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    Donald Trump sought to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. presidential election on Saturday, asserting unsubstantiated claims the contest is rigged against him, vowing anew to jail Hillary Clinton if he's elected and throwing in a baseless insinuation his rival was on drugs in the last debate.

    Speaking to supporters at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Trump suggested Clinton has been "getting pumped up" with performance-enhancing drugs and challenged the Democratic candidate to take a drug test before their third and final debate next week.

    Trump argued that Clinton was more energetic during the beginning of their debate last Sunday in St. Louis, but lost her steam by the end of the 90 minute showdown.

    "I don't know what's going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate she was all pumped at the debate, and at the end it was like 'uh, take me down.' She could barely reach her car," he said, adding "I'm willing to do it."

    Trump offered no evidence to support the wild, baseless claim. Nothing about Clinton's demeanor in the debate suggested she was anything but clean and sober.

    His speech at the Toyota of Portsmouth, his first of two campaign events on Saturday, was intended to focus on his plan to end the opioid addiction crisis — an epidemic battling the Granite state. But he deviated from policy proposals to press his election-rigging allegations and disparaged his accusers. NBC News has not independently confirmed allegations made by nine women against Trump.

    Meanwhile, the list of women alleging aggressive sexual behavior by Trump continued to grow Saturday.

    Cathy Heller told The Guardian newspaper that Trump Trump tried to kiss her on the mouth when he was introduced to her at a Mother's Day brunch 20 years ago at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The Guardian reports that two people provided accounts of the incident that matched hers.

    Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller dismisses Heller's account as "a false accusation" and argued there is "no way that something like this would have happened in a public place on Mother's Day at Mr. Trump's resort."

    At a rally in Bangor, Maine — a congressional district where polls indicate he has the strongest support in the state — Trump mostly steered clear of specifically attacking the nearly dozen women who have come forward this week to allege that the real estate mogul and TV personality had sexually assaulted them or made unwanted advances.

    Instead, he addressed the allegations broadly, saying they were part of a massive conspiracy to derail his candidacy.

    "The corrupt media is pushing false allegations and outright lies to get crooked Hillary elected," Trump said, adding "It’s a rigged system. We’re going to stop it. We’re going to stop it.”

    Earlier Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to warn that "100% fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!"

    "Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted and should be in jail," he added. "Instead she is running for president in what looks like a rigged election."

    Trump's tribulations overshadowed the release Saturday of yet more emails hacked from accounts of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, laying bare aspects of the campaign's internal deliberations.

    The latest batch showed the campaign worrying whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren might endorse Bernie Sanders, wrestling with how to respond to revelations about her private email use, and lining up materials to respond to fresh accusations from Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Bill Clinton of raping her decades ago. He denied the rape accusation, which was never adjudicated by a criminal court.

    Later Saturday, he will head south to New Jersey to speak at the Republican Hindu Coalition, according to the group's website.

    Founder Shalabh Kumar says Trump will attend the event at the Edison Expo Center to speak out against terrorism and to help raise money for terror victims in India.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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    In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C.In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, in Greensboro, N.C.

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    FBI Director James Comey hosted a discussion at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference (IACP) in San Diego. 

    The conference, which started earlier this week, brings together federal, state, county, local and tribal law enforcement agencies across the country together to discuss educational tools and resources to better serve their communities.



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    FILE - FBI Director James Comey speaks during a government symposium on cyber security, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.FILE - FBI Director James Comey speaks during a government symposium on cyber security, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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    China is set to launch a Shenzhou-11 into orbit on Monday in the latest volley of an intensifying U.S.-China space rivalry.

    The two-man vessel will rendezvous with a space lab launched September 15, where the crew will conduct experiments for a month — China's sixth and longest manned mission so far.

    With the current U.S.-led International Space Station expected to retire in 2024, China could be the only nation left with a permanent presence in space. 

    Beijing is pouring money into funding the nation's ambitions — which include being the first to explore the dark side of the moon and sending a probe to Mars in 2020, the latter in direct challenge to U.S. and European space agencies.



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    China's second manned spacecraft Shenzhou-6 joined by the Long March CZ-2F rocket at the launch tower of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.China's second manned spacecraft Shenzhou-6 joined by the Long March CZ-2F rocket at the launch tower of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

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    A Saudi-led coalition has blamed an airstrike that killed more than 140 people at a funeral ceremony in Yemen on "erroneous information" received from a "party" affiliated with the country's embattled government.

    The airstrike, which struck the capital of Sanaa Oct. 8., was one of the deadliest single attacks in the country's civil war, a U.N. official said, and was condemned by the U.N. and others.

    The Joint Incidents Assessment Team, set up by the coalition, said "a party affiliated with the Yemeni Presidency of the General Chief of Staff passed on erroneous information that there was a gathering of armed Houthi leaders in a known location in Sana'a, and insisted that the location be targeted immediately as a legitimate military target."



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    Members of the Higher Council for Civilian Community Organization, inspect a destroyed funeral hall as they protest against a deadly Saudi-led airstrike on a funeral hall six days ago, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 13, 2016.Members of the Higher Council for Civilian Community Organization, inspect a destroyed funeral hall as they protest against a deadly Saudi-led airstrike on a funeral hall six days ago, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 13, 2016.

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    A 26-year-old woman has been charged with arson after she allegedly set her boyfriend's home on fire in West Philadelphia Saturday morning, burning two neighboring homes in the process.

    Police say the woman went into her child's father's home on the 4900 block of W. Girard Avenue,  poured kerosene on the floor and then lit it on fire. Neither the man nor their child were inside the three-story row home at the time.

    Two adjacent houses also caught fire.

     

    The woman suffered burns to her hands during the incident, according to investigators. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

    According to investigators, the woman told police she lit the home on fire because her child's father had allegedly stolen $1,000 from her.

    A witness told NBC10 she spotted the woman leaving the scene of the fire. According to the witness, the woman said, "I set the house on fire because my boyfriend robbed me."

    She was taken into custody and charged with arson, reckless endangerment of another person and risking a catastrophe.



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    Its been a week since Hurricane Matthew hit the Carolinas, but the effects are still being felt. Twenty-four people have died from the storm in North Carolina alone, out of a total of 42 in the United States. Most of them were killed by flooding. Some of the rivers swollen by 17-inches of hurricane matthew's rainfall are just cresting, a full week after the storm hit. "We've had a hard time explaining, with the sky so beautiful and blue, that its really a rolling disaster happening, not just in Greenville but everywhere in eastern North Carolina," says Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. Other downriver towns might not see the worst of it until the weekend, meaning the flood water won't recede until next week, delaying damage assessments, cleanup and rebuilding. 40,000 are still without power in North Carolina alone, and the National Guard has deployed in high-water trucks to prevent looting.

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    A 65-year-old man who was served an eviction notice went on a shooting rampage Tuesday afternoon, wounding a neighbor and opening fire on a Florida deputy, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    Larry Dennis Hoad shot and wounded a resident in his St. Petersburg triplex, then fired several gunshots at another neighbor's home, the Sheriff's Office said. The rampage was captured on surveillance video released Friday.

    Deputies served Hoad with eviction papers Tuesday morning. A few hours later, the sheriff's office received reports of shots fired in the same area.

    A sergeant arrived at the scene and Hoad fired two shots at the sergeant, who returned fire and hit Hoad twice. Hoad was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with life-threatening injuries. He remains in critical condition.

    The injured resident, 30-year-old Shawn Smith, was hospitalized in critical condition for "several" gunshot wounds, the sheriff's office said.

    Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Hoad was on "a violent rampage looking for more victims. We are very fortunate that Hoad did not kill a deputy sheriff."

    He faces three counts of attempted murder and two counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.



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    David Fernandez was "shocked" and "in disbelief" by what he saw Friday morning while driving through Monrovia, California.

    Across the street, roaming a home's yard, was a buck with an arrow lodged through its neck. The buck was not bleeding but appeared to have trouble walking, Fernandez said.

    When Fernandez called the Department of Fish and Wildlife, they told him that the animal had actually been wandering in the area for "three to four days," he said.

    Fernandez, 47, who has been living in Monrovia, located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, for the past five years, said he's no stranger to wildlife in his neighborhood.

    He said he has seen dozens of deer in his backyard, and has even spotted bears roaming around his property.

    Seeing the buck running around with an arrow puncturing its neck, however, was surprising, even for him.

    "I had to take a second look," Fernandez said.

    Neighbors love the animals in the area, he said. "The animals become their family and friends."

    Because of that, they are "horrified" at the buck's plight and are starting a GoFundMe page to raise money for whoever captures the animal or gives information on the person who shot it.

    Fernandez said that Fish and Wildlife officials told him the hunt may be legal. While shooting animals in residential neighborhoods is illegal, the buck may have been shot miles away in the wilderness before making its way in to the community.

    Fish and Wildlife officials plans to treat the animal and release it back into the wild, Fernandez said.

    The department was not immediately available for comment.



    Photo Credit: David Fernandez

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    Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from ISIS Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West. 

    The rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, also took neighboring Soran, said Ahmed Osman, head of the Sultan Murad group, one of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions involved in the clashes on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

    An Islamic prophesy names Dabiq as the site of a battle between Muslims and infidels that will presage doomsday, a message used extensively in Islamic State's propaganda.



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    In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, Turkish tanks head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels pushed ISIS from the symbolic village of Dabiq Oct. 16.In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, Turkish tanks head to the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels pushed ISIS from the symbolic village of Dabiq Oct. 16.

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    Wingsuit flyer Gabriel Lott of Brazil jumps off a mountain during the 5th World Wingsuit Championship at Tianmen Mountain on Oct. 13, 2016, near Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, China. A total of 16 participants from around the world took part in the extreme sport which involves jumping down cliffs at an altitude of 1,400 km while wearing a wingsuit.Wingsuit flyer Gabriel Lott of Brazil jumps off a mountain during the 5th World Wingsuit Championship at Tianmen Mountain on Oct. 13, 2016, near Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, China. A total of 16 participants from around the world took part in the extreme sport which involves jumping down cliffs at an altitude of 1,400 km while wearing a wingsuit.

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    A wind-driven, 3,400-acre wildfire raging in western Nevada has destroyed 22 properties and is still threatening about 500 others, NBC News reported.

    Almost 900 firefighters have been tackling the Little Valley Fire, between Reno and Carson City, which authorities said was only 20 percent contained by Saturday night.

    Residents east of Washoe Lake have been allowed to return home. Other neighborhoods have been permitted but told they might have to evacuate again Sunday.

    "It's absolutely devastating," Dennis Hof, owner of the state's famous Bunny Ranch brothel, who said there was "nothing left" of his home.

    "The only thing you see is the foundation and a washer and dryer than didn't burn up. That's it," he told the station.



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    Stock photo - A plume of smoke rises from a ridge as the Rim Fire approaches Yosemite Lakes on August 23, 2013 near Groveland, CaliforniaStock photo - A plume of smoke rises from a ridge as the Rim Fire approaches Yosemite Lakes on August 23, 2013 near Groveland, California

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    North Korea has reasserted a warning that it is prepared to launch a preemptive strike on the United States if its forces mobilize against it, NBC News reported.

    Such threats have been a staple of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un since he took power after his father's death in 2011. U.S. officials do not believe Pyongyang possesses weapons able to reach the continental United States.

    "The U.S. has nuclear weapons off our coast, targeting our country, our capital and our Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un," a top North Korean official, Lee Yong Pil, said in an exclusive interview with NBC News.

    Lee said his government's stance was being driven by "the increasingly aggressive" drills by the United States and the South.



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    Parade participants beat drums as they march on the Kim Il Sung Square on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.Parade participants beat drums as they march on the Kim Il Sung Square on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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    Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump by double digits with just more than three weeks until Election Day, making her the clear favorite in the 2016 presidential contest, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street poll conducted after the second presidential debate.

    In a four-way horserace, the Democratic nominee holds an 11-point lead over the GOP candidate among likely voters, 48 percent to 37 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 7 percent and the Green Party’s Jill Stein at 2 percent.

    In a two-way contest without Johnson and Stein, Clinton is ahead by 10 points, 51 percent to 41 percent.

    "Donald Trump's chances of winning this election have faded," says Democratic pollster Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, which conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff and his firm Public Opinion Strategies.

    "This poll is showing the writing on the wall," Yang adds.



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    In this file photo, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri.In this file photo, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri.

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    The Iraqi army, directed by U.S. advisers, launched an offensive Sunday aimed at wresting Mosul from the hands of ISIS and ending its brutal two-year occupation, NBC News reported.

    "The time has come for the greatest victory," Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced late Sunday on state TV. "I announce the start of Liberating Mosul Operation, by the will of Iraqis, and after depending on Allah."

    Al-Abadi said that ISIS would be "punished" for its crimes and that the province's cities and villages will be rebuilt.

    "We will rebuild what those criminals have destroyed," he said. "We will bring life back to Mosul and all other areas around Mosul."



    Photo Credit: Khalid Mohammed, AP

    In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces gather ahead of an operation to re-take the ISIS-held City of Mosul, outside Irbil, Iraq.In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces gather ahead of an operation to re-take the ISIS-held City of Mosul, outside Irbil, Iraq.

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    After being kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago, 21 Nigerian girls were reunited Sunday with their families, NBC News reported.

    "I want to thank everyone for this wonderful thing they have done," one of the girls, Rebecca Mallam, told the Voice of America as she rejoined relatives Sunday in Abuja, the capital.

    The liberation of the so-called "Chibok girls" — whose abduction triggered the #BringBackOurGirls campaign — came after negotiations between the government and Boko Haram, said Mallam Garba Shehu, a Nigerian government spokesman.

    Shehu didn't say what Boko Haram received in return, but the BBC reported that the government handed over four imprisoned militants as part of the deal.



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    One of the kidnapped girls celebrates with family members during an church survives held in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. The girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria's capital, but it's taken days for the parents to arrive.One of the kidnapped girls celebrates with family members during an church survives held in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. The girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria's capital, but it's taken days for the parents to arrive.

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    Two Vallejo police officers shot a man dressed in body armor and pointing an assault style weapon at them inside a Starbucks in the North Bay Area city on Sunday night, according to the Vallejo Police Department.

    Vallejo police said the two officers were inside the coffee shop at 199 Lincoln Rd. West around 8:50 p.m., when they saw a man open the door and point an assault style weapon with a high capacity drum magazine at them.

    The "suspect appeared to be attempting to manipulate the gun as if it had malfunctioned," Vallejo police said.

    A dispatch recording of the brief and tense standoff recorded someone saying, "There's a man with a rifle just trying to ambush us at Starbucks."

    At that point, the two officers drew their weapons to protect themselves. The suspect took off through the parking lot, fleeing west on Magazine Street. The officers ran after the suspect and caught up with him near the intersection of Magazine and Sheridan Streets as he continued to manipulate the weapon.

    Vallejo police said the suspect "presented himself as a lethal threat to the officers" who shot him three times. The suspect fell to the ground and was taken into custody.

    A nearby witness says she heard more than three shots fired.

    "We heard seven shots, like a clip, a large caliber clip," Susan Carter said.

    The suspect was found to be carrying an additional loaded handgun and was wearing body armor. He was transported to a local hospital and was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

    The officers involved in the shooting were not injured. The Vallejo Police Department is investigating the incident along with the Solano County District Attorney's Office.

    Vallejo residents posted videos to social media which showed heavy police presence on Magazine street, including at least 10 police cars.

    Earlier Sunday, a two-year-old child was shot inside a home in Suisin City. Police are currently searching for a person of interest and that individual may have a connection to the Vallejo officer-involved shooting, according to Bay City News.

    Police are expected to hold a press conference Monday morning to further address what happened.



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    Officers investigate officer-involved shooting in Vallejo.Officers investigate officer-involved shooting in Vallejo.

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    A Florida woman is demanding an apology after she was turned away at a Bradenton McDonald's because of her service dog. It began when Elisha Griggs ordered a drink at the counter. "They told me, 'No pets.' I said, 'She's not a pet. She's a service dog.' They asked me if I had paperwork for her. I said, 'Yes,'" Griggs explained.
    Griggs retrieved a doctor's note from her car. At this point, she said, things got nasty. "They told me that the paperwork basically wasn't good enough and they wanted to know what my disability was," she said. Griggs called the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. A deputy told her McDonald's had to let her in. Read more from WFLA.com here.

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    Florida woman says she was denied service despite doctor's note declaring her Pomeranian a service dog.Florida woman says she was denied service despite doctor's note declaring her Pomeranian a service dog.

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    If you had plans on dressing as a creepy clown for Halloween this year you'll have to do your costume shopping at someplace other than Target. The national retailer announced it was pulling its clown costumes and masks from stores and online in the wake of the creepy clown hysteria that has swept the country in recent months.

    Target confirmed to NBC's "Today" show all clown masks were being pulled from stores and the company is in the process of pulling the masks from its online site.

    A quick check of the Target.com website Monday morning shows a few clown costumes are still available for purchase, but none of the "creepy" variety.

    In recent months there has been a rash of creepy clown sightings with costumed men exhibiting menacing behavior. Last week a 53-year-old man wearing what police described as "multi-color clown/performance-style clothing" was arrested for allegedly intimidating a 16-year-old boy with a knife in a Manhattan subway station.

    The New Haven Public School district is prohibiting clown costumes and any other "symbols of terror" during this year's Halloween season. Even fast-food giant McDonald's is bowing to the craze, announcing it was keeping mascot Ronald McDonald on the sidelines until the hysteria blows over. 



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    Target announced it was pulling its clown costumes and masks from stores and online in the wake of the creepy clown hysteria.Target announced it was pulling its clown costumes and masks from stores and online in the wake of the creepy clown hysteria.

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    Speaking at a rally Sunday, Donald Trump called people supporting Hillary Clinton "animals" in a tweet after someone firebombed the GOP headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina. It was unclear who firebombed the office. Trump also continued to claim the election is "rigged" with help from the media promoting false stories about him.

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    Police are investigating vandalism on the side of a Waterloo, Iowa mosque. The word "Trump" was spray painted in red, on the place of worship. The members are shocked at the bold statement saying the message behind this word is unclear. "I don't understand what kind of message they are trying to send," said Seema Khan. "I don't even think they understand what they are doing."
    No one is sure how long the five letters spelling "TRUMP" have been on the wall of the mosque. Police responded to the mosque after 9 p.m. on Friday regarding the graffiti. "There was a lot of anger, there were a lot of tears, there was a lot of frustration and more than anything there is a lot of fear," said Khan. Read more from KWWL.com.

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    "TRUMP" spray-painted on wall of Waterloo Islamic Center.

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