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USA TODAY survey shows that a quarter of elected top Republicans won't endorse Trump

USA survey of GOP governorsTwenty-six percent of Republican governors and members of Congress are refusing to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a survey by the USA TODAY Network.

Of the 31 Republican governors, 54 GOP senators and the 246 Republican members of the House (331 total), the survey identified 88 who are not endorsing Trump's candidacy as of late Tuesday.


Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC for “negative option billing” practices

ComcastThe FCC announced a $2.3 million fine against Comcast on Tuesday after confirming that the company had been billing customers for products and services they had never ordered. After calling the fine "the largest civil penalty assessed from a cable operator by the FCC," the federal agency's announcement detailed exactly how Comcast bilked customers—and new company practices that must be put into place as a result.

According to the FCC's Office of Media Relations, the agency had received "numerous complaints from consumers" about the issue of "negative option billing"—meaning, receiving charges for items that the customers had never affirmatively requested. (The FCC reminds readers that in the telecom world, this practice is known as "cramming.") The listed complaints revolve specifically around items related to cable TV service, including "premium channels, set-top boxes, and DVRs."


U.S. To Seek Criminal Contempt Charge Against Joe Arpaio

Joe ArpaioJohn Keller, a trial attorney with the Public Integrity section of the U.S. Department of Justice, told Judge Susan Bolton in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that Arpaio, who did not attend the hearing, should be criminally charged.

Keller said they are seeking no more than six months incarceration for 84-year-old Republican Arizona lawman, citing his age and other factors. Bolton directed Keller to file a formal complaint against Arpaio by Wednesday.


At least 14 killed by gunmen in Kabul mosque at start of Ashura

Kabul mosque attack- Gunmen walked into a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital on Tuesday and opened fire, authorities said, killing more than a dozen people and wounding many others inside.

Multiple perpetrators were involved in the attack, news reports said, and all had been killed by police.

At least 14 were reported dead and more than two dozen wounded. Some of the injured include police officers.


North Carolina’s floods could trigger an environmental disaster

NC potential environmental disasterHurricane Matthew swept across the southeastern seaboard of the United States this weekend, bringing intense rainfall to North Carolina and triggering record flooding across much of the state. But as the rains subside and clearer weather rolls in, some environmentalists are raising alarm bells about the potential for yet another environmental disaster.

Over the weekend, Hurricane Matthew — which had been downgraded to a tropical cyclone by Sunday — brought as much as 18 inches of rainfall to parts of North Carolina, causing rivers across the state to reach dangerously high levels. The record-breaking floods have already damaged thousands of homes and left thousands of residents stranded. The state also suffered the highest number of causalities in the U.S. from the storm— nearly half of the 23 people killed lived in North Carolina.


Nearly 90% of New Jersey children tried as adults since 2011 were black or Latino

Juveniles chatged as adultsWhen Jamal was 14, he wore the same outfit to school everyday. One day in Union, New Jersey, he went looking for a way to get money.

“I seen a guy and I had a gun on me so I robbed him,” Jamal said. “I carjacked him for his car keys, and I robbed him for his wallet, phone and money.”

Jamal never shot the gun, but he did point it at the man he robbed. Tried as an adult, he got nine years in an adult prison.


Samsung scraps Galaxy Note 7 over fire concerns

Glaxy 7 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on Tuesday less than two months after its launch, dealing a huge blow to its reputation and outlook after failing to resolve safety concerns.

Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire and on Tuesday it finally pulled the plug on the $882 device in what could be one of the costliest product safety failures in tech history.

The decision to scrap the Note 7 came after fresh reports of fires in replacement devices prompted new warnings from regulators, phone carriers and airlines.


St. Jude warns of heart-device battery issue linked to two deaths

St. Jude'sSt. Jude Medical Inc warned on Tuesday that some of its implanted heart devices were at risk of premature battery depletion, a condition it said had been linked to two deaths.

News of the issue surfaced late on Monday when short-selling firm Muddy Waters tweeted a copy of a physician advisory on the matter from St. Jude, which agreed in April to sell itself for $25 billion to Abbott Laboratories.


Unshackled Trump declares war on GOP

Trump goes to war with GOPBacked by some of his fiercest allies and with little left to lose politically, Donald Trump on Tuesday stepped up his attacks on House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP establishment that has suddenly and decisively turned its back on him.

“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning, an indication that his already bruising presidential campaign would be shedding whatever gloves remained in the election’s final months.


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