March 13, 2014

On Feb. 26, coroners accidentally thought Walter Williams had died, so they zipped him into a body bag and took him to a funeral home. Well, it turned out he wasn't dead, because he started kicking the bag mere seconds before they were about to embalm him.

Unfortunately, the 78-year-old's luck ran out. He died — for real — early Thursday in his Mississippi home. The cause of death has not been released. Jordan Valinsky

7:37 p.m. ET
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On Monday, Islamic State militants took control of Rutba, a town of 20,000 people in Iraq's western province of Al Anbar that controls the road from Baghdad to Jordan and Syria.

They overran the mayor's office, executed at least five people, and fanned across several neighborhoods, Al Jazeera reports. Rutba is a "very strategic town," Al Jazeera's Imran Khan says, and this is "seen as a significant victory. The fact that they lost this town is very significant."

The town's capture took place as more than 400 miles away Iraqi forces, Kurdish peshmerga troops, and others continued to make their way to Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the last ISIS stronghold in the country. Soldiers spent Monday fighting in two villages near Mosul, passing out food and water to residents after the battles were over. On Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition announced it was behind six air strikes near Mosul, which destroyed 19 ISIS fighting positions, 17 vehicles, artillery, and tunnels. Catherine Garcia

6:49 p.m. ET
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With two weeks to go until the election, a new CNN/ORC poll released Monday shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 5 points.

Among likely voters, Clinton is ahead with 49 percent compared to Trump's 44 percent, followed by Libertarian Gary Johnson with 3 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein with 2 percent. When the third-party candidates are removed, Clinton's margin increases to 51 percent to Trump's 45 percent.

Looking at voters under the age of 45, Clinton is at 53 percent, up from 47 percent in the last CNN/ORC poll. She is ahead of Trump in every age group except among those 50-64, who back Trump by 4 points. Clinton also leads Trump among women, at 53 percent compared to 41 percent, while Trump has a narrow lead among men, 48 percent to 45 percent. The poll was conducted over the phone October 20 through October 23 among a random sample of 1,017 adults, with 779 determined to be likely voters. The margin of sampling error for results among the sample of likely voters is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Catherine Garcia

5:44 p.m. ET
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At least five armed militants attacked a police training college near Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday, leaving at least 250 cadets and staff trapped. The New York Times reported "heavy exchanges of gunfire between the attackers and the security forces," and dozens of people are reported injured, including police recruits, though the full count is unclear. Army commandos are reportedly in the process of clearing the training college's premises.

Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, the chief minister of the Baluchistan Province, of which Quetta is the capital city, said there had been "intelligence reports three to four days back that terrorists [or] suicide bombers planned to target Quetta." "Security was already on high alert, and maybe that is why they have targeted the police training center on the outskirts of the city," Zehri said. The training college is located about nine miles outside of Quetta.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Back in August, 88 people were killed by two targeted bomb attacks in Quetta. Becca Stanek

5:31 p.m. ET

A Montgomery County judge ruled Monday that former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will serve up to 23 months in prison and eight years of probation for leaking documents about a political rival. Kane, who was the first Democrat to be elected as Pennsylvania's top prosecutor, resigned in August, the day after she was convicted of two felony counts of perjury and seven misdemeanor charges.

Kane's downfall began when she sparked a feud with prosecutor Frank Fina, her predecessor as Pennsylvania's attorney general. After an article ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer detailing an investigation by Fina into politicians caught accepting bribes, Kane "vowed to wage 'war'" with him, CNN reported. To retaliate for the article, Kane leaked confidential grand jury documents to a reporter about a corruption case Fina was involved with before leaving office; she later lied under oath about doing so.

"This case is about ego — the ego of a politician consumed with her image from day one," Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said, per The Associated Press. "This case is about retaliation and revenge against perceived enemies who this defendant ... felt had embarrassed her in the press."

Kane was once considered a rising star in Pennsylvania's Democratic circuit. Her defense had argued a prison sentence was unnecessary given she had already lost her job and suffered irreparable harm to her reputation. She is in custody, and her bail is set at $75,000; she was sentenced to a minimum 10 months behind bars. Becca Stanek

5:24 p.m. ET
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The Obama administration announced Monday that premiums under the Affordable Care Act will rise by double digits in 2017. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services predicted that premiums for a "midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market," The Associated Press reports, though some states may see much bigger price increases than others. Customers in Arizona, for example, will see a spike of 116 percent, AP notes.

Major national insurance carriers have also scaled back their participation in the ObamaCare exchange, which could leave about 20 percent of consumers with only one option of insurer; AP notes that the total number of insurers available on will drop from 232 to 167, a decrease of 28 percent.

The silver lining, however, is that the drastic premium hike shouldn't affect employer-provided plans, which constitute the coverage most workers rely on. Additionally, the Obama administration is emphasizing that taxpayer-provided subsidies should offset the increases for most consumers, though a DHHS spokeman did acknowledge "headline rates are generally rising faster than in previous years." Kimberly Alters

4:51 p.m. ET

Donald Trump claimed at a rally in Florida on Monday that when the polls are done "properly," he's actually in the lead. The problem, Trump explained, is that many polls are "rigged" because of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager John Podesta, who Trump says pushes for "oversampling Democrats." "It's called voter suppression," Trump said, "because people will say, 'Oh, gee, Trump's down.' Well, folks, we're winning."

Trump hinged his claim on an email published by WikiLeaks, in which someone in an email chain with Podesta apparently recommended "oversamples for our polling" so the campaign could "maximize what we get out of our media polling." Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall explained just how far off Trump's interpretation of the email actually is:

You'll note for starters that that the email is from 2008 and Podesta is neither the sender nor the recipient. But that's just a footnote. More importantly, what Tom Matzzie is talking about is the campaign/DNC's own polls. Campaigns do extensive, very high quality polling to understand the state of the race and devise strategies for winning. These are not public polls. So they can't affect media polls and they can't have anything to do with voter suppression. [Talking Points Memo]

Moreover, Marshall pointed out there seems to be some confusion about the word "oversampling." Contrary to Trump's claim that "oversampling" skews a poll's results, the "over-sample" is actually not included in the poll's overall results; instead, over-polling a certain demographic is generally used as a way for pollsters to get "statistically significant data on that group," Marshall wrote.

Looks like Trump might need to keep searching for evidence to explain his polling problems — or then again, he could always revisit his admission from earlier in the day that he is, in fact, "somewhat behind in the polls." Becca Stanek

3:44 p.m. ET
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Donald Trump wants you to know he's winning this election — even if he knows the polls say otherwise.

Speaking at a rally Monday in Florida, Trump told the crowd: "Just in case you haven't heard, we're winning." His declaration came on the heels of the inaugural ABC News 2016 election tracking poll, which was released Sunday and shows Trump trailing Clinton in the national four-way race by 12 points among likely voters. The previous ABC poll, conducted with The Washington Post and released Oct. 13, after leaked audio showed Trump bragging about assaulting women but before several women came forward to accuse the Republican nominee of assault, showed Trump behind by just 4 points.

But despite all that, Team Trump has remained outwardly confident, dismissing poll results and saying there's still a path to victory — that is, until Trump's Monday interview with North Carolina radio station WBT 1110 AM:

Coming from a guy who steadfastly spins narratives in his favor, any acknowledgement that he's behind is big. Listen to Trump's full interview with WBT here. Kimberly Alters

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