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While some extra clouds will stay with us through the weekend, very little (if any) rain is expected to fall between now and Sunday. The exception would be Saturday, with some patchy drizzle possible. Read more

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A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident extended for another month through the end of October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said in her ruling late Thursday that a shortened schedule would likely produce inaccurate results. A coalition of civil rights groups and local governments had sued the Census Bureau in an effort to prevent the 2020 census from stopping at the end of the month. They said the shortened schedule would undercount residents in minority and hard-to-count communities. Read more

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Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg is back. On Friday, she joined fellow demonstrators outside the Swedish Parliament to kick off a day of socially distanced global climate protests. The coronavirus outbreak has prevented the Fridays for Future movement that Thunberg inspired from holding its mass rallies in recent months, lowering its public profile. The movement demands that lawmakers stick to the 2015 landmark Paris climate deal to curb the rise in global temperatures that is melting glaciers, raising sea levels and shifting rainfall patterns.  Read more

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A homicide investigation is underway in Northampton County after an overnight shooting. Read more

Japanese pop sensation Arashi has a big surprise for fans as they near their planned hiatus at year’s end: a collaboration with Bruno Mars on their first all-English single. The band told The Associated Press that Mars delved into their back catalogue to understand their unique sound while working on the single. The band thinks “Whenever You Call" will appeal to their hardcore fans and audiences who don't know them yet. Jun Matsumoto says Mars “took into consideration that we are going on hiatus.” The band admits they don't know what their hiatus will bring. Sho Sakurai hinted it might not be solo music careers. “There are things that won’t be accomplished if there aren’t these five members." Read more

The Swiss vote this weekend on whether to limit the number of European Union citizens who can live and work in Switzerland, a measure championed by a populist party that wants to make sure the Swiss get preferential access to jobs, social protections and benefits in the rich Alpine country. Approval could upend Switzerland's deep and often-lucrative ties to the powerful 27-nation bloc, in what one political analyst has likened to the closest thing to a Swiss-style Brexit — even though Switzerland isn’t an EU member. Recent polls suggest that most Swiss are against the proposal. Read more

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Already repeatedly trimmed, crowd sizes for the French Open have been reduced again to just 1,000 spectators per day because of the worsening coronavirus epidemic in Paris. The new limit, reduced from 5,000 per day, was first announced by Prime Minster Jean Castex.. His office confirmed that the reduction relates only to spectators, not to players, coaches, organizers and others working at Roland Garros, as Castex first said, causing initial confusion. As virus cases have climbed, organizers have repeatedly had to scale back their ambitions. They had been planning, just three weeks ago, to have 11,500 spectators per day, split between three show courts. That was then scaled back to 5,000 per day in all and, now, to just 1,000. Read more

Angry restaurant and bar owners are demonstrating in Marseille to challenge a French government order to close all public venues as of Saturday to battle resurgent virus infections. The protesters and local officials in France's second-biggest city are also threatening legal action to try to block the order via the courts. They argue that Marseille's virus case rise has been stabilizing and that the central government in Paris is unfairly singling out the Mediterranean city for the toughest virus measures in the nation. The government argues that Marseille's hospitals are under strain and the closures are the only way to stem the spread while avoiding new lockdowns.  Read more

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Global shares are mixed, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Benchmarks in Europe fell in early trading Friday, but major markets apart from China's were higher. Despite signs of a global economic rebound in the third quarter, worries remain the upturn may be running out of steam. Layered on top of all the myriad concerns are the still-raging coronavirus pandemic and the threat that worsening outbreaks around the world could lead to more business restrictions. Despite festering partisan divides, pressures are building for Congress to forge a compromise and produce another round of economic stimulus.  Read more

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A pandemic-altered college football season has helped put Florida State-Miami in the spotlight this weekend. The 12th-ranked Hurricanes are hosting ESPN’s “College GameDay,” and for the second straight week playing in primetime. It's a chance for Miami quarter D'Eriq King to boost his early season Heisman hopes. The Southeastern Conference also kicks off Saturday, with No. 23 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn highlighting the opening slate.  Read more

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A group of 25 residents from remote Easter Island has been stranded far from home for six months now due to the coronavirus. Children remain separated from their parents, husbands from their wives. One woman is due to give birth any day now without her husband by her side. The group is stranded on Tahiti in French Polynesia. Many arrived in March planning to stay for just a few weeks. But they got stuck when the virus swept across the globe and their flights back home on LATAM airlines were canceled. LATAM says it doesn't know when it will restart the route. Read more

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Turkey and some human rights groups accuse Greece of large-scale summary deportations of migrants without access to asylum procedures. A group of Afghan migrants says that after reaching the Greek island of Lesbos, authorities rounded them up, mistreated them, put them in life rafts and abandoned them at sea. Associated Press journalists on a government-sponsored ride-along on the Turkish coast guard vessel saw it pick up the 37 migrants, including 18 children, from two life rafts in the Aegean Sea on Sept. 12. Two other media organizations in the same week witnessed similar scenes. Greece denies the allegations and accuses Turkey of weaponizing migrants. International human rights groups have called repeatedly for investigations. Read more

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Eight teams in the National League are vying for four available postseason spots heading into the regular season’s final weekend, and Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty can get St. Louis a crucial win in the opener of a doubleheader against Milwaukee. The clubs opened a five-game series Thursday that could have huge implications on the race, as none of the six other contenders are facing each other. Meanwhile, The White Sox and Cubs both hope to reverse recent slides when they meet this weekend at Guaranteed Rate Field before opening the playoffs. Read more

A leading Israeli public health expert, who was named the country's coronavirus czar in mid-July, has been hailed as Israel’s best hope for halting a fast-growing number of cases. Now, two months later, Israel is suffering from one of the world’s worst outbreaks and heading into a tough new lockdown. Dr. Ronni Gamzu has faced withering criticism from opponents, pushback from Israel’s political leadership and the stark fact that the number of new cases shows no sign of declining. But Gamzu is taking it in stride, drawing on a personal battle with cancer to help him make the tough decisions that could save lives or shatter livelihoods. Read more

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South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized over the killing of a South Korea official who may have crossed the disputed sea border while trying to defect. It’s extremely unusual for a North Korean leader to apologize to rival South Korea on any issue. South Korea’s presidential office said Kim in his message of apology called the incident unexpected and unfortunate. South Korea earlier said the man disappeared from a boat monitoring unauthorized fishing. It accused North Korea of fatally shooting him and burning his body in what may have been an anti-virus measure. South Korean officials had condemned what they called the atrocious act and pressed for North Korea to punish those responsible. Read more

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Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say at least 24 people were arrested from a protest in the city on Thursday. A statement says charges included unlawful assembly, failure to disperse and riot in the first degree. Authorities allege the protesters broke windows at a restaurant, damaged city buses, tried to set a fire and threw a flare into the street. Protests have broken out across the country following the announcement Wednesday that no officers were directly charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. The Black woman was killed during a police raid in March. Police pulled back from the Louisville protest on Thursday night after negotiating an ending with demonstrators. Read more

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman in American history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, capping days of commemorations of her extraordinary life. The justice died last week at age 87. She also will be the first Jewish-American to lie in state and just the second Supreme Court justice. The first was Chief Justice William Howard Taft, who also had been president. Ginsburg’s casket will be brought to the Capitol Friday morning for a private ceremony in Statuary Hall attended by her family and lawmakers. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, plan to attend. Read more

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People dismayed that the Louisville, Kentucky, officers who shot Breonna Taylor haven't be charged with her death have vowed to persist in their fight for justice. Many took to the streets in several U.S. cities to call for reforms to combat racist policing. The big question for a town torn apart by Taylor’s death and the larger issue of racism in America was how to move forward. Protesters chanted her name and flooded the streets in Taylor's hometown Thursday night. Police say that as of early Friday at least 24 people were arrested. Read more

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Joe Biden had no public events scheduled Thursday, as he concentrated on preparing for next week's debate. But it wasn't the first time he laid low. Since he chose California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Aug. 11, Biden has had 23 days where he either didn’t make public appearances, held only virtual fundraisers or ventured from his Delaware home solely for church. He made 12 out-of-state visits during that period, including a trip to Washington scheduled for Friday to pay respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During the same time, President Donald Trump had 24 trips that took him to 17 different states, not counting weekend golf outings.  Read more

A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in President Donald Trump’s long-running fight to prevent a New York top prosecutor from getting his tax returns. Trump’s lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge last month rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena issued to his accounting firm by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. A temporary restraining order remains in effect, preventing any tax records from being turned over at least until the latest appeal is decided. Trump has said he expects the case to return to the Supreme Court, making it unlikely the dispute will be resolved before the November election. Read more

President Donald Trump aims to maximize the benefit of his Supreme Court choice before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the results be contested. He is closing in on his pick to fill the vacancy just weeks before Election Day. The selection of his third justice to the high court is infused with politics. Even before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week, the president had tried to use the likelihood of more Supreme Court vacancies to his political advantage. Now, as he nears a decision on her likely replacement, Trump has used the vacancy to appeal to battleground-state voters and as a rallying cry for his conservative base.  Read more

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India has reported another 86,000 coronavirus cases as the country's daily cases continue a declining trend with recoveries exceeding new cases this week. India has confirmed more than 5.8 million infections and is on track to pass the U.S. for the highest caseload in the world. The Health Ministry also reported another 1,141 more deaths for a total of 92,290. More than 81% percent of people infected with the virus have recovered and the number of newly recovered is outpacing those newly infected. India’s newly reported infections have remained below 90,000 for five straight days. Read more

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BEIJING — Hong Kong Disneyland has reopened for the second time as the semi-autonomous Chinese city again appears to have brought new coronavirus cases down to near-zero. Read more

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People dismayed that the Louisville, Kentucky, officers who shot Breonna Taylor haven't be charged with her death have vowed to persist in their fight for justice. Many took to the streets in several U.S. cities to call for reforms to combat racist policing. The big question for a town torn apart by Taylor’s death and the larger issue of racism in America was how to move forward. Protesters chanted her name and flooded the streets in Taylor's hometown Thursday night. Several people have been detained. Read more

A cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Rio de Janeiro throughout the coronavirus pandemic has been lifted, but gloom remains — the annual Carnival parade of flamboyant samba schools won’t be held in February. And while the decision is being characterized as a postponement of the event, no new date has been set. Rio’s League of Samba Schools announced Thursday night that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood. Rio’s City Hall, meanwhile, has yet to announce a decision about the Carnival street parties that take place across the city, though some have already canceled. Read more

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A 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, faces a hearing to return him to Wisconsin to face trial on homicide charges that could put him in prison for life. Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested at his home in Antioch, Illinois, a day after prosecutors say he shot and killed two and injured a third on the streets of Kenosha on Aug. 25. His attorneys have said Rittenhouse acted in self defense. A Friday court hearing in Illinois was to determine whether to send Rittenhouse to Wisconsin to face charges. Read more

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Live instruction for the younger students will begin on October 12. Read more

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Anthony Davis scored 34 points, LeBron James had 26 and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 114-108 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Davis got the Lakers off to a fast start with his scoring and James helped them finish it off with his defense, forcing Jamal Murray into some late misses after the guard had kept the Nuggets in it with an array of high-difficulty baskets. James added nine rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who grabbed 12 offensive rebounds for a whopping 25-6 advantage in second-chance points. Game 5 is Saturday. Read more

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Different team, familiar result for Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fitzpatrick accounted for three touchdowns and led Miami to a 31-13 victory Thursday night. He became the first NFL quarterback to notch six wins over the same opponent with six teams. The lopsided outcome also gave the Dolphins their first double-digit victory in 39 games. That ends what had been the longest drought in the league. Fitzpatrick improved to 6-2 as a starter versus Jacksonville. His wins came with Cincinnati (2008), Buffalo (2012), Tennessee (2013), Houston (2014), the New York Jets (2015) and now Miami. Read more

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Heather West hits the road every Wednesday to teach her students remotely from a different location. Read more