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President Donald Trump is calling on Attorney General William Barr to launch an investigation of Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Justice Department muddy his political opponent and abandon the department's historic resistance to getting involved in elections. Trump for the first time explicitly called on Barr to investigate the Bidens and even pointed to the nearing Nov. 3 election as a reason that Barr should not delay taking action. Trump’s pressuring of Barr comes as national and most battleground polls show him facing an increasingly narrow path to reelection.  Read more

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Virus cases are surging across Europe and many U.S. states, but responses by leaders are miles apart, with officials in Ireland, France and elsewhere imposing curfews and restricting gatherings even as some U.S. governors resist mask mandates or more aggressive measures. The stark contrasts in efforts to contain infections come as outbreaks on both sides of the Atlantic raise similar alarms, including shrinking availability of hospital beds and rising deaths. Governors of states including Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska and North Dakota are all facing calls from doctors and public health officials to require masks. In Utah, a spike in cases since school reopened has created a dynamic that Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has called “unsustainable.” Read more

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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had announced a joint travel advisory this summer at a time when the Northeast was reporting lower rates of infection than other parts of the country. Read more

Melania Trump's return to the campaign trail will have to wait for another day. Spokesperson Stephanie Grisham says the first lady has decided against accompanying President Donald Trump to a campaign rally Tuesday in Erie, Pennsylvania, because of a lingering cough after contracting COVID-19. It was to be her first public appearance since recovering from the coronavirus, and her first time out on the campaign trail in more than a year. Grisham says Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day but decided to postpone travel “out of an abundance of caution.”  Read more

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A judge has cleared the way for a grand juror to speak about proceedings in the case against the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor. An anonymous grand juror who sat on the panel last month had sued to speak publicly. None of the officers were charged directly in Taylor’s death, but one was charged with endangering Taylor’s neighbors. Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Annie O’Connell said in the Taylor case that the historical reasons for preserving grand jury secrecy are null. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron had opposed letting grand jurors speak about the proceedings in the March shooting death of the Black woman. It wasn't immediately known if he would appeal. Read more

The long-gestating film adaptation of the Broadway hit “Wicked” has hit another snag. Director Stephen Daldry is exiting the project, a studio representative confirmed Tuesday. The “Billy Elliot” director has been associated with the adaptation for years, going back as far as 2012. Writer Winnie Holzman, who wrote the musical, wrote the script with “Wicked” songwriter Stephen Schwartz. At one point, the film was supposed to hit theaters in Dec. 2019. Universal Pictures earlier this year removed “Wicked” from its release schedule. It was last slated for a Dec. 22, 2021 theatrical launch. Deadline first reported the news. Read more

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The Justice Department’s lawsuit against Google alleging antitrust violations marks the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. Eleven states, all with Republican attorneys general, joined the federal government in the suit. The attorneys general of seven other states released a statement Monday saying they have not concluded their investigation into Google and would want to consolidate their case with the Justice Department’s if they decide to file. Google is expected to fiercely oppose any attempt to force it to spin off its services into separate businesses.  Read more

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An altered photo of rappers Ice Cube and 50 Cent in hats that appear to show support for President Donald Trump circulated widely on social media Tuesday, fueled in part by a tweet by Eric Trump. “Two great, courageous Americans,” Trump’s son tweeted. He removed the tweet with a photo of the two rappers in hats saying “Trump 2020” after being called out by Ice Cube on Twitter. In the original photo, both entertainers were wearing baseball caps with sports logos. Ice Cube shared the original photo on his Twitter account on July 6 to send a birthday message to 50 Cent.   Read more

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Allegheny, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties are all reporting an increase of more than 100 cases. Read more

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The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of personally ordering Khashoggi’s brutal execution in order to silence the high-profile government critic. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and names Prince Mohammed and a host of Saudi Ministry of Interior officials. It accuses them of a “brutal and brazen crime” that was the result of “weeks of planning” and premeditation. Saudi officials maintain the death was a tragic accident and sentenced eight people to jail. The Turkish government and several western intelligence agencies maintain that Prince Mohammed must have known about the plan.  Read more

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A NASA spacecraft is descending to the surface of an asteroid to collect a handful of the rubble for return to Earth. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft dropped out of orbit around asteroid Bennu early Tuesday afternoon. It will take more than four hours for the spacecraft to get down to the asteroid's rough terrain. Bennu's gravity is too low for the spacecraft to land. So the spacecraft will reach out with its long robot arm and attempt to grab at least 2 ounces of dust and pebbles. It's the most harrowing part of NASA's first asteroid-sampling mission, which began with a launch back in 2016.  Read more

A masked Pope Francis has welcomed religious leaders to a socially-distanced interfaith peace prayer. They appealed for a unified international effort to work for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu leaders stood for a minute of silence to pray for all the victims of COVID-19 and for a universally accessible vaccine. For weeks, Francis has shunned facemasks in his public and private audiences despite a surge in COVID-19 cases across Italy and even inside Vatican City. But he donned one throughout the prayer service Tuesday, removing it only to speak.   Read more

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State police say that Michelle Grabert was driving a pickup truck northbound on Route 412 when the truck crossed over the northbound shoulder and the passenger side wheels left the roadway.  Read more

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 Police say 42-year-old Christopher LaRue robbed the QNB Bank branch on West Chestnut Street. Read more

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A new study shows that older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The study released Tuesday from researchers with the New School university in New York City found that workers 55 and older lost jobs sooner, were rehired slower and continue to face higher job losses than their counterparts ages 35 to 54. From April through September, the study found that the older workers unemployment rate was 9.7% compared to 8.6% for midcareer workers. That's based on a six-month rolling average. The study says the rate was far worse for older workers who are black, female or lack college degrees.  Read more

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"Antigen test cards are a timely, quick and easy-to-use tool for communities to receive rapid COVID-19 testing." Read more

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The film is also set to be released on DVD and streaming services on Nov. 10. Read more

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British guitarist and bandleader Spencer Davis, whose eponymous rock group had 1960s hits including “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man,” has died at the age of 81. Davis’ agent, Bob Birk, said Tuesday that he died in a hospital while being treated for pneumonia. Davis formed the Spencer Davis Group in 1963, with a teenage Steve Winwood on keyboards and guitar, his brother Muff Winwood on bass and Pete York on drums. With Steve Winwood as lead vocalist, the band had two No. 1 U.K. singles, “Keep on Running” in 1965 and “Somebody Help Me” in 1966, and seven British top 40 hits. Read more

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(The Center Square) – The nation’s highest court left standing a lower court's decision that mail-in ballots received after Election Day in Pennsylvania should be counted. Read more

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With much of the classical music industry shuttered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, one of the leading management agencies has been acquired by an unusual buyer in an unconventional transaction. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music purchased Opus 3 Artists, which represents about 250 musicians and attractions, a group that includes conductors Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Christoph Eschenbach and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. San Francisco Conservatory of Music President David Stull had been discussing with a donor the possibility of funding an agency takeover. Stull says he is not identifying the donor or the amount now but hopes to at some point.  Read more

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The Section 108 loan will be used for the new science center, planned for the 800 block of Hamilton Street. Read more

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Serbia is thinking of allowing the Russian Defense Ministry presence in the Balkan country, something that could further strain its relations with the West. Serbia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that “legal proceedings” have been launched that would allow an agreement between the two governments on the opening of the Russian Defense Ministry mission in Belgrade. It said that the agreement would further strengthen military cooperation between the two countries. Media close to Serbia’s populist President Aleksandar Vucic praised the possible agreement, saying its goal is to help Belgrade create a strong army. Read more

A judge says most crosswalks in New York City violate laws protecting people with disabilities by failing to properly protect blind pedestrians. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer says the city has violated three laws protecting the disabled with its failure to equip most crosswalk signals to aid the blind or those with bad eyesight. The judge says it is yet to be decided what the ramifications of the ruling will be because the first phase of the court proceeding was only to assess liability. City spokesperson Laura Feyer says the city is consistently working to make streets more accessible for those who are blind or have low vision. Read more

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It has been a difficult year for Mack Trucks and its parent company, Volvo Group of Sweden. However, Mack reported some good news in the third quarter. Read more

Google once reviled Microsoft as a technological bully that ruthlessly abused its dominance of the PC software market to choke off competition, spurring Google to adopt “Don’t Be Evil” as a corporate motto. That pledge is a distant memory, and Google is now in the legal crosshairs of U.S. antitrust regulators who accuse it of wrongdoing similar to charges Microsoft faced 22 years ago, when Google was starting out in a Silicon Valley garage. How Google grew from its idealistic roots into what regulators describe as a cutthroat behemoth is a story shaped by unbridled ambition, savvy decision making, technology’s networking effects, lax regulatory oversight and the pressure to pump up profits. Read more

The Marine Corps has removed from command the two-star general in charge of all Marines in Europe and Africa. The Marines said in a brief statement Tuesday that Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary was relieved of command on Monday. A spokesman says the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, had lost trust and confidence in Neary's ability to serve in command based on what had been found in an investigation into Neary's alleged use of a racial slur during a recent training event with his troops. Neary had assumed command in July. Read more

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The U.N. human rights chief has urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's office cited three “problematic” laws in India that have variously tightened restrictions on non-governmental organizations and led to a crackdown on dissent. Her office lamented “vaguely worded laws that restrict foreign funding” that are increasingly being used to quell voices in civil society. The Indian government rejected Bachelet’s criticism and said Tuesday that “violations of law” couldn’t be “condoned under the pretext of human rights.” Read more