Trailing in polls, O'Rourke lays into Cruz in…

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

Legal marijuana sales begin in Canada

Canada has become the largest country with a legal national pot marketplace. At least 111 legal pot shops are expected to open across the nation of 37 million people on Wednesday. (Oct. 17)

Massachusetts mayor charged with fraud to fund lavish lifestyle refuses to step down

An embattled Democratic mayor from Massachusetts who was arrested last week on suspicion of fraud and tax cheat charges is refusing to step down, calling his arrest “politically motivated” hours before city councilors pushed back a debate on how to handle the matter.

My Hope Was Broken.' Wives of Two Jailed Myanmar…

The wives of two Myanmar reporters for the Reuters news agency sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for possessing state secrets said Tuesday they were shocked by the court’s decision.

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US…

A new study finds that lately, tornado activity is shifting east away from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas

Today in History for October 17th

Highlights of this day in history: Arab oil embargo fuels energy crisis; Americans clinch revolutionary victory at Saratoga; Deadly quake hits northern California; Mobster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion; Playwright Arthur Miller born. (Oct. 17)

Florida barber arrested in sex sting claims he just wanted 'to see sting in action’: cops

A Florida barber who claimed he just wanted to see an undercover sex sting in action was among seven men arrested last week after they showed up to have sex with who they thought was a child.

Myanmar Sentences Two Reuters Reporters to Seven…

Two reporters for the Reuters news agency were each sentenced to seven years in prison by a Myanmar court on Monday for possession of state secrets.

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

No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million

Paul Allen remembered for tech, sports, giving

Tributes to Paul Allen continue to pour in from leaders in the tech, sports and entertainment industries. Allen died Monday. He was 65. (Oct. 17)

Nearly 130 guns found in home of police ambush suspect, officials say

Authorities found about 130 guns inside the South Carolina home of an ex-Army sharpshooter accused of ambushing police officers attempting to question his son about a possible child sex assault, officials said Tuesday.

President Trump Trashes the Media as 'Fake, Fake…

Thundering that the media is the “fake, fake disgusting news,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of grievances Thursday at a Pennsylvania campaign rally in which he cast journalists as his true political opponent.

Changing Orange County, California, gives…

For decades, Orange County, California, was known as a Republican stronghold but times have changed

AP interview: Trump on Khashoggi, Midterms…

In an interview with the Associated Press, President Donald Trump criticized the rush to condemn Saudi Arabia for the mystery surrounding missing journalist. He also said he is not responsible if the GOP loses seats after the midterm elections (Oct 16)

Arpaio files libel suit against The New York Times

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a libel lawsuit against The New York Times and a member of its editorial board Tuesday over an opinion piece lambasting his tough stance on immigration and tough approach to law enforcement.

FBI Director Christopher Wray Says Russia…

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to “spin up” Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States.

Mega Millions jackpot now $868M, 2nd largest in…

The already-giant Mega Millions prize is now at $868 million after a drawing Tuesday night turned up no winners

New York City Has More Homeless Students Than…

During the 2017-2018 school year, officials counted over 3,000 more homeless students than the year before.

Teen charged after bullet fired at road sign fatally struck retired Marine sitting on porch, officials say

A teen turned himself in Saturday after shooting a bullet through a road sign, which went into a wooded area, before fatally striking a retired U.S. Marine who was sitting on his porch in North Carolina earlier this month, authorities said.