NEWS     MONDAY,  OCTOBER  22, 2018    NEWS

TSA orders travelers to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for bringing guns to airports
Travelers caught with guns at airports last year were ordered to pay approximately $1.45 million in civil penalties by the Transportation Security Administration, according to a report. The TSA imposed the fines after filing more than 4,000 actions against gun-carrying travelers, The Washington Post reports. TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,000 for travelers who bring weapons to airports. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. Violators are also subject to criminal charges. Fox
VOA VIEW: Those who make the mistake should pay the fine.

'Walking in Nancy Pelosi's Shoes': CA GOP Ad Depicts Opponent in High Heels
A Republican congressional candidate in California took a humorous approach to compare her opponent to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The latest ad for Elizabeth Heng depicts Jim Costa (D) in red high heels, or "Nancy Pelosi's shoes," struggling to walk down the street. Heng said Sunday on Fox & Friends that the "lighthearted" ad was meant to show how Costa supports Pelosi's policies like sanctuary cities and gun control. Fox
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a joke.

Two GOP senators say US should end arms sales to Saudis
Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday that ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the country's involvement in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi "should be on the table." "We don't do arms sales for the purposes of the profits from arms sales. We do arms sales because we want to be allied with different countries around the globe that believe in our values and have a long-term sense of what we're up to together and why we have that alliance," Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "(The) Saudis got a lot of explaining to do," he said. US arms sales to the Saudis have become a topic of debate in recent days as the investigation into Khashoggi's death has called into question the US' relationship with the country. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is against anything that Trump is for.


Saudi foreign minister says killing of Khashoggi was 'tremendous mistake'
Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a "tremendous mistake" and part of a rogue operation.
"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority," he told Bret Baier on Sunday. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up. That is unacceptable in any government." Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia was taking action to investigate how Khashoggi died and hold those responsible accountable. "We are determined to uncover every stone. We are determined to find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder," he said. CNN
VOA VIEW: The facts need to all be made known.

Florida and Texas Post Record Sept.-to-Sept. Job Gains
Florida and Texas, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not only led the nation in the number of nonfarm jobs they added in the year running from September 2017 to September 2018 but also added the greatest number of jobs to their states in any September-to-September period on record. Ohio and Pennsylvania—sometimes considered part of the nation’s “Rust Belt”—also saw significant job gains from September 2017 to September 2018, with Ohio showing the largest increase for its state in 21 years and Pennsylvania showing the largest increase in 18 years. CNS
VOA VIEW: Trump is doing good.

Police in Mexico try to head off caravan of Central American migrants determined to reach the US
A caravan of thousands of footsore Central American migrants who say they are seeking refuge from violence in their countries was moving north Sunday under the close watch of an army of Mexican federal police in riot gear. Mexican officials said federal police were staying in front of the caravan, which stretched about two miles and comprised mostly of people from Honduras and Guatemala many of whom say they are determined to reach the U.S. border 1,700 miles away. Those officers, transported in a convoy of tour buses and reinforced with riot police from across the country, have announced they will not let the migrants pass a small town near the border. ABC
VOA VIEW: Lawlessness must be dealt with very hard.


Royal tour: Pregnant Duchess of Sussex pulls out of event after Harry urges her to 'slow down'
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. Telegraph

Radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer could extend lives of thousands of men
Radiotherapy can provide extended survival time for thousands of men with prostate cancer, a major trial has shown. A study in London demonstrates for the first time that adding the treatment to standard hormone therapy in men with a locally-advanced form of the disease significantly holds back their cancer. Up untill now doctors have thought it pointless targeting the main tumour itself once the disease has begun to spread to nearby lymph nodes and bones. But the new approach, reported in The Lancet, significantly increased the proportion of patients who were alive after three years, despite the local spread. While 70 per cent of those given hormone therapy alone survived for three years, around 80 per cent of those in the study who received hormone therapy and radiotherapy were alive after the same period. Telegraph

Trump was 'playful' in praising assault on Guardian reporter
Donald Trump was being “playful” when he praised a Montana congressman who assaulted a Guardian reporter, said a Republican senator whose new book sets out to “heal” America’s glaring political divide. In Missoula, Montana on Thursday, Trump discussed Greg Gianforte’s attack on Ben Jacobs, which happened in May 2017 when Jacobs asked the then candidate a question about healthcare. To laughter, the president mimed a “body slam” and said Gianforte was “my guy”. The attack broke Jacobs’ glasses and injured his elbow. “I got to admit I don’t follow the rallies,” said the conservative critic of Trump with rumoured White House ambitions who nonetheless usually votes with the president. “But I think the first amendment is the beating heart of the American experiment. Guardian

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Canadian deported despite having served for US military
A Canadian army captain who fought alongside American troops in Afghanistan, and who is married to a former officer in the US air force, has been deported as Donald Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policies continue to break apart military families. Demetry Furman, 47, says he held a top-level security clearance with US forces during his service in the Middle East and worked with them on several successful anti-drugs operations that prevented millions of dollars of heroin coming to the West. But in a twist of irony he says it was a long-spent 1992 marijuana conviction that led to his being dumped by agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (Ice) at the Canadian border on Tuesday – after he spent 77 days in a maximum security jail in Ohio labelled as a drugs trafficker. Guardian

Mnuchin dismisses risk of contagion from China's economic slowdown
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed concerns that China’s weakest economic growth since the global financial crisis could spill into other emerging markets and destabilize U.S. financial markets.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. Data released on Friday showed the world’s second largest economy growing at its weakest pace since the global financial crisis, underscoring challenges for Beijing amid an escalating trade war with the United States and sluggish domestic demand. Reuters

Foreigners sell net $1.1 billion of Saudi stocks as journalist disappearance rattles investors
Foreigners sold a net 4.01 billion riyals ($1.07 billion) in Saudi stocks in the week ending Oct. 18, exchange data showed on Sunday - one of the biggest selloffs since the market opened to direct foreign buying in mid-2015. The selloff came during a week when investors were rattled by Saudi Arabia’s deteriorating relations with foreign governments following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Riyadh said on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, its first acknowledgement of his death after denying for two weeks that it was involved in his disappearance. Reuters


Amidst deadly violence, UN calls on Afghan authorities to ensure voters can cast ballot
Against a backdrop of violence and technical malfunctions, the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a statement calling on the country’s electoral authorities to re-double their efforts to make sure all eligible voters are given a reasonable opportunity to cast their ballot. Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections took place on Saturday amid reports of explosions targeting polling stations across the country, including the capital Kabul, killing or injuring dozens of people. The violence, along with technical electoral management issues, has led to delays, and many people were forced to wait long hours to cast their vote: a number of stations are reported to have extended their opening hours, with some remaining open for voting on Sunday. UN

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Paul Allen's Second Act
Allen had it right. Entrepreneurs who leave their companies—whether it’s because they’ve sold the business, they are ready to retire, or they are just done—do need to get away from themselves. Starting and running a business are all-consuming endeavors that hijack an entrepreneur’s identity. In Allen’s case, Microsoft didn’t have its IPO until three years after he left, delaying some of the post-exit sudden-wealth symptoms until 1986, when his net worth increased by $134 million overnight. After his European tour in 1983, he went back home to Seattle, took out a business loan based on his experience with Microsoft, and launched into what he expected would be his own rightful tech empire, distinct from Gates and the company they cofounded.  Wired

'Halloween' is the No. 1 movie in North America with $77.5M
Jamie Lee Curtis' latest horror movie Halloween is No. 1 in North America, earning $77.5 million in receipts, announced Sunday. Coming in at No. 2 is A Star is Born with $19.3 million, followed by Venom at No. 3 with $18.1 million, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween at No. 4 with $9.7 million and First Man at No. 5 with $8.6 million. United Press International

Mueller examines conflicting accounts as scrutiny of Roger Stone and WikiLeaks deepens
In recent weeks, a grand jury in Washington has listened to more than a dozen hours of testimony and FBI technicians have pored over gigabytes of electronic messages as part of the special counsel’s quest to solve one burning mystery: Did longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone — or any other associate of the president — have advance knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release hacked Democratic emails in 2016? While outwardly quiet for the last month, Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have been aggressively pursuing leads behind the scenes about whether Stone was in communication with the online group, whose disclosures of emails believed to have been hacked by Russian operatives disrupted the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the special counsel probe. Washington Post

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Warren took DNA test to rebuild ‘trust in government’
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Sunday said that she took the DNA test that showed a relative six to 10 generations ago was Native American in an effort to rebuild "trust in the government" through transparency. Warren said the comment during a tense debate with her Republican challenger for Senate in Massachusetts, state Rep. Geoff Diehl. Warren, 69, is running for her second six-year term in the Senate and is a potential 2020 candidate for president. She said that trust in the government is at an all-time low and changed her mind about the test after saying no to being tested in March. Fox

US general shot in Taliban attack in Afghanistan, Pentagon confirms
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders in Kandahar province last week, the Pentagon has confirmed. Cdr. Grant Neeley, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization Resolute Support spokesperson, and a U.S. defense official both confirmed the incident to Fox News on Sunday, but did not provide further details. The Washington Post, which broke the story, reported earlier Sunday that Smiley was recovering after he suffered at least one gunshot wound while he was inside the Kandahar governor’s compound. The Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials Thursday in the attack on a security conference attended by the top U.S. military commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. He escaped injury. Fox

Saudi Arabia tries to salvage its investment conference after A-listers pull out
Saudi Arabia's investment conference this week was until recently the hottest ticket in business and finance. Now the program has been stripped of names and the list of speakers, once a who's who of global business, has been heavily revised. Most of the top global CEOs and finance officials who were due to participate in the Future Investment Initiative, dubbed "Davos in the desert," pulled out in the last 10 days following the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of what happened to him, but late on Friday admitted that the Washington Post columnist died inside the consulate. Members of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle have been blamed for his death. CNN

Gorbachev slams Trump's nuclear arms treaty plans as 'unacceptable'
Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev has criticized President Donald Trump's plan to pull the United States from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty as "unacceptable" and "irresponsible," Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. Trump made the announcement on Saturday, accusing Russia of repeatedly breaking the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which Gorbachev signed in 1987 with then-US President Ronald Reagan. The signing was seen as a watershed moment during the final days of the Cold War that has helped eliminate thousands of land-based missiles from the US and Russia. Trump's plans have raised concerns of a renewed or intensified arms race between the two countries. CNN

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Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch call for UN to investigate killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Several of the largest human rights organizations in the world are calling for a U.N. investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The groups, including Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, called for Turkey to push the U.N. to begin an investigation into Khashoggi's death, which took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Khashoggi, a regular critic of the Saudi royal family, worked as a columnist for The Washington Post. He had been living in the United States after fleeing Saudi Arabia in September 2017. ABC News

Hurricane Willa grows rapidly off Pacific coast of Mexico
A newly formed hurricane rapidly gained force off Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday and forecasters said it could reach Category 4 status before hitting land by midweek. A hurricane watch was posted for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan. Hurricane Willa was about 260 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes at midday Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. It was moving to the northwest at 7 mph, but was expected to start curving toward the north-northeast. The National Hurricane Center said in its midday advisory expected to become a major hurricane by Monday morning and near the coast by Tuesday night. It said the storm could produce dangerous storm surge, while dumping 5 to 10 inches of rain across parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa states, with lesser amounts falling as it moves inland. CBS News

Flu cost employers $21 billion in lost productivity last flu season
The flu cost U.S. employers over $21 billion in lost productivity this past flu season, according to an estimate from Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. While it’s not clear yet how bad this season will be, employers are encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chances of the flu spreading in the workplace. “It was a particularly bad flu season last year,” says Andrew Challenger, vice president of the Chicago-based outplacement and executive coaching firm. “We don’t have too much of an indication of what this flu season is going to look like right now, but employers should take heed.” He estimates that if the United States sees the same levels of flu as last season, employers' losses from sick days could be higher because wages have increased since last year as firms strive to remain competitive. Newsday

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