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California winds easing, wildfire risk narrowing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California remained on guard Tuesday, but gusty winds that raised the threat of wildfires were decreasing in strength and becoming less widespread a day after knocking out power to thousands and forcing utilities to proactively cut electricity to prevent sparks. Warnings for critical fire weather conditions were canceled for all but a stretch of the state’s …

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Testimony ends at trial on payments in college basketball

NEW YORK (AP) — Testimony at a trial about secret payments in college basketball drew to a close Tuesday after prosecutors asked the jury to focus on a flurry of texts and phone calls, some involving legendary Louisville coach Rick Pitino, about Brian Bowen Jr. in the days before the prized prospect committed to the school. Christian Dawkins, a business …

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Hurricane is blamed for 16 deaths in Florida alone

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That’s in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. The scope of the storm’s fury became clearer after nearly a week of missing-persons …

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Trump warns Honduras over migrant caravan now in Guatemala

ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cut aid to Honduras if it doesn’t stop a caravan of some 2,000 migrants, even as they resumed their northward trek through Guatemala with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. Despite having walked all day Monday with swollen, blistered and aching feet, the group was up shortly after sunrise …

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Ex-Equifax manager gets home confinement for insider trading

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Equifax manager was sentenced Tuesday to serve eight months home confinement for engaging in insider trading in the wake of the company’s massive data breach last year. Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu, who worked as a software product development manager for the Atlanta-based credit-reporting agency, had pleaded guilty in July. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg also ordered …

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Stocks surge, recovering some recent losses; Dow climbs 547

Thomas Ferrigno

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rocketed to their biggest gain in six months Tuesday following strong earnings from major financial and health care companies as well as encouraging reports on the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 547 points. Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and UnitedHealth led a parade of companies that reported profits for the third quarter that …

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Anna Burns wins Booker Prize with Troubles tale ‘Milkman’

LONDON (AP) — Anna Burns won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday with “Milkman,” a vibrant, violent story about men, women, conflict and power set during Northern Ireland’s years of Catholic-Protestant violence. Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win the 50,000-pound ($66,000) prize, which is open to English-language authors from around the world. She received …

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Sears’ bankruptcy will have ripple effect, not all of it bad

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will have ripple effects on everything from landlords to suppliers to workers. Many vendors, which had already enforced stricter payment terms on Sears, are refusing to ship merchandise to stores. The company will further shrink its workforce, which has already been reduced to 68,000 as of the bankruptcy filing from 90,000 …

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Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead

Dennis Hof

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dennis Hof, a pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his brothel business and who fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature, was found dead hours after his 72nd birthday bash, authorities said Tuesday. Hof was found unconscious and later pronounced dead in his private residence at his Love …

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The Latest: US might help with Khashoggi investigation

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says “serious evaluation” is being given over whether U.S. law enforcement officials will aid in the investigation of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But Sessions …

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