The Latest: Trump urges supporters to monitor polling places Donald Trump is once again questioning the integrity of the U.S. voting system, encouraging his supporters to visit polling locations on Election Day to make sure everything is "on the up and up." Trump tells his supporters at a Michigan rally to "go to your place and vote" and then "go pick some other place and go sit there with your friends and make sure it's on the up and up." He's claiming that voting fraud is "a big, big problem in this country" but "nobody has the guts to talk about it." Voting fraud is, in fact, very rare. But a Homeland Security Department official said Friday that hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months.
Videos showing police shooting of black man released EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - Video footage released Friday of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb shows an officer fired four shots almost immediately after the man suddenly raised both hands to chest level and took what was described as a shooting stance. The video was released after three nights of unruly and, at times, violent protests, and on the eve of a large demonstration called for by the man's family, who had pressured authorities in El Cajon to show the full footage of the fatal encounter. In addition to releasing the short cellphone video shot by a worker in a drive-thru window at a Mexican restaurant, authorities also released surveillance footage shot from a similar vantage point.
Twitter, 'lies' and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Plunging deeper into campaign controversy, Donald Trump publicly shamed a former beauty queen on Friday for her "disgusting" sexual past and then - in one of presidential history's more bizarre moments - encouraged Americans to watch a "sex tape" he said would support his case. Even many of Trump's supporters shook their heads at his latest outburst, which could further hurt him among the nation's women, many of them already skeptical, whose votes he'll badly need to win election. "Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?" read a missive from Trump posted on Twitter at 5:30 a.m.
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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.
The Latest: NAACP leader praises release of shooting videos The head of the San Diego NAACP is applauding the public release of videos showing a police officer police shooting an unarmed black man. NAACP president Andre Branch joined El Cajon police and public officials Friday at a news conference on the release of the videos of Tuesday's shooting of Alfred Olango. Branch says full disclosure to the public builds trust and demonstrates respect. He spoke shortly before the videos were shown. Branch and other black leaders in the area had urged the release of the video footage after authorities initially released only a single still image earlier in the week they said showed Olango in a "shooting stance" during the confrontation with officers.
NTSB has yet to interview injured engineer in deadly crash HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) - National Transportation Safety Board investigators held off questioning the engineer in the deadly Hoboken train crash because of his injuries Friday and struggled to lift clues from the train's black box recorders. Authorities want to know why the NJ Transit commuter train with engineer Thomas Gallagher at the controls smashed through a steel-and-concrete bumper and hurtled into the station's waiting area Thursday morning. A woman on the platform was killed, and more than 100 others were injured. NTSB vice chair T. Bella Dinh-Zarr said the board, the lead agency in the investigation, has been "in touch" with Gallagher, but "unfortunately, as you may know, he was injured, so we're scheduling the interview with him." She said blood and urine were taken from him and sent for testing, standard procedure in train accidents.
Children of Syria's Aleppo bear brunt of violent onslaught BEIRUT (AP) - The 6-year-old girl was found trapped under the rubble of her home, destroyed by an airstrike in Syria's rebel-held city of Aleppo. "Dust!" she wailed as rescue workers pried away the stones and debris on top of her, finally freeing her and placing her on a stretcher as she screamed for her father. "Forget the dust. I'll wash your face and give you water. Come on, sweetheart," one rescuer said. Bruised and battered but alive, Ghazl Qassem was among the lucky survivors of the attack earlier this week. Four days later, rescue workers were still digging Friday through the rubble of the apartment building after pulling out the bodies of 20 people, including nine children, most from Ghazl's family.
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.
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.