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Donald Trump campaign ramps up 2020 re-election fundraising

But legal fees stemming from Russia investigation a major cash drain, new disclosure shows

'Really Horrendous.' Truck Bombing Is Now Deadliest Attack in Somalia

The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said Sunday.

Bannon indicates Trump's Obamacare strategy: 'Blow that thing up'
Bannon indicates Trump's Obamacare strategy: 'Blow that thing up'

Steve Bannon speaks at the Value Voters Summit in Washington. A day after Steve Bannon seemed to confirm Donald Trump's intent to deliberately destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying the president was "gonna blow that thing up", a Republican senator who helped dynamite two Republican healthcare bills said Trump was hurting American citizens.

More than just wine country is burning in California
More than just wine country is burning in California

REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence.

The Real Reason China Has Built a Massive Military
The Real Reason China Has Built a Massive Military

One such origin that deserves to be explored is the "historical nightmare" of China's subjugation at the hands of various colonial and Asian powers. In many respects, China is trying to solve a centuries-old problem that never went away: how to defeat in battle military forces that are at least in a symmetrical sense superior to its own and will be for some time to come. If we alter our perspective and take a much longer view of Beijing's own military obsolescence, a strategy that emphasizes anti-access makes tremendous sense.

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk
Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk as Washington scrambled to avert fighting between its allies in the war against the Islamic State group. The Kurds said Saturday that Baghdad had set a deadline for their forces to surrender positions they took during the fightback against the jihadists over the past three years. On Saturday, armoured vehicles bearing the Iraqi national flag were posted on the bank of a river on the southern outskirts of the city of Kirkuk, an AFP photographer reported.

All of the Frightening Ways That Iran Can Strike Back at America
All of the Frightening Ways That Iran Can Strike Back at America

Tehran has lots of ways to punish Trump. Now that Donald Trump has refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal, the ball is in Congress's court. If the Legislative branch decides to reimpose sanctions against Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the nuclear accord is known, is likely (but not definitely) dead.

Clinton attacks Trump
Clinton attacks Trump's handling of Iran, North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton says President Donald Trump's threat to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord is "dangerous," and she suggests her former campaign opponent is undermining the validity of the United States' promises to other nations.

Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar
Former UN chief Annan says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohyingas who have been driven out in an army campaign. Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, said world powers must work with the country's military and civilian leaders to end the refugee crisis. The Security Council is weighing action, possibly a resolution laying out demands, but diplomats have said China, a supporter of Myanmar's former ruling junta, and Russia are opposed to such a measure.

US working to defuse Baghdad-Kurdish tensions in Iraq: Mattis
US working to defuse Baghdad-Kurdish tensions in Iraq: Mattis

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday that Washington is working to reduce tensions between Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces, urging them to remain focused on the war against jihadists. Iraqi forces on Friday retook positions in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk that had been controlled by Kurdish peshmerga fighters since 2014, amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a referendum on independence held last month. Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region gained or solidified control over northern territory including Kirkuk that is claimed by both it and Baghdad after federal forces fled during a devastating IS offensive in June 2014.

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Over Rand Paul's Uneasy Reaction To Donald Trump
'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Over Rand Paul's Uneasy Reaction To Donald Trump

apparent discomfort around President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday did not go unnoticed by people online.

Pope Francis Wants the Catholic Church to Change Doctrine on Death Penalty
Pope Francis Wants the Catholic Church to Change Doctrine on Death Penalty

Pope Francis said the death penalty is "inadmissible" and called for changes to church doctrine to prohibit it, the church's strongest comments yet on the controversial issue.

The Latest: Trudeau thanks allies for hostage rescue
The Latest: Trudeau thanks allies for hostage rescue

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Latest on the release of an American woman, her husband and their three children after being held for years by a group with ties to the Taliban (all times local):

These Volunteer Nurses In Puerto Rico Fear FEMA Is Failing
These Volunteer Nurses In Puerto Rico Fear FEMA Is Failing

Grocery stores are lined with empty shelves, if they're open at all.

Correction: Priest Killed story
Correction: Priest Killed story

ATLANTA (AP) - In a story Oct. 11 about a man accused of killing a priest, The Associated Press incorrectly identified a newspaper Steven Murray spoke to for a July 2016 story. He spoke to The Florida Times-Union.

North Korea looms large as Trump
North Korea looms large as Trump's challenges Iran

As President Donald Trump prepares to decide on certifying the Iran nuclear deal, the White House has come to see a rapidly escalating standoff with North Korea as both a complicating factor and a cautionary tale. By the close of business Friday, Trump is expected to declare that a landmark agreement curbing Iran's nuclear program is no longer in the US interest. During months of debate about regional repercussions from Aden to Kabul, indeed, since the hours after Trump was elected, a gathering storm with North Korea has weighed heavily.

Hillary Clinton Announces Vague Plan To 'Donate' Harvey Weinstein Campaign Money
Hillary Clinton Announces Vague Plan To 'Donate' Harvey Weinstein Campaign Money

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday tore into film producer Harvey Weinstein over the plethora of sexual abuse allegations against him, vaguely suggesting she would give away the money he's contributed to her political campaigns.

US Supreme Court considers bank
US Supreme Court considers bank's liability for attacks

The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case pitting the Arab Bank against victims of militant attacks that were allegedly enabled by the financial institution. At issue is whether the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a law that gives American courts jurisdiction in civil lawsuits filed by foreign nationals over acts violating international law or US treaties, can be applied to the bank, and corporations in general. Some 6,000 plaintiffs who were victims of attacks in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza claim the bank violated international law and by allowing the transfer of money used to fund the violence to accounts held by leaders of Hamas, which the US considers a terrorist group.

Patton Oswalt Highlights The Scary Truth About Donald Trump And Harvey Weinstein
Patton Oswalt Highlights The Scary Truth About Donald Trump And Harvey Weinstein

Patton Oswalt is currently promoting his new Netlfix special, "Annihilation," which tackles, in part, the unrelenting terribleness of the Donald Trump-centric news these days.

Leonardo DiCaprio Breaks His Silence On Harvey Weinstein
Leonardo DiCaprio Breaks His Silence On Harvey Weinstein

Leonardo DiCaprio has broken his silence on the slew of allegations waged against producer Harvey Weinstein.

The One Thing That Could Defeat the U.S. Army
The One Thing That Could Defeat the U.S. Army

Not long ago, it seemed as though the 39th Chief of Staff of the Army, General Mark Milley, was the man to rescue his service from the clutches of its acquisition system. General Milley was appointed at a moment in time that clearly begged for a new approach to acquisition. The prior fifteen years had seen the Army commit serial acquisition malpractice, initiating and then cancelling multiple major acquisition programs for everything from armored fighting vehicles and helicopters to precision munitions and even small arms.

Turkey
Turkey's Erdogan says arrested US consulate staffer is a spy

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday branded a U.S. consulate staffer who was arrested by Turkish authorities a spy and said it was Turkey's rights to take steps against "an internal threat," in the latest swipe in an escalating feud with the United States.

Trump Slams Jemele Hill As The Cause Of 'Tanked' ESPN Ratings
Trump Slams Jemele Hill As The Cause Of 'Tanked' ESPN Ratings

President Donald Trump weighed in on ESPN's decision to suspend anchor Jemele Hill, resorting to one of his favorite jabs about television networks when he's unhappy with their coverage: their ratings.

Taiwan president pledges to defend freedoms despite China pressure
Taiwan president pledges to defend freedoms despite China pressure

By Fabian Hamacher TAIPEI (Reuters) - President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Tuesday to defend Taiwan's freedom and democracy amid growing pressure from giant neighbor China, using a National Day speech to warn that the self-ruled island would not bow to pressure. China considers proudly democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. Relations with Beijing have deteriorated sharply since Tsai, who leads the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office last year, with China suspecting she wants to push for the island's formal independence, a red line for Beijing.

Tuesday's Morning Email: Take A Look At The Wildfires Devastating California Wine Country
Tuesday's Morning Email: Take A Look At The Wildfires Devastating California Wine Country

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California wildfires: 10 killed in 'unprecedented' wine country blaze
California wildfires: 10 killed in 'unprecedented' wine country blaze

Ten people have died in northern California after what officials are describing as an "unprecedented" wild fire that has already destroyed 1,500 structures and devastated large swaths of wine country. Amy Head, the fire captain spokesperson for Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fire protection, confirmed the number of fatalities late on Monday. California's governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency in eight mostly northern counties - Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties.

Trump-Corker spat complicates drive for tax reform in U.S. Senate
Trump-Corker spat complicates drive for tax reform in U.S. Senate

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A public feud between President Donald Trump and influential fellow Republican Bob Corker could narrow the path for a tax overhaul in the U.S. Senate, where a Republican go-it-alone effort is already showing signs of disunity. Days after the Republican-controlled Congress took important steps toward advancing tax legislation, Trump's Twitter attacks on Senator Corker over the weekend threatened to further alienate the president from other key Republicans such as Senator John McCain, whose "No" vote was pivotal in the party's failure to repeal Obamacare in July.

Blue Ivy's Pricey Wardrobe Is Making Headlines Yet Again
Blue Ivy's Pricey Wardrobe Is Making Headlines Yet Again

Five-year-old Blue Ivy Carter recently attended the New Orleans wedding of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's friends, Lawrence Parker and Jessica Clemons.

Missing 15-day-old Georgia baby found dead in woods
Missing 15-day-old Georgia baby found dead in woods

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - The body of a 15-day-old Georgia baby who had been reported missing has been found in woods behind her family's home.

Melania: Ivana 'Self-Serving' With First Lady Comment
Melania: Ivana 'Self-Serving' With First Lady Comment

The nation's first lady shot back at the president's first wife after she called herself the "first lady" Monday.

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6 'Bad' Carbs That Are Actually Good For You

Thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets, some carb-heavy foods have been unfairly blacklisted. But there's no need to be scared of spuds or ban bananas. Watch the video to see which high-carb foods you can enjoy guilt-free!

Washington Man Sentenced to 65 Years in Prison for Fatally Torturing His Girlfriend
Washington Man Sentenced to 65 Years in Prison for Fatally Torturing His Girlfriend's Son with Autism

A Washington man convicted of torturing his girlfriend's son with autisim to death and abusing her younger son was sentenced to 65 years in prison, according to multiple reports

The Latest: Airport footage shows Kim on gurney
The Latest: Airport footage shows Kim on gurney

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Latest on the trial in Malaysia of two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader (all times local):

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services for security reasons
U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services for security reasons

By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. mission in Turkey and subsequently Turkish mission in Washington mutually reduced visa services after a U.S. mission employee was detained in Turkey last week, saying they needed to reassess each other's commitment to the security of their personnel. Last week, a U.S. consulate employee in Istanbul was arrested on charges of links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup, a move condemned by Washington as baseless and damaging to ties between the NATO allies. "Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey to the security of U.S. mission and personnel," the statement by the...

The Latest: Demonstrators disrupt Columbus wreath-laying
The Latest: Demonstrators disrupt Columbus wreath-laying

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on a movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day (all times local):

'Rick and Morty' fans at McDonald's prove that we can't have nice things
'Rick and Morty' fans at McDonald's prove that we can't have nice things

The McDonald's Rick and Morty-inspired Szechuan sauce promotion continues to be an absolute embarrassment for everyone involved.  The fast food giant released a "super-limited" amount of the special edition dipping sauce on Oct. 7, giving Rick and Morty fans an excuse to line up outside their nearest participating McDonalds location for a chance to emulate their favorite mad scientist's quest for the sweetest of the McNugget nectars.  SEE ALSO: Why 'Rick and Morty' is the realest show on TV right now Things didn't quite go according to plan.  Fans immediately took to Twitter to complain of long lines, early Szechuan handouts before the 2:00 p.m. start...

Man Arrested After Living With Bodies of Dead Mother, Brother For A Year: 'I Am Not Some Nut Ball'
Man Arrested After Living With Bodies of Dead Mother, Brother For A Year: 'I Am Not Some Nut Ball'

He said he was traumatized.

Srebrenica
Srebrenica 'hero' Naser Oric awaits war crimes verdict

A Sarajevo court on Monday will deliver a keenly awaited verdict on whether Naser Oric, who is revered by many as a heroic defender of Muslims during Bosnia's bloody war but viewed as a butcher by Serbs, is a war criminal. The handsome 50-year-old was bodyguard to former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and is one of only a few Bosnian Muslim commanders to have faced trial for atrocities committed against Serbs. An old photograph shows a long-haired youth who defended the eastern town of Srebrenica, where some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were eventually massacred by Serb forces, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

Las Vegas gunman's note 'contained calculations to maximise kills and accuracy'
Las Vegas gunman's note 'contained calculations to maximise kills and accuracy'

A note discovered in the hotel room of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock featured hand-written calculations on where he needed to aim to increase his accuracy and number of kills, US network CBS reported on Saturday. The piece of paper was found by police officers who stormed Paddock's room after he launched his attack from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on Sunday night - killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500. In an interview set to air on Sunday, Officer David Newton of the Las Vegas Police Department's K-9 unit, told CBS' "60 Minutes" he noticed Paddock's note "on the nightstand near his shooting platform." "I could see on it he had written the...

Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalist
Danish police find decapitated head of Swedish journalist

Danish police said Saturday that divers had recovered the decapitated head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who vanished in August while interviewing a Danish inventor aboard his homemade submarine. In a grisly case worthy of a Nordic noir thriller, Copenhagen police inspector Jens Moller Jensen told reporters that divers had found bags containing her missing clothes, her head and legs in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital. "Last night our forensic dentist confirmed that it was Kim Wall's head," he said.

North Korea Mocks Trump in Propaganda Leaflets
North Korea Mocks Trump in Propaganda Leaflets

The latest batch of propaganda leaflets is particularly visual.

Erdogan says Turkey will
Erdogan says Turkey will 'soon' close borders with Iraqi Kurdistan

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that Turkey would "soon" close its border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan and airspace after the disputed referendum on independence. Iraqi Kurdish leaders went ahead with the September 25 poll on independence despite fierce objections from neighbouring countries including Iran and Turkey. "Air space will be closed ... the border will also be shut soon," Erdogan said in a televised speech.

Exclusive: European envoys take fight for Iran nuclear deal to U.S. Congress
Exclusive: European envoys take fight for Iran nuclear deal to U.S. Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Congress faces a possible fight over the future of the Iran nuclear agreement, European ambassadors and officials from President Barack Obama's administration are making their case for preserving the pact directly to U.S. lawmakers. The British, French, German and European Union ambassadors to the United States will participate later on Wednesday in a meeting on Capitol Hill with Democratic senators organized by the Senate's number two Democrat, Richard Durbin, congressional aides and embassy officials told Reuters.

J.K. Rowling Sarcastically Points Out One Way Trump Shows 'True Leadership'
J.K. Rowling Sarcastically Points Out One Way Trump Shows 'True Leadership'

The creator of a magical community thinks President Donald Trump is living in a fantasy world.

He Urged His Mistress To Have An Abortion, Then Voted To Ban Other Women From Getting One
He Urged His Mistress To Have An Abortion, Then Voted To Ban Other Women From Getting One

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), had urged the woman he was having an affair with to abort her pregnancy during what turned out to be an "unfounded pregnancy scare" in January.

Supreme Court takes on issue of lengthy immigrant detentions
Supreme Court takes on issue of lengthy immigrant detentions

The Supreme Court began examining Tuesday whether thousands of migrants subjected to lengthy detentions in immigration centers should have a right to a bond hearing -- and the court's left-leaning wing appeared open to the possibility of granting conditional release. The case already appeared in the US high court in November 2016, but the eight justices -- presumably deadlocked -- chose to defer hearing it until the current session, with the bench back at nine following the appointment of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. The prolonged detentions are "basically saying that we're not a country of law, that we're a country of arbitrariness in detailing people, locking them up," said...

U.S. Supreme Court rejects New Zealand-based internet mogul
U.S. Supreme Court rejects New Zealand-based internet mogul's appeal

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected New Zealand-based internet mogul Kim Dotcom's challenge to the U.S. government's bid to seize assets held by him and others involved in the now-defunct streaming website Megaupload. The justices left in place a lower court ruling that the U.S. government could seize up to $40 million in assets held outside the United States as part of a civil forfeiture action being pursued in parallel with criminal charges for alleged copyright violations and money laundering. Dotcom and several other defendants have contested U.S. attempts to extradite them from New Zealand.

How America and North Korea Could Start a Nuclear War
How America and North Korea Could Start a Nuclear War

Donald Trump's decision to match Kim Jong-un insult for insult and threat for threat creates a serious risk of misjudgment and mistake. The Cold War was marked by hysteria over the potential for nuclear conflict. A foreign government is building nuclear weapons and ICBMs to target the United States.

Bill O'Reilly On Las Vegas Massacre: 'This Is The Price Of Freedom'
Bill O'Reilly On Las Vegas Massacre: 'This Is The Price Of Freedom'

Former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly said Monday that the massacre in Las Vegas hours earlier - the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history - was "the price of freedom."

Las Vegas shooting victim tragically died in her husband's arms
Las Vegas shooting victim tragically died in her husband's arms

A mother of two who was gunned down during Sunday night's mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert died in the arms of her husband of more than 30 years.

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