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Sep 21, 2020

No crowds as Taj Mahal opens after longest shutdown
The iconic monument was closed in March to halt the spread of coronavirus.

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Sep 21, 2020

'Never be seen again': Where Confederate statues go after being taken from public spaces
More than 130 Confederate monuments and other historic statues were taken down across three dozen states amid a wave of protests and calls for racial justice over the past four months.

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Sep 21, 2020

US Supreme Court: Trump told Woodward judge appointments are 'golden nuggets'
The US president bragged about appointing judges, audio reveals, talking to journalist Bob Woodward.

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Sep 20, 2020

CDC says coronavirus spreads mainly in the air, through respiratory aerosols and droplets
In new guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the coronavirus spreads mainly through respiratory aerosols, small particles that apparently can remain suspended in the air and inhaled.

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Sep 20, 2020

Sen. John Barrasso calls for Trump, Senate to act fast on SCOTUS vacancy
GOP conference chair warns Schumer plans to 'blow up the Senate' if Dems take power.

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Sep 20, 2020

Solomon Islands: Men working for WW2 bomb clearing agency die in explosion
The men were working to help dispose of the many unexploded World War Two bombs on the islands.

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Sep 20, 2020

Drought-hit Mexicans assert demands that water sharing with U.S. ends
Protesters gathered on Sunday in drought-hit northern Mexico in an attempt to retain control of a dam key to government efforts to diffuse tensions over a water sharing pact with the United States. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has been working to maintain a good relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Friday that Mexico has to comply with its obligations. Under the 1944 treaty, Mexico must deliver 1,750,000 acre-feet of water to the United States over a five-year period.

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Sep 20, 2020

Nebraska man charged in protester's death dies by suicide
This is a joint investigation by The Daily Beast and the Dossier Center.Six men await trial in Moscow and Buenos Aires, charged with operating one of the craziest, most ambitious narco-trafficking rings in history. Russia's embassy in Argentina was the storage depot and Russian government transport was intended to move a cartel-sized consignment of virtually uncut cocaine from South America to Moscow. It was a transnational crime that astounded and confused the world, not least because authorities allege it was carried out by a small but resourceful cabal including one dirty embassy employee, one corrupt cop, and one charismatic chameleon who used some of the most secure Russian state real estate to store and smuggle $60 million worth of drugs. According to the official narrative, they did it all right under the noses of innocent diplomats and intelligence officers—and they would have gotten away with it without the plucky joint police work of Russian and Argentinian law enforcement. But what if that neat conclusion, which will soon be presented in court, is intentionally incomplete, a whitewash designed to protect more senior officials in the Russian government?The Daily Beast, in collaboration with the London-based Dossier Center, has obtained the documents from both the Russian and Argentinian investigations of the notorious 2018 cocaine bust, including hundreds of hours of telephone wiretap recordings, reams of witness and suspect interrogation transcripts, and

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Sep 20, 2020

New Zealand ends all pandemic restrictions outside main city of Auckland
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday lifted all coronavirus restrictions across the country, except in second-wave hotspot Auckland, as the number of new infections slowed to a trickle. "Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control," she told reporters in Auckland. New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have halted community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August prompted the government to place the city back in lockdown.

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Sep 20, 2020

Nebraska bar owner Jake Gardner, charged in fatal shooting of unarmed Black protester, dies by suicide, attorney says
Jake Gardner was facing manslaughter and other charges in the fatal shooting of James Scurlock on May 30 during protests in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Sep 20, 2020

Lost whale swims free from crocodile-infested river in Australia
A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East Alligator River in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with little visibility. The last of the trio managed to navigate its way through shallow channels at the broad river mouth and back into Van Diemen Gulf over the weekend, Kakadu National Park manager Feach Moyle said. "It made its way out on the high tides and we're pleased it appeared to be in good condition and not suffering any ill effects," Moyle said in a statement. Humpbacks follow the western Australian coast in their annual migration from the tropics to Antarctica. A group of recreational sailors first spotted the lost trio on Sept. 2 more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the river mouth. Two of the whales had disappeared before wildlife authorities arrived a week later. Northern Territory government whale and dolphin scientist Carol Palmer said it was a mystery why a whale would stray so far up a shallow river full of crocodiles. "It could have been chased up by some big sharks or maybe it was just a wrong turn," Palmer said. Despite the river's name, there are no alligators in Australia. It was named after the river's many crocodiles by European explorers who apparently couldn't tell the difference. Authoriti

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Sep 20, 2020

Sisters left heartbroken after Houston doctor dies of COVID-19
"What started as intense flu-like symptoms escalated within the week to a hospital stay," said her family.

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Sep 20, 2020

Egypt discovers 14 ancient sarcophagi at Saqqara
Egypt's antiquities ministry announced Sunday the discovery of 14 sarcophagi in the Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo that had lain buried for 2,500 years.

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Sep 20, 2020

Satellite achieves sharp-eyed view of methane
A Canadian company debuts a powerful new capability to monitor the potent greenhouse gas.

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Sep 20, 2020

Biden warns GOP that confirming Supreme Court justice would push U.S. 'deeper into the abyss'
Biden pleaded with Republican senators to not push a nominee through, saying such an action would push the country "deeper into the abyss."

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Sep 20, 2020

Trump weighs three women for high court; all would push the law to the right
Three deeply conservative women judges have emerged as President Trump's short list to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

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Sep 20, 2020

Why Trump could possibly end up "behind bars" if he loses
Journalist Jeff Wise examines the type of prosecutions that Trump could face if he loses the presidential election

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Sep 20, 2020

'Follow your conscience': Biden implores Senate Republicans to wait on election to fill Ginsburg seat
A Trump campaign spokesman said picking Ruth Bader Ginsburg's successor was Trump's prerogative, regardless of the timing.

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Sep 20, 2020

DeKalb school board member accused of making racist remarks
Joyce Morley, a DeKalb County school board member, said those accusing her of making racially insensitive comments during a recent meeting are mishearing what she actually said. During an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday, Morley explained that video from the emotionally-charged board meeting shows her saying the word "rights" and not "whites" when discussing the school district's plans to reopen schools. During the Monday meeting in question, Cheryl Watson-Harris, DeKalb schools superintendent proposed that students and staff return to in-person learning as early as October, but on a part-time basis.

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Sep 20, 2020

‘Horrific act of violence': Rochester, New York, grieves for 2 students killed in mass shooting that injured 14 others
The shooting that left 2 people dead and 14 others injured brought further tumult to a city already gripped by civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sep 20, 2020

A Louisville judge ordered the federal courthouse to close as officials are expected to announce a decision in Breonna Taylor investigation
The courthouse is reportedly among several Louisville buildings federal officials requested closed to prepare for the "possibility of civil backlash."

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Sep 20, 2020

National Foundation for Gun Rights raises $50K to 'support' Kenosha shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse
The National Foundation for Gun Rights believes Kyle Rittenhouse was defending "himself and business owners" when he fatally shot two people.

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Sep 20, 2020

Biden warns confirming Supreme Court justice before election would cause ‘irreversible damage' and promises to nominate a Black woman if he wins
'Last thing we need is to add is a constitutional crisis that plunges us deeper into the abyss, deeper into the darkness'

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Sep 20, 2020

Republican victory in Supreme Court battle could mean millions lose health insurance in the middle of a pandemic
‘Healthcare in this country hangs in the balance,' Joe Biden warns as GOP tries to put sixth conservative on high court

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Sep 20, 2020

I. Coast tensions flare as candidate urges 'civil disobedience'
Tensions ratcheted up over Ivory Coast's presidential race on Sunday when former president Konan Bedie called for "civil disobedience" in response to Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term at the helm of the West African country.

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Sep 20, 2020

Thousands protest Netanyahu; many ignore Israeli virus rules
Thousands of Israelis resumed their weekly protest Sunday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in central Jerusalem, despite a new nationwide lockdown order aimed at curbing a raging coronavirus outbreak. An exception allowing people to hold public demonstrations was included in the three-week lockdown imposed last Friday. Thousands of Israelis have participated in the protests throughout the summer, calling on Netanyahu to resign while he is on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of bungling the country's coronavirus crisis.

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Sep 20, 2020

Hundreds of 'Arizona Republicans for Biden' signs have been stolen and vandalized across the state where poll shows Trump and Biden neck and neck
The signs had been displayed over the summer by a political action committee called "Arizona Republicans Who Believe In Treating Others With Respect."

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Sep 20, 2020

Portland protesters reportedly faced tear gas after the city's mayor banned the local police department from using it
Both the Portland Police Bureau and Mayor Ted Wheeler denied using tear gas against protesters after Wheeler's order to ban it.

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Sep 20, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rights
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a legal pioneer for gender equality who became the second woman to serve on the high court.

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Sep 20, 2020

Florida bar owner prohibits patrons from wearing masks
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gary Kirby, the owner of Westside Sports Bar and Lounge in West Melbourne, Florida started banning masks on September 11. Taking a hard stand against customers wearing face coverings inside his business, Kirby placed a sign on his door that prohibits masks upon entry. Residents of West Melbourne, which is in Brevard County, are encouraged to wear a mask and follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations, Don Walker, the communications director for Brevard County told Fox News.

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Sep 20, 2020

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have your data. Why not China-owned ByteDance's TikTok?
The Trump administration says it's banning TikTok because the data collected from American users could be accessed by the Chinese government.

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Sep 20, 2020

Boss lures maids to home, chains 1 to bed; other dies trying to escape, TX cops say
The man told one of the women he had inappropriate photos of her, police say.

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Sep 20, 2020

McConnell locks down key Republican votes for Supreme Court fight
Sen. Lamar Alexander said he supported a vote on a nominee, hours after Lisa Murkowski became the second GOP senator to oppose the majority leader's effort.

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Sep 20, 2020

US town hopes herd of goats will protect against wildfires
An Oregon town has recruited a herd of goats to head off the risk of another wildfire. According to the latest estimate, more than 938,000 acres of land were destroyed by the blazes which swept through the state in the north-west of the US. Forest City, a town with around 25,000 inhabitants 25 miles west of Portland, is taking drastic measures to ensure it does not suffer the same fate as other parts of the state. The 230 goats are set to start work this week, chomping through the vegetation in a 14-acre grove which has been earmarked for use as a city park. They have been hired from a company called Healing Hooves, based in Washington State which rents out its goats to landowners in the region. Renting the goats costs around $800 (£489) a day, not counting the costs of transportation. The animals are corralled by an electric fence. The goats are marshalled by Craig Madsen, who has been going the work for more than 18 years. As fires raged across California and Oregon, Donald Trump said poor land management by local authorities was to blame for the spread of the flames. Ecologists believe removing excess vegetation, especially near power lines and timber, is one way of minimising the risk of a catastrophic wildfire. Mr Madsen believes his herd of goats can clear an acre of brush in about a day and a half. The terrain at Forest City is ideal for his team. "Some of the grove backs onto people's yards. It's pretty steep, but goats don't mind fences and slopes," Mr Madsen told the Telegraph. "They chew up the undergrowth and if i

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Sep 20, 2020

‘Desperate people' poach starfish, mussels from California tide pools, officials say
Now 45 people face charges for damaging the fragile tide pool ecosystem.

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Sep 20, 2020

British bomb disposal expert dies in explosion on Solomon Islands
A British bomb disposal expert has been killed in an explosion in the Solomon Islands. Luke Atkinson, 57, was working for Norwegian People's Aid, an 81-year-old humanitarian organisation, specialising in mine disposal and relief aid. Mr Atkinson, from London, was a programme manager working on creating a database of unexploded ordnance, dating back to the Second World War. Trent Lee, an Australian in his 40s who was a chemical weapons adviser, was also killed. Police are working overnight to clear the site of the explosion in a residential area of Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital. The blast could reportedly be heard three miles away, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. "Explosives ordinance disposal officers will have to render the scene safe before forensics and other investigators access the scene to find out what happened," Inspector Clifford Tunuki said. According to ABC, investigators are trying to ascertain why the explosives were taken to a flat, which serves as the project office. The Solomon Islands, which was a major battleground in the war, is strewn with unexploded ordnance and workers have been trying to clear the site ahead of the 2023 Pacific Games. "There is a worldwide problem with the remnants of war all kinds of munition are left after conflict and it takes a tremendous toll on societies," Per Nergaard, the deputy general secretary of Norwegian People's Aid, told the Telegraph. "We have been doing for the last 25 years. We are among the largest in the humanitarian fie

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Sep 20, 2020

Spirit Airlines reiterates mask policy, CDC standards after passenger refuses to swap gaiter
Spirit Airlines reiterates its policy for wearing only CDC-approved masks during the COVID-19 pandemic after a passenger insists on wearing a gaiter.

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Sep 20, 2020

Bahrain says foiled 'terrorist attack' backed by Iran in early 2020
The shooting that left 2 people dead and 14 others injured brought further tumult to a city already gripped by civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sep 20, 2020

Finnish cruise ship evacuated after running aground in Baltic sea
A Finnish passenger cruise ship was evacuated on Sunday after it ran aground off the island of Aland in the Baltic Sea, the cruise line and emergency services said Sunday.

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Sep 20, 2020

Maryland congressional candidate Kim Klacik accuses ‘The View's' Joy Behar of wearing blackface
Things got tense on the latest episode of ABC's "The View" when a Black Republican candidate for the U.S. House accused one a co-host of wearing blackface. Kim Klacik, who is running to represent Maryland's 7th Congressional District that includes part of Baltimore, got into a heated exchange with the group of women hosts after she lodged the claim against Joy Behar. The late Elijah Cummings represented the district from 1996 to 2019.

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Sep 20, 2020

A Vermont grocery store worker was fired after stopping a purse snatcher who stole from an elderly woman
Amir Shedyak, a grocery store employee, told local news that he was fired after trying to stop a purse snatcher during a shift in August.

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Sep 20, 2020

Parent outrage over SNP plan to cut back next year's Scottish exams
John Swinney has been warned against inflicting "even more damage" on Scotland's pupils after it emerged he is planning to scale back next year's exams. Mr Swinney is expected to cancel next year's National 5 exams, with around 80,000 pupils awarded their certificates on the basis of coursework only. The Deputy First Minister is also considering plans to scale back Highers, the gold standard of the Scottish education system, basing them on a shorter school year with fewer areas of some subjects being covered. But parents' group Us For Them Scotland, which helped force Mr Swinney into a U-turn on reopening schools, said children could not afford to have "their exams disrupted again." In a letter to the Education Secretary, the group said it was unfair to leave them "hanging this way" and urged to make an "unequivocal statement" the 2021 exam diet will go ahead as normal. The Scottish Tories said Mr Swinney's "plan A" must be to press ahead with the exams and "exhaust all avenues before scrapping them." Mr Swinney is expected to outline his plans before the October school holidays, which starts in three weeks, but the Conservatives urged him to make an urgent Holyrood statement.

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Sep 20, 2020

Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks for a bike rally weeks after a similar event in Sturgis was linked to COVID-19 cases in 8 states
Lake Ozark Mayor Gerry Murawski said last week that he didn't expect motorcyclists to wear masks to Bikefest because "that's just the way they are."

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Sep 20, 2020

Trump tells supporters 'you'll never see me again' if he loses to Biden
Trump made similar remarks in 2016, saying, "I don't think I'm going to lose, but if I do, I don't think you're ever going to see me again."

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Sep 20, 2020

Trump asked a group of women at his campaign rally if their husbands 'are okay' with their attendance
The remarks came as President Trump promised to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.

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Sep 20, 2020

Pelosi won't rule out new impeachment to delay Supreme Court vote if Biden wins
"Well, we have our options," Pelosi told ABC's "This Week." "We have arrows in our quiver that I'm not about to discuss right now."

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Sep 20, 2020

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return
Students in Iowa's largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic. Des Moines school officials have repeatedly refused to abide by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds' order requiring the state's 327 school districts to hold at least half their classes in-person rather than online. For Des Moines, it's a question of trying to keep its more than 33,000 students and 5,000 staffers from contracting the disease.

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Sep 20, 2020

Sixty-nine percent of Americans have no confidence in Trump on coronavirus vaccine, poll reveals
Two-thirds of Americans say they are likely to get coronavirus vaccine

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Sep 20, 2020

Subway train derails in Manhattan after striking debris on track
A train derailed after coming into contact with debris on the roadbed as it was pulling into a subway station in Manhattan Sunday morning, according to the MTA.

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Sep 20, 2020

Why thousands of starfish washed up on Florida's Navarre Beach after Hurricane Sally
Thousands of starfish washed up on Navarre Beach after Hurricane Sally, a grim parting gift from the tropical cyclone that devastated the Florida Panhandle earlier this week.

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Sep 20, 2020

Army's New Target Tracking System Aims to Quicken Artillery Kills
Test teams of soldiers will attempt to reduce the time it takes to see and hit targets to less than 20 seconds.

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Sep 20, 2020

Trump supporters staged a rally at a Virginia polling center during early voting, intimidating voters, election officials say
An election official said that voters had been escorted into the polling center because they felt intimidated by protesters, who had gathered outside.

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Sep 20, 2020

After a tumultuous month of news, Biden maintains national lead over Trump
Biden leads by 8 among registered voters in the newest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

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Sep 20, 2020

Trump calls himself ‘Donald Prump', gives himself ‘D' for coronavirus response and appears to admit trying to blackmail Oracle
As American virus deaths near 200,000, president praises his ‘D grade' pandemic response

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Sep 20, 2020

Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83
Robert W. Gore's invention has been used in space suits, guitar strings and waterproof jackets.

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Sep 20, 2020

US sends armoured vehicles to Syria as UN urges Turkey to probe militia's human rights abuses
The US military has sent half a dozen armored vehicles on a 90-day mission to reinforce its troops in eastern Syria, less than a month after four US soldiers were injured during an altercation with Russian troops in the area. The military said fewer than 100 soldiers would accompany the vehicles. There are currently less than 1,000 US troops in Syria, a number that has remained approximately the same since the end of the US military offensive that deprived the Islamic State [IS] of most of the territory in Syria. Russia has deployed military forces to Syria in support of the Syrian regime, while US troops conduct joint patrols and operations with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia it backed in 2015 to fight against IS. The US and Russia have previously clashed with each other in Syria, such as a 2017 incident that led to the deaths of around 300 Russian military contractors. "The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary," said Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US military's Central Command. Also on Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Turkey to investigate war crimes committed by groups it backs in northern Syria. Turkey began launching major military operations in 2016 in order to remove Syrian Kurdish militia groups, including the US-supported SDF, from areas they controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border.

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Sep 20, 2020

Czech government could declare coronavirus state of emergency, says minister
The Czech government could declare a state of emergency if a recent spike in coronavirus cases continues in the coming days, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said. The Czech Republic's daily count of new coronavirus cases has reached record highs in recent days and the country of 10.7 million had reported a total of 48,306 cases as of Saturday, Health Ministry data showed. "Should we need to have some deeper measures (against the epidemic), then the emergency state will be necessary," Vojtech said in a televised debate on Sunday.

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Sep 20, 2020

A 'patriotic' bipartisan presidential ticket determined by a coin flip demands to be taken seriously
"Unity 2020" is an "intellectual dark web" star's plan to win the presidency and unite the country. But it has no candidates or ballot access.

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Sep 20, 2020

Abbey service, flypast mark 80 years since Battle of Britain
Military jets flew over central London and a memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a major air campaign against Nazi Germany during World War II. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led the service, which was attended by under 100 guests — a much smaller audience compared to the 2,000 people usually invited to the annual event — to allow for social distancing. In a speech, Air Vice Marshal John Ellis honored public health workers in their fight "against an invisible army" as he compared the Battle of Britain with the country's current battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sep 20, 2020

Don't be a hypocrite, Sen. Rubio, reject push to replace Ginsburg before election | Editorial
WSJ Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin on the possible election outcomes that could impact the future of the Supreme Court.

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Sep 20, 2020

Letters to the Editor: These Californians are having issues with USPS — and it's making them worried about the election
'The system is broken and we know why.'

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Sep 20, 2020

Analysis: US to hit 200K dead; Trump sees no need for regret
As the coronavirus pandemic began bearing down on the United States in March, President Donald Trump set out his expectations. If the U.S. could keep the death toll between 100,000 to 200,000 people, Trump said, it would indicate that his administration had "done a very good job."

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Sep 20, 2020

Far-right conspiracy theorists say 94% of US COVID-19 deaths don't count because those Americans had underlying conditions. That's bogus.
In August, the CDC reported that 94% of Americans who died of COVID-19 had underlying conditions. But that doesn't mean the virus only killed 6%.

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Sep 20, 2020

Recipe: Bobby Flay's Salisbury Steak
The chef and restaurateur demonstrates for "Sunday Morning" viewers his rendition of a classic ground-beef-and-gravy dish

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Sep 20, 2020

Aid groups call Italy's blockade of rescue ship 'political'
The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch on Sunday condemned as politically motivated the blockade of its ship in the Sicilian port of Palermo by Italian authorities after an 11-hour inspection. It is the fifth rescue ship blocked by Italian authorities in as many months. The Sea-Watch 4 is operated by four humanitarian groups, including Sea-Watch and Doctors Without Borders.

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Sep 20, 2020

Tropical Storm Beta's rain impacts begin today
Tropical Storm Beta is moving towards the Texas coast and rain bands are likely today.

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Sep 20, 2020

Three dead after rare Mediterranean storm batters Greece
Three people have died after Cyclone Ianos, a rare storm known as a medicane, battered Greece, flooding streets and homes, Greek authorities said on Sunday. Ianos uprooted trees and caused power cuts on the Ionian islands and the western Peloponnese. It swept through central Greece on Saturday, hitting the cities of Karditsa and Farsala before it moved south to the island of Crete.

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Sep 20, 2020

Op-Ed: California finally sweeps away most of its tributes to the Confederacy. What took so long?
California once had far more Confederate monuments and place names than any state outside the South. Most have been removed.

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Sep 20, 2020

These Confederate statues were removed. But where did they go?
More than 130 Confederate monuments and other historic statues were taken down across three dozen states amid a wave of protests and calls for racial justice over the past four months.

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Sep 20, 2020

Puerto Rico sees more pain, little progress 3 years after Hurricane Maria
"I can tell you that Puerto Rico's recovery, if it can be called that, didn't come thanks to the government," said a community social worker on the island.

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Sep 20, 2020

China's ByteDance seeks $60 billion TikTok valuation in U.S. deal: Bloomberg News
Oracle will take a 12.5% stake in TikTok Global and store all its U.S. user data in its cloud to comply with U.S. national security requirements, the companies said on Saturday. Retail giant Walmart said it would take a 7.5% stake.

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Sep 20, 2020

Did Russian Spies Use Diplomatic Cover to Run a Global Cocaine-Smuggling Operation?
This is a joint investigation by The Daily Beast and the Dossier Center.Six men await trial in Moscow and Buenos Aires, charged with operating one of the craziest, most ambitious narco-trafficking rings in history. Russia's embassy in Argentina was the storage depot and Russian government transport was intended to move a cartel-sized consignment of virtually uncut cocaine from South America to Moscow. It was a transnational crime that astounded and confused the world, not least because authorities allege it was carried out by a small but resourceful cabal including one dirty embassy employee, one corrupt cop, and one charismatic chameleon who used some of the most secure Russian state real estate to store and smuggle $60 million worth of drugs. According to the official narrative, they did it all right under the noses of innocent diplomats and intelligence officers—and they would have gotten away with it without the plucky joint police work of Russian and Argentinian law enforcement. But what if that neat conclusion, which will soon be presented in court, is intentionally incomplete, a whitewash designed to protect more senior officials in the Russian government?The Daily Beast, in collaboration with the London-based Dossier Center, has obtained the documents from both the Russian and Argentinian investigations of the notorious 2018 cocaine bust, including hundreds of hours of telephone wiretap recordings, reams of witness and suspect interrogation transcripts, and

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Sep 20, 2020

Meet Brock Pierce, the Presidential Candidate With Ties to Pedophiles Who Wants to End Human Trafficking
In the trailer for First Kid, the forgettable 1996 comedy about a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president's son, the title character, played by a teenage Brock Pierce, describes himself as "definitely the most powerful kid in the universe." Now, the former child star is running to be the most powerful man in the world, as an Independent candidate for President of the United States. Before First Kid, the Minnesota-born actor secured roles in a series of PG-rated comedies, playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks, before graduating to smaller parts in movies like Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. When his screen time shrunk, Pierce retired from acting for a real executive role: co-founding the video production start-up Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) alongside businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At age 17, Pierce served as its vice president, taking in a base salary of $250,000.DEN became "the poster child for dot-com excesses," raising more than $60 million in seed investments and plotting a $75 million IPO. But it turned into a shorthand for something else when, in October of 1999, the three co-founders suddenly resigned. That month, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging Collins-Rector had molested him for three years beginning when he was 13 years old. The following summer, three teens filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against Pierce, Collins-Rector, and their third co-founder, Chad Shackley. The

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Sep 20, 2020

The ban on TikTok downloads has been postponed by one week after Trump gave his 'blessing' to a deal with Oracle and Walmart
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement the deadline for the ban has been moved to September 27 due to "recent positive developments."

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Sep 20, 2020

Five civilians injured in Houthi attack on Jazan: Saudi state news agency
Nancy Troche Garcia, 28, was last seen in Asheboro, North Carolina on May 20, 2018, when she dropped her baby off with the baby's father. She then reportedly went to the father's sister's house nearby and asked her if she would help care for the baby since she would be traveling to Mexico to care for her sick mother. But her mother told police that she was not sick and there were no plans for Nancy to come to Mexico. Nancy's burgundy 2001 Chevy Impala is also missing. The Asheboro Police

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Sep 20, 2020

Kids in the UK are now spending more money on 'Fortnite' and 'Roblox' than candy and books
Pocket money app RoosterMoney said video games "Fortnite" and "Roblox" top the pocket money charts. Kids are also saving 14% more than last year.

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Sep 20, 2020

Taiwan president says has no plans to talk to Japan's new PM
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that there was no plan for her talk by telephone with new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, after a Japanese envoy had told Tsai that Suga might be open to it, prompting concern in Beijing. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has close cultural and historic ties with Japan, though Japan, like most countries, recognises China's government in Beijing, not Taiwan's.

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Sep 20, 2020

Thailand protests: Activists challenge monarchy by laying 'People's Plaque'
Protesters cement a "People's Plaque" in a park and march in Bangkok calling for political reforms.

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Sep 20, 2020

AP PHOTOS: Elderly protesters defy Belarus' strongman
Thousands of protesters who have flooded Belarusian cities for six weeks of demonstrations to demand an end to the 26-year rule of the country's authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko include people of all ages, professions and social groups. While younger people make up the bulk of the protests pushing for Lukashenko's resignation after the Aug. 9 vote that the opposition sees as rigged, many retirees also have joined the daily demonstrations. The 73-year-old former geologist has become one of the most recognizable faces of Belarus protests, fearlessly waving a huge red-and-white opposition flag in front of riot police.

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Sep 20, 2020

Desert communities told to evacuate as winds stoke flames
Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating the death of a firefighter on the lines of another Southern California wildfire that erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby's gender. The death occurred Thursday in San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

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Sep 20, 2020

India's coronavirus infections surge to 5.4 million
India's coronavirus case tally surged to 5.4 million as it added 92,605 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Sunday. The country has posted the highest single-day caseload in the world since early August, and lags behind only the United States, which has 6.7 million cases in terms of total infections. A total of 1,113 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said, taking mortalities to 86,752, which is a relatively low 1.6% of all cases.

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Sep 19, 2020

An elementary school teacher asked parents to wear clothes and avoid appearing with 'big joints' in the background of Zoom classes
"This is not a party. This is a school," Edith Pride, an elementary school teacher in Boca Raton, Florida, reminded parents.

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Sep 19, 2020

'A perfect storm': Why a California wildfire continues to elude firefighters
"It's been a stressful week," said Monrovia resident Anna Howie. "I don't think I've gotten three or four hours of sleep each night."

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Sep 19, 2020

Tropical Storm Beta remains at a standstill in Gulf Coast; Hurricane Teddy expected to grow, aims for Bermuda
Taiwan's air force scrambled jets for a second consecutive day on Saturday as multiple Chinese aircraft approached the island and crossed the sensitive midline of the Taiwan Strait, with the island's government urging Beijing to "pull back from the edge." Taiwan's Defence Ministry said 19 Chinese aircraft were involved, one more than in the previous day, with some crossing the Taiwan Strait midline and others flying into Taiwan's air defence identification zone off its southwest coast. It said China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own territory, sent 12 J-16 fighters, two J-10 fighters, two J-11 fighters, two H-6 bombers and one Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft.

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Sep 19, 2020

Coronavirus updates: US borders with Canada, Mexico to remain closed; almost 200,000 people have died in the US
U.S. has almost confirmed 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 as several states hit peaks in cases. Latest coronavirus news.

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Sep 19, 2020

Rare conjoined twins, born locked in embrace, successfully separated in Michigan
Sarabeth and Amelia Irwin are believed to be the first set of conjoined twins in Michigan to be successfully separated.

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Sep 19, 2020

News Analysis: Justice Ginsburg's successor could push the Supreme Court to end abortion rights and Obamacare
Democrats could win the election and lose the Supreme Court for a generation

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Sep 19, 2020

Tropical Storm Beta expected to slowly drift toward Texas coast; recovery from Sally continues
As Pensacola copes with effects of Sally, three storms are active in an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.

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Sep 19, 2020

Resisting control: Spot fire crosses river, forces evacuations
Fire crews are having trouble getting a handle on the wildfire burning in three Northern California counties. Overnight, crews said a spot fire near Forbestown crossed the south fork of the Feather River -- burning about 400 acres. That prompted the Yuba County Sheriff's Office to issue a "re-notification" of mandatory evacuation orders. It said the fire situation outside Yuba County's northwest border is unstable and continues to creep closer to neighboring communities. During its most recent briefing on this portion of the fire, Cal Fire said the flames that jumped the south fork of the Feather River were "resisting control" and that their focus Saturday would be attacking that spot fire. Watch the video in the player above to hear from people feeling the impact of the fire and the ongoing evacuation orders in place.

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Sep 19, 2020

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement. Here are the members up for reelection
China said Saturday it had launched a mechanism enabling it to restrict foreign entities, a much-anticipated move seen as retaliation to US penalties against Chinese companies such as telecom giant Huawei.

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Sep 19, 2020

Trump eyes Cuban American judge from Florida for Supreme Court
Barbara Lagoa would bring lengthy judicial experience and two potential political benefits: She is a Cuban American from a battleground state.

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Sep 19, 2020

Louisville federal buildings close as city awaits state findings on Breonna Taylor
Federal officials have not announced why at least two buildings are closing to the public, but there is anticipation of a possible announcement on the Breonna Taylor investigation.

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Sep 19, 2020

Trump has approved a deal between Walmart, Oracle and TikTok so the app won't be banned
The new company will be called TikTok, and it would be headquartered in Texas.

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Sep 19, 2020

Opinion: Ruth Bader Ginsburg protected your abortion rights. Be afraid now that she's gone
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fearless fighter for abortion rights.

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Sep 19, 2020

‘Extremely unlikely' new SCOTUS justice could be confirmed before election: Expert
WSJ Supreme Court correspondent Jess Bravin on the possible election outcomes that could impact the future of the Supreme Court.

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Sep 19, 2020

TS Warning issued for Houston as Beta turns west
We'll enjoy some fantastic weather Saturday ahead of impacts from Tropical Storm Beta.

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Sep 19, 2020

Tropical Storm Beta, currently standing still in the Gulf of Mexico, expected to hit Texas coast
As Pensacola copes with effects of Sally, three storms are active in an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.

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Sep 19, 2020

Ginsburg's death on Rosh Hashanah especially significant for some Jewish Americans
Just as many Jews in the United States were sitting down to a post-sunset Rosh Hashanah dinner on Friday, preparing to dip apples in honey to signal the sweetness of the year to come, news came of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. Ginsburg, the first female Jewish member of the U.S. Supreme Court, died on one of the holiest days in Judaism, as many of the country's nearly six million Jews welcomed the new year 5781, based on the Hebrew calendar. "I heard of Ruth's death while I was reciting the Mourner's Kaddish at the Rosh Hashanah service," fellow Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said in a statement, referring to a prayer in memory of the dead.

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Sep 19, 2020

A Mark Kelly win in Ariz. Senate race could spoil McConnell's plans to replace Ginsburg
If he's victorious Nov. 3, the Democrat, former astronaut and husband of Gabby Giffords might take office in time for the vote.

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Sep 19, 2020

Justice Ginsburg saw raw racism and sex discrimination long before she joined the court
Our Supreme Court reporter recalls the private side of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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