Wednesday, October 26
Trump to open new hotel today
ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Republican Donald Trump is taking a little break from campaigning this morning to formally open his new hotel in Washington, D.C.
He'll send running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, to play political defense in Utah — which hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 52 years.
Then Trump returns to the campaign trail in North Carolina, where he'll hold two rallies this afternoon.
Clinton campaigns on birthday
ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Hillary Clinton, who's surging in the polls, holds two events in Florida today, both aimed at encouraging voters in the state to cast an early ballot.
It's also her 69th birthday. Yesterday on the Univision entertainment news show "El Gordo y La Flaca," Clinton was presented with a bottle of tequila and a large cake featuring her face and the White House.
Series Game 2 tonight in Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) — The World Series Game 2 is tonight in Cleveland.
It begins an hour earlier, at 7:08 p.m. Eastern Time, because of the threat of rain. Last night in Game 1, Cleveland was victorious, 6-0, against the Chicago Cubs.
Pakistan city shuts down, mourns 61 killed at police academy
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's city of Quetta is in shutdown following a militant rampage at a police academy this week and funerals are underway as families bury some of the 61 people killed in the attack.
The brazen assault, in which police cadets jumped from windows and rooftops, fleeing for their lives, and troops battled the attackers for four hours, was one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan's security forces in recent years.
Most of the victims were young cadets and police trainees, in their early 20s. In conflicting claims, an Islamic State affiliate and a Taliban splinter group both said they were behind the attack.
Quetta trade leader, Abdur Rahim Kakar, says all businesses and offices were closed in the city today.
Police spokesman Shahzada Farhat says an investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE: Afghan official: Taliban insurgents abduct, kill 20 people
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan police official says that Taliban insurgents have killed at least 20 civilians after they were abducted in a remote central province.
The deputy provincial police chief in restive Ghor province says the 20 were from a group of 33 taken by militants while battles were underway between the Taliban and Afghan security forces yesterday.
MILITARY JET CRASH
Marine Corps jet crashes in California desert; pilot safe
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A Marine Corps jet fighter has crashed in the Southern California desert, but the pilot escaped injury.
The F/A-18 Hornet crashed and burned shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday near the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.
Marine First Lt. John Roberts tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that the pilot ejected without injuries but was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Roberts says first indications that the plane already had touched down when the accident occurred.
The sprawling base is in the Mojave Desert, about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.
In July, another twin-engine Hornet went down during a training mission at the base, killing the pilot.
In August, a Hornet made an emergency landing after a warning light alerted the pilot to a possible fire. The problem was traced to a seal failure that tripped on-board sensors.
Police: Oklahoma man wanted for violent crimes had hit list
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma County sheriff says Michael Vance, the man wanted since Sunday in a string of violent crimes including two homicides, had a hit list targeting several more people.
Sheriff John Whetsel told The Oklahoman on Tuesday that authorities are "extremely concerned about those he may have indicated that he wishes harm to" and noted that the list was mostly people from outside of the county.
Authorities say the 38-year-old Vance posted live videos to social media during a violent rampage on Sunday that included the shooting of two police officers, armed car thefts and the killing of two relatives.
Whetsel also said that law enforcement is providing protection for the people on the alleged hit list.
The FBI is coordinating the search for Vance, who was last seen in western Oklahoma.
HACKING CHARGE-HUNGER STRIKE
Man accused in hospital computer hack wages hunger strike
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man who acknowledges launching a computer network attack against Boston Children's Hospital is unapologetic and now waging a hunger strike in prison as he awaits trial.
Martin Gottesfeld says he will continue his three-week-old fast until the presidential candidates pledge to protect institutionalized children from abuse. He says he also wants overzealous federal prosecutors to halt "political prosecutions" of people accused of crimes he considers harmless.
Gottesfeld's arraignment is set for today on charges of conspiracy and intentionally causing damage to protected computers in the 2014 hack on the hospital and a related attack on a residential treatment facility.
He says he launched the attacks to protest the treatment of a Connecticut teenager who was at the center of a custody fight between Massachusetts and her parents.
UPDATE: Workplace shooting suspect described as 'perfect neighbor'
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Neighbors say the man suspected of killing a former co-worker and wounding three others at a rail car factory in Virginia was a good friend and hard worker who showed no signs of violence.
But police in Roanoke say Getachew Fekede (geh-TACH'-ew feh-KEH'-day) opened fire at the FreightCar America facility in Roanoke early yesterday before killing himself.
They say the 53-year-old from Kenya entered the U.S. through a refugee immigration program and was fired by the company in March when he stopped showing up for work.
UPDATE: Police: Oklahoma man wanted for violent crimes had hit list
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma say the wanted man who posted live videos to social media during a violent rampage, had a hit list targeting several more people.
Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel tells The Oklahoman newspaper that authorities are "extremely concerned" about those 38-year-old Michael Vance may have indicated that he wants to harm.
Authorities accuse Vance in a string of violent crimes including two homicides. He's been wanted since Sunday.
CINCINNATI POLICE SHOOTING
Judge to hear arguments on evidence in police shooting trial
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio judge will hear arguments over defense efforts to use records of the convictions and medical condition of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white former police officer during a traffic stop.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan scheduled a hearing today.
Jury selection began Tuesday, and will continue into next week.
Ray Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of 43-year-old Sam DuBose, who was pulled over for a missing front license plate near the University of Cincinnati. Tensing's attorney says his client feared for his life.
Defense attorney Steward Mathews says DuBose's record of convictions, mostly for traffic violations and marijuana-related offenses, and medical records could be important to jurors' understanding.
Prosecutors say the records are "clearly irrelevant."
NEW: Tourism overtakes dairy as New Zealand's top overseas earner
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — In New Zealand there are twice as many cows as people, but it's the hobbits that are really making hay.
According to figures released today, tourism has overtaken dairy as the nation's top earner of overseas dollars. And tourism officials say the success of the fantasy movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has helped.
The change comes as the dairy industry struggles to recover from a slump in prices.
Statistics New Zealand said spending by international tourists was up by 20 percent in the year ending March when compared with the previous year. That follows a 17 percent rise the year before.
Income from dairy products has fallen by 22 percent over the past two years, the agency's figures show.
New Zealand is home to 4.7 million people and 10 million cows.