Khashoggi, Mattis, and Hurricane Michael: Biggest news this weekend

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Published 6:15 PM EDT Oct 14, 2018

Khashoggi, Mattis, and Hurricane Michael: Biggest news this weekend

Tension grows between US, Saudis over journalist's disappearance

The government of Saudi Arabia on Sunday denied any involvement in the disappearance of Washington Post contributing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and warned that any sanctions against the oil-rich kingdom would be met with "greater action" and possible exploding oil prices. The warning came after President Trump said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" over Khashoggi, feared murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2. But Trump also said that he didn't want the controversy to derail a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still plans to attend conference in Saudi Arabia this month despite bipartisan calls for him to withdraw. 

Hurricane Michael survivors scramble for food, water as death toll rises

While crews continued the search Saturday for thousands reported missing after Hurricane Michael ravaged Florida's Panhandle, those devastated by the storm were left scrambling for food and water – trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. The death toll from the monstrous storm has risen almost daily as crews made their way into some of the areas hit hardest. The storm killed at least 17 people, including one in Mexico Beach. Recovery remained painfully slow Sunday: Gas was in short supply, power outages were rampant and search teams continued their arduous tasks. 

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Mattis, 'sort of a Democrat,' may leave, Trump says

President Donald Trump described his defense secretary as "sort of a Democrat" and said he may leave the administration after the midterm elections, in an interview airing on "60 Minutes" Sunday. "He may leave," Trump said of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to an excerpt released by CBS News. "I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That's Washington." The New York Times reported last month that Trump may have soured on Mattis. In addition to thinking that Mattis is a Democrat at heart, the Times said, Trump doesn't like being unfavorably compared to Mattis.

Khashoggi, Mattis, and Hurricane Michael: Biggest news this weekend

Pastor freed from Turkey prays for Trump in Oval Office

Rev. Andrew Brunson kneeled next to President Donald Trump Saturday afternoon, put his hand on the president's shoulder and prayed. Everybody in the Oval Office watching immediately became silent as Brunson, an American pastor who hours earlier had been freed from Turkey after two years of detainment, asked God to give Trump "supernatural wisdom" to accomplish his plans for the country. For Brunson, it was a blessing to be back in America after spending two years being detained in Turkey on terrorism charges. He met with Trump, who helped negotiate the American pastor's release, during a Saturday press conference.  

Khashoggi, Mattis, and Hurricane Michael: Biggest news this weekend

SNL skewers Trump and Kanye's meeting

Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump Saturday to spoof the president's oval office meeting with a ranting Kanye West (cast member Chris Redd) during "Saturday Night Live." "I don't want to brag, but I really have a high IQ," West said. "I'm a stable genius. I've got a big brain and I've got the best words." Sound familiar? The president thought so: "Oh my God, he's black me!" Also on Saturday, the real West returned to Twitter to discuss "mind control" in a nine-minute live video of him talking directly to the camera.

Women are angry: Thousands march to send message to GOP

Balloons depicting President Donald Trump as a baby hovered over thousands of sign-holding activists in downtown Chicago Saturday who hoped to send a defiant message to Republicans ahead of next month's midterm elections. The demonstration, dubbed “March to the Polls,” was the first of more than a dozen planned across the nation ahead of next month's elections, where Democrats aim to gain control of Congress. The gatherings are follow-ups to the Women’s March movement sparked by Donald Trump’s presidency. Those marches drew hundreds of thousands to rallies in every state and more than 30 countries to denounce the administration. 

Red Sox, Dodgers take lead in baseball playoffs

Baseball's defending champs showed Saturday they're still the team to beat. The Houston Astros, who have steamrolled through the postseason, hammered the Boston Red Sox, 7-2, in Game 1 of the best-of seven ALCS. It was just one game, but the shakiness in Boston's pitching staff looks like a glaring weakness going forward. USA TODAY's Bob Nightendale says the Astros could one day be remembered as one of the finest teams of last 50 years. In the NLCS, Justin Turner hit a 2-run homer in the eighth that sealed a 4-3 victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Milwaukee Brewers, tying the series 1-1 as it shifts back to L.A. 

College football: Upset-filled weekend shakes up Top 25

It was a crazy weekend in college football: Georgia and West Virginia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, Notre Dame escaped a scare, Miami got exposed and Oregon knocked Washington out of the playoff race. Alabama kept its No. 1 ranking, but even the Crimson Tide got a scare versus Missouri. All this carnage caused considerable shuffling in the Amway Coaches Poll. Ohio State moves up to No. 2 after a home win against Minnesota. Clemson, which had the weekend off, climbs back to No. 3. Notre Dame avoided the upset bug with a late touchdown to get by Pittsburgh and is now No. 4. Confused? Here's how all the moving and shaking affects the postseason picture.

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