ELECTION 2018-TRUMP-THE LATEST The Latest: Trump seeks to boost Kelly, Barletta at rally ERIE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is boosting Pennsylvania’s Republican candidates as he works to rally support ahead of November’s midterm…
ELECTION 2018-TRUMP-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump seeks to boost Kelly, Barletta at rally
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is boosting Pennsylvania’s Republican candidates as he works to rally support ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Trump invited Reps. Mike Kelly and Lou Barletta up on stage with him Wednesday in Erie and urged attendees to vote for them.
He says, “A vote for Mike is a vote to make America great again.”
Kelly is facing a challenge from Democrat Ron DiNicola, while Barletta is mounting an uphill campaign to unseat two-term Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.
Trump says that Barletta’s brother died Tuesday and that the men had been close.
Trump is calling him a “total winner” and says he’s the one who urged Barletta to run for the seat.
Trump, who narrowly won Pennsylvania in 2016, has made repeated visits to the state.
UNITED STATES-SAUDI-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Post: US intel showed Saudi plan to hold writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post reports that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain a prominent journalist and critic who disappeared a week ago.
The Post, citing anonymous U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence, says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Jamal Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.
Khashoggi vanished last week after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker says he has reviewed U.S. intelligence reports suggesting that Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2, the day he went to the consulate.
Turkish authorities have said he was killed by an elite Saudi “assassination squad.” The Saudi government has dismissed that allegation.
Tennessee Senate candidates exchange barbs in final debate
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate. Meanwhile, the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in Congress.
The two candidates exchanged barbs and went on the aggressive during Wednesday’s hour-long event. The debate took place at the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
Blackburn used former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as her example of Democrats Bredesen supports in almost all of her responses to various questions.
Bredesen countered he would not let party tribalism get in the way of getting things done in Washington D.C.
The two are competing in a race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker.
LIMOUSINE CRASH-THE LATEST
The Latest: Limo co. operator had packed bags when arrested
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor says the New York limousine company operator charged with criminally negligent homicide in a crash that killed 20 people had packed bags with him when he was arrested.
Nauman Hussain showed little emotion as he was arraigned Wednesday in Cobleskill. He didn’t comment as he left court after posting $150,000 bond.
A judge entered a not-guilty plea for him.
Hussain’s lawyer, Lee Kindlon has said his 28-year-old client isn’t guilty and police rushed to judgment as they investigated Saturday’s limo crash in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR’-ee). Two pedestrians and 18 people in the limo were killed.
Schoharie County District Attorney Susan Mallery says Hussain had luggage with him when his car was stopped Wednesday near Albany.
Kindlon says Hussain felt unsafe at home because he’d gotten threats.
Finding answers for patients with rarest of rare diseases
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients whose mysterious symptoms have stumped other experts are getting a new chance at diagnosis through a network of hospitals that tackles the rarest of rare diseases.
It’s called the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, set up by the National Institutes of Health. Wednesday, researchers with the network published a snapshot of their early findings: Doctors diagnosed about a third of the first patients to complete evaluations. In less than two years, they’ve discovered 31 new syndromes.
A diagnosis doesn’t necessarily change someone’s day-to-day medical care, but researchers say naming their ailment brings some relief. As for patients who still didn’t get answers, the program will revisit their cases as science advances in hopes of improving the diagnosis rate.
The report was published by the New England Journal of Medicine.
ELECTION 2018-HEALTH CARE
Senate returns to ‘Obamacare’ wars, and Dems lose a vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are trying to refocus voters on health care. They’ve now lost a vote on the issue but hope they’ve gained a message that will help them win Senate control in next month’s elections.
The Senate voted Wednesday to reject a Democratic attempt to scuttle President Donald Trump’s push for short-term health insurance plans, which are less expensive but provide skimpier coverage. It was a near party-line vote and came four days after the chamber’s war over confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Democrats say the vote will help them in November because health care remains a top concern for voters.
Trump has made it easier for people to buy short-term plans. Republicans say the policies provide a low-cost option that many people want.
Jimmy Butler to ESPN: I was ‘brutally honest’ with Wolves
Jimmy Butler returned to practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time this season, and told ESPN in an interview that he was “brutally honest” with teammates and other officials in that workout.
Butler asked the Timberwolves to trade him elsewhere last month, and said during an interview that was taped and aired on Wednesday that much of an earlier ESPN report that he had outbursts during the practice was largely accurate.
Minnesota has engaged many teams in trade talks, Miami in particular, before those negotiations broke down over the weekend.
Butler is a four-time All-Star who can become a free agent after the season. His impasse with the Timberwolves is now in its fourth week, starting when he told coach Tom Thibodeau before training camp that he wants to be traded.
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RONALD REAGAN HOLOGRAM-THE LATEST
The Latest: Ronald Reagan returns as hologram at library
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A smiling Ronald Reagan waves to a crowd from aboard a rail car during a campaign stop in a new hologram revealed at the late president’s namesake library in Southern California.
John Heubusch, head of the Reagan Foundation, says Wednesday that the goal of the high-tech digital resurrection is to show the 40th president as lifelike as possible.
Reagan speaks to supporters from the train while campaigning for re-election in 1984. He says: “We think we made a good beginning, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
The audio is edited from remarks made by Reagan during his lifetime.
Other holograms show Reagan in the Oval Office and at his beloved ranch.
The Reagan Library worked with the same special effects technicians who helped bring singers Billie Holiday, Jackie Wilson and Jenny Rivera back to life on stage.
ROUNDUP WEED KILLER-CANCER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Judge weighs jury $289 million Monsanto verdict
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge is still deciding on whether to uphold a jury’s $289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos ended a two-hour hearing without making a formal ruling. Earlier in the day, she issued a tentative ruling saying she intended to toss out the jury’s $250 million punitive damage award and schedule a new trial on that issue. The judge also suggested she may reduce the rest of the award by $31 million if she upholds the jury’s decision that Monsanto’s weed-killer caused DeWayne Johnson’s cancer.
The judge ordered lawyers to submit written legal arguments by Friday and will formally rule later.
A jury in August awarded Johnson $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.
Coroner: Verne Troyer death suicide by alcohol intoxication
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner says actor Verne Troyer, who was best known for his “Austin Powers” role of Mini-Me, died last April of suicide by alcohol intoxication.
The coroner’s office released its findings Wednesday following an autopsy and investigation into Troyer’s April 21 death.
His representatives said at the time he was struggling with depression.
The coroner’s office certified that the manner of death was a suicide.
Troyer, 49, was best known as Mike Myers’ sidekick “Mini-Me” in 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
He also played banker-goblin Griphook in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and appeared in dozens of TV shows and videos.
Troyer, who stood 2-feet-8-inches tall, was born with achondroplasia, a genetic condition that limited his height.