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Jay Z, JLo, others to hold concerts for Clinton

WASHINGTON — Jay Z, Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez are staging concerts around the country in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in the final weeks before Election Day. Clinton's campaign says rapper Jay Z will perform at a Get Out the Vote concert in Cleveland prior to Election Day. The campaign has not yet announced a date for the show. Bon Jovi will headline concerts in Pittsburgh on Thursday and in Tampa, Florida, on Nov. 5. Lopez will appear in Miami on Saturday to encourage Florida voters to back Clinton. Perry will perform in Philadelphia on Nov. 5. The singer of "Roar" headlined a Clinton event in Des Moines, Iowa, last year and performed at this summer's Democratic National Convention.

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Obama reads mean tweets as part of Jimmy Kimmel show

LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama is entertaining Jimmy Kimmel's audience with some of the mean tweets sent his way. An example: "Barack Obama, bro do you even lift?" The president replies: "Well, I lifted the ban on Cuban cigars. That's worth something." The president is appearing on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" during the middle of his three-day visit to Nevada and California, where he is campaigning and raising money for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates. Obama is discussing some of his own social media habits with Kimmel. He says that, unlike Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, "I don't tweet at 3 a.m. about people who insult me."

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Jury acquits man of stalking TV star Kendall Jenner

LOS ANGELES  — A jury on Monday acquitted a man of stalking model and reality TV star Kendall Jenner and convicted him of trespassing at her secluded Hollywood Hill home. The jury of seven women and five men returned the verdict against Shavaughn McKenzie after a seven-day trial in which Jenner described her fear at finding McKenzie lurking in her driveway and banging on her car window in August. A defense attorney had urged jurors to reject the stalking charge, saying there was no evidence showing McKenzie intended to cause Jenner fear. McKenzie is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 10 on the misdemeanor trespassing charge. He could face up to six months in jail but will likely be released because of credits for good behavior. His attorney Taylor Shramo said he hopes to secure …

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Plane crashes on takeoff at Malta airport, 5 aboard killed

VALLETTA, Malta — Officials say a light plane has crashed after takeoff from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board. The twin-prop Metroliner tipped toward the right and crashed into the ground soon after lifting off at 7:20 a.m. Monday, bursting into flames, eyewitnesses said. Part of the burning wreckage ended up on a road outside the perimeter of the airport. The airplane was on its way to Misurata, Libya. Malta International Airport is temporarily closed until the debris is cleared.

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Robots at center of China’s strategy to leapfrog rivals

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and "dance" as it plays Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips. China is showcasing its burgeoning robot industry at the five-day exhibition in Beijing, part of a national effort to promote use of more advanced technologies in Chinese factories and create high-end products that redefine the meaning of "Made in China." Apart from the cool factor, China's sweeping plans to upgrade its factories and production lines depend on building and better using advanced robots. Automation is crucial for industries facing rising labor costs and slowing growth in the work force thanks to the "one-child" policy era and aging of the population. China will have …

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527 South Koreans to sue Samsung on Galaxy Note 7 recall

Hundreds of South Korean Galaxy Note 7 smartphone owners were preparing Monday to file a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics over the fire-prone device. Attorney Peter Young-Yeel Ko, head of the Harvest Law Firm said Monday that 527 consumers want Samsung to compensate them for the costs to visit shops to exchange their phones, for the hours they had to wait while transferring data and for psychological harm from using a hazardous product. His clients include a consumer who claims to have lost thousands of pictures from a family vacation and another who drove eight hours round-trip to return the phone. Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 phone because it tends to overheat. It recalled replacement Note 7s after finding they also were prone to catch fire, the company stopped making or selling them. The …

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Asia shares gain as Japan trade data better than forecast

Asian markets mostly rose Monday after the release of improved Japanese manufacturing and trade data that suggest activity is picking up in the world's third biggest economy. Looking ahead, attention is likely to focus this week on Friday's report of U.S. growth data. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 0.3 percent to 17,234.42 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.4 percent to 23,481.02. The Shanghai Composite index gained 1.2 percent to 3,126.71 and South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.5 percent to 2,042.92. India's Sensex edged 0.1 percent higher to 28,114.23, while Australia's S&P ASX 200 fell 0.4 percent to 5,408.50. Markets in Southeast Asia and Taiwan were mostly higher. ANALYST VIEWPOINT: "The highlight of the week will no doubt come from US 3Q GDP," Chris Weston of IG said in a commentary. …

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Venezuelan Congress declares that Maduro has staged a coup

Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday, October 23 (Monday, Philippine time) declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when his supporters stormed the chamber. Opposition lawmakers vowed to put Maduro on trial after a court friendly to his socialist administration on Thursday suspended their campaign to collect signatures to hold a referendum on removing the deeply-unpopular president. Lawmaker Julio Borges said the opposition-led congress is now in open rebellion after a majority of its members voted that the decision constituted a coup with government participation. “We will bring a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro to get to the bottom of his role in the break with democracy and human rights here,” Borges said. A day of fiery …

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DJ Khaled and fiancée welcome baby boy on Snapchat

LOS ANGELES — It's a boy for music producer DJ Khaled and his fiancée Nicole Tuck, who welcomed their first child into the world early Sunday morning. Khaled chronicled the birth in a series of snapchats showing the inside of the delivery room where he can be heard telling the doctor that "it's go time." The video clips took place over a period of about 10 hours, showing nearly everything about the birth while his album "Major Key" played in the background. After Tuck gave birth, Khaled said that he was going to let audiences hear the crying baby only. He also stamped his arm with the ink print of his son's foot.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’ tops Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ sequel

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Perry bested Tom Cruise at the box office this weekend. Perry's "Boo! A Madea Halloween" opened in the top spot with an estimated $27.6 million, edging Cruise's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday. It's the third best opening for a "Madea" movie, behind "Madea Goes to Jail" and "Madea's Family Reunion" and a sign of the character's longstanding appeal to audiences. To market the film, which reportedly cost $20 million to produce, Lionsgate leveraged the social media audiences of Perry and his cast as well as promotional videos like one featuring Jimmy Fallon as Trump alongside Madea that ended up going viral. "Tyler Perry is a movie star. Tyler Perry is a mogul. The Madea character has provided box office dividends for years. …

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