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Hurricane Michael crashes into Florida panhandle.
Hurricane Michael crashes into Florida panhandle. Joe Raedle / Getty

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According to grand jury transcripts released yesterday, one of the PSU guards who fatally shot Jason Washington said the man was pointing a gun at him and was afraid he was going to open fire on the crowd. Neither of the guards were indicted.

The town car driver who allegedly attacked by Katt Williams this past weekend is suing the comedian for $76,000.

Governor Kate Brown and Republican candidate Knute Buehler had their final debate last night, and as you'd expect, offered divergent views on the environment, the housing crisis, and immigration. According to a KGW/Oregonian poll, Brown leads Buehler by a scant five points.

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The "potentially catastrophic" Hurricane Michael has increased in power to a category 4 storm and will be making landfall on the Florida panhandle this afternoon.

UN ambassador Nikki Haley announced yesterday that she will be resigning her post, but didn't give any solid reason why. (Let's assume it's NOT for moral reasons.) She also insisted that she won't be running for president in 2020... and maybe she won't. Or maybe she will.

Trump is still ignoring the dire warnings of scientists (and people with brains) about climate change, ignorantly asking, "Who drew it?" Answer: "Ninety-one leading scientists from 40 countries who together examined more than 6,000 scientific studies."

Rod Rosenstein could find himself in more hot water after an attorney steps forward to say that he was actually very serious about wiretapping Trump.

The person who owned the limo involved in the horrible crash that killed 20 this past weekend has a really bizarre past. LIKE, REALLY BIZARRE.

Turkish officials are saying that reporter Jamal Khashoggi was gruesomely murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on direct orders from the Saudi government.

After causing a spike in voter registration following her vocal support of Democrats (which infuriated Trump), Taylor Swift gave another shout out to voters at the American Music Awards. Meanwhile, Kanye West continues his GARBAGE tour:

Now let's look upwards at the WEATHER: Get set for a dry spell that kicks off in earnest today with a sunny high of 68.

And finally, a family calls the cops on whales in Puget Sound. STOP PROFILING WHALES, PEOPLE!