Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star vandalized on video
By Alex Dobuzinskis and Omar Younis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced by a vandal wielding a sledgehammer and a pick-axe on Wednesday in an act captured on video, police said. Los Angeles police expect to arrest someone for the vandalism, which left Trump's name scratched out of the star, the emblem in the middle dislodged and chips missing. A video posted at Deadline.com, a Hollywood media industry website, showed a man wearing a hard-hat and reflective vest swinging a sledgehammer and pick-axe in the pre-dawn darkness.
Trump vows to spend big on White House race, Clinton targets Florida
Donald Trump vowed to pour his own millions into the race for the White House Wednesday, refusing to be written off in the uphill battle against frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Polls showed the Democratic nominee, who is vying to become the first female US president, still comfortably ahead of her billionaire Republican rival with just 13 days to go before Americans pick a new president. The 70-year-old Manhattan businessman took heart, however, from a new survey that shows him with a two point lead in early voting Florida, and a slight narrowing in the race nationally.
GOP Senate candidates seize on news of rising premiumsWASHINGTON (AP) ? Republican Senate candidates are jumping on news of sharply rising premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law as they seek advantage in the closing days of the election.
US rapper Coolio avoids jail in firearms case
US rapper Coolio was given community service on Wednesday after admitting carrying a handgun in a backpack at Los Angeles International Airport. The weapon was discovered in the bag as a member of the 53-year-old's entourage went through a security screening checkpoint on September 17, Los Angeles Superior Court heard at a previous hearing. The man initially claimed to be the owner but an inspection revealed items in the bag belonging to Coolio, who had already boarded a plane.
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A second powerful aftershock rattles Italy after 5.4 temblorROME (AP) ? A pair of powerful aftershocks shook central Italy on Wednesday, knocking out power, closing a major highway and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.
Gambia becomes latest African nation to quit ICC
The Gambia has become the latest African nation to announce its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, accusing the war crimes tribunal of "persecuting" Africans. Banjul's decision follows similar action by South Africa and Burundi this month that have shaken the only permanent international war crimes court. Gambian Information Minister Sheriff Bojang charged that the ICC had been used "for the persecution of Africans and especially their leaders" while ignoring crimes committed by the West.
Mass protest in Venezuela demanding end of 'dictatorship'
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Masses of protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday on the heels of a move by congress to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose allies have blocked moves for a recall election.
Leaders press on with marathon EU-Canada trade talks
European leaders pressed on Wednesday with troubled negotiations for a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal as stubborn Belgian regions held out on key terms of the agreement. Canadian and European Union leaders warn that the EU's international standing, already battered by Britain's shock June Brexit vote, will suffer another blow if seven years of trade negotiations go to waste because of internal Belgian politics. EU leaders remained optimistic that Belgium's federal government could win over recalcitrant French-speaking communities in eleventh-hour talks, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still due to fly in to sign the deal on Thursday.
Islamic State takes hostages deeper towards Mosul as Iraqi forces advanceFor two years he had prayed he would again see the family he had left behind when his village near Mosul was overrun by Islamic State while he was off on deployment. Last week he learned from other advancing Iraqi forces who reached his home village that they had arrived too late to protect his family. Fleeing militants had taken them hostage and were bringing them deeper towards Mosul to use as human shields.