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Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in the central Atlantic

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

  Gray TV’s guide to political ads

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

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

Supreme Court to hear case over border wall funding

  COVID delay: New coronavirus relief may slip past election

Amber alert issued for 2-year-old boy in Mich.

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  Video appears to show Whitmer kidnapping plot suspects training

  Early in-person voting begins in key swing state of Florida

  China’s economy accelerates as virus recovery gains strength

  NASA, Nokia putting 4G network on the moon

  High schooler accused of faking kidnapping during Zoom class

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

  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.

Michigan governor pushes back against Trump rally chants

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says President Donald Trump is inciting “domestic terrorism” following “lock her up” chants at his rally in the state.

Kansas teen taken into custody after covering himself in ranch, damaging property, crashing car in Shawnee Co.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office said a teen was taken into custody early Saturday morning following an incident at the Petro Deli, north of Topeka.

Plan to retrieve Titanic radio spurs debate on human remains

Report: Damage from August wind storm in Midwest at $7.5B

  French premier joins nationwide tributes to beheaded teacher

  Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantines

  Heart-pounding video shows Ga. officer jump into action to save 3-week-old baby

  High school student told to remove Trump flag from wall during virtual class

  Pet dog helps alert New Jersey sisters to breast cancers

Thanks to the dog, both sisters discovered their cancers and got double mastectomies. Their prognoses are now good.

  Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies

Thousands of mostly young women in masks rallied Saturday in the nation’s capital and other U.S. cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections.

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen tests positive for COVID-19

University of Florida head football coach Dan Mullen said in a statement on Twitter Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge

Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

Explosion reported on South Main Street in Harrisonburg, Va.

Three people were injured in the explosion.

‘Home Improvement’ actor Zachery Ty Bryan arrested in Oregon

Bryan reportedly assaulted the victim, impeded her breathing, and took her phone away when she tried to call 911, police said.

  Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France was Chechen teen

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office says authorities investigating the horrific killing of the teacher on Friday have also arrested nine suspects.

Alabama’s Saban cleared to coach after 3rd negative test

Saban had initially tested positive on Wednesday, along with athletic director Greg Byrne.

Patriots back to work, Jaguars work remotely after positive COVID-19 test

The Jaguars said Saturday that a practice squad player has tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Calif. teacher calls 911 after man breaks into students’ home

Jennifer Peterson makes a habit to wait until every student logs off before she does too. When two of her students didn’t, she knew something was wrong.

  Michigan woman travels 300 miles to vote

94-year-old Mildred Madison has not missed the chance to vote since she was 21.

Rhonda Fleming, film star of ’40s and ’50s, dies at 97

Rhonda Fleming, a Hollywood star of the 1940s and 1950s famed for her fiery red hair, has died at 97.

  GOP senator mispronounces Kamala Harris’ name at Trump rally

Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Kamala Harris, his Senate colleague and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, by repeatedly mispronouncing her name at a Georgia rally for President Donald Trump.

FBI probing if Russia involved in Hunter Biden email story

The FBI is investigating whether emails that were published by the New York Post related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, are connected to a possible Russian influence operation to spread disinformation, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

President Donald Trump’s administration has reversed course and approved a previously rejected California application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent wildfires.

  Record avalanche of early votes transforms the 2020 election

Americans' rush to vote is leading election experts to predict that a record 150 million votes may be cast and turnout rates could be higher than in any presidential election since 1908.

Florida Gators postpone game against Missouri to Oct. 31

Florida football will not play Missouri next week.

  Trump on defense, courting voters in two must-win states; Biden tours Midwest

President Donald Trump was campaigning in Florida and Georgia, while Joe Biden focused on the Midwest.

Tommy Lee says he’ll leave the US if Trump is reelected

The Mötley Crüe drummer said he’s not up for four more years of President Donald Trump.

French leader decries terrorist beheading of teacher

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the slaying for murder with a suspected terrorist motive, the prosecutor’s office said.

US posts record deficit of $3.1 trillion in 2020 budget year

The U.S. government posts a record deficit of $3.1 trillion in the 2020 budget year as the pandemic shrinks revenues and fuels spending.

  Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

Confirmed virus cases and COVID-19 deaths are on the rise in the swing states of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

  Virus surges in key battleground states as election nears

Confirmed virus cases and COVID-19 deaths are on the rise in the swing states of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin.

  Justices to weigh Trump census plan to exclude noncitizens

The justices put the case on a fast track, setting arguments for Nov. 30. A decision is expected by the end of the year or early in January, when Trump has to report census numbers to the House.

Atlanta police make arrest in actor’s shooting death

Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the public.

Colts' retests for COVID-19 negative; Patriots cancel practice over positive test, AP source says

The New England Patriots canceled practice Friday after a member of the organization tested positive for COVID-19, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

  Judge finds cases against 5 in Whitmer plot can move forward

A two-day preliminary hearing this week featured testimony by one of the FBI agents who ran the investigation, relying on confidential informants and undercover agents to thwart the purported scheme.

Amber Alert canceled in Md., 7-year-old found safe

An Amber Alert for Prophet Johnson who had been missing since Thursday from Glen Burnie, Maryland, was canceled. State police said he was found safe.

  Day care owner pleads guilty in drowning deaths of twin toddlers

A grand jury indicted Jennifer Salley, the owner of OM Baby Childcare, on two counts of criminally negligent homicide. She was sentenced to a total of four years of probation.

  12-year-old finds 69-million-year-old dinosaur fossil

The boy and his father were hiking in Alberta in July when they found a very large bone.

Escaped llama causes drama along Oregon interstate

A state trooper, dubbed “Llama Wrangler," had been dispatched to an onramp on Interstate 84 Sunday to deal with an unusual roadblock.

Coca-Cola is discontinuing iconic ‘Tab’ diet soda

Tab has maintained a small but devoted following through the years.

  Twitter CEO says it was wrong to block links to Biden story

CEO Jack Dorsey responded to criticism over its handling of a story that had prompted cries of censorship from the right.

  Broadway shutdown hurting actors, theater workers

The pandemic has turned out the lights on Broadway with no productions scheduled now until next May.

  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.

  WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

The World Health Organization announced the long-awaited results of a six-month trial that endeavored to see if existing drugs might have an effect on the coronavirus.

  Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe, hitting at-risk groups

Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down.

Peloton recalls pedals on spin bikes after reported injuries

There have been more than 100 reports of the pedals breaking and more than a dozen reported injuries.

  TV viewers get a split-screen view of Trump, Biden; Guthrie’s exchanges with Trump get noticed

Trump faced a crackling round of questioning from Savannah Guthrie of the “Today” show, who pressed him on his personal experience with COVID-19, his finances and his support of conspiracy theories.

  Chris Christie says he was wrong not to wear mask in White House

Christie, in a statement, said he has recovered from COVID-19 after a weeklong stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit.

‘There’s a lemur!’ 5-year-old helps crack SF Zoo theft case

The 21-year-old male lemur named Maki was discovered missing shortly before the zoo opened to visitors on Wednesday.

Power still out to thousands in California to prevent fires

More than 8,500 wildfires have burned more than 6,400 square miles in California since the start of the year.

  AP FACT CHECK: Rhetoric from Trump, Biden in the non-debate

Thursday's town halls were the result of the second debate being canceled.

Iranian CEO sentenced for conspiracy to violate US sanctions

Shahidian, a citizen of Iran, was arrested in London in November 2018 and not extradited to the U.S. until May.

  ISOLATED: States begin to allow nursing home visitors but face PPE shortages, logistical questions

Some nursing homes are beginning to allow visitors, but hundreds report to the federal government that they are experiencing staff shortages or have no protective masks in their supplies.

  Trump, Biden go at it -- from a distance -- in town halls

The two will take questions in different cities on different networks Thursday night.

Why tech giants limited the spread of NY Post story on Biden

For the first time in recent memory, the two social media platforms enforced rules against misinformation on a story from a mainstream media publication.

Twitter reports major outage

The social media giant began experiencing problems late Thursday afternoon.

Aircraft ventilation systems don’t spread viruses, DOD study says

The Department of Defense research concluded aircraft ventilation systems are effective at removing COVID-19 from the air.

  Johnny Cash’s last car on display in Mankato

Classic cars are at an abundance at Unique Classic Cars in Mankato, but one has a special history of its own.

Black man’s family views graphic video of in-custody death

The video, which police have refused to release publicly, only added to persistent questions about Ronald Greene’s death, such as why State Police initially blamed it on a car crash and why they waited more than a year to discipline one of the responding officers.

YouTube follows Twitter, Facebook with QAnon crackdown

The Google-owned video platform said Thursday it will now prohibit material targeting a person or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify violence.

  Another suspect charged in alleged Michigan kidnap plot

A spokesman for state Attorney General Dana Nessel told The Associated Press on Thursday that an additional person has been charged but provided no further details.

  Power cut to thousands in California to prevent wildfires

The National Weather Service issued heat advisories through Friday for temperatures in the 90s and even triple digits in many parts of the state.

DOJ charges Texas billionaire in $2 billion tax fraud scheme

Federal prosecutors charged Texas billionaire Robert Brockman in a $2 billion tax fraud scheme that they say is the largest such case against an American.

  Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

Harris was scheduled to travel Thursday to North Carolina for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.

  GOP pushes Barrett’s nomination ahead, Dems decry ‘sham’

The Senate Judiciary Committee set Oct. 22 for its vote to recommend Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate for a final vote by month’s end.

Cottonelle recalls wipes after reports of irritation, minor infection

Cottonelle reported the affected wipes were found to not meet the “high quality standards” of the brand and a bacterium could be found in the affected products.