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Voicing 'no confidence' in Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC principals union calls for state takeover of school reopening

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NEW YORK - New York City's principals and supervisors union on Sunday approved a vote of "no confidence" in Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza over their "failure" to ensure safe reopening of schools.

The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators called for the state Department of Education to take over the ...Read more

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Fastest-growing US job failed to lift pay for Black women

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WASHINGTON - A job in home-based health care, America's quickest-growing industry, felt like a step up the ladder for Shawanna Ferguson when she left her fast-food job a decade ago. But in terms of pay and security, it didn't turn out to be much of an advance.

It's taken a public-health emergency to shine a spotlight on the precarious ...Read more

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China's carbon target moves big economies into radical climate consensus

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LONDON - After a week of far-reaching climate promises measured over decades, four of the world's six largest economies have now proposed ending dates for their carbon emissions.

President Xi Jinping's surprise announcement at the annual United Nations climate meeting this week committed China to reaching carbon neutrality by 2060. That brings ...Read more

Belarus protests continue as Macron says Lukashenko must go

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French President Emmanuel Macron said it's clear that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has to step down, as protests over his disputed reelection continued for a seventh week.

Between 50,000 and 100,000 people joined a protest in Minsk on Sunday, according to Interfax and Minsk-based news website Nasha Niva. Police tried to prevent the ...Read more

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Biden says voters won't accept GOP 'abuse of power' in pushing Barrett's confirmation

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WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden declared Sunday that voters "are not going to stand for this abuse of power" if President Donald Trump's Senate Republican allies push through the election-season confirmation of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

As Senate Republicans vowed to swiftly secure ...Read more

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Pelosi Says Democrats will make new aid 'proffer' to Mnuchin

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there's a chance she and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can still reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package, and that Democrats will unveil a new "proffer" shortly.

"I trust Secretary Mnuchin to represent something that can reach a solution, and I believe we come to an agreement," Pelosi said on CNN's "State of...Read more

Azeris, Armenians plunge into war with Russia, Turkey watching

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Azerbaijan and Armenian forces engaged in fierce clashes Sunday when a decadeslong conflict over disputed land erupted into renewed war involving tanks, artillery and aircraft.

Russia and international organizations including NATO, the European Union and the OSCE called on both sides to halt fighting over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. ...Read more

California mayor, Mexican governor launch war of words over cross-border sewage spills

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SAN DIEGO - The mayor of Imperial Beach and the governor of Baja California are engaged in an ongoing public feud over cross-border sewage spills, which have been a problem for years and resulted in polluting local communities in the United States and making people ill.

Mexican Gov. Jaime Bonilla has held three separate news conferences this ...Read more

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Florida's reported COVID-19 cases surpass 700,000

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Newly reported cases of coronavirus infection in Florida were down on Sunday, just two days after the state moved into the third and final phase of its reopening.

Since the pandemic began, Florida has tallied 700,564 COVID-19 cases. Most people have recovered, but 14,202 have died - including 170 nonresidents.

Florida's...Read more

Black, Seattle-based ATF agent who won lawsuit naming Nazi-tattooed colleague now alleges smear campaign, claims retaliation

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SEATTLE - An African American senior supervisory agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who last year was paid $450,000 to settle a race-based discrimination lawsuit involving a fellow agent with a Nazi-themed tattoo has sued the agency again, alleging a smear campaign and retaliation that went unanswered by her bosses....Read more

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Xi stays course on Xinjiang policies despite international furor

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has doubled down on China's policies toward Uighurs in the country's western Xinjiang region despite international condemnation.

"Facts prove that the party's policies on Xinjiang in the new era are completely correct and must be adhered to in the long term," the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Xi as saying ...Read more

Napa County fire with 'dangerous rate of spread' forces evacuations

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SAN FRANCISCO - A fast-moving fire in Napa County on Sunday forced evacuations north of the town of St. Helena as large swaths of Northern California faced dangerous fire weather.

The Glass fire had burned 800 acres about 4 miles northwest of downtown St. Helena, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and was ...Read more

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Wildfire, climate, virus pose triple-threat to key California tourism, wine industries

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In San Diego, tourism industry watchers are bracing for a bleak fall after a shut-in summer that has crushed that city's businesses. Up the coast in Monterey County, once-optimistic wine growers now must contend with the smoky fallout of nearby wildfires and its effect on that county's multi-million dollar industry.

And in ...Read more

A nightmare comes true for 12 Hong Kongers arrested at sea, now in Chinese detention

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HONG KONG - The young woman keeps two timers on her phone: one counting down until her anniversary with her boyfriend, the other tracking how many days it has been since he vanished at sea.

She'd noticed him acting strange in the days before Aug. 23: tense and withdrawn, but abruptly telling her "Take care" and that she was loved.

They had ...Read more

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Worst-case election scenario: A Pennsylvania counting meltdown

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WASHINGTON - It's the morning after the Nov. 3 election, and the world doesn't know who won the U.S. presidency because there are hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania that won't be counted for days as lawyers descend to battle over the votes.

That's the worst-case election scenario emerging if the race ...Read more

'We are fighting for real democracy': Why protesters are taking on Thailand's king

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SINGAPORE - The morning after a landmark and taboo-busting day of protest in Thailand, pro-democracy demonstrators made one of their most provocative moves against the government.

In the Bangkok plaza where a marker commemorating the 1932 introduction of democracy in the kingdom vanished mysteriously three years ago, they pressed a new metal ...Read more

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Local health officials worry CDC has 'lost its soul'

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WASHINGTON - As Dr. Mark Wilson prepared to release advice in July that middle schools and high schools in Birmingham, Alabama, should not open for in-person learning this fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its position and issued the opposite recommendation.

Wilson, chief health officer for Birmingham and the ...Read more

Driver arrested for attempted murder at Yorba Linda protest against police brutality

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LOS ANGELES - A woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after driving her car into a crowd during a demonstration in Yorba Linda involving protesters against police brutality and counter-demonstrators, authorities said.

Two people were injured in the incident, according to Sgt. Dennis ...Read more

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PG&E plans to cut power to 89,000 Northern California customers starting Sunday because of fire conditions

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Pacific Gas & Electric plans to cut power to 89,000 customers in parts of 16 counties beginning early Sunday as dry, unseasonably hot conditions and strong winds continue to increase fire danger across much of Northern California, officials announced Saturday evening.

The shut-off will be in three phases and last until late Monday, officials ...Read more

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Can technology predict wildfires? New systems attempt to better forecast their spread

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When freak lightning storms passed over Northern California's wine country last month and sparked hundreds of wildfires, a newly established network of remote weather stations, orbiting satellites and supercomputers spun into action and attempted to predict the spread of what is now known as the LNU Lightning Complex fire.

Firefighters and ...Read more