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Herschel Walker paid for girlfriend's abortion, report says

Walker called the accusation a "flat-out lie." The report showed an image of a $700 personal check from Walker dated five days after the abortion receipt. Read more

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Jimmy Carter turns 98 today. Here's how our oldest former president plans to celebrate

Spoiler: The day involves baseball. View a gallery looking back at the longest-living U.S. president in history. Read more

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TikTok politics: Candidates turn to it 'for better or worse'

As TikTok's popularity has exploded, young voters are using it more to learn about politics, elections and issues. And candidates are taking notice. Read more

ON THE TRAIL

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Myanmar sentences Japanese journalist to prison on 2 charges

A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a Japanese journalist to prison after he filmed an anti-government protest in July. A Japanese diplomat said Toru Kubota was sentenced Wednesday to seven years for violating the electronic transactions law and three years for incitement. The sentences would be served concurrently. Kubota was arrested by plainclothes police after taking photos and videos of a flash protest in Yangon. Kubota was the fifth foreign journalist detained in Myanmar after the military seized power in 2021. The four others were eventually deported before finishing their sentences. Many local journalists have also been arrested. The military tightly restricts media operations and independent outlets are forced to operate underground or abroad. Read more

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Australia updates law to protect data after Optus hack

The Australian government has announced changes to its telecommunications law to protect vulnerable customers after personal details were stolen in a major cyberattack on the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier. The government said in a statement Thursday that changes to regulations helps providers like Optus coordinate with other countries the detection and mitigation of scams and other malicious cyber activities. More than one in three Australians had personal data stolen when Optus lost the records of almost 10 million current and former customers including passport, driver’s license and national health care identification numbers in a hack discovered two weeks ago. Optus has run ads in Australian newspapers under the headline, "We’re deeply sorry.” Read more

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At least 66 US clinics have halted abortions, institute says

At least 66 clinics have stopped providing abortions in 15 states since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. That's according to a Guttmacher Institute analysis released Thursday. The institute is a research group that supports abortion rights.  The analysis examines the impact of state laws on access to abortion in the 100 days since that landmark decision on June 24.  As of October 2, there were no providers offering abortions in 14 of these 15 states. The number of clinics providing abortions in the 15 states dropped from 79 to 13. Read more

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Myanmar sentences Japanese journalist to prison on 2 charges

A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a Japanese journalist to prison after he filmed an anti-government protest in July. A Japanese diplomat said Toru Kubota was sentenced Wednesday to seven years for violating the electronic transactions law and three years for incitement. The sentences would be served concurrently. Kubota was arrested by plainclothes police after taking photos and videos of a flash protest in Yangon. Kubota was the fifth foreign journalist detained in Myanmar after the military seized power in 2021. The four others were eventually deported before finishing their sentences. Many local journalists have also been arrested. The military tightly restricts media operations and independent outlets are forced to operate underground or abroad. Read more

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Australia updates law to protect data after Optus hack

The Australian government has announced changes to its telecommunications law to protect vulnerable customers after personal details were stolen in a major cyberattack on the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier. The government said in a statement Thursday that changes to regulations helps providers like Optus coordinate with other countries the detection and mitigation of scams and other malicious cyber activities. More than one in three Australians had personal data stolen when Optus lost the records of almost 10 million current and former customers including passport, driver’s license and national health care identification numbers in a hack discovered two weeks ago. Optus has run ads in Australian newspapers under the headline, "We’re deeply sorry.” Read more

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At least 66 US clinics have halted abortions, institute says

At least 66 clinics have stopped providing abortions in 15 states since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. That's according to a Guttmacher Institute analysis released Thursday. The institute is a research group that supports abortion rights.  The analysis examines the impact of state laws on access to abortion in the 100 days since that landmark decision on June 24.  As of October 2, there were no providers offering abortions in 14 of these 15 states. The number of clinics providing abortions in the 15 states dropped from 79 to 13. Read more

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As lawmakers raise questions, election officials in South Dakota defend state’s electoral system

Despite the concerns of some lawmakers and citizens, South Dakota election officials are “very confident” that the state electoral process …

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What student loan forgiveness means for you

Veuer’s Elizabeth Keatinge tells us how to apply to get your student loans forgiven. Read more

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Nearly 20% of TikTok search results yield misinformation, report says

NewsGuard researchers searched terms like "mRNA vaccine," "2022 election" and "Uvalde tx conspiracy" to analyze the accuracy of information… Read more

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