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Mystery surrounds ‘execution-style’ murders in Ohio

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At least seven people believed to be members of the same family were found shot to death execution-style in three homes in Pike County, Ohio, on Friday and an eighth body was discovered nearby, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said.

The office first said in a statement that five adults and two juveniles had been found fatally shot in Piketon, about 85 miles east of Cincinnati. It later said that another body had been found at a fourth location in the area. It was not immediately known if the eighth victim was related to the others.

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No arrests have been made and there was no active shooter, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

“The investigation is in its very early stages and authorities are still investigating to determine a motive, identify the deceased and determine if the gunman is among the deceased individuals or on the loose,” the attorney general’s statement said.

Video from a Columbus television station showed a house surrounded by yellow crime scene tape with sheriff’s deputies walking in front.

“Reports we are receiving from (the area) are tragic beyond comprehension,” Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate said John Kasich in a tweet.

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The Chillicothe Gazette newspaper showed a picture of three ambulances lined up along a wooded and rural road.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Dan Grebler, Bill Trott and Frances Kerry)

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Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing

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President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.

Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."

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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’

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President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.

Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.

The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.

https://twitter.com/mikedebonis/status/1184592170545745920

The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.

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