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Clinton-Petraeus Emails Missing From Records Sent To State, FBI Files Show
Roughly 1,000 emails between Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus were thought to be missing from the 30,000 emails provided by Clinton’s team to the State Department in December 2014, according to the newly released FBI investigative files. Additional documents obtained through a federal lawsuit by Judicial Watch show Clinton had directed Petraeus to send her emails at her personal address, which was used for all government work during her tenure as secretary of state. In a heavily redacted FBI interview summary from Aug. 17, 2015, a State Department employee from the Office of Information and Programs and Services (IPS), which handles Freedom of Information Act requests, discussed how Petraeus’ records apparently were not among the work-related emails provided by the former secretary's team. Fox News
Chances That Life Is Really A Computer Simulation
There is a growing school of thought in the scientific community that we are all living inside a computer simulation designed by a super-advanced civilization. This is not some fringe idea dreamed up by a weed-smoking wackadoodle in a psychedelic VW van. This is mainstream scientific theory. A who’s who of world-renown philosophers and physicists spent hours discussing the controversial concept known as the simulation hypothesis Opens a New Window. at an annual event at the American Museum of Natural History earlier this year. The debate moderator, famed astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, said the likelihood that you, me and the universe we think we inhabit are not real “may be very high.” Cosmologist Max Tegmark of MIT suggested that what we perceive to be the laws of this universe are simply the rules of the program our virtual characters exist in. Fox News
Internet Outage Knocks Out Popular Sites Like Reddit, Twitter And Netflix
A number of popular websites like Twitter and Netflix went down for some users on Friday in what appears to be a massive cyber attack. Affected sites included Twitter (TWTR, Tech30), Etsy (ETSY), Github, Vox, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) and Reddit. Dyn, which manages website domains and routes internet traffic, experienced two distributed denial of service attacks on its DNS servers. A DDoS attack is an attempt to flood a website with so much traffic that it impairs normal service. "If you take out one of these DNS service providers, you can disrupt a large number of popular online services, which is exactly what we're seeing today," said Jeremiah Grossman, chief of security strategy at cybersecurity startup SentinelOne. CNN
Chris Christie's Career Is Over Troubled Waters (Again)
Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, finally broke her long silence about the "Bridgegate" scandal that virtually paralyzed a small town whose mayor was a political rival of the New Jersey governor. For days in September 2013, lane closures on the George Washington Bridge snarled traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which is just across the river from Manhattan. Kelly testified on Friday that she told Christie nearly a month prior about a traffic study and the crippling effect they would have on the small town. CNN
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Secretary Won't Say If Nuclear Launch Timeframe Is Classified Info
Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday refused to answer a reporter's question about a possible intelligence disclosure by Democrat Hillary Clinton. At Wednesday's final presidential debate, Democrat Hillary Clinton accused Republican Donald Trump of being "very cavalier, even casual about the use of nuclear weapons." According to Clinton, "The bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order, it must be followed. There's about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so." CNS News
Rights Without Frontiers: Clinton Wrong On Forced AbortionIn China
In a statement released Wednesday, Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, criticized presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for stating that Communist China’s forced abortion policies are a thing of the past. “With all her experience as former Secretary of State, it is untrue and deeply disappointing for Hillary Clinton to put the Chinese government’s practice of forced abortion in the past," said Littlejohn. During the final presidential debate on Oct. 19, Clinton stated that she had visited countries such as China where the government used to force women to have abortions. “I’ve been to countries where governments either forced women to have abortions like they used to do in China, or forced women to bear children like they used to do in Romania," she said. CNS News
If Republicans Would Reject Election Result If Clinton Wins
Donald Trump has repeatedly called this year's presidential election rigged and has coyly said "I will keep you in suspense” on whether he would accept a Hillary Clinton victory, but many Republicans are less circumspect, according to a new poll. Only half of Republicans would accept Clinton, the Democratic nominee, as their president. And if she wins, nearly 70 percent said it would be because of illegal voting or vote rigging, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday. Conversely, seven out of 10 Democrats said they would accept a Trump victory and less than 50 percent would attribute it to illegal voting or vote rigging, the poll showed. The findings come after repeated statements by Trump that the media and the political establishment have rigged the election against him. He also has made a number of statements encouraging his supporters to fan out on Election Day to stop illegible voters from casting ballots. Reuters
Citizens Urged To Defer Travel To Ethiopia
The U.S. State Department urged U.S. citizens on Friday to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia because of ongoing unrest that has killed hundreds of people, led to thousands of arrests and prompted restrictions on diplomatic travel. The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency on Oct. 8 and issued a decree on Oct. 15 that permitted the arrest of individuals without court order for some routine activities like attending gatherings and engaging with foreign organizations, the State Department said. An American woman was killed when her car was stoned earlier this month and foreign-owned factories and equipment were damaged during a wave of protests over land and political rights. Reuters
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Wishes He Could Take Trump 'Behind The Gym'
Vice President Joe Biden didn't hold back during a rally for Hillary Clinton today, taking a jab at Donald Trump for the leaked Access Hollywood tape. Biden said it was "a disgusting assertion for Trump to make" in the lewd tape that he could "do things" to women that other people couldn't just because he is "a billionaire." The vice president has called it "a textbook version of sexual assault" and critiqued Trump's abuse of power publicly. "The press always asks me, don't I wish I were debating him? No, I wish we were in high school, and I could take him behind the gym. That's what I wish," Biden said at Wilkes University in P.A. MSNBC
Says It's Full Steam Ahead In Final Stretch Of Campaign
Donald Trump came to the stump Friday armed with his usual attack lines - and a surprising few moments of self-reflection. The Republican nominee paused his usual bombast and ceaseless attacks on Hillary Clinton to opine on his plans for the last stretch of the 2016 election. Promising days full of rallies, Trump knew the physical toll the final push to the finish line might take on him. "I don't know what kind of shape I'm in," Trump surmised of the future. "But I'll be happy and at least I will have known, win, lose or draw - and I'm almost sure, if the people come out, we're gonna win - but I will be, I will be happy with myself." MSNBC
Trump: Obama Should Spend Less Time Campaigning And More Time Governing
At a rally in North Carolina, Mr. Trump said Mr. Obama’s lack of focus is hurting the nation on the world stage. He highlighted Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he plans to pivot the Asian nation away from its long-time alliance with the United States and establish stronger military and economic ties with China and perhaps Russia. “I mean why is Obama campaigning? He ought to be out working … right?” Mr. Trump said, sparking applause from the crowd. “We’ve been in the Philippines practically forever — a very important strategic ally — and what happens? China and Russia are probably going to take it, and I, and I see him out there campaigning for Crooked Hillary,” he said. “Come on. Come on. Give me a break.” Washington Times
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Pence: Trump And I Reserve Right To Challenge "Questionable" Election Results
After days of telling reporters that the GOP ticket would respect the results of the Nov. 8 election, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence added a caveat: he and Donald Trump would “reserve the right” to legally challenge “questionable” outcome. “The American people deserve a fair and honest election, and Donald Trump and I intend to see that they get it,” Pence said at a rally in Reno, Nevada Thursday. “As Donald Trump said earlier today in Ohio, of course we will accept a clear election result,” he went on. “But we also reserve the right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of questionable results.” CBS
Feds Dither, Some States Are Moving To Curb Drug Prices
Despite widespread public furor over the soaring of prescription drugs and accusations of price-gouging against pharmaceutical firms, the federal government has to date failed to find a solution. Some states aren’t waiting around for it to deliver. California residents will vote on a ballot initiative, Proposition 61, on Nov. 8 that would ensure state agencies pay the same or less for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The federal agency gets a 24 percent discount off the list price, and often negotiates even steeper discounts on a drug-by-drug basis. CBS
KKK Leader David Duke Qualifies For Louisiana US Senate Debate
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is polling high enough in his U.S. Senate seat bid that he will participate in a televised debate, to be held on Nov. 2 at a historically black university. Duke tweeted last night, "Important News! I qualified for the U.S. Senate most important debate in Louisiana on Nov 2. I can't wait to tell truth nobody else dares!" Candidates must show at least 5 percent support in the independent Mason-Dixon poll to qualify for the debate, under rules set by Raycom, an Alabama-based media corporation that will broadcast the event. Duke, who announced his campaign in July, made the cut with 5.1 percent, well behind frontrunners Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy's 24.2 percent and Democrat Foster Campbell's 18.9 percent. ABC
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Longshot Path For Donald Trump To Win 270 Electoral Votes
Donald Trump’s path to the White House is fading fast. With national polls showing Hillary Clinton growing her lead and Trump losing his grip on traditionally red states, Clinton looks likely to prevail on Election Day. The Democratic nominee’s path to 270 electoral votes has room to spare; Clinton can afford to lose classic battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida as long as she holds onto light blue states like Pennsylvania and Colorado. An ABC News analysis out today estimates Clinton is already poised to win at least 300 electoral votes –- even if Donald Trump wins every toss-up state. ABC
Cult Of Putin — And Trump — Grows In Crimea
From the Russian city of Perm, on the outer edges of the Ural Mountain range, to the peninsula of Crimea, it’s about 1,800 miles. By car, that’s a good 40 hours, give or take a few. Undaunted, the Shvetsovs, Sergey and Irina, loaded their two young kids into the backseat of their Russian-made Lada -- a little, ruby-red thing, all faded and rickety -- and hit the highway one day early last month. They drove day and night, through the vast European Plain, past Moscow, down to the Black Sea, and finally, by ferry, across the Kerch Strait. Bloomberg
Boomers Are Getting Too Old For Sports Cars
Baby boomers are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that’s bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars. It was a sign of things to come this month when Ford Motor Co. idled its Mustang plant for a week as sales for the year fell 9 percent. Other sports cars have faded at a similar rate, and even stalwarts like the Chevrolet Corvette and most Porsche models are slumping. While there are still plenty of buyers who love the passing lane, automakers face a pesky reality. Men born between 1946 and 1964, who buy most sports cars, are cruising past their peak spending years. And as age 70 beckons, folding up like an accordion to get into the front seat of a speedy roadster is hardly the prescription for an aching back. Some are even turning to high-powered versions of luxury sports utility vehicles. Bloomberg
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Ventures Have Long Fueled Business, Controversy In Nevada
A month after the debut of “The Apprentice” in 2004, Donald Trump appeared before the Nevada Gaming Control Board, seeking approval to buy a 10 percent share in the Riviera. Regulators peppered him with questions about keeping minors away from slots and lobbying activity in New York, but they approved the deal, with the chairman adding that he was impressed with the “very clean backgrounds” of Trump and his board of directors. “Well, if we’re fortunate enough to get licensed, I would love to be very active in Nevada,” Trump told the Gaming Control Board, according to a transcript. “We are looking at different properties in Las Vegas. We’re looking at one other property someplace else in the state, and, you know, I can see both real estate and casinos. I mean, predominantly, as we discussed before, I’m a real estate developer.” He added: “I’m the largest developer in New York, actually, by far.” Las Vegas Sun
Vows No Regrets; Clinton Ups Pressure Over Khan Attack
Hillary Clinton ramped up her pressure on Donald Trump in the election's most competitive states Friday with an emotional TV ad targeting his criticism of a Muslim-American family. Trump vowed to go all-out in the final three weeks so he'll have no regrets — even if he loses. The nominees retrenched behind familiar arguments a day after appearing together at a charity event that veered into cutting personal attacks, an unexpected metaphor for this year's take-no-prisoners presidential campaign. Clinton's new ad features Khizr Khan, whom Trump assailed after Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Las Vegas Sun
Children Going To ER, Being Hospitalized With Headaches
A growing number of American children with headaches are being seen at pediatric emergency departments and admitted to the hospital, researchers report. The researchers at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh looked at headache-related visits made to their ER between 2007 and 2014. The children were all between 4 and 20 years old. Headache visits doubled from 2 percent to more than 4 percent of all visits, the researchers said. Hospital admission rates for children with a headache increased from 10 percent to 24 percent, the study found. Girls were more likely to be admitted than boys. UPI
Minorities Favor Hillary Clinton Over Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton holds a wide lead over Donald Trump in every minority group queried as part of the UPI/CVoter daily presidential tracking poll. Examining a month's worth of data among four minority groups -- blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Indian Americans -- Clinton leads by an average of more than 2 to 1. Her largest lead is among African Americans, who favor her over Trump overwhelmingly, 89 percent to 7 percent. If that result holds on Election Day, it would mean Clinton earned a comparable share of the black vote as Barack Obama, the nation's first black president. UPI
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Israel: The Return Of The Cold War
The great schism that haunted the Cold War international system is staging an improbable comeback, albeit with different motivations, aims, tactics, and also an entirely different Israeli role.‘Russia’s fear has befallen all,” wrote a bewildered David Ben-Gurion in his diary 60 years ago next month, as the Cold War, the 20th-century scourge that is now staging a strange comeback, reached yet another boiling point. Global, mercurial and potentially cataclysmic, the rivalry between Washington and Moscow had by then been about a decade old, and Israel suddenly found itself at its crux. Jerusalem Post
Fans Boo Israeli Anthem, Give Nazi Salute At World Cup Qualifier
Israel is fearful that Obama might take some kind of significant decision in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, thereby making it a difficult time to approve such legislation.Israel should approve new settlements as a "goodbye gift" to US President Barack Obama, MK Bezalel Smotrich said on Thursday. He spoke at a rally of thousands of protesters who had gathered at the Amona outpost to warn the government against abiding by the High Court of Justice decision to destroy the small community of 40 families by December 25. “Our present to Obama must be new settlements. It is also what we must prepare for the person who enters the White House,” said Smotrich. Jerusalem Post
China Sea: US Sails Warship Near Disputed Islands
The USS Decatur passed near disputed islands earlier on Friday in what the US says was "a routine, lawful manner". It went close to the Paracel Islands, claimed by China but also by Taiwan and Vietnam. China's defence ministry said two of its warships had warned the USS Decatur to leave the area. The ministry, which called the move "intentionally provocative", said it had lodged a protest with the US. BBC
EU 'Not Capable' Of Signing Deal Says Canadian Minister
A trade deal between the EU and Canada is on the brink of collapse because a Belgian region with a population of just 3.6 million opposes it. An emotional Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland left the talks in Brussels, saying the EU was "not capable" of signing a trade agreement. Belgium, the only country blocking accord, needed consent from the regional parliament of Wallonia. The wide-ranging deal, seven years in the making, was to be signed next week. BBC
She Wants To Do Is campaign:' Trump On Michelle Obama
Donald Trump took a rare swipe at Michelle Obama on the campaign trail on Friday. For much of the campaign, the Republican nominee has avoided directly challenging the first lady. Polls show she is far more popular than her husband or the two presidential nominees. But at a rally Friday in North Carolina, Trump complained that “all she wants to do is campaign”. He then accused her of attacking Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries. He added that the first lady had said that if you “can’t run your own house,” you can’t run the White House, which Trump said was aimed at the Clintons. Guardian
Ad Tracking Is As Creepy As Facebook's. Here’s How To Disable It
Google has changed the way it tracks users across the internet so that it can now link people’s personally identifiable information from Gmail, YouTube and other accounts with their browsing records across the web. The company had previously pledged to keep these two data sets separate to protect individuals’ privacy. As first reported by Propublica, Google quietly updated its privacy settings in June to delete a clause that said “we will not combine DoubleClick cookie information with personally identifiable information unless we have your opt-in consent”. DoubleClick is an advertising serving and tracking company that Google bought in 2007. DoubleClick uses web cookies to track browsing behaviour online by their IP address to deliver targeted ads. It can make a good guess about your location and habits, but it doesn’t know your true identity. Guardian
Agencies Provide Shelter, Clean Water To Families Displaced Amid Iraq’s
With the military offensive still unfolding in Mosul, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are rushing to provide shelter, drinking water, and sanitation services for displaced families and children. “Our focus remains on the intensive and continuing push for more protection and shelter support,” Adrian Edwards, a UNHCR spokesperson, told today’s press briefing in Geneva. The agency UNHCR reports modest levels of displacement, with 3,900 people displaced and transported to a nearby reception centre in the village of Al-Hood to receive assistance. Additional 240 people were transferred from Makhmur district to a reception centre (Debaga) yesterday. UN News
UN Agency Condemns Killing Of Four Palestinian Refugees At Khan Eshieh
The United Nations agency tasked with the well-being of Palestine refugees today condemned the killing of four Palestinians in a camp south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, and expressed deep concern that the site faces the real risk of being turned into another camp in the area that has been devastated by years of fighting. “We are deeply concerned about the situation of Palestine refugees in Khan Eshieh and the real risk of it becoming another Yarmouk,” said Chris Gunness, the spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Four Palestinians were killed on the night of 18 October as they attempted to leave the Khan Eshieh camp, to which access has been highly restricted. UN News
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