Democrats set to unveil stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

House Democrats on Friday prepared a temporary spending bill that is needed to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month — and that would allow lawmakers to leave Washington to campaign.

  Officer stops to toss the football with boy playing catch by himself

  Trump and Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

  Firefighter dies battling wildfire sparked by gender reveal

  Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Cracker Barrel adds beer, mimosas to more locations

  Family of Maine couple asks public for cards to celebrate 65th anniversary

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  AP Exclusive: More migrant women say they didn’t OK surgery

  US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

  Texas teen goes viral after mom falls through ceiling during TikTok video

Walmart raising wages for about 165,000 workers

2 SC boys taken from foster care home, mother wanted for questioning

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

  America’s longest-living couple celebrates 85th wedding anniversary

In life, there’s something to be said for being agreeable. Each grew to love the passions of the other.

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

Why you shouldn’t book airfare in advance right now

Tropical Storm Wilfred forms, using last Atlantic storm name in record time

Pope seeks to ‘liberate’ Virgin Mary from the Mafia

Kremlin chafes at Navalny team taking suspected evidence

  Florida man survives alligator attack while walking dog

  Trump blasts lessons about racism and slavery, plans ‘patriotic education’ commission

During a Constitution Day speech at the National Archives museum, he blamed school curricula for inciting race-related protests.

Study: Ending census early will cost Florida, Montana seats

Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida and Montana congressional seats.

Blue Bell fined over $17 million for 2015 listeria outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries has been fined $17.25 million for criminal penalties linked to a 2015 listeria outbreak that killed three people.

Obesity among US adults hits all-time high, report says

The report also found that childhood obesity is on the rise.

  ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday on felony charges of production of child pornography.

‘Forrest Gump’ author Winston Groom dead at 77

Winston Groom, the author of the novel “Forrest Gump” that was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a pop cultural phenomenon, has died.

US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

Carnival Corporation cancels more cruises, plans to sell 18 ships

Carnival announced this week that Caribbean cruises are canceled through the end of January.

  At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response

For the first time since winning the nomination, Biden was to face live, unscripted questions from voters, with the coronavirus pandemic responsible for the unusual format of the CNN event: a drive-in of 35 cars parked outside PNC Field.

Volunteers needed for COVID-19 plasma trials at UC’s College of Medicine

The plasma treatment has been proven to be effective, but currently, the procedure is only done in hospitals, according to researchers.

  Gulf Coast braces for 2nd round of flooding in Sally’s wake

Homeowners and businesses along the soggy Gulf Coast began cleaning up Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Sally, even as the region braced for a delayed, second round of flooding in the coming days from rivers and creeks swollen by the storm’s heavy rains

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

  Ex-Pence adviser says Trump bungled virus; she’s for Biden

Olivia Troye is the latest former member of the Trump administration to speak out against him and urge voters to deny him a second term.

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

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Half million homes are gay marriages 5 years after ruling

Of the 980,000 same-sex couple households reported in 2019, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners, the survey showed.

  Justice Dept.: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence

The Trump administration has seized on the demonstrations and an aggressive federal response to showcase what the president says is his law-and-order prowess, claiming he’s countering rising crime in cities run by Democrats.

Survey: 63% of millennials, Gen Z unaware of key Holocaust facts

The first-ever 50 state survey on Holocaust knowledge among Americans within the millennial and Generation Z age groups revealed more than half of those who took part were unaware of key facts of the event.

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

  Barr under fire over comparison of virus lock-in to slavery

This is not the first occasion that Barr has condemned stay-at-home orders.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

Comey to testify before Senate panel weeks before election

Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, will be a featured witness in Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham’s investigation into the origins of the Justice Department’s Russia probe.

Navalny team alleges Novichok found in hotel water bottle

Members of his team accused the Kremlin of involvement in the poisoning, charges that Russian officials have vehemently denied.

Man of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ fame denied bail in terrorism case

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 25 years in prison. It is not clear when his trial will begin.

Caught on camera: Sanitation workers break it down to ‘Cupid Shuffle’

Three sanitation workers in Keansburg, New Jersey, bust a move while picking up the neighborhood trash.

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

Proposal would reduce FCS playoff field from 24 to 16 teams

The NCAA Division I Council has proposed a framework to conduct a season in the Football Championship Subdivision, with teams allowed to play up to 11 games from this fall into next spring and a playoff bracket reduced from 24 to 16 teams.

Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest

The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday.

First volume of Barack Obama’s memoir coming Nov. 17

The memoir is called “A Promised Land” and will cover his swift and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office.

  Trump store in Tenn. to become early voting location

The building owner says his lease is up Oct. 13. According to the Bradley County Election Commission, they will set up shop the very next day, on Oct. 14.

Chuck E. Cheese wants to destroy 7 billion prize tickets

Chuck E. Cheese has asked a bankruptcy court judge for permission to buy and destroy 7 billion prize tickets.

Seoul: N. Korea may conduct underwater-launched missile test

North Korea has been pushing hard to acquire the ability to launch missiles from submarines in what experts say is a worrying development because such weapons are difficult to detect before launch.

  August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

  Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett tie for top prize at ACMs

Carrie Underwood and Thomas Rhett seemed equally taken aback after host Keith Urban announced the tie at the awards show held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday.

Woman holds fatal stabbing suspect at gunpoint in Michigan

An 85-year-old man was stabbed to death inside a southern Michigan supermarket, but his attacker was unable to flee.

Maya Moore now wed, to wrongfully jailed man she helped free

Basketball star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the Missouri man she helped work to free from prison after a 22-year-old wrongful conviction.

Showdown set as US to declare UN sanctions on Iran are back

Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step.

  Barr takes aim at prosecutors inside his own Justice Dept.

Rejecting the notion that prosecutors should have final say in cases that they bring, Barr described them instead as part of the “permanent bureaucracy” and suggested they need to be supervised, and even reined in, by politically appointed leaders accountable to the president and Congress.

AT&T considers ads for cheaper phone bill

If the plan goes through, it could launch as early as next year.

  Fla. woman attacked, beaten in dispute over Walmart parking spot

The incident allegedly began when the suspects stole a parking space the victim had been waiting for.

  Trump says he can talk GOP into going for ‘larger’ virus aid

Trump is particularly focused on getting a second round of stimulus checks to Americans. But top Republicans are shrugging off the president's call and suggesting they are unwilling to push their offer much higher than $1 trillion.

Report: Feds considered using ‘heat ray’ on DC protesters

Law enforcement that night clubbed and punched protesters and unleashed mounted officers and chemical agents against them in one of the most controversial confrontations at the height of this year’s nationwide protests over the killing of Black people at the hands of police.

  At least 1 dead, hundreds rescued after Hurricane Sally

Sally was the second hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast in less than three weeks and the latest to blow in during one of the busiest hurricane seasons ever.

’That’s not like Amber:’ Family of Middletown woman missing since ’16 pushing for answers

The leads in Amber’s case have been few and far between, according to her brother.

  ‘Nothing left in the bucket’: Wildfire resources run thin

Heat, drought and a strategic decision to attack the flames early combined with the coronavirus to put a historically heavy burden on fire teams.

Trump not ready to OK TikTok deal, admits US won’t get cut

President Donald Trump said he expects to get a report Thursday about Oracle’s bid for the Chinese-owned video app TikTok.

Federal Reserve sees rates near zero at least through 2023

The Fed’s benchmark interest rate influences borrowing costs for homebuyers, credit card users, and businesses.

Sony’s new $500 PlayStation 5 will launch Nov. 12

The new consoles promise faster load times, souped up graphics and new games.

Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after all

Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday.

  VIDEO: Virginia bus passenger robbed while having heart attack; suspect in custody

Video footage shows a man robbing an unresponsive GRTC bus passenger who was having a heart attack.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

  Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

  More than 20 injured in crane accident in Austin, Texas

Austin-Travis County EMS spokesman Darren Noak said at a news conference that 22 workers were hurt, including 16 who were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates

Enshrinement at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August for those players selected.

Dismembered body parts found in suitcases in Illinois

Police say the man traveled more than 5 hours on a bus with the suitcases.

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

DPS Highway Patrol Troopers rescue 500th child during traffic stop

DPS Highway Patrol Troopers rescued the 500th child during a traffic stop since implementing specialized training through the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program.