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orders travelers to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for bringing guns
Travelers caught with guns at airports last year were ordered to pay approximately $1.45 million in civil penalties by the Transportation Security Administration, according to a report. The TSA imposed the fines after filing more than 4,000 actions against gun-carrying travelers, The Washington Post reports. TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,000 for travelers who bring weapons to airports. A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900. Violators are also subject to criminal charges. Fox
VOA VIEW: Those who make the mistake should pay the fine.
in Nancy Pelosi's Shoes': CA GOP Ad Depicts Opponent in High Heels
A Republican congressional candidate in California took a humorous approach to compare her opponent to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The latest ad for Elizabeth Heng depicts Jim Costa (D) in red high heels, or "Nancy Pelosi's shoes," struggling to walk down the street. Heng said Sunday on Fox & Friends that the "lighthearted" ad was meant to show how Costa supports Pelosi's policies like sanctuary cities and gun control. Fox
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a joke.
GOP senators say US should end arms sales to Saudis
Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday that ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the country's involvement in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi "should be on the table." "We don't do arms sales for the purposes of the profits from arms sales. We do arms sales because we want to be allied with different countries around the globe that believe in our values and have a long-term sense of what we're up to together and why we have that alliance," Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "(The) Saudis got a lot of explaining to do," he said. US arms sales to the Saudis have become a topic of debate in recent days as the investigation into Khashoggi's death has called into question the US' relationship with the country. CNN
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foreign minister says killing of Khashoggi was 'tremendous mistake'
Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a "tremendous mistake" and part of a rogue operation.
"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority," he told Bret Baier on Sunday. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up. That is unacceptable in any government." Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia was taking action to investigate how Khashoggi died and hold those responsible accountable. "We are determined to uncover every stone. We are determined to find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder," he said. CNN
VOA VIEW: The facts need to all be made known.
and Texas Post Record Sept.-to-Sept. Job Gains
Florida and Texas, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not only led the nation in the number of nonfarm jobs they added in the year running from September 2017 to September 2018 but also added the greatest number of jobs to their states in any September-to-September period on record. Ohio and Pennsylvaniasometimes considered part of the nations Rust Beltalso saw significant job gains from September 2017 to September 2018, with Ohio showing the largest increase for its state in 21 years and Pennsylvania showing the largest increase in 18 years. CNS
VOA VIEW: Trump is doing good.
in Mexico try to head off caravan of Central American migrants determined
to reach the US
A caravan of thousands of footsore Central American migrants who say they are seeking refuge from violence in their countries was moving north Sunday under the close watch of an army of Mexican federal police in riot gear. Mexican officials said federal police were staying in front of the caravan, which stretched about two miles and comprised mostly of people from Honduras and Guatemala many of whom say they are determined to reach the U.S. border 1,700 miles away. Those officers, transported in a convoy of tour buses and reinforced with riot police from across the country, have announced they will not let the migrants pass a small town near the border. ABC
VOA VIEW: Lawlessness must be dealt with very hard.
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tour: Pregnant Duchess of Sussex pulls out of event after Harry urges her
to 'slow down'
The Duchess of Sussex pulled out of an Invictus Games medal presentation on Sunday morning as the realities of being pregnant during a gruelling royal tour caught up with her. The Duchess, who is about four months pregnant with her first child, spent the morning resting after an unexpectedly late finish to the Invictus opening ceremony on Saturday night before catching up with her husband for their second event of the day. She has already disclosed how she had been trying to overcome jetlag by practising yoga at 4.30am, as she deals with a rigorous programme of engagements which has included flights between cities on several days. Telegraph
treatment for prostate cancer could extend lives of thousands of men
Radiotherapy can provide extended survival time for thousands of men with prostate cancer, a major trial has shown. A study in London demonstrates for the first time that adding the treatment to standard hormone therapy in men with a locally-advanced form of the disease significantly holds back their cancer. Up untill now doctors have thought it pointless targeting the main tumour itself once the disease has begun to spread to nearby lymph nodes and bones. But the new approach, reported in The Lancet, significantly increased the proportion of patients who were alive after three years, despite the local spread. While 70 per cent of those given hormone therapy alone survived for three years, around 80 per cent of those in the study who received hormone therapy and radiotherapy were alive after the same period. Telegraph
was 'playful' in praising assault on Guardian reporter
Donald Trump was being playful when he praised a Montana congressman who assaulted a Guardian reporter, said a Republican senator whose new book sets out to heal Americas glaring political divide. In Missoula, Montana on Thursday, Trump discussed Greg Gianfortes attack on Ben Jacobs, which happened in May 2017 when Jacobs asked the then candidate a question about healthcare. To laughter, the president mimed a body slam and said Gianforte was my guy. The attack broke Jacobs glasses and injured his elbow. I got to admit I dont follow the rallies, said the conservative critic of Trump with rumoured White House ambitions who nonetheless usually votes with the president. But I think the first amendment is the beating heart of the American experiment. Guardian
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deported despite having served for US military
A Canadian army captain who fought alongside American troops in Afghanistan, and who is married to a former officer in the US air force, has been deported as Donald Trumps zero tolerance immigration policies continue to break apart military families. Demetry Furman, 47, says he held a top-level security clearance with US forces during his service in the Middle East and worked with them on several successful anti-drugs operations that prevented millions of dollars of heroin coming to the West. But in a twist of irony he says it was a long-spent 1992 marijuana conviction that led to his being dumped by agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (Ice) at the Canadian border on Tuesday after he spent 77 days in a maximum security jail in Ohio labelled as a drugs trafficker. Guardian
dismisses risk of contagion from China's economic slowdown
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dismissed concerns that Chinas weakest economic growth since the global financial crisis could spill into other emerging markets and destabilize U.S. financial markets.China is trying to navigate through multiple challenges after its trade war with the United States sparked a blistering sell-off in domestic stock markets and a steep decline in the yuan versus the dollar, heightening worries about its growth outlook. Data released on Friday showed the worlds second largest economy growing at its weakest pace since the global financial crisis, underscoring challenges for Beijing amid an escalating trade war with the United States and sluggish domestic demand. Reuters
sell net $1.1 billion of Saudi stocks as journalist disappearance rattles
Foreigners sold a net 4.01 billion riyals ($1.07 billion) in Saudi stocks in the week ending Oct. 18, exchange data showed on Sunday - one of the biggest selloffs since the market opened to direct foreign buying in mid-2015. The selloff came during a week when investors were rattled by Saudi Arabias deteriorating relations with foreign governments following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Riyadh said on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate, its first acknowledgement of his death after denying for two weeks that it was involved in his disappearance. Reuters
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deadly violence, UN calls on Afghan authorities to ensure voters can cast
Against a backdrop of violence and technical malfunctions, the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a statement calling on the countrys electoral authorities to re-double their efforts to make sure all eligible voters are given a reasonable opportunity to cast their ballot. Afghanistans parliamentary elections took place on Saturday amid reports of explosions targeting polling stations across the country, including the capital Kabul, killing or injuring dozens of people. The violence, along with technical electoral management issues, has led to delays, and many people were forced to wait long hours to cast their vote: a number of stations are reported to have extended their opening hours, with some remaining open for voting on Sunday. UN
Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Paul Allen's Second Act
Allen had it right. Entrepreneurs who leave their companieswhether its because theyve sold the business, they are ready to retire, or they are just donedo need to get away from themselves. Starting and running a business are all-consuming endeavors that hijack an entrepreneurs identity. In Allens case, Microsoft didnt have its IPO until three years after he left, delaying some of the post-exit sudden-wealth symptoms until 1986, when his net worth increased by $134 million overnight. After his European tour in 1983, he went back home to Seattle, took out a business loan based on his experience with Microsoft, and launched into what he expected would be his own rightful tech empire, distinct from Gates and the company they cofounded. Wired
is the No. 1 movie in North America with $77.5M
Jamie Lee Curtis' latest horror movie Halloween is No. 1 in North America, earning $77.5 million in receipts, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. Coming in at No. 2 is A Star is Born with $19.3 million, followed by Venom at No. 3 with $18.1 million, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween at No. 4 with $9.7 million and First Man at No. 5 with $8.6 million. United Press International
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International, Human Rights Watch call for UN to investigate killing of
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Several of the largest human rights organizations in the world are calling for a U.N. investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The groups, including Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, called for Turkey to push the U.N. to begin an investigation into Khashoggi's death, which took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Khashoggi, a regular critic of the Saudi royal family, worked as a columnist for The Washington Post. He had been living in the United States after fleeing Saudi Arabia in September 2017. ABC News
Willa grows rapidly off Pacific coast of Mexico
A newly formed hurricane rapidly gained force off Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday and forecasters said it could reach Category 4 status before hitting land by midweek. A hurricane watch was posted for a stretch of shore between San Blas and Mazatlan. Hurricane Willa was about 260 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrientes at midday Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. It was moving to the northwest at 7 mph, but was expected to start curving toward the north-northeast. The National Hurricane Center said in its midday advisory expected to become a major hurricane by Monday morning and near the coast by Tuesday night. It said the storm could produce dangerous storm surge, while dumping 5 to 10 inches of rain across parts of western Jalisco, western Nayarit and southern Sinaloa states, with lesser amounts falling as it moves inland. CBS News
cost employers $21 billion in lost productivity last flu season
The flu cost U.S. employers over $21 billion in lost productivity this past flu season, according to an estimate from Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. While its not clear yet how bad this season will be, employers are encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chances of the flu spreading in the workplace. It was a particularly bad flu season last year, says Andrew Challenger, vice president of the Chicago-based outplacement and executive coaching firm. We dont have too much of an indication of what this flu season is going to look like right now, but employers should take heed. He estimates that if the United States sees the same levels of flu as last season, employers' losses from sick days could be higher because wages have increased since last year as firms strive to remain competitive. Newsday
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