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keithus the boston terrier - dog costume halloween parade in new york city - pictures

keithus the boston terrier keithus, a boston terrier and his owner in costume attend the 27th annual tompkins square halloween dog parade in tompkins square park on sat., oct. 21, 2017 in new york city."it's cool to see how people get creative," one resident told cbs new york. "i feel like people get more into it with their dogs than they do in their own halloween costumes."credit: gettyhugh hefnera dog in costume of playboy is kissed by its owners as they attend the 27th annual tompkins square halloween dog parade in tompkins square park on sat., oct. 21, 2017, in new york city.credit: gettychewbaccaa woman poses with her dog in costume during the 27th annual tompkins square halloween dog parade in tompkins square park in new york on sat., oct. 21, 2017.credit: gettypineapplea dog in a pineapple costume attends the 27th annual tompkins square halloween dog parade in tompkins square park on sat., oct. 21, 2017, in new york city.credit: gettynew yorkersdogs in costume are seen during the 27th annual tompkins square halloween dog parade in tompkins square park in new york on sat., oct. 21, 2017.credit: gettychickens a dog in costume and its owners attend the 27th annual tompkins square halloween dog parade in tompkins square park on october 21, 2017, in new york city.credit: gettykissing bootha dog in costume is seen during the 27th annual tompkins square halloween dog parade in tompkins square park in new york on sat., oct. 21, 2017. credit: gettystaten island ferrya ...





who counts as middle class? depends on who you ask

what is middle class?president trump and republican leaders are promoting their tax-cutting plan as needed relief for the stressed american middle class and a catalyst for job creation.democrats say they're the ones looking out for the middle class, by fighting against proposed tax cuts that would benefit big companies and the wealthy but hurt the average american. it's not easy to exactly define this middle class, whose members are championed and courted for their votes by both sides. lawmakers and experts have differing views on the numbers.the tax policy center sets its "middle quintile" — third slice of five — of household income, including tax-exempt employee benefits like health insurance, at $48,300 to $85,600 a year. but be careful about calling that middle class, it says — there's no formal definition.other experts see the middle-income range at around $44,000 to $72,000 (middle quintile), or $72,000 to $112,000 (fourth quintile, both based on 2015 data).at the high end, hillary clinton and president barack obama, as candidates, defined middle class as earning up to $250,000 a year. that raised eyebrows because it's in about the top 5 percent of incomes, and the two democrats had pledged not to raise taxes on the middle class.the house narrowly passed a gop budget on thursday. speaker paul ryan expressed enthusiasm, while minority leader nancy pelosi said it was "drawing a line in the sand" between the middle class and extremely wealthy. the median, or...





"stranger things" actor charlie heaton denied entry into u.s. over traces of cocaine

los angeles -- "stranger things" actor charlie heaton was denied entry into the u.s. last week after trace amounts of cocaine were found in his luggage when he arrived in los angeles, a law enforcement official told the associated press.the official said friday that a customs canine sniffed heaton's luggage when he arrived at los angeles international airport last saturday and officers found a small amount of cocaine.the official said heaton, a british citizen, was refused entry into the u.s. at the airport and returned to london. he wasn't arrested and no charges were filed.the official couldn't discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the associated press on condition of anonymity.the incident forced heaton to miss the westwood premiere of "stranger things," according to the hollywood reporter.heaton stars as jonathan byers in the netflix supernatural drama. his publicist didn't immediately respond to a request for comment friday night. season two of "stranger things" debuted on netflix on friday, oct. 27.





tennessee woman, aclu win appeal in "white supremacist" defamation suit

nashville, tenn. -- a court has ruled that a tennessee woman does not have to pay thousands of dollars to a man who she called a "white supremacist" on facebook after she saw that his car had bumper stickers promoting a southern nationalist group and featuring the confederate flag. the tennessean reports that the tennessee court of appeals' middle division reversed a lower court's decision thursday, finding that defendant lisa rung hadn't defamed robert weidlich and therefore doesn't owe $7,000 in damages. representing the defendant, the american civil liberties union said rung was upset over comments weidlich made against lgbt people at a school board meeting. after the meeting, rung noticed weidlich's bumper stickers, including one promoting the league of the south, which the southern poverty law center lists as a neo-confederate hate group.





o.j. simpson - the art of courtroom illustrators - pictures

o.j. simpsonbill robles' drawing of o.j. simpson, during his december 1996 civil trial. one artistic calling requiring ink, pastels and watercolors has persisted even as cameras have become more and more ubiquitous. courtroom illustrators continue to document history where cameras are banned.credit: bill robles/library of congresscourtroom artistsartists are brought in to cover trials for the news media when cameras are forbidden from the courtroom. during the 1984 drug trial of automobile manufacturer john delorean, courtroom artist elizabeth williams drew a self-portrait with a row of her colleagues covering the trial. from left: walt stewart, bill robles, bill lignante, howard brodie, david rose and williams.credit: elizabeth williams/library of congressbernie madoff"courtroom art is really not very creative; it's really much more factual," said artist elizabeth williams, who has sketched many a sketchy person. "but that's what it is. it's not intended to be creative. it's intended to inform."often the most newsworthy moments are the most fleeting, such as when financier bernie madoff, whose ponzi scheme bilked billions out of investors, was handcuffed and ushered out of a courtroom by federal marshals. it all happened so fast, williams almost missed it. when one of madoff's victims saw the drawing and said, "that's just what i wanted to see," williams replied, "that's right. that's why i drew it."credit: elizabeth williamsjack rubycourtroom artist howard...





suicide car bomb kills at least 23 near hotel in somali capital of mogadishu

mogadishu, somalia -- a suicide car bomb exploded outside a popular hotel in somalia's capital on saturday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 30, and gunfire continued as security forces pursued the attackers inside the building, police said. two more blasts were heard, one when an attacker detonated a suicide vest.speaking to the associated press by telephone from the scene, capt. mohamed hussein said more than 20 people, including government officials, were thought to be trapped as security forces battled extremists holed up on the top floor of the nasa-hablod hotel, close to the presidential palace. two of the five attackers were killed on the first floor, hussein said. the others hurled grenades and cut off the building's electricity as night fell.saturday's blasts came two weeks after more than 350 people were killed in a massive truck bombing on a busy mogadishu street in the country's worst-ever attack.al-shabab, africa's deadliest islamic extremist group, quickly claimed responsibility for saturday's attack and said its fighters were inside the hotel. the government has blamed the group for the oct. 14 attack, but it has denied responsibility, bbc news reports.somali security officers secure the scene of a suicide car bomb explosion, at the gate of naso hablod two hotel in hamarweyne district of mogadishu, somalia october 28, 2017. feisal omar / reuters among the dead were a mother and three children, including a baby, all shot in the ...





former president barack obama called for jury duty in chicago

chicago -- former president barack obama has been called for jury duty in chicago. cook county chief judge tim evans on friday told county commissioners during a budget hearing that obama, who owns homes in washington, d.c., and chicago's kenwood neighborhood, will serve in november. he is registered to vote in chicago. evans says obama's safety will be "uppermost in our minds" when he serves. those called can be put either in the pool for criminal case or civil hearings. they can be called to any of the county's chicago or suburban courthouses. all jurors watch a decades-old video about their duties narrated by a mustachioed lester holt, once a local news reader and now anchor of nbc nightly news. jurors in cook county are paid $17.20 for each day of service.





house intelligence committee reaches deal to obtain fusion gps bank records

the house intelligence committee has reached an agreement with the research company behind the trump dossier to obtain bank records pertaining to the committee's russia investigation, the committee said in a one-sentence statement saturday.  the committee and fusion gps, the research company behind the trump dossier alleging ties between now-president trump and russia, have reached a settlement to obtain the firm's bank records that will allow the committee to carry out its investigation into russian election meddling. the committee subpoenaed for the records earlier this month, and the case went to a federal judge who gave fusion gps until oct. oct. 26 to respond. "the parties have reached an agreement related to the house intelligence committee's subpoena for fusion gps's bank records that will secure the committee's access to the records necessary for its investigation," the committee said. the agreement comes after cbs news confirmed the federal grand jury convened in special counsel robert mueller's investigation has approved its first charges in its investigation into russian election meddling and possible ties to trump associates. it's unclear exactly what the charges are at this time, although they are expected to be revealed as early as monday.playvideocbs evening newstrump continues to dismiss dossier that details explosive allegations president trump called it a "disgrace" wednesday that democrats helped pay for some of the information in a dossie...





harvey weinstein - harvey weinstein scandal - pictures

harvey weinsteinthe scandal surrounding disgraced hollywood mogul harvey weinstein burst into the headlines with a new york times investigation exposing a history of sexual harassment allegations and legal settlements. weinstein was soon ousted from his company despite his making a desperate plea to fellow industry executives to help save his job.the following week, more accusers came forward in a new yorker exposé, including three women who said he raped them.hollywood a-listers are now among those speaking out about the scandal.click through to see the celebrities who have accused weinstein of harassment and those who have condemned weinstein's alleged behavior.credit: yann coatsaliou/afp/getty imagesashley juddashley judd told the new york times weinstein invited her to his hotel room for a meeting in the late 1990s and greeted her in his bathrobe. she said he asked her to watch him shower or let him give her a massage.credit: jemal countess/getty imagesrose mcgowanthe new york times reported that in 1997, harvey weinstein reached a $100,000 settlement with rose mcgowan, who was then 23, after an episode in a hotel room during the sundance film festival. weinstein said the settlement was not an "admission," but reached to "avoid litigation and buy peace," according to the legal document. mcgowan did not comment on the issue in the times, but she has since gone public with the allegation: "hw raped me." "any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally...





several fatalities reported in first minnesota snowstorm of season

plymouth, minn. -- a least four people died in accidents on roads left slippery by the first significant snowstorm of the season to strike minnesota. plymouth police say a pedestrian helping a driver who spun out was hit by another vehicle that spun out around 12:15 a.m. saturday on highway 169. the pedestrian died at the scene. that person's name hasn't been released. the state patrol says a 58-year-old st. paul man died around 9:30 p.m. friday when his pickup spun out on highway 169 and rolled in princeton. his name hasn't been released. two others died in storm-related crashes friday morning. they were a 44-year-old duluth trucker who went off interstate 35 into the st. louis river in scanlon, and a 26-year-old pierz man who died in a crash on highway 25 near brainerd.in the northern part of the state, the weather is making its presence known, cbs minnesota reports. the powerful wind has pushed lake superior into duluth's canal park. giant waves crashing over the sea wall flooded a good portion of the lakewalk.  drivers across the state said it's a bit of a shock to the system to drive in snow in october.st. cloud residents woke up to a blanket of fresh white snow. some parts of the duluth area got close to 10 inches. in the twin cities, a lot of the snow melted on contact, but not in the northern metro area. it caught a lot of drivers off guard."people forget how to drive during the first snow," tyler thompson of shakopee said.the snow is the earliest since 200...





cuba to ease travel restrictions on exiles wanting to visit

cuba's foreign minister on saturday announced changes to the island's immigration policies, seeking to strengthen ties with the 800,000 cubans living outside the country amid strained relations with washington following accusations that u.s. diplomats suffered mysterious sonic attacks in havana.cuban foreign minister bruno rodriguez announced saturday that as of january, the country will allow the return of cubans who left the country illegally, cbs news' portia siegelbaum reports.  until now, those who snuck out on rafts or on smugglers boats were not allowed to return to the island. the only exception to this new policy will be cubans who left via the u.s. naval base at guantanamo, cuba. rodriguez said that the exclusion of those who left via guantanamo is due to the "grave risk" it presents for national security.playvideocbsncuba victim tells cbs news "complaints were ignored" one of the victims of the unexplained health attacks in cuba that have plagued u.s. diplomats has told cbs news that the state department "ignore... making the announcement before a group of cuban exiles gathered at howard university in washington, d.c., rodriguez said the foreign ministry will authorize the entry and exit of expatriate cubans through two tourist ports and allow the return of nationals who left the country illegally. he also said the children of cubans residing outside the country and those born in foreign countries will be able to obtain cuban citizenship and identi...





plane carrying oklahoma city thunder likely damaged by bird, delta air lines says

chicago -- delta air lines says a charter flight carrying the oklahoma city thunder from minneapolis to chicago apparently encountered a bird early saturday when it was landing, causing damage that prompted some players to post photos on social media showing the caved-in nose of the plane.carmelo anthony, josh huestis, steven adams and patrick patterson all posted images of the plane shortly after it landed around 12:45 a.m.anthony wrote on instagram, "what possibly could we have hit in the sky at this time of night? everyone is safe, though."what possibly could we have hit in the sky at this time of night? everyone is safe, though. “all praise due” #thunderstronga post shared by carmelo anthony (@carmeloanthony) on oct 27, 2017 at 11:12pm pdtadams tweeted: "we had a rough flight to say the least."huestis wrote on twitter: "i guess we hit something? 30,000 feet up.""when you accidentally hit superman while flying," patterson wrote on snapchat.delta air lines spokesperson elizabeth wolf said maintenance was evaluating the situation and that the damage was likely caused by a collision with a bird. she said the boeing 757-200 landed safely without incident at chicago's midway international airport.a spokesperson for the team told the oklahoman newspaper that all of its players, staff and coaches were safe. the thunder lost to the minnesota timberwolves 119-116 on friday night. oklahoma city plays the chicago bulls on saturday night.





murder in america - murder map: deadliest u.s. cities - pictures

murder in americain america's urban centers, 3,081 people were murdered in the first half of 2017, according to the major cities chiefs association violent crimes survey. that's up from 2,994 people for the same period in 2016.here are murder rates in 61 cities and major urban centers across the u.s. for the first half of 2017. the rates are calculated per 100,000 residents, based on the most recent population data for each city. credit: scott olson/getty images61. nassau county, new yorkthe murder rate in nassau county, on long island, new york, is 0.2 per 100,000 people. three people were murdered between jan. 1 and june 30, 2017. credit: andrew theodorakis/getty images60. fairfax, virginiathe murder rate in fairfax is 0.8 per 100,000 people. credit: alex wong/getty images58 (tie). montgomery county, marylandthe murder rate in montgomery county is 0.9 per 100,000. this is unchanged from the same period last year. credit: getty images58 (tie). suffolk county, new yorkthe murder rate in suffolk county, on long island, new york, is also 0.9. credit: spencer platt/getty images57. salt lake city, utahthe murder rate in salt lake city is 1.0 per 100,000 residents.credit: doug pizac/pool/getty images55 (tie). austin, texasthe murder rate in austin is 1.2 per 100,000 people.credit: drew anthony smith/getty images55 (tie). san diego, californiathe murder rate in san diego is also 1.2 per 100,000. seventeen people were murdered there in the first half of 2017.credit: denis por...





catalonia leader carles puigdemont calls for opposition to spanish takeover

barcelona, spain -- catalonia's separatist leader has called on catalans to peacefully oppose spain's takeover, in a staged appearance that seemed to convey that he refuses to accept his firing, which was ordered by central authorities. carles puigdemont said in a brief statement that appeared to be pre-recorded that "we will continue working to build a free country." spain's la sexta tv channel simultaneously showed live footage of puigdemont having lunch in a bar in central girona, his hometown, occasionally interrupted by residents who asked him to pose for selfies. puigdemont's appearance on public regional tv3 broadcaster showed him speaking from a podium with the official emblem of the catalan regional government. behind him there were the catalan and european union flags, but not the one from spain. spain took formal direct control of catalonia on saturday, on paper firing the region's defiant separatist government a day after lawmakers passed a declaration of independence for the prosperous northeastern region. resisting the sacking could throw the region into further turmoil by prolonging a monthlong standoff with central authorities. the move came after one of the most tumultuous days in the country's recent history, as the national parliament in madrid approved unprecedented constitutional measures to halt the secessionist drive by the regional parliament in barcelona. spain made the takeover official by publishing special measures online early saturd...





devos may only partially eliminate debt of defrauded students: ap

the education department is considering only partially forgiving federal loans for students defrauded by for-profit-colleges, the associated press has learned, abandoning the obama administration's policy of fully erasing that debt.under president barack obama, tens of thousands of students deceived by now-defunct for-profit schools had over $550 million in such loans canceled completely.but president trump's education secretary, betsy devos, is working on a plan that could grant such students just partial relief, according to department officials who were not authorized to publicly comment on the issue and spoke on condition of anonymity. the department may look at the average earnings of students in similar programs and schools to determine how much debt to wipe away.if devos goes ahead, the change could leave many students scrambling after expecting full loan forgiveness, based on the previous administration's track record. it was not immediately clear how many students might be affected.a department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment saturday.but the trump team has given hints of a new approach.in august, the department extended its contract with a staffing agency to speed up the processing of a backlog of loan forgiveness claims. in the procurement notice, the department said that "policy changes may necessitate certain claims already processed be revisited to assess other attributes." the department would not further clarify the meanin...





mlb suspends houston astros' yuli gurriel for 5 games next season for racist gesture

a houston astros player who made a seemingly racist gesture mocking a los angeles dodgers pitcher during game 3 of the world series friday night will be suspended for five games next season, major league baseball commissioner rob manfred said saturday.first baseman yuli gurriel hit a homerun in the second inning of friday's game, which houston went on to win 5-3 to take a 2-1 lead over l.a. in the series. upon returning to the dugout after his homerun, gurriel appeared to mock dodgers pitcher yu darvish, who is japanese, by pulling on the corner of his eyes. gurriel appeared to say the word "chinito," which loosely translates to "little chinese boy" in spanish, cbs sports reports.gurriel, who is cuban, told reporters after the game that he "didn't want to offend anybody.""i don't want to offend him or anybody in japan. i have a lot of respect. i played in japan," gurriel said through a translator, according to mlb.com's joshua thornton. gurriel said he would apologize to darvish.in a tweet early saturday, darvish said he hoped to move on."no one is perfect. that includes both you and i," darvish wrote. "what he had done today isn't right, but i believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him."on saturday afternoon, manfred said gurriel would be allowed to play the rest of the world series, saying he didn't think it would be fair to penalize the rest of the astros. gurriel will be suspended for five games in the 2018 season. in a st...





one arrest at "white lives matter" rally in tennessee

murfreesboro, tenn. -- white supremacists and neo-nazis planned two rallies in tennessee on saturday after law enforcement officials made lengthy preparations to prevent violence between marchers and counter-protesters.the two "white lives matter" marches were scheduled in shelbyville and murfreesboro on saturday. despite high tensions and insults exchanged with counter-protesters, there was no violence reported at the first rally in shelbyville, cbs affiliate wtvf reports.the shelbyville rally began saturday morning and ran until 1 p.m. local time.  only one person was arrested as of saturday afternoon. a male was taken into police custody after jumping a barrier in an attempt to advance toward the white supremacist rally, wtvf reports.the second event was canceled by "white lives matter" protesters shortly after the first march ended. "apparently it took so long to get through lines in shelbyville," wtvf journalist matthew torres reports.the heavy law enforcement presence at both locations included police helicopters, k-9 units and officers armed with sniper rifles. several large trucks were used as roadblocks to prevent vehicles from driving into crowds. counter-protesters were allowed to enter the public square through two designated streets. safety checkpoints were set up to prevent protesters from bringing weapons and masks into the area.the city of murfreesboro estimates between 400 and 500 protesters were in attendance at the "white lives matter" rally.footag...





tropical storm philippe to slam cuba, florida with heavy rainfall

a tropical depression strengthened into tropical storm philippe as it dumped heavy rains over central and western cuba, the u.s. national hurricane center said saturday. it said the rainfall is spreading north across the florida keys and south florida.the storm's winds have increased to 40 mph and additional strengthening is expected over the next 48 hours, the center said. tropical storm warnings are in effect for the cuban provinces of isla de la juventud, la habana, ciudad de lahabana, matanzas, cienfuegos and villa clara as well as the northwestern bahamas, the center said. watches are also in effect for craig key, golden beach and the central bahamas.this image shows the projected path of tropical storm philippe on oct. 28, 2017. nhc heavy rains were expected for the cayman islands, western and central cuba and the northern bahamas. the center forecast about 2 to 4 inches of rain with higher localized accumulations in south florida.a high wind watch is up for almost all of new england. flash flooding and widespread 60 mph gusts are likely. the ground is saturated and can't handle much additional rain. flash flood watches are up for almost the entire northeast, cbs news' david parkinson reports.as of saturday afternoon, the storm is projected to travel inland west of new york city. rain totals up to 6 inches are possible in localized areas.





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first charges filed in special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation

the federal grand jury being used by special counsel robert mueller in the investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has approved the first charges stemming from the investigation, sources tell cbs news. the indictment is currently under seal but is expected to become public as early as monday. the nature of the charges is not clear, nor is the identity or number of individuals targeted.cnn first reported the approved charges friday night. playvideosaturdaycould russia probe reports derail tax reform? national political reporter for politico, gabriel debenedetti, joins "cbs this morning: saturday" to discuss the reports that special counsel rob... peter carr, a spokesman in the special counsel's office, declined to comment.     deputy attorney general rod rosenstein's office declined to comment on whether he was briefed on possible charges. rosenstein oversees the mueller probe at the justice department. there was a flurry of activity friday at the courthouse where the grand jury is meeting. andrew weissmann, a special staff attorney for the special counsel, was spotted at the courthouse. weissmann spent much of his career at the justice department and recently served as the chief of the fraud section of the criminal division.  rosenstein appointed mueller in may to lead the investigation into russian meddling after fbi director james comey was fired by president trump. comey led the investigation until his firing. attorney gener...