Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wins reelection in Louisiana
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won a second term Saturday despite an all-out effort by President Donald Trump to flip the seat to the Republican column. Edwards narrowly beat wealthy Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who invested more than $14 million of his own money to finance his campaign and tied himself to Trump from start to finish. Trump headlined three Louisiana rallies to oust Edwards, telling Louisiana voters the race was a symbolic referendum on his presidency. But in the end, Trump’s coattails weren’t long enough to carry Rispone across the finish line. As a Democrat, Edwards is an anomaly both in the South and in Louisiana as he is the only Democrat to hold statewide office.
Colin Kaepernick ditches NFL workout, hosts independent one
There was a hitch in Colin Kaepernick's planned NFL workout Saturday in Atlanta. The showcase for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback moved from the original location at the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility after Kaepernick and his representatives said the NFL's process was not "legitimate." They said their desire for a "transparent and open process" was the reason behind the change. The NFL said in a statement Saturday that Kaepernick informed the league he wasn't attending the workout a half hour before the scheduled start time, the same time his representatives alerted the public. The workout, attended by at least a few NFL scouts, was streamed live. Kaepernick has not appeared in an NFL game since 2016.
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- President Trump tells Kim Jong Un that Joe Biden is 'somewhat better' than a 'rabid dog.'
- Syracuse suspends all fraternity activities after string of racist, anti-Semitic incidents.
- Venice hit with another major flood, marking the third time since Tuesday that water levels topped 1.5 meters.
- Georgia up to No. 4, while Minnesota and Baylor fall out of top 10 in Amway Coaches Poll.
- Ariana Grande tells fans she's 'very sick,' cancels Sunday's show.
- HP unanimously rejects unsolicited takeover proposal from Xerox — for now.
Iowa Poll: Pete Buttigieg surges to the top of the 2020 Democratic field
Pete Buttigieg has rocketed to the top in the latest reshuffling of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, according to the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll. Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend mayor.Biden, Warren and now Buttigieg have all taken turns atop the poll, with Sanders consistently in the top four.
Hong Kong protesters battle police for control of university
Hong Kong students armed with bows and arrows battled police firing tear gas and blasting water cannons as escalating violence paralyzed the educational system of the beleaguered semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Late Sunday, police used loudspeakers to order the evacuation of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Many protesters stayed behind, some setting fires to block the advance of riot police. Police said dozens had been arrested. The protest was the final holdout from a series of demonstrations that shut down several major universities last week. The conflict stems from a government extradition proposal earlier this year that would have allowed suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China, which was later withdrawn.
- American universities terminating Hong Kong study abroad programs early.
Santa Clarita mourns victims of Saugus school shooting
As investigators continue to search for a motive behind the deadly shooting at a Southern California high school Thursday morning, the community of Santa Clarita is coming together to remember the children it lost. Dominic Michael Blackwell, 14, and Gracie Anne Muehlberger, 15, died Thursday when another student opened fire at Saugus High School, injuring three others. The 16-year-old suspect, who shot himself, died Friday night. GoFundMe pages that appeared to be created by family members of the two students killed had each raised tens of thousands of dollars by Saturday. On Friday, the city of Santa Clarita launched a Saugus Strong website, which provides the community resources and encourages viewers worldwide to submit messages of love and support. By Saturday morning, the website had received more than 200 messages from across six continents. A vigil, "Saugus Strong," is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT Sunday.
Contributing: Associated Press
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