Map: Migrant caravan approaches Mexico

A caravan of about 3,000 Hondurans, on foot and in vehicles, has been making its way through Guatemala this week. The migrants are intending to travel through Mexico to the U.S. border.

On Thursday, the leading edge of the group was reported at Tecun Uman, Guatemala, on Mexico’s southern border — more than 500 road miles from Tegucigalpa, Honduras’ largest city.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened that he will close the United States’ border with Mexico if the caravan is not stopped.

The map above shows cities that the caravan has passed through, as documented in news photographs.

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What happens if you win Mega Millions’ $970 million jackpot?

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE | The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $970 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held.

That would leave most of us disappointed but some lucky winner beset by a host of questions. Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket for what would be the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.


Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters. Their first decision is whether to take the cash option, which would now be $548 million, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years. Nearly all winners opt for cash, but the annuity has advantages, as it reduces the tax bill a little and offers a stable flow of income that climbs by 5 percent annually.


States have different rules, so depending on where you purchased the ticket, you have from 180 days to a year.


No, you can’t just cash one of those oversized checks shown in all the winner photos. Payment speed also varies by state, but a week or two is common. Carole Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Maryland lottery, said the requirement is seven to 10 days in that state.


Winners can remain anonymous in six states — Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina. In Arizona, people who win more than $600 can keep …read more

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Photos: Man linked to Saudi prince was at consulate when Khashoggi disappeared


ISTANBUL (AP) — A man who previously traveled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage to the United States entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before writer Jamal Khashoggi vanished there, according to images published Thursday by a pro-government Turkish newspaper.

The Sabah newspaper’s report showed several images of the man on Oct. 2: outside the consulate, outside the Saudi consul general’s home, checking out of a Turkish hotel, and departing from a Turkish airport.

The report came as Turkish crime-scene investigators finished an overnight search of both the consul general’s residence and a second search of the consulate itself amid Ankara’s fears that Saudi authorities had Khashoggi killed and dismembered inside the diplomatic mission in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations “baseless,” has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days, including on Thursday.

The Sabah report showed the man walking past police barricades at the consulate at 9:55 a.m. with several men trailing behind him. Khashoggi arrived at the consulate several hours later, at 1:14 p.m., to get paperwork for his impending marriage. He has not been seen since.

A report Wednesday by the pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak, citing what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi’s slaying, said a Saudi team immediately accosted the 60-year-old journalist after he entered the consulate, cutting off his fingers and later decapitating him.

Previously leaked surveillance footage showed consular vehicles moving from the consulate to the consul general’s official residence, a mile away, about two hours after Khashoggi walked inside. The Sabah newspaper showed an image of the man at 4:53 p.m. at the consul’s home, then at 5:15 p.m. checking out of a hotel. He later cleared airport security at 5:58 p.m.

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Jayme Closs’ parents were shot while she was in the house, sheriff says

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A missing Wisconsin girl’s parents were shot to death in their house while the girl was home, the sheriff said Wednesday in an update on the search.

Investigators have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found her parents dead in their home near the town of Barron. The girl, who was ruled out as a suspect on the first day, was gone when deputies arrived.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a news conference Wednesday that autopsies completed that afternoon confirmed that James and Denise Closs had been fatally shot and that their deaths have been ruled homicides.

Other details he revealed:

• No gun was found at the scene.

• He could not say what kind of gun was used in the killings, because he had not yet read the full autopsy.

• The assumption that Jayme was in the house was based on evidence from the 911 call and from inside the house. In the previous day’s press conference, Fitzgerald described the 911 call as “unusual” in that nobody spoke to the dispatcher. Sounds of a struggle were heard in the background, he said.

• It took deputies about four minutes to reach the Closs home after the 911 call.

• There were two vehicles in the yard when deputies arrived. Fitzgerald said he did not know who owned those cars.

The sheriff called a meeting Wednesday evening with Barron County residents, but he barred reporters from attending, saying he wants to have a private dialogue with the people who elected him.

Fitzgerald has repeatedly urged reporters not to give credence to information that does not come from his press conferences or the department’s Facebook page.

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