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Armando Espinoza delivers paper products to a cafe in downtown Sonoma, Calif., where power is turned off, on Wednesday. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:28

California is in the peak of its wildfire season. With strong winds forecast to hit 70 mph on Wednesday, the utility says it wants to reduce the chance that its wires could spark a fire.

A Turkish army officer prepares to unload a tank from a truck to its new position on the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, on Tuesday.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:06

The incursion comes after the White House announced that U.S. forces would stand aside as Turkey launched the military operation in Northern Syria.

Men walk past a poster at an NBA exhibition in Beijing on Oct. 8.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 06:33

Doing business in China comes with major strings attached. This week, with the response to an NBA manager's tweet, it became evident that a few provocative words can cause those strings to tighten.

Presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke talks to NPR Host Michel Martin and voters Ruben Sandoval and Connie Martinez.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 06:24

O'Rourke wants to ban and buy back assault-style weapons. Two undecided voters who like the idea asked him how it would work as part of NPR's Off Script series, where voters question candidates.

Wilmot Collins stands in the Helena City Commission chambers before a meeting. He moved to Montana in the early 1990s.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 06:24

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins' strategy is to meet as many people as possible and make connections on common issues such as trade and student loan debt.

Kenosha County, Wis., law enforcement officials discovered 31,000 THC-filled cartridges in a Bristol condo.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 06:24

Police say the trio ran one of the country's largest illegal manufacturing vaping businesses. Officials continue to investigate what's behind the deaths and illnesses linked to vaping.

Planned Parenthood plans to spend at least $45 million backing candidates in local, state and national races who support abortion rights.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:37

The abortion-rights group says the goal of the $45 million campaign is to unseat President Trump as well as elect candidates at all levels who support abortion rights.

The 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to Akira Yoshino (left), M. Stanley Whittingham and John B. Goodenough for the development of lithium-ion batteries.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 05:19

An American, British and Japanese scientist have jointly received the award, according to an announcement from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

President Trump has said his concerns about corruption in Ukraine were behind his request to that country's president to investigate the Biden family. But anti-corruption advocates say Trump's administration has been weak on the issue.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 04:43

"To claim that this is springing from some heartfelt concern about international corruption just doesn't hold water," said Alexandra Wrage, who leads an anti-bribery business association.

Many of the workers for businesses that supply GM are out of work, too, because of the UAW strike.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 04:20

The UAW strike against GM is in its fourth week, and businesses that supply the automaker are losing millions each day. In Lansing, Mich., more than 11,000 people who supply parts are out of work.

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 04:01

Democrats running for president are largely unified on proposals like an assault weapons ban and red flag laws. Divisions exist over implementing gun buyback programs as voluntary or mandatory.

Farahnaz Mohammadi (left) and her cousin Fatima Almi both worry that the gains made by Afghan women since 2001 will be in jeopardy after a U.S.-Taliban deal is signed.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 04:01

The Babur Garden is a place of respite in an often chaotic city. "Do you think the Taliban will ever accept this?" asks one man, pointing to himself and his fiancée, strolling among blooming roses.

Justice Neil Gorsuch, left, seen here with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, asked many of the key questions in Tuesday's case before the U.S. Supreme Court that centered on whether employers can fire gay or transgender workers.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 04:00

At issue is whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars sex discrimination, covers gay and transgender workers.

"Holly" is the winner of this year's Fat Bear Week.
Wed, 10/09/2019 - 01:56

The annual competition is put on by Alaska's Katmai National Park & Preserve to choose the fattest bear. This year, Holly beat out Lefty in the championship round, winning 80 percent of the votes.

Migrants cross the Rio Grande into the United States, to turn themselves over to authorities and ask for asylum, in Ciudad, Juarez, in June.
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 19:17

Administration officials credit a policy of returning asylum-seeking migrants to Mexico and an end to a policy referred to by critics as "catch and release."

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