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Cities seek to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid

At the Loma Verde Recreation Center south of San Diego, demolition work is underway on a $24 million project that will rebuild the facility from the ground up, complete with a new pool. An hour's drive to the north, the iconic bridge to the Oceanside pier is deteriorating because the city lacks ...

‘Halloween Kills’ carves out $50.4 million at box office

"Halloween Kills" may be available to watch at home, but the latest installment in the Michael Myers saga is making a killing at the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. The David Gordon Green-directed horror scared up $50.4 million from 3,705 locations, according to ...

Farmers and John Deere suppliers worry about strike’s impact

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Farmers and Deere & Co. suppliers are worried about what the strike at the tractor maker's factories will mean for their livelihoods. More than 10,000 Deere employees went on strike last week at 14 Deere factories in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia ...

Commerce head out to save US jobs, 1 computer chip at a time

WASHINGTON (AP) — Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo only wears watches made by Bulova — a company that laid off her scientist father, closed its Rhode Island factory and moved production to China in 1983. The watches give Raimondo, a former Rhode Island governor, a sense of mission as ...

Robert Durst hospitalized with COVID-19, his lawyer says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who days ago was sentenced in a two-decade-old murder case, has been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, his lawyer said Saturday, Defense Attorney Dick DeGuerin said he was notified that Durst was admitted after testing ...

Costello returns to show new music and tour at Graceland

MEMPHIS, Tn. (AP) — On July 8, 1954, Memphis deejay "Daddy-O" Dewey Phillips introduced Elvis Presley to the world (or at least the small part of the world that was within reach of WHBQ's AM signal) when he became the first person to play Elvis' debut Sun single, "That's All Right," on ...

New graphic novel recounts Holocaust survivor Eva Kor’s life

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — In a twist of fate — something he's become acquainted with — Bloomington artist Joe Lee's personal history has led him to create a graphic novel he hopes will tell the story of a Holocaust survivor who forgave her tormentors. The loss of two special people in ...

3 years after hurricane, regeneration, a possible new beach

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. (AP) — Three years after Hurricane Michael left a path of destruction spanning hundreds of miles along the Forgotten Coast, Tonya McNabb decided to move to Alligator Point permanently. She's rebuilt the porch that was ripped from the side of her house facing the Gulf of ...

Biden: ‘Democracy survived’ Capitol riot because of police

WASHINGTON (AP) — Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring "because of you, democracy survived." Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace ...

Police: 1 deputy killed, 2 wounded in ambush at Houston bar

HOUSTON (AP) — A man with an AR-15-style rifle ambushed three constable deputies outside a Houston bar early Saturday, killing one and leaving two others wounded, authorities in Texas said. Authorities detained one person near the scene but he is not believed to be the shooter, according to ...

Texas GOP advances new maps that would tighten slipping grip

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans on Saturday night closed in on redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state's booming suburbs. In a key late-night vote in the Texas House, Republicans gave early sign-off to new ...

Supreme Court commission talks positively of shorter terms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A commission tasked with studying potential changes to the Supreme Court has released a first look at its review, a draft report that is cautious in discussing proposals for expanding the court but also speaks approvingly of term limits for justices. The 36-member ...

Police chief on leave after allegedly threatening daughter

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A police chief in the San Francisco Bay Area has been put on administrative leave after her 18-year-old daughter accused her and her police sergeant father of abuse. Richmond police Chief Bisa French was placed on administrative leave following several incidents that ...

California judge tentatively rejects cutting inmate crowding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at one of the world's most famous prisons last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the ...

Rivals of Trump-backed US Senate candidate amass millions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An endorsement by former President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania's hotly contested U.S. Senate race isn't backing down rival Republicans, with one putting up millions for her campaign and another getting a seven-figure pledge from a donor. Carla Sands, Trump's ...

Clinton ‘doing fine’ and will be out of hospital soon

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton is doing fine and will be released soon from a Southern California hospital where he's being treated for an infection, President Joe Biden said. Biden said Friday during remarks at the University of Connecticut that he had spoken to Clinton and the former ...

Trump’s not going away — and neither is investigator Schiff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year out of the White House, Donald Trump continues to circle the Republican Party, commanding attention and influence as he ponders another run for the presidency. And still circling Trump is Rep. Adam Schiff. Schiff, the Intelligence Committee chairman who rose ...

Delicate GOP dance for Trump, Youngkin in Virginia gov race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this past week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called in to a gathering of die-hard supporters. That may be the closest he gets to campaigning in the most closely watched election of ...

Retail sales climb despite rising prices, supply issues

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans continued to spend at a solid clip in September even while facing sticker shock in grocery aisles, car lots and restaurants as snarled global supply chains slow the flow of goods. Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in September from the month before, the ...

Stocks end higher, giving S&P 500 its best week since July

Wall Street added to its recent gains Friday as stocks closed higher, driving the S&P 500 to its best week since July. The S&P 500 rose 0.7% for its third straight gain and ended the week 1.8% higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.1% and the Nasdaq composite gained 0.5%. The ...