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Wichita police officer arrested, accused of stalking woman

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer has been arrested and faces a misdemeanor charge of stalking a woman he knew. Officer Ryan Jones was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail Tuesday evening following an investigation, the Wichita Police...

 

Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would "transition" away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. "I would...

 

Washington state discovers first 'murder hornet' nest in US

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said. After weeks of searching, the agency...

 

White House Halloween event Sunday tweaked for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ghosts, goblins and other costumed kids are welcome to trick or treat at the White House on Sunday during a Halloween event that has been rejiggered to include coronavirus precautions. The gates to the South Lawn will be opened...

 

California prosecutors again seek death for Scott Peterson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Friday they again will seek the death penalty for Scott Peterson even as a county judge considers throwing out his conviction for murdering his pregnant wife because of juror misconduct during a...

 

Hospitalization data flawed in Missouri, perhaps elsewhere

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — With the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization rising at alarming levels, Missouri and perhaps a handful of other states are unable to post accurate data on COVID-19 dashboards because of a flaw in the...

 

Virus hospitalizations reach 1,000 in NY, highest since June

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in New York because of the coronavirus has climbed back over 1,000, officials said Friday, a figure that has increased in the last month but is still far below the peak level of the spring. Gov....

 

Report: Ransomware disables Georgia county election database

A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots. It is the first reported case of a ransomware attack affecting an...

 

Utah Legislature to use COVID-19 rapid testing for lawmakers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in Utah have added safety precautions in preparation to hold the 2021 Legislative session in-person, which is set to begin in January. House of Representatives and Senate leaders plan to implement daily, rapid...

 

Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease's grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the...

 

An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new guidance clarifying what exactly "close contact" means when...

 

Parties' late spending on Senate races shows GOP's jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are unleashing millions in eleventh-hour spending to contest Senate seats in states that read like a list of reliable GOP strongholds: Alaska. Arizona. Georgia. Iowa. Kansas. Montana. South Carolina. Texa...

 

Top Trump adviser wants more nations to field asylum claims

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's top priorities on immigration if he wins a second term would be to use agreements with Central American governments as models to get countries around the world to field asylum claims from people...

 

US grants broadband licenses to Native American tribes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has granted broadcast licenses ideal for high-speed wireless internet to rural tribal governments in New Mexico, Arizona and elsewhere. The 2.5 GHz licenses have been granted to 154...

 

Family of slain Utah college student confronts her killer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Family members of a Utah college student who was found strangled and burned last year following a search for her that captured the nation's attention called the man who pleaded guilty to her murder a "monster" Friday as they...

 

Trump administration slams NATO ally Turkey for weapon test

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday slammed Turkey for taking a new step toward fielding a Russian-made air defense weapon. The U.S. complaint marked a deepening rift that threatens the future of a security relationship that has...

 

Man wins $2M after mistakenly buying extra lottery ticket

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket has won two $1 million jackpots. Samir Mazahem, 56, of Dearborn Heights said he was saving...

 

Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week's grab that it's jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday. Scientists announced the news three days...

 

Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are voting by mail, raising the possibility of ballots being rejected because they arrive too late. Postal data through Oct. 9, released...

 

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