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Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

Photo gallery by photo services ISTANBUL — A man who previously traveled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage to the United States entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished there, according to images published Thursday by a pro-government Turkish newspaper. The Sabah newspaper’s report showed the man also later outside the Saudi consul general’s home, checking out of a Turkish hotel as a large suitcase stood by his side, and leaving Turkey on Oct. 2. The report came as Turkish crime-scene investigators finished an overnight search of both the consul general’s residence and a second search of the consulate itself amid Ankara’s fears that Saudi authorities had Khashoggi killed and dismembered inside th...

With new counsel on board, White House braces for post-election fights

© Courtesy Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the job of White House counsel is an indication the White House is preparing for possible post-election legal brawls with Democrats over everything from the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to possible impeachment if Democrats take over the House of Representatives. Pat Cipollone is taking over an office formerly led by Don McGahn, whose last day at the White House was Wednesday. While McGahn was planning on leaving the White House, his departure was expedited by Trump’s Tuesday announcement of Cipollone’s appointment. Should Democrats take over the House, the President’s lawyers expect a flood of new oversight investigations of executive...

The Note: Democrats see blue in Midwestern Trump country

The TAKE with Rick Klein President Donald Trump’s flight to Montana for a western campaign swing that starts Thursday will have him fly over large swaths of Trump country — or, at least, what once could be considered as that. But something is rumbling in the states that delivered Trump the presidency, suggesting bright spots for Democrats in places they once saw turning bleaker. FiveThirtyEight’s new gubernatorial forecasts show the potential for a big blue shift through the Midwest. Democrats stand favored to win governor’s offices in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan, with toss-up races in Ohio and Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. In the battle for the House, more than 30 competitive races stretch across 10 Midwestern states — including six seats in both Michigan and Ohio, three in I...

Manhunt in Crimea for possible accomplice in school attack

Authorities on the Crimean Peninsula were searching for a possible accomplice of the student who carried out a shooting and bomb attack on a vocational school, killing 20 people and wounding more than 50 others, an official said Thursday. An 18-year-old student, who later killed himself, was initially believed to be the only one to have been involved in the carnage at the Kerch Polytechnic College on Wednesday. Authorities haven’t provided a motive for the shooting, and teachers and classmates described the attacker as a shy man who had few friends. But Kremlin-appointed Crimean chief Sergei Aksyonov told Russian news agencies on Thursday that it is possible that the attacker, identified as Vyacheslav Roslyakov, had an accomplice. “The point is to find out who was coaching him ...

‘Start Here’: Opioid obit, Crimea attack. What you need to know to start your day.

It’s Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Here’s what you need to start your day: 1. Khashoggi column calls for free press in Middle East In his final column written before he disappeared, Washington Post writer and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi discussed the need for a free press in the Middle East. “Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate,” he wrote for the Washington Post. “There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media.” It’s been more than two weeks since Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of murdering the columnist. A close f...

President Trump on historic media blitz: ANALYSIS

President Donald Trump is on a media blitz of historic proportions. Forget all that “the enemy of the people” talk, Donald Trump has been spending a remarkable amount of time with reporters lately. In fact, ABC News can find no comparable time period when a president of the United States has taken more questions from the news media than Donald Trump has over the past 11 days. “He has no fear of talking to the media,” a senior administration official, who asked to be quoted anonymously, told ABC News. “He relishes it and he has instructed his staff he wants to do it more.” Since Oct. 6, the president has done (at least) five interviews with print publications and eight television interviews. During the same time period, he has held six impromptu press con...

Tekashi69 Making Major Life Changes, Refocused on His Career

Tekashi69 Time to Make Big Changes … It’s Career First Now!!! 10/18/2018 12:50 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Tekashi69 is ready to make his career a top priority and to make it happen … some heads are gonna roll.  Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ … Tekashi and his closest confidants are downsizing his entourage. From here on out, he only wants music biz professionals around him who are focused on making him the biggest star possible.  We’re told Tekashi’s riding high after a successful international tour, and wants to reap the benefits by making life better for himself and his family. He’s been spending way more quality time with his GF and his 2-year-old daughter.  You’d have to say … it’s a great time for him to clean up his act. As we r...

Kendall Jenner Stalker Repeatedly Breaks Into Gated Community and Ends Up by Her Pool

Kendall Jenner Stalker Ends Up by Her Pool … Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 10/18/2018 1:00 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Kendall Jenner has another scary stalker, and it’s gotta be enraging to her because security at her multi-million dollar exclusive gated community left a gaping hole for the guy to enter. 37-year-old John Ford was arrested early last month for breaking into Kendall’s gated community, where numerous stars live. Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Christina Aguilera and Slash have all called it home. But, law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Ford had his sights set on Kendall. Ford pled guilty to trespass and the judge ordered him to stay 1,000 feet from the gated community. Turns out, he didn’t follow the order. We’re told shockingly … l...

Jayme Closs: Hunt for 13-year-old after parents murdered

Image copyright Barron County Sheriff’s Department Image caption The missing 13-year-old has been described as a “sweet girl” by school officials An increasingly desperate search is under way in the US after a Wisconsin teenager went missing and her parents were found murdered. The couple, aged 56 and 46, were found shot dead in their family home at about 01:00 local (06:00 GMT) on Monday. Ever since police have been looking for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who they believe is “endangered”. They say a 911 call and evidence from the address suggests she was in the house when the disturbance took place. On Tuesday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said a dispatcher received a call from a mobile phone and heard a disturbance in the background, but no-one spoke ...

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Last column published

Image copyright AFP Image caption Turkish officers again searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Wednesday and Thursday The Washington Post has published missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s last column – a call for press freedom across the Arab world. The newspaper said it decided to go ahead after accepting Mr Khashoggi was not going to return safely. The journalist has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, where Turkish officials allege he was killed. Saudi Arabia, which denies the killing, allowed investigators inside overnight. Turkish crime scene teams were seen leaving the consulate early on Thursday morning. Sources close to the investigation have said they have audio evidence of Mr Khashoggi’s torture and eventual de...

Former USA Gymnastics president arrested for alleged tampering in Nassar case

Steve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly tampering with evidence in the case of disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar. Penny was arrested by the U.S. Marshals service in Tennessee on a warrant issued by the state of Texas. He was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of tampering with evidence, a felony, on Sept. 28. He allegedly removed documents from the Karolyi Ranch, the U.S. gymnastics’ training facility in Huntsville, Texas, related to Nassar’s activity at the gym. “The indictment further alleges that the removal of the documents was done for the purpose of impairing the ongoing investigation by destroying or hiding the documents,” the U.S. Marshals said in a press release. He allegedly ordered the documents be se...