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Gun sales are soaring. And it's not just conservatives stocking up

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Bill Roney was steaming.

The owner of the largest gun store in Santa Fe, N.M., had more customers clamoring for firearms than ever before — but he was running out of guns and bullets to sell to them.

"You're telling me you're not receiving ammunition — not a single round?" he badgered a supplier on the phone who had just...Read more

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Feds brief lawmakers on foreign election interference efforts in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a classified briefing Friday, several Florida members of Congress were provided information about all known efforts of foreign interference in the 2020 election in Florida.

It was the first publicly known time Florida lawmakers were briefed on the matter since U.S. intelligence officials concluded last week that Iran ...Read more

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Amid coronavirus uptick, San Francisco pauses further reopenings

SAN FRANCISCO — Continuing to take a conservative and cautious approach to the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco city officials on Friday announced they will temporarily halt further reopenings because of an uptick in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

At a virtual ...Read more

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A fake 'Donald Trump' stole from fraud-riddled SBA relief program

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WASHINGTON — A federal aid program meant for struggling small businesses awarded money to a fraudster posing as President Donald Trump, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

It's the latest sign of lax controls in the Small Business Administration's $212 billion Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The agency's inspector general...Read more

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18,000 Walt Disney World employees are losing their jobs as part of mass layoffs disclosed last month

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ORLANDO — Last month, the Walt Disney Co. revealed it was laying off 28,000 employees across its U.S. theme parks division, but the company wouldn't break down exactly where the cuts were coming: Disneyland or Disney World?

New federally required government filings give more insight: Orlando's numbers are much higher than California, where ...Read more

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A backlog of mail is piling up at a Miami-Dade post office as Election Day nears

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MIAMI — Just days before the Nov. 3 election, mail delivery is being delayed at times in a critical Florida district, South Florida's letter carrier union chief said Friday — and extraordinary measures are being considered to alleviate the bottleneck.

Mail that should already have been delivered has been piling up at the Princeton post ...Read more

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Transgender woman sues Whitmer to keep job in Michigan National Guard

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LANSING, Mich. — A transgender woman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the 101st Airborne Division sued Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her top military official Friday, saying she is being kicked out of the Michigan National Guard over her gender identification.

Blaire McIntyre, who was assigned a male gender at birth but identifies as a ...Read more

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Former Venezuelan treasurer charged with accepting millions in Miami corruption case

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A former Venezuelan national treasurer and her husband accepted massive bribes from a politically connected billionaire who paid them through U.S. bank accounts so he could gain access to the government's lucrative currency exchange system, according to a new federal criminal case filed in Miami.

Former Venezuelan treasurer Claudia Patricia ...Read more

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Philly man held in solitary confinement 33 years must be let off death row, court rules

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PHILADELPHIA — Ernest Porter spent 33 years in a 7-by-12-foot cell with a roughly 6-inch-wide window. He was allowed out for 10 hours a week — but leaving the cell meant being strip searched and then shackled. Exercise meant time spent in a cage, alone or with one other prisoner.

That was life on death row in Pennsylvania state prison. And ...Read more

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Trump administration to put 180-day ban on many asylum requests

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to announce a 180-day ban on a range of asylum requests citing the threat posed by the coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the matter, in its latest effort to restrict immigration ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Under the new rule, anyone entering or trying to enter the U.S. by ...Read more

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Illinois shatters single-day COVID-19 record set a day earlier with nearly 7,000 new cases

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CHICAGO — Illinois on Friday reported nearly 7,000 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, eclipsing a single-day record set just 24 hours earlier and pushing the total number of known cases since the pandemic began past 400,000.

"This is an extraordinarily dangerous time," Gov. J.B. Pritzker said during his daily COVID-19 briefing. "And as...Read more

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Despite COVID-19 concerns, teams venture into nursing homes to get out the vote

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Each time Beverly Tucker visited a nursing home or long-term care facility this fall, she brought along a rolling tote bag packed with supplies from the Durham County Board of Elections.

Boxes of face masks and face shields. Latex gloves and cleaning wipes. Hand sanitizer from Mystic Farm & Distillery, a local facility that ...Read more

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Body-camera video of Walter Wallace Jr. killing in Philly to be released Wednesday

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Philadelphia authorities will release body-camera video of Walter Wallace Jr.'s killing by police on Wednesday.

The city's mayor, police commissioner and district attorney announced the decision Friday afternoon, alongside Wallace's family. They said the delay would "provide enough time to calm tensions."

The footage will come out the day ...Read more

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Trump says he'll 'probably' cancel election night party at his DC hotel

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It's checkout time for the president.

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that he will "probably" scrap a planned election night party at his namesake Washington, D.C., hotel and blamed the city's mayor for the likely cancellation.

"You know, Washington, D.C., is shut down. The mayor shut it down," Trump said on the White House lawn ...Read more

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Suspect in Whitmer kidnap plot seeks release from jail because of COVID-19 fears

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DETROIT — After three weeks in jail, one of the suspects charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking the judge to reconsider her decision to keep him locked up: He's worried about getting COVID-19.

Kaleb Franks of Waterford, a recovering heroin addict who says he has turned his life around after doing time for ...Read more

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Lori Loughlin surrenders to California prison, but COVID-19 will keep daughters away

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Lori Loughlin is finally facing the hard consequences of her role in the college admissions scandal by reporting to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin Friday to begin her two-month sentence.

The former "Full House" star surrendered to authorities at the Dublin facility several weeks early, NBC News reported. A ...Read more

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How long can you safely be around someone with coronavirus? It's complicated

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How long does it take to get the coronavirus if you're around someone who's infected? Unfortunately, there's no magic number of minutes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revised how it defines a close contact, the people contact tracers track down and advise to quarantine and get tested. Previously, a close contact was ...Read more

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Amid coronavirus uptick, San Francisco pauses further reopenings

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SAN FRANCISCO — Continuing to take a conservative and cautious approach to the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco city officials on Friday announced they will temporarily halt further reopenings because of an uptick in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

At a virtual news conference, officials said the daily number of new infections...Read more

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Trump's antibody treatment under trial at 2 Michigan hospitals

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DETROIT — Clinical trials are underway at two hospitals in Michigan for the cocktail of monoclonal antibodies that President Donald Trump has credited for his quick recovery from COVID-19.

Grand Rapid's Butterworth Hospital and Beaumont-Royal Oak Hospital are studying the treatment developed by Tarrytown, New York-based Regeneron ...Read more

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Venezuela coup plotters met at Trump resort in Florida. Central figure says US officials knew of plan

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MIAMI — In a challenge to denials of government involvement, the ex-U.S. special operations sergeant whose security firm took part in a botched Venezuelan coup last May said two Trump administration officials met with and expressed support to planners of Operation Gideon, a Bay of Pigs-type operation that tried to oust Venezuelan strongman ...Read more