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  • Census Bureau seeks state data, including citizenship info

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Census Bureau is asking states for drivers’ license records that typically include citizenship data and has made a new request for information on recipients of government assistance, alarming some civil rights advocates. The two approaches, documented by The Associated Press, come amid President Donald Trump’s efforts to make citizenship a key aspect of federal information-gathering in the run-up to the 2020 Census, despite this year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a specific citizenship question can’t be […]

  • Porsche SUV plunges onto train tracks, burns; 2 teens die

    PEARL RIVER, N.Y. — A Porsche SUV plummeted off an overpass onto train tracks below, where it burst into flames, killing two teenagers and sending a third to a hospital with serious injuries. The Porsche fell from Route 304 in Pearl River, New York, on Sunday afternoon after a crash involving an additional vehicle and burned on New Jersey Transit tracks below, authorities said. Saniha Cekic, 15, of Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, 17, of Pearl River, were pronounced dead at […]

  • Police: 81-year-old woman found with cocaine in wheelchair

    BOGOTA, Colombia — An 81-year-old woman has been captured in Colombia after authorities discovered cocaine embedded in her wheelchair as she tried to board a flight to Spain. Police say Irene Mesa de Marulanda was caught with nearly three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine inside the metal tubing of her wheelchair. Lt. Col. Carlos Rodríguez told The Associated Press Monday she denied having any knowledge of the presence of illicit drugs. Antinarcotics officers at the José Maria Córdova International Airport […]

  • US troops scramble for the exits in Syria

    WASHINGTON — U.S. troops scrambled for Syria’s exits Monday while the Trump administration threatened economic penalties on Turkey for an invasion that opened the door to a resurgence of the Islamic State group — the fighters who were the reason U.S. forces came in the first place. The Turks began attacks in Syria against the Kurds, longtime U.S. battlefield allies against IS, after President Donald Trump declared U.S. troops would stay out of the fight. American troops consolidated their positions […]

  • Joe Biden’s son Hunter stepping down from Chinese board

    NEW YORK — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not to work on behalf of any foreign-owned companies should his father win the presidency. Biden, the 49-year-old son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, revealed his plan Sunday in an internet post written by his attorney, George […]

  • Jayme Closs: 1 year after abduction, I’m feeling stronger

    BARRON, Wis. — The Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot before she was kidnapped and held captive for 88 days before escaping from her abductor said she’s feeling stronger every day and is thankful for the kindness and concern expressed to her from people all over the country in the year after the crime. Jayme Closs issued a statement Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the fatal shootings and abduction at her home near Barron in northwest Wisconsin. […]

  • Cycling great Eddy Merckx hospitalized after bike crash

    BRUSSELS — A Belgian newspaper reported Monday that cycling great Eddy Merckx sustained head injuries in a crash while bike riding with friends. The Het Nieuwsblad newspaper said the 74-year-old Merckx crashed Sunday and was admitted to a hospital in Dendermonde. Merckx is regarded by many as the greatest cyclist ever. He won five Tour de France titles and a record 34 stages. The 2019 Tour de France began in Brussels in July and feted Merckx to mark the 50th anniversary of […]

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    Lawyer for slain woman’s family says Fort Worth police should not be investigating themselves

    FORT WORTH, Texas — A lawyer for the family of a woman who was fatally shot inside her Fort Worth, Texas, home by a police officer said an outside agency should be brought in to investigate the killing. “We don’t think that Fort Worth police should be investigating it on their own,” attorney Lee Merritt told CNN Sunday, Oct. 13. He said police reached out to his clients, but they’d rather talk with independent investigators about the shooting. Atatiana Jefferson, […]

  • Luis Garcia (PHOTO: New England Pentecostal Church via CNN/VAN)

    Prosecutors: Man charged with wounding bishop, bride in church shooting is stepson of slain minister

    PELHAM, N.H.  — The man charged with wounding a clergyman and a bride during a wedding at a New Hampshire church is the stepson of a minister from the same church who was killed earlier this month, a state prosecutor said Sunday. Dale Holloway, 37, is the stepson of 60-year-old Luis Garcia who was shot to death Oct. 1 in Londonderry, Senior Assistant Attorney General Ben Agati said in an email Sunday. The groom was the father of the man […]

  • Pope canonizes John Henry Newman, 19th-century theologian

    VATICAN CITY — With Prince Charles looking on, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Francis quoted from one of Newman’s most famous hymns, “Lead, Kindly Lights,” as he presided over Mass on Sunday before an estimated 50,000 people in a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square to declare Newman and four women saints. Among the luminaries on hand was Charles, heir […]

  • Pres. Trump says he’s an ‘island of 1’ on Syria

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is an “island of one” for removing U.S. forces from northeastern Syria. But he remained steadfast and defended a move that drew widespread bipartisan criticism that he has endangered stability in the Middle East and risked the lives of Syrian Kurdish allies who helped the U.S. bring down the Islamic State group in Syria. Turkey, however, regards those Kurdish fighters as a terrorist threat and has launched a military operation against […]

  • Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue

    TOKYO — Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday evening and battered central and northern Japan with torrents of rain and powerful gusts of wind. The typhoon was downgraded to a […]

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