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Trump shames ex-beauty pageant winner for sexual history
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump shamed a former beauty pageant winner Friday for her sexual history and encouraged Americans to check out what he called her "sex tape," in an early-morning tweet-storm that dragged him further away from his campaign's efforts to broaden its appeal to women. A day after he injected former President Bill Clinton's dalliances into the campaign, Trump accused Hillary Clinton's campaign of helping 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado get U.S. citizenship, but offered no proof. He claimed Clinton sought to exploit her as a campaign cudgel against Trump, who had shamed Machado for gaining weight when he owned the pageant.


Clinton's 'nasty' Trump ads are mostly his own words
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton is making "nasty" ads about him. Most of Clinton's commercials about Trump, though, merely include clips of him speaking. Her campaign seems to have concluded that Trump is his own worst enemy. The most frequently used Clinton advertisements about Trump have a common theme: They show regular people, often in the flicker of a television set, spliced with footage of Trump making some of his most incendiary comments. The Republican presidential nominee's decades in the spotlight, including as a reality television show host, have given the Democratic contender an unusual bounty of ad material.


10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT'S NEXT IN FATAL TRAIN CRASH PROBE Federal investigators are sifting through the wreckage in New Jersey to determine what happened before it barreled through Hoboken station and crashed a barrier. 2. WORLD LEADERS GATHER FOR PERES FUNERAL Barack Obama says the former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner showed that "justice and hope" are at the heart of the country's Zionist ideals. 3. A YEAR AFTER DEADLY MUDSLIDE, LITTLE CHANGE IN GUATEMALA The site near the capital remains a grim wasteland - wrecked walls poke from the ground, while old shoes, toys, appliances and clothes litter what is now a burial ground.


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Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year
BEIRUT (AP) - A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused wide destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday. On Sept. 30 last year, Russia began an air campaign backing the ground forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, turning the balance of power in his favor in many areas - including the northern province of Aleppo and the suburbs of the capital Damascus. Opposition activists have blamed Russia as being responsible for most of the recent airstrikes against rebel-held neighborhoods of east Aleppo city that killed more than 320 civilians in the past two weeks and demolished many buildings.


Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral
JERUSALEM (AP) - Shimon Peres was laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries - in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as a visionary and symbol of hopes of Mideast peace. U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas headlined a long list of world leaders who converged on Israel's national cemetery, Mount Herzl, for the event. In a nod to the Palestinian leader, Abbas sat in the front row at the memorial service.


Obama: Peres won his wars but understood the need for peace
JERUSALEM (AP) - President Barack Obama hailed Shimon Peres Friday as a man who showed the world that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal and saw "all people as deserving of dignity and respect." Wearing a Jewish skullcap as a sign of respect and reverence, Obama said he was the 10th president to fall prey to Peres' charms and they forged an unlikely friendship, despite the nearly four-decade gap in their ages and starkly different backgrounds. "It was so surprising to see the two of us, where we had started, talking together in the White House, meeting here in Israel," he said.


After fatal train crash, investigators seek answers
HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Federal investigators are trying to determine what happened before a New Jersey commuter train barreled through a station and crashed into a barrier, causing a young mother to be killed by falling debris and injuring more than 100 others. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be looking to determine how fast the train was going when it crashed at the busy Hoboken station Thursday morning. They hope to speak to the train's injured engineer on Friday, NTSB Vice Chairman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said. State officials say he has been cooperating. The investigation will seek to answer many questions, including whether a system designed to prevent accidents by overriding the engineer and automatically slowing or stopping trains that are going too fast could have helped if it had been installed on the line.


Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on returning to his hometown in southern Davao city after visiting Vietnam, where he discussed his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders and ways for their governments to fight transnational crimes, including illegal drugs. Duterte has said his public death threats against drug suspects are designed to scare them to stop selling drugs and to discourage would-be users.


Nobel Prize for Colombia peace deal or UN climate pact?
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) - Guessing the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is notoriously hard because the secretive Norwegian Nobel Committee isn't dropping any hints, except that 376 people and groups have been nominated for the award, which will be announced on Oct. 7. That doesn't stop Nobel watchers from speculating, sometimes based on their own preferences or the small number of nominations that were made public by those who submitted them. This year they include Pope Francis, the Afghan women's cycling team, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the White Helmets rescue group in Syria and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who escaped sexual slavery and has become a spokeswoman for those abused by Islamic State militants.


Europe's comet chaser Rosetta concludes 12-year mission
BERLIN (AP) - Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task Friday, dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it's been following for more than a decade. Mission controllers lost contact with the probe as expected after it hit the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, marking the planned end of a 12-year mission, the European Space Agency said. "Farewell Rosettta, you've done the job," said mission manager Patrick Martin. "That is space science at its best." Scientists sent their final command to the probe late Thursday, ordering Rosetta to fire its thrusters for 208 seconds and perform a last series of scientific measurements as it swooped toward the surface of the 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) wide comet.