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Updated: August 31, 2022 @ 3:32 pm

MIAMI — Border Patrol agents assigned to the Florida Keys have taken into custody up to 150 people from Cuba since last Wednesday as the migrant exodus from the island nation to the archipelago is on track to reach a seven-year high.
Since Oct. 1, the Border Patrol has responded to more than 216 landings in the Keys and encountered over 3,000 migrants from both Cuba and Haiti, Walter Slosar, chief Border Patrol agent for South Florida, said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon on Twitter.
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A slimmer, healthy and refreshed DJ Uiagalelei is poised to lead No. 4 Clemson back into the championship chase this season. Uiagalelei has reshaped his body, going from 250 pounds at the start of last season to 235 as the Tigers prepare to face Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Monday night. Uiagalelei was out of sync early last season and Clemson dropped out of national and ACC title contention. Uiagalelei had 10 interceptions against nine touchdowns. Uiagalelei has shaken off critics from a year ago and worked in the offseason to get the Tigers back in the title mix.
KABUL, Afghanistan — It was the final U.S. drone strike before the withdrawal from Afghanistan — a tragic coda that for many here encapsulates the legacy of America’s nearly 20-year presence in their country.
Police in the United Arab Emirates say a small plane crashed in Abu Dhabi, injuring the pilot but causing no other casualties. Instead of landing at the capital’s private jet airport, the glider hurtled into the parking lot of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Police attributed the crash to a “technical malfunction.” The pilot of the plane was receiving treatment for minor injuries, police added, without saying whether there were any other passengers. The extent of the damage at the crash site remained unclear.
Authorities say in an arrest affidavit that the 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Dutch soldier and wounding two others in downtown Indianapolis over the weekend told a friend who was with him that morning that he opened fire because he “just spazzed.” The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday that police wrote in an affidavit that the unnamed friend said he, Shamar Duncan and another man went out in his pickup truck and ended up downtown before the shooting early Saturday. He said there was a confrontation between his group and another group, who witnesses told police was the soldiers. Police say Duncan’s friend said he later yelled at Duncan for opening fire, and that Duncan said “I just spazzed.”
Missouri lawmakers are delaying coming back to the state Capitol for work on a proposed income tax cut. Leaders in the Republican-led Legislature on Wednesday said they’ll officially return to work Sept. 14. They had planned on coming back to Jefferson City next week. But House and Senate leaders decided they needed more time to hammer out details after meeting privately Wednesday. The special session on tax cuts now is set to begin the same day lawmakers were already planning on returning to the Capitol to consider whether to override GOP Gov. Mike Parson’s vetoes.
It started as a simple request from the National Archives — and ballooned into one of the worst legal threats facing former President Donald Trump.
Marcus Freeman was born and raised a Buckeye. He played at Ohio State, too, and worked there. Freeman says he wouldn’t be the head coach at Notre Dame at the age of 36 without the time he spent in Columbus, Ohio. Freeman is taking a trip home: The season opener for his fifth-ranked Fighting Irish is Saturday night at No. 2 Ohio State. Freeman’s peers say he’s ready for the challenges that come with being the head coach of Notre Dame.
Sampdoria’s first goal of the season earned it a 1-1 draw against Lazio in Serie A. Ciro Immobile’s first-half goal looked set to hand Lazio another win before Manolo Gabbiadini’s stoppage-time equalizer. That prevented unbeaten Lazio from moving level at the top of the table with city rival Roma. Juventus and Napoli are also unbeaten and they play Spezia and Lecce respectively later. Lazio plays Napoli on Saturday.
Authorities say a woman killed while looking out the window of her South Carolina home was intentionally shot by a neighbor shooting at targets in his yard. Prosecutors upgraded the charge against 30-year-old Nicholas Lucas to murder on Monday. Investigators say crime scene technicians determined the fatal bullet could not have richocheted off a satellite dish being used as a target and then hit 42-year-old Kesha Tate. Authorities say the woman was killed Saturday in her Gaffney home by a bullet to the chest that showed no signs of richocheting. Lucas says he did not intentionally shoot the woman and called her death an accident.
An international banker accused of bribing Puerto Rico’s then-governor to undermine an investigation into his institution has turned himself in and pleaded not guilty. Julio Herrera Velutini is a citizen of Venezuela and Italy and was thought to be living in the United Kingdom. He was ordered held on a $1 million secured bond. Prosecutors say he bribed former Gov. Wanda Vázquez in efforts to fend off an investigation of suspicious transactions at his Bancredito International Bank & Trust. The ex-governor earlier had been arrested and pleaded not guilty.
Missouri mined the transfer portal perhaps better than any other school in an attempt to upgrade the defensive side of the ball after last season. Three arrivals from fellow Power 5 schools are in line to start Missouri’s opener against Louisiana Tech on Thursday night, and at least four more Division I transfers are on the two-deep. In all, the Tigers welcomed 19 transfers and 14 of them from Division I schools. The hope for Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz is that they make an immediate impact and ultimately help the program improve on a 6-7 record from a year ago.
While the results of this month’s Kansas abortion vote have shaken some Republicans’ appetite for additional restrictions, South Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a ban with limited exceptions. By a 67-35 vote, the South Carolina House sent the Senate a bill banning abortion with exceptions only when the pregnancy risks the mother’s health or up to 12 weeks when it is the result of rape or incest. Republicans are no longer constrained by federal law as they craft abortion bans. But that reality is highlighting divisions within the party like the ones that arose Tuesday when House leaders recessed to discuss the vote. Whether such a restrictive measure can overcome factions in the Senate will be seen next week when the upper chamber convenes.
Israel has launched airstrikes targeting Syria’s Aleppo International Airport. Syrian state media on Wednesday did not report any casualties, while Britain-based opposition war-monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israel launched four missile attacks targeting the airport’s runway and surrounding depots. Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled parts of Syria over the past years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. It has acknowledged, however, that it targets bases of Iran-allied militant groups, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah that has sent thousands of fighters to fight along Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. In June, Israeli airstrikes temporarily put Damascus International Airport out of commission.
Longtime official Chris Rastatter has been chosen to take over as the NCAA’s national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating. Among his immediate plans is a comprehensive training program to help improve call accuracy during the regular season and postseason tournaments. Rastatter’s appointment begins Thursday. He takes over for J.D. Collins, who is retiring after seven years on the job.
People continued to wait in lines at distribution sites and flooded stores for water to drink, bathe, cook and flush toilets Wednesday in Mississippi’s capital amid the failure of the the city water system. The crisis came after flooding exacerbated longstanding problems in one of two water-treatment plants. President Joe Biden said he called the city’s mayor to discuss response efforts, including support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. Biden expressed determination to provide federal support to address the immediate crisis as well the longer term effort to rebuild Jackson’s aging water infrastructure.
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The Southeastern Conference has a national championship quarterback, a Heisman Trophy winner and a collection of talented passers both new and old. The group is headlined by Alabama’s Heisman winner Bryce Young and Stetson Bennett, who led Georgia to the national title over Young & Co. But it hardly stops there. There are established starters at Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi State. Florida has a dynamic but still unproven Anthony Richardson, and there’s talented transfers like South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke says he’s resuming campaigning in his race for Texas governor after pausing his schedule because of an unspecified bacterial infection. O’Rourke says he’ll return to the road Friday in Laredo as he continues his underdog challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. O’Rourke returned home to El Paso last week after seeking treatment at a San Antonio hospital and receiving antibiotics. The former presidential candidate is a relentless campaigner who visited each of Texas’ 254 counties during his failed run for U.S. Senate in 2018.
A biracial man who says he was fending off a racist attack when he fired a gun into a pickup truck on a Georgia highway has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing one of the truck’s teenage passengers. The jury verdict in Statesboro spared 23-year-old Marc Wilson from a felony murder conviction sought by prosecutors. Defense attorneys acknowledged during the weeklong trial that Wilson fired the bullet that killed 17-year-old Haley Hutcheson in June 2020. Wilson told police he and his girlfriend were driving on a bypass when white teenagers in a pickup truck began yelling racist slurs and tried to run Wilson’s car off the road. Wilson’s attorneys insisted Wilson was justified in shooting his gun in self-defense.
The push for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, to shop online has been hailed by anti-hunger activists as a win-win solution to food insecurity. Locally, one out of every 10 households lacks access to affordable, healthy food on a …
Major League Baseball’s exhibition season will start Feb. 24 with a pair of games in Arizona. All 30 teams are scheduled to play Feb. 25 as games start in Florida. Spring training was cut short in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and workouts were restricted the following year due to coronavirus protocols and stadium capacity was limited. Spring training workouts in 2022 were to have started on Feb. 16 but were delayed until March 11 by a lockout.
Oklahoma State reached the Big 12 championship game last season and beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. The 12th-ranked Cowboys believe they can accomplish at least that much this season with veteran quarterback Spencer Sanders leading the way. Oklahoma State opens the season against Central Michigan on Thursday night. The Cowboys were upset by the Chippewas in 2016. Central Michigan returns last year’s national rushing leader, Lew Nichols III, from a team that went 9-4 and won the Sun Bowl.
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’
When “The Woman King” rises up in theaters on Sept. 16, it will emerge as a potent force on a movie landscape that has seldom seen something like it. Drawing from the real 19th century history of the Agojie, women warriors who defended the West African kingdom of Dahomey, present-day Benin, “The Woman King” is muscular action-drama that puts female power front and center at a time when women’s rights are seen as imperiled. Viola Davis stars as their general, Nanisca. “The Woman King” will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in early September before Sony Pictures opens it in theaters.
The Cleveland Browns made another shift in their ever-changing quarterback room, claiming Kellen Mond off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. Cleveland was looking to add a third quarterback after terminating Josh Rosen’s contract. Mond, a third-round draft pick in 2021 from Texas A&M, was released by the Vikings on Tuesday. Mond will serve as the Browns’ No. 3 QB behind starter Jacoby Brissett and backup Joshua Dobbs. Cleveland’s quarterback situation has been in almost constant flux this summer with Deshaun Watson leaving the team Tuesday to begin serving his 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct.
Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen already found one indelible way to honor the man he credits for much of his college football success. Allen and his fellow Wisconsin running backs plan to make an equally compelling tribute to their former position coach on the field this fall. Gary Brown spent only one abbreviated season as Wisconsin’s running backs coach and died April 10 at the age of 52.  Wisconsin’s running backs want to make sure his legacy lasts much longer. Allen rushed for 1,268 yards last year and will have more help this year with Chez Mellusi and Isaac Guerendo healthy again.
Q: I have some scratches on the bumper of my 2017 BMW 440xi. I’m skeptical of the products I see on social media and commercials. Do you have any suggestions for products that help to hide or cover up bumper scratches?
Statistics and the oddsmakers make Chase Elliott this year’s favorite to win the NASCAR championship. He leads the Cup Series with four wins, won the regular-season title and enters the playoffs with a 15-point cushion in the standings. Elliott doesn’t put too much faith into the numbers game. If there truly is a favorite in this 16-driver field, he can’t pick one, not even himself. NASCAR this season has had 16 different winners through the 26 regular-season races. Five drivers visited victory lane for the first time in their career. The playoffs open Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
Lawyers for three Black NFL coaches alleging racial bias by the league took aim directly at Commissioner Roger Goodell in their latest arguments against arbitrating a dispute they say belongs before a jury. In papers filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, the lawyers wrote that arbitration, which would be led by Goodell, would allow “unconscionably biased one-sided ‘kangaroo courts’” to decide the outcome of the lawsuit filed in February. They say Goodell could not be fair in overseeing and ruling on the dispute as to whether the league engages in systemic discrimination. They cited the hundreds of millions of dollars he earns from teams and his public statement that the suit is without merit.
Florida has sued federal health officials, accusing them of stalling the state’s plan to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration at a news conference Wednesday. He says the agencies have wrongfully delayed Florida’s drug importation proposal for almost two years. The U.S. pharmaceutical industry for years has faced complaints over high prices and has been able to successfully lobby against proposals to import drugs at lower costs. Critics have argued importing drugs could lead to risks of counterfeit or ineffective medications that would be difficult for American governments to regulate.
Federal transportation officials say in a highly critical report that the Boston-area’s aging subway system has for years neglected safety and maintenance while it focused on long-term capital projects. The Federal Transit Administration’s 90-page report on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority released Wednesday was based on a review started earlier this year in response to several accidents on the system. The FTA’s report also includes four special directives mandating 53 separate actions that the transportation authority must take to address safety deficiencies. General Manager Steve Poftak says the authority is committed to working with the Federal Transit Administration and has already started addressing some of its concerns.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill to allow minors to consent to vaccines without parental permission will not move forward this year, with the author of the measure saying Wednesday that it remained short of votes heading into the final day of California’s legislative session.
CHICAGO — Bob Newhart was not married to Suzanne Pleshette. He never had a Michigan Avenue office. He never lived in a Sheridan Road high rise.
Palestinian officials say a detainee held without charge or trial by Israel will suspend his nearly six-month hunger strike after receiving a “written agreement” that he will be released in October. Lawyers and physicians have warned that the 40-year-old detainee was at risk of dying and already suffering neurological damage from the prolonged hunger strike. He was protesting being held without charge or trial in what’s known as administrative detention. Israel says the practice is needed to jail dangerous militants, while critics say it denies detainees due process.
Hundreds of supporters, as well as advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse, attended retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland’s funeral, which was marked by an open acknowledgement of his mistakes. Weakland died Aug. 22 at age 95. He led the Milwaukee Archdiocese for 25 years before stepping down after a theology student revealed he had been paid $450,000 in 1997 to settle a sexual assault claim against Weakland. Weakland maintained the contact was consensual, but he also admitted in 2008 that he had moved sexually abusive priests from parish to parish. At his funeral Tuesday, the Rev. Steven Avella said Weakland’s mistakes were hanging over the ceremony. He says many people loved Weakland, but that some did not and their anger can’t be dismissed.
Democrat Wes Moore holds a big lead in fundraising over Republican Dan Cox so far in Maryland’s governor’s race. The latest campaign finance reports were filed Tuesday night. Moore, a best-selling author who has never run for political office before, raised $1.7 million in the five weeks after last month’s primary, between July 19 primary and the latest fundraising report deadline of Aug. 23. Cox, a state legislator who represents Frederick County, raised about $204,000. Cox, who is in his first term in the House of Delegates spent about $252,000 during that time. His campaign has a balance of $141,000.
ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug 31, 2022–
“Roseanne” alum Michael Fishman “was told” he would not be along for the ride of the upcoming “The Conners” season, but is taking the exit in stride, the 40-year-old actor confirmed in a statement to People.
LGBTQ youth who currently have a parent in the military face “significantly higher rates” of suicide risk and mental health challenges, according to new data released Wednesday by the Trevor Project.

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