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In unusually strong language, the Pentagon is condemning Turkey's decision to test a Russian-made air defense system that has created a rift between Washington and one of its oldest NATO allies. The Pentagon responded after Turkey publicly confirmed that had tested the S-400 system, which it bought from Russia against the wishes of the Trump administration, which asserts that the weapon aids Russian intelligence and threats the capabilities of the U.S. F-35 fighter jet. In a written statement, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday that the test “risks serious consequences” for the U.S.-Turkey relationship. Read more

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Family members of a Utah college student who was found strangled and burned last year following a search for her that captured the nation’s attention called her killer a “monster” Friday. They confronted him during a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mackenzie Lueck’s father told Ayoola Ajayi that he hopes Ajayi spends the rest of his life in prison looking over his shoulder in fear. Ajayi apologized to her parents during a brief statement. Ajayi pleaded guilty earlier this month to aggravated murder and desecration of a corpse. Read more

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(The Center Square) – If President Donald Trump is going to rally from behind in the polls to win on Election Day, as he did in 2016, it appears that he still has some work to do in Pennsylvania. Read more

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A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA’s board of governors is considering a December start to the 2020-21 season, with Dec. 22 being the initial target for opening night and the season being trimmed to about 70 games. That option, which would have the NBA Finals back in their normal June slot, was one of many options discussed by the league’s owners Friday, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no details were revealed publicly.   Read more

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President Donald Trump and his allies are fighting for momentum in the nation’s leading battleground states following a debate performance that gave new hope to anxious Republicans. With Trump on the attack, Democrat Joe Biden tried to clean up his own debate misstep and urged voters to stay focused on the president’s inability to control the worsening pandemic. The surge of activity with just 11 days remaining in the 2020 contest highlighted the divergent strategies, styles and policy prescriptions shaping the election’s closing days. Nearly 50 million votes have already been cast and another 100 million or so are expected before a winner is declared. Read more

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The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign of the disease’s grip on the nation. The surge’s impact is being felt in every section of the country. Among the latest developments: a lockdown at the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s reservation in South Dakota and a plea by a Florida health official for a halt to children’s birthday parties. There’s an increasingly desperate situation at a hospital in northern Idaho, which is running out of space for patients and considering airlifts to Portland, Oregon, or Seattle. The surge in the U.S. mirrors a similar spike in Europe.  Read more

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Voters will be required to follow college's safety protocols while on campus. Read more

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A filly trained by two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert has tested positive in a postrace drug test for the second time this year, making it the third positive test by a horse in Baffert’s stable in the last six months. Baffert lawyer Craig Robertson has confirmed Gamine’s test results after her third-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Sept. 4. The two-time Grade 1 winner tested positive for a substance Robertson says  is “a legal, commonly used anti-inflammatory medication.” Read more

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Washington coach Ron Rivera says he'll undergo his final treatment for skin cancer Monday. Rivera was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in August. The 58-year-old Rivera missed some practice time but no games while undergoing treatments. Doctors scheduled Rivera to receive IV fluids at halftime of games to keep him hydrated, and he said sudden fatigue and other side effects surprised him the most. Rivera says doctors are positive about the progress he has made and believe he has a good long-term prognosis. He still has some follow-up visits, checkups and scans to do after his treatment is completed.  Read more

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Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday on a key concern surrounding mail-in ballots Read more

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Scott Dixon has controlled IndyCar’s title race since the start of this disrupted start-and-stop season. But reigning champion Josef Newgarden remained undeterred and slowed Dixon’s runaway rout. The American has whittled 85 points off of Dixon’s lead and turned Sunday’s season finale into a championship-deciding event.  Newgarden is now 32 points behind Dixon in a bid to win back-to-back titles. Dixon is seeking a sixth series championship and needs only to finish ninth or higher to hold off Newgarden.    Read more

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French health authorities say France has recorded over 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number of known infections. The national health agency released new figures showing that tests had confirmed at least 1,041,075 cases in France this year, including 42,032 new cases in 24 hours. Experts say the actual infections are probably much higher than the numbers governments around the world are reporting because of a lack of tests early in the pandemic and asymptomatic cases. Like other countries, France has seen its daily case counts rise sharply in recent weeks as the virus rebounds in Europe.  Read more

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf may be the state’s most high-profile public official calling for recreational cannabis these days, but that wasn’t always so. During his six years in office, the York County native’s shifting views appear molded by a cabinet stacked with some staunch pro-cannabis advocates. Read more

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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Mary T. Vidas is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Top Distinguished Attorney for her remarkable contributions in the field of Law and for her current role as Partner at Blank Rome Law Firm. Read more

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Scientists in Washington state have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees. The state Agriculture Department said Friday that it found the nest of Asian giant hornets north of Seattle after trapping some of the insects this week and using dental floss to attach radio trackers. The world’s largest hornets can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver painful stings to people. Despite their nickname, the hornets kill at most a few dozen people a year in Asian countries, while other bugs cause more deaths in the U.S. The real threat is their devastating attacks on already at-risk honeybees. Read more

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The former United Nations ambassador was the first Indian-American ever to serve in a presidential cabinet. Read more

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The Senate is gearing up for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court and cement a conservative majority before Election Day despite Democratic efforts to stall President Donald Trump’s nominee. Democrats are using time-consuming procedural hurdles, but the party has no realistic chance of stopping Barrett’s advance in the Republican-controlled chamber. The federal appeals court judge is expected to be confirmed Monday and quickly join the court. The fast-track confirmation process is like none other in U.S. history so close to a presidential election.  Read more

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California prosecutors say they will again seek the death penalty for Scott Peterson even as a county judge considers throwing out his conviction for murdering his pregnant wife because of juror misconduct during a trial that riveted the nation. The California Supreme Court in August overturned Peterson’s 2005 death sentence in a case that attracted worldwide attention. Peterson appeared in court remotely from San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco, home to the state’s death row. His sister-in-law says there has been no justice for Peterson's slain wife and unborn child because he is innocent. Laci Peterson was last seen on Christmas Eve 2002. Read more

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Authorities charged Axel J. Suarez-Garay in connection with the July 6 drive-by shooting on North Second Street in Allentown Read more

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An independent agency tasked with investigating Seattle police misconduct has found that three officers used excessive force during this summer's protests. One officer slammed a protester's head to the ground twice. Another punched a demonstrator a half dozen times. A third officer put his knee on the necks of two looting suspects. The Seattle police chief has not yet made decisions about whether to discipline the officers. The Office of Police Accountability continues to investigation the 19,000 complaints it has received since protests began in May. The office has completed about a dozen cases, with sustained findings in about half of them.  Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf may be the state’s most high-profile public official calling for recreational cannabis these days, but that wasn’t always so. Read more

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With Election Day fast approaching, the sign ninjas have only a few nights left to take action. They work best after the sun sets, as candidates gather to trade and assemble campaign material. Self-described sign ninjas then go out to install them along main roadways, and do it again and again as signs get stolen. Connie Di Cicco has planted signs for years for other candidates. Now her own name is on the signs as she runs for the Georgia state legislature. She says signs are essential in the coronavirus pandemic, and she won't regret any missed opportunities on Nov. 4.  Read more

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The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked down by pandemic and besieged by a corruption scandal. But the red carpet rollout of “Francesco” has been anything but bright. There's evidence that the Vatican censored the pope last year by deleting his endorsement of same-sex civil unions from an interview, only to have the footage resurface in the documentary.Aside from the firestorm the remarks created, the fiasco has once again put the spotlight on the Vatican’s often self-inflicted communications wounds and Francis’ willingness to push his own agenda, even at the expense of pushback from conservatives. That pushback was swift and came from predictable corners. Read more

American Express’ fourth-quarter profits dropped by 39% as the pandemic’s deep impacts on travel, entertainment and dining dramatically impacted results of the credit card giant. The New York-based company earned $1.07 billion, or $1.30 a share, down from $1.76 billion, or $2.08 per share. While AmEx has not been as negatively impacted by defaults and delinquencies like other credit card companies, the company’s bottom line has been hit hard by its business model tied into the well-to-do traveling and dining out. AmEx’s discount revenue, or the money it makes off of each swipe or tap of an American Express card, was roughly $4.99 billion in the quarter. That’s down from $6.83 billion in the same period a year earlier.  Read more

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How many drop boxes can each Ohio county set up for collecting absentee ballots cast in the November presidential election, and where can they be located? It’s a seemingly simple question with a complicated answer. A flurry of sometimes conflicting court rulings on Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s directive restricting the boxes to one per county, combined with steps LaRose has taken attempting to clarify the issue, have made it more confusing. As legal proceedings stretched the dispute past Election Day, voting rights organizations ultimately opted to dismiss their complaint. Read more

Republicans and Democrats are unleashing millions in eleventh-hour spending in Senate races. But with Election Day less than two weeks off, much of it is coming in states that wouldn't normally see late spending. They include normal GOP strongholds like Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, South Carolina and Texas. President Donald Trump's unpopularity is putting red-leaning seats into play and Democratic candidates are raising so much money that national Democrats can afford to spend money in races they might normally ignore.  Read more

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YARDLEY BOROUGH >> In a move to balance public safety with the First Amendment right to protest, the Yardley Borough Council on Oct 20 voted 5 to 1 to adopt an amendment to the borough’s ordinance governing public assembly and procession. Read more

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HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association wrapped up a successful, first-ever Virtual Annual Convention this week - hosting more than 800 registrants from top food companies in the industry, including more than 100 retailers. Read more

British police say they have recovered a 15th-century Chinese vase valued at 2.5 million pounds ($3.3 million) that was stolen in Switzerland last year. The Metropolitan Police force said Friday that they have arrested two men over the theft of the Ming dynasty vase. It is thought to have been stolen from a Swiss collection in June 2019 by a London-based organized crime gang. The suspects, aged 44 and 42, were arrested in London’s tony Mayfair area last week on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They have been released on bail until mid-November. British police say the vase will be returned to Switzerland.   Read more