on Saturday morning, and officials quickly identified the perpetrator.

Crews with the power company reported finding a squirrel in the Northcross electrical substation in Huntersville that caused the outage, Energy United said on Twitter.

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USC students protest toxic Greek life after fraternity suspended for alleged drugging, sexual assault

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LOS ANGELES — Faced with growing furor over reports of sexual assault and druggings at a University of Southern California fraternity chapter, President Carol Folt said late Friday that the university has suspended an individual in connection with some of the allegations and apologized for the pain roiling campus.

“Such behaviors are deeply...Read more

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Negotiators edge closer to global carbon market deal at COP26

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Nations are edging toward a deal that could create a global carbon market when they meet in Scotland for COP26 climate talks in about a week, after Brazil signaled it’s willing to compromise.

Brazil softened its stance on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which aims to create a framework for countries and companies to meet their climate goals...Read more

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Puerto Rico debt restructuring up in the air after deadlock in island legislature

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A plan to pull Puerto Rico out of the bankruptcy that has strangled its economy for years appears in serious jeopardy, facing opposition from politicians and other critics who contend that it doesn’t go far enough to protect government pensions and services and could put the island deeper in debt.

Puerto Rico’s ...Read more

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Minnesota Rep. Omar behind legislation for new special envoy to fight Islamophobia

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MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wants to help the federal government tackle Islamophobia on a global scale — drawing on long-standing efforts to track and counter antisemitism worldwide.

Omar is cosponsoring a bill, dubbed the Combating International Islamophobia Act, that would require the State Department to create a special ...Read more

Mexico migrant caravan pushes past police as group heads north

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A caravan of migrants pushed past Mexican security forces near the city of Tapachula in Southern Chiapas state on Saturday, as the group continued its route north toward the country’s capital.

The group of several thousand people, including women and children, pushed past national guard clad in riot gear that had attempted to block the group�...Read more

Airstrike kills senior al-Qaida leader in Syria, US says

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A U.S.-led airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaida leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, according to the U.S. Central Command.

The strike was conducted in the vicinity of Suluk using an MQ-9 aircraft, U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee said in a statement. There have been no indications of civilian casualties, he added.

“The removal ...Read more

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30 Afghan orphans are Colorado bound after traumatic escape

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Thirty Afghan orphans who somehow survived the chaotic exit from Kabul airport, in addition to months of uncertainty traveling alone, are headed to Colorado.

Denver Human Services says it's the biggest influx of parentless kids the organization has seen in recent memory.

"We aren't sure of the details as to how they...Read more

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Pacific storm set to flood California with rain and mud

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A powerful Pacific storm is set to slam into California and the Pacific Northwest, bringing hurricane-like winds and heavy rains that could touch off mudslides in areas burned by this year’s wildfires.

The storm off the coast of Washington will direct “a fire hose” of moisture onshore, starting Saturday and continuing through Monday, said...Read more

Ethics probe into Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly intensifies

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PITTSBURGH — In the days leading up to a planned layoff of 1,400 steelworkers in Butler last year, U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly and his staff scrambled to secure the Trump administration’s help in protecting the plant’s Cleveland-based owners from cheaper, foreign imports.

As plans were moving forward to shut down AK Steel Butler Works, ...Read more