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Analysis: Trump won't change; he can't let go of a grudge WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump will not change. He may surround himself with new staff and even listen to their advice for a while. He may stick to a scripted, more measured message if it looks to be working. But he'll always be the man who can't let go of a grudge, whether it's with a judge who ruled against him or a military father whose son was killed fighting for the United States overseas. He'll always be the man who embarrassed a young beauty queen about her weight, then defended his comments two decades later when Hillary Clinton raised them in a debate.
Clinton in a landslide _ in endorsements: Do they matter? NEW YORK (AP) - "A clear and present danger to our country." ''Xenophobia, racism and misogyny." ''Beneath our national dignity." Those aren't excerpts from attack ads by Hillary Clinton's campaign. Those are longtime Republican newspapers disavowing Donald Trump. If newspaper endorsements equaled victory, Clinton would be in line for a historic landslide. She has been endorsed by dozens of papers ranging from such expected backers as The New York Times to such once-certain GOP advocates as The Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Republic and the Cincinnati Enquirer, which on Sept. 23 called for "a leader who will bring out the best in Americans, not the worst." On Friday, USA Today ended its tradition of not taking sides and published an anti-endorsement, contending that Trump "lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents." The paper didn't back Clinton but advised readers to "Stay true to your convictions." The same day, The San Diego Union-Tribune endorsed Clinton - the first Democrat it has endorsed in its history.
Investigators want to question engineer in Hoboken crash HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - Federal investigators trying to figure out the cause of the deadly rail crash at the Hoboken station hoped to question the engineer and lift clues Friday from the train's black box recorders, though one of the devices was proving difficult to extract from the wreckage. The recorders contain information on speed, braking and other conditions that could help investigators determine why the NJ Transit commuter train smashed through a steel-and-concrete barrier and hurtled into the station waiting area Thursday morning. One person was killed and more than 100 others were injured. National Transportation Safety Board investigators aimed to speak to engineer Thomas Gallagher, 48, on Friday.
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Peres, remembered for tireless peace efforts, laid to rest JERUSALEM (AP) - Shimon Peres was laid to rest Friday by dozens of world leaders who praised Israel's former president and prime minister for pursuing peace with an indefatigable spirit and optimism, even though his vision of a "new Middle East" was never fulfilled. At a high-powered funeral befitting the globe-trotting Peres, speakers including President Barack Obama recalled a seven-decade political career that personified the history of Israel by building its military while also pushing it toward peace. "He knew better than the cynic that if you look out over the arc of history, human beings should be filled not with fear but with hope," Obama told the mourners, made up of delegations from 70 countries - an assembly of dignitaries unlikely to be seen in Israel again.
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 widespread 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 for most of the recent airstrikes against rebel-held neighborhoods of east Aleppo city that have killed more than 320 civilians in the past two weeks and demolished many buildings.
US official: Hackers targeted election systems of 20 states WASHINGTON (AP) - Hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months, a Homeland Security Department official said Friday. The disclosure comes amid heightened concerns that foreign hackers might undermine voter confidence in the integrity of U.S. elections. Federal officials and many cybersecurity experts have said it would be nearly impossible for hackers to alter an election's outcome because election systems are very decentralized and generally not connected to the internet. The official who described detecting the hacker activity was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
14-year-old boy charged in father's killing, school shooting ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A 14-year-old South Carolina boy was charged as a juvenile Friday with murder and three counts of attempted murder after authorities say he killed his father and opened fire on students at a school playground, wounding three people. The boy did not show any emotion as he walked into the courtroom wearing a yellow jumpsuit. He was unrestrained, not wearing handcuffs or leg shackles, as required by state law in most juvenile cases. His lawyer, Frank Epps, noted that the teen has given a statement to law enforcement and asked that investigators not question him again without his lawyer present.
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.
Q&A: Will Deutsche Bank become the next Lehman? FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany's biggest bank is looking shaky and some investors fear it could collapse and endanger the wider financial system. Some even wonder whether it might become the next Lehman Brothers, the U.S. bank whose failure heralded the worst of the global financial crisis in 2008. Experts warn against drawing such quick conclusions. Deutsche Bank's shares are down 51 percent so far this year and it's negotiating a multibillion fine in the U.S. that it could have trouble paying. But it's exactly because it is so big and important that it is unlikely to be allowed to simply fail, the way U.S.
Zika illnesses are mild at worst in US teens, young children NEW YORK (AP) - A first look at U.S. teens and young children who were infected with Zika suggests the virus typically causes at worst only a mild illness. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause severe brain-related birth defects. But the report seems to confirm health officials' belief that infections after birth in children are similar to infections in adults- most people don't feel sick, and some develop only mild symptoms like fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Some experts say there's not enough data to answer questions about the virus's potential impact on the developing brains of infants and small children, however.