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How Saudi-Friendly Middle East Dictators Are Handling The Jamal Khashoggi Scandal
WASHINGTON ― Some of the most prominent U.S. foreign policy figures urging a
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Trump's Planned Nuclear Pact Withdrawal 'Not The Work Of A Great Mind,' Says Gorbachev
Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev slammed U.S. President Donald
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China's Xi opens Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday opened a new bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and the Chinese city of Zhuhai, one of the world's longest bridges, across the mouth of south China's Pearl River. The bridge is made up of nearly 35-km (22-mile) bridge sections and a 6.7 km (4-mile) tunnel, and has been dubbed the longest "bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing" in the world. Graphic showing Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge: http://tmsnrt. ...
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'Dinosaur country': fossil hunters' S. African paradise
The sun rises over the South African bush as scientists laden with backpacks climb a hillside. Jonah Choiniere and his team from Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University had tracked the reptile from another age for three years. The search brought them to a stretch of farmland in the central town of Rosendal, where they are surrounded by cattle and impalas.
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Twitter removes more accounts affiliated with Infowars
The company confirmed a CNN report, which said Twitter permanently suspended 18 accounts, partly because of their attempts to help Infowars and Jones circumvent the ban placed on them by Twitter in September.
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President Trump Threatened to Turn Back Caravan Migrants If They Don't Claim Asylum in Mexico. That's Not Legal
If migrants want to seek asylum in the United States, they have the right to try
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Trump's Withdrawal from the INF Treaty Formalized What Was Already True
The treaty was already dead, and Moscow cannot afford new weapons systems. Now with the INF treaty officially buried, Washington can turn the screws on Beijing.
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Rubio: U.S. credibility is undermined if we don’t condemn allies that murder
Sen. Marco Rubio said America would need to call out Saudi Arabia if it’s proven that its government was behind the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Museum of the Bible Says 5 Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Are Fake
Testing found that five fragments are "inconsistent with ancient origin"
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This Week: Caterpillar and Amazon results, GDP estimate
A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:
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Michael Avenatti Ordered To Pay $4.85 Million To Former Colleague
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, has
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Innocent man killed on way to work after being caught in road rage crash in north Houston
A man on his way to work got caught between 2 vehicles that were involved a road rage incident sparked after a fight at a club.
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Kentucky Community Unites to Help Elderly McDonald's Worker Cope With Longtime Wife’s Death
Wendall Gill, 85, works full-time at a Kentucky McDonald's and cares for two special needs grandsons.
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Why America Shouldn't Threaten Preemptive War
Continually pushing for dominance in the backyards of the world's nuclear powers is madness.
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10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
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Brazil's Amazon at risk if Bolsonaro wins presidency: ecologists
Promises by Brazil´s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro and his entourage bode badly for the future of the Amazon -- called the "lungs of the planet" -- if he wins, environmentalists warn. "If he's elected, that will be the beginning of the end for the Amazon," his leftist rival in Sunday´s run-off, Fernando Haddad, said last week. Bolsonaro has also several times evoked studies to build hydroelectric power stations in the Amazon, which implies the construction of massive dams that would greatly impact water courses and require communities to be moved.
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Netflix adds to growing debt pile with $2 billion bond issue
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings has been explicit about the Los Gatos, California-based company's plan to fund content acquisition by raising debt. "We'll continue to finance our capital needs in the high-yield market," Hastings wrote in his second-quarter shareholder letter. Netflix has said it plans to spend $8 billion on content this year.
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Midterms 2018: 7 things to look out for in the first major election of Donald Trump’s presidency
Donald Trump also is in the midst of an unprecedented run of campaign rallies. Midterm elections, in the middle of the sitting president’s term, have historically been a referendum on the current leader and their party. Democrats have been raising hundreds of millions of dollars in this cycle for what they deem are ‘vulnerable’ seats - both US Senate and US House seats which could turn from Republican ‘red’ to Democrat ‘blue’ and those staid strongholds which are in danger of turning more conservative.
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Trump and Cruz make the best of their forced embrace
President Donald Trump is greeted by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as he arrives for a campaign rally at Houston Toyota Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Houston. HOUSTON — In a move that would have seemed unthinkable two years ago, President Donald Trump offered a full embrace, literally and figuratively, of Ted Cruz in a massive rally here Monday night, imploring a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters to turn out for his former political rival in Texas’s closely watched Senate race. In what is likely to be one of the most closely analyzed endorsements of this hotly contested midterm election, Trump and Cruz shared the stage at the top of an hour-long rally here, sharing a brief man-hug and a few arm squeezes before an estimated crowd of 18,000 in the heart of downtown Houston.
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U.S. top court blocks questioning of Ross in census suit
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked a judge's order forcing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to give a deposition in a lawsuit by 18 states challenging a planned question in the 2020 census that would ask respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. The justices issued a stay of the Sept. 21 order by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan requiring Ross to face questioning by lawyers for the states while litigation over the politically charged dispute continues. It represented only a partial win for President Donald Trump's administration as the justices declined to halt Furman's orders compelling a top Justice Department official, John Gore, to sit for a deposition and for the administration to hand over more documents on the matter.
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Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filings
More than 500 children have been housed in tents near Tornillo, Texas since August, and 46 have been held there since June, according to a Friday court filing in Los Angeles federal court by civil rights organizations and advocacy groups representing migrant children. The filing opposes a government request to exempt the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which runs the tent city as a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from oversight by a court-ordered monitor.
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Imran Khan leaves for Saudi conference saying Pakistan 'desperate' for loans
Khan told an interviewer before leaving he was concerned at Khashoggi's death but could not skip the conference because "we're desperate" for possible Saudi loans to shore up Pakistan's economy. It is Khan's second visit to Saudi Arabia in just over a month, but he has not succeeded in securing significant financial assistance to stave off a looming balance of payments crisis. Khan told the Middle East Eye in an interview published on Monday that he could not pass up the invitation to meet Saudi leaders again.
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US pullout from nuclear treaty with Russia also targets China: Trump
President Donald Trump said Monday that his decision to withdraw from a decades-old atomic accord with Russia was also driven by a need to respond to China's nuclear build-up. "Until people come to their senses, we will build it up," Trump told reporters Monday at the White House, referring to the US nuclear arsenal. Beijing is not a signatory to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
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Early voting in Texas begins with lines, strong turnout
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Early voting opened across Texas on Monday, bringing long lines and record first-day midterm turnout in Houston and complaints about outdated technology slowing people casting ballots elsewhere.
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Mega Millions jackpot 2018: How much could you buy with $1.6 billion?
With many people dreaming about the Mega Millions jackpot, we took a look at the different things you could buy for $1.6 billion.
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Judge slashes award but upholds verdict in Monsanto cancer trial
A San Francisco judge on Monday upheld a jury verdict that found Monsanto liable for not warning a groundskeeper that its weed killer product Roundup might cause cancer, but slashed the damages award. Judge Suzanne Bolanos denied Monsanto's request for a new trial but cut the $289 million damages award to $78 million to comply with the law regarding how punitive damages awards must be calculated.
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Trump says U.S. to exit landmark nuclear arms pact, Russia threatens retaliation
ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
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Obama Rails Against Republicans in Fiery Nevada Rally
Former President Barack Obama delivered a biting critique of Republicans in Washington and President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday but avoided mentioning his successor by name.
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France avoids question on Saudi Arabia weapons sales
France declined to say on Monday if it might suspend weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, after Germany called on others to follow its example until the truth about Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder is established. Riyadh has given conflicting accounts about Khashoggi's death on Oct. 2 at its consulate in Istanbul. On Sunday, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called the killing a "huge and grave mistake" but sought to shield Saudi Arabia's crown prince.
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Clemson Floor Collapse: How Jumping Revelers May Have Caused Shocking Frat Party Mishap
Inside Edition spoke to construction safety expert Peter Amato to find out how the Clemson house party turned disastrous.
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US army general wounded in Afghanistan attack
A US army general was among those injured in a Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound last week in Kandahar province, a military spokesman confirmed.
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Woman Who Left Toddler on Texas Porch Says She Did Nothing Wrong: 'Everything Blew Out of Proportion'
Keairra Woods says she was doing the boy's mother a favor, but she gave him the wrong address.
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'I'm Protecting Everybody,' President Trump Says After Reports His Administration Wants to Strip Transgender Protections
President Donald Trump addressed reports his administration planned to strip transgender people of protections by adopting a new gender definition.
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40 Delicious Halloween Party Food Ideas for Your Big Bash
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Man Shot, Killed by Police During Domestic Dispute in Washington State
A 50-year-old man died Sunday after he was shot by Pierce County deputies during a domestic violence call in Spanaway, Washington.
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Midterms 2018: More candidates using anti-muslim rhetoric than ever - but it's not working
This midterm election season American voters have seen a growing number of candidates - nearly all Republican - smearing their political opponents either as terrorism threats or with Islamophobic rhetoric. On Monday, ahead of the midterm Election Day, Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group in Oakland, California, released their Running on Hate 2018 report noting a sharp increase in anti-Muslim rhetoric from election campaigns in the state and local level. In the report, Muslim Advocates observed and analysed more than 80 candidates that used Islamophobic narratives in their campaigns.
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New Study Reveals Chocolate Labs Have Shorter Lifespan Than Their Yellow and Black Counterparts
Study Says Chocolate Labs Have Shorter Lifespans Than Other Labs
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US security chief, Russians in tough talks over nuclear treaty
Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton insisted at meetings with top Russian officials Monday that Moscow has been violating a Cold War-era nuclear treaty the US president wants to abandon. Bolton, who is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, also implied the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) could not be salvaged.
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Justin Trudeau Signals Canada Could Freeze Saudi Arms Export Contract
The New Democratic Party asked the prime minister Monday why Canada would arm “one of the world’s worst human rights offenders,” with the Middle Eastern nation under intense scrutiny over the death of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Canada exports armored vehicles, manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, to the Kingdom.
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In photos: Lonely Planet's pick of best cities 2019
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UK foreign minister: Saudi claim on Khashoggi death not credible
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Monday it was not credible for Saudi authorities to claim that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight. "The claim that Mr Khashoggi died in a fight does not amount to a credible explanation," Hunt told parliament.
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"I'm Protecting Everybody" President Trump Says After Reports Of His Administration's Plan To Erase Transgender Definition
"I'm Protecting Everybody" President Trump Says After Reports Of His Administration's Plan To Erase Transgender Definition
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Mexico highlights in Latin American Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad
Puebla, Mexico, Oct. 22 (Notimex).- The National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE, for its acronym in Spanish), reported that Mexican high school students won gold, silver and an honorable mention when competing in the X Latin American Olympiad of Astronomy and Astronautics (OLAA, for its acronym in Spanish). In a statement, the institute said that this meeting was held from the 14 to the 19 of this month in the city of Ayolas, Paraguay, and in this tenth edition of the Olympiad participated young people from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Panama, Paraguay and Mexico. It added that the INAOE also carries out activities to prepare those selected, both remotely and during stays made by selected young people in the facilities of Tonantzintla, Puebla. In the OLAA various tests are carried out, among which are a theoretical individual consisting of the resolution of theoretical astronomy exercises; an individual recognition of constellations and celestial objects; a theoretical by teams, and one of elaboration and launching of water rockets. It added that in the tenth edition of the OLAA Nancy Ruiz Dominguez, a student of the high school of the University of La Salle Bajio Juan Alonso campus of Torres de Leon, Guanajuato, obtained honorable mention. On the other hand, Alan Poisot Palacios, from the Wexford School in Queretaro, won a silver medal, and Oscar Angulo Flores, from the Colegio de Bachilleres in the State of Sonora, Reforma de la Ciudad de Hermosillo, won a gold medal and an award for the best individual theoretical test. NTX/JGS/HAR/GVG/BBF
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UNAM launches electronic catalog of academic services
Mexico, Oct. 22 (Notimex).- The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish) has launched an electronic platform to promote and publicize its products and services in the academic world. In this platform, interested parties can contract a service or consult a project of researchers from more than 70 entities of the university, as well as search by keyword or through different sections. Clara Lopez Guzman, Director of Special Projects of the Coordination of Innovation and Development, explained that it is COGNOS-UNAM www.cognos.unam.mx, an electronic catalog with access to developments developed in the maximum house of studies. That is, technical and clinical services, as well as training, and adds laboratories, technologies and publications that may be susceptible to transfer, especially patents and software, which contribute to the country's development. "Through a simple search engine, those interested in hiring a service or consult some knowledge of our researchers and their projects, can do a search by keyword or through different sections," she said. COGNOS exists since 2015, but had worked only internally. Now, within the framework of the first decade of the existence of the Coordination of Innovation and Development (CID, for its acronym in Spanish), this platform opens up to the productive, public, private and social sectors. Starting this month, the CID begins its relationship with industry chambers and industries so that they know about it. The system puts the user in contact with a linker, who will attend directly, and then personalized, the initial request that was made online. This network has periodic meetings, workshops and courses where they receive training to meet a profile that allows them to sign agreements, provide services and make economic proposals and advice on how to charge and bid. Lopez Guzman indicated that the linkers have the task of putting in contact and encouraging, where appropriate, new lines of research, and perhaps the creation of a patent, and a company with that patent. "That would be a great success story, where COGNOS would be the seed," she concluded. NTX/ERM/DAP/BBF
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President Trump Is Making Baseless Claims About the Migrant Caravan. Here Are the Facts
Thousands of Central Americans are fleeing to the United States
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U.S. Bible museum says five Dead Sea Scrolls fragments fake
German-based researchers tested the fragments and found five "show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin and therefore will no longer be displayed," the museum said in a statement. Academics have long questioned the authenticity of Dead Sea Scroll fragments sold by antiquities dealers. The museum established by the Green family of Oklahoma, who own U.S. craft-store chain Hobby Lobby, funded research over the past two years into whether its 16 Dead Sea Scroll fragments were genuine.
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Woman filmed harassing family for speaking Spanish at Virginia restaurant
A woman has been filmed verbally abusing a family of Guatemalan tourists during a meal at a Virginia restaurant after hearing them speaking Spanish. The unidentified white woman was caught on camera unleashing a racially charged and profanity-laden verbal attack at the family at Andy’s Restaurant in Lovettsville. The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, said the woman approached the family and asked to see their passports.
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Correction: CBS-Parsons story
In some versions of a headline on a story Oct. 21 and 22 about an interim CBS chairman resigning, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of the chairman. It's Parsons, not Parson.
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Future Mexico FM vows foreign investment to entice migrants to stay home
Mexico's future foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard vowed Monday to try to stem Central America's huge outflow of migrants by boosting investment in their home countries. The comments during a visit to Ottawa followed US President Donald Trump's almost-daily Twitter attacks on a caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rolling toward the US border. It's very close to the (midterm) elections in the United States," Ebrard said.
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Trump says transgender policy seeks to 'protect the country'
Asked about a campaign promise to protect the LGBT community, Trump said: "I'm protecting everybody. The move would remove recognition of and protections for transgender people under U.S. civil rights laws promoted by the prior administration of President Barack Obama in health care, schools and the military. "We urge the administration to ensure all public health policy is firmly rooted in science, and to keep discrimination and political interference out of our nation’s health,” said Dr. Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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Desantis vs Gillum: Florida governor debate heats up over climate change and race
Florida gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis have sparred in a heated debate that touched on issues ranging from the environment to race, as voters consider who would best serve them in the statehouse. Just hours after a new poll showed that Mr DeSantis, a former congressman. “Andrew is a failed mayor,” Mr DeSantis, the Republican in the race, said before Mr Gillum even spoke a word on Sunday.
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Beware the Midterm ‘Tail Risk’ to the U.S. Yield Curve
“In our models, there appears too much ‘complacency’ built into the financial markets base case assumption for the outcome of the midterm elections,” he wrote in an Oct. 19 note. While Herrmann didn’t predict a sweep for either party, he wrote that investors should be aware that one is possible.
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US nuclear treaty ultimatum about China as much as Russia
By announcing its intent to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear weapons treaty, the United States is targeting Russia, which it says violated the bilateral deal -- but also China, which is developing arms that are banned under it. Beijing is not a signatory to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), so it's Russia that has been singled out for violating the accord, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. At issue is Moscow's new 9M729 ground-based missile system, which Washington says has a reach that exceeds 500 kilometers (300 miles) -- a claim the Kremlin denies.
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World's Longest Sea Bridge Brings China Closer to Hong Kong
The $15 billion, 55-kilometer (34-mile) bridge, which Xinhua says is the world’s longest sea link, opens for business at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is tipped to carry some 29,000 cars and trucks daily between Zhuhai on the mainland and Hong Kong, a former British colony. It also envisions a better marriage between China’s industrial might and its one-party state and the liberal, capitalist bastions of Hong Kong and Macau, which have their own passports, currencies, trade policies, courts and civil rights. The Greater Bay Area could serve as a new growth engine for the capital markets of Hong Kong, the casinos of Macau, formerly a Portuguese colony, and nearby Shenzhen, the economic powerhouse one of Xi’s predecessors, Deng Xiaoping, built on their doorstep almost four decades ago.
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Photos Show Luke Bryan's Mom Returning to Her Home Devastated By Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael took its toll
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NASA’s incredible water system dumps 450,000 gallons in about a minute
Once a rocket leaves the launch pad, all eyes turn skyward, but the technology that keeps launch sites working at their peak efficiency is pretty darn interesting in its own right. In a new video posted to YouTube , NASA shows off its insanely powerful water system that will keep things cool during the upcoming launches of the Boeing-built Space Launch System. What you're seeing is roughly 450,000 gallons of water being pumped out in about a minute. It's called the Ignition Overpressure Protection and Sound Suppression system, and NASA uses it to keep the launch pad at a manageable temperature even as its being blasted by a rocket. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNkmwrTjKuo As NASA notes in the video's description, the test was performed at Launch Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center. The water was pushed around 100 feet in the air before spilling back into a large trench where it travels back to holding ponds. In this case, the water spewed upward because the rest of the hardware isn't fully connected yet. When the launcher is in place, the water will actually flow through a network of pipes and nozzles rather than spewing out like a geyser. Along with helping to dissipate the heat generated during the rocket firing, the water also helps absorb some of the intense noise that the rocket will generate. NASA says that this latest test is yet another big step towards the eventual launch of the Space Launch System on its first major test, Exploration Mission-1, which is expected to take place sometime around mid-2020. That's still a long way off, but getting into space takes time, especially when a new launch vehicle is part of the deal.
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Why climate change isn't being heavily discussed by Republicans, Democrats ahead of next month's midterm elections
Climate change continues to increasingly become a subject of debate in the United States. However, one place that you will rarely hear climate change discussed is in the midterm campaigns.
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Trump says US to start cutting Central America aid as he declares migrant caravan 'national emergency'
Donald Trump on Monday said he had alerted the military and federal border authorities that a US-bound migrant caravan from Central America was a national emergency, and that the United States would begin curtailing aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Trump, in a series of posts on Twitter, gave no other details about his administration's actions. Representatives for the White House, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Pentagon did not immediately reply to a request for comment. "Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States," Trump wrote in a tweet, adding: "I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy." "Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them," Trump wrote. Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants crowded into the Mexican border city of Tapachula over the weekend after trekking on foot from the Guatemalan border, defying threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if they advanced, as well as warnings from the Mexican government. Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018 Mexican police in riot gear shadowed the caravan's arrival along a southern highway but did not impede the migrants' journey. Trump has threatened to halt aid to the region, and potentially close the U.S. border with Mexico with the help of the military if the migrants' march is not stopped.
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Atlantic-Pacific's New Collection At Nordstrom Only Looks Expensive
Fans of flirty fashion and affordable prices will love the latest collection
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Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.
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Trump: He’s not “Lyin’ Ted” anymore. He’s “Beautiful Ted.”
On his way to a Texas rally for Sen. Ted Cruz, President Trump said that Cruz is no longer “Lyin’ Ted,” as Trump called him during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump called him “Beautiful Ted” and “Texas Ted.”
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Like old times: Hillary Clinton campaigns for Donna Shalala in South Florida
In an event that seems like a reprise of the 1990s, former First Lady Hillary Clinton will join former Clinton cabinet secretary Donna Shalala Wednesday at a fundraiser for Shalala’s congressional campaign. “Hillary Rodham Clinton Joins Donna Shalala in South Florida,” reads the press release from the Democratic campaign for the 27th Congressional district of Florida, announcing the event at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club.
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Dow, S&P fall as earnings season picks up; tech boosts Nasdaq
Technology sector gains limited losses on the S&P 500 and helped to lift the Nasdaq. The beaten-down S&P technology index was up 0.8 percent. The S&P 500 energy index sank 1.1 percent after Halliburton warned that fourth-quarter earnings would miss estimates amid ongoing weakness in the North American hydraulic fracturing market.
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Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion for winning numbers drawing tomorrow, highest ever
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion, the highest lottery drawing in the country's history.
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35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage science
Thirty-five Nobel and top mathematics prize winners have warned British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker that scientific research will suffer a serious setback without a good Brexit deal. The 29 Nobel Prize winners in science and six recipients of the Fields Medal -- one of the most prestigious awards in maths -- said open European borders had helped the continent make up ground lost to US researchers in the wake of World War II.
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Germany urges global minimum tax for digital giants
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said in an interview for publication Sunday he backed a global minimum fiscal regime for multinationals as Europe looks to levy tax notably on US tech giants. "We need a minumum tax rate valid globally which no state can get out of (applying)," Scholz, a social democrat in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, told the "Welt am Sonntag" weekly. Europe is trying to devise a strategy to tax profits from the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and digital platforms such as YouTube and Airbnb which currently manage to keep fiscal exposure to a bare minimum.
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Kershaw works out in shorts on chilly night at Fenway
BOSTON (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got an early look at Fenway Park, working out in shorts in the bullpen ahead of Tuesday night's World Series opener.
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Beto O'Rourke hits early polling place in Houston, holds mini-rally ahead of Trump's huge rally
Texas Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke met with constituents and supporters in Central Houston Monday morning, at the the first of eight scheduled “pop-up" rallies, ahead of President Trump's mega-MAGA rally for O'Rourke's opponent Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Luke Bryan's Mother Returns to Home Severely Damaged by Hurricane Michael
LeClaire Bryan returned to her home to collect belongings and survey the damage.
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Trump Is Hitting the Midterm Campaign Trail Hard. History Shows That Doesn't Always Make a Difference
"His intervention in the primaries was the most dramatic since the 1938 purge campaign," one expert in presidential history says of President Trump's midterm season
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Huge lottery prizes due to simple math, with a few surprises
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For all the anticipation about whether someone will finally snag the gigantic Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, the games come down to two things: simple math — and very long odds.
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Best Ways to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael is history, but work has only just begun on cleaning up the damage left behind by the monster storm. Residents of the Florida Panhandle face a long and costly recovery process. ...
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Julia Roberts on Why She's Done With Romantic Comedies
She's still a fan of the genre
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Would US quitting the INF treaty rekindle a big-power arms race?
An administration with little love for treaties and the limits they place on the exercise of American power is about to scrap another one – this time the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. President Trump told a campaign rally over the weekend that he intends to pull the United States out of what is known simply as the INF treaty, and this week he has dispatched his national security adviser, John Bolton, to Moscow to inform Russian President Vladimir Putin of the US decision. Spurred on by Mr. Bolton – the preeminent hawk in the White House and a longtime critic of the treaty signed with Russia in 1987 – Trump says he’ll withdraw from what he considers another bad international deal for the US, one he and arms control experts agree Russia has been violating for years.
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He’s no saint – but Roger Stone insists he’s innocent of Russia collusion
Roger Stone has spent a lifetime cultivating a reputation as a political street fighter of the first order – a no-holds-barred conservative campaign operative fluent in the dark arts of electoral persuasion and deception. This is a rough-and-tumble game,” Mr. Stone told the Monitor during a wide-ranging, two-hour interview at his home here. In perhaps his most ambitious project, Stone began working as far back as 1988 to convince a flashy, combative New York City real estate developer and eventual reality TV star to run for president of the United States.
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The Midterms Are All About Turnout, And Both Sides Have Reasons To Worry
Midterm elections for the House are usually major defeats for the party of a
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Malta academic in Trump probe often vanishes after scandals
LONDON (AP) — The Maltese academic who allegedly dropped the first hint that Russians would interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has gone missing — and an Associated Press investigation shows that this isn't the first time.
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How To Help Trans, Nonbinary Communities Amid Reported Trump Policy Plans
The Trump administration is working on a plan to severely narrow the legal
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Mars likely to have enough oxygen to support life: study
Salty water just below the surface of Mars could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of microbial life that emerged and flourished on Earth billions of years ago, researchers reported Monday. "This fully revolutionises our understanding of the potential for life on Mars, today and in the past," he told AFP. Up to now, it had been assumed that the trace amounts of oxygen on Mars were insufficient to sustain even microbial life.
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Donald Trump On Ted Cruz: 'He’s Not Lyin’ Ted Anymore. He’s Beautiful Ted'
Before heading to Houston, Texas, on Monday for a rally in support of Sen. Ted
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This foolproof French toast recipe guarantees crisp slices
This foolproof French toast recipe guarantees crisp, custardy slices by keeping things simple. Stale bread is standard, but we got better (and more efficient) results from oven-dried slices.
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Guard shoots, wounds man trying to get into TV news office in D.C.
The Metropolitan Police Department was investigating the episode, according to Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for public safety and justice. In June, a man with a long-standing grudge against the Capital Gazette newspaper group in Annapolis, Maryland, shot and killed five people in the newsroom.
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Donald Trump’s election was a 'traumatic experience' for many college students
To say that the 2016 presidential election had a profound impact on the American psyche might be an understatement.  In fact, new research suggests that for many, the experience was actually traumatic.  In a survey of roughly 800 college students, 25 percent reported such high levels of stress after the election that researchers likened it to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study published in the Journal of American College Health.  Throughout the election, researchers noticed some pretty strong reactions in young adults. But the day after the election, lead researcher Melissa Hagan taught two classes where she saw that students were visibly upset — some were even crying.  Anti-Trump buttons are for sale at a protest against Donald Trump's presidency in 2016.Image: Getty ImagesThat, in combination with some polls in circulation discussing politically-caused “stress” drove her and her colleagues to look into how exactly the election affected certain people, Hagan said via email.  Hagan and her team administered a psychological assessment called the Impact of Event Scale, which is a standard quick measure to gauge how a person responded to trauma, and they tailored the questions to the presidential election.  They found that some college students were reporting that they were impacted by the election “in such a way that it might lead to diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder,” Hagan said in a statement.  Some common symptoms of that kind of stress are chronic fatigue, physical illness, stomach or chest pain, and feeling overwhelmed. Results of the survey found that certain groups scored higher on the assessment than others.  For example, Black and Hispanic students reported higher levels of stress than their white peers. Women scored about 45 percent higher than men. And Democrats scored two and a half times higher on the assessment. Non-Christians also reported feeling strongly affected by the election results. However Hagan said it's important to note that the presidential election itself does not technically constitute a traumatic event.  Protesters gather outside of the military recruitment center in Time Square to protest Trump's policies.Image: Getty ImagesAccording to the American Psychological Association, in order for an event to be considered traumatic, “it is required that the person was exposed to: death, threatened death, actual or threatened serious injury, or actual or threatened sexual violence,” Hagan said.  That said, media coverage of the new administration's potential policies, some which have already been enacted, were perceived as life-threatening to some Americans. Moreover, many didn’t believe Donald Trump would be elected — especially not after the Access Hollywood tape was released, which might have been triggering for women and men who are survivors of sexual assault. Psychotherapist and author Jonathan Alpert, who is unaffiliated with the study, said the study’s results do not come as a shock to him.  “It wasn’t politics as usual," Alpert, who wasn't involved in the new study, said in an interview.  An officer watches on as protesters in Phoenix, Arizona gather.Image: Getty ImagesIn the months following the election, Alpert — like many other psychologists — noticed widespread young adult upheaval on both sides of the political spectrum.  It's possible that the shared outrage of college students could reinforce their levels of stress, Alpert said. "It’s almost like a contagion effect. You could almost catch stress from one another — like empathy," he said. Barbara Nosal, Chief Clinical Officer at the mental health facility Newport Academy who is also unaffiliated with the study, said in an interview that the degree of impact also might have to do with where young adults are in their lives. The competitive college environment, technology, and an undefined sense of independence already affects young adult development — plus, the election was an additional stressor.  Then presidential-candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Rochester, New York.Image: Getty Images“Their reaction to the election may have just compounded negativity on top of all of the other pieces of their of identity,” Nosal said.  Nosal said the depth of a reaction is also dependent on the individual person or their most salient demographic, not necessarily the stressor itself.  “Maybe a comment or something that occurs afterwards in their personal life brings the trauma up — plus ongoing discussions in the media may also trigger a traumatic response," Nosal said.  And while the survey couldn’t reveal any long-term impacts since the assessment was only administered once — if these symptoms are left unresolved, Nosal said anxiety disorders and depression may follow.  As to whether or not the clinical levels of stress vary based on the overarching political ideology of the school, Hagan thinks "it may be that symptoms are higher in states more 'left-leaning,'" but more research would have to be done to know for sure.  WATCH: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It's an inflatable Trump baby flying around London
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Pale Red Dot: NASA’s MarCO probe snaps first picture of Mars taken by a CubeSat
Mars looks like nothing more than a reddish speck in a picture captured by one of NASA’s twin MarCO spacecraft, but it’s the start of something big for small satellites. NASA says the image, released today, is the first view of Mars recorded by a class of satellites known as CubeSats. The briefcase-sized probes are part of a mission whose name is a contraction of “Mars Cube One,” and were launched from California along with NASA’s Mars InSight lander in May. They’re officially known as MarCO-A and MarCO-B — but they’ve been nicknamed WALL-E and EVE because they use propellant… Read More
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Man Dies After Falling From Cruise Ship Headed to the Bahamas
A man has was killed after falling on board a ship headed from Florida to the Bahamas, authorities confirm.
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Prince Harry Wants Meghan Markle to Have a Baby Girl and People Couldn't Be More Excited
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together
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Harris and Booker campaign for South Carolina’s black vote
Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, both considered top potential 2020 presidential candidates, were only in South Carolina for about two hours last Friday morning, but their individual visits offered a preview of a potentially historic presidential primary featuring two leading African American candidates. If they do decide to enter the race, they are likely to spend even more time in South Carolina, whose Democratic primary is traditionally one of the first on the calendar.
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Erdogan adviser dismisses Saudi explanation of Khashoggi killing
An adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday dismissed a Saudi assertion that Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight in the kingdom's Istanbul's consulate, one of several accounts of the journalist's disappearance to have emerged from Riyadh. "One cannot help but wonder how there could have been a 'fistfight' between 15 young expert fighters ... and a 60-year-old Khashoggi, alone and defenceless," said Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan in his AK Party. "It explains no aspect of the incident according to all the information reached - on the contrary, it leads to even more questions," Aktay, who is also a close friend of Khashoggi, wrote in a column in Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak.
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2019 Ford Ranger Production Has Begun, and You Can Preorder One Now
If you submit your order by January, you're guaranteed to get your Ranger by July, Ford says.
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Teenage suspect in fatal shooting of police officer shot and killed by cops
A teenager suspected in the shooting of a Georgia policeman, was himself shot and killed after being pursued by officers. Tafahree Maynard, 18, one of two men charged over the shooting on Saturday of Gwinnett County police Officer Antwan Toney, was followed to a shed close to the town of Snellville, 30 miles east of Atlanta. Police Chief Butch Ayers said the teenager had “failed to comply” with verbal commands after being confronted by officers in the early hours of Monday.
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MeToo, Gender Bias, and the Leadership Gap in Architecture
Is the industry a hotbed of sexism—and if so, can it be changed?
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China says United States is wrong to pull out of nuclear arms pact
BEIJING (Reuters) - It is wrong of the United States to unilaterally pull out of a landmark Cold War-ear treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe, China said on Monday. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing that China was opposed to the withdrawal. On Sunday, President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. ...
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Growing caravan of migrants pushes deeper into Mexico, members vow to reach the US
Thousands of Central American migrants hoping to reach the U.S. were deciding Monday whether to rest in this southern Mexico town or resume their arduous walk through Mexico as President Donald Trump rained more threats on their governments.
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Musk says LA Hyperloop tunnel to be unveiled December 10
Elon Musk's Hyperloop ultra high-speed transport system will be unveiled in Los Angeles in early December with free test rides to the public, the entrepreneur announced. "The first tunnel is almost done," Musk said on Twitter late Sunday night. In another tweeted response, Musk said the test tunnel has a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers).
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What America Needs in Its Next UN Ambassador
Here's what Trump should do.
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Democrat Opens Up Lead in Crucial Florida Senate Race
It’s the second poll published in recent days that shows Nelson with a clear lead, following a CNN survey that showed Nelson ahead by five percentage points. Florida is one of 10 states won by President Donald Trump in 2016 where Democratic senators are running for re-election.
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LGBTQ Rights Activist Jazz Jennings Hits Back At Trump Anti-Transgender Memo
LGBTQ rights activist and YouTuber Jazz Jennings is speaking up against the
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Why a nuclear-arms pact can save Europe
On Sunday, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, asked President Trump to drop his recent call for the United States to leave a nuclear arms treaty that Mr. Gorbachev himself negotiated with President Ronald Reagan in 1987. The pact, which is called the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, has helped keep a relative peace in Europe for more than three decades. It also reflects a growing sentiment among Russians that they can find a home within Europe rather than remain divided over issues such as nuclear threats, the Ukraine conflict, and spy scandals.
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Trump says he has alerted military to 'national emergency' of migrant caravan
Donald Trump has said that he has alerted the military and federal border authorities that a US-bound migrant caravan from Central America was a “national emergency”, and warned that the United States would begin curtailing aid to the region. A Pentagon spokesman, however, said the Pentagon had received no new orders to provide troops for border security.
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Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial
SEATTLE (AP) — Young activists who are suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should fully be evaluated at trial next week.
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Skeletons run amok as Mexico kicks off the Day of the Dead
Mexicans parade in costumes and face paint for a pre-Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Costa Rica Rafting Accident Leaves 5 Dead, Including 4 American Bachelor Party Attendees
A white-water rafting excursion in Costa Rica turned deadly on Saturday when
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Jared Kushner Says White House Is Still Gathering Facts on the Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Jared Kushner Says White House Is Still Gathering Facts on the Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
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'I’m Going for One Boast Post.' Jamie Lee Curtis Celebrates Record-Breaking Halloween Box Office Success
It was the biggest horror movie opening with a female lead of all time
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The Latest: Suspect in Georgia officer's death shot, killed
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer (all times local):
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Leslie Jones Showed No Mercy As She Hilariously Live-Tweeted ‘The Shape Of Water’
Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" may have won the Oscar for Best
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Israel says to negotiate border land lease extension with Jordan
Israel will negotiate with Jordan an extension of a 25-year Israeli lease of border land under a 1994 peace treaty, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. Netanyahu, in public remarks, said Jordan wants to implement its option to end the lease, and Israel "will enter negotiations with it on the possibility of extending the current arrangement". Under an annex to the peace agreement, Israel leased about 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of agricultural land in the southern sector of its border with Jordan, as well as a small area known as the "Island of Peace" near the Sea of Galilee.
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A new candidate class: schoolteachers running for office
When public school teachers in West Virginia heard last winter that their health insurance premiums would skyrocket, Brianne Solomon wasn’t sure anything could be done about it. The ensuing walkout by nearly 20,000 West Virginia teachers – the first of seven states to see strikes this year – won a 5 percent pay raise and a one-year freeze on healthcare hikes. Solomon has been teaching art and music for 15 years, but today she’s also one of more than 1,400 educators the National Education Association (NEA) says is running for seats in state legislatures this November.
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Will increasingly indoorsy Canadians answer the call of the wild?
A recent weekend at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park, 45 minutes north of Toronto, is a picture of autumnal bliss. “I think it becomes more of a hassle to get outside,” says Daniel Kouto, who lives in Toronto.
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In Florida race, climate change divides DeSantis and Gillum
The two candidates in the governor's race in Florida are at odds over global warming.
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Yahoo News Explains: The international treatment of journalists
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 63 journalists have been killed in 2018 so far. Here's what you need to know about dangers faced by the media in the U.S. and abroad.
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Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony Quotes Were Graffitied On Yale Law School Steps
The entrance to Yale University Law School, one of the most famous and
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12 Best Halloween Freebies and Deals From Restaurants
You don't have to wait for trick-or-treat night to indulge in Halloween goodies. Here's where to dine if you need to grab a bite on the way to a costume party, or just want to get in the Halloween spirit. Applebee's. Known for its Halloween cocktails, Applebee's is serving the Dollar Zombie through the month of October.
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No winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing; jackpot now worth $620 million
There was no jackpot winner in Saturday night's Powerball drawing. The next drawing will be on Wednesday Oct. 24 with an estimated $620 million with a cash value of $354.3 million
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Halliburton forecasts lower fourth-quarter profit, shares fall
Halliburton, the largest provider of hydraulic fracturing services, has seen demand for its services soften as U.S. producers cut down on spending and transportation bottlenecks in the Permian Basin of west Texas and New Mexico pushed the price of regional crude lower. Halliburton said it expects the U.S. onshore sector to find a "bottom" in the fourth quarter, as producers reset 2019 budgets and next year begin working through a record backlog of drilled-but-uncompleted wells. While demand for its North American completions services has weakened, the firm's international business is showing signs of recovery, the company said on Monday, as global oil prices have climbed to around $80 a barrel.
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The 32 Most Beautiful Haunted Destinations Around the World
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Jared Kushner Dodges Questions About Saudi Account Of Jamal Khashoggi's Death
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, on
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Reports the Trump Administration Plans to 'Erase' Transgender Definition Sparks Alarm
Reports the Trump Administration Plans to 'Erase' Transgender Definition Sparks Alarm
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Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and doctoral thesis are going up for auction
The stars have aligned for physics fans hoping to get their hands on a Stephen Hawking relic. Wheelchairs, scientific papers, and even a script from The Simpsons once belonging to the late physicist will be auctioned off starting Oct. 31, The Associated Press reports. Proceeds from the online sale will benefit Hawking's foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
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Hurricane Michael reshapes Florida Senate race
Running for the Senate, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is happy to be seen leading the cleanup after Hurricane Michael. But the aftermath of the storm may also depress turnout in the heavily Republican Panhandle.
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What happens if you win Mega Millions' $1.6B jackpot?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at an estimated $1.6 billion. It could happen as soon as Tuesday night, when the next drawing is held.
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Mega Millions website crashes as record jackpot draws clicks
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Mega Millions lottery website crashed on Monday ahead of a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday night.
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More than 7,000 people headed for US in migrant caravan: UN
More than 7,000 people have joined the migrant caravan headed toward the US border with Mexico, a UN spokesman said Monday, citing estimates of the International Organization for Migration. Haq said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had spoken to several leaders about the situation over the weekend and planned to travel to Washington on Tuesday for talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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GOP candidate says opponent is walking in Pelosi's shoes
California congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng slams Rep. Jim Costa for ties to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
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Sports Reporter Got Hit by a Football On Camera and Recovered Like the Pro She Is
"Hurts more every time I watch it"
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Mars likely to have enough oxygen to support life: study
Salty water just below the surface of Mars could hold enough oxygen to support the kind of microbial life that emerged and flourished on Earth billions of years ago, researchers reported Monday. "We discovered that brines" -- water with high concentrations of salt -- "on Mars can contain enough oxygen for microbes to breathe," said lead author Vlada Stamenkovic, a theoretical physicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. "This fully revolutionises our understanding of the potential for life on Mars, today and in the past," he told AFP.
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Angry Diners Confront Sen. Mitch McConnell at Kentucky Restaurant
"Why don't you get out of here?" a man yelled at McConnell
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IEA chief Birol not worried about Saudi oil supply cuts over journalist's death
"There are many geopolitical, non-energy related issues, which could also have further impact on the oil markets," Birol told Reuters, when asked about concerns in oil markets over whether Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude oil exporter, might retaliate against any punitive measures by global powers over Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Amid that supply-demand equation, Birol said, "There is potential we will see even higher prices than current ones and it comes, as it always does, at a bad time for the global economy." Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake," but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware.
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Trump has 'alerted' US border patrol and military that migrant caravan travelling from Mexico is 'national emergency'
Donald Trump has vowed to begin cutting off aid to a number of Central American countries after “alerting” US border patrol and the military to "national emergency" of the caravan of thousands of migrants travelling through Mexico to reach the US. “Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border,” he wrote after Mexican riot police could not contain throngs of desperate refugees and migrants with barricades and tear gas. Organisers claim there are now more than 7,000 people in the caravan, which will likely take about a week to reach the US border..
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Beto O'Rourke's being sued over campaign text messages
It looks like the political full-court press ahead of the midterms has gotten on the nerves of some voters deep in the heart of Texas who've filed a suit against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke over text alerts.  A class-action lawsuit filed by a Collin County, Texas resident claims he's been inundated with "Beto For Texas" texts that violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCP Act,) because he never gave the campaign permission to send him those messages. SEE ALSO: Ted Cruz's latest dig at Beto O'Rourke on Twitter might be his vilest yet The resident claimed he tried to text back or call the the number associated with the texts but, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , "the calls resulted in error messages or disconnected dial tones." That, the lawsuit claims, proves the campaign is using automated messaging, which the TCP Act forbids.  Hey @BetoORourke - how are you getting our cell phone numbers? Who did you buy them from? Honestly, it's kinda creepy. pic.twitter.com/QXe7jnDPLt — Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) September 13, 2018 If you're wondering if such texts and calls are banned under the "Do Not Call" list, well, they aren't, as politicians and campaigns are exempt from that particular law.  As for Beto, who's in a tight, closely followed race against incumbent senator and spoiled jar of mayonnaise Ted Cruz, his campaign manager Chris Evans denied the accusations and told Mashable, "Our grassroots volunteer program with thousands of Texans canvassing, phone banking, texting, and organizing is the largest this state has seen. It is fully compliant with the law." Back in September, the campaign said an "impostor" was responsible for sending out texts allegedly on behalf of the campaign trying to get undocumented migrants to cast votes in the upcoming election and asking for opinions on the dangers of socialism.  It all goes to show that, despite the rise of new technology, old campaign tricks don't change and neither do the debates over those tricks. 
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Dow, S&P slip as energy, financials weigh; tech boosts Nasdaq
The Dow swung between gains and losses of more than 100 points, highlighting the choppiness in U.S. equities as they struggle to recover from a recent selloff even as the earnings season gathers steam. The market opened higher, boosted by a surge in China stocks and positive sentiment across Europe on Moody's decision to keep Italy's sovereign rating outlook stable.
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Key moments surrounding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the kingdom's policies and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Turkish officials say a 15-men team tortured, killed and dismembered the writer, while Saudi Arabia says he died in a "fistfight."
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Giant mice threaten rare seabirds on remote British island
Mice brought to a remote South Atlantic island by sailors in the 19th century are threatening seabirds including the critically endangered Tristan albatross, a British charity said on Monday. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said the rodents have proliferated on uninhabited Gough Island, part of a British overseas territory, and are killing two million birds every year. "We knew there were large numbers of chicks and eggs being beaten each year but the actual number being taken by the mice is just staggering," Alex Bond, a researcher from the Natural History Museum in London, said in a statement released by the RSPB.
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Four Americans in stag party killed while on rafting trip in Costa Rica
Four Americans have been killed in a rafting accident while on a stag party in Costa Rica. Three rafts flipped over on the Naranjo River near the city of Liverpool de Quepos, killing the four men from Miami, Florida, and their tour guide, according to the Red Cross. In total there were 14 tourists on board of the rafts, in addition to five tour guides.
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Manchester United does denim with True Religion
Manchester United is breaking into denim wear, with a helping hand from True Religion. The world-famous UK soccer club has teamed up with the LA-based fashion brand on a capsule collection of menswear and womenswear styles set to launch this week. "The range we have collaborated on includes the same attention to detail and craftsmanship that has made True Religion a global brand, creating a new way for our fans to express their support for their club through every day, easy-to-wear apparel," said Manchester United Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold, in a statement.
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Trump's Reported Proposal To Redefine Gender, Eliminate Trans Rights Prompts Mass Protests
Hundreds of protesters gathered in New York City's Washington Square Park on
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Mikhail Gorbachev warns Donald Trump against pulling out of missile treaty with Russia
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, on Sunday warned Donald Trump against leaving a Cold War-era weapons treaty, saying the move could have unintended consequences. The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was negotiated by Mr Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan to eliminate all land-based nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges between 310 and 3400 miles. However, the US has repeatedly accused Russia of violating its terms. Both sides have hinted at military retaliation in a dispute that threatens a return to the darkest days of the Cold War. Mr Gorbachev said Mr Trump’s announcement at the weekend that he was abandoning the deal was a mistake. "Under no circumstances should we tear up old disarmament agreements. ... Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?" he said, according to Interfax News Agency. "Quitting the INF is a mistake." The US accuses Russia of breaching the terms of the deal Credit: US Air Force via AP A Kremlin spokesman said Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, would seek answers from the US about the planned withdrawal when he meets John Bolton, Mr Trump's national security adviser, who was due in Moscow for two days of what are expected to be tense talks.   The talks are believed to be laying the ground work for a second Trump-Putin summit. American officials believe Moscow has deployed a ground system that could allow it to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice. Russia has consistently denied any such violation. The US fears the treaty also leaves it at a disadvantage against China, which is not a party to the deal. Gavin Williamson, UK Defence Secretary, backed Mr Trump, saying Russia was making a “mockery” of the agreement. Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York harbour Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP “Our close and long-term ally of course is the US and we will be absolutely resolute with the US in hammering home a clear message that Russia needs to respect the treaty obligation that it signed,” he said during a visit to New York. But Sergei Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister, said that a unilateral US withdrawal would be “very dangerous” and lead to a “military-technical” retaliation. It would “cause the most serious condemnation from all members of the international community who are committed to security and stability”, he was quoted as saying by the state news agency Tass. Last week, Kay Bailey Hutchison, US ambassador to Nato, threatened military action against any missiles that contravened the deal. “The countermeasures would be to take out the missiles that are in development by Russia in violation of the treaty,” she said.
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In Texas Senate race, Betomania confronts Trump’s mega-MAGA rally for Cruz
Texas Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke campaigns near a polling site as early voting kicked off Monday in Houston. HOUSTON—Hours before President Donald Trump was set to arrive in town to campaign for Republican Ted Cruz in Texas’s closely watched Senate race, Democrat Beto O’Rourke was bounding through the parking lot of a shopping center here, mobbed by hundreds of supporters as he made a pre-dawn visit to a polling place on the first day of early voting in the state.
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Markets Right Now: Stocks turn mostly lower at midday
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
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'Luke Cage' joins 'Iron Fist' on list of cancelled Netflix-Marvel shows
Why did "Luke Cage" get cancelled? Marvel and Netflix did not disclose a reason for cancelling "Luke Cage," one of their five original episodic co-productions, instead thanking its showrunner, writers, cast, crew and fans. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the cancellation was due to creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season of the show," even though principal cast members had already been signed up.
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Beto O’Rourke says calling Ted Cruz ‘Lyin’ Ted’ ‘was not best phrase to use’ as Texas Senate race heats up
Mr O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate, and Republican incumbent Mr Cruz are facing off in a hotly contested election for the US Senate seat in Texas. "Senator Cruz isn’t going to be honest. Donald Trump had coined the nickname for then-opponent Mr Cruz during the 2016 presidential election.
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Actress Amber Heard says birth on U.S.-Mexico border sparked rights activism
U.S. actress Amber Heard, a star of the upcoming "Aquaman" superhero movie and a U.N. human rights champion, said on Monday her childhood in Texas near the Mexican border helped spark her activism. Going home in his pickup truck, there was an "indelible impression left on my soul", a recognition of injustice and unfairness for children on the Mexican side. "Simply due to where I was born, a few miles north of this line, I was free to travel back and forth as I saw fit," she told an audience at the United Nations in Geneva on Monday.
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'Why?' asks Taiwan mourner after 18 killed in crash of speeding train
Tsai joined Buddhist monks in prayer before an altar adorned with flowers next to a hospital, while nearby, relatives and friends of the victims wept as they sifted through battered suitcases recovered from the train wreck. The disaster was Taiwan's deadliest rail accident since a 1981 collision that killed 30 people. China's policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office expressed "deep condolences" to the families of victims.
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Happy Halloween: Ghost Brownies
These ghost brownies are sure to spook the crowd this Halloween! Check out the recipe on this episode of Best Bites!
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4 American Tourists On Bachelor Party Killed in Costa Rica Rafting Tragedy
Four American tourists and a local guide were killed in a rafting incident in Costa Rica on Saturday, authorities said.
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Iran official slams both Riyadh and West over Khashoggi case
Iran's judiciary chief on Monday slammed Saudi Arabia over the "heinous murder" of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and blasted Western countries for "double standards". After more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia admitted over the weekend that Khashoggi was murdered in its Istanbul consulate but Riyadh's explanations have been seen by friends and foes alike as contradictory and evasive. Saudi Arabia is a major regional adversary for Iran and the rivalry between the two powers has intensified as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stamped his authority over the kingdom.
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Trump administration considers elimination of transgender recognition
Donald Trump administration is considering revoking civil rights protections for transgender people and requiring Americans to identify as the gender listed on their birth certificates. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined the proposed policy in a memo which stated gender would be determined by a “biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective, and administrable”. It is a potential reversal from the series of policies instituted by the administration of Barack Obama which essentially allowed gender to be the choice of individuals, particularly important for education and health programmes run by the federal government.
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4 Americans among 5 dead in Costa Rica rafting accident
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Four American tourists and a Costa Rican guide were killed in a weekend rafting accident in the Central American country, authorities said Sunday.
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How Syrian refugees strain – and strengthen – Jordan
Down to one janitor, four administrators, and a handful of teachers for more than 1,000 students, administrator Manal al Adwan says she is fighting “an uphill battle” each day to keep Al Hussein Secondary School running. It now also copes with 500 more – refugees from Syria – and Al Hussein has been forced onto a two-shift system, rotating Jordanian and Syrian students in and out in half-days to relieve the overcrowded classrooms. With only one day off a week to set their syllabus, grade papers, and invent ways to educate Syrian children who have been out of school for years, teachers are exhausted.
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This perfectly rectangular iceberg would like to object to your ideas of natural geometry
At some point someone said, “there are no right angles in nature,” and then everyone believed that person. Precise right angles might be hard to come by, but approximate right angles are everywhere. Salt crystals are cubic in nature. Many trees form approximate right angles with the ground. And recently NASA found an Antarctic iceberg…
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Stephen Hawking archive to be donated to the nation to help family pay inheritance tax 
A large part of the archive of Stephen Hawking will be donated to the nation to help his family pay millions in inheritance tax it has emerged. Professor Hawking, who died on March 14 this year, left an estate valued at around £15 million. Now his family have asked Christie's, the autioneers, to value his archive so that a large proportion can be donated to the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu process which since 2011 has allowed valuable cultural works to be given instead of death duties. It is likely to be then donated to public museums.  The auction house said it had submitted the archive to the Arts Council and an announcement of the items involved would be made soon. Some 22 items belonging to Hawking, including his seminal work on black holes from 1974 and one of his wheelchairs is to be sold on a public online auction at Christies. Other lots include a selection of his medals and awards, a copy of his best-selling ‘A Brief History of Time’ (1988) signed with a thumbprint, a bomber jacket, and the script for one of his appearances on The Simpsons. Lucy Hawking, the astrophysicist's daughter, said: "We hope to be able to offer our father’s archive to the nation through the Acceptance in Lieu process as we feel it is a huge part of his legacy but also of the history of science in this country. "We are also giving admirers of his work the chance to acquire a memento of our father’s extraordinary life in the shape of a small selection of evocative and fascinating items. "In addition, we will be auctioning one of our father’s historic wheelchairs, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation." Stephen Hawking's wheelchair  A highlight of the auction is Prof Hawking’s thesis typescript, which is expected to sell for up to £150,000. When Professor Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis was made available online by Cambridge University in October 2017, it proved so popular that it crashed the University’s website. When he wrote his thesis in October 1965, Hawking was already suffering with the early symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (‘ALS’), and it was his wife Jane, whom he had married three months earlier, who typed out the 117 pages of the document, painstakingly adding the mathematical equations by hand.  The thesis is signed in Hawking’s distinctively shaky handwriting, with the statement ‘This dissertation is my original work. S.W. Hawking’. The sale is expected to raise £200,000. Thomas Venning, Head of the Books and Manuscripts department, Christie’s London comments:  It has been a huge privilege for Christie’s to work on this selection of objects from the estate of one of the most brilliant minds of the last half-century. "The lots selected for sale highlight Professor Hawking’s remarkable achievements in science alongside his unique personality and inspirational life story. "The sale concludes with Professor Hawking’s wheelchair, in which he both toured the world as a successful scientific communicator, and from which his mind voyaged to the outer reaches of space-time, making it literally and figuratively one of the most-travelled wheelchairs in history." Documents and files by Stephen Hawking  Credit:  Frank Augstein AP Of the 22 lots featured in the sale, 12 are offprints of Hawking’s most important papers, including ‘Origin of Structure in the Universe’, ‘Spectrum of Wormholes’ and ‘Fundamental Breakdown of Physics in Gravitational Collapse’, illustrated below. The online sale ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ will present these offprints alongside rare and important autograph letters and manuscripts by leading scientific forebears including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. News regarding this auction will be announced in the coming days.
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Kim Kardashian Reveals Why She's 'Grateful' The Paris Robbery Occurred
Two years after Kim Kardashian was bound, gagged and robbed of $10 million
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State of Play: Tightening Arizona race threatens Democrats' slim Senate hopes
By James Oliphant PHOENIX, Ariz. (Reuters) - For most of this year, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has run what has been viewed widely as one of the best races in the nation. But with less than a month to go to Election Day, there are doubts whether she can make it across the finish line. Her matchup with Republican Martha McSally appears to be tightening at the same time that some voters are casting their ballots with the start of early voting in the state. ...
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Musk promises to keep pups safe in Tesla cars
To avoid calls made on seemingly irresponsible parents and pet owners, Elon Musk agreed to implement a display that explains to the outside world that all beings inside are truly safe. This would be an optional feature that you could request when designing your own Model 3.
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U.S. regulator suspends trading in company for 'false' cryptocurrency claims
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday it temporarily suspended trading in shares of American Retail Group after the company claimed SEC approval as a custodian for cryptocurrency trading. The agency recently cautioned investors that the agency does not issue such endorsements or approvals. Nevada-based American Retail Group, also known as Simex, Inc., claimed in August it had partnered with an SEC-qualified custodian for cryptocurrency transactions that would be "under SEC Regulations," according to the agency.
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Saudi scrambles to host conference after Khashoggi fallout
Saudi Arabia scrambled Monday to prepare for an investment summit after a string of cancellations from global business titans, with Turkey's threat to reveal the "naked truth" over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder casting a fresh shadow. Starting on Tuesday, the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) was meant to project the historically insular petro-state as a lucrative business destination as it seeks to diversify and set the stage for new ventures and multi-billion dollar contracts. The chief executive of German industrial conglomerate Siemens Joe Kaeser was the latest among dozens of global executives to withdraw from the summit, hosted by the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund.
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Russia pledges to act to 'restore' military balance if U.S. quits nuclear arms pact
Trump drew a warning of "military-technical" retaliation from Moscow after saying on Saturday that Washington would withdraw from the Cold War-era pact which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles. Signed by then-President Ronald Reagan and reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 at a time of unprecedented East-West detente, the INF treaty required the elimination of all short-range and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles held by both countries in Europe.
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Voter sues Beto O'Rourke camp, claiming excessive campaign text messages
A north Texas voter claims to receive nine text messages that he says were sent through a dialer system.
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Dow, S&P 500 drop as dollar rises, yield curve flattens
U.S. stocks were slightly lower in choppy trade on Monday while the dollar strengthened and the U.S. yield curve flattened after European equities reversed earlier gains to close lower. Asian stocks rose after China promised to stabilize its economy and offset the impact of U.S. tariffs. The U.S. dollar rose as the British pound fell on news that Brexit negotiations with the European Union over Northern Ireland remain in flux and as the euro continued its slide on political uncertainty over Italy's budget.
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We Tried 9 Apps To See If They Saved or Made Us Money
All the apps are free to download and promise to save or make you money. We tried some to see how they work.
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Musk says LA Hyperloop tunnel to be unveiled December 10
Elon Musk's Hyperloop ultra high-speed transport system will be unveiled in Los Angeles in early December with free test rides to the public, the entrepreneur announced. "The first tunnel is almost done," Musk said on Twitter late Sunday night. Musk's venture, "The Boring Company," has been pushing the underground system as a futuristic concept that could radically speed transport within and between cities.
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Video of High School Student Using Racial Slur Sparks Outrage
Parents of students at Germantown High School in Tennessee are questioning why school officials have not disciplined a student seen using a racial slur in a video posted on social media.
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Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots 2018: Things you need to consider if you win
You probably won't win Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot, which at $1.6 billion is the biggest in lottery history. But if you do, here are things you need to consider.
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The top 10 largest US Jackpots
Lottery players will have a chance at winning an estimated $1.6 billion jackpot in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing and an estimated $620 million in Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot.
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Medtronic co-founder who created wearable pacemaker dies
Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world's largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. Bakken, who also commercialized the first implantable pacemaker in 1960, died Sunday at his home in Hawaii, Medtronic said in a statement. Bakken and his brother-in-law, Palmer Hermundslie, formed Medtronic in 1949 and turned it from a struggling company they ran out of the Hermundlie family's Minneapolis garage into a multinational medical technology powerhouse.
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U.S. wants ruling on 'Dreamers' in Supreme Court's current term
In a letter to the clerk of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a Justice Department lawyer said the action would be necessary to give the litigation a chance of being heard by the Supreme Court in its current term, which ends in June. The case at issue was brought by the University of California and others challenging the administration's decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program was adopted by the Obama administration in 2012 and has allowed 700,000 young immigrants to remain and work in the United States, although they do not have legal status.
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Dr. Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood's First Physician President in 50 Years
As Baltimore’s health commissioner, Wen and the city sued the Trump Administration when it cut funding to a teen-pregnancy prevention program. Now, she’s ready to protect women’s access to health care on a national scale.
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President Trump Threatens to Cut Off Foreign Aid Over Migrant Caravan
He also claimed without evidence that 'unknown Middle Easterners' are mixed in with the group
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Denver Police Officer Arrested for Assault Has Long History of Accusations
A Denver police officer arrested for second-degree assault has been accused of inappropriate force 21 times in his 28-year career.
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Ryanair Under Fire After a Passenger's Racist Tirade Was Caught on Video
Ryanair has faced criticism after a video posted online apparently showed the airline’s crew failing to take action to remove a passenger who launched a racist tirade against a fellow traveler.
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Medtronic co-founder who created wearable pacemaker dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world's largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. He was 94.
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Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion for winning numbers drawing tomorrow, highest ever
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion, the highest lottery drawing in the country's history.
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How Blackstone Landed $20 Billion From Saudis for New Fund
One way Blackstone agreed to do just that: For every dollar that any other investor pays the asset manager to oversee its cash, Saudi Arabia gets to pay 15 cents less. In exchange, the Saudis will match other investors’ deposits in the fund.
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The Yenko Chevrolet Camaro Returns with up to 1000 Horsepower
It's also available with only 835 horses.
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Kmart employee gives emotional announcement before the store closed permanently
The once-beloved American retailer Sears Holdings filed for bankruptcy earlier
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Khashoggi fallout: Saudi conference no-shows
Dubai (AFP) - The head of German conglomerate Siemens on Monday joined a slew of corporate chiefs and politicians in pulling out of an investment conference this week in Saudi Arabia, over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Turkey says Khashoggi murder in Saudi consulate 'savagely planned'
Turkey on Monday said that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was "savagely planned" as pro-government media published new claims targeting powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing. Upping the pressure on Riyadh, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to reveal the "naked truth" on Tuesday about the Khashoggi case. The Washington Post contributor, 59, was murdered almost three weeks ago after stepping inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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Leaked Surveillance Footage Shows Man Walking in Jamal Khashoggi's Clothes
Newly leaked surveillance footage from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi appears to show a man walking around in the writer's clothes in Istanbul after his killing.
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Swim team braves pollution to dive into Gaza waters
Coach Amjad Tantish talks through a warm-up before they race from the trash-strewn beach into the sea as he continues to bark instructions. The Mediterranean hugs the entire 40 kilometre (25 mile) western border of the Gaza Strip, but almost no one enters its waters. More than 95 percent of tap water is polluted, and water-related diseases are the primary cause of child morbidity in Gaza, according to the World Health Organization.
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Siemens CEO Kaeser says he will not attend Saudi investment conference
Siemens's chief executive said on Monday he would not attend a three-day Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia after the country admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been killed in its consulate in Istanbul. The German engineering giant was one of the last companies to decide against sending its top executive to the conference after Riyadh sought to cover up Khashoggi's Oct. 2 death before admitting to a "grave mistake". "Siemens is a reliable and committed partner of the kingdom and its VISION 2030.
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POWERBALL RESULTS: No winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing; jackpot now worth an estimated $620 million
There was no jackpot winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing. The next drawing will be Wednesday with an estimated $620 million jackpot.
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A Dandelion-Inspired Chandelier and Other Great New Products
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Thomas Markle Found Out About Meghan Markle's Baby News From The Radio
Thomas Markle, Meghan Markle's father, said he found out his daughter and
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Donald Trump: U.S. To 'Substantially' Cut Aid To Honduras, Guatemala And El Salvador
President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted that he is "substantially" cutting
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From blackmailing princes to murdering journalists: how Saudi Arabia’s spy network has expanded under Mohammed bin Salman
Inside the Georgian mansion in Mayfair that houses Saudi Arabia’s embassy in London, two offices of Saudi intelligence operatives are busy at work.  The first office belongs to the General Intelligence Presidency, Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence agency. Its staff are engaged in the “normal” work of spies, meeting with MI6 to discuss Britain and Saudi Arabia’s shared fight against al-Qaeda or to swap secrets on Iran.  The second office has a darker purpose. There the staff of the Mabahith, Saudi Arabia’s secret police, are tracking people of interest inside the UK.  Its operatives are watching obvious targets like Saudi dissidents who have gone into exile in Britain, or London-based Islamists whose ideology is seen as a threat to Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy. But they are also keeping tabs on Arab businessmen and the decadent lives of Gulf royals living the UK. The Mabahith’s spies are especially interested in compromising material they can use as blackmail to further Riyadh’s interests.       “These guys gather the dirt and they hold it until directed,” said a former Saudi embassy employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They want to know who is sleeping with who, who is drinking and doing drugs, who is spending money they don’t have.”  Saudi spies and secret police work out of the kingdom's embassy in London Credit: Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images The set-up in the London embassy is replicated at Saudi diplomatic posts around the world, forming a vast web of spies watching the kingdom’s enemies and surveilling its own people.  While this apparatus has existed for years, it has become more aggressive and more violent under Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, who controls the Saudi security services.  His ambition to silence critics abroad and stomp out political rivals at home has depended on a new ferocity in the intelligence agencies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is just the most extreme example.   “For many decades Saudi Arabia had a system in which the king sought to develop a policy consensus within the royal family, the clerical establishment, and the entrepreneur elite,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now heads the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute.  “That has changed profoundly in the last few years. Instead of a consensual system they have moved to a very autocratic system, which relies much more on the intelligence services hounding out dissent at home and abroad.”  Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer, was allegedly part of the squad that killed Mr Khashoggi Credit: Sabah via AP  Mr Khashoggi was no stranger to the craft of the secret police or how its methods changed over time. In the mid-2000s he worked at the Saudi embassy in London as an advisor to the ambassador, Prince Turki bin Faisal. The prince was Saudi Arabia’s spy chief before moving to the UK.   One of Mr Khashoggi’s embassy colleagues was Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer stationed in London. Mr Mutreb is now under arrest in Saudi Arabia as part of the 15-man squad accused of Mr Khashoggi’s murder.    In his Washington Post column, Mr Khashoggi noted the aggression of Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed who was sacked over the weekend amid the fallout out of the killing. The prince’s aide made no secret of his hatred for dissidents and once asked his 1.35 million Twitter followers to give him names for a blacklist. Mr Khashoggi pointed to the tweet as an example of how unrestrained Saudi repression had become in the last two years. “Writers like me, whose criticism is offered respectfully, seem to be considered more dangerous than the more strident Saudi opposition based in London.”  Saudi Arabia’s spies have always focused on the UK, which has given safe harbour to many Saudi dissidents as well as Islamists and anti-monarchists from across the Middle East.  One of their targets has been Sa’ad al-Faqih, the leader of Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, a UK-based Saudi opposition group that campaigns to replace with the royal family with an Islamic government. Saad al-Faqih, a Saudi dissident based in London, has been a target for Saudi intelligence Credit: AP Photo/Richard Lewis Dr Faqih was attacked at his home in Willesden Green, northwest London, in June 2003 by two men who he said claimed to be plumbers. They tried to spray chemicals in his face and then attacked him with a spanner but he was able to fight them off.  He believes the two white men were British gangsters hired by Saudi Arabia to kidnap him, a claim that the kingdom has always denied.   Dr Faqih has not faced any more physical attacks since 2003. But he has felt a heightened threat since Crown Prince Mohammed began to gather power three years ago and he started taking new security precautions. “We feel extra danger because we know that this boy is reckless and impulsive,” he said.  Saudi dissidents were rattled by an incident in August this year on the pavement outside Harrods in central London. Ghanem al-Masarir, a popular Saudi political satirist who often mocks Crown Prince Mohammed, was confronted and attacked by two Saudi men.  يا شين المهايط فـ الخلا ما يحمّس يبربر على اسياده .. ولا احدٍ درا به ٰ سلامي على يـدٍ عطته ( المخمّس ) هذي اصغر ردود السعودي والاجابه��������#جلد_الكلب_غانم_الدوسري@GhanemAlmasarirpic.twitter.com/axejGsqNAt— بيع قصايد جزله .. (@Be3_600) September 9, 2018 “They were shouting about the king and Mohammed bin Salman and they said: ‘how dare you insult al-Saud?’” Mr Dosari said. He is convinced that the men were put up to the attack by Saudi intelligence.  “I don’t think they were trying to kill me or kidnap me but they wanted to insult me and to send a message that I was not safe where I was,” he said. Video footage of the attack was widely shared by pro-Saudi Twitter accounts under a hashtag celebrating the attack. The Saudi embassy in London did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Saudi Arabia insists that Mr Khashoggi's death was the result of "a rogue operation" which was not ordered by the government.   Before the killing in Istanbul made global headlines, the starkest example of the Saudi intelligence's new aggression was an apparent campaign to kidnap rebel princes in Europe and bring them back to Saudi Arabia.  According to the BBC, three princes who had fallen out with the royal family have been captured since 2015. One, Prince Sultan bin Turki, a grandson of King Abdulaziz, accepted a flight on a Saudi government private jet from Paris to Cairo in January 2016.     The prince went to sleep on the flight and when he awoke he realised the jet was in fact heading Saudi Arabia. He was dragged off the plane by Saudi agents and is believed to be under house arrest to this day.  Saudi dissidents joke darkly that Mr Khashoggi’s death probably means they are safer now than they have been in years because Riyadh will be unwilling to risk another international scandal. But none believe the danger has fully passed.  Over the weekend, King Salman ordered his ministers to prepare reforms of the Saudi intelligence services to prevent another incident like Mr Khashoggi’s death. No one should expect sweeping changes: the head of the reform committee is none other Crown Prince Mohammed himself. 
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Science Says That Dogs with This Color Coat Live the Longest
This means that overall, chocolate labs tend to live 1.2 year less than the average golden retriever lifespan of 12.1 years. “The relationships between coat color and disease may reflect an inadvertent consequence of breeding certain pigmentations,” said Paul McGreevy, the Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science and lead author of the study. “Because chocolate color is recessive in dogs, the gene for this color must be present in both parents for their puppies to be chocolate.
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Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion for winning numbers drawing tomorrow, highest ever
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion, the highest lottery drawing in the country's history.
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Trump vows to cut Central America aid, calls migrant caravan an emergency
"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S. We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them," Trump wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. Since Trump became president last year, the United States has already moved to sharply decrease aid to Central America. In 2016, the United States provided some $131.2 million in aid to Guatemala, $98.3 million to Honduras, and $67.9 million to El Salvador, according to official U.S. data.
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Man Pulls Off Surprise Proposal at Tennessee Football Stadium
He wanted to propose at a place that had special meaning for his wife-to-be.
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Reports the Trump Administration Plans to 'Erase' Transgender Definition Sparks Alarm
The Trump administration reportedly wants to narrowly define gender as fixed and determined by birth
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Discover the secret ingredient for creating a great chili
Ground beef chili is way more convenient than chili made with whole chunks of meat, but a truly great version requires a few tricks. To keep the meat moist and tender, we treated it with salt and baking soda.
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Dozens hurt in floor collapse at S. Carolina condo party
The floor of a condominium clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed during a large private party, hurtling dozens of people into the basement.
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Sponges from Mars? Study suggests water on the red planet could support life
There's enough dissolved oxygen in the salty lake below Mars' surface to support simple lifeforms such as sponges. Here's what that means for space exploration.
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Mars May Have Enough Oxygen to Sustain Subsurface Life
The ingredients for life are richer than we thought.
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US probe widens after 63 fetuses found at funeral home
Police in the US city of Detroit have found 63 fetuses at a funeral home during a widening investigation of alleged malpractice at such facilities, US media reported. "This is larger than we might know," The Detroit News quoted Police Chief James Craig as saying. Michigan state regulators suspended the home's license, a week after investigators found the remains of 10 fetuses in a false ceiling at another funeral home in the city.
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Japan orders Facebook to improve data protection
The Japanese government on Monday ordered Facebook to improve protection of users' personal information following data breaches affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. Facebook said early this month that hackers accessed the personal data of 29 million users in a breach at the world's leading social network first disclosed late September. Japan's Personal Information Protection Commission on Monday demanded the social media giant investigate why the personal data was hacked and draw up preventive measures.
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Virginia Boy Uses Love for Halloween to Benefit Shelter Animals
A 10-year-old boy in Isle of Wight created a haunted trail behind his home to raise money for local shelter animals.
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Germany questions arms sales to Saudi over Khashoggi killing
Germany should not approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia until investigations into the circumstances of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death have been completed, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday. Maas's statement, which appeared to reverse a decision to sell artillery systems to Riyadh, came after he and Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected as unsatisfactory Saudi Arabia's explanation for the death of the dissident journalist in its Istanbul consulate.
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Prince Harry Flies Solo In Sydney As Meghan Markle's Schedule Is Cut Back
SYDNEY ― Prince Harry was on his own Sunday morning, as wife Meghan Markle
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Activists Blast White House Plan To Eradicate Transgender From Gender Definition
Civil rights organizations and members of the LGBTQ community are stunned and
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This fifth grader's baked potato costume is better than whatever you've planned for Halloween
This is One Good Thing , a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. Halloween is fast approaching and while you may think your planned costume's impressive, there's a very good chance it won't top this fifth grader who dressed as a baked potato. Reddit user seal2781, a 24-year-old named Celia, recently shared a throwback Halloween picture from 2004 — the year she followed her heart and dressed as a baked potato wrapped in foil with a li'l pat of butter on top. Precious! Delicious! All around wholesome! The costume is one of the closest things we've seen to absolute Halloween perfection, and the kind of ensemble we should all strive to put together this time of year. If you're having doubts about how great it is, we're not exaggerating. See for yourself... SEE ALSO: This Kevin from 'The Office' Halloween costume for babies needs to exist IRL Celia told Mashable via Reddit that she fashioned the wearable baked potato for her elementary school Halloween costume contest. The costume won first prize and for that, she received a whole $5!  "The day before the contest I decided I wanted to be a baked potato," she wrote. "I'm not really sure why — I just thought it would be funny." She says her dad Ron helped make the costume out of cardboard boxes. "We covered the boxes in wide plastic wrap to hold it all together, and then covered it in foil and added the fluff and brown paper 'skin.' The pad of butter was just a small pizza box covered in yellow cellophane paper." The baked potato has everything you'd want from a good costume. The homemade aspect shows off your resourceful side, it'll give people a good laugh, and you'll also stand out from a crowd of store bought superheroes, princesses, and more. Though it does have one downfall... "The main thing I remember about the costume was how hot it was. I really felt like a baked potato wearing it," Celia said. But still, an overall success. Celia's family has been cranking out next-level costumes for years, she explained, recalling her brother's most memorable ensemble: a massive five-foot tall baseball bat. Stunning. Image: seal2781/reddit Want more clever culture writing beamed directly to your inbox? Sign up here for the twice-weekly Click Click Click newsletter. It's fun – we promise. WATCH: Nightmares Fear Factory continues to serve us amazing haunted-house reaction photos
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Taiwan investigates train crash that killed 18
The crash on the popular east coast line Sunday, which left the Puyuma Express lying zig-zagged across the tracks, also injured 187 passengers. Two students aged 12 and 13 from a junior high school in Taitung -- where the train was headed -- were also killed, according to the transport ministry. Officials said Monday that a small number of passengers were still unaccounted for and that the search effort was continuing at the accident site in the northeastern county of Yilan.
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The 2019 Volvo S60 Shrink-Wraps Volvo's Best Stuff into One Smart Package
And in doing so, displays a unique and likeable character.
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Ragged, growing caravan of migrants resumes march toward US
A growing caravan of Honduran migrants streamed through southern Mexico, heading toward the U.S.
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School Cook Fired After Serving Students Kangaroo Meat Chili
He argues that it's a lean, healthy meat.
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Trump: US to begin cutting aid to Central America over migrant caravan
President Donald Trump said Monday the United States will begin cutting aid to three Central American nations because of their governments' failure to stop a migrant caravan headed for the US border. In a series of tweets, Trump called the caravan's approach a national emergency and said he has alerted the US border patrol and military, setting the stage for a confrontation when the swelling mass of migrants reach the border. "We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid" that the United States provides to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, he said.
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Trump touts his dealmaking skills after meeting American pastor freed from Turkey
President Trump, welcoming the Rev. Andrew Brunson on his return to the United States after a two-year imprisonment in Turkey, took credit for his release and blamed President Obama for not getting him out sooner.
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Biggest lottery jackpot ever in US up for grabs
With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S. Mega Millions is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Oct. 22)
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Dozens Injured After Floor Collapses During Party Near Clemson University
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- The floor of a condominium clubhouse near Clemson
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Trump pushing world towards another Cuban missile crisis after withdrawing US from arms control treaty, Russian MP says
Donald Trump‘s administration is pushing the world towards another Cuban missile crisis by withdrawing from a major Cold-War era nuclear treaty, a Russian MP has said. The US president announced Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which eliminated short- and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles, after accusing Russia of violating the pact. “Russia has not, unfortunately, honoured the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,” Mr Trump told reporters on Saturday after a rally in Nevada.
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Rent control on ballot as California seeks a fix for housing costs
The startling dimensions of California’s housing crisis take shape through numbers. The state needs to add an estimated 3.5 million new housing units by 2025 to satisfy demand as the population grows. The proposed solutions, on the other hand, elicit conflicting opinions as reflected by the expensive fight over a ballot measure to remove restrictions on rent control that California voters will decide Nov. 6.
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Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion for winning numbers drawing tomorrow, highest ever
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion, the highest lottery drawing in the country's history.
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Fenty Beauty is here to help you shimmer into the holiday season
Rihanna sprung another surprise on her 'Navy' of fans over the weekend, with the announcement of a new Fenty Beauty launch. The superstar's cult cosmetics brand is bringing back its ‘Fairy Bomb Shimmer Powder,' which launched as a limited-edition body shimmer back in the summer. "These 3 hyper-reflective shades come in the same superfine all-over highlighting powder formula from #FAIRYBOMB Pom Pom, but now available in loose powder form to glow all over your face and body!" Fenty Beauty has confirmed via Instagram.
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Turkey aide rejects Riyadh's Khashoggi death story, echoing Western skepticism
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi's powerful crown prince, disappeared three weeks ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for an upcoming marriage. Riyadh's reaction since - it initially denied knowledge of his fate before saying he was killed in a fight in the consulate - has left several Western governments incredulous and strained ties with the world's largest oil exporter. On Sunday Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said that Khashoggi had died in a "rogue operation".
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From 'problem child' to 'prodigy'? LSD turns 75
Lysergic acid diethylamide was labelled a "problem child" by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image. The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD's psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz. The book, in which Hofmann sought to reassert LSD's potential medical benefits, is featured in an exhibition at the Swiss National Library in the capital, Bern, to mark 75 years since the discovery.
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Colorado Haunted House Hands out 5,000 Halloween Costumes to Kids in Need
Families in need were given free Halloween costumes over the weekend as a part of The Frightmare Compound`s 35th anniversary celebration.
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Jamie Lee Curtis' Boast About 'Halloween' Opening Is Scary Good For Women
"Halloween" made a killing at the box office, prompting its star, Jamie Lee
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The 2019 Nissan Maxima Is Getting a New Look
The updated sedan will have more active-safety tech, and we'll learn the full details at the Los Angeles auto show.
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Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion for winning numbers drawing tomorrow, highest ever
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion, the highest lottery drawing in the country's history.
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Saudi Operative Seen Wearing Jamal Khashoggi's Clothes After Killing: CNN
One of 15 Saudi men sent to confront Jamal Khashoggi was seen on surveillance
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Verstappen provides late-lap thrills at US Grand Prix
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Leave it to Red Bull's Max Verstappen to provide some late-race thrills at the U.S. Grand Prix.
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Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion for winning numbers drawing tomorrow, highest ever
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion, the highest lottery drawing in the country's history.
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Germany Stops Exporting Arms to Saudi Arabia After Killing of Jamal Khashoggi
Germany announced plans to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi
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At least 30 injured as floor collapses at university fraternity party in South Carolina
Dozens of students were taken to hospital after a floor collapsed at a Clemson University fraternity party in South Carolina on Saturday night. At least 30 people were injured when the centre of the dance floor caved in and party-goers dropped into the basement below. “The beat was about to drop and literally the whole floor collapsed,” sophomore student Larissa Stone told The Anderson Independent-Mail.
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Taiwan investigates train crash that killed 18
Taiwan's president pushed for a swift investigation Monday after an express train derailed on a coastal tourist route, killing 18 people as it sent sleeping passengers flying from their seats. The crash on the popular east coast line injured another 187 people Sunday and left the Puyuma Express lying zig-zagged across the tracks in the island's worst rail accident for a quarter century. Passengers who survived the accident recalled how the train had been shaking intensely during the journey and was going "very fast" before it derailed.
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Eye disorder may have helped Da Vinci's art: journal
A common eye disorder may help explain Leonardo Da Vinci's talent for three-dimensional representation and the sense of perspective in his mountain landscapes, according to research published in an academic journal. People with strabismus often have monocular instead of binocular vision, meaning that both eyes are used separately thereby increasing the field of view and depth perception. "The presence of exotropia, particularly if it was intermittent, may have contributed to da Vinci's exceptional ability to capture space on the flat canvas," according to the research published in the JAMA Opthalmology journal this month.
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Mega Millions jackpot 2018: Things you need to consider if you win
You probably won't win Friday's jackpot, which at $1.6 billion is the biggest in lottery history. But if you do, here are things you need to consider.
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Photographer documents abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitals
These eerie images showcase the haunting abandoned asylums that lie dotted across secluded parts of the U.S. and Canada. Intrepid explorer Dave, the man behind the social media presence Freaktography, has spent more than six years documenting these wonders.
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Paul Krugman Warns Trump Is Poised To Disregard Democratic House Victory
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman fears that President Donald Trump's
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Is Costco's Same-Day Fresh Food Delivery Worth It?
Costco recently added produce, meats, fish, dairy and other fresh groceries—including its popular rotisserie chicken—to the roster of items available for same-day delivery.  If you're a member an...
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40 Halloween Snacks That'll Blow Your Guests Away
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45+ Fun Pumpkin Painting Ideas for the Best Halloween Ever
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28 Easy Halloween Finger Foods to Whip Up This Year
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Saudi dissidents fear 'long arm' of state after Khashoggi murder
The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sent a chill through exiled dissidents, with many revealing discreet government attempts to lure them to their embassies as an apparent "trap" to return them to the kingdom. Khashoggi, a critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, in what sources close to the government have said was likely an authorised rendition that went wrong. Saudi exiles in three different countries have recounted what appeared to be official attempts to bait them into the kingdom's diplomatic missions, exposing them to potentially the same fate as Khashoggi.
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The women’s wave is coming. Republicans should be worried
The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.” – Rosa Parks, Montgomery, Alabama,1955. Because women are outraged, and they will turn out to vote in force to replace them in Congress and throughout the federal government.
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The U.S. Needs Saudi Arabia, and Vice Versa
First, trade between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia is currently about $24 billion per year. You might think that the U.S. is now energy-independent, but many U.S. allies, most notably Japan, rely on oil imports. Part of the larger U.S. foreign policy stance is promising those allies freedom from major supply disruptions.
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US adviser Bolton in Moscow after Trump aims to exit treaty
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton began talks with top Russian officials Monday during a previously scheduled trip that took a new turn with President Donald Trump saying he would pull out of a landmark nuclear weapons treaty.
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Dodgers ace Kershaw available in 'pen vs Brewers in Game 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Clayton Kershaw will be available in relief for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
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At least 30 people injured during floor collapse at party in Clemson, South Carolina
Thirty people were taken to the hospital Sunday morning after a floor collapsed during a party at an apartment complex in South Carolina.
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CCTV shows Saudi operative 'wearing Jamal Khashoggi's clothes and fake beard' in consulate decoy
CCTV footage has been released which appears to show one of the 15 so-called Saudi Arabian “hit squad” posing as a body double for murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The images, which were published by CNN on Monday, show the decoy leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by the back door, wearing Mr Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard, and glasses, in the hours after he was killed. The man has been identified as Mustafa al-Madani - an official who was reportedly brought from Riyadh to Turkey to act as Khashoggi’s body double. Four hours earlier Mr Madani, 57, who is of similar height, age and build to Khashoggi, entered the building by the front door, without a beard, wearing a blue and white checked shirt and dark blue trousers. "Khashoggi's clothes were probably still warm when Madani put them on," a senior Turkish official told CNN. Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate on October 2. His body has still not been found Credit:  REUTERS Saudi Arabia initially claimed that Mr Khashoggi had left the consulate through the back door, although footage of the double was never released to back up their claim. The kingdom finally acknowledged Mr Khashoggi's death on Saturday morning, when they said he was killed accidentally in a "fistfight". They claimed it was not done on the order of heir-apparent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Foreign Minister, told Fox News on Sunday that Khashoggi's killing was "a rogue operation" and that "we don't know where the body is.'" "The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority," he said. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up. That is unacceptable to the government." Turkish media and officials meanwhile said the 60-year-old Washington Post columnist was attacked by a 15-man Saudi team, which allegedly included a member of the royal's entourage, that cut off his fingers and decapitated him. Riyadh’s account of what happened on October 2 has changed several times as it came under mounting international mounting to explain the journalist’s disappearance. How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded Prince Mohammed and his father, King Salman, called the son of Khashoggi on Sunday to express condolences for the death of his father. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has said that details of Khashoggi's killing "will be revealed in all its nakedness" in a speech in parliament on Tuesday, the same day an investment forum in Riyadh spearheaded by Prince Mohammed is to take place. Mr Erdogan’s announcement will likely have been received with some surprise in the Saudi royal court, which might have thought their account of what happened would put to bed any independent Turkish investigation. But the international fallout has continued, with Canada cancelling a multi-billion dollar defense contract with Saudi. Asked about a key deal with Riyadh for the sale of light armored vehicles worth CAD$15 billion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "in this contract, there are clauses that must be followed in relation to the use of what is sold to them." "If they do not follow these clauses, we will definitely cancel the contract." Mr Trudeau’s announcement followed a similar one from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said her country would not export arms to Saudi Arabia amid the uncertainty around Khashoggi's death. Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that there remains an “urgent need” clarification, though senior British officials have signalled there would be no end to arms sales with the kingdom.
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Migrant caravan swells to 7,000, stretches over a mile long
Former Border Patrol agent Jason Piccolo: I would deploy military police.
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Taiwan's President Calls for Investigation After the Worst Train Crash in Decades
Taiwan's president pressed for a quick, transparent probe into the cause of the island's worst train crash in nearly three decades
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Stephen Hawking's thesis and wheelchair are to be auctioned off
Christie's is to hold an auction selling items related to the work of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein. The most expensive guide price is for the 1965 doctoral thesis submitted by Hawking. Other items include on of Hawking's wheelchairs, a bomber jacket he owned and a script from"The Simpsons" cartoon series.
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UK, France and Germany press Saudi for facts to back up Khashoggi explanation
Saudi Arabia needs to provide facts for its explanation of what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be considered credible, Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement on Sunday. After denying any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said the journalist died in a fistfight at the consulate. An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold.
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These are the top 10 moneymaking cities from travel and tourism
A new report reveals that Shanghai made the most money from tourism in 2017, raking in USD $35 billion mostly from domestic visitors. 
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US mulls revoking recognition of transgender people: report
The administration of US President Donald Trump is considering a proposal to narrowly define gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by birth genitalia, The New York Times reported on Sunday. According to a memo obtained by The Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is leading the effort to establish a legal definition of sex under federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in government-funded education programs. It is the latest effort by President Donald Trump's administration to chip away at protections for the LGBTQ community.
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Cora has put players 1st during Red Sox run to World Series
BOSTON (AP) — When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first.
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Germany urges joint European stance on Saudi arms exports
European nations should take a joint stance on whether to halt arms exports to Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Monday. "Only when all European nations are in agreement will this make an impression on Riyadh," he said, speaking on public television.
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Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots hit $2 billion
More than $2 billion is up for grabs this week in U.S. lottery jackpots after nobody won the top prize in the Mega Millions or Powerball games. Linda So reports.
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Kurdish party behind referendum wins regional polls in Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi Kurdish party behind last year's ill-fated independence referendum has won the most seats in parliamentary elections held in the autonomous Kurdish region, authorities said Sunday.
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Jamal Khashoggi's Fiancée Put Under 24-Hour Police Protection In Turkey
Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has
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Saudi Arabia's King and Crown Prince Call Slain Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Son
They expressed condolences for Jamal Khashoggi's death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul
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French Teenager Who Threatened His Teacher With a Fake Gun Was Charged
President Emmanuel Macron said threatening a teacher was "unacceptable"
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Prince Harry goes solo on royal tour as pregnant Meghan rests
Prince Harry greeted an Aboriginal community on the stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island Monday as his pregnant wife Meghan took a break from official duties during the royal couple's Australian tour. The pair have already travelled to Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo since touching down in Australia last Monday, drawing thousands of screaming fans to their events. The visit to Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland state took on a different tone, as the Duke of Sussex was greeted with a traditional Aboriginal ceremony from the local Butchulla people on the peaceful shores of Lake McKenzie.
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Barzani makes comeback on both Kurd, Iraq fronts
A year after a disastrous independence vote he had championed in Iraqi Kurdistan, veteran leader Massud Barzani has made a strong comeback both on the home front and in Baghdad. While Iraq's presidency, a ceremonial post, has gone to Barham Saleh of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was on Sunday declared the clear winner of the September 30 parliamentary elections in the autonomous region of northern Iraq.
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Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier and is shot dead: military
A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier and was shot dead by the wounded man and other troops in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday, the military said. In a statement, the military said the incident occurred near the biblical Cave of the Patriarchs, revered by Muslims as the Ibrahimi mosque, in the city of Hebron. Palestinians began a wave of knife and car-ramming attacks in the West Bank and in Israel in 2015, after peace talks with Israel collapsed.
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Two Central Washington University Students Dead in Accidental Shooting, Suicide
Investigators say a 21-year-old man accidentally fatally shot a 22-year-old man, then immediately turned the gun on himself.
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Anti-India strike shuts Kashmir amid anger over deaths
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Armed soldiers and police fanned out across much of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a general strike to mourn the deaths of civilians and armed rebels during confrontation with government forces.
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U.S. lottery jackpots climb to $2.2 billion combined after no winners
For $2 a ticket, you have chance to be among the richest people in the world if you beat the longshot odds of 1 in 303 million to win the Mega Millions lottery jackpot of $1.6 billion Tuesday night. The sum reached a world record for lottery jackpots after there were no winners claimed a $1 billion prize on Friday. It is so much money that if you had it all in $100 bills, you could make a stack about as high as the World Trade Center in New York city, the lottery's website said.
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First Florida Governor’s Debate Becomes The Donald Trump Debate
TAMPA, Fla. ― The All-Donald Trump primary election strategy of Ron DeSantis,
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Congressional Leaders Reject Saudi's Story on Writer's Death
The comments set up a possible clash between Congress and President Donald Trump, who’s also cast doubt about the Saudi version of events but so far is standing behind the crown prince and emphasizing the economic ties between the two countries. “If he directed it, we need to put the same types of sanctions in place that we’ve done with other people who’ve done the same thing,” Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Reversing earlier denials of involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance on Oct. 2, Saudi authorities said Saturday that an initial probe showed that the Washington Post contributor was killed after “discussions” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul turned violent.
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Laverne Cox Responds To Possible Trump Anti-Transgender Move: 'I Choose Love Not Fear'
Actress Laverne Cox condemned a proposal reportedly under consideration by
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Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour
SYDNEY (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took separate boats Monday to Queensland's Fraser Island as their tour of Australia and the South Pacific continued with a reduced schedule for the pregnant duchess.
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March to the Polls rally in Chicago draws thousands
Thousands of people have marched through downtown Chicago to express their displeasure at President Donald Trump and encourage voters to go to the polls for next month’s midterm election.
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Democrats panicking over threat of 'blue wave' washout?
Midterm polling averages narrow in the wake of the contentious confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; insight from John McLaughlin, former pollster for the Trump campaign.
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'Halloween' scares up big box-office numbers in North America
Hollywood (United States) (AFP) - North American moviegoers really like to be scared, and Universal gleefully accommodated them this weekend as its new release "Halloween" registered an impressive $77.5 million in estimated ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
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No winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing; jackpot now worth $620 million
There was no jackpot winner in Saturday night's Powerball drawing. The next drawing will be on Wednesday Oct. 24 with an estimated $620 million with a cash value of $354.3 million
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Judge Won`t Dismiss Lawsuit Against Warren Jeffs, FLDS Church Claiming `Ritualistic Sex Abuse`
A judge is refusing to dismiss a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by a woman against imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, the Fundamentalist LDS Church, and others.
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Trump space force - a real need but hazy planning
President Donald Trump has demanded that Pentagon create a new military service, a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space." And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. The Pentagon is expected to have enough details by early next year to include a Space Force plan in its 2020 budget request. The idea has taken on a life of its own at Trump's rallies.
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Beto O'Rourke Declines To Answer Trump Attacks With 'Bitterness,' 'Name-Calling'
Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Texas, passed on a
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Congolese Rebels Stage Deadly Attack Stalling Ebola Containment Efforts
Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the epicenter of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak
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How long will it take for caravan to arrive at US border?
Group of thousands of migrants from Central America on journey to U.S. ahead of midterm elections.
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Saudi Arabia's King and Crown Prince Call Slain Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Son
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate.
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Duchess of Sussex rejoins Duke for walkabout after rest from Australian tour as pregnancy 'takes its toll'
The Duchess of Sussex joined her husband for a walkabout on Fraser Island, having spent the morning resting as her pregnancy "takes its toll". Meghan, wearing a striped dress by Reformation and brown leather lace-up sandals, clutched her baby bump for part of the walk under blue skies in Queensland. The Duke had attended three of the day's engagements on his own, including an unveiling of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, where he joked about plaque-unveiling running "in the family". He had told his pregnant wife to take it easy as the couple carry out a 16-day tour across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, telling Invictus Games athletes on Sunday: "Being pregnant takes its toll". It is understood that the Duchess of Sussex is to resume her full royal tour programme as of now and will undertake the full schedule in Fiji and Tonga unless circumstances change again.  The Duchess was glowing as she arrived by car to meet her husband, having spent the morning at their hotel recuperating from the heavy schedule of the first week of their tour. A royal aide said: "She isn't sick, she just had a tiring few days and we were concerned about the roads on the island which are incredibly bumpy and uncomfortable for anyone, let alone a pregnant woman. "But the Duchess was very keen to re-join the duke at the last engagement of the day to greet the people of the island." The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet wellwishers along a Kingfisher Bay walkabout  Credit: Chris Hyde /Getty The Duchess, who has modified her programme to take into account her pregnancy, was absent from engagements most of the day, which required a bumpy four wheel drive journey across sandy roads. The couple flew into Hervey Bay on Monday morning, before boarding separate boats for their different days out. After a day of learning about the island's natural beauty, the Duke travelled to Kingfisher Bay by boat, where he was joined by the Duchess for a walk along the jetty. The Duke and Duchess walk hand-in-hand along the jetty Credit: PHIL NOBLE /Reuters The parents-to-be were given gifts including flowers and bears during the walkabout and the Duke was taken by a sign reading "Rangas rule", an Australian slang reference to his ginger hair. Jada Quinn, nine, said: "My dad is a ranga and I'm a little bit a ranga and he appreciated the sign." Her sister, Ella, 12, said: "It was a bit overwhelming, I started to cry a little bit. She was so kind and she shook my hand." The Duchess of Sussex arrives at Kingfisher jetty by boat Credit: Catherine Lyn Finch /Getty Julianne, Ebony and and Lily Reid gave Meghan a home-made baby changing mat, with Harry asking if it had koalas on. The Duchess also bent down to speak to Noeline Walk, 85, Fraser Island's oldest and longest-living resident at 45 years. Mrs Walk said: "She asked me since I was local what i would suggest she have for tea," Mrs Walk said. "'Seafood, of course!' I told her. 'Oh, I'll have to give it a try', she said." Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tour of Australia - in pictures Unveiling plaques 'runs in the family', jokes Harry The Duke of Sussex joked that being skilled at unveiling plaques "runs in the family" as he took part in a dedication ceremony on Fraser Island in Queensland on Monday. Harry was greeted by the Butchulla People and took part in a traditional Welcome to Country smoking ceremony on Fraser Island. He spoke under the island's satinay trees in Pile Valley, some up to 1,000 years old and used to build the London docks in the 1930s. Before Harry began speaking, local Marilyn Clarke called out: "You are better looking in person!" - to which he replied: "I will take that as a compliment." The Duke of Sussex unveils a plaque, joking that the technique 'runs in the family' Credit: Chris Jackson /Getty Dedicating the Forests of K'Gari to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, the Duke said the initiative was "established in honour of my grandmother, the Queen's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth". "This is actually the second time this plaque has been unveiled which I know is highly unusual," he said. "The first time was by my father the Prince of Wales in Bundaberg earlier this year when he was visiting. "I now have the privilege of unveiling it in situ. I know that my father came to K'Gari in 1994 for a day off during a royal tour so he has an appreciation of the importance of this place. "Luckily we are both highly skilled when it comes to unveiling plaques... It runs in the family." Duke meets local elders to learn about island's history The Duke visited one of Fraser Island’s lakes to meet local elders and national park rangers to learn about the Island’s natural beauty, biodiversity and cultural significance. He also heard about the history of the Island’s logging trade, as well as its use as a training base for the Australian Z Special Unit during World War II. The Duke of Sussex poses for a photo with the Butchulla People Credit: Phil Noble /AP The Duke meets locals in the forests of K'gari Credit: PHIL NOBLE /Reuters The Duke of Sussex watches a traditional dance by the Butchulla People Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth /AP The island is still open to members of the public on Monday, although the network of winding bumpy sand roads have been closed to all but the royal household and accredited media. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and has a total of 206,970 acres of protected forest. Duke urges public to protect Queensland rainforest The Duke of Sussex has urged the public to protect the Queensland rainforest “for our children and our children’s children”, as he embarked on a morning out without his wife. Harry was welcomed to Pile Valley on Fraser Island with a traditional smoking ceremony to ward off evil spirits by members of the Butchulla People, the traditional owners of the land, which they call K’gari - meaning paradise. Aaron Henderson and Darren Blake wafted smoke from a bucket of burning Paper Bark and Blue Gum leaves towards him, while songman Fred Bulanyu Leone called out to their ancestors and tapped out a rhythm with a pair of bar gan - “killer boomerangs” - traditionally used for hunting. The Duke was there to mark the forest’s dedication to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative, a growing area of protected forests across the organisation’s 53 member states. He gazed up in awe at the 1,000 year old Satinay trees as they led him into the forest to a clearing around a sacred Spirit Tree.
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Asian stocks gain after Chinese assurances over slowdown
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets advanced Monday, lifted by Chinese benchmarks after officials put a positive spin on the country's slowing economy.
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Japan firms fined $3.4 million over maglev bid-rigging
Two major construction companies were Monday ordered to pay fines totalling more than $3 million for colluding to win contracts on Japan's multi-billion-dollar maglev project. The state-of-the-art maglev -- magnetic levitation -- trains are scheduled to begin commercial service between Tokyo and Nagoya in central Japan in 2027, later extending to the western hub of Osaka. The Japan Fair Trade Commission brought charges against four companies in March for suspected anti-trust violations, accusing them of sharing estimated costs for construction work.
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Saudi king, crown prince call slain writer Khashoggi's son
ISTANBUL (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal's entourage.
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Jordan cancels part of peace agreement with Israel
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday said he has decided not to renew parts of his country's landmark peace treaty with Israel.
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The Latest: Germany presses for EU unity on Saudi Arabia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul (all times local):
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AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis for sale
LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity.
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Is Costco's Same-Day Fresh Food Delivery Worth It?
Costco recently added produce, meats, fish, dairy and other fresh groceries—including its popular rotisserie chicken—to the roster of items available for same-day delivery.  If you're a member an...
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Roche lands Tecentriq trial win, still trails Merck in lung cancer
Roche's Tecentriq plus chemotherapy boosted lung cancer patients' survival by nearly five months, study data released on Monday showed, underscoring benefits of the Swiss group's immunotherapy but still leaving it trailing a rival's drug. Tecentriq added to a chemotherapy backbone of carboplatin/nab-paclitaxel in first-line non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) boosted median overall survival (OS) to 18.6 months, Roche said, compared to 13.9 months for those getting just chemotherapy. Survival without the disease worsening (PFS) was lifted to 7 months for patients getting Tecentriq plus chemotherapy, Roche said, versus 5.5 months for the chemotherapy group.
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Australia's Prime Minister Formally Apologized to Child Sex Abuse Victims
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the nation must acknowledge child sex abuse victims' long, painful journey
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Kang overcomes anxiety and tantrum to win LPGA Shanghai
Danielle Kang said she had a "temper tantrum" and was given a stiff talking to from her caddie on her way to victory in the inaugural $2.1 million Buick LPGA Shanghai on Sunday. The American also revealed the crippling anxiety she has battled in recent months, after she saw off a pack of rivals to win by two shots on a nerve-jangling final day. Kang, who turned 26 on Saturday, carded a final-round 69 for a total 13-under-par 275 at a breezy and overcast Qizhong Garden Golf Club, where seven players tied for second.
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New Zealand will not attend Saudi investment summit over Khashoggi death
New Zealand condemns the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives and will not be attending an investment summit in Saudi Arabia, the government said in a statement on Sunday. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh's policies, died inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Saudi state media said on Saturday. Trade Minister David Parker said in the statement no New Zealand officials will attend the upcoming Future Investment Initiative, an event in the Saudi capital of Riyadh being called Davos in the Desert.
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Germany won't export arms to Saudi 'in current situation': Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's violent death.
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Jordan wants Israel to return lands leased under 1994 peace deal
King Abdullah II announced Sunday that Jordan has notified Israel it wants to reclaim two small plots of territory leased under their 1994 peace deal. "We have informed Israel (that we are putting) an end to the application of the peace treaty annexes regarding Baqura and Ghumar," said the king, quoted by official news agency Petra. The land was leased to Israel for a 25-year renewable period under annexes of the 1994 peace treaty that lay down a one-year notice period, with Jordan retaining sovereignty.
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Saudi Arabia Summit Loses Its Swagger as Elites Question Kingdom
Hosted by the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund, the three-day conference that kicks off in Riyadh on Tuesday was meant to showcase the opportunities created by reform efforts to break the economy’s dependence on oil and unveil billion-dollar contracts in front of the world’s business elite. Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- who posed for selfies with hundreds of delegates at last year’s conference -- will be keen to show that it’s business as usual in the kingdom, even as European leaders and President Donald Trump demand more information on how the Washington Post columnist was killed at its consulate in Istanbul. No-shows from the likes of Deutsche Bank AG’s Christian Sewing, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon and BlackRock Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink will deal a blow to the 33-year-old leader and the kingdom, which has built close ties with Wall Street executives and relies largely on global banks to finance its ambitious plans.
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The Latest: Elliott wins at Kansas to roll into next round
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR's elimination race at Kansas Speedway (all times local):
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Stephen Hawking's Wheelchair and PhD Dissertation Are up for Sale
Christie's auction will include Stephen Hawking's scientific papers, his iconic wheelchairs and his doctoral thesis
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Russia warns Trump over 'dangerous' plan to quit nuclear treaty
Moscow on Sunday warned US President Donald Trump that his plan to ditch a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia was a dangerous step. Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov warned that withdrawal "would be a very dangerous step" and said Washington faced international condemnation in its bid for "total supremacy" in the military sphere.
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Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died. He was 90.
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Migrant caravan crosses into Mexico
A U.S.-bound caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants who have been condemned as unwelcome by President Donald Trump, began moving into Mexico on Sunday (October 21), shadowed by hundreds of Mexican police en route to the border city of Tapachula. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Dump Truck Driver Arrested for DUI, Automobile Homicide After Six Die in Utah Crash
Jamie Mckenzie, 41, was arrested for multiple counts of automobile homicide and DUI with serious bodily injury after six people were killed in an accident Friday in Wasatch County.
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Search on for 2nd suspect in fatal Georgia police shooting
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities said they are continuing the search for the second of two teenage suspects in connection with the fatal weekend shooting of a police officer near a school northeast of Atlanta.
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Trump ally backs nuclear treaty pullout to counter China
A key Republican lawmaker on Sunday backed Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear accord with Russia, saying the US needed to be free to respond to a Chinese nuclear build-up. The US president on Saturday confirmed his plan to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, saying the Russians had been violating it "for many years" while China, not a signatory, remained free to develop such weapons. Another senior Republican, Senator Bob Corker, agreed that "there's no question that for years Russia has been violating" the accord.
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Brewers' bullpen runs out of gas in Game 7 loss to Dodgers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Craig Counsell and the Milwaukee Brewers relied on their bullpen all season long.
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Turkey's Erdogan Promises Details on Khashoggi Case for Tuesday
“Why did 15 people come here, why did 18 people get arrested?” Erdogan said in an Istanbul speech quoted by Haberturk. Separately, Istanbul’s chief prosecutor called 28 more Saudi consulate staff, including Turkish and foreign nationals, to give testimony on Monday in the Khashoggi’s case, TRT World News said in tweet, citing unidentified sources familiar with matter.
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Jokic's triple-double leads Nuggets past Suns 119-91
DENVER (AP) — On a historic night in which he was serenaded with "MVP!" chants for his eye-popping triple-double, Nikola Jokic's thoughts were with the Denver Nuggets' injured tone-setter.
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Dovizioso snatches Japan pole as Marquez match point looms
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso kept his fading MotoGP title hopes alive Saturday by snatching pole for the Japanese Grand Prix in a frantic late dash. The Italian, who realistically needs to emulate his 2017 victory in Japan to delay Marc Marquez's coronation, clocked a fastest lap of one minute, 44.590 seconds, with his Spanish rival sixth quickest. Marquez, Dovizioso or Jorge Lorenzo have topped qualifying at the last nine races.
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Rescuers search site after train crash killed 18 in Taiwan
DONGSHAN TOWNSHIP, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers searched through wreckage Monday after one of Taiwan's fastest passenger trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 180 others.
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Republicans Think They Could Still Hold the House. Here's How
Some in the GOP give it a one-in-four chance
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Turkey to Publicize Details From Its Investigation Into Jamal Khashoggi's Killing
In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey said it will announce details of its investigation
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5 Turkey Cooking Tips That'll Guarantee You Have the Perfect Bird
There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.
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Cody Bellinger wins NLCS MVP award for Dodgers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cody Bellinger is the MVP of the NL Championship Series.
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Son's desperate plea to public after mom struck by hit-and-run driver
Surveillance video shows the horrifying moments Carlos Delgado's mother was hit then left for dead on a busy Central Fresno Street.
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The Latest: Mexico's AMLO eyes development to fix migration
CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local):
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Migrants halted on bridge at Mexico border
Hundreds of Central American migrants remain camped on a bridge separating Guatemala and Mexico on Saturday, as efforts to halt a trek north by the caravan gathered pace under U.S. pressure. Tamara Lindstrom reports.
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Oreo Candy Canes Are Finally Hitting Shelves
Suddenly, we're SO excited for Christmas.
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Even Trump Citing ‘Lies’ as Allies Doubt Shifting Saudi Story
In the U.S., the Trump administration stressed the vital importance of the kingdom and its economy to the U.S. while Republican and Democratic lawmakers said they suspected knowledge of the killing reached the highest levels of the Saudi regime. More than two weeks after Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia acknowledged over the weekend that the Washington Post contributor was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2, characterizing his death as accidental.
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Is Another Major 'Walking Dead' Character Secretly Leaving? An Investigation.
The Ricktatorship is ending, but should fans be nervous about yet another
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Lebanese seek to save landmark concrete park from crumbling
Close to the seafront in Lebanon's Tripoli, giant curves of concrete stand testimony to dreams before the civil war, etchings of an exhibition park never finished but already cracking. This month, a rare exhibition is being held at the site designed by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in a desperate call to save it from ruin. Inside the vast grey grounds of the Tripoli International Fair in northern Lebanon, a palm tree throws its dark silhouette onto a giant concrete dome.
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Beloved in Boston, Roberts returns for World Series with LA
BOSTON (AP) — In the souvenir store across from Fenway Park, it will set you back $100 for a framed, autographed photo of "The Steal," Dave Roberts' stolen base in the 2004 AL Championship Series that kick-started the Red Sox comeback against the New York Yankees and ended Boston's 86-year title drought.
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Mourinho melee as United concedes late, draws 2-2 at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was involved in a touchline skirmish after his team conceded a goal in the sixth minute of injury time to draw 2-2 at former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
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Trump says U.S. to exit landmark nuclear arms pact, Russia threatens retaliation
ELKO, Nev/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said Washington would withdraw from a landmark Cold War-era treaty that eliminated nuclear missiles from Europe because Russia was violating the pact, triggering a warning of retaliatory measures from Moscow. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
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Thousands in U.S.-bound migrant caravan pour into Mexican city
Members of the caravan, exhausted from the hours-long trek on foot from the Guatemalan border, mostly ignored police offers to board buses heading to a migrant shelter because of suspicions they might be deported instead. The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan advances, as well as warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they cannot justify seeking asylum in Mexico. On Sunday, Trump said on Twitter that "full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens," arguing that the migrants must apply for asylum in Mexico before attempting to petition U.S. authorities.
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Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken passes away
Bakken, who founded Medtronic with his brother-in-law in 1949, "passed away peacefully" on Sunday at his home in Hawaii, the company said in a statement. Bakken had retired as chairman of the company in 1989.
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8 Reasons Probiotics Should Be a Regular Part of Your Diet
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Honda's Marquez romps to fifth MotoGP title as Dovizioso crashes
Honda's Marc Marquez stormed to a nail-biting victory in Japan Sunday to capture his third straight MotoGP world championship as Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso crashed out. The Spanish sensation has now won five championships in motorcycling's premier class, putting him level with Australian legend Mick Doohan. Marquez, still just 25, trails only the Italian pair of Valentino Rossi, who won the last of his seven championships in 2009, and Giacomo Agostini, whose record eighth came in 1975, in the all-time list.
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Dunkin' Donuts wants to see your best Halloween costumes on Instagram for a chance to win big
Dunkin' Donuts is launching a Halloween costume contest on Instagram, giving fans the chance to win $1,000 and a full year of free coffee.
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Mega Million winning numbers drawn for $1 billion jackpot
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1 billion, the highest Mega Millions drawing ever and second highest lottery drawing ever.
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Meghan's schedule in Australia cut back after hectic start
SYDNEY (AP) — The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has had her schedule cut back during her first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with husband Prince Harry.
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Kuwait welcomes decisions by Saudi king on 'regretful' Khashoggi case
DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait has welcomed the decisions taken by Saudi Arabia's King Salman with regards to the death of critic Jamal Khashoggi, a foreign ministry source told Kuna on Sunday. The source said the king's handling of the case "depicts the Kingdom's keenness and commitment to establish the truth and its respect for legal principles to bring to account those behind this regretful event. ...
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Joint Europe-Japan Mission to Mercury Blasts Off
Europe’s first mission to Mercury, built in cooperation with the Japanese space agency JAXA , was launched on board an Ariane 5 rocket from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on October 19. The BepiColombo mission includes two spacecraft, a planetary orbiter and a magnetospheric orbiter, which, according to the European Space Agency , will need to deal with temperatures above 350°C during their year-long mission around the closest planet to the sun. Credit: European Space Agency via Storyful
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'Headless chicken monster' caught on camera off East Antarctica
In the deep, dark Southern Ocean encircling Antarctica lies a creature so bewildering and elusive, it hasn't been filmed for a year.  Behold, the 'headless chicken monster,' which has been filmed casually swimming near East Antarctica, the first time it's been filmed in the region.  Except that it's not headless, a chicken, or a monster. It's a sea cucumber. SEE ALSO: So, turns out snakes have been hitchhiking on planes. Have a nice flight. Deep-sea resident Enypniastes eximia, also known as the 'headless chicken monster' to undeniably hilarious scientists, has been filmed in the Southern Ocean. Researchers caught the unusual species of swimming sea cucumber with a new underwater camera system, which has been developed by the Australian Antarctic Division, part of Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy, for monitoring commercial long-line fishing. It's the first time the bright pink creature has been filmed in the Southern Ocean, as it has only ever been caught on camera around the Gulf of Mexico, according to the AAD. According to a 1990 study published in Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences , the sea cucumber ranges from 6 to 25 cm (2.3 to 9.8 inches) in length and "swims almost continuously, briefly settling to the seafloor to ingest surface sediments."  It uses tiny little tentacles to rapidly grasp this sediment from the seafloor to eat, and propels its bulbous, translucent body forward using a webbed veil. If you're truly perplexed, here's another look at the creature, filmed by the Okeanos Explorer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 2017 in the Gulf of Mexico — the last time the sea cucumber was filmed.  Some of this footage appears in the new AAD video for context, if some clips look familiar (they're the frames that read "file vision" in the above video). So, how did they film it this time around? The deep-sea cameras that luckily caught this perplexing creature are recording important data for commercial fishing and marine conservation, all of which is sent to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the international body in charge of managing the Southern Ocean. They're thrown into the water attached to fishing gear, and can reach depths of up to three kilometres (1.86 miles). So, you'd be right to assume they'd need to be pretty durable.  Two of the underwater cameras developed to enhance the sustainability of long line fishing in the Southern Ocean.Image: Jessica Fitzpatrick/AAD"We needed something that could be thrown from the side of a boat, and would continue operating reliably under extreme pressure in the pitch black for long periods of time," Australian Antarctic Division program leader Dirk Welsford, said in a statement.  "Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world." According to Welsford, other nations such as Chile, France, and the United Kingdom are now also using the durable cameras to survey and monitor the impact of commercial fishing on marine environments. "Most importantly, the cameras are providing important information about areas of sea floor that can withstand this type of fishing, and sensitive areas that should be avoided," he said. "It’s a really simple and practical solution which is directly contributing to improving sustainable fishing practices." Why is this footage important? The data collected from the cameras will be presented at CCAMLR's 10-day annual meeting in Hobart, Tasmania beginning Oct. 22.  With this data and examples of unique marine life like the sea cucumber in hand, Australia’s CCAMLR Commissioner, Gillian Slocum, said Australia will be seeking support for the creation of a new East Antarctic Marine Protected Area at the meeting, as well as supporting two other new Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean. "The Southern Ocean is home to an incredible abundance and variety of marine life, including commercially sought-after species, the harvesting of which must be carefully managed for future generations," Slocum added. At least some humans have got your bright pink back, little sea cucumbers. WATCH: There’s an underwater pokéball that helps us study delicate sea creatures without harming them
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'I hope it’s a girl!' Duke of Sussex reveals he is hoping for a baby girl
The Duke of Sussex has shared his hope that his first baby will be a girl, after being congratulated by a well wisher at the Invictus Games. The father-to-be, who attended the road cycling event alone while the pregnant Duchess rested, laughed as a fan shouted  "I hope it’s a girl” as he walked past, replying: “So do I!” It is the first time the Duke has spoken about a preference for the sex of the baby, due in the spring. Last week, the day after news of Baby Sussex was announced, he had amused a small audience during a speech when he appeared to falter over the word "baby" as he avoided saying "son" or "daughter". "We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby," he said, adding: "Whether it’s a boy or a girl.” The couple, who are currently on their first Royal tour in the South Pacific, said they could not think of a better place to announce the news Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images AsiaPac In an interview with the Australian Invictus Games host broadcaster yesterday, the Duke said he was feeling "fantastic" about becoming a father, adding "new responsibilities and a new third of our lives".  Growing up with one older brother, Prince William, the Duke perhaps gave an insight into his own hopes for a family when, after Kate Middleton married into the royal family, he called her the "big sister I never had". Speaking at the Invictus Games opening ceremony on Saturday night, the Duke told a largely Australian audience: " I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all."
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Planned Parenthood plans for a post-Roe future
Abortion-rights advocates are preparing for the likelihood that the Supreme Court in the near future may curtail, or completely overturn, Roe v. Wade. Their strategy focuses on securing abortion rights in individual states.
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Kang finishes strong to win LPGA Shanghai by 2 strokes
SHANGHAI (AP) — Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title.
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Trump a reluctant critic of Saudi Arabia despite pressure to act
It did not, and on Oct. 10, amid a growing outcry, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton pressed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, in what one U.S. official described as a "stern" phone call, to identify who was responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance or death. Trump then seemed to give Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt, suggesting "rogue killers" may have been to blame and criticizing a growing view that this was a case of state murder. Over the last two weeks, Trump has at times spoken of punishing Saudi Arabia but appeared reluctant to follow through against a close economic and security ally in the Middle East, a key player in ensuring the stability of global oil markets, and a major customer of arms deals that he says are "tremendous".
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8 combatants, 6 civilians die in Kashmir battles, clashes
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three local rebels were killed in a gunbattle with Indian government forces in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, and six civilians were killed in an explosion at the site after the fighting was over, officials and residents said.
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Turkey puts fiancee of slain journalist Khashoggi under 24-hour protection
Turkish authorities have put the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under 24-hour police protection, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, disappeared on Oct. 2 after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage to Hatice Cengiz.
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The top 10 largest US Jackpots
Lottery players will have a chance at winning an estimated $1.6 billion jackpot in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing and an estimated $620 million in Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot.
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Mom outraged after 8-year-old with disabilities handcuffed by deputy
"It broke my heart," the mom said once she realized her son had been handcuffed.
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Rashida Tlaib: Meet the Democrat poised to be first Muslim woman in Congress 
Barring a freak result, Rashida Tlaib is set to be the first Muslim woman in Congress, and for this she has to thank the unlikely figure of Donald Trump.  "Trump was a bit of a Bat-Signal for women in general of being engaged," she says, talking while out on the campaign trail in Detroit. Congress as it stands is far from diverse - over 90 per cent of members are Christian, 5.6 per cent are Jewish and the Muslim members (both of them) are heavily outflanked by Mormons, of whom there are 13.  Despite the fact there are more women in the Senate and House of Representatives than at any other point since 1789, they still only make up 20 per cent of its membership.  Looking across the country, Ms Tlaib believes there is a "sense of urgency" driving Left-wing and female voters in the midterm elections, which will see seats in the Senate, House and state-wide positions up for grabs. "I remember when people came to vote for Barack Obama and there was kind of a waltz to it, it was like this confidence and people were excited to vote,” she says. "This time, people are marching. It’s like, 'move out the way I’ve got to do this.'" A police officer arresting Rashida Tlaib following a protest calling for higher pay Credit: AP Ms Tlaib's ascent came after five years in local politics, when a wave of grassroots support saw her win the Democratic nomination for the House of Representatives in her home district in Detroit, Michigan. A surge in first-time voters was credited with giving her the win. Now, since there is no Republican opponent standing in the deeply blue district, she is all but sure to win a seat in Congress on November 6. Ms Tlaib is just one of a number of 'firsts' that could come this year - the first Native American congresswoman, the first transgender governor and the first black female governor could all be elected at the midterms on November 6. Change is afoot, not just when it comes to gender. Around 90 Muslim candidates are running for elected office this year – the highest number at any point since the September 11 attack in 2001, according to political advocacy group JetPac.  Women candidates for the House if Representatives Born to Palestinian immigrants and the eldest of 14 children, Ms Tlaib first garnered national attention two years ago when she was arrested for heckling Mr Trump during a speech in Detroit. Ms Tlaib is not a particularly conservative Muslim but her faith is an important part of her life. The gruelling campaign schedule did not stop her from fasting for Ramadan this June, ahead of the Democratic primary vote. "It's not about just being out there and flaunting your faith," she told CNN earlier this year. "I always tell people that I'm exposing Islam in such a pivotal way, an impactful way, through public service." Her political rise has not been without fractious moments. Once, as a state legislature, she says the chair of a committee jokingly asked for her birth certificate. “He thought it was very funny,” she says. “I was very much seen by some of my colleagues as nothing but a Muslim and in their eyes that meant I was less than them I’m sure." The incident mirrored Mr Trump's repeated demands that Barack Obama reveal his birth certificate during his time as president, in a stunt that riled the Republican base. Women candidates for the Senate But Ms Tlaib says her experience of prejudice was largely a one-off. "The majority of my colleagues treated me very well," she says Her election success is part of a wider trend – a swell of women, people of colour and first-time candidates have won Democratic primaries. She points to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her friend and fellow member of the left-wing group Justice Democrats, who at 29 is set to become the youngest ever congresswoman. Rashida Tlaib celebrates at her campaign headquarters in Detroit after winning the Democratic primary race  Credit: NYTNS / Redux / eyevine  The group have been campaigning on a promise to shake up Congress with vows to abolish America's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known by its acronym ICE, refusing to take donations from corporations. Ms Tlaib believes a deeper momentum has been building for years, but she credits part of the surge to the Trump presidency. “I think he pushed us over the cliff,” she says. “I feel like we go through stages in the United States with all parties where a new group or generation - in this case a generation of women - who are running for office because they see injustice and they feel a sense of need to speak up and not be silenced”. She accepts that there is still Islamophobia, but she draws hope from the Muslim candidates now becoming politicians. “Muslims are now saying: ‘Okay we’re not going to be still’," she says.
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Box-office Mourinho center of attention again in EPL
Deflated after seeing his team concede a last-minute goal against his former club, Jose Mourinho looked up from his seat in the dugout to see a rival coach taunting him just a few meters away.
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Mnuchin dismisses risk of contagion from China's economic slowdown
China is trying to navigate through multiple challenges after its trade war with the United States sparked a blistering sell-off in domestic stock markets and a steep decline in the yuan versus the dollar, heightening worries about its growth outlook. "I am not concerned about that destabilizing our markets," Mnuchin said in an interview with Reuters in Jerusalem at the start of a Middle East visit and after data on Friday showed a cooling U.S. economy. It marked the weakest year-on-year quarterly gross domestic product growth since the first quarter of 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis.
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MUFG says bank's CEO will not attend Saudi conference
The CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's banking arm will not attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, the group said on Sunday, joining a growing list of business executives to withdraw over concern about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A spokesman for the Japanese company said that MUFG Bank Deputy President Eiichi Yoshikawa will attend the Saudi event in place of CEO Kanetsugu Mike. MUFG said the decision was made after "evaluating factors in a comprehensive manner".
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In Iowa, Cory Booker's early work sets him apart
Cory Booker has begun laying extensive groundwork in the key presidential primary state ahead of many of the other high-profile potential 2020 hopefuls.
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Bay Area residents line up to buy tickets as Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B
If you took home the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, what would you splurge on? We asked some jackpot hopefuls in San Jose.
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Mega Million winning numbers drawn for $1 billion jackpot
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1 billion, the highest Mega Millions drawing ever and second highest lottery drawing ever.
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Brooks Koepka has golf's top ranking with win in South Korea
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Brooks Koepka is golf's new No. 1 after winning the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Sunday by four strokes.
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Amid skepticism, Saudi official provides another version of Khashoggi death
The account includes details on how the team sent to confront Khashoggi on Oct. 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped.
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US, Turkey to soon begin joint patrols in north Syria
AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — Turkish and American troops could begin conducting joint patrols in a matter of days around the northern Syrian city of Manbij within the coming days, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Sunday.
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Mega Millions winning numbers: 15-23-53-65-70 07
Mega Millions winning numbers: 15-23-53-65-70 07
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On the trail: Does Beto O'Rourke have a chance against Ted Cruz in Texas?
ABC News' Paula Faris is on the campaign trail with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke as they vie for the U.S. Senate in Texas.
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'Halloween' scares up big box-office numbers in North America
North American moviegoers really like to be scared, and Universal gleefully accommodated them this weekend as its new release "Halloween" registered an impressive $77.5 million in estimated ticket sales, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.
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LEADING OFF: Dodgers-Brewers in Game 7 of NLCS, Red Sox wait
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
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Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi's killing
ISTANBUL (AP) — In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey said it will announce details of its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday and U.S. congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom — in particular its crown prince — should face severe consequences for the death of the writer in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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A capsule look at the World Series
A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox:
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Gorbachev says US making ‘mistake’ by quitting Russia nuclear treaty
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said he thinks Donald Trump is making a “mistake” by leaving its nuclear weapons treaty with Russia. Mr Gorbachev was one of the original signatories to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed originally in 1987 with then-US President Ronald Reagan. ... Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?,” Mr Gorbachev said to Interfax news agency.
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Trump Gambles With Immigration Attack to Spur Midterm Voters
Swing voters, independents and even some Republican congressional candidates are at odds with Trump’s hard-line approach to immigration. Trump hastily repealed the policy this summer after a public outcry.
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Aguilar, Brewers beat Dodgers 7-2, send NLCS to Game 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy.
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Saudi to host 'Davos in desert' despite outcry over slain journalist
Saudi Arabia will host a key investment summit on Tuesday, overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to withdraw. Just ahead of the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), dubbed "Davos in the desert", the kingdom sought to defuse the crisis with an about-face admission on Saturday that the journalist died in its consulate in Istanbul. Dozens of executives -- from bankers JP Morgan to carmaker Ford and ride-hailing app Uber -- scrapped plans to attend.
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The Nevada Senate Race Was Supposed To Be Easier For Democrats. It's Still Up For Grabs.
LAS VEGAS ― It seemed like there was every indication Dean Heller was toast
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After grandma's death, Urias helps Dodgers to World Series
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Julio Urias pitched with a heavy heart in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers advance to the World Series a night after his grandmother died.
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Pregnant Meghan takes break from Australia royal tour
Meghan, the pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, is scaling back her engagements during the royal couple's 16-day Pacific tour, Kensington Palace said Sunday, ahead of their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. The royal couple have had a gruelling schedule since arriving in Australia on Monday, visiting Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo, as well as opening the Olympic-style Invictus Games for disabled and wounded soldiers. "After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess's schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
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Khashoggi's WaPo editor: 'Human life should not have a price tag on it'
Washington Post Global Opinions Editor Karen Attiah is interviewed on "This Week" about Saudi Arabia's explanation for columnist Jamal Khashoggi's death.
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Royal tour: Duke of Sussex urges the public to honour the military as he opens Invictus Games in Sydney
The Duke of Sussex has urged the public to honour the current generation of serving military with the same respect they afford First and Second World War veterans, as he used his Invictus Games opening speech to declare: “In today’s world being tough means being honest about how we feel - both inside and out.” The Duke, the founder of the Invictus Games, told servicemen and women their generation was helping to reinstill pride in the military after years in which “society’s recognition of them too often wavered”. The speech, on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, came as the Duke officially introduced his wife and unborn child to the world at the Games. Kensington Palace released an image of the Duke practising on stage ahead of the show, with the Duchess watching him from the stalls. The couple sat side-by-side as they watched performers in the live show, a year on from the Toronto Invictus opening ceremony in which Meghan Markle sat apart from Prince Harry as they tentatively introduced their relationship to the world. The Duchess of Sussex looks on as the Duke of Sussex practices his speech ahead of the opening ceremony Credit: Kensington Palace Speaking to their Australian hosts, the Duke said: “Thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days. “I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.” The Duchess beamed with pride as a succession of on-stage speakers praised her husband’s work with the games, laughing as Prime Minister Scott Morrison asked the crowd: “How good is Prince Harry?” “We love you too, Meghan,” he added. When the Duke took to the stage, he turned his attention to a message about the military. “So much has rightly been made of my grandmother’s generation who endured the horrors of the Second World War and then rebuilt a world order around freedom and tolerance,” he said. “The legendary bravery and resilience of the Aussie digger - to this day - commands respect and admiration. “But if we’re being honest, we know that in many nations, the place of our men and women in uniform became too often undervalued in the decades after the Second World War. “The sacrifice and character of our troops never changed, but society’s recognition of them too often wavered. But that has changed. A new generation - the Invictus generation - is defining what it means to serve. And we are all taking notice.” He added: “When they have been open about their hidden emotional and mental wounds, the Invictus generation has shown us that in today’s world being tough means being honest about how we feel - both inside and out.” The ceremony overran by more than an hour due to a thunderstorm that had made it too dangerous for the public to take their seats in the outdoor arena, so the Duchess undertook her latest night of the tour with a 10.30pm finish. A palace source said she was still “feeling good” in her second trimester of pregnancy, with the couple “pacing themselves”  to get through the 16-day schedule. The Duchess has so far insisted she will not cancel any planned engagements, with the protective Duke appearing to keep a close and concerned eye on her while they are out in public. The tour has been designed with her health in mind, with its 76 engagements across 16 days scheduled mostly in the morning and early afternoon, keeping the evenings largely free. Next Saturday, the Duchess herself is expected to make her first Invictus speech at the closing ceremony, as she continues to find her feet as a member of the Royal family. “The Duke and Duchess are loving their time here,” a source said. “They are overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome and the people.” Earlier on Saturday, the couple had attended their first event of the Sydney Invictus Games as they presented medals to the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge winners. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex attend an Invictus Games event in Sydney Credit: AFP On Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, the Duke seized the moment to join in with driving remote control model cars with three children, whose fathers are competing in the games. The Duchess, who nervously declined to take her own set of controls, laughed at her husband’s attempts to control his miniature vehicle, as he drove it deliberately at the watching media and saw it comically tipped over by a small child’s rival car. On Sunday the couple will attend the road cycling and sailing events at the Invictus Games and enjoy a lunchtime reception in their honour, before travelling to Fraser Island for a night away from it all.
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Train derails in Taiwan
At least 22 people were killed and 171 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan’s newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 passengers from a suburb of Taipei in the north toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan’s southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50 p.m., the Taiwan central government said in a statement. The National Fire Agency cited the Cabinet spokesman’s office as saying 22 people were killed and 171 injured in the disaster.
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Cora: MVP favorite Betts could play 2B in World Series
BOSTON (AP) — With a championship at stake, AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts is ready to do anything manager Alex Cora asks.
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President Trump Calls Migrant Caravan a 'Disgrace to the Democratic Party'
The caravan crossed over into Mexico last night
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Alaska governor says he quit race to boost Democrat
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker's surprising announcement that he was quitting his bid for re-election with less than 21 days to go was an effort to boost Democratic rival Mark Begich's chances of beating Republican Mike Dunleavy.
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Republican strategist: 'Trump is on every ballot' in the midterm elections
The "This Week" Powerhouse Roundtable analyzes the latest from the week in politics and the upcoming November midterms.
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'Headless Chicken Monster' Spotted in Southern Ocean For the First Time
A deep-sea swimming cucumber, also known as a “headless chicken monster,” has been captured on camera for the first time in the Southern Ocean off east Antarctica. The Enypniastes eximia, which had previously only been filmed in the Gulf of Mexico, can be seen in footage released on October 21. The video was taken by an underwater camera system developed by the Australian Antarctic Division for commercial long-line fishing. “Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world. Most importantly, the cameras are providing important information about areas of sea floor that can withstand this type of fishing, and sensitive areas that should be avoided," Australian Antarctic Division Program Leader Dr Dirk Welsford said. Credit: Antarctic Division Australia via Storyful
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Family of Teen Murdered by Friends Plan to Fight Against Possible Release of Convicted Killer
A Northern California family thought they had gotten justice for the murder of a 16-year-old in 1997. But now, one of the men responsible could be let out of prison.
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AP Analysis: Saudi prince likely to survive worst crisis yet
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul is unlikely to halt Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power, but could cause irreparable harm to relations with Western governments and businesses, potentially endangering his ambitious reform plans.
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Mega Millions players ponder how to spend record $1.6B prize
CHICAGO (AP) — With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S.
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Coalition airstrike targets mosque used by Islamic State
AL-UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AP) — An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group targeted a mosque in Syria last week because it was determined to be an insurgent command-and-control center, the U.S. said Sunday.
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Messi breaks right forearm, out for about 3 weeks
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi broke his right forearm on Saturday and will be sidelined for about three weeks, a major setback for him and Barcelona right before some important games.
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Schiff: Khashoggi killing should be 'relationship-altering event for' US and Saudis
Reps. Adam Schiff and Peter King of the House Intelligence Committee discuss how U.S. should respond to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia consulate.
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Israel puts West Bank Bedouin village eviction on hold for several weeks
The decision was announced after a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet. Israel, which has long sought to clear the Arab nomads from tracts of land between the Jewish settlements of Maale Adumim and Kfar Adumim, has said the hamlet of Khan al-Ahmar was built without the required permits. Palestinians, who lost an Israeli Supreme Court appeal against the evacuation, say such documents are impossible to obtain.
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Thousands of Hondurans in U.S.-bound migrant caravan head into Mexico
Many members of the caravan, exhausted from the hours-long trek on foot from the Guatemalan border, mostly ignored police offers to board buses heading to a migrant shelter because of suspicions they might be deported instead. The migrants have defied threats by Trump that he will close the U.S.-Mexico border if the caravan advances, as well as warnings from the Mexican government that they risk deportation if they cannot justify seeking asylum in Mexico. Police in riot gear shadowed the caravan's arrival along a southern highway, but did not impede their journey.
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AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking wheelchair, thesis up for sale
Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity. The online sale announced Monday by auctioneer Christie's features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, which carries an estimated price of 100,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds ($130,000 to $195,000). There's also one of the wheelchairs which Hawking used after being paralyzed with motor neuron disease.
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Matt Gutman: Caravan is a 'mass of humanity' heading toward U.S. border
ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman reports from the Mexico-Guatemala border where hundreds of migrants are trying to move toward the United States.
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Meghan Markle Cuts Back on Tour Schedule to Rest: 'Being Pregnant Takes Its Toll'
The Duchess of Sussex has been in Australia as part of a 16-day official visit to the region.
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Blast kills five civilians at scene of shootout in Kashmir
Indian police said "leftover explosives" were responsible for a blast in Kashmir that killed at least five civilians Sunday as they protested against government forces shooting dead three alleged militants. Protesters had surged the site of a shootout in southern Kulgam town, chanting slogans against Indian rule and hurling rocks at troops as they fired at unidentified gunmen. Three alleged rebels were shot dead in the exchange but a subsequent explosion at the scene killed five demonstrators, said inspector-general of police Swayam Prakash Pani.
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Honduran migrants march as Trump vows 'full efforts' to halt them
Thousands of Honduran migrants whose trek toward the United States has triggered a series of tirades from US President Donald Trump resumed their long march Sunday after crossing a river into Mexico. Mexican authorities had managed to block the "caravan" of migrants on a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala, but many later forged the river below using makeshift rafts -- regrouping early Sunday to march north.
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Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward US
CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass caravan and continue their trek northward toward the United States.
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AP source: NBA investigating Lakers-Rockets dustup
The NBA is looking to see what sanctions Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram should face for their roles in an altercation that marred the final minutes of Saturday's game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.
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Prince Harry inspires athletes as pregnant Meghan trims Australia schedule
The pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will cut back her busy schedule as the royal couple enter the last week-and-a-half of their tour to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Meghan curtailed her activities after attending the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games on Saturday night at Sydney's Opera House.
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Trump Says Anybody Voting Democrat ‘Is Crazy’ At Arizona Rally
President Donald Trump declared that anyone voting for Democrats in the 2018
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Democrats Hold Edge for Midterms With Turnout Unpredictable
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday showed Democrats have a 9-point edge among likely voters, 50 percent to the 41 percent who want Republicans to stay in charge. Among a wider pool of registered voters, the Democrats’ lead was a smaller 7 points. A key finding ahead of the mid-term elections, which are often marked by low voter turnout, is that Americans are more fired up than usual.
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Royal tour: Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveil Sydney's Anzac memorial
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have paid tribute to Australia’s war dead as they attended the unveiling of an Anzac memorial 84 years in the making. The Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park, which commemorates the sacrifices made by those who served for Australia and New Zealand, was designed in the 1930s by Bruce Dellitt.  But following the Great Depression, the finances were not available to make Mr Dellitt's vision -  including a four-tier cascading waterfall on the Liverpool Street side of the monument - a reality. The Duke, wearing the tropical dress of his regiment, the Blues and Royals, with medals, KCVO and sword, and Duchess, wearing an Emilia Wickstead dress and Philip Tracey hat, were met by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian and David Elliott, minister for Veterans Affairs on an overcast Sydney morning.  There were also crowds along Liverpool Street, while more people - and a cardboard cutout of Harry and Meghan - watched on from balconies as the royals arrived. Harry and Meghan arrive for the unveiling ceremony with the governor of New South Wales and his wife Credit: Ryan Pierce/Getty Images Twins Krystal and Sienna Dawson presented the royal couple with a medallion and a painting during the visit. The girls, aged nine, are from the Koomurri Aboriginal Dance Troupe and both said they were nervous about meeting and performing for Harry and Meghan. Krystal, who did an Aboriginal art floral painting, said: "They said hi and 'nice to meet you'." The medallion, presented by Sienna, said "play the game", the motto of the Beverly Hills public school which they attend. Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour of Australia - in pictures She said: "I didn't want to dance at first, but then it was fun." The Sussexes will visit the Hall Of Service, which contains 1,700 soil samples from each town, suburb and district in New South Wales listed as an address for First World War enlistees.  The completion of the extension, which cost £22 million, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the war. 
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Canada's Freeland says Saudi Khashoggi explanations 'lack credibility'
Canada's foreign minister, whose tweets on human rights led to a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia earlier this year, said the kingdom's explanations on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul "lack credibility." After denying any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, 59, for two weeks, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said the journalist and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had died in a fistfight at the consulate. An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold.
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Germany won't export arms to Saudi 'in current situation': Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's violent death. "I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports (to Saudi Arabia) that they cannot take place in the current situation," she told reporters at her party headquarters.
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Democrats Have Only Themselves To Blame For Low Latino Support
Many Democrats are lying awake at night fretting over the possibility of
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Official: 6 shot near Florida stadium, possibly gang-linked
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Six people have been wounded, three critically, in a possible gang-related shooting blocks from the Florida stadium where the NFL's Houston Texans played and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
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Migrant caravan reforms in Mexico after thousands make desperate journey from Guatemala across river
A growing throng of Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the US border in southern Mexico on Sunday, overwhelming Mexican government attempts to stop them at the border. Their numbers swelled to about 5,000 overnight and at first light they started walking toward the Mexican town of Tapachula, 10 abreast in a line stretching approximately a mile (1.5 kilometres). Several hundred more already had applied for refugee status in Mexico and an estimated 1,500 were still on the Guatemalan side of the Suchiate River, hoping to enter legally. The decision to re-form the migrant caravan capped a day in which Mexican authorities again refused mass entry to migrants on the bridge, instead accepting small groups for asylum processing and giving out 45-day visitor permits to some.  Authorities handed out numbers for people to be processed in a strategy seen before at US border posts when dealing with large numbers of migrants. But many became impatient and circumventing the border gate, crossing the river on rafts, by swimming or by wading in full view of the hundreds of Mexican police manning the blockade on the bridge. Some paid locals the equivalent of $1.25 (£0.95) to ferry them across the muddy waters. They were not detained on reaching the Mexican bank. Migrants cite widespread poverty and gang violence in Honduras as their reasons for joining the caravan.  The caravan has triggered an increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric from Donald Trump, the US president, who has threatened to cut aid to the region, deploy the military and close the US-Mexico border if authorities do not stop the migrants. A Honduran migrant looks over the Suchiate River that separates Mexico from Guatemala Credit: AP Photo/Oliver de Ros At a rally on Saturday, he suggested the caravan was politically motivated. "The Democrats want caravans, they like the caravans. A lot of people say 'I wonder who started that caravan?'" he said in Elko, Nevada, where migration has become an issue in the upcoming US mid-term elections. Nevertheless, as they passed through Mexican villages on the outskirts of Ciudad Hidalgo, the caravan drew applause and donations of food and clothing. Maria Teresa Orellana, a resident of the neighborhood of Lorenzo handed out free sandals to the migrants as they passed. "It's solidarity," she said. "They're our brothers." On Sunday, federal police monitored the caravan's progress from a helicopter and had a few units escorting it. Outside Tapachula about 500 briefly gathered along the highway on buses and in patrol units, but officers said their instructions were to maintain traffic on the highway not stop the caravan.
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538's Nate Silver: 'It's hard to find a clear path for Democrats' to win Senate
Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver joins "This Week" with the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast for the Senate and House midterms, just over two weeks away.
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Saudi Arabia calls Khashoggi killing 'grave mistake', says prince not aware
The comments from Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir were some of the most direct yet from Riyadh, which has given multiple and conflicting accounts about Khashoggi's killing on Oct.2, first denying his death before admitting it on Saturday amid an international outcry. The kingdom's weeks of denial and lack of credible evidence in the face of allegations from Turkish officials that Khashoggi had been killed have shaken global confidence in ties with the world's top oil exporter, Western governments say. U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia's admission that the Washington Post columnist had been killed in a fistfight was a "good first step but not enough", though he added it was premature to discuss any sanctions against Riyadh.
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Israel arrests Palestinian officials suspected of abduction: lawyers
Israel has arrested two officials from the Palestinian Authority over suspicions they helped abduct a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, their lawyers said on Sunday. The two men taken into custody by Israel were Adnan Gheith, who holds the largely ceremonial post of Palestinian-appointed governor of Jerusalem, and Jihad Al-Faqeeh, the head of Palestinian intelligence in the city. The Palestinian Authority condemned what it said was an "abduction" of the two Palestinian officials, but it did not comment on the specifics of the charges.
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Selma Blair Reveals She Has Multiple Sclerosis
Actress Selma Blair revealed to her Instagram followers Saturday that she has
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Credibility of Saudi explanation for Khashoggi's killing questioned by US, Europe
ABC News Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from Istanbul on the latest in the investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Religious Extremists Got Their Justice. Now They're Going To Strip LGBTQ Rights.
While much of the country was in an uproar over the nomination (and
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Candid candidate voluntarily airs dirty laundry
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Del. Lee Carter wants you to know that he is in the midst of his third divorce, can't hold a job, lobbed homophobic insults when he was young, and may even have explicit photos of himself floating around on the internet.
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'Half million' rally in London for new Brexit vote
EU flag waving Britons rejecting a future outside Europe packed the heart of London on Saturday for an anti-Brexit protest organisers said drew more than half a million people. The police gave no figures for how many showed up for the massive march and rally outside parliament aimed at pressing the government into holding a second Brexit vote. London Mayor Sadiq Khan called Saturday "an historic moment in our democracy" that united "every corner of our country and every section of our society".
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Saudis say 'don't know where' Khashoggi's body is
Speaking in an interview on Fox News, Jubeir said the Saudi leadership initially believed Khashoggi had left its diplomatic mission in Istanbul, where he was last seen on October 2. "The individuals who did this, did this outside the scope of their authority.
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Special police force deployed in Nigerian state of Kaduna: Buhari on Twitter
A special police force has been deployed to flashpoints in the northern state of Kaduna on Sunday in the wake of communal violence over the last few days that has killed 55 people, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter. The Kaduna state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday after violence broke out on the streets of the state's capital city, also called Kaduna.
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Pregnant Meghan takes break from Australia royal tour
Meghan, the pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, is scaling back her engagements during the royal couple's 16-day Pacific tour, Kensington Palace said Sunday, ahead of their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. The royal couple have had a gruelling schedule since arriving in Australia on Monday, visiting Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo, as well as opening the Olympic-style Invictus Games for disabled and wounded soldiers. "After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess's schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
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Poland's local vote result a good sign for PiS: party chief Kaczynski
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's regional elections on Sunday bode well for the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party during a parliamentary vote next year, PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said. "We have won ... and this bodes well when it comes to the future, especially for the parliamentary election," Kaczynski said on Sunday after exit poll showed PiS had scored 32.3 percent in the vote for provincial assembly members. (Reporting by Warsaw Newsroom)
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LeBron James' First Lakers Home Game Turns Into A Brawl
LeBron James has been a Los Angeles Laker for all of two games now, and aside
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Banksy admits shredding stunt didn't go as planned
Banksy has admitted that one of his biggest pranks yet didn't really go according to plan. The British street artist created an art world sensation by sending one of his paintings through a shredder hidden in a frame moments after it sold at auction for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros). Did Banksy -- whose identity is known only to a select group of loyal friends -- try to tell us something we were still failing to grasp?
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Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death not 'credible': UK minister
Saudi Arabia's account of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its Istanbul consulate is not credible and the culprits must be "held to account," a British minister said on Sunday. After a fortnight of denials, Saudi authorities admitted Saturday that the Washington Post columnist, a prominent critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after entering the consulate in Turkey on October 2. "I don't think it's credible," Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC, adding there was a "serious question mark over the account that has been given".
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Martin Brudnizki's Debuts Dreamy Light Fixtures for Urban Electric Co.
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Merck KGaA says might strike partnership deal this year
German drugmaker Merck KGaA might agree partnership deals to jointly develop two of its most promising experimental medicines with a rival as early as this year, but more likely in 2019, its drug research and development chief said on Sunday. "It's possible even as early as the end of the year but that's really a stretch - or sometime in 2019," Luciano Rossetti told Reuters at the annual congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology in Munich on Sunday. Merck has a promising drug pipeline for the first time in several years but a decline in operating profit at its high-tech chemicals division has forced it to look into new ways to finance pharmaceutical development.
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30 Injured in South Carolina College Party Floor Collapse
The shindig at Clemson got a little too deep.
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Astronomers spot the youngest known pulsar ever, and boy is it pretty
Many of the objects NASA and other scientific bodies choose to study in space are incredibly old, but that's not the case with Kes 75. Located a mere 19,000 light years from Earth, Kes 75 is a ultra-dense chunk of a star that went supernova, and now scientists are calling it the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy. In a new post on its website, NASA explains how the pulsar was detected and shows off a pretty stunning image of what it looks like from our vantage point. A pulsar is a neutron star that appears to be pulsing when observed. Neutron stars are the remains left behind after some stars explode into a supernova. These super-dense objects have some truly bizarre properties, and are often spin rapidly, spewing out energy as they spin. When the stream of radiation sweeps over our location the star appears to pulse. NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory happens to be very good at detecting these kinds of objects, and it's been tracking the development of Kes 75 since 2000. After checking in on the star in 2000, 2006, 2009, and 2016, NASA has been able to see how the pulsar changed over time. The result is the image you see above. "In this composite image of Kes 75, high-energy X-rays observed by Chandra are colored blue and highlight the pulsar wind nebula surrounding the pulsar, while lower-energy X-rays appear purple and show the debris from the explosion," NASA explains. Late last week NASA broke the news that its Chandra X-Ray Observatory had gone down due to a system malfunction and that the spacecraft's safe mode had been triggered. Earlier this week it was announced that the satellite was back up and running, which is great news, especially when it's capable of making discoveries like this one.
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Nebraska Public School Cook Fired After Serving Kangaroo Meat to Students
“If a family wants to eat exotic foods, they can do so on their own time – not at school”
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Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence: NY Times
The Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government departments to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, the Times said, citing a government memo that it obtained. Such an interpretation would reverse the expansion of transgender rights that took place under the previous administration of President Barack Obama. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to comment on what she called "allegedly leaked documents" but cited a ruling by a conservative U.S. district judge as a guide to transgender policy.
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Khaled El Mays's Beirut Abode Blurs The Line Between Home and Showroom
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5 Moments From Trump's Nevada Rally That Need A Fact Check
Continuing his efforts to rally support for Republican candidates ahead of the
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17 dead after train flips in Taiwan
At least 17 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal route in Taiwan on Sunday. The Taiwan Railways Administration confirmed 17 people had been killed and said 132 people had also been injured in the accident in northeastern Yilan county. Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track.
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Taiwan rail crash kills 18 as train flips
At least 18 people were killed and 171 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 passengers from a suburb of Taipei in the north toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50pm, the Taiwan central government said in a statement. Hours later, one of the train's eight cars was seen tipped over at about a 75-degree angle, with the entire right side destroyed. Firefighters with lights on their hard hats, fearing people may be trapped beneath the car, were looking underneath as a crane prepared to upend it. The National Fire Agency cited the Cabinet spokesman's office as saying 22 people were killed and 171 injured in the disaster, but then lowered the toll to 18 saying there had been a miscalculation. Some passengers were crushed to death, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Chen Chung-chi said. "Their train car turned over. They were crushed, so they died right away," General Chen said. Soldiers have been removing bodies to identify them, he added, but nightfall was complicating rescue work. Photos from the scene just south of the city of Luodong showed the train's eight cars in a zig-zag formation near the tracks. Five of the cars are turned over on their sides. The train fell in a zig-zag shape Credit: CNA PHOTO/AFP/Getty Images Most of the deaths were in the first car, which flipped over, a government spokesman said. It was unclear how many people may still be trapped in the train, said the spokesman, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity. Some 120 soldiers joined firefighters in their rescue work. On a live feed provided by Taiwan's United Daily News, rescuers were seen carefully carrying what appeared to be a body wrapped in white plastic away from the site. Local television reports said passengers were trying to escape through train windows and that bystanders had gathered to help them before rescuers arrived. The Puyuma was launched in 2013 to handle the very difficult topography of Taiwan's east coast and is distinct from the high-speed rail that runs on the west coast. The trains travel up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour, faster than any other in Taiwan except for high-speed rail. The train that derailed is 6 years old and its most recent inspection and major maintenance took place in 2017, Taiwan Railways Administration Director Lu Chie-shen said at a televised news conference. Authorities are investigating the cause of the derailment.
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Republican Senators Doubt Saudi Arabia's Account Of Jamal Khashoggi's Death
Republican senators on Sunday threw cold water on Saudi Arabia's shifting
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ABC News' Paula Faris interviews Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz
ABC News' Paula Faris sat down separately with Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke, who are competing for Cruz' U.S. Senate seat in Texas, to discuss the midterm elections, among other topics.
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The Latest: Taiwan officials lower train death toll to 18
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Latest on a train derailment in Taiwan (all times local):
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Mnuchin says premature to comment on sanctions against Saudi Arabia
Mnuchin said information so far on the investigation was "a good first step but not enough" as Riyadh faced international pressure to disclose what happened to Khashoggi, who disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. U.S. President Donald Trump emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis' handling of the case, further raising questions over whether he would act to impose sanctions on Saudi officials believed to be behind Khashoggi's death. "It would be premature to comment on sanctions and premature to comment on really any issues until we get further down the investigation and get to the bottom of what occurred," Mnuchin told reporters in Jerusalem at the start of a Middle East visit.
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Russia: U.S. Withdrawal From Nuclear Treaty Would Be A ‘Very Dangerous Step’
The risks to global security could be severe if the U.S. pulls out of the
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Prince Harry Flies Solo In Sydney As Meghan Markle's Schedule Is Cut Back
SYDNEY ― Prince Harry was on his own Sunday morning, as wife Meghan Markle
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Trump: Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death credible
Trump added if the US takes action, he does not want it to impact arms sales to the kingdom, which said Khashoggi was killed in a fight at its Istanbul consulate. Trump has sent mixed messages about Khashoggi for days, vowing a severe response but also saying that the United States wants to preserve its close relationship with the conservative kingdom. Members of the US Congress were far harsher in the wake of the kingdom's admission that Khashoggi was dead.
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9 Ways to Buy U.S. Marijuana Stocks
Many cannabis stocks will see more upside in the fourth quarter while others remain undervalued by investors who are wary of the burgeoning industry. The trading season for so-called pot stocks is cyclical and typically kicks off in the fall, but got a jump-start this year when Constellation Brands (ticker: STZ) purchased a 38 percent stake in Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth ( CGC) in August for $4 billion. Here are nine marijuana stocks and an exchange-traded fund that be good to add to a portfolio.
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GM Recalls Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC Vehicles for Seat Belt Issue
General Motors is recalling 15,800 of its 2018 and 2019 Cadillac CT6 sedans, Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids, and Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade ESV SUVs because a faulty ...
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Japan's Biggest Bank CEO Joins Exodus From Saudi Business Forum
MUFG Bank Ltd. CEO Kanetsugu Mike won’t attend the Future Investment Initiative conference that begins Tuesday, spokesman Kazunobu Takahara said Sunday by phone, without giving a reason for his withdrawal. Eiichi Yoshikawa, deputy president of the unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., will go instead, Takahara said.
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5 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away
It only takes a few minutes outdoors, particularly at dusk, to develop a deep-rooted disdain for mosquitoes. And as if buzzing incessantly near your ear and feasting on your exposed arms and legs...
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5 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away
It only takes a few minutes outdoors, particularly at dusk, to develop a deep-rooted disdain for mosquitoes. And as if buzzing incessantly near your ear and feasting on your exposed arms and legs...
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Novartis drug cut death risk by 35 percent in gene mutation breast cancer
The Swiss drugmaker's BYL719, a so-called PI3K inhibitor also known as alpelisib, combined with hormone therapy fulvestrant boosted median progression-free survival (PFS) to 11 months, up from 5.7 months for patients who got only hormone therapy, the company said on Saturday. BYL719 plus fulvestrant cut risk of death or progression in those patients by an estimated 35 percent, Novartis said. Novartis said earlier this year that this study, called SOLAR-1, of hormone receptor positive, HER2- breast cancer with mutations of the PIK3CA gene showed that YL719 helped patients.
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AstraZeneca's Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancer
An AstraZeneca drug that blocks a cancer cell's ability to repair its genetic code greatly reduced the risk of ovarian cancer worsening in a phase III trial, underpinning its lead against two U.S. rivals in the same class. Given as a maintenance therapy to reinforce initial chemotherapy, Lynparza halted or reversed tumor growth in 60 percent of patients three years into the trial. At year four, the progression-free survival (PFS) rate in the Lynparza group was still above 50 percent, against 11 percent for chemotherapy alone.
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22 dead after train flips in Taiwan
At least 22 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan on Sunday, the island's worst rail accident for more than 20 years. Taiwan's railways administration confirmed 22 people had been killed and said 171 people had been injured, 10 seriously, in the accident in northeastern Yilan county. An AFP reporter at the scene said that more bodies were being brought out of the wrecked carriages.
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Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zoo
The lions had been held together at the zoo for eight years, producing three cubs in 2015, and zookeepers had never before noticed any aggression between the two, the zoo said in a statement issued on Friday. "We know it's a rare occurrence but it can occur in the wild and in human care," David Hagan, curator of the Indianapolis Zoo, told WTVR Channel 6 television. Zoo staff were alerted by "an unusual amount of roaring" coming from the lion pen on Monday and arrived to find the 12-year-old female lion Zuri in a fight with the 10-year-old male lion Nyack.
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Russia wealth fund brings big delegation, art to Saudi forum
A Russian delegation will take part in the Future Investment Initiative business forum next week in Saudi Arabia, where it will meet Saudi officials and present Russian art, the Russian Direct Investment Fund on Friday. A string of Western executives who had been due to attend the summit have pulled out amid international concern over the fate of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "RDIF has put together a representative delegation from Russia to participate in the forum, which includes more than 30 leading Russian entrepreneurs and leaders of major Russian companies, as well as public figures," the fund said without giving names.
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Twitter Agog At Trump Whopper That Californians Are 'Rioting' Over Sanctuary Cities
President Donald Trump insisted Saturday at a Nevada campaign rally that
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Brett Kavanaugh: Witches placed mass hex on Supreme Court Justice during New York protest ritual
Witches placed a hex on US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a protest ritual in New York. Organisers at the Catland occult bookshop in Brooklyn said the hex was as “an act of resistance and resilience” following the controversy over allegations of sexual assault against Mr Kavanaugh. Directions on how to cast a “stripped-down” version of the spell at home were also provided on Facebook.
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Honduran migrant 'caravan' resumes from Mexico to US: AFP reporter
Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo. Mexican authorities on Thursday had managed to block the "caravan" of migrants on a border bridge between Mexico and Guatemala, but many later entered via a river separating the two countries. "No one is going to stop us, after all we've gone through, like crossing the river" said 21-year-old Aaron Juarez, who was accompanied by his wife and baby and was walking with difficulty because of an injury.
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Israel delays eviction of West Bank Bedouin village
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday postponed the forced eviction of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, a government official said. The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn international concern after Israel said it planned to raze the village, a ramshackle camp housing 180 residents. Its residents, backed by foreign activists who have gathered at the site, have been waiting for bulldozers to move in at any time after an Oct. 1 deadline from Israel for the villagers to demolish their own homes expired.
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Nevada Republicans whip up fears of California's influence
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Republicans running in Nevada's hotly contested races for governor and U.S. Senate are taking aim at a common target as they try to maintain GOP control of the seats: California.
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Real estate firm buys Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui has been sold to an affiliate of the same investment group that purchased the Grand Wailea resort earlier this year.
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Post-Kanye, Trump says 'we're going to get the African-American vote'
After hosting rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office, the president tells an Ohio rally that his goal is in reach.
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Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from S.Africa
Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials said Sunday. Rhinos in Chad were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago, and the six rhinos were intended to establish a new population in the country after intensive anti-poaching measures were put in place to protect them. "We can confirm that these two rhinos (a male and a female) were not poached," the South African environment department and Chad government said in a joint statement.
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Playing Trump's game in culture war a losing Dems' strategy
More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama's citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric.
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Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.
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Israel reopens people, goods crossings to Gaza after lull
Israel ordered the country's goods and people border crossings with Gaza to be opened on Sunday, just four days after shuttering them following a Palestinian rocket attack that sparked retaliatory air strikes. The move followed efforts to prevent an escalation in violence that has raised fears of a new war between Israel and the Palestinian territory's Islamist rulers Hamas. "The decision comes after a decrease in the violent events in Gaza over the weekend and efforts Hamas made to restrain" demonstrators, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman's office said in a statement.
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Counting under way in Afghan poll marred by deadly violence, chaos
Afghan election workers began counting votes on Saturday following a partial legislative ballot tarnished by scores of deadly militant attacks, technical glitches and administrative chaos. Nearly 170 people -- civilians and security forces -- were killed or wounded in election-related violence, official figures showed, and there are fears of more bloodshed when voting resumes Sunday in 401 polling centres. "Inevitable" problems with biometric verification devices, which were introduced at the eleventh hour, as well as missing voter registration lists and lack of staffing delayed or even prevented voting at those polling sites, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) told reporters.
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General Motors is Pushing the Limits of the Four-Cylinder Engine
At 2.7 liters, this oversized turbo-four rides the razor's edge of smoothness and destructive detonation.
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Holy Land churches urge Israel PM to block property law
Three major Holy Land churches on Friday called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to block draft legislation they said was aimed at expropriating their property. In a letter to Netanyahu seen by AFP, heads of the Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches in Jerusalem and a senior Roman Catholic official condemned the bill as "disgraceful". Swathes of Jerusalem are held by various churches, in many cases under long-term leases from the state.
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How a team of innovators overcame the odds to create water from thin air
Today, 790 million people — 11 percent of the world's population — live without access to clean water. Two years ago, XPrize, an international nonprofit organization, announced a global competition enticing innovators to find a sustainable and affordable way to bring potable water to those who aren't privileged enough to have it now. Skeptics told the competition organizers that it was impossible.  Nearly 100 submissions later, and XPrize found precisely what they were looking for — entrepreneurs who could design a minimalistic device that could reliably extract 2,000 liters of water from the atmosphere per day for no more than two cents per liter all using 100 percent renewable energy.  This weekend, the organization announced the winners of the $1.5 million grand prize.  Cape Town's reservoir is rapidly approaching day zero as the local reservoir runs out of water.Image: earth observatory/nasaOut of the 98 entries from 27 different countries, Skywater/Skysource Alliance — a team of sustainability experts from Venice Beach, California led by architect David Hertz and inventor Rich Groden — outlasted the competition, overcoming various obstacles to ultimately be selected as the prize winner.  Zenia Tata, Chief Impact Officer at XPrize, said the challenges they faced were really meant to put the innovators to the test.  Nothing hypothetical, incomplete, or dysfunctional was considered. They wouldn’t extend the timeframe, even if the mistakes were out of character for the team, and there were no exceptions. “If you cannot win the race on game day, you cannot win the XPrize,” Tata said. The tight restrictions knocked out three of the five remaining finalists.  SEE ALSO: The most damning conclusions from the UN's special climate change report In the week of final testing, where the goal was to run the device for 24 hours straight, the Skywater/Skysource Alliance pulled away from the other remaining competitor JMCC Wing (another American team who the judges initially believed would win) after the circuit breaker for the team's windmill broke at the last minute.  The winning device, called a Skywater machine, simulates the temperature at which dew formation is possible, creates water, and then filters it using very little energy.  Hertz told XPrize that Skywater/Skysource was trying to change the relationship that the world has with water.  “We believe water is a fundamental human right and should be decentralized, abundant, and democratized," he said. After a long dry summer, Manchester England's reservoir is suffering from low levels of water.Image: Getty Images/anthony devlinA less advanced version of the product is actually already on the market and has been endorsed by many activists — like Miranda Kerr — who support the company’s commercial attempt to revolutionize water.  The prize money is sure to help them continue in that effort.  And though their contribution to clean water efforts is noteworthy in and of itself, Tata said the competition is just beginning. She expects several of the inventions submitted to the competition will be successful on the market, once the entrepreneurs have more time, resources, and investors.  “Now that we can share the proof that it can be done, we hope that we can crack open a new market. But we know it won’t happen overnight,” she said.  WATCH: Ever wonder where your recyclables go? Get an inside look at where the magic happens
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Girl Guide, 9, sells out of cookies in an hour after setting up shop outside Canadian cannabis store
A Canadian Girl Guide sold out of cookies in under an hour after setting up shop outside a cannabis store on the first day of legal sales. Elina Childs, 9, offloaded 30 boxes of cookies at $5 (£3.83) each outside a licensed shop in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday, the same day Canada became the second country to legalise the possession and use of recreational marijuana. Smoking cannabis is known to trigger uncontrollable urges to eat sugary snacks, commonly known as “the munchies”.
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'Mean Girls' Falsely Accused Pennsylvania Teen of Sexual Assault, Family Now Seeks Damages: Lawsuit
The Seneca Valley School District has maintained they took the right course of action in handling the sexual assault accusations.
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The Latest: EU wants probe into Saudi's death to continue
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at his country's consulate in Istanbul (all times local):
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Better Buy: CRISPR Therapeutics AG vs. Intellia Therapeutics Inc.
Which stock wins in a matchup between these two gene-editing pioneers?
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Adelsons Add $25 Million to Their Midterm Campaign Spending
The Las Vegas Sands Corp. chief executive officer and his wife were among the big-dollar donors who lavished tens of millions on political committees during September ahead of the first national elections of Donald Trump’s presidency. The couple’s latest contribution was to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super political action committee affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Federal Election Commission filings show.
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Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition would likely entail.
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F/A-18E/F Super Hornet: A Killer in the Sky (So Why Aren't They Selling?)
A good question.
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Roche takes on Loxo, Bayer in gene-defined cancer class
Roche's entrectinib cancer pill was shown to shrink tumors in 57 percent of patients within a group that can only be identified via genetic profiling, as the Swiss drugmaker challenges an alliance of Bayer and Loxo Oncology in a new targeted treatment area. The trial results on patients with a gene anomaly known as NTRK fusion, which occurs in less than 1 percent across a range of tumor types, were presented at the annual congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in Munich on Sunday. Germany's Bayer and U.S. partner Loxo, in turn, released data for their rival compound larotrectinib, which slightly improved on previous high-efficacy readings in an enlarged trial.
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Sanofi drug Dupixent wins FDA approval to treat asthma
France's Sanofi SA said on Friday eczema drug Dupixent was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an additional maintenance therapy in patients with two types of asthma. Dupixent, co-developed with U.S.-based Regeneron, received approval to treat patients with eosinophilic asthma, a rare form of the disease, and those dependent on anti-inflammatory steroids. Dupixent was launched in the United States in April 2017 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe eczema in adults.
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Trump Praises Montana GOP Lawmaker for Body-Slamming Reporter
Trump celebrated the episode as he introduced Montana Representative Greg Gianforte at a rally in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday evening. Gianforte pleaded guilty to assault after he body slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for asking a question on health care legislation.
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Trump, Europeans call Saudi account of Khashoggi death inadequate
Saudi Arabia said early on Saturday that Khashoggi, a critic of the country's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had died in a fight inside the building. Germany called that explanation "inadequate" and questioned whether countries should sell arms to Saudi Arabia, while France and the European Union urged an in-depth investigation to find out what happened to the Washington Post columnist after he entered the consulate on Oct. 2 for documents for his marriage. Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi, a Saudi national and U.S. resident, was killed inside the consulate by a team of Saudi agents and his body cut up.
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EU calls for thorough investigation into Khashoggi's death
The circumstances of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death are deeply troubling, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday, calling for a thorough, credible and transparent investigation. "The emerging circumstances of Jamal Khashoggi’s death are deeply troubling, including the shocking violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations ...," Mogherini said in a statement. "Therefore the European Union, like its partners, insists on the need for continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation, shedding proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it," she said.
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GOP candidate threatens Pa. governor: 'I'm going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes'
As the national debate over violent rhetoric rages among politicians, pundits and President Trump, the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania offered the latest case study in partisan rancor Friday.
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Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frozen plans to demolish a strategically located Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that have drawn international concern, his office said Sunday. "The intention is to give a chance to the negotiations and the offers we received from different bodies, including in recent days," a statement from Netanyahu's office said about Khan al-Ahmar.
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Khashoggi Damage Control and Brazilian Insults: Weekend Reads
Attempts at damage control over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, finally confirmed by Saudi Arabia, have kicked into high gear both in the kingdom and Washington. Suspicion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had knowledge of the Washington Post columnist’s death is putting a spotlight on the alliance between the U.S. and one of its most important Mideast allies. With the U.S. midterms less than three weeks away, the scandal is competing for headlines with a host of other issues, ranging from how Trump might be undermining Republican candidates’ efforts to capitalize on the booming economy to Democrats’ hope of mobilizing minorities to take control of Congress.
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Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia
Donald Trump has confirmed the US will leave an arms control treaty with Russia dating from the cold war that has kept nuclear missiles out of Europe for three decades. Trump was referring to the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF), which banned ground-launch nuclear missiles with ranges from 500km to 5,500km.
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Thousands of caravan migrants take shelter in southern Mexico
The migrants pose a tough challenge to the Mexican government's pledge to stop the illegal travelers' plans to press ahead to the U.S. border. More than 5,100 migrants have been registered in three shelters in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Hidalgo, while another 2,000 had camped out for the night in the town's central square, said Gerardo Hernandez, head of the local government's emergency services. "So far, they're all peaceful, thank God." In a statement on Saturday night, Mexico's federal government said "nearly 900 migrants" had arrived by unauthorized means, while 640 had been processed after being allowed to cross into the country via the international border crossing on the Suchite River that divides Guatemala from Mexico.
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Why America Must Build the Space Launch System
SpaceX alone cannot secure U.S. interests in space.
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U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday
The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The Mega Millions is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, along with several other lottery games including one called Powerball.
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Thousands of runners compete in smoggy Delhi half marathon
Thousands of runners brushed off health warnings Sunday to compete in the New Delhi half marathon, even as smog reached unhealthy levels in the world's most polluted major city. More than 34,000 runners hit the streets of the Indian capital for the 13.1 mile (21 kilometre) race that doctors wanted postponed because of Delhi's atrocious winter smog. The US embassy website Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants reached 199 at race time -- eight times the World Health Organization's safe maximum.
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Warren ancestry highlights how tribes decide membership
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Rios traces his ancestry to the Pima people of Arizona, but he has no tribal enrollment card and lives hundreds of miles away in Colorado.
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'Outside agitators,' a phrase from the civil rights era, resurfaces in Georgia governor's race
Republican Brian Kemp, in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor, resurrects the civil rights era charge that “outside agitators” are behind her campaign.
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The Latest: 2 suspects charged in Georgia officer's slaying
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer (all times local):
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Scott Senate campaign calls opposition ad 'dangerous' in light of hurricane
An ad produced by a political action committee supporting Bill Nelson claims the Florida governor cut funding to education while giving tax breaks to the rich.
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2 men charged in Georgia officer's shooting death
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Two teen-aged suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, were charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a George police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school, authorities said Sunday.
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Israel reopens people, goods crossings to Gaza: statement
Israel ordered the country's goods and people border crossings with Gaza to be opened on Sunday, just four days after shuttering them following a Palestinian rocket attack that sparked retaliatory strikes. "The decision comes after a decrease in the violent events in Gaza over the weekend and efforts (militant Islamist Gaza rulers) Hamas made to restrain" demonstrators, a statement from Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman office read. On Wednesday, Lieberman had ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and the Erez crossing for people, after a rocket from the Palestinian territory hit a home in southern Israel, prompting the Jewish state to strike 20 Hamas targets in Gaza.
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Prince Harry opens memorial as royal tour continues
SYDNEY (AP) — Prince Harry paid tribute to Australian service members by opening a new wing of a war memorial on Saturday before opening the Invictus Games as he and wife Meghan continued their visit to Australia and the South Pacific.
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Royal tour: Duchess of Sussex rejoins Harry after skipping morning event to rest
The Duchess of Sussex pulled out of an Invictus Games medal presentation on Sunday morning as the realities of being pregnant during a gruelling royal tour caught up with her. The Duchess, who is about four months pregnant with her first child, spent the morning resting after an unexpectedly late finish to the Invictus opening ceremony on Saturday night before catching up with her husband for their second event of the day. She has already disclosed how she had been trying to overcome jetlag by practising yoga at 4.30am, as she deals with a rigorous programme of engagements which has included flights between cities on several days. A source said the Duke and Duchess took the decision to modify their schedule over the next few days to ensure the continued health of mother and baby.  The Duke presented medals at the road cycling event without his wife. And soon came face-to-face with that icon of Australian beach life - the skimpy "budgie smuggler" swimming trunks. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex joking around signing "budgie smugglers" on day two of the Invictus Games Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images However, he politely declined to sign the briefs when they offered up on the head of a competitor. Little did he know he would later be presented with his own pair. Prince Harry explained his wife's absence by telling Invictus competitors that Meghan was “resting back at home", adding: "Being pregnant takes its toll". They will consider how much of the Fraser Island programme - their Monday destination - the Duchess will be able to do. There are concerns over the terrain of the sand island, where journeys involve a bumpy car ride which often leaves tourists feeling unwell even without the extra element of pregnancy.  A source said the Duchess was not unwell but was simply resting. "After a busy programme,  The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess's schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour," a palace aide said. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex shaking hands with french competitor during day two of the Invictus Games in Sydney Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Saturday's opening ceremony overran by at least an hour, finishing around 10.30pm thanks to a thunderstorm.  The Duchess rejoined the planned schedule for the second event of the day, a reception at the Pavilion restaurant in Sydney’s central parkland The Domain. Hosted by Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, they joined Invictus competitors and their family and friends for a lunchtime gathering to hear more about the games. Duke and Duchess of Sussex's tour of Australia - in pictures The Duchess, wearing a black polo neck and white blazer, appeared in good health, having had a few extra hours to sleep and get ready. Reunited, the couple met children from mental health charity Kookaburra Kids, with the Prince dolling our hugs to the Team GB athletes he already knows from previous years. Prince encouraged wife to pace herself Meghan, Duchess of Sussex showed no ill effects when she rejoined her husband Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage The Duke of Sussex encouraged his pregnant wife to slow down after she felt tired when the opening of the Invictus Games overran by nearly two hours, according to royal sources. The duchess turned up at a reception in central Sydney after missing a cycling event earlier in the day. A source said: “She is not sick, just tired.” At the reception, where they met Invictus competitors and other guests in a crowded restaurant, the duchess appeared lively and engaged. The Duke and Duchess come face to face with a didgeridoo Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images The source said that they had expected to return to Admiralty House, where the couple is staying, by 9pm  last night. However because the opening was delayed by a thunderstorm, they did not get back  until around 10.45. “We have to try to pace her. We have to make sure she is well paced and not overdoing it. “She had a very late night last night. “She wants to do everything, but Prince Harry is encouraging her to pace herself. “We want to make sure she gets enough rest at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. “If it has been a very late night due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to adjust for that.” Prince Harry with Invictus Games competitors during day two of competition Credit: Chris Jackson/Reuters Prince Harry given pair of 'budgie smugglers' The Duke of Sussex was given a pair of "budgie smugglers" on Sunday - and promptly put the tight-fitting swimming trunks on over his jeans. They were presented to him when a disabled sports presenter and two members of the Australian Invictus Games team visited him at Admiralty House, the Governor General’s residence where the couple are staying in Sydney. Dylan Alcott, a host on ABC’s daily round-up of the games, had a private talk with Prince Harry along with team members Matt Model and co-captain Nicole Bradley. Game on Down Under! Catch all the fun tonight when Dylan Alcott chats to Prince Harry and Aussie Invictus Games competitors Nicole Bradley and Matt Model on Invictus Games Today at 7.40pm AEDST #ABCyours#IG2018 @KensingtonPalace pic.twitter.com/ClVSwv5S7p— ABC TV + iview (@ABCTV) October 21, 2018 Mr Alcott, who is a triple Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball, said: “We gave him a gift. One of the athletes, Matt, gave him a pair of budgie smugglers. And he put them on, over his jeans. It looks awesome. “He said, ‘Shall I put them on?’ We said, ‘One hundred per cent.’ So he put them on… Good on him.” Mr Alcott, who was talking at a reception hosted by the prime minister Scott Morrison at a restaurant in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens, added: “I think it did wonders for him. It looked good. He should make it official! I reckon the duchess will love them. But who knows? Maybe not.” He went on: “I met the Duchess before, at Wimbledon - I’m the number one wheelchair tennis player in the world. I said, ‘We actually met at Wimbledon.’ She said ‘I remember meeting you at Wimbledon.’ I was pretty happy with that. I felt pretty chuffed that she remembered.” Prince Harry helps a competitor up a walkway Credit: Reuters He added: “To sit on the lawn, and just have a chat with him about some really important issues, like mainstreaming disability, talking PTSD - what he has done is normalised it a lot, so people feel comfortable. As someone who has had a disability my whole life, it really meant a lot to me to be able to say thank you. He is such a good bloke.” At the reception the couple met children from Kookaburra Kids, an organisation which helps children living in families affected by mental health issues. Lachlan Williams, 10, from Sydney, said: “He asked which of our parents were in the military, and we put up our hands to say yes. “Afterwards I said to them, ‘My teacher says she loves you.’ They laughed.”
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The Latest: Police: 2 men in car when Georgia officer shot
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Georgia police officer (all times local):
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Immunotherapy scores a first win against some breast cancers
For the first time, one of the new immunotherapy drugs has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment is worth its high cost and side effects.
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US Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion after no winners
Scores of American lottery players were disappointed they hadn't become an overnight billionaire Saturday -- but they'll get another chance to scoop the jackpot, with $1.6 billion up for grabs in a few days. The prize for Friday's Mega Millions contest had soared to $1 billion, prompting long lines at gas stations and 7-11s across the country, the federal capital Washington and the US Virgin Islands where the lottery is held. The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from Massachusetts.
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Ex-Interpol leader's wife: "Everybody in China is at risk"
LYON, France (AP) — The wife of the former Interpol president who is being detained in China on bribery charges says she's been contacted by Chinese diplomats, who have told her they're holding a letter from him for her.
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China Is Launching a Fake Moon into the Sky
This is fine.
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Nebraska tells tourists 'it's not for everyone'
Nebraska is trying to ramp up tourism with a self-deprecating ad campaign.
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Trump: Saudi arrests in Khashoggi death 'a good first step'
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday called Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects are in custody in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response.
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New treatment offers up to ten months extra life for women with deadly breast cancer
A new treatment could offer up to ten months extra life for women with one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, following a successful British trial. Using a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy, the body’s own immune system can be tuned to attack triple-negative breast cancer, scientists found. The research, carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also showed that the combined treatment reduced the risk of death or the cancer progressing by up to 40 per cent. Professor Peter Schmid, a professor of cancer medicine at QMUL and the author of the trial, described the results as a “massive step forward”. “Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer; we have been desperately looking for better treatment options,” he said. “It is particularly tragic that those affected are often young, with many themselves having young families.” Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease and nearly one quarter of patients diagnosed will not survive for more than five years. The standard treatment for it is chemotherapy, which most patients quickly develop resistance to. If the disease spreads to other parts of the body, survival is typically only 12 to 15 months. But with the new treatment, researchers say that survival could be extended by up to ten months. Prof Schmid, who is clinical director of the Breast Cancer Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, explained that he new treatment will “significantly extend lives compared to the standard treatment of chemotherapy alone.” “We are changing how triple-negative breast cancer is treated in proving for the first time that immune therapy has a substantial survival benefit,” he said. “In a combined treatment approach, we are using chemotherapy to tear away the tumour’s ‘immune-protective cloak’ to expose it as well as enabling people’s own immune system to get at it.” About | Breast cancer The new treatment combines the standard weekly chemotherapy with the immunotherapy medication atezolizumab which once every two weeks. The combination works by chemotherapy “roughening up” the surface of the cancer, which enables the immune system to better recognise and therefore fight the cancer as a foreign object. Following the results of this trial, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new treatment is now under review by health authorities who will decide whether to offer it on the NHS. Patients at St Bartholomew’s Hospital with triple-negative breast cancer are offered immunotherapy as part of ongoing trials. Triple negative breast cancer is more common in women under 40 and black women, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. It is one of the rarer forms of breast cancer, with around 15 per cent of breast cancers classified as triple negative.  
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Mega Millions lottery jackpot climbs to $1.6billion after no winners are announced
The Mega Millions jackpot has surged to a staggering $1.6billion (£1.2bn) after no one was crowned America’s newest billionaire on Friday night. Lottery officials said no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1billion (£765m) grand prize. The winning numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.
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9 Surprisingly Salty Foods
Almost half the sodium in the American diet comes from just 10 foods. Some of them, such as cheese, pizza, and salty snacks, are obvious. But sometimes sodium hides where you least expect it—and ...
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9 Surprisingly Salty Foods
Almost half the sodium in the American diet comes from just 10 foods. Some of them, such as cheese, pizza, and salty snacks, are obvious. But sometimes sodium hides where you least expect it—and ...
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China-backed hydro dam threatens world's rarest orangutan
A billion-dollar hydroelectric dam development in Indonesia that threatens the habitat of the world's rarest great ape has sparked fresh concerns about the impact of China's globe-spanning infrastructure drive. The site of the dam in the Batang Toru rainforest on Sumatra island is the only known habitat of the Tapanuli orangutan, a newly discovered species that numbers about 800 individuals in total. Indonesian firm PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy is building the power plant with backing from Sinosure, a Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE) that insures overseas investment projects, and the Bank of China, company documents show.
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Trump Plans to Tear Up a 31-Year-Old Nuclear Weapons Treaty. Now What?
President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-year-old nuclear weapons agreement with Russia.
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Migrant caravan halted on Mexico-Guatemala border, pressure to turn back mounts
Migrants poured through Guatemalan border posts in the town of Tecun Uman and onto a bridge leading to Mexico, only to be halted by dozens of Mexican police in riot gear. Mexico's president sharply rebuked the migrants for the border surge. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned the Central American caravan must be stopped before it reaches the United States, and Honduras and Guatemala said late on Friday they were mobilizing to assist the return of Honduran migrants to their homeland.
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Lawyer: Man accused of threats to kill senators has dementia
CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) — A man charged with threatening to kill U.S. senators over Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court confirmation has dementia and isn't dangerous, his lawyer said as the 74-year-old was ordered held without bail.
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Trump: U.S. to exit nuclear treaty, citing Russian violations
President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States will exit the Cold-War era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that eliminated a class of nuclear weapons, in a move that is likely to upset Russia. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries.
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Mexico allows caravan women, children in, but thousands still stranded
Mexican authorities allowed dozens of women and children from a US-bound Honduran migrant caravan to enter the country Saturday but thousands remain stranded on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress. Mexico's ambassador to Guatemala Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. US President Donald Trump, speaking at a rally in Elko, Nevada, kept up his rhetoric against the migrants and suggested the caravan was politically motivated.
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The 5 Most Germ-Filled Places In Your Office
Here are five of the most bacteria-filled spots in your workplace
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Georgia officer fatally shot near school; suspects run away
SNELLVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police officer was fatally shot Saturday while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school.
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Amy Schumer Will Refuse Super Bowl Ads in Support of Colin Kaepernick
"I think it would be cool if Maroon 5 backed out of super bowl like Rihanna did"
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ABC News' Paula Faris interviews Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke
ABC News' Paula Faris sat down separately with Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke, who are competing for Cruz' U.S. Senate seat in Texas, to discuss the midterm elections, among other topics.
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John Bolton pushing Trump to withdraw from Russian nuclear arms treaty
The US national security adviser, John Bolton, has issued a recommendation for withdrawal from the 1987 intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty. John Bolton is pushing for the US to withdraw from a cold war-era arms control treaty with Russia, in the face of resistance from others in the Trump administration and US allies, according to sources briefed on the initiative.
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BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury
A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system's smallest and least-explored planet. The BepiColombo mission, only the third ever to visit Mercury, blasted off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket at 10:45 p.m. local time on Friday (0145 GMT on Saturday), according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). "Launching BepiColombo is a huge milestone for ESA (the European Space Agency) and JAXA, and there will be many great successes to come," ESA Director General Jan Woerner said in a statement.
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Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care.
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Long queues as Afghan voters defy election day attacks, delays
A suicide bomber killed 15 people in Kabul, the most serious of a series of smaller-scale attacks that caused dozens of casualties across the country but did not deter voters who endured long queues to cast their ballot. "Today the people gave an unanswerable response to the enemies of Afghanistan," government spokesman Haroon Chakansuri told reporters. Voting should have been over by the time the suicide bomber struck a polling station in the north of Kabul, killing 10 civilians and five police, but polling stations were kept open longer than normal to cope with large numbers of people who had been unable to cast ballots.
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20 Green Bean Casserole Recipes You Can't Celebrate Thanksgiving Without
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Trump Buys The Saudi Line On Jamal Khashoggi. Congress Doesn't Have To.
WASHINGTON ― Saudi Arabia's stunning Friday night admission that its officials
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Elizabeth Warren's DNA Test and the Difficult History of Looking for Answers in Blood
By the late 19th century the ideology of biological determinism had made its way into American law, where the politics of blood reigned
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In California, Republican bastions under threat from 'blue wave'
As the door slammed in his face, Josef Siroky understood that campaigning for a Democrat in the conservative California city of Huntington Beach was not going to be easy. Siroky is one of hundreds of volunteers canvassing the Golden State's conservative bastions like Huntington Beach, which Democrats are hoping to conquer in the November 6 midterm elections en route to winning control of the House of Representatives -- and possibly, Congress. On a sunny Sunday in October, Siroky and the other volunteers are going door-to-door for Harley Rouda, a former Republican who is now running for office as a moderate Democrat in a tight race with a veteran Republican.
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Mom Charged After Baby is Saved from Overdose With Narcan
Authorities in Madison County, Indiana say a 1-year-old child is lucky to be alive after two doses of Narcan were used to save her from an overdose in August. The child’s mother, 24-year-old Janelle Norman, has been charged with neglect.
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The Two Things Air Force F-22 Raptors Can't Defeat
The weather and the fact that Washington does not have enough of them.
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Saudis Used Mole At Twitter To Track Dissidents For Troll Farm: Report
The Saudi government apparently groomed a mole inside Twitter to keep tabs on
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Trump says he will pull US out of nuclear arms treaty with Russia over violations by Moscow
Donald Trump says he will pull the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, claiming that Moscow is violating the deal. The president said he wanted a new agreement with Russia and China, although he offered no details of how Moscow had violated the 1987 treaty. “We are going to terminate the agreement and then we are going to develop the weapons,” Mr Trump said – unless a new agreement was forthcoming.
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Why Haven't We Found Aliens? Because We're Just Not Looking Hard Enough.
Editor's Note: This story was corrected at 5:20 p.m. E.D.T. In reality, programs like the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have encountered no noticeable transmissions from another species. "It is often said that we have been looking for 40 years or so, but we still haven't found any signs of extraterrestrial civilization," said Shubham Kanodia, an astronomy graduate student at Penn State University and co-author of the new paper in the preprint journal arXiv, which has been submitted to The Astronomical Journal.
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Questions and answers about state of the US-Mexico border
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Immigration has again become a hot political issue as President Donald Trump portrays the Mexico border in a state of crisis, underscored by dramatic images of a caravan of Central American migrants moving toward the U.S. and dozens of people climbing the border fence in Arizona.
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Government under pressure to use Salisbury sanctions against Saudi officials after Khashoggi killing
Saudi officials found to have been involved in the killing of a prominent journalist in Turkey should be targeted by new sanctions introduced by Theresa May in the wake of the Salisbury attack, MPs and campaigners said on Saturday. Andrew Mitchell, the former international development secretary, led calls for the Magnitsky law, which mirrors similar legislation in the US and Canada, to be used against any individuals complicit in the death of Jamal Khashoggi. The intervention came as the government said it was "considering ... our next steps" after the kingdom admitted on Friday night that Mr Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed in its consulate in Istanbul. Donald Trump said sanctions were a possibility and that questions remained about the Saudi handling of Khashoggi's death. "No, I am not satisfied until we find the answer," he said after a campaign speech in Nevada. "But it was a big first step, it was a good first step. But I want to get to the answer." However, he warned against scrapping an arms deal with the kingdom that would jeopardise thousands of American jobs. Saudi Arabia said that 15 members of an intelligence squad who flew to Istanbul to kidnap Mr Khashoggi had been arrested, along with three Saudi consulate staff. General Ahmed al-Assiri, the deputy intelligence chief, and Saud al-Qahtani, a close aide to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, were both sacked for their role in the operation. Saudi officials insisted Crown Prince Mohammed was not involved. Jamal Khashoggi death | The unanswered questions The kingdom said Mr Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi critic, died in a "fist fight" but Turkey said it would keep investigating and would not a allow a cover up. The Magnitsky law, which was passed as part of the Sanctions Act in May, allows the government to target human rights abusers with asset freezes and visa bans. Mr Mitchell, the former international development secretary, who lobbied Mrs May to introduce the measure after Russia's chemical weapons attack on a former spy in Salisbury, said: "The Magnitsky law is designed to stop human rights violators coming to and using Britain and it doesn't matter where they come from, the law should be applied without fear or favour. "It's very important that Britain acts in concert with its friends and allies around the world." Robert Lacey: What next for the House of Saud? Bill Browder, whose campaigning led to the adoption of equivalent legislation in the US, Canada, and several EU countries, told The Sunday Telegraph: “The extrajudicial killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the official cover-up is exactly the kind of situation that Magnitsky sanctions were designed to address. “The British government should use the Magnitsky Act against members of the Saudi regime who played any role in this murder." Germany, France and the European Union all urged an in-depth investigation to find out what happened to the Washington Post columnist after he entered the consulate on October 2 for documents for his marriage. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, in a joint statement with her foreign minister, said the Saudi explanation was not enough. "We expect transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of his death ... The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate," the Germans said
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Donald Trump says US to withdraw from intermediate range nuclear weapons pact
Donald Trump on Saturday announced the US is to pull out of a landmark nuclear agreement with Russia, accusing the Kremlin of violating its terms. Mr Trump did not offer specific details on how Moscow had violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, but during the past four years America has repeatedly argued that Russia has been in breach of the agreement with its aggressive actions against former Soviet states in Europe. "Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years," said Mr Trump after a campaign rally in Nevada.  "And we're not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we're not allowed to." Mr Trump hinted that the only way forward might be to include China in a new treaty. Donald Trump talks to reporters before leaving Nevada Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters "We'll have to develop those weapons, unless Russia comes to us and China comes to us and they all come to us and say let's really get smart and let's none of us develop those weapons. But if Russia's doing it and if China's doing it, and we're adhering to the agreement, that's unacceptable," he said. Mr Trump's announcement came as his national security adviser John Bolton was heading to Russia to meet officials.  The historic 1987 treaty was followed by a landmark meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev. It was seen as a key step in ending the Cold War and some fear that withdrawing from the pact will fuel increased weapons development between China, Russia and the US. The agreement was designed to help protect the security of the US and its allies in Europe and the Far East. John Bolton Credit: AFP It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched cruise missiles with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles. However it also curbed America's ability to respond to Chinese activity in the Western Pacific, including its attempts to keep American naval forces at bay. As China was not a signatory to the treaty it has faced no limits on developing intermediate-range nuclear missiles, which have the potential to travel thousands of miles. Mr Trump's recent predecessor Barack Obama chose not to exit the nuclear agreement because of objections from European nations, in particular Germany, and due to fears of a renewed arms race.  However Mr Trump's senior staff, including Jim Mattis, defence secretary, have repeatedly broached the subject in recent weeks, highlighting Russia's "untenable" violations of the agreement.
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Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday.
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Black 'lynching' ad illustrates race overtones, anger in U.S. campaign ads
In Arkansas, a radio ad this week suggests white Democrats might start lynching black men. In Pennsylvania, a Republican state senator threatened to "stomp all over" his Democratic rival's face with golf spikes. While angry advertisements are a longstanding feature of U.S. politics, many ads this year made little effort to disguise their candidates' rage, a vivid illustration of what many experts see as a coarsening of public dialogue since President Donald Trump shook up American politics.
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Voters Don't Seem To Care About Nancy Pelosi. She Might Still Be In Trouble.
WASHINGTON ― Even if Democrats win the House this November, Minority Leader
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A neuroscientist who lost her mind says it can happen to anyone
You can be an expert on brains and spend 30 years studying mental disorders, and it still will not prepare you for your own madness. Expertise won’t explain why you no longer recognize your house or car, or why you’ve gone for a morning jog with a plastic bag full of purple henna on your…
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NASA wants you to make stuff it can send to the Moon
As we've known for several months now, NASA is headed back to the Moon. The administration will be sending all manner of instruments to the lunar surface to study the natural satellite in greater detail, as well as prepare for the eventual return of a manned mission to the Moon. Now, with a rough schedule for future launches being hashed out, NASA needs something to actually send to the Moon. You see, the whole "going back to the Moon" thing was kind of a last-second decision by NASA's new Trump-appointed leadership. Rather than putting all their effort towards additional exploration of Mars and a future manned mission to the Red Planet, NASA now says that sending man back to the Moon will be the best way to prepare. In preparing for a manned mission to head back to the Moon, NASA will send a number of unmanned missions there. Those missions need tools and instruments to perform experiments and make observations that will further NASA's efforts. “The strategy is that these early missions will help us prepare for more complex future missions such as searching for useable resources, building up a seismic network to understand the Moon’s internal structure, and studying the lunar mineralogy and chemistry to understand the Moon’s origins,” NASA's Steve Clarke said in a statement .  “NASA is also looking forward to supporting U.S. industry efforts to provide more commercial exploration services for multiple customers, including NASA.” With a tight budget and even tighter timeline, NASA is looking for companies that want a piece of the lunar pie to produce their own hardware that NASA can then send to the Moon and share in any discoveries made. As NASA notes, it's been a while since it's sent anything to the Moon, manned or otherwise. The last time a US spacecraft performed a soft landing on the Moon — probes shot directly into the Moon's surface don't really count — was in 1972. Getting back there isn't exactly like riding a bike, but when NASA is ready in the next couple of years it hopes its commercial partners will step up to the plate with the tools to make the missions worthwhile.
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15 No-Fail Housewarming Gifts You Can Buy on Amazon
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Saudi Arabia: storms and reforms under new crown prince
Mohammed bin Salman became crown prince of Saudi Arabia in June last year, shaking up the ultra-conservative oil giant with economic, social and religious reforms. On June 21, 2017, King Salman names his 31-year-old son, Mohammed, as crown prince, displacing the king's nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as heir to the throne. Widely known as MBS, Prince Mohammed retains his role as defence minister.
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Donald Trump's Boast About Ted Cruz Rally Comes Back To Haunt Him. Again.
President Donald Trump has been dragged on Twitter over his upcoming rally for
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'Sand Palace' built to last Hurricane Michael
Dr. Lebron Lackey explains how he built a home in Mexico Beach that survived a direct impact from category 4 Hurricane Michael.
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October Full Moon 2018: Why You Won't Want to Miss the Travel Moon This Weekend
You don't need a telescope, binoculars, or even a dark sky to look at the moon, which next week, on Wednesday, will rise at dusk, shine brightly all night, and set at dawn. However, although October's full Travel Moon will be a glorious sight on October 24, one of the best times to observe the...
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Khashoggi mourners demand 'true justice' after Saudi disclosures
Turan Kışlakçı reads a statement outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Friends and colleagues of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have resumed their vigil outside the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul where he was killed two weeks ago to mourn his death and demand those responsible be bought to “true justice”. After more than two weeks of stubborn denials from Saudi Arabia that it had anything to do with the dissident journalist’s disappearance, statements carried on the Saudi state news agency in the early hours of Saturday morning finally acknowledged he had died as the result of a “fistfight” inside the consulate on 2 October.
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Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earners
U.S. President Donald Trump said the administration was studying a tax cut for middle-income earners that could be rolled out some time around the beginning of November, just before pivotal congressional elections. Trump mentioned the proposed tax cut in the same week the U.S. government ended the 2018 fiscal year with a $779 billion deficit, the Treasury Department said on Monday, as previous Republican-led tax cuts squeezed revenues. The deficit figure was the highest in six years.
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USC agrees to $215 million over ex-gynecologist scandal
The University of Southern California has agreed to a $215 million settlement after hundreds of claims were made against the school for allegedly covering up sex abuse involving a former gynecologist for decades. Gavino Garay reports.
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Trump says US will pull out of nuclear deal with Russia
President Donald Trump confirmed Saturday that the United States plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia over claims Moscow has violated the deal. The three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan. "We're the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we've honored the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement, so we're going to terminate the agreement and we're going to pull out," Trump told reporters in Elko, Nevada.
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Midterm elections: Texas Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones fighting to be part of 'blue wave' – believing issues, not party, are key
The Air Force veteran effortlessly blends in with the residents of San Antonio, dubbed “Military City” for being home to the largest active and retired military populations in the country. In fact, the only obvious difference between her and anyone else in Texas’s geographically and politically diverse 23rd district is that she could soon become its next congresswoman. “I grew up here in San Antonio, I’m a first-generation American, I was raised in a home where English wasn’t the only language spoken, I was raised by a single mom and it was a four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship that allowed me to graduate from John Jay high school not too far from here and get a college education.
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The Latest: Alaska governor seeks to boost Begich's odds
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska governor's race (all times local):
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This fifth grader's baked potato costume is better than whatever you've planned for Halloween
This is One Good Thing , a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. Halloween is fast approaching and while you may think your planned costume's impressive, there's a very good chance it won't top this fifth grader who dressed as a baked potato. Reddit user seal2781, a 24-year-old named Celia, recently shared a throwback Halloween picture from 2004 — the year she followed her heart and dressed as a baked potato wrapped in foil with a li'l pat of butter on top. Precious! Delicious! All around wholesome! The costume is one of the closest things we've seen to absolute Halloween perfection, and the kind of ensemble we should all strive to put together this time of year. If you're having doubts about how great it is, we're not exaggerating. See for yourself... SEE ALSO: This Kevin from 'The Office' Halloween costume for babies needs to exist IRL Celia told Mashable via Reddit that she fashioned the wearable baked potato for her elementary school Halloween costume contest. The costume won first prize and for that, she received a whole $5!  "The day before the contest I decided I wanted to be a baked potato," she wrote. "I'm not really sure why — I just thought it would be funny." She says her dad Ron helped make the costume out of cardboard boxes. "We covered the boxes in wide plastic wrap to hold it all together, and then covered it in foil and added the fluff and brown paper 'skin.' The pad of butter was just a small pizza box covered in yellow cellophane paper." The baked potato has everything you'd want from a good costume. The homemade aspect shows off your resourceful side, it'll give people a good laugh, and you'll also stand out from a crowd of store bought superheroes, princesses, and more. Though it does have one downfall... "The main thing I remember about the costume was how hot it was. I really felt like a baked potato wearing it," Celia said. But still, an overall success. Celia's family has been cranking out next-level costumes for years, she explained, recalling her brother's most memorable ensemble: a massive five-foot tall baseball bat. Stunning. Image: seal2781/reddit Want more clever culture writing beamed directly to your inbox? Sign up here for the twice-weekly Click Click Click newsletter. It's fun – we promise. WATCH: Nightmares Fear Factory continues to serve us amazing haunted-house reaction photos
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The top 10 largest US Jackpots
Lottery players will have a chance at winning an estimated $1.6 billion jackpot in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing. That total would be the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, and it could grow before the next drawing.
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Ted Cruz's Facebook Live Broadcast Goes Hilariously Awry
Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) team sure knows how to botch a Facebook Live
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Donald Trump's Bizarre Capitalization Boast Has Twitter Users Scratching Their Heads
For reasons unknown, President Donald Trump on Friday decided to explain why
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Migrants force through fence at Mexican border
On Friday, the migrant caravan of at least 3,000 broke down gates at the Guatemalan border with Mexico and streamed toward a bridge to Mexico. (Oct. 19)
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Physicists Model Electrons in Unprecedented Detail — Spoiler Alert: They're Round
Electrons are extremely round, and some physicists are not pleased about it. A new experiment captured the most detailed view of electrons to date, using lasers to reveal evidence of particles surrounding the particles, researchers reported in a new study. The symmetrical roundness of the electrons suggested that unseen particles aren't big enough to skew electrons into squashed oblong shapes, or ovals.
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Rep. Steve King Goes Full White Nationalist In Interview With Austrian Site
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) visited Austria in August and gave an extensive
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28 Pumpkin Pie Recipes That'll Take Your Thanksgiving to the Next Level
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Boeing and ISS National Lab award $500,000 to boost cancer research in orbit
For the fifth year in a row, Boeing and the International Space Station’s U.S. national laboratory are partnering to pay out up to $500,000 in grants for startup research in orbit. The three projects selected this year through the Boston-based MassChallenge “Technology in Space” competition focus on zero-gravity research aimed at developing and testing cancer therapies for use on Earth. Boeing and the ISS National Lab — managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS — have awarded a total of $2.5 million to 14 companies since 2014. Many of the previous awardees have already launched investigations… Read More
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Mega Millions Jackpot Rises to $1.6 Billion After Friday's Drawing
It's the biggest prize in Mega Millions history.
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An Unknown 'Disease X' Could Become an Epidemic. Can We Find It Before It's Too Late?
BERLIN — Earlier this year, the World Health Organization listed "Disease X" among the diseases most in need of research and development. Experts at the World Health Summit in Berlin this week warned that we're not prepared to find such a disease at its likely animal source, or spot it quickly when it starts making people sick. Most emerging epidemic threats — from Ebola to SARS — have been zoonotic diseases, meaning they originate in animals, said veterinary pathologist Tracey McNamara, who organized a summit panel on Disease X.
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US craze for DNA 'heritage' tests may bolster racism, critics warn
Millions of Americans are using DNA test kits sold online to research their ancestry, either out of simple curiosity or to find answers about their identity. In a country whose population, for the most part, arrived in various waves of migration -- and where genealogy has caught the public imagination -- the DNA tests have proven wildly successful. The main companies offering the service, Ancestry and 23andMe, say they have tested between 15 million people between them.
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Detroit police find 63 fetuses in funeral home amid probe
DETROIT (AP) — Police removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home and regulators shuttered the business amid a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes.
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Russian charged with conspiring to interfere in U.S. congressional elections
Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, became the first person charged with a crime for attempting to interfere in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, according to a government official with knowledge of the investigation. Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation started in 2014 and financed by a Russian oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and two companies he controls, according to a criminal complaint. The oligarch, Evgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, and his two companies were indicted in February in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's separate investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to boost eventual winner Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
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Migrant caravan vows to remain on border crossing without food or water until Mexican authorities grant access
Thousands of migrants making their way towards the United States remain stuck on a river crossing between Guatemala and Mexico without food or water.  The migrants, part of a caravan of around 4,000 people, have vowed to  remain there until Mexican authorities grant them entry into the country  despite conditions on the bridge worsening with a growing pile up of  rubbish and no bathrooms.  Tensions flared on the Suchiate river crossing late on Friday when the  migrants attempted to force their way across the border and Mexican riot  police threw tear gas at the crowd.  Meanwhile, many Hondurans, mostly men, swam across the river and remain on the river bank on Saturday, on the Mexican side of the border, waiting  for the rest of the caravan to cross.  Around 200 people who did manage cross, mainly women and children, were  taken to an immigration center, where their details were recorded. Around 200 were taken to a detention centre - thousands more remain on the bridge Credit: AP They  were later transported to a convention center located in the city of  Tapachula, an hour’s drive from the border, that has been turned into a  makeshift shelter.  The remaining migrants - thought to be around 3,000 in number - have also  moved about 30 feet back from the Mexican border gate, in order to avoid  repeating the chaos caused on Friday night.  Selvin Flores, a 35-year-old Honduran shopkeeper, said people who "were  causing disorder" have been expelled from the group and handed over to  Guatemalan police.  Honduran migrants heading in a caravan to the US, hold up a crying baby while they struggle to cross one of the gates of the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo Credit: AFP The caravan formed last Saturday in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and arrived  in Guatemala on Monday. Migrants within the group have said they are bound for the United States, seeking work and fleeing political corruption and  violence.  The caravan has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump, who threatened to  shut down America's southwest border if Mexico did not halt the group, despite the huge impact it would have on trade flows between the two countries.  Migrant caravan He has also repeated a threat to suspend foreign aid to the governments of  Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador if they fail to act.  Mr Trump has been focusing on immigration as he campaigns for Republican  candidates ahead of November's midterm elections. He has called the attempt to enter the US an "assault on our country" at rallies and stressed that  tackling immigration was far more important to him than trade.  Aerial view of the Honduran migrant caravan heading to the US Credit: AFP The president's administration has struggled to tackle the worsening  immigration numbers as Mr Trump hits the limits of what he is able to legally do without the support of Congress.  The issue has caused a deep rift among Mr Trump's top advisers, culminating  in a heated row between his chief of staff John Kelly and national security  adviser John Bolton last week.  Mr Trump on Saturday blamed "obstructionist" Democrats for the failure to  tackle the issue. "We could write up and agree to new immigration laws in  less than one hour. Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are  causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border," he said.  If the Democrats would stop being obstructionists and come together, we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour. Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border. Chuck & Nancy, call me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2018 After the caravan’s leaders, Bartolo Fuentes, a former Congressman, and  Juan Carlos Lopez, were arrested by the Guatemalan authorities and deported to Honduras, there has been a notable absence of leadership within the  group.  On Friday night, tensions and scuffles erupted as exhausted Hondurans, many  of whom are traveling with young children, braced themselves to spend the  night on the bridge. A group of women began to sing and pray in an effort  to calm the situation.  “I felt very scared. I kept running back and forth because I’m not used to  this mayhem”, said Heidy Marleny Castro, 44, who is travelling with her two  youngest children, aged 8 and 13. “We’re going to stay here until we get  help, no matter how long it takes. If need to endure hunger and thirst, so  be it”, she said.  Tensions on the border became heated on Friday night Credit: Reuters Like many other Hondurans, Mrs Castro is fleeing from rampant violence as  well as poverty. Two of her children were murdered in 2015.  With a total of 3,791 murders in 2017 (a murder rate of 42.8 per 100,000  inhabitants), Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries in the world.  Although the caravan’s goal is to reach the United States, some Hondurans  have said they would be willing to apply for working visas in Mexico, after  newly elected president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised to provide job  opportunities to Central Americans.  “If we’re given the opportunity to reach Mexico, at least we’ll be in a  safer place”, said Mrs Castro. “We’re here because we have no other choice.  We want a better life for our children." 
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Remains of 63 Fetuses Found Hidden in a Detroit Funeral Home, Weeks After a Similar, Separate Discovery
In total, officials said they found 36 fetuses stored in boxes and 27 found in freezers.
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A timeline of Saudi statements on the killing of Khashoggi
ISTANBUL (AP) — The official Saudi statements on the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have changed several times since he mysteriously disappeared after entering his country's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
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Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan
Mexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from the Honduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory, the country's ambassador to Guatemala said. Luis Manuel Lopez told AFP the women and children would be processed by immigration authorities and taken to a shelter in the city of Tapachula, 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. "I'm happy, happy! At last!" shouted a relieved Gina Paola Montes, 21, as she ran onto Mexican territory.
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Mega Millions lottery jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion - the largest in US history
A lucky American could walk away with $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion) in prize money after the latest round of the country's lottery draw failed to produce a winner. Mega Millions officials said no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's draw. The total amount has now swelled to an estimated $1.6 billion jackpot for Tuesday night's draw, which costs $2 to play. Should Tuesday produce a winner, it will be the largest prize in US history - and the sum is likely to grow even larger before the draw as excitement around the record-breaking cash prize tempts more people to play. The huge cash prize continues a trend - the second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016. But a note of caution - the chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million. The huge jackpot is likely to continue to grow before Tuesday's draw Credit: Anadolu Agency  What is more, after federal taxes and state deductions, winners will generally end up with around half that amount in up front cash winnings. The annuity option guarantees more money, but it is paid over 29 years and also would result in a hefty tax bill. The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million. Lottery officials changed the odds in recent years to lessen the chance of winning a jackpot, which in turn increased the opportunity for top prizes to reach stratospheric levels. The strategy seems to be paying off - states have reported that lottery tickets fly out of shops when the top prizes reach gigantic sizes. In California, for example, people were buying 200 tickets per second during the lunch hour on Thursday.
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Photos: BepiColombo is on its way to Mercury
A joint project between European and Japanese space agencies, BepiColombo, was successfully launched earlier today. The €3 billion ($3.5 billion) project will take seven years to enter in an orbit around the closest planet to the sun. Its main goals are to try to unravel the mysteries of Mercury. For example, about 60% of the…
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Spain 'dismayed' by Saudi reports on Khashoggi case
Spain's government said on Saturday it was "dismayed" by information from Riyadh about the death of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "The Spanish government is dismayed by early reports from the Saudi prosecutor about the death of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and offers its most sincere condolences to his family," Spain said in a statement. It also echoed a call from U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a thorough and transparent investigation to bring to justice those responsible for the incident, which has caused an international outcry.
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Prince Harry opens Invictus Games after storm delays
Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday opened the Olympic-style Invictus Games for disabled and wounded soldiers at a moving ceremony on the forecourt of Sydney's Opera House, after an intense thunderstorm forced an hour-long delay. The Duke of Sussex, who climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Friday to help raise the Games flag, welcomed more than 500 competitors from 18 nations to an event that he founded. "Over the last four years the Invictus Games have become about so much more than the thousands of competitors who have taken part," he said on a stage shaped like a boomerang, following a belated traditional Aboriginal welcome ceremony that was held up by torrential rain and lightning.
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US charges Russian woman with interfering in 2018 midterms
The FBI said charges against Khusyaynova highlighted ongoing ‘threats to our democracy’ from propaganda campaigns. Russians working for an ally of Vladimir Putin are waging an “information warfare” campaign to disrupt the 2018 midterm elections and discredit Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, US authorities said on Friday. The allegations were outlined by the FBI as a Russian woman accused of playing a senior role in the influence operation was charged with conspiring to interfere in the US political system.
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Trump will lead rally for Cruz, keeping hatchet buried
In an appearance likely to provide fodder for millions of Tweets analyzing every word, facial expression and nuance of body language, President Trump will hold a rally with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (formerly known as “Lyin’ Ted”) in Houston Monday night. Trump’s visit to Texas is aimed at driving up Republican enthusiasm in a race where Cruz, facing a stronger than expected challenge from Rep. Beto O’Rourke,  has openly fretted that he could lose if conservatives don’t show up to vote in a potential Democratic wave election. A recent CNN poll found Cruz leading O’Rourke, a Democratic congressman from El Paso, by 7 points— a too-close-for-comfort margin in a deeply red conservative state where no Democrat has won statewide office since 1994.
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Cardi B Gives Out Coats and Sneakers at New York Housing Complex
Cardi B, who is originally from the Bronx, handed out coats at a housing complex in Brooklyn Thursday night.
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British-built spacecraft with 'Star Trek-style impulse engines' jets off for Mercury
After a tense countdown in French the rocket rose slowly above a ball of orange flame
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Gov. Bill Walker Drops Out Of Alaska Gubernatorial Race Less Than 3 Weeks Before Election
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) suspended his re-election campaign on Friday.
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'I'm Over 60, and I Feel Great.' At the Ms. Senior America Pageant, Women's Voices Take the Stage
Amid the sparkle, Ms. Senior Pageant America 2018 gives women at the "age of elegance" a voice.
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International Night of the Observation of the Moon to be celebrated
* Universum participates with activities for the general public Mexico, Oct. 19 (Notimex).- This Saturday there will be another edition of the International Night of the Moon Observation, a global celebration held since 2010, which encourages the appreciation and understanding of the Earth's natural satellite, located at about 384 thousand 400 kilometers away. The event occurs one day a year between September and October, when a first quarter of the Moon is visible in the afternoon and evening, the best observation is at the end of dusk / dawn, where the shadows are longer, compared to the Full moon. The only natural satellite of the Earth can be seen with the naked eye just by looking up to the sky during the night or in the early hours of the day. One of the most accepted theories within the scientific community about the origin of the satellite, which shines, because its surface reflects sunlight, is that it was formed after the collision of a body the size of Mars with the "blue planet". Along with the formation of the Sun, so did the planets, in such a way that the Moon is also made of a material similar to all objects in the Solar System. In this edition, according to the National Administration of Aeronautics and Space (NASA), 823 events and participants were registered worldwide. In Mexico, the Science Museum of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, (Universum, for its acronym in Spanish) will carry out a series of activities to celebrate the brightest object in the night sky. The activities will begin at 5:00 pm with the screening of a video on the mobile planetarium and an astronomical workshop. One hour and a half later there will be a night observation activity with telescopes. When the hands of the clock mark the 19:00 hours, a talk will be offered where it will be discussed if there was ever water on the Moon, one of the questions that took 49 years ago the first astronauts to put one foot on the lunar surface. Also, at 20:00 a video entitled "The secrets of history: landing on the Moon" will be screened.In this way, attendees can spend an afternoon of observations and learning about this object of inspiration for songs, poems, books, films and photographs. NTX/ICB/LCH/ASTRO16/BBF
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U.S.-bound migrant caravan stuck on Guatemalan border with Mexico
Many of the migrants, the overwhelming majority fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, had slept through heavy rain overnight on a bridge connecting Guatemala to Mexico, as dozens crammed against a metal border gate guarded by Mexican police. In the early morning hours, Guatemalan police said they had transported 62 Hondurans in two buses, among the first such efforts to remove migrants from the tense border crossing on the Suchiate River. For days U.S. President Donald Trump has warned the Central American caravan must be stopped.
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Expansive New Study Says Not Exercising Is Worse for Your Health Than Smoking
Dr Wael Jaber, co-author of the study, called the results surprising
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Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 58 dead
NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday, killing at least 58 people and injuring dozens more, police said.
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40+ Halloween Dinner Ideas That Are So Good It's Scary
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In Alaska, a first-time House candidate takes on the world’s most entrenched incumbent
Alyse Galvin never thought of running for political office until she attended the Women’s March. Now she’s in a close race for Alaska’s congressional seat.
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Republican Doublespeak on Health Care Starts at the Top
All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them. In the real world, President Donald Trump’s Justice Department is arguing in court that the Affordable Care Act’s protections for pre-existing medical conditions are unconstitutional and should be nullified. On top of that, his administration explicitly supported a bill passed by House Republicans that would have weakened those protections.
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New York witches aim hex at Supreme Court's Brett Kavanaugh despite death threats
"It gives the people who are seeking agency a little bit of chance to have that back," Madara said. Seated at a desk phone among bird skulls and crystal balls at Catland Books, the occult shop she co-owns, Madara said the Kavanaugh hex is expected to be the most popular event the store has hosted since its 2013 opening, including spells aimed at President Donald Trump. Madara declined to provide details of what the latest ritual will entail.
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U.S. Charges Russian for Conspiracy to Interfere in 2016 and 2018 Elections
Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova of St. Petersburg, allegedly served as the chief accountant for an operation known as “Project Lakhta,” the Justice Department said Friday in a statement. The move comes as top U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies warn Americans about ongoing efforts by Russia, China and other foreign actors to interfere in the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections.
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The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures
NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they now seem to have been — have little to do with me.
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The Latest: Many in caravan inclined to take Mexico asylum
TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local):
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Trump Makes No Mention Of Khashoggi Murder During Arizona Rally
President Donald Trump discussed many of his usual talking points ― his prized
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President Trump Says It 'Certainly Looks' Like Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead
President Donald Trump says it “certainly looks” as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead.
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‘Trump Effect’ Overpowers Booming Economy Ahead of Midterms
Trump’s Twitter feuds and controversies have overpowered the GOP economic message, and his persistently low approval ratings may dash any Republican hopes of bucking history by avoiding the loss of House seats in the midterm elections less than three weeks away. “Theoretically, the economy should take some of the edge off Democratic gains,” said David Wasserman, a House race analyst with the non-partisan Cook Political Report.
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Trump: Georgia Republican accused of voter purges would make 'great governor'
Donald Trump on Saturday said Brian Kemp, a Republican accused of purging a huge number of voters from Georgia’s registration rolls, would make a “great governor” of the southern state. Kemp is currently Georgia’s secretary of state, which means he is supervising an election in which he is a candidate.
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40 Cheap and Easy Last-Minute Halloween Party Ideas
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Thousands of Central American migrants stranded on Mexican border
Thousands of US-bound Honduran migrants remained stranded Saturday after spending the night on a border bridge between Guatemala and Mexico where riot police barred their progress. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said he would meet Saturday with his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales to discuss the next steps in the crisis, which has triggered escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric from US President Donald Trump.
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Indian officials exchange blame for train plowing into festival crowd
Punjab state's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that 59 people had died with 57 injured in the accident and that an official inquiry would be carried out over the next four weeks. A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city's fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said. Grieving relatives and residents, some of whom were still scouring the bloodied fields for belongings of their loved ones, said there was no warning from the train as it rolled down the tracks just as firecrackers exploded in the sky in the annual Dusshera festival.
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Worried Britons to rally for new Brexit vote
Britons dreading life outside Europe will rally from all corners to London Saturday to try to stop their country's looming breakup with the EU. The march on parliament is set to be a noisy and festive affair uniting tens of thousands in the seemingly hopeless task of convincing Prime Minister Theresa May to hold a second Brexit referendum. Organisers of the so-called People's Vote March are asking people to dress up their favourite pets in costumes so that they could bark along the scenic route through the historic heart of London.
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Buffalo diocese submits documents to feds amid sex abuse allegations
The diocese of Buffalo in New York state acknowledged Friday having received a demand for documents believed to be linked to a federal investigation into sexual abuse. On Thursday, the US for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state. Local media in Buffalo earlier said they had obtained internal messages from the Buffalo diocese dated from May and June and indicating that the attorney's office had demanded documents related to allegations of clergy sex abuse.
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Can Theresa May Be Forced to Hold a Second Brexit Vote?
There are those in the Conservative Party so against Brexit that they are willing to gang up with the opposition to vote down Theresa May’s deal in order to secure a second referendum. For a start, there isn’t time before Britain leaves the European Union. This means that to have any chance of a referendum affecting the outcome of Brexit, Britain would need to extend the Article 50 process that governs its departure, something that would require both the EU’s agreement and fresh legislation in Parliament.
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Saudi admission over critic's killing shields crown prince
Saudi Arabia's admission -- after emphatic denials -- over the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi is aimed at shifting the responsibility away from the powerful crown prince, whose position so far appears unshaken, analysts say. The kingdom sacked two top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well three intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects, in what some analysts called a scapegoating to quell the global outrage over Khashoggi's killing. After 17 days of vehement denials, the kingdom's assertion on Saturday that the journalist was killed in a "brawl and fist fight" inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul –- without revealing the whereabouts of his body -- fell on sceptical ears around the world.
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9-Year-Old Says He Felt 'Humiliated' After 'Cornerstore Caroline' Wrongly Accused Him of Sexual Assault
His mom said it's going to take time for the boy to heal following the ordeal.
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A New Type of Treatment Shows Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer
This study offers encouraging evidence
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USC agrees to pay $215M to settle doctor sex abuse claims
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California said Friday that it would pay $215 million to settle claims of sexual abuse and harassment by a school gynecologist, but lawyers for hundreds of the accusers say it's not enough money and the university has yet to fully disclose what it knew about the doctor's behavior.  
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APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law.
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Caravan of migrants tears down fence on Mexico-Guatemala border
Immigration is a hot-button political topic as a migrant caravan makes its way toward the U.S.
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Maisie Williams Says Her Game of Thrones Journey Ended on the 'Perfect Scene'
Arya Stark went out on a high note
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Roche's Tecentriq boosts survival in triple-negative breast cancer
Women with advanced triple-negative breast cancer lived a median 7.2 months without their disease worsening (PFS) with Roche's Tecentriq plus chemotherapy as an initial treatment, compared with 5.5 months for those getting chemotherapy alone. Overall survival (OS) data from the IMpassion 130 study is not yet mature, but Roche Chief Medical Officer Sally Horning told Reuters she had reason for optimism. Patients getting the Tecentriq cocktail lived a median 21.3 months, so far, compared to 17.6 months for those on chemotherapy, she said.
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India's Punjab state chief minister says train accident killed 59
India's northern state of Punjab's chief minister said 59 people were killed and 57 injured in a railway accident on Friday in which a train ran over scores of people gathered on the railway tracks for a festival in the city of Amritsar. Declining to comment on the likely reasons behind the accident, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that an official inquiry into the accident was underway and was expected to be completed within four weeks. A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city's fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said.
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Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border
PHOENIX (AP) — Large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said Friday.
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Can Burger King's 'Nightmare King' Really Give You Bad Dreams?
A new, limited-time-only burger at Burger King has a peculiar selling point: It's supposed to give you nightmares. Yes, Burger King's Halloween-themed "Nightmare King" burger is allegedly "clinically proven" to induce nightmares, according to a press release from the company. The fast-food chain commissioned a sleep study to bolster their claims that the green-bunned burger causes bad dreams.
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Migrants in caravan break through fence at Guatemala-Mexico border
A caravan of Central American migrants broke down gates at a border crossing and rushed toward a bridge into Mexico on Friday.
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Daily Digit: Many Americans believe elections are unfair
Nearly 40% of Americans think elections are unfair. Race, gender, and political identity contributed to how people feel about elections. Nonwhite voters, women, and Democrats have the most doubts about the electoral process.
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What Made Leonardo da Vinci Such a Great Artist? 'Crossed Eyes' May Have Helped
Leonardo da Vinci may have literally seen the world differently. The famed Renaissance artist may have had an eye condition that helped him better-depict the 3D world on a flat surface when drawing and painting, a new report suggests. The report, which analyzed six works of art that are likely portraits or self-portraits of Leonardo, suggests that the artist may have had strabismus, or crossed eyes, a condition in which a person's eyes don't look in the same direction at the same time.
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Baby Names Show Enormous Gender Gap
Overwhelmingly, boys get names associated with power, strength and rage, like "Savage" or "Dash." Girls get names associated with joy and beauty, like "Lilac" and "Jubilee." The findings come from a new analysis of newly emerging names by Laura Wattenberg, who runs the naming blog BabyNameWizard. "It would be reasonable to expect that new names, entering a more egalitarian society, would be more balanced" in their gendered expectations, Wattenberg told Live Science. Wattenberg focused only on "new" word names, or names that appeared in the Social Security Administration database of American babies in 2017, but that were given to fewer than 50 babies in the century prior.
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Defense Department Password Is Cracked in 9 Seconds. So How Safe Are US Weapons?
The weapons systems being developed by the U.S. Department of Defense are vulnerable to cyberattacks, meaning some evildoer with hacking skills could potentially take control of such weapons without being noticed, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Oct. 9. And the DOD seemed oblivious to the threats: Even though tests conducted by the DOD itself have shown such vulnerabilities, department officials told the GAO that they "believed their systems were secure and discounted some test results as unrealistic," according to the report, which is based on an analysis of DOD cybersecurity tests, policies and guidelines, as well as DOD interviews.
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Democratic Sen. Warren, GOP challenger clash in debate
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, Massachusetts state Rep. Geoff Diehl, clashed on everything from tax cuts to immigration to Warren's decision to release a DNA test during their first debate Friday.
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A Parasite Spread by Cat Poop Is Infecting (and Probably Killing) Whales in Canada
It's a lot for a cetacean to worry about, and now, according to recent research, whales can add "cat poop" to their list of concerns. In the new study, published online Sept. 27 in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, a team of marine researchers from Canada tested the brain and heart tissues of 34 beluga whales. The animals died in Quebec, Canada's St. Lawrence Estuary between 2009 and 2012.
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Pompeii Graffiti May Rewrite Time Line of Vesuvius Eruption
Graffiti scribbled on the wall of a Pompeii house that was being renovated in A.D. 79 may help solve a long-standing mystery about when Mount Vesuvius erupted that year, burying the Roman settlement in ash. There is little doubt among archaeologists and historians that Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii in the year A.D. 79. The writing includes no year, but the text was found in part of a house that was undergoing renovation at the time the eruption occurred, wrote a team of archaeologists that conducted the investigation in a statement released Oct. 16 by the Pompeii Parco Archeologico, a government agency in charge of archaeological and conservation work at Pompeii.
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Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead
BEIRUT (AP) — Two days after Jamal Khashoggi vanished into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, The Washington Post published a column featuring his byline and the headline "A missing voice." The space below it was blank.
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Steven Pinker's Tribute to the 'Low-Key Extravagance' of Microsoft's Paul Allen
The technologist was also the founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science
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What it's like to travel to space, from a tourist who spent $30 million to live there for 12 days
Elon Musk 's SpaceX has had a lot of attention recently for announcing that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be its first customer for a private space flight around the moon. Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin reportedly plans to start selling $200,000 to $300,000 tickets in 2019 to send tourists on 11-minute suborbital space flights. Garriott co-founded Space Adventures , the only private space company to send tourists to space so far.
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Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics
With the 2018 midterm elections just over two weeks away, the casual reader may be coming across some strange terms in the American political lexicon. For anyone confused by reports on the battle between Democrats and Republicans to control Congress, The Independent has compiled a handy list of some common terms. Battleground State: A state is considered a battleground state if its electorate is split relatively evenly between Republicans and Democrats, making state-wide races especially competitive and hard to predict.
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Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared river
Dozens of environmental activists cycled from Montenegro's capital to the Albanian border on Saturday to protest over the neighboring nation's construction of a dam on the Cijevna river that flows through both countries. As governments hurry to meet renewable energy goals set by the Paris climate change agreement, plans to build almost 3,000 small hydro-power plants have sparked protests across the Balkans this year.
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Washington Skeptics Bash Latest Saudi Story About Jamal Khashoggi
While President Donald Trump welcomed the new Saudi story that journalist
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Afghanistan braces for militant attacks as voters go to the polls
Afghans are bracing for more deadly violence on Saturday as voters turn out for the long-delayed legislative election across the war-torn country that the Taliban has vowed to attack. Voting has been delayed in the southern province of Kandahar after a Taliban-claimed attack on a US-Afghan security meeting that killed three people, including General Abdul Raziq. General Scott Miller, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, escaped injury in the shooting, but 13 others were wounded.
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Ex-India state official: Most train victims migrant workers
NEW DELHI (AP) — Most of the casualties in a train disaster that killed dozens of people in northern India were migrant workers, a former state government official said Saturday.
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Alaska's Independent Governor Bill Walker Suspends His Re-election Bid 3 Days After Lieutenant's Resignation
His lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman
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An Anonymous Group Spent $330,000 on Facebook Ads Urging Brits to Reject Brexit Deal
The Mainstream Network is the latest group to have been linked to ‘dark ads’ - anonymous advertisements targeted at specific users
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Putin says former Soviet Republics regret end of USSR
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the citizens of many former Soviet Republics regretted the collapse of the USSR, which he described as a "great state". People in the former republics "interpret it in their own way, but all the same they believe that life in the Soviet Union was more secure, calmer, they felt surer of themselves," he told a forum in the Russian city of Sochi. A conflict in eastern Ukraine in which more than 10,000 people have lost their lives has been ongoing for the last four years, as Kiev struggles to pull itself out of Russia's orbit.
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Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interview
Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "authoritarian rule" shortly before his death, in an interview published following confirmation he died at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate. Speaking off the record to a Newsweek journalist working on a story about the Saudi leadership, he insisted he did not view himself as "an opposition" -- he just wanted "a better Saudi Arabia". "I'm not calling for the overthrow of the regime, because I know it's not possible and is too risky, and there is no one to overthrow the regime," Khashoggi said.
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Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead
NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said.
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Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners in Friday's draw
The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.
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South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip
A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off
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This absurd parody proves that all TED Talks really do sound the same
It's not just you: A lot of TED Talks sound the same. Comedian and writer Keaton Patti — who imagined what a White House press briefing written by a bot might sound like — just shared a new imagined bot script, this time parodying the language of lofty TED Talks. SEE ALSO: Burger King's AI-written ads are beautiful disasters The "visibly clothed" TED TALKER opens the bizarrely inspirational lecture — given in a "place where you can talk" — with an anecdote about his or her grandfather, who was "paid for for being old."  "He told me there's just enough plastic in the ocean for someone to marry," the TED TALKER states. "But we're almost out of time." The audience doesn't care much about the actual TED Talk, but are insistent that they be shown graphs. I forced a bot to watch over 1,000 hours of TED Talks and then asked it to write a TED Talk of its own. Here is the first page. pic.twitter.com/FpGz25q9zc — Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) October 18, 2018 "The crowd likes the graph since it is a graph and they like graphs for the reasons they have," the script reads. Honestly, how relatable.  When the plastic from the ocean breaks into the room, the crowd "waits to see if it this will somehow turn into a graph."  Patti even mocked up a very scientific graph for our enjoyment. Look at this if you want to live. pic.twitter.com/XBUEgTSmX4 — Keaton Patti (@KeatonPatti) October 18, 2018 Patti jokes that bots write these scripts after watching 1,000 hours of content. While they're actually just delightful parodies, people really love them. I'm disturbed by just how compelling this was...if it was a book, I would have kept reading straight through and the scary part is that I'm not sure why.... — Vagobond (@vagobond) October 18, 2018 me trying to meet my word requirement on an essay pic.twitter.com/UZ1R9a5V7H — rhêtorík (@djrhetorik) October 18, 2018 Even the official TED Talks account found it "truly inspiring."  Truly inspiring. https://t.co/ROcM0ECA5W — TED Talks (@TEDTalks) October 18, 2018 WATCH: What's up with the Razer Phone 2? — Technically Speaking
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Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections
A U.S. indictment charging a Russian national with playing a prominent role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" to influence the U.S. midterm elections suggested that Russian influence operations have become more sophisticated since a campaign to impact the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation started in 2014 that amplified news articles and social media posts by pushing them wider and posted links to domestic media with specific messages attacking individuals and political parties, among other tactics. Court documents cited examples of advice the group's organizers gave operatives on how to position: - An article on former U.S. Senator John McCain's opposition to building a wall on the Mexican border.
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Bye-bye, BepiColombo: Rocket’s red glare kicks off a marathon mission to Mercury
A mission to the planet Mercury got off to a flashy start with tonight’s launch of an Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket, but there’s a long way to go before the double-barreled BepiColombo probe gets to its destination. Liftoff from the European Arianespace launch complex in Kourou, French Guiana, came off flawlessly at 10:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m. ET). The $1.5 billion mission, named after the late Italian astrophysicist Giuseppe “Bepi” Colombo, is a joint project of the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. Over the course of seven years, the spacecraft will trace a complex path… Read More
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Inside the Day That Turned Jacqueline Kennedy Into 'Jackie O.'
"Reaction in the U.S. and abroad ranged from dismay to a kind of shocked ribaldry," TIME reported the following week
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Farmers Know Trump's Trade War Is Hurting Them. That Doesn't Mean They'll Vote Democrat
Democrats have attack President Donald Trump over his trade war and the harm it's doing to farmers. That doesn't mean farmers will vote Democrat.
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African leadership should speak out at the UN, US commercial embargo of Cuba should end, Fan Bingbing’s tax practices are not unusual, India’s ties with Russia can survive American interference, Women’s rights are co-opted for their political impact
“It is ... disheartening to observe that not even one of the African leaders in attendance [at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations] plucked up the courage to speak poignant truths to the superpowers...,” writes Afam Nkemdiche.
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Readers write: Scottish phrases, more photos, reading habits, learning about the Amazon
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A $215 Million Settlement Proposed in Alleged USC Gynecologist Abuse
About 500 current and former students have now made accusations against Tyndall
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The problem with using 'super recognisers' to spot criminals in a crowd
Authorities need a better way to identify so-called super recognisers who match suspects to CCTV footage.
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Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a "tough cookie" and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana.
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Judge finds 14-year-old Jordan guilty of murdering woman, her unborn child: Part 5
Convinced he was innocent, Jordan Brown's lawyers vowed to take their fight all the way to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
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Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where she began life. She was stunned by what she saw there.
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25+ Thanksgiving Cupcakes You Must Serve for Dessert This Year
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20 Must-Try Gravy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Feast
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Kelly, Bolton Get in Profane Shouting Match Outside the Oval Office
John Kelly and John Bolton fought over immigration and border crossings, one person familiar with the matter said.
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This scientist keeps winning money from people who bet against climate change
James Annan keeps winning.  Annan, a climate scientist and director of the Blue Skies Research Organization, has won numerous bets over the last decade against scientists from a variety of academic backgrounds.  In short, people keep betting him that the world will cool or warm slightly, rather than continue on its accelerating warming trend. Annan is nearly undefeated. Most recently, Annan won $10,000 from two solar physicists at the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics in Russia — Galina Mashnich and Vladimir Bashkirtsev — on a wager agreed upon 10 years ago.  But now that the results have come in (showing that 2012-2017 was warmer than 1998-2003), his fellow gamblers won't pay up. "I was pretty confident in winning," Annan said in an interview. "Now, they're refusing to reply — I'm a little disappointed." "They had 10 years to save up," he added. Blues show cooler temperatures relative to the average.Image: nasa Yellows and reds show temperatures warmer relative to the average.Image: nasa There are no climate scientists, Annan included, arguing that such wagers will help solve the considerable political hurdles needed to dramatically lower modern civilization's greenhouse gas emissions.  Yet, it's a continuance of a rich history of researchers making similar scientific antes, and underscores that the climate isn't just warming at an accelerating pace, but that humans — not the whims of the sun or other natural processes — are now to blame.  For some scientists, it's an easy bet. "It’s like taking candy from a baby," Bill Patzert, a former NASA climatologist who spent decades researching the rising trends of both sea levels and global temperatures, said in an interview. “I’m not averse to taking candy away from [climate] skeptics," said Patzert. “Often in my public lectures, I have offered to take all comers on sea level rise and temperature. At this point, I'll definitely take all bets." SEE ALSO: Things in the middle of the Arctic are getting really strange In the past, prominent scientists have both won and lost wagers on a wide variety of scientific topics.  "There is a long history of people using bets to encapsulate their beliefs," said Annan. Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking once conceded a light-hearted defeat to physicist Kip Thorne on a matter of black holes. In 1990, biologist Paul Ehrlich lost a wager to economist Julian Simon after betting that certain valuable metals would grow more scarce, and expensive.  Today, however, the extreme minority of scientists who remain skeptical about the overwhelming consensus that the Earth will continue warming at an accelerating pace are quite careful about how they might place a bet, if they choose to bet at all.  Over a decade ago, Annan attempted to bet MIT atmospheric physicist Richard Lindzen — who, broadly speaking, doubts climate change forecasts are scientifically plausible — that temperatures would rise, not cool.  But Lindzen asked for 50 to 1 odds in his favor — meaning that if Lindzen won, Annan would have to pay 50 times more than Linzen. Annan, not pleased to be put at such a profound disadvantage, declined. Still today, Lindzen would take such odds — which puts him at little risk.  "At 50-1, I would certainly bet that 2018-2023 will be cooler than 1998-2003," Lindzen said over email. Variability and loss of September #Arctic sea ice volume since 1979...+ Model data info (PIOMAS): https://t.co/UDsruDEI5p+ Additional graphics: https://t.co/bTAfMZhjL1 pic.twitter.com/MRWhK8yWBi — Zack Labe (@ZLabe) October 13, 2018 Lindzen, who has debated Bill Nye about climate change, maintains the world's future warming will be only slight, and that global temperature will always fluctuate in small ways. For this reason, he's adverse to taking lower odds.  "Betting on small changes is pure gambling," said Lindzen. A wager on how much temperatures might rise, however, seems more amenable to Roy Spencer, a meteorologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville who continually asserts the current warming trend is insignificant and will continue to be insignificant.  "The question is, how much warming?" Spencer said over email. "That would have to be part of any bet I'd participate in. I believe future warming will be weak and possibly even beneficial." There's no question Lindzen and Spencer are in an extreme climate science minority, and they're well aware of it. Their analysis or research efforts, for instance, aren't seriously considered by either the U.S. Climate Assessment or the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — the global agency tasked with providing objective analyses of the societal impacts of climate change. Possible causes of radiative forcing: changes in solar activity, in volcanic activity or greenhouse gases. The latest US Climate Assessment shows how much each of these contributed. See https://t.co/q2dySg8xmb The human contribution is about 100%. That is: all of it. /2 pic.twitter.com/i6Ewprs7aQ — Stefan Rahmstorf (@rahmstorf) October 15, 2018 But even mainstream scientists, as recently as 2008, have argued in peer-reviewed scientific literature that the world would likely experience a temporary cooling trend. They were quickly challenged.  In 2008, a group of six climate scientists including Penn State's Michael Mann challenged the researchers to a bet.  In the study published in the journal Nature , the cooling forecasters concluded that both intervals of 2000 to 2010 and 2005 to 2015 would be slightly cooler than conditions between 1994 to 2004.  But would the world actually cool during these periods, even just as a temporary cooling blip? "We think not — and we are prepared to bet serious money on this," Mann and company wrote.  But this 2008 bet, underscored Mann, was far different than the bet Annan recently won against the Russian solar scientists, who argued the sun's activity — not human activity — is currently responsible for the globe's warming. The scientists who published the study challenged by Mann and others "weren’t denying human-caused climate change — they are mainstream researchers and they were doing honest science," Mann said over email. "However, they were making an extraordinary claim." "And as Carl Sagan famously said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," noted Mann. "They were unable to provide that evidence and we didn’t think their prediction was good science.  Mann and company were never taken up on the scientific wager. But Mann would have won. "Subsequent time and data proved them wrong and us correct," said Mann. Increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere.Image: nasaAs climate scientists are always quick to point out, short-term changes in climate can be telling, but longer-term trends are the gold scientific standard.  And the over century-long warming trend, observed independently by U.S. government agencies and climate scientists globally, is not just trending up, but trending up at an accelerated pace.  “Continuing warming, when averaged over sufficient time span variability, like of 10-20 years, seems like a great bet to me,” David Archer, a geophysicist at the University of Chicago, said over email. Archer was part of Mann's group who previously challenged the Nature researchers in 2008. There's also another, somewhat obvious trend: Annan keeps winning.  He's won a variety of smaller wagers, he said. But this doesn't exactly make up for his not getting paid $10,000 for a clear win. "Those guys should pay up — that's not right," said Patzert. Also tellingly, the few climate skeptics out there might just not take bets at all.  In May 2005, Nature reported that British environmental writer George Monbiot challenged climate skeptic Myron Ebell — who led President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team — to a $9,000 bet.  Ebell, who has confidently stated that climate change "is nothing to worry about" — would not take the bet. But Annan, like Patzert, is still very much keen on taking wagers that the planet will continue its warming trend. "If anyone wants to argue otherwise, I would be happy to take their money," said Annan. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?    
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Man pleads guilty to kidnapping and raping British backpacker in Australia
A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the rape and kidnapping of a British backpacker in Australia after holding her captive during a brutal 900-mile road trip across the outback.  Appearing via video in a court in Cairns in north Queensland, Marcus Allyn Keith Martin pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty following his horrific treatment of a 22-year-old British traveller spanning about two months in 2017. The woman was rescued after she appeared shaken and traumatised at a petrol station in south-west Queensland. She failed to pay possibly as part of a deliberate ploy which prompted the cashier to contact the police. Beverley Page, the owner of the petrol station, later said she immediately realised something was wrong. “She came in, she couldn’t pay for her fuel,” Ms Page said. “She was crying and shaking the whole time — she was really upset. There were two marks on her neck along with the black eyes.”  Map of British backpackers journey When police located Martin’s four-wheel-drive near the outback town of Mitchell, a small rural town about 900 miles south of Cairns, they reportedly discovered Martin hiding in an alcove in the back. The pair reportedly met at a dance party outside Cairns before starting a relationship.  The woman, who arrived in Australia on a working visa in April 2015,  told police that Martin had begun abusing her shortly after they met. Detective Inspector Paul Hart said the backpacker showed remarkable courage and had no real opportunity to escape. “What she's experienced is no doubt horrific and terrifying,” he said in 2017.  A four-wheel drive vehicle is parked at the police station in Roma, Australia Credit: AP “She is a tourist, a lot of the areas where she would have been would have been unknown to her, and she wouldn't have known anyone there, so it would have been difficult for her to make an escape.” Following Martin’s guilty plea, prosecutors discontinued ten other charges including eight counts of rape, one of serious cruelty to animals, and torture. Martin earlier pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs, wilful damage, assault occasioning bodily harm and choking or strangulation. He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court next February at a hearing to set his sentencing date.
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Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and had executed some of them and promised to kill more. Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several U.S. and European nationals, adding that Islamic State was expanding its control in territory on the left bank of the River Euphrates controlled by U.S. and U.S.-backed forces. Putin did not specify what the militants' demands were.
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The Latest: Turkey pol criticizes Saudi Khashoggi statement
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local):
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20 Hearty Potato Soup Recipes to Warm You Up This Fall
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15 Takes on Roasted Sweet Potatoes to Try This Thanksgiving
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Nikki Haley mocks Trump for UN laughter and Elizabeth Warren controversy in dinner speech
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has poked some fun at President Donald Trump, just a week after announcing she would be leaving her position representing America to the world. Ms Haley, during remarks at the 2018 Alfred Smith Dinner in New York, lightly mocked the president for getting laughed at at the UN General Assembly last month — a spectacle that both she and the president said was intentional. It really killed at the UN, I’ve got to tell you,” Ms Haley said on Thursday night.
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11-year-old arrested for his pregnant soon-to-be stepmother's murder: Part 1
Twenty-six-year-old Kenzie Houk had been shot in the back of the head, and police charged Jordan Brown, the son of Houk's fiancÃ?(c), for her murder.
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BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury
A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system's smallest and least-explored planet. The BepiColombo mission, only the third ever to visit Mercury, blasted off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket at 10:45 p.m. local time on Friday (0145 GMT on Saturday), according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). "Launching BepiColombo is a huge milestone for ESA (the European Space Agency) and JAXA, and there will be many great successes to come," ESA Director General Jan Woerner said in a statement.
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25 Simple Thanksgiving Decorations That'll Beautify Your Home
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Photos of the week: 10/12 - 10/19
Fallout over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi captured
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2nd Member of Alt-Right Group `Proud Boys` Arrested in Connection with Brawl at GOP Club
Police have arrested a second member of the Proud Boys group for their alleged involvement in a violent brawl following a speech by the founder of a far-right group at a private Republican club last week.
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What life is like today for man free after being convicted of murder at 14: Part 6
Jordan Brown was released from detention at 18, and his conviction was overturned just this past July.
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Conant High School teacher resigns amid allegations of inappropriate relationship with past student
A teacher at a Hoffman Estates high school has resigned from her job amid allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a student. The accusations date back to the 1990s.
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CNN's Chris Cuomo Challenges ‘Weak’ Greg Gianforte To 'Come Body-Slam Me'
CNN's Chris Cuomo threw down a challenge to Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) on
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Lawsuit: Teacher shamed student over pledge protest
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut teenager who says she was mocked and shamed for not standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance filed a federal lawsuit this week against her teacher and the school board.
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Why police believe ex-boyfriend was not connected to woman's murder: Part 3
Adam Harvey was eliminated as a suspect by investigators, who say he had an alibi and no gun residue on his hands.
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'Lucky' New Jersey Store Busy Ahead of Record Mega Millions Drawing
There was no winner in Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery drawing, meaning tonight’s drawing is now at least $970 million.
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Putin: Russia 'ahead of competition' with latest weapons
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin hailed new missiles in Russia's military arsenals but emphasized Thursday that the country would only use its nuclear weapons in response to an incoming missile attack.
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House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.
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Saudi Arabia Is Wrapping Up Its Jamal Khashoggi Investigation, But More Credible Alternatives Remain
WASHINGTON ― Saudi Arabia's Friday-night announcement that it has concluded
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Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico
A caravan of Central American migrants broke down gates at a border crossing and rushed toward a bridge into Mexico on Friday.
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Kobe Bryant uninvited from animation film fest in LA after protest over 2003 rape allegation
Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star's ouster over a 2003 rape allegation.
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British-built spacecraft blasts off on mission to Mercury
A British-built spacecraft fitted with Star Trek-style "impulse engines" is on its way to Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. BepiColombo was blasted into space from the European space port at Kourou, French Guiana, at about 2.45am UK time on Saturday. It was carried on top of an Ariane 5, the European Space Agency's (ESA's) most powerful rocket. After a tense countdown in French the rocket rose slowly above a ball of orange flame and thundered into the sky before disappearing into cloud. Now begins a complex journey for the spacecraft that will take seven years and cross five billion miles (8.5 kilometres) of space. Following the "escape trajectory" launch, BepiColombo will swing past the Earth in a wide curve before first heading for Venus. In 2025 it will place two probes, one European the other Japanese, in orbit around Mercury, the least explored world in the solar system. Speaking after the launch, Professor Gunther Hasinger, ESA's director of science, said: "This is truly breathtaking. We have today written history. "We have sent the most complex stack of spacecraft that ever have been conceived into space, and to a very long journey to an environment which is truly out of the Earth; truly out of this world." The Mercury Transfer Module (MTM), carrying the orbiters, was built in Stevenage by the Defence and Space division of aerospace company Airbus. Another view of the launch site Credit: Stephane Corvaja/ESA /PA Wire Key elements of ESAs Mercury Planet Orbiter were also assembled by Airbus in the UK. Scientists hope the £1.4 billion mission will unravel some of Mercury's many mysteries, such as the reason for its oversized iron core, its spectacular volcanic vents, and tantalising hints of water ice in shadowy parts of the scorching hot planet. The answers they get will shed new light on the origins and evolution of the solar system. A key feature of BepiColombo is that it is the first interplanetary mission to employ advanced electric ion propulsion technology. Four Star Trek-style "impulse engines", two firing at a time, will emit beams of electrically charged, or "ionised", xenon gas. They will be used not to accelerate the craft but to act as a brake against the sun's enormous gravity. An Ariane 5 lights up the sky as it lifts off from its launchpad in Kourou, at the European Space Center in French Guiana Credit: Jody Amiet/AFP A series of fly-bys past the Earth, Venus, and Mercury will also help to reduce BepiColombo's velocity by 7km per second. At top speed after launch, the spacecraft will be moving at 60km (37 miles) per second. One of the biggest challenges for mission planners was ensuring the spacecraft could withstand searing temperatures of more than 350C so close to the sun. Protective measures include a heat shield, novel ceramic and titanium insulation, ammonia-filled "heat pipes", and in the case of the Japanese orbiter, "roast-on-a-spit" spinning. A suite of 11 instruments on the MPO will map the surface of Mercury and probe its chemical composition for up to two years. The Ariane 5 rocket carrying BepiColombo waiting on its launch pad  Credit: John von Radowitz/PA Meanwhile, the Japanese space agency Jaxa's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter's five instruments will focus on the planet's unusual lopsided magnetic field. One of BepiColombo's main instruments, the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (Mixs), was designed and built at the University of Leicester. The ion thrusters were supplied by the UK defence technology company QinetiQ. Only two spacecraft have previously visited Mercury. Nasa's Mariner 10 flew past the planet three times in 1974-75 and the American space agency's Messenger probe orbited Mercury from 2011 to 2015. BepiColombo was named after the late Giuseppe "Bepi" Colombo, an Italian scientist and engineer who played a leading role in the 1974 Mariner 10 mission.
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China's GDP growth slows to 6.5 percent in third quarter
China's economy grew at its slowest pace in nine years in the third quarter, as a campaign to tackle mounting debt and trade frictions with the US had an effect. The world's second largest economy expanded by 6.5 percent in the July-to-September period year-on-year, according to official GDP figures released Friday by China's National Bureau of Statistics. The rate is down from 6.8 percent and 6.7 percent in the first and second quarters, respectively, but in line with a growth target of roughly 6.5 percent for the year set by China's economic policymakers.
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Nikki Haley dishes zingers at Al Smith dinner
Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley left diplomacy at home Thursday night, roasting allies and opponents alike at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The only thing worse than Trump's attack on a journalist is its timing
The danger of Donald Trump has always been his ability to blizzard your brain with indignities and insanities. There are too many controversies to recall, too many outrages, and like any good strongman wannabe, Trump has so shifted expectations that we can forget just how outrageous and dangerous he remains. On Thursday night, Trump celebrated the Republican congressman, Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a Guardian reporter in 2017.
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Donald Trump impeachment supported by most Americans – but Democrats have been told not to talk about it
Democratic candidates have been advised to avoid talking about the potential impeachment of Donald Trump, even though a majority of Americans – and 75 per cent of Democrats – support such a move. Three weeks from midterm elections that will determine whether Democrats flip the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress where any proceedings against the president would begin, candidates and officials are doing all they can to avoid the I-word. In a calculation that has upset those pushing for Mr Trump’s impeachment, party officials have calculated that raising the issue could play badly among the independent and moderate Republicans they are seeking to win over.
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Prosecutors Say Workers Lied to Investigators About Boy's Water Slide Death
The first criminal trial related to the 2016 death of a 10-year-old boy who was decapitated while on the Verruckt water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas was expected to begin Thursday. Maintenance workers David Hughes and John Zalsman are accused of obstructing the investigation into Caleb Schwab’s death.
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Who wants to be a billionaire? Americans cross fingers for record lottery
The prize for Friday's Mega Millions contest in the United States has soared to $1 billion, representing the largest jackpot in global lottery history if claimed by a single winner. Lines were forming Friday morning at gas stations and 7-11s across the 44 states, the federal capital Washington and the US Virgin Islands where the lottery is held, with the draw to take place at 11:00pm local time (0300 GMT). The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from Massachusetts.
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Putin says Japan's Abe told him peace treaty proposal not possible
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him Tokyo could not immediately sign a peace treaty with Moscow without first resolving their territorial dispute. Putin, sitting alongside Abe at an economic forum in Vladivostok last month, proposed Japan and Russia conclude an unconditional peace treaty that would formally end World War Two hostilities between the two countries. Russia and Japan have been in dispute for seven decades over island territories captured by Soviet troops in the last days of the war.
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Aerial photos show the devastation left in the path of Hurricane Michael
Rescuers used heavy equipment and search dogs on Friday to look for people trapped or killed in the Florida Panhandle towns devastated by Hurricane Michael, amid expectations the death toll of 12 from the powerful storm will climb. The concern was for people who ignored evacuation orders ahead of the storm and stayed put in communities that were demolished by Michael’s ferocity on Wednesday. “I think you’re going to see it climb,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said of the death count at a news conference.
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Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion
The lucky numbers 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 were drawn on Friday night. The winner of such a prize would be worth more than Vera Bradley Inc and easily have enough money left over to buy a full set of the company's trademark paisley purses and luggage. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
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Devastated by Hurricane Michael, Florida starts recovery
The scope of the Hurricane Michael's fury has become clearer after nearly a week of missing-persons reports and desperate searches of the Florida Panhandle neighborhoods devastated by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.
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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury
TOKYO (AP) — European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
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Trump praises candidate who body-slammed reporter
Donald Trump's praise for Congressman Greg Gianforte's physical assault on a reporter stole the show at a rally in Montana on Thursday night.
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Bolton readies Moscow visit amid U.S. concerns about missile treaty
While Bolton will discuss other major topics with Russian officials, including North Korea, Ukraine and Syria, the 1987 accord between the United States and the former Soviet Union is also expected to come up. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. The United States believes Russia is in violation of the accord.
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Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted leaking classified internal documents to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.
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Candidate: Elections key to countering Afghan conservatism
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (AP) — Hameeda Danesh was locked away at age 13 and beaten daily for six months by uncles who abhorred the thought of her attending school. Now, she's running for a seat in Afghanistan's Parliament, hoping to guarantee education for the next generation of Afghan girls, despite threats from the Taliban and outraged government-aligned warlords.
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The Democrats' Path to Winning the House Runs Through the Midwest
To counteract the liberal momentum, centrist groups like Third Way have been pushing candidates to read up on history and polling.
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Nevada residents drive to the California border in hopes to hit the jackpot
People drive down to Nevada-California border town Primm, Nevada, the closest location for many to purchase tickets for the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots totalling over $1.3 billion.
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Europe, U.S. Escalate Trade War With New Disputes at the WTO
In a separate filing, the U.S. asked the WTO to review those nations that retaliated against its duties. The move sets the stage for a showdown at the Geneva-based trade arbiter that some fear could either lead to a U.S. exit or a flood of new protectionist measures invoking what has until now been a rarely used national security loophole in global trade rules. The U.S. has said the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum imposed earlier this year are allowed under the WTO’s national security exemption, which permits governments to take “any action which it considers necessary for the protection of its essential security interests.” This has drawn the ire of those affected, many of which are close American allies, such as the European Union and Canada.
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Saudi crown prince loses key aides over Khashoggi death but is on way to defusing diplomatic crisis
There were few surprises when Saudi Arabia finally admitted what most of the world already believed: Jamal Khashoggi, the missing dissident journalist, had indeed been killed at its Istanbul consulate. The gist of the explanation that emerged in a late-night flurry of statements via state-run media had been widely trailed – as much by President Donald Trump, who had quickly suggested “rogue killers” were to blame, as anyone else. It effectively dismissed Turkish claims that he had been murdered by a Saudi hit squad flown into the country for the job, and insulated Mohammed Bin Salman, the young Saudi crown prince, from blame. He does not escape completely. As part of the palace manoeuvring, he loses one of his most trusted intelligence chiefs and a close aide but in so doing, he may have engineered a way out of an escalating crisis, allowing him to protect relations between Riyadh and Washington. So rather than being ordered from the top, Khashoggi died in a tragic sequence of events as questioning spiralled into a fight, according to the official explanation. “The results of the preliminary investigations also revealed that the discussions that took place with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi during his presence in the consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul by the suspects did not go as required and developed in a negative way led to a fight and a quarrel between some of them and the citizen Jamal Khashoggi, yet the brawl aggravated to lead to his death and their attempt to conceal and cover what happened,” it said. Jamal Khashoggi had not been seen since entering the Saudi cosulate more than two weeks ago Credit: AFP Again, the consequences had been floated like a trial balloon in the preceding days. Sources had told both The New York Times and The Washington Post that Saudi leaders were considering blaming Gen Ahmed al-Assiri, a senior adviser to the crown prince. And so it turned out with Gen Assiri, an air force officer, dismissed as deputy intelligence chief. He had served previously as the spokesman for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, and was believed to have the ear of the crown prince, often sitting with him when receiving foreign visitors. A demonstrator wears a mask of Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, outside the White House  Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Also fired was Saud Qahtani, a powerful adviser to Prince Mohammed who led Saudi efforts to isolate Qatar amid a boycott of the country by the kingdom and three Arab allies. He had also arranged interviews for visiting journalists. On Twitter, where Mr Qahtani had frequently attacked what he saw as the kingdom's enemies, he thanked the Saudi government for the "great opportunity they gave me to serve my country all those years". "I will remain a loyal servant to my country for all times," he said. Some 18 Saudis have also been arrested. Saudi Arabia is gambling that the explanation and the dismissals will repair some of the damage done to Prince Mohammed’s reputation as a reformer. It also knows that the US needs its help – and its oil - if Iran is to be contained as a regional threat. The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi However, critics quickly ridiculed the official account of an interrogation gone wrong. “They don’t get it,” said Samantha Power, who served as US ambassador to the UN under Barack Obama, on Twitter. “Shifting from bald-face lies (“#Khashoggi left consulate”) to faux condemnation (of a “rogue operation”) to claiming the fox will credibly investigate what he did to the hen...will convince nobody.” It has convinced Mr Trump. Earlier he had suggested severe consequences if it emerged that the Saudis had killed Khashoggi, but also said he didn’t want to harm US business interests or anything that would threaten tens of thousands of American jobs in the arms industry. On Friday, speaking to journalists ahead of a campaign rally in Arizona, he said it was important that Saudi Arabia had made arrests but that he wanted to talk to the crown prince before deciding next steps. When asked if he found the explanation to be credible, he answered: “I do. I do.”
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Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz
President Donald Trump's Houston rally on Monday for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
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Russia, Uzbekistan hail $11 bn nuclear plant project during Putin visit
Russia and Uzbekistan on Friday hailed the construction of an $11 billion nuclear power plant that should help solve an energy deficit in the Central Asian country while binding it tighter to Moscow politically. Russian President Vladimir Putin was paying a first state visit to Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev since Mirziyoyev replaced the late Islam Karimov, who ruled for nearly three decades before his death in 2016. "Uzbekistan is our loyal ally and our strategic partner... We will do all we can to strengthen our cooperation," Putin said while meeting Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the capital Tashkent.
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'Compelling Evidence' Points To Saudi Prince In Khashoggi Death, Says Ex MI6 Chief
The former head of Britain's foreign intelligence service MI6 believes "very
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The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border
President Trump ramps up his rhetoric as thousands of migrants reach the Mexico-Guatemala border, and he praises Rep. Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a journalist.
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Russians 'will go to heaven' in event of nuclear war: Putin
Russians will "go to heaven" as martyrs in the event of nuclear war because Moscow will only ever use nuclear weapons in retaliation, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. "We have no concept of a preemptive strike," Putin told a forum of international experts in the southern city of Sochi in response to a question from the audience. "In such a situation, we expect to be struck by nuclear weapons, but we will not use them" first, he said.
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Here's How the New 2019 BMW X7 Measures Up against the Competition
It's BMW's biggest SUV ever, but it's not the biggest of its ilk.
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Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal
US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Saturday in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. The visit comes ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump this year. Bolton, who will also meet Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit held in July.
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Eric Trump Tells Fox News Dad Was Having ‘Fun’ Hailing Assault On Reporter
Eric Trump insisted Friday on Fox News that his father was simply having "fun"
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Man charged with threatening senator has 1st court hearing
PHOENIX (AP) — A man suspected of threatening to kidnap and kill a United States senator and his family had his first court appearance in Chicago.
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Trump adviser Bolton to meet Russian leaders
White House National Security Adviser John Bolton will meet with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev on Saturday, he said Friday. Bolton announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July. Relations between the United States and Russia are under deep strain from accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, as well as tension over Russian support for the government in Syria's civil war and the conflict in Ukraine.
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Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home
The incident comes about a week after the badly decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home in the Michigan city. No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said.
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Disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi – timeline
Saudi Arabia has admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, more than two weeks after the critic of the Saudi royals disappeared during a visit to the consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials have slowly released details in the astonishing case of alleged Saudi state-sponsored murder. Khashoggi, after seeking assurances for his safety, visits the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needs in order to get married.
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Woman who left child on doorstep may face charges
Texas police say a woman seen in a viral video leaving a toddler on a doorstep could face felony charges for child endangerment. Linda So reports.
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How forensic science has helped rediscover forgotten apples
The UK is home to more than 3,600 apple varieties - but they can't be told apart by look or taste alone.
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Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Church Has Been Under Construction for 136 Years. That's a Lot of Unpaid Permit Fees
Barcelona’s famously unfinished Sagrada Familia church has agreed to pay $41 million to city authorities after it was found to be lacking a building permit — despite breaking ground on construction well over a century ago.
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When Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were not BFF
On the eve of Sen. Ted Cruz’s big campaign rally with President Trump in Houston, we take a look back to the 2016 presidential campaign when Cruz and Trump were anything but friends.
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Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate, Trump says Saudi explanation credible
Saudi Arabia's acknowledgement that Khashoggi died came after two weeks of denials and growing demands from Western allies for an explanation over Khashoggi's disappearance, which galvanized a global outcry and prompted some U.S. lawmakers to call for harsh action against Riyadh. Saudi state media said King Salman had ordered the dismissal of two senior officials over the incident: Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court advisor seen as the right-hand man to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, a statement on state media said. It's a lot of people, a lot of people involved, and I think it's a great first step," Trump told reporters.
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Bolton readies Moscow visit amid U.S. concerns about missile treaty
While Bolton will discuss other major topics with Russian officials, including North Korea, Ukraine and Syria, the 1987 accord between the United States and the former Soviet Union is also expected to come up. The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988, required elimination of short-range and intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles by both countries. The United States believes Russia is in violation of the accord.
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Teacher at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates resigns amid allegations of inappropriate relationship with student
A teacher at a Hoffman Estates high school has resigned from her job amid allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a student. The accusations date back to the 1990s.
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Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Church Has Been Under Construction for 136 Years. That's a Lot of Unpaid Permit Fees
The famously unfinished basilica has been under construction without a permit for over a century
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Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella in Chicken Sickens 92
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced another widespread salmonella outbreak—this time in raw chicken products. There have been 14 multi-state salmonella outbreaks al...
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White People, Stop Using 911 To Oppress Black People
If there's one thing white people seem to love, it's calling the police on
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Karlie Kloss Is Married! Supermodel Weds Joshua Kushner in Custom Dior Gown
Three months after announcing their engagement, Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner have officially tied the knot!
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FBI leaker jailed for four years
A former FBI agent who leaked internal documents showing how the agency used racial profiling in counter-terror investigations was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday. In the third case this week to underscore the Trump administration’s determined crackdown on media leaks, Terry Albury, a 17-year FBI veteran and son of an Ethiopian refugee, was ordered to prison for 48 months by a Minnesota judge after pleading guilty in the case. "We are conducting perhaps the most aggressive campaign against leaks in department history," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement.
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De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future
TORONTO/LONDON (Reuters) - Anglo American unit De Beers (AAL.L) is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94 million factory in Portland, Oregon, an expansion that comes as scientists from Moscow to London push to develop diamonds for futuristic applications. Now coming of age after decades of experiments, technology called chemical vapour deposition, or CVD, offers a path to higher-quality, lower-cost production of synthetic diamonds and that opens the door to potential new computing markets.
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I’m a Young Saudi Journalist. Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Will Not Silence Me
How the missing Saudi writer's legacy will live on
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As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power: sources
So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said. Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis. World leaders were demanding an explanation and concern was growing in parts of the royal court that the king's son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to whom he has delegated vast powers, was struggling to contain the fallout, the sources said.
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Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort appears in court in a wheelchair
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, appeared in court in a wheelchair on Friday to learn the date of his sentencing.  Manafort was convicted of eight bank and tax fraud convictions in the summer and has been in a local Virginia jail ever since waiting to be sentenced.  The former political consultant was brought into the court in a wheelchair with his right foot bandaged and elevated and did not rise when the judge presiding over his case addressed him.  He was wearing a prison jumpsuit that read "Alexandria inmate" after previously being refused permission to appear in a suit. Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing told Judge TS Ellis that there are “significant issues with Manafort’s health right now that have to do with his confinement”. Paul Manafort has been residing in a Virginia jail since his conviction this summer Credit: AFP Mr Downing said the conditions of his confinement are for Manafort’s safety, but he asked that Mr Ellis expedite the pre-sentence investigation so Manafort could move as soon as possible out of a local jail and presumably to a federal prison. Downing did not elaborate on Manafort’s health issues. “I’m not the judge who ordered that confinement,” Judge Ellis said, but he added he would bear the concerns in mind. The 69-year-old is reported to have a serious medical condition related to this diet. His bandaged foot is thought to be caused by a dietary-related inflammation in his foot. He learned on Friday that he will be sentenced on February 8 next year and legal experts suggest he is likely to face around 10 years in prison. Since his conviction Manafort has been co-operating with Robert Mueller, the man heading up a federal investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.  Manafort is the most senior former aides to be convicted in the Russia investigation Credit: Rick Wilking  The plea deal with President Trump's former campaign chief was seen as a major turning point for the Russia investigation. Manafort is the most senior of the president's former aides to be convicted in Mr Mueller's Russia investigation. Under the deal, Manafort pleaded guilty to a series of other financial charges he had set to stand trial on. He is reported to have spent over 50 hours with Mr Mueller's team. As part of the deal, Mr Mueller did not have to decide whether to prosecute Manafort on 10 remaining charges until after he is done co-operating or is sentenced - whichever came last. But Judge Ellis called that agreement "highly unusual" and Mr Mueller's prosecutors agreed yesterday to dismiss the charges and prepare for sentencing. However the charges were dropped the charges without prejudice, meaning the prosecution could reintroduce them at a later date, giving them further leverage over Manafort.
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Khashoggi: From Saudi royal insider to open critic
A complex man of contradictions, journalist Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi royal family insider to an outspoken critic of the ultra-conservative kingdom's government, and was ultimately killed inside its consulate in Istanbul. In his final column for The Washington Post, Khashoggi perhaps presciently pleaded for greater freedom of expression in the Middle East. "The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power," he wrote.
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Millennials willing to give up booze and sex for chance to travel the world
Netflix, booze, coffee and sex. They're some of the Millennial's favorite things which young and mobile consumers are willing to give up if they were offered the chance to travel for six months for free. 
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Illegal immigrants overwhelming US Border Patrol
Families being released due to court decisions and a lack of shelter space; William La Jeunesse reports.
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Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court in a wheelchair
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Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael
In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.
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USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case
The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. More than 400 women have since accused Tyndall of sexual abuse, some in a federal lawsuit covered by the settlement and others in state lawsuits that are still pending.
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Hong Kong mega bridge launch announcement sparks backlash
China has finally announced the opening ceremony for the world's longest sea bridge, which will connect Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland, but critics hit back Thursday over the secrecy surrounding the project. Construction started in 2009 on the 55-kilometre (34-mile) crossing, which includes a snaking road bridge and underwater tunnel, linking Hong Kong's Lantau island to the southern mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary. While supporters promote it as an engineering marvel, others see the multi-billion dollar project as a costly white elephant designed to further integrate Hong Kong into the mainland at a time when Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city.
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Houston Chronicle Endorses Beto O'Rourke For U.S. Senate
After a long history of endorsing Republican candidates, the Houston Chronicle
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Jamal Khashoggi died in fight at consulate, according to Saudi state media
Saudi Arabia on Friday night admitted that the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate, according to state media. "The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death," the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor. So far, 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested and deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, have been dismissed, state TV reported. The Saudi government has been under days of intense pressure to explain what happened to the dissident journalist after he entered the consulate more than two weeks ago. Turkish government sources alleged the Washington Post columnist was tortured, murdered and his body dismembered by a Saudi hit squad flown in from Riyadh. However, reports circulated for days that the kingdom was preparing to suggest it was an interrogation or rendition effort that spiralled out of control - an explanation that would insulate the crown prince from responsibility for the journalist's death. And the release of a statement suggesting a fight was met with immediate incredulity by critics of Saudi Arabia. Lindsey Graham, an American senator, wrote on Twitter:  "To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement." Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, is "deeply troubled" by the admission, said a spokesman. The UN chief called for a "prompt, thorough, transparent" probe into the circumstances of Khashoggi's death and urged full accountability for those who were involved. One of the dismissed figures, Al-Assiri was reputedly one of the crown prince’s favourite generals. According to reports in Saudi Arabia, he at some point attended Sandhurst military academy in the UK. He gained a high profile as a spokesman for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. As well as the dismissal of key security officials, on Friday night King Salman ordered the restructuring of the command of the general intelligence agency under the supervision of the crown prince.  The official Saudi press agency added the order also included updating regulations, determining the agency's powers, and evaluating its methods and procedures. The moves suggest an effort to limit damage the diplomatic fall-out. The alleged killing has sent shockwaves through the world, dwarfing outrage over the kingdom’s recent arrest of women’s rights activists and its involvement in the deaths of civilians in the war in Yemen. The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi In the past few days, foreign diplomats have suspended scheduled visits to the kingdom and more than two dozen senior officials and executives from the US and Europe have cancelled plans to attend the Future Investment Initiative, dubbed the “Davos of the Desert”. The announcement that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate will heap more pressure on Britain to act against Saudi Arabia. Jeremy Hunt had earlier warned there would be "consequences" for the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia if it was found the journalist was murdered. The Foreign Secretary said the Government remained "extremely concerned" about his fate after he went missing when he visited the consulate more than two weeks ago to get paperwork so he could marry. His warning came as former MI6 chief Sir John Sawers said "all the evidence" suggested that Mr Khashoggi had been murdered on the orders of someone close to the crown prince.
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US asks UN to prepare exit from Kosovo
The United States has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to come up with an exit strategy for the UN's mission in Kosovo after a nearly two-decade presence there. US Ambassador Nikki Haley argued that UNMIK, as the mission is known, remains "unchanged" even though it "has long fulfilled its mandate" of supporting peace. Haley urged Guterres to "initiate a strategic review of UNMIK to develop an exit strategy," according to a letter dated October 9, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.
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Giant galaxy supercluster found lurking in early Universe
Scientists have discovered a primitive "supercluster" of galaxies forming in the early Universe, just 2.3 billion years after the Big Bang. The structure, nicknamed Hyperion, is the largest and most massive to be found so early in the formation of the Universe, which sprang into existence around 13.7 billion years ago. "This is the first time that such a large structure has been identified at such a high redshift, just over two billion years after the Big Bang," said Olga Cucciati, a researcher at the Astrophysics and Space Sciences Observatory in Bologna and lead author of a study detailing the discovery.
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Elle Magazine shares fake Kanye West and Kim Kardashian news to push for voter registration
If there is one thing Elle Magazine should learn from their latest Twitter gimmick, it’s this: Voting is cool. Fake news is bad. Tricking people with fake stories will get everyone mad.
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PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections.
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Somali Refugee Says Dunkin' Employee Called Police Because She Talked in Her Native Language
"She was like, 'You can leave, or I'm calling the cops'"
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Trump adviser John Bolton headed to Russia amid reports US is quitting nuclear deal
John Bolton, US national security adviser, will meet Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Saturday in Moscow, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Mr Bolton, who will also meet Nikolai Patrushev, Russian security council secretary, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in July. The New York Times said that the Trump administration plans to inform Russian leaders in the coming days that it is preparing to leave the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF. The newspaper said the US accuses Russia of violating the deal, signed in 1987 by Ronald Reagan, by deploying tactical nuclear weapons to intimidate former Soviet satellite states that are now close to the West. Relations between the United States and Russia are under deep strain from accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, as well as tension over Russian support for the Syrian government in the country's civil war, and the conflict in Ukraine. Mr Trump met Mr Putin in Helsinki in July Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP However, Washington is looking for support from Moscow in finding resolutions to the Syria war and putting pressure on both Iran and North Korea. No new summit between Mr Trump and Mr Putin has been announced, but both leaders will be in Paris on November 11 to attend commemorations marking the end of World War One.
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Saudis Claim Jamal Khashoggi Died During A Physical Altercation
The missing Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi was killed
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Trump says Saudi journalist likely dead; Turkey searches for remains
Turkish police are searching a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara for the remains of Khashoggi more than two weeks after he vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters. Trump, who has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, had likely been killed. It's very sad," Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One on a political trip.
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Manafort to be sentenced in February; appears in wheelchair
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has set a February sentencing date for Paul Manafort, who appeared in court Friday for a post-trial hearing in a wheelchair and green jail jumpsuit.
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Saudis confirm Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside consulate
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a fight, and said 18 Saudis were being held as suspects.
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Saudi Arabia's ruling dynasty
The Al-Saud dynasty, which has ruled Saudi Arabia since the early 20th century, has found itself embroiled in one of its worst international crises since the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of a state-sponsored killing, but Riyadh denies the allegations. The Al-Saud trace their origins back to the 1700s, when Saud bin Mohammed reigned as a local sheikh in the central Arabian peninsula, which would two centuries later be the birthplace of Saudi Arabia -- named after the family.
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Falling Ford Pickup Tailgates Draw Federal Safety Probe
Government regulators opened an investigation this week into why some Ford heavy-duty pickup truck power tailgates are falling open. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is ...
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Mercury mission to explore origin of Solar System
Is Mercury's core liquid or solid, and why -- on the smallest planet in our solar system -- is it so big? What can the planet closest to the Sun tell us about how our solar system came into being? An unmanned European-Japanese space mission set for launch early Saturday morning from French Guiana, dubbed BepiColombo, will probe these and other mysteries.
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BEER BARON: Man steals 5 cases of beer from convenience store in Arlington
HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? Police are searching for the man caught stealing cases of Bud Light beer from a gas station.
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The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was
Aristotle called it the fifth element. Alchemists thought it was the key to the philosopher’s stone. Scientists believed it was the stuff light moved through. But it never existed at all.
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The West Must Punish Khashoggi's Killers. Here's How We Can Do It
The apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi presents a fundamental challenge to the civilized world. He was a Washington Post journalist and a respected member of…
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Put Thanos' face on a pumpkin and you'll get a pretty glorious Photoshop battle
Halloween will soon be upon us, which means that it's almost the time of year where we collectively turn the humble pumpkin into an elaborately carved and decorated work of art. SEE ALSO: This artist's incredible, hyperreal pencil drawings look like photographs One such embellished pumpkin in particular is getting a lot of attention on Reddit.  A photo of a big pumpkin with the face of Marvel villain Thanos painted on it was posted to the subreddit r/photoshopbattles.  The photo, which also features a smaller pumpkin decorated as Thanos' clenched golden fist, was uploaded by Redditor MOVIEREVOLT, and soon inspired an epic Photoshop battle. The pumpkin head and hand was put on the body of the man himself, obvs. Image: Imgur/Daedagon/Walt Disney Studios See the similarity between pumpkin Thanos and Handsome Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants? Image: imgur/SchrodingersNutsack/Nickelodeon Did you see the iconic cosplay mashup of Thanos and McDonald's mascot Grimace? This Redditor clearly did.  Image: imgur/cheetox23Which of course led to... Image: imgur/wienerpoop/walt disney studiosLet's make pumpkin season synonymous with Photoshop battle season, shall we? WATCH: This 11-year-old genius is also an award-winning DJ — Mashable Originals
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Exxon Makes Major Bet on Brazil as Petrobras Eases Its Grip
The last 24 concessions the U.S. giant bought with its partners may hold 41 billion barrels, based on preliminary studies, according to Eliane Petersohn, a superintendent at Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, or ANP. While the existence of the oil still needs to be confirmed, along with whether its extraction will be cost-effective, it’s a huge figure -- almost double Exxon’s current reserves. “When you do the cumulative effect of all of those multibillion-barrel targets, then you come up with quite a material resource out there that has the capability to produce at very large volumes,” Stephen Greenlee, Exxon’s president of exploration, said in an interview in Houston on Wednesday.
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The Latest: Man gets life for Walmart shooting that killed 3
BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a man who shot and killed three people in a suburban Denver Walmart (all times local):
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U.S. Warns About Chinese, Russian Election Interference Efforts
The statement said there isn’t any evidence that foreign meddling has allowed adversaries to “prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt our ability to tally votes,” but the warning comes less than three weeks before the midterm elections in which Republican control of Congress is at stake.
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Migrant Caravan Begins To Cross Into Mexico From Guatemala
A large, U.S.-bound group of Central American migrants that President Donald
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Trump and Republican lawmakers stoke migrant caravan conspiracy theories
Iowa Rep. Steve King urged President Trump on Thursday to follow through on his promise to shut down the southwest border if Mexico does not block a caravan of Central American migrants from making their way toward the United States.
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Kangaroo on the menu for Harry and Meghan Down Under
Chargrilled kangaroo was on the royal menu Thursday as Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan arrived in Australia's second-largest city Melbourne, where they were greeted by thousands of screaming fans. The pair will only spend a few hours in Melbourne, but had a jam-packed schedule that included a meal featuring native Australian foods and a trip to a beach. As a human being you have so much to look up to with them," one young fan who had been waiting since before dawn told national broadcaster ABC as the pair mingled with the crowd.
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The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in
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The Latest: UN calls on Mexico, US to respect migrants
TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local):
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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley pokes fun at herself at NY charity
NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley was introduced as the next president of the United States by comedian Jim Gaffigan at a white-tie gala in New York Thursday evening where the outgoing U.N. Ambassador poked fun at her own Indian heritage, her boss and the current political climate.
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Israel steps up armored deployment on Gaza border
Israel ramped up its armored forces along the Gaza border on Thursday in a daylight show of force, a day after a Palestinian rocket destroyed a home in southern Israel. With the deployment clearly visible from main Israeli roads near the Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials met leaders of the enclave's ruling Hamas to try to calm tensions. Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group quickly denied firing the rockets.
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US charges Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova with interfering in US elections
The US government on Friday charged a Russian woman with being part of a Kremlin-backed plot to interfere with next month's midterm elections. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, became the first foreigner to be charged in connection with the upcoming elections, rather than the 2016 presidential race. She was accused of having being, since 2014, the chief accountant for "Project Lakhta", a $35 million operation linked to the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which led Russian social media disruption in 2016. She is accused of conducting "information warfare" against the United States. Khusyaynova continued to file detailed multi-million dollar budgets through 2017, and into 2018, including expenses for placing disruptive adverts on Facebook, promoting social media posts, registering domain names, and paying activists. The operation was said to have been funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, who is a friend of Vladimir Putin, and two companies he controls. Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his school meals factory in 2010 outside St Petersburg Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP The case was made public shortly after US intelligence agencies, in a rare public statement, warned of concerns about "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China and Iran, to interfere with the November 6 midterms, and the next presidential election in 2020. Project Lakhta spread misinformation about US political issues including immigration, gun control, the Confederate flag, and protests by NFL players. It also used events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, and the far Right rally in Charlottesville, to spread discord, the US Justice Department said. Using thousands of social media accounts and email addresses and posing as Americans, operatives took different positions on the same issue, in order to inflame tensions. The 38-page US Justice Department complaint included images from Facebook said to have been posted by the Russians, many of them favourable to Mr Trump. One praised the president for "wiping away $22 billion in regulations in his first five months". Inside Russia's 'troll factory': The agency accused of interfering in the US election Another suggested that "every household of illegal immigrants deported saves taxpayers $700,000". Among politicians attacked were Barack Obama and John McCain. Prigozhin and his two companies, Concord Management and Concord Catering, were previously charged in February by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether Mr Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia. The latest charge, against Khusyaynova, was not brought by Mr Muller as he is only looking into the 2016 campaign, not 2018. Prigozhin, who has been sanctioned by the US government, has been nicknamed "Putin's chef" because he has organised banquets for the Russian president. The revelations came as John Bolton, Mr Trump's national security adviser, prepared to make a trip to Moscow next week, during which he is expected to meet Mr Putin. Paul Manafort leaves court after an earlier hearing  Credit: Yuri Gripas/Reuters Meanwhile, Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman, appeared in court in a wheelchair yesterday to learn the date of his sentencing.  Manafort, 69, who was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges in the summer, had his right foot bandaged and elevated. Kevin Downing, his lawyer, said there were “significant issues with Mr Manafort’s health right now". Manafort was told he will be sentenced on Feb 8 and legal experts suggested he could face at least 10 years in prison.
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Mega Millions jackpot soars to a record $1 billion
A single winner taking the cash lump sum would receive about $565.6 million.
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Tennessee midterm elections: Who is running and why is it a key state to watch?
The US midterm elections are fast approaching, and Tennessee is one of the key states to watch. Although the southern state has been solidly Republican in recent years, there are a few races that could shake things up. It is the Senate race that is most exciting to look out for in Tennessee this year.
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The Navy's Columbia-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Has a Very Special Propulsion System
And its getting closer to becoming reality. 
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Midterms 2018: Will Russia try to hack the US elections?
The story of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections is a complicated one, made no easier to understand by the volumes written about it. In July, the US Department of Justice published a report that suggested it was not a matter of if, but how, where and when Russia and other foreign actors would try to meddle in the midterms. The first was straightforward enough: Russian hackers aligned to the security agencies went after Hillary Clinton – reviled by Vladimir Putin for her part in supporting democratic revolutions around Russia’s borders – and her party.
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Markets Right Now: US stock indexes end a bumpy week mixed
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
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Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1bn and could grow even bigger
This week's Mega Millions lottery has reached the highest jackpot in the game’s history—$1 billion (£765m). This is the biggest jackpot that the Mega Millions has ever had. The 2016 Powerball jackpot was $1.56bn.
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Cautious Turkey treads warily in Khashoggi case
Turkey is seeking to strike a fine balance in the controversy over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, aware the aftermath could boost its economy and diplomatic hand but prove highly damaging if the case is mishandled. The probe strikes at the heart of one of Turkey's most sensitive diplomatic relationships, with its ties to fellow Sunni Muslim heavyweight Saudi Arabia marked by public politeness and deep economic links but also years of rivalry and diverging interests. For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "it's a very delicate balance he's attempting to strike," Mujtaba Rahman, Europe managing director for the Eurasia Group, told AFP.
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Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion
The winner of such a prize would be worth more than Vera Bradley Inc and easily have enough money left over to buy a full set of the company's trademark paisley purses and luggage. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.
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The True Story Behind the Movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Here’s what the movie gets right and what it doesn't
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Outgoing UN Ambassador Haley pokes fun at Trump
Nikki Haley poked fun at President Donald Trump, his longtime rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other high-profile politicians in a lighthearted speech on Thursday.
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'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner
The indictment on Friday of a Russian woman on charges of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections shows the need for "guardrails" on social media, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said. "It is critical for Congress to step up and immediately act to employ much-needed guardrails on social media.
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As Saudi Prince's Star Fades, Who's Long MBS and Who's Short?
The alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi has put Saudi leaders under a harsh spotlight. Prince Mohammed, who’s effectively been running the country on behalf of his father King Salman, denies knowing anything about the journalist’s disappearance. Bosses including JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon have pulled out of the event, but plenty of companies such as HSBC Holdings Plc are still sending senior figures, recognizing that they have to play both the short game and the long game when dealing with the biggest oil exporter.
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Mega Millions Jackpot Hits Record $1 Billion
The Mega Millions jackpot has surged to a record $1 billion ahead of Friday
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Brazil's election: What's at stake?
Congressman Jair Bolsonaro had an unexpectedly strong showing in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election earlier this month. How did a veteran politician cast himself as the outsider who could save the country? The Social Liberal Party candidate has made a name for himself by praising the nation’s former dictatorship and its use of torture.
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The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures
NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they now seem to have been — have little to do with me.
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Crimea mourns victims of mass shooting
Hundreds of residents in the Crimean port city of Kerch commemorated on Friday the victims of a college mass shooting in which an armed teenager killed 20 people, mostly his fellow pupils, and injured dozens more. The suspected attacker was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Wednesday's attack, which recalled shootings at schools in the United States. "This is a terrible tragedy for Kerch, for such a small city," said Galina Pesklyonova, 62.
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Facebook Hires Ex-Deputy Premier Clegg to Lead Lobbying Push
As leader of the Liberal Democrats, Clegg was at the heart of the British government from 2010 to 2015. Clegg’s hire comes as Facebook is under fire from regulators, politicians and authorities around the world on issues ranging from user privacy breaches, to the proliferation of fake news and hate speech on its platforms. Bringing a former local politician on board could especially help the Silicon Valley giant in the U.K., where it is under investigation for letting the data of millions of its users end up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm working on Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
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President Trump Praises Melania for Staying 'So Cool' During Plane Mishap
First lady Melania Trump was not scared as the flight was forced to return to Andrews Air Force Base, the president said.
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Cardi B Hands Out Free Winter Coats To Residents In New York
Cardi B handed out free winter coats to residents in Brooklyn as cooler
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US tries to stop youth climate lawsuit days before trial
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government is trying again to stop a high-profile climate change lawsuit days before young activists are set to argue at trial that the government has violated their constitutional rights through policies that have caused a dangerous climate.
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Migrant caravan traveling through Guatemala tears down barriers at Mexican border
Migrants in a caravan making its way north through Central America towards the US border have torn down gates and are making their way over a bridge into Mexico - with officials warning the trip will bring swift retribution from the Trump administration. Young men in the caravan reportedly began on Friday violently tugging at a tall yellow fence in the way of the group before eventually tearing the barrier down. Men, women, and children then began rushing towards the bridge to Mexico that stands about 150 years (137 meters) away.
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Swiss group ABB's CEO becomes latest boss to skip Saudi conference
ZURICH (Reuters) - ABB Chief Executive Ulrich Spiesshofer will not attend an investment conference in Saudi Arabia next week, the Swiss engineering group said on Friday. Spiesshofer joins other world business and political leaders who have withdrawn amid concern about a journalist's fate. ABB did not give a reason for his decision. ...
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Risk of a new civil war? Today 'us and them' differs from 1850s
Recommended: Neutral no more: Can the Supreme Court survive an era of extreme partisanship? Powerful new communication networks that spread news of all this throughout the United States. Is this a staccato description of the state of America today?
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US businesses begin to increase services for deaf people
Tax preparer Joshua Beal knows well the challenges that a communications barrier can present when it comes to understanding tax policy and the Internal Revenue Service. Add in the extra challenge of being deaf, and overcoming those barriers can seem insurmountable. “We have many deaf clients who are overwhelmed by 10- to 15-page-long letters from the IRS regarding a deficiency or outstanding issue,” says Mr. Beal, who is deaf himself.
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Scientists prepare for expedition to the world's deepest depths
For the first time, humans will visit the deepest part of each of the five oceans, plunging to the sea floor using a two-person craft designed to withstand the intense pressures more than 5.5 miles (9 km) below the surface. The project, known as Five Deeps Expedition, will use a special submersible vehicle that took more than three years to build. It is made of titanium and other special materials that can dive to the bottom of the ocean, said Victor Vescovo, an explorer who will pilot the vehicle after it leaves its supporting boat and descends toward the deepest parts of the ocean.
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More precaution than promotion for Canadian cannabis tourism
Canada's move to legalize recreational marijuana is unlikely to immediately trigger a flood of pot-fueled tourism.
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The Latest: Missouri version of radio ad avoids 'lynching'
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on a radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch African-Americans if they win in midterm elections next month (all times local):
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Journalists: 'Americans Should Recoil' From Trump's Celebration Of Reporter Assault
The White House Correspondents Association on Friday condemned President
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The contrasts of Mexico's southern and northern borders
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Some 3,000 Central American migrants prepared to cross into Mexico from Guatemala on Friday with hopes of eventually arriving to the United States. Busloads of Mexican federal police were gathering in Ciudad Hidalgo and a Mexican military helicopter flew along the river in anticipation.
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Migrant caravan charges the Mexican border
Migrants making their way towards the US as part of a caravan of 3,000 people charged at the Mexican border on Friday, cutting the wires that divide Guatemala from its northern neighbour and confronting rows of Mexican border police. Mexico had warned the migrants that, to enter their territory, they would need a visa. Riot police had been sent to the Guatemala-Mexico border city of Tapachula as the caravan moved north. But some of the migrants disregarded the warnings and charged across, leaving them facing likely arrest. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, was in Mexico City to meet his Mexican counterpart and described the situation as approaching “a moment of crisis”. The caravan has been an obsession of Donald Trump’s since it set out from Honduras a week ago. On Thursday night, at a Make America Great Again rally in Montana, Mr Trump said that the caravan was now the defining issue of next month’s midterm elections. Earlier in the day his chief of staff, John Kelly, and national security advisor, John Bolton, had a furious shouting match about the caravan – a disagreement so intense some speculated Mr Kelly would resign. The White House issued a statement saying the startling row was a sign that they were all “passionate about solving the issue of illegal immigration”. The department of homeland security is currently compiling the year-end figures, but it is expected that the numbers of immigrant families arriving at the border will likely break records on a monthly basis. Migrants pushed through first line of Guatemalan police. Now right up at gate #CaravanaDelMigrantepic.twitter.com/8o3pCQeac3— James Fredrick (@jameslfredrick) October 19, 2018 To put that in context, in the early 2000s the authorities were arresting 1.5 million undocumented immigrants a year, while in 2018 so far there have been under 400,000 people detained. However, the Trump administration remains upset and frustrated. Mexican authorities, in a bid to soothe Mr Trump’s fury and to deter the migrants, without appearing to violate international law, have asked the United Nations to set up a migrant processing centre near its southern border. They have also sent two Boeing 727s full of police reinforcement and riot gear. The migrant caravan reached the Guatemala-Mexico border on Thursday, overwhelming the border town of Tecun Uman’s shelters and forcing hundreds to sleep in the town’s central plaza, in the pouring rain. Their week-long procession through Honduras and Guatemala had been supported by locals, who stood by the side of the road in solidarity offering food, water, money, blankets and even a pram for a baby. "I decided to come because of the unemployment situation," said Wendy Lorena Benitez Ramirez, 43. She said she had volunteered to make the journey on behalf of her family, and send money home from working in the US. "My daughter has a little girl and can't find a job, and my son has a little boy who needs oxygen - up to three tanks a week. He can't earn enough money to support his family." Migrants passing through Guatemala, towards the border town of Tecun Unam But some in Tecun Uman were concerned that the 3,000 migrants could be prevented from entering Mexico, and forced to remain sleeping rough in their town. Hugo Arnoldo Benitez, 29, a Guatemalan volunteer, pointed to the Honduran men sleeping on the street. He told The Telegraph: “This is what Tecun Uman was like 10 years ago. People sleeping in the streets, begging, piles of trash everywhere. It breaks my heart to see this, but there is nothing more we can do. I think this will wind up like the Colombian border, with all the Venezuelans crossing over. Many people here are afraid of that.” Two women cooking for the Hondurans in the shelter were whispering: “But when are they leaving?” Central Americans have freedom of movement throughout their region, but must show a visa before crossing into Mexico. A previous caravan, in April, was assisted by Mexico granting humanitarian transit visas for those seeking to apply for asylum: now, under intense pressure from Washington, Mexico looks set to enforce the visa requirement and block their passage. Smugglers in the town, meanwhile, said that they had been warned not to help the caravan, or else the police would put a stop to their own lucrative cross-border contraband trade.  
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Why you should care about the US midterms: Join our Q&A with US experts and a top Republican aide
It is now just a few weeks until the US midterm elections - a major date in the American political calendar.  The result will shape the course of Donald Trump's presidency, reveal the mood of the country and give an insight into the long road towards the 2020 presidential vote.  First, the fundamentals. The heart of the race, and the element which will have most direct impact on the White House, is the seats up for grabs in the US Congress. Some 33 of the 100 US senators are up for re-election, while all 435 of the seats in the House of Representatives are being contested.  Republicans currently hold majorities in both chambers. If the Democrats take control of either chamber, it makes life more difficult for Mr Trump, as he needs votes in both to pass any legislation.  Republicans have the best chance of holding - or even increasing - their majority in the Senate, which stands at 51 seats to 49. This is because far more Democrats than Republicans are facing re-election, meaning they have to hold all their seats and take two from the Republicans to win back control - a hard ask.  The House is much more in play for the Democrats. They need to win 23 extra seats from the Republicans to take the majority.  There are a host of other fascinating races too, for governors and state legislatures, which will indicate how the president and his agenda is going down outside of Washington DC.  Among some of the unknowns: Will Mr Trump's base turn out to vote? Is the president a help or hindrance in the campaign? And how consequential will it be if the Democrats take back one or both bodies of Congress? Join us from 1-2pm BST on Tuesday 23 October as a panel of experts answer these questions and more. Panel: Ben Riley-Smith, chairperson, US Editor, The Telegraph Tim Stanley, leader writer, The Telegraph Michael Ricci, Director of Communications for Paul Ryan, the most senior Republican in the House of Representatives Larry Sabato, Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics, University of Virginia Meena Bose, executive dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs, Hofstra University Leave a question for the panel ahead of time by posting it in the comment section below, or join live on October 23rd at 1pm BST. To join the conversation, log in to your Telegraph account or register for free, here.
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Lottery fever hits the US as Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $970 million
Lines have formed outside one store in Primm, Nevada, where lotto tickets are sold.
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As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow
SEATTLE (AP) — More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global standing likely will encourage others to follow. Here's a look at other nations that could be influenced by Canada's legalization:
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Skull of ancient human found in burned Brazilian museum
The skull, though damaged, was protected by a cabinet that fell over the glass box it was encased in, the museum's deputy director Cristiana Serejo said. Luzia was the star of a collection of 20 million items in the 200-year-old building that also contained Egyptian artifacts, archeological finds and historical memorabilia. A fire last month destroyed the vast majority of the collection and triggered an outcry about how Brazil's cultural institutions have deteriorated during an era of a weak economy and deep austerity measures.
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Top Gifts Under $100
Do you have a price in mind but aren't quite sure what to buy that special someone this holiday season? Consumer Reports put together a series of gift guides that are grouped by price. Here, we f...
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Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims
Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine”, the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.
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New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation
Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with
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Photographer Searches for Couple in Yosemite Wedding Proposal He Caught on Camera
A Michigan photographer snapped a special moment completely by accident. Matthew Dippel was shooting at Yosemite National Park when he snapped a picture of a proposal in progress, and now he wants to find the couple he captured.
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At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police
At least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers gathered to watch a Hindu festival in India's northern Amritsar city, police said. The train hit a crowd standing on the railway line to watch a fireworks show during Dussehra celebrations, police and eyewitnesses said. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.
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MBS Says the Saudi Consulate in Turkey Is 'Sovereign Territory.' He's Wrong.
Mohammed bin Salman said the Istanbul consulate in the case of Jamal Khashoggi was "sovereign territory." Here's why he was wrong.
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Europe's first mission to Mercury is set for lift-off
The first ever European mission to Mercury will launch on Saturday morning. Led by the European Space Agency, the mission aims to learn more about one of the Solar System’s least explored planets. A British-built spacecraft will travel over 5 billion miles to transport two satellites into Mercury’s orbit.
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The top 10 largest US Jackpots
Lottery players will have a chance at winning an estimated $1 billion jackpot in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, which would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
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China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night Skies
Scientists hope a man-made moon could provide nighttime lighting at lower cost
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Enterprising Girl Guide sells cookies to Canadians waiting in line at cannabis store
Canada's recent marijuana legalization is set to bring a wave of economic benefits. While the country's government is set to benefit from taxes, and the cannabis industry is sure to grow, the policy has already done wonders for a Girl Guide in Edmonton. SEE ALSO: A cheerleader attempted to swap pot brownies for homecoming votes Elina Childs, 9, sold C$120 worth of sandwich cookies and mint thins to a line of people waiting to buy legal marijuana at Nova Cannabis on Wednesday, as reported by CBC.  It took her less than 45 minutes to sell all 30 boxes, compared to how slow it was selling cookies to people in her neighborhood. "It amazed me how quickly they went," her dad Seann Childs told the broadcaster. "Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies."  God bless this girl selling girl guide cookies outside of nova cannabis. #yeg pic.twitter.com/dnI9HdBXPc — Emily Fitzpatrick (@_emilyfitzCBC) October 17, 2018 Edmonton Girl Guide sells out of cookies outside cannabis store https://t.co/QmTDd3h3Yb pic.twitter.com/NDTBQ3NbFF — CBC Edmonton (@CBCEdmonton) October 18, 2018 While a clever business scheme, it was also an opportunity for dad to teach Elina, who has cystic fibrosis, about cannabis and its recent legalization. The Girl Guides were also cool with it. "Good on her and her family for thinking of it," Edmonton commissioner Heather Monahan told the Canadian Press. "It’s fun and it’s different and what better way to get rid of cookies." In February, a girl scout in San Diego did the same thing outside a dispensary, managing to sell 300 boxes in six hours. Smart cookies, both of them. WATCH: This 11-year-old genius is also an award-winning DJ — Mashable Originals
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Everything You Know About the Fate of Lottery Winners Is Probably Wrong, According to Science
Overall the money won led to positive long-term satisfaction and researchers found that there was a connection between a financial life satisfaction and long term overall life satisfaction.
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Surprise! Tesla's Model 3 now has a mid-range battery option
Tesla unexpectedly announced a mid-range battery option for the Model 3, bringing the price of the vehicle down to $45,000 and completely changing the pricing structure. Before the reservation holders of the Model 3 with a standard battery pack even get their vehicle, Tesla has added a fourth battery pack option, changing the prices of the whole Model 3 portfolio.
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'The Old Man and the Gun' and 'Halloween'
Take a look at two movies hitting the box office this weekend.
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Georgia’s fraught history with ‘outsiders’ shapes a tight governor’s race
The race for governor of Georgia, which rarely attracts much national interest, is suddenly exciting this year, with a charismatic Democratic candidate in Stacey Abrams facing off against a standard-issue Southern Republican, Brian Kemp. “Georgia history matters, and Georgia has a unique political history that has historically inflated the politics of localism and the definition of what is Georgia and what is Georgian,” Jason Morgan Ward, a historian at Emory University, told Yahoo News.
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Migrants Break Through Fence at Guatemala Border
Migrants Break Through Fence at Guatemala Border
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Chicago Police Say Foul Play Is Suspected in the Disappearance of a Pregnant 26-Year-Old Postal Worker
Surveillance footage of Coles on Oct. 2 shows her dressed in her work clothes not far from her home just hours before she was reported missing.
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Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets
WLS reporter Diane Pathieu talks to contestants in Chicago who are hoping to grab a ticket and their chance to win $1 billion.
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Fed monitoring Khashoggi case, potential oil market impact: Bostic
Asked about the risks to the U.S. economic outlook at a community group lunch in Macon, Georgia, Bostic mentioned geopolitical risks generally, the Brexit talks and "the Saudi Arabian situation and the question about whether what happened to that journalist is going to lead to sanctions that could impact oil markets." His comments, the first by a U.S. central banker about the case, reflect how it has escalated from a diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Turkey to an international incident with the potential to roil financial markets. Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to obtain documents for a forthcoming marriage. Bostic singled out the possible fallout if the United States or other countries determine that top Saudi officials were behind Khashoggi's possible murder and begin imposing penalties on Riyadh.
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Afghanistan elections delayed in Kandahar as nation braces for  polling day violence
Voting for parliamentary elections in Afghanistan's second city has been postponed after a key security official was assassinated and the country braced for widespread insurgent violence on polling day. Taliban commanders on Friday tried to further disrupt the election by issuing a nationwide demand for people to remain at home rather than head to the polls. The vote is seen as a test of president Ashraf Ghani's grip on the country after a grim year of soaring casualties among his forces and civilians and further encroachment by a buoyant Taliban. Dr Ghani's weary international backers, particularly Donald Trump, are desperate for signs of stability and progress after 17-years of pouring troops and money into the country. Yet preparations were dealt a severe blow on Thursday when Kandahar's powerful police chief, Gen Abdul Raziq, was shot dead in an insider attack claimed by the Taliban. Election workers prepare for the country's third parliamentary poll since the Taliban were ousted Credit: Reuters Gen Raziq had been a bastion against Taliban encroachment in the region with a ruthless campaign against the insurgents which had largely stabilised Kandahar and made him the most powerful government figure in southern Afghanistan. The attack at a meeting with US commander, Gen Scott Miller, killed the local intelligence chief and critically wounded the provincial governor, wiping out the local leadership at a stroke. Kandahar, once considered the stronghold of the Taliban movement, was on edge the day after the attack, as funerals were held and officials decided to postpone voting for a week. The Taliban have vowed to disrupt an election they declare a sham and its military council issued a statement warning voters that “participation in this process is aiding the invaders”. It ordered Afghans to “remain indoors and desist from bringing out any means of transport”. A bloody or badly flawed election is predicted to strengthen the Taliban's hand in fledgling talks to find a political settlement to the conflict. More than nine million Afghans are registered to vote in what is only the third parliamentary poll since the Taliban were ousted after the 9/11 attacks. Around 2,500 candidates are standing for 249 seats in a parliament which has in the past decade gained a reputation for graft and greed. This year's polls have already been delayed since 2015 because of rifts within Dr Ghani's government and rows how to clean up the voting system. The vote sees a new generation of election hopefuls, many younger and better educated than previous candidates, take on an old guard frequently tainted with accusations of corruption or involvement in the bloodshed of the 1990s civil war. But the new generation also contains a raft of candidates whose fathers were formerly some of the country's most prominent Mujahideen warlords of the 1990s, and who have been towering figures of Afghan life for decades. This year's voting lists include children of notorious leaders including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Uzbek strongman Gen Abdul Rashid Dostum, and the Herat powerbroker Ismail Khan. Jamaluddin Hekmatyar, whose father is remembered for indiscriminately bombarding Kabul as he squabbled with his former comrades in the 1990s, is standing as a member of his father's Hezb-e Islami party. The 42-year-old told the Telegraph he had not gained his candidacy through nepotism and wanted to “represent the people and fight for their rights”. “I have learned from my father to fight for our values, each nation has the right to be independent and we must fight for a good future, no matter how long that fight would be but we should resist.” He said it was not for him to answer for the deeds of the Mujahideen commanders. “I think it’s not a good analysis if we say only Mujahideen leaders committed mistakes here, we should note foreigners role in Afghanistan too.” The possible rise of children whose fathers presided over the destruction of the 1990s is eyed warily by many Afghans. “There will be no deference between the Mujahideen leaders and their children,” said one Herat resident who lost two uncles during the barbarity of the 1990s, “they are just a shadow of their dads”. “Mujahideen leaders want to rule their policies through their children. They are all educated in the West by the money that their dads received by selling the blood of innocent Afghans.”
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Oklahoma Family Gives Free Halloween Costumes to Children Who Can't Afford Them
Ahead of Halloween, the Boluskys gather their unused costumes and encourage others to give them away.
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At Least 50 Dead After Train Plows Into Crowd Watching Fireworks in India
A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday, killing at least 50 people, a Congress party leader said.
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#MeToo Heads East
Women across Asia are fighting sexism and assault
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Russian charged with conspiring to interfere in U.S. congressional elections
The U.S. government on Friday charged a Russian national with playing a key financial role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" against the United States, including to influence next month's congressional elections. The criminal complaint charging Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, with conspiracy to interfere with the U.S. political system was unsealed in Alexandria, Virginia. The complaint said Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, which it said was funded by Russian oligarch Evgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering.
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Twitter Halts Pro-Saudi Bots Spreading Khashoggi Tweets After NBC Report
Twitter suspended a pro-Saudi bot operation spreading tweets about the
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After charity sex-abuse scandal in Liberia, a storm of anger, guilt, and grief
When Katie Meyler opened the tuition-free “More Than Me” school for girls in a smart green and white house in the center of Liberia’s capital in 2013, it seemed to many both here and abroad a perfect match. “More Than Me is designed specifically to help young women choose the lives they wish to lead,” explained a 2015 profile of Ms. Meyler in The Christian Science Monitor. Over a period of several years, one of the charity’s key founding staff members, Macintosh Johnson, allegedly had raped or assaulted as many as dozens of girls in its care.
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Turkey widens Khashoggi search, quizzes consulate staff
Turkey on Friday widened the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after his visit to the Saudi consulate, searching a forest in the city and interviewing the mission's staff. Ankara denied giving any audio recording to US officials from the investigation about Khashoggi, a former royal insider who moved to the United States after becoming a critic of the current House of Saud leadership. US President Donald Trump acknowledged that Khashoggi was likely dead, even as his fate remained unclear 17 days after he vanished.
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Trump says without evidence that Dems are behind 'caravan'
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Eager to bring immigration to the forefront as the midterm elections near, President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that Democrats or their allies are supporting a "caravan" of Central American migrants who are traveling north aiming to enter the United States.
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US downgrades Palestinian mission into Israel embassy
The United States downgraded its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians on Thursday, placing it under the authority of the US embassy to Israel. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, would be replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem.
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Identity politics on the ropes in Iraq?
In a region rife with identity politics arising from ethnic and religious differences, Iraqis experienced something very universal in early October. A newly designated prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, launched a website asking Iraqis to apply for top government ministers. Mr. Mahdi’s extraordinary move was quite contrary to a tradition in Iraq of politicians forming cabinets in backroom deals based on a power-sharing quota among the country’s three major communities: Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds.
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Mexico moves to tackle migrant caravan after U.S. pressure
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Mexico City and discussed the caravan of several thousand people, which set off from Honduras last weekend, and is now at Mexico's border with Guatemala. "It's a challenge that Mexico is facing, and that's how I expressed it to Secretary Pompeo," Videgaray told a news conference alongside his U.S. counterpart. On Friday afternoon, hundreds of the migrants poured through Guatemala's frontier posts toward the closed Mexican border on a bridge spanning the Suchiate River that bisects the two countries, Mexican television footage showed.
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Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter
President Donald Trump came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations after praising a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year. Trump's praise for Greg Gianforte, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for the incident involving the reporter, coincides with an international outcry over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Any guy that can do a body-slam, he's my guy," Trump told a political rally in Missoula, Montana on Thursday night, referring to Gianforte.
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Migration over US-Mexico border 'reaching moment of crisis': Pompeo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that illegal migration across the US-Mexican border is near crisis levels, as a caravan of Honduran migrants prepared to enter Mexico bound for the United States. "This moment has enormous implications for the opioid epidemic in the US," he added, linking two issues Trump has repeatedly used to argue for his planned border wall: drug trafficking and illegal migration.
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An Alliance of Plants and Fungus Could Be the Key to Farming in Space
One crucial plant hormone could help make eggplants in space a reality.
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'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India
At least 50 people were killed on Friday after a train ploughed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at speed. "There are more than 50 dead. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner SS Srivastava told reporters. More than 60 people who were injured were being given emergency treatment at various hospitals across the city, he added. An AFP photographer at the scene said some victims had lost limbs in the accident while others suffered head wounds. A crowd gathers at the site of the train accident Credit: Prabhjot Gill/AP "There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they (victims) were unable to hear the approaching train," a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity. An eyewitness told a local TV channel there was "utter commotion" when the crowds noticed the train "coming very fast" towards them. "Everyone was running helter-skelter and suddenly the train crashed into the crowds of people," he said. Indian relatives and revellers gather around the bodies of the victims of a train accident during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in Amritsar  Credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an investigation into the deadly accident and announced a monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6800) each to the family of the victims. "We have reports that some 50-60 people have died. We have asked all hospitals to remain open through the night so that the injured can be treated," Singh told reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured. Some relatives of the deceased blamed the authorities for allowing a "big function" to be held next to the railway track. An eyewitness said people were taking pictures on their mobile phones and "they were not given any warning that they should not stand on the tracks." India's railway network is the world's fourth largest and remains the main form of travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur. The country is home to hundreds of railway crossings that are unmanned and particularly accident prone, with people often ignoring oncoming train warnings.
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Commuter train runs over crowd on tracks in northern India, 50 feared dead
"The people were sitting on and near the tracks on the outskirts of Amritsar watching the burning of effigies as part of the Dussehra festival when a commuter train ran over them," a police officer told Reuters. At least 60 people were admitted to hospital with injuries, the police officer in the control room said, after what he called a "freak accident" given that people did not hear the train approaching amid the din of festivities and fireworks. Amarinder Singh, Punjab chief minister, said he was rushing to Amritsar to supervise relief and rescue operations.
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Honduran migrants gather at Mexico border despite Trump threats
Tecún Umán (Guatemala) (AFP) - Honduran migrants who have made their way through Central America were gathering at Guatemala's northern border with Mexico on Friday, despite President Donald Trump's threat to deploy the military to stop them entering the United States. Various caravans of migrants have been traveling by bus or on foot from their homeland, mostly through Guatemala, in the hope of not just reaching Mexico but heading on to the United States.
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Stunning shots show crystal clear waters in Norway lakes and fjords!
Thomasz Furmanek works in an office most of the time, but when he’s free he often kayaks through the waters of Norway, capturing breathtaking images.
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China Wants Its Own X-37B Spaceplane
But spaceplanes come with certain liabilities.
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What it was like to be 11 years old and detained on charges of murder
Jordan Brown, whose conviction was later overturned, said the only time he was able to see the outside world was when he had to go to court with "shackles and handcuffs on."
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Reporter's Notebook: On edge of Sahara, camel is what's for dinner
Discerning taste buds in the West may be unfamiliar with camel meat. Perhaps what gives pause is the thought of converting ornery camels – the working end of long, grimy caravans that have crossed deserts for centuries – into delicacies of the table. “It’s mostly Americans who always eat the camel,” says Mr. Mahamane, the head of the kitchen, whose clients range from a University of Chicago crew of dinosaur hunters – in Agadez en route to launching a two-month desert expedition – to European Union military advisers, who passed through recently.
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New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space
China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing "illumination satellites" which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily. The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project.
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USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case
The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. Hundreds of women have since then accused Tyndall of sexual abuse.
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At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police
At least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.
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Trump concedes Khashoggi likely dead, threatens consequences
President Trump acknowledged it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead.
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The Week That Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Lost His Luster
The first in a new series
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Researchers Want Cancer Patients To Share Their Medical Information In Search of Cures
A new cancer initiative called Count Me In launched Thursday
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Cardi B swarmed as she hands out free winter coats in Brooklyn
Metal barricades could barely contain the hundreds of fans lined up in Brooklyn on Thursday as superstar Cardi B handed out free winter coats to the assembled masses.
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We Asked Men To Own Up To Misogyny And Sexual Misconduct. Here's What They Said.
When Christine Blasey Ford came forward last month to accuse Judge Brett
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Nine minors dead in Crimea school shooting, youngest 15
A 15-year-old boy was the youngest to die when a teenage gunman attacked his college in the Crimean city of Kerch, while at least nine of the dead were minors, authorities said. The city of Kerch published a list Thursday of the 19 identified dead in the morning. The youngest of them, Sergei Stepanenko, was 15.
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These Are the Best High-Fiber Foods, According to Experts
They might surprise you
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The Latest: Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in document-leak case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former FBI agent in Minnesota who pleaded guilty to leaking classified documents to a reporter (all times local):
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Would 'Absolutely' Reopen Kavanaugh Investigation
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made some waves Wednesday when she said she
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What Happened to My Friend Jamal Khashoggi Shows How Saudi Arabia Spreads Fear and Buys the West's Silence
Tawakkol Karman, who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, on how the death of Jamal Khashoggi reflects Saudi policy in Yemen and beyond
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U.S. general says he may not have been target of Kandahar attack
The gunman assassinated the police chief of Kandahar province on Thursday along with a top Afghan intelligence agency officer, but the U.S. commander of Afghanistan's NATO-led force, General Scott Miller, who was standing nearby when the attack occurred, was not hurt. General Abdul Razeq, police commander of the southern province and one of Afghanistan's most powerful security officials, was fatally wounded by a bodyguard of the provincial governor as he came from a meeting with officials on Thursday. "It's been a long and painstaking journey in which he finally succeeded and got space among the bodyguards of the governor," one Taliban commander said.
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Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $1 Billion: What to Do if You Win
The first rule of winning the lotto is don’t tell anyone you've won the lotto.
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Thousands protest on Gaza-Israel border
Dozens of Palestinians were hit by Israeli gunfire Friday as thousands protested near Gaza's border with Israel, the health ministry in the enclave said. Rockets fired from Gaza on Wednesday had brought the territory's Hamas rulers and Israel closer to a widescale confrontation.
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Nikki Haley Jokes She's Not An 'Indian Woman' In Swipe At Elizabeth Warren
Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, drew laughter
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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor: 40,000 Miles of Three-Ton Flying Fun
Not as quick as it once was but still just as exciting.
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Mega Millions jackpot hits $1B _ thanks to worsening odds
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.
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The Making a Murderer Filmmakers on How Steven Avery's New Lawyer Changes Everything
Filmmakers Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi on how they used season 2 to responded to criticisms of Marking a Murderer's first season.
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UN envoy warns Gaza is imploding
With its economy in a freefall and tensions rising with Israel, the Hamas-ruled enclave of Gaza is imploding, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Thursday. Nickolay Mladenov delivered the warning to the Security Council a day after Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip in retaliation at rocket firings from the Palestinian territory. "Gaza is imploding.
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9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Groping White Woman Says He 'Felt Humiliated'
Jeremiah Harvey, the 9-year-old boy accused of groping a woman at a Brooklyn
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New moon: China to launch lunar lighting in outer space
China is planning to launch its own 'artificial moon' by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing "illumination satellites" which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily. The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, with three more to follow in 2022 if the first test goes well, said Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society, the organization responsible for the project.
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France sends mixed signals over Saudi ties after Khashoggi affair
Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed by Saudi agents in Riyadh's diplomatic mission in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and his body cut up. Saudi Arabia denies the allegation. Paris and Riyadh enjoy close diplomatic and commercial relations spanning energy, finance and weapons.
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The T Rex’s tiny baby arms might have been way more useful than they seem
Running into a Tyrannosaurus rex in the wild would have been a truly frightening thing for just about any animal that roamed the earth between 65 million and 80 million years ago, and for an obvious reason. The mighty meat-eater was huge in size and had a mouth built to turn bones into powder. If it snagged you with its jaws you were probably going to have a bad time, but nobody was afraid of its puny little arms... or were they? As Live Science reports, a new study presented at a recent meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology took a close look at how T. rex's arms would have functioned, and it makes some bold predictions. Just how T. rex used its arms and for what purpose has been hotly debated for years and years. Some believe the arms didn't do much of anything, while others have suggested that the tiny limbs flailed wildly with sharp claws that could have seriously injured prey or foes. This latest round of research approaches things from a different angle, seeking to determine the range of movement of the arms as a clue to their usefulness. The researchers studied the limbs of two distant modern relatives, the alligator and turkey, for hints. What the team concluded is that the T. rex could likely have turned its hands inward if it wanted to, and it may have used its arms to hold prey in place or pull it closer. The idea here is that the T. rex knew its jaws were its most potent weapon and so it used its arms to keep prey at the perfect biting distance. We'll of course never know for sure unless we could somehow watch a T. rex or similar upright carnivore find a meal, but the researchers are confident in what the fossils and modern animals tell them about how the dinosaur could move its limbs.
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China Wants to Replace Streetlights With a Trio of Artifical Moons
If it works, the plan could save the city of Chengdu hundreds of millions of dollars per year.
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Shooter in Colorado Walmart slayings of 3 faces sentencing
BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — The man who pleaded guilty to gunning down three people in a suburban Denver Walmart last year will be sentenced Friday, but more than 11 months after the crime, his motive remains a mystery.
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Ohio Husband and Wife Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Are Confident They'll Beat the Disease Together
Jane and Ken Grembling were diagnosed with the disease within a few months of each other. 
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Turkey denies giving 'any kind of audio tape' on Khashoggi to US
Turkey on Friday denied giving "any kind of audio tape" from the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or any American official. "It is out of the question for Turkey to give any kind of audio tape to Pompeo or any other US official," said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, two days after meeting with the US's top diplomat for talks in Ankara.
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Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept: It's an Electric Porsche Wagon
The electric Porsche wagon we didn't know we needed.
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Afghans set to vote despite Taliban threats, corruption
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Most Afghans will return to the polls for parliamentary elections on Saturday, hoping to bring change to a corrupt government that has lost nearly half the country to the Taliban.
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Is the GOP facing a ‘thumping’ or ‘shellacking’ ahead — or can they pull off an escape?
In 2006 President George W. Bush called it a “thumping.” In 2010 President Barack Obama compared it to a “shellacking.” If the polls and prognostications are correct and Republicans end up losing the House on Nov. 6, how will President Donald Trump describe the experience? It’s worth asking after the week Trump’s GOP just had. For months now forecasters have given Democrats a better chance than Republicans of running the next House of Representatives.
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Lawmakers to quiz Trump-Russia probe overseer Rosenstein
Republican lawmakers will next week question Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Justice Department official who oversees a special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and links between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow, committee chairmen said on Thursday. The Republican chairmen of two U.S. House of Representatives panels have accused the Justice Department of withholding documents in the probe.
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Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury
BERLIN (AP) — Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
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Fire officials rescue pony from storm drain in SW Houston
PONY RESCUE: An HPD officer went to work to free a mini horse who somehow fell through the tiny space.
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Dear Elle Magazine, Media Companies: Don't Create Fake News To Get People To Vote
A viral headline about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West breaking up is the latest
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Tesla launches new $45,000 Model 3
The tax credit for Tesla cars will drop by half on Jan. 1. Although Tesla has promised a base-level version of the Model 3 priced at $35,000, so far it has only produced higher-cost versions starting at about $49,000. Tesla has said that it would not manufacture the base-level version of the Model 3 this year.
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First lady's plane malfunctions midair
First lady Melania Trump's flight to Philadelphia was turned around after "a malfunctioning comms unit" that had overheated.
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The Latest: Clergy abuse investigated in Buffalo, New York
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on federal investigations of clergy abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses (all times local):
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Beto O'Rourke Doubles Down on Claim He'd Vote to Impeach Donald Trump if Elected
Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke has repeated his previous assertions that he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump — an aggressive position that may be a tough sell as he tries to win a Senate seat in deep-red Texas.
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Airbus, Deutsche executives to skip Saudi investment summit
Airbus said its defense chief Dirk Hoke will no longer attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, the latest senior industry executive to skip next week's event amid concern about the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Deutsche Bank's CEO, Christian Sewing, has also canceled plans to attend the summit, a source close to the matter said on Friday. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who had been trying to rebuild strained ties with the kingdom before Khashoggi disappeared on Oct. 2, called the situation "unacceptable".
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Jimmy Carter: Brett Kavanaugh 'unfit' to serve on US supreme court, former US president says
Jimmy Carter has branded newly-confirmed judge Brett Kavanaugh “unfit” to serve on the US supreme court. The former president told an audience at Emory University in Atlanta on Wednesday that Mr Kavanaugh’s confirmation by congress earlier this month was a “very serious mistake”. “I thought that whether or not he attempted to rape that woman, whether or not, I thought he was temperamentally unfit to serve on the Supreme Court because of his outburst during the hearing,” Mr Carter was recorded by an audience member as saying.
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NASA puts out the call for science and technology payloads made for the moon
NASA is following up on its plan to purchase rides on commercial lunar landers by soliciting ideas for the scientific and technological payloads to put on them. Those payloads could be flying to the moon as early as next year, NASA said today in its announcement of a program known as Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads. Somewhere between $24 million and $36 million would be available for the first round of payloads, with eight to 12 payloads expected to be selected. “We are looking for ways to not only conduct lunar science but to also use the moon as… Read More
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2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo Spied: The Electric Wagon Is Real
Just like its Panamera big sibling, Porsche's new EV is getting a wagon variant.
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California Principal Apologizes for Sending Email Warning About a Black Man at Starbucks
A San Diego school principal apologized this week for sending an email to parents about a black man that perpetuated racist stereotypes.
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'There will be consequences', Jeremy Hunt warns Saudi over Jamal Khashoggi affair
There will be "consequences" for Britain's relationship with Saudi Arabia if it is found to have murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, said. Turkish government sources have alleged the journalist was tortured, murdered and his body dismembered by a Saudi hit squad flown in from Riyadh. Mr Hunt said such actions would be "totally inconsistent" with British values and what happened needs to be established as quickly as possible. "If the stories turn out to be true, part of our reaction will depend on the Saudi reaction and whether we sense that they are taking it as seriously as we are taking it,” he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "What is alleged to have happened is totally inconsistent with our values and what we believe in. Not just the brutality - if it happened - but also the fact that he was a journalist. Those things are completely unacceptable to the United Kingdom.” Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama in 2014 Credit: AFP However, he said Britain's response will be considered because of the “strategic relationship” that they have in the sharing intelligence on terrorists. Sir John Sawers, a former MI6 chief, said on Friday that all the evidence suggests the missing Washington Post columnist was killed on the orders of people close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "I think President Trump and his ministerial team are waking up to just how dangerous it is to have people acting with a sense that they have impunity in their relationship with United States," he said. "If it is proven that he ordered this killing of a journalist it is a step too far. It is a step which the European Union and the United States are going to have to respond to.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, on October 16 Credit: AFP Turkish investigators have turned their attention to a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul, where body parts belonging to Mr Khashoggi may have been dumped. According to a Turkish official, police have established that two vehicles belonging to the consulate left the building on Oct. 2 - the day Mr Khashoggi vanished. One of the vehicles traveled to the nearby Belgrade Forest while the other traveled to the city of Yalova, across the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul, the official told AP. Floodlights and drones have been used to scour the vast woodland. Turkish forensic officers use a search and rescue dog to investigate the Saudi consul’s residence.  Credit: Sedat Suna/EPA Earlier in the week the conducted searches of the consulate and the consul-general’s residence. Samples taken from both locations are being tested for a match with Mr Khashoggi's DNA. The result are yet to be revealed, but Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said investigators had found “toxic materials” and evidence that fresh paint had been applied to some of the walls.
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How Stacey Abrams has gotten within one point of Georgia governor’s mansion
With one point separating her and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Abrams could very well become not only the first black governor of Georgia, but the first black woman in America to ever lead a state. The razor-tight race has been accompanied by record early voting, national scrutiny, and heated controversy.
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The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week (Oct. 13-19)
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest
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Australian watchdog's appeal against Pfizer ruling dismissed by court
Australia's competition watchdog said on Friday the High Court dismissed its special leave application to appeal a court's decision on whether Pfizer Inc's local unit used its market power to limit competition for its cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sought leave to appeal against a judgment by a Federal Court in May, when Pfizer was alleged to have abused its market power by offering big discounts and rebates on Lipitor to pharmacies.
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Royalty Marie Floyd murder: Grandmother arrested after body of toddler found in oven
Carolyn Jones, 48, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Royalty Marie Floyd in the town of Shaw. Police reported that no one other than Ms Jones was in the residence when officers arrived. Ms Jones is awaiting trial, and her bail has been set at $500,000.
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WHO says Zika risk low in Pacific ahead of Meghan visit
As Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan prepare to tour Fiji and Tonga next week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the risk of contracting Zika virus in the Pacific nations is low. The British royals, currently in Australia, arranged their trip before Meghan's pregnancy was known, sparking fears she and her unborn baby could be vulnerable in the island nations, where Zika is officially listed as a risk.
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Who is set to replace White House counsel Don McGahn?
White House counsel Don McGahn has officially left his position in Donald Trump's administration. Attorney Emmett Flood will take over as Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President, effective immediately. Trump had originally appointed Mr McGahn in 2016 after Mr McGahn served in the Trump campaign as general counsel.
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Migrant Caravan's Arduous Journey Through Central America Toward U.S. Captured In Photos
A caravan of thousands of migrants continues to slalom its way through Central
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Montana Greets Trump With Massive 'LIAR' And 'IMPEACH' Signs
President Donald Trump was greeted with cheers from supporters on the ground
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Former U.K. Prime Minister Says Electing Women Could Help Combat Wave of Populism
Women are the answer to rising populism and extremism in the U.K., according to the country's former Prime Minster John Major.
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Laura Ingraham Issues Dire Immigration Warning If Democrats Win Elections
Fox News host Laura Ingraham ramped up her rhetoric about immigration on
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Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad
The woman who left the child, a friend of the mother, was initially suspected of child abandonment after video, shared widely on social media, showed her hoisting the toddler by the arm to a stranger's house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring on Thursday, authorities said. "The suspect in the video dropped the child off after the father had left the residence and at the wrong address," Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "The female in the video then left location without verifying anyone was home or who she was releasing the child to," Spencer said.
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Dr. Leana Wen
Fighting the Politics of Medicine
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Hip-hop, health care share spotlight in pivotal House race
SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Hip-hop, health care and Brett Kavanaugh have emerged as issues in a tight congressional race in New York's Hudson Valley that pits a freshman Republican congressman against a rapper-turned-corporate lawyer seeking his first political office.
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Water woes as drought leaves Germany's Rhine shallow
Months of drought have left water levels on Germany's Rhine river at a record low, exposing a World War II bomb and forcing ship operators to halt services to prevent vessels from running aground. The water level on the Rhine on Friday reached just 77 centimetres (30 inches), 4 cm below a previous record low of 81 cm recorded in 2003, Cologne's waterworks authorities said. Although rainfall is expected next week, forecasters said it would not suffice to bring up water levels in Germany's most important waterway and a key shipping route for the Netherlands and France.
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Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers
A group of researchers at Britain's Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can produce a stronger and more environmentally sound product.     "We found out you could increase the strength of concrete by 80 percent by using a small amount of this new material," lead researcher Mohamed Saafi told Reuters. The addition of carrots prevent any cracks in the concrete, the team said. It also means less cement is required, therefore lowering the global carbon dioxide (CO2) output.
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The Latest: Afghan polling in Kandahar postponed over attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local):
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Turkey says it has not shared Khashoggi audio with anyone
Saudi Arabia has denied Turkish allegations that Khashoggi was murdered and his body removed from the consulate after he entered on Oct. 2. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak has published what it said were details from the audio, including that his torturers severed Khashoggi's fingers during an interrogation and later beheaded and dismembered him. ABC News, citing a senior Turkish official, reported on Thursday that the recording had been played for U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Ankara a day earlier and that he was given a transcript.
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Best Bites: Roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan sauce
Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your
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Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael
In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.
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Twitter Explodes After 'Psychopath' Donald Trump Cheers Body-Slamming Of Reporter
President Donald Trump sparked anger on social media after he praised a GOP
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Skullduggery: Washington think tank says ‘no’ to Saudi funds
A prominent Washington think tank that two years ago received a $2 million grant from the Saudi Embassy will stop taking money from the kingdom and is pulling out of cultural programs funded by the Gulf state as a result of the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the organization’s chairman. “We had a board meeting this week to decide on that and the board was unanimous that – no, under the current circumstances– we don’t think it’s appropriate to take Saudi government money,” Richard Clarke, the chairman of the Middle East Institute, who served as White House counter-terrorism advisor under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said in an interview for the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery.
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Afghanistan delays elections in Kandahar after Taliban attack
Afghanistan postponed legislative elections in Kandahar province on Friday, after a Taliban-claimed attack on a US-Afghan security meeting killed a powerful police chief and threatened stability across the south. Saturday's parliamentary ballot would be delayed by one week, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement, following an extraordinary meeting of the National Security Council. The Independent Election Commission would announce the new date, he added.
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Turkish Official Says Jamal Khashoggi's Remains May Have Been Taken Outside Istanbul
Investigators are looking into the possibility that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's remains may have been taken out of Istanbul
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Suddenly Toxic, Saudi Prince Is Shunned by Investors He Courted
Now Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could become the biggest risk to his own project. Everything changed when Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and didn’t come out. Prince Mohammed, who’s denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s fate, still has his defenders -– notably Donald Trump.
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Afghanistan postpones election in Kandahar after attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election commission on Friday postponed elections in Kandahar for a week, following a brazen attack on a high-profile security meeting there with a U.S. delegation that killed at least two senior provincial officials, including the province's police chief.
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Heidi Cruz Torched Over 'Tone-Deaf' Lament About Ted Cruz's 6-Figure Senate Salary
Heidi Cruz was mocked on Twitter for appearing to suggest that she and husband
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‘He’s My Kind Of Guy’: Trump Celebrates Congressman Who Body-Slammed Reporter
President Donald Trump celebrated Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte during a
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What happens if you win Mega Millions' $970M jackpot?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $970 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held.
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Carly Fiorina Says Trump Has Reached A 'New Low' With Stormy Daniels Attacks
Carly Fiorina said on Thursday that President Donald Trump has reached "a new
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Is Your Child Too Sick for School?
Your child awakens on a school morning grumbling that “my tummy hurts,” or with a warm forehead and flushed cheeks, or another—probably minor—health complaint. Or he has an odd rash or a few left...
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'My Kind of Guy.' President Trump Praises Montana Congressman Who Assaulted a Reporter
"Any guy that can do a body slam — he's my kind of guy," the President said at a rally
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You Think The GOP Is Extreme Now? It'll Be Worse If They Win In November.
The Republicans' last-ditch campaign message before the midterms has gone
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Brazen Taliban attack threatens Afghan peace talks, stability
A Taliban attack on top US and Afghan security chiefs inside a highly secure compound in Afghanistan is a major coup for the insurgents that threatens to torpedo peace talks and destabilise the country's south, analysts say. A gunman wearing an Afghan security forces uniform opened fire on a group including General Scott Miller -- the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan -- and powerful Afghan police chief General Abdul Raziq on Thursday as they ended a meeting in the southern city of Kandahar. Within seconds Raziq, an anti-Taliban strongman and key US ally who was credited with keeping a lid on the insurgency in the south, was dead along with Kandahar's provincial intelligence chief and an Afghan journalist.
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