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Tiny homes made in Amish country could soon house Philly's homeless

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PHILADELPHIA -- Out in Lancaster County, amid the low hills and high corn, horse-drawn Amish buggies slow tourist traffic on winding country roads.

Old-time preachers reign on the radio, warning of dark consequences for sinners run amok in 21st-century America.

And in the town of Leola, not 50 feet from a clutch of cows lounging under a hot ...Read more

The LAPD branded these two brothers MS-13 gang members. Prosecutors say they were deliberately framed

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LOS ANGELES -- Early on a Thursday morning in February, two men in suits rapped on the door of the South Los Angeles apartment that Gadseel Quinonez shares with his little brother.

The men were from the Los Angeles Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau -- the cops who police the cops. They wanted to know whether Quinonez, 29, or his...Read more

Can I travel abroad soon? These passport and pandemic updates will help you decide

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The U.S. State Department on Aug. 6 relaxed its pandemic warnings about international travel, which means more Americans may be thinking about big trips.

Certainly, more people are boarding planes. Government tallies show that 831,789 travelers went through TSA airport checkpoints on Sunday, far below last year's numbers, but the highest total ...Read more

QAnon supporter wins GOP's US House runoff in Georgia

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ROME, Ga. -- Marjorie Taylor Greene was victorious in Georgia's 14th Congressional District Republican runoff, and she is likely to become the first QAnon supporter to earn a seat in Congress.

Addressing supporters shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern, she credited her willingness to buck party leadership in her win over neurosurgeon John Cowan.

"The ...Read more

Racist letters dropped into mailboxes in Kansas City neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Patrick Riha initially didn't give much thought to the pieces of paper that were shoved in his mailbox last week at his home south of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza.

He assumed it was drawings that neighborhood kids sometimes leave or a political advertisement left over from the recent election.

But he was shocked after ...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar wins contentious primary in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar won a five-way Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary Tuesday in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, topping her nearest contender by double digits after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Central time.

Her leading challenger, Democratic newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux, trailed significantly with more than 90% of the...Read more

Kodak boosted lobbying effort in months leading to loan

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Eastman Kodak Co. significantly increased its spending to lobby the federal government in the months before the Trump administration announced a $765 million loan to the beleaguered camera company.

Kodak spent $870,000 lobbying Congress and federal agencies from April through June, according to public disclosures filed with Congress. The ...Read more

NC House candidate is under fire for posts some call sympathetic to white nationalists

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A North Carolina congressional candidate faced scrutiny Tuesday after three-year-old social media posts went viral that some say signal support for white nationalism.

And media reports also debunked Republican Madison Cawthorn's claim that the accident that left him paralyzed was the reason he did not attend the U.S. Naval ...Read more

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Minn. woman who led police on nationwide manhunt pleads guilty to killing husband, gets life without parole

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lois Riess pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday in the death of her husband in 2018 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

John Stiles, spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose...Read more

Trump, Biden declared winners in Connecticut as primary season comes to a close

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- In the final primaries of the year nationwide, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden were declared the winners Tuesday night as Connecticut closed out the primary season for the presidential candidates.

The Associated Press called the race for Biden at 8:17 p.m. EDT and then for Trump soon after.

The Connecticut ...Read more

Family of dead woman allegedly groped by LAPD officer files lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES -- The family of a woman whose breasts were allegedly fondled by an on-duty L.A. police officer who found her dead last fall is suing the officer and the city of Los Angeles.

The family of Elizabeth Baggett notes that LAPD Officer David Rojas already has been charged criminally in the case, and that his own body camera footage ...Read more

Mother of arrested Key West, Fla., boy sues city, police officers, teacher and school district

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MIAMI -- Lawyers for the mother of a now 10-year-old boy who Key West police officers tried to handcuff in 2018 at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday in federal court against the school district, the city, the individual officers involved as well as the teacher and two school ...Read more

'Extraordinarily nasty': Trump and his campaign launch swift attack on Kamala Harris

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump called California Sen. Kamala Harris "nasty" and the "meanest" member of the U.S. Senate shortly after Joe Biden named her as his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket.

Trump said Harris was "extraordinarily nasty" in her questioning of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate ...Read more

Interior Department withheld records about Bernhardt during confirmation, IG says

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WASHINGTON -- Political officials at the Interior Department deliberately held back "sensitive" records about Interior Secretary David Bernhardt during his confirmation process, the department's internal watchdog said Tuesday.

Bernhardt had his confirmation hearing in March 2019 and the Senate confirmed him by a 56-41 vote in April.

But in ...Read more

Minn. woman who led police on nationwide manhunt pleads guilty to killing husband, gets life without parole

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Lois Riess pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday in the death of her husband in 2018 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

John Stiles, spokesman for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office was handling the prosecution, confirmed the sentence.

In July, Riess, 58, who was recently ...Read more

COVID-19 testing falls in Texas, but spread continues

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The amount of coronavirus testing in Texas has decreased substantially in recent weeks, just as the rate of positive cases has climbed, state data show, raising concerns about the accuracy of recent trends that show a declining number of new cases.

As of Monday, the weekly average of molecular coronavirus tests conducted ...Read more

Most polls close in Georgia runoffs with short lines, a few glitches

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ATLANTA -- Voting in Georgia's runoffs has ended in most of the state, with the exception of polling places in two counties where poll workers had difficulties operating new voting equipment.

Most voters said their experience was quick and easy, a sharp contrast to a rough primary that kept some Georgians in lines for hours.

But there were ...Read more

Hurricane-killing conditions over Atlantic have kept storms at bay. That's about to end

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida and the rest of the coastal U.S. have had a bubble of protection from hurricanes so far this year, but it's about to burst as the Atlantic heads into what's forecast to be a record-breaking season.

Dust carried across the ocean from Africa is disappearing, sea temperatures are creeping warmer, and storm-killing ...Read more

Analysis: Politics, not necessarily science, seen as key driver of Russian vaccine claim

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The name might just say it all.

In a global first, Russia announced Tuesday that it had developed a ready-for-use coronavirus vaccine. And, in a not-at-all-subtle nod to a decades-old triumph, the formulation is to be marketed under the brand "Sputnik V."

Against a backdrop of intense international competition to develop the first working ...Read more

Kamala Harris brings prosecutor's legacy to Biden ticket, for better or worse

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Kamala Harris made a career of straddling issues and rebranding herself while moving from prosecutor to legislator. Now the Democratic vice presidential nominee will have to rebound from her hard-nosed law enforcement record to become an agent of change in the age of racial justice protests.

At 55, Harris brings to the Biden campaign relative ...Read more