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Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trump’s California visit

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The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and damage caused by the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century. Read More
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FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

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Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Read More
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California fire refugees camp in Walmart parking lot amid uncertainty

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Fire refugee Anna Goodnight sat on an overturned shopping cart today in a Walmart parking lot as she ate scrambled eggs and tater tots while her husband drank a Budweiser. Read More
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Statue of Liberty’s original torch moved to museum site

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The Statue of Liberty’s original torch, which has been housed in the base of the statue since a replica replaced it in the 1980s, was moved across Liberty Island today to its new home in a museum that will open next year. Read More
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New Jersey couple and a homeless man charged in $400K GoFundMe scam

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Burlington County prosecutor Scott Coffina announced criminal charges against the couple who told the story to newspapers and television stations along with the homeless man who conspired with them to tell the story. Read More
 

Florida man pleads not guilty in political pipe bombs case

Cesar Sayoc, accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of Republican President Donald Trump, has pleaded not guilty to charges carrying a potential mandatory penalty of life in prison. Read More

Federal judge calls Florida ‘laughing stock of the world’

The state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. Read More
 

U.S. panel warns against government purchase of Chinese tech

A congressional advisory panel says the purchase of internet-linked devices manufactured in China leaves the United States vulnerable to security breaches that could put critical infrastructure at risk. Read More
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Retired government worker revealed as $343M Powerball winner

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The total prize in the Oct. 27 drawing was nearly $700 million, but he will split the jackpot with a woman in Iowa who also picked the winning numbers, 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27, with a Powerball of 4. Read More
 
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Overheating machines complicate Florida’s recount battle

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Florida’s election recount drama is intensifying as lawyers return to court and tallying machines break down ahead of a Thursday deadline to complete reviews of the U.S. Senate and governor races. Read More
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Hundreds of Central American migrants in caravan arrive at U.S. border

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, meanwhile, went to visit U.S. troops posted to the border in south Texas, and said the deployment provides good training for war. Read More
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Lawyers seek ‘Apprentice’ tapes in Trump immigration suit

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Lawyers suing President Donald Trump over his decision to end special protections shielding certain immigrants from deportation are seeking unaired footage from his reality TV show “The Apprentice” to try to bolster their case alleging the move was racially motivated, the attorneys said today. Read More

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