Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency is on the upswing, according to polls in swing states released Thursday. The Republican presidential nominee now leads Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 37 percent in a survey done by Monmouth University. In Ohio, a Bloomberg poll has Trump ahead by 48 percent to 43 percent. Both are states carried by President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. On the national scale, the national polling average has Clinton up by two percentage points. Of the last five national polls, Trump led in two with Clinton ahead in three.
BOY SHOT BY POLICE HAD A BB GUN
The 13-year-old black youth killed by police in Columbus, Ohio had pulled out a BB gun, according to authorities. CNN is reporting that Tyree King died at the hospital after he was shot several times. The gun carried by King “looks practically identical” to the handguns carried by Columbus police. The officer was placed on leave while an investigation is underway. Mayor Andrew Ginther said “Why is it that a 13-year-old would have nearly an exact replica of a police firearm on him in our neighborhoods – an eighth-grader involved in very, very dangerous conduct in one of our neighborhoods?” Ginther said.
MOSQUE ARSONIST CONFESSES
The man accused of setting fire to a mosque in Florida attended by the Orlando nightclub shooter has confessed to the crime, according to CBS News. Joseph Michael Schreiber, 32, reportedly told police he hadn’t intended to hurt any one in lighting the fire on Sunday. He was arrested Wednesday and faces up to 30 years in prison. The arson was in response to the June 12 attack by Omar Mateen which resulted in the death of 49 people, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
RETAIL SALES DIPPED IN AUGUST
Sales of retail merchandise dropped by 0.3 percent in August, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It was the first decline since March, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. However, retail sales were up by 1.9 percent over August 2015. Consumer spending is carefully watched as an economic indicator, as it represents about two-thirds of economic activity in the United States.
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