CENTRAL AMERICA-MIGRANT CARAVAN-THE LATEST
The Latest: Analyst says aid cut for CentAm could backfire
HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — An analyst with Moody’s Analytics says that if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on cutting or reducing aid to Central America, it could backfire by worsening poverty and violence that are root causes of migration.
Alfredo Coutino writes in a report Tuesday that slashing funding for employment, health care, education and security “will have an important consequence on vulnerable people.”
Coutino says any increase in insecurity and reduction in well-being would provide “additional incentive” for people to leave, “potentially aggravating the migration of Central Americans” northward.
The analyst’s conclusion: “President Trump might get the opposite result of what he thought would be by punishing the Central American governments.”
Trump tweeted Monday: “We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to” Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
It is Congress, not the president, that appropriates aid money. The White House would have to notify Congress if it wanted to cut or reallocate aid, which could delay or complicate the process.
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The Latest: Trump calls Khashoggi killing a ‘total fiasco’
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump says he will be briefed Wednesday afternoon by U.S. officials looking into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi Arabian agents.
After tomorrow, Trump says, “We’ll know pretty much everything there is to know.”
He calls the killing of Khashoggi “a total fiasco” and says Saudi Arabia never should have thought about killing the dissident Washington Post contributor.
Trump says, “Once they thought about it, everything else they did was bad too.”
Trump is repeating the denials by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he knew of the plot before it was carried out.
Numbers drawn for record $1.6B Mega Millions jackpot
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The winning numbers have been drawn for the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, but it isn’t immediately clear if there’s a winner .
The numbers drawn in Tuesday night’s drawing are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5.
The estimated jackpot is the largest lottery prize ever . The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.
If no tickets match the Tuesday numbers, lottery officials say the jackpot is expected to grow to an estimated $2 billion for Friday’s drawing.
It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is a dismal 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave
NEW YORK (AP) — No longer is the question about the size of the Democratic wave this fall. It’s about whether there will be any wave at all.
In the fight for Senate control, top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats’ narrow path to the majority has essentially disappeared. It’s a casualty of surging Republican enthusiasm across GOP strongholds in the midterm season’s closing days.
At the same time, leading Democrats fear that the battle for the House majority will be decided by just a handful of seats.
The trend may be troubling for Democrats, but the evolving political landscape remains unsettled two weeks before Election Day, even with millions of votes already cast across 20 states.
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The Latest: Category 3 Willa hits Mexico’s Sinaloa coast
MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Forecasters say Category 3 Hurricane Willa has made landfall on Mexico’s coast near the town of Isla del Bosque in the state of Sinaloa.
There have been no immediate reports on damage.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Willa’s maximum winds were 120 mph (195 kph) when it hit the coast about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Mazatlan.
It’s heading to the north-northeast at 10 mph (17kph).
Mexican emergency officials say they evacuated more than 4,250 people in towns along the Pacific coast before the storm arrived.
LOTTERY JACKPOT-OFFICE POOLS
Lottery office pools increase odds – and possibly headaches
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the record Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion, it may seem like perfect sense to pool money with co-workers to increase the chance at a big lottery payday.
Lawyers and lottery officials caution, however, that people buying tickets for Tuesday’s massive jackpot should make sure to draw up agreements before winning a giant prize to avoid problems and even lawsuits.
New Jersey lawyer Rubin Sinins sued a man after a dispute over a $38.5 million jackpot that ended with a jury finding the man’s co-workers should get part of the prize.
If there is no winner Tuesday night, lottery officials said the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing would jump to $2 billion.
The odds of winning the jackpot is 1 in 302.5 million.
CHILD DEATHS-VIRAL OUTBREAK
6 kids dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center
HASKELL, N.J. (AP) — A severe viral outbreak at a rehabilitation center in New Jersey has left six children dead and 12 others sick.
The state Health Department on Tuesday confirmed the 18 cases of adenovirus at the Wanaque (WAHN’-uh-kyoo) Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of New York City. The facility has been told it can’t admit new patients until the outbreak ends.
Adenoviruses usually cause mild illnesses. But officials say this outbreak is particularly severe because it’s affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems. They also note this strain has been associated with disease in communal living facilities.
The center’s administrator says it is fully cooperating with county, state and federal agencies and has sought out their medical guidance.
US health chief says overdose deaths leveling off
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health secretary Alex Azar says the number of drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic.
Azar cautioned in a speech Tuesday it’s too early to declare victory.
However, he said that toward the end of last year and through the beginning of this year, the number of deaths “has begun to plateau.”
About 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, according to preliminary numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer— a 10 percent increase from 2016.
But provisional counts posted online by CDC show a slight leveling began toward the end of 2017.
Confronting the opioid epidemic has been the rare issue uniting Republicans and Democrats in a politically divided nation.
Police try to prevent retaliation after Chicago rapper shot
CHICAGO (AP) — Police are taking steps to stave off retaliatory attacks after a Chicago rapper known for taunting rivals on social media was shot in the head in a shootout during a funeral for another area rapper killed earlier in October.
A Chicago Police Department spokesman said Tuesday police are monitoring threats of retaliation posted on social media sites after 21-year-old rapper Marvel “FBG Wooski” Williams was shot. He also said officers also planned to hold community meetings to ease tension.
Five others were injured in the Monday afternoon shooting on the South Side, though none as seriously as Williams. He was in critical condition Monday going into surgery. But his condition was later upgraded to stable but serious.
Williams was a friend of the rapper whose funeral was being held in a church next to where the shooting occurred.
The Latest: O’Connor says she likely has Alzheimer’s
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts says he is “saddened to learn” that Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, has the beginning stages of dementia.
Roberts said in a statement Tuesday that although O’Connor has announced she is withdrawing from public life, “no illness or condition can take away the inspiration she provides for those who will follow the many paths she has blazed.”
O’Connor said in a letter Tuesday that she has the beginning stages of dementia, “probably Alzheimer’s disease.” The 88-year-old took her seat on the Supreme Court in 1981 and retired in 2006.
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