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Bidens distributes Halloween candy to children of first responders

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, have handed out Halloween candy to tricksters dressed in everything from Spider-Man and a flamingo to a monk and a zombie founding father. The soggy celebration on the south side of the White House was the first time they had hosted trick-or-treaters as president and first lady. Some 5,000 guests – children and their accompanying adults – were expected to attend the event. The invitation list included children of local firefighters, nurses, police officers and members of the National Guard. Children of administration officials also joined the group.

The $1 billion Powerball jackpot up for grabs on Monday night

People showed up at convenience stores, grocery stores, and gas stations across the United States to grab lottery tickets for a chance to win a massive $1 billion Powerball jackpot. Monday night’s draw jackpot skyrocketed after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s draw. It is the fifth largest lottery jackpot in US history. The biggest prize was a Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion won by three ticket holders in 2016. No one has hit all six numbers since August 3, which speaks to how slim the odds of winning the jackpot are: 1 in 292.2 million. Monday’s huge jackpot comes less than two years after a Mega Millions lottery ticket matched all six numbers to win a $1.05 billion jackpot.

Biden administrator relaxes student debt forgiveness rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving forward with an overhaul of several student debt forgiveness programs, aimed at making it easier for borrowers to forgive if they are duped by their colleges or work a decade as public servants. The Department for Education on Monday finalized a set of rules it proposed earlier this year. The new rules take effect in July and are separate from President Joe Biden’s sweeping student debt forgiveness plan, which has been held up in court in a legal challenge. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said his agency is “fixing a broken system and putting borrowers first.”

Stocks slide, but still end with big gains for October

Stocks ended lower on Wall Street, but major indexes still posted big gains in October, including the best month for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1976. The broader S&P 500, the benchmark for many funds indices, posted its first monthly gain since July, as did the Nasdaq composite. The S&P 500 slipped 0.7% on Monday and the Dow lost 0.4%. The Nasdaq fell 1%. This week, investors will be watching for another massive interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve and the government’s monthly labor market report. Starbucks is among the companies reporting profits this week.

China launches 3rd and final element of space station

BEIJING (AP) — China’s third and final module docked to its permanent space station and continues a more than decade-long effort to maintain a constant crewed presence in orbit. Mengtian was blasted into space on Monday from a launch center in the southern island province of Hainan aboard a Long March-5B Y4 carrier rocket, one of China’s most powerful launch vehicles. A large crowd of amateur photographers and space enthusiasts watched as it ascended into the sky. Mengtian is the space station’s second laboratory module, connecting to a central module where the crew lives and works. The module is currently populated by two male and one female astronauts. Monday’s launch is uncrewed.

Trick or trash: candy makers grapple with plastic waste

While America loads an estimated 600 million pounds of Halloween candy, a handful of companies are trying to make it easier to recycle all that packaging. Mars Wrigley is sending 17,400 free bags to US consumers to collect plastic packaging and send it to a specialist recycler. Rubicon Technologies is sending 5,000 free boxes to schools and businesses to recycle candy wrappers. Plastic packaging is difficult to recycle because it is small, contains food waste and has little value. Candy makers say they are working on new packaging that would be more easily recyclable or compostable.

Federal judge rules in favor of baristas in bikinis over dresses

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington city dress code ordinance that says “baristas in bikinis” must cover their bodies while on the job has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court. This week’s decision comes after a long legal battle between bikini-clad baristas and the city of Everett over workers’ rights to wear what they want. A federal court in Seattle found that Everett’s dress code ordinance violated both the United States and Washington state constitutions. The city and baristas have been battling since 2007 after Everett enacted a dress code for those working in “quick-service facilities” like cafes and fast-food restaurants. Everett is about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Brady Cook leads Missouri past No. 25 South Carolina 23-10

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — Brady Cook ran for a touchdown and led three long scoring drives in the first half to take a 17-0 lead on his way to his fourth straight over No. 25 South Carolina , 23-10. Receiver Dominic Lovett hit career highs with 10 catches for 148 yards and the Tigers defense recorded 11 tackles behind the line. Missouri won its second straight game with the SEC after opening the championship 0-3. He also beat a ranked opponent for the first time in more than two years since passing No. 17 LSU 45-41 on Oct. 10, 2020.

National anthem singer fakes lyrics at World Series opener

HOUSTON (AP) — Grammy-nominated singer Eric Burton lost track of the lyrics during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the World Series opener. With a giant American flag unfurling on the outfield, the leader of the Black Pumas band accidentally started repeating lines in the middle of the national anthem. Instead of “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly stream?” he returned to “What We So Proudly Greeted at Last Twilight” before again singing “streaming” instead of “shining.” Burton performed at last year’s televised concert for President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Indiana teacher with ‘kill list’ agrees to no contact order

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) – A fifth-grade teacher in northwest Indiana charged with criminal intimidation after authorities say she told a student she had a “kill list” of students and that the staff had agreed to stay away from the school. Angelica Carrasquillo, 25, of Griffith, signed a no-contact order Friday without objection when she appeared wearing a green prison uniform in Lake Superior Court with her attorney. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that a judge upheld Carrasquillo’s plea of ​​not guilty to one count of intimidation. Carrasquillo is being held on bail set at $20,000 bond or $2,000 cash. Court records indicate that Carrasquillo communicated “a threat of murder” on October 12.

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