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WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

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TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — Migrants traveling in a mass caravan burst through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory on Friday, de­fying Mexican authorities’ entreaties for an orderly crossing and U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of retaliation.

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ROSAMOND — The biggest portion of the Nov. 6 ballot for voters in Rosamond concerns electing trustees to the Southern Kern Unified School District, with 13 candidates in all seeking to fill four different seats.

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MOJAVE — When a pilot is in the cockpit and at the airplane’s controls, there are a number of phys­iological factors to consider, whether the cockpit is in a small general aviation air­plane or in a high-tech fighter jet.

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LANCASTER —  In 1968 Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States; the space race was in full swing; and Kaiser Permanente came to the Antelope Valley.

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PHILADELPHIA— Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Just…

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday it “certainly looks” as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened “very severe” consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response …

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KABUL, Afghanistan  — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the…

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PALMDALE — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman Thursday afternoon.

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LANCASTER — Chosen from a field of community volunteers whose varied activities demonstrate age is just a number, Joan Osborne beamed as she was presented with the 2018 Senior of the Year title Thursday during the annual Senior Expo at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County planners for allegedly failing to release records related to a plan to develop a roughly 12,300-acre site in the northwest Antelope Valley.

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PALMDALE — Palmdale School District will enhance its marketing efforts to highlight the district’s programs to the community with a contract valued up to $68,880.

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A 28-year-old Palmdale man was killed some time prior to 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, when the car he was driving was found to have rolled off an embankment at the Avenue L on ramp, onto the southbound Antelope Valley Freeway, California Highway Patrol officials said.

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MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered.

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MOSCOW (AP) — An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself.

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A high-level Egyptian delegation on Wednesday held urgent talks with Gaza’s Hamas rulers, seeking to restore calm after a rocket from the Palestinian area slammed into a home in southern Israel and the Israeli military responded with airstrikes on Hamas targets.

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CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — More than 2,000 Honduran migrants traveling en masse through Guatemala resumed their journey toward the United States on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump sought to turn the caravan into a political issue three weeks before midterm elections.

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LANCASTER — The premier annual event for active seniors in the Antelope Valley, Senior Expo presented by High Desert Medical Group and Heritage Health Care, is set for today, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

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LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital CEO Michael Wall, as well as Chief Financial and Operating Officer Colette Nichols, have been placed on paid administrative leave while a second investigation into alleged improper actions is conducted. In the meantime, Antelope Valley Healthcare District…

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So, the old (let’s say well seasoned) joke was, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.

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Lancaster — The Antelope Valley Transit Authority will continue its tradition this year of providing complimentary round-trip bus service to the High Desert Medical Group 28th Annual Senior Expo. This year’s Expo will be held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Thursday.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is stepping up efforts to convince voters his Democratic opponent is a security threat because of his family’s background — something the Latino, Arab-American contender forcefully rejects as a desperate attempt by an indicted incumbent.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI’s Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen.

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Police searching the Saudi Consulate found evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there, a high-level Turkish official said Tuesday, and authorities appeared ready to also search the nearby residence of the consul general after the diplomat left the country.

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ROSAMOND — The Rosamond Municipal Advisory Council will hold a forum for candidates in the Nov. 6 election during its regular meeting on Thursday.

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PALMDALE — The circus is coming to the Antelope Valley Mall Oct.18-22.

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LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Healthcare District Governing Board appears to be considering firing the fourth chief executive officer in five years, as it debated behind closed doors, regarding Michael Wall’s employment status.

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LANCASTER — Members of the Antelope Valley Union High School District’s classified union, California School Employees Association Chapter 612, will get an ongoing 1% salary increase and a one-time 2.5% salary bonus under a tentative agreement approved unanimously by the district’s governing …

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LITTLEROCK (CNS) — Sheriff’s detectives searched Monday for 34-year-old Jesus “Chuy” Guzman in relation to the discovery of the remains of three people found in Littlerock last week.

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LANCASTER — Mayor R. Rex Parris would like to open up the city’s seats on the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors to qualified members of the public.

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PALMDALE — It was an all-Antelope Valley finish for the top three teams at the 2018 UAV Challenge in Australia last month.

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Advice to women: ‘Don’t Be Scared’

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LANCASTER — Desert Sands Public Charter School High School’s charter is valid through June 2024.

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PALMDALE — The Palmdale Water District inaugurated a class of water “ambassadors,” armed with knowledge of the district and its workings to share with the community.

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ISTANBUL — Turkish officials have an audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from the Apple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul over a week ago, a pro-government Turkish newspaper reported Saturday.

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LANCASTER — CoffeeHouse Industries helped Antelope Valley Union High School District re-brand and market itself over the past year and the Palmdale-based agency will continue to do so for at least the next 10 months.

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BENI, Congo — A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance complicating efforts to contain a Congo outbreak — and causing a worrying new rise in cases.

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WASHINGTON — Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the…