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Ex-intern says she had 1992 fling with Indiana house speaker

A woman alleges that when she was an Indiana legislative intern in 1992, she performed oral sex on a married Republican lawmaker who has since become the speaker of the state House of Representatives, a published report today said. Read More

Fast, furious: How Michael grew into a 155 mph monster

Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns turbocharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida’s Panhandle. Read More
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Limousine company operator charged in deadly crash

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Police charged a limousine service operator today with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people, while the man’s lawyer said that he wasn’t guilty and that police were rushing to judgment. Read More
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Hurricane Michael charges into Southeast after slamming north Florida

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Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph today, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive charge inland across the Southeast. Read More
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Limo driver’s family believes he was given an unsafe vehicle

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Relatives of the limousine driver involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York said today they believe he was unwittingly assigned an unsafe vehicle. Read More

Deported parents may lose kids to adoption

An investigation drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records and interviews in the U.S. and Central America identified holes in the system that allow state court judges to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their parents. Read More
 
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Florida Panhandle braces for Michael, now a Category 4 storm

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Michael roared down on the Florida Panhandle strengthening into a Category 4 hurricane early Wednesday before it crashes against the region’s white-sand beaches, fishing villages and coastal communities later in the day. Read More
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Court mood is jovial as Brett Kavanaugh takes his place on bench

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Brett Kavanaugh took the bench with his new Supreme Court colleagues for the first time today in a jovial atmosphere that was strikingly at odds with the tension and rancor surrounding his high court confirmation. Read More

Co-housing a new trend for Bay Area seniors

The skyrocketing cost of California’s Bay Area housing almost forced Marietta Borgel to leave San Jose, the place she’s called home for six decades. Read More
 

Hurricane Michael gains strength on course for north Florida

Michael gained new strength over warm tropical waters amid fears it would swiftly intensify into a major hurricane before striking Florida’s northeast Gulf Coast, where frantic coastal dwellers are boarding up homes and seeking evacuation routes away from the dangerous storm heading their way. Read More

2 Americans win Nobel for economic work on climate, growth

Just a day after a United Nations panel called for urgent action on climate change, the Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to one American researcher for his work on the economics of a warming planet and to another whose study of innovation raises hopes that people can do something about it. Read More
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Social media lights up with SpaceX satellite launch

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When SpaceX launched a rocket carrying an Argentine Earth-observation satellite from California, both the night sky and social media lit up. Read More
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Limo that crashed shouldn’t have been on the road, N.Y. governor says

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New York moved to shut down the owner, Prestige Limousine, as state and federal authorities investigated the cause of Saturday’s wreck in Schoharie. Read More

Michael strengthens into a hurricane, menaces Florida

A tropical weather system that rapidly strengthened into Hurricane Michael today is likely to keep growing stronger ahead of an expected strike on Florida’s Panhandle by midweek, forecasters said. Read More

U.N. report on global warming carries life-or-death warning

Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge. Read More

20 dead in crash of limo bound for birthday celebration

A limousine loaded with revelers bound for a 30th birthday celebration blew through a stop sign at the end of a highway and slammed into a parked SUV outside a store, killing all 18 people in the limo and two pedestrians in the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in nearly a decade, officials and victims’ relatives said today. Read More

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