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Court Says Michigan Cannot Count Ballots Received After Election Day

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 13:29

A lower court had previously ruled that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and received within 14 days of Election Day, the deadline for certifying election results, could be counted.

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Nine People Detained Over Beheading Of Teacher In Paris Suburb

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 13:20

Authorities say an 18-year-old Chechen refugee attacked the teacher after a lesson in which caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were shown. Among those arrested were members of the attacker's family.

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My Breast Cancer Diagnosis Came In The Pandemic. I Wanted More Than A 'Virtual Hug'

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 07:01

The diagnosis — delivered at a distance of 6 feet in the doctor's office — was a shock. It brought back memories of my work in the Ebola ward. Then as now, an intimate touch was a rare thing.

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Appalachian Town Must "Wait And Wait" As Pandemic Puts Plastics Plant On Hold

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 07:00

For a decade, growing American gas production has fueled a petrochemical boom. There are big plans for more plants in Appalachia, but the pandemic — and an oversupply of plastics — may crush them.

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Analysis: Questionable 'N.Y. Post' Scoop Driven by Ex-Hannity Producer, Giuliani

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 07:00

Red flags abound in a story about Hunter Biden that provides fodder for President Trump and his allies. The allegations rest on speculation and assumptions rather than journalistically sound facts.

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Are Paramilitary Extremists Being Normalized? Look To Idaho For Answers

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 07:00

The arrests of militiamen who allegedly plotted to kidnap Michigan's governor echo loudly in the Idaho Panhandle, a region long synonymous with anti-government extremism.

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The Story Behind Kamala Harris's Truancy Program

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 06:01

HuffPost reporter Molly Redden explains how a program trying to reduce school absences produced unintended consequences—both for California families and Harris herself.

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'I'm Still Unemployed': Millions In Dire Situation As Savings Start To Run Out

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 05:01

Many unemployed Americans have been tapping into their savings to pay bills. But those savings are going fast, and hopes for a new round of pandemic relief before the election are fading.

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Why Do Nonwhite Georgia Voters Have To Wait in Line for Hours? Too Few Polling Places

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 05:01

The state's voter rolls have grown by nearly 2 million since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, but polling locations have been cut by almost 10%.

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Judge Finds U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Broke Law In Seizing Control Of Fund

Sat, 10/17/2020 - 05:00

Judge rules against USAGM CEO Michael Pack's moves to dismiss top executives and board of a fund that helps people who live under repressive regimes to access the Web and to communicate securely.

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Bernard Cohen, Lawyer Who Argued Loving V. Virginia Case, Dies At 86

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 19:20

Cohen was just a few years out of law school when the ACLU asked if he would take on the case of Richard and Mildred Loving — an interracial couple whose marriage was illegal in their home state.

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Coronavirus FAQs: Open Windows In Winter, Holding Your Breath, Sprayed Masks?

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 18:39

This week our readers have lots of ... interesting ... queries involving opening windows during winter in North Dakota, trying not to breathe during a micro-encounter and spraying a mask with ... oil?

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21 Alleged White Supremacists Indicted In Utah On Federal Drug And Firearms Charges

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 18:11

The indictments of members of at least three separate extremist gangs follows similar charges earlier this week against two dozen alleged white supremacists in Texas, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Trump Announces Partnership With CVS, Walgreens For Nursing Home COVID Vaccination

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 17:52

The federal government is offering nursing homes the chance to opt in to the new program, in which pharmacy staff would deliver and administer a future vaccine on site.

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California Eases Off Legal Threats Over GOP Unauthorized Ballot Drop Boxes

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 17:30

The California Republican Party has made some concessions following a cease and desist letter from the state, but will continue to use ballot drop boxes.

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Don't Censor! Stop The Hoaxes! Facebook, Twitter Face A Catch-22

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 17:26

While Republicans accuse Facebook and Twitter of censoring free speech, one expert says the platforms should do more because U.S. voters are 'more vulnerable to online disinformation' than ever.

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Supreme Court Speeds Up Case On Trump's Push To Alter Census For House Seats

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 17:13

The justices will hear oral arguments on Nov. 30, increasing the potential for Trump to try to omit unauthorized immigrants from the census numbers used to reallocate House seats while in office.

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Police In Bangkok Use Water Cannon To Break Up Anti-Government Protests

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 17:00

Riot police in Thailand sought to disperse thousands of protesters, a day after the government officially banned demonstrations calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

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$3.1 Trillion: Pandemic Spending Drives The Federal Budget Deficit To A Record

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 15:08

The government shortfall for the fiscal year that just ended was more than triple that of 2019. The national debt of $21 trillion now exceeds the size of the U.S. economy.

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Disney Warns Viewers Of Racism In Some Classic Movies With Strengthened Label

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 14:52

Disney strengthened language used to denounce racist depictions in some of its classic properties on the company's streaming service.

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