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VOTE 2016
-- A new ABC News election tracking poll  shows diminished enthusiasm and a high level of negative support are undermining Donald Trump’s candidacy in the closing stretch of the 2016 campaign, while Hillary Clinton has improved on both these measures. 56% of Clinton’s backers in the national survey, a new high, say they’re voting mainly to support her rather than to oppose Trump. By contrast, 54 percent of Trump voters are mainly motivated by opposition to Clinton, not support for him. Affirmative support can be a stronger motivator to vote, and Clinton’s has gained 9 points from its low just before the party conventions in July. Trump’s affirmative support, by contrast, has been essentially flat in the same period.
-- President Obama continues his campaign swing through the west for Hillary Clinton and down-ballot candidates, with a fundraising stop on Los Angeles, closed to the press. In a last minute push, the president plans to endorse roughly 150 candidates in all. The president is already lending his popularity to candidates in several key states, appearing in a handful of radio and TV ads. That list, officials say, will grow with every passing day.
-- Campaign Events: Donald Trump has two afternoon events in Florida, where early voting begins today. Hillary Clinton attends a Democratic Party event in New Hampshire with Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) has two events in Florida, while Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) will be in Greensboro, North Carolina. Vice President Joe Biden stumps for Mrs. Clinton with two events in Ohio.

The NTSB is expected to begin its investigation on Monday into a deadly tour bus crash in Southern California that killed 13 people, including the driver, and hurt more than 30. The California Highway Patrol says evidence from the crash sight suggests the bus was traveling at a high rate of speed when it slammed head-on into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 10, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The bus is an older model and does not have an event data recorder, and most of the witnesses were asleep when the crash happened. The bus was traveling from a casino to Los Angeles early Sunday.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter continues his foreign tour after visiting Iraq over the weekend to inspect the progress of coalition forces in Operation Inherent Resolve. The battle for Mosul continues. Sec. Carter meets on Monday with Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, president of the UAE, before heading to Paris.

The Chicago Cubs are heading to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. The team clinched the National League Championship Saturday, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6. The first World Series game will be Tuesday against the Indians in Cleveland.

Police in Oregon are calling off the search for a missing hiker, who vanished more than a week ago in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, a maze of trails and home to more than 90 waterfalls. Her phone and belongings were found inside her car, near a trail head, days after she disappeared.

A manhunt is underway in Oklahoma City for a man suspected to have killed two of his own family member. Michael Vance was recently released from jail, where he was being held on child sexual assault charges. Two police officers were wounded trying to arrest Vance. 

The head of the California National Guard says it does not have the legal authority to allow thousands of soldiers to keep the reenlistment bonuses and college aid assistance given to them more than five years ago since the payments were fraudulent. Major General Matthew Beevers says it's up to Congress to change the law so that soldiers unknowingly caught up in a fraud scheme aren't left on the hook for the debt.

Boo! A Madea Halloween won the battle at the box office over the weekend, hauling in an estimated 27.6 million dollars. Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher, Never Go Back, came in second with 23 million. Ouija: Origin of Evil came in a respectable third.