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Arson-linked Fawn fire swells while Sequoia blaze prompts new evacuations

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LOS ANGELES — As if fulfilling the forecasts for a fire-filled fall, crews on Friday were battling multiple large wildfires across California — including one that has been linked to arson.

The Fawn fire in Shasta County ignited Wednesday and quickly became a priority as it fed on dry timber and steep terrain, growing to 5,850 acres by ...Read more

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'Divide and conquer': World leaders get VP welcome, meetings with Kamala Harris before Biden

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WASHINGTON — When foreign leaders come to the White House these days, Vice President Kamala Harris is often among the first officials they see.

Harris and President Joe Biden are taking a divide and conquer approach to meetings with world leaders in which Harris regularly greets and holds separate sessions with heads of government before they...Read more

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene shouts at Democrats on Capitol steps over abortion: 'Try being a Christian!'

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., started an ugly shouting match over abortion with Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., on the steps of the Capitol, yelling that she should “try being a Christian.”

The right-wing firebrand interrupted Dingell and several other Democratic lawmakers who are in favor of abortion rights as they tried to discuss the...Read more

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Teen charged in Heritage High double shooting was facing pending charges in 2020 shooting

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The 15-year-old charged in the double shooting at Heritage High School on Monday has pending charges stemming from a 2020 shooting in Southeast Newport News.

He’s accused of shooting another teenager on 34th Street and Orcutt Avenue on July 6, 2020, multiple sources familiar with the case told the Daily Press. They spoke...Read more

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Whitmer kidnapping informant gets sweetheart deal from feds

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DETROIT — A key informant who helped the FBI infiltrate an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won't spend a day in prison despite pleading guilty to a 10-year gun crime, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court Friday.

The plea agreement for Wisconsin resident Stephen Robeson raises questions about why prosecutors were ...Read more

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Jury begins deliberating federal racketeering case against R. Kelly in New York

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NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s fate is now in the hands of the jury hearing his federal trial in New York.

After a six-week trial featuring the testimony of 50 witnesses and three days of closing arguments, jurors in the racketeering case against Chicago-born R&B star began their deliberations at about 12:40 p.m. Chicago time on Friday.

U.S. ...Read more

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Kamala Harris says footage of Border Patrol on horseback evokes images of American slavery

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday expressed outrage at how Border Patrol agents on horseback confronted Haitian migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the situation brought to mind how such tactics have been “used against the Indigenous people of our country, (have) been used against African Americans during times of ...Read more

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PG&E charged with manslaughter in Shasta County fire that killed 4

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The Shasta County, California, district attorney’s office has filed 31 criminal charges against Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in the 2020 Zogg fire, which killed four people and destroyed more than 200 buildings last year, officials announced Friday.

The charges include 11 felonies and 20 misdemeanors, as well as multiple enhancements, ...Read more

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In Chris Cuomo's latest scandal, former ABC boss accuses CNN host of sexual harassment

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CNN host Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by a former superior during his stint at ABC and she’s calling on him to “journalistically repent” on air.

It’s the latest scandal swirling around the “Cuomo Prime Time” host, who was criticized in recent months for advising his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to...Read more

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Biden hails booster shots as next level in pandemic protection

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WASHINGTON — The morning after health officials approved the first round of booster shots to prevent coronavirus infections, President Joe Biden said a third dose of the vaccine will provide the "highest level of protection to date."

"We have the tools to beat COVID-19 if we come together as a country and use the tools that we have," he said ...Read more

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One man arrested in shooting at Miami-area rap show in May that left 3 dead and 20 wounded

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MIAMI — Police have arrested one man for his alleged role in the mass shooting that killed three people and wounded 20 others outside a Northwest Miami-Dade banquet hall in May.

Davonta Barnes, 22, of Miami Gardens, was booked into a Miami-Dade jail Thursday night on three counts of first-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder, ...Read more

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Barack and Michelle Obama will attend presidential center groundbreaking in Chicago's Jackson Park Tuesday: 'This is not your grandparents' presidential library'

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CHICAGO — Five years ago, then-President Barack Obama chose Chicago’s Jackson Park as the future site of his presidential center, stirring the South Side with the promise of long-overdue transformation and the distinction of being the place where the story of the nation’s first Black president and first lady is told.

On Tuesday, the ...Read more

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'Weathering storms': Biden confronts multiple crises that could define his presidency

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WASHINGTON — Over the next month, President Joe Biden will try to get his stalled policy agenda moving again, prevent a harmful government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling to avoid economic catastrophe.

It’s a tumultuous stretch that could define — and possibly derail — his presidency.

Biden, who was already grappling ...Read more

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Biden denounces 'horrible' treatment of Haitian migrants at border

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday denounced the treatment of Haitian migrants at the border as “horrible” and promised that “there will be consequences.”

“It’s outrageous,” he said. “I promise you, those people will pay.”

He added that there’s an investigation underway into how Border Patrol agents on horseback ...Read more

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Trump Org. faces deadline to comply with NY attorney general subpoenas

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NEW YORK — The Trump Organization faces an imminent court deadline to comply with subpoenas issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James nearly two years ago, a newly unsealed order reveals.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron wrote that President Donald Trump’s company must provide a report on Sept. 30 documenting how it ...Read more

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CNN's Chris Cuomo accused of sexually harassing former boss at ABC News

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NEW YORK Chris Cuomo’s former boss at ABC News accused the CNN anchor on Friday of sexually harassing her 16 years ago, saying he grabbed and squeezed her buttocks in front of her husband during a party in New York City.

Shelley Ross, who had previously served as Cuomo’s executive producer at “Primetime Live,” detailed the explosive ...Read more

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De Blasio finally says he'll tour NYC's troubled Rikers Island next week after pressure from Eric Adams, other politicians

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NEW YORK — Took him long enough.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Friday that he will visit Rikers Island next week for the first time in over four years, caving to mounting political pressure as deteriorating conditions at the jail stand to become a national embarrassment for the city.

Speaking during his weekly appearance on WNYC, de Blasio ...Read more

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Jury begins deliberating federal racketeering case against R. Kelly in New York

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NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s fate is now in the hands of the jury hearing his federal trial in New York.

After a six-week trial featuring the testimony of 50 witnesses and three days of closing arguments, jurors in the racketeering case against Chicago-born R&B star began their deliberations at about 12:40 p.m. Chicago time on Friday.

U.S. ...Read more

Hurricane Sam maintains 75 mph winds, still expected to rapidly intensify

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane Sam, the seventh hurricane of the 2021 season, maintained its Category 1 wind speed of 75 miles per hour late Friday morning, but the storm is expected to rapidly intensify again in the next few days, the National Hurricane Center said.

Sam could become a major hurricane by early Saturday, which means winds ...Read more

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House Democrats, galvanized by Texas ban, vote to legalize abortion nationwide

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WASHINGTON — The House on Friday voted to legalize abortion nationwide until fetal viability, and even though the legislation is almost certain to fail in the Senate, it marks a historic victory for abortion rights supporters following a decades-long fight.

The 218-211 vote on the Women's Health Protection Act is the first the House has ever ...Read more