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  Hurricane Zeta hits Louisiana with flooding, power outages

Workers closed one of the last floodgates surrounding New Orleans as residents braced for the 27th named storm of a historically busy Atlantic hurricane season.

Supreme Court justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline

  NTSB investigating Tenn. crash that killed school bus driver, girl

  Biden shuns easy virus answers; Trump vows to ‘vanquish’ it

Disney expands holiday hours at Florida parks

Former DHS official says he wrote ‘Anonymous’ Trump critique

S&P 500 sinks 3.5% as surging virus cases threaten shutdowns

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S&P 500 sinks 3.5% as surging virus cases threaten shutdowns

2021 Boston Marathon postponed at least until the fall

  Penalties at Play: Millions of dollars flow to nursing homes from fines they have paid for poor care

Kroger pharmacies to offer $25 rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

Missing 2-month-old girl in N.Y. found safe, Amber Alert canceled

  Social media CEOs get earful on bias, warning of new limits

Outlaw country artist Billy Joe Shaver dead at 81

Billy Joe Shaver was among the original group of outlaw country artists in the early ’70s, penning songs for Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall and Willie Nelson.

  Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

The World Health Organization said more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases were reported last week — the shortest time ever for such an exponential increase.

Toyota adds 1.5M vehicles to US recall for engine stalling

The company says the latest recall brings the total to 3.3 million Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles that need to be repaired.

  Media election planners prepare for a night of mystery

Election nights always have surprises, but the worry this year is being driven by the large number of people voting early or by mail, in part driven by the coronavirus.

Florida man arrested for changing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ voter registration

Police: Ala. woman beat son badly then sent him to school

  CVS expands COVID-19 testing services

  Voting history of Detroit woman, 103, dates back to FDR

Trump vs. Biden: What college and student debt changes are likely

  What goes into making a vaccine?

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted security conference attendees

The tech company said Wednesday it detected attempts by the hacking group it calls Phosphorus to trick former government officials, policy experts and academics.

Boeing makes deeper job cuts as aircraft business slows

The company said Wednesday that it expects to cut its workforce to about 130,000 employees by the end of 2021, down 30,000 from the start of this year.

VW recalls Jettas to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires

Affected vehicles have engines built from June 18, 2015 to Dec. 9, 2017.

Ex-Texas officer’s trial set for next year in death of woman shot through home’s window

Aaron Dean opened fire from outside through a window after “perceiving a threat,” killing a woman who was babysitting her 8-year-old nephew.

Recall: Trader Joe’s gluten-free battered fish contain wheat, milk

More than 350 cases of the store’s gluten-free battered halibut was mislabeled.

Philippine police chief killed by rooster in cockfight raid

The police chief of a Philippine town has been killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight.

  Qatar apologizes, investigates forced pelvic examinations of women passengers at airport

Qatar offered no immediate explanation of how officials decided to perform invasive vaginal examinations on the women. Authorities said they were trying to find the mother of an abandoned newborn.

  Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls

After months filled with disease, disruption and unrest, Americans are worried that Election Day could become a flashpoint.

  Kansas man charged with capital murder in sons’ deaths

Investigators allege the father killed his 14-year-old and 12-year-old sons then took their younger sisters from the home.

  Pole-dancing skeletons deemed ‘inappropriate’ for Texas neighborhood

The homeowner’s association says the display must be removed mid-November.

  Trump campaign website briefly defaced by cryptocurrency scam

The Trump campaign says it is working with law enforcement to investigate the source of the attack.

Dodgers win 1st World Series title since 1988

The Dodgers posted the best record in the majors during this pandemic-shortened season, then rallied in the final game to claim a most elusive crown.

  Utility: Winds too weak to cut power before California fire

Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state.

Woman injured in Illinois police shooting says cops let boyfriend die

Tafara Williams, 20, spoke to reporters during a Zoom call from her hospital bed as she described the Oct. 20 shooting in Waukegan that killed 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette.

  Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest

While Biden worked to expand the electoral map in the South, Trump focused on the Democrats’ “blue wall” states that he flipped in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

School bus driver, 7-year-old girl killed in Tennessee crash

A school bus carrying children was involved in a serious highway crash Tuesday in Tennessee, authorities said.

Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim

Tropical Storm Zeta, the 27th named storm of a very busy Atlantic hurricane season, headed for a Wednesday evening landfall and was expected to bring another round of high water and strong wind to a state that already this year has been hit by two tropical storms and two hurricanes.

  GRAPHIC: Philadelphia police shooting of Black man sparks unrest

Police shot and killed a 27-year-old Black man on a Philadelphia street after yelling at him to drop his knife, sparking violent protests that police said injured 30 officers and led to dozens of arrests.

  Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

The average number of new cases per day in the U.S. has soared more than 40% over the past two weeks, from around 49,000 to about 70,000.

NXIVM guru gets 120 years in prison in sex-slaves case

Prosecutors are seeking life in prison for Keith Raniere while defense lawyers say he should face 15 years behind bars for his conviction on several charges, including sex trafficking.

  Watch: National Zoo’s baby giant panda yawns, stretches, wins hearts at 9-weeks-old

The 9-week-old is adorable as it clumsily crawls around the den he shares with his mother, Mei Xiang.

Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

The alleged attack late Sunday by 21-year-old Jessica Hill and 18-year-old Jayla Hill left the 32-year-old victim hospitalized in critical condition.

Post office: Get your ballots in the mail now

For most states, the deadline to receive mail-in ballots is Election Day.

  Voters in some states unable to cast early ballots in person

That is raising concerns about heavy crowds on Nov. 3 amid a renewed spread of the coronavirus.

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators

The Senate Commerce Committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai to testify for a hearing Wednesday.

Harley-Davidson unveils its first electric bicycle

The ebikes will be limited to either 20 or 28 mph, due to ebike regulations.

  ‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s COVID advisers and the mask

At age 83 and with part of his lung removed after an illness in his youth, Pope Francis would be at high risk for complications if he were to become infected with COVID-19.

Governor bans indoor dining in Chicago amid virus surge

Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in one place.

Health panel proposes colon cancer tests start at 45, not 50

The group is proposing that adults of average risk for colon cancer be screened from ages 45 to 75.

  Barrett sworn in at court as issues important to Trump await

The court is weighing a plea from the president to prevent the Manhattan district attorney from acquiring his tax returns as well as appeals from his campaign to shorten the deadline for receiving and counting absentee ballots in the battleground states of North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Judge: US can’t replace Trump in accuser’s defamation suit

The decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan came after the Justice Department argued that the United States — and by extension the American people — should replace Trump as the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the columnist E. Jean Carroll.

  Medicare finalizing coverage policy for coronavirus vaccine

The administration official said Medicare’s announcement will try to resolve several legal technicalities that could conceivably get in the way of delivering free vaccines to millions of seniors, a high-risk group for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

  Caught on camera: Man falls through sidewalk at NYC bus stop

A man was waiting for a bus when the sidewalk collapsed under him, and he fell about a dozen feet.

  Still hampered by virus, US casinos want aid in recovering

The U.S. casino industry is seeking tax and regulatory relief from the government as it tries to recover from the coronavirus outbreak, which cost states more than $2 billion in lost tax revenue while casinos were shut down for four months this year.

  After high court ruling, DOJ wants census challenges stopped

The census is used to determine how many congressional seats each state gets, in a process known as apportionment, as well as the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending annually.

  Voting by mail isn’t so easy on Native American reservations

The slow-moving nature of mail on large reservations puts the people who live there at a disadvantage to getting their votes counted, advocates say.

  New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

All of Europe is grappling with how to halt a fall resurgence of the virus before its hospitals become overwhelmed again.

  Study: Heart scans uncover COVID-19 damage in some patients

Researchers have found that ultrasounds give a better indication of which COVID-19 patients have a higher risk of dying.

US consumer confidence dips slightly in October

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to a reading of 100.9, from 101.8 in September.

UK judge to rule Nov 2 on Depp’s libel suit against tabloid

Britain’s judicial office said judge Andrew Nicol will deliver his verdict in writing on Nov. 2, ruling on whether Johnny Depp was libeled by a tabloid newspaper that branded him a wife-beater.

  Masks could save more than 100K lives in US through February, study suggests

A new study estimates that if most Americans wore masks in public, more than 100,000 lives could be saved from COVID-19 between now and the end of February.

  1,000-plus faith leaders call for ‘free and fair election’

The statement also urges leaders to heed the verdict of “legitimate election results” regardless of who wins in November.

  Husband in world’s longest-lived couple dies at 110 after pandemic brings depression

The couple had received the Guinness record for the world’s longest-lived marriage on August 25, with a combined age of 214 years and 358 days.

  ‘The Freedom Flapper’: Illinois boy, 12, competes for top mullet in US

Close to 100 entries nationwide were narrowed down to 10 finalists, all rocking their own style of the retro hairdo.

  Hurricane Zeta makes landfall in resort zone of Mexico’s Yucatan

Hurricane Zeta has come ashore on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind.

Father of 2 slain Kansas boys accused of daughters' abductions in midst of divorce

The homicide-abduction investigation began after the bodies of two boys, ages 12 and 14, were found in their father's home.

  Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath

Amy Coney Barrett is headed to the Supreme Court. The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee by a 52-48 vote, with Republicans overpowering Democratic opposition a week before Election Day.

  Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze

A fast-moving wildfire forced evacuations for 60,000 people in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.

  Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel

Since 2017, the president and Republican National Committee have held several fundraisers at the president’s Washington hotel in the historic Old Post Office building, which the president’s company leases from the federal government.

  Man charged in burning of ballot drop box in Boston

Worldy Armand, a 39-year-old Boston resident, was taken into custody late Sunday after drug control unit officers on patrol saw a man who matched the description of the suspect authorities were looking for in the ballot box fire, police said.

Death in Florida linked to deli meat in multistate listeria outbreak

Infections have been reported in Florida, Massachusetts and New York. A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.

  Stocks have their worst day in a month as virus cases surge

Stocks are slumping sharply in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday and deepening last week’s losses, as a troubling climb in coronavirus counts threatens the global economy.

  Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country.

KFC brings back chicken-scented firelogs for the holidays

The chicken-scented logs have sold out for two years in a row.

9-year-old Nebraska boy killed in hunting accident

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said a 9-year-old Seward boy was killed in a hunting accident near Branched Oak Lake on Sunday morning.

  Are you ready for Halloween’s rare blue moon?

A full Moon on Halloween occurs roughly once every 19 years.

  Scientists remove 98 ‘murder hornets’ in Washington state

Scientists removed 98 so-called murder hornets from a nest discovered near the Canadian border in Washington state over the weekend, including 13 that were captured live in a net, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday.

  Stimulus standoff in Washington imperils jobless and small businesses

It’s possible, if unlikely, that a small economic-relief package will be approved in a post-election “lame duck” session of Congress. More likely, a broad rescue measure could be enacted early next year.