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870,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims last week

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was higher last week at 870,000.

The latest figure released by the Labor Department Thursday, the most timely data on the economy’s health, shows the latest U.S. unemployment rate still far exceeds the number who sought benefits in any week on record before this year.

The number of initial claims for state unemployment benefits was seasonally adjusted for the week ending Sept. 12. Claims were up 4,000 from 866,000 the prior week.

The government also said Thursday that 12.6 million people are continuing to receive traditional jobless benefits, down nearly 167,000 from 12.7 million the previous week... Read More

VIDEO: 14 raccoons, 1 coyote greet father, son in California park

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- A man and his son got unexpectedly up close and personal with nature while hiking a trail at a California park.

Marc Estoque said he and his son were riding their electric scooters with their dog in tow along a trail at the Golden Gate Park when they came across 14 raccoons.

"Never seen that before," Estoque's son said in a video of the encounter.

As the bushy-tailed creatures stood staring at them, Estoque's son then whispers: "Dad. A coyote." ... Read More

The town of Swastika, NY chooses to keep its name

NEW YORK (NEXSTAR) -- The town of Swastika, located in upstate New York, voted this week to keep its controversial name arguing it is not connected with the Nazi hate symbol.

According to CNN, the group with domain over the town's name voted unanimously to keep Swastika arguing founders named it after a Sanskrit word that means "well-being."

"We regret that individuals, out of the area, that lack the knowledge of the history of our community become offended when they see the name," Jon Douglass, supervisor for the Town of Black Brook, said in an interview with CNN. "To the members of our community, that the board represents, it is the name that their ancestors chose."

The name-change request was submitted by a cyclist from New York City who often rode through the area. ... Read More

Watch: Trump says he won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

“We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster."

It is highly unusual that a sitting president would express less than complete confidence in the American democracy’s electoral process. But he also declined four years ago to commit to honoring the election results if his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, won.

His current Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, was asked about Trump’s comment after landing in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday night... Read More

Brown bear breaks into the Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A wild brown bear tunneled under perimeter fencing and killed a popular alpaca at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, officials said Wednesday. It was killed a day later by wildlife officials.

The bear had been hanging around the zoo, knocking over trash bins and breaking bear-proof latches before it got under the fence early Sunday when the facility was closed to the public.

“It went through the zoo and killed our older male alpaca, Caesar,” executive director Patrick Lampi said. “He was a crowd favorite.”

Watch: Curious bear cub tries to get into Colorado home

He said the 16-year-old alpaca had arrived at the zoo when he was a year old.

Caesar’s companion, a younger alpaca named Fuzzy Charlie, escaped and was found unharmed... Read More

Raiders reminisce on infamous 2001 'Tuck Rule' game

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) - The Raiders were leading the New England Patriots in the 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff game with under two minutes to go when one of the NFL’s biggest plays happened.

Cornerback Charles Woodson stripped Tom Brady of the football and the Raiders recovered. But wait, the infamous ‘tuck rule’ call changed the fortunes of the ‘Silver & Black’ and were the roots of a dynasty in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

8 News Now Sports Director Chris Maathuis has the story... Read More

I-Team First on 8: Former Henderson police chief sues city

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- A former police chief fired by the City of Henderson is breaking her silence only to the I-Team.

LaTesha Watson filed a lawsuit this week against the city, its managers, members of the city's legal team and police union leaders.

Watson started working as the chief of the Henderson Police Department in November 2017, but she says she was pushed out due to racism and discrimination.

"I don't know how long it's gonna take me to get over it," Watson lamented.

She says she was recruited by the former city manager to make changes but describes a "good ol' boy network" and alleges in this lawsuit, her civil rights were violated.

Attorney Marc Cook represents Watson.

"If they don't have any consequences for what they did to her, why won't they do it to the next person?" he questioned. ... Read More