News Roundup: 9/15/2017

1. Terrorist Attack in London Underground:

An improvised bomb detonated on an eastbound District Line train in London's subway system at 8:20 a.m. The Islamic State is now taking credit for the attack that hospitalized 29 people, none of which had life-threatening injuries. Prime Minister Theresa May has increased the national security threat level to "critical," and called the attack "cowardly."

Sources: New York Times

2. Mar-a-Lago Visitor Log Partially Released Despite Court Order for Full List:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the names of 22 visitors to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. Despite court orders to make a full list of visitors public, the DHS only released the names those involved in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit in February. The orders were for the DHS to release records from January 20 to March 8.

"The government does not believe that they need to release any further Mar-a-Lago visitor records," said Citizens for Responsibility in Ethics in Washington, one of the watchdog groups that filed the lawsuit for the public disclosure, "We vehemently disagree. The government seriously misrepresented their intentions to both us and the court."

Source: NBC News

3. UCLA Pharmacy Closed Following Inspection:

Last year, a state pharmacy inspector found over 1,000 IV bags of medications at a Westside Facility that made drugs for patients at UCLA medical centers had been manufactured expired and potentially dangerous ingredients. There are a known 350 bags of the suspect medication that were delivered within the UCLA Health System, but it is uncertain if anyone who received the IV bags was harmed. Days after the investigation, UCLA closed their pharmacy.

Since then an investigation by the pharmacy board has been underway, and filed an accusation, seeking disciplinary sanctions against the former pharmacist-in-charge, Richard Graul, and the off-campus facility, UCLA Medical Center Pharmaceutical Technology in July of this year. The accusation is still pending at this time.

Source: Los Angeles Times

4. Trump's Military Option in North Korea:

H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, and Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, both spoke of Donald Trump's military options to stop North Korea during a White House briefing on the United Nations General Assembly.

"What we are seeing is they continue to be provocative, they continue to be reckless. And at that point there is not a whole lot the security council is going to be able to do from here when you have cut 90% of the trade and 30% of the oil," Haley said. "So, having said that, I have no problem with kicking it to (Defense Secretary James) Mattis because I think he has plenty of options."

Source: CNN

5. Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Papayas:

Recent salmonella outbreaks were linked to Maradol papayas from Mexico, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The papayas have caused 235 people to fall ill in 26 states, with 78 hospitalized and 2 dead.

States included among the 26 are Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The states most heavily affected are California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Texas.

Souce: CNN

News Roundup: 9/13/2017

1. Trump Invites Pelosi and Schumer Over For Dinner:

Tonight Trump, will dine with democratic minority leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Republicans are very hesitant with this linking tension with Donald Trump. This new phase of Donald Trump’s, are leaving the republicans in the dark. Pelosi and Schumer plan to fight for the stabilization of both DACA and the insurance market. The president seems pleased to be discussing the DACA reforms with Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. We will have to see if the balance well result in a new approach to legislation.

Source: CNBC

2. Medicare For All, Sincerely Bernie Sanders:

This afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders revealed a new bill advocating for "Medicare for all". According to the proposal, the bill would take place over a four-year transition period. Planning to add dental, vision and hearing aid coverage in its first year, for all individuals the age of 55. Children, up to age 18, would also be offered immediate access to the government-run plan. If passed progressing through next two years the Medicare age would drop to 45, then 35 years old. Leading up to the fourth year, where everyone would be eligible for medicare.

Source: CNN

3. Irma’s Aftermath:

8 elderly dead at a nursing home due to the air conditioning failure. Officials are conducting a criminal investigation at the easily preventable fatalities. The Rehabilitation Center Nursing Home, located in Hollywood, was said to have lost power due to Irma. The loss of air conditioning turned fatal, as the temperature inside the facility reached 100 degrees. Although there was power failure, nurses claim they had generators and tools that should have maintained stability. The conflicting stories have now resulted in criminal investigations.

Source: CNN

4. Transparency of Equifax:

On September 7th, Equifax was the victim of a cyber hack. The hack compromised the confidential data of 143 million Americans, and Equifax waited to release the fact that there was a breach. They didn’t let anyone access the account for days, and offered free credit monitoring. Anyone who signed up for this credit monitoring service was not allowed to sue the company. If you believe any of your information has been compromised, considering freezing your credit cards temporarily and follow up at to ensure your security.

Source: CNN

5. The Olympics Come to Los Angeles:

Today the vote were in, proving Los Angeles to be home of the 2028 Olympic Games. Elected by the International Olympic Committee unanimously. LA 2028 will cut costs by using existing venues such as the Coliseum and Staples Center. Rather than previous Olympics where, stadiums were built from scratch. Bid leaders believe they can cover all expenses of the 2028 revenues through broadcasting rights, ticket sales and sponsorships.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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By Andy Gutierrez

1. Irma heads towards Georgia

Hurricane Irma has dropped to a tropical storm as it barrels towards Georgia. Officials warn that the storm is still dangerous as wind gusts up to 65mph have been reported in Southern Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency throughout the state as the center of the storm is expected to move in Monday Afternoon and continue into Tuesday. The Carolinas and Alabama are preparing for the storm, as wind gusts up to 60mph are being predicted for these states. The National Hurricane Center predicts that the storm will likely drop to a tropical depression by Tuesday.

Source: CNN

2. New Sanctions Against North Korea

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a provisioned version of new sanctions on North Korea on Monday. These provisioned sanctions are not as tough as the ones that the Trump Administration proposed recently, which included travel bans for top officials and frozen assets to Air Tokyo. These new sanctions are in response to recent nuclear tests, and ban North Korea from importing natural gas, bans textile exports and stops countries from authorizing new work permits for North Korean workers.

Trump believes that these new sanctions coupled with previous measures would ban over 90% of exports from 2016. North Korea issued a warning against the sanctions on Monday, saying that the U.S. would pay the price if the sanctions were implemented.

Source: AP

3. Trump Honors Sept. 11 Attacks

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump led a national moment of silence to remember the September 11th attacks, that rocked our nation 16 years ago. The president spoke at a ceremony at the Pentagon a short time later, vowing that the government must keep fighting to keep our people safe. The president goes on to talk about the common bond among Americans in the aftermath of the attacks. Vice President Mike Pence represented the administration at the September 11th memorial in Shanksville. Donald Trump initially praised President George W. Bush for his response to the attacks, but turned against Bush in later years.

Source: NY Times

4. Deadly Texas Shooting

Nine people are dead, including the suspect that was shot by an officer, after shots were fired at a football viewing party in a Dallas home Monday evening. Police responded to reports of shots fired at approximately 8pm, where they found nine gunshot victims. Seven people were found dead and two others were taken to the hospital. In a news conference, Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin said that one of the two people taken to the hospital had died. Rushin believes that the suspect was connected to the house. He goes on to state that everyone who was killed or injured were believed to be adults and that multiple firearms were found at the scene.

Source: AP

5. California Sues Trump Over DACA

California filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming that the president’s plan to end DACA is unconstitutional. California’s economy will be hit the hardest if this plan goes into effect as many DACA recipients reside in California. State Attorney General, Xavier Becerra filed the suit, saying that these participants should not be punished for the actions of others. This marks California’s 25th lawsuit against the Trump administration this year as it joins many other states who are constantly fighting the Trump administration. Many are praising the lawsuit as it gives many hope for their future in the U.S.

Source: LA Times

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By Brody Salazar

1. U.K. and America Ban Large Electronic Devices on Flights from Six Countries:
A new ban is being imposed on any electronic devices larger than a smartphone in both the United States and United Kingdom for people on flights coming from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The new ban is meant as an anti-terrorist measure. All devices larger than 16cm x 9.3cm will no longer be allowed in the cabin starting Saturday, March 25th, at 7:00 GMT. U.S. officials have stated that there is no end date for the ban but one of the affected airlines stated it will end by October 14th. 
- Source: BBC News

2. Trump Pressures Republicans to Support Obamacare Replacement:
In response to the waning support for the proposed bill to replace the ACA, Trump has issued a warning to any Republicans with second thoughts about voting against it. He even went so far as to say that he was going to "come after" Mark Meadows, a Republican representative and chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus who has been less than supportive of the bill. Although Trump politically threatened any of his party who oppose the replacement, it is unclear what he will do exactly. 
- Source: The New York

3. Ivanka Trump to Receive Job in White House: 
Ivanka Trump will carry no official title or salary but will have security clearance and access to classified information. "While there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president, I will voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees. I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life," said Ivanka. Despite Ivanka's statement there are still concerns that this may be an ethics violation, given the anti-nepotism laws the government has in place. 
- Source: BBC News

4. David Rockefeller Dies: 
David Rockefeller, the world's oldest billionaire and avid capitalist, died on Monday in his home at Pocantico Hills, New York at age 101. Despite the Rockefellers never owning more than 5% of the shares of Chase Manhattan, David Rockefeller, as chairman and chief executive, expanded it internationally and gained such fame that it would be frequently called David's bank. The last surviving grandson of John D. Rockefeller, David carried on the Rockefeller legacy of capitalism, however, he did not leave behind a spotless business record. David met criticism while chairman of Chase Manhattan for both failing to promote more aggressive managers, and the bank falling behind its competition as a result. 
- Source: The New York Times

5. Tom Brady’s Jersey Stolen by Member of Press:
Immediately following the victory of the New England Patriots at the Super Bowl, Quarterback Tom Brady discovered that his jersey was stolen. Now, a month later, police have recovered the stolen jersey in Mexico. According to a statement released by the NFL, the thief was a member of the international media and had full credentials. 
- Source: NPR

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By Oluwakemi Ike

1. Hearing to be Held on Russian Election Meddling:
Members of the House Intelligence Committee have scheduled a hearing for F.B.I director James B. Comey and director of National Security Adm. Michael S. Rogers as the panel investigates Russia's influences in the 2016 presidential election. The panel will also be focusing on the ties between President Trump’s associates and Russia. Although James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, denied the existence of the allegations. Rep. Adam Schaffer reported to “Meet The Press” about the definite possibility of a conspiracy through Russia. “There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation,” said Schiff. “The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.”
- Source: NBC News

2. Uber’s Second President Bails:
The popular transportation service, Uber has just lost their president, Jeff Jones after just six months with the title. Jones left Target to start a career with Uber as the second executive. His main goal was to restructure the businesses tainted reputation of sexual harassment and sexism charges. “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and expected at Uber,” Jones stated. Jones was second in command to CEO Travis Kalanick who needed help leading the company after its numerous problems. Jones is the latest in the series of executives leaving the company.
- Source: CNN

3. Ex-North Carolina Police Chief Detained at Airport
Former Alexandria deputy police chief, Hassan Aden was held for 90 minutes at JFK International Airport because of his name. Aden was returning from celebrating his mothers birthday in Paris when he was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and was asked, “Are you traveling alone?” He was then told to, “take a walk.” Aden was escorted to a makeshift office and was hardly given information as to why he was being held up and his cellphone usage was prohibited. “It just feels like ever since the talk of the travel ban it’s like now there's actually – there's some tangible experience…of that talk,” said Italian-born Aden. Although he is not Muslim, he is aware of the prejudgement and attitudes authorities could uphold due to his name.
- Source: The Washington Post

4. Legendary N.Y. Daily News Columnist Jimmy Breslin Dies at 88:
The Pulitzer Prize winner Jimmy Breslin died Sunday in his home in Manhattan. He was 88 years-old. He was a best selling author, but also a beacon in New York City journalism for decades. He was known for documenting the heart of the city with a sharp wit and blunt outlook. Although he was loved and loathed, his hard-hitting words captured the attention of the New York community and many more around the country. He often stated that he applied a sportswriter approach to his news columns. He would avoid the herd of journalists waiting for the winner and go straight to the loser’s locker for the story. “So you go to a big thing like this presidential assassination,” he said, in a 2006 New York Times interview. “Well, you’re looking for the dressing room, that's all. And I did. I went there automatic.” The Pulitzer committee explained that his columns “consistently championed ordinary citizens.”
- Source: New York Times

5. Beauty and the Beast Beats Hollywood Records:
Beauty and the Beast gained $170 million at the North American box office. The box office smash broke the record for the biggest March opening that was made last year by Bateman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Disney musical also made $180 million in overseas ticket sales, now on track to make $1 billion worldwide. “The world is a pretty cynical place right now, and Beauty and the Beast gave audiences an opportunity to go back to a time of innocence,” said Greg Foster, chief executive of IMAX.
- Source: New York Times

News Roundup: Here's What You Missed

By Justine Quintana

1. Trump Administration Appeals Halt to Travel Ban:
A notice was filed at a Maryland federal distract court on Friday by Trump's administration stating an appeal would be made to halt Trump's revised travel ban. The case will go to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. The administration is asking the appeals court to reverse the lower court's decision. The lower court's decision on Thursday was a rule against Trumps effort to stop immigration from six-majority Muslim countries for 90 days.
- Source: The Los Angeles Times

2. U.S. Immigration Judges Being Reassigned to Speed up Deportations:
The US justice department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges around the country to 12 cities in order to speed up deportations of undocumented immigrants who have been charged with crimes. When and how many judges will be reassigned is still under review. The 12 cities are New York; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; San Francisco; Baltimore, Bloomington, Minnesota; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Imperial, California; Omaha, Nebraska and Phoenix, Arizona. The cities were chosen based on their high populations of undocumented immigrants with criminal charges, officials said.
- Source: The Guardian

3. Protection Roll Backs For People in Default Student Loans:
The Education Department, under President Trump's administration, is ordering guarantee agencies that collect on defaulted debt to disregard a memo former President Barack Obama’s administration issued on the old bank-based federal lending program, known as the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. If a borrower entered a government’s loan rehabilitation program within 60 days of default, the memo forbade the agencies from charging fees for up to 16 percent of the principal and accrued interest owed on the loans. A two page letter titled, "Dear Colleague," from the Trump administration stated, “The department will not require compliance with the interpretations set forth” regarding a case against United Student Aid Funds by Bryana Bible in 2012. Bible took the company to court after being charged $4,547 in collection costs on a loan she defaulted on in 2012. Though she had signed a “rehabilitation agreement” with USA Funds to set a reduced payment schedule to resolve her debt, the company assessed the fees.
- Source: The Washington Post

4. Rising Number of Civilian Deaths After U.S. Drone Strikes in Syria:
A U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles and dropped a 500-pound bomb outside Aleppo on Friday assailing numerous civilians in a Mosque. The Pentagon claims the strike killed dozens of al-Qaida militants but local activists and a monitoring group reported that at least 46 people died and more were trapped under rubble. The strike occurred as the Trump administration makes plans to expand its troop presence in Syria and weeks after a U.S. operation against al-Qaida in Yemen left civilians dead. It also takes place as the White House considers lifting rules enacted by the Obama administration that sought to avoid civilian deaths.
- Source: Chicago Tribune

5. Trump's Budget Cuts Some Agencies to Their Lowest Levels in Decades:
Released on Thursday, President Trump's discretionary spending on government programs would be cut in order to pay for large increases in military spending. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would take the largest hit reducing down to $5.7 billion in spending, its lowest amount since its creation in 1970. While many government programs would see significant cuts under Trumps proposed plan, programs such as Health and Human Services, Education and Transportation would see their largest cuts in nearly 20 years. Labor and Agriculture would also hit their lowest in 40 years. With these cuts, other programs would see some of their highest allocated spending. Namely, Veteran Affairs, reaching their highest spending of $78.9 billion in about 40 years. Defense would reach a record high in the last six years with an allocated spending of $638.3 billion. Homeland Security would also hit a five year record high of $51.5 billion.
- Source: The New York Times