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--At least eight deaths are blamed on Hurricane Michael: four in Florida, one in Georgia, one in North Carolina and two in Virginia. More than 1.37 million homes and businesses are without electricity in five states. Block after block of obliterated buildings is the scene in Mexico Beach, Florida...where the storm crashed ashore with 155 mile-an-hour winds. Governor Rick Scott took an areial tour Thursday and warns residents to stay off the roads.
--Michael is one for the books: it's the first category 4 storm to hit the Florida panhandle; it's the strongest October storm to hit the US; it's the 3rd strongest hurricane to hit the US on record.

Emergency personnel have found the bodies of two of the four people swept away when raging floodwaters overtook the West Texas town of Junction.   A Texas A&M Forest Service spokesperson says the bodies were found Thursday on the banks of the Llano River more than 6 miles downstream from where they went missing. The search for the other two continues.

President Trump travels to Lebanon, Ohio to try to boost GOP candidates in a Republican-dominated area. Trump headlines a Friday evening rally at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.

Stocks took another tumble Thursday... the Dow lost another 2-percent... shedding 545.91 points to stand at 25,052.83.  The tech-centric NASDAQ ended 1.3 percent lower at 7,329.06. S&P 500 futures closed at 2,728.36, down 2 percent.

Pope accepts resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl who is implicated in sex abuse cover-up scandal. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. Wuerl, who turns 78 in November, becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.

-- According to the Washington Post the Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month, according to U.S. and Turkish officials. The Post cited officials who said recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he walked in Oct. 2 to obtain an official document before his upcoming wedding, then killed him and dismembered his body. Officials who spoke to the paper said the audio recording in particular provides some of the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team is responsible for Khashoggi’s death. “The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,” said one person with knowledge of the recording who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss highly sensitive intelligence. 
--President Trump says the US is working to find out what happened to a Saudi journalist missing since he entered a Saudi consulate in Turkey a week ago. There are fears Jamal Khashoggi -- who's written columns for the Washington Post - was murdered.  The president has been cautious about placing blame on the Saudis.

The limousine that crashed Saturday in upstate New York, killing 20 people, had been cited by the State Department of Transportation in March for brake failures, according to inspection results obtained by ABC News. The citations included “brakes out of service” and "brake connections with constrictions under vehicle," the records show.  When the limousine was re-inspected six months later, on Sept. 4, the state DOT noted its "failure to correct defects on previous inspection report."  A lawyer for the limousine company had said earlier this week that the car had failed the safety inspection over minor faults.

He was President Trump's longtime attorney and a former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee... Michael Cohen...who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations related to the hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels... is flipping his political affiliation. His attorney called it "Michael Cohen's latest step in a split from President Trump." Cohen has switched his party affiliation and has registered as a Democrat.

Eight cases of the rare Acute Flaccid Myelitis have been recorded in Texas, including five in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A five-year-old girl in Parker County, just west of Fort Worth, is recovering from the illness. Her mobility and strength are not back to 100%, but she did complete in a kids’ triathlon last weekend.

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