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Major Hurricane Epsilon: Tropical storm warning for Bermuda

Oct. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Epsilon rapidly gained major hurricane strength on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to skirt east of Bermuda in the coming day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says. The Category 3 storm is packing top sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) and Bermuda remains under a tropical storm...

Lions put Julian Okwara on IR, sign CB Chris Jones

Oct. 21, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions put rookie defensive end Julian Okwara on injured reserve Wednesday and signed free agent cornerback Chris Jones. Okwara limped off the field with a leg injury in Sunday's victory at Jacksonville. The Lions also announced Wednesday that defensive end Austin...

Woman pleads no contest crash that killed sleeping mother

Oct. 21, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman whose car smashed into a South Los Angeles apartment building, killing a woman as she slept next to her young daughter, has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and drunken driving charges. Connie Jo Howard, 60, entered pleas Tuesday to gross vehicular manslaughter while...

Northern California to see more dry, windy conditions

Oct. 21, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California entered a new round of fire danger Wednesday as forecasters predicted the ongoing dry conditions will be punctuated by bursts of gusty offshore winds through the rest of the week. Pacific Gas & Electric said it would cut electricity starting Wednesday evening to...

Flathead County man charged with killing father in fire

Oct. 21, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A northwestern Montana man is charged with killing his father by setting their house on fire and blocking the exits, Flathead County prosecutors said. Jason Daivd Weldele, 42, made an initial appearance in Justice Court on Wednesday on a charge of deliberate homicide in the death of...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks with reporters at the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Oct. 21, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it's clear the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress. The only thing that seems certain beyond that is uncertainty, with Capitol...

Man gets 10 years for arson in fire west of Eugene

Oct. 21, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

MAPLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man who started a fire west of Eugene near Mapleton in August will serve 10 years in prison. Elias Pendergrass, of Mapleton was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree arson, KCBY-TV reported. The district attorney’s office said Pendergrass must also...

Videos unclear on whether cruiser led moped rider to crash

Oct. 21, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police released two new videos Wednesday showing events just before a crash that seriously injured a Black man on a moped that was being followed by a Providence police cruiser — but neither helped resolve whether the cruiser struck the moped, as witnesses have said. Jhamal...

Senate workers remove posters and ribbons placed by demonstrators protesting against Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s effort to eliminate trust funds which he says are sources of corruption, at an entrance to the Senate in Mexico City, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The Senate passed various laws on Wednesday eliminating over 100 trusts which finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexico Senate kills 109 government disaster, science funds

Oct. 21, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party pushed legislation through the Senate on Wednesday to eliminate 109 semi-independent government trust funds that finance everything from science to movie productions to disaster relief. In a party-line vote,...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 21, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Pay attention: Pa. is poised to fall off a budget cliff The Philadelphia Inquirer Oct. 20 Pennsylvania is staring at a fiscal cliff. It’s easy but perilous to ignore state budget minutiae amid a contentious...