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Californians voting early in record numbers
Californians are voting in record numbers, with more than a third of the state's 22.3 million ballots already returned to county election offices one week before Election Day. (Oct. 27)
Lawyer: Shooting of Black man in PA "unjustified"
A lawyer representing the family of a Black man shot to death by Philadelphia police has called the victim's shooting "unjustified." Shaka Johnson said the victim had mental issues. (Oct. 27)       
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NY to increase transit employee testing
New York's transit authority says it's embarking on a first-in-the-nation testing program to guard against a second wave of the new coronavirus among transit workers. MTA Chairman Patrick Foye said the goal will be to test 15% of frontline workers weekly. (Oct. 27)       
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Wisconsin virus cases continue to hit records
Wisconsin continues to break records in virus cases and deaths. The state's chief medical officer called it a "nightmare scenario" because it could get "quite a bit worse" before it gets better. (Oct. 27)      
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Trump campaigns at rain-soaked Michigan rally
President Donald Trump has started a busy day of campaigning with a cold, rain-soaked rally in Lansing, Michigan. (Oct. 27)       
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Police shooting victim says cops let boyfriend die
A Black woman who was shot by police last week in suburban Chicago said Tuesday that officers did nothing more than cover her boyfriend with a blanket after he was shot and left him on the ground to die. (Oct. 27)       
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More than 200,000 without power as 'nightmare' autumn ice storm tears through Oklahoma
"Fall storms like this are your worst nightmare," a spokesman for an Oklahoma electric utility said.        
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Protesters square off with police in Philadelphia
Police in Philadelphia arrested at least 91 people during unrest Monday night and Tuesday morning, with three people being cited for failing to disperse and about a dozen being charged with assault of an officer. (Oct. 27)       
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Wind-driven California wildfire threatens homes
Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for fire across the state. (Oct. 27)       
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Louisiana evacuees brace for Hurricane Zeta
Louisiana residents still evacuated from Hurricane Laura two months ago brace for Hurricane Zeta. (Oct. 27)       
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1,000th COVID patient discharged from MS hospital
Mississippi resident Timothy Hudson recovered from COVID-19 after spending time in the ICU. He was the 1,000th patient to be discharged from University of Mississippi Medical Center on Monday. (Oct. 27)       
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New Jersey man's popular 'zombie house' Halloween display removed for traffic complaints
Neighborhood complaints about traffic compelled Antonio Rodrigues to take down his extensive lawn display of zombie statues ahead of Halloween.        
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Panel recommends colon cancer tests start at 45
A panel of U.S. health experts wants adults to start getting colon cancer screenings at 45. That's five years younger than previous guidelines advised. (Oct. 27)       
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Wisconsin is swinging between pandemic, politics
The must-win swing state of Wisconsin finds itself at the crossroads of the coronavirus pandemic and politics ahead of the 2020 presidential election. (Oct. 27)       
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Eyes on Texas as early voting surge surpasses 2016
More than 7 million votes have already been cast in Texas. That's more than anywhere in the U.S. and making decades of low voter turnout, and undisputed Republican dominance, look more and more distant with just over a week until the election. (Oct. 27)       
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Trump: 'Voters are judging me on a lot of things'
When President Donald Trump is asked if voters will judge him on his response to the coronavirus he said Tuesday that "voters are judging me on a lot of things." (Oct. 27)       
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Schumer: We will lose rights with Justice Barrett
Senate's top Democrat on Tuesday said the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court will mean that individual rights will be taken away. (Oct. 27)       
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Obama: Trump turned the White House into a 'hot zone'
Former President Barack Obama mocked President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump "turned the White House into a hot zone." (Oct. 27)       
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Tennessee voters with COVID-19 can now vote in-person at special sites under new guidelines
Tennessee election officials can allow voters with coronavirus to cast ballots at polling locations designated for voters with COVID-19.       
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84-year-old Ohio man assaulted for having Biden campaign sign in his yard
A neighbor told a deputy that the 84-year-old man had been punched and kicked days after the suspect confronted the man for a Biden sign in his yard.        
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Violent protests erupt in Philadelphia after a Black man was fatally shot by police
Police said the victim, Walter Wallace Jr., "advanced towards" officers with a knife, but it's not clear in bystander video.        
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Crews fight out-of-control California wildfires
Crews tried to beat back two wildfires in Southern California early Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round of dangerous fire weather raises the risk for flames erupting across the state. (Oct. 27)       
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A massive surprise: Researchers discover a coral reef in Australia that's taller than the Empire State Building
Scientists have discovered a 1,640-foot-tall detached coral reef in Australia's Great Barrier Reef — the first of its kind in over 120 years.        
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Halloween cocktail tips
Mixologist Joe McCanta passes on his tips for adding creepy touches to Halloween cocktails. (Oct. 27)       
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A potent potion for Halloween
Mixologist Joe McCanta explains how to make his best ever Halloween cocktail. (Oct. 27)       
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Tropical Storm Zeta moves toward Gulf Coast after hitting Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
Zeta, the 27th named storm in a busy Atlantic season, made landfall north of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.       
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Keith Raniere, founder of cult-like group NXIVM, faces possible life sentence Tuesday
NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, the subject of HBO's "The Vow," is due in Brooklyn federal court for sentencing Tuesday.
30 Philadelphia officers injured, one run over by truck, in protests after police fatally shoot Black man
Dozens of police officers were injured and more than 30 people were arrested during protests in Philadelphia over the death of Walter Wallace, Jr.
ShowBiz Minute: Foxx, Harry, Brown
Jamie Foxx pays tribute to sister DeOndra Dixon following her death; Prince Harry says ignorance no excuse for unconscious bias; Sterling K. Brown relates to BLM issues on "This Is Us." (Oct. 27)
On This Day: 27 October 1952
Mario Lanza musical "Because You're Mine" premiered in London with A-list attendees. (Oct. 27)