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Diners confront Mitch McConnell at restaurant
A small group of angry diners confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a restaurant Friday night, but were met with calls from other customers to leave the Kentucky Republican alone. Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao -- to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell. Fox
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Haley demands UN punish Cuba, Bolivia after ‘mob scene’ at US event for Cuban political prisoners
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is demanding the U.N. Secretary General take action against the Bolivian and Cuban delegations after they disrupted a U.S. event to draw attention to the plight of political prisoners in Cuba -- damaging U.N. property in the process. The event on Tuesday, “Jailed for What? The plight of Cuba’s political prisoners,” which took place in the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) chamber, descended into chaos when diplomats from the two countries -- including Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenti -- started banging on tables and screaming slogans in an effort to derail the event. Speakers, including former prisoners and relatives of those currently imprisoned under the communist regime, struggled to be heard over the noise. Fox

Is the case against Harvey Weinstein unraveling?
Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul whose alleged sexual assaults sparked the international #MeToo movement, may be sentenced to a lifetime of shame and ridicule. Legal experts, however, now indicate he may never see the inside of a jail, let alone go to trial to face his accusers. The case against Weinstein is "unraveling," high profile defense attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos says, citing the infighting between the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York Police Department as one of the main reasons he believes the Weinstein case won't go to trial. CNN
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Georgia county tosses out hundreds of minority absentee ballots
One suburban Georgia county has become a flashpoint for concerns over voter suppression for rejecting hundreds of mail-in absentee ballots weeks before Election Day. Gwinnett County, located northeast of Atlanta, now faces two federal lawsuits and accusations from voting rights activists who say the rejections disproportionately affect minority voters, particularly Asian Americans and African Americans. The county has rejected 595 absentee ballots, which account for more than a third of the total absentee-ballot rejections in the state, even though Gwinnett County accounts for only about 6% of absentee ballots submitted in Georgia, according to state data analyzed by CNN Friday.  CNN

Trump: Republicans planning tax cuts for middle-income earners before November
President Trump said Saturday that Republicans are planning to implement a “very major tax cut” for middle-income earners before next month, even though Congress is out of session until after November’s midterm elections. After his campaign rally in this northeastern Nevada town, Trump talked up the new round of tax cuts, but did not go into specifics. He said the cuts would be done “sometime just prior, I would say, to November.” “We are going to be putting in and are studying very deeply right now, around the clock a major tax cut for middle-income people,” Trump said shortly before his departure back to Washington. Washington Post
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House candidates campaign on their agendas, but voters vote on Trump
For months, a loud and acrimonious campaign for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District has played out in the Cincinnati area between incumbent Republican Steve Chabot and his challenger, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval. Gordon Marsh, shuffling across a strip mall parking lot, was quick with a blunt assessment. “I’m voting against Chabot,” he said. “I’m not crazy about Pureval, either.” But Marsh said his choice had little to do with the local candidates or issues. It was all about Donald Trump. “I’m going Democrat all the way,” Marsh said gruffly before stomping into a Best Buy. “They need the seats. My position right now is that he is a lousy president and a lousy person.” Washington Post
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Hurricane Michael unearthed 19th century shipwrecks in Florida
Ships that washed ashore on Dog Island during the 1899 Carrabelle Hurricane were unearthed completely by Hurricane Michael's vicious storm surge last week in Franklin County, Florida. Of the 15 ships that were grounded on the barrier island during the storm 119 years ago, it's unclear which or how many were unearthed by Michael. Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico side of the island, the wooden ships now rest in plain view near the west end of the island. They are well-documented wrecks, according to the Florida Department of State. Because state resources are being allocated to more urgent hurricane recovery efforts, there are currently no plans for state archaeologists to visit the site. USA Today


Trump Admin Foregoes Coal and Nuclear Bailout in Win for Free Market-Loving Americans
It seems the possibility of the Trump administration bailing out coal and nuclear plants has been put to rest for now. This is good news for electricity customers, the integrity of competitive markets, limited government fans, states, and in the long term, the coal and nuclear industries as well. The Trump administration had originally proposed using federal emergency powers in the Federal Power Act and Defense Production Act to mandate purchase of electricity from coal and nuclear power plants for two years. It attempted to argue that plant closures presented a national security crisis warranting unilateral intervention in the private sector, hopscotching over the jurisdiction of states, regional grid operators, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. CNS

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Democrats and Republicans
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley used her keynote speech at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner on Thursday to poke fun at Democrats and Republicans alike, beginning with a dig at Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) Native American heritage. “Two years ago, President Trump was here, and he made some waves with his remarks. Apparently, no one here could have predicted that. So … last year you went with Paul Ryan, who’s a boy scout, and that’s fine, but a little boring,” she said. “So this year, you wanted to spice things up again, right? I get it. You wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test. Actually, when the president found out that I was Indian-American, he asked me if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren,” Haley joked.  CNS

18 Saudi citizens detained in connection with murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Eighteen Saudi citizens have been detained in connection with the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency. Khashoggi disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. An initial investigation has revealed that discussions between Khashoggi and the individuals who met with him at the consulate led to an argument and a fist fight -- which resulted in the journalist's death -- Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said in a statement, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Investigators are working to hold those involved with Khashoggi's death responsible, according to the statement. Turkish officials have claimed that a group of 15 Saudi men flew to Istanbul at the time of Khashoggi's disappearance. ABC
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Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Texas, Oklahoma panhandles
An earthquake has shaken parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 8:04 a.m. Saturday about 9 miles (15 kilometers) north-northeast of Amarillo. The temblor was recorded at a depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers). There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Geologists say damage isn't likely in quakes of magnitude 4.0. Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, with many linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production.  ABC

Trump goes after Democrats at campaign event for vulnerable Nevada senator
President Trump is in Elko, Nevada, Saturday to rally for Sen. Dean Heller and other Republican candidates in the state. It's his third campaign rally in three days. He was met with an enthusiastic crowd who often interrupted his speech with cheers. Heller is facing Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen and is considered the most vulnerable Republican up for re-election in the Senate this year, as Hillary Clinton won Nevada in 2016. Mr. Trump has ramped up his campaign presence in the month before the midterm elections, urging large rally crowds to turn out to vote and ensure that Republicans keep the majority in Congress. He often spends much of his rallies condemning Democrats, accusing them of being a "mob" unfit to govern. CBS
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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion after no one wins latest drawing
No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot is now a staggering $1.6 billion. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's drawing. The numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7. The next drawing will be Tuesday. With the jackpot currently tied with the record-setting lottery jackpot and bound to grow before the next drawing, it is bound to become the largest prize in U.S. history. The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million. CBS News

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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.  Telegraph
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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”.  Telegraph

Republicans break ranks with Trump over Saudi dissident’s death
Florida senator Marco Rubio called the Saudi account of the journalist’s death “bizarre” and slammed authorities in Riydah for their lack of transparency. “Saudi Arabia’s changing stories on Khashoggi’s murder is getting old,” he wrote on Twitter. Along with other senior US politicians, Rubio said he would insist on a full investigation by US intelligence, and called for those responsible to face sanctions under the Magnitsky Act, legislation named after a murdered Russian lawyer which punishes Russian human rights offenders. Guardian


Elizabeth Warren defends releasing DNA test to show Native American heritage
In a Massachusetts senatorial debate on Friday night, Elizabeth Warren defended her decision to release this week DNA test results that provide some evidence a Native American is in her bloodline, saying: “I am an open book.” Warren is a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. She released the tests in part to counter attacks from Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized her claims of Native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas”. On Friday night in Boston, she debated the Republican Geoff Diehl, who she leads convincingly in polls as she seeks a second six-year Senate term. Guardian
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The 'globalisation' of China's military power
China's modernisation of its armed forces is proceeding faster than many analysts expected. Now, according to experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies - the IISS - in London, it is China and no longer Russia, that increasingly provides the benchmark against which Washington judges the capability requirements for its own armed forces. This is especially true in terms of air and naval forces - the focus of China's modernisation effort. Events in Europe mean that for the US Army, it is still largely Russian capabilities that provide the benchmark threat. This trend has been chronicled in the Military Balance, the annual assessment of global military capabilities and defence spending, published by the IISS since 1959. BBC

People's Vote march: Hundreds of thousands attend London protest
Protesters seeking a referendum on the final Brexit deal have attended a rally which organisers say was the biggest demonstration of its kind. Young voters led the People's Vote march to London's Parliament Square, which supporters say attracted approximately 700,000 protesters. It also had support from a number of MPs who want a fresh vote. This is something which has already been ruled out by Prime Minister Theresa May. The People's Vote campaign said stewards on the route estimated 700,000 were taking part. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan - who started the march - was among those who addressed Parliament Square, along with representatives from the main political parties. BBC

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63 infant bodies found at second Detroit funeral home
The Detroit Police Department said remains of 63 infants or fetuses were found in another funeral home in the city. Police removed the 63 remains Friday from Perry Funeral Home as an investigation widens after last week's discovery of 11 infant bodies at now-defunct Cantrell Funeral Home on Detroit's east side. Authorities say the two discoveries are unrelated. United Press International

Chaotic, bloody Afghan parliamentary elections enter 2nd day
Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have entered into a second day following violence and chaos that caused delays and interruptions on the first day of polling.
Independent Elections Commission Chairman Abdul Badi Sayat says over 3 million people out of 8.8 registered voters cast their ballots on Saturday. The biggest turnout was in Kabul and the lowest in southern Uruzgan province. Polling on Sunday continues in 401 voting centers, including 45 in Kabul. Twenty-seven civilians and 11 Afghan security forces were killed and more than 100 others wounded in nearly 200 attacks on election day across the country. Tampa Tribune

Paul Allen’s cause of death is revealed, and it is horrifying
Billionaire Microsoft co-founder and Seattle sports mogul Paul Allen died from septic shock, a condition that can be agonizingly painful, according to a report. A copy of the death certificate for Allen, 65, obtained by TMZ, indicated that septic shock caused him to die. Allen died Monday in Seattle, just three weeks after announcing the return of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of cancer that had been in remission for about a decade. Septic shock is notoriously agonizing and include symptoms such as “severe muscle pain and general discomfort,” according to Medical News Today. It’s brought on when chemicals naturally produced by the body to fight an infection back-fire and seep into the bloodstream, leading to severe inflammation. New York Post

Powerball jackpot rises to $620 million, third-largest in game's history
The day after nobody won a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the numbers were drawn for a relatively paltry Powerball prize of $470 million. But like Mega Millions, no one took home Powerball and the pot continues to rise. The winning numbers for Saturday's drawing were 16, 54, 57, 62, 69 with a Powerball of 23.
With no one claiming the big prize, the Powerball drawing on Wednesday -- one day after a $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing -- will be $620 million. The cash payout is approximately $354.3 million. The Powerball is the third-largest in the game's history and sixth-largest in U.S. lotto history.  ABC News

Trump says he'd prefer to choose woman as US ambassador to UN
Donald Trump said on Saturday he would prefer to pick a woman to take over as United Nations ambassador when Nikki Haley steps down. Trump says US will withdraw from nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, surprised Washington earlier this month when she said she would quit at the end of the year. Speculation immediately swirled around whether Trump would appoint his daughter, Ivanka, to the role. He acknowledged that would prompt charges of nepotism but said he was “not sure there’s anybody more competent”. BBC News

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Tech, social media companies encourage voter turnout as November approaches
Bursts of red and blue stars have decorated the tops of Facebook feeds across the USA for weeks. "The voter registration deadline in your state is today. Share a voter registration link to help your friends register," the message reads. This push for registration from Facebook is far from unique as November and the midterm elections approach. From Twitter to Lyft and Bumble to Tinder, tech companies and social media platforms have unveiled initiatives to encourage their users to show up at the polls. Just under 70 percent of Americans use some form of social media, according to Pew Research Center. With user bases numbering in the millions – and often billions – social networking platforms have the ability to reach voters on a massive scale. USA Today
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Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact
President Donald Trump says he will exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union. He says Russia is violating the pact and it’s preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons. The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East, prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 to 3,400 miles. Trump said Saturday that “Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years.” The agreement has constrained the U.S. from developing new weapons, but Trump said America will begin developing them unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop the weapons. Seattle Times

Return to sender: Postal union warns of fallout if US leaves
No international letters, no international packages: A top official with a 192-country postal union says that’s what Americans can expect if the Trump administration goes through with plans to pull out of an international postal treaty over concerns about China. Pascal Clivaz, deputy director-general of the Switzerland-based Universal Postal Union, says the agency reached out quickly to U.S. officials after receiving a letter from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week announcing Washington’s plan to pull out of the union in a year if the treaty isn’t renegotiated. The U.S. says it’s willing to renegotiate.  Seattle Times

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