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U.S. budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years

The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six years as President Donald Trump's tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily in order to cover its spending.

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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROBE INTO KHASHOGGI CASE FAR FROM OVER Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Turkey, where a newspaper detailed the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in gruesome detail. 2. 'NO, I THINK I'M HELPING PEOPLE' In a wide-ranging interview the AP, Trump says he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November. 3. WHERE MARIJUANA SALES ARE NOW LEGAL At the stroke of midnight in Newfoundland, Canada became the

Cajun Navy replaces S Carolina Boy Scout troop's stolen gear

GILBERT, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Boy Scout troop discovered its trailer holding thousands of dollars' worth of camping gear was stolen, and the Louisiana Cajun Navy stepped in to help. WLTX-TV reports an assistant scout master with Gilbert Troop 60, Rocky Sharpe, says it was devastating to learn the trailer was stolen over the weekend. A Facebook video posted Tuesday by the Cajun Navy says "God has put us in a position to rectify this situation." The video says the Cajun Navy met up with the troop that night to provide items including camping gear, camping stoves, propane tanks, bug

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that over the past few decades U.S. tornadoes have shifted — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east. Scientists aren't quite certain why. The study is in Wednesday's journal Climate and Atmospheric Science. It sees a slight decrease in tornado activity in the Great Plains, with the biggest drop in central and eastern Texas. The study found it is increasing most in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin and

Georgia police investigating arrest of black preteen rapper

ATLANTA (AP) — Police in Georgia are investigating the arrest of a black preteen rapper by a white off-duty officer. News outlets report Cobb Police Chief Mike Register says the department launched a probe Tuesday into the October arrest, which was partly captured on video and posted online. Register says the 12-year-old previously was warned not to sell CDs inside an Atlanta mall, but was caught doing so again this month. A Patchwerk Recording Studios manager, Toya Brown, identified the boy as Mississippi-native Corey Jackson, who performs under the name Lil C-Note. Register says the boy's

Wendy's worker who put 'Chubby' on customer receipt fired

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A franchise owner of a North Carolina Wendy's says an employee who called a customer "Chubby" on an order has been fired. News outlets report the Carolina Restaurant Group issued a statement Tuesday that says they apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and terminated the employee, whose identity hasn't been released. Shue says he went to the Gastonia restaurant this month and ordered two sandwiches, providing the cashier with his name "clear as day." He says he then noticed the receipt listed his name as "Chubby," which he says was an attempt to make fun of his weight. He

AP FACT CHECK: Cruz, O'Rourke claims cite taxes, immigration

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke abandoned his optimistic tone and attacked Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as "Lyin" Ted in their second debate before the election, borrowing a nickname first used by President Donald Trump. It was one of the challenger's last chances to gain ground on Cruz, who is leading the polls even though O'Rourke has benefited from national media coverage of his unconventional campaign and a record amount of campaign cash. A look at claims made in their debate Tuesday in San Antonio: O'ROURKE: "Ted Cruz invested more than $5 million in Cambridge Analytica, which is the

America's most famous pimp, poised for elected office, dies

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — America's most famous pimp partied for days with porn stars, political pals and others to celebrate his 72nd birthday, but the revelry ended when Dennis Hof was found dead in one of his Nevada brothels. Hof, a Donald Trump-style Republican who won a GOP primary for a seat in the state Legislature this year, spent his last nights at celebrations that drew notables from politics and the sex industry — two worlds he managed to bridge. His body was found Tuesday morning. State elections officials say Hof's name will remain on the November ballot, but signs will be posted at

Resignation shakes up Alaska's governor's race

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a stunning October surprise, Alaska's lieutenant governor has resigned for making unspecified "inappropriate comments." The move imperils the re-election hopes of Gov. Bill Walker, a man with whom he has shared a brother-like bond. Walker, who has been locked in a tough re-election fight with Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy, had already been in talks with Begich. Walker's campaign manager says the talks centered on a "path forward for Alaska" and stemmed from concerns about Dunleavy and the dynamics of a three-way race. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott's

Feinstein and rival de Leon, both Democrats, set to debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon are set to face off in their only scheduled debate. The Wednesday event is Feinstein's first appearance with an election opponent since 2000. It offers a chance for de Leon to directly attack her as he searches for a badly-needed boost. The election is Nov. 6 and early voting is under way. The San Francisco event will be hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. President Mark Baldassare will ask the two candidates questions and try to limit their engagement with one another. Both campaigns have

No winning Mega Millions ticket; jackpot climbs to $868M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $667 million grand prize in Tuesday night's drawing. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9. The next drawing will be Friday. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. The jackpot has been growing since July, when a