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Top eight stories for today including an unusually strong storm in California ended a persistent dry streak in record-breaking fashion; Hackers backed by the Russian government are continuing to compromise U.S. computer networks; Notorious drug kingpin El Chapo asked the Second Circuit for a new trial, and more.

National

Russia-linked SolarWinds hackers still targeting global networks, Microsoft warns

Microsoft says hackers backed by the Russian government are continuing to compromise U.S. computer networks through supply chain attacks.

(fancycrave1/PixaBay via Courthouse News)

El Chapo clamors for new trial, alleging juror misconduct

At the conclusion of a sweeping drug-trafficking trial that would put the notorious kingpin El Chapo behind bars for the rest of his life, an open-records request led to media reports about evidence withheld from trial to avoid prejudicing the jury. Because one juror claims to have seen the evidence anyway, El Chapo pushed the Second Circuit on Monday to order a do-over.

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, second from right, accompanied by U.S. marshals, gestures a thumbs-up to his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, as he leaves the courtroom on Feb. 12, 2019, in New York. The notorious Mexican drug lord was convicted of drug-trafficking charges. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

USA Gymnastics moves closer to settlement with Nassar abuse survivors

USA Gymnastics cleared another hurdle in its bankruptcy plan that would pay $400 million to sexual abuse survivors of team doctor Larry Nassar and insurance companies.

Larry Nassar, a former sports doctor who admitted to molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts, appears in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Mich., in February 2018. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Regional

A monster storm ended fire season in Northern California. But did it end the drought?

An unusually strong atmospheric river parked itself over Northern California this weekend, shattering October precipitation records for places like San Francisco and set all-time rainy-day records in cities like Sacramento.

Caltrans maintenance supervisor Matt Martin walks by a landslide covering Highway 70 in the Dixie Fire zone on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Plumas County, Calif. Heavy rains blanketing Northern California created slide and flood hazards in land scorched during last summer's wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

What it means to save a turtle

Researchers have spent years searching West Texas for an elusive breed of turtle. Their work has raised new questions about the turtle’s species — and whether they’re far more threatened than initially believed.

Kamryn Richard, the senior conservation technician at the Center for Conservation and Research at San Antonio Zoo, holds up C17046, a rare West Texas turtle. "We try not to get too attached," Richard said of the turtles she spent years caring for, but "that doesn’t mean we don’t care about them." (Stephen Paulsen/Courthouse News)

San Francisco’s progressive DA likely headed for recall

A campaign to oust one of the nation’s most progressive prosecutors will likely go to San Francisco voters next year after recall supporters submitted far more signatures than needed to qualify for the ballot.

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Campaign finance

Tennessee state Senator Brian Kelsey and a Nashville club owner are accused of violating campaign finance law by secretly funneling “soft money” from the Memphis Republican’s state legislative campaign to his unsuccessful 2016 congressional campaign.

The Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville. (Kaldari/Wikipedia via Courthouse News)

Opinion

Trick or treat or pain or jail

Halloween is dangerous for adults and you can be surprised by law enforcement almost anywhere.

Revelers march during the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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