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  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

The school principal says the incident is the result of new California guidelines which require districts to keep a closer eye on student attendance.

  GRAPHIC: Boy forced to kneel on uncooked rice, hold firework in mouth until it exploded, police say

  US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

  Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

  US spacecraft touches asteroid for rare rubble grab

James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

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Major Hurricane Epsilon: Tropical storm warning for Bermuda

Woman’s obituary: In lieu of flowers ‘do not vote for Trump’

  Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

  Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

An electric Hummer? Battery-powered trucks head to showrooms

Giuliani caught in hotel bedroom scene in new ‘Borat’ film

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

  US officials: Russia and Iran have obtained voter info

It is against federal law to intimidate voters, and officials in the affected areas are working with FBI and Homeland Security to find out who is behind the emails.

  OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials announced Wednesday.

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks.

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Evidence of self-defense in shooting, says TV station guard’s lawyer

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

  Man accused of threatening Biden, Harris in note to neighbor

Affidavit: Tallahassee woman used tire iron to kill 3-year-old boy

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

  Colo. man protects home from wildfire with garden hose

The Cameron Peak Fire in Colorado has burned for more than two months and is the largest in the state’s history.

  Woman records racist rant in parking lot dispute

The woman was headed into the store for her son's favorite cereal when the parking dispute occurred.

  Furry bandits strike: Raccoons break into Calif. bank

The furry thieves didn’t get any money, but they got something they prize even more.

  Trooper sideswipes motorcycle, tackles driver on Fla. interstate

A Florida Highway Patrol cruiser swerved to knock off the biker then one of them tackles the rider to the ground.

7 charged in elaborate flying squirrel trafficking ring, Fla. officials say

Florida officials say several people were charged in a flying squirrel trafficking operation.

Parents of 545 children separated at border can’t be found

The families were separated between July 2017 and June 2018 under a “zero-tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute every adult who entered the country illegally from Mexico.

Murdered Fort Hood soldier Guillen died ‘in the line of duty,’ Army says

The 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier was beaten to death with a hammer in April, according to a federal affidavit. Her body was later dismembered and burned.

  ‘Two peas in a pod’: Toddler befriends 5-foot Halloween skeleton

The 2-year-old's mother thinks that COVID canceling playdates with other kids strengthened his bond with the skeleton.

Police: Houston officer killed in shooting, another wounded

Authorities say a Houston police officer was killed and a teen and another officer were wounded when a man opened fire on law enforcement responding to a domestic disturbance call.

  Officer to be disciplined for wearing pro-Trump mask at voting site in Fla.

As a uniformed officer, wearing a political mask supporting any candidate is "unacceptable" and a violation of police department policy, officials say.

Epsilon strengthens to a hurricane as it approaches Bermuda

Epsilon is expected to make its closest approach to the island on Thursday night, and there is a risk of a direct impact, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

California boat owners faulted for fire that killed 34

The lack of a required roving night watchman aboard a scuba dive boat delayed the detection of a fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Southern California, federal investigators said Tuesday.

Grand juror speaks after judge ruling in Breonna Taylor case

An anonymous grand juror who sat on the panel last month had sued to speak publicly.

Man indicted on charges of first degree murder in deaths of two Florida teens, state attorney seeks death penalty

Mark Wilson Jr. was indicted by a Putnam County Grand Jury on two counts of First Degree Murder, 1 count of Burglary with a Battery, and 1 count of Burglary while Armed.

‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ won’t appear on broadcast TV this year

AppleTV+ now holds the rights and will stream it at no cost to all viewers from Oct. 30 – Nov. 1.

  Indiana student survives pumpkin smashing through car

An Indiana student says he’s thankful to be alive after a pumpkin crashed through his windshield while he was driving on the highway.

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

Trump pressures Barr to investigate Bidens as election nears

President Donald Trump is calling on Attorney General William Barr to launch an investigation of Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

  McConnell warns White House against COVID relief deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he’ll schedule a vote if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration are able to seal an agreement on a huge COVID-19 relief bill.

Man who raised concerns about hospital bed availability dies from COVID-19

The De Smet man who raised questions about the availability of hospital beds in Sioux Falls during his battle with COVID-19 has died from the disease.

Justice Dept. files landmark antitrust case against Google

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for antitrust violations, alleging that it abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers.

  San Francisco set to pass legislation - called CAREN - about racist 911 calls

All 11 supervisors have signed on to the CAREN legislation, guaranteeing it will pass, despite some criticism that the name is sexist and divisive.

Cough keeps Melania Trump off campaign trail

Her chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, said Tuesday that Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recent recovery from COVID-19, but has a lingering cough.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  Mother of Texas girl police say died on trampoline said she wasn’t able to see her daughter for 4 years

Alysha Anderton says she was fighting to get her visitation rights back, but the process got bogged down because COVID-19 closed the courts.

Judge orders release of Ghislaine Maxwell transcripts

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said Tuesday that the 2016 transcripts of two days of depositions of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell should be released publicly as soon as is practicable.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

Marines remove general investigated over alleged racial slur

The decision to relieve Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary was made by the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger.

  Poll worker fired for turning away voters with BLM shirts

Tennessee law does not allow voters to wear items with the name of a candidate or a political party on them in a polling place. But state law does not bar statements such as “Black Lives Matter.”

Danish sub killer recaptured after attempted prison escape

A Danish man convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine made a dramatic but brief escape from a suburban Copenhagen prison Tuesday, reportedly taking a hostage to break out before police recaptured him.

  Panda mom shows cub around enclosure at National Zoo

The trips are usually brief and consist of mom gently nudging and scooting her baby along the floor.

US, Russia appear set to extend last remaining nuclear pact

Russia said Tuesday it’s ready to accept a U.S. proposal to freeze the number of nuclear warheads and extend the two nations' last arms control pact for one year and Washington responded that it’s prepared to make a quick deal.

Man charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot released on bail

He was arrested Thursday and charged on suspicion of material support in an act of terrorism.

AP finds most arrested in protests aren’t leftist radicals

Attorney General William Barr has urged his prosecutors to aggressively go after protesters who cause violence and has suggested that rarely used sedition charges could apply. But defense attorneys question why the Department of Justice has taken on some cases they say belong in state court.

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.

  Woman runs under 6-minute mile while 9 months pregnant

Makenna Myler, 28, who’s originally from Australia but now lives in California, has been running five or six times a week during her pregnancy.

Rush Limbaugh says he faces setback in terminal lung cancer fight

On Monday, Limbaugh told his listeners he’s had a setback in his prognosis, and the cancer had progressed.

  Giant spider decoration scares up screams for Halloween by climbing NY house

Because so many people want to check out the house, the owners have had to actually schedule times for them to come visit.

  California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

The governor said the state wants its own independent review no matter who wins the presidential election next month.

  Firefighters rescue kitten trapped for 6 hours under car hood

A Pennslyvania woman called firefighters after she heard a weeks old kitten meow from somewhere in her car’s engine compartment.

  Large earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami fears

The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was widely felt in communities along the southern coast, including Sand Point, Chignik, Unalaska and the Kenai Peninsula.

  Elderly couple rescued by good Samaritans after car crashes into canal

Police say the couple were involved in a minor accident with two other cars, which sent them careening through a fence and into the canal.

  Debate commission adopts new rules to mute mics

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off in Thursday’s debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics.

Jeff Bridges says he has lymphoma, cites good prognosis

Jeff Bridges says he is being treated for lymphoma and his prognosis is good.

Trump says Sudan will be removed from terrorism list

The decision Monday was contingent on Sudan following through on its agreement to pay $335 million to U.S. terror victims and families.

High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots

The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea.

6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

Six current and former Russian military officers sought to disrupt through computer hacking the French election, the Winter Olympics and U.S. hospitals and businesses, according to a Justice Department indictment unsealed Monday.

Woman missing for 2 weeks found safe in Zion National Park

Park officials said 38-year-old Holly Suzanne Courtier was found Sunday by search and rescue crews after park rangers received a tip that she was seen in the park.

Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in the central Atlantic

Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in the central Atlantic, the latest in a very active hurricane season.

  What you need to know about herd immunity

Up to this point, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States and not even 10% of the population has been infected.

Senate to work through weekend to push Barrett onto court

Amy Coney Barrett's ascent would seal a 6-3 conservative hold on the court for years to come.

  Pfizer: Mid-November earliest it can seek virus vaccine OK

The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among several leading candidates in final testing.

  Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

Wisconsin last week set new daily records for positive coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations.