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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel's Russia-Trump investigation.
Assange, who has taken cover in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted asylum, has speculated publicly for years that the Justice Department had brought secret criminal charges against him for revealing highly sensitive government information on his website.
That hypothesis appeared closer to reality after prosecutors, in an errant court filing in an unrelated case, inadvertently revealed the existence of sealed charges. The filing, discovered Thursday night, said the charges and arrest warrant "would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter."
The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing.
The Sept. 13 blasts in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover destroyed or damaged more than 130 structures, injured dozens and left at least one person dead. Gas service isn't expected to be fully restored until early December.
Columbia Gas on Saturday released new data showing service has been restored to about 4,450 of the nearly 7,500 gas meters that were shut off after the explosions. Service also has been restored to about 76 percent of business meters.
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With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas.
In Michigan, where the GOP has held the levers of power for nearly eight years, Republican legislators want to water down a minimum wage law they approved before the election so that it would not go to voters and would now be easier to amend.
A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia on Saturday, the second shipment in two days.
Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn, delighting chilly early-bird observers along the Atlantic coast. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier.
As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won't find are armed American soldiers standing guard.
Instead, they will see cranes installing towering panels of metal bars and troops wrapping concertina wire around barriers while military helicopters fly overhead, carrying border patrol agents to and from locations along the U.S.-Mexico border.
That's because U.S. military troops are prohibited from carrying out law enforcement duties.
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One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020.
"You're going to have to have an organization that speaks directly to voters on their phones and their computers," said Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, which spearheaded much of the party's digital effort during the recent midterm elections. "If the presidential candidates do not have that as a central part of their operation, they will not win."
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment, and narrowing the types of cases schools would be required to investigate.
Under the plan, schools would be required to investigate complaints only if they occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school, and only if they were reported to certain campus officials with the authority to take action.
The Education Department says the proposal ensures fairness for students on both sides of accusations, while offering schools greater flexibility to help victims who don't want to file formal complaints that could trigger an investigation.
Along Texas State Highway 360 on the edge of Fort Worth, construction is wrapping up on American Airlines new headquarters. But as employees wait for it to open, some commuters are raising concerns over the windowed exterior they say is blinding their morning commute.
Nathan Klein says the glare is distracting enough to slow his daily drive.
“It looks like a big square camera flash that doesn’t turn off. It just obliterates your field of vision,” said Nathan Klein.
Jemel Roberson graduated from Lane Tech High School on Chicago's North Side in 2010.
This evening hundreds gathered on campus to remember their classmate. Meanwhile, activists are calling for swift action against the officer who shot and killed him.
Community activist Jedidiah Brown says witnesses to the shooting and the moments leading up to it need to speak out.
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A nonprofit rescue organization was offering a $5,000 reward Friday for information leading to the person who fatally shot a dolphin that was found washed up on Manhattan Beach.
At least 71 people are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with more than 1,000 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the victims of the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century.
Butte County Sheriff's officials said 1,011 people are still missing. The fire has burned 12,263 structures and is 50% contained.
Shoplift is a new technology that helps prevent shoplifting by sensing unscanned items from above.
A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return, on a temporary basis, the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision at a hearing Friday morning that Acosta's credentials must be reactivated to allow him access to the White House complex for press briefings and other events.
Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, was back in the afternoon. The White House said it would be developing new rules for orderly press conferences.
"Let's go back to work," Acosta told reporters after the ruling.
"This is a great day for the First Amendment," CNN attorney Theodore Boutrous said Friday, calling the judge's decision "a win for journalism."
Starting Tuesday, adults will be able to purchase marijuana legally at two stores in Massachusetts.
At 4:20 p.m. on Friday, the Cannabis Control Commission announced that it had given the OK for retail sales to begin at the state's first two pot shops — Cultivate in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton — in three calendar days.
An Uber driver who was picking up a client at Tampa International Airport on Friday suffered an onslaught of verbal attacks after the rider discovered he didn't speak English.
Armando Valdés, who is Cuban, is seen in the video looking confused as the client argues with him about wanting to cancel the ride. Valdés is unable to communicate properly in English and the unidentified rider does not want to hear the man speak any Spanish.
In the video taken by an onlooker that was not identified, the rider apparently loses his patience and tells Valdés, "You're done!" before walking to the rear of the vehicle to take a photo of his license plate.