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Hurricane Michael Aftermath: Today President Trump and the First Lady are expected to visit areas damaged by Hurricane Michael last week, specifically in Georgia and Florida. Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power, and the death toll went up. Rescue and recovery efforts are underway...
Read more: AP, NYT, CBS News, USA Today
Saudi Threats: The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are exchanging new threats. The reason? The prominent journalist who hasn't been seen since he went into the Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month. President Trump and U.S. lawmakers say there could be "severe punishment" if evidence shows Saudi Arabia killed him. Top Saudi officials pushed back. They denied accusations about the journalist and said U.S. sanctions will impact the economy all over the world. Also, top U.S. businesses are backing out of Saudi Arabia deals and events.
Read more:Reuters,USA Today,AP,CBS News
Pastor Returns Home: From a Turkish prison to the White House. An American pastor who was under house arrest in Turkey for two years is now back in the U.S. and made a stop in the Oval Office for a news conference. President Trump has worked to bring him home and is now promoting his return while on the campaign trail for Republican candidates.
Melania Trump Interview: In her first solo interview as First Lady, Melania Trump told ABC News several things, including how she enjoys her time at the White House, feels like one of the most bullied people in the world, and has more important things to worry about than reports about President Trump's alleged affairs.
Read more:ABC News,TIME
Harvard Case in Court: Today the trial begins in the lawsuit against Harvard University. The suit accuses the school of discrimination against Asian-Americans. Harvard saysnot true. The alleged victims will apparently remained unnamed out of fear of harassment. The ruling in this case could impact future affirmative action policies.
Read more:The Washington Post,AP,NYT
Sears Bankruptcy: Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, and the CEO is stepping down. Reports say Sears will close about 150 stores right away but will try to keep a few hundred stores open long-term. We'll see if it can survive.
Read more: CNBC,USA Today,WSJ
Vape Juice with... Viagra?: The FDA is calling out a company for allegedly selling vape juice with a drug active in Viagra and Cialis. That drug has not been approved for e-liquid products. The company is called HelloCig Electronic Technology, and it has 15 days to respond.
Read more: TIME,The Verge
Mega Millions: There was no winner on Friday, which means the jackpot just went up to $654 million - the second highest ever. The next drawing is tomorrow (Tuesday, October 16th).
Read more:ABC News,MarketWatch
Venmo Fee: Heads up: Venmo is raising one of its fees from 25 cents to one percent of the amount of money you send on the platform. The fee only applies to 'instant' transfers using a debit card. It's still free to send money if you connect your bank account directly.
Read more: TechCrunch
Weekend Box Office:Venomwas number one at the box office for a second weekend in a row, and it was once again followed byA Star is Born.Third place?First Man.
Read more: Variety,Deadline
Celebrity Split:They were one of the most high-profile couples of the year, but now,SNL'sPete Davidson and pop star Ariana Grande are calling it quits. They broke off the engagement and say it's not the right time for their relationship.
Read more: TMZ
Popular Halloween Candy: A new report analyzed Halloween candy sales for the past 11 years and found which candy is most popular in each U.S. state. New York? Sour Patch Kids. California? Skittles. Texans? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. See the full list below...
Read more: Business Insider,CandyStore.com - full list