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Rescuers continue to search for survivors in flooded homes in Florida after Hurricane Ian's passage earlier this week. Meanwhile, authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage on Saturday morning. Ian made another landfall Friday on South Carolina's coast and is now a post-tropical cyclone moving across parts of North Carolina, Virginia and New York. The powerful storm terrorized millions of people for most of the week and officials say it's blamed for at least 27 deaths in Florida, three deaths in Cuba and one in North Carolina. But authorities say they expect the death toll to rise further.

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Max Baer, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has died at age 74 only months before he was set to retire. The court confirmed Saturday that Baer died overnight at his home near Pittsburgh. It didn't give a cause of death but called his “sudden passing" a “tremendous loss for the court and all of Pennsylvania.” The court also said Justice Debra Todd will now become chief justice. Bae was an Allegheny County family court judge and an administrative judge in family court before he was elected to the high court in 2003. He became its chief justice last year. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Baer was set to retire at the end of the year.

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An early prototype of Tesla Inc.’s proposed Optimus humanoid robot slowly and awkwardly walked onto a stage, turned, and waved to a cheering crowd at the company’s artificial intelligence event Friday. But the basic tasks by the robot with exposed wires and electronics were far from CEO Elon Musk’s vision of a human-like robot that can change the world. Musk told the crowd that the robot can do much more than the audience saw Friday. But he said it's also delicate and they didn't want it to fall. The demonstration didn't impress several robotics experts, one of which called it a scam. Musk said Tesla's goal is to make millions of robots at a cost that could be less than $20,000.

A northern Illinois man has died more than two weeks after a house explosion that also has killed his wife. The Winnebago County Coroner’s office says 66-year-old Alan Bawinkel died Friday. His wife, 60-year-old Bonnie Bawinkel, died Monday. Both Alan and Bonnie Bawinkel sustained thermal injuries in the Sept. 13 explosion at the couple’s home in Freeport, located about 110 miles northwest of Chicago. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Experts say that Hurricane Ian is shining a spotlight once again on the vulnerability of the nation’s barrier islands and the increasing cost of people living on them. Florida's Sanibel Island was hard hit by the storm. Homes were destroyed. Two people have been confirmed dead. And Sanibel's lone bridge to the mainland collapsed. Barrier island communities like Sanibel anchor tourist economies that provide crucial tax dollars. But the cost of rebuilding them is often high because they’re home to many high-value properties. Jesse Keenan is a real estate professor at Tulane University. He questions whether such communities can keep rebuilding as hurricanes become more and more destructive from climate change.

Three candidates for the newly-drawn U.S. House District covering central and eastern Montana are scheduled for their first debate on Saturday night. First-term incumbent Republican Matt Rosendale faces Democrat Penny Ronning and independent candidate Gary Buchanan. The one-hour debate will air live from Great Falls on KRTV at 6 p.m. It’s the first election since Montana gained a second Congressional seat due to population growth recorded in the latest census.

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Rescuers continue to search for survivors in flooded homes in Florida after Hurricane Ian's passage earlier this week. Meanwhile, authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage on Saturday morning. Ian made another landfall Friday on South Carolina's coast and is now a post-tropical cyclone moving across parts of North Carolina, Virginia and New York. The powerful storm terrorized millions of people for most of the week and officials say it's blamed for at least 27 deaths in Florida, three deaths in Cuba and one in North Carolina. But authorities say they expect the death toll to rise further.

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Max Baer, the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has died at age 74 only months before he was set to retire. The court confirmed Saturday that Baer died overnight at his home near Pittsburgh. It didn't give a cause of death but called his “sudden passing" a “tremendous loss for the court and all of Pennsylvania.” The court also said Justice Debra Todd will now become chief justice. Bae was an Allegheny County family court judge and an administrative judge in family court before he was elected to the high court in 2003. He became its chief justice last year. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Baer was set to retire at the end of the year.

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A new regulation coming into force in Poland that requires pregnancy information to be uploaded to the national digital system has women's organizations concerned that it will be another way for the conservative government to control women's lives. The Health Ministry regulation takes effect Saturday, with women's groups suggesting that authorities may monitor pregnancies as another means of control in the country with a very strict anti-abortion law. The ministry had denied this, saying the information will help doctors treat patients by providing them with vital information. Abortion is allowed in Poland only if pregnancy threatens the woman's health or results from crime.

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Orlene has grown to hurricane strength and is heading for an expected landfall on Mexico’s northwestern Pacific coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Orlene had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph early Saturday. Orlene is forecast to hit land sometime Monday in Sinaloa state, in the region around the resort city of Mazatlan. However, Orlene may bring heavy rains and high winds to the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta as it passes offshore. Puerto Vallarta closed its port to ship and boat traffic on Saturday as a precaution.

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A senior government party in the Czech republic linked to conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala has won an election for a third of the seats in Parliament’s upper house. The ruling coalition parties have also retained a dominant position in the Senate. With all the votes counted Saturday by the Statistics Office, the Civic Democratic Party won eight of the 27 seats up for grabs in the 81-seat Senate. Overall, the coalition parties won 18 seats. Recent large demonstrations against the Czech government due to its handling of the energy crisis and support for Ukraine didn’t translate into gains for the opposition.

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Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank after a group of youths smashed a hole through the Israeli separation barrier and began throwing objects at police. Saturday's shooting happened in Azariyah, a village just outside of Jerusalem, and marked the latest violence in what has become the deadliest year in the West Bank since 2015. Israel’s paramilitary border police said forces shot a protester who attempted to throw a firebomb at them. Israel built the barrier some 20 years ago in what it said was a security measure. But the Palestinians view the structure as an illegal land grab and symbol of Israel’s 55-year military occupation.

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The Danish Energy Agency says one of two ruptured natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea appears to have stopped leaking natural gas. The agency said Saturday on Twitter it had been informed by the company operating the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that pressure appears to have stabilized in the pipeline, which runs from Russia to Germany. It said "this indicates that the leaking of gas in this pipeline has ceased.” The undersea blasts that damaged the Nord Stream I and 2 pipelines this week have led to huge methane leaks. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of sabotaging the Russia-built pipelines, a charge vehemently denied by the United States and its allies.

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The U.S. has delivered a maritime border demarcation proposal to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, as negotiations with Israel progress. U.S. Ambassador Dorothy Shea delivered the proposal, written by a mediator to Aoun on Saturday. A senior adviser for energy security at the U.S. State Department who has been mediating between the two neighbors expressed optimism following his last visit in September. The two countries, which have been officially at war since Israel’s creation in 1948, both claim some 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon hopes to unleash offshore oil and gas production as it grapples with its economic crisis.

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ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Ten-year-old Cassidy, a fifth-grader at Ramage Elementary School in Boone County, is no stranger to crayfish. Her house is near a river, where she and her brothers regularly sift through the water and flip over rocks to find the little critters.

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A northern Illinois man has died more than two weeks after a house explosion that also has killed his wife. The Winnebago County Coroner’s office says 66-year-old Alan Bawinkel died Friday. His wife, 60-year-old Bonnie Bawinkel, died Monday. Both Alan and Bonnie Bawinkel sustained thermal injuries in the Sept. 13 explosion at the couple’s home in Freeport, located about 110 miles northwest of Chicago. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that an attack by armed separatists on a police station in a southeastern city has killed 19 people, including four members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Saturday's report says the assailants hid among worshippers near a mosque in the city of Zahedan and attacked the nearby police station. The report said 32 people were wounded in the ensuing clashes between armed separatists and police Friday. It is not unusual for IRG members to be present at police bases around the country. It wasn't clear if the attack was related to nationwide antigovernment protests gripping Iran after the death in police custody of a young woman.

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Experts say that Hurricane Ian is shining a spotlight once again on the vulnerability of the nation’s barrier islands and the increasing cost of people living on them. Florida's Sanibel Island was hard hit by the storm. Homes were destroyed. Two people have been confirmed dead. And Sanibel's lone bridge to the mainland collapsed. Barrier island communities like Sanibel anchor tourist economies that provide crucial tax dollars. But the cost of rebuilding them is often high because they’re home to many high-value properties. Jesse Keenan is a real estate professor at Tulane University. He questions whether such communities can keep rebuilding as hurricanes become more and more destructive from climate change.

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Three candidates for the newly-drawn U.S. House District covering central and eastern Montana are scheduled for their first debate on Saturday night. First-term incumbent Republican Matt Rosendale faces Democrat Penny Ronning and independent candidate Gary Buchanan. The one-hour debate will air live from Great Falls on KRTV at 6 p.m. It’s the first election since Montana gained a second Congressional seat due to population growth recorded in the latest census.

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Nigerians are celebrating the 62nd anniversary of their independence as presidential candidates wrangle for votes ahead of the country's general elections in February next year. In a message broadcast nationwide Saturday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged the country's economic and security hardships but assured his compatriots that “your resilience and patience would not be in vain.” Despite being Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy, Nigeria's growth has been slowed down by years of bad governance, corruption and mismanagement of the nation's resources. Buhari said Nigeria has recorded progress in key sectors but that "we are not yet at our destination."

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Hurricane Ian ravaged coastal towns in southwest Florida. But the impact has not been confined to the beaches and tourist towns. The rains from the storm's deluge are flowing into inland towns not usually part of the hurricane warnings. In the Sarasota suburb of North Port, water levels have gone up significantly, turning roads into canals, reaching mailboxes, flooding SUVs and trucks, blocking the main access to the interstate and leaving families trapped. Now, as days go by, they are starting to run out of food and water. It’s the rising rivers that cause the flooding, and authorities say that flooding now poses a danger to those nearby.

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A Georgia jury has convicted a27-year-old man of murder in the slaying of his girlfriend’s ride-share driver. De’Monte Anderson of Decatur was also convicted of aggravated assault. A judge on Friday sentenced him to life in prison, plus five years. The DeKalb County district attorney said Anderson shot and killed 58-year-old Dwayne Roberts on Oct. 27, 2019. Prosecutors said Anderson and his girlfriend got into a fight and Roberts was waiting to drive her to another place. Prosecutors said Anderson mistakenly accused his girlfriend of having an affair with the driver. Roberts died after Anderson shot him twice.

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A group of Afghan women has protested a suicide bombing that killed or wounded dozens of students in a Shiite education center in the capital Kabul, demanding better security from the Taliban-run government. The demonstration Saturday was quickly broken up by Taliban police. The bomber struck an education center Friday packed with hundreds of students in a Shiite neighborhood, killing 19 people and wounding 27. Among the casualties were teenagers taking practice university entrance exams. The morning explosion at the center took place in Kabul’s Dashti Barchi neighborhood, an area populated mostly by ethnic Hazaras, who belong to Afghanistan’s minority Shiite community.

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Wyoming doubled its wind-power generating capacity from 2019 to 2021 and is looking to add more wind farms in the next five years. The Casper Star Tribune reports in a story on Friday that researchers at the University of Wyoming say that boost in power generation is like adding another coal-fired power plant. The increase has pushed Wyoming's wind-power generating capacity from about 1,600 to about 3,200 megawatts and from 17th to 14th in the nation in wind-power capacity. Enough future wind farms have been proposed to the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council to nearly triple the state's wind-power capacity.

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Ukraine’s nuclear power provider says Russian forces blindfolded and detained the head of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant hours after Moscow illegally annexed a swath of Ukrainian territory. In a possible attempt to secure Moscow’s hold on the newly annexed territory, Russian forces seized the director-general of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Ihor Murashov, around 4 p.m. Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed treaties to absorb Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine, including the area around the nuclear plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Saturday that Russia told it that “the director-general of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was temporarily detained to answer questions.”

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A former Detroit police officer has been sentenced to one year of probation and community service for a high-speed crash that killed an attorney last year. Investigators say Teaira Funderburg disregarded a red light while rushing to help another officer when her patrol SUV smashed into a car driven by Cliff Woodards II on Interstate 96 in February 2021. The Wayne County prosecutor agreed to drop an involuntary manslaughter charge against Funderburg in exchange for a plea of no-contest to a charge of willful neglect of duty. Woodards was a defense attorney who regularly had cases in Wayne County courts.

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Police say they have opened a homicide investigation after two people died following an early-morning fire in Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhood. Authorities responded about 5 a.m. Saturday to a report of a structure fire and discovered two people inside an apartment after firefighters extinguished the blaze. Kansas City Police Officer Donna Drake says both people were “suffering from apparent trauma” when firefighters found them. They were both declared dead at the scene. The Kansas City Star reports that the killings mark the 125th and 126th homicides in the city this year.

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A giant crystal rock glowing upon the sand-colored carpet evoked a glamorous alien planet for Hermes’ champagne-sipping VIP guests at Saturday’s show at Paris Fashion Week. Earthen hues like browns, reds and yellows were used to to create designer Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski’s utilitarian, low key yet luxuriant universe for spring. Elsewhere, Ukraine’s top fashion designers used Paris Fashion Week to promote their war-battered industry. Designer Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood saw kink mating with art in a quirky collection. Kronthaler wove an aesthetic from yesteryear -- medieval and renaissance nobles and peasants -- into his drape-heavy silhouettes. Guests almost felt like they were at the theater.

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A state appeals court has upheld the felony convictions of a man who served 38 years as sheriff in a northern Alabama county. In the unanimous ruling Friday, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals also denied former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s request for a new trial. Blakely was removed from office in August 2021 a jury convicted him of theft and abuse of power. Prosecutors said the theft charge was tied to accusations that he deposited $4,000 of campaign funds into his personal account. The abuse of power charge was tied to the sheriff borrowing money from a jail safe that held inmates’ money.

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Russia says it has withdrawn its troops from the once-occupied city of Lyman, as Ukraine’s eastern counteroffensive recaptures more territory. Russia’s Tass and RIA news agencies, citing the Russian defense ministry, made the announcement. Lyman is 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Ukrainian forces had pushed across the Oskil River as part of a counteroffensive that saw Kyiv retake vast swathes of territory beginning in September. Lyman, a key transportation hub, had been an important site in the Russian front line for both ground communications and logistics. Now Ukraine can push further potentially into the occupied Luhansk region, which is one of four regions that Russia annexed Friday.

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Chicago police say a 3-year-old boy was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. They say the boy was riding in an SUV with his mother and three other children around 8:40 p.m. Friday on Chicago’s southwest side when someone in the rear seat of a car opened fire, striking the boy in the head. Police say the boy was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead hours later. No other injuries were reported. Police say no arrests have been made in the case.

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A right-wing populist party that received the second-most votes in Sweden’s general election last month has landed the chairmanships of four parliamentary committees. With them, the Sweden Democrats party gains the ability to wield more influence in mainstream Swedish politics. The positions to be held by party lawmakers include chairing the Riksdag’s justice, foreign affair, business affairs and labor market committees. In addition to the four chairperson posts, Sweden Democrats gets to name the vice-chairs of parliament’s civil affairs, traffic, defense and tax committees. The nationalist and anti-immigration party with roots in the neo-Nazi movement is part of right-wing bloc that won a narrow majority in the Riksdag in the Sept. 11 election.

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Latvians are voting in a general election that has been influenced by neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Several polls showed the center-right New Unity party of Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins emerging as the top vote-getter with up to 20% support. Karins currently leads a four-party minority coalition. A total of 19 parties have over 1,800 candidates running in the election. Support for parties catering to the ethnic-Russian minority that makes up over 25% of Latvia’s 1.9 million population is expected to be mixed. One Moscow-friendly party that traditionally served as an umbrella for most of Latvia’s Russian-speaking voter saw its popularity plummet after it opposed the Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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When chronically homeless people were moved off of Denver's streets and into apartments, they were far less likely to end up in hospital emergency rooms or jail. But they still died at the same rate as those who lived outside. The Colorado Sun reports that's the grim finding from a new study of Denver’s social impact bond program, which sends outreach workers to find the highest users of taxpayer-funded services including hospitals, detox centers and the jail. Researchers concluded that a few years in supportive housing was not enough to reverse the long-term health effects and stress of being homeless, which often include mental health problems and addiction.

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Investigators in the New Hampshire city of Nashua are trying to determine the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a strip mall. The fire in the building on Amherst Street that contained a number of businesses was reported about 7:30 p.m. Friday.  People who were inside a pizza shop and an Asian market left the building before firefighters arrived. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. There were no injuries. The Nashua Fire Department says the structure was left unusable by the fire.  The City of Nashua Fire Marshal’s office is trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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An effort to transform how Georgia tests its K-12 public school students is faltering and may not achieve its goals. One of two groups in the effort tells the state Board of Education that it has suspended work after a testing company pulled out. The other group is still moving ahead. But it faces continuing questions about whether its test can be comparable to the existing state tests. The goal of each group was to create not just one big test, but a series of smaller tests given throughout the year. State Superintendent Richard Woods blames inflexible federal rules for some of the obstacles.

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Trains in Britain have all but ground to a halt coordinated strikes by rail workers added to a week of turmoil caused by soaring energy prices and unfunded tax cuts that roiled financial markets.  Only about 11% of train services were expected to operate across the U.K. on Saturday, according to Network Rail. Unions said they called the latest in a series of one-day strikes to demand that wage increases keep pace with inflation that is expected to peak at around 11% this month. Consumers were also hit with a jump in their energy bills on Saturday as the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine pushes gas and electricity prices higher.

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An early prototype of Tesla Inc.’s proposed Optimus humanoid robot slowly and awkwardly walked onto a stage, turned, and waved to a cheering crowd at the company’s artificial intelligence event Friday. But the basic tasks by the robot with exposed wires and electronics were far from CEO Elon Musk’s vision of a human-like robot that can change the world. Musk told the crowd that the robot can do much more than the audience saw Friday. But he said it's also delicate and they didn't want it to fall. The demonstration didn't impress several robotics experts, one of which called it a scam. Musk said Tesla's goal is to make millions of robots at a cost that could be less than $20,000.

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Residents in Burkina Faso's capital are reporting more gunfire a day after a group of military officers overthrew the country's interim president. Uncertainty prevailed Saturday amid signs of lingering tensions in Ouagadougou. Roads remained blocked off in Ouagadougou and a helicopter could be heard flying overhead. As uncertainty prevailed Saturday, the international community condemned the ouster of Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba. The African Union and the West African region bloc known as ECOWAS sharply criticized the developments. The officers who seized control of the state broadcaster late Friday said Damiba had failed to improve the security situation in Burkina Faso.

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Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni is vowing to put Italy's national interests first in tackling soaring energy costs. Meloni on Saturday made her first public appearance since her party won the most votes in Italy's national election last weekend. She addressed farmers and producers at an agricultural fair in Milan sponsored by Italy’s influential Coldiretti farm lobby. Meloni said that if her government follows Germany in taking a domestic approach to Europe's energy woes, it's not because she's a populist, but rather “lucid.” Germany has refused to back a European price cap on gas, as Italy and other countries have sought.

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Indonesian security forces have recovered the bodies of four construction workers who were killed in a separatist attack in the restive province of West Papua. Police said the four men were killed late Thursday when gunmen stormed a government road construction project in a remote village. Five other workers fled to a nearby military post, including one who was injured in the attack, while three others hid in the jungle. The only female worker managed to escape and remains missing. A spokesman for the The West Papua Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the attack and said his group had warned all workers to leave Indonesian government projects or they would be considered part of security forces.

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Gas prices dropped again in New Jersey but rose substantially across the nation as a whole with increasing demand and tight supply amid fluctuating oil prices.  AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.44, down nine cents from last week. Drivers were paying $3.22 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.79, an increase of 11 cents from last week. Drivers were paying $3.18 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.

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This week, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Zion, Illinois, opened its doors to the city’s first mosque. Members view this as a significant event because of their faith’s century-old connection to Zion’s founder and faith healer John Alexander Dowie. The evangelist envisioned Zion as a Christian theocracy and made hostile remarks about Muslims. This drew the ire of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The Ahmadis view Zion as the site of a holy miracle where their founder defended Islam and defeated Dowie in a prayer duel that ended with the latter’s death in 1907.  They have named the mosque Fath-e-Azeem, which means “a great victory” in Arabic.

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This week, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Zion, Illinois, opened its doors to the city's first mosque. Members view this as a significant event because of their faith's century-old connection to Zion's founder and faith healer John Alexander Dowie. The evangelist envisioned Zion as a Christian theocracy and made hostile remarks about Muslims. This drew the ire of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The Ahmadis view Zion as the site of a holy miracle where their founder defended Islam and defeated Dowie in a prayer duel that ended with the latter's death in 1907.  They have named the mosque Fath-e-Azeem, which means “a great victory” in Arabic.

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GALA, Va. (AP) — He won in the dogfights of World War II, he won in the Olympic boxing ring, and he won in Virginia Supreme Court, and now, a stretch of highway in Botetourt County is named in honor of Norvel LaFallette Ray Lee.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — When Michael Moore was released from prison after serving time for selling drugs, he realized that it was time to make a change in his life.

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SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — For the better part of 160 years, military historians have been poring over the movements of Union and Confederate soldiers through southern Washington County in the waning days of the summer of 1862 and piecing together the conditions that led to the worst single-day …

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A multi-screen cinema hall has opened in the main city of Indian-controlled Kashmir for the first time in 14 years. It's part of the government’s push to showcase normalcy in the disputed region that was brought under India’s direct rule three years ago. But decades of a deadly conflict, bombings and brutal Indian counterinsurgency campaign have turned people away from cinemas, and only about a dozen viewers lined up for the first morning show, a Bollywood action movie. The 520-seat hall with three screens opened Saturday under elaborate security in Srinagar’s high security zone that also houses India’s military regional headquarters. Tens of thousands have died since Kashmiri militants launched a bloody insurgency in 1989 that was met with a brutal response by Indian troops.

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Police say a teenager was killed and another was wounded in a shooting at a high school homecoming football game in Oklahoma Friday night. Tulsa police said in a social media post that the victims, both 17, were shot during the event at McLain High School for Science and Technology shortly before 10 p.m. Police say the surviving victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition but has improved to stable condition. Police say several officers and a K-9 unit searched nearby neighborhoods but were not immediately able to find the suspected shooter, who ran away from the scene.

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September has come and gone, marking another painful milestone for the world's largest rainforest. It’s the worst month in a decade for fire in the Brazil's Amazon region. Satellites detected over 42,000 fires in September. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has given free rein to deforesters, and with presidential elections beginning Sunday, some speculate that they are working overtime to cut and burn the forest before the party is over. Bolsonaro denies that deforestation has risen during his presidency, but data from his own government tell a different story.

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Memphis' long-held problems with testing rape kits quickly have come under renewed scrutiny with Cleotha Henderson's arrest last month in the killing of Eliza Fletcher, a mother and kindergarten teacher who was abducted while jogging. Authorities say a rape kit submitted in September 2021 for the sexual assault of a different woman sat untested for nearly a year. It wasn't until Sept. 5 — three days after Fletcher's abduction — that DNA from the 2021 assault matched Henderson's in a national database. That revelation has sparked outrage and left many wondering whether Fletcher's killing could have been prevented. It has also shown a spotlight on continued delays even after Memphis worked through a large backlog of untested rape kits.

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An Arizona judge has refused to suspend her order that allowed enforcement of a pre-statehood law making it a crime to provide an abortion. Friday's ruling from Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson means the state’s abortion providers will not be able to restart procedures. Abortions were halted on Sept. 23 when Johnson ruled that a 1973 injunction must be lifted so that the Civil War-era law could be enforced. Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich sought the order lifting the injunction. Planned Parenthood argued newer laws take precedence. They asked Johnson to put her ruling on hold to allow an appeal.

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The U.S. government will soon spend $25 million to help patients access experimental drugs for the incurable illness known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The new strategy blurs the line between research and treatment. And it breaks decades of precedent in which responsibility for funding so-called compassionate use fell to drugmakers. But after years of being rebuffed by drugmakers, ALS patients lobbied Congress to help fund access to not-yet-approved drugs. While it offers a critical new treatment option for ALS patients, it also raises the possibility that federal dollars could be tapped for unproven treatments of other diseases in the future.

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The University of Mississippi is paying tribute to James Meredith 60 years after integration. White protesters erupted into violence in 1962 as he became the first Black student to enroll in what was then a bastion of Deep South segregation. A resident and a French journalist were killed in the violence. The 89-year-old Meredith is being honored Saturday at an Ole Miss football game. The university is having several events on the Oxford campus. Meredith spoke at a celebration Wednesday, saying it was the best day he ever lived. But he also said problems remain.