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Hackers Targeted Election Systems Of 20 States
Hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months, a Homeland Security Department official said Friday. The disclosure comes amid heightened concerns that foreign hackers might undermine voter confidence in the integrity of U.S. elections. Federal officials and many cybersecurity experts have said it would be nearly impossible for hackers to alter an election's outcome because election systems are very decentralized and generally not connected to the internet. Fox news

New Drug May Help People With Alcohol Addiction Reduce Drinking
A new drug may benefit people with alcohol addiction, particularly those who are experiencing high levels of stress, a new study suggests. The new study involved 144 people with alcohol use disorder, which is defined as drinking that causes them harm or distress, including problems at work and with relationships. At the start of the study, participants were consuming 10 alcohol drinks a day, on average. The researchers randomly assigned participants to take either the new drug, called ABT-436, or a placebo (a "dummy pill") every day for 12 weeks. The study was double blinded, meaning that neither the participants nor the researchers knew which people had received the drug, and which had received the placebo. Fox News

Debate Commission: Trump Had Audio 'Issues'
The Commission on Presidential Debates revealed in a one-sentence statement Friday that Donald Trump's audio was impacted earlier in the week. "Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall," the commission said in a statement. No other details were immediately made available. The statement provided no evidence that the audio issue affected the television audience of more than 80 million people. Trump complained earlier in the week that his microphone wasn't functioning properly at Monday's debate. CNN

Zika Guide To Sex And Baby-Making
If you're a man who travels to an area with active Zika transmission, you should wait at least six months after exposure to have unprotected sex or try to conceive a baby, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday, even if you never had symptoms of the virus. Women should wait a full eight weeks after exposure. "The time frames now match, whether you are trying to prevent sexual transmission or protect pregnancy," said Dr. Denise Jamieson, chief of the CDC's Women's Health and Fertility Branch. "We are making it simple." The World Health Organization issued similar guidelines in early September, but its advice went further, recommending that women as well as men wait a full six months to conceive a baby or practice unprotected sex. CNN

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2.6 Million Americans Living Abroad Can Vote This Year; Overseas Vote Pivotal In Florida In 2000
Over the coming weeks, state authorities across the nation will be responding to requests from hundreds of thousands of Americans living abroad for absentee ballots allowing them to have their say in November’s election. The deadline for requesting ballots varies depending on the state, but for most it falls between mid-October and early November. The federal government estimates there are 5.7 million American citizens living abroad, of whom 2.6 million can vote in November. How many will is anybody’s guess, although the last couple of election cycles recorded very low turnouts from civilian Americans overseas. CNS News

Trump: ‘Common Core Will Be Ended, And Disadvantaged Children’ Will Go To The School Of Their Choice
In a campaign speech in Bedford, N.H., GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said Thursday that in his administration, Common Core state educational standards will be ended, and disadvantaged kids will be able to choose what school they want to go to. “Common core will be ended, and disadvantaged children will be allowed to attend the school of their choice,” Trump said, adding that “the catastrophe known as Obamacare will be repealed and replaced, and it’s dying of its own volition anyway.” According to the Department of Education website, state education chiefs and governors in 48 states developed the Common Core, which is “a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.” CNS News

U.S. Supreme Court Returns To Work With Glaring Vacancy
The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday in uncharted territory, with an vacancy on the bench on a presidential Election Day now certain for the first time since Abraham Lincoln won re-election in 1864 at the height of the Civil War. While the eight justices will start to hear oral arguments on a range of issues including religious rights, insider trading and intellectual property, attention will be focused on the Nov. 8 presidential election that will determine who will get to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. In Lincoln's time, Chief Justice Roger Taney, author of the notorious pro-slavery Dred Scott decision, died in October 1864, just weeks before the election. After Lincoln won re-election, he appointed the anti-slavery Salmon Chase as chief justice in December 1864. That tipped the ideological balance of the court in Lincoln's favor, according to legal historian Paul Finkelman, who teaches at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in Canada. Reuters

Clinton Leads Trump By 5 Points: Reuters/Ipsos Poll
Democrat Hillary Clinton has a 5 percentage point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday, roughly the same advantage she has held all month. The survey result showed little movement following Monday night's presidential debate, the first of three debates before the Nov. 8 election. The Sept. 23-29 national tracking poll showed that likely voters support Clinton over Trump by 43 percent to 38 percent, while another 19 percent said they would not pick either candidate. Reuters

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Mylan Says It Upgraded EpiPen In 2009. So Experts Looked Inside.
Heather Bresch, CEO of embattled drug maker Mylan, testified before a House panel last week that one of the main reasons the company had to hike up the prices on its signature EpiPens from $100 to $600 is the "more than one billion dollars" it has invested in the past decade "to enhance the product and make it more available." Dr. Julie C. Brown, a University of Washington School of Medicine pediatric emergency physician, holding two EpiPens, the new design at left and the old at right. So, as Congress has been trying to figure out the company's business model, a medical technologies expert and a doctor have been physically taking apart Mylan's famed auto-injectors to find out exactly how — and where — that money was spent. MSNBC

Clinton Hits Trump For 'Strongman Approach'
Hillary Clinton took subtle jabs at Donald Trump during a speech about national service here Friday, knocking his "I alone can fix it" approach while purposefully not mentioning the Republican nominee by name. This strategy has become the baseline for most of Clinton's "Stronger Together" speeches. "My opponent believes in what I call a strongman approach. He stood on stage at his convention and described a hopeless, broken nation," she said. "I'm sorry, I'm looking at you. I don't see that. That in no way resembles the strong, vibrant America I know." Clinton then went on to link this attitude to Trump's relationship with the Russian president, saying: "We have learned that's his way — one person getting supreme power and exercising it ruthlessly. That's why he admires dictators like Vladimir Putin so much." MSNBC

Howard Dean: ‘I apologize For Using Innuendo,’ But ‘Something The Matter’ With Donald Trump
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean gave a qualified apology Friday for insinuating that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump might have a cocaine habit, saying he doesn’t think using “innuendo” is a good thing while also making sure to point out that Mr. Trump was tweeting about sex tapes in the wee hours of Friday morning.
“He was tweeting at 3 and 4 o’clock in the morning about sex tapes. This guy’s running for president of the United States,” Mr. Dean said on MSNBC. “People who stay up at 3 and 4 and 5 o’clock in the morning tweeting about sex tapes — these are not normal people, and there is something the matter with him, and I don’t know what it is,” said Mr. Dean, a Hillary Clinton supporter and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Washington Times

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FBI Partly Blames Edward Snowden For Reduction In Email, Phone Surveillance
The FBI’s use of a surveillance statute to collect Americans’ phone and email records has declined since details about the program were leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013, a watchdog report has found. The FBI’s use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act to obtain “business records” as part of national security investigations peaked in 2012, with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approving 212 orders seeking records, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office. Washington Times

Colorado Gives Marijuana Edibles A New Look To Avoid Confusion
Wondering if that brownie contains pot? Colorado has you covered. A requirement that edible marijuana products come with a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C -- not just on the packaging but on the brownies, candies and other edibles themselves -- takes effect Saturday. The rule referencing marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient was added after complaints that the treats look too much their non-intoxicating counterparts. It is the first such requirement in any legal weed state. CBS

Obama Finds Out How Hard It Is To Rush Bill Clinton
President Obama is not amused. As America’s commander-in-chief was trying to depart Israel on Air Force One early Friday morning, his predecessor -- former President Bill Clinton -- was taking his time getting on board the plane. Mr. Obama tried to urge him on, shouting over the loud hum of his plane and gesturing with his tie askew. “Bill! Let’s go!” he yelled. Clinton, however, apparently remained undeterred, and continued to tarry on the tarmac. It took another round of shouting from 44 before 42 sauntered up the steps to the door of Air Force One. CBS

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RNC Goes After Bill Clinton's Half-Brother In New Memo
The Republican National Committee is taking a page out of Donald Trump's campaign playbook and is planning to dredge through Bill Clinton's past -- in this case his embattled half-brother, Roger, according to a memo obtained first by ABC News. The line of attack centers around questions the RNC raises about the propriety of longtime Clinton aide Justin Cooper being involved in purchasing Roger Clinton's home in California through a limited liability corporation at a time the former president's half-brother was struggling with back taxes. No wrongdoing is alleged. ABC

Hurricane Matthew Gaining Strength In Caribbean
Hurricane Matthew rapidly strengthened to become a Category 4 Hurricane over the Caribbean Sea on today, with maximum sustained winds up to 140 mph. This is the second major hurricane in Atlantic Basin in 2016. A hurricane watch has been issued for Jamaica, and rainfall totals of 10 to 15 inches with maximum sustained amounts of 25 inches are expected across Jamaica and southern and southwestern Haiti. The hurricane is on path to travel west-by-southwest through the central Caribbean on Friday afternoon and to retain its strength as a major hurricane, the National Hurricane Center showed. ABC

What Plan B? After Syria Collapse, U.S. Insists It Still Has One
U.S. officials say they’re weighing new options to stop the bombing campaign by Russia and Syria that’s plunged the city of Aleppo deeper into misery. Few people outside the Obama administration believe there’s much it will do. With the United Nations’ secretary-general warning that the siege of Aleppo may amount to war crimes, Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Wednesday to “suspend” talks with Russia on a diplomatic solution. The move by Kerry -- who vowed in February that the U.S. would have a “Plan B” if negotiations failed -- was ignored by Moscow, which pressed ahead with its air campaign and said it would accept nothing more than 48-hour cease-fires. Bloomberg

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Obama Notes Unfinished Business Of Peace As Peres Is Buried
U.S. President Barack Obama called on the next generation of leaders to complete Shimon Peres’s vision of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, as dignitaries from around the world gathered in Jerusalem to bury the former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner. In the final and most political speech of a long program Friday at the national cemetery on Mount Herzl, Obama said Peres had told him Jews shouldn’t rule over another people and that Palestinians were entitled to dignity and self-determination. “Just as he understood the practical necessity of peace, Shimon believed that Israel’s exceptionalism was rooted not only in fidelity to the Jewish people, but to the moral and ethical vision, the precepts of his Jewish faith,” Obama said. “‘From the very first day we are against slaves and masters,’" he quoted Peres, the last of Israel’s founding generation of leaders, as having told him. Bloomberg

Poll: Nevada Voters Support Clinton, Gun Measure And Marijuana Legalization
A new poll shows Hillary Clinton boosted her lead over Donald Trump among likely Nevada voters in the aftermath of Monday's presidential debate. In the poll by Suffolk University, Clinton is favored by 44 percent of respondents compared to 38 percent for Trump. In an August poll by the university, Clinton led Trump by 2 points. On other matters, the poll shows that ballot questions calling for expanded background checks and legalization of recreational use of marijuana both drew strong support. Background checks drew 66 percent support to 25 percent opposition, while marijuana legalization polled 57 percent in favor to 33 percent against. In August, 48 percent of respondents supported the marijuana question, while 42 percent opposed it. A ballot question on energy deregulation drew overwhelming support -- 72 percent in favor, 12 percent against. Las Vegas Sun

Clinton’s ‘Nasty’ Trump Ads Are Mostly His Own Words
Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making "nasty" ads about him. Most of Clinton's commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy. The most frequently used Clinton advertisements about Trump have a common theme: They show regular people, often in the flicker of a television set, spliced with footage of Trump making some of his most incendiary comments. The Republican presidential nominee's decades in the spotlight, including as a reality television show host, have given the Democratic contender an unusual bounty of ad material. Trump is paying attention. During Monday's debate, he told Clinton he's noticed "the very nasty commercials that you do on me in so many different ways, which I don't do on you." Las Vegas Sun

1 In 10 Stroke Rehab Interruptions May Be Preventable
Interruptions in inpatient rehabilitation occur for some stroke survivors and patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, a new study finds. But at least one-tenth of these treatment breaks could be prevented, resulting in improved patient outcomes and lower health care costs, the researchers said. The findings indicate that inpatient rehabilitation facilities "are performing well in preventing complications," said researchers led by Addie Middleton of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. But "given that more than one in 10 of the rehospitalized patients returned to acute care for a potentially avoidable condition, there is still room for improvement." UPI News

California Warns Of Possible Stronger Quake After Earthquake Swarm In Salton Sea
The California Office of Emergency Services has issued an earthquake advisory for Southern California following a swarm of small quakes in the region earlier this week. The advisory warned residents and officials in Ventura, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, Kern and Imperial counties that there was a greater possibility of a major earthquake through Oct. 4 . "California is earthquake country. We must always be prepared and not let our guard down," said Director Mark Ghilarducci. "The threat of an earthquake on the San Andreas Fault hasn't gone away, so this is another important opportunity for us to revisit our emergency plans and learn what steps you need to take if a significant earthquake hits." UPI News

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Abbas And Riviln Speak Of Future Meetings At Peres Funeral
President Reuven Rivlin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmous Abbas were seen in a  video posted on the Facebook page Ramallah News, greeting one another before the funeral of former president Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Friday.  The two shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. Rivlin turned to PLO Executive Committee Secretary General Saeb Erakat and stated, "I hope to see you," in which Erakat responded, "anytime, you can get in touch." "I really believe that it is a time to build confidence," Rivlin continued. "We have to believe that everyone is serious." Jerusalem Post

Reporter's Notebook: A Funeral That Would Have Meant The World To Peres
Seeing the current and former world leaders who gathered on Mount Herzl to honor former president Shimon Peres at his funeral Friday was impressive, not only because of the quality of heads of state who came, from US president Barack Obama on down, but also the quantity. When emcee Gilad Adin welcomed each delegation from 70 countries, it felt like Jerusalem was finally hosting the Olympics we have all been waiting for. With all due respect to Obama, Prince Charles, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it was the African leaders in their native dress who looked the most impressive. Jerusalem Post

Saudi Arabia Plans Drug Tests For Drivers
The new test is being considered by the Department of Transport in a bid to reduce the Kingdom's traffic accident rate, which is among the worst in the world, the Saudi Gazette reports. With an average of 17 people dying every day on Saudi Arabian roads, spokesman Tariq Al-Rubaiaan says the department will refuse a licence to anyone who fails the proposed test. People in Saudi already need to pass a drugs test to obtain a work contract or a marriage certificate. BBC

Syria Conflict: Russia 'Driving Rebels Into Hands Of Extremists'
Russia's increasing military action in Syria is forcing moderate elements within the Syrian opposition into the hands of extremists, a US state department spokesman has said. Mark Toner said renewed Russian and Syrian air strikes were making a difficult situation "more confused". The US says it may end co-operation with Russia over its action in Syria. But Russia has accused the US of trying to spare a jihadist group in its bid to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the US had broken its promise to separate the powerful Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) and other extremist groups from more moderate rebels. BBC

EU And US Trade Negotiators Seek To Get TTIP Talks Back On Track
Trade negotiators will meet in New York next week to search for common ground on the controversial EU-US trade deal, which has been buffeted by strong opposition on both sides of the Atlantic. A team of 90 EU negotiators will travel to New York for five days of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), starting on Monday. Hopes of a deal before US president Barack Obama leaves the White House in mid-January have evaporated, raising doubts about whether TTIP can ever be agreed amid widespread hostility and regular street protests. Guardian

‘We Don’t Have A Choice’: Young Latinos On Why They're Voting For Clinton
Every 30 seconds, a Latino in the US turns 18 and becomes eligible to vote. In November, this growing slice of the Hispanic electorate will make up close to half of the record 27.3 million Latinos who can cast ballots this election. For a political party peering at its future, it would seem there is no more coveted group than young Latinos. Yet Hispanic millennials are three times less likely to turn out in a presidential election than the average American. And less than half of Latinos under 40 say they’ve been reached by a political party, campaign or organization this cycle. Guardian

Fewer Than 30 Doctors Left In War-Torn Aleppo, UN Health Agency Warns
There are now less than 30 doctors working in Aleppo city, down from 35 several days ago, a senior official of the United Nations health agency said today, highlighting the deteriorating healthcare capacity in the war-battered area. “Up until the last few days, there had been eight hospitals partially functioning in Aleppo, but a few days ago, the two largest hospitals [were] deliberately targeted and are now not functioning, drastically reducing the capacity of health workers in the city to provide life-saving medical care for many innocent civilians,” Dr. Rick Brennan, the Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response of the World Health Organization (WHO), told reporters in Geneva. UN News

UN Health Agency Calls For Stronger Measures Against Zika As Thailand Confirms Disease-Related Cases
The United Nations health agency today urged countries across the South-East Asia region to continue to take decisive action to prevent, detect and respond to Zika virus, following news that Thailand has confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly. “Zika virus infection is a serious threat to the health and well-being of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Countries across the region must continue to strengthen measures aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to Zika virus transmission,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for the South-East Asia Region of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). UN News

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