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Australia's Morrison says he told India's Modi and Japan's Suga about submarine deal in advance

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WASHINGTON — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he told the leaders of India and Japan in advance about a deal to purchase nuclear-powered submarines from the U.S., an announcement that blindsided and angered French leaders.

“I had the opportunity to speak with both Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Suga before we made the ...Read more

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Rudy Giuliani not welcome at Fox News, report says

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NEW YORK — It’s no coincidence that Fox News viewers haven’t been keeping up with the Giulianis in recent months, a new report claims.

Rudy Giuliani, an ex lawyer for former President Donald Trump, has not appeared on the highly viewed cable channel for three months, according to Politico, which says Giuliani was slated to chat with Fox ...Read more

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Gunman identified in Tennessee Kroger shooting that left one dead, more than a dozen wounded

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The gunman who entered a Kroger in Tennessee and unleashed a hail of bullets, fatally blasting one shopper before killing himself, was a sushi vendor, according to a family friend.

Authorities on Friday identified the shooter as 29-year-old UK Thang, but Police Chief Dale Lane refused to mention his name during a morning news conference, ...Read more

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Last of Haitian migrants cleared from camp in Del Rio, Texas, DHS chief says

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WASHINGTON — The last remaining Haitian migrants who were living in squalid conditions in makeshift encampments underneath a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, along the U.S.-Mexico border have been cleared out, the head of the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

“As of this morning there are no longer any migrants in the camp underneath ...Read more

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NRA director says board failed to probe alleged corruption

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The National Rifle Association’s board acted as a rubber stamp for longtime leader Wayne LaPierre, ignoring calls to independently probe allegations that he and other executives misused gun-rights group funds, one of its directors said.

In a Friday court filing seeking permission to intervene in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ 2020...Read more

Huawei CFO freed by judge, ending 2-year extradition case

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VANCOUVER, Canada — A Canadian court scrapped a long-running extradition case against a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive on Friday, a major step toward resolving an unprecedented diplomatic tussle between the U.S., China and Canada that landed two Canadians in Chinese jails.

Supreme Court of British Columbia Associate Chief Justice ...Read more

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R. Kelly jury will resume deliberations next week

NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s fate is now in the hands of the jury at 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 the Chicago-born R&B star began their deliberations early ...Read more

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Alex Murdaugh's lawyers request preliminary hearing in insurance fraud case. What to know

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Attorneys for Alex Murdaugh have requested a preliminary hearing on charges related to an alleged failed suicide plot on Sept. 4 for a $10 million insurance payout.

The hearing will take place in front of a Hampton County magistrate and has yet to be scheduled.

Murdaugh turned himself in to the Hampton County Detention ...Read more

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Gavin Newsom signs bill striking the word 'alien' from California laws

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California acted Friday to eliminate from state law the use of the word “alien,” an immigration term used to describe unauthorized immigrants of foreign-born individuals living in the U.S.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1096, by Democratic Assemblywoman Luz Rivas, removing the word from California ...Read more

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Hurricane Sam wind speed grows to 85 mph and will continue to rapidly intensify to Category 4

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hurricane Sam, the seventh hurricane of the 2021 season, intensified to wind speeds of 85 mph Friday afternoon and is expected to continue gaining strength in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said.

Sam could become a major hurricane by early Saturday, which means winds of at least 111 mph.

If Sam reaches...Read more

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California bans state travel to Ohio, saying law could harm LGBT people seeking medical care

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is banning state-funded travel to Ohio over the state’s new law allowing doctors to decline medical services to people on moral or religious grounds.

The Ohio measure triggered a 2016 California law that requires the attorney general to prohibit state-funded travel to states that discriminate against lesbian,...Read more

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Jury for R. Kelly's federal racketeering trial begins deliberating, will resume next week

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NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s fate is now in the hands of the jury at 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 the Chicago-born R&B star began their deliberations early Friday afternoon, and worked for about four hours ...Read more

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Alaska reports nearly 1,800 new COVID-19 cases and more than 40 deaths, in part because of backlog

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska broke several daily records for COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations and deaths on Friday, but public health officials said the high numbers were caused at least in part by data backlogs.

Data entry backlogs meant the roughly 1,800 new cases reported Friday were inflated by several hundred older cases, health ...Read more


Colorado girl killed on theme park ride was not strapped in, report says

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado Springs 6-year-old girl on a mine shaft ride wasn't strapped in before she was thrown and plummeted 110 feet, and operators ignored a system to warn them of the danger, state investigators said in a report.

Wongel Estifanos, who died at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park over Labor Day weekend, sat atop two ...Read more

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Biden calls Haitian migrant crisis 'an embarrassment'; advocates say racism at root

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DEL RIO, Texas — Facing mounting political pressure from all sides over his handling of the border, President Joe Biden on Friday said the treatment of Haitian migrants this week was “beyond an embarrassment” and “dangerous.”

Biden promised consequences after an investigation into how Border Patrol agents on horseback confronted ...Read more


Schools still botched threat assessments, 2 years after Parkland shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two years after missed warning signs contributed to a school massacre in Parkland, the Broward School District was still failing to adequately respond to potentially violent students, an audit has found.

The school district made changes in 2019 to the way it conducts behavioral threat assessments, or reviews of ...Read more

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House votes on infrastructure, reconciliation hang in the balance

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WASHINGTON — House leaders said Friday they’ll try to pass both major pieces of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda in their chamber next week in a high-stakes test of Democratic Party unity and resolve. But they aren’t making firm promises on timing.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would consider a bipartisan infrastructure ...Read more

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Biden and Harris hold their own immigration policies at arm's length

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday attempted to simultaneously disavow and accept responsibility for one of the ugliest images of his presidency — desperate Haitian migrants getting wrangled by Border Patrol agents on horseback.

“It’s beyond an embarrassment. ... It’s simply not who we are,” Biden said, promising the agents ...Read more

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Parents say toddler was sexually assaulted by another child on Disney cruise, sue for $20 million

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MIAMI — A Vermont family who says their 3-year-old daughter was molested by another child while attending the youth club aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship last year is suing the cruise line for $20 million, according to the suit filed Friday in the federal court in Orlando.

Attorney Michael Winkleman, of the Miami-Based maritime law firm ...Read more

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Michigan Rep. Dingell confronts Marjorie Taylor Greene in shouting match over civility

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WASHINGTON — Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell confronted conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, leading to a shouting over political civility — or the lack thereof.

Dingell of Michigan addressed Greene after the Georgia lawmaker was berating a group of Democratic lawmakers about abortion as ...Read more