AP News in Brief at 6:04 a.m. EDT
Clinton presses into Arizona, Trump focuses on Florida
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hillary Clinton is pressing into reliably red Arizona as she tries to steal a Republican state away from Donald Trump. Her rival, reinvigorated by the FBI’s new email review, is laser-focused on Florida, a marquee battleground state he can’t win the White House without.
With less than a week until Election Day, both candidates are warning of dire consequences if the other is elected.
Trump says Clinton would be under investigation as president, sparking a “constitutional crisis,” though the FBI has declined to prosecute her for her handling of classified information. Clinton has vowed the FBI will have “no case” after reviewing new emails, but her campaign is nervous about tightening polls and ramping up attacks on Trump, hoping to scare away voters who could still be persuaded to back him.
On her own Florida swing Tuesday, Clinton hammered Trump as dangerous and divisive, highlighting in particular his treatment of women.
“When I think about what we now know about Donald Trump and what he’s been doing for 30 years, he sure has spent a lot of time demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting women,” Clinton said.
Police: 2 officers in Iowa killed in ambush-style attacks
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines, Iowa, say two officers have been shot and killed in ambush-style attacks.
The Des Moines Police Department said in a news release that the shootings took place early Wednesday. Officers responded to a report of shots fired at about 1:06 a.m. and found an Urbandale Police Department officer who had been shot.
Des Moines officers responded to assist. About 20 minutes later, a Des Moines officer was found shot. Both officers have died.
The Des Moines Police Department said suspect information is being developed. The agency didn’t immediately release any other information but said a news conference was planned for 5 a.m.
10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHERE CANDIDATES ARE MAKING THEIR CASES
Clinton presses into reliably red Arizona as she tries to steal a Republican state, while Trump is focused on Florida, a battleground state he can’t win the White House without.
2. US MUSLIMS CRINGE AT HOW PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES PORTRAY THEM
They’re either potential terrorists or eyes and ears who can help counterterrorism efforts.
Iraqi forces pause at edge of Mosul, weather cuts visibility
GOGJALI, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi special forces were holding their positions along Mosul’s eastern outskirts on Wednesday as poor weather hampered visibility in operations to rout Islamic State fighters from the country’s second-largest city.
Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil said that no advances were planned for the day, as high humidity and clouds were obscuring the view of aircraft and drones — a key component to the operations provided by a U.S.-led air campaign.
From the Mosul neighborhood of Gogjali, which is inside city limits but just outside more urban districts, the guns went largely silent on Wednesday, though sporadic rifle cracks could be heard as well as some army artillery fire on IS positions.
The pause came a day after Iraqi troops set foot in the city for the first time in more than two years, gearing up for urban warfare expected to take weeks, if not months.
In the next stage, troops will have to navigate streets likely lined with booby traps, fighting house-to-house while trying to avoid killing civilians, more than one million of whom are still in the city.
On Mosul’s southern front, fight against IS grinds on slowly
SHURA, Iraq (AP) — When airstrikes and artillery began rocking the village of Shura south of Mosul, Barah Hussein Abed and his family moved into a hallway in the center of their home to wait out the barrage. More than two years of extremist rule and weeks of clashes between the Islamic State group and Iraqi forces have turned Abed’s house into a bunker, like the dwellings of many of their neighbors.
“It’s like living in a prison,” he said.
Months after IS swept into Shura, the militants killed Abed’s brother because he was a police officer. Last week, another relative died in an airstrike intended to liberate the village.
Abed and his wife, Suriyah, hung thick curtains in their windows to prevent fighters from seeing inside. As shelling and airstrikes broke window panes in their living room, they replaced them with wooden and plastic panels. All the while, Iraqi advances in the south initially made food more expensive, then unavailable altogether.
“If (the Iraqi forces) didn’t come today or tomorrow, we would have died,” Suriyah said.
AP Explains: What’s behind S. Korea’s surreal scandal
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s biggest political scandal in years includes a bucket of animal slop, an attack with heavy construction equipment on a government building, an abandoned Prada shoe and allegations that a Korean Rasputin has been running the highest office in the land.
As circus-like as it can seem, the building turmoil threatens the presidency of Park Geun-hye.
The possibility that Park’s long-time friend, the daughter of a cult leader with no official role in the administration, may have pulled government strings from the shadows has united many in a state of boiling rage, no mean feat in a country that is hopelessly divided at times. But figuring out exactly who’s involved, what’s happening and why can be difficult.
Here’s a breakdown of the scandal:
Nicaragua president’s running mate: his wife
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — On bright-pink billboards across the Nicaraguan capital, President Daniel Ortega looms triumphantly over motorists ahead of next Sunday’s vote, where he’s considered a shoo-in.
He’s almost never alone in those ads: Accompanying Ortega is the smiling visage of his first lady, spokeswoman and now running mate, Rosario Murillo.
“That woman is the one who rules in the country. She is powerful,” said fruit vendor Roberto Mayorga. “If ‘the man’ dies, she’ll be there. She has been his shadow. There is nobody who can keep her from being next.”
Murillo has taken on ever greater responsibility during the last decade that her husband has been in office. She is said to run Cabinet meetings and many Nicaraguans credit her for social programs that have helped keep the ruling Sandinista party’s popularity ratings high.
Murillo is beloved by many poor Nicaraguans and Sandinista faithful, consistently polling around 70 percent approval. And she’s equally reviled by government opponents, who see her presence on the ticket as another step in the 70-year-old Ortega’s push to maintain the couple’s grip on power in a country with a long and uncomfortable history of dynastic families.
Mexico taking US factory jobs? Blame robots instead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.
He might want to bash the robots instead.
Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that “we don’t make anything anymore,” manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work.
America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory production, minus raw materials and some other costs, more than doubled over the same span to $1.91 trillion last year, according to the Commerce Department, which uses 2009 dollars to adjust for inflation. That’s a notch below the record set on the eve of the Great Recession in 2007. And it makes U.S. manufacturers No. 2 in the world behind China.
Trump and other critics are right that trade has claimed some American factory jobs, especially after China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and gained easier access to the U.S. market. And industries that have relied heavily on labor — like textile and furniture manufacturing — have lost jobs and production to low-wage foreign competition. U.S. textile production, for instance, is down 46 percent since 2000. And over that time, the textile industry has shed 366,000, or 62 percent, of its jobs in the United States.
Fed is widely expected to leave key interest rate unchanged
WASHINGTON (AP) — With voters set to choose a new president and Congress in six days, the Federal Reserve will likely keep a low profile when it ends a meeting Wednesday to try to ensure it doesn’t become part of the debate at the close of a tumultuous political campaign.
The Fed is expected to end the meeting with a policy statement that leaves interest rates unchanged. It’s possible that the statement will include a signal that a rate hike is likely at the Fed’s next meeting in mid-December as many expect. On the other hand, the Fed might decide to offer no hints Wednesday of a forthcoming rate hike in order to remain entirely neutral at a sensitive political moment.
“In the midst of an election, the last thing the Fed wants to do is add fuel to all the political controversy from the candidates,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at California State University, Channel Islands.
Sohn and other economists say they still think December is when the Fed will resume the rate increases it began late last year after having left its benchmark rate at a record low near zero for seven years. Next month’s meeting will include a news conference by Chair Janet Yellen, which would provide a platform for her to explain the Fed’s action and perhaps provide guidance on how many further rate increases the Fed foresees in 2017.
The Fed’s years of record-low short-term rates were credited by many analysts with rejuvenating the economy after the Great Recession. When the Fed finally raised rates modestly in December last year, most economists and the central bank itself foresaw multiple rate increases in 2016. But economic weakness and market turmoil in China and Europe and a slowdown in U.S. growth kept the Fed on the sidelines.
Cubs, Indians take Series to Game 7: ‘This is what you want’
CLEVELAND (AP) — Most fans around the country can sit back and savor Game 7.
Not so easy for anyone who has spent a lifetime rooting for the Cubs or Indians.
All those years of hope and heartbreak collide Wednesday night when Chicago and Cleveland meet one last time to decide the World Series.
With the Cubs seeking their first championship since 1908 and the Indians trying to stop a drought that dates to 1948, the stakes could hardly be higher.
“No one says Game 3 or 5. This is what you want,” said shortstop Francisco Lindor, who leads the Indians with a .364 Series average.