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With Debate Cancelled, Trump And Biden Appear In Dueling Town Halls

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 22:38

Trump and Biden appeared on two different news networks at the same hour for town hall-style events, in lieu of what had originally been a scheduled debate.

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Michigan Charges 8th Man In Alleged Domestic Terrorism Plot To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 21:20

Brian Higgins participated "in a plan of domestic terrorism that included storming the Michigan Capitol building and harming government officials," the attorney general's office said.

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Is The Risk Of Sea Level Rise Affecting Florida Home Prices? A New Study Says Yes

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 19:21

Research published this week finds that home sales volume and prices have declined in coastal census tracts vulnerable to sea level rise, relative to coastal areas less threatened by climate change.

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Sen. Sasse Slams Trump In Constituent Call: He's 'Flirted With White Supremacists'

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:50

In a call with constituents, the Nebraska senator blasted President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the way he speaks about women.

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United Airlines Reports $1.8 Billion Loss But Looks Ahead to Friendlier Skies

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:45

United is the latest airline to report a huge third quarter loss blamed on the coronavirus pandemic, but the CEO says he sees improvement ahead.

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Adelsons Pump $75 Million Into Pro-Trump Super PAC In Election's Final Stretch

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:15

The funding from the casino magnate and his wife provided a late cash infusion for President Trump's reelection effort as his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, raked in record-breaking sums.

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Single-Day COVID-19 Deaths In Illinois At Highest Level In Months

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 18:00

Health officials said Thursday that 53 people had died from the disease in the most recent daily tally, the highest number since June. Confirmed cases have also been trending up in recent days.

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Tobacco Plants Contribute Key Ingredient For COVID-19 Vaccine

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 17:06

Here's irony: tobacco plants may be key in preventing COVID-19. Two companies are using the plants to produce proteins for a vaccine. One candidate vaccine is already in a clinical trial.

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California Supreme Court Orders Scott Peterson's Murder Convictions To Be Reexamined

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 17:03

Peterson was convicted in 2004 of the murder of his wife and their unborn son. The court says a juror's misconduct has come to light.

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A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 16:49

A Twinkie stored in a basement for eight years has been transformed by fungi, giving scientists something unusual to ponder and probe.

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Kyrgyzstan's President Resigns Amid Turmoil Following Disputed Election

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 16:07

"I'm not clinging to power," Sooronbay Jeenbekov said. The new prime minister, sprung from jail, says he'll become president. Russia, Kyrgyzstan's main ally, is freezing aid until the situation calms.

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Person Flying With Jetpack Spotted Near Los Angeles International Airport, Again

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 15:18

This is the second jetpack sighting in six weeks, although it's unclear if the two sightings are related. The FBI and Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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Poll: Biden Takes Double-Digit Lead Over Trump

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 14:14

The former vice president and Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump now 54% to 43% among likely voters, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

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Wells Fargo Fires More Than 100 Employees For Alleged Coronavirus Relief Fraud

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 13:29

The employees' alleged actions were outside of their work responsibilities and do not involve Wells Fargo's customers, the company said. The bank says it's cooperating with law enforcement.

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Postal Service Agrees To Reverse Service Cutbacks Ahead Of Election

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 13:04

In a settlement with Montana's governor, the USPS said it has an "unwavering commitment" to delivering election mail.

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EU Sanctions Russian Officials Over Navalny Poisoning, Citing Chemical Weapons Use

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 12:44

It is "reasonable to conclude," the EU says, "that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office."

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Filmmaker Finds An Unlikely Underwater Friend In 'My Octopus Teacher'

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 12:33

Craig Foster spent a year diving — without oxygen or a wetsuit — into the frigid sea near Cape Town, South Africa. One octopus began coming out of her den to hunt or explore while Foster watched.

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Being a Mom Is Tough. Being A Mom In A Pandemic Is Even Tougher

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 11:41

Being a mom is challenging enough. Add the pressures of a pandemic — and how do you cope? Mothers in Jordan, the Netherlands and Wisconsin share their stories and strategies.

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Kamala Harris' Travel Suspended After 2 People Near Her Test Positive For Coronavirus

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 10:17

The Biden campaign has canceled Harris' travel through Sunday. Harris herself has tested negative twice this week.

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London And Other English Cities Declared To Be At High Alert For COVID-19

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 09:16

"Things will get worse before they get better," U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, noting that the coronavirus is spreading exponentially in the U.K.

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