EXPLOSIVE DEVICES-THE LATEST
The Latest: 2 suspicious packages addressed to Rep. Waters
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is confirming that two additional suspicious packages, addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters, have been intercepted that are similar in appearance to five others that were received.
The FBI updated its tally in a tweet Wednesday night.
It came as federal authorities said a package addressed to Waters with similar markings and characteristics to the other devices was intercepted at a Los Angeles mail facility.
Earlier in the day, Waters said her Washington office was the target of a suspicious package, though it wasn’t immediately clear if that was related to the others.
Authorities say pipe bombs addressed to Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, former CIA director John Brennan and former Attorney General Eric Holder have also been intercepted in recent days.
ELECTION 2018-TRUMP-THE LATEST
The Latest: Trump skips some usual lines of attack at rally
MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump has skipped some of his usual attack lines at a campaign rally in Wisconsin.
Trump certainly wasn’t tame as he addressed thousands at an airport hangar on Wednesday while law enforcement officials nationwide scrambled to find those responsible for a series of attempting bombings targeting current and former Democratic officials and CNN.
But Trump skipped his usual attack on what he calls the “fake news” media for not showing enough of his crowds.
And he declined to go after his potential 2020 rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump sometimes likes to talk about how he would beat Biden in a fistfight.
Trump also refrained from mentioning his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, two of his most frequent punching bags. Both women were both targeted by suspicious packages.
BC-FINANCIAL MARKETS-MARKETS RIGHT NOW
Markets Right Now: Asian shares fall after rout on Wall St
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares have fallen moderately in Asia after the latest torrent of selling on Wall Street.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index sank sharply on the open Thursday but leveled off, regaining some lost ground. By mid-morning it was down 2.9 percent at 21,443.72. The Shanghai Composite index slipped 1.6 percent to 2,561.36 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index skidded 1.8 percent to 24,785.68.
Charts for the entire region were awash with the red that indicates losses, but the declines were mostly in the 2 percent to 3 percent range.
Who won the lottery? Why some states allow winners secrecy
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Like the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s body, the identity of the winner of one of the second-biggest lottery in American history may remain hidden forever. That’s because of where the person bought the ticket.
South Carolina is one of a handful of states that play Mega Millions and allow winners to be anonymous. Lawmakers say anonymity can protect winners from being targeted by criminals and unscrupulous people coming out of the woodwork asking for money.
Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas all allow anonymity to Mega Millions winners.
In Arizona, people who win more than $600 can keep their names secret for 90 days after claiming prizes, but after that names are public record. In Michigan, winners are anonymous unless they win Mega Millions or Powerball prizes.
BC-SAUDI ARABIA-WRITER KILLED-THE LATEST
The Latest: Turkish media say Saudi vehicle scouted forest
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Turkish media have published a security camera image allegedly showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate “scouting” a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The image obtained by state television TRT and other media on Wednesday shows a black car with a diplomatic license plate at an entrance to Belgrade Forest.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that Consulate officials had made “reconnaissance” trips to the forest as well as the city of Yalova a day before Khashoggi was killed, while Turkish officials have told the AP that investigators were looking into the possibility that the journalist’s remains may have been disposed at those two locations.
The photo was the latest in a string of images leaked by security officials to media organizations, in an apparent effort to exert pressure on Saudi officials.
PACIFIC SUPER TYPHOON-THE LATEST
The Latest: Yutu strongest storm to hit US this year
HONOLULU (AP) — Super Typhoon Yutu is crossing over the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands producing damaging winds, flooding and high surf.
The National Weather Service says maximum sustained winds of 180 mph (290 kph) were recorded around the eye of the storm, which passed over Tinian and Saipan early Thursday local time.
Forecasters say waves of 25 to 40 feet (6 to 12 meters) are expected around the eye of the storm and flooding is likely.
A typhoon warning is in effect for Saipan, Tinian and Rota and a tropical storm warning is in place for Guam and other southern islands.
A super typhoon would be the equivalent of a category 4 or 5 hurricane.
The Northern Marianas are about 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Hawaii.
WORLD SERIES-THE LATEST
The Latest: Kimbrel comes in as Red Sox seek 2-0 Series lead
BOSTON (AP) — Closer Craig Kimbrel is coming in to pitch the ninth inning as the Red Sox try to preserve a 4-2 lead.
Starter David Price and the Boston bullpen have throttled the Dodgers, and the Red Sox are nearing a 2-0 lead in the World Series.
WHITE SUPREMACISTS-ARRESTS-THE LATEST
The Latest: White supremacist denied bail in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say the leader of a Southern California white supremacist group has been ordered to remain jailed until his trial on charges of inciting to riot last year in Charlottesville, Virginia.
U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek says Rise Above Movement leader Robert Rundo was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport. Rundo appeared in federal court Wednesday, where a judge denied bail.
Mrozek says two other members of the group, Robert Boman and Tyler Laube, were arrested Wednesday morning and a fourth, Aaron Eason, remains at large. Attorney information for the men could not be found.
A federal complaint alleges they took actions with the “intent to incite, organize, promote, encourage, participate in, or carry on riots” last year in Charlottesville and in the California cities of Huntington Beach, Berkeley and San Bernardino.
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHOOTING-THE LATEST
The Latest: Vigil held for slain Utah student-athlete
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of University of Utah students lined up to leave flowers and candles under a picture of slain student-athlete Lauren McCluskey.
The 21-year-old McCluskey was a member of the school’s track team, and many of her teammates wiped away tears during Wednesday evening’s vigil on the steps of the Park Building on campus.
School officials announced that a winged foot logo has been created to honor her memory.
The Utes football team will wear the logo as a helmet decal in Friday night’s game at UCLA, and the soccer team will wear wristbands with a heart logo that includes McCluskey’s initials in Thursday night’s home game versus UCLA.
Utah’s cross country team will wear black uniforms and a patch of the heart logo at Friday’s Pac-12 Cross Country Championships at Stanford.
Authorities say McCluskey was fatally shot Monday night on campus by a man she briefly dated.
BC-TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST
The Latest: Willa weakens to tropical depression
MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Once-mighty Hurricane Willa has weakened into a tropical depression as it moves rapidly over west-central Mexico.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) early Wednesday and was centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east-northeast of Durango while moving briskly to the northeast at 25 mph (41 kph).
Forecasters said it can still bring 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain to areas along its path in northern Mexico.
Once a Category 5 hurricane in the Pacific, Willa was at Category 3 force when it hit the coast of Sinaloa state Tuesday evening.
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