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Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead

- Associated Press

Two days after Jamal Khashoggi vanished into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, The Washington Post published a column featuring his byline and the headline "A missing voice." The space below it was blank.

In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 photo, farmworker Melesio Gonzalez, center, picks melons near Five Points, Calif. The region is unrivaled for farm production, but the rich earth has not given back equally to those who toil out of view of millions of tourists and Californians who pass through the valley each year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

- Associated Press

A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican cookies and bread as workers catch rides to the fields.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announces he will drop his re-election bid while addressing the Alaska Federation of Natives conference Friday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Walker's re-election plans were dealt a blow earlier in the week after his running mate, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, resigned after making an inappropriate overture toward a woman. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid

- Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker dropped his re-election bid Friday, three days after the sudden resignation of his lieutenant governor over what Walker described as an inappropriate overture toward a woman.

Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

- Associated Press

A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 file photo, Ranking Member Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is an "honorable man" and blames Democrats, including Montana Sen. Tester, for slowing the judge's confirmation over sexual assault allegations. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Patagonia endorses Democrats Tester, Rosen in Senate races

- Associated Press

Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia jumped into two competitive Senate races Friday, endorsing Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Jacky Rosen of Nevada in what the company called its first foray into elective politics.

FILE - In this March 10, 2010, file photo, an irrigation canal stands dry on the Klamath Reclamation Project near Klamath Falls, Ore. President Donald Trump has ordered the government to streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on four major water projects in the Western United States. Trump signed a memorandum Friday, Oct. 19,2018 aimed at helping the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project in California, the Klamath Irrigation Project in Oregon and the federal Columbia River system in the Pacific Northwest. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states.

FILE - This March 31, 2018 photo shows a booth advertising a delivery service for cannabis at the Four Twenty Games in Santa Monica, Calif. California is moving a step closer to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales. Regulators on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, announced preliminary approval of the proposed rule over objections from cities and police chiefs who say the policy will lead to crime. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California rolling forward with pot delivery regulations

- Associated Press

California moved a step closer Friday to allowing marijuana deliveries in communities that have banned retail sales of the drug as regulators rebuffed cities and police chiefs who are opposed to the rule.