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Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions in a feature-length documentary called “Francesco.”

  Furry bandits strike: Raccoons break into Calif. bank

  Trooper sideswipes motorcycle, tackles driver on Fla. interstate

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

  Emails claim to be from Proud Boys, threaten people who don’t vote for Trump

Hurricane Epsilon, the 10th of a busy season, nears Bermuda

  Barack Obama to hold his first in-person event for Joe Biden

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

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

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

Police: Houston officer killed in shooting, another wounded

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

Epsilon strengthens to a hurricane as it approaches Bermuda

  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

  US spacecraft touches asteroid for rare rubble grab

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

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

  Indiana student survives pumpkin smashing through car

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

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.

  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.

Toobin suspended by the New Yorker, steps away from CNN

Vice reported earlier Monday that Toobin had exposed himself during a Zoom meeting.

Woman found alive at funeral home dies at Detroit hospital

A 20-year-old suburban Detroit woman who was declared dead only to be found alive at a funeral home in August has died at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.

  John Oliver now has a sewage plant named after him

Danbury’s City Council voted earlier this month to rename the sewage plant “The John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant,” following a tongue-in-cheek battle that began with an expletive-filled rant against the city on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in August.

Denver TV station security guard charged with murder

A television station security guard accused of fatally shooting a pro-police demonstrator following opposing rallies has been charged with second-degree murder.

  Trump jokes he’ll leave the country if he loses to Biden

Musing at a campaign rally in central Georgia, Donald Trump suggested he might - albeit to laughter from the audience.

  Florida begins early voting with no major problems reported

Many polling sites had long lines before dawn as voters awaited their opening.

Amber Alert for 2-year-old boy in Mich. canceled

An Amber Alert issued for a 2-year-old boy abducted from his Lansing, Mich., home on Monday has been canceled after the boy was found safe, according to Michigan State Police.

Guitars played, made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction

Each of the Van Halen guitars is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.

  CVS Health to hire 15,000 workers ahead of flu season

The company needs help administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots.

  Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 40 million; new strategies target hot spots

Authorities are trying to avoid a dreaded resurgence of illness and deaths, this time with economies weakened from earlier lockdowns and populations chafing at the idea of renewed restrictions.

  Gray TV’s guide to political ads

Broadcast TV stations rely on advertising to make money. Politicians buy ad time to help them reach voters. And the Federal Communications Commission makes the rules.

2,000-year-old Nazca Lines cat carving discovered in Peru

Archeologists in Peru have discovered another Nazca Lines figure.

Supreme Court to review Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

The Supreme Court is agreeing to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.

High court to review two cases involving Trump border policy

The case will not be argued before the winter and it’s unclear how the outcome of the presidential election would affect the case, if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House.

  Video appears to show Whitmer kidnapping plot suspects training

Evidence was played in federal court of the field training exercises federal prosecutors say were carried out in a plot to storm Michigan’s capitol and kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships while the United States and Europe endure painful contractions.

  NASA, Nokia putting 4G network on the moon

The plans are part of the agency’s goal to build a lunar base and eventually sustain a human presence on the moon.

  High schooler accused of faking kidnapping during Zoom class

The principal called the prank a “serious incident” and asked parents to talk with their children about “appropriate behavior” during virtual learning.

Dodgers-Rays rare wild-card era matchup of baseball’s best

The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to win their first World Series title since 1998. The Tampa Bay Rays are among just six current franchises that have never won.

  Trump, Biden go on offense in states they’re trying to flip

Both candidates are trying to make inroads in states that could help secure a path to victory - Trump in Nevada and Biden in North Carolina.

  Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.