United States

First major fall storm headed to Northeast

The first major fall storm of the season is set to lash the Northeast, bringing strong gusts and heavy rainfall as it rapidly intensifies south and east of New England on Wednesday afternoon and night. The system should barrel through New England during the overnight hours Wednesday into Thursday morning and could cause pockets of wind damage, power outages and even some isolated flooding.

South Carolina

Court: U.S. doesn’t have to finish facility

The federal government does not have to restart construction on a nuclear fuel facility that it abandoned after spending nearly $8 billion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled. The justices refused without comment to hear South Carolina’s appeal of a lower court decision that allowed the U.S. Energy Department to stop building the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility.

California

Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time

“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman reported to a federal prison to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy mothers and fathers trying to get their children into elite schools. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, dropped her off at a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Puerto Rico

Six killed in shooting at housing project

Puerto Rico’s governor called an emergency meeting after six people were killed in a mass shooting in a San Juan housing project and gunfire left two people dead a day earlier in the island’s north. Automatic weapon fire and screams could be heard in videos circulating on social media of Monday’s shootout at the Río Piedras project. A police statement said the violence left five men and one woman dead.

Brazil

At least 1 dead after apartment collapses

A seven-story building collapsed in northeastern Brazil on Tuesday, killing at least one person, trapping others — and drawing new attention to the unsettling frequency with which buildings here suddenly fall down. The cause of the collapse was unclear. But building residents reportedly had shared concerns on social media about a construction project that had exposed rebar in foundation pillars.

Spain

Violent clashes erupt again in Barcelona

Violent clashes erupted for a second night in Barcelona between police and protesters angry about the conviction of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders, as Spain launched an investigation into an activist group organizing the protests. Thousands of people held vigils near the Spanish government offices in Catalonia’s four provinces. But it was in the regional capital, Barcelona, where police charged at protesters after some hurled firecrackers and other objects at the officers.

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