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Peter downgraded into depression; Tropical Storm Rose getting pummeled by storm-shredding wind shear

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Peter deteriorated into a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon while storm-shredding, upper-level winds left Tropical Storm Rose barely clinging to its tropical storm status.

By midday, Peter’s maximum sustained winds fell to 35 mph. Rose remained at top winds of 40 mph, just 1 mph above the ...Read more

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Fox News deleted computer data, spied on text messages of employees who claimed sexual harassment, city investigation charged

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Fox News staffers who claimed sexual harassment then faced a harassment campaign from their own employer, a previously undisclosed investigation by the city concluded.

The conservative network spied on the text messages and deleted computer data of employees who complained about harassing behavior by colleagues and supervisors, according to a ...Read more

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Miami federal judge blocks Florida from enforcing ban on 'sanctuary cities'

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A federal judge in Miami on Tuesday blocked Florida from enforcing a ban on so-called sanctuary cities, declaring portions of a law unconstitutional and tinged with “discriminatory motives.”

The judge’s ruling struck down a key portion of the 2019 law that prohibits local and state officials from adopting “...Read more

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What to know about the autumnal equinox as the days shorten before our eyes

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PHILADELPHIA — The sunsets are becoming evermore glorious, and soon the leaves will be rivaling them for color. The planets are putting on an amazing celestial show nightly, and many regions of the country are about to host some of the briskest bird traffic of the year.

But on Wednesday, the equinox day when the astronomical autumn arrives in...Read more

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US FAA asks airlines to turn up heat on unruly passengers

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The federal regulator charged with keeping the nation’s airways safe met Tuesday with representatives of U.S. passenger airlines and urged them to take more aggressive steps to reduce the incidents of unruly passenger behavior that have been on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Federal Aviation Administration said its senior leaders...Read more

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Newsom asked Californians to conserve water in the drought. It's been a slow start

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In the first test of their willingness to cut back on water use during the drought, Californians reduced residential consumption by just 1.8% in July compared to a year earlier — well short of what Gov. Gavin Newsom has been seeking.

The statistics released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board suggest ...Read more

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US fighter jet intercepts Cessna flying into restricted airspace over NYC

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NEW YORK — A single-engine Cessna 182 airplane got an F-16 fighter jet escort out of skies near New York on Tuesday afternoon after it flew into a no-fly zone set up for the U.N. General Assembly meeting, officials said.

The small plane was spotted near the George Washington Bridge at about 2 p.m. Eastern time, said the North American ...Read more

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New calls made for research on social media’s impact on kids

WASHINGTON — Child safety advocates say an explosive report that Facebook failed to disclose data showing its products negatively affect the mental health of teenagers should be the final straw for lawmakers worried about social media’s impact on young users.

Democrats and ...Read more

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Willie Garson, 'Sex and the City' star, dies at 57

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Actor Willie Garson, who starred in “Sex and the City” and “White Collar,” died Tuesday. He was 57.

Garson died from an unspecified illness, People magazine reported. He was surrounded by family.

“I’m so glad you got to share all your adventures with me and were able to accomplish so much,” Garson’s son Nathan wrote in an ...Read more

Image of agent on horseback is reminder of US immigration mistreatment, Haitians say

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MIAMI — The image of a U.S. border agent on horseback wielding what appears to be a rope or reins while chasing a Haitian migrant on the U.S.-Mexico border first appeared on Rulx Jean-Bart’s telephone as a WhatsApp video being shared by outraged fellow Haitians.

Jean-Bart, a former director of what was once the largest Haitian rights ...Read more

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City Council confirms James White as Detroit's 43rd police chief

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DETROIT — City Council on Tuesday unanimously confirmed the appointment of James White as the city's 43rd police chief.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan last month named White as the department's new chief following a national search. Prior to his appointment, the 24-year Detroit police veteran had served in the role for an interim basis since June....Read more

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Biden tries to reassure allies in UN speech, urges action on climate change and pandemic

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NEW YORK — President Joe Biden tried to extend his global honeymoon with the international community during his first speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, promising “relentless diplomacy” now that the United States has “turned the page” on the war in Afghanistan.

In a speech that asserted the world was at the beginning of a “...Read more

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City admits it's far from getting families home after LAPD fireworks blast

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles city officials on Tuesday acknowledged a long road ahead before residents and business owners will be made whole and returned home following the summer explosion of a South L.A. block by the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad.

Nearly three months after the June 30 explosion, which occurred after bomb squad ...Read more

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Democrats remove Iron Dome funds from stopgap spending bill

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WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders agreed to strike aid for Israel's missile defense program that had been delaying House consideration of stopgap funding legislation Tuesday, after progressive Democrats who've opposed Israel's military operations in the Palestinian territories lodged objections to including the money in the must-pass spending ...Read more

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Cori Bush sponsors bill to stop evictions for duration of COVID-19 pandemic

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cori Bush introduced a bill Tuesday to halt evictions for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, in her latest push for resumption of a national eviction moratorium.

In August, the St. Louis Democrat protested the expiration of a national moratorium by sleeping on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Her protest sparked a new...Read more

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Congress investigates National Academies after report details ties between drug companies and panel members

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The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is requesting a ream of documents from the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, spurred by a recent KHN investigation that revealed deep ties between pharmaceutical companies and two members of a committee that took a pharma-friendly stance in a recent report on drug ...Read more

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Mayorkas pressed on land border closure with Canada

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WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas dodged questions from senators Tuesday about the criteria used to justify keeping the nation’s northern land border closed to fully vaccinated Canadians, hours after the U.S. renewed its border restrictions for another month.

Testifying on “threats to the homeland” before the ...Read more

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South Carolina lawyer says he's found the missing order in $4.3 million nanny insurance case tied to Alex Murdaugh

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A lawyer representing the two heirs of Alex Murdaugh's dead housekeeper and nanny said Tuesday he's located the missing judge's order that approved a $4.3 million settlement in a case where the heirs were to get $2.76 million but got nothing.

"I will be turning this order over to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division," ...Read more

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NC hospital system suspends 375 employees after COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline

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Nearly 400 Novant Health employees have been suspended after failing to comply with the hospital system’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

But 98.6% of more than 35,000 employees are compliant with the program, meaning they have either received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccines or have been granted a medical or religious exemption. Novant is based...Read more

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US national security officials express concern about terror threats tied to Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON — Top U.S. national security officials on Tuesday said they were concerned about the threat posed by foreign terrorist groups following American military forces' chaotic exit last month from Afghanistan.

National Counterterrorism Center Director Christine Abizaid testified before Congress that the Taliban's reemergence and takeover...Read more