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House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

US execution planned of killer who said witchcraft drove him

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

Parents tackle man accused of spying on girl in bathroom

Jon Mattingly: Officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting sends candid email to LMPD colleagues

  Few resources, old-growth forest allowed for fire’s growth

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Dunkin’ celebrating National Coffee Day with free coffee

  Florida mother says daughter given drug-laced candy

  Fearless Girl statue pays tribute to RBG in NYC

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

  Beta weakens to tropical depression, stalls over Texas coast

Walmart launching new in-house clothing brand

Court papers: Woman wrote ‘give up’ in ricin note to Trump

Pascale Ferrier was arrested Sunday at the New York-Canada border.

  Some Dems, not yet Biden, talk of expanding Supreme Court

The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices.

  Kentucky city prepares for Breonna Taylor announcement

Large protests over Taylor’s death that at times became violent erupted in late May in the city but most demonstrations since then have been peaceful.

  Senate GOP plans vote on Trump’s court pick before election

“If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said

Vanessa Bryant sues LA sheriff over helicopter crash photos

NASA unveils $28 billion plan to land first woman on the moon

  At UN, Trump raps China for virus as US deaths hit 200,000

63 Bed, Bath and Beyond stores set to close

  Justice Dept.: 179 arrested in darknet opioid takedown

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

  Trump asks Supreme Court for fast action in census case

In court papers filed Tuesday, the Trump administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by the president in place.

Powell and Mnuchin voice optimism but back more economic aid

Both officials stressed that major sectors of the economy were still suffering.

Putin likely orchestrating efforts to meddle in 2020 U.S. presidential election, report says

The Washington Post reports that a CIA assessment says Russian President Vladimir Putin is “probably directing” efforts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

  Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

A federal appellate court ruled on Sept. 11 that in addition to serving their sentences, Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote.

  Celestial discovery: Comet has its own northern lights

NASA said this is the first time an ultraviolet aurora has been detected on a celestial object that isn't a moon or planet.

Trooper who faced firing in Black man’s death dies in crash

Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was pronounced dead Tuesday following a brief hospitalization, Warren Lee, chief investigator for the Ouachita Parish Coroner’s Office, told The Associated Press.

  GRAPHIC: Utah police release footage after officers shoot 13-year-old boy

A 13-year-old Utah boy with autism was shot by police after his mother asked for help getting him hospital mental-health treatment and officers agreed to talk with him, police footage released Monday showed.

Powerful blast rocks Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon

A powerful explosion shook a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, sending thick grey smoke billowing over the village, but the cause was not clear.

TikTok says coordinated attack behind suicide clip uploads

The users were “splicing it, editing it and cutting it in different ways” and then making new accounts to help spread it.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured to safety with beef jerky

The dog was not injured, but was starving and dehydrated, according to the rescuers.

Reward offered for info on Great Smoky Mountain National Park vandals

“We take vandalism incidents seriously in the park, and this particular incident is particularly egregious. It is for this reason we are offering a reward for information.”

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Activist cowboy arrested after riding horse down Chicago highway

Traffic backed up behind the activist during the approximately 30 minutes he spent riding seven miles down the highway, and he was arrested upon exiting.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

Hamlin, Michael Jordan partner on NASCAR team for Wallace

Jordan and Hamlin purchased a charter for their team from Germain Racing that guarantees Wallace a spot in the 40-car field every week.

  Beta makes landfall on Texas coast as total rainfall remains an unknown

Beta was expected to move northeast along the Texas coast over the next couple of days, weakening into a depression, before heading into Louisiana sometime mid-week.

Smithsonian National Zoo’s baby panda is one month old

The Smithsonian National Zoo’s giant panda cub is one month old and had its very first veterinary exam over the weekend.

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

Police cancel vacations; prepare for Breonna Taylor decision

A statement from the department said all requests for vacation and days off were being canceled “until further notice”

11-year-old Wisconsin girl harvests potential state record black bear

At just 11 years old, Naiya Iraci is already an established hunter, harvesting deer and turkeys. Now, the Kewaskum sixth-grader can add a 700+ pound black bear to her resume.

Ellen DeGeneres makes on-air apology, vows a ‘new chapter’

Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue of the new season of her daytime talk show to address allegations of a toxic work environment, apologizing for things “that never should have happened.”

  Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court by week’s end, before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is buried, launching a monumental Senate confirmation fight ahead of the November election.

Bank shares slide on report of rampant money laundering

A report alleges that a number of banks including JPMorgan, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon, have continued to profit from illicit dealings with criminal networks despite previous warnings from regulators.

Report: Order to shorten count wasn’t made by Census Bureau

The report by the Office of Inspector General did not identify who made the decision to shorten the 2020 census from the end of October to the end of September, but it said bureau officials confirm it was not made by them.

  Wall Street falls, S&P 500 down 1.2% as global markets swoon

Stocks are falling sharply on Wall Street Monday, joining a global tumble for markets as the S&P 500 sinks more than 2%.

  Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt’s Saqqara pyramid

The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

Walmart targets zero emissions by 2040

Walmart commits to becoming a regenerative company in the next two decades.

35 missing Northeast Ohio children recovered during month-long operation; 5 remain unaccounted for

A joint-effort over the past month between local and federal law enforcement agencies resulted in the recovery of nearly three dozen missing children, the U.S. Marshals Service announced.

Police officers get 2 new bikes for sisters sharing 1

The officers of the Detroit Police Department’s second precinct arranged to get each girl a new bicycle.

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

Arrest in case of ricin letters sent to White House, Texas

The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

  Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert is continuing to threaten homes.

Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

The Justice Department identified New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle as three cities that could have federal funding slashed under a memorandum by President Donald Trump that sought to identify localities that permit “anarchy, violence and destruction in American cities.”

Rare blue moon on Halloween in 2020

Halloween in 2020 will feature the first 100% full moon in the Eastern U.S. time zone on Halloween since 1944

Navalny says nerve agent was found ‘in and on’ his body

In a blog post Monday, Navalny said the Novichok nerve agent was found “in and on” his body, and said the clothes taken off him when he was hospitalized in Siberia a month ago after collapsing on a Russian flight are “very important material evidence.”

  Humpback whale swims free of croc-infested Australian river

As a humpback whale escaped a croc-infested river in northern Australia, about 270 pilot whales were reported stranded Monday on sandbars off Australia’s southern island of Tasmania state.

  Ginsburg’s body will lie in repose at Supreme Court

Ginsburg’s casket will be on public view Wednesday and Thursday under the portico at the top of the court’s iconic steps in front of the building.

Thyroid pills recalled by Acella Pharmaceuticals

Acella had received four reports of adverse events for these lot numbers possibly related to this recall.

  Judge: Postal Service must process election mail on time

The U.S. Postal Service must live up to its responsibilities to timely process election mail by treating it as a priority, a New York judge ordered on Monday.

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday.

  Grandmother escapes Sally flooding carrying grandson in Fla.

Dozens living in the apartment complex had to be rescued from their homes that morning.

  High court front-runner hailed by right, feared by left

Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, is hailed by religious conservatives and others on the right as an ideological heir to conservative icon Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice for whom she clerked.

Pastor who helped form Montgomery Bus Boycott dies at 92

“Today, we honor the life and legacy of Rev. Robert Graetz and his lifelong selflessness and his constant fight for a better future for everyone,” the Troy University Rosa Parks Museum said Monday.

Nebraska man charged in protester’s death dies by suicide

Jacob Gardner, of Omaha, Nebraska, was found dead Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Hillsboro Police Department said in a news release.

  Raging Colorado wildfire forces evacuations

The Cameron Peak fire has been burning since Aug. 13. Stiff southwest winds sent that fire racing to the northeast.

Foot Locker stores to double as voter registration sites

The athletic retailer is joining forces with Rock the Vote to provide voter registration services.

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use.

  Pressure mounts on GOP senators over filling Ginsburg seat

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to rush a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as pressure mounted on senators to support or oppose a quick vote to fill the seat.

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

The new military branch, pushed by President Donald Trump, has provoked skepticism in Congress.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards

All the winners accepted their awards virtually in the pandemic-safe ceremony,

Deputies find 1 woman dead, 1 chained to bed at Texas home

Deputies determined the two victims cleaned houses for the suspect, who told them he had revealing photos of one of them.