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Clinton Server Email At Heart Of 'Quid Pro Quo' Controversy Contained Benghazi Intel
The email at the heart of a "quid pro quo" controversy involving a senior State Department executive and the FBI contained intelligence about suspects in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, two government sources told Fox News. Heavily redacted FBI interview summaries, known as 302s, state that Patrick Kennedy, a top lieutenant to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state, wanted to deep-six the email – which was one of two on her personal server that kick-started the FBI investigation into the mishandling of classified information on her unsecured system. Fox News

General's Guilty Plea In Leak Probe Fuels Double-Standard Claims By Clinton Critics
The Justice Department is facing new allegations of a double-standard in the wake of a retired four-star general pleading guilty to misleading FBI investigators in a leak probe -- after the bureau opted not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton over her email controversy. The cases are not related, though both pertain to the handling of classified information. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump invoked the plea entered by retired Gen. James Cartwright during Wednesday night's debate to suggest Clinton enjoyed different treatment. “We have a great general, four-star general, today you read it in all of the papers, going to potentially serve five years in jail for lying to the FBI. One lie. She's lied hundreds of times to the people, to Congress, and to the FBI. He's going to probably go to jail. This is a four-star general,” Trump said.  Fox News

Trump And Clinton Neck-And-Neck In Ohio
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in the battleground state of Ohio, according to a Suffolk University poll released Thursday. The Suffolk University poll is the second survey published this week that shows the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees both pulling support from 45% of likely voters in the Buckeye State. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson received 2% support and the Green Party's Jill Stein, 1%. This latest survey was conducted from October 17-19, so it does not reflect either Trump or Clinton's performance in last night's debate. CNN

First New US Nuclear Reactor In 20 Years Goes Live
The Tennessee Valley Authority is celebrating an event 43 years in the making: the completion of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. In 1973, the TVA, one of the nation's largest public power providers, began building two reactors that combined promised to generate enough power to light up 1.3 million homes. The first reactor, delayed by design flaws, eventually went live in 1996. Now, after billions of dollars in budget overruns, the second reactor has finally started sending power to homes and businesses. Standing in front of both reactors Wednesday, TVA President Bill Johnson said Watts Bar 2, the first US reactor to enter commercial operation in 20 years, would offer clean, cheap and reliable energy to residents of several southern states for at least another generation. CNS


Trump: ‘I Will Totally Accept The Results’ Of This Election - ‘If I Win’
During a campaign stop in Delaware, Ohio, on Thursday, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said he will “totally accept” the results of the presidential election if he wins. “I want to make a major announcement today. I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election - if I win,” Trump said. As reported, during the last presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election, saying, “I will look at it at the time.” Trump said "millions of people" who are registered to vote should not be voting at all, by law. CNS News

Wikileaks: Clinton Camp Acknowledged Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Hurt’
An email thread released by Wikileaks shows Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta accepting Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards’ thanks on the day Clinton broke her silence and defended the abortion organization against undercover footage from the Center for Medical Progress, which alleged that the abortion provider was profiting from the sale of unborn baby organs. “Yup,” Podesta replied to Richards. “Took a little convincing. The tapes do hurt.”  Richards emailed Podesta a blank email with the subject line “thanks” after Clinton came to Planned Parenthood’s defense on July 23, 2015, about a week after footage was first released of Planned Parenthood Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually discussing procurement and shipping of unborn baby body parts following an abortion. At one point in the video, Nucatola apparently describes doctors using an ultrasound so they can better preserve certain organs during the abortion procedure. CNS News

U.S. Judge Orders Virginia To Extend Voter Registration Through Friday
A federal judge on Thursday ordered Virginia to reopen its voter registration window and allow residents to continue to sign up through midnight Friday, after its online registration portal was unavailable to many users earlier this week. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton's order came in response to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by the activist New Virginia Education Fund, which complained that the state's online voter registration portal had worked erratically in the days leading up to the state's initial Monday deadline to register. The lawsuit argued that the problems risked illegally denying thousands of people the right to vote in the Nov. 8 election. Reuters

Congressional Race In Virginia Shows Trump Drag On Republicans
Barbara Comstock is trying to untether herself from Donald Trump in her re-election bid for the U.S. Congress, but the Virginia Republican's struggles show how difficult that can be. Comstock represents a wealthy House of Representatives district in northern Virginia where Trump has become a burden, one that her opponent is wrapping around Comstock's neck. In local campaign ads, Democratic challenger LuAnn Bennett takes every opportunity to tie Comstock to the New York real estate developer and Republican presidential nominee. The strategy may be working. The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan election tipsheet, moved the Comstock-Bennett race from “lean Republican” to “toss up” on Wednesday, citing Trump’s unpopularity in much of the district. Reuters


President Floats Obamacare Fixes And Offers To Let GOP Rename It
President Obama on Thursday proposed a new round of tax credits and a government-run insurance plan for his healthcare reform program, fixes he said would correct jumps in some insurance premiums and the lackluster recruitment of young, healthy people. Obama delivered his message in Florida, singling out Gov. Rick Scott for his refusal to participate in Obamacare's offer to expand Medicaid coverage for poor people. If he and the governors of 18 other states took part, four million more people would be able to afford insurance, Obama said. MSNBC

Sotomayor On Scalia: 'If I Had A Baseball Bat, I Might Have Used It'
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia still weighs heavily on the high court, even if she remembers sometimes wanting to hit him with a baseball bat. "We sparred and we laughed together but so does everybody on the court," Sotomayor told the audience at the University of Minnesota. "We get angry with each other. There are moments when you want to take one of them and shake them." That feeling of frustration was particularly acute, she said, when working with the late Scalia, one of the most conservative and outspoken justices on bench. MSNBC

Hillary Clinton: ‘I Know Nothing’ About Democratic Dirty Tricks Exposed In Videos
Democrat Hillary Clinton pleaded ignorance Wednesday when asked about undercover videos linking her campaign to Democratic dirty tricks before shutting down a press confab shortly after the final presidential debate. “I know nothing about this. I can’t deal with every one of his conspiracy theories,” said Mrs. Clinton at a post-debate press conference on her campaign plane, referring to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. She then cut off questions in footage posted by MSNBC, saying, “But I hope you all have something to eat and something to drink on the way back to New York. Thank you!” Washington Times

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Obama Attacks Rubio, Trump At Florida rally
President Obama attacked Republican Sen. Marco Rubio almost as often as he blistered Donald Trump Thursday at a campaign stop in Florida, accusing the lawmaker of supporting the presidential nominee only to save his own job. At a rally for Hillary Clinton near Miami, Mr. Obama reminded the audience of more than 2,000 that during the GOP presidential primary, Mr. Rubio said Mr. Trump was too “erratic” to be entrusted with the nation’s nuclear missile codes. “He also called Donald Trump a ‘dangerous con artist who has spent a career sticking it to working people,’” Mr. Obama said. “That begs the question, since we’re in Florida — why does Marco Rubio still plan to vote for Donald Trump? There has to be a point where you stand for something more than just party, or for more than just your own career. Marco seems to just care about hanging on to his job.” Washingotn Times

Snakebites Are On The Rise, And These States Are The Riskiest
More than 1,300 U.S. kids suffer snakebites each year on average, with one in four attacks occurring in Florida and Texas, a new study reveals. All 50 states and Washington, D.C., reported snakebites to children between 2000 and 2013. And about one-fifth of these bites required admission to an intensive care unit, researchers found. “Any venomous snake can be dangerous with neurotoxic complications and problems with blood clotting,” said study lead author Dr. Joann Schulte, a medical epidemiologist. CBS

Trump: Clinton Has "No Idea" If Russia Behind Email Hack -- So Who's Right?
For the third debate in a row, Donald Trump expressed doubt that Russia was behind recent hacks of Democratic groups, putting him at odds not just with Hillary Clinton, but with the entire U.S. intelligence community. “She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else,” Trump said at the final presidential debate held in Las Vegas Wednesday night. “Hillary, you have no idea.” “Do you doubt 17 military and civilian agencies,” Clinton fired back. “And our country has no idea,” Trump said. “Yeah, I doubt it, I doubt it.” In this case, Clinton had it right. Two weeks ago, the U.S. intelligence community announced it is “confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of e-mails.” CBS


What Happens If Donald Trump Doesn't Concede The Election?
Despite repeated claims of a “rigged” election, Republican candidate Donald Trump still managed to surprise voters during Wednesday night’s final presidential debate by suggesting that he would not accept the results of November’s contest. “What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time,” Trump told moderator Chris Wallace. “I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?” Trump’s refusal to accept the election outcome would be unprecedented and a renunciation of a tradition with a deep history in the United States’ democratic process. Speaking at a campaign rally today in Ohio, he reiterated his stance. ABC

Presidential Candidates' Proposed Solutions Differ On America's Opioid Epidemic
With 78 people dying each day in the U.S. from an opioid overdose, the epidemic is a critical concern for many communities and law enforcement and public health agencies. But the nation's opioid crisis has barely been mentioned in the presidential race. In yesterday's presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump brought the issue up briefly, apparently as a means to criticize Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's position on border control. "I was up in New Hampshire the other day," Trump said in the debate. "The biggest complaint they have with all of the problems going on in the world, their single biggest problem is heroin, that pours across our southern border, just pouring, and destroying their youth. It is poisoning the blood of their youth and plenty of other people. We have to have strong borders, we have to keep the drugs out of our country." ABC

The World’s Biggest Oil Kingdom Reverses Course
Next year will be a test of strength for Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, as it tries to regain control of the market and lift prices. After two years of pumping at full blast, and helping drive prices to 12-year lows in January, the Saudis now appear willing to pull back. In September, at a meeting in Algiers, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to the outlines of a plan to lower the group’s production by as much as 750,000 barrels a day. Although the details won’t be final until the cartel’s Nov. 30 meeting in Vienna, the Saudis are expected to make most of those supply cuts. Bloomberg

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It's Better To Buy Than To Rent, And It Probably Always Will Be
Is it better to buy or rent your home? This is a somewhat silly personal finance trope that assumes a reader is a) living under a bridge and b) has a suitcase full of enough cash to afford a down payment. The reality is that most homeowners start out as renters, and the decision to buy is more likely to be driven by personal circumstances1 than by the relative value of rental and for-sale housing. But relative value is fun, and the comparison makes a useful point about the advantages to home ownership baked into the U.S. tax code. Here, courtesy of a new report from Trulia, is a chart that shows whether it’s better to buy or rent in each of the 100 largest U.S. metros: Bloomberg

Two Las Vegas Marijuana Dispensaries Ranked Among The Best
Two Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensaries have been ranked among the top 25 dispensaries in the United States by a national publication. Essence Vegas and The Grove were ranked 22nd and 25th, respectively, by Business Insider in a Sept. 20 list of the top marijuana dispensaries selling either recreational or medicinal marijuana. The rankings evaluated more than 500 marijuana facilities across 25 states and the District of Columbia. The list cited Essence’s on-site nurse and quality service as reasons for giving the Las Vegas Boulevard dispensary its top ranking among Silver State dispensaries, while The Grove on Swenson Street earned high marks for offering a signature dispensary joint rolled in gold-plated paper. Las Vegas Sun

Hyundai Recalls Midsize Cars; Sunroofs Can Fly Into Traffic
Hyundai is recalling nearly 63,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the panoramic glass sunroofs can come loose and fly into traffic. The recall covers certain Sonata midsize cars from the 2015 and 2016 model years, including gas-electric hybrids. The South Korean automaker says in government documents that a wind deflector anchor plate in front of the sunroof wasn't bonded properly to the car. A loose deflector can detach and interfere with the roof as it closes. If the owner tries to force the roof closed, it can fly off. The company says it has no reports of accidents or injuries due to the problem. But Hyundai had several reports of detached sunroofs in the U.S. Las Vegas Sun

Obama: Republicans Apparently Fine With 'Bromance' Between Trump, Putin
President Barack Obama on Thursday told a crowd of supporters that the Republican party, thanks to controversial nominee Donald Trump, are now comfortable "having a bromance" with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president fired up the crowd in Miami, where he campaigned for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Obama picked up on a theme Clinton began during Wednesday's debate, criticizing Trump for "kissing up" to the Russians and accepting their help hacking Democratic organizations and Clinton's campaign chairman to try to sway the election. UPI

John Podesta's Gmail Was Hacked By Russians, Security Researchers Say
 John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, had his email hacked by Russian operatives, security researchers confirmed Thursday. Podesta's Gmail account was hacked using a fake login page with a URL associated with the hacker persona Fancy Bear, which has been tied to Russian interests. The connection was first reported by Motherboard. Politico reported it had also confirmed with a cybersecurity firm the connection between Podesta's hacked account and Fancy Bear. U.S. intelligence officials have said Fancy Bear was behind the months-long effort to hack the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic groups. UPI

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Clinton More Reliable For Israel Than Trump– And Obama, Lieberman Says
Hillary Clinton dispatched to Florida one of her most effective surrogates to Jewish voters on Thursday, hoping to shore up support within a community that has repeatedly proven crucial to Democratic victories there. A political independent who leans heavily to the left, socially liberal and muscular on foreign policy, former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman tracks closely with the Democratic presidential nominee on a host of issues– and with many Jewish Floridians still on the fence just seventeen days before the general election. Jerusalem Post

Mosul: Islamic State Is 'A Brutal Opponent', Says US General
The so-called Islamic State (IS) group is "a brutal opponent" in the fight for Mosul, the head of coalition forces for Iraq and Syria has told the BBC. US Lt Gen Stephen Townsend was speaking on the sidelines of the battle to retake the Iraqi city from the jihadist group. Gen Townsend also said IS was "adaptable, creative and cunning".
Iraqi forces on Thursday said they had re-captured the town of Bartella, less than 15km (10 miles) east of Mosul. The predominantly Christian town had seen fierce IS resistance, with reports of several suicide car bombs by militants in response to the special forces' advance. BBC

Yemen Conflict: Rebels Accused Of Violating Ceasefire
The Saudi-led military coalition backing the government in the war in Yemen has accused Houthi rebels of repeatedly violating a ceasefire. A statement said the rebels had breached it more than 40 times along the border with Saudi Arabia. The UN-brokered truce, meant to last three days, began on Wednesday just before midnight. Rebels, meanwhile, said an air strike on their territory had killed three civilians. The UN had hoped that the truce might be extended and lead to renewed peace talks. BBC

A Possible Ninth Planet May Be The Reason For A Tilt In Our Solar System
Astronomers presented new research on the possibility of a gigantic, unseen planet beyond Neptune on Wednesday, saying the hypothetical world may have set the solar system at a tilt. Researchers first suggested a massive ninth planet in January, saying that although this putative world would be about 10 times the size of Earth, it could have escaped a telescope’s notice because of its extreme distance from the sun. One year on this planet, according to their calculations, would last 17,000 years on Earth, and it would travel as far away as 93bn miles from the sun, where it would take light a week to arrive. On Wednesday, astronomers at the California Institute of Technology presented their new evidence in Pasadena, California, at the annual meeting of planetary scientists of the American Astronomical Society. Guardian

Donald Trump's National Political Director 'Steps Back' From Campaign
Donald Trump’s national political director is “stepping back” from the campaign, according to Politico, citing three sources who say that Jim Murphy is no longer “playing an active role in the campaign.” “I have not resigned but for personal reasons have had to take a step back from the campaign,” Murphy said in a statement to Politico. Murphy’s job, setting up the campaign’s widely maligned field operations, reaches a crucial point in the waning days of the campaign, with many major states no longer registering voters. Trump’s infrastructure has been seen as far outpaced by that of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and the campaign expected to rely largely on the Republican National Committee to lead efforts like voter registration, canvassing and phone banking. Guardian

US Election: Donald Trump Has Become Increasingly Angry Over The Course Of The Debates, Analysis Shows
Donald Trump heightened his rhetoric again during last night’s third and final US Presidential debate to the point where more than one in four of the emotive words he uttered denoted anger. His speeches also became more likely to evoke feelings of fear and disgust during his encounters with Hillary Clinton, according to an analysis by The Telegraph. In the final Presidential debate in Nevada Mr Trump upped the stakes again, refusing to say whether he'd accept the result of the election if he loses and calling Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman". Telegraph

Protecting People And Planet From ‘Invisible Killer’ Is Focus Of UN Health Campaign To Tackle Air Pollution
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Coalition for Climate and Clean Air (CCAC) and the Government of Norway has launched a global awareness campaign on the dangers of air pollution – especially ‘invisible killers’ such as black carbon, ground-level ozone and methane – for the health of individuals and the planet. Titled BreatheLife: Clean air. A healthy future, the campaign aims to mobilize cities and their inhabitants on issues of health and protecting the planet from the effects of air pollution. Moreover, By WHO and CCAC joining forces, ‘BreatheLife’ brings together expertise and partners that can tackle both the climate and health impacts of air pollution. UN News

UN Chief Calls On General Assembly To 'Fulfil Moral Duty' To Assist Storm-Ravaged Haiti
Briefing the United Nations General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in Haiti following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the urgency of additional resources to help respond to the dire needs on the island. “People who before had little, now have nothing. No homes. No crops. No livestock and no livelihoods,” Mr. Ban told an informal meeting of the General Assembly today. “Access to the hardest hit areas is difficult. People are in desperate need of food, water and shelter,” he added, recalling his visit to Les Cayes, one of the most-affected areas, along with Jérémie, in the south-west of the country, where the hurricane made landfallon 4 October. UN News

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