--In an exclusive interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Donald Trump blames President Obama and Hillary Clinton for a power vacuum in the Middle East after US forces pulled out of Iraq. He calls the US strategy "stupid." And he says he'll teach military experts "a couple of things about" the fight to retake Mosul. Trump also doubled down on his assertion that slain Capt. Humayan Khan "would be alive today" if Trump had been President. Khan's father tells ABC News "this is the most cruel thing you can say to grieving parents."
Donald Trump’s supporters are ramping up their intention to vote, edging him closer to Hillary Clinton. And anxiety about a Trump presidency, while high, is off its peak – now rivaled by discomfort with Clinton. Sixty-one percent of likely voters say they’re anxious about the possibility of Trump as president, with nearly half “very” anxious. But that’s down from 68 percent in June, and anxiety about Clinton has moved the other way, up 5 points to 56 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll.
Emails released by Wikileaks indicate aides to Hillary Clinton were worried after President Obama said publicly he learned about her private email server through news reports given that the two emailed each other. Spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday yes, President Obama exchanged emails with Clinton when she was Secretary of State but no, the president had no knowledge of her server or how she was conducting email. The emails from Wikileaks have not been independently verified by ABC News.
A new study says pedestrian deaths are on the rise among young people. Safe Kids Worldwide says school zones remain a dangerous area for kids, and it comes at a time when federal regulators say pedestrian deaths between the ages of 12 and 19 are up 13-percent.
Samsung is promising to climb out of the financial doldrums after being rocked by a crisis over the fiery Note7 smartphone. In financial filings made public Wednesday night, the company revealed that it’s third quarter (ending Sept. 30) profit was down 30 percent year-on-year, "due to the Galaxy Note7 discontinuation,” as well as the strength of the South Korean currency relative to other currencies.
A pilot for a regional carrier was arrested in the cockpit Wednesday allegedly for being drunk. The Delta connection flight, operated by SkyWest, was just about to take off from Rapid City, South Dakota for Salt Lake City with 45 people on board.
Officials in central Italy say heavy rains were hampering rescue efforts at the epicenter of two powerful earthquakes close to where a massive earthquake in August killed nearly 300 people.
The Pentagon says airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan targeted two of al Qaeda’s most senior leaders in Afghanistan. One US official describes Faruq al-Qatani as the top al Qaeda official in Afghanistan, Bilal al-Utabi as the number 2 or 3 in Afghanistan. Simultaneous drone strikes targeted separate compounds according to the US official. The Pentagon is assessing whether they were both killed in the airstrikes which are described as the most significant against al Qaeda in Afghanistan in years.
Joint Ops command claims Iraqi troops have freed a total of 1,080 people from 198 families in several villages around Mosul. Peshmerga troops captured a senior ISIS leader, Aby Khatab, while combing Bashiqa, and captured ISIS ammunition stockpiles.
The Pentagon says it will stop its efforts to collect bonuses that were improperly given to National Guard members.
A commuter's nightmare during the evening rush in Boston. An overheated subway motor sent smoke billowing into the Back Bay station, and panicky riders broke through subway car windows to evacuate. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritiy says multiple people were taken to the hospital.
NJ BRIDGE SCANDAL
Testimony ended in the federal trial over the lane closure scandal at the George Washington Bridge.
WA 911 HOAX
An 18-year-old Olympia man is now under arrest, accused of setting off an internet hoax that tied up Thurston County 911 dispatchers for a half hour Tuesday evening. The man posted a link on his Twitter page that when people clicked on it, hijacked their cell phones into calling 911 non-stop. Some victims were resorting to pulling the batteries from their phones to get them to stop calling 911. Thurston County dispatchers were getting calls about once every 30 seconds.
The Chicago Cubs used some timely hitting and a strong performance from pitcher Jake Arrieta to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 to tie the World Series at one game apiece. The series now shifts to Chicago for the Cubs' first World Series game at home since 1945.