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    Ohio artist Jeanette Paras created pumpkins faces of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and even Vladimir Putin for her porch. She's "pumpkinized" dozens of other celebrities and personalities in the past, including Kim Jung Un, Lady Gaga and Steve Jobs. The "Putkin" pumpkin weighs 341 pounds, more than the Trump (133 pounds) and Clinton (145 pounds) pumpkins combined.

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    An Illinois-based company has issued a nationwide recall of two kinds of its Oreo Fudge Cremes products because the snacks contain milk, an item not included among the ingredients that can cause serious or life-threatening reactions in people who are allergic to it. 

    Mondelez Global LLC said it is recalling original and mint varieties of its Oreo Fudge Cremes sold in the United States and U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, St. Croix and St. Thomas. The company said it has received one report of an allergic reaction to date. 

    An advisory statement on the label says the snacks have been "manufactured on equipment that processes milk," but milk is not listed among the ingredients.

    Click here for specific products affected by the recall.

    Consumers who have this product should not eat it and should discard any products they may have, the company says. Customers can contact the company at 1-855-535-5948, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.



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    Monks who were raising money to repair an ancient basilica in central Italy by brewing beer destroyed there found the structure "flattened" in last week's earthquake, NBC News reported.

    The Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia was destroyed in the strongest earthquake to hit the country in over three decades, said the Monks of Norcia Sunday.

    "The entire monastic community is together again at our mountain monastery which overlooks a now fractured Norcia," said a statement signed by Fr. Benedict on their monastery's website. "Messages are pouring in from all over the world."

    The monks weren't available for comment when NBC News reached out on Monday. Three American monks took over the monastery in 2000, starting a brewing business to raise funds for repairs for the facility.



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    A view of the collapsed Cathedral of St. Benedict in Norcia, central Italy, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. The third powerful earthquake to hit Italy in two months spared human life Sunday but struck at the nation's identity, destroying a Benedictine cathedral, a medieval tower and other beloved landmarks that had survived the earlier jolts across a mountainous region of small historic towns. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)A view of the collapsed Cathedral of St. Benedict in Norcia, central Italy, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. The third powerful earthquake to hit Italy in two months spared human life Sunday but struck at the nation's identity, destroying a Benedictine cathedral, a medieval tower and other beloved landmarks that had survived the earlier jolts across a mountainous region of small historic towns. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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    One woman was lucky enough to have her car stolen — not by a thief, but by someone who was just a bit confused.

    Erin Hatzi of Portland, Oregon, had her red Subaru stolen right out of her driveway Tuesday night, NBC affiliate KGW reported. Surveillance video showed a woman calmly taking the vehicle and driving off a few minutes later.

    Police were notified and actually came across the stolen car right outside Hatzi's home, according to the report. The driver brought a note — which Hatzi posted to Facebook — that read:

    "Hello, So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru at 7802 SE Woodstock and she came back with your car. I did not see the car until this morning and I said, 'that is not my car.' There is some cash for gas and I more than apologize for the shock and upset this must have caused you. If you need to speak further, with me, I am ******* and my number is ..........So so sorry for this mistake."

    Police said that older model Subaru keys can sometimes work on different cars, according to KGW. Hatzi and the unwitting car thief didn't meet.

    "It's like a bad sitcom that nobody would ever buy the story because it's stupid and it makes no sense. But it happened," she told the station.



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    Summarizing Donald Trump's worldview isn't easy, but this may come close: The world is a violent place, and it demands a violent response, according to NBC News' analysis. 

    He's made news by giving out a Republican rival's phone number, tweeting about a "sex tape" and even accusing his opponent, Hillary Clinton, of possibly taking drugs.

    Trump's emphasis on violence and retaliation, especially outside the confines of the law, is unique among modern nominees and is rooted in a set of guiding principles. In his eyes, the world is an unforgiving place where cities are "war zones," where "rapists" are streaming across the border and where jealous rivals are hatching plots to humiliate America and Trump personally. To prevail in such an environment, he suggests, the response to any slight must be swift and overwhelming. Dwelling on limits imposed by law or tradition is usually a secondary concern.

    The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment for this story. With Trump's language heating up in the final days and his list of enemies growing fast, some civil rights groups and law enforcement officials are raising fears that things could get out of hand.



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Kinston, North Carolina.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Kinston, North Carolina.

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    A woman was trapped in her Hummer for five days after it rolled off a cliff in the mountains in Southern California, but was rescued alive by firefighters on Saturday, authorities said.

    Barbara McPheron, 69, was reported missing on Oct. 23 around 1 p.m., according to the Ridgecrest Police Department. 

    McPheron had used the OnStar feature of her Hummer to contact 911, stating "ditch on Highway 395, Stater Bros and Kashmir St," authorities said. Crews searched by ground and air in the Adelanto area of San Bernardino County, but could not find the woman. 

    Five days later, the San Bernardino County Fire Department received reports of a vehicle rollover in a desert area off Torosa Road west of Highway 395, north of Adelanto, from off-road drivers in the area, fire officials said.

    Firefighters found McPherson trapped inside her rolled over SUV around 6 p.m. Saturday. It took them an hour to safely rescue her, according to the fire department.

    During the rescue, officials discovered that the 69-year-old was reported missing several days earlier. 

    She was taken to a hospital by helicopter, fire officials said. Her condition was described as serious, but non-life threatening. 

    NBC4's Joe Studley contributed to this report. 



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    Firefighters found and rescued a woman on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, who was trapped in her Hummer five days after it rolled off a cliff in the mountains in San Bernardino County.Firefighters found and rescued a woman on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, who was trapped in her Hummer five days after it rolled off a cliff in the mountains in San Bernardino County.

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  • 10/31/16--09:37: White House Press Briefing

  • Spokesman Josh Earnest conducts the daily White House press briefing, beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET. 


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    File photo: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest answers questions on the massive cyber-attack on the personal data of government employees June 5, 2015 during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.File photo: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest answers questions on the massive cyber-attack on the personal data of government employees June 5, 2015 during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

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  • 10/31/16--05:38: Top Google Doodles

  • Since 1998, Google has created more than 1,000 colorful and imaginative doodles to commemorate important holidays and people. Take a look back at some of the most iconic designs from around the world.

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    The 2016 Halloween Google Doodle features a cat named Momo in a game where the kitty fights ghosts.The 2016 Halloween Google Doodle features a cat named Momo in a game where the kitty fights ghosts.

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    Ching Lee Laundry in California, believed to be the oldest Chinese-owned laundry in the United States, closed shop for the last time Saturday after 140 years of operations by the same family, NBC News reported.

    Longtime customers at the laundry in San Mateo brought flowers, cookies and cards.

    "It deeply saddens me that this era is ending," Jacque Yee, who has managed the shop with her father for the past 30 years, told NBC News.

    Yee's great grand-uncle opened the doors of Ching Lee Laundry, which translates to "victory" in Cantonese, in 1876. He traveled by horse-drawn carriage to pick up laundry 20 miles away in San Francisco.

    Chinese immigrants dominated the laundry business during the late 19th and early 20th centuries after "being excluded from virtually everything else," John Jung, author of "Chinese Laundries," told NBC News.

    Now one in five people in San Mateo are Asian American, and many of them work in technology.

    "There's a big disconnect between new Chinese immigrants, many of whom are highly educated and wealthy, who don't relate to the early history of Chinese Americans," Jung said.



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    Jacque Yee, a fourth generation family member to operate Ching Lee Laundry, hugs a long-time customer on October 29, 2016.Jacque Yee, a fourth generation family member to operate Ching Lee Laundry, hugs a long-time customer on October 29, 2016.

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    CNN announced Monday that it has ended its relationship with contributor Donna Brazile because of reports that she may have leaked two primary event questions to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in March.

    Brazile, who’s currently acting as the Democratic National Committee’s interim chair, had her agreement with the network suspended in July when she took over the DNC position. CNN said in a statement: "On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor. (Her deal had previously been suspended in July when she became the interim head of the DNC.) CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor."

    Brazile did not comment on Monday but referred to a statement she’d made earlier in October denying any involvement in providing information to the campaign.



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    Donna Brazile attends the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York.Donna Brazile attends the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York.

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    With a little over a week left before the general election, Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump 47-41 in a four-way general match-up among likely voters, according to a new NBC News|Surveymonkey weekly tracking poll. 

    Clinton's lead stretches to seven, 51 to 44, if Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are left out of the polling, NBC News reported Monday.

    The results are nearly identical from the prior week, before FBI Director James Comey announced the discovery of emails that could be "pertinent" to the department's investigation of Clinton's private email server.

    While the poll was conducted from Oct. 24-30, the data for Saturday and Sunday only — when questions about Comey's announcement were included — still showed Clinton with the same lead.



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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Donald TrumpFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Donald Trump

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    The president and first lady hosted their final Halloween party at the White House Monday afternoon.

    The first couple welcomed students from D.C., Virginia and Maryland schools, as well as children of military families, to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.

    More than 4,000 people were expected at this year’s Halloween festivities, according to a statement from the Office of the First Lady.

    For this year's theme, the White House and surrounding grounds were transformed into A Storybook Journey, which included decorations and performances inspired by classic tales such as "Mother Goose," "Peter Pan," "Alice in Wonderland," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Peter Rabbit."

    Students from the Joy of Motion Dance Company led a flash mob to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The Obamas joined in from the sidelines, showing off their own "Thriller" moves. 

    The president handed out White House Hershey's Kisses while the first lady handed out cookies.

    In addition, an assortment of treats were also provided, including White House M&Ms, fruit bars, kettle corn, and Bo and Sunny baseball cards.

    "Because you being up all night with a sugar rush is exactly what your parents want," Obama joked. 

    The president took mock offense to one trick-or-treater's President Obama costume, which included silver spray-painted hair.

    "Is this supposed to be me?" Obama asked. "Man, I'm not that grey yet." 

    Want to add some White House style to your own Halloween party? The official White House Halloween press release included the "official" White House Halloween cookie recipe:

    • 1 lb. sugar
    • 2 lbs. butter
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 lbs. all-purpose flour

    Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.

    Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.

    Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 14 minutes and allow to cool.



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    Performers participate in a Halloween event at the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 31, 2016, in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama hosted the event for local children and children of military families for trick-or-treating at the White House.Performers participate in a Halloween event at the South Lawn of the White House, Oct. 31, 2016, in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama hosted the event for local children and children of military families for trick-or-treating at the White House.

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    Emergency crews are on the scene of a serious bus accident in Baltimore in which three people were killed when a school bus and a Maryland Transit Administration bus crashed. Initial reports say there were no students on the school bus.

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    When two men found a lost kitten named Lefty, they decided to hold it hostage until the owners gave them $50. An 11-year-old girl in Albuquerque, New Mexico, put up fliers after her cat went missing. "I just don't feel like it was fair," the girl's mother said. "I don't feel like an adult should do that to a child."

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    Black people using Uber and Lyft can face longer wait times and other forms of racial profiling, according to a new study on the ride-sharing services reported on by NBC News.

    The study, conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that drivers are more likely to discriminate against passengers with "African American-sounding names" than riders who appear white.

    Researchers at MIT came to the conclusion after conducting more than 1,400 case studies in Seattle and Boston. They found that black passengers in Seattle could experience up to a 28 percent increase in wait times for Uber and Lyft, while a separate study in Boston found that black passengers were twice as likely to have an UberX ride canceled.

    The study emphasizes that the observations are a result of individual drivers' choices, and not Uber or Lyft policies. Representatives for both companies argued against the study's findings Monday, referring to research showing the services as more likely to serve low-income communities than taxis.



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    In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a customer in downtown Los Angeles. A recent study from MIT shows evidence of drivers racially profiling passengers.In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a driver displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a customer in downtown Los Angeles. A recent study from MIT shows evidence of drivers racially profiling passengers.

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    It's only one day after Halloween and more than three weeks to Thanksgiving but Black Friday deals are already here. 

    Amazon began offering sales on Tuesday as part of its Black Friday Deals store, which will run through Dec. 22.

    Each day will bring a set of timed sales with new deals coming "as often as every five minutes," similar to last years. 

    Meanwhile, Walmart and Target are taking cues from each other by offering more exclusive merchandise during the holiday season.

    Walmart is offering 400 exclusive toy items including what is already a hit — a Disney Princess Carriage priced at $398. It's also adding thousands more items that will be available for store pickup. 

    Target is offering 1,800 new or exclusive toys, about 15 percent more than last year. Another exclusive is a 10-disc box set from Garth Brooks, which includes his new album and the 25th anniversary edition of "Friends in Low Places." The set will be in Target stores Nov. 11, two weeks before the new album is available elsewhere.

    Walmart is also planning more product demonstrations, in departments from toys to food. And Santas who used to remain stationary will roam the stores for more customer interaction and selfies.

    For the end of the year, the world's largest retailer plans to deploy "holiday helpers" stationed at the checkouts, who can direct customers to registers with shorter lines or even run back to the aisles to pick up an item someone forgot.

    Macy's announced in October it was staying committed to Thanksgiving Day shopping, saying it'll open an hour earlier this year. The move dampened hopes that other key stores will back away from the "Christmas Creep."

    The retailer plans to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with most Macy's stores closing at 2 a.m., and then reopening at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. It cited "ongoing customer interest in shopping on Thanksgiving, both at Macy's and at many other retailers."

    Macy's announcement shows that many major chains will probably stick with the Thanksgiving opening and may even open earlier than last year as they try to avoid being trumped by the competition. Macy's is under pressure to do well, after six straight quarters of declines for a key revenue measure. Target, Best Buy and J.C. Penney have not yet announced their Thanksgiving strategy.



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    Amazon started its Black Friday Deals store on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, which will run through Dec. 22.Amazon started its Black Friday Deals store on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, which will run through Dec. 22.

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    The FBI has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's foreign business connections, law enforcement and intelligence sources told NBC News Monday.

    Word of the inquiry, which has not blossomed into a full-blown criminal investigation, comes just days after FBI Director James Comey's disclosure that his agency is examining a new batch of emails connected to an aide to Hillary Clinton.

    And it comes a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized Comey's revelation and asserted that Comey possesses "explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government."

    The FBI did not comment. Manafort told NBC News "none of it is true ... There's no investigation going on by the FBI that I'm aware of."



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    Donald Trump's campaign chair, Paul Manafort, appears on NBC News' Donald Trump's campaign chair, Paul Manafort, appears on NBC News' "Meet the Press" on June 26, 2016.

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    A woman involved in a car crash in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was pulled from her car, dragged into a ditch and sexually assaulted over a period of two hours, and the assailant remains on the loose, police say. 

    A young woman was driving east near Kings Highway (Route 3) and Sherwood Forest Farm Road between 2:45 and 3:15 a.m. Monday when an SUV hit her car, the Stafford County Sheriff's Office said.

    Information was not available immediately on whether the crash was intentional.

    After the crash, a man the woman did not know forced her out of her car and sexually assaulted her for the next two hours, police said. 

    The victim was able to call for help when the suspect fled east on Kings Highway.

    Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man about 30 years old who stood about 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, weighed 170 to 180 pounds and had black hair and a short black beard.

    He was wearing light-colored blue jeans and a sleeveless white tank top under an orange, blue and white plaid long-sleeved shirt. He spoke Spanish and was not fluent in English, police said.

    The attacker drove a dark SUV, police said. It may have orange paint marks on the front end or passenger-side front quarter panel. 

    Anyone who saw anything suspicious Monday between 2:30 and 5 a.m. along Kings Highway between Forest Lane Road and Michael Scott Lane, or by the entrance road to the water treatment plant, is asked to call police immediately at 540-658-4400.

    Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can text "Stafford" plus their information to 274637 (CRIMES), or submit a tip online at www.StaffordCrimeSolvers.com.



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    Authorities released a sketch of the suspect they say assaulted a young woman after a car crash in Stafford County.Authorities released a sketch of the suspect they say assaulted a young woman after a car crash in Stafford County.

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    Two children and one adult were killed and several people were injured when a truck struck a Halloween hayride in a small town in eastern Mississippi on Monday, authorities told NBC News. 

    The victims were all on a trailer which was being towed by another vehicle near Chunky in Newton County, according to Capt. John Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

    "It was just chaos," said Newton County Coroner Danny Shoemaker, The Associated Press reported. 

    Three helicopters and multiple ambulances transported injured people to three hospitals. Some had life-threatening injuries, Poulos said.



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    A file image of a hayride trailer. Three people were killed in a rural Mississippi hayride crash on Monday, authorities told NBC News.A file image of a hayride trailer. Three people were killed in a rural Mississippi hayride crash on Monday, authorities told NBC News.

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    The FBI's discovery of more emails tied to Hillary Clinton hasn't hurt her in the polls.

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