Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
Lawmakers are still trying to figure out what happened in Niger that resulted in the deaths of four US soldiers.
Some Northern California wildfire evacuees are being allowed to return to their homes since being forced to live almost two weeks ago, but residents of the city of Santa Rosa are being warned about inhaling toxic chemicals as government workers help to dispose of the toxic ash. More than 6000 structures burned during these wildfires, the deadliest since California joined the US.
A federal appeals court in Washington is wrestling with whether the government should allow a pregnant 17-year old to have an abortion.
Despite the impacts of multiple hurricanes, realtors are saying that rates of home sales rose unexpectedly in September in the US.
On Wall Street, the DJI is up 129 points.
In Spain, officials say they may force fresh elections in the northeast region of Catalonia in an attempt to stop an independence movement there. Spain’s cabinet begins a special session tomorrow to begin proceedings to take control of Catalonia, including firing or possibly jailing dissidents. Separatists are angry about the prospect of a takeover, and are telling supporters to pull their money out of Catalan banks that will move out of the region if it succeeds.
A handwritten letter found on the body of a man killed in the sinking of the Titanic is going up for auction tomorrow with an expected price tag of more than $100,000. The letter was written the day before the ship’s terminal encounter with an iceberg by a Minnesota salesman traveling with his wife, who survived the sinking.
Controversy still over a condolence call to a gold star widow after a congresswomen who had criticized comments made by Trump has now also accused the chief of staff of lying about her. CoS John Kelly said that he was stunned that Congresswomen Wilson had made comments lauding her own successes while giving a dedicatory speech for a building named in honor of two fallen FBI officers.
Protestors are still following the US Attorney General around, accusing Jeff Sessions of anti-black, anti-transgender, and anti-immigrant rallies. Sessions has again defended the crackdown on sanctuary cities.
Nearly 10,000 firefighters are still fighting 9 raging wildfires, with 15,000 people still evacuated. The fires in Northern California’s wine country have now destroyed at least 8000 structures and killed at least 42 people. Better weather has been helping.
An hour to close on the Wall Street and a rally continues with the DJI up 129. It had been just under 23,300.
Concern continues to mount in Iraq as two groups armed by the US fight each other. The Iraqi military retook control of Altun Kupri today, putting them dangerously close to the Kurdish capital. This follows an operation launched Sunday by the Iraqi government to solidify its control over the Kurdish region, which had last month held a referendum in which the region voted for independence. Pres. Trump has said the US will not take sides.
The deadliest attack ever in Somalia, with at least 358 people dead and dozens others missing. Al-Shabaab is suspected. The US military has resumed the fight with the group, with drone strikes on Monday.
Kids are watching less TV these days, but are now watching other screens such as phones and tablets much more. TV is still the screen watched most by kids.
Wall Street is rallying in near-record territory, although oil prices are still under $52/barrel.
The Iraqi military says it has now taken control of the last district held by Kurdish forces in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. There was heavy fighting in the approach toward the town of Altun Kupri, involving exchanges of rocket, artillery, and machine gun fire.
The US-backed forces that recently captured the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State have held a formal victory ceremony in its streets. Much of the city has been reduced to rubble after months of fighting.
Afghan officials say at least 30 people have been killed in an attack on a Shia mosque in Kabul. The suicide attacker is said to have entered the mosque and opened fire before setting off explosives.
A summit of EU leaders in Brussels has ended with an agreement to let officials prepare for talks about a future trade relationship with Britain when it leaves the block. But the leaders say talks won’t begin until they get more details from Britain on citizen’s rights, the divorce bill, and the Irish border.
The head of Kenya’s electoral commission whose sacking has been demanded by the opposition, won’t be working during next week’s rerun of the Presidential election. The opposition leader says he won’t take part in the poll, as he says it won’t be fair.
Peru’s Congress has overwhelmingly passed a measure to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. The government proposed the measure after Peruvian police arrested parents who were distilling cannabis oil for use by their extremely ill children.
G7 countries and major technology companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter have agreed to work together to block jihadist content online. The statement, issued at the end of a two-day meeting in Italy, said they’d agree to work closely on the rapid detection and removal of terrorist content.
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