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State Department Reportedly Revokes Visa Of Magnitsky Act Campaigner

The State Department has reportedly revoked a visa for British citizen Bill Browder, a hedge-fund manager-turned human-rights activist responsible for the Magnitsky Act. The 2012 U.S. law is aimed at punishing Russian officials believed responsible for the death in a Moscow prison of Sergei Magnitsky, who was allegedly beaten and denied medical care.

Dubai Jails, Then Frees, Scottish Tourist Over Touching Man In A Bar

One day after a Dubai court ordered Scottish tourist Jamie Harron to spend three months in jail over touching a man on his hip or rear end as he passed him in a bar, Dubai's ruler has ordered Harron freed. The case had generated calls for a boycott against the United Arab Emirates city.

Top Stories: McCain Criticizes Trump; New Director Accused Of Harassment

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- McCain Takes Swipe At President For Vietnam 'Bone Spur' Deferment.

-- Director James Toubek Accused Of Harassment By Dozens Of Women.

Hollywood Director James Toback Accused Of Harassment By Dozens Of Women

Writer and director James Toback has become the latest Hollywood figure to be hit with allegations of sexual harassment. The Los Angeles Times reports that 38 women have claimed sexual harassment by Toback, who was Oscar-nominated for writing the 1991 film Bugsy, starring Warren Beatty.

A Tale Of Two Efforts To Improve Confidence In U.S. Elections

Efforts to boost public confidence in U.S. elections are proceeding on two parallel tracks right now. One is moving slowly, but steadily. The other is hardly moving at all.

Most of the attention has gone to a commission set up by President Trump to look into allegations of voter fraud and other electoral problems. The panel — called the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — has been mired in controversy ever since it was formed earlier this year. Its work now appears stalled amid internal divisions and outside legal challenges.

After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

Updated Monday, Oct. 23 at 9:08 a.m. ET

When backed into a corner, President Trump digs in and fights back.

It's what he's done as president, it's what he did as a candidate and it's what he did as a businessman.

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

When it comes to brain training, some workouts seem to work better than others.

A comparison of the two most common training methods scientists use to improve memory and attention found that one was twice as effective as the other. The more effective method also changed brain activity in a part of the brain involved in high-level thinking.

But neither method made anyone smarter, says Kara Blacker, the study's lead author and a researcher at The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in Bethesda, Md.

The FDA Will Decide If These 26 Ingredients Count As Fiber

What counts as dietary fiber? That's up for debate.

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing 26 ingredients that food manufacturers use to bulk up the fiber content of processed foods to determine if there's a health benefit.

If you're a nutrition-label reader, the list includes some familiar-ish sounding ingredients — such as inulin, which is often sourced from chicory root.

Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

The floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey had to go somewhere.

Japan's Prime Minister Isn't Popular, But His Coalition Won A Supermajority

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition now has a two-thirds supermajority in the parliament. That's after capturing more than 300 of the 465 seats in Japan's lower house that were up for grabs on Sunday.

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