Unscripted Trump overshadows his own economic message NOVI, Mich. (AP) - Thousands of Michigan voters roared with approval as Donald Trump lashed out at an economic system he said was rigged against everyday Americans. They cheered louder when he declared that Hillary Clinton was to blame. "I am going to fight so hard for all of you," the Republican presidential nominee boomed as he read from a teleprompter, "and I am going to bring back the jobs that have been stripped away from you and your country." Friends and foes agree he is at his best in those scripted moments. But Trump's frequent unscripted moments are often drowning them out - diverting attention from his economic message and alienating women and minorities with early voting already underway in some states.
AP-GfK poll: Third party backers a wild card in 2016 race WASHINGTON (AP) - Most people who are drawn to third party candidates in the presidential election aren't sold on their choice, making these voters wild cards in an already unpredictable contest. A shift in their support toward either of the major party nominees - away from Libertarian Gary Johnson, Jill Stein of the Green Party or another third party candidate - could drastically change the shape of the race. A recent Associated Press-GfK poll found that nearly 7 in 10 third-party supporters say they could still change their minds. They are about evenly split between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump if forced to choose between just those two.
Hurricane Matthew soaks Colombia, heads for Jamaica, Haiti KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that threatened Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, Category 5, and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew's winds had slipped slightly from a peak of 160 mph (260 kph) to a still-potentially devastating 150 mph (240 kph) and it was expected to near eastern Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday. The forecast track would carry it across Cuba and into the Bahamas, with an outside chance of a brush with Florida, though that would be several days away.
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Boy, 6, dies days after South Carolina school shooting COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A 6-year-old boy who was critically wounded in a school shooting died Saturday, days after a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a school playground, authorities said. Jacob Hall had been fighting for his life at a hospital after a bullet struck him in a main artery in his leg, causing him a major brain injury due to a "catastrophic" loss of blood, his doctor said. Jacob died about 1 p.m. Saturday, and an autopsy will be done Sunday, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said. Authorities say Jacob, another student and a first-grade teacher at Townville Elementary were wounded by the teenager, who had just killed his father at their home.
Governor hopefuls distancing themselves from Clinton, Trump JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - In West Virginia, the Democrat running for governor has defended the coal industry while decrying his party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. In Vermont, the Republican nominee for governor declared his support for transgender bathroom rights and denounced GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Those types of unconventional strategic calculations are helping to make for close races this year in several states. A dozen governor's offices will be up for grabs in the Nov. 8 elections, including at least seven that appear competitive. The national Republican and Democratic governors associations already have spent more than $25 million in those states, according to an Associated Press analysis of financial reports and interviews.
NTSB probe of deadly crash focuses on engineer, black box HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Here's what is known about the investigation into a commuter train crash that killed one person and injured more than 100 others Thursday in Hoboken, New Jersey. THE INVESTIGATION The National Transportation Safety Board planned to release more information Saturday about what caused the train to barrel through a station and crash into a barrier. The agency is seeking information from the train's engineer, the black boxes that record train data and other crew members. Authorities would not estimate how fast the train was going before it hit a bumper at the end of its track. But the speed limit into the station is 10 mph.
Hundreds march in memory of man shot by police in California EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - Alfred Olango, the unarmed black man shot and killed by police in a suburb of San Diego, was remembered in a demonstration Saturday organized by clergy members and supporters of Olango's family. Several hundred people gathered peacefully at a park in downtown El Cajon to hear speeches by religious leaders and then marched through the streets to police headquarters, where Olango's family members joined them. "Mourning is a public sharing of grief and his unnecessary killing has rent the fabric of our human community yet once again and we are feeling it deeply in our hearts," said Rev.
Marijuana labs spawn lethal explosions across the country NEW YORK (AP) - An explosion that destroyed a New York City home and killed a firefighter has drawn attention to marijuana-making methods that are legal in many states - but can also be lethal. A New York fire battalion chief died responding to the blast Tuesday in a Bronx home that authorities say had been converted into an indoor marijuana farm. They're investigating whether the alleged growers tampered with gas lines and mishandled other materials in ways that caused the explosion. Indoor marijuana farmers can create potential fire hazards by using natural gas, propane or butane to power carbon dioxide generators that make the plants grow.
Correction: Alabama Chief Justice story MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore built his career on defiance, and it has cost him his job - twice. A disciplinary panel that removed him from office 13 years ago over a Ten Commandments monument suspended him Friday for the remainder of his term for defying the federal courts on gay marriage. The court ruled that Moore wrongly urged 68 state probate judges "to stop complying with binding federal law" when he told them in January that they remained bound by a 2015 state court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples. Long a symbol of the culture wars after his Ten Commandments fight, the outspoken Republican judge is now focused on appealing his suspension.
Spanish rally brings Europe closer in Ryder Cup CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - A sprint to the finish by Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello enabled Europe to creep a little closer Saturday morning in the Ryder Cup. The Spaniards looked to have no chance in the final foursomes match against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who made six birdies in 12 holes to build a 4-up lead. It looked for the longest time as though the morning session would be split, and the Americans would keep a two-point lead. And then it changed without notice, as it so often does in this event. Garcia and Cabrera Bello won four of the next five holes to square the match, and Reed had to make a 5-foot par putt on the 18th hole to escape with a halve.