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Mostly sunny Saturday, rain chance returns next week

It'll be a mostly sunny Saturday, but the clear weather doesn't stick around for long. Get the updated forecast here in the FOX34 Weather Blog. 

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Heavy rain in West Texas leaving cotton farmers anxious, uncertain for harvest

Another week of rain means another week of anxious cotton farmers in the Lubbock area.  According to the National Cotton Council, West Texas produces nearly two-thirds of the state's cotton. Farmer Alan West said it is difficult to tell what kind of yield is available, given the heavy amount of rain recently.  "We don't want to jump into panic mode yet. It's hard to farm if you're not somewhat optimistic, but this is certainly testing our patience, testing ... More>>

Lubbock unemployment rate down to 3 percent; 27 straight months of job growth in TX

Lubbock's unemployment rate for September is 3 percent, down from 3.2 percent in August. 

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Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

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Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States have been helped at every turn in Guatemala by residents offering food, water, and rides in private pickups or on flatbed of semi-trailer trucks. More>>

New traffic signal at 73rd & Frankford

The City of Lubbock has completed the installation of the new traffic signal at 73rd Street and Frankford Avenue. 

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Look Around Lubbock: Habitat for Humanity Video included

Lubbock Habitat for Humanity will dedicate a home to a local family at a ceremony on Sunday, October 21 at 3503 East 13th Street. At the celebration, the organization will present the keys to Mr. Adrian Rojas and Eppie Garcia, recipients of the new home.

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Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter Video included

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President Donald Trump is praising a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a "tough cookie" and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. More>>

INTERVIEW: Seay plans to revisit Expo Center, software agreement if elected Video included

Chad Seay, the Republican candidate for Lubbock County Commissioner, Precinct 4, said he wants commissioners to revisit the proposals for the Lubbock County Expo Center if it passes in November, as well as the county's software upgrade agreement with Tyler Technologies, if he's elected to the court.

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Covenant Medical battling language barriers for non-English speaking patients Video included

 Covenant Medical doctors are using a team to ensure nothing's lost in translation.

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New report shows Texas housing market is booming; Lubbock sales increase 18 percent since last year Video included

A new Texas Quarterly Housing report found over the last year, Lubbock home sales increased by 18.2 percent. Statewide, the number is up five percent. 

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United Way more than halfway to campaign goal

The United Way needs you help to reach its goal.  At it's mid-campaign luncheon, the Lubbock Area United Way announced it has raised more than $3.89 million toward it's goal. 

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No resolution yet on Reagor-Dykes customers' unpaid TT&L, trade-in liens

For Reagor-Dykes customers who either have unpaid tax, title and license or an unpaid trade-in balance, they will have to wait a little longer for resolution.

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Trump's Texas campaign rally to be held in bigger venue

President Donald Trump's rally in Houston next week with Sen. Ted Cruz and other top Republicans is moving to a larger venue, though it's still not the biggest stadium in Texas. 

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Parent Life Lubbock hosts Annual Gala and Silent Auction

Parent Life Lubbock will host its 5th Annual Gala and Silent Auction. This event is a great opportunity to See the Parent Life Story. It's a night of celebration dedicated to sharing the life transforming stories of young parents who courageously chose life for their babies and a chance to support the ministry that is walking alongside them on their journey through parenthood.

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TABC partners with Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott in the fight against human trafficking

A new public service announcement that builds upon Texas’ “Be The One” anti-human trafficking campaign is the first product of a new partnership between the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the First Lady of Texas. 

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New Mexico State Police investigate shooting in Artesia

On October 15, around 8:30 p.m. the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate a police shooting involving the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force at 1922 Villa Street in Artesia.  

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Texas Tech University moves TECHsan Memorial, cancels Homecoming Bonfire

The Texas Tech University TECHsan Memorial, held annually at Memorial Circle during Homecoming Week, has been moved indoors due to inclement weather. 

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Pumpkin Trail cancelled for Thursday

Due to the rain and the condition of the trail, the Pumpkin Trail for Thursday, October 18, has been cancelled.  We will be open for our regular hours Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 2018, in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum in Clapp Park.

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Texas Tech Big 12 Football schedule 2019

Texas Tech fans can begin marking their calendars as the Big 12 Conference officially unveiled the 2019 schedule Thursday, which features six home games at Jones AT&T Stadium. 

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Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence media Video included

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The Washington Post has published a new column by missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning that Middle East governments 'have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate'. More>>

First Look: "Halloween," "Sisters Brothers," Redford's last Video included

Four new movies open in Lubbock theaters this weekend including the return of Michael Myers and the departure of Robert Redford. 

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LPD officers to be recognized at Promotions and Awards ceremony

The Lubbock Police Department will host a Promotions and Awards ceremony to celebrate distinguished officers and promotions. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. October 24 in the 2nd floor auditorium of the police department. More>>

Keller Williams Reality to host Trunk or Treat

Keller Williams Reality will host its second Trunk or Treat event October 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. located at 10210 Quaker Ave.

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TTU Graduate School hosting Thesis Competition

The Texas Tech University Graduate School will celebrate the research of its students with the fourth annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition Wednesday (Oct. 24).

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City of Plainview ribbon cutting for Travis Trussell Pond

The City of Plainview invites the community to a ribbon cutting at the Travis Trussell Pond on Thursday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. The pond is located at 10th and Ennis Street.

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INTERVIEW: Frullo says work on Tech vet school, school finance will continue Video included

Looking ahead at an eighth year in the Legislature, Frullo said he's willing to continue working with senior leadership on statewide priorities. A guest on the News@Nine Wednesday, Frullo said there's no true solution for public school finance but he's open to working on solutions that do not involve raising property tax rates for school districts.

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Women's Protective Services holds candlelight vigil for domestic violence victims

Lubbock Women's Protective Services commemorating the lives of 136 Texas women killed by their intimate partners last year. Community education and outreach coordinator, Steven Garcia, said victims don't have to suffer in silence and encourages them to reach out. 

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Texas Tech President Schovanec delivers annual State of the University address

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec touting the university's triumphs in his annual State of the University presentation. 

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Texas Tech hosts Global Ethics Day

Protecting and preserving our environment starts with global ethics a Texas Tech professor said. It's the focus of Global Ethics Day, acknowledging the importance of social issues and understanding why we need to respect human rights of all people.

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Congressman Arrington honors Shallowater assistant principal in flag presentation

Lubbock Congressman Jodey Arrington honors Shallowater Assistant principal and retired Lieutenant Colonel Kris Hulse for his service and command of the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Lubbock. 

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Nathaniel Jouett pleads guilty in Clovis Library shooting

17-year-old Nathaniel Jouett pleads guilty to 33 counts in indictment including two counts of murder in the first degree. 

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Sears bankruptcy a clear warning to other retail stores Video included

A giant in the retail industry for 125 years, may be no more. Sears filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday in a last-ditch effort to restructure the company's debt after missing a $134 million deadline.  The company will close 142 more stores, including Lubbock's outlet. 

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Spirit of Children donations expands pediatric programs at Covenant Video included

Many families have their own holiday traditions, but most are shaken when a family member gets sick. Covenant Children's Hospital is making sure pediatric patients and their families are able to enjoy the holidays and receive the best care, beyond medical treatments, year round. 

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Trailing in polls, O'Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke is hoping to reverse polls showing him fading against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the second debate of a Texas Senate race that's become one of the nation's most-watched. More>>

More lenders object to Reagor-Dykes' request for TT&L, trade-in payment

Ahead of Thursday's hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, more lenders have filed objections to Reagor-Dykes Auto Group's request that lenders pay tax, title and license balances and trade-in liens. 

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Texas man sentenced for almost 25 years for hate crime in burning down mosque

The Justice Department today announced that Marq Perez, 26, was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for burning down the Victoria Islamic Center on Jan. 28, 2017. 

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New Mexico plane crash victims identified

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at around 4:30 p.m. New Mexico State Police responded to a report of a downed aircraft west of Albuquerque.  State Police with the assistance of Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, Albuquerque Fire Rescue and local first responders located the plane in a field about ten miles west of Double Eagle airport. 

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Trick or Treat at Safety City

Trick or Treat Street is a night packed with delicious fun!  Round up your fairies, superheroes and littlest goblins for this safe and friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza hosted by Safety City on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

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Body found in rain-swollen lake amid Texas flooding

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Fast-moving floodwaters destroy bridge, force evacuations and lead to numerous water rescues in Central Texas after heavy rainfall in recent days. More>>

New committee members named by National Sorghum Producers

National Sorghum Producers board of directors Chairman Dan Atkinson has appointed four new members to the NSP Legislative Committee and a new committee chairman. 

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Buddy Holly Hall celebrates Dia de los Muertos

The Buddy Holly Center is thrilled to announce their Día de los Muertos Workshop Saturday, October 27, 2018. 

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Parks and Recreation to host Pumpkin Trail

Parks and Recreation will host the 10th Annual Pumpkin Trail from October 18-21, 2018, in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum in Clapp Park.

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Covenant Children's hosts Halloween Party

Covenant Children’s Hospital’s annual Spirit of Children Halloween Party kicks off today at 11:00 a.m. 

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INTERVIEW: Arrington says work in first term, plans for second warrant re-election Video included

First elected in 2016, the congressman said his work on the House Budget Committee and Agriculture Committee, as well as chairing the Economic Opportunity subcommittee under the Veterans Affairs Committee, show his record of leadership on Capitol Hill.

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Medical Examiner's Office backlogged by 427 cases Video included

The Medical Examiner's Office reports it is behind 427 cases which date back years. 

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UPDATED: Coronado HS teacher indicted

A federal grand jury indicted Scott Hall, 40, with enticement and attempted enticement of a minor.  Hall, an art teacher at Coronado High School, was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student who is a minor, a state felony.

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Texas Association for Domestic Relations holds conference in Lubbock

Employees from eleven counties meet in Lubbock to learn more about different topics that could impact services provided by the Domestic Relations Offices. 

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Huddle House hosts breast cancer awareness fundraiser

The American Cancer Society volunteers "Huddle for Cancer". Huddle House hosts a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness offering a meal to fight for the cause. 

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Students across Lubbock ISD learn about agriculture through Ag in the Bag

Lubbock area fourth-graders focusing on how agriculture impacts their daily lives. Students from across Lubbock ISD visit stations showing different aspects of agriculture including cotton, wheat, food science and beef. 

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Texas Tech System prepping for key legislative session Video included

The Texas Tech System is gearing up to convince lawmakers in Austin to fund key projects including the vet school in Amarillo.

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TABC hosts roundtable with El Paso

Alcohol plays a big role in the West Texas economy. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission reports more than 52,000 hundred licensed businesses contribute more than $40 billion annually. 

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U.S. Bank objects to Reagor-Dykes request for lenders to pay TT&L, trade-ins

Several customers who bought a vehicle from Reagor-Dykes have unpaid TT&L or trade-ins. Reagor-Dykes has proposed lenders pay these amounts. One of these lenders, U.S. Bank, objects.

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Lack of affordable, quality child care in Lubbock stifling businesses Video included

New research indicating a lack of affordable, quality child care in Lubbock is hurting businesses, as 45 percent of parents miss work to child care disruptions over six months, according to a report by the "Children at Risk" organization. Shay Everitt, with Children at Risk, said more than 4,200 children with low-income working parents do not have access to proper child care in Lubbock.  "This is important because affordable, quality child care hel... More>>

City Bank begins second decade of community rewards

City Bank’s Community Rewards program begins its second decade this week with an expanded field of winners and a renewed commitment to the Lubbock community. For the 11th consecutive year, City Bank will distribute $60,000 to Lubbock and area nonprofits through Community Rewards online voting. 

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American Heart Association hosts annual heart walk

The American Heart Association hosts it's annual heart walk working to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in America, while stroke is number five.

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Tech Alum to be honored on field Homecoming Weekend for his life-saving blood stem cell donation

WHAT: Jeramy Davies was the VP of the Texas Tech Health Science Association when he organized a marrow drive with Cooks Children’s Hospital. He joined the Be The Match Registry© at that drive in 2010. In 2015, Jeramy received a call that he was a match for a patient in need. He answered the call and went on to donate blood stem cells (PBSC) that same year.

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Jury trial tentatively set for James Holland in capital murder of step-daughter

The Lubbock County District Court confirms a jury trial for James Holland has been tentatively set for January 14. Holland was arrested a month after the body of his 18-year old special needs stepdaughter was found mutilated in Feb. 2016. 

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Cruz enters debate with polling lead; Trump rally coming

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Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas is taking a sharper tone in his campaign heading into the final scheduled debate with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. More>>

Raging floods destroy bridge over Texas river

Raging floodwaters have destroyed a bridge over a river in Central Texas.    Video shows the bloated Llano River overrunning a bridge in Kingsland, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of Austin. 

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Lubbock Arts Alliance presents Take in the Local Color! Lubbock's Artist Studio Tour

Thirty-five artists and seven studios will be participating in the 22nd Take In the Local Color! Lubbock’s Artist Studio Tour, November 10-11, 2018. This yearly event gives audiences the unique opportunity to observe artists in their working environments, many of which are in private homes. 

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First responders working gas leak near 90th and Indiana

Fire crews, LP&L and ATMOS are working in the area of 90th street and Indiana Avenue following reports of a gas leak. 

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Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

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Trump, first lady arrive in Florida to survey areas devastated by Hurricane Michael. More>>

Council member Latrelle Joy to host District 6 town hall meeting

Council member Latrelle Joy will be holding a District 6 Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Groves Branch Library located at 5520 19th Street.

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Lubbock Public Library announces October events

The Godeke Branch Library, 5034 Frankford Avenue, will have a storytime and crafts for school age kids from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22. For more information, call 775-3362.

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TTU signs international agreement in Vietnam

TTU K-12, a unit of Texas Tech University’s eLearning & Academic Partnerships, has signed an agreement with St. Nicholas International School in Danang, Vietnam, allowing international students to study an exclusively American curriculum.

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INTERVIEW: Levario wants guaranteed health care, comprehensive immigration reform Video included

Democratic candidate Miguel Levario is running against Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) in the November election. A guest on the News@Nine Monday, Levario said his "grassroots" campaign is focused on people over party, and he's confident he can unseat the incumbent Republican.

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TJ Patterson honored for work in Lubbock, Texas Tech

Former Lubbock City Councilman TJ Patterson is the recipient of the Senator Robert L. Duncan Community Champion Award. It's part of the University's Celebrate Diversity banquet.

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Compromise on vehicles in First Bank & Trust lawsuit v. Reagor Auto Mall

Representatives for Reagor Auto Mall admit it has defaulted on loans, according to a judge's order filed Monday.

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Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

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Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died. More>>

Free speech may not be free? Proposed regulations could require payments from D.C. protestors Video included

The National Park Service is looking at potential regulations requiring payment from protestors in the nation's capitol, putting a question mark on the future of free speech and if it is indeed "free." Richard Rosen, a law professor at Texas Tech, said there are two major question marks in this proposed regulation, pointing out they are tied together.  "The two largest concerns appear to be one, prohibiting demonstrations close to the gate, or the fence... More>>

Lubbock Chamber celebrates Texas Chamber of Commerce Week

It's "Chamber of Commerce Week" in Texas. Governor Abbott designating it to celebrate the nearly 400 chamber organizations and commemorate the work they do to keep industry churning across the state.

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Senate aide pleads guilty to lying to FBI

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A former Senate intelligence committee employee has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. More>>

Check out what's happening in Lubbock this weekend, Oct. 18-21 Video included

Check out what's happening in the Lubbock Cultural District this weekend

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UN's Nikki Haley to leave in latest Trump shake-up Video included

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U.N. Ambassdor Nikki Haley is resigning, The Associated Press has learned. More>>

Officials: 4 people remain missing in West Texas flooding

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Four men remain missing after a West Texas RV park was overrun by raging floodwaters and authorities are awaiting daybreak to resume their search. More>>

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  • Mega Millions jackpot hits $1B, thanks to worsening odds

    Mega Millions jackpot hits $1B, thanks to worsening odds

    Friday, October 19 2018 11:59 AM EDT2018-10-19 15:59:33 GMT
    Friday, October 19 2018 7:40 PM EDT2018-10-19 23:40:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). A man walks past Mega Millions and other lottery displays outside of The Lucky Spot in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). A man walks past Mega Millions and other lottery displays outside of The Lucky Spot in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark.
    If it seems lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.
    If it seems lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.
  • USC agrees to pay $215M to settle doctor sex abuse claims

    USC agrees to pay $215M to settle doctor sex abuse claims

    Friday, October 19 2018 1:39 PM EDT2018-10-19 17:39:42 GMT
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    (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018, file photo, people enter the University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles. Nearly 100 women who contend that they were sexually harassed or abuse...(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, May 22, 2018, file photo, people enter the University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles. Nearly 100 women who contend that they were sexually harassed or abuse...
    The University of Southern California has announced an agreement in principle for a $215 million class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated...
    The University of Southern California has announced an agreement in principle for a $215 million class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated students for years.
  • Alaska's independent governor suspends re-election bid

    Alaska's independent governor suspends re-election bid

    Friday, October 19 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-10-19 23:02:58 GMT
    Friday, October 19 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-10-19 23:39:53 GMT
    Independent Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has suspended his re-election bid with less than three weeks before the general election.
    Independent Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has suspended his re-election bid with less than three weeks before the general election.
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  • The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures

    The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, bridge between cultures

    Friday, October 19 2018 2:49 PM EDT2018-10-19 18:49:35 GMT
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    The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, guide, bridge between political Islam and the West.
    The Jamal Khashoggi I knew: mentor, guide, bridge between political Islam and the West.
  • Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact

    Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact

    Friday, October 19 2018 1:40 AM EDT2018-10-19 05:40:01 GMT
    Friday, October 19 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-10-19 23:42:04 GMT
    (AP Photo). The head of NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, center left, Kandahar Gov. Zalmay Wesa, center right, and their delegations attend a security conference, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The three top officials ...(AP Photo). The head of NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, center left, Kandahar Gov. Zalmay Wesa, center right, and their delegations attend a security conference, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The three top officials ...
    Afghanistan stunned by killings of senior Kandahar officials ahead of parliamentary elections; top US commander unhurt.
    Afghanistan stunned by killings of senior Kandahar officials ahead of parliamentary elections; top US commander unhurt.
  • Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

    Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico

    Friday, October 19 2018 12:09 AM EDT2018-10-19 04:09:50 GMT
    Friday, October 19 2018 7:41 PM EDT2018-10-19 23:41:58 GMT
    (AP Photo). Hundreds of Honduran migrants stand at the shore of the Suchiate river on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Mexico's foreign ministry says government officials at its southern border...(AP Photo). Hundreds of Honduran migrants stand at the shore of the Suchiate river on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Mexico's foreign ministry says government officials at its southern border...
    Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan from Honduras have massed in a Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to threaten retaliation if they...
    Members of a 3,000-strong migrant caravan from Honduras have massed in a Guatemalan border town across the muddy Suchiate River from Mexico as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to threaten retaliation if they continue toward the United States.
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