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TRUMP: President Trump has now said it appears dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, warning if Saudi Arabia is responsible, consequences could be “very severe.” WASHINGTON POST

EXODUS: Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin became the most high-profile government official to bail out on the upcoming ‘Davos in the Desert’ conference. Hours later, Fox Business pulled the plug on its sponsorship, the final U.S. media partner to do so. AXIOS



The Justice Department is investigating Pennsylvania dioceses after a recent report detailed decades of alleged child sex abuse in the Catholic Church that was covered up. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian (made famous by the movie “Spotlight”) says it’s the first time he’s heard of a federal investigation into child sex abuse in a Catholic diocese or church. NY TIMES



North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit Pyongyang and the pontiff is reportedly seriously considering the offer. No pope has ever visited North Korea, which is among the worst countries in the world for religious freedom. REUTERS



In his final book, published this week, the late Stephen Hawking writes that there is no God. The famed physicist, who died earlier this year, believes “the universe was spontaneously created out of nothing,” writing that, for him, “there is no possibility of a creator, because there is no time for a creator to have existed in.” The book is titled “Brief Answers to Big Questions.” NBC NEWS

So that settles that.



The trouble for USA Gymnastics continues with the arrest of the former president on charges he tried to conceal documents related to the Larry Nassar sex abuse case. Steve Penny had already been indicted on evidence tampering. His replacement lasted nine months on the job, and her replacement resigned this week after just four days. CNN



Apple sent out media invites for a product event that will happen on Oct. 30 in Brooklyn. The company is widely expected to debut new iPads and refreshed versions of its Mac and MacBooks. CHEDDAR

We still can’t tell the difference between one of the big new iPhones and a small old iPad.



The Boston Red Sox punched their ticket to the World Series in a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros. It’s the 14th American League pennant for the Sox, who have been dominant so far this postseason. They’ll meet either the Brewers or the Dodgers at Fenway on Tuesday. NESN

It’s always nice to see Boston sports fans catch a break.



After mounting criticism, Kleenex is renaming its “Mansize” tissues to “Extra Large.” The Mansize tissues have been sold for 60 years in the UK, but are being changed after accusations of sexism. USA TODAY

Can someone mansplain to us why this is necessary?



…Meghan Markle revealing a small baby bump while wearing a form-fitting dress in Australia. The Duchess of Sussex, about three months along, is on a royal tour with her husband Prince Harry. SEE PIC


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