President Donald Trump was defiant in the face of an impeachment probe Thursday as he sought to convert the threat to his presidency into a weapon on the campaign trail, with biting and unsupported attacks on potential Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Confronting an investigation provoked by his unprecedented calls for Ukraine and then China to assist in digging up dirt on his political rivals, Trump continued to lay into Biden and his son Hunter, whom he and his allies have accused, without evidence, of illegally profiting off his father's office.
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The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals Thursday night.
It was a fitting conclusion to an entertaining series and WNBA season. This was the seventh series in league history that had gone to a deciding Game 5, and the home team has won five of them.
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At least two people were hurt following a manhole explosion in midtown Manhattan Thursday — just ahead of the afternoon rush, according to the FDNY.
The FDNY says it received a call just around 3:45 p.m. to the area of 6th Avenue and 47th Street, where work was being done on a nearby building. Firefighters were already at the scene when the explosion occurred.
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The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead.
Contrary to regulatory rollbacks in many other environmental areas, the administration has called dealing with lead contamination in drinking water a priority. Communities and families in Flint, Michigan, Newark, New Jersey, and elsewhere have had to grapple with high levels of lead in tap water and with regulatory failures dealing with the health threat.
Lead in drinking water has been linked to developmental delays in children and can damage the brain, red blood cells and kidneys. It is most often caused by lead service lines — pipes connecting a home to a water main — or lead fixtures in a home or school.
Political activist and high-profile Democratic donor Ed Buck pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges stemming from the overdose deaths of two men inside his West Hollywood apartment.
Buck, 65, remains in federal custody. A federal indictment unsealed earlier this month charged him with providing illegal drugs that caused the overdose deaths of the two men and distribution of drugs to others.
Buck appeared to have difficulty hearing during the brief court appearance in downtown Los Angeles. Relatives of the men watched the proceeding.
The 21-year-old man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, pleaded not guilty Thursday during a brief initial hearing.
Police have said Patrick Crusius of Dallas confessed to the Aug. 3 mass shooting and that he targeted Mexicans.
Crusius walked into the courtroom wearing a dark suit, white shirt and glasses. He was sworn in, waived the reading of his indictment and pleaded not guilty. The entire hearing lasted less than three minutes.
House Democrats subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday as part of their impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
The chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees sent Perry a subpoena asking him to provide documents related to a Ukrainian state-owned energy company as well as his involvement in a July call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The lawmakers set a deadline for Oct. 18.
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An organization that funds programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years at an international conference, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.
The Global Fund said after the conference that Macron, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Bono of the rock band U2 "committed to raise at least a further $100 million during the replenishment period to achieve a total of over $14 billion" - the organization's goal for its conference in France.
The last Global Fund conference brought in $12.2 billion in 2016. To give a boost toward this year's target, France increased its pledge to $1.42 billion, $60 million more than previously announced, Macron said.
A North Texas sheriff, as well as the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday morning criticized a judge's ruling barring his agency from relying solely on databases that have at times led to the wrongful detention of American citizens.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. bars ICE from issuing requests known as "detainers" based solely on database searches considered to be unreliable. It applies to states that do not explicitly authorize civil immigration arrests using detainers.
Jennie Pasquarella, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which helped bring the lawsuit, said the ruling was "critical to protecting the rights of everyone" and ensuring that ICE does not subject people to baseless arrests and detention.
The thousands of shops that sprang up in cities and towns across the country over the past decade to sell vaping products have seen a stunning reversal of fortune, with their sales plunging in just two months amid news reports that vaping has sickened nearly 1,300 people and killed 26.
People who turned to vaping products to help them quit smoking have been turning away, even teenagers who used the products illegally, although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says most of the people who suffered lung injuries from vaping were using products containing THC, a component of marijuana.
One estimate says 200 vaping stores have closed, while some owners report the loss of nearly three-quarters of their revenue. Some vape shops have been forced to lay off staff. Many owners, former smokers themselves, fear customers will go back to smoking cigarettes.
Simone Biles won her fifth all-around title at the gymnastics world championships Thursday, underlining her status as the clear favorite for next year's Olympic gold medal.
The U.S. gymnast scored 58.999 points to finish 2.1 points ahead of China's Tang Xijing. Angelina Melnikova of Russia was third on 56.399.
Biles' margin of victory was her biggest at a world all-around event, and matched her winning margin at the 2016 Olympics, before she took a year off.
Chicken products sold at several large supermarket and restaurant chains across the country are being recalled due to a possible contamination with listeria.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded a recall that was initially issued on Sept. 28 by Tip Top Poultry of Rockmart, Georgia, to include ready-to-eat chicken items sold nationally.
The recall of poultry products includes cooked shredded and diced chicken, as well as frozen items. The products, sold under various brand names, were available at Trader Joe's, Target, Kroger, Aldi, Food Lion, Giant Supermarket, Piggly Wiggly and Jersey Mike's.
Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing more generous inflation protection.
The increase amounts to $24 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Thursday by the Social Security Administration. Following a significant boost this year, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2020 reverts to its pattern of moderate gains.
A white Florida man who told detectives he was irritated by people who illegally park in handicapped spots was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store.
Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone called 49-year-old Michael Drejka a "wanna-be" law enforcement officer and a self-appointed "handicapped parking space monitor."
Jurors found Drejka guilty of manslaughter in August. Drejka showed no emotion when the judge sentenced him.
Nearly a month after her disappearance, and with searches thus far proving fruitless, officials have once again increased by thousands of dollars the reward for information that can lead them to a missing New Jersey 5-year-old.
Three New Jersey State Police unions on Wednesday announced that they were offering an additional $10,000 in the case of Dulce María Alavez, who vanished last month from a Bridgeton, New Jersey, park. The total reward now stands at $52,000.
The latest funds come from the State Troopers Fraternal Association, the Non-Commissioned Officers Union, and the Superior Officers Association.