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California drug ring shipped meth to Hawaii disguised as Aztec statues, prosecutors say

Nine members of a Southern California drug trafficking ring accused of disguising methamphetamine as decorative Aztec calendars and statues to ship the drug to Hawaii are behind bars, federal authorities said. Read More

Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states

U.S. health officials today reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern. Read More

Philadelphia police commissioner challenges Starbucks arrests report

The Philadelphia police commissioner has taken issue with part of a panel’s review of the high-profile arrests of two black men at a Starbucks coffee shop, rejecting its broader conclusion that racism drives contact between citizens and police. Read More

Nevada pimp who starred in HBO series found dead

Dennis Hof, a legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business and who has fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature, has died, Nevada authorities said. Read More
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Hurricane Michael blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone

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Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm. That’s in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. Read More
 

Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss. Read More
 

U.S. budget deficit hits $779B, highest level in 6 years

The Treasury Department said today that the deficit climbed $113 billion from fiscal year 2017. Read More
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100 cats airlifted from shelters hit by Hurricane Michael

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A flight carrying the cats landed this afternoon at a private terminal in New Castle, Delaware. Read More

Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the Gallatin National Forest on Saturday was at least the seventh bear attack on a human since May in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Read More

MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats to U.S., Jeff Sessions says

Speaking to a group of federal prosecutors today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions designated five groups as top transnational organized crime threats and said the new task force will “develop a plan to take each of these groups off of our streets for good.” Read More

Trump marvels at damage from Hurricane Michael in Florida

The president said someone described Hurricane Michael to him as being “like a very wide, extremely wide, tornado.” Read More

Government quietly spends millions on private security to guard Confederate cemeteries

Information obtained by The Associated Press shows that nearly $3 million has been spent on contracted security since last summer and another $1.6 million is budgeted for similar protection in fiscal 2019. Read More

San Francisco’s wealthiest companies could face homelessness tax

Proposition C would raise $300 million a year, nearly doubling what the city already spends to combat homelessness. Read More
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Trump says Saudi king denies knowledge of vanished Saudi journalist

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Saudi journalist writer Jamal Khashoggi, is thought to have vanished after he walked into the consulate on Oct. 2, leading to worldwide speculation over his disappearance. Read More

U.S. lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It’s shabby, largely unknown and at risk of disappearing. Read More

25 hospitalized, 5 serious, after Los Angeles highway crash

Twenty-five people were taken to hospitals with mostly minor injuries following a series of crashes involving at least two cars and a bus that crashed through a concrete divider on a Los Angeles highway, authorities said. Read More

Among ruins of Hurricane Michael stands house built ‘for the big one’

Aerial images showing a mile-long stretch of Mexico Beach, where at least three-quarters of the buildings were damaged, also showed one house that survived amid the apocalyptic wreckage. It was last surviving beachfront house on the block. Read More

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