Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported
Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.
Several fires in northern California spread ferociously over the past 2 days have left at least 10 people dead. There are thousands of evacuees crowded into shelters.
Investigators in Las Vegas have tracked hundreds of leads in the mass shooting that left 58 dead and nearly 500 injured. The FBI is constructing a profile of the shooter, Stephen Paddock to try and understand why he opened fire on the music festival. Sheriff Joe Lombardo says the “most important goal is to prevent any further action associated with any other individual who is contemplating this.” He also said they are trying to figure out what went through his mind “to enable him to pull off such a complicated event.”
Authorities also say that Paddock had fired at fuel tanks for airplanes, filled his car with explosives, and had personal protection gear for a possible escape.
Police at Texas Tech has arrested a 19-year-old freshman, Hollis Daniels for the shooting death of a campus police officer. The shooting occurred after they made a student welfare check last night.
The leader of Catalonia may declare regional independence later today, but he is facing pressure to de-escalate and try for dialogue instead. France and Germany have lined up behind the Spanish central government. There have been pro and anti-independence rallies in recent days, but the will of the people is unclear.
Some lawmakers are seeking to lift a shipping rule, the Jones Act, that stops foreign-flagged ships from moving goods to Puerto Rico from US ports. It was briefly waived by President Trump last month but it was not renewed. Officials say there are enough US ships to take goods to Puerto Rico but some lawmakers disagree. Only about 15% of PR has had its electricity restored and more than half the island lacks clean drinking water.
Scientists are using the remains of birds found in museums to learn more about climate change by studying the amount of soot found on the remains dating back to 1880. They found the amount of soot collected on their feathers during their lives mirrored the amount of smoke that was spewed into the air from coal plants between 1880 and 2015. The findings suggest researchers may have underestimated the role that soot from coal smoke has played in climate change.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will be 15-20 degrees cooler over parts of the Central Plains and Mississippi Valley. Showers and Thunderstorms will spring up that reach the Ohio Valley and the rain will spread eastward by tomorrow into the mid-Atlantic states.
At least 10 people are dead and about 100 unaccounted for and 1500 homes and businesses have been destroyed in wildfires sweeping across California’s wine country. There is no cell service in either Napa or Sonoma Valley which may be contributing to those unaccounted for in those areas. Around 20,000 people have evacuated so far. Vice Pres Pence is offering federal assistance while in Sacramento raising money for House Republicans.
There has been a change in the timeline of the Las Vegas shooting. Originally, it was reported that the shooter, Stephen Paddock had been interrupted by a hotel security guard during his shooting spree. However, Sheriff Joe Lombardo states, the guard was encountered by the suspect prior to his shooting and wounded the guard after firing 200 bullets into the hallway 6 minutes before he shot at the concert crowd. There is still no motive.
A Texas Tech police officer has been shot and killed. A 19-year-old student is the accused gunman. He was brought to the police station for questioning over drugs in his room.
President Trump is keeping up the pressure on North Korea and its nuclear threat. He tweeted “Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with that country for 25 years, giving billions of dollars and getting nothing. Policy didn’t work.”
Defense Sec James Mattis said the administration is still using a policy of diplomacy to pressure leader Kim Jong-un into abandoning his quest for nuclear weapons, but he warned that could change. President Trump cryptically warned of the “calm before the storm” while meeting with military leaders last week.
Washington State is suing the Trump administration over the decision to allow employers to claim moral or religious objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women. They say the actions violate the 1st amendment and the equal protection requirements of the 5th amendment because it applies to women but not men.
On Wall Street, stock futures are up modestly. The DOW fell 12 points.
North Korean hackers are thought to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate the N. Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. The information came from the S. Korean Defense Ministry and included the latest war plans from Seoul and Washington.
The UN says more than 11,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees crossed into Bangladesh on Monday which is a huge increase on the average from last week. Many refugees described having to flee killings and the burning of their villages. More than half a million civilians, mostly Rohingyans have fled Myanmar since the end of August when attacks by militants triggered counter attacks by the Burmese military.
The people of Liberia are going to the polls to choose a new president. There are 20 candidates in the running.
The president of Catalonia has been holding a cabinet meeting a few hours before he is expected to take the result of the region’s disputed independence referendum to the Catalan Parliament. This could be followed by a vote to declare independence from Spain. Madrid says it is illegal and promised to block any move toward succession.
Around 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in northern California where more than a dozen wildfires are raging across a region famous for wine production. 10 have been confirmed dead.
The Red Cross in Madagascar is training 1,000 people to help deal with an outbreak of pneumonic Plague. The disease is transmitted through the air is spreading rapidly and is fatal unless treated early with antibiotics.