CENTRAL AMERICA-MIGRANT CARAVAN-THE LATEST
The Latest: 1st migrants arrive in Huixtla after 8-hour walk
TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — The first waves of Central Americans in a huge migrant caravan have begun arriving in the southern Mexico town of Huixtla after an exhausting eight-hour walk.
The first to arrive are quickly staking out grassy spots in the town square where they will sleep Monday night.
Marlon Anibal Castellanos is a 27-year-old former bus driver from San Pedro Sula in Honduras. He roped a bit of plastic tarp to a tree to shelter his wife, 6-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.
Castellanos says the family walked for six hours until they could go no farther and then paid a passing van 25 pesos ($12) to take them the rest of the way.
He says there are no ambulances if the kids should pass out in the heat and no medical care to speak of in the middle of the countryside.
In his words: “It’s hard to travel with children.”
Trump says he’s reducing Central American aid over migrants
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. will begin “cutting off, or substantially reducing” aid to three Central American nations over a migrant caravan heading to the U.S. southern border.
Trump tweets: “Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.”
The three countries received a combined more than $500 million in funding from the U.S. in fiscal year 2017.
Trump has raised alarm over thousands of migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S., saying, “Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan.”
He adds: “I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy.” White House officials could not immediately provide details.
KUSHNER-SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED
Kushner takes wait-and-see approach to death of Saudi critic
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has a strong relationship with the Saudi crown prince, says White House officials have their “eyes wide open” about the investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee).
The critic of the royal family, who was living in exile in the United States, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month.
Saudi Arabia says he died in a “fistfight.” Turkish officials say The Washington Post columnist was killed by a 15-man Saudi team.
Kushner, a Trump adviser who’s developed ties with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, tells CNN that the U.S. is getting facts from multiple places and will determine what’s credible and what’s not.
AP-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Hurricane Willa now Category 4, still dangerous
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Willa has weakened slightly off Mexico’s Pacific Coast and is now a Category 4 storm, but remains “extremely dangerous” ahead of an expected landfall Tuesday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Willa’s maximum sustained winds are now 155 mph (250 kph). That’s just 1 mph below the threshold for a Category 5 hurricane.
Regardless of category, the storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and rains over parts of west-central and southwestern Mexico.
A hurricane warning is in place for a stretch of coastline from San Blas to the popular resort city of Mazatlan, as well as the offshore Islas Marias, a set of islands that include a nature preserve and a federal prison.
ELECTION 2018-TRUMP-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump ramps up immigration rhetoric in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is ramping up his rhetoric about immigration ahead of the midterm election, casting Democrats of being soft on border security.
At a political rally in Houston, Trump shouted accusations against Democrats, saying without evidence that they were “encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation.”
With just over two weeks left before the midterms, he says, Democrats have “launched an assault” on American sovereignty.
He was in Texas on Monday campaigning for GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who once was an object of Trump’s criticism. The president called him “Lyin’ Ted” when they ran for the White House in 2016, but on Monday, they lauded each other and did some backslapping.
Cruz is running against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
US general visits troops fighting Islamic State in Syria
AL-TANF, Syria (AP) — The top U.S. commander for the Middle East has flown into a key outpost in Southern Syria where troops are fighting remnants of the Islamic State and trying to block Iranian-backed forces from gaining a foothold.
Army Gen. Joseph Votel was making an unannounced visit to the al-Tanf garrison near the borders of Iraq and Jordan. The garrison supports 200-300 U.S. and coalition troops training Syrian opposition forces to fight the Islamic State.
Votel says the coalition has “largely eliminated” the insurgent group’s ability to occupy territory in Syria. But he says the troop presence remains vital to counter growing Iranian activity in the area.
Votel visited the area Monday with journalists from The Associated Press and two other organizations.
CNN’s Acosta calls for Trump to halt media attacks
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta says President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media must stop or there’s a risk someone will get hurt.
Acosta is one of the most visible members of the press corps covering Trump and a target for verbal abuse at the president’s rallies.
He said Monday that Trump has, in Acosta’s words, “normalized and sanitized nastiness and cruelty” in an unprecedented way.
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Acosta and others at a CNN-sponsored conference talked about dealing with the president’s untruths.
Former Watergate sleuth Carl Bernstein said the press has to be more than Trump’s lie-catchers.
WORLD SERIES-THE LATEST
The Latest: Barrett picked as umpire crew chief for Series
BOSTON (AP) — Ted Barrett has been picked as the umpire crew chief for the World Series. This will be the fourth Series assignment for Barret.
Tim Timmons will call balls and strikes for Game 1 Tuesday night between the Red Sox and Dodgers. The rest of the crew includes regular-season crew chiefs Fieldin Culbreth and Jeff Nelson, along with Kerwin Danley, Chad Fairchild and Jim Reynolds.
Culbreth will be the replay official for the first two games, then switch places with Timmons. Umpire Chris Conroy will be the replay assistant.
ROUNDUP WEED KILLER-CANCER
Judge upholds Monsanto verdict, cuts award to $78 million
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California judge has upheld a jury’s verdict finding Monsanto’s weed killer caused a groundskeeper’s cancer, but she slashed his $287 million award to $78 million.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos ruled Monday
A San Francisco jury’s August verdict included $250 million in punitive damages, which the judge said was too high. She reduced the punitive damages to $39 million, matching the jury’s underlying damage award.
Jurors found Monsanto purposely ignored warnings and evidence that its popular Roundup product caused DeWayne Johnson’s lymphoma.
In a tentative ruling on Oct. 11, Bolanos said she was considering wiping out the punitive damage award because there appeared to be no evidence presented at trial that Monsanto employees ignored evidence that the weed killer caused cancer.
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