TRUMP-SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump asks for journalist video ‘if it exists’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is asking Turkey for audio and video relating to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “if it exists.”
The president on Wednesday called Saudi Arabia an important ally, noting it is an important customer for U.S. military exports.
Turkish officials have said Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudis’ Istanbul consulate, which Saudi officials have denied.
U.S. officials say they are taking Khashoggi’s disappearance seriously, but Trump says he has not sent the FBI, stressing that he was not “American citizen.”
In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Trump warned against a rush to judgment, comparing condemnation of Saudi Arabia to the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
CANADA-MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-THE LATEST
The Latest: Pot activist complains about new Canada law
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A long-time cannabis advocate says the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada is a remarkable step forward, but many flaws remain in the law.
Dana Larsen is the founding member of the Marijuana Party of Canada and the BC Marijuana Party. He says it’s not the end of cannabis activists in Canada.
Larsen says both Quebec and Manitoba ban home cultivation of cannabis. In British Columbia, people can face a $5,000 fine and a possible three months in jail if the four pot plants they are allowed to grow can be seen from the street.
He also says some condominiums that previously allowed tobacco are now banning all smoking just to avoid cannabis use in the building.
HURRICANE MICHAEL-THE LATEST
The Latest: Residents return to devastated Mexico Beach
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach are returning home for the first time since Hurricane Michael to see homes devastated by wind and water and pieces of their lives scattered across the Florida sand.
Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably Wednesday after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband Taylor. She was particularly distraught over the loss of a black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer.
Husband Taylor Register found little but a stool and a keepsake rock that was given to him by a friend 40 years ago.
Residents who rode out the storm at home have been in Mexico Beach since Michael hit, but authorities told others to stay away for a week after the storm.
CALIFORNIA AT A CROSSROADS-CHANGING ORANGE COUNTY
Changing Orange County, California, gives Democrats hope
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — For decades, Orange County, California, was known as a Republican stronghold, but times have changed.
Korean barbecue shops and Mexican bakeries along busy thoroughfares speak to a more diverse population and shifting politics.
Democrats this year hope to capture as many as four Republican-held U.S. House districts in the county, after Hillary Clinton carried them in the 2016 presidential election.
Losing any one of them would be a blow for Republicans, who consider the county conservative holy ground.
A sign of the change is in the 39th District, where long-serving Republican Rep. Ed Royce is retiring.
Royce is white. But the contest to succeed him matches Gil Cisneros, a Hispanic Democrat, against Young Kim, a Republican who is a Korean immigrant.
The Latest: Mexico says no special treatment for caravan
CHIQUIMULA, Guatemala (AP) — Mexico’s government says people in a caravan of Honduran migrants headed for the U.S. will be treated the same as anyone else entering the country: That means those with proper documents can enter and those who don’t either have to apply for refugee status or face deportation.
In a joint statement Wednesday, Mexico’s Foreign Relations and Interior Departments said that anyone in the caravan with travel documents and a proper visa will be allowed to enter, and anyone who wants to apply for refugee status can do so.
But the statement said all cases must be processed individually, suggesting that authorities have no intention of letting the migrants simply cross the border en masse without going through standard immigration procedures.
It warned that anyone who enters Mexico in an “irregular manner” faces detention and deportation.
Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction
Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” at a Sotheby’s auction in London was supposed to have been complete.
Instead, the canvas was only partially shredded after the hammer came down on a winning bid of $1.4 million, to the shock of the crowd. The auction house says the winning bidder decided to buy it anyway at that price.
Much has been made about whether the famously anonymous artist had intended to keep at least part of the canvas intact. That raised speculation that the stunt would only increase the painting’s value.
In the video posted Wednesday, Banksy shows himself constructing the shredding mechanism inside a frame. At the end, the video notes: “In rehearsals it worked every time…”
This story has been corrected to say the video was posted Wednesday.
BB GUN-LESSON LEARNED
Police officer gives ‘life lesson’ to boys for having BB gun
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a “lesson was learned” when an officer responding to a report of two young black males flashing a gun discovered one of the youngsters had a BB gun.
It happened Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Body cam video shows Officer Peter Casuccio telling the youngsters, ages 11 and 13, “this is getting kids killed all over the country.” After taking the gun from the 11-year-old, Casuccio says “that thing looks real, bro.”
The boys apologized.
He asked the boys if they think he wants to shoot them. The officer says, “I pride myself on being a pretty bad hombre cause I got to be. Don’t make me.”
Casuccio told the 11-year-old’s mom what had happened. She told her son, “He could have shot you for that.”
BC-SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Washington Post publishes new Khashoggi column
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Washington Post has published a new column by Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East “have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.”
The Post published the column Wednesday, more than two weeks after Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say he was killed by Saudi agents. The Saudi government has denied it.
Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah says she received the column from Khashoggi’s assistant a day after he was reported missing.
Khashoggi writes that actions like imprisoning journalists and seizing control of newspapers “no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community.” He says, “Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation followed by silence.”
President Donald Trump has suggested that the global community has jumped to conclusions that Saudi Arabia is behind Khashoggi’s disappearance.
NEVADA BROTHEL OWNER
Nevada’s famous pimp expected to win election despite death
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s most famous pimp appears poised to win an election to the state Legislature in three weeks, even though he is dead.
Dennis Hof tried to bring the legal brothel industry into the mainstream by mingling with celebrities, showcasing his business on HBO and staging outlandish publicity stunts. His fame made him an attention-grabbing figure in an otherwise quiet industry.
It’s too late to remove his name from the ballot in the heavily Republican district, which includes wide stretches of desert where nuclear bombs were once tested. The ballots have already been printed and mailed.
Hof starred in the HBO reality series “Cathouse” and marketed himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican. His body was found after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday. No foul play is suspected.
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