Costly Salinas looks to California ballot for housing relief

Costly Salinas looks to California ballot for housing relief

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn’t take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must rent out the master bedroom…
Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller.…
Trump says looks like Khashoggi dead, threatens consequences

Trump says looks like Khashoggi dead, threatens consequences

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday it “certainly looks” as though Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened “very severe” consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. As the U.S. toughened its response to Khashoggi’s disappearance, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin pulled out of a major Saudi investment conference…
APNewsBreak: Feds open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

APNewsBreak: Feds open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ advocates say is the first such probe ever launched by the U.S. Justice Department. The subpoenas, served last week, follow a scathing…
Midterm elections about Donald Trump despite his denials, analysts say

Midterm elections about Donald Trump despite his denials, analysts say

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Despite his denials, President Trump is very much the center of the 2018 election, political pros say -- and the leader of the Republican Party will earn at least some of the blame should the GOP fail to hold its majorities in Congress.
Jamal Khashoggi killing sparked by Muslim Brotherhood ties

Jamal Khashoggi killing sparked by Muslim Brotherhood ties

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Some deeper subplots played into the disappearance of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi -- stemming from his long career of political activism, ties to Saudi intelligence and Mr. Khashoggi's past relationship with the Islamist group the Muslim Brot…
Banksy: Shredding of auctioned painting failed

Banksy: Shredding of auctioned painting failed

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Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" at a Sotheby's auction in London was supposed to have been complete.
Jon Tester-Matt Rosendale Montana Senate race highlights Trump anger over Ronny Jackson

Jon Tester-Matt Rosendale Montana Senate race highlights Trump anger over Ronny Jackson

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A messy, partisan Senate confirmation fight may play the deciding role in Montana's too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race, but it may not be the fight that first comes to mind.
Gun-control advocates fund abortion midterm ads

Gun-control advocates fund abortion midterm ads

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Gun control has receded so far into the background of the midterm congressional elections that Everytown for Gun Safety, a major player in gun control, is spending its money on ads covering abortion, health care and the Republican tax bill.
Saudi Arabia’s alliances are being tested as never before

Saudi Arabia’s alliances are being tested as never before

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WHEN AMERICA’S secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, met Saudi officials in Riyadh on October 16th, they smiled, posed for photos and talked about jet lag. They did not dwell on the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, allegedly carved up with a bone saw. Two weeks earlier Mr Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile, walked into the…