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Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, 88, running for reelection

Iowa's senior Republican senator, Chuck Grassley, announced in an early morning tweet Friday that, at age 88, he will seek reelection in 2022. Grassley, who will be 89 by Election Day next year, is proud of his physical fitness, and not-so-subtly bragged about in a tweet announcing his run that showed him jogging before sunrise in Iowa.
IOWA STATE

Canadians home after Huawei CFO resolves US charges

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugged two Canadians who landed in Canada on Saturday following what amounted to a high-stakes prisoner swap involving China, the U.S. and Canada. Trudeau greeted Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor after their plane landed in Calgary, Alberta early Saturday. The men were...
FOREIGN POLICY

California utility PG&E charged with manslaughter in deadly 2020 wildfire

Pacific Gas & Electric was charged Friday with manslaughter and other crimes after its equipment sparked a Northern California wildfire that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes last year, prosecutors said. It is the latest legal action against the nation's largest utility, which pleaded guilty last year to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a 2018 blaze ignited by its long-neglected electrical grid that devastated the town of Paradise and became the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.
CALIFORNIA STATE

Biden urges all eligible Americans to get a booster shot

On Friday urged older Americans, front-line workers and those with underlying health conditions who received a Pfizer coronavirus vaccine between January and March to get a booster shot. "This week, as planned, we took a key step in protecting the vaccinated with booster shots, which our top government doctors believe...
U.S. POLITICS
Reuters

Newly signed Texas law restricts abortion-inducing medications

LUBBOCK, Texas, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday signed a new law that restricts access to abortion-inducing medications, just weeks after the state rolled out a near-total ban on abortion procedures. The law on medications prohibits mail-order abortion-inducing drugs and says doctors in the state are...
HEALTH
ABC News

Linda Evangelista claims CoolSculpting fat freezing procedure left her 'brutally disfigured'

Linda Evangelista recently posted on social media about what she called her suffering after undergoing a cosmetic procedure. The supermodel said in an Instagram post: "To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers' careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq's CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it promised."
BEAUTY & FASHION

Jury begins deliberation in R. Kelly sex trafficking trial

A jury of seven men and five women have begun deliberating in R. Kelly's sexual misconduct trial. The R&B star is facing racketeering and sex trafficking charges. Prosecutors and defense attorneys finished their closing arguments this week. The 54-year-old singer is accused of running a Chicago-based criminal enterprise that recruited his accusers for unwanted sex and mental torment.
CELEBRITIES
Reuters

North Korea says hope is alive for peace, summit with the South

SEOUL, Sept 25 (Reuters) - North Korea is willing to consider another inter-Korean summit if mutual respect between the rivals can be assured, state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday, citing Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The comment comes just a day after...
WORLD
Reuters

Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia vowed on Friday to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region "undaunted by coercion" at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China. The two-hour meeting at the White House...
FOREIGN POLICY

Massive migrant encampment in Del Rio cleared out

The massive migrant encampment in the Texas border town of Del Rio has been completely cleared out. As many as 15,000 migrants, who were mostly from Haiti, had been packed into a squalid tent city beneath a bridge near the Rio Grande this week, hoping to be processed for asylum.
DEL RIO, TX

United Airlines fined $1.9 million over tarmac delays

The Department of Transportation (DOT) fined United Airlines $1.9 million for violating rules about how long passengers can be trapped on planes on the ground, DOT announced Friday. Passengers need to be allowed to go back to the terminal if a plane is grounded for more than three hours on...
WEATHER

Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results

The Arizona Senate on Friday heard testimony from the firm it hired to conduct a so-called audit of more than 2 million votes cast in Maricopa County during the 2020 elections, the latest in a cavalcade of election disinformation spread at the behest of former. . The audit has cost...
ARIZONA STATE
NBC News

NBA denies Andrew Wiggins' religious exemption for Covid-19 vaccine

The NBA has denied Andrew Wiggins' request for a religious exemption from getting the Covid-19 vaccine. “The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’ request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s order requiring Covid-19 vaccination for all participants age 12 and older at large indoor events," the NBA wrote in a statement. "Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfills the city’s vaccination requirements.”
NBA

Biden does not plan to shield Trump docs in Jan. 6 probe

President Biden has determined that he does not plan to assert executive privilege to shield Trump-era documents sought by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. “We take this matter incredibly seriously. The president has already concluded that it would not...
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Germany is the biggest economy in Europe. What if it shifts left?

London (CNN Business) — Angela Merkel is about to bow out as chancellor of Germany after 16 years, marking the start of a new era for Europe's largest economy. The results of Sunday's election are hard to predict, and the formation of a government could take weeks or months to play out. But when the dust settles, polls indicate that the new chancellor could be the left-leaning Social Democratic Party's Olaf Scholz, who steered Germany's economy through the pandemic as finance minister in a coalition with Merkel. Meanwhile, the Greens could more than double their number of seats in parliament.
GAS PRICE

Yanks’ opening 6-2 lead at Ryder Cup could’ve been bigger

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Americans hit three unforgettable shots on the opening day of the Ryder Cup and two went for naught. Turns out they didn’t need them. Captain Steve Stricker’s young squad patiently built the biggest U.S. opening-day lead since 1975, pummeling defending champion Europe in both the foursomes and fourball matches Friday for a 6-2 cushion. While the fast start wasn’t new — the U.S. team has gone seven straight Ryder Cups without losing the opening session — the solid finish was.
SHEBOYGAN, WI

House passes sweeping defense policy bill

The House on Thursday passed its sweeping annual defense policy bill that would add billions of dollars to President Biden ’s defense budget proposal, call for answers on failures in the war in Afghanistan and require women to register for the draft. The House easily approved its $778 billion fiscal...
CONGRESS & COURTS

United Airlines employees sue to block vaccine mandate

Six United Airlines employees filed a federal lawsuit against the company this week seeking to block a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from going into effect. The complaint, filed Tuesday in a Texas federal court, alleges that the company discriminated against employees who requested religious or medical accommodations. The plaintiffs have asked...
ECONOMY

Delta pushes for national 'no fly' list of unruly passengers after banning 1,600 from flights

Delta Air Lines is developing a “no fly” passenger list after heightened instances of unruly passengers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline made the announcement on Thursday, saying that the list already has more than 1,600 entries of passengers prohibited from flying aboard a Delta commercial flight. Delta officials also asked other airlines to share their “no fly” lists as well to further protect their employees and other passengers from disruptive incidents.
LIFESTYLE
ABC News

Chris Pratt to voice Mario in upcoming 'Super Mario Bros.' movie

The full cast of the long-awaited "Super Mario Bros." movie has been revealed! "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt will be voicing the iconic Nintendo hero, Mario. Pratt reacted to the casting news and shared his memories of the popular video game series by confessing he used to steal quarters out of a wishing well to play it at the arcade.
VIDEO GAMES
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