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Google installed a new policy Wednesday that will allow minors or their caregivers to request their images be removed from the company's search results, saying that "kids and teens have to navigate some unique challenges online, especially when a picture of them is unexpectedly available on the internet."

The policy follows up on Google's announcement in August that it would take a number of steps aiming to protect minors' privacy and their mental well-being, giving them more control over how they appear online.

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Fifty years ago, Attica maximum security prison in upstate New York was infamous for its harsh conditions. Prisoners were issued one roll of toilet paper each month. Asking for more meant risking a beatdown.

Arthur Harrison, who was sentenced to five years in Attica in 1971, says Black prisoners were treated especially severely. "It reminded me of the things I used to hear about on plantations in slavery," he says. "They treated us like we weren't human."

The U.S. State Department has issued the first official passport with the gender marker "X," a change the Biden administration promised earlier this year to make the documents more inclusive for people who identify as nonbinary, intersex and gender non-conforming.

The department will be able to offer the option to all passport applicants once it finishes updating its systems and forms by early 2022, according to State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

For the first time in two decades, cigarette sales increased last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, as tobacco companies also beefed up spending to promote their products.

The Federal Trade Commission, in its annual Cigarette Report, said that manufacturers sold 203.7 billion cigarettes in 2020, up from 202.9 billion in 2019 — an increase of 0.4%.

Updated October 27, 2021 at 4:16 PM ET

ATLANTA — The political organization led by prominent Democrat Stacey Abrams is branching out into paying off medical debts.

The Fair Fight Political Action Committee on Wednesday told The Associated Press it has donated $1.34 million from its political action committee to the nonprofit organization RIP Medical Debt to wipe out debt with a face value of $212 million that is owed by 108,000 people in Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

A broken leg, a new record and a bat man: those are three of the interesting stories that emerged from the Atlanta Braves' 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in the first game of the World Series.

The Braves now lead the series 1-0 after seizing the road win. Houston will try to forget this game, which they trailed from the start. For the Braves, it was their first win in a World Series game since 1996. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series will start shortly after 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Here are three things to know about Game 1:

Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto has battled multiple health challenges over the years, including stage 4 cancer, open-heart surgery, multiple sclerosis and, currently, COVID-19. Now some of his viewers are sending him death threats — because he encouraged them to get vaccinated for their own safety.

Brazil's Senate has voted to recommend charging President Jair Bolsonaro with "crimes against humanity" over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 600,000 people across the country.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania prosecutors have dropped a felony theft charge against a man who underpaid for a bottle of Mountain Dew by 43 cents.

Prosecutors in Perry County dropped the theft charge this month against Joseph Sobolewski, 38, and downgraded another charge, the Patriot-News reported Tuesday.

The highest rate of COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. is not in a liberal-leaning Northeastern or West Coast state.

It's in Puerto Rico, where more than 73% of the total population is fully vaccinated. The U.S. national average is just over 57%.

In April, President Biden unveiled the United States' most ambitious plan ever to cut emissions that drive climate change, and he urged other nations to follow. Now, days before Biden prepares for a pivotal climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the White House's keystone legislative plan to tackle climate disruption appears to be dead, sunk by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

At the moment, Tammy and Benny Alexie are staying in a cream-colored house that overlooks the Mississippi River delta. The house survived the flooding of Hurricane Ida with minimal damage because it stands on stilts. An expansive deck in the back is covered with an insect net on all four sides, a long wooden table in the middle, and a propane grill in the corner where the Alexies have been making their meals for the past six weeks. Their three children and two grandchildren are staying with them.

Australian footballer Josh Cavallo has come out as gay, becoming one of the few professional men's soccer players in the world to do so.

The Adelaide United midfielder announced that he was gay in a video posted to the team's Twitter account Tuesday night.

"I'm a footballer, and I'm gay," said an emotional Cavallo.

Updated October 27, 2021 at 5:55 PM ET

At a press briefing Wednesday, District Attorney for Santa Fe County, Mary Carmack-Altwies, said it's too early for any charges in the investigation into the Rust film shooting that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead, but she added that "no one has been ruled out at this point."

She cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the case. Interviews are ongoing and investigators are sending evidence found on set to the FBI crime lab in Quantico, Virginia.

Updated October 27, 2021 at 10:40 AM ET

U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. said it will license drugmakers worldwide to produce its potentially lifesaving antiviral pill for treatment of COVID-19 in adults.

The NCAA spends more on male athletes than female ones on average, especially when it comes to the few championship events seen as the organization's big money makers.

"The mere handful of championships" viewed by the college athletics regulator as revenue-producing are exclusively men's championships, according to a new report issued Tuesday night by the law firm of Kaplan Hecker & Fink.

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All right. We're going to say good morning now to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's chief medical adviser. Dr. Fauci, thanks for being back with us.

ANTHONY FAUCI: Thank you for having me - good to be with you.

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All right. So for more, we are joined now by Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. She's a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Congresswoman, thank you so much for being with us this morning.

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