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Trump calls for death penalty, protection inside synagogue after shooting
President Trump said that the suspect responsible for killing and injuring multiple people and police officers at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday “should get the death penalty,” saying the suspect should “pay the ultimate price.”  Speaking to reporters ahead of boarding Air Force One, Trump addressed the “devastating” shooting that occurred Saturday morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which is predominantly Jewish. Multiple fatalities were reported, and three police officers were shot. MULTIPLE PEOPLE DEAD, THREE POLICE OFFICERS SHOT AT PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY.
“People who do this should get the death penalty,” Trump said. Fox
VOA VIEW: Every house of worship should due what is possible to protect their parishioners.

11 people dead, six others injured, including 4 officers, at Pittsburgh synagogue; suspect in custody
A gunman opened fire inside a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, killing 11 people and injuring six others, including four police officers, before being taken into custody, authorities said. The brazen attack occurred inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the city's predominantly Jewish Squirrel Hill neighborhood just 10 minutes from downtown. Multiple law enforcement officials identified the suspect in the shooting as Robert Bowers, 48. Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said the suspect was taken to a hospital but did not clarify if he was one of the six people injured. A visibly emotional Hissrich told reporters the four officers had non-life threatening injuries. He could not immediately confirm how many people died in the shooting. Hissrich said the incident fell under a hate crime and will be a federal investigation. Fox
VOA VIEW: Self protection is a must - law enforcement can't be everywhere.

Cesar Sayoc was a DJ, bodybuilder and pizza delivery man before he became a bomb suspect
Hours before his arrest, Cesar Sayoc was playing music sets at a Florida strip club. Few there were aware of his political views. "He was a nice guy," Stacy Saccal, the club's general manager, told CNN affiliate WPTV. "He would make jokes, just funny." At least four times a week over the last two months, the 56-year-old parked his white Dodge van plastered with stickers supporting President Donald Trump and depicting some of Trump's critics with targets over their images near the Ultra Gentlemen's Club in West Palm Beach. Sometimes he would work as a DJ and others as a bouncer. Sayoc was arrested Friday after federal authorities said he sent 14 pipe bombs through the US mail to prominent Democrats around the country. None of the bombs detonated, and no one was injured. CNN
VOA VIEW: Before he became a nut.

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Just 3 months ago, the Pittsburgh synagogue's rabbi lamented gun violence and failure to tackle it
Three months ago, Tree of Life Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers took to his congregation's blog and bemoaned the scourge of gun violence and the failure of lawmakers to address the problem. Three months later, that menace entered his sanctuary. A gunman stepped into the Pittsburgh synagogue as congregants observed Shabbat. Multiple casualties were reported, including congregants and police. At least four people died and a suspect has been taken into custody. Shooter identified in deadly shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue. CNN

FBI Director on Mail Bombing Suspect: ‘We’re Concerned About People Committing Acts of Violence Under Any Motivation’
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday the arrest of a suspect who allegedly mailed explosives to prominent Democrats and other liberals.  Cesar Sayoc, a 56-year-old Florida man, faces 58 years in jail for allegedly sending at least 12 packages with pipe bombs targeting former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former CIA Director John Brennan, former DNI Director James Clapper, liberal billionaire financier George Soros, and actor Robert DeNiro. CNS

Trump: I’m ‘Not at All’ to Blame for Mail Bomber’s Actions
President Donald Trump praised the law enforcement community for apprehending the mail bombing suspect, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, Friday, saying it was “like finding a needle in a haystack.” The FBI, the Secret Service -- so many. I mean, they just got together and did a fantastic job. So I want to congratulate them, as you know. I think everybody wants to congratulate them, but they did a fantastic job,” he told reporters before heading to Charlotte, N.C., for a rally.  When asked whether he saw his face on Sayoc’s van, which was seized by the authorities, Trump said, “I did not. I did not see my face on the van. I don't know -- I heard he was a person that preferred me over others, but I did not see that.” CNS
VOA VIEW: Dems and the liberal media are the cause of mad action.

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Wall St. disconnect: Traders panicky despite robust economy
The nerve-wracking anxiety that's gripped the U.S. stock market might seem oddly unmoored from economic reality: Economic growth is strong, unemployment ultra-low and consumers exceptionally confident. Indeed, on Friday, the government reported that the U.S. economy grew at a healthy 3.5 percent annual pace from July through September. In the previous quarter, annual growth was an even stronger 4.2 percent. The two periods marked the strongest consecutive quarters of growth in four years. Unemployment, at 3.7 percent, has reached its lowest point since 1969. ABC

New blow to GRU: More Russian military spies exposed
It seems like open season on the GRU. The Russian military agency had its inner workings exposed again Friday as determined journalists and Kremlin critics remain focused on uncovering its secrets. A new report details the alleged misbehavior and bizarre bureaucratic decisions that allowed a Russian journalist to identify people he says are GRU officers. Journalist Sergei Kanev said he wants to call attention to problems within an organization he thinks has moved from traditional spying into unchecked violence and foreign interference. But his story portrays the agency as more sloppy than scary: one finding was that suspected GRU agents appeared to blow their own covers.  ABC

Migrant caravan members reject offer to stay in Mexico: "No, we're heading north!"
Several thousand Central American migrants turned down a Mexican offer of benefits if they applied for refugee status and stayed in the country's two southernmost states, vowing to set out before dawn Saturday to continue their long trek toward the U.S. border. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced what he called the "You are at home" plan, offering shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs to Central Americans in Chiapas and Oaxaca states if they applied, calling it a first step toward permanent refugee status. Authorities said more than 1,700 had already applied for refugee status. CBS

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Barack Obama takes aim at Donald Trump for 'making stuff up'
Barack Obama criticised Donald Trump’s tenure in office on Friday in a series of speeches in Milwaukee and Detroit that took aim at the president and other Republicans for “making stuff up”. The speeches were among Obama’s sharpest and most direct critiques of his successor, but he was careful to not mention Trump by name. He said the “character of our country is on the ballot” in the first midterm election since Trump took office. Obama cited a recent Trump comment that he would pass a tax cut before the November election. “Congress isn’t even in session before the election. He just makes it up,” he said.  'It's a moment of history for us': will black voters shape Florida's future?   Guardian
VOA VIEW: Obama is an idiot.

Syria summit: call for 'lasting ceasefire' at last rebel-held stronghold
The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany on Saturday called for a ceasefire around the last major rebel-held bastion of Idlib in Syria to be preserved. The four nations “stressed the importance of a lasting ceasefire” according to a statement read by Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, at the end of a major summit in Istanbul. Erdo?an, along with Russian president Vladimir Putin, French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel met to try to find a lasting solution to the Syrian conflict, in which more than 360,000 people have been killed since 2011. After a joint press conference, Macron urged Russia, which supports the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, to exercise “very clear pressure” on Damascus for a “stable and lasting ceasefire in Idlib”. Guardian

Control of U.S. Senate may hinge on possible Mississippi runoff
A crowded U.S. Senate race in Republican stronghold Mississippi could set the stage for weeks of uncertainty over which party ends up controlling the upper chamber of Congress after the Nov. 6 elections.  Two Republicans and two Democrats are contesting a special election to serve out the remainder of retired Republican Senator Thad Cochran’s term. Under state law, if no one gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates regardless of party affiliation will go to a Nov. 27 runoff. It is a scenario that could focus international attention on the Southern state and bring in millions of dollars from outside political groups. “Mississippi could be the deciding factor in who controls the Senate,” said Melissa Scallan, a spokeswoman for Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed by Mississippi’s Republican governor to temporarily replace Cochran after he retired on April 1.  Reuters

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Trump to go on eight-state blitz ahead of Election Day
President Donald Trump will campaign in eight states in the final days before Nov. 6 U.S. congressional elections, putting most of his attention on tight races in which Republicans have a shot at winning Senate seats, White House officials said on Friday.  From Wednesday until Election Day, the president will make campaign stops in Florida, Missouri, West Virginia, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee, the officials said. Trump, who was making campaign stops in North Carolina on Friday night and in Illinois on Saturday, is scrambling to head off a Democratic push to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.
Officials said Trump wants to go to places where races are competitive and where he can make a difference.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: A red wave is a must.

Khashoggi suspects will face trial in Saudi Arabia, says foreign minister, as row grows over extradition
Saudi Arabia will try the men suspected of murdering Jamal Khashoggi, the country’s foreign minister has said, despite Turkey demanding they be handed over to Ankara. Referring to what he called “the Khashoggi incident”, Adel al-Jubeir said the 18 people detained would be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia. Addressing an audience of Gulf security leaders in Bahrain, Mr Jubeir said Saudi Arabia had tried to share information with the public about the killing, ”but unfortunately there has been this hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia’s guilt before the investigation is completed.” He was responding to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, who on Friday renewed his call for the 18 men to be extradited for trial in Turkey. Telegraph

Israel and Islamic Jihad agree truce after worst Gaza rocket attacks in months
Palestinian militants have said that they would halt attacks into Israel from the Gaza Strip after they fired the heaviest rocket salvoes across the border in months. The Islamic Jihad, one of the armed groups that operates in Gaza, said it fired the rockets in retaliation for Israel's killing of four Palestinian protesters on Friday. Israel in response struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday. Video footage showed several of the rockets from Gaza being shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system. No casualties were reported on either side. Telegraph

Tokyo's 2020 Olympic, Paralympic venues in trouble
The construction of facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has run into trouble following the emergence of unexpected difficulties this month. The Tokyo metropolitan government is in a bind over how to address the problems, which include the collapse of a contractor renovating a tennis facility and revelations that seismic isolation and vibration control devices for a swimming pool facility may not meet government standards.   San Francisco Gate

New York says Exxon misled investors about climate risks
New York's attorney general on Wednesday sued Exxon Mobil, saying the Texas energy giant has misled investors about the risks that climate change poses to its operations. The lawsuit filed by Attorney General Barbara Underwood is the latest in a series of actions against the company claiming it has not been forthcoming with investors and the public about climate change. The complaint states Exxon courted investors such as the state's public pension funds with inaccurate information, assuring them it was accounting for the possibility of stricter regulations of greenhouse gas emission in its planning, when it was doing much less than it claimed. San Francisco Gate
VOA VIEW: Underwood is an idiot.

Mattis presses Saudi leader for full probe on writer's death
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister during an international conference and urged a full and complete investigation into the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Mattis says Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir "had no reservations at all" about the need for the kingdom to be transparent about the death of the Washington Post columnist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Mattis did not detail the conversation they had Saturday, but said he told Jubeir that "we need to know what happened." ABC

When Sears flourished, so did workers — at Amazon, it’s more complicated
Half a century ago, a typical Sears salesman could walk out of the store at retirement with a nest egg worth well over $1 million in today’s dollars, feathered with company stock. A warehouse worker hired now at Amazon who stays until retirement would leave with a fraction of that. Much as Sears has declined in the intervening decades, so has the willingness of corporate America to share the rewards of success. Shareholders now come first, and employees have been pushed to the back of the line. This shift is broader than a single company’s culture, reflecting deep changes in how business is conducted in America. Winner-take-some has evolved into winner-take-most or -all, and in many cases publicly traded companies are concentrating wealth, not spreading it. Seattle Times

Johnny Depp reportedly booted from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise
Johnny Depp has been axed from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. The 55-year-old has played Jack Sparrow in the films for the past 15 years, but he will reportedly no longer be part of the films as Disney Studios plan a reboot. Scriptwriter Stuart Beattie appeared to confirm the news on DailyMail TV and revealed they will be reworking the entire franchise. Speaking about his exit, Stuart said: “I think he’s had a great run. Obviously, he’s made that character his own and it’s become the character he’s most famous for now. “And kids all over the world love him as that character so I think it’s been great for him, it’s been great for us, so I’m just very, very happy about it.” He added: “I think Jack Sparrow will be his legacy. Fox

Fresh test for Merkel as Christian Democrats look set to lose control of Hesse
Angela Merkel's political future looks increasingly precarious with voters on Sunday predicted to deliver her party its second major electoral blow within a month.
German Chancellor's conservative Christian Democrats are predicted to receive just 28 percent of the vote in Hesse, a bellwether state home to Frankfurt, the nation's financial hub. It would mark a 10-point drop from the state's last election in 2013, according to the latest poll from German broadcaster ZDF, and cement a larger trend in Germany of voters abandoning the chancellor for smaller fringe parties. Telegraph

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Pittsburgh shooting: What we know so far
A gunman has entered a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, killing 11 people. Four officers are among six others injured at the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill. The officers are in a stable condition. The suspect has been named as Robert Bowers, 46. He has been described as a heavy-set, bearded white man. Here's what we know so far about the shooting. Emergency services arrived at the scene at about 10:00 local time (14:00 GMT), during a service. Two officers - among the first responders - were injured in an initial confrontation with the shooter. A further two SWAT team members were hurt inside the building, clashing with the shooter.
All four are in a stable condition, authorities said. A 61-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man are also currently being treated. BBC

UN chief calls for ‘united front’ against anti-Semitism after US synagogue mass-shooting
The UN Secretary-General said on Saturday he was “deeply shocked” by a deadly mass-shooting inside a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, which reportedly left 11 people dead and several others wounded, some critically. In a statement issued by his Spokesman, António Guterres said that the horrific attack, which took place inside the synagogue while it was packed with worshippers, was a “painful reminder of continuing anti-Semitism”. Police were called to the Tree of Life synagogue in the largely-Jewish neighbourhood of Squirrel Hill in the western Pennsylvania city, during morning services marking the Sabbath. A heavily-armed gunman opened fire and according to US media reports, shouted, “All Jews must die”. UN

Mail bomb suspect made numerous references on Facebook to Russian associates and echoed pro-Kremlin views
A Facebook account apparently belonging to the man charged with sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats this week included references to Russian associates and propaganda links that echo Kremlin views on the Syrian civil war, alongside ramblings about soccer, women and U.S. politics. Cesar Sayoc, 56, a vocal supporter of President Trump who was arrested in Florida on Friday and charged with multiple federal crimes, apparently spoke of “my Russian brothers” on several occasions on a Facebook page in 2015. The meaning of the references to Russians is not clear, nor is it clear how Sayoc came to view and share propaganda sympathetic to Russian actions in Syria. Facebook removed the account from public view after news spread of Sayoc’s arrest. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: The person was crazy.

Trump says he will travel to Pittsburgh after deadly synagogue shooting
President Trump on Saturday strongly condemned the deadly mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue as “pure evil” and anti-Semitic, and then, without skipping a beat, slipped into campaign mode with attacks on trade deals, a discourse on palm trees and a dig at a potential 2020 rival. Just over a week before midterm elections, the president traveled to Indiana for a convention speech and later a political rally in Illinois, though he joked about canceling both events because of a “bad hair day.” “This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe and frankly something that is unimaginable, our nation and the world are shocked,” Trump told the audience at the National FFA Organization event, adding that the “vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism” must be rejected, as should all prejudice. Washington Post

Synagogues around the nation strengthen security following Pittsburgh shooting
Synagogues around the nation have heightened security in the wake of a shooting Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue, where at least 11 people have died. In Nashville, police will be conducting extra patrols and checking in more frequently at Jewish buildings, according to Metro Police Capt. Chris Taylor. Rabbi Laurie Rice said Congregation of Micah in Brentwood, a Nashville suburb, increased security Saturday. "The whole Jewish community continues to take security very seriously," Rice said. "We all take every precaution we can to ensure the security and sanctity of our campuses." The FBI, which is leading the investigation, is treating the shooting as a hate crime, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. The shooting sparked action in many Jewish communities around the U.S. USA Today

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A people raised in violence had found peace in Squirrel Hill before synagogue mass shooting
“I never expected something like this happening here,” Greg Stalfa said as he sipped a beer at the Squirrel Hill Café, a neighborhood bar just a few blocks where something like this happened. Something like this was the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue Saturday morning that left 11 dead and six wounded – including four police officers. The Anti-Defamation League believes this to be the deadliest attack on Jews in the nation’s history. USA Today

Dodgers' bullpen crumbles in 9-6 loss to Red Sox in Game 4
Working on a one-hitter with a 4-0 lead, Rich Hill had just sent Eduardo Nunez down swinging for the first out of the seventh inning. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had seen enough. Walking to the mound, he signaled to the bullpen and Hill was gone. On came Scott Alexander and the beginning of another troubled outing for Los Angeles’ bullpen in the World Series. The relievers combined to give up eight of Boston’s nine runs over the final three innings in a 9-6 loss Saturday that sent the Dodgers to the brink of elimination for the second straight year. Even President Donald Trump questioned Roberts’ moves.  Washington Post

Migrant caravan halts after report of abducted child
Coordinators of a caravan of several thousand Central American migrants moving through southern Mexico urged its members to rest Sunday. At first the migrants vowed to press on anyway but later changed their minds amid reports that a child had been abducted. The migrants said they would stay and hold a meeting Sunday in Tapanatepec. Late Saturday night, groups of migrants were running through the town’s streets saying a migrant’s child had been snatched. Something similar led to a panic at an earlier stop, but was not confirmed. Washington Post

One of two Powerball tickets sold at Harlem deli
Lottery officials say two tickets have won the estimated $750 million Powerball jackpot. Powerball officials say tickets purchased in Iowa and New York match all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing. The jackpot is the fourth-largest in U.S. history. The winning numbers were 8, 12, 13, 19 and 27, and Powerball 4. New York Lottery officials say the winning ticket was sold at West Harlem Deli at 2040 5th Ave. It comes four days after someone won a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize. The ticket was sold in South Carolina. Powerball is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., the U.S Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million. New York Post

Bill Maher Presses Stormy Daniels On Why She Slept With “Sleazebag” Donald Trump On ‘Real Time’
On HBO‘s Real Time With Bill Maher, Stormy Daniels appeared as the host’s opening guest to discuss her scandalous relationship with Donald Trump and her new memoir Full Disclosure. During the interview, Maher pressed the former porn star on why she would ever sleep with such a “sleazebag” as the current White House occupant. The dancer, who was recently arrested in Columbus, Ohio by pro-Trump police officers for “motorboating,” responded with a generic “I have no idea,” prompting laughter from the studio audience. “Well, he has a spell on a lot of people,” Maher said in a semi-serious tone, then asking Stormy if Trump had attempted to pay her off after their alleged affair. Daniels insisted that she had never been offered payment and wouldn’t have even accepted it if it were offered. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Maher is a liberal sleeze.

Who is Robert Bowers? Accused Pittsb urgh synagogue shooter left anti-semitic trail
The man accused in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning screamed anti-Semitic epithets, including "All Jews must die," as he fired at random, a law enforcement official told USA TODAY. Bowers, 46, was armed with one assault rifle and three handguns during his shooting spree inside the Tree of Life synagogue as innocents were worshipping, the FBI said. He walked into the synagogue shortly before 10 a.m. By the end of the 20-minute attack, 11 were dead and six left seriously injured, including several officers. Just before entering the building, a social media account appearing to belong to Bowers posted an anti-semitic message to the website Gab, a fringe social media website utilized in large part by white nationalists and members of the far-right.  Indy Star

The Latest: Flowers laid at Leicester after helicopter crash
The Latest on the helicopter crash at English soccer club Leicester City: Police say the air accident watchdog has launched an investigation into why the aircraft fell to the ground in a parking lot near King Power stadium. The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been deployed to the site and is looking into the circumstances of the crash. Flowers and wreaths have been laid outside Leicester's City's stadium, the morning after a helicopter belonging to the English club's Thai owner crashed in flames next to the ground. A small candle was placed in front of the flowers as people gathered at the stadium. The club from central England has said it is assisting authorities with "a major incident" at the stadium after eyewitnesses reported seeing the helicopter plummet to the ground shortly after it took off from the field following a Premier League game between Leicester and West Ham on Saturday night. Leicester's owner, Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is known for arriving and leaving the stadium in his helicopter at home games. Houston Chronicle

Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh
 Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh's Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue there, denouncing the "inhuman act of violence" and praying for an end to the "flames of hatred" that fueled it. Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh on Sunday in St. Peter's Square, a day after a gunman who had expressed hatred of Jews opened fire in the synagogue during Sabbath services, killing 11 people. Francis prayed for the dead, the injured and their families. He says "all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence." Houston Chronicle

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