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    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is inching closer to sending humans into space, after a rocket booster and emergency escape capsule made by one of his companies safely landed during a test on Wednesday, NBC News reported.

    Bezos' company, Blue Origin, is testing the New Shepard rocket to determine if space tourists can safely get out of a spacecraft that's gone up in flames.

    Despite predictions the test in Texas would fail, the rocket booster separated as planned. Safely evacuating passengers is key in order to send humans into space.

    Just last month, Bezos shared his plans to introduce a new rocket family that could send humans and satellites safely into space by the end of the decade. This is the fifth time since November that the rocket launched, went into sub-orbit and landed its booster.



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    The moment of separation during Blue Origin's New Shepard in-flight escape test in Texas on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.The moment of separation during Blue Origin's New Shepard in-flight escape test in Texas on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

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    A massive evacuation effort is underway in South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew, the strongest Atlantic storm in nearly a decade, churns off the coast.

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    Yahoo responded again Wednesday to a report that it scanned incoming email to hundreds of millions of accounts for the U.S. government.

    In a carefully worded statement that stops short of a denial, the company said a Tuesday Reuters report is "misleading," saying that "the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems."

    Reuters reported that Yahoo built custom software for the scans. Yahoo's latest statement does not say whether it has conducted such email scans in the past, or whether that software might exist outside its systems.

    On Tuesday, Yahoo said only that it complies with U.S. law. On Wednesday, it said it interprets every government request for data "narrowly" to "minimize disclosure."

    Yahoo is currently selling its online operations to Verizon for $4.8 billion.



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    The Trump family's warm welcome from some voters only goes so far, apparently. 

    An overwhelming majority of polled New York City voters do not want Donald Trump's two eldest children to run for mayor next year, according to a new Wall Street Journal / NBC 4 New York / Marist Poll. 

    Some 81 percent of registered voters who participated in the poll oppose an Ivanka Trump mayoral ticket, and 80 percent oppose a run by her brother Donald Trump Jr., according to the poll. 

    Donald Trump Jr. said in July he would be open to challenging Mayor Bill de Blasio next year. Ivanka Trump has not expressed any interest in running, though many see her as a possible political candidate at some point given her work promoting her father's campaign. 

    Among registered Republicans, Trump Jr. has 5 percentage points more support than his sister. He also draws more support from independents, and has higher backing from both male and female voters. 

    The Marist poll released Wednesday put de Blasio's approval rating at a 17-month high and found that 50 percent of registered voters think he should be re-elected. 

    The telephone survey of adults ages 18 and up, speaking either English or Spanish, was conducted Sept. 27 to Sept. 29. Marist surveyed 1,094 adults, of whom 799 were registered voters. The margin of error was 3.5 percentage points. 



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    Donald Trump Jr. (left) along with Ivanka Trump (center) and Eric Trump (right), take part in the roll call in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.Donald Trump Jr. (left) along with Ivanka Trump (center) and Eric Trump (right), take part in the roll call in support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    There was no fire walk or Oprah Moment, but Tony Robbins did unleash his trademark hunger and energy to thousands on the opening night of Dreamforce, technology’s biggest event in San Francisco, dissecting everything from relationships to software to Donald Trump’s tax returns.

    The king of self-help had the crowd of 7,000 inside Moscone Center yelling, laughing, dancing, hugging each another in joy, crying even, as he imparted life lessons during his three-hour keynote session: “The Power to Break Through: Your Ultimate Edge.”

    The massive four-day Dreamforce conference was expected to draw at least 170,000 attendees this year and will also feature appearances from Mark Cuban, Melinda Gates and U2.

    Even before Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, himself a huge Robbins fan, welcomed the celebrity life coach on stage, the crowd was already energized, giddy with excitement for what lay ahead.

    “How many of you have a relationship with a human?” Robbins asked, as he bounded up on stage in his signature black shirt and trousers, his 6’ 7” frame billowing over the audience in almost superhuman fashion.

    Robbins, who went from being a janitor to advising billionaires such as Warren Buffett and Carl Icahn, and considers Richard Branson among his good friends, spent a good part of his session, or “event,” as he likes to call them, dissecting human relationships – what works, what doesn’t, who is engaged, who is disengaged, etc.

    Robbins even used Donald Trump’s tax return leak as a case study for engagement levels at workplaces. “Somebody at his company was obviously disengaged,” Robbins said, while discussing how the documents were sent to a reporter at the New York Times.

    As the giant screens in the room lit up with thousands of faces – nuns, monks, billionaires, geeks – it felt as if you were in a church listening to a sermon, in this case the Church of Tony Robbins.

    “What is your idea of an extraordinary life?” Robbins asked the audience. “Some people’s extraordinary life is a billion-dollar company, some people’s extraordinary life is writing poetry, and some people’s extraordinary life is helping people in the Tenderloin.”

    His talk was peppered with remarks like, “Reality TV is bull___,” and to a fan sitting right in front: “Come here little ba_____, I want to hug you.”

    Robbins went over the history of modern technology, what worked (Apple), what didn’t (Yahoo), trying things like body shaking and jumping to get everyone pumped up about the future.

    In a series of rapid fire interactions with the audience, Robbins discussed the pros and cons of innovation, marketing, social media, advertising, basically everything that makes a business tick in this day and age.

    "Feel the energy - yes or no?" He asked the crowd. "Make sure the person next to you in the chair has as much energy as you now."

    He didn’t make anyone walk on hot coals, but he did make the audience work. “Stand up, sit down, shake your body,” and then every 15 minutes: "Who's with me on this? Say aye."

    Earlier this year, Robbins was in the news when about 30 people suffered injuries after walking on hot coals at one of his sessions.

    At one point, Robbins asked everyone, “Who in this room has failed?” and proceeded to answer his own question: “We've all failed.”

    With the help of crowdsourcing, Robbins listed some of the most common reasons for failure on a giant screen:

     

    • Fear
    • No Time
    • Didn't take action
    • Lack of money
    • Lack of technology
    • Lack of education
    • Not enough research
    • Terrible people

     

    And then he left everyone with these famous Tony Robbins words of wisdom: “Failure is never a lack of resources; it's a lack of resourcefulness.”


    Tony Robbins delivers the keynote address at Dreamforce on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.Tony Robbins delivers the keynote address at Dreamforce on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

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    If you wanted to live until, say, the year 2140, don't get your hopes up. A new study from the Einstein College of Medicine found that human beings' maximum lifespan is about 115 years, NBC News reported.

    Jan Vijg, a genetics professor who was an author of the study, said his team looked through global databases on lifespans and found improvements in mortality peak at the age group of about 100 years.

    "We show that improvements in survival with age tend to decline after age 100, and that the age at death of the world's oldest person has not increased since the 1990s. Our results strongly suggest that the maximum lifespan of humans is fixed and subject to natural constraints," the study said.

    While the idea that humans cannot live forever isn't new, it wasn't always easy to back it up with evidence. But with countries keeping better records, Vijg said it's easier to find data to back it up.



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    Jeanne Calment, seen here on October 17, 1995, in Arles, southern France, was the oldest person to ever live, passing away at age 122. According to a new study, humans' maximum lifespan is about 115 years.Jeanne Calment, seen here on October 17, 1995, in Arles, southern France, was the oldest person to ever live, passing away at age 122. According to a new study, humans' maximum lifespan is about 115 years.

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  • 10/05/16--12:11: DEA Informant Payment Audit

  • The DEA touts its confidential informant program as its "bread and butter" for cracking down on narcotics traffickers.

    But it also costs a lot of dough.

    Some 9,540 informants earned about $237 million from the Drug Enforcement Administration over a five-year period, according to a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General. That averages out to nearly 25,000 per source, though not all informants received the same amount.

    Among the audit's findings:

    • The DEA did not adequately oversee payments to its sources;
    • The DEA may have paid about $9.4 million to more than 800 deactivated sources — those kicked out of the program because of an arrest warrant or for committing a serious offense — between 2011 and 2015;
    • "Limited Use" sources, or "tipsters," were some of the DEA's highest paid sources. Some 477 such informants received an estimated $26.8 million during the five years of the study;
    • Some of these limited-use confidential sources were employees inthe  travel and parcel industries with access to passenger information or private facilities. One airline employee received more than $600,000 in less than four years, and a parcel employee received over $1 million in five years.

    "The deficiencies we identified in this audit raise significant concerns about the adequacy of the current policies, procedures, and oversight associated with the DEA's management of its Confidential Source Program," said Michael Horowitz, the U.S. DOJ's inspector general.

    The report found that the DEA also improperly paid 33 Amtrak employees over $1.5 million and eight TSA employees over $94,000.

    "Indeed, even after we issued our investigative reports detailing our findings of improprieties, the DEA continued to use seven Amtrak employees as sources," the report said.

    The report found that not only are the sources highly paid, but the agency poorly tracks the return on investment, raising questions by taxpayer watchdogs.

    "This is one of the things that is really hard to establish metrics on performance," said Jon Coupal, the president of Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association, a California taxpayer advocacy group. "When it comes to paying informants, there's got to be some level of oversight. I would hope that there's some third-party oversight that has established some criteria by which the program can be judged a success or failure."



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    Snoop Dogg performs onstage during the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at The Forum on Oct. 4, 2016, in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Live Nation)Snoop Dogg performs onstage during the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at The Forum on Oct. 4, 2016, in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Live Nation)

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    A 29-year veteran sergeant of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department died Wednesday after being shot by a burglar in Lancaster, authorities confirmed. 

    "I think it goes without saying — this is a very dark day for the sheriff's department," Capt. Steve Katz said.

    Sgt. Steve Owen, 53, died of his injuries, officials announced at a news conference.

    His wife -- a detective --  and adult son and daughter had just made it to the hospital to say goodbye before Owen succumbed to his injuries. 

    Owen was a 2014 Medal of Valor honoree.

    "It’s a very difficult time, as I’m sure you can imagine for many members of our department. We're all suffering," Katz said, his voice breaking.

    The shooting occurred as deputies were responding to a burglary report in Lancaster, about 70 miles north of Los Angeles. Owen was one of the first to respond.

    Gunfire rang out over the scanner, and authorities believe this is when Owen was attacked and fired upon.

    The man who fired shots ran into the neighborhood in the 3000 block of West Avenue J in Lancaster, prompting a manhunt. 

    Aerial video showed what appeared to be at least six bullet holes in the windshield of a patrol car. The car also appeared to have damage to its passenger side door.

    The shooter at one point tried to steal the deputy's cruiser, Katz said. As deputies began firing, the shooter rammed another patrol car. 

    The shooter was able to get away, running into a house where teens were home.

    As a special weapons team went inside the home, the shooter ran out. 

    The shooter who fired the bullet that ended Owen's life was then taken into custody at 2 p.m., and a weapon was found at the shooting site. He was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso, and was receiving treatment.

    The search was near Antelope Valley College's Lancaster campus. The school issued an alert to shelter in place and avoid the area due to the search.

    Several nearby elementary and high schools were placed on lockdown.

    Following the shooting, the sheriff's department released a statement.

    "The tragedy of a deputy sheriff such as Sergeant Steve Owen making the ultimate sacrifice has a massive impact on the whole law enforcement family. We all mourn together and our hearts go out especially to Steve's immediate family Tania, a detective at Arson/Explosives Detail, his two adult sons Brandon and Chad, a step-daughter Shannon and his mother Millie," Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

    The Mayor of Los Angeles also commented on Owen's death. 

    "A courageous and decorated hero risked his life for the last time today. Steve Owen, a 29-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was killed while responding to a plea for help -- a plea like so many others in the course of a deputy's or an officer's day. My heart is heavy for Sgt. Owen's wife and children, for law enforcement officers everywhere, and for their families, who contend every day with the fear of losing loved ones who live to protect and serve our communities," Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

    The sheriff's department previously indicated two deputies were injured in the shooting. A separate shooting involving a deputy occurred nearby at about the same time, but the department said the deputy in the second shooting was not injured. 



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    Veteran Sgt. Steve Owen, seen here in July 2015, was shot and killed in Lancaster, Calif., by a suspected armed burglar Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.Veteran Sgt. Steve Owen, seen here in July 2015, was shot and killed in Lancaster, Calif., by a suspected armed burglar Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.

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    During a press conference following Wednesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw his support behind a proposed ordinance to remove a street sign on Chicago's Wabash Ave. that honors Trump Tower, a neighboring building owned by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    "We'll put the sign back up when he releases his tax returns," Emanuel said.

    Emanuel, who supports Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, noted that he thinks Trump is "wrong for America," criticizing the billionaire's proposal to use stop-and-frisk tactics to fight crime in Chicago.

    "Don't just take his sign down," the mayor said. "Let's make sure we mobilize and get out and vote because this is a very important and big election."

    The measure to remove the sign was proposed by Ald. Brendan Reilly, who said Wednesday that he thinks the sign should be removed within a month.

    Reilly said he and his colleagues have been talking about Trump's offensive comments for months, but called the Republican's performance at last week's debate the last straw. During the debate, Trump once again called for stop-and-frisk tactics in the city as part of his tough on crime agenda.

    "It was actually Donald Trump who decided to make Chicago a part of his campaign," Reilly said. "Had he not, we probably wouldn't be talking about this right now."

    "His divisive comments about various segments of Chicago society, whether you're Latino or another minority, an immigrant, a woman, that in and of itself is offensive," Reilly added. "But his decision to drag us into this campaign and mischaracterize and paint a very distorted caricature of Chicago is a mistake and we reserve these honorary street signs for special Chicagoans who have lifted up this city and move us forward."

    Both Reilly and Emanuel have received campaign contributions from Trump in the past. Reilly received $500 from Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts Holdings in 2008 and $5,000 from Trump in 2010. Additonally, Emanuel received $50,000 from the real estate magnate in 2010. Trump Tower was completed in 2009.

    Reilly told reporters Wednesday that he will send the contributions back to Trump along with the honorary street sign as soon as the campaign is over.



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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel voiced his support for a proposal to take down an Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel voiced his support for a proposal to take down an "Honorary Trump Plaza" sign in the city.

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    Nearly 20 guards in Maryland's largest state prison conspired with inmates and people on the outside to sneak drugs, pornography and cellphones into the facility, federal prosecutors charge.

    Eighteen correctional officers (COs), 35 inmates and 27 people outside the prison sneaked the contraband into Eastern Correctional Institution on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Maryland district said. Federal indictments against all 80 people were returned on Sept. 29 and made public Wednesday.

    The COs took money from inmates and outside "facilitators" and engaged in sex acts with inmates in exchange for smuggling tobacco, narcotics and cellphones into the prison, prosecutors said.

    The guards abused their positions, said Gordon B. Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Baltimore Division.

    “Few things threaten our society more than public servants who betray their oath for personal gain,” Johnson said in a statement.

    The COs inside the medium-security men's prison were paid a going rate of about $500 per package they sneaked in, officials said. They were able to bring in heroin, cocaine, MDMA, synthetic drugs like K2 and pornographic videos, prosecutors said.

    While other COs were required to pass through security screenings as they entered, the COs charged with these crimes were able to hide contraband on their bodies, prosecutors said. Then, they stashed the items throughout the prison's East and West Compounds, in cells, offices and "stash" locations.

    The indictments allege that COs warned inmates when their cells would be searched and told inmates when fellow inmates had provided information to prison administrators. Inmates in on the contraband scheme attacked inmates who reported misconduct, and stabbed inmates in two separate incidents, prosecutors said.

    Each of the 80 defendants faces as much as 20 years in prison on charges of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to distribute drugs.

    On Wednesday, state and federal officials simultaneously searched the cells of more than 30 inmates charged in the scheme.



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    As Hurricane Matthew churned through the Caribbean and looked increasingly likely to at least come close to Florida, travel to and from the southern tip of the state began to slow down Wednesday.

    Airlines had canceled about 1,600 flights by Wednedsay evening related to the Category 3 storm, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.com, including 1,070 on Thursday and 400 on Friday.

    Those numbers could increase, depending on the storm's path.

    American Airlines said all flights scheduled to arrive at Miami International Airport (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) on Thursday, Oct. 6, have been canceled. The airline said it plans to resume reduced operation at 8 a.m. Friday and full operation by noon Friday at all three airports.

    Delta Airlines said it's canceled 120 flights to and from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach beginning around noon Thursday. Arrivals to Miami are expected to resume late Thursday and a reset of flying to and from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach was expected Friday morning.

    Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) will have limited American Airlines flights on Friday morning and all arrival and departure flights will be canceled the remainder of the day. Service is scheduled to resume Saturday, Oct. 8.

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Miami's international airport will remain open until the Federal Aviation Administration determines that it is unsafe.

    "The airport always remains open, but when sustained winds reach 55 mph the Federal Aviation Administration and Miami-Dade Aviation Department cease all operations in the tower," said Suzy Trutie, spokesperson for Miami International Airport.

    Officials said Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will close at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, with no flights in or out. At least 34 flights were canceled and 12 delayed Wednesday as a result of the storm. Hundreds of flights scheduled to depart from and arrive in Fort Lauderdale Thursday and Friday were canceled, according to FlightAware. On Tuesday, at least 18 flights to and from the Caribbean were canceled.

    Miami airport officials encourage travelers to contact airlines before going to the airport.

    "The airport is not a shelter. The airport is a business and if the hurricane conditions merit shelters being opened, passengers would be evacuated to a shelter," Trutie said.

    Airlines were preparing to suspend flights from Florida up through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, depending on where the hurricane strikes.

    Changing Flights
    But many U.S. airlines are letting passengers change travel plans without penalty if their trip might be affected by the hurricane, which pounded Haiti on Tuesday and was barreled into the Bahamas Wednesday.

    American said it would waive change fees on trips scheduled Thursday or Friday to or from eight cities in Florida. The airline had already offered waivers on trips scheduled through Thursday in several Caribbean nations including Cuba.

    United Airlines said it would waive change fees and any difference in fare for customers scheduled to fly Wednesday through Friday to, from or through five airports in Florida.

    Delta waived change fees on trips through Wednesday in the Caribbean and through Thursday at eight Florida destinations, although differences in the fare would still apply.

    JetBlue Airways said passengers flying Thursday through Sunday to or from eight cities in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina can change planes without a fee or additional fare. A similar offer covers Caribbean travel through Thursday.

    Spirit Airlines said it would waive the change fee and fare difference on Florida trips Thursday and Friday.

    Southwest Airlines will allow customers with flight reservations scheduled to arrive or depart cities that have been affected by or will be in the storm's path, to re-book a new trip or travel standby within 14 days of their original travel date. 

    Cruises
    Cruises have also been affected by Hurricane Matthew, with Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Carnival Cruise Line all rerouting some ships or modifying the order of ports.

    For instance, the Carnival Elation — which is currently in the middle of a five-day cruise — is skipping Half Moon Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas, adding in an extra day at sea and an extra day in Key West, Florida. The Carnival Conquest skipped a stop in the Dominican Republic for an extra day at sea.

    Royal Caribbean, however, has changed the date for at least one cruise sailing out of Port Miami. The Empress of the Seas will now depart Friday instead of Thursday.

    Port Canaveral has announced it will close by Wednesday afternoon, the first time the naval port has shut down operations since 2004.

    Transit Operations have also been affected by the storm. Broward County Transit will cancel all scheduled bus service and paratransit service for Thursday. The county said it will decide on what service will run on Friday and Thursday evening. 



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    An American Airlines plane takes off from the Miami International Airport on November 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The airline canceled all flights to the airport for Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, ahead of Hurricane Matthew, along with Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport.An American Airlines plane takes off from the Miami International Airport on November 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The airline canceled all flights to the airport for Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, ahead of Hurricane Matthew, along with Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport.

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    Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday on Hillary Clinton's accusation that he's cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin after Mike Pence found himself on the defensive over the issue in the vice presidential debate against Tim Kaine.

    Trump offered effusive praise for his running mate but also claimed credit for Pence's strong performance even as both campaigns acknowledged that the sole vice presidential debate was unlikely to alter the race's trajectory.

    Picking up where Pence left off, he said his relationship with Russia's leader would be determined by how Moscow responds to strong U.S. leadership under a Trump administration.

    "They say Donald Trump loves Putin. I don't love, I don't hate. We'll see how it works," Trump told a rally outside Las Vegas.

    The billionaire candidate sought to take away an argument that Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, have ramped up in the final weeks of the campaign as they work to portray Trump as dangerous for American interests overseas. While U.S.-Russia relations nosedive over failed diplomacy in Syria, Trump has complimented Putin, calling him a strong leader and even encouraging him to track down Clinton's missing emails, though Trump later said he was being sarcastic.

    "You guys love Russia," Kaine said in Tuesday's debate. "You both have said Vladimir Putin is a better leader than the president."

    In a forceful rebuke, Pence described Putin as a "small and bullying leader," but blamed Clinton and President Barack Obama for a "weak and feckless" foreign policy that had awakened Moscow's aggression in Ukraine and meddling in the Middle East.

    The U.S. and Russia back opposing sides in Syria's civil war but both are fighting the Islamic State group there. The U.S. cut off talks with Russia about Syria this week after the latest cease-fire collapsed, blaming Russia for failing to fulfill its commitments under the deal.

    "I can say this: If we get along and Russia went out with us and knocked the hell out of ISIS, that's OK with me folks," Trump said, using an acronym for the extremist group.

    Since last week's debate, Trump has faced a barrage of questions over a leaked tax return showing he lost more than $900 billion in 1995. In turn, he's sought to reframe his life story as a comeback tale he hopes to recreate on behalf of a faltering nation.

    "America needs a turnaround. American needs a comeback. America needs a change. And that's why I'm running," Trump said.

    Taking the stage in Nevada, Trump took his own victory lap for Pence's performance, which he called "phenomenal." So phenomenal, in fact, that Trump said it was "the single most decisive victory in the history of VP debates." Pence's cool demeanor contrasted with Trump's bluster during his own, top-of-the-ticket showdown against Clinton. However strong Pence's performance, Trump made clear he considers it a reflection of himself.

    "I'm getting a lot of credit, because that's really my first so-called choice, that was my first hire," Trump said of Pence.

    Even Clinton's team wasn't claiming that Kaine had come out on top, despite the chest-puffing that usually follows a political debate. Perhaps former President Bill Clinton most concisely summed up Democrats' takeaway when he said underwhelming that his wife's running mate "did just fine."

    The big moment for their running mates behind them, both Clinton and Trump were shifting focus back to each other — and to Sunday's debate, the second of three showdowns between the nominees.

    Clinton was deep in debate prep Wednesday at her Washington home. She was huddling with campaign chairman John Podesta, top policy aid Jake Sullivan and her debate advisers.

    Though Trump was on the campaign trail, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said he was preparing "constantly." Trump planned his own town hall in New Hampshire on Thursday, in an apparent dress rehearsal for the big event.

    Each campaign argued that Sunday's format — a town hall debate where voters ask questions — benefits their candidate. Conway cited Trump's experience engaging throngs of supporters at rallies, while Podesta pointed to Clinton's long history of holding her own town hall events.

    With fewer than 5 weeks until Election Day, Sunday's debate marks one of Trump's final chances to show the race isn't slipping out of his grasp. Widely viewed as the loser of the first debate last week, Trump went into a multi-day tailspin over a decades-old tiff with a beauty queen. New public opinion polls show Clinton's standing on the rise in nearly all battleground states.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, on Oct. 5, 2016, in Henderson, Nev.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, on Oct. 5, 2016, in Henderson, Nev.

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    A sudden recent shift in American deportation policy may have dire implications for thousands of Haitians, and cause a bleak homecoming for many in the wake of destruction brought by Hurricane Matthew, NBC News reported.

    The hurricane was billed as the most powerful storm to touch the Atlantic in nearly a decade as it made landfall in Haiti early Tuesday morning. At least 19 people were confirmed dead by the time the storm passed over the island of Hispaniola.

    And thousands more Haitians who are currently in America may soon face fallout from the disaster, all for a new change in United States immigration policies that critics warn is ill-fated and poorly timed.



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    People stand in a street flooded by a nearby river overflowing from the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Leogane, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. A new policy in the U.S. leaves many Haitian migrants facing deportation back to their country.People stand in a street flooded by a nearby river overflowing from the heavy rains caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Leogane, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. A new policy in the U.S. leaves many Haitian migrants facing deportation back to their country.

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    A drone delivered frozen yogurt to college students in Holland, Michigan, Tuesday. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt did a test run delivering the froyo to students at Hope College. The service, which is a part of a pilot delivery program, officially started by appointment only. It took about 15 minutes to travel a little under a mile.

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    Hurricane Matthew's track has shifted to the west, prompting grave concerns along the East Coast.

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    The Hôtel de Pourtalès in Paris, where Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint on Monday, was not equipped with security cameras, a high-level judicial source close to the investigation told NBC News on Thursday.

    The source said investigators have to use footage from surrounding areas to profile the five criminals. In addition to lack of surveillance, the hotel only had one concierge to monitor threats, making it an easy target.

    Information also came to light this week that the security company of Kardashian West's bodyguard filed for bankruptcy just 10 weeks before the robbery. Pascal Duvier's German-based firm, ProtectSecurity, was dissolved on July 28, according to court records from the German city of Heidelberg.



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    Kim Kardashian attends the Givenchy show on Oct. 2, 2016, in Paris, France.Kim Kardashian attends the Givenchy show on Oct. 2, 2016, in Paris, France.

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    Aerial and on-the-ground images reveal how Hurricane Matthew has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the impoverished nation of Haiti since a devastating earthquake hit six years ago, according to the United Nations. The storm ripped through Haiti on Oct. 4, causing heavy flooding and knocking down houses. Some 80 percent of homes were damaged in Haiti's SUD department, which has a population of more than 700,000, according to a government official.

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    Jack Adderley needed to deliver diesel to clients of his generator business as Hurricane Matthew pummeled the Bahamas, so he got in his truck and forged ahead. He is shown here driving near the Nassau International Airport.

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  • 10/06/16--17:59: Florida-LSU Game Postponed

  • As Hurricane Matthew pushes north with the Central Florida area square in its sights, the Florida Gators won't be taking the football field this weekend as scheduled.

    The Southeastern Conference announced that the game Saturday between UF and the LSU Tigers will be postponed. The teams will attempt to reschedule the game for a later date, however they do not share the same bye week later in the month. Florida is off the 22nd, LSU the 29th.

    The decision came after U.S. Sen. David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, wrote a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott urging him to force UF to either relocate or postpone the game.

    Vitter said that playing the game in Gainesville on 12 p.m. Saturday, less than 100 miles from the coast that Matthew is forecasted to rake along on Friday, was too dangerous.

    Georgia and South Carolina are also bracing for Matthew to hit them Friday and Saturday, and the two states' schools moved their matchup back to Sunday from Saturday, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said on radio, according to NBC affiliate WXIA.

    Two other schools in Florida have moved their games scheduled for this weekend. The University of Central Florida postponed their game scheduled for Friday night against Tulane, moving it to November 5. Florida Atlantic University moved their game Saturday at home against Charlotte to Sunday at 12 p.m.

    The marquee game of the weekend in Florida, between the rival Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles, is still scheduled to kick off Saturday night at 8 p.m. inside Hard Rock Stadium. Officials from both schools say they will monitor the storm further before a decision on a possible date or location change if one is needed.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images, File

    Head coach Jim McElwain leads the Florida Gators onto the field before the game against the North Texas Mean Green at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2016. in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators' game against LSU has been postponed because of Hurricane Matthew.Head coach Jim McElwain leads the Florida Gators onto the field before the game against the North Texas Mean Green at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2016. in Gainesville, Florida. The Gators' game against LSU has been postponed because of Hurricane Matthew.

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