An obituary for a Minneapolis-area woman who died at age 93 included one specific request for her mourners: Do not vote for Donald Trump. Georgia May Adkins, of Inver Grove Heights, died of a stroke on Sept. 28 at United Hospital in St. Paul. A pair of obituaries published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press included details of how she wanted to be cremated and then honored with an Oct. 16 church service under COVID-19 protocols. And she preferred that her friends and family not patronize a florist. Her Oct. 11 obituary read: “In lieu of flowers, Georgia preferred that you do not vote for Trump.”

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Scientists say the armor of a seemingly indestructible beetle offers clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. The aptly named diabolical ironclad beetle can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight. In a study published in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant: The insect's armor is layered and pieced together like a jigsaw. That's what helps it avoid being stomped, squished or pecked to death. The researchers say designs inspired by the beetle's armor could help engineers build tougher airplanes, buildings and vehicles.

A Canadian couple found a way for their grandparents from Maine to see their wedding despite the border closure because of the pandemic. It involved a boat used for hauling lobster traps, naturally. Alex Leckie and Lindsay Clowes were married on a wharf in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, while the bride's grandparents and a few other relatives from Calais, Maine, watched from a skiff used to haul lobster traps in the St. Croix River that divides the countries. The original wedding was supposed to be in Nova Scotia, but it was canceled when the border closed. The mother of the bride came up with the hashtag #loveisnotcancelled for the Oct. 10 wedding in St. Stephen, which allowed Canadian and U.S. relatives on both sides of the river to participate.

Volunteers checking sea turtle nests on a South Carolina beach came upon a rare sight: a white sea turtle hatchling crawling across the sand. The town of Kiawah Island posted on its Facebook page that the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol found a lone white baby sea turtle on Sunday. Photos show a tiny turtle that's a creamy white color rather than the more typical gray or green of a sea turtle. The town says the hatchling is believed to have a genetic condition called leucism, which causes animals to have reduced pigmentation. A conservation group says such animals typically have a hard time surviving because of a lack of camouflage.

Comedian John Oliver made a secret trip to Connecticut last week to help cut the ribbon on a new sign naming the city's sewage treatment plant in his honor.  Danbury’s City Council voted earlier this month to rename the sewage plant “The John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant,” following a tongue-in-cheek battle that began with an expletive-filled rant against the city on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” in August. Oliver shared a video of the ribbon-cutting  on his show Sunday saying the plant takes takes the worst that humanity can produce, and transforms it into something that we can live with.

New York state and city wildlife officials say it's too soon to know the local impact of exotic eels dumped into a Brooklyn lake last month. The nonnative eel species has been illegally released into freshwater bodies in at least eight U.S. states, including New York. Officials don't expect the eels to survive winter in the Big Apple, but biologists warn they could still outcompete and prey on native species this fall. The recent eel release is just one example in a long history of city residents letting exotic animals loose in urban parks.

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San Francisco police say they arrested a man suspected in the abduction of a ring-tailed lemur from the city’s zoo, where officials rewarded a 5-year-old boy who helped recapture the endangered primate with a lifetime membership. Police said Friday that a 30-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with the theft and will face charges in San Francisco. Zoo officials thanked authorities and the young boy who initially spotted the lemur wandering around the grounds of his preschool and alerted school officials, who called authorities. 

A Brazilian lawmaker has stepped down from his position representing President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, and has been suspended from the senate, after police searched his house and found cash in the underwear he was wearing. Federal police targeted Roraima state’s Sen. Chico Rodrigues as part of a probe into the alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 funds, according to a ruling by Luis Roberto Barroso, a Justice on Brazil’s Supreme Court, who dispatched his 90-day suspension of the lawmaker to the senate.  

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A stop-motion Rudolph of TV legend and his still-shiny nose are going up for auction. Santa is coming too. Figures of the flying reindeer and Saint Nick used in the 1964 animated special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" will be put up for sale to the highest bidder in Los Angeles on Nov. 13. Auction house Profiles in History announced the coming sale on Thursday. The 11-inch-tall Santa has a beard made of Yak hair and the 6-inch-tall Rudolph has nose that after some light maintenance through the decades still lights up. Together they're expected to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000. 

Researchers studying fossils among a vast expanse of petrified wood in eastern Arizona say they've found a new species. The tiny, burrowing reptile is part of a group known as drepanosaurs from the Triassic Period about 220 million years ago. It's name is Skybalonyx skapter. Researchers from the Petrified National Park and universities in Virginia, Washington, Idaho and Arizona published their findings earlier this month in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. They say the new species is stranger than its relatives because it has claws that allow it to burrow, rather than climb and live in trees.

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The United Nations chief is appealing for cease-fires in the world’s major conflicts from Yemen and Libya to Afghanistan and Nagorno-Karabakh, warning that if fighting continues “the only winner is the pandemic.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was renewing his March 23 call for an immediate halt to all conflicts to tackle the coronavirus crisis and to spotlight the most serious global hotspots, He made the appeal ahead of Saturday’s 75th anniversary of the entry into force of the U.N. Charter, which officially established the United Nations. He called for “massive" international support. Read more

Duncan Socrates Lemp became a martyr for an anti-government movement after a police officer shot and killed the 21-year-old man during a pre-dawn raid on his family’s Maryland home in March. The shooting has galvanized a loose network of gun-toting extremists promoting the “boogaloo,” a slang term for a second civil war or collapse of civilization. A social media hashtag campaign invoking Lemp's name has been a mixed blessing for his parents. While they are grateful for the support, Lemp's parents told The Associated Press that their son wasn’t an extremist and couldn’t have posed a threat to the tactical unit officers who stormed their home. Read more

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected accusations of the Kremlin’s involvement in the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying that he personally allowed his foe to be flown to Germany for treatment. Putin's most visible and determined opponent fell ill on Aug. 20 during a domestic flight in Russia and was flown to Germany two days later. Tests conducted at labs designated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent. Making his first public comments on the poisoning, Putin said he had asked Russian prosecutors to allow Navalny to be flown to Germany from Siberia, where he first was hospitalized.  Read more

Millions of people will be watching on television, but only around 200 will be inside the massive college arena in Nashville, Tennessee, where President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden meet for the final presidential debate of the 2020 election. One of them will control a mute button. A representative of the Commission on Presidential Debates will use the button backstage to ensure each candidate has two minutes uninterrupted to deliver opening answers to six major topics. The mute button is among a handful of changes made after the first raucous debate. Trump and Biden will also be separated on stage by a plexiglass barrier. Read more

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The university will offer in-person instruction for a limited number of select courses that are necessary for a student’s academic progression. Read more

The two most powerful drug cartels in the hemisphere are battling over Guanajuato, the industrial and farming hub of central Mexico. It's a state that has attracted gangs for the same reason it has lured auto manufacturers: road and rail networks that lead straight to the U.S. border. The state is now also wracked by violence. Guanajuato saw over 3,400 homicides in the first nine months of this year, putting the state on track for a murder rate of about 75 per 100,000 inhabitants. Most of the bloodshed is due to a clash between the rising Jalisco New Generation Cartel and a local gang. Read more

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The county's 2020 household hazardous waste collection program will coincide with early voters dropping off their mail-in ballots on Saturday. Read more

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U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week as the key 30-year loan marked a new all-time low for the 11th time this year. Home loan rates have notched a year-long decline amid economic anxiety in the recession set off by the coronavirus pandemic. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the 30-year benchmark loan edged down to 2.80% from 2.81% last week. The average rate on the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 2.33% from 2.35%. The low borrowing rates have bolstered demand from prospective homebuyers. Read more

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Governor Tom Wolf announced plans aimed at helping restaurants and bars that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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New York appellate judges have upheld a decision to dismiss state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort on double jeopardy grounds. The four-judge panel ruled Thursday that Manhattan prosecutors failed to show that the state charges they brought last year against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman warranted an exception to the state’s double jeopardy protections. The ruling is another blow to what is widely seen as an attempt by Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to hedge against the possibility Trump would pardon Manafort for federal crimes. Vance’s office says it is considering its options. Manafort's lawyer praises the ruling. Read more

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France's prime minister has announced a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Jean Castex said the curfew imposed in eight regions of France last week, including Paris, is being extended starting at midnight Friday to 38 regions and Polynesia. The extension means that 46 million of the 67 million people living in France will be under curfews. Hours after the prime minister announced the curfews, public health authorities reported that France had recorded more than 41,600 new virus cases, a daily high since the country began widespread testing. Figures showed France nearing 1 million cases since the start of the pandemic. Read more

Tensions continue to mount in Guinea as the West African country awaits results from last weekend’s presidential elections. Preliminary results show Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, 82, ahead in the polls and the electoral commission said final results should be announced on Saturday. Gunshots were heard Thursday morning in the capital, Conakry, while a strong security presence remained near opposition areas. This follows days of unrest after the opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, claimed that he won the election and his party issued a statement calling him president. Diallo’s claim of victory before the official results had been announced set off celebrations by his supporters that were suppressed by security forces in which three youths were killed on Monday.  Read more

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The district said in a message to district families that it is delaying a phased return to full-in-person instruction until at least Tuesday, Nov. 10. Read more

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The regression was almost inevitable after Patrick Mahomes put up record-setting numbers during his first season as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback, highlighted by nearly 5,100 yards passing and 50 touchdown throws. At least, a regression in raw statistics. Much to the chagrin of fantasy football fans, though, games are not won and lost purely on numbers. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that Mahomes has actually progressed since his second year in the league, and taken an especially big jump since last season, when he merely led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl championship in five decades. Read more

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now but the idea of a future one can’t be ruled out. Putin was asked during a video conference with international foreign policy experts Thursday if a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible. He replied that “theoretically, it’s quite possible to imagine it.” Russia and China have hailed their “strategic partnership,” but so far rejected any talk about forming a military alliance. Putin says Russia has shared highly sensitive military technologies that helped significantly bolster China’s defense capability. Of a formal alliance, he said, “The time will show how it will develop, but we won’t exclude it.”  Read more

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For the second time in two months, a panel of federal judges has blocked President Donald Trump’s effort to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted during the process of divvying up congressional seats by state. The latest decision came Thursday from a panel of three district judges in California. The California judges went further than last month’s ruling by a panel of three federal judges in New York by saying that Trump’s order violated the constitution. The New York judges ignored the question of its constitutionality. The Trump administration has appealed the New York decision to the Supreme Court. Read more

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President Donald Trump has posted full, unedited interviews that he and the vice president did with “60 Minutes” on Facebook before the show’s scheduled broadcast this weekend. The footage shows Trump growing increasingly prickly as Lesley Stahl presses him on a host of topics, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support among suburban women, the lack of masks at his rallies, and the “Obamacare” replacement plan he has long promised but failed to unveil. Trump eventually cut the interview short and declined to appear with Vice President Mike Pence. CBS News in a statement called the White House’s decision “unprecedented” but said the interview would air Sunday, as planned. Read more

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Sudanese officials have confirmed that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year. Such a deal would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West after President Donald Trump’s conditional agreement this week to remove the North African country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. It also would deliver a foreign policy achievement for Trump as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3, and give a boost to his embattled ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more

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Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt, chair of the elections board, said the elections services office is ready to go for Nov. 3. Read more

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Michael Jordan has selected 23 as the car number for his new NASCAR team in 2021. Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin had already announced they are forming a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver. The name of the team is 23XI Racing. That stands for 23 and 11 in honor of Jordan’s retired uniform number with the Chicago Bulls and Hamlin's car number for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level, will drive the No. 23 car. Read more

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Republican officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to shorten North Carolina’s recently extended deadline for accepting absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day. State Republican legislative leaders and President Donald Trump's campaign filed appeals on Thursday. The North Carolina State Board of Elections had announced in late September that absentee ballots could be accepted by counties until Nov. 12, as long as they were mailed by Election Day. That rule change lengthened the period for accepting ballots from three days to nine. The state board made the change as part of a legal settlement with voting rights advocates. Read more

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The Minnesota Vikings have traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for draft picks. The deal came less than two months after the Vikings acquired the fifth-year pass rusher in a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ngakoue is tied for fourth in the NFL with five sacks in six games, including two forced fumbles. The Vikings entered their bye week with a 1-5 record and more incentive to focus on the future. The Ravens are 5-1. They're fourth in the league in sacks per pass attempt. Read more

The European Union has imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and part of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency over a cyberattack against the German parliament in 2015. The EU on Thursday slapped a travel ban and asset freeze on Igor Kostyukov, head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, and Dmitry Badin, a military intelligence officer. It also targeted “military unit 26165,” known more commonly by monikers like APT28, Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm and Strontium. Russian officials have repeatedly denied any involvement by Moscow in the hacking attack.  Read more

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The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network will honor six students through celebrity-directed stories at its 30th annual reimagined ceremony. GLSEN announced Thursday that the ceremony will highlight the students at the Respect Everywhere celebration, which will premiere Monday on the organization’s website. The students’ stories will be told in a series of short videos by directors including Octavia Spencer, Rob Hardy, Kalen Allen, Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello and Antoni Porowski. The online event will showcase six students from around the country that have made an impact on the LGBTQ+ community in their own way. The awards show was previously named the Los Angeles Respect Awards. Read more