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Morgan Stanley to cover tuition for 60 students at three HBCUs

The financial giant announced the $12 million academic program this week.

California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

Judge dismisses 1 charge against former police officer in Floyd’s death

Weakened Hurricane Epsilon skirting just east of Bermuda

  US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

Consumers plan to spend less this holiday season

Epstein ex Maxwell denied getting Prince Andrew sex partners

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Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

Chick-fil-A will sell its sauces in stores soon

Men charged with performing illegal castration in Oklahoma

  Trump posts ‘60 Minutes’ interview before it airs

FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

Visits with Santa go virtual this year

  GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

  Tenant claims Colorado landlord sent letter saying rent may double if Biden wins election

A Colorado landlord is accused of penning a letter to his tenants saying he will double the rent if Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins the presidential election, and some who live in the trailer park are calling it voter suppression.

Santa Claus won’t be coming to Macy’s this year

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

Elton John has his own Barbie doll

  Plot thickens over origins of pope’s civil union endorsement

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

  US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

Wendy’s releases new chicken sandwich

It replaces Wendy’s Homestyle Chicken Sandwich, which was on Wendy’s menu for at least a decade.

Time replaces logo on magazine cover with ‘Vote’

The double edition is filled with articles and editorials related to the election and its implications.

Study: Baby bottles can shed plastic particles

A new study indicates that microplastics can seep out of a heated plastic baby bottle.

‘Battleground States’ channel highlights local presidential election coverage

Battleground States is a 24/7 video channel filled with local news segments and campaign events, including stories from presidential election swing states.

  Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

The pandemic has created a new need for socially distanced voting locations, as well as a unique opportunity with venues idled after games and other events were canceled.

Edward Snowden gains permanent residency in Russia

Snowden is a former NSA contractor who fled the U.S. to avoid prosecution after allegedly publicly disclosing classified information in 2013.

  Remains found in search for 1921 Tulsa race massacre victims

At least 10 bodies were found Wednesday in an unmarked mass grave at a Tulsa cemetery where investigators are searching for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, Oklahoma’s state archaeologist said.

  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.

  Anonymous woman pays off day’s worth of birthday cakes in memory of son

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she "wanted to spread positivity" after losing her son about a year ago.

  In pitch for Biden, Obama urges voters to cast Trump out

Obama's visit underscores the significance of Pennsylvania, the swing state Biden himself has visited the most this campaign.

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

The victim told investigators the abuse dates all the way back to June.

  US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

The allegations underscored the U.S. government's concern about efforts by foreign countries to influence the election by spreading false information.

  Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden eyes Obama boost

As Trump was on the road, Biden was meeting at his lakeside home in Wilmington, Delaware, with senior adviser Ron Klain, who is in charge of debate preparation.

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

The Senate is planning a rare weekend session to push the nominee toward confirmation on Monday.

  US spacecraft touches asteroid for rare rubble grab

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft will attempt to descend to the boulder-packed surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday and snatch a handful of rubble.

James Randi, dazzling magician and skeptic, dies at 92

The Florida-based James Randi Educational Foundation announced its founder died Tuesday at 92

Major Hurricane Epsilon: Tropical storm warning for Bermuda

Hurricane Epsilon, the 10th of this very busy Atlantic season, was moving toward Bermuda on Wednesday.

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

An obituary for a Minneapolis-area woman who died at age 93 included one specific request for her mourners: Do not vote for Donald Trump.

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

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

  Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill have taken a modest step forward, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump’s most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House not to move ahead right now.

Ohio sheriff offers one-way ticket for celebrities who ‘would like to leave’ the US if President Trump is re-elected

An outspoken Ohio sheriff is responding to the election-time trend of celebrities threatening to move out of the country if the candidate of their choosing is not elected.

An electric Hummer? Battery-powered trucks head to showrooms

Seven auto companies have plans to roll out new battery-powered pickup trucks over the next two years, aiming to cash in on a popular and lucrative market for expensive vehicles.

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

The scene in a New York hotel room in July is broken up when Baron Cohen, as his fictional journalist character Borat, bursts into the room screaming at Giuliani.

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

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff.

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

A lawyer representing a television station security guard who shot and killed a demonstrator following opposing right- and left-leaning rallies says there was “obvious evidence of self-defense.”

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

Multiple vaccine candidates are in final-stage studies in tens of thousands of adults, and scientists are hopeful that the next few months will bring evidence that at least some of them are safe and effective enough for widespread use.

  Man accused of threatening Biden, Harris in note to neighbor

A Maryland man was charged Wednesday with making death threats against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in a letter left on the doorstep of a neighbor who had yard signs supporting the candidates.

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

The Tallahassee Police Department says the woman accused in the death of a 3-year-old boy hit him repeatedly with a tire iron.

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

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

  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.

Campaign representatives speak about Trump, Harris visits to North Carolina

In less than 24 hours, both President Donald Trump and Senator Kamala Harris will be in North Carolina campaigning as election day looms.

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.

  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.