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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST

November 18, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee says it looks like Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee). But he adds that a “smoking gun” would help before the U.S. issues sanctions against the prince. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told ABC “it’s hard to imagine” that Crown Prince Mohammed didn’t know about the killing, but he said, “I don’t know that we absolutely know that yet.”

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor is expressing optimism that President Donald Trump will support the state as it deals with raging wildfires. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown said on Sunday’s episode of CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Republican president has “got our back.” Trump initially blamed state officials for poor forest management and threatened to cut off federal funding. He toured the devastated areas Saturday with Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has prayed for victims of California’s wildfires. Addressing tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, Francis prayed that “the Lord welcome the deceased into his peace, comfort family members and sustain all those involved in rescue efforts.”

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. In what had been the last undecided House contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim for the state’s 39th District seat. The Cisneros victory Saturday cements a stunning political realignment that will leave a vast stretch of the Los Angeles metropolitan area under Democratic control in the House.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is telling fellow Floridians to “stay tuned,” and that he’s promising to remain politically active. Gillum on Saturday delivered a video-taped concession speech on Facebook, congratulating Republican Ron DeSantis, who’ll continue GOP control of the governor’s office. Gillum, the state’s first black gubernatorial nominee, will soon end his term as mayor of Tallahassee.

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