BC-SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Report: Saudis ready to concede writer was slain
ISTANBUL (AP) — Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul.
CNN reports that the Saudi government is preparing to say Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong. The report was attributed to two unnamed sources. It says one of the sources told them that the intention was to abduct Khashoggi and it had not been authorized by the Saudi government.
President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he was aware of the report but did not know if it was correct. He says the U.S. is working with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to figure out what happened.
Trump calls Khashoggi’s disappearance a “terrible situation.”
Khashoggi wrote for The Washington Post opinion pages. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2.
The Latest: Trump hears from Georgia farmers on hurricane
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — President Donald Trump has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were wiped out by Hurricane Michael.
Trump on Monday visited a farm near Macon where fourth-generation farmer Kevin Rentz grows cotton and peanuts. Rentz said he lost 100 percent of his cotton crop. He says they’re still digging up peanuts but the problem is finding someplace to take them, given the power outages.
Another farmer, Clay Pickle, said he went from his “best crop to no crop in six hours.” Pickle says cotton was his best crop.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says damage to pecan groves in southwest Georgia will be felt for generations. Perdue says pecan trees typically bear nuts about seven years after planting but don’t become profitable for about a decade. Perdue called the situation “heartbreaking.”
This item has been corrected to show the farmer’s last name is Pickle, not Pirkle.
Judge tosses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed porn actress Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge S. James Otero issued the order Monday in Los Angeles.
Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and sued him in April. The lawsuit came after Trump tweeted about a composite sketch of a man Daniels says threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair. He called it a “total con job.”
In dismissing the suit, the judge said Trump’s tweet was a “hyperbolic statement” against a political adversary.
Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, said it was a “total victory” for the president. Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, vowed to appeal and said he’s confident the ruling will be reversed.
Daniels’ lawsuit over a hush-money deal is pending.
ELIZABETH WARREN-HERITAGE-THE LATEST
The Latest: Cherokee Nation faults Sen. Warren on DNA test
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BOSTON (AP) — A Cherokee Nation official says Sen. Elizabeth Warren “is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Monday that DNA tests are useless to determine tribal citizenship and don’t distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America.
He said “using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.”
Warren on Monday released DNA test results providing some evidence of a Native American in her lineage.
The Massachusetts Democrat, who said she was told her mother was “part Cherokee and part Delaware,” acknowledged that DNA and family history have nothing to do with tribal affiliation or citizenship, which is determined by tribal nations.
She said she respects that distinction and doesn’t list herself as Native American in the Senate.
TWO DEAD-CHILD MISSING-THE LATEST
The Latest: Authorities release names of Wisconsin victims
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of a man and woman who were found dead in their western Wisconsin home.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department identified them as 56-year-old James Closs and his wife, 46-year-old Denise Closs.
Their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs, remained missing as of Monday evening. Authorities have said they believe she’s in danger.
Investigators don’t have any leads or suspects, but they have enlisted the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI.
Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says deputies went to the home in Barron after dispatchers received a 911 call from an unknown person around 1 a.m. Monday. He said they found the couple’s bodies and that there had been gunshots. He stopped short of saying that’s how they died.
US budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six years as President Donald Trump’s tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily in order to cover its spending.
The Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit climbed $113 billion from fiscal 2017. Debt will likely worsen in the coming years with the Trump administration expecting the deficit to top $1 trillion in 2019, nearly matching the $1.1 trillion imbalance from 2012.
The deficit worsened because tax revenues are not keeping pace with government spending. The government’s fiscal years run from October to September, unlike calendar years that begin in January. Tax revenues were essentially flat in fiscal 2018.
DRUG PRICES-TV ADS-THE LATEST
The Latest: US wants drugmakers to put prices in TV ads
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The federal government wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said a proposal unveiled Monday would apply to brand-name drugs that are covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Hours earlier, the drug industry’s main trade group said drug companies were willing to disclose the prices on websites, but not in commercials. The drugmakers said they would provide a website in the ads that would include the list price and likely out-of-pocket costs.
But Azar said putting the prices on a website isn’t the same thing and patients deserve to know the cost.
While most patients don’t pay the full price, insurance plans base their copayments on the list price. Patients with high deductibles or no insurance sometimes pay the full price.
Pregnant Duchess of Sussex starts official Australian tour
SYDNEY (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have started the first day of official engagements on a royal tour of Australia with the public focus on the former Meghan Markle’s newly announced pregnancy.
Meghan wore a tight-fitting cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee that barely revealed a royal bump as they were welcomed at an event Tuesday.
The news of the pregnancy was announced after Prince Harry and the American former actress arrived in Sydney 15 hours before their first public function.
Among those taken by surprise were their Sydney hosts Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Lynne Cosgrove.
The governor general, who represents Queen Elizabeth II, Australia’s head of state, sent staff to buy a toy kangaroo and tiny pair of Australian sheep skin boots for their pregnant guest.
Mega Millions prize up to $654M, 4th largest in US history
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After nearly three months without a winner, the Mega Millions lottery game has climbed to an estimated $654 million jackpot.
Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night’s drawing increases to the fourth-largest in U.S. history , the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don’t improve. They’re stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.
The last time anyone won the jackpot was July 24, when a group from California claimed a $543 million prize.
The estimated $654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by nearly all winners, is $372 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
CENTRAL AMERICA-MIGRANT CARAVAN
Honduran migrant caravan arrives at Guatemala border
OCOTOPEQUE, Honduras (AP) — Hundreds of Honduran migrants have arrived at the Guatemalan border hoping to make it to new lives in the United States, far from the poverty and violence of their home nation.
They came under a broiling sun Monday singing the Honduran national anthem, praying and chanting, “Yes, we can!”
Many are traveling light with just backpacks and bottles of water. Some pushed toddlers in strollers or carried them on their shoulders.
An estimated 1,600-plus people are in the caravan. The migrants insist they will travel through Guatemala and Mexico despite Guatemalan authorities’ insistence that they will not be allowed to pass.
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