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September 20, 2020

A carjacker held a couple hostage for hours in Tennessee before killing the husband, investigators say
Aileen and Jordan Stevens were driving to church on Sunday when a car rear-ended their Ford Mustang on Interstate 24 in Tennessee. It was about 9:30 a.m. -- Aileen Stevens was teaching Sunday School that morning at their church in Rutherford County, her family said. ... More >>

Wildfire-weary Californians, 'tired of this being normal,' consider uprooting their lives
It's not just the nearly 7,900 wildfires that have consumed more than 3.4 million acres and claimed 26 lives in California that have Arthur Gies looking online for apartments in New York. ... More >>

Milwaukee students attending online class heard fatal shots, and their teacher called 911
The gunshots that killed a Milwaukee woman in her home a week ago were heard by students in a virtual class whose teacher called 911. ... More >>

Record-breaking storm season spawns slow-moving Beta along an already-battered Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm Alpha, named Friday, took the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season into the Greek alphabet for only the second time in recorded history. ... More >>

Biden proposes 401(k) changes to give low-income savers bigger tax benefits
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has a plan to change 401(k) retirement savings accounts to give low-income earners a bigger tax break up front. ... More >>

Notable names on Trump's list of potential SCOTUS nominees
President Donald Trump has updated a roster of more than 20 potential Supreme Court nominees in recent weeks, a list that includes prominent and lesser-known conservatives who would undoubtedly tilt the court further rightward if one were appointed. ... More >>

Understanding mail-in voting in the US
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How to make sure your 2020 mail-in vote is counted
A lot of people have concerns about mail-in voting (is the Postal Service being sabotaged? Will their vote be counted?), and also about the state of American democracy in general. ... More >>

Send your stories about voting issues
Are you having difficulty registering or voting, whether in person or by mail? Are you worried about receiving or returning your mail-in ballot? Do you believe you have seen or received disinformation relating to voting information or the election? ... More >>

Workers fear humans implanted with microchips will steal their jobs
Workers worry that in the not-too-distant future they will be sidelined by humans implanted with performance-enhancing microchips. ... More >>

6 new mouth-watering fast-food items
September started off rough for fast-food fanatics: Taco Bell announced it was eliminating the beloved Mexican Pizza as well as several other items. It didn't help fans that this was the company's second major menu makeover this summer -- earlier the spicy potato soft taco said sayonara. ... More >>

Amazon's stock is getting beat by a warehouse chain this year. And it's not Costco
For years, Costco and Sam's Club have dominated warehouse club retail, where members pay an annual fee to buy large quantities of goods at low prices. But a much smaller warehouse chain has gained steam as shoppers load up on groceries in the pandemic: BJ's Wholesale Club. ... More >>

Why people are flocking to ugly produce during the pandemic
When the pandemic hit the United States in March, Imperfect Foods found itself scrambling to keep up with a sudden spike in demand. ... More >>

Skeletons hanging around Connecticut to raise cash for art
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Man arrested after stealing $4,500 ring from store
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Brewery-cafe on crowdfunding home stretch
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Tree trunk falls on man helping clear road
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Racial slur sparks confrontation at Walmart
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Fallen Gwinnett police SWAT K9 Blue laid to rest
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Baptist Church cluster connected to cases at jail
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Family celebrates end of chemotherapy for 6-yr-old
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2-yr-old dies after accidental shooting inside home
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National Zoo's baby panda is officially 1 month old
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Teacher uses basement to teach children in 'pandemic pod'
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Man steals $2,500 worth of items in daylight
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City welcomes home 10-yr-old boy battling cancer
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Hip-Hop Musical explores past and present racism
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Woman helping teachers get school supplies
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