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Anti-Semitic graffiti at Brooklyn synagogue prompts event shutdown Anti-Semitic graffiti at Brooklyn synagogue prompts event shutdown
A synagogue in Brooklyn was vandalized with anti-Semitic epithets, prompting a political event to be canceled Thursday and a police investigation less than a week after the deadliest attack against the Jewish community in U.S. history. Graffiti that read, "Kill All Jews," was found inside Union Temple around 8 p.m. Thursday, police said. "Broad City" star Ilana Glazer was slated to interview...
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Stunning, rare Mandarin duck mysteriously appears in Central Park Stunning, rare Mandarin duck mysteriously appears in Central Park
A duck native to East Asia is making a splash in New York City's Central Park, partly because of the bird's stunning colors and also because no one knows how the bird got there. The Mandarin duck was spotted as early as Oct. 10, according to a Twitter account that documents bird sightings at the park. Then, the exotic bird flew away and no one knew where it went for almost two weeks, David Barr...
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Anger, controversy follow Trump on visit to grieving Pittsburgh Anger, controversy follow Trump on visit to grieving Pittsburgh
WASHINGTON – Tragedies like the massacre that took place in a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend usually move people to put politics aside. But as President Donald Trump touched down Tuesday in a city still reeling from the most deadly anti-Semitic attack in American history, he was greeted by hundreds of protesters singing softly in Hebrew or holding signs – underscoring how controversy te...
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Here's what 27 bellwether races say about a possible Democratic blue wave Here's what 27 bellwether races say about a possible Democratic blue wave
WASHINGTON – With just one week until the midterms, a series of bellwether races across the country offers mixed clues about the likely outcome of the election. A USA TODAY Network analysis of 27 key races shows nearly half in the toss-up category, with the rest almost evenly split between leaning toward the Democratic or Republican candidate. Likewise, political experts and handicappers have b...
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Adenovirus infection kills 9th child at long-term care center in New Jersey Adenovirus infection kills 9th child at long-term care center in New Jersey
A ninth child has died of respiratory illness at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Haskell section of Wanaque, New Jersey, the state’s Department of Health announced Sunday morning. The latest victim was someone who had a confirmed case of adenovirus and fell ill before Oct. 22. There have been 25 pediatric cases associated with the outbreak. A staff member also was i...
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As the midterms approach, groups nationwide try to woo college students to vote As the midterms approach, groups nationwide try to woo college students to vote
WASHINGTON – At Yale and Harvard, students are battling over which university can get the most pledges to vote in next month's midterms. And down south, at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the National Urban League is setting up a booth at Saturday's homecoming game to urge students to vote. On campuses across the country, from Ivy League schools to historically black colleges and universities,...
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Authorities eye Florida in hunt for source of suspicious packages, as security officials worry danger 'not over' Authorities eye Florida in hunt for source of suspicious packages, as security officials worry danger 'not over'
With less than two weeks before the midterm elections, the Pentagon is preparing to deploy at least 800 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to confront a migrant caravan that President Donald Trump has described as a “national emergency,” said administration officials. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis may sign an order mobilizing those troops as early as Thursday, according to two administration offic...
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Powerball jackpot swells to $750 million — the third-largest in US lottery history Powerball jackpot swells to $750 million — the third-largest in US lottery history
Move over Mega Millions, it's time for Powerball. One night after Mega Millions hit a $1.5 billion winner, Powerball's drawing came and went Wednesday without anybody matching all six numbers and the jackpot ballooned to an estimated $750 million — the third-largest in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers on Wednesday night: 3, 21, 45, 53, 56 and Powerball 22. The next drawing is Saturd...
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Trump on Saudi handling of Khashoggi death: ‘Worst cover-up ever’ Trump on Saudi handling of Khashoggi death: ‘Worst cover-up ever’
WASHINGTON – In a notable shift, President Donald Trump blasted Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and his administration announced the first penalties against some of those involved. “The cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups," Trump told reporters at the White House. Trump's comments marked another reversal from his...
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Exclusive: President Trump vows to send as many troops to the border ‘as necessary’ to stop caravan Exclusive: President Trump vows to send as many troops to the border ‘as necessary’ to stop caravan
HOUSTON – President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to send as many troops as necessary to the U.S.-Mexican border to block a growing caravan of Central American migrants, calling their trek “an assault on our country.” In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY aboard Air Force One, the president said there were “people from the Middle East” in their ranks, reiterating a claim he made without evide...
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