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Georgia Purged 107K 'Infrequent Voters' From Rolls

By KAYLA GOGGIN

A new analysis of voter data reveals that Georgia officials removed an estimated 107,000 people from voter rolls because they did not vote in prior elections.

Usual Trump Fare Fires Up GOP Base in Moderate Missoula

By DAVID REESE

President Donald Trump continued to pull out all the stops to retain the Republicans’ narrow control in the Senate, making his third trip to Montana on Thursday night to support two House and Senate candidates and to rally the state’s Republican base ahead of the November election.

Feds File First Charges on Russian Interference in 2018 Midterms

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

A Russian national was charged Friday for her alleged role in a conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the upcoming 2018 midterm election.

Judge Tells Prosecutors to Clarify Case Against Russian Company

By TIM RYAN

A federal judge on Thursday asked prosecutors to flesh out their arguments in the case against a Russian company accused of funding the Kremlin’s effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort Sentencing Date Set for February

By BRANDI BUCHMAN

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was brought into a Virginia courtroom in a wheelchair Friday afternoon for a hearing to set his sentencing date, even as lawyers argued his confinement is already negatively affecting his health.

Ninth Circuit May Unblock Contraceptive Exemptions

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI

The Ninth Circuit signaled Friday it will lift a nationwide preliminary injunction of federal rules to expand employer exemptions for contraception coverage on religious and moral grounds.

Trump Orders Fast Track for Water Projects in California & the West

By NICK CAHILL

Launching a new front in his war on red tape, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered federal agencies to speed up environmental reviews and jumpstart major water projects in California and the Pacific Northwest.

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Family Values

By ROBERT KAHN

During the furor over Brett Kavanaugh’s spritely march — or was it a dance? — to the U.S. Supreme Court, I was reading Leslie A. Marchand’s biography of Lord Byron, notorious in his day for his bawdy lifestyle, including incest with his half-sister. Yet Byron’s response to his critics was so much cleaner and refreshing than the nauseating show staged for us by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Alaska Governor Drops Re-election Bid

By JULIE ST. LOUIS

Gov. Bill Walker announced a suspension of his re-election campaign at the start of what was to be a candidates’ forum at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage Friday.

Jurors Defend $289 Million Roundup Cancer Verdict

By HELEN CHRISTOPHI

Two jurors who voted to hold Monsanto liable for a man’s fatal cancer from using the weed killer Roundup called a California judge’s intention to gut the $289 million verdict “unreasonable” Thursday, and rejected criticism they had been emotionally manipulated into making the finding without evidence.

Californians Eye Ballot for Housing Crisis Solutions

By MARTIN MACIAS JR.

In less than three weeks, California’s 19 million voters will decide a slate of midterm ballot measures aimed at easing the state’s affordable-housing crisis, but not all initiatives may bring residents the relief they seek.

Democrats, Republicans Split on Most Gun Issues

By KELSEY JUKAM

Three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history occurred since October 2017, but in that time there has been little change in the share of Americans who say that gun laws should be stricter, according to a Pew Research Center report released Thursday.

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EU Orders Poland to Halt Purge of High Court Judges

By KEVIN LESSMILLER

The European Court of Justice ruled Friday that Poland must stop enforcing a new law that pushed some judges on its highest court into early retirement and reinstate the ones that have already been forced out.

Reports Find Bank Frauds Cost Europe $63 Billion

By CAIN BURDEAU

It’s being called the biggest fraud investigation of Europe’s postwar period: a heist by banks and investors that allegedly plundered $63 billion from state treasuries across Europe.

Sessions Blasts Police Reforms in Chicago Speech

By LISA KLEIN

Slamming police reforms proposed by the city’s mayor and the Illinois attorney general, U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a speech Friday in Chicago about a favorite topic of the White House – crime in the Windy City.

Internet Providers Take On Vermont Net Neutrality

By ZACK HUFFMAN

A coalition of industry groups representing internet service providers sued Vermont on Thursday in an effort to overturn its recently enacted net neutrality rules requiring all internet traffic to be treated equally. 

Fifth Circuit Finds Texas Foster Care Horrendous

By CAMERON LANGFORD

Texas’ understaffed foster care system often fails to investigate children’s reports of sexual abuse, but a federal judge went too far in mandating a cap of 17 children per caseworker, a divided Fifth Circuit ruled Thursday.

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In this Wednesday, July 18, 2018, photo, a wild horse jumps among others near Salt Lake City. Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and forcing extreme measures to protect them. Federal land managers have begun emergency roundups in the deserts of western Utah and central Nevada. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Lawsuit Seeks to Stop the Sale of Wild Horses for Slaughter

NICHOLAS IOVINO

First Arrests Made in 'Proud Boy' Riot Outside NY GOP Club

ADAM KLASFELD

New York City police arrested two members of the far-right Proud Boys on Friday, a week after videos captured members of the group beating up protesters outside the official Manhattan club of the Republican Party.

Justice Dep't Opens Probe of Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

ALEXANDRA JONES
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The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sex abuse, in some cases for several decades.

Suspect Says He Didn’t Mean to Kill Bulgarian Journalist

ASSOCIATED PRESS

A 21-year-old suspect in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist said Friday that he killed Viktoria Marinova, but didn’t mean to.

NATIONAL

FILE - In this May 22, 2018, file photo, people enter the University of Southern California's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles. The University of Southern California has announced on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, an agreement in principle for a $215 million class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated students for many years. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

USC Agrees to $215 Million Settlement in Sex-Abuse Scandal

NATHAN SOLIS

Florida Relaxes Voting Rules in Hurricane-Battered Counties

EVA FEDDERLY
Boats lay sunk and damaged at the Port St. Joe Marina, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 in Port St. Joe, Fla. Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods. (Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday relaxed or altogether waived voting rules for eight counties in the Florida panhandle that bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael’s destructive power last week.

Trump’s National Security Adviser Heads to Moscow

ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser will raise thorny subjects with his counterparts when he visits Moscow to help craft a script for another high-level meeting between Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Trump Praises Congressman Who Attacked Reporter

ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a “tough cookie” and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana.

INTERNATIONAL

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. EU leaders meet for a second day on Thursday to discuss migration, cybersecurity and more discussion on stalled Brexit talks. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts, Pool)

Mothers Challenge Emmanuel Macron’s Fertility Stance

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Saudi Arabia Confirms Khashoggi Death During 'Fight'

DAN MCCUE

Saudi Arabia on Friday night confirmed for the first time that Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after entering the the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey nearly two weeks ago.

Europe, Japan Ready Spacecraft for 7-Year Journey to Mercury

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

Japan Orders Maker to Fix Quake Shock Absorbers

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KYB Corp. Senior Managing Executive Officer Keisuke Saito, right, and its affiliated firm Kayaba System Machinery Co., Ltd. President Shigeki Hirokado attend a press conference in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The Japanese government has ordered the company that falsified quality data for earthquake "shock absorbers" used in hundreds of buildings to speed up an investigation and fix any problems quickly. (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)

The Japanese government on Friday ordered a company that falsified quality data for earthquake “shock absorbers” used in hundreds of buildings to speed up an investigation and fix any problems quickly.

In Brief

Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922. He was one of five children. His father took a job as a pastor in Alameda where the family moved and relocated to the Bay Area of California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression in the Bay Area was difficult. Walt struggled to make extra money to help out the family by taking on many different jobs.  Such jobs varied from working the corn fields and selling corn, to bucking hay bales and pulling double shifts at the cannery.

As a young man, he developed an interest in art and imagery.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed that young people are better at interpreting imagery than adults for their imaginations are more agile and unencumbered.