Authorities eye Florida in hunt for source of suspicious packages
Federal investigators will be focused on Florida on Friday as a transit point for a number of the 10 suspected explosive devices recovered so far in a chilling terror campaign aimed at top Democratic Party leaders and supporters. On Thursday, three explosive devices were found in nearly identical design to the seven seized earlier in the week, a law enforcement official said. One of the latest was sent to actor Robert DeNiro at offices in New York, and two were sent to former Vice President Joe Biden and intercepted at postal facilities in Delaware. As the FBI, Secret Service and local police track down who built and mailed out the packages, there is still a fear that there may be more out there.
Matthew Shepard’s ashes to be interred at Washington, DC, cathedral
Twenty years after his brutal murder, Matthew Shepard will be laid to rest Friday in Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital. Shepard, a gay student at University of Wyoming, was just 21 when he was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming. His killing became a national news story that energized the LGBTQ movement and helped push the expansion of federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by a person’s sexual orientation, gender or disability. The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, will preside over the service.
Budget-friendlier iPhone XR hits stores
Apple on Friday releases the iPhone XR, its third new model this year. Like the already-released XS and XS Max, the XR drops the iconic home button for a larger edge-to-edge display. It also includes the same zippy processor of the XS phones and the same Face ID facial recognition and TrueDepth front camera system. But the XR’s biggest selling point may be its $749 starting price tag, which is at least $250 less than the XS and $350 less than the XS Max. USA TODAY’s Ed Baig calls the XR “a powerful device that exacts relatively few trade-offs compared to its high-on-the-hog siblings.”
It may be the “cheapest” of the new iPhones, but how exactly does the iPhone XR compare to its more expensive siblings, the XS and the XS Max.
Desperate Dodgers back home for World Series
At least the Dodgers will be back in Los Angeles for Friday’s World Series Game 3 (FOX, 8:09 p.m. ET). Nothing has gone right so far for LA, who trail the Boston Red Sox two games to none after the Sox took Game 2, 4-2, behind a strong outing by starter David Price. A string of Dodger mistakes helped show why the Red Sox won 108 games in the American League and six straight postseason games. Can the Dodgers recover from an 0-2 deficit? History says probably not: 43 of the 54 teams that have been up 2-0 have gone on to win it, including each of the past 10.
Nor’easter coming down on East Coast
Hurricane Willa has come and gone, leaving behind enough energy and moisture to set off the season’s first nor’easter, which will bring heavy rain and wind to the East Coast starting Friday. The worst weather will be from Virginia to Maine. The combination of rain, wind and a low cloud ceiling is also likely to lead to airline delays and slow travel on area highways, AccuWeather said. Nor’easters are most common from fall through the early spring, and can bring heavy snowstorms in the winter.
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