October 17th, 2017

World News

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

By Darlene Superville And Matthew Daly, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports that he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Marino “has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar,” Trump ... Read More »

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Woman who runs over toddler dragged from SUV, beaten

By The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

DEERFIELD, Fla. – Authorities say a woman who struck and killed a toddler in Florida was later dragged from her SUV and beaten. A Broward Sheriff’s Office news release says 22-month-old Neallie Junior Saxon III was playing with other children in a Deerfield Beach neighbourhood Sunday afternoon when he chased a ball into the street. ... Read More »

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Trump: Drug czar nominee, Rep. Marino, withdrawing his name

By Darlene Superville And Matthew Daly, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Rep. Tom Marino, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s drug czar, is withdrawing from consideration following reports he played a key role in weakening the federal government’s authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday that the Republican Pennsylvania congressman “has informed me that he is withdrawing ... Read More »

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Syrian commander says Raqqa has been captured from militants

By Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIRUT – U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants Tuesday, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed it to be the capital of its “caliphate.” Although clashes in Raqqa have ended, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are in control, combing the ... Read More »

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Any questions? Trump wants to talk. Again.

By Catherine Lucey And Ken Thomas, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to lose: President Donald Trump wanted to talk. Again. Chaos briefly ensued as the press ... Read More »

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AP News Guide: Instability set to follow IS collapse

By Zeina Karam, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIRUT – The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the militants have now lost their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa and are battling to hang on to relatively ... Read More »

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Cochran’s illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

By Alan Fram, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a partisan agenda through the Senate are running smack into another complication – the sheer age and health issues of some senators. When the office of the ailing Sen. Thad Cochran announced Monday that it was the Mississippi Republican’s “intention to return ... Read More »

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Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires

By Sudhin Thanawala And Terry Chea, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighbourhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional damage. “It’s never going to be the same,” said Rob Brown, a supervisor in Mendocino County, where all 8,000 ... Read More »

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China’s Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

By Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

BEIJING – Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday. From meetings largely cloaked in secrecy, powerful players will emerge publicly in new roles, and Xi will address the nation to lay out his political ... Read More »

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Florida state of emergency declared for white nationalist

By Gary Fineout, The Associated Press on October 17th, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida. The state’s Republican governor warned in an executive order Monday that a “threat of a potential emergency is ... Read More »

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