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Police officer frees bear cub from garbage bin

TRUCKEE, Calif. – A bear cub has been reunited with its mother thanks to a police officer in Northern California who colleagues are calling a “bear whisperer.” Truckee Police Sgt. Mon Pere responded to a report of the momma bear trying to free her cub from a garbage container. Police video shows Pere calling out to momma bear that he was going to help baby bear. The officer climbed on another container and told the cub he was a friend as he lifted the lid. The cub scampered out and ran to its mother, who was watching up a hill. Police say the sergeant has had two bear rescues in recent weeks.

US retail sales rose a solid 0.8 percent last month

WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales rose at a healthy pace in October, though the gains were likely boosted by one-time factors such as hurricane recovery spending and higher gas prices. The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent last month, following two months of slight declines. Excluding gasoline sales, which were inflated by higher prices, sales climbed a still-solid 0.5 percent. The figures suggest that consumers are spending at a modest pace, fueled by steady job gains and mild wage increases. Americans lifted their spending over the summer and fall at the fastest six-month pace in four years. Yet business spending on machinery, computers and buildings barely increased in the July-September quarter, leaving consumers shouldering more of...

Texas couple accused of buying $45G worth of rifles for someone in Mexico: report

FILE – Semi-automatic rifles are displayed on a wall at a gun shop. (AP) A Texas couple acted as straw buyers for someone in Mexico by purchasing several high-dollar rifles and attempting to send them across the border, court documents said. Francisco Sevilla-Alvarez and his wife Perla Franco-Hernandez are accused of purchasing $45,000 worth of rifles and a silencer in  October for an unidentified individual in Mexico, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The couple lives in Presidio, a border town in Texas, and purchased the rifles from a dealer more than 500 miles northeast in Mineral Wells, the report said. The alleged plan was to contact a person in Mexico and drop the rifles off at specific locations. The weapons would be picked up and taken across the border, according to cou...

Senior Housing Properties: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

NEWTON, Mass. – NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The Newton, Massachusetts-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $100.2 million, or 42 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 45 cents per share. Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization. The company said it had net income of $45.8 million, or 19 cents per share. The residential care real estate investment trust posted revenue of $279 million in the pe...

Burger King worker reportedly fired after racist rant

FILE: An employee in Miami Beach had reportedly been terminated after a profanity-laced dispute with customers in October.  (Business Wire via AP) A Burger King drive-thru worker in Miami Beach engaged in a profanity-laced spat with customers that ended in her termination, according to a report this week. “Put it on Snapchat [expletive]. … You white piece of [expletive],” a female worker told customers in a drive-thru in the video-recorded altercation on Oct. 3, according to The Miami Herald. A male apparently in the car could be heard responding, “We’re not even white, we’re Hispanic.” The drive-thru window slides closed for a moment before the confrontation continued. The worker appeared to be angry about giving the customers a refund. WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE CONTENT ...

Migrant caravan pushes on toward Mexico’s capital

CORDOBA, Mexico – A big group of Central Americans pushed on toward Mexico City from a coastal state Monday, planning to exit a part of the country that has long been treacherous for migrants seeking to get to the United States. In a thundering voice vote Sunday night at a gymnasium in Cordoba, about 1,000 members of a migrant caravan that has been moving northward through Mexico voted to try to get to the capital Monday by walking and hitching rides. Cordoba is 178 miles (286 kilometers) from the capital by the shortest route, which would be the group’s longest single-day journey yet since they began more than three weeks ago. A few hundred others had already arrived at a large outdoor sports area in the capital, where they lounged on bleachers and watched locals play soccer. City e...

Conservatives’ ‘Turn California Red’ rally could attract Antifa counter-protesters: report

The grounds outside the California state Capitol in Sacramento, seen Aug. 31, 2018, are expected to be the site of Sunday’s “Turn California Red” rally. (Associated Press) Californians aiming to promote conservative leaders and causes ahead of Tuesday’s election plan to gather in Sacramento on Sunday, potentially setting the stage for a clash with counter-protesters. Organizers of the “Turn California Red” rally say supporters will assemble outside the state Capitol at 1 p.m. local time. The organizers obtained a permit for up to 500 people to attend the event, according to the California Highway Patrol. “Let’s show these Democrat politicians that we are no longer silent and their seats are no longer safe,” the event page reads. By Saturday night, 150 people had posted th...

Longtime leader of ACLU’s Southern California chapter dies

FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2002 file photo, Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, at podium, announces a legal challenge to the recently enacted Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which denies qualified, lawful, permanent residents of the United States the opportunity to continue employment as screeners because they are not at the moment citizens, at the ACLU/SC in Los Angeles. Ripston, a longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization, has died at age 91. Ripston died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at her home after several years of illness, said David Colker, a spokesman for the chapter. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) LOS ANGELES – Ramona Ripston, a longtim...

‘We are not killers:’ Migrants in caravan respond to Trump

DONAJI, Mexico – As President Donald Trump ramped up his anti-migrant rhetoric ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, exhausted Central Americans walking across Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States said they were mostly perplexed and turned off by his threats, which they perceive as exaggerated. The U.S. president has spent the final days of the campaign hammering the issue as he tries to energize Republican voters, and his favorite target has been the migrant caravan of almost 4,000 people that is still more than 800 miles away from the nearest U.S. border. Three smaller ones are following behind it. Trump’s recent statements include that he plans to sign an order that could lead to the detention of migrants crossing the southern border, and barring anyone caught cross...

Terreno: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

SAN FRANCISCO – SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Terreno Realty Corp. (TRNO) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The San Francisco-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $20 million, or 34 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 32 cents per share. Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization. The company said it had net income of $10.1 million, or 17 cents per share. The industrial real estate company posted revenue of $37.9 million in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. F...

Students find 6,000-year-old ax at George Washington estate

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Six millennia after a stone ax was carved, it was rediscovered by a pair of Ohio teens on an archaeological dig at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. The Washington Post reports Mount Vernon officials announced the Oct. 12 find Wednesday. They called it a major discovery that provides a look into the lives of those who lived on the Virginia site before it became the first president’s home. The 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) ax head was found by Archbishop Hoban High School seniors Dominic Anderson and Jared Phillips while helping map out the dimensions of what’s believed to be a cemetery for slaves and their descendants. Mount Vernon’s curator of archaeological collections, Sean Devlin, says the ax was dated by comparing it to other tools and loo...

National Retail Properties: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

ORLANDO, Fla. – ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ National Retail Properties (NNN) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The results matched Wall Street expectations. The real estate investment trust, based in Orlando, Florida, said it had funds from operations of $105.1 million, or 67 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 67 cents per share. Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. It takes net income and adds back items such as depreciation and amortization. The company said it had net income of $73.5 million, or 47 cents per share. The retail real estate investment trust, based in Orlando, Florida, posted revenue of $155.3 million ...