The Supreme Court seems a bit quieter than in recent years as the justices begin a new term. Major cases await, as they always do.
In a remote, dry patch of California farm country, a battle is raging over carrots. Or rather, over the groundwater where they’re growing northwest of Los Angeles.
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Facing increasing pressure from customers, some miners are switching to renewable energy

Some mining companies are moving to phase out use of fossil fuels in extracting and refining, partly due to pressure from downstream customers that want more sustainable supply chains. (Oct. 1) (AP video by Victoria Milko)

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Women’s voices and votes to loom large at upcoming Synod of Bishops on future of Catholic church

The Catholic Church has for centuries been dominated by men with little hope for women entering the corridors of power at the Vatican or simply saying Mass. Catholic women are hoping that a 3-week long meeting in October might be the start of some change. On October 4th, Pope Francis will open the Synod of Bishops with 464 participants including Catholic clergy and lay-people. For the first time, women and lay people will be allowed to vote. (Oct. 2) (AP Video: Sebabatso Mosamo, Paolo Lucariello, Luigi Navarra, Gianfranco Stara. Produced by Trisha Thomas)

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Scuba divers on ecological mission off NYC coast

A small diving group in New York City is cutting away thickets of fishing line underwater and removing other pollutants to help ease threats to oceans and marine life. (AP Video: Cedar Attanasio and Ted Shaffrey) (Sept. X)

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Mexico’s rescue and drug-sniffing dogs start their training at the military’s puppy kindergarten

In the middle of a military base outside Mexico City, an army colonel runs what he calls a kindergarten for dogs. Puppies that one day will become rescue dogs, or sniffer dogs for drugs or explosives, get their basic training at the facility. They spend their first four months at the site, before being sent to military units around the country for more specialized instruction. (Oct. 2) (AP Video/Gerardo Carrillo)

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Chicago struggles to house asylum-seekers

As Chicago has struggled to house asylum-seekers arriving in the city, it’s been using a bus center at O’Hare International Airport. The use of airports to house migrants has been rejected elsewhere and it highlights what’s been a haphazard response to the crisis. (Oct.1) (AP video: Melissa Winder)

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Christina Hendricks and Pamela Anderson among stars at Westwood show

Christina Hendricks and Pamela Anderson were among the stars that showed up for Andreas Kronthaler’s show for Vivienne Westwood at Paris Fashion Week. (Oct. 1)

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Biden warns Trump’s MAGA ‘extremist movement’ is a threat to democracy

President Joe Biden issued a dire warning Thursday that Donald Trump and his “extremist” MAGA allies are a serious threat to American democracy. And he urged Americans not to ‘sit on the sidelines,’ but instead engage to save the nation. (Sept. 28)

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Minimum wage up to $20 for fast food workers in CA

A new law in California will raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $20 per hour next year. (Sept.28) (AP Video shot by Terry Chea/ Damian Dovarganes) (AP Production by Ao Gao)

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Menendez tells Senate colleagues he won’t resign due to bribery charges

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez remained defiant in the face of federal bribery charges, telling a room full of his Senate Democratic colleagues during a closed-door caucus luncheon that he has no plans to resign. (September 28)

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Travis Kelce notes Taylor Swift’s ‘bold’ appearance at Chiefs game, mum about any relationship

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce calls Taylor Swift’s appearance at the Chiefs’ victory over the Chicago Bears “pretty bold” but wants to remain private about any relationship with the superstar singer. (Sept. 27)

Police say a car crashed through a fence at Maine’s busiest airport and caused a disruption while officials did a security sweep.
Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez will undergo surgery on his right foot for an injured metatarsal.
VAR was supposed to put an end to all of this. But Liverpool became the latest team to count the cost of a blatant error by Premier League officials and the integrity of English soccer’s top division was called into question.
Gareth Anscombe will continue as the Wales flyhalf while Dan Biggar is injured after coach Warren Gatland named his team to play Georgia at the Rugby World Cup three days early.
The Commerce Department delivers its monthly tally of U.S. construction spending Monday and its latest snapshot of the nation’s trade gap Thursday.
The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative contract agreement with Mack Trucks that covers about 4,000 workers in three states.
The highest mortgage rates in more than two decades are keeping many prospective homebuyers out of the market and discouraging homeowners who locked in ultra-low rates from listing their home for sale.
Samoa wing Ben Lam will miss their final Rugby World Cup game against England after receiving a three-game ban for his red card against Japan.
Malaysia’s government says there is sufficient rice in the market despite recent panic-buying of locally produced rice that led to empty shelves in supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide.
South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says wing Makazole Mapimpi is out of the Rugby World Cup with a fractured eye socket.
Two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas and two of her teammates in Spain’s women’s national team have appeared before a judge as witnesses in the investigation of former soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for his kiss on a player.
Typhoon Koinu has has strengthened while approaching Taiwan. Meteorologists on the island say the storm is expanding in size and is expected to make landfall in Taiwan by Thursday morning.
Christian religious leaders in Iraq are calling for an international investigation into a deadly wedding fire that killed more than 100 people last week.
Police and rebels say that five Papuan independence fighters were killed in a clash between security forces and a rebel group in Indonesia’s restive Papua region.
Pakistan has launched its second nationwide anti-polio campaign of the year Monday in an effort to inoculate 44 million children under the age of 5.
Bayern Munich is still looking for consistency as it prepares to visit Copenhagen for its second group game in the Champions League on Tuesday.
King Felipe VI has begun a new round of talks with Spanish political party leaders with a view to choosing the person in the best position to gather enough support in Parliament to form a government.
Hitting a baseball is widely accepted as one of the hardest tasks in sports. Miguel Cabrera made it look easy. Now the likely Hall of Famer has wrapped up his career.
The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to improve on a horrendous season plagued by too many injuries to key players for coach Brad Larsen to keep his job.
The NFL’s top preseason contenders played like it in the first quarter of the season. Defending champion Kansas City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas and Buffalo are 17-3 combined.
Perfect starts by Texas and Oklahoma have setup the 43rd meeting between the Red River Rivals where both teams will be ranked.
Europe has won the Ryder Cup, and no one should be surprised. That starts with Rory McIlroy, the leading scorer for Europe in a five-point victory at Marco Simone.
More than 300 forest and peatland fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra island are causing hazy skies across the region, prompting government officials to ask people to work from home.
Kentucky’s Ray Davis became the fourth active player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to go over 3,000 career rushing yards.
China is simply relentless in its domination of the Asian Games. China won 132 gold medals and 287 medals overall at the games five years ago in Indonesia.
Third-ranked Daniil Medvedev has overcome a second-set stumble to beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 and advance to the semifinals of the China Open.
A Spanish government official says five people who were missing and feared dead in a nightclub fire in the city of Murcia have been located, leaving the death toll at 13.
The Boston Bruins have won the Presidents Trophy twice in four seasons and figure to have another successful regular season.
The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group says Cyprus needs to hold those at the highest echelons of executive power and law enforcement more accountable to counter an overwhelming public perception of widespread corruption.
European captain Luke Donald was delivering his Ryder Cup victory speech at Marco Simone when his celebrating players standing beside him started a chant that quickly swept through the grandstands.