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  • Georgia coasted through its first three SEC wins, especially on defense. When the defense finally encountered adversity, a deep running attack took over to lead a near-record night for the offense. Sony Michel ran for two touchdowns as No. 4 Georgia answered an early scare with 26 straight points to beat Missouri 53-28 on Saturday night. Georgia (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) gained 696 total yards, the second-most in school history. The Bulldogs ran for 370 yards. Missouri (1-5, 0-4) suffered its fifth straight loss as it faded following a 21-all tie in the second quarter. Giving up three first-half touchdowns was a shock after Georgia beat Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt by a combined margin of 117-17. Entering the game, Georgia ranked second in the nation, allowing only 10 points per game. 'That defense needed a wake-up call to go out and play better,' said Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who added 'the offense picked us up.' Georgia's Mecole Hardman scored on a 35-yard run in the first quarter and a 59-yard catch from Jake Fromm in the fourth quarter. 'That's what I want Mizzou to be,' Missouri coach Barry Odom said. 'From a game-day atmosphere to the roster. All the above. And that's my vision on where we're going. It's going to take time, but absolutely, that can be done.' Odom said Georgia is 'as complete of a team as I've seen in a long time.' Missouri showed the big-play potential in its passing game on Emanuel Hall's two 63-yard touchdown catches in the first half. Drew Lock also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. 'That's not the way we're accustomed to playing defense,' said Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, who said the defense 'did a little bit better in the second half, but we still have room to improve.' Georgia gave up only 112 yards and seven points in the second half. Lock threw for 253 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. The Tigers stacked their defense against the run and gave up only 45 yards on the ground in the first quarter. The strategy put pressure on Fromm, the freshman. Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett's interception in the first quarter set up Lock's scoring pass to Okwuegbunam. D'Andre Swift ran for 94 yards, including a 71-yarder, Michel had 86 yards and Nick Chubb added 70 yards to lead Georgia's deep ground attack. Fromm threw for 326 yards with two touchdowns and added a 4-yard scoring run. Georgia scored the final 13 points of the first half and the first 13 points of the second half. 'I thought we showed some grit tonight,' said Smart, who said the Bulldogs took Missouri's 'best punch.' On the first play of the second quarter, Chubb bounced outside and jumped over safety Thomas Wilson for a 20-yard gain. That set up Michel's 36-yard TD run. Missouri linebacker Tavon Ross was ejected after his head-first hit on Hardman, who was returning a kickoff, in the fourth quarter. The targeting call followed a video review. THE TAKEAWAY Missouri: An abysmal defense allowing 40 points per game couldn't slow the Bulldogs. Missouri gave up 407 yards in the first half. Georgia: The test against the best passing game Georgia has faced uncovered problems in the Bulldogs' defense. Georgia's secondary was torched by on the two long scoring catches by Hall. The Bulldogs' pass rush also had difficult putting pressure on Lock at times. Ultimately, Georgia turned to its strength — the running game — to put the game away. BIG OFFENSE Georgia total offense trailed only a record 712 yards against Florida Atlantic in 2012. The 53 points were the most for Georgia in a conference since a 63-31 win over Kentucky in 2014. INJURIES Georgia wide receiver Terry Godwin left the game in the first half with injured left ribs. He was escorted to the locker room and did not return for the second half. Offensive guard Pat Allen suffered an apparent left leg injury in the fourth quarter. Missouri running back Damarea Crockett suffered a right shoulder injury. UP NEXT Missouri: The Tigers will take a break from their SEC schedule when they host Idaho on Saturday. Georgia: Following an off week, Georgia will play Florida on Oct. 28 in Jacksonville, Florida. ___ More AP college football: http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
TAILGATE SHOW: 11:30 a.m. on News 95.5 FM & AM-750 WSB KICKOFF: 3:30 p.m. LOCATION: EverBank Field – Jacksonville, Fla.  TV: CBS 2016 RECORDS: Georgia (8-5, 4-4 SEC); Florida (9-4, 6-2 SEC) 2017 SCHEDULE: Georgia | Florida LINE: TBA SERIES HISTORY: Georgia leads 50-43-2 (First meeting 1904) UF has won three in a row after Georgia won three straight, which also followed another three game winning streak for the Gators.  LAST YEAR: Florida 24, Georgia 10 in Jacksonville The Gators smothered Georgia’s offense, allowing the Dawgs to rush for just 21 yards on 19 carries, while throwing for 143 yards. UGA’s first quarter field goal were the first points Florida had allowed in the opening frame all season Florida’s average starting field position was its 41 yard line.

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  • ATHENS – For about two and a half quarters, Georgia look to be the next in line during this college football guillotine weekend. Top 10 teams seeing their heads and seasons cut off by opponents only armed with little more than a rock and something to fling it with. Missouri might be 1-4 but they can certainly fling the football if you let them. And Georgia’s defense, for the first time all season, was letting somebody run past them. It was 21-21 early in the second quarter. Some back up receiver with nine catches on the season was running about as wide open as a beagle in a pasture. A first string defense that had allowed three TDs all season had given up three touchdowns in about 20 minutes. Freshman Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift get it done (AJC) Warning bells and sirens all over Athens. Georgia was on upset alert. Only problem with trying to pull off an upset is, the little guys can’t given up nearly 700 yards. Oops. This upset scare turned into a 53-28 win. Good enough. During the Georgia Bulldogs Tailgate Show, we heard from several callers before the game who were begging to see Jake Fromm throw it more. Only once this season had the freshman passed more than 15 times in a game. Missouri dared the kid to beat them. They were selling out to stuff the run. Earth to the Tigers. He can and he did. “I’ve never really seen pressure get to him,” said senior nose tackle John Atkins. “He’s always just talking and happy.” A shaky game for Georgia’s quarterback and the Dawgs could very well been in a bit of trouble. Instead Fromm and this offense answered every time. This was UGA’s most balanced performance of the season. Fromm throws for 326 yards, the Dawgs run for 370. Add it all up and good by kitties. “The offense really saved us,” said Kirby Smart. “We had two huge deflating plays defensively and the offense answered the bell.” Fromm and his group proved tonight that, when needed, Georgia can put on its track shoes and put up points as quick as anybody. I have no problem watching UGA throw it 15 times and run for 400 yards. That’s an acceptable way to win a football game. But I know a lot of members of Bulldog Nation wanted and maybe needed to see this team prove it can win another way. Because the big boys in the border states aren’t letting UGA run at will. Sony Michel and UGA’s running game hit 370 yards (AJC) You can check that box off. To be fair, Missouri is not a good football team. Its defense is terrible. But in the history of this university, only one team has put up more than 696 yards in a game. That’s what you do when you face a bad defense. Check. UGA is the No. 4 team in the country and rising. The Dawgs will get everybody’s best shot from here on out. We also saw tonight that this is a football team that can get knocked to the canvas with a couple of crazy punches, get up, and then go pummel the other guy back into his corner. Missouri had 200 yards in the first half. After three quarters it had 221. Defense tweaked, adjustments made, no more Tigers running deep. Game over. “(Missouri) was just taking shots,” said Roquan Smith. “We just have to make those adjustments at halftime and did a little bit better in the second half.” This was not a perfect football game and the Dawgs defense showed they aren’t invincible. The scoring average is going up. But Georgia got put on upset alert and won by 25. If you TV worked this weekend, you know not everybody was so lucky. This is a good thing. “What if we execute at the highest level?” asked Smart. “What if we keep the players in front of us? How good could we be?” I’m pretty sure we still have not seen the best of this football team yet. Which is scary. There will be more upset alerts coming. But UGA got tested by a weaker opponent and eventually crushed them. This is a good sign, especially with the Gators backed up against a wall, desperate for something good to happen. The Dawgs are 7-0. They’ve won games close and they’ve blown out the others. They’ve been pushed and pushed back. There defense has dominated nearly everybody with a running game that’s doing the same. Tonight we saw another side to this team and just in time. Because the real season is about to start.
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  • The Georgia Bulldogs were favored by about 30 points entering its game against Missouri on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Less than four minutes into the second quarter, the No. 4 Bulldogs were in a fight for their lives, the score tied 21-21. At that point, the Dogs’ run game woke from its slumber and Georgia rolled to a 53-28 victory against the Tigers.  Georgia improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the SEC. Here are five observations from the game:  Fromm leads an early role reversal. Quarterback Jake Fromm was used to the running game carrying the offense during the first six games, but the freshman gave Georgia an early spark Saturday. Before the run game got going, Fromm was 9-of-12 passing over three drives for 142 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a 185.2 rating. (The Dogs had 38 yards rushing at the point.)  In the first half, Fromm was 16-of-21 passing for 250 yards and one touchdown and a passer rating of 182.4. The low point of the half for Fromm was an interception deep in his own territory with 7:28 to play in the first quarter. That set up a first-and-goal at the Georgia 5, which Missouri turned into its first touchdown of the game two plays later, one that matched Georgia’s first touchdown and tied the score at 7-7.  Fromm finished 18-of-26 passing for 326 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 192.2 passer rating.  Also of note, backup Jacob Eason did not play. (And Fromm attempted one pass in the fourth quarter, a 59-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with 10:27 left to play in the game.)  Secondary struggles lead to touchdowns. The score was tied 21-21 with 11:34 to play in the second quarter. That score chiefly was the result of two 63-yard touchdown passes from Missouri quarterback Drew Lock to Emanuel Hall on consecutive possessions, the first with 34 seconds to play in the first quarter and again with 11:34 to play in the second. Take those two plays out of the equation, and Missouri gained 74 yards on the other 22 first-half plays, 27 rushing and 47 receiving. Also, Mizzou’s final touchdown came on a 27-yard pass play when receiver Jason Reese got behind Georgia’s secondary for the long gain.  Missouri finished with 312 total yards on 49 plays, an average of 6.4 yards. The 126 yards on two plays from Lock to Hall inflated the numbers and skewed an otherwise-decent performance by the defense. Without those, Mizzou gained 186 yards on 47 plays, an average of 3.96 yards per play.  Georgia’s run game starts slowly, picks up steam. Before the Bulldogs finally began to run through Mizzou’s defense, the run game looked unusually weak for the first three possessions.  At that point, the Bulldogs led 14-7, but the lead was courtesy of the passing game. Georgia had rushed for 38 yards on seven carries, and one of those carries was a 35-yard touchdown run by Hardman on a reverse. The other six carries produced three yards.   The tide turned that that point and at halftime, Georgia had 157 yards rushing on 24 carries. The Dogs finished with 370 yards on 51 carries, an average of 7.3 yards per play. D’Andre Swift led the rushers with 94 yards on six carries. He gained 71 on one play, and he had a 36-yard run taken away because of an illegal-formation penalty. Sony Michel rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, and Nick Chubb gained 70 on 16 carries.  Hardman makes a splash. A sophomore wide receiver, who converted from defensive back this spring and who was a high school quarterback, struggled with dropped passes in the first half of the season. He looked considerably more comfortable in the role of receiver Saturday.  In addition to his 35-yard touchdown run, he caught a 59-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. He caught another pass for 12 yards. Some impressive stats. Georgia led in time of possession 39:26 to 20:24 and gained 696 total yards (the second most in a game in school history) on 77 plays, an average of 9.0 yards per play. Georgia had 24 first downs to Mizzou’s 10. The Dogs were 6-of-6 scoring in the red zone and are 29-of-29 this season.
  • Georgia football released a hype video on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s game against Missouri.  The video titled “Identity” carries the Beat Missouri them and contains visuals from Georgia’s win at Tennessee and a few clips from the Bulldogs’ win at Vanderbilt last weekend. Georgia and Missouri kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens. The game can be watched on the SEC Network.

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  • The organ transplant of a 2-year-old boy who was born without a kidney will likely be stalled for months. The reason? His father’s latest arrest. Anthony Dickerson, 26, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has been in and out of jail on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge since 2011, according to Gwinnett County jail records. Just this month, he was released on a $2,600 bond on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of attempted felonies. But Dickerson promised that his son would be the one thing he did right in his life, the child’s mother, Carmellia Burgess, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. So when he found out he was a match to donate his kidney to Anthony Jr., he jumped at the chance to help. The family was “hysterical” when they found out the day of the planned surgery Oct. 3 that Emory University Hospital had changed the plan. “They’re making this about dad,” Burgess said. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.” In a letter The AJC obtained from Burgess, a hospital official said the surgery would be pushed back until Dickerson could provide evidence he has complied with his parole officer for three months. “We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of this completed documentation,” the hospital representative said in the letter. Emory officials refused to answer The AJC’s questions about the decision or its policies, and Gwinnett law enforcement agencies have not responded to requests for comment. Janet Christenbury, an Emory spokeswoman, said in a statement the hospital is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients.  “Guidelines for organ transplantation are designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors,” Christenbury said. “Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about our patients.” Burgess said news of the hospital’s decision caught her by surprise because Emory had earlier been supportive of the dad being the donor. The hospital even requested Dickerson’s temporary release from jail, according to a letter from Emory’s Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program to the Gwinnett County jail where Dickerson was being held. “If Mr. Dickerson could be escorted to Emory for blood work and a pre-operative appointment tomorrow, September 29, we will be able to continue with the scheduled surgery,” an Emory official said in the letter dated Sept. 28. Even though jail records show Dickerson was released Oct. 2, the child’s surgery has not been rescheduled for this year. Burgess created a web petition to urge the hospital to allow the surgery sooner. It has garnered more than 18,400 signatures, but Burgess said she doubts the petition will make a difference. A GoFundMe page also was set up with a $1,000 goal. “I’m just taking it day by day,” she said. “That’s all we can do.” In other news:
  • British police are investigating three new allegations of sexual assault against film producer Harvey Weinstein, all made by the same woman. In another blow to the Hollywood titan after he was ejected from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, France's president said Sunday he was working to rescind Weinstein's prestigious Legion of Honor award. In the new British allegations, London's Metropolitan Police force said Sunday that the woman reported being assaulted in London in 2010, 2011 and 2015. The force said officers from its Child Abuse and Sexual Offenses Command are investigating. The woman's name has not been made public. The force also did not name Weinstein, in keeping with its policy of not identifying suspects who have not been charged. But it said the allegations involve a man against whom another accusation was made Wednesday. That alleged assault — reported to have taken place in west London during the late 1980s — also is being investigated. British actress Lysette Anthony says she reported to police on Wednesday that Weinstein raped her in her west London home in the late 1980s. Anthony, 54, who appears on the British soap opera 'Hollyoaks,' told the Sunday Times newspaper that Weinstein raped her in the late 1980s after showing up at her London home. She said she was left feeling 'disgusted and embarrassed' after the attack. 'It was pathetic, revolting,' she was quoted as saying in a Thursday interview. 'I remember lying in the bath later and crying.' Dozens of women have made allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the movie mogul in recent days, some dating back decades. Weinstein denies non-consensual sexual activity. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took the almost unprecedented step Saturday of revoking Weinstein's membership. It said it did so 'to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.' Weinstein, who backed many British movies including 'Shakespeare in Love' and 'The King's Speech,' also has been suspended by the British film academy. The fallout from the multiplying accusations against Weinstein also reverberated in France on Sunday. French President Emmanuel Macron said he had 'started the procedures' to revoke Weinstein's Legion of Honor award. Rescinding the honor is rare, although it also happened to another American: disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Weinstein was given the prestigious French award in 2012 by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy after the French film 'The Artist' won multiple Oscars. Weinstein's company produced the film, and he predicted in an interview with The Associated Press at the time that it would augur a new 'golden age' of French cinema. French actresses are among those who have accused Weinstein of sexual wrongdoing, notably during his multiple appearances at the Cannes Film Festival. Macron said he wants to speed up procedures for investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment in France to encourage more women to come forward. ___ Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.
  • The Latest on the explosion in Somalia's capital (all times local): 7:30 a.m. Qatar's foreign minister says his country's diplomatic mission in Somalia was hit by the massive truck bombing in Mogadishu. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Twitter early Monday morning: 'The attack on (hashtag)Qatar diplomatic mission in Mogadishu will not deter our support for (hashtag)Somalia's democracy, security and stability.' He did not elaborate. It was unclear if any Qataris were hurt in the blast. Officials in Doha did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Somalia has found itself torn by the boycott by four Arab nations of Qatar. Saudi Arabia is the Somali government's biggest benefactor, while the United Arab Emirates has trained the country's military and launched a high-profile aid appeal this year. Somalia has meanwhile allowed Qatari aircraft to increasingly fly through its airspace as Arab nations have closed theirs off. A Somali state in September broke with Somalia's central government in Mogadishu, saying it backed the boycotting nations. ___ Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ___ 12:45 a.m. Somalia's information minister Abdirahman Osman says the death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu has risen to 276, with about 300 people injured. It is the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. The toll is expected to rise. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. ___ 12:40 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is 'sickened' by the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. Guterres in a tweet Sunday night urged 'unity in the face of terrorism.' Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 231 people. Another 275 are hurt. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not yet commented. Officials fear the death toll will rise. ___ 10:05 p.m. The United States is condemning 'in the strongest terms' the deadliest single attack in Somalia's history. The State Department statement expresses condolences to victims and wishes a quick recovery for the injured. Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 231 people. Another 275 are hurt. The U.S. calls the attack 'senseless and cowardly' and says it will stand with Somalia in its fight against extremism. ___ 6:35 p.m. Qatar says its embassy was 'severely damaged' in the deadly truck bombing in Somalia's capital. A foreign ministry statement Sunday says the embassy's charge d'affaires was 'slightly injured in the explosion but he is now in a good health, and the rest of staff are fine.' Saturday's blast killed at least 231 people. It is the deadliest ever attack in the Horn of Africa nation. ___ 5:50 p.m. The United Nations special envoy to Somalia calls the deadly truck bombing in the capital 'revolting' and says an unprecedented number of civilians have been killed. A statement from Michael Keating says: 'I am shocked and appalled by the number of lives that were lost in the bombings and the scale of destruction they caused.' Saturday's blast struck a densely populated neighborhood of Mogadishu. The death toll has risen to 231. It is the deadliest ever attack in the Horn of Africa nation. Keating says the U.N. and African Union are supporting the Somali government's response with 'logistical support, medical supplies and expertise.' ___ 5:45 p.m. The U.S. Africa Command says U.S. forces have not been asked to provide aid following Saturday's deadly attack in Somalia's capital. A U.S. Africa Command spokesman tells The Associated Press that first responders and local enforcement would handle the response and 'the U.S. would offer assistance if and when a request was made.' A Somali senator says the death toll from the massive truck bomb blast in Mogadishu has risen to 231, with 275 people injured. It is the deadliest ever attack in the Horn of Africa nation. ___ 5:35 p.m. Angry protesters have taken to the streets in Somalia's capital a day after a massive truck bomb killed at least 231 people. The protesters who gathered at the scene of the blast are chanting against the attack, the deadliest ever in the Horn of Africa nation. The government has blamed the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group for what it calls a 'national disaster.' Al-Shabab has not commented but often targets Mogadishu with bombings. ___ 5:20 p.m. A senator says the death toll from a massive truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital has risen to 231. Abshir Abdi Ahmed says 275 others were injured. He cites doctors at hospitals he has visited in Mogadishu. Saturday's blast is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. Many of the bodies in hospital mortuaries are yet to be identified. ___ 3:05 p.m. Local journalists say one freelance journalist was killed in Saturday's massive bombing in Somalia's capital and several were injured. Voice of America says one of its reporters, Abdulkaidr Mohamed Abdulle, is among the injured. Police and hospital sources say the death toll from the truck bomb in Mogadishu has risen to 189 in what is the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. — Abdi Guled in Mogadishu. ___ 2:35 p.m. The death toll from a massive explosion in Somalia's capital has risen to 189 with over 200 others injured, police and hospital sources say, making it the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation. Doctors are struggling to assist hundreds of horrifically wounded victims, with many burnt beyond recognition. Somalia's government has blamed Saturday's truck bombing in Mogadishu on the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented. — Abdi Guled in Mogadishu. ___ 1:25 p.m. The United States is joining the condemnation of Saturday's massive truck bombing in Somalia's capital that left scores dead. A statement by the U.S. mission to Somalia says that 'such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.' The U.S. military this year has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, which is based in Somalia and often targets Mogadishu. ___ 1:20 p.m. The International Committee of the Red Cross says four volunteers with the Somali Red Crescent Society are among the dead after a huge truck bombing in Somalia's capital. A statement Sunday says 'this figure may rise as there are a number of volunteers still missing.' Security and medical sources say at least 53 people are dead after what Mogadishu residents call the largest explosion they've ever witnessed. Officials have pleaded for blood donations. More than 60 people are injured. Somalia's government has blamed the al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented. ___ 10:45 a.m. Security and medical sources say the death toll from Saturday's truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital has risen to 53 as hospitals struggle to cope with the high number of casualties. More than 60 others are injured. Police Capt. Mohamed Hussein says many victims died at hospitals from their wounds. Somalia's government has yet to release the exact death toll from an explosion many called the most powerful they had ever witnessed in Mogadishu. Ambulance sirens still echo across the city as bewildered families wander in the rubble of buildings. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood for the wounded victims. The al-Shabab extremist group often targets high-profile areas in the capital with bombings.
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation (all times EDT): 7:40 p.m. President Donald Trump is using his appearance in front of a conservative think tank to argue the U.S. should celebrate and preserve its history, 'not tear it down.' Trump is pointing to a movement to take down Confederate status as well as other symbols of the country's difficult past. He says, 'Now they're even trying' to take down statues of Christopher Columbus. He asks, 'What's next?' Trump also says young Americans should be taught to honor the flag and national anthem and proudly recite the Pledge of Allegiance. He tells the group, 'You understand that our glorious heritage is the foundation of everything we hope to achieve.' __ 7:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is taking his tax plan sales pitch to the conservative Heritage Foundation. Trump is expected to tell the group's President's Club on Tuesday evening that his plan will be a boon to the economy, resulting in a $4,000 pay raise for the average American. That claim has been met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers who say the administration's math is flawed. Trump is also expected to talk about other issues important to the group, including the Constitution, his appointment of conservative judges, border security and his 'peace through strength' foreign policy approach. That's according to a senior administration official who previewed the speech earlier Tuesday on condition that he not be named.
  • A 19-year-old man from Kerrville, Texas, who is a relative of the boy and was visiting family in Lynnwood, Washington, has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail for first-degree murder of 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko. >> Read more trending news A police statement alleges the 19-year-old admitted to filling a bathtub with water with the intention of drowning Dayvid, then called the boy to the bathroom, picked him up and placed him face-down in the water, and held his head underneath for approximately 30 seconds before Dayvid became still. The statement from police then alleges the 19-year-old left the boy face down in the water for approximately six minutes before he wrapped the boy's body in a blanket and placed him in a cardboard box, which he used to dispose of the body in the nearest garbage dumpster.  'It's a tragic ending to a long search operation,' said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton. Authorities said the body was found about 2 a.m. Tuesday in a dumpster at the Bristol Square Apartment complex on 44th Avenue West. The body was found by officers with the Violent Offenders Task Force. In cases of missing children, the officers, who represent several law enforcement agencies, are deployed to check on registered sex offenders in the area. That's when they found the child's body. Detectives are working on getting a search warrant and are processing the crime scene, where they're expected to be working for several hours.  Once a search warrant is obtained, detectives will go through the apartment building and dumpster for evidence. The boy was reported missing about 5 p.m. Monday. Crews, including 100 volunteers, searched the area of 44th Avenue West between 156th Street and State Route 99, just outside the Lynnwood city limits. According to the Sheriff’s Office and relatives, Dayvid stayed home sick from school Monday.  The boy lives with his mother, who was at work when he disappeared. He was last seen about 2:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Office said Dayvid was under adult supervision while he was at home, but did not say who he was with. The Snohomish County medical examiner will determine the boy's cause of death.
  • Northern California homeowners allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. failed to adequately protect its power lines before the region's deadly wildfires, a theory that state investigators are considering as they try to determine the cause. The lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of Santa Rosa homeowners Wayne and Jennifer Harvell says drought-like conditions over the summer put fire dangers 'at an extraordinarily high level,' particularly after heavy winter rains increased vegetation. It says PG&E failed to trim and remove vegetation as it should have. PG&E Corp., the utility's parent company, said Friday that the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was investigating its power lines and equipment as a possible cause of the fires that have killed at least 41 people and destroyed 6,000 homes. The California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates PG&E, would investigate only if state fire investigators determine that that the utility's equipment is suspected as a cause. That could lead to significant fines and penalties. The San Francisco-based utility said it would not speculate on causes of the fire and that it was cooperating with investigators. PG&E says it has told state regulators of seven incidents of damage to its equipment, including downed power lines and broken poles. It did not say whether they may have caused or contributed to the fire. Gerald Singleton, an attorney representing other homeowners and renters, said winds were strong but PG&E should have anticipated them. 'We can't get rid of all possible risks,' he said. 'It really is based on reasonableness — and that is what their duty is.' PG&E shares jumped 7.5 percent, or $4.01, to close at $57.44 on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Still, the shares are down 17 percent since Wednesday. Earlier this year, the utility commission fined PG&E $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked a massive blaze in Northern California that destroyed 549 homes and killed two people. A state fire investigation found the utility and its contractors failed to maintain a gray pine tree that slumped into a power line igniting the September 2015 fire in Amador County. Previously, California regulators fined PG&E $1.6 billion for 2010 natural gas explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Also Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California wrote the Federal Communications Commission to express concern that the federal government has yet to adopt rules that would require wireless carriers to more precisely target neighborhoods with orders to evacuate. As fires rapidly spread Oct. 8, authorities sought to avoid alarming unaffected residents. 'These emergency services are caught in a bind between notifying individuals in imminent danger and risking mass panic. As a result, these services are compelled to rely on emergency messaging systems with far less reach and far less capacity,' they wrote.