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#2 Trump vows “severe punishment” if Saudi Arabia is behind journalist’s disappearance

President Donald Trump said in an interview with 60 Minutes that the Saudis could be behind the disappearance of missing journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, and if so, the U.S. would inflict "severe punishment." In a clip broadcast on "CBS This Morning," Mr. Trump said there is a lot at stake "and maybe especially so because this man was a reporter."

The rare network television interview is his first with 60 Minutes since his post-election conversation with Lesley Stahl in November 2016. It will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. PT on CBS.

Mr. Trump said the Saudis denied "in every way you can imagine" having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance when his son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with Saudi Arabia's crown prince. But Mr. Trump said the country may still be responsible and an investigation is ongoing. "Could it be them? Yes," the president said.

When asked what kind of punishments he may pursue if Saudi Arabia is found to be behind the disappearance, Mr. Trump wouldn't commit to sanctions. "I'll tell you what I don't want to do," Mr. Trump said, "I don't want to hurt jobs. I don't want to lose an order like that. And you know what, there are other ways of punishing."

"There's a lot at stake," Mr. Trump continued, "And, maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There's something, you'll be surprised to hear me say that, there's something really terrible and disgusting about that if that was the case."

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#3 Category 4 Hurricane Michael roars nearer to Florida coast

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Michael roared nearer to the Florida Panhandle as a still-growing Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, lashing wind and rain and pushing a storm surge onto white-sand beaches and coastal communities hours before making landfall.

The unexpected brute quickly sprang from a weekend tropical depression and grew swiftly into what could be one of the Panhandle's worst hurricanes in memory, with destructive wind, up to a foot (30 centimeters) of rain and a life-threatening storm surge of up to 13 feet (4 meters).

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At 5 a.m., an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter crew reported top sustained winds up to near 140 mph (225 kph) with higher gusts. Michael's eye was about 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Panama City and 130 miles (209 kilometers) from Apalachicola, but moving relatively fast at 13 mph (21 kph). Tropical-storm force winds extending 185 miles (295 kilometers) from the center were already lashing the coast.

Florida officials said roughly 375,000 people up and down the Gulf Coast had been urged or ordered to evacuate, including all non-essential personnel at Tyndall Air Force Base east of Panama City. The home to the 325th Fighter Wing and some 600 military families appeared squarely targeted for the worst of the storm's fury, and declared "HURCON 1" status, ordering everyone inland.

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#4 Two killed, two wounded as volley of gunshots reported at Florida shopping center

Two people were killed and two others were injured when multiple gunshots were fired at a shopping center in Fort Myers, Florida, on Tuesday night, authorities said. 

"It does not appear to be a random act of violence," Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said late Tuesday. He gave no further information.

None of the victims was identified, and the condition of the wounded wasn't immediately available.

NBC affiliate WBBH quoted a woman at the scene who said she was celebrating her birthday inside the restaurant Society at Bell Tower Shops when someone shot her husband in the chest as she was paying her bill. She told the station that the shooter then shot and killed her son as he tried to run away.

Nestor Montoya, a reporter for the station, posted a photo on Twitter showing numerous emergency vehicles gathered in the complex's parking lot, saying multiple shots were heard.

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#5 Rosenstein faces congressional confrontation amid new claim he seriously suggested wiretapping Trump

Soon after Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein suggested using a wiretap to record President Trump’s communications, then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe went to the bureau’s top lawyer seeking advice on what he had just heard.

Rosenstein, McCabe told the lawyer, wanted to furtively record the president to help explore whether Trump had obstructed justice. How, McCabe asked, should the FBI respond to the outlandish proposition?

The lawyer, James Baker, dismissed the idea, according to people familiar with the episode who described it to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. But importantly, Baker told congressional investigators last week that the deputy attorney general’s suggestion was presented to him by senior FBI officials as being serious — raising questions about Rosenstein’s assertions to the contrary, the people said.

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This week, Rosenstein is scheduled to talk to congressional investigators about the 2017 episode, which nearly cost him his job after it was revealed in news accounts last month. The high-stakes interview with some of the president’s closest Republican allies could again put the deputy attorney general in the hot seat, especially if those lawmakers leave the interview unconvinced of Rosenstein’s testimony and relay their concerns to the president.

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#6 The Lives of the 20 Victims Who Died in the New York Limo Crash

The limousine accident in Schoharie, N.Y., on Saturday took 20 lives almost instantly. It devastated families, killing siblings and leaving young children without parents. The victims were friends and relatives — including four sisters from one family, and two brothers from another — who were traveling to a brewery in Cooperstown, N.Y., to celebrate a 30th birthday.

Their lives ended when the limousine they were traveling in barreled through an intersection that residents have described as dangerous. The vehicle crashed into an unoccupied car and two pedestrians nearby, killing them, before coming to a halt in a shallow ravine.

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Investigators have said little about what they know about the accident, believed by federal officials to be the deadliest transportation accident in the United States since a 2009 plane crash near Buffalo that killed 50 people. About 1,000 people attended a vigil in a riverside park in Amsterdam, N.Y., on Monday to honor the victims.

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#7 What Nikki Haley’s departure means for the world

After less than two years on the job, Nikki Haley is planning to step down as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Her relatively short tenure isn’t unusual for the position — she’s lasted longer than half of her last 10 predecessors — but her decision still caught Washington by surprise.

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There was immediate speculation as to why Haley is stepping down, most of it focusing on a potential run for office. But Haley told reporters at the White House, where she announced her resignation next to President Trump, that she would not be running for president in 2020 and would support Trump. (She did not mention recent allegations of financial impropriety that were made public just hours before by an ethics watchdog.)

Whatever made Haley decide to “take a little time off,” the consequences of that decision will be watched closely around the world. But when it comes to actual changes in U.S. foreign policy, the difference may be more in the style than the substance.

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#8 Today in History: October 10

The U.S. Naval Academy is established in Annapolis, Maryland.

Charles Darwin publishes The Formation of Vegetable Mold Through the Action of Worms.

The 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson orders to blow up the Gamboa Dike after almost a decade of construction of the Panama Canal. The explosion caused the water to flow into the canal, uniting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

800 Gypsy children, including more than a hundred boys between 9 and 14 years old are systematically murdered.

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#9 Trump touts Kavanaugh confirmation at raucous Iowa rally

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - President Trump on Tuesday celebrated the installation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and savaged Democrats who opposed his nomination at a raucous campaign rally in a key battleground state.

A seemingly upbeat Trump hailed the confirmation of Kavanaugh as the apex of a "historic week for America" but warned thousands of supporters donning his signature red campaign hats that the fight is not over yet, claiming Democrats might try to force him off the court.

"The Democrats have become too extreme and they've become, frankly, too dangerous to govern. They've gone wacko," the president said, prompting cheers from the crowd at the 9,000 seat Mid-America Center.

The president suggested that Democrats might try and pack the courts to dilute its newly cemented conservative majority or attempt to impeach Kavanaugh over the sexual misconduct allegations that nearly derailed his nomination.

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#10 Dina Powell is top pick for U.N. ambassador, sources say

NEW YORK — Dina Powell, the Goldman Sachs executive and former senior White House official, is the top candidate to replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, two people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Powell, who returned to Goldman in a senior role after leaving her job as President Donald Trump’s deputy national security adviser, is said to be strongly considering the job but also weighing family concerns. Powell already lives in New York, where the UN is based, but has young children and left the administration in part to spend more time with family. She is also said to be happy in her job at Goldman.

Born in Egypt and raised in the United States, Powell is well liked by Trump as well as the president’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. But she is already coming under criticism from some conservatives on social media who maintain that Powell is a “globalist” not closely enough aligned with Trump’s “America first” approach to foreign policy.

Trump on Tuesday described Powell as a “person I would consider” when asked about her possible nomination. “She is under consideration. We have, actually, many names,” he said.

Other potential successors to Haley — who announced on Tuesday that she would leave her post at the end of the year — include Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, who previously served as a spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the U.N.; and Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada. Some Trump supporters on Twitter pushed on Tuesday for Grenell over Powell.

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