Oct. 10, 2018

Pray for Florida! Hurricane Michael at landfall expected to be Cat 4 at 145 MPH. The state's governor said it would be the worst hurricane to hit the region in a century.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6.

A California man who was accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office of operating an online auction service that trafficked in stolen identities will be sentenced on Wednesday in a federal district court.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday takes up a new immigration dispute as it ponders the circumstances in which the federal government can detain people awaiting deportation after they have completed their sentences for criminal convictions.

China is waging an unprecedented campaign to influence American public opinion as November congressional elections approach, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen said.

A Missouri state judge ordered on Tuesday that state election authorities could no longer tell voters that they are required to show a photo identification card in order to cast a ballot, blocking parts of Missouri's voter identification law.

Fifty people were killed on Wednesday when a bus travelling between the Kenyan capital Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu swerved off the road coming down a slope and rolled repeatedly.

Switzerland's highest court ruled that prosecutors cannot extend Swiss banking secrecy rules to all corners of the globe to pursue whistleblowers and other leakers at foreign subsidiaries.

Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to "hiring a "hit man" to eliminate a problematic person, in comments sure to be welcomed by conservative Catholics who have accused the pontiff of not speaking out enough on "cultural war" issues.

Over 1,000 militants have left a demilitarized zone in Syria's rebel-held region of Idlib, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Wednesday.

Sears is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as early as Friday.

Theft of cryptocurrencies through hacking of exchanges and trading platforms soared to $927 million in the first nine months of the year, up nearly 250 percent from the level seen in 2017.

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The U.N. office for disaster risk reduction said Wednesday that worldwide reported economic losses from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes and other climate-related disasters surged to total nearly $2.9 trillion over the past 20 years.

Facing declining demand and saddled with mounting debt, Westmoreland Coal, one of the oldest and largest coal companies in the United States has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Seoul is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, South Korea's foreign minister said Wednesday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad granted general amnesty on Tuesday to army deserters both within Syria and outside the country, a move that could boost the return of refugees who fled violence in their war-torn country.

Jihadists and Turkish-backed rebels in Syria's last major opposition stronghold have withdrawn heavy weapons from nearly all of a planned buffer zone, a day ahead of deadline.

Less than a month before another round of US sanctions against Iran take effect, analysts say hundred-dollar oil could be on the horizon.

BBC

A court in Guatemala has sentenced the former vice-president, Roxana Baldetti, to 15 years and six months in jail for her role in what became known as the "Magic Water" scandal.

Police in Mexico are investigating a couple arrested for transporting body parts in a pram in connection with at least 10 murders. The man reportedly confessed to killing 20 women in a suburb of Mexico City. Investigators have found body parts in the couple's flat and at another nearby property. They were kept in buckets filled with cement and in a fridge.

Australia's prime minister has defended leaked proposals to let religious schools discriminate against gay students. Schools in some states can already reject staff if they are gay. The new proposals would apply nationwide.

China's western Xinjiang region has written internment camps for Muslim Uighurs into law amid growing international concern over large-scale disappearances there.

The Australian government has backed coal-fired power, despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change.

WND

Maryland gun regulators are insisting that anyone who wants to defend his home with a firearm must have a month of special training.

In parts of Virginia, anyone 13 or older who goes trick-or-treating can be sent to jail for up to six months according to HRScene.com. And no matter what age, trick-or-treating after 8 p.m. can land you in the clink for up to 30 days. Fines range between $25 and $100.

The earliest written inscription of the word Jerusalem written in Hebrew on a 2,000 year old column drum was unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Ireland - A Catholic bishop has said he is establishing a "delivery ministry" group of people who will be attempting to rid people of "the devil" through exorcism. Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan says he has received "several requests" from people to help deal with evil forces and one priest in his diocese of Waterford and Lismore is about to start training in the practice of exorcism.

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