Ambassador to Testify Trump Assured No Quid Pro Quo

A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what President Donald Trump told him, according to a person familiar with his upcoming testimony in the impeachment probe.


Former Envoy to Ukraine Says Trump Forced Her Out

Speaking during a deposition in Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine told House investigators Friday that she was forced out of her position in May after President Donald Trump pressured State Department officials to remove her.

Jerry Rowe uses a garden hose to save his home on Beaufait Avenue from the Saddleridge fire in Granada Hills, Calif., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

100,000 Flee as Wind-Driven Wildfire Scorches LA County

Wildfires kicked up across multiple counties in Southern California on Friday, with one blaze whipped to 7,500 acres in northwest Los Angeles by strong Santa Ana winds that show no signs of slowing down moving into the weekend.


California Power Outages Highlight Economic Disparity

When the nation’s largest utility warned customers that it would cut power to nearly 2 million people across Northern California, many rushed out to buy portable generators, knowing the investment could help sustain them during blackouts.

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015 file photo, U.S. Rep Pete Sessions, R-Texas, opens a meeting of the House Rules Committee at the Capitol in Washington. Former congressman Sessions of Texas is expected to run again for Congress in 2020 but not in his longtime Dallas district that Democrats flipped last year. A former aide to Sessions didn’t return a message seeking comment Tuesday night, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Former Texas Congressman Distances Himself From Ukraine Scandal

Former Texas Rep. Pete Sessions said late Friday he will donate to charity campaign contributions made by two indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani accused of laundering foreign money to influence American elections.


Two Dead as Typhoon Hagibis Batters Japan With Unprecedented Rain

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis barreled through Japan Saturday, killing at least two people and lashing large parts of the country with “unprecedented” rain that caused floods, landslides and emergency disaster warnings.


President Orders Army Onto Streets of Ecuadorian Capital

President Lenín Moreno ordered the army onto the streets of Ecuador’s capital Saturday after a week and a half of protests over fuel prices devolved into violent incidents, with masked protesters attacking a television station, newspaper and the national auditor’s office.


Esper Says Trump Orders US Troops to Leave Northern Syria

Amid growing chaos in Syria, President Donald Trump has ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from the country’s north to avoid a bloody conflict between Turkey and U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters that “gets worse by the hour,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday.


Louisiana Governor to Face Runoff Election

Nearly three decades ago, when his wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The couple refused. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has repeatedly bucked national party leaders on abortion rights, is about to do it again. He’s ready to sign legislation that would ban the procedure as early as six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, when the bill reaches his desk. In this Sept. 20, 2018, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards talks in Baton Rouge about an expected $300 million-plus surplus the state expected from the last budget year. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

Incumbent Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will vie for another term in a runoff election in November because he did not get the required 50% plus one vote in Saturday’s election.


Outrage After Police Kill Texas Woman at Home

Pastor Michael Bell addresses the community over the police shooting of Atatiana Jefferson at the Greater Saint Stephen First Church on Oct. 12, 2019. (David Lee/CNS)

A white Fort Worth cop is on leave after he shot and killed a black homeowner through her window during a welfare check Saturday, angering a community still reeling from the murder conviction of former Dallas cop Amber Guyger two weeks ago.


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White House Threatens New Sanctions Against Turkey

Looking to make good on his promise to demolish Turkey’s economy if the country crosses the line in Syria, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order expanding the Treasury Department’s ability to sanction Turkish officials.

With airstrikes and artillery, Turkey has launched an offensive aimed at crushing Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.;

Circuit Backs House Power to Subpoena Trump Taxes

Linking the congressional investigations gripping Washington today to the Watergate scandal, the D.C. Circuit affirmed Friday that House lawmakers can subpoena eight years of President Donald Trump’s personal financial records.


Man Sentenced to Death in Killing of Texas Family of 6

A California man who drove to Texas in 2014 and murdered a husband and wife and four of their children in their suburban Houston home was sentenced to death by a jury Friday.


Newsom Signs Toughest Gun-Seizure Laws in US

Shortly after winning the November 2018 election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to “raise the bar” on gun control after 12 people died in a mass shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks. On Friday, the Democrat made good on his promise by signing a bill package that expands gun violence restraining orders and limits residents from buying more than one semiautomatic rifle in a month.


Abortion Foes' Videos Spurred Safety Concerns, Clinic Workers Testify

A Planned Parenthood doctor who was surreptitiously recorded by anti-abortion activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt at a National Abortion Federation conference in San Francisco said her sense of security was shaken after a video of what she thought was a private conversation about fetal tissue donation was released online.


Trump Defends Giuliani, Reportedly Under Investigation

President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who is reportedly under federal investigation over his dealings with Ukraine on the president’s behalf.


Sixth Circuit Upholds Injunction Blocking Ohio Abortion Ban

A Sixth Circuit panel on Friday upheld an injunction that says a women’s right to an abortion cannot be blocked in Ohio based on indications that a fetus has Down syndrome.


Beto O’Rourke Unveils Plan to Boost Homeownership

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke shifted his focus Friday to fixing the nation’s housing system, promising to undo Trump administration efforts to weaken tenants’ rights and make major investments to increase affordable housing with a goal of building 6 million new homes.


Washington State Lawmaker Espouses Hatred of Muslims in Video

Washington state Representative Matt Shea said in a video posted Thursday that the media’s exposure of his extremist ideas such as Christian dominion — which calls for Christians to control society by taking over political and cultural institutions — is a “Soviet tactic” to persecute him.



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As I drove past Danny Cash’s little storefront in suburban Denver the other day — Danny Cash Hot Sauce – Retail Wholesale — some unseen force sucked me in. (“Use the Force, Bob.”)

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EU, UK Intensify Negotiations Over Brexit Deal

UK Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay, left, is welcomed by European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier next to British Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow, right, before their meeting at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

A deal on Brexit suddenly appeared more likely Friday after the European Union and the United Kingdom said they will intensify negotiations.


Son of Sheriff Who Called Immigrants ‘Drunks’ Arrested

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matt Albence, right, accompanied by sheriffs from around the country including Tarrant County, Texas Sheriff Bill Waybourn, center, speaks in the Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The son of a Texas sheriff was arrested Saturday for indecent exposure, two days after his father controversially described some immigrants and repeat offenders in his jail as “drunks” who will “run over your children and my children” during a White House briefing.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan speaks at a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Acting Chief McAleenan Leaving Homeland Security

The acting head of the Department of Homeland Security is leaving his position, President Donald Trump announced on Friday.

President Donald Trump signs the first veto of his presidency in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Washington. Trump issued the first veto, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Border Emergency Declaration

A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that President Donald Trump’s use of a national emergency declaration to speed up construction of his long-promised border wall is unlawful.

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Target Center, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump Tax Returns are Off-Limits, Feds Tell Second Circuit

Taking President Donald Trump’s side, the Justice Department on Friday asked the Second Circuit to block the release of Trump’s tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.


UN Court Wraps Pretrial Hearing for African War Crimes Suspects

A preliminary hearing for two former African officials accused of human rights violations came to a close Friday, and judges on the International Criminal Court must now decide if there is sufficient evidence to hold a trial.


California Bans For-Profit Prisons and Detention Centers

In its latest blow to the for-profit prison industry, California will become the first state to ban the use of private prisons under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

FILE - This Sept. 17, 2014 file photo shows Dr. Ulrich Klopfer.   Attorney General Curtis Hill said the 165 remains were discovered Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019,  in the trunk of a Mercedes Benz parked at a business property in Dolton, Ill., where Dr. Ulrich Klopfer had kept a total of eight cars. Those remains are believed to be from abortions Klopfer performed in 2002 at his three Indiana abortion clinics, Hill said. (South Bend Tribune via AP, File)

Indiana AG: 165 Fetal Remains Linked to Late Doctor

Indiana’s attorney general said Friday that 165 sets of fetal remains have been found in the Chicago area inside a car owned by a late Indiana abortion doctor, boosting the total number of abandoned sets of fetal remains discovered at properties linked to him to more than 2,400.


Trump Delays Plan to Hike Tariffs on Chinese Imports

President Donald Trump on Friday announced a tentative partial trade deal with China, putting off impending tariffs hikes set to be snapped in place on $250 billion in Chinese goods next week.

Iowa Supreme Court in Des Moines. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

Attorneys Spar Over Nominating Process for Iowa Judges

An Iowa judge said during a hearing Friday he will rule soon on a challenge to a state law that critics say politicized the selection of appeals court judges in violation of the Iowa Constitution.

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the U.S. House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington. Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election has generally been seen as two separate, unrelated tracks: hacking Democratic emails and sending provocative tweets. But a new study suggests the tactics were likely intertwined. On the eve of the release of hacked Clinton campaign emails, Russian-linked trolls retweeted messages from thousands of accounts on both extremes of the American ideological spectrum. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Russian Tweets Linked to Release of Hacked Emails

Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election has generally been seen as two separate, unrelated tracks: hacking Democratic emails and sending provocative tweets. But a new study suggests the tactics were intertwined.


Japan Top Court Upholds Damages Over Student Tsunami Deaths

Japan’s top court has upheld a ruling awarding millions of dollars in compensation to families of children swept out to sea in the massive 2011 tsunami, officials said Friday.

Flower are placed on the tomb of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco inside the basilica at the the Valley of the Fallen monument near El Escorial, outside Madrid, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Spain's center-left government has approved legal amendments that it says will ensure the remains of former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco can soon be dug up and removed from a controversial mausoleum. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)

Spain Says It Will Exhume Franco's Remains by October 25

Spain is to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum by October 25, the government said Friday after a court overruled objections from the late dictator’s family. 

A detail of a fresco that was found during excavation works in the archaeological site of Pompeii on May 17, 2018. Archaeologists excavating an unexplored part of Pompeii have discovered a street of houses with intact balconies that were buried when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.  (Ciro Fusco /ANSA via AP)

Vivid Gladiator Fresco Discovered at Pompeii

A vivid fresco depicting an armor-clad gladiator standing victorious as his wounded opponent stumbles gushing blood has been discovered in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy’s culture ministry said Friday.


In Brief


Walt Girdner was born in central Iowa in 1922, one of five children. His father took a job as a Christian minister in Alameda after the family moved to California in 1925. Growing up during the Great Depression, Walt worked double shifts at a cannery to make money for college. He attended Stanford where he put together a string of letters and wins, running the quarter and half-mile. An invitation to join the U.S. Olympic team was negated by World War II and cancellation of the games. During the war, he disembarked in Normandy, fought in the infantry and marched into Germany .

As a young man, he developed an interest in imagery, first through drawing then through the developing technology of photography. Although he left the church where his mother and father were pastors, he kept a lifelong faith in the power and mystery of the natural environment, seeing in its beauty an overriding and everlasting spiritual force. His subjects focused on people and their settings. Farmers, flower sellers, youth were recurring themes.

He traveled in large part to find new images and capture them, in France at first, then the rest of Europe and later Africa and Mexico. Towards the end of his life, Walt focused on images in nature, including letters and numbers that emerged through abalone shells, beach tableaus and patterns in the sand.  He had faith that imagery was a powerful way to communicate and believed young people were much better at interpreting the language of imagery, gifted with imaginations more agile and unencumbered.

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Photo taken from behind the Claes Oldenburg sculpture outside the Denver Museum of Art shows some of the innovative architecture for which Denver is becoming famous. (CNS photo / Robert Kahn)