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  Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

Magawa has cleared more than 141,000 square meters of land, the equivalent of some 20 soccer fields.

Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month

  LIVE: Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state at US Capitol

  Terror probe opened after 2 stabbed in Paris; 2 arrests

Justice Department seeks immediate ban on WeChat in US

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

House investigation says lax healthcare in immigrant detention centers led to deaths

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‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero admits backing rebels, denies violence

  Search for missing woman continues in Colorado

  In despair, protesters take to streets for Breonna Taylor

  1 hurt, car crashed in fights at Los Angeles protest

U.S. Postal Service unveils new holiday stamps

N. Korea’s Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean

Fight over Trump tax returns goes to appeals court — again

The Supreme Court in July ruled that the presidency in and of itself doesn’t shield Trump from the investigation.

Pac-12 to kick off 7-game football season in early November

The Pac-12 has decided to play football in the fall, reversing an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about COVID-19.

  ‘No easy answer’: Many ask what next in Breonna Taylor case

Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed to fight on Thursday in Kentucky’s largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor.

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

For three months, InvestigateTV has tracked federal government data on nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths. For three months, those numbers have been wrong.

  Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

  Police tase woman at football game in Logan, Ohio

Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

  Crowd jeers as Trump pays respects at court to Ginsburg

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

Patriots owner Kraft cleared of massage parlor sex charge

Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly shows him paying for massage parlor sex.

Evel Knievel’s son suing Disney over ‘Toy Story 4’ character

The Walt Disney Co. , in a statement from corporate spokesman Jeffrey R. Epstein, said it will defend itself vigorously against what it called Knievel’s meritless claims.

Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions

Donald Trump’s niece followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business.

Mnuchin and Powell back jobless aid, small business loans

Pressed to state what the top priorities should be, Powell said it would be to provide more support through the popular Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, and to boost unemployment benefits.

  UK announces new plan to help workers hit by pandemic

The new proposal would replace a furloughed worker program that expires next month under which the government pays 80% of the wages of workers who are placed on leave.

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

United Airlines will offer coronavirus testing on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaiian airports. Passengers with negative results won't have to quarantine for two weeks.

  AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines

The poll finds the percentage of Americans who believe police violence unequally targets Black Americans and that greater consequences for police brutality are necessary have also fallen from June.

  2 Louisville officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests

The protests come after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Breonna Taylor, a Black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend.

  Girl dead, 3 family members hurt in Oklahoma house explosion

The explosion occurred just before 7 a.m. Thursday in northeast Oklahoma City and leveled the home while also damaging at least three nearby houses.

Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

Several postal districts serving urban regions in battleground states have a history of delivering mail at below the national targets and saw sharp drop-offs in performance over the summer.

Kenosha shooter’s defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’

The dramatic rhetoric has helped raise nearly $2 million to pay for the 17-year-old’s defense against homicide charges in the killing of two protesters.

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, not on the tribute’s 40th year.

‘Cake Boss’ star injured at home in ‘terrible’ accident

Buddy Valastro, better known as the “Cake Boss,” is recovering from what he calls a “terrible” accident at home.

  Massive migratory bird die-off in Colorado blamed on smoke, snow

The smoke is having a negative impact on migratory songbirds at the worst possible time, and birdwatchers are concerned.

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

The comments come as scientists scramble to develop a vaccine that would protect the public from a pandemic that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.

TikTok’s owner applies for Chinese license to close US deal

TikTok’s owner said Thursday it has applied for a Chinese technology export license as it tries to complete a deal with Oracle and Walmart to keep the popular video app operating in the United States.

Seoul: North Korea kills South Korean official, burns his body

South Korea said Thursday that North Korean troops fatally shot a South Korean government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire after finding him on a floating object near the countries' disputed sea boundary.

Too much candy: Man dies from eating bags of black licorice

A substance found in black licorice and in many other foods and dietary supplements containing licorice root extract can cause dangerously low potassium and electrolyte imbalances.

  ‘The power is unbelievable’: Fla. man survives Hurricane Sally on sailboat

The boat went over the seawall and washed up on shore between two homes. It will either have to be removed with a crane or cut apart.

Pregnant woman pulls husband to safety after shark attack in Florida

Deputies described the injury to the snorkeler's shoulder as severe. No one else was injured by the shark.

Trump promises ‘born alive’ executive order in appeal to anti-abortion voters

Organizations representing obstetricians and gynecologists say the law already provides protections to newborns, whether born during a failed abortion or under other circumstances.

California moves to end sales of new gas-powered cars

California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.

Carole Baskin of ‘Tiger King’ fame sued for defamation

As part of the lawsuit, the daughters of Baskin’s former husband are seeking more information about what happened to their father, who disappeared mysteriously more than two decades ago.

  Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

  Long lines of mourners pay respects to Ginsburg at court

With crowds of admirers swelling outside, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was remembered Wednesday at the court by grieving family, colleagues and friends as a prophet for justice who persevered against long odds to become an American icon.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

  Trump tightens Cuba sanctions as he woos Cuban-American vote

President Trump said the new steps announced by the Treasury Department will ensure that U.S. dollars do not fund the Cuban government, but go directly to the everyday Cubans.

‘When can I shred this check?’ and other online banking FAQ

Here are answers to common questions about online banking during the pandemic.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

  Beta weakens to tropical depression, stalls over Texas coast

Beta weakened to a tropical depression Tuesday as it parked itself over the Texas coast, raising concerns of extensive flooding in Houston and areas further inland.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

  Utility equipment eyed as possible source of fire near LA

Officials are confident that crews will make more progress on the Bobcat Fire after containment on Wednesday hit 38% — a 21% jump from a day earlier — before hot, dry winds return to Southern California in a few days.

Wild brown bear kills Caesar the alpaca at Alaska Zoo

A wild brown bear broke through the zoo’s perimeter fence over the weekend and then into Caesar’s enclosure and killed him.

  Trump Homeland Security pick denies intelligence meddling

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security denied allegations Wednesday that he molded intelligence reports to suit the administration, telling a Senate committee that a recent whistleblower’s report is “patently false.”

Judge: Eric Trump must give NY deposition before election

A judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump must testify in a New York investigation into the family’s businesses before the November election.

  Grandmother holds intruder at gunpoint in Washington

She knew something was wrong when her dog, Booboo, started barking nonstop on Sunday night.

GOP Senate report on Biden’s son alleges conflict of interest

The report did not implicate Biden in any wrongdoing, focusing instead on his son, Hunter, who it said “cashed in” on his father’s position by joining the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes for comments about diversity

The comments and similar statements made in a Zoom meeting, reported by Reuters, led to an intense backlash in Washington and on social media.

AP Source: Chargers’ team doctor punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor missed last Sunday’s game because a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung, according to a person familiar with the case.

Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Wednesday that Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers, whose friendship with a teammate with cancer was recounted in “Brian’s Song,” has died at the age of 77.

Amber Alert: Missing 3-year-old found safe, Dallas police say

The toddler was in a vehicle that was stolen in Dallas. Neither the vehicle nor the toddler have yet been found.

Democrats propose sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses

House Democrats on Wednesday proposed a sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority.

  Woman gives birth to quadruplets after brain surgery in Texas

Two weeks after Katie Sturm and husband Chris Sturm found out about the quadruplets, a seizure led to a second diagnosis.

Texas girl’s friendship drawing wins ‘Doodle for Google’ contest

It shows a group of six friends, with various skin tones, hair, and fashion styles, holding hands.

Time reveals its 100 most influential people of 2020

Each of the issue's eight global covers highlights members of the Time 100.

Joe Laurinaitis, pro wrestler Road Warrior Animal, dies at age 60

Joe Laurinaitis, the legendary pro wrestler known as Animal in the Road Warriors tag team, has died at the age of 60, the WWE said Wednesday.

Elton John announces new North American dates for final tour

After postponing several shows because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elton John is saying hello to the yellow brick road of touring.

7-Eleven to hire additional 20K employees

It was classified as an essential retailer and stayed open while others shut their doors.

Paris police briefly evacuate Eiffel Tower after bomb threat

Paris police briefly evacuated the Eiffel Tower and blockaded the surrounding area Wednesday after a phone-in bomb threat.

Alexei Navalny released from German hospital after 32 days

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny spent 32 days in treatment for alleged poisoning with a nerve agent, 24 of which were in intensive care.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mars drops Uncle Ben’s, reveals new name for rice brand

Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype.

  Attorney: Black man shot by Calif. deputies wasn’t holding a gun

The family attorney says the 19 gunshots fired in the incident show poor police training and a pervasive “warrior mentality” among law enforcement nationwide.

  Puppy missing after stolen at gunpoint from Denver couple

Police have identified two male teens allegedly involved in the crime, but the Dachshund puppy is still missing.

  Father struck with bullet shielding 3 kids from gunfire at NYC car dealership

Investigators believe the shooting was gang-related. They are searching for the three suspects.

  Suspects in attempted home invasion fatally shot in Illinois front yard

Detectives found at least one gun on the suspects but have not yet identified them or the motive behind the attempted home invasion.

CDC’s Halloween guidance discourages activities like trick-or-treating due to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging Americans to avoid higher-risk Halloween activities like trick-or-treating in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

US government executes killer obsessed with witchcraft

William Emmett LeCroy is the sixth federal inmate put to death this year at the U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. Before that, there had been a 17-year hiatus without any federal executions.