Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
At least 17 people have been killed in the raging northern California wildfires and more than 100 are missing. Shelters are distributing food, water, and medial items to evacuees.
Harvey Weinstein faces more sexual assault allegations following articles written in the NY Times and The New Yorker Magazine. Author, Ronan Farrow says there is a “tremendous culture of fear around this issue…and according to sources, this man, specifically.”
A spokesman for Weinstein strongly denies the assault allegations. Weinstein was fired from his company but they also issued a statement it condemned the alleged actions and they were an “utter surprise” to the company’s board.
The UN Rep for Yemen said both Yemeni leaders and Houthi rebels are more interested in keeping power than in working to end the deadly civil war. He said the war is creating a desperate situation for civilians in every facet of daily life. An estimated 10,000 people have been killed, more than 12 million need humanitarian aid, and 2 million have been displaced.
The Trump Administration has asked Congress for a loan of about $5 billion to help Puerto Rico through its fiscal crisis as it struggles through billions of dollars of debt and is trying to recover from Hurricane Maria. Only about 16% of PR customers have their power back and nearly half the island lacks access to clean drinking water.
Former department store powerhouse, Sears is seeking court approval to close its remaining stores in Canada. This would put another 12,000 employees out of work. A bid made last week to purchase Sears Canada fell through and they have run out of time and money. Liquidation sales are set to begin in about a week.
Ballot counting is underway in Liberia in the country’s presidential election. There are 20 candidates and it is possible that none of them will win a majority which would trigger a runoff vote next month.
The fires in California are still burning out of control leaving 17 dead, around 2,000 homes and businesses burned down and around 200 missing person reports have been filed.
President Trump will take his push for tax reform to Pennsylvania today. He says he doesn’t think his public feud with TN Sen Bob Corker has endangered the prospects for tax reform.
Famed and fired Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, is facing growing allegations of sexual misconduct after Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow came forward with details of uncomfortable experiences. Audio obtained in a 2015 NYPD sting operation has surfaced as well. Weinstein has not been charged and his wife says she plans to divorce him.
American soccer fans were disappointed after it was reported that the US men’s team will not play in the 2018 World Cup after losing in last night’s qualifier.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told an encryption conference at the Naval Academy that going dark is impeding investigations and putting people in harm’s way. He said, “encrypted communications that can’t be intercepted and locked devices that cannot be opened are law-free zones.” Tech companies argue that creating back doors to devices will weaken security and put consumers at risk.
MGM is disputing a revised timeline given in the Las Vegas shooting spree that happened at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Police now say Stephen Paddock shot a hotel security guard before opening fire on the crowd killing 58 and injuring nearly 500. A hotel spokesman says that may not be accurate.
A Utah cop has been fired over a now-famous altercation with a nurse that was caught on video. Detective Jeff Payne arrested the nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient because it required a warrant or written consent. Salt Lake City Police Chief called his behavior “inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, and disrespectful.” Payne plans to appeal his firing.
On Wall Street stock futures down slightly after the DOW hit a 47th record high this year.
The Spanish Prime Minister says his government will ask for formal clarification from the Catalan authorities on whether or not the region has declared independence. He said he would base his response on what answer was given. Last night, the Catalan leader signed a declaration of independence but suspended its implantation to allow negotiations.
The UN Human Rights Office has accused Myanmar’s security forces of seeking to permanently expel the Muslim Rohingya minority. They said attacks against them have been brutal and systematic and crops and villages have been destroyed to prevent refugees from returning. They also found that the campaign started before Rohingya militants attacked police posts in August. This contradicts Burmese government accounts.
As US-backed forces in Syria edge closer to capturing the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, negotiations are taking place to try to get the remaining civilians to safety.
India’s Supreme Court has ruled that sex between a man and his underage wife is rape. In what is seen as a landmark judgment, a child bride will be able to prosecute her husband if she complains within a year of sexual intercourse.
Some of Japan’s top carmakers say they’re scrambling to assess the quality of their vehicles that use steel from the troubled manufacturer, Kobe Steel after it lied about the quality of its products.
There is growing confusion in Kenya ahead of the annulled presidential poll. The High Court ruled that all candidates who were in the August election can stand again.