Trump aide: ‘We’re not going to control the pandemic’

  Tropical Storm Zeta a hurricane threat to Mexico, US Gulf Coast

  FBI investigating fire set in Boston ballot drop box

  Halloween goes on at the White House with a few twists

  Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems' advantage

Pope names 13 new cardinals, including first Black US prelate

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  Campaign sign for Jewish candidate in Arizona vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

  Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Monday

  ‘He’s our angel’: Veteran battling cancer rescues neighbors from burning Ill. home

AP source: NFL fines Titans $350,000 for COVID-19 outbreak

  Pence to keep up travel despite contact with infected aides

Al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI killed, Afghan officials say

  New US virus cases top 83,700 for 2nd day in row

Close to 8.6 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and about 225,000 have died.

  Mass. couple arrested after death of 14-year-old boy with autism

An autopsy will be performed to determine the victim's exact cause of death and whether further charges are warranted in the case.

Death in Florida linked to deli meat in multistate listeria outbreak

Infections have been reported in Florida, Massachusetts and New York. A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.

Tropical depression forms south of Cuba, set to strengthen

A tropical depression formed Saturday afternoon south of Cuba amid forecasts that the system would become a named tropical storm later this weekend and possibly a hurricane within days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

  California girds for most dangerous fire weather of year with utility cut

  Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

Amber Alert: 2 missing girls found safe after 2 boys are killed

Crews vacuum ‘murder hornets’ out of Washington nest

Jerry Jeff Walker, Texas singer and songwriter, dies at 78

  Murkowski’s nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court

‘All talk, no action’ defense likely in Michigan kidnap case

The “big talk” argument likely will be a primary theme for the defense, as attorneys indicated during a preliminary hearing this month.

  Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

While gun rights advocates say fears of violence at the polls are unfounded, the toxic political atmosphere and the prospect of armed poll monitors have some worried.

  US sets coronavirus infection record; deaths near 224,000

The U.S. coronavirus caseload has reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day.

Work already underway for presidential inauguration

Visitors to the U.S. Capitol and the White House can see preparations already underway for the Jan. 20 ceremony to inaugurate the to-be-determined next president.

  Fauci suggests nationwide mask requirement as virus numbers climb

The country’s most famous expert on COVID is a fan of masks, but Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn’t supported mandating them at the federal level. In light a of a new model that shows a winter surge of infection is already upon us, he told CNN’s Erin Burnett maybe it is time to require them.

US Navy: 2 onboard training plane killed in Alabama crash

Authorities say a U.S. Navy training plane traveling from Florida has crashed in an Alabama residential neighborhood near the Gulf Coast, killing both people in the plane.

Arnold Schwarzenegger feels ‘fantastic’ after heart surgery

The 73-year-old “Terminator” actor and former California governor said on social media Friday that he had a new aortic valve implanted in his heart.

Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

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.

  First ‘murder hornet’ nest in US discovered in Washington state

The world’s largest hornet at 2 inches long, the invasive insects can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver painful stings to people.

Website tracks every broken McDonald’s ice cream machine in America

The U.S. map has green dots for the stores where a soft serve is currently working and red dots where they're not.

  Battleground postal delays persist with mail voting underway

The delays are a worrisome sign for voters who still have not returned their absentee ballots.

  Trump to vote in Fla., hold 3 rallies; Biden focuses on Pa.

The coronavirus was a central topic for both candidates on Friday as Trump headed to Florida and Biden prepared to address the topic in Delaware.

  California prosecutors again seek death for Scott Peterson

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 2005 trial that riveted the nation.

  Fiasco over pope’s cut civil union quote intensifies impact

The fiasco has highlighted the Vatican’s often self-inflicted communications wounds and the willingness of Pope Francis to push his own agenda, even at the expense of fueling pushback from conservative Catholics.

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

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 Idaho reel under the surge.

  Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats’ blockade

Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is expected to be confirmed on Monday and quickly join the court.

  Headless horseman rides through Mass. town playing spooky tunes

Matthew Dunkle’s intention isn’t to frighten people around town, but instead to entertain.

Gap to close about 350 stores by 2024

Executives expect about 80 percent of Gap and Banana Republic revenue will come from online sales, strip malls and outlet stores.

  Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel

The deal, which would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West, follows Trump’s conditional agreement this week to remove the North African nation from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if it pays compensation to American victims of terror attacks.

  Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 41 million people and killed more than 1.1 million, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

Michigan man accidentally wins two $1 million Mega Millions prizes

The accident turned into a stroke of good luck, as both tickets matched the five white balls -- 01-05-09-10-23 -- and each brought him a separate $1 million prize.

White House Halloween event Sunday tweaked for coronavirus

Extra precautions have been added to the spooky celebration.

Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

The European Parliament said that so-called veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the union.

  ‘It’s very hurtful to read:’ Calif. family receives anonymous complaint about daughter with autism

Kayla Newton is a lover of the outdoors and lollipops. Living with non-verbal autism, she communicates through shouts and noises.

Man arrested in 1976 slaying in South Carolina

State officials say 65-year-old Charles Ugvine Coleman was arrested Thursday and jailed in the death of Elizabeth Ann Howell Wilson, who disappeared after working a shift at a textile mill on March 20, 1976.

Matt Blair, star linebacker for Vikings, dies at 70

He started 130 of the 160 regular-season games he played, racking up 1,452 tackles, the second most in team history.

Newborn baby taken from Louisiana hospital found safe

According to authorities, the child was returned to St. Francis Medical Center and is in good health.

  Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

In parts of Colorado, the sky has been gray, the sun hazy and the odor of a burning campfire has persisted for much of September and October.

  Trump campaign tapes voters at drop boxes, threatens lawsuit

The campaign acknowledged the taping in a letter from a lawyer that complained it had caught voters on video illegally depositing multiple ballots. City elections officials responded they could not confirm the activity was inappropriate under Pennsylvania law.

  Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Walmart filed a lawsuit saying that the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are blaming the company for the government’s own lack of regulatory and enforcement policies to stem the crisis.

Weakened Hurricane Epsilon moves north over Atlantic Ocean

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Epsilon was about 195 miles east of Bermuda on Friday morning.

Morgan Stanley to cover tuition for 60 students at three HBCUs

The financial giant announced the $12 million academic program this week.

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

The count determines the number of congressional seats each state gets, where roads and bridges are built, how schools and health care facilities are funded, and how $1.5 trillion in federal resources are allocated annually.

  Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden scrapped over how to tame the raging coronavirus in Thursday’s final 2020 debate.

California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

A California appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state’s gig economy law.

Judge dismisses 1 charge against former police officer in Floyd’s death

A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains.

Weakened Hurricane Epsilon skirting just east of Bermuda

Hurricane Epsilon’s maximum sustained winds dropped slightly as it moved northwest over the Atlantic Ocean on a path that should sideswipe Bermuda on Thursday.

  US: Russian hackers targeting state, local networks

The voter intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers.

Consumers plan to spend less this holiday season

Researchers found that on average, people planned to spend a little more than $997 on gifts, food and other necessities for the holidays - $50 less than last year.

Epstein ex Maxwell denied getting Prince Andrew sex partners

Transcripts released Thursday show financier Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend was combative and defensive under tough questioning four years ago about her ex-boyfriend’s interactions with underage girls.

Facebook, Twitter CEOs ordered to testify by GOP senators

With Democrats boycotting the hearing, the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize the legal orders if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey did not agree to testify voluntarily.

Chick-fil-A will sell its sauces in stores soon

The company will sell bottles of its Polynesian and Chick-fil-A sauces in select states.

Men charged with performing illegal castration in Oklahoma

According to court documents, two men in southeast Oklahoma have been charged for allegedly performing an illegal gender reassignment surgery without a license and storing the body parts in a freezer.

  Trump posts ‘60 Minutes’ interview before it airs

The footage shows Trump growing increasingly prickly as anchor Lesley Stahl presses him on the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support with suburban women and other issues.

  FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19. Remdesivir is an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization.

Visits with Santa go virtual this year

It’s an alternative to face-to-face sit-downs, which are limited this year because of the pandemic.

  GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Democrats boycott

Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

  Tenant claims Colorado landlord sent letter saying rent may double if Biden wins election

A Colorado landlord is accused of penning a letter to his tenants saying he will double the rent if Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins the presidential election, and some who live in the trailer park are calling it voter suppression.

Santa Claus won’t be coming to Macy’s this year

More than a quarter of a million people come to see Santa at Macy’s in New York each year, making it hard to create a safe environment during a pandemic, the company says.

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

From Italy to the United Kingdom, nations are trying to get a handle on a surging pandemic.

  Closing and Cashing In: Coronavirus relief funding goes to colleges with histories of financial instability and plans to close

The federal government allocated nearly half a billion in CARES Act funds to colleges the government considered not financially responsible. Some colleges received money after announcing their plans to close for good.

Elton John has his own Barbie doll

Elton John teamed up with Mattel to create a Barbie inspired by the iconic singer.

  Plot thickens over origins of pope’s civil union endorsement

Question swirled Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis' bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he made them in a 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety.

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

Some of those suffering from that symptom say they can feel its effects even months after their original diagnosis.

  US jobless claims drop to 787,000, but layoffs remain high

The number of laid-off Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 787,000, a sign that job losses may have eased slightly but are still running at historically high levels.

Wendy’s releases new chicken sandwich

It replaces Wendy’s Homestyle Chicken Sandwich, which was on Wendy’s menu for at least a decade.