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Oct. 20, 2017

12:19 p.m.

Photo: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks at a pres
Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year
The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade. The sobering deficit numbers, released Friday by the ...

11:17 a.m.

Photo: Savannah, Veronica and Ayzayah Hartfield look on a
Metro officer killed in mass shooting honored with Strip motorcade
Traffic paused for a moment Friday on the Las Vegas Strip to mark the passing of the casket of an off-duty police officer who was among 58 people killed when a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel into a crowded outdoor concert in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Charleston Hartfield was receiving full departmental honors, including ...

10:31 a.m.

Photo: Morning smog envelops the skyline in Mumbai, India
Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and ...

10:19 a.m.

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Trump drawing of Empire State Building sells for $16,000
A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump has sold at auction for $16,000. Julien's Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was ...

9:46 a.m.

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Rare Jackie Robinson rookie jersey up for auction
A rare jersey from Jackie Robinson's historic rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers 70 years ago could be available for someone with a few spare millions. The jersey, part of a Heroes of Sports offering by Heritage Auctions, has been certified by Mears, one of the top ...

9:33 a.m.

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10:13 a.m.

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Dusty Baker gone as manager of Nationals after 2 NL East titles
Dusty Baker's time as the manager of the Washington Nationals is over after two seasons, two NL East titles and zero playoff series victories. The Nationals announced Friday that they would not be bringing Baker back. His two-year deal with ...

9:10 a.m.

Afghan official: Suicide bombing at Kabul mosque kills 30
A suicide bomber targeted a Shiite mosque in a western Kabul neighborhood during evening prayers on Friday, killing at least 30 people, Afghan officials. And in western Ghor province, a suicide blast struck a Sunni mosque, also during ...

9:04 a.m.

Photo: In this June 13, 2017, file photo, Senate Armed Se
John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April
An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it. "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations" is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday. The publisher quietly signed ...

9:03 a.m.

Fox News duped by phony military hero, takes down story
Fox News Channel has removed an untrue story from its website, saying it was duped by an artist the network highlighted as a Vietnam veteran, a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team and a much-decorated war. The report, which aired Oct. 8, focused on glass artist John Garofalo, who was ...

8:53 a.m.

Lawsuit: Prison did nothing as fungus ruined inmate's brain
An inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility died in April after a brain fungus gave him a form of meningitis that left him weak and so disoriented that he drank his own urine while prison health care staff ignored his pleas for help, according to ...

8:51 a.m.

Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case
Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a cake for ...

8:43 a.m.

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Spacewalking astronauts replacing blurry camera on robot arm
Astronauts went spacewalking Friday to provide some necessary focus to the International Space Station's robot arm. The main job for commander Randy Bresnik and teacher-turned-astronaut Joe Acaba was to replace a blurry camera on the new robotic hand that was ...

8:41 a.m.

U.S.-backed Syrian force declares victory over ISIS in Raqqa
Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after ...

8:39 a.m.

Man attacks people at Polish shopping mall; 1 dead, 7 hurt
A man attacked people with a knife Friday at a shopping mall in southeastern Poland, killing one person and wounding seven others, police said. Shoppers detained ...

8:36 a.m.

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Trump pledges biggest tax cuts ever as Senate paves way
President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country!" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for ...

1 a.m.

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8:55 a.m.

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Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego
The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego. The prototypes form a tightly packed row of imposing concrete and metal panels, including one with sharp metal edges on top. Another has ...

1 a.m.

Photo: Iraq war veteran Corey Keller is invited onstage b
'Great big hearts': Country music stars bring healing to Las Vegas with free concert
Less than three weeks after the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place at a packed Las Vegas country music festival, another valley country show with thousands of attendees on Thursday worked to find healing. "You've shown that there are people ...

Thursday

Oct. 19, 2017

7:11 p.m.

Photo: A word of prayer to the victims of the mass shooti
Judge orders hotel to secure evidence in Las Vegas massacre
The Las Vegas resort from which a gunman unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has been ordered to preserve photos, surveillance video and gambling records of ...

4:06 p.m.

MGM: No plans to rent gunman’s room at Mandalay Bay
MGM: No plans to rent gunman’s room at Mandalay Bay
MGM Resorts International said today it has no plans to rent the 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite from where a gunman shot and killed 58 people and wounded more than ...

3:33 p.m.

School District Police officer uses stun gun on student
School District Police officer uses stun gun on student
A Clark County School District Police officer used a stun gun on an unruly 16-year-old student this morning at Las Vegas High School, officials said. The officer shocked the boy shortly after 7 a.m. when ...

3:03 p.m.

Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear
Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of "division" and "fear" while rallying on Thursday at the side of his former ambassador to Germany, who is running for ...

2:59 p.m.

Photo: Protesters demonstrate ahead of white nationalist
White nationalist Spencer drowned out by protesters
Counter demonstrators greatly outnumbered white nationalist Richard Spencer's supporters on Thursday at the University of Florida, their chants drowning Spencer out during his speech. Outside, hundreds more people protested with signs and ...

2:49 p.m.

Photo: Cal Fire forester Kim Sone inspects damage at home
California fires cause $1B in damages, burn 7,000 buildings
The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continue assessing areas ...

2:01 p.m.

Ex-Dean Foods chairman gets 2 years in prison in fraud case
A former Dean Foods chairman who admitted feeding inside information to an influential Las Vegas gambler has been sentenced in New York to two years in prison. A federal judge imposed the sentence on ...

1:57 p.m.

Photo: A firefighter runs along a containment line while
Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires
As wildfires rage across California and the West, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill sponsored by senators from three ...