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^Trump is isolated on Syria pullout<

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The rising tensions in the White House underscored the difficulty Trump is facing in navigating twin crises that are inflaming all elements of government _ an impeachment probe at home and Turkey's invasion into Kurdish strongholds of Syria, a move triggered by Trump's abrupt troop withdrawal.

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^GM, UAW reach proposed tentative agreement on 31st day of strike<

UAW-STRIKE-AGREEMENT-1ST-LEDE:DE _ Details of the UAW's proposed tentative agreement with General Motors are scarce at the moment, but the agreement will include pay raises, a ratification bonus of more than $8,000, promises by GM to invest several billion in U.S. factories over the next four years, a path for temporary workers to become permanent and other elements.

GM had said during the strike that it had agreed to not increase workers' health care costs, locking in some of the best health benefits in the nation.

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^Feds arrest fourth defendant in campaign finance case involving Giuliani associates<

GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES:MI _ A self-described former pro golfer from South Florida who was indicted last week on campaign finance charges was arrested by federal authorities on Wednesday.

David Correia, who worked with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, is now in federal custody and will be arraigned Thursday before U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan federal court, a Justice Department spokesperson said. Correia was arrested at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City, according to The Associated Press.

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^Analysis: Rivals in Democratic debate make clear they see Warren as front-runner<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-ANALYSIS:LA _ Welcome to the top, Elizabeth Warren.

That was a central message of the presidential Democratic debate Tuesday, when the Massachusetts senator's rivals peppered her with hostile questions and blunt challenges to her policies on health care, taxes and more.

The debate was the first to be held since Warren moved into the lead of many national and early-state polls, challenging Joe Biden's status as front-runner, and she drew fire that she had largely escaped in earlier rounds.

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^Kurds are 'no angels' and their fight with Turkey is 'not our problem,' Trump says<

USSYRIA-TRUMP:CON _ President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued distancing the United States from Kurdish forces in Syria who once were Washington's chief ally in fighting the Islamic State terrorist group.

Trump's decision to remove American forces that were positioned between Turkish troops and the Kurds has angered both Republican and Democratic members. Both chambers are expected to soon approve a resolution condemning his decision, which he says is necessary to help bring an end to what he calls America's post-9/11 "endless wars."

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^Trump warns Erdogan not to be 'tough guy' or 'fool,' seeks deal<

TURKEY-SYRIA-LETTER:BLO _ President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling on him to "work out a good deal!" and warning him not to be a "tough guy" or "fool."

"History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way," according to the Oct. 9 letter, reported earlier by Fox Business Network and confirmed by the White House. "It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen."

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^House rebukes Trump over withdrawal of US forces from Syria<

TURKEY-SYRIA-HOUSE:BLO _ The House passed a bipartisan resolution rebuking President Donald Trump for withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria, a decision that cleared the path for Turkey to invade territory controlled by Kurds that were allied with the U.S. against the Islamic State.

The measure, passed by a 354-60 vote Wednesday, says the withdrawal benefits U.S. adversaries including Syria, Iran and Russia. It calls on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "immediately cease unilateral military action" in northern Syria.

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^Trump-Erdogan call led to lengthy quest to avoid Halkbank trial<

USTURKEY-HALKBANK:BLO _ President Donald Trump assigned his attorney general and Treasury secretary to deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's repeated pleas to avoid charges against one of Turkey's largest banks, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In an April phone call, Trump told Erdogan that William Barr and Steven Mnuchin would handle the issue, the people said. In the months that followed, no action was taken against Halkbank for its alleged involvement in a massive scheme to evade sanctions on Iran. That changed when an undated indictment was unveiled Tuesday _ a day after Trump imposed sanctions over Turkey's military operation in northern Syria.

It marked an unusual intervention by a president to get his top Cabinet officials involved in an active federal investigation.

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^Hoyer: Democrats not using inherent contempt, hope to conclude impeachment inquiry this year<

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"We made a judgment that we want the American people to understand that we are pursuing not arbitrary action but considered and thoughtful action," the Maryland Democrat said. "I don't mean to say by that that inherent contempt is by definition arbitrary but it may be perceived as arbitrary."

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^State Department official says Iran has been transferring missiles to terrorists<

USIRAN:CON _ The State Department on Wednesday revealed that Iran has been transferring ballistic missiles to regional partners that the United States views as terrorists.

The revelation by the special envoy for Iran policy, Brian Hook, came at the start of a contentious Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Hook argued that evidence of Iran's transfer of ballistic missile technology to regional extremist groups justified the Trump administration's 2018 decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal.

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^House Republicans aim to force vote on Schiff censure<

CONGRESS-GOP-SCHIFF:CON _ Rep. Andy Biggs will attempt to force a vote on his resolution to censure House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff on the House floor this week, having initiated the process Wednesday.

Biggs' censure effort has the backing of House Republican leaders _ an uncommon alliance between the party's establishment and the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

The censure resolution includes allegations that Schiff purposely misled the public in his comments on the Intelligence Committee's interactions with a whistleblower whose complaint sparked the impeachment inquiry.

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^Biden lays out foreign policy strategy in rebuke of Trump<

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Biden painted a stark picture of the consequences of Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria, which cleared the way for Turkish forces to attack the Kurds, reversing the U.S. military's commitment to provide protection.

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^Mark Sanford kicked off his presidential campaign against Donald Trump in Philly. One person showed up<

SANFORD:PH _ The bell in the Independence Hall tower rang at 9 a.m., and Mark Sanford took a deep breath. He grabbed a giant check for "one trillion dollars," stood next to a tiny wooden lectern, and asked me if I was ready for him to kick off a news conference announcing his bid to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

It didn't really feel like a news conference. I was the only reporter there.

And when it began, the only others around besides his two aides were a family 30 yards away with a selfie stick and a group of students from Paris who wanted to know why he had such a big check. (Answer: It represented the burden of the national debt.)

The former South Carolina congressman and governor _ perhaps best known for disappearing from office for six days in 2009 to visit a paramour in Argentina _ launched his long-long-long-shot presidential campaign Wednesday in a gloomy Philadelphia.

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^CNN's Democratic primary debate draws 8.3 million viewers on Tuesday<

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The figure from Nielsen is a well below the 8.7 million who watched the first round of CNN's July 30 debate. The decline is likely due to stronger competition in prime time, including a National League Championship Series game on TBS, where the Washington Nationals earned their first trip to the World Series in franchise history.

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^California billionaire Tom Steyer spent $47 million in three months on presidential bid<

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Joe Biden, one of the front-runners in the Democratic presidential primary, finds himself in a precarious financial position, having spent ($17.7 million) more than he raised ($15.7 million), according to campaign finance disclosure forms released late Tuesday.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised the most money among Democrats and also have the greatest cash reserves.

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^Los Angeles Times reaches historic agreement with its newsroom union<

LATIMES-UNION:LA _ The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reached a tentative labor agreement with the guild that represents about 475 members of its newsroom, a milestone for a newspaper that for generations was known as a bastion of anti-unionism.

The two sides had been working on the newsroom's first collective bargaining agreement for more than a year.

The proposed three-year agreement would provide immediate pay raises of at least 5% for many newsroom employees after years of stagnant wages, and some will see a more significant boost. The Times agreed to a 2.5% raise in the second and third years. The proposed contract includes job protections, parental leave, severance pay and rights for journalists who wanted to pursue book deals. In addition, managers of The Times committed to interview people from underrepresented groups to fill job openings as a way to increase newsroom diversity.

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^In California, most Republicans and Democrats agree: Immigrants make the US a better place to live<

CALIF-IMMIGRATION-POLL:LA _ In California, a majority of Democratic and Republican voters have found something to agree on: Immigrants make the United States a better place to live.

More than 80% of registered voters in the state concur with that opinion, according to the latest University of California, Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. About 92% of Democrats and 60% of Republicans are in agreement.

"Lots and lots of people here are transplants or descendants of immigrants," said Cristina Mora, co-director of the Institute of Governmental Studies. "The idea of an immigrant in California is different. Here, we understand immigrants as part of Silicon Valley, as students, as entrepreneurs _ as part of a wide and varied landscape."

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^Admissions scandal: Mom who rigged son's ACT, lied about his race gets 3 weeks in prison<

CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-SENTENCE:LA _ A federal judge handed down a three-week prison sentence for Marjorie Klapper, a white Menlo Park mother whose son applied to college with a fraudulent ACT score and an application that falsely portrayed him as black, Latino and the first in his family to attend college.

To ensure her son got a top score on his ACT exam, Klapper admitted she paid $15,000 to William "Rick" Singer, a Newport Beach college admissions consultant who has admitted fixing dozens of ACT and SAT tests for the children of his wealthy clientele.

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^CPS strike is officially on as teachers union, Chicago mayor fail to reach a last-minute deal<

^CHICAGO-TEACHERS-1ST-LEDE:TB_< It's official _ Chicago Public Schools teachers are on strike and will hit picket lines Thursday after failing to reach a new contract deal with the city following months of negotiations.

In announcing the Chicago Teachers Union's first formal walkout since 2012, President Jesse Sharkey said teachers and school support staff deserve "to have pay and benefits that give us dignity and respect. I don't think we are there on that yet."

Even before the formal decision to strike, the union's overtures toward a walkout prompted Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson to preemptively cancel Thursday classes, though the hundreds of schools in the district will remain open for children who need a safe place to go.

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^Fort Worth mayor describes actions being taken after council meeting on police shooting<

FORTWORTH-POLICE-SHOOTING-RESPONSE:FT _ Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has outlined a few of the city's plans for police oversight in response to the fatal shooting of a woman inside her home on Saturday.

In a statement Wednesday, Price said she heard from dozens of citizens at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Hundreds of people spilled out of the packed council chambers and City Hall, and 58 people were signed up to speak.

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^Zion, 8, saw his aunt Atatiana Jefferson get shot. Family is trying to help him cope<

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Since Saturday, however, family members have noticed he's been more restrained around the house, according to their attorney, Lee Merritt. He's approached rooms with more caution, Merritt said, waiting for an adult to enter first before he will follow.

About 2 a.m. Saturday, Zion and his "auntie," Atatiana Jefferson, walked into a bedroom in her Fort Worth home. The pair had lost track of time playing "Call of Duty" _ with the open doors of the house letting in a cool breeze _ when they heard a noise coming from the backyard. They went to find out what it was.

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^Giuliani's indicted Florida associates pursued a Florida weed license, too<

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Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman _ naturalized citizens now subpoenaed to turn over documents in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump _ sought to invest in one of Florida's state-issued cannabis licenses, according to three sources familiar with their efforts.

As recently as May, Parnas and Fruman were speaking to attorneys in Florida's marijuana industry about purchasing a stake in any one of the 22 companies licensed by the state to grow marijuana. But their plan appears to have been unsuccessful because of an inability to prove that they had the cash.

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^DeSantis says he knew Soviet-born donor tied to Giuliani arrested on campaign finance charges<

GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES-DESANTIS:OS _ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis knew one of the two foreign-born Republican donors arrested last week on campaign finance fraud charges, describing him as "one of the top supporters" of President Donald Trump in the state.

"That was a guy who had donated. I didn't know any of the stuff that came out at the time. It seemed legitimate to us," the Republican governor told reporters at an event in Loxahatchee on Wednesday.

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^Philly refinery blast released 5,000 pounds of deadly chemical, federal investigators say<

PHILLY-REFINERY-EXPLOSION:PH _ Philadelphia dodged several potential catastrophes during a dramatic June 21 refinery blast, which released about 5,239 pounds of a deadly chemical and launched pieces of shrapnel as large as a truck hurtling across the 1,300-acre refinery complex, according to federal findings released Wednesday.

The disaster at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions complex began with the early morning failure of an elbow section of pipe that had corroded to half the thickness of a credit card, according to investigators for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). In a matter of minutes, the fire triggered three successive explosions.

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^Philly mom charged with 3 counts of murder in shootings of 2 daughters, husband<

PHILLYMOTHER-SHOOTINGS:PH _ After shooting her two young daughters and her husband in the head Monday night, Damyrra Jones shot herself in the head in the first floor of their Tacony home, police said Tuesday.

As she was being transported in the back of an ambulance to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Jones "admitted to shooting everyone and demanded not to be resuscitated," Police Homicide Capt. Jason Smith told reporters at an afternoon news conference.

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^Southern California Edison considers power shut-offs ahead of high winds<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-ELECTRICITY:LA _ Thousands of Californians could once again be without power in the coming days as Southern California Edison mulls shutting off electricity to customers in an attempt to avoid wildfires sparked by windblown power lines.

Roughly 32,500 customers in six counties, including Inyo, Mono, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino, could lose power as early as Thursday as wind picks up across the inland portion of the state, said Robert Villegas, an SCE spokesman.

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^Markeith Loyd verdict: Guilty of 1st-degree murder in killing of pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon<

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The 12-member jury began deliberating shortly before 1 p.m. at the Orange County Courthouse and rendered a verdict in about 4 1/2 hours. Jurors also found Loyd guilty of attempting to murder three of Dixon's family members during the shooting.

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^Trump administration: Academy Sports liable for selling gun to Sutherland Springs shooter<

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Several local families are suing the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming the federal government's negligence allowed shooter Devin P. Kelley to purchase the firearm used in the massacre. Now, Trump administration lawyers are trying to shift some of the attention onto Academy Sports + Outdoors, writing in a motion filed Tuesday that the retailer is liable for the massacre because the shooter purchased his gun and high-capacity magazine at one of its stores.

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^911 recording: Boy found hanging in Pa. home with sister was bullied, 'didn't want to go alone'<

PA-SIBLINGS-HANGED:AA _ Minutes after finding her two children hanging from a support beam in the basement of their Albany Township home, Lisa R. Snyder told a 911 dispatcher that her 8-year-old son was bullied and had "made threats of doing this, but didn't want to go alone," a recording of the incident reveals.

A Broadcastify recording of Berks County 911 dispatches on Sept. 23, the day that 8-year-old Conner Snyder and Brinley L. Snyder, 4, were found hanging by a wire cable, provides new details into the children's deaths.

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^California to unveil quake warning system<

CALIF-EARTHQUAKE-WARNINGSYSTEM-1ST-LEDE:LA _ At 5:04 p.m. 30 years ago Thursday, the ground shook under the Santa Cruz Mountains.

It took about six seconds for the energy to hit Santa Cruz, about 15 to 20 seconds to get to San Jose and 30 to 35 seconds to get to the northern edge of San Francisco. As a World Series game was getting underway at Candlestick Park, the shaking began to collapse a portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and flattened a double-decker section of Interstate 880 in Oakland.

In 1989, there was no way to warn residents that the shaking from one of California's most destructive earthquakes was on its way. That robbed millions of people of precious seconds to prepare.

Officials aim to make sure that won't be the case with a future quake. On Thursday, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services will unveil an app created by the University of California, Berkeley that will give all Californians who download it on iOS and Android phones the chance to get earthquake early warnings from any corner of the state.

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^Threatening a mass shooting is a crime in Florida only if it's in writing. But that could soon change<

FLA-SHOOTINGS-THREATS:FL _ A deranged person in Florida can tell people of a plan to commit a mass shooting and still not face arrest _ as long as the threat isn't written down.

It's an oddity in state law that a school safety commission and a state legislator say must be changed.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which is reviewing ways to improve school safety in the wake of the Parkland tragedy, supported legislation that would make any threat, regardless of whether it's written or spoken, a second-degree felony.

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^Family of teacher who died from 20 stab wounds sues Philadelphia medical examiner to have suicide ruling changed<

PHILLY-DEATH-RULING:PH _ The parents of a teacher whose stabbing death was ruled a homicide and then reversed to suicide _ with no explanation _ filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office and the pathologist who conducted the autopsy to have the ruling changed to undetermined or back to homicide.

The story of Ellen Greenberg's death, which has perplexed forensic experts, was first detailed in a March 15 report in The Inquirer.

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^Off-duty investigator on leave after teens say he pulled a gun on them at skate park<

INVESTIGATOR-TEENS-GUN:LA _ An investigator with the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department has been placed on administrative leave after reports that he pulled a gun out in an encounter with a group of teenagers at a San Clemente skate park over the weekend.

The sheriff's department said in a statement that it has launched an internal inquiry into the allegations against the investigator, who was not named by officials. When it is complete, the sheriff's department will turn over the investigation to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Teenagers told Fox11 that the investigator approached the group because they were playing loud music.

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^Terrifying scene plays out as 300 birds ram NASCAR Hall of Fame windows in Charlotte<

CRASHINGBIRDS:CH _ In a bizarre scene straight out of a horror movie, hundreds of birds flew into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Tuesday night in Charlotte and crashed to the sidewalk, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said.

The nonprofit said it received a call about 11 p.m. from someone reporting birds by the dozens were dying as they dived straight at the building's windows.

It counted 310 chimney swifts, a third of which were dead when rescuers arrived, the agency said.

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^Tropical system's odds of development rise to 60% and North Florida is in projected path<

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The system over Mexico is a broad area of low pressure with a 60% chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next two to five days, the NHC said.

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^Man with days left to live pushes to raise $1 million for at-risk children<

PHILANTHROPIST-CANCER-FUNDRAISING:FT _ Just remember the babies.

That's all Happy Baggett wants.

Baggett, a well-known real estate developer and philanthropist, has terminal colon and liver cancer. And all he wants to do with his remaining days is to help at-risk children, particularly those served by Child Care Associates.

So he's asking pretty much everyone he knows to donate as much as they can to the CCA, a group that serves at-risk babies and children up to 5 years old, and has millions of dollars in infrastructure, construction and remodeling needs.

"I want to get to $1 million as fast as I can," he said. "It's all for the babies."

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^Outer Banks storms unearth old shipwreck from 'Graveyard of the Atlantic'<

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^Leader's speech disrupted in Hong Kong<

HONGKONG-1ST-LEDE:LA _ Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam stood at the front of the Legislative Council, lips pursed in disgruntled silence as the sound of screaming protesters clashing with police filled the chamber.

Pro-democratic lawmakers were protesting her policy address, an annual speech similar to the State of the Union where the special administrative region's leader outlines policy initiatives for the coming year.

Lam tried twice to give her speech on Wednesday morning but was blocked by protesting lawmakers demanding her resignation.

They blasted a recording of protesters fighting with police, drowning out her voice. One legislator projected the words "Five demands, not one less," in giant black-and-white text on her face and the wall behind her.

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^Erdogan tells Syrian Kurds to leave border area for offensive to end<

TURKEY-SYRIA:DPA _ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey's military operation in Syria will end only if Syrian Kurdish fighters lay down their weapons and leave the border area.

The offensive can only cease if "all terrorists drop their weapons and leave the safe zone which we have determined as soon as tonight," Erdogan told members of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in parliament.

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^Britain, EU agree on key Brexit points but deal still elusive<

BRITAIN-EU:DPA _ Britain and the European Union made big strides Wednesday in intense negotiations to secure a Brexit deal, agreeing on almost all major sticking points, according to EU negotiator Michel Barnier. Some complex issues, however, remained unresolved.

It remained unclear late Wednesday whether EU leaders would be able to sign off on a deal at a crunch summit with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson starting Thursday. No legal text had emerged yet from the talks, EU diplomats said.

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^Earthquake struck on unusual section of San Andreas fault known for 'creeping'<

SCI-EARTHQUAKE-SANANDREAS:LA _ The magnitude 4.7 earthquake Tuesday east of Monterey Bay hit on a unique section of the San Andreas fault that has long generated interest from scientists.

The quake was felt across a wide area and caused no major damage. But it offered a reminder of the San Andreas' presence as a dangerous seismic presence in California.

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^California's new transparency law reveals steep rise in wholesale drug prices<

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Pharmaceutical companies raised the "wholesale acquisition cost" of their drugs _ the list price for wholesalers without discounts or rebates _ by a median of 25.8% from 2017 through the first quarter of 2019, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. (The median is a value at the midpoint of data distribution.)

Generic drugs saw the largest median increase of 37.6% during that time. By comparison, the annual inflation rate during the period was 2%.

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^Billionaires are the target in this year's Democratic campaign<

DEMOCRATS-BILLIONAIRES:LA _ When investment mogul Henry Kravis put his Colorado ranch on the market earlier this year for $46 million, attention to its big-game hunting grounds, marble-countered butler's pantry and golf course designed by Greg Norman ran high on the society pages _ and on the Twitter feed of Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

"Billionaires like this guy make me wonder what our country needs more of," the Massachusetts senator wrote, "ranches with golf courses designed by PGA players & fireplaces 'imported from European castles' _ or universal childcare & a Green New Deal?"

It wasn't long ago that demonizing the super-rich was risky politics for Democrats. Candidates worried about charges of class warfare and feared turning off voters who dreamed of joining the ranks of the 1%. The Democratic Party's economic policies sought to aid the poor and middle class, but mostly not at the expense of the rich.

Such reticence has vanished from the current campaign.

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^He started murdering women in South Florida _ then became the worst serial killer in US history<

SERIALKILLER-BEGININGS:FL _ Samuel Little, a 79-year-old man with a penchant for storytelling and drawing chalk pastel portraits in his California prison cell, was recently labeled by the FBI as the United States' most prolific serial killer.

Over the past two years, Little has confessed to charming, beating and strangling more than 90 women between 1970 and 2005. About 50 of these murders have so far been confirmed by the FBI and local state detectives.

The vast majority of Little's victims were homeless, runaways, drug users or prostitutes _ women so on the fringes of society that many investigators struggled to figure out their real names.

According to the FBI and Little, he cut his teeth in the business of murder in South Florida.

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Democrats, GOP to vie for impeachment narrative -- on TV

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November 11, 2019 at 7:16 pm | WASHINGTON (AP) Impeachable or not? Both Democrats and Republicans see the televised impeachment hearings starting this week as their first and best opportunity to shape public opinion about Pr...

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BC-BBO--Remaining Free Agents

AP

November 11, 2019 at 9:58 pm | AMERICAN LEAGUE NEW YORK (AP) The 165 remaining free agents (q-has until Nov. 14 to accept $17.8 million qualifying offer): BALTIMORE (1) Mark Trumbo, dh-of-1b. BOSTON (6) Andrew Cash...

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