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News: 9 October 2017

Kim Jong-un assassination plot: North Korea claims US tried to kill leader in May

South Korea threatens to drop blackout bombs on North Korea

United States and Turkey mutually suspend visa services 

Corker Says Trump’s Threats Could Put The Nation ‘On The Path To World War III’

Trump: ‘Nobody could have done what I’ve done for Puerto Rico with so little appreciation’

Trump: Hard-line immigration policies are price of DACA

Trump administration to terminate Obama’s climate plan

– Massive fires in Napa and Sonoma burn hundreds of homes and businesses, force evacuations, close hospitals

Google has reportedly found Russia-linked ads on YouTube, Gmail, and search

Film producer Harvey Weinstein ousted from Weinstein Co. amid reports of sexual harassment

Theresa May sets out Brexit options including ‘no deal’

Spanish Premier Issues New Warning Against Catalan Separatists

World News: 6 October 2017

Kim Jong-Un, Ruler of North Korea
Kim Jong-Un. (Sketch by Monico Chavez, Creative Commons License BY-SA 2.0)

– CIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t crazy

Russia’s Military Is Banning Selfies Because Soldiers Keep Revealing Their Location to the Enemy

– Nobel peace prize: Ican award sends nuclear message

Catalan parliament defies Madrid pressure, works on independence declaration

Iceland PM sold bank assets hours before financial crash, leaks show

– U.S. secretly tested carcinogen in Western Canada during the Cold War, researcher finds 

– Apple gave Uber’s app ‘unprecedented’ access to a secret back door that can record iPhone screens

– US troops killed in Niger identified as decorated Green Berets

– U.N. fears ‘further exodus’ of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar

– Pope Francis urges tech companies do all they can to combat child porn

Plane Makes Terrifying—But Triumphant—Landing at German Airport

– China is in ‘lock-down’ ahead of its most important meeting in years

U.S. News: 6 October 2017

Tim Murphy, ‘pro-life’ abortion hypocrite, will quit Congress

Tropical Storm Nate headed for Gulf Coast, expected to be hurricane by Saturday

Marilou Danley, Las Vegas Shooter’s Girlfriend: ‘He Never Said Anything To Me’

Trump administration deals major blow to Obamacare birth control mandate

Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense

Puerto Rico’s governor says ‘let’s talk’ after Elon Musk says Tesla can rebuild the island’s power grid

Bergdahl expected to plead guilty, avoid trial

– Donald Trump is treating a potential war like a reality show cliffhanger

– Football’s decline has some high schools disbanding teams

Contract shows 98% of Adidas cash paid to Louisville went to Pitino

– Winner sues Colorado lottery for millions over fixed jackpot

The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes On the Opioid Industry

News: 5 October 2017

– Las Vegas massacre probe focuses on gunman’s arsenal, history

– Las Vegas shooting: Paddock may have planned to escape

– Drug given to Paddock calms some, provokes others, experts say

– Chicago police investigating reports that Las Vegas gunman booked hotel rooms overlooking Lollapalooza

Gun silencer bill tabled amid heavy scrutiny after Vegas shooting

– Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs’ independence move

French, Nigerien forces conduct operations after 3 U.S. special forces soldiers killed

– Iraq Claims Victory in ISIS’ Last Urban Stronghold

– Military helicopters kill protesters in Cameroon’s English-speaking areas

– Scotland Rejects Fracking, Citing Overwhelming Public Opposition

Japanese woman ‘dies from overwork’ after logging 159 hours of overtime in a month

Ga. sheriff indicted for sexual battery in high school drug search

News: 4 October 2017

Las Vegas shooting: Paddock’s girlfriend arrives in US

Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock Wired $100,000 to Philippines Last Week

Las Vegas shooting: Marine veteran steals truck, drives nearly 30 victims to hospital

Once an obscure device, ‘bump stocks’ are in the spotlight

Tillerson’s Fury at Trump Required an Intervention From Pence

CIA Official Predicts North Korean Provocation on Columbus Day

Putin says military strike against North Korea not sure to succeed

Europe will do everything to preserve Iran nuclear deal – EU diplomat

Tropical depression forms, could hit Gulf Coast as a hurricane

Yahoo just said every single account was affected by 2013 attack — 3 billion in all

Catalan referendum: Region’s independence ‘in matter of days’

Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

News: 3 October 2017

As Las Vegas grieves, investigators struggle to uncover motive behind shooting rampage

Day after massacre, Mandalay Bay remains eerily quiet

– How US gun culture compares with the world in 5 charts

A surreal scene as Las Vegas returns to business after Sunday massacre

Three dead, two injured after shooting in crowded Kansas college town

Australia offers to help US with gun reform

France arrests 5 after explosives found in chic Paris area

Catalan referendum: Anti-police strike hits public services

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Has Been Jailed, Days Before a Major Rally

White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue

FEMA has yet to authorize full disaster help for Puerto Rico

Ajit Pai gets new term on FCC despite protest of anti-net neutrality plan

News: 2 October 2017

Maduro to Spanish PM Rajoy: Who’s the Dictator Now?

Catalan referendum: Spain region ‘not seeking traumatic split’

European Commission – Statement on the events in Catalonia

– Egypt Caught Ordering Huge Cache of Illegal North Korean Weapons

Beijing allowing once-taboo debate on North Korean regime’s collapse

Russia just gave North Korea’s internet a big boost

HP Enterprise let Russia scrutinize cyberdefense system used by Pentagon

Trump dedicates golf trophy to hurricane victims amid controversy over response

On-duty NYPD officers ‘handcuffed 18-year-old girl, took her to deserted spot and raped her’

Equifax Has Amassed Salary Details for People at 7,100 Companies

Highest-ever number of STDs recorded in US last year

Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year, says Greenpeace

Couple admits to stealing $1.2 million from Amazon

Body clock scientists win Nobel Prize

News: 2 October 2017 – Special Update

The lone Las Vegas gunman, 64, who murdered 58 and injured 515 at concert

Who is Stephen Paddock? Police say he killed 58 in Las Vegas shooting rampage

– Marilou Danley: Las Vegas police locate female roommate of gunman Stephen Paddock

– Las Vegas shooting: Call for blood donors to help hundreds wounded

– Gun-maker stocks rally after mass shooting in Las Vegas

– Las Vegas shooting: Isis claims responsibility for deadliest gun massacre in modern US history 

– Hillary Clinton slams NRA, gun silencer bill in wake of Las Vegas shooting

– Dems renew calls for gun restrictions in wake of Las Vegas shooting


News: 29 September 2017

Puerto Ricans line up for fresh water. @ Getty Images

Puerto Ricans: Trump’s relief efforts are a ‘disaster’

Puerto Rico Rejects Loan Offers, Accusing Hedge Funds of Trying to Profit Off Hurricanes

Royal Caribbean evacuates thousands from San Juan and the Caribbean

State Department orders nonessential diplomats and families out of Cuba following mysterious attacks

Has Washington forgotten about us? One year passes with no US ambassador to Australia

Racial slurs written on dorm room boards of black Air Force Academy cadet candidates

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Stuck Taxpayers For $12,000 Charter Flight

California lawmaker wants to ban gas car sales after 2040

Fake black activist accounts linked to Russian government

Putin critic Navalny detained by police before pre-election rally

– Musk Wants to Build a Rocket That Will Get You Anywhere on Earth in an Hour

Sen. Wyden Slams Pai on Senate Floor, Says FCC chair is on side of ‘big cable’

News: 28 September 2017

– White House waives Jones Act in response to Puerto Rico devastation

– Pitbull sends private plane to Puerto Rico to transport cancer patients

U.S. student held in North Korea died of oxygen starved brain: coroner

China says North Korean businesses in country will shut within 120 days of U.N. resolution

‘Yes’ to Kurdistan: 92 Percent of Iraq’s Kurds Voted for Independence, Official Results Show

Spain to deploy police to prevent Catalan independence vote

– American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner, Has Died

San Francisco sues Equifax on behalf of 15 million Californians affected by the breach

LAPD Officer Arrested in Fatal Crash Posted ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ Video From Bar Hours Before Collision

– Russian-bought Black Lives Matter ad on Facebook targeted Baltimore and Ferguson

Russian-linked Twitter accounts stoked NFL anthem debate

Warner sees Reddit as potential target for Russian influence

Monsanto banned from European parliament