TRUMP-SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing the mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.…
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Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing the mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump says in an interview with The Associated Press: “Here we go again with you’re guilty until proven innocent.” He is comparing it to allegations of sexual assault leveled against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.
Trump says Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both deny any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi when he entered their country’s consulate in Turkey earlier this month. Khashoggi, a critic of the monarchy, has not been seen since.
Trump says his earlier comments about “rogue killers” potentially being behind Khashoggi’s disappearance were informed by his “feeling” of the conversation with Salman.
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The Latest: Trump names DC lawyer new White House counsel
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s selected Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone to serve as his next White House counsel.
Trump tells The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that Cipollone will replace departing White House counsel Don McGahn as the top West Wing lawyer.
The White House counsel would bear the brunt of congressional subpoenas and investigations should Democrats retake the House of Representatives in next month’s elections.
McGahn announced this summer that he would leave after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.
On Saturday, Trump called the commercial litigator “a great guy” who is “very talented.”
Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace
TORONTO (AP) — Canada has become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.
Sales started just after midnight local time in Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province. Tom Clarke of Portugal Cove, once an illegal marijuana dealer and now a licensed retailer, was among the first to make a sale.
At least 111 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people on Wednesday. Canadians also can order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered by mail.
Hours ahead of legalization taking effect a Canadian government official told The Associated Press anyone convicted for possessing up to 30 grams of weed will be pardoned.
Uruguay was first was the first country to legalize so-called recreational marijuana.
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The Latest: O’Rourke evokes Trump’s ‘Lyin’ Ted’ in debate
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Beto O’Rourke has evoked a nickname Donald Trump bestowed on his then-2016 presidential rival Ted Cruz, “Lyin’ Ted,” as the Democrat went on the offensive repeatedly during a Texas Senate debate in San Antonio.
Early into the action, Cruz criticized O’Rourke for supporting a proposal that explored imposing a tax on oil production. O’Rourke responded: “Senator Cruz is not going to be honest with you” adding “it’s why the president called him Lyin’ Ted and its why the nickname stuck.”
Cruz laughed off the exchange saying it was obvious that O’Rourke needed to attack to try and reverse polls that show him fading.
O’Rourke has shattered fundraising records and attracted national attention, but polls that once showed him staying within striking distance now have Cruz ahead.
The Latest: Trump says Warren being ‘slammed’ over DNA test
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Sen. Elizabeth Warren “is getting slammed” for releasing DNA test results showing she has some Native American ancestry. He says she should apologize.
Trump says Tuesday on Twitter that “she took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American.”
He calls it “phony” and says even the Cherokee Nation denies Warren.
The Massachusetts Democrat and possible 2020 presidential candidate on Monday released DNA test results that genealogists say show she could be anywhere from 1/64th to 1/1024th Native American.
The Cherokee Nation has questioned Warren’s use of a DNA test, saying such exams are useless in determining tribal citizenship.
Trump has long ridiculed Warren’s claim of Native American heritage by calling her “Pocahontas.”
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The Latest: Verizon giving credit to hardest-hit counties
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Telecommunications company Verizon says it is going to give three months of service to customers who reside in some of the Florida counties slammed by Hurricane Michael.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Verizon Wireless Executive Vice President Ronan Dunne said the company would give a three-month credit for every Verizon customer in Bay and Gulf counties.
The two coastal counties were among the hardest hit when Michael roared ashore six days ago.
Verizon’s action comes after Florida officials including Gov. Rick Scott had been critical of the slow pace of cellphone restoration by Verizon. Dunne’s statement says the credit would apply to both consumer and business accounts.
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The Latest: Trump expands aid threat over migrant caravan
ESQUIPULAS, Guatemala (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter again to warn Central American countries they could lose aid if they don’t stop migrants heading to the United States.
Late Tuesday, the president tweeted: “We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!”
Earlier in the day, Trump aimed a tweet warning Honduras about its U.S. aid over a group of 2,000 or so Hondurans who have banded together to move as a caravan in hopes of reaching the U.S.
Trump did not follow through on a similar threat to Honduras in April over an earlier migrant caravan, which eventually petered out in Mexico.
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The Latest: Porn star says he and woman found Hof’s body
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A porn star who attended Dennis Hof’s birthday party says he and a woman found the pimp’s body.
Ron Jeremy says he went to check on Hof on Tuesday after he failed to meet him to travel to a scheduled event.
Authorities say Hof was found unconscious and later pronounced dead in his private residence at his Love Ranch brothel west of Las Vegas.
Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada and previously starred in an HBO series about his business.
His name will remain on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a state Legislative seat. He had held a rally Monday night in Pahrump, about an hour from Las Vegas.
Jeremy described Hof as a “teddy bear,” who was a good friend and “not a great enemy to have.”
Bradley’s slam helps Red Sox beat Astros 8-2 in ALCS
HOUSTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a grand slam, Nathan Eovaldi hushed Houston a day after some social media trash talk and the Boston Red Sox beat the Astros 8-2 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.
Steve Pearce hit a tiebreaking solo homer for Boston off Joe Smith in the sixth inning, a drive that sailed just inside the foul pole in left field for a 3-2 lead.
Bradley’s slam capped a five-run burst in the eighth against Roberto Osuna. The Astros closer got two outs but allowed two singles and plunked consecutive batters to force in a run. Bradley then crushed a 1-1 fastball into the right field seats to send Houston fans streaming toward the exits.
Game 4 is Wednesday night, with Boston’s Rick Porcello opposing Charlie Morton.
With his childhood hero and fellow Alvin, Texas, native Nolan Ryan sitting behind the plate, Eovaldi turned in another solid start. Red-hot slugger Alex Bregman had shared video Monday on Instagram of Houston hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs off Eovaldi in his previous outing against the Astros.
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Mega Millions jackpot now $667M, 3rd largest in US history
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions prize was already giant, but now it’s even bigger.
Lottery officials increased the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night’s drawing from $654 million to $667 million, making it the third-largest grand prize in U.S. history. The increase reflects a surge in ticket sales.
The winning numbers drawn Tuesday were: 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9.
The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.
Although the Mega Millions prize has grown larger, the odds of winning remain the same, at a dismal one in 302.5 million.
The $667 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by nearly all winners, is $380 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.