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Official says basis of Canada-U. S. deal has been reached

The U. S. and Canada reached the basis of a free trade deal Sunday night, a senior Canadian government official said. 2018-10-01 03:18 2KB www.twincities.com

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Iran Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria over parade attack. 2018-10-01 08:22 6KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Trade deal largely spares Canada, Mexico from any Trump auto tariffs

The new U. S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade will preserve President Donald Trump's ability to impose threatened 25 percent global tariffs on autos while largely exempting passenger vehicles, pickup trucks and auto parts from Canada and Mexico, a side-letter to the agreement showed on Monday. 2018-10-01 05:16 3KB www.reuters.com

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Factbox: Details of the new North America free trade deal

The United States and Canada forged a last-gasp deal on Sunday to salvage a three-country, $1.2 trillion open-trade zone agreement with Mexico that had been about to collapse after nearly a quarter century. 2018-10-01 07:44 5KB www.reuters.com

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Indonesia rushes aid to Sulawesi as death toll from quake, tsunami passes 830

Indonesian authorities scrambled on Monday to get aid and rescue equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island, and prepared to bury some of the more than 800 dead, while shaken survivors streamed out of the area in search of food and shelter. 2018-10-01 05:59 7KB www.reuters.com

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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal

Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River... 2018-10-01 05:10 2KB lasvegassun.com

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AP PHOTOS: Scenes of destruction and suffering in Indonesia

AP PHOTOS: Scenes of destruction and suffering in Indonesia. 2018-10-01 05:14 1KB www.heraldonline.com

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Senators botched the Brett Kavanaugh investigation. Now the FBI must clean up the mess.

I watched the entire Senate Judiciary Committee proceeding Thursday and felt disgusted by the farcical process that was not designed to get at the truth.… 2018-10-01 07:15 6KB eu.usatoday.com

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South, North Korea Start Demining Demilitarized Zone

TOKYO (Sputnik) - Troops from North Korea and South Korea have started removing landmines from the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries as part of an agreement to search for the remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War, the South Korean Defense Ministry told Sputnik. 2018-10-01 06:09 1KB sputniknews.com

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Kavanaugh allegations join debate over campus investigations

Kavanaugh allegations come amid debate over how reports of sexual violence on campus are investigated. 2018-10-01 04:51 5KB www.thenewstribune.com

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At least 832 people dead after Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, as government says it will accept international help

Indonesian authorities scrambled today to get aid and rescue equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island, and prepared to bury some of the at least 832 dead, while the government said it w 2018-10-01 05:38 7KB www.independent.ie

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New California internet neutrality law sparks US lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation's strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating the internet. 2018-10-01 04:40 4KB www.wral.com

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California governor rejects supervised drug injection plan

California Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected legislation that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could be the nation's first supervised drug injection site under a pilot program. 2018-10-01 04:13 4KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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'The White House isn't intervening' - senior Trump officials say they won't be 'micromanaging' Kavanaugh probe

Senior Trump administration officials have insisted the White House is not 2018-10-01 05:45 8KB www.independent.ie

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Yale classmate recalls Kavanaugh as frequent, heavy drinker

Charles “Chad” Ludington, who now teaches at North Carolina State University, said he was a friend of Kavanaugh’s at Yale and that Kavanaugh was “a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker.” 2018-10-01 07:42 1KB wtop.com

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Tropical Storm Rosa nears Mexico's Baja California coast

Tropical Storm Rosa neared northwest Mexico where its heavy rains were expected to cause flooding and landslides before drenching parts of the U. S. Southwest.… 2018-10-01 04:30 2KB abcnews.go.com

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Republicans' prosecutor says Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has a weak case

WASHINGTON — The sex crimes prosecutor hired last week by Senate Republicans to question witnesses about a sexual assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Sunday… 2018-10-01 04:41 3KB eu.usatoday.com

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UK Brexit chief says no deal better than being tied to bloc

Britain's chief Brexit minister is warning the European Union, and his divided party, that the country will leave the bloc without a deal rather than accept close adherence to its rules and obligations. 2018-10-01 07:47 3KB www.miamiherald.com

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Man shot multiple times, killed in Englewood: police

The 40-year-old man was discovered on a street about 7 p.m. by officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 5700 block of South Sangamon Street 2018-10-01 05:20 1KB chicago.suntimes.com

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German court approves extradition of Iranian diplomat

A German court says it has approved the extradition of an Iranian diplomat wanted in Belgium on suspicion he was part of a failed plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally near Paris. 2018-10-01 08:01 1KB www.sacbee.com

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American climbers ski down world's fourth-highest mountain

James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, scaled Mount Lhotse's 27,940-foot summit on Sunday. 2018-10-01 06:41 1KB www.stripes.com

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Pro-independence protesters in Catalonia block roads, railway line

Pro-independence protesters obstructed major roads and a high-speed railway line in Spain's Catalonia region on Monday, one year after a banned referendum on secession that was marred by police violence. 2018-10-01 08:00 3KB www.digitaljournal.com

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String of disasters exacts heavy damage, human toll in Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — A recent string of natural disasters, the latest a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, have exacted a severe toll both in… 2018-10-01 07:32 3KB townhall.com

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Asian shares mixed amid lingering trade tension worries

Asian shares mixed as US-Canada reach agreement on new trade pact. 2018-10-01 07:30 3KB www.miamiherald.com

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AP Explains: Where things stand in Vegas shooting aftermath

AP Explains: Las Vegas shooting spawned lawsuits and reviews, but motive for the massacre remains unknown. 2018-10-01 05:28 7KB www.sacbee.com

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Palestinians in West Bank strike over Israel’s nation law

Palestinians on general strike across West Bank in solidarity with Arab citizens of Israel over contentious law. 2018-10-01 07:46 1KB www.miamiherald.com

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Problems for Pentagon’s immigrant recruit program

US officials say stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied a Pentagon recruiting plan. 2018-10-01 06:59 6KB www.thenewstribune.com

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India’s sanitation summit overshadows problems that persist

The United Nations is celebrating the sanitation gains made in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 at a summit this week in New Delhi, but struggles with open defecation remain in the heart in India's capital. 2018-10-01 06:42 1KB www.miamiherald.com

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Melania Trump forges ahead as first lady with Africa trip

Melania Trump is pushing ahead in her role as first lady by going on her first big international trip without the president. 2018-10-01 06:21 5KB www.miamiherald.com

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Today in History: Oct. 1

Here’s a look at events that have happened on Oct. 1. 2018-10-01 04:10 4KB wtop.com

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For LeBron James and the Lakers, a Dress Rehearsal for a New Era

It was only an exhibition, but James played his first minutes in the Lakers’ purple and gold, providing a tantalizing taste of what is to come this season. 2018-10-01 05:11 6KB www.nytimes.com

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Germany arrests 6 suspected far-right extremists in Chemnitz

German prosecutors say they have ordered the arrest of six men on suspicion of forming a "far-right terrorist organization" in the eastern city of… 2018-10-01 08:15 1KB abcnews.go.com

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LEADING OFF: Brewers-Cubs, Rockies-Dodgers in Games 163

A look at what's happening around the majors today: WIN OR GO WILD In a big league first, a pair of tiebreaking Game 163s… 2018-10-01 07:10 3KB eu.usatoday.com

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Some fear Kavanaugh's fate may bode ill for GOP either way

NEW YORK (AP) - Whether or not Republicans ultimately confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, some on the front lines of the GOP’s midterm battlefield… 2018-10-01 04:45 8KB www.washingtontimes.com

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4 remain in hospital after Pacific lagoon plane crash

Four passengers remained hospitalized on Monday after an airliner crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week, the airline said. The four were in… 2018-10-01 07:56 2KB abcnews.go.com

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Murphy plans ‘major’ address on NJ’s lagging economy

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy set to deliver what he says is a major speech on the economy. 2018-10-01 07:06 1KB www.sacbee.com

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Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?

Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless. 2018-10-01 06:23 6KB www.wral.com

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'Tragedy of grand scale': Events mark date of Vegas shooting

It has been a year since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U. S. history, and a woman set to talk at a sunrise ceremony commemorating the lives lost says that although hearts are still healing, she hopes people can move forward from the enormous tragedy with "love and light." 2018-10-01 05:25 6KB www.wral.com

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Mexican students massacred by army in 1968, by gangs today

Mexican students massacred by army in 1968, under attack by gangs today. 2018-10-01 04:16 7KB www.sacbee.com

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3rd Kavanaugh accuser has history of legal disputes

One of the women who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has an extensive legal history. 2018-10-01 06:26 8KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Typhoon Trami hits Japan mainland, 2 killed

Tokyo: At least two people were killed and 100 injured as Typhoon Trami hit the Japanese mainland on 2018-10-01 05:02 1KB www.siasat.com

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Flacco flourishing for resurgent Ravens, downs Steelers

Joe Flacco's hot start is helping fuel the resurgent Baltimore Ravens. 2018-10-01 07:02 4KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Two Koreas remove landmines at tense border

The two Koreas on Monday started to remove landmines along a section of their heavily fortified border as part of a summit deal to ease military tensions, Seoul said. 2018-10-01 07:40 2KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Bengals don’t flinch, beat Falcons on Dalton’s late TD pass

Dalton, Bengals show poise in impressive late drive capped by TD pass to Green for 37-36 win over Falcons. 2018-10-01 06:52 4KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Trump to hold Tennessee rally, Blackburn Senate fundraiser

President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee for a public rally and a fundraiser for Republican U. S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid. 2018-10-01 08:18 1KB www.sacbee.com

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We must hold Texas lawmakers accountable for school funding

Texas is a prosperous state, but lawmakers are failing to adequately finance public education. Communities and students are suffering the academic,... 2018-10-01 07:00 5KB www.dallasnews.com

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University of New Mexico professor pay among nation’s lowest

Salaries for professors at New Mexico's largest university ranks among the lowest in the nation and is hurting the school at retaining teachers and attracting new ones. 2018-10-01 05:28 1KB www.thenewstribune.com

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New Mexico trains Native American interpreters for election

New Mexico election officials say Native American interpreters are being trained for a series of official ads that will run ahead of the Nov. 6 election. 2018-10-01 05:26 1KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Son of US Marine elected Okinawa governor on anti-military ticket

The son of a US Marine has been elected governor of Okinawa after campaigning against Washington's military presence on the Southern Japanese island. 2018-10-01 06:07 3KB edition.cnn.com

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Murder trial of Chicago police officer to resume

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke ’s attorneys are closing in on their last witnesses and it’s still not clear whether Van Dyke… 2018-10-01 04:01 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87

Read more about Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87 on Business Standard. Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of legendary actor Raj Kapoor, passed away Monday due to cardiac arrest. She was 87."My mother passed away at about 5 am today due to cardiac arrest... Old age was another factor. We are deeply saddened by her demise," son 2018-10-01 04:45 1KB www.business-standard.com

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Over 1,200 Criminals Escape Indonesian Prisons Following Devastating Tsunami

On September 28, a powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit off Sulawesi, wreaking havoc and triggering a tsunami shortly afterward, scaring a lot of local residents and even provoking a major prison break in the country. 2018-10-01 08:07 2KB sputniknews.com

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Nirav Modi’s foreign assets seized by ED

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 637 crores belonging to fug 2018-10-01 05:51 3KB www.siasat.com

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Lucknow shooting: Such criminal offences unacceptable, says Adityanath

Saharanpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday assured assistance to the family 2018-10-01 04:20 2KB www.siasat.com

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Las Vegas shooting 1 year later: How art is healing some wounds

Mourners have turned to art as a therapeutic form of healing in the year since a gunman killed 58 people attending a country concert in Las Vegas. 2018-10-01 07:25 8KB www.upi.com

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Injured Seahawks Player Earl Thomas Flips Off His Own Team

Earl Thomas' career as a Seattle Seahawk is probably over—and it did not have a happy ending. The star free safety gave the finger to the Seahawks sideline during Sunday's game against the... Sports News Summaries. 2018-10-01 07:34 2KB www.newser.com

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Fuel price hiked again, LPG to costs Rs 502.4 per cylinder

New Delhi: Fuel price continues to surge across the country with Petrol being sold at Rs 83.73 per l 2018-10-01 03:56 1KB www.siasat.com

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Northam forms advisory commission on opioids

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has asked a group of experts to advise him on how to fight the state's opioid epidemic. 2018-10-01 07:46 1KB www.miamiherald.com

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No. 20 Michigan State still struggling to finish strong

Michigan State's win over Central Michigan was reasonably routine, but the ending left plenty to be desired for the Spartans. 2018-10-01 07:17 3KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Google celebrates renowned opthalmologist Govindappa Venkataswamy

New Delhi: The Google Doodle on Monday celebrated the centenary of renowned opthalmologist Govindapp 2018-10-01 04:35 2KB www.siasat.com

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UMaine gets grant to study mosquito-borne viruses, tourism

A team of University of Maine researchers is being awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to examine the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases. 2018-10-01 07:06 1KB www.sacbee.com

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SC issues guidelines to deter vandalism in name of protest

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued guidelines to deter acts of vandalism and hooliganism 2018-10-01 05:47 2KB www.siasat.com

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Utah’s new alcohol rules limit stores to 2 beer displays

Grocery and convenience stores in Utah that are already limited to selling only low-point beer will face additional restrictions intended to curb excessive in-store advertising and consumer confusion. 2018-10-01 05:05 1KB www.miamiherald.com

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Anchorage, cooperative finalize terms of $1B utility sale

Anchorage and the Chugach Electric Association have worked out the terms for the $1 billion deal to buy the city-owned electric utility. 2018-10-01 05:03 1KB www.miamiherald.com

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Messi speaks up amid slump in new role as Barcelona captain

With his actions, and now words, Lionel Messi is embracing a new role as Barcelona captain. 2018-10-01 04:44 4KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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New Tesla chair must rein in CEO Musk at key moment

Tough work: New Tesla board members to face formidable challenges. 2018-10-01 04:10 5KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Medicine award to kick off naming of new Nobel Prize winners

This year's Nobel Prize winners will be revealed starting Monday with the prize for medicine or physiology. 2018-10-01 04:03 1KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Column: US has European way figured out except for winning

Eds: Column: US set long-term goals for the Ryder Cup, and the short-term results are not good. 2018-10-01 07:12 5KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Himachal Pradesh: 16 trekkers missing in Chamba rescued

Chamba (Himachal Pradesh): A group of 16 trekkers, who went missing after they lost contact due to i 2018-10-01 04:13 1KB www.siasat.com

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Koreas Start Clearing Land Mines at DMZ in Effort to Ease Tensions

Work to remove land mines at the border will pave the way for a joint search for the remains of Korean War dead, including U. S. and French troops. 2018-10-01 08:16 5KB www.nytimes.com

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Tiebreakers have been perilous for Dodgers

The Dodgers are about to play another end-of-season tiebreaker, and that's a scenario that hasn't been kind to them over the years. 2018-10-01 07:10 3KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Gunman opens fire in Indiana Walmart’s parking lot, injuring 2

Authorities in Hobart, Ind., responded Sunday night to a shooting outside a Walmart that injured two and sent shoppers fleeing into the store for cover, reports… 2018-10-01 06:09 1KB www.foxnews.com

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4 killed in Jammu accident

Jammu: Four people were killed in a road accident in Jammu, police said on Monday. The accident took 2018-10-01 04:34 753Bytes www.siasat.com

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Apple executive case: Cops forced lone witness to sign blank paper

LUCKNOW: Kalpana Tiwari, slain Apple executive wife lodged the second FIR on Sunday night in the cas 2018-10-01 04:52 2KB www.siasat.com

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Raiders steal game from Browns with 45-42 OT win

As much as the Oakland Raiders felt like they might have let a couple of winnable games slip away to start this season, they might have stolen one away from the Cleveland Browns to spoil Baker Mayfield's first career start. 2018-10-01 06:59 5KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Bihar: Minister refuses to wear skull cap at Muslim’s conference

Katihar: Bijendra Prasad Yadav, one of the senior most leaders of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Numar’ 2018-10-01 05:07 1KB www.siasat.com

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Iran, US in tense wait for world court sanctions ruling

The Hague: The International Court of Justice will hand down an eagerly awaited decision this week o 2018-10-01 04:14 3KB www.siasat.com

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Safe bet says Brewers win to end season… for real this time

It’s official. Cristiano Ronaldo will not be nominated for the Supreme Court. Soccer superstar told a woman “Sorry, I’m usually a gentleman,” after allegedly… 2018-10-01 05:16 1KB nypost.com

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Pakistani Foreign Minister to meet Pompeo, NSA

Islamabad: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to hold a second meeting wit 2018-10-01 07:21 1KB www.siasat.com

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http://fortune.com

Fortune 500 Daily & Breaking Business News 2018-10-01 08:09 1KB fortune.com

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Mariota looking healthy as Titans beat Eagles 26-23 in OT

Marcus Mariota's right hand sure seems pretty healthy, and the Tennessee quarterback just keeps proving he knows how to find ways to win when it matters most. He threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-23 overtime win over the Eagles. 2018-10-01 06:54 4KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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0-for-4: Ugly Sunday for rookies Mayfield, Darnold, Rosen, Allen - NFL Nation

Four QBs selected in the 2018 draft's first round -- Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen -- started Sunday. All four lost. 2018-10-01 03:41 6KB www.espn.com

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Woman Accuses Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo of Rape in 2009

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players in soccer history, was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas in 2009 and then… 2018-10-01 03:18 1KB www.wsj.com

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CNG, piped cooking gas prices increase in Delhi, LPG to become marginally costlier

The price of non-subsidised LPG cylinders will increase by Rs 59 while that of subsidised ones will rise by Rs 2.89, the Indian Oil Corporation said. 2018-10-01 03:16 2KB scroll.in

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Progress of nation more important than debates: Kamal Haasan

New Delhi: Not religion, not culture, progress is what matters, says cine icon Kamal Haasan, who has 2018-10-01 08:45 4KB www.siasat.com

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Vivo V11 Pro: Impressive design, capable performer

New Delhi: The notch trend shot to fame after Apple debuted iPhone X last year and soon, it was adop 2018-10-01 08:26 4KB www.siasat.com

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WVU official to lead entrepreneurship efforts

A West Virginia University official who has offered guidance to students looking to start their own businesses has been hired for an administrative job on campus that focuses on entrepreneurship. 2018-10-01 08:07 1KB www.sacbee.com

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Uzbek President, Sushma Swaraj discuss bilateral issues

New Delhi: Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Monday held bilateral discussions with Externa 2018-10-01 08:04 2KB www.siasat.com

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'Crazy' Car Explosion Kills 3 in Pennsylvania

Autopsies are planned Monday on the bodies of three people found dead after a car explosion on a street in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania in what authorities called a "criminal incident" being... US News Summaries. 2018-10-01 08:00 2KB www.newser.com

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Honoring Mayor Lee’s legacy as a school ally

Last Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Salesforce.org Chief Philanthropy Officer Ebony Frelix announced a $8.5 million donation to our public school 2018-10-01 08:00 4KB www.sfexaminer.com

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Popular Danish singer-songwriter Kim Larsen dies at 72

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish rebel singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Larsen, who enjoyed huge popularity in his home country, has died. He was 72.… 2018-10-01 07:35 1KB townhall.com

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TN: Chetak chopper crashes, crew safe

New Delhi: A Chetak CH442 of the Indian Navy crash-landed during a training sortie at INS Rajali nav 2018-10-01 06:08 817Bytes www.siasat.com

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Minor 5 YO raped dumped inside huge pipe

New Delhi: A shocking minor rape is reported from Gujarat’s Surat where a 19-year-old neighbor raped 2018-10-01 07:30 1KB www.siasat.com

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Five Takeaways: San Francisco 49ers narrowly lose to Los Angeles Chargers

By C. J. Peterson Special to S. F. Examiner In their first game since losing starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury, the San Fra 2018-10-01 07:29 8KB www.sfexaminer.com

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Son to lead South Korea against Uruguay, Panama

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min will lead South Korea at home against Uruguay in a friendly on Oct. 12, and again against Panama on Oct. 16. 2018-10-01 07:27 1KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Staley guides US to another gold using calm demeanor

Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. 2018-10-01 07:17 3KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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STAT WATCH: Sun Devils’ Benjamin 1st to break 300-yard mark

STAT WATCH: Sun Devils' Eno Benjamin posts first 300-yard game of season in FBS. 2018-10-01 07:15 3KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Japanese qualifier wins maiden tour-level title

London: Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka lifts his maiden tour-level title, Shenzhen Open, afte 2018-10-01 07:13 1KB www.siasat.com

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AP Top 25 Heat Check: Ohio St too low; More love of Kentucky

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Ohio State too low; More love of Kentucky; Less for Wisconsin and Miami; And why not App State?. 2018-10-01 07:13 7KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Chiefs’ Mahomes juggles on-field success, off-field stardom

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is already learning how to juggle his on-field success with off-the-field spotlight. 2018-10-01 07:03 5KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Official says basis of Canada-U. S. deal has been reached
(25.99/26)

TORONTO — The U. S. and Canada reached the basis of a free trade deal Sunday night, a senior Canadian government official said.
The agreement preserved a NAFTA dispute-resolution process that the U. S. wanted to jettison, the official told The Associated Press ahead of an official announcement. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
The agreement also exempts tariffs on 2.6 million cars. On dairy Canada essentially gave the U. S. the same access it offered in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that President Donald Trump rejected.
The U. S. and Canada were under pressure to reach a deal by midnight Sunday, when the U. S. must make public the full text of the agreement with Mexico.
Canada, the United States’ No. 2 trading partner, was left out when the U. S. and Mexico reached an agreement last month to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Trump administration officially notified Congress of the U. S.-Mexico trade agreement on Aug. 31. That started a 90-day clock that would let outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto sign the new pact before he leaves office Dec. 1.
Mexico’s economics ministry said in a tweet earlier Sunday that the text of the pact would be delivered to the Mexican Senate Sunday night, adding that “if there is agreement with Canada, the text will be trilateral. If there is not, it will be bilateral.”
Trump had said he wanted to go ahead with a revamped NAFTA — with or without Canada. It was unclear, however, whether Trump had authority from Congress to pursue a revamped NAFTA with only Mexico, and some lawmakers said they wouldn’t go along with a deal that left out Canada.
U. S.-Canada talks bogged down earlier this month, and most trade analysts expected the Sept. 30 deadline to come and go without Canada being reinstated. They suspected that Canada, which had said it wasn’t bound by U. S. deadlines, was delaying the talks until after provincial elections Monday in Quebec, where support for Canadian dairy tariffs runs high.
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Iran Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack
(19.99/26)

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched six ballistic missiles early Monday toward eastern Syria, targeting militants it blamed for an attack on a military parade in Iran last month while also threatening regional adversaries as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers unravels.
The launch saw the Guard fire missiles with enough range to strike regional U. S. military bases and targets inside both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Iran's supreme leader has called out those two nations by name, accusing them of being behind the Sept. 22 attack on the parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, something denied by both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
The strike on Monday marked the second-such attack by Iran in a month's time and highlighted the greater tension felt across the Mideast as U. S. sanctions targeting Tehran's oil industry will take effect in early November.
"This is the roaring of missiles belonging to the Revolutionary Guard of the Islamic Revolution," the state TV's reporter said as the missiles launched behind him. "In a few minutes, the world of arrogance — especially America, the (Israeli) Zionist regime and the Al Saud — will hear the sound of Iran's repeated blows." Al Saud is a reference to Saudi Arabia's royal family.
Iranian state TV and the state-run IRNA news agency said the missiles "killed and wounded" militants in Syria, without elaborating. Iran also launched drone attacks on the site afterward, the TV said. Syrian state media did not immediately acknowledge the strike.
Iranian TV identified the area from where the missiles were launched as in Iran's western province of Kermanshah. It also aired a graphic, suggesting the missiles flew over central Iraq near the city of Tikrit before landing near the city of Boukamal in the far southeast of Syria.
Boukamal is held by forces loyal to Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad. However, the city has been targeted even now by IS militants who have lost almost all the territory they once held in both Syria and Iraq.
Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told The Associated Press that the Iranian missiles hit the IS-held town of Hajin, just north of Boukamal.
Strong explosions shook the area in the early hours of Monday, reverberating east of the Euphrates River, he said. The area of Hajin and IS militants there have been under attack for weeks by U. S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters. The U. S. military's Central Command, which is aiding Kurdish forces, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Syria-based official with the so-called "Axis of Resistance" led by Iran, which includes Iran, Syria, the Lebanese militant Hezbollah and other groups fighting alongside Assad's forces said the missiles hit "the last pocket held by Daesh" in Syria, using an Arabic term to refer to IS.
The official spoke to the AP via text messages from Syria on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists. IS militants did not immediately acknowledge the attack.
The missile launch further adds to confusion over who carried out the assault on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Sept. 22 that killed at least 24 people and wounded over 60.
Iran initially blamed Arab separatists for the attack in which gunmen disguised as soldiers opened fire on the crowd and officials watching the parade from a viewing platform in the southwestern city. Arab separatists also immediately claimed the attack and offered details about one of the attackers that ultimately turned out to be true.
The separatists want to see that oil-rich region of Iran break away from Tehran's theocratic government and accuse its Persian officials of discriminating against their minority. Previously, they only attacked targets like unguarded oil pipelines at night.
The Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for the Ahvaz assault, but initially made factually incorrect claims about it. Later, IS released footage of several men that Iran ultimately identified as attackers, though the men in the footage never pledged allegiance to the extremist group.
In announcing the launch, Iranian state media said the missiles targeted both "takfiri" militants — a term it often applies to the Islamic State group — and Ahvazi separatists. The separatists have not been known to work with IS in the past.
Mohsen Rezaei, who formerly led the Guard, praised the missile strike on Twitter, adding that the "main punishment is on the way," suggesting more attacks could be imminent.
The strike may have been for an entirely different audience, however.
One missile shown on Iranian state television bore the slogans "Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to Al Saud," referring to Saudi Arabia's ruling family.
The semi-official Fars news agency, believed to be close to the Guard, identified the six missiles used as Zolfaghar and Qiam variants, which have ranges of 750 kilometers (465 miles) and 800 kilometers (500 miles) respectively. Those missiles can reach Emirati and Saudi targets, as well as U. S. bases.
Tensions in the region have been rising for months after President Donald Trump pulled America out of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers in May. The United Nations says Iran still honors terms of the accord, which saw it limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
Iran's already weak economy has suffered since the American withdrawal, its rial currency now trading at 170,000 to one U. S. dollar. In May, the rial stood at around 62,000 to $1. A year ago, it was 39,000 to $1.
This is the third time in about a year that Iran has fired its ballistic missiles in anger.
Last year, Iran fired ballistic missiles into Syria over a bloody IS attack on Tehran targeting parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In September, Iran fired missiles into Iraq targeting a base of an Iranian Kurdish separatist group. The separatists say that strike killed at least 15 people and wounded over 50.
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Trade deal largely spares Canada, Mexico from any Trump auto tariffs
(19.99/26)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U. S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade will preserve President Donald Trump’s ability to impose threatened 25 percent global tariffs on autos while largely exempting passenger vehicles, pickup trucks and auto parts from Canada and Mexico, a side-letter to the agreement showed on Monday.
Should U. S. President Donald Trump impose “Section 232” autos tariffs on national security grounds, Mexico and Canada would each get a tariff-free passenger vehicle quota of 2.6 million passenger vehicles exported to the United States annually.
Pickup trucks built in both countries will be exempted entirely, the side-letter said.
Mexico will get an auto parts quota of $108 billion annually, while Canada will get a parts quota of $32.4 billion annually in the event of U. S. autos tariffs. The quotas are significantly above existing production volumes in each country, allowing for some export growth.
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Factbox: Details of the new North America free trade deal
(18.99/26)

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States and Canada forged a last-gasp deal on Sunday to salvage a three-country, $1.2 trillion open-trade zone agreement with Mexico that had been about to collapse after nearly a quarter century.
Here are some of the details in the agreement, which will change its name from NAFTA to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): DAIRY:
Canada agreed to provide U. S. dairy farmers access to about 3.5 percent of its approximately $16 billion annual domestic dairy market, Canadian sources said, adding that the Canadian government is prepared to offer compensation to dairy farmers hurt by the deal.
Under the agreement Canada has agreed to eliminate its Class 6 and Class 7 milk categories and associated pricing schedules for skim milk, skim milk proteins and other components and ultrafiltered milk, within 6 months after the USMCA goes into force.
U. S. farmers said those schedules had effectively pushed them out of the Canadian dairy market.
The agreement will increase U. S. access to Canada’s dairy market beyond Trans-Pacific Partnership levels, a senior Trump administration official said. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The deal will preserve a trade dispute settlement mechanism that Canada fought hard to maintain to protect its lumber industry and other sectors from U. S. anti-dumping tariffs.
No substantial changes appear to have been made to the chapter 19 trade dispute settlement mechanism, nor the state-to-state dispute settlement.
However, the agreement limits investor-state dispute settlement to preferential treatment cases and certain sectors dominated by state firms, such as energy and telecoms and infrastructure.
Keeping chapter 19 will not affect Washington’s enforcement of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy laws, said a U. S. official. AUTOS SIDE LETTER
A side-letter to the agreement showed that Trump preserved the ability to impose threatened 25 percent global tariffs on autos while largely exempting passenger vehicles, pickup trucks and auto parts from Canada and Mexico.
If Trump imposes so-called “Section 232” autos tariffs on national security grounds, Mexico and Canada would each get a tariff-free passenger vehicle quota of 2.6 million passenger vehicles exported to the United States annually, well above their current export levels.
Pickup trucks built in both countries will be exempted entirely.
Additionally, Mexico will get an auto parts quota of $108 billion annually, while Canada will get a parts quota of $32.4 billion annually in the event of U. S. autos tariffs. RULES OF ORIGIN FOR AUTOS
The deal set a 5-year transition period after the agreement enters into force for the regional value content requirement for autos to increase to 75 percent, from a current 62.5 percent.
It requires 40 percent of vehicles value to be made in
high wage areas paying $16 an hour, requiring significant
automotive production in the United States and Canada.
The pact also requires that vehicle manufacturers source at least 70 percent of their steel and aluminum from within the three countries. ENERGY
Reflecting the concerns of Mexico’s incoming government that the agreement would limit the country’s control over its oil resources, the deal states that Mexico has the direct, inalienable and imprescriptible ownership of all
hydrocarbons in its subsoil.
Despite the strongly worded language, the energy chapter does not prevent foreign oil companies from producing oil in Mexico under a liberalization of the industry passed by the outgoing government.
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Indonesia rushes aid to Sulawesi as death toll from quake, tsunami passes 830
(16.99/26)

PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities scrambled on Monday to get aid and rescue equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island, and prepared to bury some of the more than 800 dead, while shaken survivors streamed out of the area in search of food and shelter.
The confirmed death toll of 832 looked certain to rise as rescuers slowly reached devastated outlying communities hit on Friday by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves as high as six meters (20 feet).
Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the small city of Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta, with hundreds more feared buried in landslides that engulfed villages.
President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta getting those people out was a priority.
“The evacuation is not finished yet, there are many places where the evacuation couldn’t be done because of the absence of heavy equipment, but last night equipment started to arrive in Palu,” Widodo said.
“We’ll send as much food supplies as possible today with Hercules planes, directly from Jakarta, there are several,” he said, referring to C-130 military transport aircraft.
The national search and rescue agency said one woman was rescued overnight in the Palu neighborhood of Balaroa, where houses were swallowed up when the earthquake caused soil liquefaction.
Most of the confirmed deaths were in Palu, a city of about 380,000 people, where authorities were preparing a mass grave to bury some of the dead as soon as they were identified.
However, nearly three days after the quake, the extent of the disaster has yet to be made clear with authorities bracing for the death toll to climb sharply - perhaps into the thousands - as connections with remote areas up and down the coast are restored.
Of particular concern is Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicenter of the quake, and two other districts, which have been cut off from communications since Friday.
Along with Palu, these districts have a combined population of about 1.4 million.
Five foreigners - three French, one South Korean and one Malaysian - were among the missing.
Sulawesi is one of the earthquake-prone archipelago nation’s five main islands and sits astride fault lines. Numerous aftershocks have rattled the region.
Graphic: Sulawesi map - tmsnrt.rs/2OYa4YD FUEL AND RICE
Footage of the ruined city of Palu showed a crumpled mess of houses, cars and trees mashed together, with rooftops and roads split asunder.
Officials say rescuers need heavy equipment to shift slabs of broken concrete but access to many areas has been hampered by damaged roads, landslides and collapsed bridges.
A Reuters witness said queues at petrol stations on the approaches to Palu stretched for kilometers. Convoys carrying food, water and fuel headed towards the city while a stream of residents headed out.
The state energy company said it was airlifting in 4,000 liters of fuel, while Indonesia’s logistics agency said it would send hundreds of tonnes of rice.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government had allocated 560 billion rupiah ($37.58 million) for disaster recovery, media reported.
Military aircraft were sent to bring people out of Palu, where crowds were waiting at the airport, military official Bambang Sudewo told Metro TV.
“All military planes are deployed to support this,” he said. It was hoped up to 1,500 people could be taken out every day, with children, women and the injured the priority, he said.
Indonesia, which sits on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, is all too familiar with earthquakes and tsunamis. A quake off Sumatra island in 2004 triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.
Questions are sure to be asked why warning systems set up after that disaster appear to have failed on Friday, and why more people in coastal areas had not moved to higher ground after a big quake, even in the absence of an official warning.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told reporters on Sunday none of Indonesia’s tsunami buoys, one type of instrument used to detect the waves, had been operating since 2012. He blamed a fall-off in funding.
The meteorological and geophysics agency BMKG issued a tsunami warning after the quake but lifted it 34 minutes later, drawing criticism it had been too hasty.
However, officials estimated the waves had hit while the warning was in force.
The head of Indonesia’s investment board said on Twitter Widodo had agreed to accept international help and he would coordinate private sector help from around the world.
Neighbors including Australia, Thailand and China have offered help, while the European Union announced 1.5 million euros ($1.74 million) in immediate aid.
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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal
(16.99/26)

PHOENIX — Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials.
The Arizona Republic reports that the state water officials also want to join in a larger proposed deal to prevent Lake Mead from dropping even further.
Arizona water managers have been leading a series of biweekly meetings since July to work out details of the proposed drought-contingency plan.
Two officials leading the talks said they're optimistic about finalizing agreements within Arizona in November so the state Legislature can sign off in January.
The proposed three-state plan would involve California, Arizona and Nevada jointly taking less water out of Lake Mead to give the reservoir a boost.
Based on Arizona's priority system of water rights, complying with the plan without an additional adjustment would cut off water for farmers who depend on deliveries from the Central Arizona Project.
Tom Buschatzke, director of the state Department of Water Resources, said the idea is to reach an agreement that "more equitably spreads around the pain and the benefits" of the drought-contingency plan in Arizona.
Central Arizona Project General Manager Ted Cooke also said he's optimistic about finishing a deal during the next two months.
"Nobody wants to see anybody lose any water, but people are going to," Cooke told the Republic. "Nobody wants to see that hardship come to anybody, but there is going to be hardship and we need to spread it around."
Water levels at Lake Mead are near historic lows and federal Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman has urged representatives of Arizona, California and Nevada to finish up their negotiations on the drought-contingency plan.
Arizona officials have said the goal now isn't to prevent a shortage, which is looking ikely in little more than a year from now, but rather to prevent even more severe shortages.
Lake Mead is now just 38 percent full. Under the current rules, if the reservoir's water level reaches 1,075 feet above sea level at the end of any year, the federal government will declare a shortage and supplies to Arizona and Nevada will be cut back.
Federal officials have said the region will narrowly escape a shortage in 2019 but that a shortage may be declared in 2020.
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AP PHOTOS: Scenes of destruction and suffering in Indonesia
(12.99/26)

The powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi left heart-wrenching scenes of destruction and human suffering.
The toll of more than 800 dead is largely from the city of Palu and is expected to rise as areas cut off by the damage are reached. The regencies of Donggala, Sigi and Parigi Moutong — with a combined population of 1.2 million — have yet to be fully assessed.
The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk Friday and spawned a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places.
It was the latest natural disaster to hit Indonesia, which is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island in western Indonesia triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. More recently, a powerful quake on the island of Lombok killed 505 people in August.
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Senators botched the Brett Kavanaugh investigation. Now the FBI must clean up the mess.
(12.96/26)

I watched the entire Senate Judiciary Committee proceeding Thursday and felt disgusted by the farcical process that was not designed to get at the truth. I felt the same disgust Friday when the committee voted along party lines to advance Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, although the call for an FBI investigation by Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. was heartening.
If done well, the investigation should buttress Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony without undermining the facts that make Ford more credible. Consider why:
It is unlikely the FBI’s investigation will find that Ford had any reason to lie. The investigation will likely disclose no professional incentive to sensationalize her role in this matter and no collusion with Democratic operatives to invent a story to serve political ends. By contrast, an FBI investigation will not undermine the fact that Kavanaugh has many reasons to lie.
First, this act of sexual assault, if established, would certainly humiliate him. He is a father of two girls. He coaches girls’ basketball. He envisions himself as a supporter of women. He cites these facts as proof that he didn’t do the act of sexual assault, but these facts didn't exist at the time of the act. Rather, they establish why he can’t admit what might have occurred.
Second, his prior denials locked him into a position; he would be committing a crime if he changed his story and conceded that it might have happened.
Third, a seat on the Supreme Court is at stake. Kavanaugh's alleged teenage behavior, if true, could disqualify him.
Fourth, men who deny allegations seem to do okay. Look at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and President Donald Trump. Kavanaugh might have thought, as a federal judge, that he’d be more credible than a woman who has been in therapy, especially in a process that kept out so much potential evidence. Those facts, which were discussed at the hearing, gave him an incentive to lie.
Nor will the FBI investigation change the fact that the acts he is accused of seem possible in context. The sort of sexual assault Ford alleges, as bad as it is today, was not as reprehensible in the early 1980s, especially among teenage boys. The incident occurred long before notions of affirmative consent.
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What the FBI investigation can do is probe the evidence that Kavanaugh offered to prove his innocence. It may reveal that his calendar did not cover the right months or years, or that it potentially supports Ford's account. The FBI should determine when Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was in the room at the time of the assault, worked at a grocery store. Ford stated that she bumped into Judge at that grocery store only a few weeks after the alleged assault.
An FBI investigation can assess whether Kavanaugh recorded on his calendar every gathering he attended. If he did not, then his claim that the gathering was not on his calendar has no significance. Yet even if he recorded all the other events of the summer, Kavanaugh said his calendar was a diary that he notated after some events. Why would he go back and memorialize a gathering where he tried to rape someone? An FBI investigation won’t negate the possibility that it was intentionally omitted.
An FBI investigation may make the affidavits Kavanaugh referred to in support of his position less helpful. Leland Keyser, whom Ford says attended the party, wrote in her statement to the committee that she does not recall the party Ford describes, yet Keyser says publicly that she believes Ford. The FBI interview should reveal why she believes Ford. Ford referred to Keyser's health issues and the FBI interview may help Ford here, too.
Judge is obviously a key witness, but he may have his own reasons to protect Kavanaugh. If Judge was, in fact, in the room during the assault, he might be an accessory to sexual assault and have every reason to deny that there was a gathering. Because lying to the FBI is a crime, he might plead the Fifth Amendment if the event occurred.
Also, it is possible that he and Kavanaugh are simply misremembering the evening, especially if they were drinking. A statement helpful to Kavanaugh from Judge will be meaningless without an assessment of Judge’s credibility, and, as Kavanaugh stated, the FBI does not reach conclusions. It is up to the Senate to assess credibility.
Ford’s evidence is certainly meaningful. It was compelling that she made statements, years before Kavanaugh’s nomination, to her therapist and husband. She took a polygraph test. Kavanaugh never took one. Her testimony had all the hallmarks of credibility. An FBI investigation will not change any of these facts.
The FBI investigation will likely be pivotal if and when it explores Kavanaugh’s statements about his drinking. There was no testimony at the hearing about Kavanaugh’s drinking habits other than from him. Others, however, might rebut his claim that he was not belligerent or without memory. Apparently, his drinking in college is legendary. If more information emerged, it would likely support Ford’s story because it would show Kavanaugh wasn’t honest.
If information emerges that contradicts Kavanaugh’s testimony, senators will have another reason not to confirm him. If Kavanaugh lied under oath about collateral material matters (such as the extent or effects of his drinking), he is unfit to be on the Supreme Court, regardless of whether he treats women well today or the allegations from other women are false. He would also be unfit to be a member of the Bar.
It is now the FBI's responsibility to discover the evidence that can lead us to the truth.
Merle H. Weiner is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law and faculty director of the school’s Domestic Violence Clinic. She has worked on legal issues related to domestic and sexual violence for over 25 years.
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South, North Korea Start Demining Demilitarized Zone
(10.99/26)

There could be several tens of thousands of landmines in the demilitarized area, the South Korean Defense Ministry stated.
Within the next 20 days, the troops are supposed to remove all landmines from the so-called Joint Security Area (JSA) in the shared border village of Panmunjom, where the South Korean and North Korean leaders held their historic April summit.
The search for remains will take place in Cheorwon between April 1 and October 31,2019.
In September, Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un met for the third time this year, contributing to the change in relations between the two countries that have been estranged since the end of World War II.
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Kavanaugh allegations join debate over campus investigations
(9.90/26)

Choking back tears, she testified that he sexually assaulted her. Defensive and angry and also choking back tears, he swore that he did not.
The dramatic Senate testimony last week by Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos considers new guidelines that could drastically change the way allegations of sexual violence are investigated on college campuses.
Brett Sokolow, a lawyer who heads an association of sexual harassment investigators on campuses, said his colleagues closely watched the hearing and may use it for future trainings.
"If this was a student, would I believe them, would I not?" Sokolow said. "Who comes out being credible?"
DeVos has argued that the policy put in place under President Barack Obama is skewed against the accused. She is expected to issue new rules in the near future.
At stake is whether schools should require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints and whether both parties should have access to that evidence. Also under review is the use of mediators and the possibility of the accuser and the accused cross-examining each other.
DeVos' new guidelines are expected to address whether schools should have to investigate as soon as they are aware of alleged misconduct or only after a student files a formal complaint.
Many victims of sexual violence never take that step. Ford didn't, and only acted decades later when she learned that Kavanaugh was on a short list for the Supreme Court.
Advocates point to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University and say that victims are shocked and unwilling to relive their traumatic experience. They say it should be the school's responsibility to investigate.
"It is the debate that we are having about how to handle these allegations on high school and college campuses," said Mike Petrilli, president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
A Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination was delayed for a week so the FBI could investigate after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a pivotal vote, called for further investigation. A few hours earlier on Friday, Flake had said he would support Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge.
Ford, a California psychology professor, has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed while he was intoxicated, trying to remove her clothes and placing a hand over her mouth as she tried to yell for help. Ford says the incident took place more than 35 years ago when they both were in high school.
Kavanaugh adamantly denies the accusations and says he has never sexually attacked any one. He accuses Democratic senators of seeking to derail his nomination at all costs.
The Department of Education declined to comment Friday about DeVos' plans for revising the sexual assault rules. But when issuing temporary guidance last year, DeVos said she was looking for a more balanced approach.
"Every survivor of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously. Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined," she said in September 2017. "These are non-negotiable principles."
Sejal Singh with the advocacy group Know Your IX, which refers to a federal anti-discrimination law, said the Senate testimony should compel DeVos to boost protections for the victims of sexual harassment, not the perpetrators.
"Betsy DeVos should consider how to interrupt sexual violence when the people who commit it are in school and before they are nominated to the Supreme court," Singh said.
But Petrilli predicted that DeVos will now see more reason to roll back the Obama guidance and bolster the rights of the accused.
In conservative circles, "the sympathy right now is very strong with the concern that some men are wrongly accused," Petrilli said. "This is an administration that cares about its base."
A student may choose whether to report an assault to police or to have it investigated by a university under Title IX. Some students choose not to report attacks in part because police and the courts require higher standards of evidence. Students also may feel more comfortable dealing with university investigators than with police following a trauma.
Petrilli said the Senate hearing demonstrated that universities, like Congress, are ill equipped to handle such cases.
"If people were faulted, that should be handled by the justice system rather than asking universities to create some shadow system themselves," he said.
Cynthia Garett, who heads Families Advocating for Campus Equality, said one false accusation can ruin a student's life. She said many of the accused students she represents experienced traumatic flashbacks when they watched Kavanaugh testify. Garett said she supports DeVos' plan to give a greater voice to the accused.
"It is no longer going to be easy to find someone guilty," Garett said. "But justice has never been easy and it shouldn't be easy to ruin someone's life."
But Noreen Farrell, director of Equal Rights Advocates, said the Kavanaugh hearing demonstrated what happens when the rights of sexual assault victims are ignored.
"It is a particularly dangerous moment to be a young woman trying to be educated and heard," she said.
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At least 832 people dead after Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, as government says it will accept international help
(8.99/26)

Fergus Jensen, Fanny Potkin, Tabita Diela, Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Gayatri Suroyo and Fransiska Nangoy
October 1 2018 6:38 AM
Indonesian authorities scrambled today to get aid and rescue equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island, and prepared to bury some of the at least 832 dead, while the government said it would accept international help for disaster relief.
The confirmed toll of 832 dead looked certain to rise as rescuers slowly reached devastated outlying communities hit on Friday by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves as high as six meters (20 feet).
Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the small city of Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta, with hundreds more feared buried in landslides that engulfed villages.
President Joko Widodo told reporters in Jakarta getting those people out was a priority.
“The evacuation is not finished yet, there are many places where the evacuation couldn’t be done because of the absence of heavy equipment, but last night equipment started to arrive in Palu,” Widodo said.
“We’ll send as much food supplies as possible today with Hercules planes, directly from Jakarta, there are several,” he said, referring to C-130 military transport aircraft.
The national search and rescue agency said one woman was rescued overnight in the Palu neighborhood of Balaroa, where houses were swallowed up when the earthquake caused soil liquefaction.
Most of the confirmed deaths were in Palu, a city of 379,000 people, where authorities were preparing a mass grave to bury some of the dead as soon as they were identified.
But, nearly three days after the quake, the extent of the disaster has yet to be made clear with authorities bracing for the death toll to climb sharply - perhaps into the thousands - as connections with remote areas up and down the coast are restored.
Of particular concern is Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicenter of the quake, and two other districts, which have been cut off from communications since Friday.
Along with Palu, these districts have a combined population of about 1.4 million.
Five foreigners - three French, one South Korean and one Malaysian - were among the missing.
Sulawesi is one of the earthquake-prone archipelago nation’s five main islands and is known to sit astride fault lines. Numerous aftershocks have rattled the region.
Footage of the ruined city of Palu showed a crumpled mess of houses, cars and trees mashed together, with rooftops and roads split asunder.
Officials say rescuers need heavy equipment to shift slabs of broken concrete but access to many areas has been hampered by damaged roads, landslides and collapsed bridges.
The state energy company said it was airlifting in 4,000 liters of fuel to help with the rescue effort, while the state logistics agency said it was preparing to send hundreds of tonnes of rice.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government had allocated 560 billion rupiah (€32.5 million) for disaster recovery, media reported.
Indonesia, which sits on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, is all too familiar with earthquakes and tsunamis. A quake off Sumatra island in 2004 triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.
Questions are sure to be asked why warning systems set up after that disaster appear to have failed on Friday, and why more people in coastal areas had not moved to higher ground after a big quake, even in the absence of an official warning.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, told reporters on Sunday none of Indonesia’s tsunami buoys, one type of instrument used to detect the waves, had been operating since 2012. He blamed a fall-off in funding.
The meteorological and geophysics agency BMKG issued a tsunami warning after the quake but lifted it 34 minutes later, drawing criticism it had been too hasty.
However, officials estimated the waves had hit while the warning was in force.
The head of Indonesia’s investment board said on Twitter Widodo had agreed to accept international help and he would coordinate private sector help from around the world.
Neighbors including Australia, Thailand and China have offered help, while the European Union announced €1.5 million in immediate aid.
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New California internet neutrality law sparks US lawsuit
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation's strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating the internet.
Advocates of net neutrality hope California's law, which Brown signed Sunday to stop internet providers from favoring certain content or websites, will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to create their own.
However, the U. S. Department of Justice quickly moved to halt the law from taking effect, arguing that it creates burdensome, anti-consumer requirements that go against the federal government's approach to deregulating the internet.
"Once again the California Legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy," U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
The Federal Communications Commission repealed Obama-era rules last year that prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.
The neutrality law is the latest example of California, ground zero of the global technology industry, attempting to drive public policy outside its borders and rebuff President Donald Trump's agenda.
Brown did not explain his reasons for signing the bill or comment on the federal lawsuit Sunday night.
Supporters of the new law cheered it as a win for internet freedom. It is set to take effect Jan. 1.
"This is a historic day for California. A free and open internet is a cornerstone of 21st century life: our democracy, our economy, our health care and public safety systems, and day-to-day activities," said Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener, the law's author.
It prohibits internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra.
Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to kill it or water it down, saying it would lead to higher internet and cellphone bills and discourage investments in faster internet. They say it's unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet regulations that differ from state to state.
USTelecom, a telecommunications trade group, said California writing its own rules will create problems.
"Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all," the group said in a Sunday statement.
Net neutrality advocates worry that without rules, internet providers could create fast lanes and slow lanes that favor their own sites and apps or make it harder for consumers to see content from competitors.
That could limit consumer choice or shut out upstart companies that can't afford to buy access to the fast lane, critics say.
The new law also bans "zero rating," in which internet providers don't count certain content against a monthly data cap — generally video streams produced by the company's own subsidiaries and partners.
Oregon, Washington and Vermont have approved legislation related to net neutrality, but California's measure is seen as the most comprehensive attempt to codify the principle in a way that might survive a likely court challenge. An identical bill was introduced in New York.
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Associated Press writers Eric Tucker and Mike Balsamo in Washington and Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento contributed to this report.
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California governor rejects supervised drug injection plan
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California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected legislation on Sunday that would have allowed San Francisco to open what could be the nation's first supervised drug injection site under a pilot program.
Advocates of "safe injection" sites say the locations would save lives by preventing drug overdoses and providing access to counseling.
But the U. S. government and other critics say taxpayers should not be helping users shoot up heroin, methamphetamine or other illegal drugs.
"Fundamentally I do not believe that enabling illegal drug use in government sponsored injection centers — with no corresponding requirement that the use undergo treatment - will reduce drug addiction," Brown said in his announcement of the veto.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has vowed to open a supervised injection site, saying the status quo is not acceptable in a city known for rampant drug use. It's not uncommon to see people injecting drugs in public, and used needles are a major source of trash.
"Safe injection sites save lives," she said Sunday. "If we are going to prevent overdoses and connect people to services and treatment that they badly need to stop using drugs in the first place, we need safe injection sites."
The country is struggling with an opioid epidemic that has led to rising overdose deaths. The increase has been attributed to the painkiller fentanyl and similar drugs that are powerful but relatively cheap and cut into street drugs without buyers' knowledge.
San Francisco has reported about 200 overdose deaths annually in recent years, largely from opioids.
AB186 would have protected staff and participants from state prosecution related to illegal narcotics.
But it gave no legal cover from federal laws, including a "crack house" statute that makes it a felony to knowingly maintain a place for using a controlled substance.
San Francisco has not shied away from confronting the U. S. government and has repeatedly sued the Trump administration, including one lawsuit over sanctuary protections for people in the country illegally.
The issue of drug injection sites would likely wind up before a federal judge if San Francisco opens a clinic, legal experts say.
Robert Mikos, who teaches federalism and drug law at Vanderbilt Law School, said a quasi-medical facility where the goal is to reduce harm sounds well-intentioned but appears to violate a statute used to go after people who run drug dens.
"It would depend on whether federal prosecutors are willing to prosecute this violation," he said. "Federal prosecutors always have some discretion, and they have some independence from Washington, D. C., and the attorney general, but this is a tricky situation."
Leo Beletsky, an associate professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University, said a federal judge might find in San Francisco's favor.
"If you got it before a judge, it's anyone's guess," he said. "You can make a very reasonable argument that a health care facility of this sort is not something that was ever intended to be covered under the crack house statute."
There are safe injection sites in Canada and Europe, but none in the United States. Seattle, New York, and Philadelphia are among cities that have pledged support.
Days after California lawmakers sent the legislation to the governor in August, U. S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote in The New York Times that the federal government would take aggressive action against any supervised injection sites.
"Americans struggling with addiction need treatment and reduced access to deadly drugs. They do not need a taxpayer-sponsored haven to shoot up," he wrote.
State Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat and co-author of the legislation, says the city has no qualms about taking on the federal government over what he calls a failed war on drugs.
He noted that the city has long led the country on health and safety policy as well as on challenging the federal government.
"We implemented needle exchange before it was legal. We implemented medical cannabis before it was legal, and we have always been on the forefront of the sanctuary city movement," he said.
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'The White House isn't intervening' - senior Trump officials say they won't be 'micromanaging' Kavanaugh probe
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Darlene Superville and Michael Balsamo
October 1 2018 6:45 AM
Senior Trump administration officials have insisted the White House is not "micromanaging" a new FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and that senators are dictating the parameters of the investigation.
President Donald Trump initially opposed such an investigation in the face of sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh, but the president and Senate Republican leaders agreed to an inquiry after Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona made clear he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh without one.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said oversight of the investigation belonged to the Senate.
"The White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like and what the scope of the investigation is," she said. "The White House isn't intervening. We're not micromanaging this process. It's a Senate process. It has been from the beginning, and we're letting the Senate continue to dictate what the terms look like."
White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway said the investigation will be "limited in scope" and "will not be a fishing expedition. The FBI is not tasked to do that."
Yet the precise scope of the investigation remained unclear.
Mr Trump told reporters "the FBI, as you know, is all over talking to everybody" and said "this could be a blessing in disguise".
"They have free rein," he added. "They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do. They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of.
"And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine."
The president revisited the question of "scope" on Twitter, writing in part: "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion."
Ms Sanders said Mr Trump, who has vigorously defended Kavanaugh but also raised the slight possibility of withdrawing the nomination should damaging information be found, "will listen to the facts" of the FBI investigation.
But she expressed confidence that no new information will be uncovered, noting the allegations did not surface during the judge's six prior background checks for positions in the executive and judicial branches of government.
"I think we're all pretty confident, given that we've been through this process a number of times, but we would assess that at that point," Ms Sanders said.
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At least three women have accused Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, of years-ago misconduct. He denies all the claims.
The lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were students at Yale classmates, has agreed to cooperate with the FBI.
Ms Ramirez alleged Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s.
A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.
Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke" and Judge said he "categorically" denies the allegations.
Swetnick's attorney, Michael Avenatti, said his client had not been contacted by the FBI but was willing to cooperate with investigators.
Judge, who California professor Christine Blasey Ford says was in the room when a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, said he will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that will "confidentially investigate" sexual misconduct allegations against them.
He has also denied misconduct allegations.
Lawyers for PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, two others who Ms Ford said were in the house when she was attacked, have said their clients are willing to cooperate "fully" with the FBI.
An attorney for Ms Keyser reaffirmed her previous statement that she does not know Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a gathering or party where he was present, the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement.
Calls for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh mounted after Ms Ford alleged he sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied being the perpetrator.
In duelling appearances on Thursday, he and Ms Ford told their stories during sworn testimony before the Senate Committee.
The panel voted on Friday, along party lines, to send the nomination to the full Senate, and Mr Flake then offered his proposal for the FBI investigation.
Mr Trump ordered the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation, delaying a final vote on the nomination.
The committee has said the probe should be limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh and be finished by Friday.
The FBI conducts background checks for federal nominees, but the agency does not make judgments on the credibility or significance of allegations.
The investigators will compile information about Kavanaugh's past and provide their findings to the White House and include the information in Kavanaugh's background file, which is available to senators.
Ms Sanders spoke on "Fox News Sunday" and Ms Conway appeared on CNN's "State of the Union".
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Yale classmate recalls Kavanaugh as frequent, heavy drinker
(7.54/26)

Trump signs spending plan, avoiding government shutdown
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Tropical Storm Rosa nears Mexico's Baja California coast
(7.49/26)

Tropical Storm Rosa neared northwest Mexico where its heavy rains were expected to cause flooding and landslides before drenching parts of the U. S. Southwest.
The U. S. National Hurricane Center said Rosa, which was a hurricane until late Sunday, should hit the Baja California Peninsula and Sonora state late Monday.
It's then expected to move quickly northwestward as it weakens, bringing 2 to 4 inches (5-10 centimeters) of rain to the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 centimeters) to the rest of the desert Southwest, Central Rockies and Great Basin. Some isolated areas might be more.
Rosa had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) Sunday night and was centered about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southwest of Punta Eugenia in Mexico. It was heading north-northeast at 12 mph (19 kph).
The National Weather Service announced flash flood watches through Wednesday for areas including southern Nevada, southeastern California, southwestern and central Utah and the western two-thirds of Arizona.
Forecasts call for heavy rainfall in the watch areas, which include Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, with possible flooding in slot canyons and normally dry washes and a potential for landslides and debris flows from recent wildfire burn scars.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Sergio was growing in the Pacific and could become a hurricane force late Sunday night or early Monday, though it posed no immediate threat to land.
Sergio had winds of 65 mph (100 kph) Sunday afternoon and was centered about 550 miles (885 kilometers) south-southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The storm was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).
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Republicans' prosecutor says Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has a weak case
(7.43/26)

WASHINGTON — The sex crimes prosecutor hired last week by Senate Republicans to question witnesses about a sexual assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Sunday night that his accuser has a very weak case.
Rachel Mitchell issued a five-page report in which she said Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a small, suburban house party in 1982 normally would be "incredibly difficult to prove."
But "this case is even weaker than that," Mitchell wrote to Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them.
"I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard."
Mitchell said Ford, a California college professor, has not offered a consistent account of when the assault happened, struggled until recently to identify Kavanaugh by name as the attacker, changed her description of the incident and has forgotten key details that could help corroborate her story.
The prosecutor said Ford has offered inconsistent accounts and has "struggled to recall important recent events relating to her allegations," which "raises further questions about her memory."
The report was not unexpected, given that Mitchell was hired by the committee's Republican majority. Still, it confirmed that Ford lacks corroboration for her claim, credibly presented last Thursday at an open hearing, that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothes, and stifled her attempted screams with his hand when they were both teenagers in 1982.
The FBI is investigating the accusation at the behest of senators who sent Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate on Friday. The bureau has up to a week to interview witnesses and report to the White House, which will forward the findings to the Senate before a confirmation vote.
Kavanaugh, 53, a conservative federal appeals court judge, was nominated July 9 by President Donald Trump to be the 114th justice on the U. S. Supreme Court. He would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's swing vote, who retired in July.
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UK Brexit chief says no deal better than being tied to bloc
(7.41/26)

Britain's chief Brexit minister warned the European Union — and his divided party — on Monday that the country will leave the bloc without a deal rather than accept continued close adherence to its rules and obligations.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab planned to tell Conservative Party members in a speech that if the EU tries to "lock us in via the back door" by keeping Britain in the bloc's single market or customs union, "then we will be left with no choice but to leave without a deal," according to extracts released in advance.
That view is not universally shared among Conservatives as Britain's governing party holds its annual conference in the central England city of Birmingham.
Many Conservative lawmakers would rather keep close ties with the EU after Britain leaves in March. So would major business groups, who fear barriers to trade and recruiting workers could hammer the U. K. economy.
Treasury chief Philip Hammond will use his own conference speech Monday to stress that the Conservatives are the party of business and economic aspiration. It's a sign of how Brexit has upended British politics that the party of free-market former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher needs to make such an assurance.
Current Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, faces the mounting threat of a challenge to her leadership amid deepening opposition to her Brexit plan and growing support for a second referendum on Britain's EU membership.
She is caught between ministers such as Hammond, who want to retain close economic bonds with the EU after departure, and advocates of "hard Brexit" who say a clean break with the bloc would let Britain strike new trade deals around the world.
May's blueprint for Brexit, which would keep Britain in the EU single market for goods while leaving it free to make its own rules on services, is unpopular with both factions of her party. Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a likely future contender for May's job, has called it "preposterous" and "deranged."
The plan has also been rejected by EU leaders, who say it amounts to "cherry picking" benefits of membership in the bloc without the costs and responsibilities.
May is sticking to her proposal. But with Brexit day — March 29,2019 — less than six months away, chances are rising that the U. K. could find itself crashing out of the bloc without a deal.
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Man shot multiple times, killed in Englewood: police
(6.51/26)

A man was killed in a shooting Sunday evening in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said.
The 40-year-old man was discovered on a street about 7 p.m. by officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 5700 block of South Sangamon Street, Chicago police said.
The man was shot multiple times in the face and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to police. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately released details about the death.
Area South detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.
Police investigate a fatal shooting Sunday night in the 5700 block of South Sangamon Street.| Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
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German court approves extradition of Iranian diplomat
(6.50/26)

A German court says it has approved the extradition of an Iranian diplomat wanted in Belgium on suspicion he was part of a failed plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally near Paris.
The Bamberg state court said Monday it had approved the European arrest warrant for Assadollah Assadi, and ruled that diplomatic immunity did not apply in the case.
It was not immediately clear when Bamberg prosecutors would move ahead with the extradition.
Vienna-based Assadi was apprehended in July near the German city of Aschaffenburg on the European warrant alleging his involvement in the plot to bomb the June 30 rally.
His arrest came after a couple with Iranian roots was stopped in Belgium and authorities reported finding powerful explosives in their car.
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American climbers ski down world's fourth-highest mountain
(6.36/26)

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Two American climbers have successfully skied down from the summit of the world's fourth-highest mountain, organizers said Monday.
James Morrison of Tahoe, California, and Hilaree Nelson of Telluride, Colorado, scaled Mount Lhotse's 27,940-foot summit on Sunday with two other climbers and three Nepalese Sherpa guides, said Pemba Sherpa of Xtreme Climbers Treks and Expeditions.
Morrison and Nelson then descended down the mountain on their skis.
They were both safe and are expected to reach the base camp later Monday.
It's believed to be the first time anyone has skied down from Mount Lhotse, a sister peak of Mount Everest. Climbers attempting to scale Everest and Lhotse share most of the route.
They were the only teams in the Lhotse-Everest region this autumn as most climbers prefer the spring season in April and May for scaling the peaks.
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American climbers ski down world’s 4th-highest mountain
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Pro-independence protesters in Catalonia block roads, railway line
(6.32/26)

Pro-independence protesters obstructed major roads and a high-speed railway line in Spain's Catalonia region on Monday, one year after a banned referendum on secession that was marred by police violence.
Hundreds of activists, many covering their faces with scarves, occupied high-speed railway tracks in Girona, north of the Catalan capital of Barcelona.
Central streets in Barcelona and Lleida were blocked, as was the AP-7 motorway which leads to the French border, and A2 linking Barcelona to Madrid, images on Catalan TV showed.
The high-speed rail service linking Figueres, Girona and Barcelona "was interrupted" since the "tracks in Girona are occupied," Spanish state-owned rail operator Renfe said on Twitter.
Twenty-four people were injured during a rally -- and a counter demonstration -- in Barcelona by police paying tribute to colleagues deployed to prevent the 2017 referendum
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The protests were called online by a grassroots group calling itself the Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDRs), founded to help stage last year's banned referendum and now demanding a clean break with the Spanish state.
The group tweeted a picture of a red, yellow and blue Catalan separatist flag on the track of the station in Girona as protesters stood around it.
Twenty-four people were injured and six detained on Saturday during a rally -- and a counter demonstration -- in Barcelona by police paying tribute to colleagues deployed to prevent the 2017 Catalan independence referendum.
The Catalan government, then led by Carles Puigdemont, on October 1,2017, pushed ahead with a referendum on independence for the region despite it having been deemed illegal by the Spanish courts. The vote was marred by a violent police crackdown on polling stations.
The Catalan government pushed ahead with the referendum in 2017 despite it having been deemed illegal by the Spanish courts
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Even if it was illegal and therefore non-binding, 2.3 million people cast their ballots out of 5.5 million eligible voters, 90 percent of whom voted to break from Spain. Opponents of independence largely boycotted the vote.
After the Catalan government declared independence on October 27, Madrid swiftly sacked the Catalan government, prompting several key figures to flee abroad, including Puigdemont. Others were jailed.
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String of disasters exacts heavy damage, human toll in Asia
(5.84/26)

BANGKOK (AP) — A recent string of natural disasters, the latest a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, have exacted a severe toll both in economic damage and human lives throughout Asia. The U. N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, or UNISDR, says up to 1.6 million people could be affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the tsunami it created Friday in a central region of Sulawesi island.
Such disasters tend to hurt the poorest people in the poorest countries most severely, even if the economic toll can be highest in more affluent countries like Japan. Annual losses from disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons average $250 billion to $300 billion, according to UNISDR, with the largest share in Asia. Indirect losses over time can be worse than the immediate costs.
A look at the costs for the region for just a handful of the worst calamities in the past several months:
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EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI — SULAWESI, INDONESIA
The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that hit the port city of Palu and other communities on Friday evening stood at 844 as of Monday afternoon and is expected to grow. The extent of the damage was unknown as rescuers struggled to reach remote areas affected by the disaster.
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EARTHQUAKE — HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
A magnitude 6.7 earthquake on Japan's northernmost main island on Sept. 6 killed 41 people, most of them buried in a massive landslide. It wrecked roads and houses in the regional capital, Sapporo, and knocked out power for the island. Local media cited Hokkaido Gov. Harumi Takahashi as estimating the cost to public infrastructure, farming and forestry at 150 billion yen ($1.3 billion), not including losses to tourism and private businesses.
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TYPHOON MANGKHUT — MOSTLY PHILIPPINES, HONG KONG, CHINA
Typhoon Mangkhut, one of several powerful tropical storms to sweep through Asia so far this typhoon season, hit in mid-September. In the Philippines, the storms triggered landslides and flooding that killed at least 68 people. Latest government estimates put the damage at more than 33.7 billion pesos ($622 million), just in the Philippines — and many millions more in Hong Kong and China.
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EARTHQUAKE — LOMBOK, INDONESIA
The earthquakes that struck Lombok in eastern Indonesia in August, the biggest with a magnitude of 6.9, did not generate a tsunami but nonetheless caused widespread damage on the island and on nearby Bali, killing more than 500 people. Damages are estimated at more than $500 million.
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DAM COLLAPSE — LAOS and CAMBODIA
The July 24 collapse of a dam in eastern Laos, along a tributary of the Mekong, killed at least 27 people and left more than 130 missing as flash floods wrecked roads and villages downstream as far as Cambodia and Vietnam. The government has not released damage estimates.
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SEVERE STORMS — JAPAN
Landslides and flooding in western Japan killed 229 people in early July and inflicted damage exceeding $2 billion. Those storms were followed in early September by Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm to pound Japan in 25 years. It killed at least seven people and left thousands stranded at the Kansai International Airport when a tanker came unmoored and smashed into a bridge connecting the facility to the Japanese mainland.
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Asian shares mixed amid lingering trade tension worries
(5.37/26)

Asian stocks were mixed Monday and Wall Street futures rose after the U. S. and Canada said they had reached a compromise on revising their trade pact
KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 24,245.76. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost nearly 0.6 percent to 6,172.30. South Korea's Kospi gave up 0.2 percent lower to 2,338.88. Markets in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland were closed for National Day holidays.
NAFTA REVISED: Canada agreed to a revamped free trade deal with the United States and Mexico late Sunday after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations. The deal reached just before a U. S.-imposed midnight deadline will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. It replaces the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The agreement gives U. S. farmers greater access to the Canadian dairy market, but keeps a NAFTA dispute-resolution process the U. S. opposed. It also offers Canada protection if Trump imposes tariffs on cars, trucks and auto parts imported into the United States.
JAPAN TANKAN: A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan showed that sentiment among large manufacturers dipped two points to 19, as worries grow about global trade tensions. The "tankan" survey, released Monday, marked the third straight quarter of decline.
CHINA DATA: Recent data from China show its exports shrank in September as a tariff battle with Washington over technology escalated, adding to downward pressure on the world's No. 2 economy. Signs are emerging that Chinese trade, which had held up despite U. S. President Donald Trump's tariff hikes, might be weakening.
THE QUOTE: "The shockwaves from the U. S.-China tariff exchange are now starting to appear in the data," said Chan Wed Liang at Mizuho Bank in Singapore, adding the damage would likely worsen in October.
WALL STREET: The S&P 500 index was flat at 2,913.98. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1 percent to 26,458.31. The Nasdaq composite added less than 0.1 percent, to 8,046.35. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gained 0.4 percent to 1,696.57.
ENERGY: Benchmark U. S. crude picked up 10 cents to $73.35. It rose 1.6 percent to $73.25 per barrel in New York on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 18 cents to $82.91 per barrel in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 113.98 yen from 113.69 yen on Friday. The euro fell to $1.1580 from $1.1605.
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AP Explains: Where things stand in Vegas shooting aftermath
(5.28/26)

Las Vegas is marking the anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U. S. history.
Fifty-eight people died, 413 were wounded and police say at least 456 were injured fleeing bullets that a gambler-turned-gunman rained down late Oct. 1,2017, from the Mandalay Bay casino-resort into an outdoor concert crowd on the Las Vegas Strip. He then killed himself, taking the reasons for his rampage with him.
Here's where some of the many elements of the Las Vegas shooting stand today:
OFFICIAL FINDINGS
After seven months, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo declared the Las Vegas police investigation complete and on Aug. 3 issued a report that does not find a motive for the shooting.
Lombardo said authorities are confident the shooter acted alone and was not part of a terrorist plot.
An FBI report incorporating a behavioral analysis of shooter Stephen Paddock is expected by year's end.
A report issued Aug. 24 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others found local police and fire departments received more than 1,500 calls within two hours of the shooting and responded to 16 major false reports.
One said there were 20 hostages held at the New York-New York casino-resort. Others reported a hotel fire and active shooters at other casinos and McCarran International Airport.
The FEMA report made 72 observations and recommendations for responding to mass violence incidents.
THE GUNMAN
Paddock, 64, was a retired postal service worker, accountant, real estate investor, private pilot and high-limit video poker player who earned casino perks gambling tens of thousands of dollars at a time.
He sold properties in California, Florida, Nevada and Texas, and had homes in Reno and the southern Nevada resort town of Mesquite, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Las Vegas.
His bank robber father was once on the FBI Most Wanted list. His brother, Eric Paddock, called him the "king of microaggression" — narcissistic, detail-oriented and maybe bored enough with life to plan an attack that would make him famous.
Stephen Paddock told a Reno car salesman months before the shooting that he was depressed and had relationship troubles. He told friends and relatives he always felt ill and in pain. His doctor offered him antidepressants but told police Paddock accepted only a prescription for anxiety medication.
HIS GIRLFRIEND
Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, told investigators he became distant before he sent her to the Philippines two weeks before the shooting. Police say he wired her $150,000 there to buy a house.
Danley, a former Reno casino worker, returned to the U. S. after the shooting and was interviewed several times by authorities. She was never charged with a crime.
The only person to face a charge is Douglas Haig, an Arizona man who acknowledged selling bullets to Paddock.
Haig has entered a not-guilty plea to a federal charge of illegally manufacturing ammunition. A trial date has not been set.
SHOOTER'S ARSENAL
Police found 23 assault-style rifles, one handgun and thousands of rounds of unspent ammunition in the gunman's hotel suite and an adjoining room.
More than half the rifles were modified with rapid-fire devices called bump stocks. Many were fitted with bipods for stability, target scopes and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Police and the FBI found explosives and ammunition in Paddock's car at the Mandalay Bay, 18 weapons at his Mesquite home and seven weapons at his Reno home.
Authorities determined all the weapons were legally purchased, most within the previous year.
HIGH-PROFILE LAWSUITS
The shooting spawned lawsuits involving thousands of victims and MGM Resorts International, the Mandalay Bay's corporate parent.
Attorneys representing victims allege negligence by the casino company. They want the case tried in state court.
The casino giant took the case to federal court, where it wants a judge to invoke a law that Congress enacted after 9/11 to shield it from liability claims. A decision is pending.
MGM took the unprecedented step of suing more than 1,900 victims in multiple states in July. The company is not asking for money, but it wants a judge to declare that it owes nothing to survivors or families of slain victims under the 2002 federal law.
The company later offered to donate $500 to charity for every defendant who waived being served or authorized an attorney to accept lawsuit documents on their behalf.
DONATIONS FOR VICTIMS
A $31.4 million fund that started as a GoFundMe effort to benefit victims of the shooting has distributed the full sum among survivors and victims' families.
A committee overseeing the fund created a protocol to make payments on a scale to more than 530 people.
Relatives of those killed and people whose injuries left them with permanent brain damage or paralysis received the maximum $275,000.
Smaller sums were given to those who were hospitalized or received medical care on an emergency or outpatient basis in the days after the shooting.
LAS VEGAS MEMORIALS
A committee chaired by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will work to design, fund and build a permanent memorial. But it might be years before anything is completed.
Almost a decade went by before a memorial for the Columbine High School shooting victims was finished, while a committee in August agreed on a design for the memorial for Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.
The concert venue remains unused and walled off with green privacy screens, and owner MGM Resorts International has no plans for the site.
A garden that volunteers put together miles away is the only permanent public space in the Las Vegas area created in memory of the victims. It holds 59 trees — one for every victim, plus an oak representing life — a fountain and a series of structures decorated with mementos, names and photos of the victims.
Volunteers at a museum have catalogued more than 15,000 items left after the shooting at makeshift memorials at the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and in a median near the festival grounds. A sampling of them, including candles, stuffed animals and crosses, recently went on exhibit.
COUNTRY ARTIST
Jason Aldean was performing as the Route 91 Harvest Festival 's final headlining act when the gunfire erupted.
His wife and about 40 members of his band and crew were at the site. Two of their tour buses, their lighting board and stage were shot.
Aldean told The Associated Press in April that he felt thankful his family and friends weren't hurt but guilty because of all the people there to see him play. And then he felt anger and disbelief.
"You start doing that thing like, 'Man, did that really happen? It seems so crazy,'" Aldean said. "You just sit there and relive it a thousand times a day."
He said talking about the experience and meeting with survivors has helped his recovery.
A spokesman said Aldean will not attend anniversary events in Las Vegas but was performing Saturday in Irvine, California, along with Luke Combs, who also was on stage the night of the shooting.
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Palestinians in West Bank strike over Israel’s nation law
(5.25/26)

Palestinians are on a general strike across the West Bank in solidarity with Arab citizens of Israel over a contentious law that defines Israel as a Jewish state.
The streets of Ramallah and other West Bank cities were largely empty on Monday as schools, universities, government offices and private business were closed. Public transportation also wasn't available.
For the Palestinians, the strike is a rare foray into domestic Israeli politics.
Critics of Israel's Jewish nation state law, passed last month, say it sidelines Israel's non-Jewish citizens.
Israel's 1948 declaration of independence defined the country as a Jewish and democratic state. The government says the new law merely enshrines Israel's existing character, but critics say it undercuts Israel's democratic values and marginalizes the Arab minority, about 20 percent of the population.
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Problems for Pentagon’s immigrant recruit program
(5.25/26)

Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens, according to several U. S. officials.
The decade-old program has been on hold since 2016 amid concerns that immigrant recruits were not being screened well enough, and security threats were slipping through the system. Defense officials shored up the vetting process, and planned to relaunch the program earlier this month.
But there was an unexpected barrier when Homeland Security officials said they would not be able to protect new immigrant recruits from being deported when their temporary visas expired after they signed a contract to join the military, the U. S. officials said. They were not authorized to publicly describe internal discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The program is called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, or MAVNI. The plan to restart it was backed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who believes that noncitizens can bring key skills, language abilities, and cultural knowledge to the military.
Mattis, a combat veteran of multiple war tours, has fought with and commanded foreign nationals, and he believes their service adds to the lethality of America's fighting force, according to the officials.
The Pentagon chief told reporters late last month that the program is designed to enlist immigrants with needed skills. "We need and want every qualified patriot willing to serve and able to serve," Mattis said. At the time, he said the department was working diligently to address the security screening problems.
When asked about the latest developments, Air Force Maj. Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said, "the unique skill sets these individuals bring is one of the reasons the U. S. military is the world's premier fighting force." She had no comment on the internal discussions to relaunch the program.
The officials familiar with the discussions said Homeland Security told the Pentagon that it would not be able sign any agreement blocking the deportation of the immigrant recruits brought in under the program.
In previous years, the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service used an informal process to give MAVNI recruits protection when their temporary or student visas expired because they were entering military service. In addition, Congress included new restrictions in the 2019 defense bill that limit each military service to 1,000 such recruits per year.
President Donald Trump has made tighter controls on immigration, both legal and illegal, an important element of his administration.
Asked about the issue, a Homeland Security official said recruits without legal immigration status would be subject to deportation, but each case is reviewed individually. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Over the past 10 years, the military services have recruited more than 10,000 immigrants through the program.
In recent years, however, the program has been mired in controversy amid growing concerns about security threats and struggles to develop a proper screening process.
According to court documents, more than 20 people in the program have been the subject of FBI or Pentagon counterintelligence or criminal investigations since 2013.
Gleason said the Defense Department suspended the program in 2016 after several classified assessments concluded that it "was vulnerable to an unacceptable level of risk from insider threats such as espionage, terrorism, and other criminal activity."
Army Secretary Mark Esper, another advocate of the program, said recently that about of 80 percent of MAVNI recruits who have gone through screening were approved and enlisted into the service. But he added that the Army must "exercise due diligence, to make sure we understand who is coming into our ranks and just do that. The process is never quick enough, certainly for them, and for me as well."
Since the program's suspension in 2016, hundreds of immigrants have been stalled in the intake process, waiting a year or more to get through the updated screening.
Dozens of the immigrant recruits were discharged or had their contracts canceled as the background checks dragged on, leading to complaints and lawsuits. Defense officials said the delays were likely because the remaining applicants required more complicated security checks that take longer to complete.
In response to the suits, the Army stopped processing discharges last month and reinstated at least three dozen recruits who had been thrown out of the service.
Officials said the Pentagon is exploring other ways to adjust or replace the program in order to bring immigrants with those skills into the military. But the officials said it will be difficult and that it probably will take a good deal of time.
The struggle with the program comes as the administration has imposed more stringent rules for immigration, aimed largely at the country's border with Mexico.
Those moves reflect Trump's calculation that his promise to end illegal immigration and build a wall along that border fueled his election, and that stressing the same issues will drive voters to the polls and help the GOP retain its majorities in the Senate and House.
The MAVNI program, however, is not targeted at Spanish speakers, because the military has a large number of those. Instead, according to the Pentagon, the top languages spoken by recruits brought in through the program are Korean, Chinese Mandarin, Nepalese, Hindi, Swahili, Tagalog, French, Yoruba, Russian and Portuguese Brazilian.
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India’s sanitation summit overshadows problems that persist
(5.25/26)

The United Nations is celebrating the sanitation gains made in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 at a summit this week in New Delhi, but in Tamu Nagar, a slum just outside one of the city's poshest neighborhoods, hundreds of people rely on a single public toilet.
The numbers in the government's ambitious Swachh Bharat, or Clean India, program are staggering. India's population of 1.3 billion constituted 60 percent of the world's open defecation in 2014, when Modi was elected, but only 20 percent by 2018.
The $20 billion program concludes in 2019.
But the summit — with a keynote address by U. N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday — overshadows the struggles with open defecation that remain in the heart of India's capital.
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Melania Trump forges ahead as first lady with Africa trip
(5.25/26)

First lady Melania Trump heads for Africa on her first big solo international trip, aiming to make child well-being the focus of a five-day, four-country tour that will take her to every corner of the vast and impoverished continent.
Departing on Monday, she opens her first-ever visit to Africa on Tuesday in Ghana in the West, followed by stops in Malawi in the South, Kenya in the East and Egypt in the Northeast.
Her first extended turn on the world stage outside the shadow of President Donald Trump could still be complicated by her husband, who has spoken of the continent in impolite and even vulgar terms.
That leaves the first lady with some fence-mending duties.
"She's got some heavy lifting to do on this trip and it's a little bit unfair because that's not what a first lady's trip should be about," said Judd Devermont, the Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. First ladies usually practice a softer form of diplomacy, showing interest in a host nation's schools, hospitals and arts programs, and avoiding thornier issues.
Joshua Meservey, a senior Africa policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, countered by noting the "positive engagements" the president has had with some African heads of state, including President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, who met with Trump at the White House in late August. Trump also met last week in New York with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt.
Meservey also noted that the U. S. spends considerable amounts on public health and development initiatives in Malawi, which is among the world's least-developed countries.
"I think the U. S.-Africa relationship is much bigger than the president's comments, and it's been going on for decades and decades," he said. "Frankly, I suspect the vast majority of average Africans have not heard of any of those dust-ups. It's very much an elite preoccupation."
"Africans are, generally speaking, very gracious hosts" who will "roll out the red carpet and do their absolute best to be hospitable," Meservey said.
Days before the first lady was to board a U. S. government airplane for the flight across the Atlantic, Trump declared at the United Nations that he and his wife "love Africa."
Mrs. Trump's five days on the continent will feature a mix of visits to hospitals, schools and shelters as she focuses on the well-being of children.
Child welfare is a top issue for Mrs. Trump, the mother of a 12-year-old son. She focuses on the issue in the United States through an initiative she launched this year named "Be Best." This week's trip will mark her first extended period promoting the program and its goals abroad, separate from an event she held during a stop in London with the president in July.
A former fashion model born in Slovenia and now a naturalized U. S. citizen, the 48-year-old Mrs. Trump has traveled extensively with the president, including to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, Brussels, France, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. She was in Finland for the president's July summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin but did not go to Singapore for Trump's June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Her only other international foray was brief: a September 2017 day trip to Toronto to join Britain's Prince Harry at a military athletic competition.
Often seen as a reluctant first lady — she did not fully move into the White House until nearly six months after Trump took office, due to her son's schooling in New York — Mrs. Trump has kept a low profile in comparison to her immediate predecessors. She was sidelined for several weeks following kidney surgery in May.
Immediate predecessors Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama all made multiple trips abroad without their spouses during their administration's two terms. Such travel has become expected of first ladies, and a similar excursion was viewed as a next step in Mrs. Trump's evolution in one of the world's most scrutinized roles.
Former first ladies Clinton, Bush and Obama also made repeat solo trips to Africa.
"The first lady, when she travels to a foreign country, can carry the flag and there's a great deal she could do to engender good feeling about the United States and I hope she can do that," Myra Gutin, who studies first ladies at Rider University in New Jersey, said of Mrs. Trump.
President Trump raised ire across Africa earlier this year after his private complaint about the continent's "s---hole countries" was leaked to journalists.
He later offered a partial denial in public but privately defended his remarks, The Associated Press reported in January. He also didn't deny the comment when he was asked about it while hosting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House in April.
The president further roiled South Africa when he recently claimed on Twitter that the country is seizing farms and that high numbers of farmers are being killed. He pushed "send" on the tweet after watching a Fox News segment about land issues in South Africa. While killings of farmers have been taking place for more than 20 years and are widely seen as part of South Africa's high crime rate, experts say white farmers have not been the target. Nor are there signs of widespread killings, they said.
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Today in History: Oct. 1
(5.25/26)

Today is Monday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2018. There are 91 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 1,1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market.
On this date:
In 1890, Congress passed the McKinley Tariff Act, which raised tariffs to a record level.
In 1910, the offices of the Los Angeles Times were destroyed by a bomb explosion and fire; 21 Times employees were killed.
In 1937, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black delivered a radio address in which he acknowledged being a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, but said he had dropped out of the organization before becoming a U. S. senator.
In 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing. A 42-day strike by the United Steelworkers of America began over the issue of retirement benefits.
In 1957, the motto “In God We Trust” began appearing on U. S. paper currency.
In 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley. Japan’s first high-speed “bullet train,” the Tokaido Shinkansen, went into operation between Tokyo and Osaka.
In 1971, Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.
In 1972, the book “The Joy of Sex” by Alex Comfort was first published by Mitchell Beazley of London.
In 1982, Sony began selling the first commercial compact disc player, the CDP-101, in Japan.
In 1987, eight people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.9 struck the Los Angeles area.
In 1994, National Hockey League team owners began a 103-day lockout of their players.
In 1996, a federal grand jury indicted Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski in the 1994 mail bomb slaying of advertising executive Thomas Mosser. (Kaczynski was later sentenced to four life terms plus 30 years.) The federal minimum wage rose 50 cents to four dollars, 75 cents an hour.
Ten years ago: After one spectacular failure in the House, the $700 billion financial industry bailout won lopsided passage in the Senate, 74-25, after it was loaded with tax breaks and other sweeteners. Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio, died in San Diego at age 75. TV actor House Peters Jr., the original “Mr. Clean,” died in Los Angeles at age 92.
Five years ago: The federal government partially shut down because of a budget impasse in Congress, the same day Americans got their first chance to shop for health insurance using the online marketplaces that were at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul (however, government websites designed to sell the policies struggled to handle the traffic, with many frustrated users reporting trouble setting up accounts). Novelist Tom Clancy, 66, died in Baltimore.
One year ago: A gunman opened fire from a room at the Mandalay Bay casino hotel in Las Vegas on a crowd of 22,000 country music fans at a concert below, leaving 58 people dead and more than 800 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U. S. history; the gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, killed himself before officers arrived. O. J. Simpson was released from a prison in Nevada a few minutes after midnight, after serving nine years for a botched hotel-room heist in Las Vegas. Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings, after a law took effect putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples.
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For LeBron James and the Lakers, a Dress Rehearsal for a New Era
(4.42/26)

SAN DIEGO — Ninety minutes before tipoff of a hugely anticipated N. B. A. exhibition game that most of the world would certainly soon forget, a whistle blew on the Valley View Casino Center concourse. The old arena’s four main entrances opened to the hordes of Los Angeles Lakers fans lined up outside.
They poured in, slowed only by security checks, and some headed straight to the merchandise booths. For $120 they could buy a LeBron James No. 23 Lakers jersey, and many did.
They crowded as close to the court as security would allow, and as the appointed hour approached, with a rustle of excitement in one corner, they aimed phone cameras and cheered as a chain of Lakers jogged onto the floor.
Last was James, without expression and wearing a purple-and-black warm-up suit that may take some getting used to before it looks right.
And, like that, in front of 13,565 fans in a small, sold-out arena past its prime and a global television audience curious to see where this all leads, the world’s best basketball player made his debut with the Lakers, maybe the world’s top basketball brand.
To the amusement of Lakers fans and the possible bemusement of those who root for other teams, James’s wardrobe switch became a reality on Sunday night. After he was formally introduced with the requisite spotlights and bombast, to the predictable burst of cheers, he took the court in the famed, golden Lakers uniform.
“It always feels different for me, any time you change uniforms,” James said after the game, citing his moves from high school to the Cleveland Cavaliers, to the Miami Heat and back to Cleveland. “Now being a Laker, it definitely feels different. It’ll take a little bit of time to get used to it.”
He still looked a lot like LeBron James, maybe in costume, with 9 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 15 first-half minutes. He did not play the second half.
“It was great to get back on the floor and start a new journey for myself,” he said after the game.
James, who turns 34 in December, is starting his 16th N. B. A. season. He has been to the finals eight years in a row, while the Lakers have missed the playoffs the past five seasons, unprecedented in their illustrious history.
Their owner, Jeanie Buss, gave Magic Johnson the keys to the team’s basketball operations last year. Johnson went out and recruited James, with a four-year, $153.3 million contract signed this past summer, looking for an updated version of Showtime.
The possibilities are intriguing, but even a playoff berth is far from certain. Under Coach Luke Walton, the Lakers were 35-47 last year, and James leads a roster that might best be described as unsettled. An interesting stew that includes Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee — the four other starters on Sunday night — will try to add spice, and not spoil, the flavor of the main course.
James scored his first points on a deep 3-pointer nearly three minutes into a technically meaningless game. Somehow, he blended in, more eager to pass than to shoot, as if testing his new teammates to see what each could do at his side.
He played most of the first nine minutes, missing 3 of 4 shots, grabbing a rebound and handing out two assists. He returned midway through the second quarter, sending a momentary jolt of excitement through the building when he took the court.
“Give it to LeBron!” a young boy screamed from behind the team’s bench, speaking for nearly everyone.
He soon swished another 3-pointer. They were small exclamations in an otherwise understated performance, barely enough of a tease to provide clues for what to expect as the season unspools.
The Lakers, James said, played some combination of players that had not practiced together.
He tamped down expectations when he met hordes of reporters last week. Media Day is supposed to be a burst of optimism for all teams, before anyone sees the way the ball will actually bounce, but James had none of it. He was circumspect and serious.
“We got a long way to go to get to Golden State,” James said of the dynastic Warriors, who have foiled James’ championship hopes three of the past four years, including the last two.
The Warriors? The Lakers may have a ways to get to the Nuggets, a rising team that finished one slot out of the Western Conference playoffs last season. They fell to Denver, 124-107, on Sunday.
Fans, however, have let optimism flow, for now. This first preseason game was big enough that the longtime San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist Nick Canepa felt the need to remind readers that this was not the biggest sports event in the city’s history. Or was it?
San Diego has hosted hundreds of N.F.L. games, including three Super Bowls, though the Chargers are now in Los Angeles. The Padres have brought the World Series here, twice, hard as it may be to imagine. Muhammad Ali fought Ken Norton in San Diego.
And the old arena itself, Valley View Casino Center, used to be the home of the N. B. A.’s Clippers. It now mostly hosts minor-league hockey, indoor soccer and lacrosse. But it was also the site of the 1975 Final Four, where John Wooden coached his last game for U. C.L.A. in a championship victory.
Yet, LeBron.
The arena’s concourse is lined with life-size photographs depicting the building’s famous sporting events and concerts, Bob Dylan to Rihanna. There was a new poster, too: LeBron James’s Los Angeles Lakers Debut. Eight hours before tipoff, ticket prices on the online secondary market ranged from $150 to $489.
The Lakers and James play their first exhibition game at Staples Center, the team’s home floor in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, also against the Nuggets. The Lakers begin the regular season in Portland on Oct. 18.
By then, it might feel closer to normal to see James in a Lakers uniform. The question is if and when it will ever feel right.
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Germany arrests 6 suspected far-right extremists in Chemnitz
(4.26/26)

German prosecutors say they have ordered the arrest of six men on suspicion of forming a "far-right terrorist organization" in the eastern city of Chemnitz, where anti-migrant violence flared this summer.
Federal prosecutors alleged Monday that the six men, all German citizens aged between 20 and 30 years old, formed a group calling itself "Revolution Chemnitz" together with a seventh men, who was arrested in a separate case last month.
Prosecutors said in a statement the men planned to carry out armed attacks against foreigners and political enemies.
More than 100 police officers were involved in the arrests in the states of Saxony and Bavaria, and the search of several properties linked to the men.
Chemnitz saw anti-foreigner violence after a killing blamed on migrants in August.
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LEADING OFF: Brewers-Cubs, Rockies-Dodgers in Games 163
(4.25/26)

A look at what's happening around the majors today:
WIN OR GO WILD
In a big league first, a pair of tiebreaking Game 163s will be played on the same day to sort out the NL playoff picture. First, the Cubs host the Brewers to settle the NL Central at Wrigley Field. Then the Dodgers host the Rockies to determine an NL West champ. The losers of those games will play Tuesday in the NL wild-card game.
Chicago will call on left-hander Jose Quintana (13-11,4.09), who is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts against Milwaukee. The Brewers are countering with Jhoulys Chacin (15-8,3.56). The Midwest rivals might not be done with each other after Monday, either — the winner of the wild-card game will face the NL Central champ in the NL Division Series. How about a rematch?
Colorado is attempting to end Los Angeles' five-year reign atop the division and win its first NL West crown. Walker Buehler (7-5,2.76 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers, and the Rockies will counter with German Marquez (14-10,3.76 ERA), who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.
TRIPLE THREAT?
Brewers dynamo Christian Yelich gets a final chance to claim the NL's first Triple Crown since 1937. Yelich was 0 for 2 Sunday to end a 10-game hitting streak, though his.323 average is certain to remain tops in the NL. He enters Game 163 with 36 homers, one back of Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the home run lead, and his 109 RBIs are two shy of Chicago's Javier Baez for that title. There has not been a Triple Crown winner in the NL since Joe Medwick for the St. Louis Cardinals. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in 2012 won the AL's first Triple Crown since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
JOB OPEN
Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman will interview to lead Cincinnati full-time in 2019, though the club may wait until the end of October to fill the position. Riggleman took over after Bryan Price was fired following a 3-15 start, and the Reds went 64-80 under him. Among the other potential candidates, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin has told the team he isn't interested at this time.
DECISION TIME
A few longtime stars said seeming farewells Sunday amid uncertainty about their futures, and this week might bring some clarity on whether they'll keep playing. Joe Mauer suited up at catcher for one more pitch with Minnesota in between standing ovations, and Adrian Beltre got a nice cheer from fans in his former home of Seattle when he was pulled midgame. Jose Reyes got a similar treatment with the Mets, while Hunter Pence may also decide to hang it up after a touching goodbye in San Francisco. None of those players confirmed they're calling it quits just yet, though.
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Some fear Kavanaugh's fate may bode ill for GOP either way
(4.17/26)

NEW YORK (AP) - Whether or not Republicans ultimately confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, some on the front lines of the GOP’s midterm battlefield fear the party may have already lost.
In the days after a divided nation watched Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford deliver conflicting stories about what happened when they were teenagers, Republican campaign operatives acknowledged this is not the fight they wanted six weeks before Election Day.
Should they give Kavanaugh a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court after Ford’s powerful testimony about sexual assault, Republicans risk enraging the women they need to preserve their House majority. Vote him down, they risk enraging the party’s defiant political base.
In swing state New Hampshire, former Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn said Republicans are “grossly underestimating the damage that would be done” at the ballot box in the short and long term should they confirm Kavanaugh.
Horn, a lifelong Republican and frequent Trump critic, described Ford as “the most credible person I have ever seen publicly talk about this.” One young friend of Horn’s family was so inspired by the testimony that she revealed her own painful experience with sexual assault on social media for the first time Thursday.
“Republicans have to ask themselves if they’re willing not only to sell the soul of the party, but sell their own souls to get this particular conservative on the Supreme Court,” Horn said in an interview.
Another wing of the party was just as convinced that Republicans would trigger Election Day doom should they fail to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
“If Republicans do not get this vote taken and Kavanaugh confirmed, you can kiss the midterms goodbye,” conservative icon Rush Limbaugh boomed from his radio studio this week, a message that Trump echoed on Twitter and Republican strategists repeated privately on Friday.
In what has become the year of the woman in national politics, there are no easy answers for a party aligned with a president who has dismissed more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct of his own.
The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Friday to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate, with the informal understanding that the FBI would investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh. A final vote would be delayed by a week.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona crystalized the challenge before the GOP. After announcing his support for Kavanaugh early Friday, he was confronted by tearful victims of sexual assault as he tried to board an elevator in the U. S. Capitol.
“Look at me when I’m talking to you,” one woman cried as Flake stood uncomfortably in the elevator. “You’re telling me that my assault doesn’t matter, that what happened to me doesn’t matter, that you’re going to let people who do these things into power.”
Flake later insisted on the FBI investigation to secure his vote allowing Kavanaugh’s nomination to move out of the Judiciary Committee. He is retiring at the end of the year and the Republican congresswoman seeking to replace him, Martha McSally, said nothing for much of this week before releasing a statement Friday afternoon noting Kavanaugh and Ford were “heard.”
“The Senate’s role is to provide advice and consent on this nomination, and to seek the truth,” McSally said. “I encourage them to use the next week to gather any additional relevant facts, and then act on this nomination.”
The balancing act reflects the impossible politics ahead for some Republican candidates, particularly those in swing states and suburban House districts.
McSally has come out as a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of her high school track coach. At the same time, she has strongly embraced Trump and his combative ethos, which Kavanaugh exemplified during his Thursday testimony.
She indirectly criticized Trump last week after he questioned why Ford didn’t report her assault decades ago.
“A lot of people who have not been through this - thank God they have not been through this - don’t understand that a lot of us don’t immediately go to law enforcement,” McSally said.
Two key Republicans - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins - have also avoided taking a firm position so far. Neither is up for re-election this year, yet both are facing intense political pressure from the right and left back home, with the potential that aftershocks from their votes could be felt for years to come.
Cindy Noyes, a registered Republican in Maine, attended public schools with Collins and usually agrees with her. But not if she backs Kavanaugh.
“It’d be hard for me not to support her, but I really, really encourage her to vote against him,” Noyes said of Collins, who doesn’t face re-election until 2020.
In Alaska, Juneau voter Sally Saddler, an independent, said she voted for Murkowski in the past, but likely wouldn’t back her again if the Republican senator decides to confirm Kavanaugh.
Murkowski also faces the prospect of a primary challenge from the right should she break with her party.
That potential has already convinced Anchorage Republican Women’s Club president Judy Eledge to consider supporting a Murkowski primary challenger in 2022.
“I would support the other person, and I think there’s a lot of other people that would,” she said.
Republican candidates in states Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016 have been far more eager to follow Trump’s lead on Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, some vulnerable Democratic incumbents like Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and Montana Sen. Jon Tester announced Friday they would stick with the Democratic minority in opposing the nomination. Others, including Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, remain undecided.
Evangelical leaders in contact with the White House have quietly launched an influence campaign designed to rally 1.5 million evangelical voters behind Kavanaugh across five key states: Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia, Florida and North Dakota. The campaign features a video on social media and a series of direct text messages.
Republicans are on their heels in the nation’s suburbs, the region that features the most competitive House races.
GOP Rep. Leonard Lance, running for re-election in a suburban New Jersey district Trump lost in 2016, was forced to backtrack this week after being caught on tape questioning Kavanaugh’s accusers. After Ford’s testimony, he endorsed calls for an expanded FBI inquiry.
Democratic challenger Tom Malinowski says the issue goes beyond whether Kavanaugh should be on the court.
“It’s precisely that tendency to dismiss accusers of powerful men that makes it hard for survivors to make what is already a wrenchingly difficult decision to come forward,” Malinowski said in an interview, adding that it’s particularly important for male politicians to speak up instead of leaving all the difficult votes to women.
Republicans are betting that Democrats are already so motivated by their opposition to Trump that the Supreme Court fight won’t make much difference, said Republican pollster Ed Goeas.
Most off-year elections are decided by which side is more energized. Most polls suggest that Democrats have a distinct advantage on that front.
“All Republicans can do is close that gap at this point,” Goeas said.
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Associated Press writers Bill Barrow in Atlanta, David Sharp in Portland, Maine, Nick Riccardi in Denver, Becky Bohrer in Juneau, Alaska, Mark Thiessen in Anchorage, Alaska, and Thomas Beaumont in Washington contributed to this report.
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4 remain in hospital after Pacific lagoon plane crash
(4.16/26)

Four passengers remained hospitalized on Monday after an airliner crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week, the airline said.
The four were in stable conditions at a Chuuk island hospital and would soon be taken to Guam for further treatment, Air Niugini said in a statement.
A Chuuk State Hospital official did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
The four were among 47 passengers and crew who were evacuated from a sinking Boeing 737 on Friday after Flight PX73 from nearby Pohnpei island crashed into a lagoon about 145 meters (475 feet) from the Chuuk International Airport runway, the Papua New Guinea national carrier said.
The airline revealed on Saturday that one of the passengers hadn't been accounted for, although a search of the airliner's interior by U. S. Navy divers had confirmed he was not inside.
An Air Niugini spokeswoman did not immediately respond on Monday to a request for an update on the search for the passenger and for further details about him, including his nationality.
Air Niugini chairman Kosta Constaninou said witnesses reported seeing the passenger board a dinghy as U. S. divers and locals rescued the passengers and crew from the sinking plane.
What caused the crash and the exact sequence of events remains unclear. The airline and the U. S. Navy both said the plane landed in the lagoon short of the runway. Some witnesses thought the plane overshot the runway.
A Papua New Guinea accident investigation team flew to Micronesia on Friday, the Post Courier newspaper reported.
An official form Micronesia's Division of Civil Aviation did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Flight PX73 flies from the Tokyo Narita Airport in Japan to the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby via Pohnpei and Chuuk.
Air Niugini has operated since 1973. Data from the Aviation Safety Network indicates 111 people have died in crashes of PNG-registered airlines in the past two decades but none involved Air Niugini.
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Murphy plans ‘major’ address on NJ’s lagging economy
(4.16/26)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is set to deliver what he says is a major speech on the economy.
The Democratic governor will speak Monday in Nutley.
He told The Associated Press in an earlier interview that he plans to put forward an economic "master plan" to address the state's laggard economy.
Murphy says the state needs to turn around downward-trending wages and employment growth figures as well the poverty rate.
New Jersey is at the bottom of the list compared with most states.
Murphy says he got input over the summer from a range of groups, including business organizations like the Chamber of Commerce.
The speech comes as Murphy wraps up his first year in office since succeeding Republican Chris Christie.
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Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service?
(4.16/26)

NEW YORK — Cellular companies such as Verizon are looking to challenge traditional cable companies with residential internet service that promises to be ultra-fast, affordable and wireless.
Using an emerging wireless technology known as 5G, Verizon's 5G Home service provides an alternative to cable for connecting laptops, phones, TVs and other devices over Wi-Fi. It launches in four U. S. cities on Monday.
Verizon won't be matching cable companies on packages that also come with TV channels and home phone service. But fewer people have been subscribing to such bundles anyway, as they embrace streaming services such as Netflix for video and cellphone services instead of landline.
"That's the trend that cable has been having problems with for several years, and a trend that phone companies can take advantage of," Gartner analyst Bill Menzes said.
That's if the wireless companies can offer a service that proves affordable and effective.
T-Mobile and Sprint are also planning a residential 5G service as part of their merger proposal, though few details are known.
Verizon's broadband-only service will cost $70 a month, with a $20 discount for Verizon cellular customers. According to Leichtman Research Group, the average price for broadband internet is about $60, meaning only some customers will be saving money.
Even so, Verizon can try to win over some customers with promises of reliability.
Verizon says its service will be much faster than cable. That means downloading a two-hour movie in high definition in two minutes rather than 21. The service promises to let families play data-intensive games and watch video on multiple devices at once, with little or no lag.
"The things that really matter to a customer are how fast it is and how reliable it is," longtime telecom analyst Dave Burstein said. In tests of Verizon's 5G so far, he said, "reliability is proving out quite nicely."
Verizon could also capitalize on many people's frustration with their cable companies. Consumer Reports magazine says customers have long been unhappy with perceived weak customer service, high prices and hidden fees.
The residential 5G service is part of a broader upgrade in wireless technology.
Verizon has spent billions of dollars for rights to previously unused radio waves at the high end of the frequency spectrum. It's a short-range signal, ideal for city blocks and apartment buildings, but less so for sprawling suburbs or rural communities. That's why Verizon is pushing residential service first, while AT&T is building a more traditional cellular network for people on the go, using radio waves at the lower end.
AT&T is aiming to launch its 5G mobile network this year in 12 cities, including Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. Dish also has plans for a 5G network, but it's focused on connecting the so-called "Internet of Things," everything from laundry machines to parking meters, rather than cellphones or residential broadband.
Sprint tried to introduce residential wireless service before, using a technology called WiMax, but it failed to gain many subscribers as LTE trumped WiMax as the dominant cellular technology. This time, Verizon is using the same 5G technology that will eventually make its way into 5G cellular networks.
The Verizon service will start in parts of Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, California, and Indianapolis.
"These are small areas but significant," said Ronan Dunne, president of Verizon Wireless. "Tens of thousands of homes, not hundreds of thousands of homes." Eventually, Verizon projects 30 million homes in the U. S. will be eligible, though there's no timeline.
For now, Verizon isn't planning to hit markets where it already has its cable-like Fios service. Verizon stopped expanding Fios around 2010, in part because it was expensive to dig up streets and lay fiber-optic lines. Verizon can build 5G more cheaply because it can use the same towers available for cellular service.
That said, Verizon might not recoup its costs if it ends up drawing only customers who stand to save money over cable, said John Horrigan, a broadband expert at the Technology Policy Institute.
And while Verizon says the new network will be able to handle lots of devices at once, anyone who's tried to use a phone during concerts and conferences will know that the airwaves can get congested quickly.
What Verizon's service won't do is extend high-speed internet access to rural America, where many households can't get broadband at all, let alone competition. Cable and other companies haven't found it profitable to extend wires to remote parts of the country. But Verizon will face the same problem, given that its short-range signal will require several wireless towers closer together. That's feasible only in densely populated areas.
That's not good enough, said Harold Feld, senior vice president of the advocacy group Public Knowledge. He said internet service at reasonable prices is "fundamental" for all Americans — not just those who live in populated areas.
T-Mobile and Sprint want to jointly create a 5G network that would also offer residential wireless broadband, but not for a few years. In seeking regulatory approval, the companies say 20 percent to 25 percent of subscribers will be in rural areas that have limited access to broadband. But the companies offered no details on how they would do so. T-Mobile and Sprint declined to comment.
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'Tragedy of grand scale': Events mark date of Vegas shooting
(4.16/26)

LAS VEGAS — It has been a year since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U. S. history, and a woman set to talk at a sunrise ceremony commemorating the lives lost says that although hearts are still healing, she hopes people can move forward from the enormous tragedy with "love and light."
Among survivors, victims' family members, first-responders and elected officials offering prayers, songs and speeches on Monday, Mynda Smith will remember her sister.
Nyesa Davis Tonks was killed by a gunman in a high-rise hotel raining gunfire into a crowd of 22,000 at an outdoor country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip.
Nyesa pronounced her name "Neesha." She was a 46-year-old single mother originally from the Salt Lake City area who was raising three boys in Las Vegas. Smith said she was energetic, adventurous, a fan of all kinds of music.
"I want to bring the message about living life to the fullest," Smith told The Associated Press. "About how grateful we are for our community, the love and support that we got, and being 'Vegas Strong.'"
Smith started a scholarship fund for victims' children and says she reached loved ones of almost all the dead. Thirty-three were from California, six others from Nevada, four from Canada and 12 from other U. S. states.
"It was a heartbreak every time," Smith said. "This was a tragedy of grand scale. We have a long way to go. But we have to move forward with love and light."
Many who were cheering Jason Aldean's headline set on the Las Vegas Strip late Oct. 1,2017, said later they thought the rapid crack-crack-crack they heard was fireworks — until people fell dead, wounded, bleeding.
From across neon-lit Las Vegas Boulevard, a gambler-turned-gunman with what police later called a meticulous plan but an unknown reason fired assault-style rifles for 11 minutes from 32nd-floor windows of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the concert crowd below. Police said he then put a pistol in his mouth and killed himself.
Medical examiners later determined that all 58 deaths were from gunshots. Another 413 people were wounded, and police said at least 456 were injured fleeing the carnage.
A flock of 58 doves will be released at the daybreak memorial, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo also are due to speak. They won't provide answers to what made Stephen Craig Paddock unleash his hail of gunfire.
Lombardo declared the police investigation ended in August. He issued a report that said hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours of investigative work found no motive, no conspiracy and no other shooters.
A final FBI report, including a behavioral analysis of Paddock, is expected by year-end.
Another report last month involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency found communications were snarled and police, fire and medical responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls, false reports of other shootings and the number of victims.
Las Vegas police continue to make weekly releases of material collected following the attack under court order in a media public records lawsuit. Included have been investigative documents, 911 audio recordings, police reports, witness statements and many hours of officer body-worn video.
Unanswered in the 21 batches posted to date: What made a 64-year-old former accountant, real estate investor, small plane pilot and high-limit video poker player assemble an arsenal and attack a concert crowd?
Paddock was characterized by police as a loner with no religious or political affiliations who became obsessed with guns, spent more than $1.5 million in the two years before the shooting and distanced himself from his girlfriend and family.
A forensic accountant recently put the value of Paddock's estate at just under $1.4 million. Paddock's mother said the money should go to victims. A disbursal plan has not yet been established.
Paddock's gambling habits made him a sought-after casino patron. Over several days, Mandalay Bay employees readily let him use a service elevator to take suitcases to the $590-per-night suite he had been provided for free. The room had a commanding view of the Strip and the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert grounds across the street.
After breaking out windows, Paddock fired 1,057 shots in 11 minutes, police say.
Incendiary shots hit airport fuel tanks but didn't ignite. He sprayed gunfire through his suite door, wounding a hotel security guard in the leg. Paddock may have seen the guard coming with a camera set up on a service cart in the hall, police said.
On Las Vegas Boulevard, uniformed police officers crouched near patrol vehicles being pocked by gunshots. Windows broke. One officer was struck in the arm. Another was hit in the neck. Both survived.
Officer Charleston Hartfield, who was off-duty attending the concert, was killed.
Sixty-four minutes after shooting stopped, a SWAT officer with explosives blasted through Paddock's hotel room door. Officers found him dead on the floor with guns and ammunition clips strewn about. Drapes fluttered next to broken windows.
Sirens wailed. Strangers carried wounded concert-goers to pickup trucks driven by volunteers that snaked through jammed traffic to hospitals.
Paddock left survival gear and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the room and bomb-making materials in his car parked in the Mandalay Bay valet area. Police said he left no suicide note or manifesto.
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Mexican students massacred by army in 1968, by gangs today
(4.16/26)

When soldiers massacred as many as 300 people at a student protest in Mexico City's Tlatelolco plaza on Oct. 2,1968, the killers wore uniforms. Today, students in Mexico say they are still under attack, but now from thugs, drug cartels, paramilitaries or rapists.
Today's student activists — and even the graying veterans of the 1968 democracy movement — acknowledge they now have free speech, something the '68 generation fought for. But they say the impunity remains the same; nobody was ever convicted for the 1968 killings.
As Mexico marks the 50-year anniversary of Tlatelolco on Tuesday, the massacre remains something of an open wound: Nobody knows exactly how many died when soldiers opened fire on a peaceful demonstration, and it wasn't until last week that a government agency acknowledged for the first time that it was "a state crime."
Nor — say both those who survived the attack and the generation that has inherited their activist mantle — has the country learned crucial lessons from the tragedy, with nearly all the crimes of today similarly going unresolved and unpunished, by both state and non-state actors.
With the exception of a few charred bone fragments, nobody has ever found the bodies of 43 students at a rural teachers' college who were kidnapped by police and turned over to a drug gang in September 2014 — another grim anniversary that Mexico marked in recent days with no sign of resolution in sight. The students from the Ayotzinapa teacher's college were never seen again.
"We are possibly worse off today. Young people are under attack, with the economy, inequality, there are fewer opportunities," said Enrique Espinosa, who at 69 remains tall and thin just as he appeared in a famous 1968 photo showing student protesters stripped to their underwear and held at gunpoint by soldiers against a wall in a Tlatelolco apartment building. "This is not the Mexico we wanted."
Despite the governmental Victims' Commission's recent acknowledgement of the massacre as a "state crime that continued beyond Oct. 2 with arbitrary arrests and torture" and a pledge for reparations, justice remains elusive. For example, the government is still fighting a court order that it allow a truth commission to investigate the fate of the 43 students who disappeared in 2014.
"Tlatelolco is a government crime that has remained unpunished, and today the big fight is to break that impunity," said Felix Hernandez, one of the leaders of the '68 movement.
Even Hernandez, then an engineering student, acknowledges things have changed for the youths of today. Back in 1968, "finishing a university degree was a guarantee of getting a secure job. That's not the case today."
Times today are different in other ways. In 1968 students struggled against a monolithic government that presided over a booming economy and was at the height of its power. Just a few days after the Tlatelolco massacre Mexico hosted the Olympic Games.
While the games were marked by dissent — U. S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a Black power salute — today's situation is much more chaotic with a government that is barely in control of many aspects of society, battered by violent drug cartels that are often supported by rogue cops and mayors.
"In 1968 the repression was carried out by the army and riot police; today, it is done through paramilitary groups... it is a very important difference," said Victor Guerra, another former leader of the '68 movement. "Back then, the government was extremely authoritarian, it didn't allow freedom of expression or demonstrations. Today, thanks to the 68 movement, we have that possibility, we can protest in the streets."
Ironically, right before the 50th anniversary, students were back on the street demonstrating after thugs known as 'porros' attacked a student demonstration at the National Autonomous University in September; two students were seriously injured, one knifed in the back. That student's girlfriend was punched in the face repeatedly as she tried to protect him.
The violence shocked Mexicans who thought "porros" — ghost students who register but don't take classes, and instead serve as hired thugs for politicians — were a relic of the past, like the June 10,1971, march in which "porros" killed at least a dozen students.
"In 1968, it was more direct repression," said Mexico City University political science student Josue Gonzalez, 20, as he marched at a protest against the latest attacks. "If the government were to try physical repression today, it would be very stupid, the people would rise up."
"Now it comes from other groups — from 'porros,' they hire a third party to do their dirty work," Gonzalez said.
Indeed, some argue that crimes like the disappearance of the 43 students in Iguala 2014, officially blamed on cops in the pay of a drug gang, were actually the work of the government; the students had been a thorn in the side of authorities, and the mayor of the town where they disappeared has been implicated in the crime.
"It is the authorities themselves who attack you," said Itzel Espinosa, 23, a design major and daughter of Enrique of the '68 movement. "What happened to the 43 is the Oct. 2 of today."
But today, the brutality is of a different kind. In March, three university film students in the western city of Guadalajara were picked up by a drug gang who mistook them for members of a rival cartel; they were tortured, interrogated and killed, and their bodies dissolved in acid.
"The film students in Guadalajara were out doing a school project. It is unbelievable," said the younger Espinosa. "That was the drug gangs, but if the government was functional, that kind of crime wouldn't happen."
Every student has his or her own tale: "It is the 'porros,' the killings of women ... the kidnappings, the robberies," said Juan Guijosa, a National University economics student who graduated a few weeks ago.
"Nowadays there is a big problem with crime," agreed Jorge Chavez Cardenas, another student who was at the September protest. "Right outside our university there have been killings, kidnappings, massacres."
Among the crimes on campus was the 2017 killing of Lesvy Berlin at the UNAM, which was initially called a suicide but later recognized as a femicide by authorities, sparking multiple protests.
But some things have improved. In 1968 students struggled to distribute leaflets and fought the indifference or lies of government-aligned media; the day after the 1968 massacre, newspapers depicted it as an attack on soldiers, with headlines like "Terrorists and soldiers fought a tough battle" and "Criminal provocation causes bloody confrontation."
In the digital age, students have the power to communicate with the world at their fingertips.
"The big difference today is social media," Itzel Espinosa said. "Young people today, we can say what really happened, we have ways to prove it. Back then they didn't have cellphones, you had no way to prove what happened. You didn't have a camera in your hand."
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3rd Kavanaugh accuser has history of legal disputes
(4.15/26)

Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application.
Legal documents from Maryland, Oregon and Florida provide a partial picture of a woman who stepped into the media glare amid the battle over Kavanaugh's nomination for the nation's highest court.
Court records reviewed by The Associated Press show Swetnick has been involved in at least six legal cases over the past 25 years. Along with the lawsuit filed by a former employer in November 2000, the cases include a personal injury suit she filed in 1994 against the Washington, D. C., regional transit authority.
Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told the AP that court cases involving her have no bearing on the credibility of her claims about Kavanaugh. Avenatti said the suit from her ex-employer — it was dismissed a month after it was filed — was "completely bogus, which is why it was dismissed almost immediately."
He told AP that he "fully vetted" Swetnick before helping her take her claims against Kavanaugh public.
Avenatti released a sworn statement by Swetnick in which she says she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s." In the statement, which was provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Swetnick said she had been sexually assaulted at a party attended by members of Kavanaugh's social circle, but did not accuse him of assaulting her. Two other women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexually abusing them.
One of those women, Christine Blasey Ford, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to offer emotional testimony that even Kavanaugh's most ardent backers, including Trump, said they found credible. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drunken party when both were students at Yale University. Friends and colleagues of Ramirez describe her as a quiet person who has dedicated herself to being an advocate for needy families and survivors of domestic violence.
Swetnick was the third named Kavanaugh accuser to emerge, when Avenatti released details of her accusations on Twitter on the eve of Ford's testimony.
Kavanaugh has denied the claims regarding him made by Swetnick and other women, characterizing some of the allegations as a "joke" and a "farce."
Ann Simonton, a nationally recognized advocate for rape survivors and director of Media Watch, a media literacy organization, cautioned that many sexual abuse survivors encounter chaos and trouble later in life — things can tarnish a survivor's image but don't necessarily speak to the legitimacy of the underlying abuse allegations. "This type of trauma will impact your daily life forever," she said.
Swetnick, who is from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D. C., has said she is willing to be interviewed by either Congress or the FBI. On Twitter, Avenatti wrote that he and Swetnick would "thoroughly enjoy" embarrassing Republicans on the Judiciary Committee "when her story is told and is deemed credible." Swetnick appeared on "The Circus," a political program that is part of Showtime's Sunday lineup.
Some details of the legal disputes she's been involved in aren't known, because documents in the cases are incomplete or no longer available. Records in the lawsuit filed in late 2000 by her ex-employer, Oregon-based software company Webtrends, don't indicate why it was dismissed. Avenatti said there was a settlement in the case but no money changed hands.
In its civil complaint in a state court in Oregon, the company said Swetnick, a software engineer, was an employee for a few weeks before its human resources department received a report that she had engaged in "unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct" toward two male co-workers at a business lunch.
The lawsuit said that Swetnick in turn accused Webtrends of subjecting her to "physically and emotionally threatening and hostile conditions" and that she claimed that she'd been sexually harassed by four co-workers. The co-workers denied the allegations, the suit said.
Company officials later determined, the suit said, that Swetnick had provided false information on her employment application. The suit alleged that she had misrepresented the length of time she worked at a previous employer and falsely claimed that she'd earned an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.
Her lawyer, Avenatti, said that "whether she has a college degree or not does not matter as to whether she is a sexual assault victim."
Helene Moglen, Swetnick's aunt, told AP last week that her niece went off to college but quickly moved back home. In an interview with The Washington Post, Swetnick's father was quoted as saying that "she bootstrapped herself and became a computer expert. She's a sharp woman."
None of the executives named in the lawsuit still works at Webtrends. Calls and emails to the company's Portland headquarters seeking comment received no response. The lawyer who represented the company in the lawsuit also did not return messages seeking comment on Thursday and Friday.
Swetnick was on the other side of a civil case in 1994, as a plaintiff, when she filed a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. She claimed she lost more than $420,000 in earnings after she hurt her nose in a fall on a train in 1992.
Swetnick, who described herself in court records as a model and actor, claimed she had "numerous modeling commitments" with several companies at the time of the accident but missed out them because of her injuries.
To support her claim for lost wages, Swetnick named "Konam Studios" as one of the companies promising to employ her. A court filing identified Nam Ko, a representative of "Kunam Studios," as a possible plaintiff's witness for her case.
Ko, however, told AP on Friday that he was just a friend of Swetnick's and that he had never owned a company with a name spelled either way and had never agreed to pay her money for any work before she injured her nose. He said he first met Swetnick at a bar more than a year after her alleged accident.
"I didn't have any money back then. I (was) broke as can be," Ko said.
Ko said he has a hazy memory of Swetnick asking to use him as a "character reference" but doesn't recall hearing about her lawsuit.
"I thought it was for a job application," he said.
In answer to questions about the suit, Avenatti said: "This is all hearsay.... None of this is relevant, not one bit."
The paperwork filed in the suit includes a letter addressed to Swetnick's attorney from Richard Zamora, who is identified as a marketing executive from a San Jose, California-based company called Fiber Sign Inc. In the letter, dated March 1994, Zamora said the company had been prepared to hire Swetnick as a model and spokeswoman and pay her a $60,000 base salary but offered the job to someone else after learning of her accident.
Zamora later asked a court in Florida for a restraining order against Swetnick. The remaining court records don't show the reasons he gave for asking for the restraining order, but indicate that the case was dropped less than two weeks later when neither party appeared in court.
Zamora, who now goes by Richard Vinneccy, declined to comment to AP last week about the letter or the nature of the relationship he'd had with Swetnick.
Avenatti said the request for a restraining order was "nonsense."
Court records show Swetnick's lawsuit against the transit agency was dismissed in 1997 after a settlement was reached. Vincent Jankoski, one of the lawyers who defended the agency, said the case was resolved without paying Swetnick any money after she failed to provide documentation supporting her lost-wage claims.
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Kunzelman reported from Rockville, Maryland, and Mendoza from Santa Cruz, California. Associated Press writers Jeff Horwitz in Washington and Brian Witte in Annapolis and News Researcher Monica Mathur in Washington contributed to this report.
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Typhoon Trami hits Japan mainland, 2 killed
(4.06/26)

Tokyo: At least two people were killed and 100 injured as Typhoon Trami hit the Japanese mainland on Sunday.
Evacuation orders for more than 120,000 people in central and western Japan as well as on northern Hokkaido island have been issued by the government, reported Sputnik International citing local media.
Around 450,000 homes in Tokyo and neighbouring areas have been facing power cut due to the weather and strong winds.
Trami is moving in the northeastern direction at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour and is expected to pass through western, central and northeastern regions of Honshu on Monday.
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0.5
Flacco flourishing for resurgent Ravens, downs Steelers
(3.55/26)

Joe Flacco knows it's easy to point to his increasingly gaudy stats or the rainbows he's uncorking with ease as proof that he's truly back.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback doesn't quite see it that way.
Sure, he feels great. Yet he believes the credit for his team's hot start should go to the 10 guys on the field with him every play. They're the ones doing the hard work. Flinging the ball all over the place as he did in a 26-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night is the easy part.
"It's not like today was the toughest Pittsburgh Steeler games I've ever played," Flacco said. "I've played really, really tough football games against these guys and probably thrown for 150 (yards) but I take pride in some of those games because I battled really, really hard."
The battle was easier this time around for Flacco thanks to a redesigned offense that focuses on creativity and diversity. Flacco completed 28 passes to 11 different players while finishing with 363 yards passing and two scores as the Ravens (3-1) created some early separation between themselves and the Steelers (1-2-1).
"The way our guys battled up front today and the way our guys on the outside got open, it didn't have to be one of those (typical Steeler) games," Flacco said. "I was able to stand back there with confidence and not too many guys around me, and that helps."
The 33-year-old Flacco stressed, "I'm not throwing the ball any different, we're a better offense."
One that can attack defenses in a variety of ways. Flacco opened the scoring with a beautiful 33-yard strike to John Brown on Baltimore's first possession and added a 3-yard flip to running back Alex Collins later in the quarter. He wasn't quite as explosive, but perhaps even more effective in the second half while putting together four extended drives that ate up the clock and kept Pittsburgh's potent offense off the field.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh gave offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg an "A-plus" on game planning,
"We want to be creative, we want to keep people off balance but yet be physical with what we are doing," Harbaugh said.
Baltimore was able to do all three while ending a three-game losing streak to the Steelers, who find themselves tied with Cleveland for last in the division a quarter of the way into the season.
"We don't like where we are, but we accept it," Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said. "We understand that this is our doing. We just got to keep working."
STEELERS SPUTTER
Pittsburgh's leaky defense has taken plenty of heat during the team's sluggish start. Yet the offense looked ordinary for stretches and downright overmatched in the second half. The Steelers managed just 47 yards and three first downs after halftime.
"I don't think I'm on the same page as anybody right now," Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after completing 27 of 47 passes for 274 yards with a touchdown and an interception. "I'm not playing well enough. I need to play better."
He's hardly the only one. The Steelers did nothing on the ground. Pittsburgh ran for 19 yards on 11 carries.
"We were not able to find enough traction tonight," Tomlin said.
FLAG DAY
The Steelers entered the game as, by far, the most penalized team in the NFL. For the first time all season, the opponents drew more attention from officials. Baltimore was called for seven penalties for 50 yards while Pittsburgh was flagged five times for 40 yards.
INJURIES
Steelers: Lost wide receiver and special teams ace Darrius Heyward-Bey to an ankle injury in the first half. Safety Nat Behre exited with a pectoral injury in the second half.
UP NEXT
Ravens: visit Cleveland to play Baker Mayfield and the Browns (1-2-1). Baltimore has won five straight in the series.
Steelers: Welcome Atlanta (1-3) to Heinz Field.
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Two Koreas remove landmines at tense border
(3.24/26)

The two Koreas on Monday started to remove landmines along a section of their heavily fortified border as part of a summit deal to ease military tensions, Seoul said.
The agreement between the nations -- which are technically still at war -- was reached at a meeting in Pyongyang last month between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un.
The summit was the third this year between the leaders, following a rapid thaw in relations.
Both sides undertook to carry out landmine removal work at the Joint Security Area (JSA) over a 20-day period, according to the South Korean defence ministry.
A spokesman said the operation had begun on both sides, though this was not confirmed by the North.
The JSA, also known as the truce village of Panmunjom, is the only spot along the tense, 250-kilometre (155 miles) frontier where troops from the two countries stand face to face.
It is often used as a venue for talks between the two Koreas.
More than 800,000 mines are believed to have been planted along the entire border during and after the 1950-53 war to defend against infiltration.
Moon has advocated dialogue with the isolated North to nudge it toward denuclearisation.
During his summit with Kim last month, the two leaders also agreed to remove some guard posts at the border by the end of the year and halt military drills on the border from November.
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1.6
Bengals don’t flinch, beat Falcons on Dalton’s late TD pass
(3.18/26)

The Cincinnati Bengals had no reason to panic when they trailed the Atlanta Falcons by five points with about four minutes remaining.
That was plenty of time for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his top targets, Tyler Boyd and A. J. Green.
Dalton's 13-yard touchdown pass to Green with 7 seconds remaining capped an impressive drive that lifted Cincinnati to a 37-36 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
"We didn't flinch," Dalton said. "We just kept going. That's what you need to be a really good team and to be a good offense."
Giovani Bernard ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (3-1), which retained at least a share of the AFC North lead.
Dalton completed four passes to Boyd, including two on fourth-down plays, as he moved the Bengals 75 yards on 16 plays in about four minutes. He saved the game's biggest pass for Green.
Green, the former University of Georgia star making his first return to the state of Georgia, made a diving catch on a corner route in the right side of the end zone to cap the drive.
"You've got to make the play when your number is called," Green said. "My number was called."
Green said he slid to make sure he remained in bounds. He had four catches for 78 yards.
Dalton completed 29 of 41 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said it's only fitting his team enjoys some last-minute success.
"Damn if we hadn't had enough of being on the other side of it," Lewis said.
Matt Ryan threw three scoring passes, including two to rookie Calvin Ridley, for the Falcons (1-3).
The Falcons have scored more than 30 points in three straight games but won only one of the three.
Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, has thrown eight touchdown passes in the past two weeks and has 10 through four games after throwing only 20 in 2017.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said his team lacks the instinct needed "to close the door" with a lead. "We're going to develop that instinct," he said. "We do not have it as we need it right now."
Here are some takeaways from the Bengals-Falcons game:
EIFERT INJURY
The Bengals' celebration was tempered by the loss of tight end Tyler Eifert to what appeared to be a season-ending injury. He had four catches for 38 yards, including a 15-yard scoring catch in the first quarter, before suffering a gruesome lower right leg injury early in the third quarter.
Eifert, the team's third-leading receiver entering the game, caught a 2-yard pass and was tackled by De'Vondre Campbell and Jack Crawford. Eifert brought his hands up to his helmet as he was on his back in obvious pain. His leg stabilized by the medical staff, Eifert received encouragement from teammates before he was carted off the field.
RECORD-SETTING ROOKIE
Ridley is the first NFL rookie with six touchdown catches in his first four games. The total is especially impressive because Ridley didn't have a catch in the Falcons' opener at Philadelphia.
ROAD KINGS
The Bengals have enjoyed the strong start despite playing three of their first four games on the road.
"We knew it was going to be tough sledding," Lewis said. "Not as good as we hoped but we earned this. It won't matter if we don't take care of business the rest of the way."
SAD SACKS
Falcons second-year defensive end Takk McKinley had three sacks, giving him five for his season. His emergence is a bright spot for a defense obviously struggling to replace injured safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, who are lost for the season, and linebacker Deion Jones, who must miss at least eight games.
"I think all three of our (losses), the defense had a chance to get them off the field and win it for the team," McKinley said. "We'll get it going. I'm not going to say I'm not too worried, but the team we've got here, we'll get it rolling."
MENDING
Each team was without its top running back. Devonta Freeman missed his third straight game for Atlanta with a sore right knee. Mixon was held out for the second straight week for the Bengals after having debris removed from his right knee.
Mixon showed he's healing well when he ran down the sideline to celebrate Green's catch late in the game.
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Trump to hold Tennessee rally, Blackburn Senate fundraiser
(3.09/26)

President Donald Trump is returning to Tennessee for a public rally and a fundraiser for Republican U. S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate bid.
Trump will be in Johnson City for the events Monday in support of Blackburn in her tight race against Democratic ex-Gov. Phil Bredesen. The rally will be Monday evening at Freedom Hall and tickets are available free online.
A fundraiser invitation says tickets cost $10,000 per couple, including a photo with Trump; or $25,000 a couple, including the photo and a roundtable with Trump. Contributions will fuel Blackburn's joint fundraising committee. The invitation didn't specify the fundraiser's exact time and place.
Vice President Mike Pence has attended two Tennessee fundraisers and two public events with Blackburn. Trump headlined a Nashville fundraiser and rally with her in May.
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0.3
We must hold Texas lawmakers accountable for school funding
(3.09/26)

Texas is a prosperous state, but lawmakers are failing to adequately finance public education. Communities and students are suffering the academic, physical and economic consequences.
The upcoming legislative session provides an opportunity for our state's elected leaders to right the past wrongs, but a preliminary budget request from the Texas Education Agency projects a $3.5 billion decline in state funding over the next few years.
More of us need to understand the flaws in our state's school finance system. We also must hold our elected leaders more accountable for making substantial improvements in the next legislative session. Inadequate and inequitable state funding does harm to schools.
Texas public schools receive both state general revenue and local property tax revenue. State revenue is intended to help increase overall funding and addresses the inherently inequitable system that arises from funding schools based on local property taxes. But the state revenue has been declining. Ten years ago, the state contributed 48.5 percent of the cost of education, but in 2017 that number declined to 42.4 percent.
Put differently, in 2008, the state contributed about $17.1 billion toward education for about 4.7 million students. However, in 2017, Texas public schools enrolled more than 5.3 million students. The state's contribution was only $19.3 billion. Despite the 13.7 percent growth in the total student population, the proportion of funding the state contributes declined by 12.6 percent per pupil.
Advocates for the state's current system naively suggest it is existing law that requires the state to use the expected growth in property taxes to fund public education before factoring in state funding. Legislators are elected to ensure state laws benefit its citizens, and this law has not protected public schools. At the very least, it ought to be amended.
Texas has a long history of inadequately funding public education and leaving undue burden on local districts. It is time voters demand a new finance system that addresses the significant disparities across districts and regions. A study by the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso found that the highest-poverty districts in Texas receive about 11 percent less state and local funding per student than wealthier, low-poverty districts.
With additional funding, lawmakers could expand professional development opportunities for principals and teachers, which can improve student achievement and lifetime outcomes for students in districts serving high-proportions of low- and mid-incomes families.
The state also has to remedy an illegal cap that delayed or denied special education to eligible students for a decade. This will require districts across the state to invest in identifying previously denied but eligible students and hire additional special education teachers. With more money, districts could hire additional special education teachers and ensure all students with disabilities receive a high-quality education.
Gun violence in schools and increases in youth suicide rates are more issues that must be addressed. The Texas Legislature must mandate that each school have at least one counselor and that the state complies with the American School Counselor Association's recommendation of at least one counselor for every 250 students.
These pressing issues cannot be adequately funded in the current system. And those saying otherwise are not telling the truth if they are not talking about dramatically changing Texas school finance.
In many states, a sizable proportion of school funding is generated through state income tax, which does not exist in Texas. Instead, lawmakers could find additional funding by increasing the sales tax or by reducing expenditures in other areas. During the last legislative session, a Republican state representative suggested increasing the motor fuel tax, of which 25 percent funds education in Texas. Meanwhile, a U. S. Department of Education study found that growth in expenditures on corrections outpaced expenditures on education in Texas by a factor of 8.5-to-1 since 1980, more than any other state in the country.
Public education is one of the state's most important obligations. Lawmakers have a duty to uphold the Texas Constitution and ensure each student is provided with a "suitable education." Educators and voters have a similar duty to be informed and to elect representatives who will ensure Texas youth are well-educated, safe, and provided with equal opportunities to be successful in life.
David DeMatthews is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
David S. Knight is the associate director of the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies and an assistant professor of educational leadership and foundations at the University of Texas at El Paso. What's your view?
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0.8
University of New Mexico professor pay among nation’s lowest
(3.09/26)

Salaries for professors at New Mexico's largest university ranks among the lowest in the nation and is hurting the school at retaining teachers and attracting new ones.
The Albuquerque Journal reports more than half of the engineering faculty at the University of New Mexico would need raises just to reach the 25th percentile for pay nationally.
And 80 percent of professors in the university's College of Fine Arts earn less than 25 percent of the national average.
University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes says those salary disparities leave the school particularly vulnerable to professor poaching.
Records show the school's assistant professor ranks have fallen by 26 percent since fiscal year 2015.
Stokes says the university would need $2.2 million in annual recurring funds just to lift its main campus faculty compensation to the 25th percentile.
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0.5
New Mexico trains Native American interpreters for election
(3.09/26)

New Mexico election officials say Native American interpreters are being trained for a series of official ads that will run ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
The Secretary of State's Office says the ads will air on radio stations that cover areas where tribes and pueblos are located.
The announcement followed a task force meeting Friday at Laguna Pueblo. The task force is made up of people who represent tribes around New Mexico, from the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache in the north to Mescalero and Fort Sill in the south.
Created in 2017, the task force is charged with finding ways to boost voter registration, education and election participation in tribal communities.
According to state election officials, Native Americans historically have some of the lowest voter turnout rates of any ethnic group in the country.
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0.6
Son of US Marine elected Okinawa governor on anti-military ticket
(3.07/26)

"This victory doesn't belong to Denny Tamaki. It belongs to everyone. The fight is just beginning," he said.
The win further complicates the ongoing United States military presence in Okinawa, which it has maintained since the end of World War II, despite opposition among residents.
Positioned just east of the Chinese coastline and within flight distance of North Korea, the US bases in Okinawa represent an important asset for Washington's military presence in the region.
Tamaki, whose mother is Japanese, is a well known local radio personality who was elected to parliament in 2009. During his campaign for governor, he vowed to oppose the construction of new US bases on the island.
The Okinawa bases have been controversial for years amid numerous reports of crimes committed by US servicemen, including rape and alcohol-related crashes.
In November 2017, a 61-year-old driver was killed when his car was struck by a US Marine with three times the legal blood alcohol limit. One month later a Japanese child was injured after he was struck by a window that fell from a US helicopter.
Washington and Tokyo agreed in 1996 to relocate the US military base at Ginowan, a densely-packed city, to a less populated area called Henoko in the northern part of the island. The decision to move the base followed protests over the rape of a 12-year-old girl by three US servicemen.
But repeated protests over the planned Henoko location and years of political deadlock have delayed the building of the new base. The Japanese government initially set a 2014 completion date, which it since delayed till 2019.
After Tamaki's win was declared, cheers broke out at his campaign office followed by dancing in the traditional Okinawa-style.
Tamaki's anti-US military stance mirrors that of his predecessor, Takeshi Onaga, who died of pancreatic cancer in August while still in office.
Speaking to a reporter after his victory, Tamaki said Onaga had "risked his life" to stop the construction of new US bases.
"I will firmly convey the will of the Okinawa people to oppose the construction of the new base to the central government and the US government accordingly," he said.
Prime Minister Abe said his government "sincerely" accepted the result. "We continue to put our efforts towards the development of Okinawa and to reduce the burden on Okinawa people."
But Abe's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the Japanese government's plans regarding the bases hadn't changed.
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1.8
Murder trial of Chicago police officer to resume
(3.05/26)

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke ’s attorneys are closing in on their last witnesses and it’s still not clear whether Van Dyke will take the stand himself to testify about the night he fatally shot Laquan McDonald.
Defense attorneys are expected to continue presenting their case when the first-degree murder trial resumes Monday. The white officer shot the black teenager 16 times in October 2014.
Last week, the officer’s lawyers called witnesses to testify about incidents the night of the shooting and months before in which they said McDonald displayed violent behavior. They also have called on experts to bolster their contention that Van Dyke acted properly when shooting the teen, who had a knife.
Prosecutors contend the shooting was unjustified.
Jurors could begin deliberations as early as this week.
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2.0
Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87
(2.54/26)

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1.3
Over 1,200 Criminals Escape Indonesian Prisons Following Devastating Tsunami
(2.42/26)

Three different detention facilities have reported about 1,200 prisoners that are now on the run after escaping through walls that collapsed during the earthquake.
Almost 900 convicts have escaped from two prisons in the city of Palu that were severely damaged by the quake. Some walls have collapsed and the prisoners got out past guards, while others broke down the main doors.
"Things were initially fine…but not long after the quake, water erupted from under the prison yard causing prisoners to panic and then run onto the road. I'm sure they escaped because they feared they would be affected by the earthquake. This is for sure a matter of life and death for the prisoners," Ministry of Justice official Sri Puguh Utami stated, pointing out that the water was not from the tsunami.
The Donggala jail was set on fire with all 343 inmates now on the run, Utami said.
According to the Ministry of Justice official, the detainees were demanding to see their families after the quake and got angry after their request was turned down.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Tom Lembong, said on Monday that the country will accept international assistance for disaster response and relief after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the country's island of Sulawesi killing over 1,200 people.
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0.6
Nirav Modi’s foreign assets seized by ED
(2.29/26)

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 637 crores belonging to fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.
After working for three months in close coordination with overseas agencies, the Enforcement Directorate identified and attached jewellery, bank accounts, immovable properties of the fugitive diamantaire under Section 5 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002.
As per Enforcement Directorate, diamond studded jewellery worth Rs 22.69 crores was brought back from Hong Kong in 23 shipments. Investigation in the matter revealed that the stock was shipped from India after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed an FIR in the matter and was kept in the vault of a private company. When the stock was sent to Hong Kong by Firestar Group of Companies, its value was declared at around Rs 85 crores.
Two immovable properties worth Rs 216 crores owned by Nirav in New York’s Central Park have also been attached. The said properties were purchased on the name of Central Park Real Estate LLC, a group company of Firestar Group, and were later transferred to Ithaca Trust in 2018.
The beneficiary of the Ithaca Trust is Nirav Modi’s wife Ami Modi and his children, while the settler of the trust is Nirav Modi’s sister Purvi.
A flat in South Mumbai worth Rs 19.5 Crore, which was owned by Nirav’s sister Purvi Modi, was also attached. The ED said that the flat was purchased by Purvi in 2017. The consideration for the flat was paid by Purvi from her Barclays Bank account maintained in Singapore.
Apart from this, an account belonging to an investment company registered in British Virgin Island and owned by Purvi and her husband Maiank Mehta, having a balance of approximately Rs 44 crores, has also been attached. In the prosecution complaint filed by Enforcement Directorate on May 24,2018, both of them are cited as accused in the PNB Scam.
A special PMLA court has also issued a non-bailable warrant against the couple and a Red Corner Notice has already been issued by Interpol against Purvi.
Five accounts with a balance of Rs 278 Crores belonging to Nirav Modi, Purvi and their controlled companies, maintained in overseas banks in foreign jurisdictions have also been attached by the agency.
During the investigation, it came to light that a large amount of money was transferred to these accounts after the scam surfaced.
An immovable property, valued approximately Rs 56.97 crores and beneficially owned by Purvi in London, was also attached under the PMLA Act. The property was purchased on the name of Belvedere Holdings Group Limited, which is managed by Singapore’s Trident Trust and was established by Monte Cristo Trust. Purvi is a settler and beneficiary in the said trust.
Five separate provisional attachment orders (PAO) were issued to attach the above properties and bank accounts. Letters of Rogatory have also been sent to the authorities of foreign jurisdictions to enforce the said PAOs.
The PNB scam pertains to the fraudulent use of Letter of Understanding (LoU) by diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi to dupe the PNB of nearly USD 2 billion, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.
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Lucknow shooting: Such criminal offences unacceptable, says Adityanath
(2.10/26)

Saharanpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday assured assistance to the family of Vivek Tiwari, who was allegedly shot dead by a police constable in Lucknow’s Gomti Nagar area on Friday, and asserted that such criminal offences will not be accepted by the government.
“It is a very sad incident. Such criminal offences will not be accepted by the government. Immediate action was taken; the accused was arrested and a case was registered. For the family of the deceased, the government will provide all kinds of aid needed,” Adityanath told reporters here.
Prior to this, Hardoi’s Shahabad MLA Rajani Tiwari had written a letter to the Chief Minister questioning police proceedings in the case. She demanded a thorough investigation into the case and strict action against the police and District Collector.
Speaking to ANI, Rajani said, “VivekTiwari’s daughter said that DM told the family that such incidents happen. The accused, who should have been arrested, was demanding an FIR to be filed. It shows insensitivity of administration and police. Action must be taken against them.”
Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya visited the family members of the deceased.
An employee of Apple Inc, Tiwari was returning home in the early hours of Saturday, when he was allegedly shot by patrolling cops for refusing to stop his vehicle.
While the constable claims that he fired at Tiwari’s car in self-defence as it tried to run over his bike, the incident has raised questions over police’s excessive use of force on Tiwari.
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Las Vegas shooting 1 year later: How art is healing some wounds
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Sept. 25 (UPI) -- In times of darkness and tragedy, people are often drawn to the creative pursuits as a way to work through their emotions or honor a loved one.
The death of a family member could prompt an artist to pick up a paintbrush. A natural disaster halfway across the globe could inspire a musical composition.
And after 58 people lost their lives while attending a country music festival in Las Vegas one year ago Monday, dozens of mostly strangers came together to create a one-of-a-kind project to memorialize each of those who died in the shooting.
One of those artists, Amanda Roth, a high school art teacher from Redondo Beach, Calif., also was a survivor. She told UPI she became involved in the Las Vegas Portraits Project after a coworker read about it on Facebook.
It had been several months since the Oct. 1,2017,shooting at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest music festival -- situated near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the Luxor Resort & Casino -- and Roth had mostly "shut it out."
"People asked if I was OK," she said. "I just needed things to go back to normal. I would say the first 6 months or so [after the shooting] I turned it all off. I wouldn't read about it."
"As soon as I started painting Jordan" McIldoon, she said, "I replayed it all in my mind."
Amanda's story
Roth attended the three-day country music festival with a group of friends; they had driven to Las Vegas from Southern California.
They got to the venue early to make sure they had a spot near the right side of the stage and since they kept to the same area each day of the festival, they struck up friendships with fellow concertgoers. One made room for her and her friends closer to the stage when Jason Aldean took the stage.
"When Jason Aldean started singing, we heard the gunshots go off," Roth said, adding that though one friend immediately recognized the sound, the rest of her group believed it was fireworks going off.
Roth said she realized something was very wrong when she saw another attendee with blood on her face.
"And then people started to run," she said.
Roth and her friends helped others climb up over a fence near the stage, but she ended up crouching on the ground until they stopped hearing the gunshots.
"By the time we got up, almost everyone was gone," she said.
Only those helping the wounded and the bodies of the dead were left along with countless personal items like cellphones and even money lying on the ground.
Roth and her friends ran across the venue to the exit and went back to their hotel room at the nearby Luxor. The hotel was in lockdown mode with alarm going off. She called her parents, but in the early minutes after the attack, she wasn't able to learn what had happened.
"I thought it was some kind of terrorist attack," she said, adding that it wasn't clear that the bloodshed was over at that point.
"I was probably the most scared, sitting inside my hotel room wondering if I was going to live or not," Roth said.
She didn't learn that the attack was over and that she was safe until 3 a.m. the next morning.
After that, she went back home to California and went back to work.
Portrait project
Ellen Abramo didn't attend the Route 91 Harvest festival last year and she didn't personally know anyone injured or killed in the attack. The artist and stay-at-home mother from Nazareth, Pa., knew a little something about grief, though.
She had participated in a similar portrait project in honor of the 49 victims at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., shortly before the Las Vegas shooting, her own father died.
"I felt some of their pain," she told UPI of the Vegas shooting. "I was hurting, myself, and I knew they were hurting even more."
Abramo and her cousin, Kortney Struemph, of Marrieta, Ga., organized the Las Vegas Portrait Project to provide "a healing experience" for the friends and families of the victims. The two created two portraits, as well.
She said each artist was allowed to use whatever style and medium -- pencil, paint, etc. -- they wanted as long as the portrait accurately captured the likeness of the subject.
"It speaks to the individual personality of the victims," Abramo said of the variety of styles, sizes and media used. "More important than [the artists' styles] was that the likeness of the person, the personality of that person, came through."
The 58 portraits all came together for the first time Sept. 17 in an exhibit at the Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas. After the show ends Oct. 19, each of the portraits will be shipped to the family members of the victims, like Angela McIldoon, Jordan McIldoon's mother.
Jordan's story
Roth said she started two versions of her painting of Jordan McIldoon, the 23-year-old native of Canada who attended the music festival with his girlfriend, Amber Vanderpol. The first wasn't going well, and then she talked to Jordan's mother.
"She just wanted to talk about him and how much he was into adventures," Roth said. "He was a funny kid."
Her first painting was "not the right painting for him."
After looking at some more photographs of Jordan and watching a video of his celebration of life video, Roth said she realized she was making a painting for Jordan when it should be have been one for his parents, so she started the second painting.
"I worked really hard on that painting. It just became this obsession to get it right," she said.
The new oil painting was a double portrait -- in the background was Jordan with his friends riding snowmobiles. In the foreground was a closeup portrait of him wearing a maple leaf ball cap showing off his Canadian heritage.
He was wearing maple leaf clothing on the day he died, Roth said.
Roth is now Facebook friends with Angela, who said she "loved" the painting of her son.
"One thing that Angela said is she doesn't want her son to be forgotten," Roth said.
Roth said she must've had some guardian angels the day of the shooting, but she considers Jordan one now.
"This portrait project definitely helped me. It was therapeutic," she said, adding that the process allowed her to finally "cry it out" for the first time since the shooting.
Abramo hopes the exhibit also will be a healing experience for the victims' loved ones and survivors, some of whom will come together for the first time Thursday for a special reception at the government center.
"We wanted to make sure that these families knew that their loved ones did not die in vain," she said.
"People around the world will remember them. They have become very important to us and we don't want them to be forgotten."
Marking the first anniversary
The portraits project isn't the only way the city of Las Vegas is marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting. The Clark County Museum is holding an exhibit of items the public left at memorial sites in the days and weeks after the shooting.
The museum is working to preserve more than 15,000 artifacts like stuffed animals, candles, silk flowers and artworks.
Mark Hall-Patton, the administrator of the Clark County museum system, told UPI the exhibit and the effort to preserve the items serve to show how the community mourns a tragedy of this magnitude.
"We today mourn differently than we mourned in the past and I suspect we will mourn differently in the future," he said. "It is important that we learn from this and it is important that we preserve that."
-- On Monday morning, there will be a sunrise remembrance ceremony hosted by Clark County, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Clark County Fire Department and the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center at the Clark County Government Center amphitheater.
-- There will be a remembrance event at the Las Vegas City Hall at 11:30 a.m. Monday, including a prayer and live music.
-- The Get Outdoors Nevada organization is dedicating a new remembrance wall at the Las Vegas Healing Garden at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
-- Also at the healing garden Monday, officials will read the names of those killed in the attack at 10:05 p.m.
-- And marques along the Las Vegas strip will go dark in honor of the victims at 10:01 p.m. Monday.
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Injured Seahawks Player Earl Thomas Flips Off His Own Team
(2.05/26)

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Earl Thomas' career as a Seattle Seahawk is probably over—and it did not have a happy ending. The star free safety gave the finger to the Seahawks sideline during Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals as he was wheeled off the field in the fourth quarter with a lower leg fracture, USA Today reports. Thomas, who was drafted by the Seahawks in 2010 and helped them to Super Bowl glory in 2014, is in the final year of a four-year, $40 million contract and has been feuding with the team for months, demanding that they grant him either a trade or an extension. The 29-year-old sat out training camp and missed three practice sessions in recent weeks.
Teammates including linebacker Bobby Wagner say they can understand Thomas being angry, SB Nation reports. "When guys get hurt, and when crazy things happen, there's a lot of emotions. There's a lot of things that go through somebody’s mind and somebody’s heart," Wagner says. "It might not be right. It might not be the best emotions, but it’s good to have emotions. Let him have emotions for whatever it is." Seattle Times columnist Matt Calkins says it's sad that the gesture will likely be fans' final image of Thomas as a Seahawk. "Given the severity of the injury and his grievances with the organization, it's hard to imagine he'll ever don the blue and green again," he writes. (A Buffalo Bills player decided to retire in the middle of a game .)
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Fuel price hiked again, LPG to costs Rs 502.4 per cylinder
(2.05/26)

New Delhi: Fuel price continues to surge across the country with Petrol being sold at Rs 83.73 per litre and Rs 91.08 per litre in Mumbai.
The price of Diesel also climbed up as it was retailed at Rs 75.09 per litre in Delhi and Rs 79.72 per litre in Mumbai.
Adding on to the vows of the common man, the prices of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) was also hiked by Rs 1.70/kg and is now being sold at Rs 44.30/kg. Similarly, the subsidised Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders will now cost Rs 502.4 per cylinder.
Upset with the continuous hike in fuel price, a consumer accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government of turning deaf ear to their plight.
“They (BJP government) made promises but fulfilled nothing. The price is increasing day-by-day,” he said.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan earlier on Sunday reiterated that the spike in the price of petrol and diesel in the country was because of the depreciation in the value of the Indian Rupee against the US dollar.
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Northam forms advisory commission on opioids
(2.04/26)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has asked a group of experts to advise him on how to fight the state's opioid epidemic.
Northam signed an executive order Friday establishing an advisory commission on opioids and addiction.
The governor, who is a pediatric neurologist, said the commission will review the state's current approach at curbing opioid abuse and offer feedback on ways to improve.
The commission is made up of 27 people, and is led by Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.
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No. 20 Michigan State still struggling to finish strong
(2.04/26)

For a third straight game, Michigan State was outscored in the fourth quarter.
If that worries coach Mark Dantonio, he did a pretty good job hiding it.
Dantonio was generally unruffled after the Spartans beat Central Michigan 31-20 on Saturday. It was a reasonably routine win for Michigan State, but the ending left a lot to be desired. The Spartans were outscored 17-0 in the final period.
Michigan State faltered at the end in a loss at Arizona State and nearly did so again when it played at Indiana, but after beating CMU, Dantonio wasn't going to panic over his team's late-game issues.
"I wasn't concerned about focus, I was concerned about Central, personally," Dantonio said.
Still, his team appeared to be dozing when CMU recovered an onside kick with the score 31-10 in the fourth. The Chippewas added 10 more points and started putting some pressure on the Spartans. To its credit, Michigan State moved the ball well enough to use up the final 6:44 after CMU pulled within 11.
Against Arizona State, however, the Spartans were up 13-3 going into the fourth and lost 16-13. They gave up the first 14 points of the fourth against Indiana before holding on for a 35-21 victory.
"I like to say we play with grit, that we somehow find a way," Dantonio said. "We've won a lot of close games here, and we'll come and we'll play. But, we have to play better in certain areas, there's no question about that. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work."
Michigan State moved up a spot to No. 20 in Sunday's Top 25. The Spartans host Northwestern next weekend. With a 31-3 lead over CMU after three quarters, Michigan State could afford to take its foot of the gas, but the Spartans might not be so fortunate if that happens against a Big Ten opponent.
"I think we just have to finish," safety David Dowell said. "That's a mentality."
Up 31-13 with 12:08 to play, the Spartans put backup quarterback Rocky Lombardi in, a move that symbolized the nonchalance with which Michigan State handled the final quarter. After going three-and-out and allowing a touchdown, the Spartans put starter Brian Lewerke back in, and they didn't give the ball up again.
Style points (or lack thereof) in September will probably be forgotten in the weeks to come, and Michigan State does have a habit of struggling with lesser opponents early, even in seasons in which the Spartans have contended for the conference title. In 2013, when Michigan State went to the Rose Bowl, the Spartans let the likes of Western Michigan and South Florida hang around during nonconference matchups.
But Michigan State's failure to finish strong already cost the Spartans one game, and the toughest matchups of the season aren't far off. After the Northwestern game, Michigan State plays Penn State and Michigan in consecutive weeks, and it will probably take a more complete performance to beat either of those rivals.
"Every football team is always a work in progress," Dantonio said. "We'll come and we'll compete, and that's all I can ever ask our guys. We need to eliminate the mistakes and when we have opportunities we need to take advantage of them."
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Google celebrates renowned opthalmologist Govindappa Venkataswamy
(2.04/26)

New Delhi: The Google Doodle on Monday celebrated the centenary of renowned opthalmologist Govindappa Venkataswamy, known as ‘Dr V’ among his patients, who flocked to the Aravind Eye Hospital that he founded in Madurai.
Born on this day in 1918 in Vadamalapuram, Tamil Nadu, Venkataswamy was permanently crippled by rheumatoid arthritis. However, despite his own health issues, nothing could stop him from what he wanted to be.
He attended a school in his village where students had to write on sand which collected from the riverbank as there was no pencil and paper. Later he went on to study Chemistry at the American College in Madurai and earned a degree of M. D. from Stanley Medical College in Madras in 1944.
Right after completing his medical school Venkataswamy went on to join the Indian Army Medical Corps. However, a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis nearly crippled him and his career took a setback.
He was confined to bed for a year. When he returned to academics, Venkataswamy studied for a degree in ophthalmology in 1951.
The Aravind Eye Hospital which has now transformed into a major chain eradicating cataract related blindness, had begun as a 11-bed hospital under the aegis of Venkataswamy in 1976.
Despite his physical constrains, Dr V learnt to perform surgery to remove cataracts and could perform 100 surgeries in a day.
He used to organise eye camps in rural communities, which would serve as a rehab centre for the blind and a training session for ophthalmic assistants, during this perid he performed over 1,00,000 successful eye surgeries, the Google blogpost said.
In 1973, Venkataswamy received the Padmashree award.
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UMaine gets grant to study mosquito-borne viruses, tourism
(2.04/26)

A team of University of Maine researchers is being awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to examine the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases.
The five-year project will focus on relationships among the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases, perceptions of mosquito-borne disease risk, and domestic and international tourism.
The project aims to understand the role of human mobility in the dispersal of mosquito-borne viruses.
The team also will look at how infectious disease outbreaks influence the travel decisions of individuals and marketing strategies of tourism businesses.
The team will use the introduction and spread of Zika and chikungunya as case studies to understand the dynamics of mosquito-borne disease transmission and tourism.
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SC issues guidelines to deter vandalism in name of protest
(2.04/26)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued guidelines to deter acts of vandalism and hooliganism carried out in the name of public protests.
The Apex Court passed the ruling while hearing a plea filed by Kodungallur Film Society, which had sought framing of guidelines in this regard.
The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in this regard was filed at the time of release of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, when Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, had launched nationwide protests and resorted to vandalism, alleging that the Ranveer Singh, Dipika Padukone-starrer showed queen Padmavati”>Padmavati in bad light.
Earlier, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had termed the incidents of vandalism of private and public properties by various groups during protests across the country as “grave”.
The top court had observed that it will issue detailed guidelines for curbing such acts carried out by mobs in the name of protests.
Attorney General KK Venugopal had lashed out at the police for failing to take stringent action against those who caused loss by destroying private and public property.
“Responsibility should be fixed on authorities like the Superintendent of Police of the area, in cases of vandalism and rioting,” Venugopal had told the court.
The Kodungallur Film Society approached the court seeking implementation of the guidelines framed by the top court in 2009 in one of its judgements.
In the 2009 judgement, the top court had issued a slew of directions, and ordered that organisers of any protests shall be personally held accountable for the loss of private and public property in the protest.
Police authorities were asked to videograph such protests so that accountability could be fixed.
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Utah’s new alcohol rules limit stores to 2 beer displays
(2.04/26)

Grocery and convenience stores in Utah that are already limited to selling only low-point beer will face additional restrictions intended to curb excessive in-store advertising and consumer confusion.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports new rules that were buried in a massive liquor overhaul bill that passed last year will restrict stores to only two beer displays.
The stores that sell beer containing 4 percent alcohol by volume must obtain an off-premise state license, requiring stores to pay a $325 fee and to submit a floor plan of where beer will be sold and stored.
The stores must acquire the license from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control before March 2019.
Stores will also be required to post signs at each beer display warning customers that the beverages contain alcohol.
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Anchorage, cooperative finalize terms of $1B utility sale
(2.04/26)

Anchorage and the Chugach Electric Association have worked out the terms for the $1 billion deal to buy the city-owned electric utility.
The Anchorage Daily News reports city attorney Rebecca Windt-Pearson says Anchorage and the association have been negotiating the nuances of the deal for Municipal Light and Power since voters authorized the sale in April.
Association CEO Lee Thibert says the deal has largely stayed the same to what was proposed to voters earlier this year.
According to the agreement, no utility employees will be laid off and the base electricity rates will not go up as a result of the transaction.
The deal will go before the Anchorage Assembly next for approval. It also requires the approval of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
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Messi speaks up amid slump in new role as Barcelona captain
(2.04/26)

With his actions, and now words, Lionel Messi is embracing a new role as Barcelona captain.
Messi came off the bench to set up a late equalizer by fellow substitute Munir El Haddadi and salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Extremely reticent to talk to the Spanish media in the past, the club's all-time leading scorer faced the cameras afterward to explain why his team over the last week had secured only two out of a possible nine points in the Spanish league.
Messi acknowledged that Barcelona must improve in defense after it drew 2-2 to Girona and lost 2-1 at Leganes before its latest slip against Bilbao.
"We are angry for this run of results," Messi said. "We are aware that we have to be stronger in defense and not concede goals in every match. Last year it was very difficult to score against us, and now it doesn't take much."
Messi then pointed to Barcelona's upcoming Champions League trip to Wembley Stadium, where the defending Spanish champions play Harry Kane's Tottenham in a Group B game.
"Now we must think about Wednesday because we have a very hard match against a very complicated team," Messi said. "We know we have a lot to improve, but we must stay calm."
At age 31, Messi is in his 15th season with Barcelona's first team and has long been the player his teammates turn to for the decisive dribble, pass or goal.
But this campaign he has the added responsibility of wearing the captain's armband that was handed down by Andres Iniesta after his departure to Japan.
Besides talking to the media, Messi was also the team's vocal defender on the field. Messi argued long enough with referee Jaime Latre after the final whistle of Saturday's match where he earned his first booking of the season.
Messi set a record for the Champions League with his eighth career hat trick in the competition two weeks ago when Barcelona routed PSV Eindhoven 4-0 in their European opener.
The team is winless since then, but Messi was quick to reassure fans that Barcelona is not relying too much on his goals.
"We have the squad and players to make a great team that doesn't depend on one player," Messi said. "We have more than enough players so that we don't have to depend on any single one."
The numbers back him up.
While Messi leads the team with eight goals across all competitions, Ousmane Dembele has scored five goals overall, Luis Suarez three, and Philippe Coutinho and Gerard Pique two each.
THIN DEFENSE
Barcelona's defensive troubles could be magnified in London against Tottenham, with Barca missing half of its starting backline.
Center back Samuel Umtiti will serve a one-game suspension for his sending-off during Barcelona's win over PSV.
Sergio Roberto, who can play at right back but also in midfield, will miss the upcoming game after he injured a muscle in his right leg over the weekend.
That means Clement Lenglet, who joined the club this summer, will team up with Gerard Pique in the center of the defense, while Nelson Semedo is the squad's only available right back.
SCORING DROUGHT
Real Madrid is missing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid started the season well enough, leading some commentators to argue that the team's collective attack was as dangerous as the huge individual threat once provided by Ronaldo before his exit to Juventus this summer.
But a stinging 3-0 loss at Sevilla and a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid at home on Saturday have left Madrid searching for the goals that Ronaldo used to produce.
To make matters worse for Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, Madrid has lost three of its top attacking talents ahead of its Group G match on Tuesday at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Gareth Bale, who has scored four goals this season, picked up an unspecified leg injury against Atletico. Left back Marcelo, who often joins the attack, missed the derby due to a muscle injury in his right leg, and midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon underwent surgery for an appendicitis.
Lopetegui has also left Sergio Ramos off his squad for the trip to Moscow, presumably to rest his center back.
"We have to find solutions and put all our faith in our squad," Lopetegui said after the draw with Atletico.
With Karim Benzema in poor recent form, Mariano Diaz could get more playing time after scoring two weeks ago in Madrid's 3-0 win over Roma.
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New Tesla chair must rein in CEO Musk at key moment
(2.04/26)

It won't be an easy job.
Whoever becomes the new chairman of Tesla Motors will face the formidable task of reining in Elon Musk, the charismatic, visionary chief executive with an impulsive streak, while also helping Musk achieve his dream of turning Tesla into a profitable, mass-market producer of environmentally-friendly electric cars.
Musk is giving up the chairman's role under a settlement announced Saturday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Besides a new chairman, Tesla was also ordered to appoint two new, independent members to its board. A more assertive board could provide the kind of tighter oversight that many legal experts, and Tesla investors, say is overdue for a company of Tesla's market value.
The settlement stemmed from a lawsuit the SEC filed charging Musk with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had "funding secured" for taking the company private.
Yet a more forceful board, coupled with a domineering CEO like Musk, could create conflicts at a risky time for the company. Visionary CEOs such as Apple's Steve Jobs and Twitter's Jack Dorsey have been forced out by strong boards of directors, though both eventually returned to their companies.
Even with the settlement, Tesla faces a daunting array of challenges.
The Justice Department has opened its own investigation into Musk's Aug. 7 tweet, in which he said he would take the company private at $420 a share. The SEC's lawsuit charged that the tweet, which caused Tesla's shares to jump, was misleading because he did not actually have the funding lined up for such a move.
Tesla is also under heavy pressure to turn a profit because it is burning through $1 billion in cash every three months and, as of the end of June, had just $2.2 billion in the bank.
Musk has said the company needs to produce 7,000 cars a week to make money, a target he aimed to reach in the July-September quarter. The company is likely to report production numbers this week and financial results from that quarter in early November.
Another concern: About $1.3 billion in Tesla debt is due to be repaid by March, including $230 million in November.
Some investors might want more than a new chairman. Tesla has no chief operating officer, a critical No. 2 executive in most companies. That's a stark contrast to other startups, such as Facebook, where Mark Zuckerberg hired Sheryl Sandberg as a highly influential COO.
In the lawsuit filed Thursday by the SEC, the agency said it was seeking to remove Musk from Tesla management altogether. Many investors have argued that keeping Musk as CEO is critical at such a time.
"I do not doubt the value of Musk to Tesla," John Coffee, a Columbia University law professor and corporate governance expert, said. "Without him, they are just a struggling start up that is burning cash at a hopeless rate and is facing a debt refunding crisis in the near future.
"Musk is an iconic entrepreneur but he needs adult supervision," Coffee added.
That's where the new board members come in. The current board, which includes Musk's brother, Kimbal Musk, is widely seen as subservient to Musk. They have publicly expressed support for many recent moves, such as his rejection last week of an early SEC settlement offer.
"The board is truly the alpha chapter of the Elon Musk fan club," said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
Teresa Goody, a former SEC attorney and founder of The Goody Group, a consulting firm, said that many startups begin with a powerful CEO who typically puts "friendlies" on the board.
As a company grows and becomes more sophisticated, Goody said, more independent directors are typically brought on board to provide better oversight.
"That's happening a little later in the life cycle of the company in the case of Tesla," she said.
Still, Elon Musk is different than many CEOs because he owns roughly 20 percent of the company's stock. That gives him more influence.
"In a typical case, the CEO is a high-priced employee" of the board, Gordon said. "Musk will still be more powerful than the board chair."
There will be other constraints on Musk's behavior: As part of the SEC settlement, his tweets and other comments will have to be vetted by the company before they can be released to the public.
"This humiliation — that Elon can't go outside unless he's on a leash — that will bother him the most," Gordon said. He called it an "extraordinary measure."
Gordon thinks the SEC should have gone further and sought to add as many as four new board members and remove some old ones.
Still, Gordon said, "I think this experience has shown him that however smart he is, or however powerful he thinks he is, the government is also powerful too."
Musk may want to keep a close eye on the new chairman, however. Musk himself was the chair of the board, after investing in the company, before firing the chief executive and taking over as CEO
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Medicine award to kick off naming of new Nobel Prize winners
(2.04/26)

This year's Nobel Prize recipients will be revealed starting Monday with the prize for medicine or physiology.
The Nobel Assembly of the Karolinska Institute — 50 professors at the Stockholm facility — chooses the winner or winners of the prize honoring research into the microscopic mechanisms of life and ways to fend off invaders that cut it short. A maximum of three laureates are selected.
Last year's prize went to three Americans for work in identifying genes and proteins that work in the body's biological clock, which affects functions such as sleep patterns, blood pressure and eating habits.
The physics prize is to be announced Tuesday, followed by chemistry. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be named Friday. No literature prize is being given this year.
Medicine award to kick off naming of new Nobel Prize winners
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Medicine award to kick off naming of new Nobel Prize winners
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Column: US has European way figured out except for winning
(2.02/26)

This is no time for the Americans to panic about the Ryder Cup.
The goal that came out of the Ryder Cup Task Force in late 2014 was to have a winning record over the next 10 matches. So even after another thorough beating by Europe at Le Golf National, the Americans still have 16 years before deciding if they're on the right path.
One week in the suburbs of Paris felt like they were going in circles around the Arc de Triomphe.
They had the strongest team based on the nine players who had experience winning major championships. They had the strongest team considering all 12 were among the top 25 players in the world ranking.
They didn't stand a chance against Europe, which registered a 17½-10½ victory. Only four times since 1979 has the Ryder Cup been decided by seven points or more, and Europe won three of them.
Starting with the Friday afternoon sweep of the foursomes sessions, Europe won eight consecutive matches at one point and built a 10-6 lead that was too much for the Americans to overcome on a golf course with tight fairways and thick rough, and before more than 50,000 people ready to celebrate any shot that hit the green.
Europe dominated the singles, just like they did nearly every session. Even the lone session the Americans won required a little luck when Tony Finau's tee shot hit the wooden plank on the edge of the water at the 16th hole and plopped down 3 feet away.
It's easy to criticize the Americans after another loss.
Tiger Woods went 0-4, shut out for the first time in his eight appearances in the Ryder Cup.
"That's four points to the European team," Woods said. "And I'm one of the contributing factors to why we lost the cup. And it's not a lot of fun."
He now has a 13-21-3 record in the Ryder Cup and briefly tied the record for most losses in Ryder Cup history. The good news for Woods is that Phil Mickelson was still on the golf course. Mickelson also got shut out, playing only two matches at Le Golf National and losing them both, giving him a record of 18-22-7.
The second one stung the most because it was the official cup-clincher for Europe.
Francesco Molinari, the star of these matches, capped off his 5-0 week by beating Mickelson in singles. Mickelson had to win the last three holes to earn a halve, and instead hit his tee shot into the water on the 16th and immediately removed his cap.
The celebration was on, and it sounded familiar.
"It's difficult to talk about it because it means so much to me over the years, and I did not play well this year," said Mickelson, who built his year around winning the U. S. Open to complete the career Grand Slam and winning the Ryder Cup on European soil, neither of which he had ever accomplished."
That remains the case.
In the U. S. Open, he is remembered for whacking a moving ball with his putter out of frustration at Shinnecock Hills. In the Ryder Cup, he is remembered losing the match that officially gave Europe the points it needed to win.
"This could very well, realistically, be my last one," he said.
Mickelson is an easy target, but some of his words are worth heeding. He gave credit to Europe, and how could he not?
Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood were unbeatable, becoming only the second tandem since this format began in 1979 to win all their team matches. European captain Thomas Bjorn used his wild-card selections on Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, neither of whom had won a tournament this year. They combined to go 6-1. The other two picks were for Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, who went 3-3-1.
Three of U. S. captain Jim Furyk's picks didn't win a match. Woods, Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau were a combined 0-9. Tony Finau was the last pick, and he did the job Sunday morning with a convincing win over Fleetwood in a bid to put American red scores on the board.
Was it Furyk's fault?
"The brunt of it is going to be on my plate," Furyk said. "I accepted that when I took this role."
No golf tournament gets more second-guessing than this one, which is why it should be called the Hindsight Cup. In a half-dozen interviews as the European celebration was ringing in his ears, there was little he could say.
"Thomas was a better captain, and their team outplayed us," Furyk said. "And there's nothing else more you can say. They deserved to win. They played well."
And the Americans didn't.
Furyk didn't say that. He didn't have to.
He said he would meet with the PGA of America and the Ryder Cup committee and "we'll keep going." There will be more suggestions than solutions. Europe understands how to take a team and give 12 players a singular purpose of winning the Ryder Cup. The task force gave players more input in how to build the team and pick a captain, and that was a start toward doing it the European way.
Winning? The players, whoever they are, have to figure that out themselves.
Column: US has European way figured out except for winning
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From Garcia’s monster putt to Rahm’s heroics: Five key moments in the 2018 Ryder Cup
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0.7
Himachal Pradesh: 16 trekkers missing in Chamba rescued
(1.15/26)

Chamba (Himachal Pradesh): A group of 16 trekkers, who went missing after they lost contact due to inclement weather conditions in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district on Saturday, have been rescued.
According to police, the group comprised of mostly foreign tourists, including 9 British and 1 Irish national. There were three Indians and three porters in the group as well. The trekkers, according to police reports, have safely reached Sechu area in Pangi.
Earlier, a team of policemen, mountaineering experts, and local experts conducted a thorough search operation to locate the group, before they were eventually rescued.
The state of Himachal Pradesh, of late, has been witnessing heavy rainfall and snow throughout the week. Recently, a group of students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkie were rescued after getting stranded in the state’s Lahaul-Spiti region.
The Chief Minister’s office, in its latest report, said that the state suffered losses of Rs. 1479 during the current monsoon season.
Indonesia says it needs more heavy equipment, rescuers in quake zone
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1.6
Koreas Start Clearing Land Mines at DMZ in Effort to Ease Tensions
(1.14/26)

SEOUL, South Korea — Army engineers from North and South Korea began clearing land mines on Monday in the Demilitarized Zone between their nations as they prepared to search there for the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War.
A similar mine-clearance operation also began in Panmunjom, a truce village in the DMZ, a buffer zone two and a half miles wide. Although Panmunjom was originally created as a neutral area, it has since been the site of armed standoff and occasional violence.
When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, met last month in Pyongyang, the North’s capital, they agreed to take steps to lower tensions along the border, like the banning of military flights or drills near the frontier. The measures also included jointly searching for Korean War dead — including American and French troops — within the DMZ and disarming Panmunjom to turn it into a “peace zone” where tourists from both sides could move around freely.
When the armistice halting the 1950-53 war was signed at Panmunjom, the American-led United Nations Command agreed with Communist generals of North Korea and China to create the “demilitarized” buffer zone to keep the warring armies apart. Despite its name, the DMZ has since become the world’s most heavily fortified frontier, defended with layers of fences and numerous guard posts.
The inter-Korean border is also among the world’s most densely mined. Soldiers venturing into the zone on patrol or occasional defectors from the North have to navigate around mines that have become more treacherous as they are dislodged by floodwaters and landslides.
The army engineers’ efforts on Monday began a two-month operation to clear mines and build a road to Arrowhead Hill, also known as Hill 281, in the DMZ, the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement. Arrowhead Hill was selected as the site for them to jointly conduct a pilot search for remains within the no-man’s zone, where some of the fiercest battles of the Korean War were fought.
About 300 American and French troops who fought for South Korea as United Nations forces during the war are believed to be buried around Arrowhead Hill, along with hundreds of Korean soldiers from both sides.
Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim held their first summit meeting in April at Panmunjom, which has served as a place for negotiation since the war.
Also known as the Joint Security Area, Panmunjom was originally created as the only place in the DMZ where soldiers and officials from both sides could move around freely. But the village has had its share of tensions and violence over the years.
In 1976, North Korean soldiers wielding axes killed two American Army officers there. After that, a demarcation line was drawn across the village so that armed guards could patrol their own sides. Last November, North Korean troops unleashed a hail of bullets at a fellow Communist soldier dashing across the line to escape to the South. He was severely wounded but made it across the border.
Mr. Moon has been eager to turn Panmunjom into a neutral zone, as it was intended, as part of his broader efforts to improve ties with the North. His success will rest largely on whether North Korea and the United States can agree on how to denuclearize the North.
During his trip to New York late last month, Mr. Moon told President Trump that Mr. Kim was willing to negotiate away his nuclear arsenal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit Pyongyang this month to help arrange a second meeting between Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump.
But speaking at the United Nations General Assembly last week, the North’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, reiterated that his country would never give up its nuclear weapons unless Washington took “corresponding” steps, like easing sanctions and declaring an end to the war. Washington insists that North Korea denuclearize before expecting any rewards.
“We have started a bold journey toward a permanent peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” Mr. Moon said on Monday in a speech marking the South’s Armed Forces Day. “Because this is a road never traveled before, it’s difficult to predict what trouble we may encounter along the way.”
Reflecting Mr. Moon’s efforts to ease tensions, South Korea skipped a parade for its military’s 70th anniversary. Instead, Mr. Moon attended a ceremony on Monday welcoming the remains of 64 South Korean soldiers flown from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii.
Those remains were among hundreds of Korean War dead that United States officials recovered at battle sites in North Korea from 1996 to 2005, when search operations were suspended.
When Mr. Kim and Mr. Trump first met in Singapore in June, they committed to recovering Korean War remains. In July, North Korea returned remains believed to be those of 55 American troops killed in the war, a concession Mr. Trump has called a major diplomatic victory. Both sides agreed to help recover more remains.
South Korea starts pulling mines from DMZ, but will the North to do same?
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0.9
Tiebreakers have been perilous for Dodgers
(1.14/26)

The Dodgers are about to play another end-of-season tiebreaker. It's a scenario that hasn't been kind to them over the years.
Los Angeles will take on Colorado for the NL West title Monday, one of two one-game playoffs that day in the National League. The Cubs and Brewers also need to break a tie for the NL Central.
These aren't elimination games — the losers will end up as the NL wild cards — but there will still be some pressure, since the division winners head straight to the Division Series. The tiebreakers are considered part of the regular season, and stats are counted accordingly.
For the Dodgers, these not-quite-postseason games have been fraught with peril. When they were in Brooklyn, the Dodgers finished tied with the rival Giants for the 1951 NL pennant, and then famously lost a three-game series to New York on a home run by Bobby Thomson. The 1946 pennant was also decided by a best-of-three tiebreaker, with the Cardinals beating Brooklyn in two straight.
After moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers did win a best-of-three series against the Milwaukee Braves for the 1959 pennant, but three years later, it was the Giants again who stood in the way. San Francisco scored four runs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium for the decisive victory of a three-game tiebreaker series for the 1962 pennant.
A one-game playoff in 1980 was no better for the Dodgers, who were beaten 7-1 by Houston for the NL West championship.
The Rockies have a much happier (and shorter) history with these games. They won a wild card in 2007 by beating San Diego in a one-game playoff. That game went 13 innings, with Colorado prevailing 9-8 when Matt Holliday may or may not have touched the plate when he was credited with the winning run.
The Cubs won the NL wild card in 1998 by beating San Francisco 5-3 in a one-game playoff.
Elsewhere around the majors:
LIKE CLOCKWORK
Assuming Nolan Arenado doesn't hit 12 in Colorado's playoff game Monday, Oakland's Khris Davis will be this year's major league home run leader with 48. Davis, however, was getting attention for a different reason Sunday. He finished the season with a.247 batting average — the same figure he had in each of the previous three years. His career average is.248.
HIGHLIGHT
The Atlanta Braves are NL East champions and will play in the NL Division Series against... somebody. Once Monday's playoff games are over, the Braves will know their opponent — it's whoever wins the NL West. The postseason will be a chance for a wide audience to see star rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who showed off his talent Sunday with a leaping catch high against the wall in left field on a drive by Philadelphia's Carlos Santana.
LINE OF THE WEEK
The Rockies forced their way into that playoff for the NL West title by routing Washington 12-0 on Sunday. Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle with a triple in the first inning, a homer in the third, a single in the fifth and a double in the eighth.
Colorado had another impressive individual performance earlier in the week when German Marquez began a start against Philadelphia with eight straight strikeouts, tying a record. Jim Deshaies set the modern record by striking out his first eight batters in a 1986 game, and Jacob deGrom matched the feat in 2014. Marquez is set to start Monday's playoff game.
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LEADING OFF: Brewers-Cubs, Rockies-Dodgers in Games 163
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Dodgers and Rockies to Meet in Game 163
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1.2
Gunman opens fire in Indiana Walmart’s parking lot, injuring 2
(1.11/26)

Authorities in Hobart, Ind., responded Sunday night to a shooting outside a Walmart that injured two and sent shoppers fleeing into the store for cover, reports said.
The Chicago Tribune reported that police have identified a person of interest. They believe the shooting was an isolated incident at the supercenter along U. S. Route 30.
Heidi Badgley, who was in the cat food aisle with her teen daughter, described a chaotic scene. She told the paper that she heard some kind of commotion and then saw people running.
“I mean running,” she said. “Crazy running.” After the scene calmed down, she approached her car and found a bullet hole in her bumper, the report said.
ABC 7 Chicago reported that the shooting appeared to start after an argument in the parking lot. Officers responded at about 7:37 p.m. to reports of gunfire. There have been conflicting reports of a second shooter, but authorities said there was a “single” gunman.
Several law enforcement agencies are investigating.
2 shot at Hobart Walmart; person of interest sought
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Police investigate shooting at Walmart in Hobart, Indiana
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4.3
4 killed in Jammu accident
(1.09/26)

Jammu: Four people were killed in a road accident in Jammu, police said on Monday.
The accident took place late Monday night when a private vehicle collided with a load carrier in Bathera on the Jammu-Akhnoor road.
“The victims were killed on the spot while one other was injured,” the police added.
Six killed,3 injured after truck hits bus in UP
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Four youths killed in road accident in Jammu
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4 killed in Jammu accident
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1.2
Apple executive case: Cops forced lone witness to sign blank paper
(1.07/26)

LUCKNOW: Kalpana Tiwari, slain Apple executive wife lodged the second FIR on Sunday night in the case alleging that Sana Khan, the lone eye-witness who was with Vivek at the time of the incident, was not allowed to receive or make calls.
According to a report in The Indian Express, Kalpana has also accused the police of forcing Khan to sign on a blank piece of paper.
Uttar Pradesh Justice Minister Brijesh Pathak supported Kalpana’s claims in the second FIR, accusing police of “hushing up” the killing. “The lone eyewitness was kept in police custody for nearly 17 hours and her signature was taken on a plain piece of paper. The FIR was not registered the way it should had been. There is no consistency between the statement of Sana (who was accompanying the victim) and the FIR. And efforts were made to hush up the case,” he said, reported The Indian Express.
The previous FIR was filed by Khan named prime accused-Prashant Chaudhary who fatally shot Vivek and Sandeep Kumar, who was sitting on the pillion seat.
Quoting Khan, the second FIR filed by Kalpana says, according to Indian Express, “I was with my colleague ASM sir (Tiwari was the Area Sales Manager of Apple), returning home at around 1.30 am when suddenly Prashant Chaudhary and Sandeep Kumar came in front of the car. ASM sir got scared and as he had a female friend with him, he tried to move his car by escaping. At the same time, the constable sitting on the back seat of (their) motorcycle and having a cane in his hand (got off) the motorcycle. Prashant Chaudhary, who was on the front seat, put his pistol against the windshield and fired with the intention to kill.”
“… I cried a lot for help and tried to stop people. I tried my best to save him but the policemen that came neither (were) letting me make (a) call nor receive a call. They pressurized me to sign on a blank paper and later under the pressure of police and media officials made me write on the paper. As I was a lot scared, I wrote whatever they asked me to.”
The Daily Fix: Apple employee’s killing is shocking – but scarcely unexpected in Adityanath’s UP
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UP tech executive’s killing: Police tried to ‘hush up’ case, alleges minister Brajesh Pathak
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0.3
Raiders steal game from Browns with 45-42 OT win
(1.05/26)

As much as the Oakland Raiders felt like they might have let a couple of winnable games slip away to start this season, they might have stolen one away from the Cleveland Browns to spoil Baker Mayfield's first career start.
Derek Carr led a game-tying drive in the final seconds of regulation after a replay review took away a Cleveland first down and the Raiders got their first win since Jon Gruden's return to the sideline by beating the Browns 45-42 on Matt McCrane's 29-yard field goal in overtime Sunday.
The Raiders (1-3) blew second-half leads in each of the first three games and didn't trail any of them for a single second in the first three quarters before erasing deficits of 14 points and eight points to beat the Browns (1-2-1) and give Gruden his first win since 2008.
"We haven't fixed anything yet," Gruden said. "We have a lot of things we have to get better at. I think it is pretty obvious. We played some good football for stints."
The Raiders rode a roller-coaster in this game, falling behind 28-14 in the third quarter before rallying for a 34-28 lead in the fourth, thanks in part to two fumbles by Mayfield.
But the Browns answered with two more TDs and the Raiders appeared done when Carr threw two straight incompletions from the 9 to turn the ball over on downs with less than two minutes to play.
Carlos Hyde ran three times and appeared to have a first down that would have run out the clock only to have it overturned when officials ruled his elbow touched the ground short of the marker.
"I definitely thought that we had the first down," Hyde said. "But they changed the call. We got to get it right there. If we're going to win the game, we got to get that one."
The Raiders took over at their 47 with 1:28 to go and Carr led a game-tying drive reminiscent of 2016, when he had seven fourth-quarter comebacks. After failing to deliver late in the first three games this season, Carr threw a 7-yard TD to Jared Cook with 30 seconds left and then added the game-tying 2-point conversion to Jordy Nelson.
Carr finished with 437 yards passing and four TDs.
"The start of this year and half of this game has been some of the hardest stuff I've ever had to deal with, because it's frustrating things," Carr said. "I feel the best — physically, mentally, all of those things that I ever have. But then I screw something up somewhere along the way. I'll tell you this though, one thing I just said and looked to our guys and said fight."
Here are some other takeaways:
BAKER'S DAY
Mayfield threw for 295 yards and two TDs in his first career start but also had two interceptions and lost two fumbles. Those turnovers helped prevent him from becoming the third Browns QB out of 30 to win his first start with the team since the franchise returned in 1999.
"He's going to learn," coach Hue Jackson said. "He's got football intelligence. Today, as he goes through it, he'll understand, and we've talked about it a little bit, just how important those things are. You got to be team-protecting in certain situations, but you don't want to rein him in, because I like the things he's doing."
BEAST MODE
As the Raiders struggled to move the ball early in the game, Marshawn Lynch let his teammates know it on the sideline. He then responded with his biggest game in years, running for 130 yards in his most productive game since 2014 and inspiring his teammates by running through several tackles.
"He was saying basically that we're putting the game on our backs," left tackle Kolton Miller said. "They're running behind us, it starts with us, he gave us really encouraging words. He said 'I'm going to run with y'all' and that really boosted us."
CHUBBS RUNS
Browns rookie Nick Chubb scored on runs of 63 and 41 yards, while carrying only three times all day. His 63-yard TD run was the longest by a Browns rookie since Lee Suggs had a 78-yard score on Dec. 28,2003, and the third-longest run in the NFL this season. Chubb is also the first Browns rookie RB to surpass the 100-yard mark since Terrence West on Sept. 7,2014.
MCCRANE'S DAY
The Raiders were forced to turn to their third kicker this week when Mike Nugent was placed on IR with a hip injury after taking over for the previously injured Eddy Pineiro. They turned to rookie McCrane, who was initially signed this spring by Arizona as an undrafted free agent after setting the Kansas State record for career FGs. McCrane missed his first field goal from 47 yards and then a 50-yarder on the opening possession of OT before connecting on the game-winner.
Mayfield's 4 turnovers mar promising 1st start for Browns
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Mayfield’s 4 turnovers mar promising 1st start for Browns
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Bihar: Minister refuses to wear skull cap at Muslim’s conference
(1.05/26)

Katihar: Bijendra Prasad Yadav, one of the senior most leaders of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Numar’s party Janta Dal (United) refused to wear skull cap at a conference of Muslim Community in Katihar district, raking a major controversy in Bihar’s political circles on Sunday.
The state’s ruling JD(U) organized a Talimi Bedari Conference in Katihar on September 30.
Bihar’s Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav was the chief guest at the programme. When the event organizer offered him a Safa (men’s scarf) and when he offered the skull cap, the minister with a straight face stopped the organizer refusing to wear it on his head and gave it to his assistant who was standing behind him.
Bihar minister refuses to wear skull cap, stirs controversy
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Bihar minister refuses to wear skull cap, stirs controversy
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0.7
Iran, US in tense wait for world court sanctions ruling
(1.05/26)

The Hague: The International Court of Justice will hand down an eagerly awaited decision this week on Iran’s demand for the suspension of debilitating nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the United States.
Accusing Washington of “strangling” its economy, Tehran has asked the court in The Hague to order Washington to lift the measures, reimposed after US President Donald Trump pulled out of a multilateral 2015 accord.
Despite its long enmity with the United States, Iran brought the case under a 1955 “friendship treaty” that predates the country’s Islamic Revolution.
Washington has forcefully told the court, which rules on disputes between United Nations member states, that it has no jurisdiction to rule on the case as it concerns a matter of national security.
The ruling on Wednesday at 0800 GMT — in the grand surroundings of the 1913-built Peace Palace in the Dutch city — follows four days of hearings at the end of August.
Rulings by the ICJ are binding and cannot be appealed, but it has no way to enforce its decisions.
“If the court orders measures, they should be respected,” Eric De Brabandere, a professor of international law at the University of Leiden, told AFP.
If the court decides it has jurisdiction, it will likely “declare that the parties should refrain from aggravating the dispute”, but any steps beyond this remain to be seen, he said.
The 2015 nuclear deal saw Iran agree to limit its nuclear programme and let in international inspectors in return for an end to years of sanctions by the West.
But Trump pulled out of the deal in May, to the dismay of European allies, arguing that funds from the lifting of sanctions under the pact had been used to support terrorism and build nuclear-capable missiles.
– ‘Economic warfare’ –
At the United Nations General Assembly last week, Trump denounced the deal as “horrible” and “one-sided”.
During the ICJ hearings, Iran said the sanctions reintroduced in September are causing economic suffering for its citizens. US lawyers retorted that economic mismanagement was at the root of Iran’s woes.
A second wave of US measures is due to hit Iran in early November, targeting its vital oil exports.
Experts said the Iran-US case was an important opportunity for the ICJ to rule on the issue of “economic warfare” — not currently designated as a use of force.
The case “may offer the court sufficient legal basis to indicate a limit under international law to coercion by the US,” Geoff Gordon, an international law expert at the Asser Institute in The Hague, told AFP.
“International law, for reasons to do with power politics, has never formally recognised economic warfare to be a use of force as prohibited by the UN Charter, though economic sanctions can have the same effects and worse as guns and bombs.”
But he warned that “the decision is likely to be occasion for escalating tensions.”
Relations have plunged to a new low since Trump’s election, even as the US president reaches out to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over his nuclear programme.
Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani faced off at the UN last week, with Rouhani denouncing leaders with “xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition.”
Despite their 1955 Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations, Iran and the United States have not had diplomatic ties since 1980.
The ICJ was set up in 1946, after the carnage of World War II, to rule in disputes between countries.
Bolivia, Chile await world court ruling on sea spat
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Iran, US in tense wait for world court sanctions ruling
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0.3
Safe bet says Brewers win to end season… for real this time
(1.04/26)

It’s official. Cristiano Ronaldo will not be nominated for the Supreme Court. Soccer superstar told a woman “Sorry, I’m usually a gentleman,” after allegedly raping her at a party back in 2009, court papers claim. “Fake news, fake news,” he claimed. But the woman’s lawyers are disputing a nondisclosure agreement in which she was paid $350,000 to keep quiet.… Verdict is still out. But that ugly sculpture of Ronaldo… maybe wasn’t so bad after all.
But wait there’s more. Two division titles on the line Monday as Brewers play at Wrigley; Rockies at L.A. Losers will play in the wild-card game this week. 20 units says the Brewers win the NL Central.
Mets went out on a high note. Shut out the Marlins 1-0. Noah Syndergaard pitching a complete game, ending the season 13-4. Phils scalped the Braves 3-1. Looked like Atlanta could not get out of Philly fast enough. Split ends our regular season at -987 koosmans.
Why it’s time to bet on the end of the Chiefs’ hot streak
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Cristiano Ronaldo named in lawsuit alleging sexual assault of woman in Las Vegas
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1.5
Pakistani Foreign Minister to meet Pompeo, NSA
(1.03/26)

Islamabad: Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to hold a second meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and also hold talks with National Security Adviser (NSA) John Bolton in Washington, a media report said on Monday.
Qureshi arrived in Washington D. C. on Sunday for talks on bilateral relations with US officials following his trip to New York for the 73rd UN General Assembly session. He is expected to meet Pompeo and Bolton on Tuesday, Dawn news said in the report.
His first stop is expected to be the White House where he will meet Bolton for talks on untangling Pakistan’s ruffled relations with the US.
He will then proceed to the US State Department for his second meeting with the Secretary of State.
On Monday, Qureshi will meet Pakistani diplomats and experts to prepare for the crucial talks that are to be held on Tuesday.
Pompeo and Qureshi first met in Islamabad in September when the US approached the new Pakistani government to discuss key issues that have strained decades-old ties between the two countries.
It was during his Islamabad visit last month that Pompeo invited Qureshi to visit Washington for further talks.
Pakistani Foreign Minister to meet Pompeo, NSA
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Pakistan open to talk about CIA hero Afridi
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1.2
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1.6
Mariota looking healthy as Titans beat Eagles 26-23 in OT
(1.02/26)

Marcus Mariota's right hand sure seems pretty healthy, and the Tennessee quarterback keeps proving he knows how to find ways to win when it matters most.
Mariota threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a team-high 46 yards and another score Sunday in leading the Titans to a 26-23 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished off the win by lofting a 10-yard TD pass to Corey Davis with 5 seconds left in overtime.
"You're like a kid running around in your backyard counting down the seconds," Mariota said. "This is why we play the game. To have an opportunity to win it and have the ball in your hand."
Mariota started his first game since hurting his elbow in the season opener,causing a nerve issue affecting the quarterback's hand strength and leading to some numbness and tingling in a couple fingers. Mariota wore a partial glove covering his ring and pinkie fingers on his right hand, and he led his NFL-best sixth game-winning drive since the start of the 2017 season — seventh if counting his playoff victory in January.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel called Mariota's connection with Davis, who had 161 yards receiving along with his first TD catch in the regular season, phenomenal. Vrabel also liked how Mariota responded to an interception late in the first half.
"He was great when it mattered the most," Vrabel said.
Tennessee (3-1) now is off to its best start since 2013.
The Eagles (2-2) blew leads of 17-3 in the third quarter and 23-20 in overtime to snap a two-game winning streak.
"We've just got to regroup," Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said. "Obviously, we're a quarter of the way through, and we're 2-2. Not quite where we want to be. You know we've got a long way to go yet. We just have to keep staying together, and there's a lot of things we have to clean up. I think we're right there. We just have to clean up some things and finish some drives as an offense."
Some things to know about the Titans and Eagles:
GUTSY CALL
Vrabel took a timeout with the Titans facing their third fourth down in overtime and kicker Ryan Succop lining up for a 50-yard field goal and a tie. Then the first-year head coach sent the offense back on the field, and Mariota hit Dion Lewis with a 17-yard pass on fourth-and-2 to keep the drive alive.
"That's our coach," Titans cornerback Logan Ryan said of Vrabel. "He's a great coach. He was born to be a coach. There's no point in playing for a tie. It doesn't help you. I love that. We were as surprised as everybody else, but I love that decision making. What's the point of being 2-1-1?"
EAGLES OFFENSE
Philadelphia has some things to work on after the defending Super Bowl champs struggled with dropped passes, penalties (eight for 77) and lost one of three fumbles. The Eagles outgained Tennessee 432-397 but couldn't score a touchdown in the final seconds of regulation or their lone drive in overtime. They settled for field goals by Jake Elliott each time.
RESILIENT TITANS
Tennessee lost leading tackler, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, to a shoulder injury on the Eagles' second offensive play of the game. Starting safety Kenny Vaccaro hurt his right arm in the first half and watched the second half wearing a sling. The Titans came up with four sacks and held the Eagles to three field goals.
JEFFERY'S HEALTHY
Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery made his season debut, and he sure looked healthy in his return. He caught the first pass thrown to him, and finished catching eight of nine passes thrown his way for 105 yards. He also scored his first TD on a 16-yard catch in the third quarter for a 17-3 lead.
HEY, THAT'S OUR CELEBRATION
When Tajae Sharpe caught an 11-yard TD to put the Titans up 20-17 with 5:01 left, Tennessee took a page out of the Eagles' book by mimicking a TD celebration Philadelphia used three times last season. With teammates lined up as pins, Sharpe bowled the football at them, knocking them down.
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NFL roundup: Titans edge Eagles 26-23 on TD pass late in OT
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0-for-4: Ugly Sunday for rookies Mayfield, Darnold, Rosen, Allen - NFL Nation
(1.02/26)

Four quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 draft -- Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen -- started Sunday. Mayfield and Rosen were making their first career starts.
Mayfield, selected No. 1 overall, threw two touchdown passes but also had two interceptions and two lost fumbles in 45-42 overtime loss to Raiders. It wasn’t pretty, either, for Darnold, Rosen and Allen.
Here’s closer look at each of their performances Sunday:
Stat line: 16-of-33,151 yards, two interceptions, sacked seven times, 36.3 rating
Positives: There were very few for Allen, who came crashing back to Earth after an upset win of the Minnesota Vikings last week. Allen and the Bills’ offense managed only 37 net passing yards until they received possession with about six minutes remaining in the game. Allen completed his first five passes of that drive for 40 yards in what was the only glimmer of a competent passing game Sunday from Buffalo.
Negatives: Allen’s reckless heave while being chased outside of the pocket on a third down late in the second quarter resulted in an underthrown pass and interception by Green Bay’s Jaire Alexander. Allen’s other two turnovers -- an interception by Ha Clinton-Dix during a collision with Kelvin Benjamin, and a fumble when Allen appeared to be down -- were less his fault. However, Allen lacked accuracy early in the game and seemed to hold the ball too long at times, resulting in seven sacks.
What's ahead in Week 5: The Bills return home next Sunday against the Tennessee Titans for their only game at New Era Field over a span of five weeks. Allen will face a Titans defense that allowed Carson Wentz to complete 66 percent of his passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns in an Eagles loss Sunday. -- Mike Rodak
Stat line: 17-of-34,167 yards, TD, no interceptions, sacked three times, 74.0 rating
Positives: Despite heavy pressure from the Jacksonville front, Darnold managed to play his first interception-free game. Give him credit for that, especially since he had no support from the run game. Before Sunday, he was one of only four quarterbacks with an interception in each game. He spread the ball around more than previous weeks, getting the running backs and tight ends involved -- an indication he’s starting to see the field better.
Negatives: Darnold struggled to find a rhythm, in part, because the Jaguars mixed their coverages more than usual. Jacksonville believes Darnold has big-time potential, but it felt it could confuse him by showing different looks. He missed a few open receivers, including a deep ball to Robby Anderson that would’ve resulted in an 86-yard touchdown over Jalen Ramsey. That would’ve made it a six-point game in the fourth quarter -- a costly mistake.
What's ahead in Week 5: The Jets return home for the start of three consecutive home games. First up are the Denver Broncos, who will be playing on a short week after a Monday night contest. If the Broncos get ripped apart by the Kansas Chiefs, they’ll be in an ornery mood for their trip to New Jersey. Darnold will face one of the NFL’s most dangerous defensive players, Von Miller, who has the ability to wreck a game. The rookie is getting his first dose of NFL adversity, and how he responds will say a lot about his mental toughness. -- Rich Cimini
Stat line: 21-for-41 for 295 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and two sacks. Rating: 70.7
Positives: Mayfield gave the Browns plenty of chances to win with some exciting plays. His 49-yard touchdown to Darren Fells in the first half was a laser that hit Fells right in stride. His 59-yard completion to Antonio Callaway in the fourth quarter set up a touchdown that could have led to a win. Mayfield was frequently able to squirm out of trouble and had four completions longer than 20 yards.
Negatives: Turnovers. Four of them. Three of which gave the Raiders 21 points. Mayfield said all were on him, though only two of the four were totally his. An interception at the end of regulation set up overtime, and a bad center-quarterback exchange gave the Raiders seven points. A third was caused by Oakland’s pass rush forcing Mayfield to fumble, another when a receiver didn’t get out of his break and the ball was intercepted. “We turned the ball over too many times,” Mayfield said “Gave them a chance. And in this league when you turn the ball over like we did today -- like I did -- you’re not gonna win those games.”
What's ahead in Week 5: The Browns return home to face the Baltimore Ravens, who entered Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh the league’s top-ranked defense in scoring and fifth-ranked in points allowed. The Ravens have gone 18-2 in the last 20 games between the two teams. -- Pat McManamon
Stat line: 15-of-27,180 yards, TD, no interception, sacked once, 88.5 rating
Positives: Rosen looked capable in his first career start. He commanded both the huddle and the offense with a veteran’s presence, moving his offensive line in position while guiding the offense down the field in a pressure-packed fourth quarter with the game tied. Most of all, Rosen made plays when needed. He showed off his strong arm and ability to keep plays alive with his feet.
Negatives: There was very little Rosen did wrong Sunday against the Seahawks. The only thing that could’ve counted as a mistake was when Rosen missed a wide open Christian Kirk in the end zone early in the second quarter. But Rosen didn’t throw an interception and even though he only threw for 180 yards, it wasn’t his fault. His receivers had at least four drops, including two potential touchdowns.
What's ahead in Week 5: Rosen gets his second career start Sunday at San Francisco in a winnable game for Arizona. He’ll take what he learned against the Seahawks and implement it against the banged-up Niners. If Rosen can get help from his receivers, the outcome could differ from Sunday. -- Josh Weinfuss
Injuries mar Seattle win, Arizona’s Rosen sharp in loss
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Woman Accuses Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo of Rape in 2009
(1.02/26)

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players in soccer history, was accused of raping a woman in Las Vegas in 2009 and then paying her $375,000 to keep it secret, according to a civil complaint filed in Nevada district court last Thursday.
The woman, Kathryn Mayorga, 34, said in the complaint that the alleged assault nine years ago continues to cause her severe distress and that she was coerced into signing a nondisclosure agreement at the time....
Cristiano Ronaldo named in lawsuit alleging sexual assault of woman in Las Vegas
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CNG, piped cooking gas prices increase in Delhi, LPG to become marginally costlier
(1.02/26)

State-run Indraprastha Gas Ltd on Sunday increased the price of compressed natural gas by Rs 1.70 per kg and of domestic piped gas by Rs 1.30 per standard cubic metre, effective Monday. Indraprastha Gas Ltd also raised the price of CNG by Rs 1.95 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
“The new consumer price of Rs 44.30 per kg in Delhi and Rs 51.25 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight of September 30 and October 1, read a press release by the firm, according to the Hindustan Times . “The price of CNG being supplied in Rewari is being increased by Rs 1.80 per kg from Rs 52.25 per kg to Rs 54.05 per kg.”
The price of piped natural gas in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad has been increased by Rs 1.50 per scm. “The revision in retail prices of CNG and domestic PNG has been effected after taking into account the overall impact on the cost, as a result of the increase in prices of domestically produced natural gas notified by the government and appreciation of the dollar,” the company said.
The rupee has been on a continuous decline for the last few weeks, though it rose 11 paise on Friday to close at 72.48 against the United States dollar.
Meanwhile, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd on Sunday announced a hike in the prices of subsidised liquefied petroleum gas by Rs 2.89 per cylinder in Delhi. An LPG cylinder will now cost Rs 502.40 instead of Rs 499.51 in the national capital from Monday.
The price of non-subsidised LPG will increase by Rs 59 due to increase in international prices and foreign exchange fluctuations, the company said. However, “the actual impact on subsidised domestic LPG customers is only Rs 2.89 per cylinder, which is mainly due to the Goods and Services Tax,” it added.
Fuel price hiked again, LPG to costs Rs 502.4 per cylinder
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Progress of nation more important than debates: Kamal Haasan
(1.01/26)

New Delhi: Not religion, not culture, progress is what matters, says cine icon Kamal Haasan, who has embarked on a journey in politics. He says people in India are busy debating trivial issues whereas the need of the hour is to rise above them.
Haasan has always been vocal about the need to steer away from the politics of caste and religion. So, how important is it to address the real issues?
“It is very important. We have lost that dialogue. We are talking about everything else… We are trying to prove a point which does not exist. We are debating things that don’t matter at all,” Haasan told IANS in an exclusive interview here while opening up about his decision to enter politics, his aspirations, his vision for the country and about contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
“Yes, keep your religion, keep your culture, but progress as a nation is much more important than these debates. We are giving knee-jerk reactions to things which are not useful in everyday life or for the future generation. We (his party) are making that the focal point and that is what you have to talk about. The younger India is ready to talk about such issues,” he added.
The 63-year-old actor took the political plunge by launching his Makkal Needhi Maiam party on February 21 in Madurai. In just 48 hours, 201,597 people registered to join the Tamil film icon’s party.
Change can only come with unity, feels Haasan.
“Progress can’t be just my vision. It has to be a collective vision. You can take the example of China. Almost 30 years back, China had all the problems that we have, even much worse. And they changed it with will. But then you say it was only dictatorship that responsible for it. I beg to disagree.
“America was not a dictatorship. There were many voices pulling in all directions, and still progress happened.”
The actor, who entered the film industry when he was just three, continued: “(Things change) when people take the onus of building the nation, not just a few contracted people designated by the larger crowd, who are themselves busy going about their everyday chores or trying to reach office on time. They have to spend some time to build the nation.”
Citing an example from India’s long fight for freedom, the actor said: “In the 1940s, people were not ‘bekaar’ (useless). They had their jobs, they had their professions, they had to earn their everyday bread, but they still had time for freedom. Now, the second freedom struggle has started.”
Is he planning to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections?
“Well, anything which is good for Tamil Nadu is the way I see (things). Whichever direction it takes me… I will go and seek the opportunity and seize the day,” he said without dismissing the possibility completely.
The charismatic Tamil cine hero has done over 200 films in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam. He is known for projects like “Appu Raja”, “Hey Ram”, “Dashavatar”, “Ek Duuje Ke Liye”, “Sagara Sangamam”, “Sadma”, “Thevar Magan”, “Chachi 420” and “Vishwaroopam” and “Vishwaroop 2”.
The Hindi version of “Vishwaroop 2”, presented by Rohit Shetty and the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment, released in August.
After spending so many years in the industry, Haasan avers he will be quitting acting for politics. Asked whether he is planning to manage both, he said: “I shouldn’t do both the things.”
“My advice to the actor (in me) is to step aside because there is much more work to do. I loved the actor. I have lived with him for 58 years, but I have to move to people and that is more important.”
Progress of nation more important than debates: Kamal Haasan (IANS Interview)
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Vivo V11 Pro: Impressive design, capable performer
(1.01/26)

New Delhi: The notch trend shot to fame after Apple debuted iPhone X last year and soon, it was adopted by Android smartphone makers across price segments.
Now, the waterdrop notch trend is catching up and handset makers are going almost bezel-less without compromising on the status bar space.
However, it is still debated whether the water-droplet style notch is aesthetically better than the traditional notch design.
This design essentially houses the selfie shooter only while other components such as the earpiece and sensors are usually placed on a slim cut-out at the top of the screen.
Chinese smartphone player Vivo is the latest to introduce this design in its V11 Pro.
The device has been launched in India for Rs 25,990 and comes with a fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the display, like the premium Vivo NEX and Vivo X21.
Here’s our review of the V11 Pro.
Vivo has built a reputation of successfully bringing the under display fingerprint scanning technology to the masses with “X21” and “NEX” smartphones.
Vivo V11 Pro is no different and it is the cheapest handset in the market to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor at this price point.
In fact, the curved rear with the polycarbonate (glass-finish design) ensured that the phone was comfortable for single-handed use. Not using metal and glass makes the device incredibly light and durable as well.
The right side houses the power button and volume rockers which are made of metal.
The 6.41-inch “Halo FullView” screen takes up most of the front and the bottom bezels are even slimmer now, while the water droplet style notch at the top leaves almost all of the status bar for users.
In terms of design language, the V11 Pro definitely scores over Xiaomi’s Poco F1.
The AMOLED screen made sure the display was bright and vivid with a good saturation and contrast ratio.
The images and text looked sharp on the AMOLED display panel, which is essential for having an under display fingerprint scanner.
According to Vivo, the smartphone comes with the fourth generation in-display fingerprint scanner, which is faster.
We, however, did not see a noticeable difference between the fingerprint sensor in Vivo NEX and this device.
The 12MP+5MP primary camera comes with dual pixel autofocus but lacks optical image stabilisation (OIS).
We especially liked the auto HDR mode which resulted in crisp and well-balanced pictures with the right amount of exposure of dark and bright areas.
Just like the Vivo X21, the V11 Pro was quick to fix focus on the subject. The primary snapper also handled low-light photography quite well.
The 25MP front snapper took some great portrait shots. It can, thus, be safe to say this is the best selfie camera in this price segment.
Another high point of the smartphone is its 3400mAh battery which lasted a day and a half on a single charge.
The company’s own FunTouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo is customised but, thankfully, that doesn’t result in performance lags. Day-to-day activities and multi-tasking was smooth on the device.
What does not work?
It was disappointing to see a Micro-USB port instead of a future-proof USB-type C port on the smartphone.
While Vivo may have mastered the in-display fingerprint sensor, it is still a little sluggish when compared to rear-mounted fingerprint scanners.
Conclusion: Vivo V11 Pro is a good recipe for an all-rounder smartphone. To sum up, it is a good mix of performance and value.
Vivo V11 Pro: Impressive design, capable performer (Tech Review)
business-standard.com

 

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WVU official to lead entrepreneurship efforts
(1.01/26)

A West Virginia University official who has offered guidance to students looking to start their own businesses has been hired for an administrative job on campus that focuses on entrepreneurship.
WVU Provost Joyce McConnell says Carrie White, the former director of the WVU LaunchLab, has been named assistant vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation at the university. White fills the open position following a national search.
During her tenure as director of WVU LaunchLab, White provided guidance and resources to more than 1,800 students interested in starting their own businesses or innovations. She has advised WVU students at national pitch and business plan competitions.
WVU has a network of centers, offices and programs to foster and support innovation and entrepreneurship among its students, faculty and staff and residents statewide.
WVU official to lead entrepreneurship efforts
miamiherald.com

 

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Uzbek President, Sushma Swaraj discuss bilateral issues
(1.01/26)

New Delhi: Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Monday held bilateral discussions with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on various issues, such as trade, investment, education and tourism.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted on the highlights of the meeting: “Further intensifying cooperation with an extended neighbour. EAM @sushmaswaraj called on @president_uz Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Held constructive discussion on cooperation in trade & investment, development cooperation, education, renewable energy, connectivity and tourism. #UzbekIndia”
Earlier in the day, President Mirziyoyev and his wife Ziroatkhon Hoshimova paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present.
While addressing the media at Rashtrapati Bhavan after being accorded guard of honour, President Mirziyoyev said that India has a special place in the heart of each Uzbek.
President Mirziyoyev and his wife were received by his Indian counterpart President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On Sunday, the Uzbek President and his wife visited the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, to kick-start his two-day India visit.
President Mirziyoyev’s maiden two-day tour of India includes a scheduled bilateral talk with Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House. The Uzbek President is slated to meet President Kovind and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. He will also attend a presidential banquet during his visit.
Uzbek President, Sushma Swaraj discuss bilateral issues
business-standard.com

 

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'Crazy' Car Explosion Kills 3 in Pennsylvania
(1.01/26)

(Newser)

Autopsies are planned Monday on the bodies of three people found dead after a car explosion on a street in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania in what authorities called a "criminal incident" being probed by federal, state, and local authorities. Three males were found dead after the 9:30pm Saturday blast, said Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim, who added that he would probably be able to release the names after their identities are confirmed and their families notified, the AP reports. The ATF is leading the investigation along with the FBI, state police, and city and county authorities. Officials say the blast was believed to have been an isolated incident with no ongoing threat to the public.
"We know there's been a criminal incident," District Attorney James Martin told reporters at a news conference Sunday. "We have a high degree of confidence that the perpetrator was probably killed in the incident." Authorities released no information about the possible cause of the blast, including whether it was a bomb. Authorities asked anyone with information to call the ATF. Resident Carlos Perodin tells the Morning Call that he was watching a movie with his wife when he heard a thunderous explosion and went to the scene. "The fire was crazy," he says. "The car was pretty much split in half." Stephanie Connelly, another resident, says she saw body parts strewn across the street.
A car exploded in Allentown killing three
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Honoring Mayor Lee’s legacy as a school ally
(1.01/26)

Last Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Salesforce.org Chief Philanthropy Officer Ebony Frelix announced a $8.5 million donation to our public schools. A few days later, we cut the ribbon on our newly renamed Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School.
You may wonder what these two things have in common. It’s Mayor Ed Lee. The late mayor was an advocate and ally of our public schools. Mayor Lee and his wife, Anita, whose two daughters Tania and Brianna attended the San Francisco Unified School District, have been longtime advocates for public education and served as a welcoming bridge to The City’s immigrant communities.
At the newly named Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School, teachers and staff are committed to seeing that mission come to fruition, by providing students a strong foundation in academic subjects and an orientation to American culture in a positive and nurturing environment.
Mayor Lee’s dedication to public schools extended beyond his office. He understood that our educators and administrators have tremendous vision, commitment and talent yet seldom have the resources necessary to make significant strides toward our vision for student learning.
In 2012,Mr. Benioff and Mayor Lee, along with my predecessor, Superintendent Richard Carranza, launched the Mayor’s STEM Leadership Initiative. Five years and more than $30 million into the largest single private investment in the SFUSD, I want to tell you more about how the Salesforce.org donation is bringing our student learning into the 21st century.
Salesforce.org has accelerated our progress toward ensuring that every SFUSD student graduates with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the Bay Area’s economy. From third grade computer science to eighth grade math and beyond, our partnership with Salesforce.org has greatly expanded opportunities for our city’s children.
Over the last five years, Salesforce.org’s partnership with the SFUSD has introduced technology into middle-grade classrooms, supported cutting-edge curriculum in math and computer science, and funded coaching to support teachers in engaging students and college access programs.
Since the partnership began, enrollment in computer science has grown and proficiencies in math achievement have increased. Over the past three years, enrollment in computer science increased by 2500 percent and enrollment in advanced placement computer science tripled. The SFUSD provided computer science courses to over 70 district schools, and made significant progress in disrupting inequity to broaden access to CS at our schools. There has been an 18 percent reduction in D’s and F’s in middle school math classes and a 40 percent reduction in Algebra repeaters.
Salesforce’s new investment of $8.5 million to the SFUSD will be used to support science, technology, engineering and math learning. The SFUSD will continue to create and implement high-quality curriculum in math, science and computer science while utilizing technology to engage students.
Salesforce.org funding is also supporting an innovative new teacher residency model for aspiring middle school teachers. Because of Salesforce, we are able to provide professional development for teachers in the AVID program, which supports students who will be the first in their families to attend college.
The funds support our summer programming for underserved students, including opportunities for African American students to participate in the SFUSD’s Black Star Rising program. And, they will continue to deliver $100,000 per school of unrestricted funds to all 21 K-8 middle schools through the Principal’s Innovation Fund, empowering our schools with the funds and the authority to address their most crucial needs.
We are fortunate to have Salesforce.org as a partner in our work of ensuring each and every student has quality instruction and equitable support. The late mayor’s legacy will continue to benefit the SFUSD students’ ability to thrive in the 21st century.
Vincent Matthews is superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.
Seattle Mayor Discriminates Against Charter School Students
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Popular Danish singer-songwriter Kim Larsen dies at 72
(1.01/26)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish rebel singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Larsen, who enjoyed huge popularity in his home country, has died. He was 72.
Danish media dedicated many pages Monday to Larsen's career that started in the early 1970s. Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said that despite Larsen's known opposition to mainstream society, "he was one of us."
Larsen wrote dozens of catchy tunes, played in several rock bands, including Gasolin and Kjukken — which announced Larsen's death via Twitter — and also sold records in neighboring Sweden. In the 1980s, he briefly attempted an international career but was not successful.
A heavy smoker, he vehemently criticized a smoking ban in bars and cafes and supported the free-wheeling Christiania enclave in Copenhagen.
Larsen died Sunday at home of prostate cancer.
Popular Danish singer-songwriter Kim Larsen dies at 72
wtop.com

 

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TN: Chetak chopper crashes, crew safe
(1.01/26)

New Delhi: A Chetak CH442 of the Indian Navy crash-landed during a training sortie at INS Rajali naval base in Tamil Nadu’s Arakkonam on Monday.
The chopper crashed while carrying out a dry winching dual sortie.
The aircraft’s main and tail rotors suffered damage, however, the crew is safe.
More details about the incident are awaited.
Tamil Nadu: Indian Navy helicopter crashes during training sortie, crew safe
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Minor 5 YO raped dumped inside huge pipe
(1.01/26)

New Delhi: A shocking minor rape is reported from Gujarat’s Surat where a 19-year-old neighbor raped a 5-year-old girl and later dumped her in a huge pipe.
According to initial reports, the minor victim’s condition is critical after she was rushed to a hospital. She was found inside a pipeline under construction, News 18 reports.
The Police found her eleven hours after she reportedly went missing in a severely injured and unconscious state. The minor’s parents are both laborers said Police.
The accused neighbor identified as Kalu Bhumihar, was taken into custody on Saturday night and later arrested.
The police said he tried to misguide the police about the location of the girl after he confessed to the crime.
The accused was arrested after a 6-year-old boy with whom the victim was playing the day she was picked up by the accused, gave a testimony to the police.
Surat: Man allegedly rapes five-year-old girl, dumps her in a pipe
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Five Takeaways: San Francisco 49ers narrowly lose to Los Angeles Chargers
(1.01/26)

In their first game since losing starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury, the San Francisco 49ers nearly left Southern California with a massive upset victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Led by C. J. Beathard, who took showcased his toughness and durability, the 49ers had an offensive pulse, despite missing their $137-million QB. That, and four other takeaways from San Francisco’s 29-27 loss:
In 2017, over the course of seven in-game appearances, Beathard was sacked 19 times, earning him a reputation as a player with incredible resolve and physical resiliency.
That same grit resurfaced in the Beathard’s first start of the 2018 season, as he was able to keep the 49ers competitive in a contested road game while taking eight hits from Chargers defenders in the process.
“[Beathard] gave us a chance to win today,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He played really tough and made some big plays for us.”
With 298 yards through the air and a pair of touchdowns, Beathard posted the best single-game performance of his career, edging a 294-yard, two-touchdown day in Week 10 of the 2017 season against the New York Giants.
Beathard also threw two interceptions, including the game-sealing pick on San Francisco’s 23-yard line late in the in the fourth quarter, but both were the result of bobbled passes by 49ers receivers.
However, by far the most impressive aspect of Beathard’s performance was the fact that the former third-round pick was fearless when sliding around in the pocket and running over the middle of the field, which resulted in a bona fide beating courtesy of the Chargers defense.
It impressed former Iowa teammate and current 49ers tight end George Kittle.
“He’s a badass,” Kittle said. “He’s C. J. [Beathard] has more grit than anyone I know.”
The Kittle connection could be promising
Beathard’s highlight play of the game came with just over three minutes to go in the third quarter.
On the second play of San Francisco’s eighth drive of the game, Beathard hit Kittle in stride on a seam route down the right sideline for an 82-yard touchdown.
“It’s something that we’ve been practicing all year and we finally got it called,” said Kittle. “C. J. found me, I got a good cut on the safety and it was a good run from there.”
The Beathard-Kittle connection was something that worked for the 49ers offense for the majority of the day. Catching six balls for 125 yards and one touchdown, Kittle would finish the game as the 49ers leading pass-catcher.
The quarterback and tight end’s chemistry was most pronounced on third down, as Beathard was able to find Kittle on twice for third-down conversions to keep a 21-play first-half drive going.
Part of what gives Kittle and Beathard the ability to be so dynamic is the fact that the pair played together collegiately from 2013-16.
With the continuity and familiarity present between the two Hawkeye alums, the 49ers may have a reliable tandem on their hands moving forward.
The San Francisco defense came out with an abundance of energy against Los Angeles.
On the third play of the game, 49ers safety Antone Exum Jr. snagged a pick-six off of Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers — San Francisco’s first pick of the season — to give San Francisco an early 7-0 lead.
After forcing a punt on the Chargers next drive, San Francisco’s offense would score a touchdown of their own to take a 14-0 lead with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter.
That defensive intensity didn’t last long as the Chargers had pulled even at 17 all by halftime.
“I think it was similar to the offense,” said Shanahan. “We’ve got to be a lot more consistent. It can’t be hit or miss and I think it’s been hit or miss.”
A big reason for the 49ers’ inability to maintain that initial level of play was their regression to missing tackles once again.
Heading into Week 4, San Francisco had the highest number of missed tackles (43) in the NFL, after whiffing on 16 against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3.
“Of course, it’s disappointing,” Shanahan said. “I’ve got to watch tape to get a better idea… I thought we were wrapping guys up, but we bounced off a few times in the second half.”
By game’s end, the 49ers defense had given up 368 total yards of offense, including 104 rushing yards to Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.
With their offense already compromised by the loss of Garoppolo, the 49ers will need their defense to tighten up in order to remain competitive. In the remaining 12 games on their schedule, San Francisco will face the top-ranked Los Angeles Rams’ offense twice, the seventh-ranked Raiders’ offense and the 12th-ranked Denver offense.
They’ll also have to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, so finding some stability defensively will be essential.
As if losing an expensive offensive asset in Garoppolo wasn’t bad enough, the 49ers may be without starting left tackle Joe Staley.
The three-time All-Pro left tackle left in the first half with what the 49ers are calling, a knee injury, and did not return. While Shanahan was unable to give further updates on Staley after the game, NBC Sports Bay Area 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco reported that Staley did not appear to injure his ACL based on “preliminary tests.”
In his place, the 49ers sent out five-year veteran Garry Gilliam, who finished the game at left tackle.
In addition to Staley, rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey also injured his knee during the game, but was able to return later in the second half.
“I was real happy McGlinchey toughed it out there,” Shanahan said. “It obviously wasn’t as bad as Staley’s but I know it was hard for him to go in that second half.”
Shanahan also stated that it was “scary” not having either tackle out on the field at one point in the first half.
As a result of both players’ absence, Shanahan’s offense was forced to settle for a field goal and punt on the final two drives of the first half.
Moving forward, if Staley is not healthy enough to play in next week against the visiting Arizona Cardinals, the likely play is to start Gilliam.
Staley will undergo an MRI on the injured knee to check the severity of his injury, according to Maiocco.
Along with Staley and McGlinchey, the 49ers suffered a slew of injuries to starters that ravished their starters on Sunday. With a sigh of disappointment, Shanahan rattled off a list of players who were injured during the game.
The list was as follows: Rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis (knee), starting center Weston Richburg (knee), starting running back Matt Breida (shoulder), defensive end Solomon Thomas (shoulder) and starting wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hamstring).
Of the wave of injuries, the most concerning is Pettis, who was carter off of the field after appearing to twist his knee while being tackled on a punt return in the first quarter.
As a second-round pick, Pettis was expected to have a substantial role in San Francisco’s offense after having a strong training camp and preseason. Catching three passes for 96 yards, the Washington product has been slowly getting integrated into the 49ers system.
According to Maiocco, Pettis — like Staley — will undergo an MRI to determine what exact structural damage was done to the right knee.
In Breida and Richburg’s case, both players were able to return shortly after sustaining their respective injuries and finish the game, while Goodwin and Thomas did not return.
The 49ers can’t seem to escape a game without — at the very least — a moderately concerning injury, and depth is starting to become a major concern for this team in several areas along the roster.
Rivers wants Chargers to start stringing together wins
charlotteobserver.com

 

 95 /100 

0.0
Son to lead South Korea against Uruguay, Panama
(1.01/26)

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min will lead South Korea at home against Uruguay in a friendly on Oct. 12, and again against Panama on Oct. 16.
Son was one of eight European-based players named to a 25-man team on Monday by coach Paulo Bento. Portuguese Bento was named national team coach in August.
Bento also handed France-based striker Suk Hyun-jun a recall after two years off the national team. Suk would replace injured Ji Dong-won of German club FC Augsburg.
Despite speculation in the local media, there was no place for young players such as Lee Kang-in of Valencia and Bayern Munich's Jeong Woo-yeong. Bento said the door was open as he focuses on the 2019 Asian Cup.
"They are certainly the players that we have to watch," Bento said. "But we have an important tournament in January, so I thought we should focus on that."
South Korea is grouped with China, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan at the Asian Cup that kicks off in the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 5.
Son to lead South Korea against Uruguay, Panama
eu.usatoday.com

 

 96 /100 

1.8
Staley guides US to another gold using calm demeanor
(1.01/26)

Dawn Staley knows the pressure that comes with coaching USA Basketball. It's gold medal or bust.
She experienced it first as a player with the U. S., then as an assistant and now as the team's head coach. She's been successful in each position, helping the Americans win gold.
"Dawn's demeanor is so calm and confident I think that helped us," said four-time World Cup gold medalist Sue Bird after the U. S. beat Australia to win a third straight World Cup title. "I think that helped us.... Dawn, the entire time, was saying you know what, we're worried about guarding them, but they had to worry about guarding us, too. It put it into a nice perspective and allowed us to be calm and that's what we needed."
Staley helped guide the U. S. to an unprecedented third straight World Cup gold medal on Sunday night with the 73-56 win.
"It's USA Basketball, if you're part of it more times than not you're going to win especially with players like Sue, Diana (Taurasi) and Stewie coming back," Staley said.
Even with the collection of stars assembled on the U. S. roster, Staley knows it's not as simple as showing up. The World Cup is a grueling tournament with six games in nine days. The Americans will always get everyone else's best shot.
"No matter how many times you've been a part of it, the pressure is still there," she said. "When you look in the players' eyes. I knew Diana when we hit the semifinals, she took on a whole different look. When your best players gave that look you get out of the way. As the game progresses the pressure releases itself."
Staley inherited a team that had won two straight World titles and 16 consecutive games in the tournament. The U. S. had gone 94-1 since the 1996 Olympics in major international competitions. She had been part of many of those wins as a player. Now's she kept the unbelievable run going as a coach.
"The expectation is whenever It's your first time, it's way different from being a player to coaching," said Geno Auriemma, who coached the U. S. to the previous two world titles. "Winning that first gold medal, I don't care who you are, it's hard. There's no escaping that. She's done a great job of staying with the system and staying level-headed."
Next up for Staley and the U. S. will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While the pressure will be the same, winning another gold will be a bit easier in a way, as the final three rounds aren't played on three straight days like they are at the World Cup.
"It's always the hardest one to win," Taurasi said. "Physically tough, mentally tough. Playing three games in three nights you don't do that anymore in the pros. It's the only tournament that challenges you in that way."
Taurasi credited the way Staley played when they both were on the U. S. team in the early 2000s for helping set a tone that she's continued with Bird on the present team.
"She did it in such a way that Sue and I said that's how you become a pro and win a gold medal," Taurasi said. "That comes from Dawn and what she put into this team a long time ago."
Staley guides US to another gold using calm demeanor
eu.usatoday.com

 

 97 /100 

0.2
STAT WATCH: Sun Devils’ Benjamin 1st to break 300-yard mark
(1.01/26)

Eno Benjamin turned in the best rushing performance in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season and became the first Arizona State player to go over 300 yards when he ran 30 times for 312 against Oregon State.
The total was the highest since Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate went for 327 yards against Colorado last October.
Benjamin smashed the ASU single-game rushing record of 250 yards by Ben Malone against Oregon State in 1973, and his total ranks eighth all-time on the Pac-12 chart.
Benjamin also set an ASU record with 185 rushing yards by halftime, making him the first Sun Devils player to run for 100 through two quarters since 2011.
The sophomore from Wylie, Texas, ran for three touchdowns and also caught three passes for 27 yards and a TD. His 339 all-purpose yards are most in the nation this season.
Oregon State has given up the top two rushing games of the season. Last week, Arizona's J. Taylor went for 284 yards on 27 carries against the Beavers.
Oregon State is allowing 342.3 rushing yards per game against FBS opponents, worse in the nation.
200 CLUB
Joining Benjamin as 200-yard rushers were Oregon State freshman Jermar Jefferson and Clemson's Travis Etienne.
Jefferson's 254 yards on 31 carries against Arizona State ranks third-best in the nation. He also had a 238-yard night against Southern Utah of the Football Championship Subdivision on Sept. 8. Etienne ran 27 times for a career-high 203 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner, against Syracuse.
There have been 15 200-yard games this season.
THE LONG BALL
There were three 90-plus-yard pass plays. Alabama's Mac Jones connected with Jaylen Waddle for 94 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette, Penn State's Trace McSorley hooked up with KJ Hamler for 93 against Ohio State and SMU's William Brown and Tyler Page teamed for a 92-yarder against Houston Baptist.
GOING THE OTHER WAY
Air Force's Zane Lewis had the longest interception return in the nation when he took one back 99 yards against Nevada. The Falcons have scored a non-offensive touchdown in all five games.
ALL THE WAY
Texas A&M freshman Jashaun Corbin became the fifth player in the country to return a kick 100 yards, doing it on the opening kickoff against Arkansas. It was the Aggies' first kick return for a touchdown on an opening kickoff since 1994.
NATIONAL LEADERS
Bowl Subdivision leaders in the major statistical categories are Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in rushing (157 yards per game), Washington State's Gardner Minshew II in passing (398.4 ypg) and Colorado's Laviska Shenault II in receiving (145.3 ypg).
STAT OF THE WEEK
Washington's Jake Browning completed 23 of 25 passes against BYU for the highest completion rate (92 percent) of the season. He was one pass short of matching the NCAA record for completion percentage in a game. Georgia's Greyson Lambert was 24 of 25 against South Carolina in 2015.
STAT WATCH: Sun Devils' Benjamin 1st to break 300-yard mark
eu.usatoday.com

 

 98 /100 

1.5
Japanese qualifier wins maiden tour-level title
(1.01/26)

London: Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka lifts his maiden tour-level title, Shenzhen Open, after beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in the final of the men’s singles event on Sunday.
The 27-year-old clinched the title after handing over a 7-5,2-6,6-4 defeat to his French opponent.
Reflecting on his victory, Nishioka said that it is a very happy moment for him and now he would aim for ATP World Tour and Masters Titles.
“I believe this is the beginning,” said Nishioka. “[Now I will] try to win [ATP World Tour] 500 and [Masters] 1000 events… This is a very happy [moment] and I believe I can win more,” ATP quoted Nishioka, as saying.
“To get here, it was seven matches. It is not easy,” said Nishioka. “I am very tired right now but my strength is my mentality, my stamina and never giving up. Those are my weapons,” he added.
Following the victory, Nishioka got 250 ATP Ranking points along with a prize money of USD130,885.
Japanese qualifier wins maiden tour-level title
business-standard.com

 

 99 /100 

1.2
AP Top 25 Heat Check: Ohio St too low; More love of Kentucky
(1.01/26)

The AP Top 25 voters need to start getting more creative when filling out the final spots on their ballots.
The top of The Associated Press college football poll is not all that tricky to figure out after a month of the season. Orders may differ, but there seems to be consensus on the top 10 or so teams. As it should be, the rankings get harder to figure down ballot. Those last few spots have been especially volatile the past couple weeks, with teams turning over like graduate assistants on a coaching staff.
For just the second time since the AP poll expanded to Top 25 in 1989, at least five teams dropped out of the poll in consecutive weeks. The last time it happened was September 1999.
This week the five teams to jump into the rankings were comprised of two making their season debut (Colorado and North Carolina State) and three teams re-entering (Florida, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State). They took the places of California, Mississippi State, Texas Tech, Duke and BYU.
Nothing against the Gators, Hokies and Cowboys, but that could just as easily have been Texas A&M, Iowa and Washington State. Pretty good Power Five teams are not particularly interesting. It is getting near the point of the season where voters should consider some teams from outside the Power Five, like maybe Appalachian State or Hawaii.
Eventually some of these upstarts will breakthrough. Heat check considers the possibility of sooner rather than later while assessing this week's AP Top 25.
1. Alabama (5-0)
Next: at Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide has scored at least 45 points and gained at least 500 yards in each of its first five games, a first in the history of the program.
Heat check: Just right.
2. Georgia (5-0)
Next: vs. Vanderbilt.
The Bulldogs have only five sacks, last in the SEC; if you're looking for a potential issue against tougher opponents — like LSU in two weeks.
Heat check: Too hot.
3. Ohio State (5-0)
Next: vs. Indiana.
Ohio State is the only team in the country to allow three plays from scrimmage of at least 80 yards and one of two teams that has given up four 70-plus plays, including two 93-yard touchdowns. Remove those four plays, and the Buckeyes are allowing 4.4 yards on the other 330 plays they have faced — which would rank 12th in the nation.
Heat check: Too cold. Should be No. 2 after two good wins away from Columbus.
4. Clemson (5-0)
Next: at Wake Forest.
The last three games, RB Travis Etienne has 487 yards on 54 carries (9.01 per carry) and six touchdowns. The sophomore is blossoming into the star Clemson fans have been waiting for.
Heat check: Too hot.
5. LSU (5-0)
Next: at No. 22 Florida.
A big dose of Ole Miss defense helped the Tigers find their offense with a season-high 573 yards. Let's see if it plays in The Swamp.
Heat check: Touch too cold. Flip-flop with Clemson.
6. Notre Dame (5-0)
Next: at No. 24 Virginia Tech.
The Fighting Irish offense is rounding into form, but it took a hit with the loss of OG Alex Bars, a second-team preseason All-American.
Heat check: Just right.
7. Oklahoma (5-0)
Next: vs. No. 19 Texas in Dallas.
After averaging 8.29 yards per play last season and threatening the FBS record held by 2006 Hawaii (8.58), the Sooners are averaging 8.9 this season, best in the country.
Heat check: Just right.
8. Auburn (4-1)
Next: at Mississippi State.
The Tigers' offense seems to be regressing. They have run for a total of 187 yards in the last two games against Arkansas and Southern Miss.
Heat check: Too hot.
9. West Virginia (4-0)
Next: vs. Kansas.
October is all about avoiding the upset for the Mountaineers so they can face this challenging November: at Texas, TCU, at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma.
Heat check: Too hot.
10. Washington (4-1)
Next: at UCLA.
How long before the Huskies shake that head-to-head loss to Auburn and jump the Tigers?
Heat check: Just right.
11. Penn State (4-1)
Next: vs. No. 20 Michigan State, Oct. 13.
The Nittany Lions last four losses, dating to the 2017 Rose Bowl, have been by a combine eight points.
Heat check: Too cold.
12. UCF (4-0)
Next: vs. SMU.
The Knights have trailed for 1 minute, 3 seconds this season.
Heat check: A touch too hot.
13. Kentucky (5-0)
Next: at Texas A&M.
RB Benny Snell and Kentucky football might just overshadow the start of basketball practice in Lexington if they keep this up. Maybe.
Heat check: Too cold.
14. Stanford (4-1)
Next: vs. Utah.
Heisman runner-up Bryce Love is tied for 47th in the country in rushing (81.75 yards per game) and averaging 4.30 per carry, close to half what he did last season.
Heat check: Too hot.
15. Michigan (4-1)
Next: vs. Maryland.
DE Chase Winovich has been the best player on the nation's best defense, with 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Heat check: Too cold.
16. Wisconsin (3-1)
Next: vs. Nebraska.
During a week off, RB Jonathan Taylor moved into the national lead with 157 yards rushing per game as the previous leader, Darrell Henderson of Memphis, had a poor game.
Heat check: Too hot.
17. Miami (4-1)
Next: vs. Florida State
It is QB N'Kosi Perry's team now. At least that's what coach Mark Richt is hoping.
Heat check: Too hot.
18. Oregon (4-1)
Next: vs. Washington, Oct. 13.
The Ducks rest up before getting another chance for a signature victory.
Heat check: Too cold.
19. Texas (4-1)
Next: No. 7 Oklahoma in Dallas.
Heat check is trying to temper its enthusiasm for the Longhorns' first four-game winning streak since 2013. But hasn't Texas done more than Miami and Wisconsin to this point?
Heat check: Too cold.
20. Michigan State (3-1)
Next: vs. Northwestern.
Behind DE Kenny Willekes and LB Joe Bachie, the Spartans are smothering the running game, allowing 1.49 per rush.
Heat check: Too hot.
21. Colorado (4-0)
Next: vs Arizona State.
The Buffaloes schedule has been cottony soft, but WR Laviska Shenault Jr. is one of the most exciting players in the country and that's good enough for Heat Check to welcome CU to the rankings.
Heat check: But the Buffs are a little too hot.
22. Florida (4-1)
Next: vs. No. 5 LSU.
Upon further review, losing to Kentucky is not embarrassing. Heat check, regrets the error.
Heat check: Too cold.
23. NC State (4-0)
Next: vs. Boston College.
Quietly, Wolfpack QB Ryan Finley is sixth in the country, averaging 328 yards passing per game.
Heat check: Too cold.
24. Virginia Tech (3-1)
Next: vs. No. 6 Notre Dame.
Was the ODU loss some kind of dream sequence?
Heat check: Too hot.
25. Oklahoma State (4-1)
Next: vs. Iowa State.
Cowboys fans were calling for more touches for TB Justice Hill so coach Mike Gundy obliged. Hill carried 31 times against Kansas for 189 yards after just 46 rushes in the first four games.
Heat check: Too cold.
Should be out: Virginia Tech. Should be in: Appalachian State.
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AP Top 25 Heat Check: Ohio St too low; More love of Kentucky
eu.usatoday.com

 

 100 /100 

0.2
Chiefs’ Mahomes juggles on-field success, off-field stardom
(1.01/26)

Patrick Mahomes had just finished with a series of patients in the oncology unit at the University of Kansas Hospital when he stepped on an escalator that would carry him to the exits.
Waiting for him at the bottom was a mob of hospital workers.
Some wanted a quick picture. Others were content with an autograph. But most just wanted to glimpse the hottest thing in Kansas City these days, the 23-year-old quarterback with the curly Mohawk and easy smile whose record-setting performances have helped the Chiefs to a 3-0 start heading into Monday night's AFC West showdown in Denver.
"It was an awesome, awesome feeling," Mahomes recalled a few days later, "just to see those people and the kind of passion and love and support that they're showing us."
It's a good thing Mahomes prefers takeout to restaurants, and would rather study game film on his birthday than spend a night on the town, because everybody wants a piece of him these days.
The Chiefs' communications staff is receiving hundreds of interview requests each week for their first-year starter, one front-office official said. They have had to limit the number Mahomes actually conducts to a handful that he can squeeze into a short time period on Wednesday afternoons.
There are requests for community appearances — his event at the hospital was set up by the club's community outreach team. There are requests for sponsorships and endorsements and business deals, not to mention the hundreds of autograph requests that have flooded the team's offices.
All for a quarterback with four total starts on his resume.
"It's pretty cool," Mahomes admits, "just to see the support we have. It's unmatched, Kansas City and the Chiefs Kingdom, the support they have for us. For me to just kind of be in the community and see those people is always a good thing."
Mahomes has the right temperament to deal with the demands, though. His father, former big league baseball player Pat Mahomes, instilled in him at a young age to take success in stride.
It's something that became apparent to Chiefs coach Andy Reid during the draft process.
"That comes with the territory. If you are going to be a quarterback and do well, you are going to get a lot of attention," Reid said. "What is real is what takes place on the field every week. He is wired the right way to handle that. He's not going to let stuff get in the way.
"I appreciate him going out and doing those things. Kids and people love him being out there," Reid continued. "That he is willing to do that is part of him and the person he is."
That was evident this past summer, when Mahomes showed up just about everywhere in town. He threw out the first pitch at a Royals game, and wore a cutoff jersey of the local minor league team, the T-Bones, when he was part of pre-race festivities for the NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway.
But what Reid appreciates more than anything is Mahomes' ability to separate his work off the field from his work on it. There might not be a player on the roster that spends more time at the practice facility than Mahomes, so much so that Reid often has to tell his young star to go home.
"When he's not there, he is in here," Reid said. "You don't have to tell him to be here, that's not how he rolls. He comes in and you have to get him out."
Nor does Mahomes crave the spotlight.
When the Chiefs rolled past the 49ers last week, and everyone was talking about the sandlot play in which Mahomes ran about 60 yards before delivering a strike to Chris Conley in the back of the end zone, the quarterback said the key to the play working out was his wide receiver getting open.
Never mind that the 49ers had Mahomes corralled for what should have been a loss.
"He's not trying to be the hero or do all of that. That's not his deal," Reid said. "He is trying to play the position within the offense and do his thing. If things don't work out he moves around and gets it in his guys' hands as fast as he can. He has a pretty good feel for that."
Reid hasn't gone out of his way to ensure Mahomes doesn't become bogged down in requests, mostly because it hasn't been necessary. Mahomes is already good at managing his time.
Besides, there is little extra time for an NFL quarterback once the season starts.
"There's still room for a ton of improvement," Mahomes said. "There's still stuff that I might not go to the right read, or we might have a bust in the route running or everything, protection might break down. That just speaks to the guys that we have that can still make plays."
As important as they are, though, it's Mahomes that everybody wants to see.
"It was an awesome, awesome feeling just to see those people and the kind of passion and love and support that they're showing," Mahomes said, reflecting again on his day off spent with hospital patients. "But I feel the same. I come into this locker room and these guys treat me exactly the same as they've treated me since I got here. We have a great room like that and I can just go out there and do my job and it helps to have all the guys I have around me that can make plays."
The trend that makes it too early for Patrick Mahomes MVP talk
nypost.com


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