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Trump blames others after combative debate with Clinton
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of critiques about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate. The Republican nominee plunged into re-litigating some of Clinton's most damaging attacks, even when the explanations seemed only to further damage his image among the voters he needs to win. After brushing off Clinton's debate claim that he'd once shamed a former Miss Universe winner for her weight, Trump dug deeper the next morning. "She gained a massive amount of weight.

Pence breaks with Trump, says humans affect climate change
NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump's running mate is breaking with the Republican nominee's claim that climate change is not the result of human activity. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence said Tuesday "there's no question" that human activity affects both the climate and the environment. At Monday's presidential debate, Democrat Hillary Clinton challenged Trump's views, saying: "Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it's real." Trump interrupted with "I did not, I do not say that." But in 2012, Trump tweeted that the "concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S.

Senators press FBI director on response to terrorism threat
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican senators pressed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday about whether anything more could have been done to prevent recent acts of extremist violence, including the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Manhattan bombing this month. Comey said the FBI is fallible and transparent about its mistakes, but he did not concede that anything should have been done differently or that any red flags were missed. The questions arose because the FBI has said it investigated Orlando gunman Omar Mateen a few years before the June shooting and interviewed him multiple times. The FBI in 2014 also looked into Ahmad Khan Rahami, the Afghan-born U.S.

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Democrats poised to block stopgap funding bill over Flint
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats on Tuesday threatened to block must-do legislation to prevent the government from shutting down Friday at midnight, battle the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged Louisiana rebuild. The aim is to pressure Republicans to add money to the stopgap spending bill to give Flint, Michigan, immediate help with its water crisis instead of settling for promises from top Republicans that the city will receive aid after the election. Without progress on the Flint water issue, Democrats are poised to block the funding bill Tuesday afternoon, a step that could increase the chances of a shutdown at midnight Friday.

Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene
HOUSTON (AP) - A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. Nine people were injured during Monday morning's shootings on the street in front of a condo complex. Six were shot and three had eye injuries from flying glass. One person was in critical condition. Police did not identify the man and did not have information about a motive. A bomb-squad robot examined a Porsche that police said belonged to the gunman.

Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages. Jennifer Yost, 39, and her husband, Christopher Yost, 34, were found dead in their Fullerton home along with family friend Arthur "Billy" Boucher, 28. Police were summoned to the home Saturday morning by the couple's 6-year-old daughter. She was not harmed, nor was her 9-year-old sister. Melinda Giles said she became friends with Jennifer Yost after meeting her and her 17-year-old daughter, Katlynn Goodwill Yost, last year at a gathering of "furries." She said she also saw Frank Felix, 25, and Joshua Acosta, 21 - who have been arrested for investigation of the murders - at furry events, and had met Felix at the Yost family home.

Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday. David Wildstein, a former executive at the agency that oversees New York-area bridges and tunnels, took the stand for the prosecution at the trial of two one-time Christie allies accused of engineering the four days of gridlock to punish a Democratic mayor for not endorsing Christie. Wildstein has pleaded guilty in the scheme. Wildstein's account was the first testimony to suggest that Christie knew about the plot while it was unfolding.

Password breach could have ripple effects well beyond Yahoo
LONDON (AP) - As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web. While it's unknown to what extent the stolen data has been or will be circulating, giant breaches can send ripples of insecurity across the internet. "Data breaches on the scale of Yahoo are the security equivalent of ecological disasters," said Matt Blaze, a security researcher who directs the Distributed Systems Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, in a message posted to Twitter .

Official: Bag of 4 Fernandez signed baseballs washes ashore
MIAMI (AP) - As the baseball world mourned the death of Jose Fernandez, a beachgoer found a bag containing four baseballs signed by the Marlins 24-year-old pitcher. WSVN-TV reports a black bag containing Jose Fernandez's checkbook and four autographed baseballs apparently washed ashore on Miami Beach not far from the site the pitcher's boat slammed into a jetty early Sunday. Fernandez and two friends were killed. Ocean Rescue Division Chief Vincent Canosa tells WSVN the bag was given to a lifeguard and that it apparently came from the boat. Fernandez had been scheduled to start Monday night's game against the New York Mets.